Cornwall, days out

National maritime Museum- Falmouth

We’ve always enjoyed a day trip to Falmouth; and this time we got to enjoy a fun filled afternoon at the National Maritime Museum . {PR-Trip}

Falmouth, on the South Cornwall coast, is a fitting setting for this chance to discover more about the sea; and everything in, on on it!

. The Museum is located on aptly named Discovery Quay , and is a vast, iconic building, home to exciting exhibitions and a wide range of galleries taking visitors on a journey through the influence of the sea on history and culture.

The building was custom designed and built on land that was once covered in the sheds of boat builders. These sheds inspired the design of the building which is covered in green oak. The building has the most fantastic, breathtaking views over Falmouth harbour.

Is probably obvious; but it can be cool and windy on the Quay, so wrap up to enjoy the best views and explore.

In the building you can go high!!! Up 100ft to the lookout tower for the epic views across the harbour! You can also go low- floor -2 you’re under the sea, looking at the sea floor and shellfish. Dorothea loved both; but her favourite was being underwater (but still dry)

Obviously there’s loads to learn about maritime history and sailing; and plenty of boats to look at and even have a sneaky try on.

It was great to read about many amazing trips across seas in small vessels, awesome rescues and Olympic winners!!

One of the galleries if full of the weird and wonderful!!!! Dorothea was intrigued by mermaids, unicorns and Swangooses! But what is real? And what is mythical???

Our favourite was the monsters of the deep; because, well anything dark, spooky with funky lights is a winner. But also we found that the deep is just as interesting as space; perhaps even more so.

With creepy, bony, weird creatures- many alien like – we never imagined such things existed!!!! jars and jars of weird and wonderful sea creatures- Dotty was quite spooked by it.

During each school holiday they have extra showcases; and this week is ‘Science of the sea’

As Tattoo fans we loved the added bonus of ‘ Tattoo : British Tattoo Art Revealed’ this opened at the Museum to huge acclaim in 2017, and after touring nationally its back in Falmouth. We loved the ‘100 arms display’ with so so many different tattoo styles.

The exhibition challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same time celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing in the UK. Our favourite was the tattoo studio set up with ‘that sound’ and ‘that smell’ – if you know, you know.

Make Falmouth into a full day out by exploring the town and grabbing a bite to eat. We love the views at pizza express, dirty friend at the Hub or grabbing a pasty or chips in town.

Falmouth town is eclectic; with well known chains, awesome independent shops and quirky curio shops! Walk up and explore, upto Joules it’s lovely (after that it’s much like any town). We love the The Bean Hive , the fishing/surfer shops and Cream of Cornwall (home interiors). On a sunny day a pint/glass at one of the outdoor bars on the quay is awesome.

Let me know if you try this day out; and what you think.

Family time

Kelmarsh gardens and fairy trail

If you are local to Northamptonshire or Leicestershire then Kelmarsh is a wonderful family day trip.

The glorious walled garden

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens is an elegant Palladian style country house with a prevailing history of the 20th century.
Built in the 1730s, Kelmarsh hall was the beloved home to three families across two hundred and fifty years.
Surrounding the hall are historic gardens, restored to evoke their early 20th century designs,
with a unique walled garden at the heart.

Even the long private drive upto the hall is impressive, lined with flowers, stunning views and the infamous white Kelmarsh herd.

Kelmarsh Hall and gardens is situation in Northamptonshire- just off the A508 and A14, but isn’t far from the Leicestershire border.

Entrance prices to the gardens are £6 for adults and £3.50 for children, family tickets and very affordable season tickets are also available. At additional cost you can also visit the hall and explore its intriguing history.

There’s many amazing picnic spots with a view; so don’t forget your blankets. Or you can treat yourselves at Sweet Pea Vintage tearoom, which was super busy when we visited.

Woodland walk

Whether you pop in for a short visit for tea and cake, or plan to stay all day, you won’t be disappointed. The adults will love the beautiful gardens, stunning views and impressive architecture.

So many cute fairy’s

The little ones will marvel at the cute fairy trail. Dorothea has been many times, but still loves creeping around to try and spot the hiding fairies, knock on the tiny doors and searching for animals in the trees.

There many an opportunity for hide and seek on the woodland walk, and Dorothea always enjoyed exploring, and seems to find new tree carving or beautiful statues each time.

She found one of the many fairy doors

Adults wanting a moments peace can stroll down by the lake; if you are lucky you may even spot the resident swans and new cynets, or just sit by the lake and admire the view.

Kelmarsh Hall and gardens is also available for weddings and events….. link below

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