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    Top ten things to do in Cornwall

    Top ten things to do in Cornwall

    With half term rapidly approaching and Cornwall being the very best place to be, or at least we reckon so, we thought we'd put together our top ten things to do in Cornwall, just for you. We'd love to hear if you agree or if we've missed one of your favourites. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 1. Walk a stretch of coast path. With over 250 miles to choose from and boasting some of the absolute best views in Cornwall, the coast path is the perfect way to get out, blow the cobwebs away and work up an appetite! Top tips: Take snacks, swimming things and keep an eye out for dolphins! Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 2. Eat! Or at least take tea by the sea! How better to finish a coast path stomp than with a hearty meal or tea and cake. We've got a few favourite coastal cafes we can heartily recommend. The Poldhu beach cafe at Poldhu cove, Mullion, the Rockpool cafe at Mousehole - almost as if you're in the sea, and for an extra special meal how about the Porthgwidden Cafe, St Ives - you may recognise the latter 2 as locations from our previous catalogue shoots! Top tip: Grab a newlyn crab sandwich at the Rockpool cafe. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 3. Spend a day at the Tremenheere Sculpture gardens. A lush dramatic landscape, stream and large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting make Tremenheere (just around the corner from our studio) a great place for a day out. Discover the ever-changing art installations and have lunch at the Tremenheere kitchens. Top Tip: Make sure you leave time to visit 'artisan', the beautifully curated onsite shop with crafts by local and regional makers. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 4. Take a trip and a dip to the Jubilee Pool. Re-opening in May 2016 after 2 years of closure forced by severe damage sustained during winter storms, the beautiful art deco lido in Penzance is an absolute must for any visitor to Cornwall. You'll soon understand why residents have fought so hard to save the lido. Top tip: 10% of sales from any of our bathing beauties range goes directly to the 'save our lido' appeal for the Jubilee pool, so treat yourself! 5. Discover Cornwall's communications legacy at the Porthcurno Telegraph museum. Whilst this might not seem the most obvious day out, it's actually loads of fun! Great displays and appealing to all ages, it's worth a visit just to explore the world war two tunnels. Top Tip: After your visit make sure you head to the nearby beach which is bootiful (!) and the Minack theatre, perched on the cliffs nearby. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 6. Take the Silly onion (or Scillonian!) to the Isles of Scilly We weren't sure whether it was allowed to add this but in the end we thought 'what the hell, we love the Scilly Isles!' You can take a day trip to the islands on the wonderful Scillonian ferry (or by air if your sea legs aren't quite ready!) from Penzance, watching out for dolphins, seals and other marine life as you go. Once there you can island hop or just explore St Mary's, the main island. Top tip: If you have the time then our favourite island is St Agnes, make sure you find sticky toffee pudding whilst you're there! 7. Learn a new skill on a range of courses. If you find inspiration strikes in Cornwall then there's lots of great courses going on where you can learn all sorts of new skills, including cooking fish and making jewellery (not together!). Our favourites are courses at Bedruthan hotel, Cowslip Workshops and Fat Hen, for wild cooking! Top tip: If you attend a course at Bedruthan try and swing a visit to their sister hotel, the Scarlet, just to soak up the view (and perhaps a cocktail!) Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 8. Find mysterious goings on in the woods! Step into a magical land in the lovely setting of Tehidy Woods. Rogue theatre have been bringing  the woods to life with a unique blend of storytelling and theatre, all served up with humour and hot chocolate! It's a great day or night out and suitable for lots of ages. We always enjoy it! 9. Fill your lungs with Cornish air on an open top bus tour. Recommended by Gilly from the team, the open top bus is a brilliant way to explore west Cornwall and see sights you might not normally notice from a car. Top Tips: Gilly says hop off for a walk and lunch at the Tinners, discover some Cornish history at Geevor mine and take time for a wander in St Just, finishing up with cake at the Cook book cafe. We like her style! 10. And of course no trip to Cornwall is complete without a trip to St Ives and a visit to the Poppy Treffry shop! Some days you'll even find Poppy in the shop manning the counter and the shop is currently the only place in the world where you can see the full Poppy Treffry range in all it's glory. Perfect for souvenirs, gifts and memento's from your stay, plus you can let us know if you've ticked everything off the list above, and give us your own suggestions too! Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry  So there you have it, that's the Poppy Treffry, top ten things to do in Cornwall. We hope you find it useful and a little bit inspiring and please do let us know in the comments what you think and what you might have added, we hate to miss out on good stuff!

