Days Out: Newquay Aquarium, Cornwall

We’ve always been suckers for an Aquarium, often looking if a town or city has one if we’re visiting somewhere new or when we’re on holiday, which makes it no surprise that when we visit Cornwall we always visit Newquay Aquarium.

Located right down on the seafront, just off the main high street, it’s another one of our favourite places to visit as it’s the perfect size to visit for a morning before heading to explore the town or spend the afternoon at the beach.

We spent our first full day of our holiday here as it was just down the road to where we were staying in Perranporth. Here’s what we got up to.

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Days Out: Healey’s Cyder Farm, Cornwall

We’ve been visiting Healeys Cyder Farm ever since we visited Cornwall over ten years ago, although back then it was just called the ‘Cornish Cyder Farm’! It’s always been one of our favourite places to visit, so much so that even when we were staying in South Cornwall we made a trip to the farm on the way back home.

Created in the late 80’s under the name of ‘Callestock Cyder Farm’ the farm has certainly developed over the years, but despite this it is still polite in size and has a warm family feel to it.

Here’s what we got up to when we visited recently during our trip to Cornwall.

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Days Out: Eden Project, Cornwall [AD – Press Trip]

It was over ten years ago when Sharon and I first visited the Eden Project. We had just started dating and it was also our first proper holiday together. Embarrassingly, it didn’t start off too well due to the fact that I was completely unaware how bad Sharon suffered with Hayfever. She’s much better now, but at the time it probably wasn’t the best suggestion to take someone with Hayfever and mild Asthma to a place with tropical, hilly climates and thousands of plants(!).

That being said, despite the situation at hand, we still had a wonderful time, because the Eden Project is just that kind of place. It’s an awe inspiring mecca of sustainable living where you leave feeling incredibly motivated and empowered. A real Cornish gem.

If you haven’t been to the Eden Project, or would like to know more, let me explain what it’s about.

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Our Holiday to Cornwall (2019)

Before we found Dorset, Cornwall was always our happy place. Our home away from home. Our go-to destination for holidays. If it’s not the beaches we love, it’s the laid back atmosphere that comes with Cornwall being a surfers paradise. Before T came along, Sharon and I had been visiting Cornwall on and off (every other holiday was a visit to Cornwall) for years – it was even our first holiday together as a couple! We just love the area and actually feel more at home here than in Sussex.

Despite our love for Cornwall though, it’s a rather long way away from Sussex with a child, so when choosing our holiday we often opted for Dorset when deciding to visit the West Country as it’s only 3-4 hours away in comparison to the potential 6-8 hour journey to Cornwall. The last time we visited (gosh, this is an old post!) T was only a few months old and the journey wasn’t *great* so we decided to leave it a little while before visiting again – leading us to where we are now.

After years of waiting for the right time, we finally decided to book a holiday to Cornwall.

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Review: Cornish Whispers. 

Our home is definitely where the heart is. It’s where we show people who we really are. What we like. It’s a place where we show our best family photos and where we are most happy.


Nowadays our home probably looks more like a shrine to our son, what with the mountain of toys and clothes we’re “collecting” – not to mention photos – however he made us the proudest people alive when he arrived. A family.

Over time we’ve collected memories and artefacts; from holidays to certain events in our life and his. Metaphorical trophies and awards. Every day we add to the pile that needs to framed and put up on a wall somewhere, or into his keepsake box.

As cheesy and disgustingly corny as it sounds, we really enjoy making and then storing memories.

Cornish Whispers are a family business run by Husband and Wife, Adam and Emily. They too enjoy capturing the essence of family, and create handmade and personal gifts for the family.

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From bespoke party favours and invitations, to wooden artwork ranging from plaques to fairy doors, they create beautiful pieces of art; handcrafted with their own personal touch.

When we were invited to shop with them, we instantly chose one of their gorgeous family tree wall pieces.

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Priced from £25.00 you can have up to six names (further names are £5 each) placed within a handcrafted tree, finished within a connecting frame.

Choosing what style of wood you would like means you can design it around your home. We chose aged birch, however there is a choice of Mahogany, Oak, and Walnut.

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Other options include further engraving, or different artwork sizes. Delivery is surprisingly quick, and the item is securely packaged.

We really like this piece (especially as it smells amazing) and have placed it our lounge, however I’ve seen others place it in their garden which is a wonderful idea.

Photos will always rank highly in our home, but something a little bit different, a little bit quirky, is always a win on our home as well.

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We were offered a hand crafted family tree to the cost of £25 for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Our First Family Holiday 

We’ve been going to Cornwall every year since the wife and I got together. It was our place to escape. To relax. We’ve been to other parts of the West Country but Cornwall is and will always be our favourite. So naturally, when it came to having our first family holiday, we wanted to go to Cornwall.

It was a sudden booking as we’d already booked a holiday to Wales, but with S having a stressful time at work and not really having a proper family “break” since her paternity leave (if you can count it as a break), we needed to get away before our break to Wales.

After packing everything bar the kitchen sink we were ready to go. We left at 8am by the time T woke and had breakfast on the way. For a 6 hour journey we planned 2-3 stops depending on how T was, this seemed pretty reasonable as T is guaranteed to sleep whenever he’s in the car.

Our first two stops went according to plan – T had slept from home and between both stops. As we arrived at Exeter this is where it went a bit downhill. As we drove to our final destination, only a mere 90 minutes to go, T was getting fed up of being in the car seat. We were so close and yet so far. This then lead to lots of tears (from both parties), singing, and desperate attempts to keep T happy, but we finally arrived.

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We stayed in your typical holiday park caravan (as it tells us we’re definitely on holiday!) which we promptly made our own, and did something every day. We visited Lands End, Penzance, Paradise Park, St. Ives, and Cyder Farms. We gorged on cream teas, fudge, ice cream, and pasties. We also went swimming on site a few times. We had such a great time.

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The journey back was unfortunately hellish as we left a bit late which meant that we were still driving by the time T’s bedtime rolled round. This lead to us unpacking and repacking the car somewhere near Southampton so that S could keep T company in the back which worked.

We’ll certainly think about distance next time we go on holiday but nevertheless, we still had a great time and really didn’t want to go home!

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We received no compensation for using the links in this post, we just think they’re great places to visit!