A cloudless night on Earth but a cloudy one on Jupiter!

Jupiter

 

We have have a very busy few weeks here at Kidz Outdoors so apologies for the lack of blog posts recently! 

Being busy is a good problem to have so no complaints there, but as a working mum there is always a constant battle balancing priorities.  As is typical at this time of year the Kidz have managed to pick up (and share) a few bugs but finally, touch wood! I think we are just about clear now!  

On the plus side we have still managed to spend lots of time with the Kidz Outdoors! so I thought I’d share something our now 13 Year Old Daughter has been doing outside with Daddy!

To be honest I thought they were a bit mad going outside in the sub zero temperature we had a few days ago but they were on a mission to enjoy a rare moment of clear sky!  What I didn’t appreciate was what they were actually doing out there with a webcam!

To cut along story short, and to spare you some technical details! they were filming Jupiter through one of our telescopes.  Aparently the image you see in this post was produced from a 20 second video clip that our daughter processed on her laptop. Bearing in mind Jupiter sits around 766 Million km away, and it takes the light from it around 43 minutes to reach our back garden I think their result is pretty impressive!

These results, and better!! can be achieved with some very modest equipment and just a little know how.  Our know how came from a very imformative website called Active Astronomy.  If you fancy giving it a go then I can recommend a visit to the following link;

http://www.activeastronomy.org/astrophotography

The Kidz loved it, and inbetween the various bugs they were all involved at some level.  Our 5 year old felt very important being in charge of the Laptop and telling our daughter what he could see.

If only they could attach a longer cable to the webcam so I can stay in the warm with the laptop I think I could get hooked too! 

 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Win A Sky-Watcher Telescope with Kidz Outdoors

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If you were inspired by the fantastic BBC Stargazing LIVE program and events being held across the country then this competition could be just for you!

Getting involved in Astronomy has never been easier.  Modern telescopes offer exceptional value for money and are a window to the amazing universe we live in.  The key point to avoid disappointment is to  stick to reputable brands such as Sky-Watcher and Celestron.

Finding the right telescope for you with so many choices can be a daunting task for a beginner but help is at hand.  Our first recommendation is to contact your local Astronomy Society.  Most societies welcome beginners with open arms and are very happy to share many years of experience.  You will get a chance to see and try a huge variety of telescopes and receive excellent advice to get you on your way.

Secondly there is a huge range of free resources on the internet including blogs, twitter users, facebook groups and a whole host of astronomy related websites.  To get you started we have listed some of our favourites;

The BBC Sky at Night - The original!

BBC Stargazing LIVE - A huge collection of resources

Active Astronomy Website – Includes a list of Astronomy Societies as well as the Awesome Astro Podcasts

The Astronomers Den – A superbly written and often thought provoking Astro Blog

Astronomy Wise – A free Monthly E-Zine written by enthusiastic amateur (and expert) Astronomers.

Wycombe Astronomical Society – Our Locals!

Getting Started Guides – Our own section of helpful tips and advice

This is just a tiny selection, and once you start to engage with them it will lead you to many more!

Our last recommendation is to go to an Astro Camp for the ultimate mix of viewing, astronomy talks and friendly socialising.  Our favourite by far is the Astro Camp in Wales.  Now a twice yearly event held under the lovely dark skies of the Breacon Beacons. They make you feel very welcome with or without a telescope!

So how can you enter to win a Sky-Watcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope?

1) By following @KidzOutdoors and Re-Tweeting any of the following messages on twitter;

Win a Sky-Watcher Telescope in the @kidzoutdoors #stargazinglive #giveaway RT & Follow to ENTER – http://ow.ly/gXZeF

Stargazing Rocks! See @kidzoutdoors blog for a chance to #win a Sky-Watcher Telescope RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/gXZeF

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2) By liking our facebook page (link) and leaving a comment telling us what inspires you the most about Astronomy or Stargazing.   You must confirm your entry by also telling us on this blog post.

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3) Like on facebook or follow on twitter at least one Astro Society or Astronomy Resource! Below are just some of our personal recommendations but please feel free to follow any you choose and just leave us a comment telling us so we can count it as an entry.

