Exploring the Land of King Arthur in Tintagel, Cornwall

Exploring the Land of King Arthur in Tintagel, Cornwall

At the end of the summer, Nathan and I visited Tintagel in Cornwall. We took a wander through the town, visited the visitor centre and stopped off for a rather tasty lunch al fresco. We also had a look around Tintagel Old Post Office which is a lovely little National Trust property. Read on to find out more!

Tintagel Visitor Centre

We visited the visitor centre where you can read all about Tintagel and its famous history. There’s loads of information to look at and plenty of books, maps and other souvenirs to purchase.

tintagel

tintagel

tintagel

tintagel

There’s plenty of gift shops, places to get food and nice places to explore along the main road. We were sad to see the fudge shop was closed!

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tintagel street

King Arthur’s Cafe

For lunch, we stopped at the lovely King Arthur’s Cafe. We sat outside in the sunshine and watched the hustle bustle of the town. Many tourists come to Tintagel each year, particularly drawn in by Tintagel Castle and legend of King Arthur himself.

tintagel king arthurs cafe

tintagel king arthurs cafe

We shared a panini and a cream team – plenty of food for us both. It was so super tasty and only the pesky wasps buzzing around put us off!

tintagel king arthurs cafe

tintagel king arthurs cafe

tintagel, cornwall

Before leaving Tintagel we made sure to pop into the Tintagel Old Post Office. This is a cute National Trust property situated in a medieval building with a gorgeous outside. You can go inside and see lots of Victorian postal equipment and even buy some stamps to post in the working post box outside.

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

There’s a lovely little garden out the back of the Old Post Office, full of lovely flowers and plants. It was nice to escape the busyness of the streets and relax in the garden admiring all the nature.

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

The Old Post Office is such a lovely building – I love how it looks so old and imperfect which to me makes it look so cosy and atmospheric.

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

I can confirm the post box is still in use as I sent my friend Katherine’s birthday card from it and it got there OK!

tintagel old post office, cornwall

tintagel old post office, cornwall

Have you ever been to Tintagel? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Scrapbook Adventures’ 2018 Round Up – Part Two!

Scrapbook Adventures’ 2018 Round Up – Part Two!

Welcome to the second part of the Scrapbook Adventures 2018 yearly round up! In this post, I will talk about adventures from the months of May to August and feature some of my favourite blog trips. If you missed part one of the years round up then check it out now to catch up!

May

May was yet another busy month for me and the blog with lots more attraction reviews and our first glamping trip of the year.

I enjoyed a trip to Carnglaze Caverns in St Neot, Cornwall, where I was shown around the caves and enjoyed a pretty fairyland walk.

I visited the lovely National Trust gardens at Trelissick House with my friend Emily where the spring flowers were just divine.

I took another garden walk, this time around the impressive Dartington Hall in Totnes with my friend Lucy. We enjoyed a scrummy hot chocolate and cake in the cafe too!

Nathan and I got some exercise by walking around Siblyback Lake in Cornwall which had some stunning views. We topped off our walk with a cheeky ice cream!

Continuing with the walking theme I walked a few miles of the pretty Grand Western Canal in Tiverton and had a naughty couple of treats to eat too! The weather was just lush!

The best bit of May was certainly our trip to Just Us Retreats in Crediton, Devon. Here we stayed for three romantic nights in the wonderful bell tent named Gabriel. We had an awesome time cooking on an open fire, relaxing in the hammocks and falling asleep by candlelight. This place is just the bomb!

June

Summer was well and truly here by June with many of our adventures starting to make the most of the sunshine and the quietness of attraction and beaches before the hoards descended in the school summer holidays.

We kicked off June by heading to Somerset to the magnificent Forde Abbey. Here we wandered around the incredible gardens and enjoyed a homemade pizza making workshop too!

I took a solo trip to Torquay where I enjoyed an overnight stay at the Heritage Hotel followed by a trip to Cockington Court the next day. I loved all the different craft and art shops and walks around the gardens.

Nathan and I spent a weekend at the cool Andrewshayes Holiday Park, Dalwood where we enjoyed a two-night stay in a glamping pod. It’s a great site with a games room, swimming pool and fields full of friendly cows to watch!

We spent the day at Wildwood Escot where we saw lots of amazing animals and really enjoyed a great bird of prey show. Definitely, a great place to take kids for a treat.

We visited the gorgeous Landram Bay and Otterton Village where we nearly died walking in the relentless midday heat and by nearly getting chased by a herd of cows! I have never appreciated a pint of cold lemonade so much!

