Five Go Mad in Devon and Cornwall

Excuse me going a bit Alan Carr for a moment, but what a month it's been!  We headed west about a month ago for a long holiday around Devon and Cornwall, came home for a couple of days to frantically catch up with laundry and post, then stayed in Southampton for the weekend on a review trip, and then headed off to Butlins for a week.  Our feet have barely touched the ground!  Look out for lots of reviews of all the fabulous places we stayed and visited coming soon, but here's a quick run down, and lots of photos, of all the fun we had.

We started off visiting Steve's parents in Exmouth, where we spent time on the beach, at the playground, in the park admiring the stunning blossom, and making colourful monsters to hide in the undergrowth and scare granddad with!

We then set off an epic journey, punctuated by what seemed like a wee or snack stop at every third layby, to St Ives, where we stayed at the lovely Tregenna Castle Hotel.  The weather was wonderful for all but one of our days there, and the views from the hotel are stunning.

With essential stops at Marazion for St Michael's Mount and St Ives for a mooch about, a little bit of shopping and a lovely lunch c/o Pizza Express, we were kept busy.

An afternoon on the beach at Sennen Cove was most welcome and we stayed resolutely British, staying put on the beach as it drizzled on and off and the grey clouds rolled in.  Although I can report that, despite the rain, the Atlantic was rather warmer than the Channel when we were beach-hopping!

Our next stop was the stunning Ruthern Valley where we stayed in one of their fun wooden wigwams and made trips to the Screech Owl Sanctuary, the Eden Project, and a fun chips & chips in the harbour evening in Padstow.  We could have just stayed on site though, it was such a beautiful location that we will definitely be going back soon.

Next stop was back into Devon for the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth, then a lovely lunch at the Venus Cafe on the beach at Blackpool Sands.  Another grey day, but another beach to ourselves, which suits us perfectly!  Blackpool Sands is a bit of a misnomer as the beach is fine gravelly shingle, but it is such a pretty little cove.  And the food at the Venus Cafe is outstanding, we had a full lunch and still went back for tea and cakes to take away later!

We couldn't pass through the English Riviera without visiting the beautiful black swans at Dawlish, and there were plenty of other residents and visitors to draw the our and the girls' interest too.  Not that we're wildlife obsessed or anything...

Back to Exmouth again and on to the beach for the day, where Lara 'planted' a tree and created a vast sand palace complex with a volcano at its centre.

Our last stop was at stunning Ladram Bay, near Budleigh Salterton, where we had fabulous weather and lots of time to relax and have fun.  Look out for our review coming soon!

We finished our holiday back at Teignmouth for the afternoon in one of the girls' favourite playgrounds and splash parks, and then on the beach with buckets, spades and ice creams.  The perfect end to a fab holiday.

Sophia's UV suit c/o Platypus

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