@Wycombe_Astro @Astro_Den @AstronomyWise @BBCStargazing @ActiveAstro @TheAstroCamp @skyatnightmag or check out our full list of favourite Astro Tweeters at twitter.com/KidzOutdoors/stargazers-astronomy

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4) Joining Our Mailing List using the sign up on the upper right side of this blog or via this link

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5) Following our blog using the Network Blog Link on the right hand column of this blog.

Each Step gains you an entry into the draw. If you are already a member of our Mailing list and or are following our Blog thank you! Please just lease a message to that effect so we can make sure you receive your extra entries into the draw!

The winner will receive a Sky-Watcher Heritage 76 Telescope.  This competition closes at 8pm on Thursday 14th February 2013. We will draw one lucky winner from all the entries received by that time and date. Our decision is final and there are no cash alternatives. The prizewinner will be announced on this page and will be notified via the email used to post on this site or via direct message on twitter.

Finally please note that this draw is for UK RESIDENTS ONLY.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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BBC Stargazing LIVE: Local Event in Amersham Bucks 11th/12th Jan 2013

We are very excited to be involved in a BBC Stargazing LIVE event on the 11th and 12th January 2013 with our friends at the Wycombe Astronomical Society.

Wycombe Astronomical Society has its own observatory conveniently located in the grounds of Woodrow High House near Amersham in Buckinghamshire. Named “The Chiltern Observatory” it was built between 1990 and 1996 by members of the Society and officially opened in May 1997 by the Society’s president, Professor Heather Couper.

Over the years it has undergone a couple of refurbishments and upgrades and now houses a “state of the art” Celestron 11 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.

As a follow up to the popular BBC Show (BBC2 8pm on 8th, 9th and 10th January) the Wycombe Astronomy Society will be Hosting a Star Party/Observing Evening for anyone who would like to try Astronomy for themselves on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January 2013.

Even if you only have a passing interest in Astronomy or the night sky this promises to be a great event.  You will be able to see and try a range of our Celestron and Sky-Watcher Telescopes, and we are confident that there will be something suitable for all ages and experience.  In addition to that (weather permitting!) the society members will treat you to a fabulous tour of the night sky using their own telescopes! and will be happy to chat about all aspects of this amazing hobby.

The Friday session is due to start at 20:00 with Saturday’s start at 19:00. You are welcome to attend either or both events and there is no charge! so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!!  All ages are welcome and we actively encourage you to bring not only yourselves but your children, your aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbours, or friends!

Even if the weather lets us down we will have a marquee where we can discuss our interests and look at some equipment, but please dress warmly and be aware that the field we use can get very muddy! Also – if possible please bring a torch!

Location/Directions

The Event will be held at Woodrow High House just off the A404 between Amersham and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Postcode HP7 0QGIf coming from London, exit the M40 at junction 2 and follow signposts to Beaconsfield and Amersham. Get onto the A355 at Beaconsfield and follow until you come down a steep hill into Amersham. Turn left at roundabout onto the A404. Follow the A404 past the Crematorium and a long right hand bend. Just as you pass underneath electricity pylons look for a signpost to Woodrow. Turn right into Cherry Lane. Woodrow House is 250 metres down on your left.If coming from High Wycombe direction, leave the town centre and head for the Amersham Hill. Go through Hazlemere on the A404. Follow the A404 past the turning for Penn and Holmer Green. Look for the signposts to Woodrow on your left.Once inside the grounds, follow the length of the driveway. You should see the observatory on your left. When the road splits, follow to the right and find a parking space. Then come and join the party!

Click here for a Google map

Click Here to see the event details on the BBC Website

For more information you can contact Morton at the Wycombe Astronomy Society on wasenquiries@gmail.com  and you can also visit their website by clicking here

For more details about BBC Stargazing Live and for some brilliant resources and guides click here and remember to tune into BBC2 at 8pm on 8th, 9th and 10th January!

Then you need to be at Woodrow House from 8pm on Friday 11th and or from 7pm on Saturday 12th to have a go yourself!

Hope to see you there and if you do plan to attend leave a comment below so we can look out for you.  Until then clear skies!

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BBC Stargazing LIVE: 8-10 January 2013

1154473231_powerseekerinusStargazing LIVE returns for a third three-night series from 8-10 January 2013 to encourage everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky.

Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will broadcast from the control room of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, interacting live with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the majestic wonders of the cosmos.

As well as asking some of the big questions, there will be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies. Find the answers to your starry questions by checking out some of the amazing resources on the BBC website.