The end of June was fantastic for me as I spent a relaxing night at The Wood Life in Devon. I stayed in a beautifully crafted shepherds hut and had the most amazing bath in the accompanying bathing wagon. I cooked my dinner on the open fire overlooking the gorgeous Devon countryside – a highlight of 2018 for me for sure!

July

July started with a trip to the circus! We really enjoyed entering the big top at Paulos Circus and watching all the acts – fun for all the family indeed!

We enjoyed a lovely trip to Bideford in North Devon where we stayed at Owl Valley Glamping. We were lucky enough to stay for two nights in a wonderful bell tent and had the woodland site all to ourselves. It was a lovely few days and we enjoyed play games in the parliament building!

Whilst in North Devon we visited Westward Ho! beach for ice creams and a chill on the beach.

I took a trip to West Bay in Dorset to meet up with some friends from my university days. We spent the day exploring West Bay including seeing all the sites from BBC’s Broadchurch. I had some Dorset orange marmalade flavour ice cream too which was a bit random and not as nice as I hoped it would be!

Nathan and I enjoyed a weekend staying in a camping pod a the Forest Glade Holiday Park in Cullompton, Devon. Here we enjoyed BBQ cooking, a cosy camping pod and games of pool in the games room.

We spent a random Sunday at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre near Okehampton and played for ages on the old fashioned arcade games. We enjoyed riding some of the old fashioned theme park rides too, enjoying the dodgems the most! We followed up our visit by taking a wander around Roadford Lake before stopping for a chill in the sunshine and an ice cream!

I enjoyed a fun-filled and action-packed family holiday at Brean Sands Holiday Resort Unity with my sister, niece, nephew and nan! We stayed in a really nice caravan and had a great time making loads of awesome memories!

We topped the month off with a stay at Freshwell Camping in Croyde, Devon. We stayed in a unique stargazing getaway which allowed us to watch the stars from our cosy cabin. We enjoyed a walk around Croyde and to Baggy Point, of course ensuring we ate lots of ice cream! We visited Sandleigh Tea Rooms too which were really pretty.

August

August saw us head to Somerset and enjoy Nathan’s birthday weekend at Petruth Paddocks a camping and glamping site in Cheddar. We stayed in a rather lovely yurt called ‘Mr Yurt’ for three nights and had a great time despite some wet weather.

During our time in Cheddar, we visited the infamous Wookey Hole Caves which was a great day out. There was so much to see and do and we loved the tour of the caves and crazy golf them most!

I also visited Bishops Palace in Wells, Somerset – a wonderful Palace and gardens full of colour, history and perfection. I had the best time taking two free guided tours and soaking up the sunshine. I would love to go back here and would recommend for garden lovers and history buffs!

I spent some time doing university work at Reed Hall a grand old building and cafe on the Exeter University campus. It’s such a lovely place to go for some reflection and is a nice quiet place to work (and write blog posts!).

I also went on a lovely spa weekend with my friend Katherine. We went to the Hilton Hotel and Spa at The Agea Bowl in Southampton. We enjoyed a super relaxing massage, made the most of the spa facilities and enjoyed dinner in Ian Botham’s restaurant.

Nathan and I took a trip to Tintagel in Cornwall and enjoyed exploring the coast and the National Trust Old Tintagel Post Office.

My parents visited me in Exeter for the first time and we took a trip to Tiverton to explore the canal and have a tasty cream tea. I also took my parents to the Crediton Museum to check out some local history!

Grand Western Canal, Tiverton, Devon

Grand Western Canal, Tiverton, Devon

Crediton Town Museum, Devon

Crediton Town Museum, Devon

On another weekend Nathan and I went and played crazy golf at Dawlish Warren and stopped off for ice cream at the Orange Elephant on the way home.

Dawlish, Devon

Dawlish Adventure Golf, Devon

Orange Elephant Ice Cream Parlour, Exeter

I had a really great summer! So many fun glamping trips and lots of lovely days out to beautiful; gardens and beaches. I loved the holiday with my family too – defo a highlight!

Certainly another busy few months! What adventures do you like the sound of the most? Let me know in the comments!

2018 Instagram Top Nine Pictures

2018 Instagram Top Nine Pictures

I recently followed the trend and posted on my Instagram page my top nine most liked pictures for the year. It was so nice to look back at some of the memories I made this year and see what my followers had enjoyed seeing on my feed. Some of the photos were my favourites for the year too so I think they were quite accurately picked!

I thought I would do a quick post featuring the top nine pictures and explaining a little more about them and where they were taken. I had suggested I might do this in the caption on the post and lots of people were interested so here goes!

