We tried looking for somewhere nice to eat but most of the cafes were really healthy or only had a few sandwiches on their menus. We eventually found Cloisters which was a bit of a chav cafe. I ordered a burger and the kitchen made a baguette instead but luckily corrected it. It still meant my burger came about 10 minutes after everyone else’s food was out. It wasn’t even that nice either.
After a bit of a disaster at lunch, we found Pannier Market which had both a comic and record shop! We must have spent at least an hour in there and everyone got something they wanted. We then went to a few more charity shops before heading back to the caravan.
We had a game of Monopoly and I won by wiping everyone out and had a final total of £8455. A perfect way to end our lovely holiday.
We got up and watched a bit of TV and had sausage sandwiches for breakfast before heading to Healey’s Cyder Farm to carve a pumpkin. It was very foggy in the morning and rainy, but as we drove further west the rain lifted and the sun broke through.
We arrived at the Cider Farm and didn’t really know what we were doing or what we wanted so we got the boy at reception to help us and he informed us there was a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch at 2:30, an hour and a half from now. We wondered about going into Truro for some shopping but decided to stay and look around at the animals. They had ponies and goats and chickens and peacocks, and dad did his usual Dr Doolittle routine and had a cuddle with each one.
We then went and found the café. We had a cider each, there was a berry one, Cornish gold, and pear. A cat came up and said hello and then it started raining so we had to go inside. Me and Josh were thrilled because we finally had some Wi-Fi.
It was finally time to get on the tractor and I got a bit separated because I was being polite and letting people on, I made my way back though. We rumbled along a dirt track to the top of a hill where they had some hay bales and about 10 pumpkins. We were all thoroughly unimpressed. You even had to pay £3 for a pumpkin on top of the £15 tractor ride fee for a family. We then all got back on the tractor and drove through their orchard which I enjoyed as it felt like I’d been apple picking this year.
We went to the café again and had some cake, cream tea, and cheesy chips, and wrote a few of our postcards. When it was time to leave we went to the shop and got a few crates of cider.
Back at the caravan we relaxed a little and watched Casper on TV, my favourite, and then flicked between a few different horror movies. Josh made a gingerbread house. Me and Dad went into Looe to get dinner from Harvey’s Fish and Chips, we think it’s the best. There were a few trick or treaters dotted around town and some fireworks went off on the seafront. We were a bit gutted we didn’t go and watch.
We were going to have a day in, but Dad woke up at 8 raring to go. It was raining quite a bit, so we decided on Newquay for a bit of shopping.
Dad had to do some competition level parking to get in a tight space next to a wall and we were very impressed. It was chucking it down and we weren’t very happy walking down the high street. We went in a few charity shops but there was nothing of interest really.
Mum then had the excellent idea of going to Towan Beach. It really started raining at that point but we soldiered on. There was a house on an island which was cool and I spotted a massive dead jellyfish and mum found these weird bubbles in the sand. We just about made it to the sea before turning back to town where we found a Warrens Bakery, the Cornish equivalent of Greggs, and got some takeaway Cornish pasties and baguettes for dinner. Dad then did some more awesome reversing to get us out of the car park and on our way home.
We watched Room on the Broom and Goosebumps whilst eating our meal deals from the pasty shop for dinner. We gave Room on the Broom 10/10 as it gave us very fond memories of when I was little. Goosebumps we scored 8/10 as it kept us hooked into the film but was a bit kiddie.
We used our Tesco Clubcard points to buy tickets for The Eden Project and I had a bit of a panic as to whether I’d booked the right day or not, but the tickets are valid once for 365 days from the day you bought them luckily.
We had to go on a ferry to cross the River Fowey which was very exciting. The ferry fit about 9 cars on it and only took a few minutes to cross. It cost £5 for one-way or £9 for a return, we got one way as we didn’t know whether we would be coming back after the last ferry had left. You can also head further north into Cornwall and cross the river via bridge, but that’s not as fun.
We stopped off at Tesco, outside of St Austell, to get some meal deals and fill up with diesel. It was nice to see a little sign of civilization.
We parked in the Plum Car Park and got a bus to the main entrance. It was raining pretty heavily but the place was still packed. We had a wander down and had a look in a special Halloween Hut they’d made. They had Orbeez in a Cauldron and make your own spiders web and potions but me and Josh chickened out.
The Eden Project looks very impressive from the outside with these futuristic-looking domes in an old Clay Mine. We took some photos in the pouring rain before hurriedly rushing inside.
We then went in the Rainforest Dome and I had great fun taking lots of macro and abstract photos. We must have been in there for a good hour or so. Mum, Dad, and Josh queued up to get to the top of the dome but got bored and came out again. I found an Ice Cream Bean plant that you could eat raw and would taste of Vanilla Ice Cream or you could use it as a seasoning.
We had our picnic outside sitting with some owls from the Screech Owl Sanctuary. Josh and Dad both petted an owl.
