We’ve just come back from an amazing camping trip to Cornwall. Remarkably, and in contrast to what usually happens, we had good weather, while the rest of the country was thinking of building an ark! We were staying at our favourite family campsite in our favourite secret corner of Cornwall, the arty and picturesque Roseland Peninsula.
No one can claim that staying on a cliff top is going to be less than bracing but the views more than make up for it, as does the joy of the children who rush out to feed the animals and collect the eggs at 10am every morning.
We met up with friends there this year and took the ferry from St Mawes to Falmouth or just hunted for sea glass on the beautiful empty beaches. Bliss!
Our one wet day took us to new Cornish Tin Mining museum and arts centre Heartlands. This place is a real gem. Funded by lottery and European Development money in the main, it is a lesson in how to preserve an industrial history and landscape. The exhibits were also brilliantly well thought out and really engaged the kids who got to dress up as miners and play a fantastic board game that really brought home the hardships of mining life. It was a joy to see my four year old hook up with a passing four year old girl to play this.
On top of all of this there are also events, a great cafe (best. hogs. pudding. ever!) and some fledgling art shops and workshops. We bought some fab Seb West prints of St Ives (where we got married) and fell in love with everything in the Four Seven Collective – one of the artists studios on site. This is the brainchild of Louise Gale and we bought one of her lovely Cornish cottage pictures. Needless to say the yarn bombed bike outside was a big attraction too!
Most of the studios on site have workshops and courses on offer as well. There are various art installations on site too as well as fantastic grounds and an adventure playground but given the rain we didn’t make the best of these. Hit St Ives after that (as we did) and enjoy a walk on the harbour and a burger at Blas (best. burgers. ever!)
Can’t wait to get back to Cornwall, you should go, just don’t tell everyone how beautiful it is!
Keep the vintage love xx