For me, a proper holiday involves getting on a plane and travelling abroad. I love to experience new cultures, sights and sounds and there is nothing more exciting than visiting a new country for the first time.
And then I had kids. Three of them. I now use the term ‘holiday’ very loosely when travelling!
Whilst I love travelling with my kids, my holiday priorities have completely changed. A holiday now involves going somewhere which has something for everyone, involves minimal stress and is budget friendly.
With this is mind, we decided to have a staycation and go glamping in Cornwall this year.
With the weather on our side, we were spoilt for choice with stunning beaches.
Our favourite beach, Porthpean Beach, was ideal for families as not only was parking extremely easy, but there were toilets and you could get coffee and lunch in under 5 minutes.
We spent most of our time on the beach watching the kids play in the water or go crabbing. The beach wasn’t packed and there were also lots of watersports available which was great.
In addition to the beach, we also did some sightseeing and were lucky enough to stumble across a picturesque fishing village called Polperro.
Walking around Polperro you are quickly mesmerised by the charms of this unique place. With its quaint cottages, friendly locals and winding streets, you can easily spend an afternoon here. We had a delicious lunch and went on a boat ride where we learned about the history of the area.
As no trip to Cornwall would be complete without visiting the Eden Project, we also decided to go there.
We started our journey in the largest indoor rainforest in the world and tasted a baobab smoothie before heading to the Mediterranean biome where the kids enjoyed a magical story time. We then switched gear and went to the dig pit to uncover dinosaur bones and even saw a ‘real’ dinosaur which took everyone by surprise.
After a delicious and nutritious lunch, we then ventured to The Core where the giant nutcracker was a big hit and, whilst the older kids explored with their Dad, my toddler and I visited the soft-play area. Add to this, climbing frames, ice-creams, stunning outdoor gardens and you have fantastic day out which all the family can enjoy.
Oh yes, and I also zip wired my way across the entire Eden Project with Hangloose Adventure which was absolutely brilliant! I will never forget the look on the kids faces when I came flying towards them as they couldn’t quite believe what I had just done.
However, aside from the beaches, fishing villages and attractions, the biggest surprise of all was glamping and how it made the holiday more fun for everyone.
Glamping is basically camping without, you know, actually having to camp! You simply turn up and your wigwam/bell tent/camping pod (to name a few) is there waiting for you along with all the creature comforts you need for a few days.
Our first stop was Penbugle Farm located in St. Keyne near Liskeard.
From the second we checked in, it was clear to see why glamping and children are the perfect combination.
The kids thought the wigwam was AMAZING and having decided which bed was theirs proceeded to run off and play in the field for the rest of the evening. They made friends, played football and even saw some animals as it is a working farm.
Had we checked into a hotel, they would have probably spent the entire evening indoors watching television and the closest they would have got to animals would have been Big Barn Farm on CBeebies!
We then had dinner and ended the day by toasting marshmallows on the fire.
Before lights out a little voice muttered “Best day ever” before falling asleep. What more could you ask for!
Our second stop was YHA Eden Project which, funnily enough, is located walking distance of the Eden Project!
As it is part of the YHA, the site was a lot bigger with more facilities. Checking in, I felt like I was backpacking again as that familiar sense of camaraderie was everywhere.
The staff were friendly, the communal area was a great spot to sit and have a coffee and it was full of like minded families.
Our bell tent was brilliant and a really unique place to stay. It was extremely spacious and having duvets and pillows was an added bonus. The view from our decking was amazing and the kids loved playing inside and outside of the tent.
I thought I would mind having to use communal toilets and showers but they were always so close and clean that it didn’t really matter.
Overall, watching the kids playing outside, it made me realise how nice it is to be this close to nature.
Whilst you can’t beat a nice hotel, every now and again it’s great to simply enjoy the great outdoors and feel the grass on your feet and the wind in your hair. And if you can save some money at the same time then why not!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our budget adventure in Cornwall.
If you thinking about trying glamping for the first time, then I hope this blog has inspired you to give it a go. You won’t regret it!
We will ‘Carry on Glamping’ forever!
Please note, this is not a sponsored post. We paid for the entire trip ourselves.
Located in St. Keyne near Liskeard.
Wigwam Costs: From £70 a night for 2 adults and 3 children. See website for details.
Site Facilities: Parking and shared toilets, showers and kitchen. Fire wood and marshmallows available to purchase.
Wigwam Facilities: Fridge, toaster, kettle, lights and electrical points.
YHA Eden Project
Bell Tent Costs: From £89 a night for 2 adults and 3 children. See website for details
Site Facilities: Parking and shared toilets, showers, limited self-catering facilities. The YHA reception also has a café, bar, lounge area and provides on site meals.
Bell Tent Facilities: You only have a solar powered light in the tent. There are no electrical points.