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    Easter holidays in Cornwall

      After a pretty wet and windy February and March we're all really looking forward to the Easter holidays here in Cornwall, a time when the weather is supposed to be brighter and more spring like. (Take note weather!) We know lots of you are in Cornwall for Easter and so we asked the team at Poppy Treffry how they would be spending the Easter break, ready to share with you all. And so this is our list of things to do if you're visiting Cornwall this Easter: The National Trust at Godolphin Estate near Helston are holding a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt throughout the holidays for the children. It’s an historic house with beautiful gardens and so well worth a visit for adults too. Find out more here. easter themed egg cosy by poppy treffry Want to take Easter to the Egg-streme?! Have a go at Coasteering with St Ives Surf School. Jumping off rocks, climbing, swimming and kayaking are definitely for the more adventurous types, but all that exercise means you'll have earned your Easter egg! Find out more here. coasteering in cornwall with st ives surf school A few members of the team suggested a wander around Levant Mine at Botallack. They made it sound very innocent but we have a feeling they mean in search of Ross Poldark himself, although can you blame them?! And ok, so he might not be filming there at Easter, but it’s still a beautiful stretch of unspoilt Cornish coastline between St Ives and Lands End to explore. levant mine at Botallack On Easter Sunday (16th April) you could have a go at Egg Rolling in Padstow? Decorate a hard boiled egg, take it to Duke Street for midday and help raise funds for the Padstow RNLI lifeboat - whilst having some fun too, yay! easter egg cosies and treat pots by poppy treffry And if you prefer bikes to eggs (?!) then in North Cornwall, the spectacular Easter Egg Run is an annual charity event organised by a group of motorcyclists and also held on Easter Sunday. Ride off is at 11am from Davidstow Airfield, near Camelford, where often in excess of 200 riders and their pillions raise money for local children’s charities across the county, quite a sight to behold. Find out more here. easter egg run davidstow on motorcycles And if none of that tickles your fancy then how about creating your own family Easter traditions? Some members of the team who we won't name (but surnames are Treffry!)  have a tradition from childhood. You hard boil some eggs and then carry them up a hill balancing them on a spoon. It's a race to the top where you can stop and enjoy the view, or have an egg hunt, and you then have to race back down the hill batting the egg with a stick. The one who makes it to the bottom first and still has some egg is the winner. Any good Cornish hill would be great for this but tried and tested favourites are Carn Brea, Bray Down and Roughtor! eggs on spoons ready for easter fun If you like the idea of something a little more active but less egg based then you could cycle along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. Beautiful scenery along the former railway track, it’s an easy ride of just over five miles, with many options for refreshments when you reach Padstow! Look out for Oystercatchers along the way. oyster catch beach bag by poppy treffry And speaking of refreshments... when you do get to Padstow, the team highly recommend a visit to Cherry Trees café on the Harbour to sample some of their amazing cakes. Oh and that just happens to be next door to our Padstow shop, well what a coincidence! cherry trees cafe in padstow And if all else fails then you'll always find a hundred nooks and crannies to hide eggs behind down on the Cornish coast line. Let's just hope the weather gets the memo! We hope you enjoyed our little list and we'd love to hear from you if you've got suggestions we should try out this Easter - do get in touch via the comments here or over on our facebook page and let us know.  

    Things to do in February half term (in Cornwall!)