With scores of Stargazing LIVE events occurring across the UK throughout January and February 2013, there will be some incredible opportunities for making the most of the night sky.

Kidz Outdoors are Official Celestron and Sky-Watcher dealers but more than that we are enthusiatic Amateur Astronomers ourselves.  We think that the BBC Stargazing Live events are a great introduction to what can be an amazing hobby or interest.

We have experience introducing both Kidz and Adults to Astronomy and are always happy to give friendly advice on how to get started.  We have guides on our blog that you can see by clicking here, and we have everything from Starter Telescopes to some big Monsters!! for the serious enthusiast available in our shop.

For more information Click Here to see our current range of Telescopes and Binoculars in our shop.

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Click here to email your questions or request a call back.

In the meantime HAPPY NEW YEAR and Clear Skies!

 

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Win a Heat Factory holiday warmer pack!

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Just for fun we are going to give away a Heat Factory holiday warmer pack in this one day competition!

To enter for a chance to win all you need to do is tell us your favourite ideas for getting the Kidz Outdoors!

You can  enter via Twitter by tweeting your idea and including the following in your tweet;

‘Your idea’ is a fab way to #getthekidzoutdoors RT & Follow @KizOutdoors for chance to win this – http://ow.ly/1QnCA5

You need to be following us for your entry to be included!

You can also tell us your idea on our Facebook page and by leaving a comment on this post. You also need to like us for this entry to count.

You can enter as many different ideas as you like and we will choose our favourite from all the entries received by Noon tomorrow, Friday 21st Dec. The winning entry will then receive one of these fab Heat Factory holiday warmer packs to keep their family or self and friends warm on an outdoor adventure!

Now for the boring bit;

This competition is for UK residents only. There is no cash alternative and our decision is final.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Product Description

Heat Factory Holiday Warmer Pack

Plan ahead for the holidays with this perfect 3-day combination pack!

The Holiday Warmer Pack offers 6 pair hand, 3 pair toe, and 3 large body warmers to keep you warm all weekend
long.

Use the hand warmers for gloves and pockets, pre-heat your sleeping bag with the large 20+ hour warmers, and keep your toes warm whether sitting at the camp site or roaming around the great outdoors.

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Win your favourite item from The 2012 Kidz Outdoors Top 10 Christmas Gift List!

 

We had trouble deciding what would be our next competition giveaway so in the spirit of Christmas we have decided to let you choose! One lucky winner will be able to choose any one gift from our 2012 Kidz Outdoors Top 10 Christmas gift List below. So here goes, these are our Favourite Christmas Gift Ideas for this year;

 

1. Kiddimoto Kurve Wooden Balance Bike – £47.00. Beautifully made and cooler than a very cool cool thing. This one is perfect for little firemen but kiddimoto bikes are available in many other styles too and we also have a range of  matching helmets!

 

 

 

2. Celestron TravelScope 70 – £48,40. Perfect for exploring in the woods by day, and stargazing by night. For big & little kids alike! Its just one of a range of telescopes we have from £48.40 to £2,575! so we have something for everyone!

 

 

 3. Happy Hopperz Festive Red Deer – £21,90. Featured for a second time this is now a firm Christmas favourite! Good old fashioned bouncy fun with a modern festive twist!

 

 

 

4. Grit Extremist II Pro Stunt Scooter - £82.50. This is one of those Kidz must have items! These are very tough, have the all important Alloy Core Wheels, Alloy triple clamp and 460mm wide riser bars so are pretty cool too! Available in a range of funky colours!

 

5. Penny Original Skateboard - £73,50. Dating back to the 1970′s, Penny skateboards are the original plastic skateboard.  This cool retro 2012 Penny Complete 22″ Skateboard is based on the original including the plastic injection moulded deck, making it durable with the right amount of flex. Loads of colours to choose from! 

 

 

6. Subbuteo table Football – £34.95. Subbuteo is one of the world’s most iconic sports games and after 15 years off the shelves, this legendary game is back. Fans of all ages will love the new re-energised Subbuteo range with greatly improved detail.  Flicktastic! 

 

 

7. Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 Binoculars – £67,00 . These Binoculars are fantastic value for money and won The BBC Sky at Night Magazine’s Group Test for good reason!