    A night at Bedruthan hotel

    Here's a little blog post bought to you by Faye from the team, all about a special night at the Bedruthan hotel (oooh!!).the view from our room the view from our room.

    So, last week I had the very great pleasure of a night at the Bedruthan hotel. With a big birthday in the family to celebrate and Father's day happening too I found a special 'one night only' deal at the hotel that was too good to resist. I've stayed at Bedruthan once before with a bunch of lovely fellow mums and we had a fab time, jumping in an ice cold swimming pool and having guilt free afternoon naps! I'm also familiar with it because we run our freehand machine embroidery courses there, stitching in such a beautiful location, what's not to love?!the boys in the jungle tumble the boys in the jungle tumble[/caption] This experience was set to be slightly different owing to the presence of two highly excitable infants who didn't know we were staying there until the big reveal, post lunch. But stop there, for LUNCH must be mentioned. Bedruthan had a special father's day menu consisting of one of the loveliest roasts known to woman, and I'm a veggie so praise indeed. Super friendly staff who genuinely seem happy to be there (and indeed many of the staff were the same as at my last visit, a year ago, always a good sign) made our lunch relaxing and enjoyable, with no worries about children climbing under the table and leaving a trail of destruction! "Living the dream"![/caption] After lunch we checked in, amidst sighs of 'oh mum, we are living the dream, this is epic"  from my eldest child, and general excitement from the younger. The afternoon passed in a happy haze of swimming (or drowning with that roast so recently consumed!), snack dinner for the boys, lounging whilst the kids played in the soft play and then had story time in the ball room, and general pleasantness until bedtime beckoned. But the fun didn't have to stop there. Once said children were in bed we were able to take advantage of the listening service provided free of charge where reception listen to your room and alert you if they hear any noise, the youngest must have fallen out of bed quietly as we didn't get  a call for that but he survived and carried on sleeping happily on the floor! the ballroom the ballroom.

    What a treat to go for dinner and a cocktail whilst the kids have had a fab time too! And the food was beautiful, we ate in the Wild Cafe for all our meals but there is also a 'fine dining' restaurant called The Herrings, which looks lovely too, we just really like the Wild Cafe! The next morning we awoke to good looking surf (and so happy husband!) and one of the best breakfast buffets known to child (and it's parents!) Big child had a game plan and made sure he didn't overeat any one thing so that he could fit plenty of choice, hence only one bowl from the giant coco pop dish, 'I have to leave room for my fry-up mum!' We then spent a lovely day relaxing, enjoying the pool once more and the outside play area and a bit more jungle tumble in the soft play. can we stay here?! can we stay here?!

    And after a lovely lunch, only slightly interrupted by the promise that, if any one of us spotted a dolphin or a whale we could stay another night - those of you with children will understand how hard it was to peel their faces from the windows with the sea views!- we bid a sad farewell to our home for the night and made the journey home, with promises that we could come back one day! In fact I'm going back next weekend for a bread making course with Baker Tom which I am very excited about and will report back on. You too could head there, take a look at Bedruthan's website and all the fab breaks they offer, including one more date this year with our very own Poppy Treffry! You can stay at the hotel, enjoy their breakfast buffet, lovely food and swim and spa plus learn a fab new skill from a variety of talented teachers. As the big child said 'That is living the dream. It's not good... It's epic!!!'