For half term we were meant to be in the Lake District; a holiday I had been waiting for as Ben, my husband, is from the Lake District and spent the first half of his childhood there, but I am yet to go. However, it was cancelled only two weeks before the summer half term as there was a water leak in the property we were staying in. They were unable to repair all the damage in time for our stay, so refunded us our money.
It was only a couple of weeks until the half term and with travel abroad still banned, EVERYONE in the UK was going on holiday to the UK. It was short notice to book somewhere and I was up until the early hours searching for a week away that didn’t cost the Earth!
Luckily, it all planned out really well. We had decided to relocate and move to Cornwall and had put our house on the market. We were actually discussing whether it would be better to have a holiday to Cornwall in case we needed to house hunt, so we took the cancellation of the Lake District holiday as a sign we were supposed to go to Cornwall.
I think the world and it’s wife (or the UK and it’s wife) were going to Cornwall in half term!
There wasn’t a single property left on Airbnb which is my preferred way to book accommodation, but luckily I stumbled across Cornwall Cottages and found the
Gwel An Koos holiday cottage in Bodmin available for the entire half term. What a find!
Phew! Half asleep I entered my card payment details and hoped it really was available. They emailed the next day to confirm it was and we were booked. Panic over. We still had a family holiday for half term and if we needed to house hunt in Cornwall we could. Ideal.
And we did sell our house just days before the half term, so we had a mad rush of checking Cornwall for properties for sale and booking viewings whilst we were there. Amazingly we found a property in just a few days and all being well with our full mortgage application we’ll be moving to Cornwall in a few months. So exciting!
Our holiday was therefore part looking for houses, but also part holiday and exploring more of the north coast of Cornwall with the kids in-between viewings, using our holiday cottage in Bodmin purely as a base. We are yet to explore Bodmin, the woods and moors.
7 night family holiday to Cornwall – photo diary
Here is a photo diary of our trip and all the beaches we visited.
If you’re looking for places to visit in Cornwall then I have some great recommendations from our holiday.
We left home at around 5am! Ben set an alarm for 4am and woke everyone up. He was determined to miss the crazy half term traffic heading down to Devon and Cornwall on the Saturday of the half term, so made us go so early. It was really surprising how may cars there actually were on the road at this time, obviously going on holiday too with their caravans and roof rack storage. We weren’t the only crazy ones! The kids were troopers and got up without fuss, excited to snuggle up in our Mazda Bongo and be on our way. Porthtowan beach
Our first stop was Porthtowan Beach. We couldn’t check in to our holiday apartment until 5pm and we were at this beach before 9am! We had a house viewing this day in Chacewater, so we decided to check out one of the closest beaches which is why we ended up here. A lovely small beach with a scattering of unique houses on the cliff. We wandered across the beach and the kids splashed in the water for a while. We also grabbed a vegan friendly coffee at the cafe and noticed afterwards they do some incredible looking fruit smoothies that other customers had. If we go back I’ll be trying the smoothie for sure!
Reuben looking like a little dot as he heads off towards the sea!
The kids are so happy just playing with sand and rocks and splashing in the water. We are looking forward to lots of simple outdoor family time like this when we move to Cornwall.
Ben is happy to be at the beach too!
After a few rainy weeks in May, being so cold we still had our heating on at home, it was great to arrive to sunshine in Cornwall and wear our summer clothes.
Cool dude 🙂
Running away from the waves is one of the kids favourite things to do at the beach!
Taking a moment to watch the kids having fun.
Arg, the gift shop. The kids love gift shops, but we really hate all the plastic tat that inevitably ends up breaking and in the bin. Or played with once and chucked in a toybox never to be seen again. A waste of money and so wasteful and bad for the environment. I came to a compromise and the kids did too by allowing them metal and wooden buckets only, plus these plastic shark water shooters. Reuben would not let go of some water pistols, but all the plastic water pistols we’ve previously had at home end up breaking really quickly and going to landfill. Not good. I thought these shark shooters looked less breakable as they don’t have small parts and so should stand the test of time. Hopefully they will last years and not days. Perranporth beach
Aah, Perranporth beach, a place we have been to several times before as a family and Ben is very familiar with Perranporth… This grass carpark is great for parking and seeing the views!
