Relaxed, refreshed, revived and we have found a new bit of ourselves. That is how we feel after our week away at the fabulous Trevella Holiday Park in Crantock near Newquay. We have fallen a little bit in love with the Cornish countryside this past week. Last Saturday we packed the car like they had no shops in Crantock and left our busy lives full of computer technology, Ipads, Ipods, Ds’s and Xboxes and travelled a few hundred miles to an oasis of calm. I have been lucky this summer and had three breaks, firstly we visited center parcs which was fast paced and busy, secondly Chloe and I relaxed in Spain and this week we have been to Trevella Holiday Park.
Trevella is way more than just a base to lay your head. We arrived after a pretty long journey and were warmly greeted by reception and we were shown to our superior caravan and were immediately impressed with both its size and its facilities. The beds are made on arrival which made it feel homely straight away.
The holiday was time to really connect as a family and we found ourselves really getting involved with everything Trevella offered. They have recently started a Ranger Programme and Wayne teaches the children the art of crabbing, pond dipping and fishing. As a family this was new to us, I am very much a lie on the beach girl but I found myself getting involved. The children loved the activities, Dylan followed Wayne about like he was a superhero. Dylan kept checking the ranger board to see what was on offer. The ranger programme has definitely bought us closer to nature and closer to each other. It was a time to really bond and chat with our children. Firstly we went pond dipping, we learnt lots and had fun. Even Erin was able to get involved and naturally she thought she was the best!
Each session last a couple of hours and I fully recommend getting involved. Both Erin and Dylan earnt a certificate for joining in with so many activities. Night-time also offered different experiences as we joined in on a story walk. As a teacher it was a joy to see so many boys fully involved and enjoying the story, encouraging boys with literacy is not always easy. It started with a walk, the storyteller had props which appeared throughout the walk. We ended up sitting a tee-pee enthralled and capitivated until 9pm.
We also went rock pooling and I can’t believe how easy it was to catch crabs, yet it is something we had never done. The children loved it and I think the fact that it is so easy and you catch so many crabs gives the children a real buzz. They are not waiting around results are pretty quick. Yet again Wayne was really knowledgeable teaching the children as they went along and explaining about nature. We all know hands on is the best way for children to learn – well not just children but for everyone to learn. Crantock, where we went, is just a 20 minute stroll away from the site, walking through fields and the gorgeous surroundings.
In addition to trying these new activities we went to the beach, where the children played really well together. Holywell Bay is a firm favourite as there are plenty of safe places for Erin to paddle in the water without going all the way down to the sea. Other local attractions include Flambards, Newquay Zoo and many beautiful villages like Padstow. There is simply so much to choose from.
Another highlight was fishing at the Trevella Lake. There are two lakes and you are encouraged to have a go, their premise is the grass is for playing so step on it! We had taken a rod that we had no idea how to use. Again we signed up for a fishing lesson and although equipment can be provided Wayne taught Dylan and Chloe how to use our rod. The lake is stacked with fish and we caught well over 15 in a matter of an hour. Again it was a great family time and something that I have really treasured from this holiday. We all came together. Nobody was bored and asking for the technology that dominates our lives so much (apart from me taking pictures and tweeting about how good it all was).
I love this photo of Chloe and Lee spending quality time together and really enjoying each others company.
Chloe probably surprised me the most. Dylan loves all activities like this which is why he adores cubs so much. However Chloe is very vain and image conscious, yet all that disappeared by the wayside. She probably enjoyed the fishing the most and exclaimed we need to do this more as a family. I guess it shows that even our teenagers want to be with their family and treasure the relationships that can be strengthened on a holiday like this.
Facilities on the campsite also include mini golf at the bargain price of 30p ago, an outdoor heated swimming pool and a small pets corner. Another example they are not all about maximizing profit but encouraging kids to play. Erin had a go at golf and got a lucky hole in one which made her run about like an absolute loon! There are also playgrounds for both younger children and older tweens.
For us this holiday has been a real eye opener. We have enjoyed new experiences and spent time together in way we never do on package holidays abroad. We have already vowed to do more things like this as a family. We live in such a fast paced environment it has been an absolute privilege to spend quality time together as a family. We have really reconnected and I have come away with a huge smile on my face which I thank Trevella Park for. Having a toddler, tween and teen it is not always easy to the balance right. This week we did.
Disclosure: We were given accommodation at Trevella Park for the purpose of this review but all thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own. I am also entering this post into the Travel Supermarket holiday postcards competition.
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