 

8. Viking 5 Metal Detector – £93.95 . Treasure hunting with a metal detector is fantastic way to get your kids outdoors exploring.  Metal detecting is a hobby that the whole familly can enjoy so we stock a whole range of detectors!   

 

 

9. Lillehammer Rodel Mini Folding Wooden Sledge – £79,95 . Will we have a white Christmas this year? Lets hope so, race you to the bottom of the hill! 

 

 

 

 

10. Aroma Home Handwarmers – £9.95 . What ever you do this Christmas put something warm in your Christmas Stocking with one of these lovely cute Aroma home Hand Warmers! 

 

 

In addition to our Top 10 list you will find many more Gift Ideas including stocking fillers in our shop.  If you would like to buy gifts from a friendly independant family business offering great customer service and a personal touch please visit or shop by clicking this link.

So how can you try to win one of these great Christmas Gift Ideas?

1) By ReTweeting any of the following messages on twitter;

Win a @kiddimoto Balance Bike in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT & Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Celestron Telescope in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Red Deer Happy Hopperz in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT & Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Cool Stunt Scooter in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Penny Original Skateboard in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Flicktastic Subbuteo kit in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win Celestron SkyMaster binoculars in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Viking Metal Detector in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win a Wooden Sledge n the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

Win Aroma Home Winter Warmers in the @kidzoutdoors top 10 #xmasgift #giveaway RT& Follow to ENT http://ow.ly/fuJXx

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2) By liking our facebook page (link) and leaving a comment telling us which gift on the list you would most like to win.   You must confirm your entry by also leaving a comment on this blog post telling us your favourite gift from our Top 10 Xmas Gift.

AND OR

3) Joining Our Mailing List using the sign up on the upper right side of this blog or via this link

AND OR

4) Following our blog using the Network Blog Link on the right hand column of this blog.

Each Step gains you an entry into the draw. If you are already a member of our Mailing list and or are following our Blog thank you! Please just lease a message to that effect so we can make sure you receive your extra entries into the draw!

The winner will receive his or her choice of prize from the above list.  Where applicable (ie Depending on prize choice) we will try be flexible and give choice with colourways and styles but this will obviously be subject to availability at the time this competition closes. This competition closes at 8pm on Saturday 15th December. We will draw one lucky winner from all the entries received by that time and date. Our decision is final and there are no cash alternatives. The prizewinner will be announced on this page and will be notified via the email used to post on this site or via direct message on twitter.

Finally please note that this draw is for UK RESIDENTS ONLY.

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Scouting the Universe!

Image courtesy of Pete Lawrence www.digitalsky.org.uk/

 

 

We had a great time last night stargazing with the 1st Long Marston and Wilstone Scout group.  We were a little worried about the weather but luckily until right at the end of our evening we were treated to some lovely clear skies.  The ‘gas planet’ Jupiter shown on the left is a mere 381 Million (ish) miles away from earth, yet we were able to see it easily ‘even with just our  eyes’ as Helen said!  Through binoculars we could make out the moons orbiting the planet, and through the telescopes the colourful cloud bands were clearly visible.

We were treated to a tour of the sky by London based Astronomer Paul Hill.  He is a member of the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers group and his enthusiasm was infectious.  We were impressed by his amazing collection of hats and the kidz were in awe of his star wars capabilities with the green laser!  He skillfully navigated around ‘horses’, ‘bears with tails’ and everything easyjet could throw at us from the nearby airport!

We looked at the milky way, an arm of our own galaxy before focussing on a faint smudge in the sky.  That faint smudge was the Andromeda Galaxy also known as Messier 31. At around 2500kly from earth it is one of the farthest objects visible to the naked eye. Better still through the telescope that smudge took on shape and form giving us clues as to what our own galaxy looks like from the outside.

The next target was a dead star called the Ring Nebular, or to its friends ‘the donut’.  At only 1400ly away it is much closer than Andromeda but the fact remains that the light we saw from it started its journey to us in the year 612! Who needs a time machine!?

Overall we had the best part of an hour and a half of great viewing and other targets included various clusters including the famous Pleiades or Seven Sisters, and we even saw a few meteors!  It was a great evening with plenty of questions flowing, especially about black holes and where to buy green lasers!  It was just a very small introduction to Astronomy but one we hope will lead to some more regular stargazing!

So whats next for our Scouts and anyone else who wants to explore the wonders of the night sky???