The famous Sully bench! Well, famous to us 🙂 Ben’s grandparents moved to Perranporth from Truro when Ben’s Dad was around 16 and they lived here until they were too old to look after themselves. They loved Perranporth and this bench up above the beach and near the toilets (!) is in memory of them and their love of Perranporth. Ben spent many summer holidays as a child with his grandparents in Perranporth and has fond memories.
In memory of Grace and Lawrie Sully who loved this place.
These steps to the far left of Perranporth beach, when looking out to sea, are great fun to climb down. They end up on the rocks and then you climb over the rocks to get to the beach. Just be careful as they can be slippy!
The kids love to build trenches from the rivers of water to sandcastles. They will do this for hours, Ben too!
Aah, Perranporth. Around 2.2 miles of sand, waves, sand dunes and beautiful walks.
Super shark shooters and lots of pools of water for the kids to play in.
I left them digging trenches and playing in the pools to explore so of the surrounding dunes and cliffs. Soon they came up and met me for a walk over the sand dunes.
The kids playing in a giant hole on the beach in some windy sand! All kids need – a giant hole on a beach. Entertainment for hours! Until Reuben fell in and got a mouthful and noseful of sand. Oops!
A horse and its rider enjoying the beach at Perranporth too.
We went back the next day and the hole was much smaller than before 🙂 One good thing about Perranporth is the sand is really sandy – great for sandcastles and playing!
A lake in Perranporth not far from the beach, great for stopping on a bench or having a picnic. We got to see a family of geese and their goslings!
We noticed a takeaway with lots of vegan food options and Bella wanted to return for her birthday for a vegan hot dog! They were delicious!
Not too far up from the beach is a kids playpark. We viewed a house not far from here and the kids had a good play before.
Fun for adults at the park too!
Off to view a house. The park is behind us and some outdoor tennis courts.
Bella’s birthday and she wanted a hair wrap.
Happy birthday Bella and happy hair wrap 🙂 Godrevy lighthouse, seals and cliff walk
Beautiful Bella with views of The Towans and St Ives in the distance. We are off to walk along some cliffs to see Godrevy lighthouse and the views.
The sea is such a beautiful colour along the north coast of Cornwall. It always surprises me how blue it is.
The nearest cove was packed with people, so we escaped up to the cliffs and enjoyed the views of the lighthouse.
A perfect quiet and relaxing spot away from the crowds.
Seals! Can you see them? There were around 15 seals on the beach in a row. Larger black seals and smaller white seals. We were so lucky to see them on this protected beach (no humans allowed), as when we came back past after a short walk there were no seals to be seen!
Can you spot all the seals? Amazing cliff views here too. It makes me realise how we really are just living on land jutting out from the sea! Quite amazing and potentially so fragile.
Views of The Towans beach across the fields. Beautiful! The Towans
Wow, what a beach! One of the locals told us he goes to Hayle when the beaches at Perranporth and Newquay get too packed in the holidays and I can see why. There were a lot of people at The Towans beach, but it didn’t feel like it as it’s such a vast beach everyone is really spaced out. The beach is really long. Upton Towans beach is around 3 miles long, although some websites say 4 miles. When the tide is low all the Hayle beaches make one massive long sandy beach!
Sparkling clear water!
The kids had lots of fun splashing around in the sea, whilst we walked along the beach.
Lots of warm pools of water near the rocks to explore and cool off in.
We found a parking spot on the road and crossed the sand dunes to the beach.
Before the sand dunes was some sort of pond and protected nature reserve. Hollywell beach
Wow, wow, wow! Hollywell beach! My favourite of this trip and one we’ll be visiting lots more as residents of Cornwall in the not-so-far future! Sand dune mountains here! They were so high everyone was sliding down them on surfboards and bodyboards!
Lots of lovely greenery around this beach.
Up and over the sand dunes to find the main beach!
Looking cool. What’s over the top?
So many sand dunes! Sand dune mountains!
Here we come!
Aaaah, bliss! Love the rocks in the water. What a view to surprise us.
Hollywell beach, Newquay, Cornwall. What a great find!
Fun times with their new buckets.
Wading through the fast flowing river and cooling off our feet!
Off for a cliff top walk to see the views from up high.
Amazing sand dunes.
