The first term back to school is usually a pretty hectic one, new school or teacher, new clubs starting up and a plethora of emails and newsletters coming from the school, each one of us in my family is tired and ready for a break by the time autumn half term swings around. Dad had already booked the week off way back in the year and we received an email from Trevella Park in Cornwall asking us to come and visit them. We grabbed the opportunity and a few emails later had booked a week for visiting Cornwall over autumn half term.
Trevella Park has a wide selection of accommodation possibilities from lakeside lodges, glamping, eco domes and fields with electric hook up for caravans and tents. Whichever solution you choose all of the facilities are open to everyone. As we were taking Baxter with us we were allocated a dog friendly 2 bedroom static caravan which was in the main park with the outdoor swimming pool and children’s park on the green in front of us. This was marvellous as the moment we arrived, both the girls and Baxter were itching to stretch their legs so we were able to unload the car whilst they played outside, Baxter on a lead of course!
I thought it was a lovely touch to find a doggy welcome pack waiting for Baxter which included a bed, a bowl, some treats and some ecological poop bags, thank you Trevella that really was a lovely thought.
On site we were able to buy a few necessities at the shop, visit reception for information on what was on and where to go and use a laundrette if we needed to. There is free WiFi all over the park (thank you!) and although the swimming pool was closed there were two playgrounds, one with a zip wire which was hugely popular with the twins. There is also fishing in the lake, crazy golf and Ranger Activities organised for the children including pond dipping, crabbing, fishing, bug hunts and rock pooling.
They have a collection of animals for the children to look at and also a pretty cafe which serves food and drinks, from breakfast to take away dinners.
Once we were settled we decided to walk to the nearby beach Crantock. You can walk directly from the site, it’s a beautiful walk but we hadn’t bargained for how long it was and had both girls moaning and one crying at one point. However once they reached the sand they brightened up, their ‘sore legs’ forgotten and happily walked all the way back, kids eh?
Crantock beach is a wide expanse of sand and a vast bay stretching out to the Atlantic, the surf was excellent and the beach is dog friendly too.
App for Cornwall
You may think there isn’t a lot to do at this time of year but let me assure you visitors are spoilt for choice. The first thing I did was to download the App for Cornwall This allowed me to find all sorts of ideas of things to do during our stay, dry days and wet days, also in our case, as we were taking Baxter with us, dog friendly places to visit.
On that note I must add that Cornwall is really really dog friendly, Baxter was able to come with us on nearly all of our trips and days out and we managed to find plenty of places to eat who would accept dogs too.
Things to do in Cornwall
As you can imagine we managed to do a lot during our stay at Trevella Park and I shall write about them individually. Please also see my Top five beaches in Cornwall post as they still stand family favourites.
Take a look at the Best Days Out in Cornwall website or download the app and you’ll discover there’s a huge list of possibilities, we knew we wanted to get lots of belly boarding in (them not me) but I was also hoping to get out and about a bit. I’m pleased to say we managed a bit of everything, here’s a quick snapshot of what we got up to.
Blue Reef Aquarium
The Minack Theatre
St Michael’s Mount
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Disclosure: Trevella Park invited us to stay for 4 days in a static caravan, they also gave us two press passes for The Best of Cornwall for the purpose of this post and others that follow. All opinions and words are my own.