Well firstly we would like to thank Paul Hill for his time, enthusiam and expertise and would like to encourage you to check out his blog ‘The Astronomers Den’ on the link below;

http://astronomersden.wordpress.com/

If you would like to achieve your Astronomy Badge or just discover more great sights in the night sky we would strongly recommend a trip the the BBC Sky at Night Website. In particular the section called Moores Winter Marathon on the link below;

http://astrog80.astro.cf.ac.uk/mwm/

There you will be able to download some superb PDF guides on how to find some must see winter sky objects.  There are two guides, one for naked eye/binocular viewing and one for telescope viewing.  They have been written by Pete Lawrence, who kindly allowed us to use his picture of Jupiter at the beginning of this post!  They are easy to follow and include sections where you can record your observations which is part of the requirement for your Astronomers badge!  If any of the 1st Long Marston and Wilstone Scouts want to do this we will gladly bring our telescopes and binoculars back to the Scout Hall for them to use.

Finally for the Scouts or anyone else that wants to really  get involved in a great Astronomy event we can strongly recommend the Irregular Astronomers Astrocamp, details of which you can find on the link below;

http://www.astrocamp.org.uk/

Its a great event with many experts and enthusiasts on hand to show help or guide you.  Their event this year was a huge success and was joined by Chris North a presenter from the BBC Sky at Night Program.  If you click on the link below you will see the film they made at the event which featured on the Sky at Night during October this year.  There maybe some budding TV stars that you recognise!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00z9r75

If you would like to leave any comments or have any further questions about last night, the Astronomers Badgebuying  telescopes, or anything else Astronomy please feel free to use the web form at the bottom of this post or contact us directly. We are always happy to help.

Finally please join us in thanking Paul Hill again for taking the time to travel from London to share his knowledge and enthusiasm.  We all had a fantastic evening!

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Win a Celestron Telescope with Kidz Outdoors

We are big fans of Astronomy at Kidz Outdoors.  Its a great activity that crosses generations allowing children, parents and grandparents to explore the outer reaches of our environment together.  A fantastic excuse for everyone to get out and explore!

We stock a fab range of telescopes from world leading telescope brand Celestron and their portable TravelScope 70  is a great way to start exploring some amazing sky objects.  In addition  its also perfect for daytime use, allowing you to get some great up close and personal views of nature too.  The package comes complete with a lightweight tripod and two eyepieces allowing for different magnifications, all of which fit neatly in the supplied backpack.  Featuring great optics and at a Kidz Outdoors price of only £49 we think this is great value.  But better than that we will be giving one away to a lucky person in this competition!

If you would like read more about starting Astronomy please click here for some great getting started guides.

So how can you enter for a chance to win TravelScope?

1) By following our blog. You can do this either by clicking the blog icon on our Facebook page (link) or by clicking the follow button on the Networked blogs box on the right hand side of this page. Please also leave a message on this page to confirm your entry telling us what you would most like to see through a Celestron TravelScope 70.

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2) By ReTweeting the following message on twitter;

#Win a Celestron Telescope with @KidzOutdoors RT & Follow to Enter #draw Details > http://ow.ly/e7jWr #stargazing

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3) By liking our facebook page (link) and leaving a comment telling us what you would most like to see through this telescope. You must confirm your entry by also leaving a comment on this page.

You can triple your chances by doing all three!

We will draw one lucky winner from all the entries made by 8pm on Sunday 21st October 2012.  Our decision is final and there are no cash alternatives. The prizewinner will be announced on this page and will be notified via the email used to post on this site or via direct message on twitter.

For further competition news and for details of exclusive offers you can join our mailing list either by following this link > mailing list or by using the box on the right hand side of this page. 

Finally please note that this draw is for UK RESIDENTS ONLY.

GOOD LUCK

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Holiday Magic at Coombe Mill!

The summer holidays already seem a distant memory.  We were planning a week camping, as you will know our kids love the outdoors and camping is great fun when the weather is good.  But does anyone remember those weeks and weeks of rain?!  Call me a fair weather camper but I decided enough was enough and I didn’t fancy spending our week away hiding in a tent!

Finding a holiday that allows us, as parents a break, and keeps a 4 year old and a 12 year old happy is a challenge in itself!  Enter Coombe Mill.   We ‘met’ Fiona on Twitter and have had many a conversation when she suggested we visit, she promised a great holiday and it delivered on all counts.