It was much smaller than I remember, but then again, I was only small when I last came. We walked through the Mediterranean Dome next and my camera battery died, but the dome was only small so I didn’t mind too much.
Cold and wet, we retreated to the shop but had a bit of a disappointment as they only sold brands of posh stuff, nothing with The Eden Project on it.
On the way home we went back to Tesco and got some dinner, Hot Dogs, and a fry up for breakfast the next day.
Firstly, let me apologise for the following blog posts being delayed, it has been very windy and wet down here in Cornwall and it’s knocked the internet connection out.
We went to Tintagel Castle today, to take a look at what is supposed to be King Arthurs Castle. It was the usual windy roads on the way which make for an enjoyable ride. As we pulled into the town I could remember coming before on our last trip to Cornwall. We tried 3 different car parks before eventually finding a space, and this was at the end of October in the cold, imagine what it would be like in the summer!
We were all a bit hungry, so we went to Pengenna Pasties and found the last remaining table. I liked the look of the Cream Tea, but I wanted something warm. Mum got the Cream Tea because she wasn’t feeling too hungry and we shared it, I also had a bacon and cheese turnover. Josh wanted a sausage roll but they had run out so he ended up having a bacon and cheese turnover too. Dad had a Steak Pasty, as when in Cornwall…
After our nice lunch we had a look round the shops, another Cornish Hospice and a few gift shops, Josh got a sword which he enjoyed swinging around the whole of Tintagel.
We then got the tickets to go up the Castle and their card machine was broken so they used some old contraption to scan my card. It was £35 for the family which I didn’t think was too bad. They offered a land rover service to and from the castle at £2 an adult but we decided to walk it instead. There was a nice little stream running from the top of the hill all the way down to the bottom ending in a lovely waterfall.
Mum and Dad remember crossing a tiny swinging rope bridge to get to the castle which is situated on an island, but English Heritage have recently made a new bridge from donations which was much easier to cross. I loved the views from the island, everything was a lovely mixture of oranges and reds and you could see for miles. We even spotted a seal swimming in the ocean.
We must have spent a good few hours wandering around the castle grounds, exploring old houses, a tunnel, a well, and the beach. We were frozen to the bone once we finished so we went to their café and I had a hot chocolate, mum and dad a tea, and Josh a diet coke.
The car park was very empty when we got to it which was nice, and we drove home having had a very fulfilling day. We had take away fish and chips from Looe for dinner and watched Beetlejuice which we all enjoyed.
The clocks changed and we rose to a beautiful view. We could see sheep, rolling hills, and the sea.
After we got ready we drove off in search of a cooked breakfast.
First, we went to Polperro, parking was £5 for 3 hours and it didn’t seem like there was much to do so we turned around and headed for Looe, the second closest town to our Caravan. Parking was £2 all-day, much better!
We wandered along the riverside, the tide was out so we got to see the riverbed.
The high street was bustling with people and we found a nice little cafe called Pier One. I had a breakfast muffin, Mum and Josh had a bacon sandwich each and Dad had a Full English.
We went in a few shops, Dad was happy as we found a charity shop. We then we walked to the beach; it was lovely and sunny but very windy. Josh got an Ice Cream for £1.50 and we got 8 postcards for a pound!
Me and Josh spotted a cave in the cliff so dragged Mum and Dad up hundreds of steps only to find out it wasn’t a cave but just a few trees.
The car park ticket was running out by this time so we walked back through town and to the car park. The tide had started coming in which was nice to watch. We then checked out the train station to see if there were any special events on but it was just a normal national rail one.
After our lovely day out we returned to the caravan and snuggled up with hot chocolates and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas. We’d heard great things about the film but thought nothing of it. It was all just one big song, rather cringeworthy.
We went on a late-night walk to the sea and there was a gorgeous sunset. It got dark very quickly so we had to head back home where we found some rabbits outside our Caravan.
We had some pizzas from Co-Op for dinner and then went to bed.
I met up with my family around lunchtime and took them to Burger King in the pouring rain. We then went to Primark to get Mum some new jeans ready for the holiday. Dad then wanted taking to a new record shop that I had found called Boo Hoo Records. I dragged them to Forbidden Planet to get a Star Trek Christmas Jumper that had just been released but it had suddenly dropped off the website and they didn’t have any in-store: I was gutted.
We got on the road at about 4:30 pm after letting the Caravan Park know our ETA. The rain ceased as we passed city limits and we had a good run to Exeter where we stopped and had Frankie and Benny’s for dinner. I used my student discount too which helped bring the price down.
The views were stunning as we got into Cornwall and the light eventually faded leaving us to navigate the treacherous roads in the blackness of night.
We arrived at the caravan park around 10 pm and me and mum went to the bar to collect the keys. There was a live act on playing some horrendous 80s music which seemed appropriate for the clientele of the Caravan Park.
Mum handed me the information pack to retrieve the key to open the caravan and I couldn’t find it. We had a bit of a panic but turns out mum had dropped it in the car! The caravan was freezing and I slept in my jacket that night.