Sand dune mountains.
We had such great weather for the week. Only one spot of rain.
Hollywell beach, Cornwall
Love the rocks and the amazing sea colour.
A beach we will be so fond of when we live in Cornwall.
A river runs along the sand dunes at Hollywell Beach with giant patches of reeds, down to the beach and sea. There’s a large spot of sandy beach by the river and it’s the perfect place for the kids to play in shallow water. Newquay and Fistral Beach
Luckily we noticed this dinky plant based foods and smoothies cafe as we walked through Newquay. It was nearly lunchtime and we were hungry, so we stopped and had a smoothie each. They were delicious! Oak & Maple offer a smoothie/juice delivery service in Cornwall so I’ll be checking this out when we move to Cornwall 🙂
We stopped on Fistral Beach to do some moving house admin as we had an offer accepted on a house whilst walking to the beach! Hopefully we will be moving in 3-4 months if everything goes to plan!
The kids enjoyed a play on the beach whilst we rang estate agents and solicitors! Bella’s 9th birthday
Whilst in Cornwall it was Bella’s 9th birthday! She had a bit of an extended birthday as she saw some family before we went and some when we returned. Plus she picked a few things to do on holiday and decided she was having a two day birthday so opened half her gifts the day before!
Bella got a disco light for her bedroom and was super excited! You can see it on Reuben’s face!
More presents for the birthday girl, on her actual birthday here!
Birthday pizza at Bella’s request. We found a takeaway in St Agnes that did vegan pizzas and drove to a sea view to eat them. They were delicious!
Me and Ben had a vegan pizza with jackfruit – yum!
Bella and Ben got out to see the views at St Agnes. You can see our black Bongo in the background.
After St Agnes we stopped at Perranporth beach where Bella got a hair wrap as a birthday treat. Portholland (south coast)
Having found a house and no longer needing to house hunt, we went to see some family friends at Portholland on the south coast of Cornwall. We always try and visit when we are in Cornwall. They live on a farm and always take us for a ride in their tractor, up the hill through the fields with amazing sea views. Here’s me and the kids in the back of the tractor ready for our ride!
Off we go for our bumpy tractor ride up the hill…!
Reuben has a go at riding the tractor. He loves it and wants a tractor now!!
Ben has a go too!
Skimming rocks on the beach at West Portholland.
Lots of rocks to explore at West Portholland beach.
King of the castle.
Amazingly a horse rider came for a dip with their horse whilst we were at West Portholland beach. I’ve never seen a horse go so far into the sea before. At one point only its head was sticking out. She said she lived only a 20 minute ride away and often comes for a dip in the sea with her horse.
Bella having fun splashing in and out of the water with the horse behind her.
An interesting horse ride 🙂
This is one of my favourite photos from this holiday 🙂
West Portholland, Cornwall Tintagel Beach
After checking out of our holiday cottage, we went to Tintagel for a brief look before heading home. The actual castle ruins and bridge can only be accessed if you book a ticket in advance, but we just wanted to see it from afar and see the beach. Tintagel Beach is an amazing little spot which feels like it could be a pirate cove! There are rocks all around, a waterfall running down the cliff, castle ruins above and caves to explore.
Walking down the steps to Tintagel Beach.
This waterfall was amazing, coming down the rocky cliff to the sea.
Such a cool place. Back to the sea the water goes.
Tintagel beach. Waterfall, castle ruins and Merlin’s cave.
Tintagel feels very private.
Lovely water and scenery at Tintagel cove.
Looking out to sea.
Cool waterfalls on Tintagel beach.
Merlin’s Cave goes all the way through.
A grand opening to Merlin’s Cave at Tintagel, Cornwall.
The kids didn’t want to go too far into Merlin’s Cave!
Time to head home after lots of fun adventuring in Cornwall for 7 days.
But not before we stopped to check out this huge caterpillar, or ‘centipeter’ as Reuben told us several times it was called! Until next time…
Our next trip will be a weekend camping trip to Lynmouth in Devon. It’s one I had accidentally booked for the Easter holidays when I thought camping had opened back up, but I didn’t realise the toilets and showers weren’t allowed to open, so luckily they changed the date for us! Keep an eye on our
family travel diary for all our days out and travel adventures.