    It would seem we've almost arrived at February half term already, how did we get here?! With a pretty mild winter so far it feels like Spring is just around the corner, yippee! But before we get carried away lets think about some fun things to do during half term, if you find yourselves in Cornwall and at a loose end. Poppy Treffry outside her shop in padstow Of course anything we tell you about things to do in Cornwall always has to start with a visit to one of our shops, either in Padstow or St Ives. Check out our shop page for full opening hours but we expect to see you for a visit! cycle the camel trail to padstow If you're heading to see us in Padstow then it would be rude not to arrive by bike! The camel trail is a lovely flat cycle path that you can follow all the way from St Breward to Padstow, approx 18 miles, or you can start at Bodmin or Wadebridge for a shorter ride. It's a lovely way to approach Padstow and good fun for all the family, with plenty of bike hire available. (Nice on foot too.) strong adolfos cafe in wadebridge And if you find yourself in Wadebridge for the Camel trail then we also recommend a trip to Strong Adolfo's, big on cakes and fika time, and generally a very lovely place to stop for a cuppa. cardinham woods cafe near bodmin And if the camel trail feels a bit pedestrian to you (and you decide to drive or catch a ferry over to visit our shop on another day) then try Cardinham Woods where there are various bike trails for different abilities and, because we're all about the cake, a very lovely cafe! cowrie hunting in cornwall When we discussed as a team favourite things to do in Cornwall, hunting for cowrie shells came up quite a few times. No-one was keen to share their secret spots (meanies!) but we can tell you that the south coast seems to be better for discovering these precious treasures and the further into west Cornwall you go the better, which leads neatly onto visiting our shop in St Ives! st erth to st ives trainAnd just as we strongly insist you arrive by bike to our Padstow shop, so we encourage you to take the train for St Ives. Rightly known as one of the most beautiful railway lines in the country this short journey will mean you avoid any of the (well publicised) parking issues in St Ives and navigating narrow streets and arrive calm, relaxed and having enjoyed stunning cliff top views. Obviously because it's Feb half term we're talking about we can't guarantee blue skies and warmth but it's Cornwall, you always need a coat just in case! st ives mermaid Whilst you're in St Ives it's worth checking out whether the St Ives Mermaid will be appearing anywhere. This wonderful, mystical creature can often be found appearing on St Ives beaches, much to the delight of children and adults alike. Who doesn't love a mermaid?! You can find out more about the St Ives Mermaid over on her instagram account. sea swims in cornwallOr you could always make like your own mermaid and enjoy a dip of your own. Those familiar with us here at Team Treffry know that we love a bit of cold water swimming/jumping in, shrieking and getting out! It generally means you've earned the tea and cake! Poppy outside St Ives shop So once you've cycled your bike, eaten some cake, found some shells, swum in the sea then eaten some more cake (phew!) finish your journey at our St Ives shop. Re-opening on the 11th Feb from it's spring cleaning, you'll find the largest selection of our colourful range you could ever hope to find and a warm welcome from our friendly shop team. tea cups tea towel by poppy treffry So there you have it. Let us know if you've got suggestions for things to do during February half term in Cornwall and definitely let us know if you get up to any of the above. And if it rains for the entire week, which is not beyond the realms, then tuck up in a cafe with a view, a good book, entertainment for anyone that's with you and enjoy some Cornish peace!

    Our five in St Ives!

      Following on from our previous post about the top ten things to do in Cornwall we wanted to focus in a little bit more on dear St Ives, home of the Poppy Treffry shop and some of the best, most beautiful beaches in the world! So are you heading to St Ives? Planning to visit soon? Here's our top 5 things you should do in St Ives, let us know what you would have put on your list - there's no right and wrong (apart from visiting our shop, that should always be on there!) Poppy Treffry shop in St Ives

    1. Visit the Poppy Treffry St Ives shop.

    We're leading with this mainly because we can! We might be biased but other people have told us how much they love the shop. Come along and see for yourself. You'll find the entire Poppy Treffry range, pieces you won't find on our website, one offs and quirky collectables Poppy sources from time to time. And if you pop to the website you can even find a 10% voucher to use in the shop. Right here. Hepworth gallery St Ives

    2. Barbara Hepworth museum.

    Not far from the Poppy Treffry shop you'll find the Barbara Hepworth museum and we say definitely make time for a visit. The house and garden are home to the largest group of Hepworth's works and there is real inspiration to be found here. (The image above is from our 'St Ives Snaps' competition a few years ago, thanks to Catherine Parry for this beautiful image from the gardens.) More info here. Cornish cream tea in St Ives

    3. An Island walk for tea and cake.

    As you can imagine no list from Team Treffry is complete without a tea and cake stop! In St Ives we recommend a walk around 'the island' from Porthmeor beach, towards Porthgwidden for tea and cake, or you could grab a lovely take away from the allotment deli on fore street to take with you. (Another St Ives Snaps entry here, our cream teas don't hang around long enough for pics! Thanks to Nicola Kriegeleder for this one) St Ives poster

    4. Learn to draw, and much much more!

    If you want a little bit of culture on your break then there are all sorts of courses to choose from whilst you're in St Ives. Our top picks are life drawing classes at the St Ives School of Painting within Porthmeor studios, inspirational and affordable. You'll also find a creative collection of courses over at Barnoon workshops, from 'drop in and draw' to 'play your guitar'. Full details here. cornish fishing boats

    5. John Knill Celebrations.

    Finally lucky visitors to St Ives this year (2016) might happen upon the celebrations which are carried out in memory of John Knill once every five years, making them an excellent excuse for a good old Cornish knees up! Celebrations take place on July 25th and involve dancing and a procession, and perhaps a smidgen of drink! There's a bit more info here. The last image is a gratuitous beautiful shot of St Ives boats, just to transport you to this beautiful place! (Thanks to Amy Moore for this shortlisted entry from the St Ives Snaps competition.). So that's our top 5, although we could probably have come up with a top 50 as it's pretty hard to choose. You'll just have to come and see for yourself, and we hope to see you in the Poppy Treffry shop when you do.