Jubilee Pool

DSC_1643.JPGOpening this summer, after a £3 million upgrade (following damaging storms in 2014 which nearly caused its closure) Jubilee Pool should be on everyones to do list this year.

I am not a big sea swimmer in fact you can probably count on one hand the number of times I have swum in English waters over the past 15 years, so taking a dip an unheated pool isn’t necessarily the first thing I think of doing on a sunny day in Cornwall. However, when I saw some stunning photos of the refurbishment by Adam Gibbard, I was determined to make a visit this summer.

As it turns out I didn’t have to wait long as the opening bank holiday weekend in late May offered perfect weather and finding ourselves without anything planned we packed our wetsuits and headed west to Penzance.

So, my only moan – there’s no dedicated parking and arriving after lunch meant we had to park a good 10 minute walk away.

Although it was a little windy, the shape of the art deco complex means that you can find yourselves a sheltered spot no matter what direction the wind is blowing. There are seats and tables located around the pool and we managed to bagsy a bench.

And the water…… Well it wasn’t as cold as I was expecting! Apparently it was 19 degrees – warmed by a couple of days of sun preceeding our visit. I borrowed a shorty wetsuit and that helped with the chill, but I almost think I could have gone in without one (or maybe not!).

The kiddies pool is great for toddlers and those learning to swim. The shallow end of the main pool is 1m but it drops away quite fast and our kids got out of their depth really quickly so preferred the smaller (and slightly warmer) pool.

In between swims we walked around the pool and at the far end you can catch glimpses of arguably West Cornwalls most famous landmark –  St Michaels Mount.

A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children was £13.40 for locals but unlike other pools where you can get thrown out when it gets busy you can stay there all day so offers good value for money. Spectators only pay £2, so even if you don’t fancy a swim it is still somewhere you can enjoy a sunny day and on Tuesdays they are open till 8pm.

There is a café onsite selling hot drinks and chips which is great to warm yourselves up after a dip.

I would recommend a visit to everyone of all ages. There was a lovely atmosphere with people really enjoying this revitalised attraction and I will definitely be making a return visit!

http://www.jubileepool.co.uk

 

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Cornish Pisky Pal Trail – Roskilly’s Farm

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The trouble with entertaining children during the school holidays is how the costs can easily add up. Even a visit to the beach can result in parting with up to £20 by the time you’ve shelled out for drinks, ice creams, bouncy castles and car parking.

I’ve come to the conclusion that this is just something I have to accept however, I am always on the look out for cheap activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

I had come across the Cornish Pisky Pal Trails on Facebook (it really is my number one source of information of fun things to do!). Normally the trails are set around the village of Coverack on the Lizard, but for the late May bank holiday Roskillys Farm hosted the handmade three inch piskies.

The trail consisted of 39 small named piskies which were hidden around the farm and woodland (there was a shorter trail which would have been appropriate for preschoolers). After purchasing two trails at £2.50 each we set out with our directions to find the numbered willow markers. When you find one of the markers, you look for a Cornish Pisky Pal hiding nearby. These are well hidden,  in fact much harder than I was expecting. You then write the name of the pisky next to it’s number and then the first letter of each pisky’s names are put together to make a Cornish Pisky Pals phrase (I won’t give it away!!!).

The trails were perfect for our 5 and 7 year olds. They needed a little help finding the markers (we couldn’t find three of them) and we made sure that they followed the directions but the nature of the set up is that it is suitable for all primary aged school children. The weather was dry which was perfect so it is a good cheap day activity when the sun isn’t out enough to go to the beach – even with light drizzle it would be ok if you are dressed appropriately.

We spent just under two hours on the trail and returned to the Roskillys cafe where we had hoped to reward ourselves with a pasty, but they had run out so we had to make do with ice cream instead! We also had time to visit the farmyard animals before we headed home and met a very noisy goat.

If I have one criticism it is that the first few piskies were hidden in the hedge along the road. There were quite a few cars moving around and that meant finding the markers was even more difficult.

I would recommend this trail to all of my mummy friends and I am pretty sure that we will be making a return journey to the Lizard really soon.

www.cornishpisky.co.uk

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

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As we were heading to the far west of the county over Easter to visit the Minack  it seemed like a good opportunity to pay a visit the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum. Since re-opening after a multi million pound  development a couple of years ago it has won numerous awards and therefore I was curious to see what all the fuss was about (although for some reason it hadn’t made my bucket list).

In the late nineteenth century, the remote Porthcurno became internationally famous as the British termination of early submarine telegraph cable and the attraction is located a stones throw from the stunning beach. The museum showcases both the local history of the area and also how communications have developed over the past couple of centuries. It doesn’t sound the most exciting but it really deserves the awards it has received.

We had a lovely time. There were plenty of child focused activities for the kiddies. Their favourite was the morse code machines where they could send each other messages (or just make a lot of noise). They also enjoyed finding the knitted carrier pigeons although we didn’t manage to find them all despite a second good look around the museum.

The volunteers were wonderful and went out of their way to make the experience even more enjoyable. Being Cornish residents we qualified for the locals pass which was a little of extra paperwork when we arrived but gives us free entry for a year (Adult £8.50, Child £5). If you are going to tie a visit to the museum with a show at the Minack you can get 15% off your entry.

To be honest I wasn’t overly impressed with the cafe – despite being the Easter holidays there was wasn’t much choice and a little on the expensive side for what was on offer so we gave it a miss despite planning on having lunch there. However, with Porthcurno beach just a short distance away I would choose to have a picnic on the beach rather than inside anyway (unless it was raining and then the small cafe could be very busy).

It is somewhere were you can easily spend a couple of hours as a family with a wide variety of things to do for all ages. I think that we will try to make the most of our passes and visit again within the next year, it is a bit of a shame that it is over an hour from Falmouth as if it was closer then I am sure we would be regulars.

www.telegraphmuseum.org

 

Rogue Theatre

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Recommended by some of my mummy friends these shows sell out so you can’t hang around and wait for the weather forecast before deciding to catch one of these outside shows. Going at the end of the summer it was dry but muddy underfoot but to be honest that just added to the experience. And that is exactly what these shows – are they are not just a performance but an experience – I’m not sure who enjoyed it more me or the kids which goes to show it really is a family outing – I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for children under 5 but there certainly is no age limit. We enjoyed the Blackbeard’s Heart so much we booked to go again to see the winter show. This is an absolute must for everyone.  10/10

www.roguetheatre.co.uk

 

Eden Sessions – Elton John

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Ok so I need to be honest I had to start this blog quickly so that I could include this first Bucket List entry as I already had tickets for Elton John at Eden but WOW what a night! The Eden biomes have become one of Cornwalls iconic images over the past decade and personally I love them even more at night when they are lit up. Combined with a true musical legend and near perfect weather (I only had to put my coat on when the sun went down) meant that all the elements were there to make my first bucket list entry one to remember. Elton maybe 68 and whilst he might not have the same energy levels these days it doesn’t mean that he can’t put on a show – can’t say that I knew all of the words to his songs – even his classics – but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I certainly will be checking out acts in future years to go again! 8.5/10