Coombe Mill is set in a beautiful Valley in St Breward near Bodmin in North Cornwall.  Whilst offering self-catering holiday breaks ideal for families, the highlight for all of us has to be working farm.

Hands on with the goats!

 

There are bunnies, chickens, geese, wallabies, peacocks, pigs, deer, donkeys, goats, alpacas, ponies, sheep and the best bit, the kids can get as hands on as they want!

Feeding the Donkeys, Rolo and Maisie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 9 o’clock in the morning, Farmer Nick (or crazy Farmer Ted) drives the tractor and trailer into the car park to collect the children and take them on the feed run.  If you are lucky (and below a certain height!) you even get a chance to drive the tractor!

Driving the tractor!

It’s great fun and the children love the opportunity to look for eggs, get stuck in mud with the pigs and go on a deer ‘hunt’ as well as feed all the animals.

Going on the Deer Hunt!

And if that wasn’t enough there was a sword in a stone.  Our little boy was obsessed with trying to ‘pull’ the sword out, everyday he would limber up!

I will get this sword out of the stone!

 

 

 

 

As well as the animals there are play areas (both indoor and out),  a badminton/volleyball court and much much more.  For the adults there are outdoor BBQ’s and even a new indoor BBQ house!

So what about the rest of the week? Coombe Mill is situated a short drive to the most gorgeous beaches in North Cornwall.   We were recommended Polzeath beach which was lovely with awesome surf. Nearby we also visited Daymer Bay where we bumped into the Prime Minister – literally!

Steam Train at Bodmin Railway

On a not so dry day we headed into Bodmin and took a ride on the steam train  and met Fireman Sam!

We also took a day trip out to the Eden Project.  The kids seemed to like it but it was very busy during the holidays. I particularly enjoyed the time we had building a den and our 12 year old’s scouts skills were very impressive!

Neil and I are fans of biking and both the children cycle so we decided to hire bikes in Wadebridge, just a short drive from Coombe Mill, and do the 5 1/2 mile Camel Trail bike ride to Padstow.  It was brilliant!  The Camel Trail is a converted old railway route along the River Camel, making it ideal for family cycle rides.  Once we made it to Padstow,  we locked up our bikes and went to find Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips.  These were the best Fish and Chips I have ever had and come highly recommended!  After cycling 11 miles in one day, little one was exhausted but slept so well that night!

Coombe Mill Magic!

So would we go again??? Definitely, if you have children we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.  There is so much to do that we ran out of time and already we are trying to decide when is a good time to go back!  Coombe Mill is a little gem hiding in a valley in Cornwall, a paradise for kids both young and old.  Fiona and Nick are great hosts, very welcoming with lots of advise if you need it.  And Fiona also cooks a mean Baileys Bread and Butter pudding! There is also a variety of accommodation on offer suiting all budgets. We stayed in a Riverside Lodge with our veranda looking out towards the river.

At the end of the week, we didn’t want to leave and we are all counting the days ’till we go back!  Thank you Fiona and Nick.

If you get a minute have a read of Fiona’s blog, Tails from the Farmers Wife and Mummy to 6!  And check out their great website for more information.

 

 

 

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Olympic Garden Fun!

It has been a while since the Olympics and Paralympics finished and I have seen surprised by how much it has inspired the children in their play.   While we were busy on Sunday and the kids left in the hands of the Grandparents, we came home to this….

 

To the Untrained Eye this is the Kidz Outdoors 2012 Olympic Games!  I will let the photos tell the story…

On Your Marks, Get Set, GO

Bounce like a Gymnast

 

 

Jump like a Horse Rider

 

 

 

 

 

 

Row Like a Rower

 

Hurdle like a Hurdler!

 

 

 

 

Run like a Runner!

 

Relay like a … relayer ?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bounce like a basketball-er

 

 

 

And finally the Medal Ceremony otherwise known as the umm de dum bit by the 4 year old !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great way to spend an afternoon in the garden.  Not only was there physical excerise, they got creative in making the podium and later on there were costumes and of course homemade treats for the winners. We are very lucky, our 12 year old inspires our little one and their imagination always surprises us!

I have now challenged them to include 5 more sports. They have their thinking caps on!

 

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