Pictures 1-3 – Bishops Palace

So three pictures from my visit to Bishops Palace in Wells, Somerset made it into my Instagram top nine. I think you will be able to see why – the gardens were just so beautiful and I visited on a very sunny day in August which I think really helped make them look so glorious!

This picture is of the well pools and you can spot the stunning architecture of Wells Cathedral in the background – just gorgeous!

Again this is another picture of the well pools. I loved how the trees were reflected in the water and the sense of calm and peace I got from wandering around the well pools and sitting on that green bench.

The final picture from Bishops Palace that featured on the best nine was this one of the old walls of the palace. I thought they were so pretty with the sun streaming through the window frames and the beautifully maintained gardens.

Picture 4 – Tintagel Old Post Office

Picture 4 is from the lovely Old Post Office in Tintagel, Cornwall. This is a National Trust property, which as a member I have visited a few times. It’s lots of fun to see how the old post office would have worked and you can still send letters from the post box in the wall! We visited in the late summer and enjoyed a good few hours wandering around the town and enjoying the coastal views.

Picture 5 – Valley of the Rocks

This is one of my favourite pictures I took when I stayed in Lynton and visited the Valley of the Rocks in Lynmouth, North Devon. It was a stunning piece of coastline and even though it rained and I got rather wet on my Septemeber walk, the views and grazing sheep and goats made it worth it!

Picture 6 – The Hideaway

This shows the amazing homemade cream tea I enjoyed whilst soaking up the countryside views at The Hideaway, Kingsland Farm in Bridport, Dorset. I stayed in the sublime shepherd’s hut and had the most relaxing and restorative stay. Danette the host is so welcoming and lovely and I would really recommend a stay here – check out my full review here.

Picture 7 – Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

In Septemeber, during my South West tour, I visited Dorchester and the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. It was a really interesting attraction, although I visited on a free Sunday open day and so it was really busy. There was so much to learn about the justice system and historical crime which I found really interesting. Apparently, my Instagram followers did too!

Pictures 8 & 9 – Weston Sandsculpture Festival

The final two pictures from my Instagram top nine are from my visit to the Weston Sandsculpture Festival in Weston Super Mare, Somerset. The 2018 festival’s theme was the circus and I was amazed by the incredible skills of the sand sculptures in creating such stunning sculptures. You can find out more about the festival and see more of the sculptures on my blog post review. I also did a top ten favourite sand sculpture post too which is worth checking out to see which ones I loved the most!

So there we have it, a bit more information on the pictures from my Instagram top nine! Please do give me a follow on Instagram if you don’t already to see more cool pictures and to interesting pictures and follow my adventures!

Scrapbook Adventure’s April Round Up!

Scrapbook Adventure’s April Round Up!

Wow, April was a busy month indeed! There were so many adventures and a lot of photos taken!

I thought I would try something new and do a roundup-style post. I thought this would be a nice idea to collect all my adventures and memories from one month into one post. I’m sure this will really help me look back on the last few weeks and realise I achieved more and had more fun than I thought! I really do have a good life but sometimes it can’t hurt to look back and be reminded of this!

So here goes, this is my April adventure roundup!

For the beginning of April, I was in Kent staying at my parent’s house as it was Easter. I had lots of fun catching up with family and in particular spending lots of quality time with my littlest sister Emily. This included painting by numbers, making an Easter cake and playing crazy golf at the Enchanted Villiage Adventure Golf Course. You can find out who won the golf here. I got to see my gorgeous little niece and nephew too which is always a treat!

Easter hols

On a sunny Sunday Nathan and I spent a rather busy, but fun day in Torquay, known as the English Riviera. I really enjoyed our visit and Torquay surpassed my expectations! Read more about what I thought here.

torquay

On our visit to Torquay Nathan and I visited Bygones – an indoor attraction that takes visitors time travelling back to the Victorian era. Here, you can explore an old Victorian street with shops, admire a huge display of train memorabilia and even explore a WWII trench. We really loved out visit – click here to read more!

bygones, torquay

Our second stop was Torquay’s Dinosaur World. Here we met owner David who shared his enthusiasm for all things dinosaur. We complete the quiz and enjoyed walking around the exhibits taking lots of funny photos!

torquay's dinosaur world

Lunch was needed on this busy day exploring Torquay and we stopped off at Anstey’s Cove Cafe for a scrummy spot of food. This was such a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the views – we will be back!

Anstey's cove cafe, torquay

Our final stop on our Torquay visit was a quick game of mini golf at Jungle Journey Adventure Golf. Click here to find out who had to buy the ice creams!

jungle journey adventure golf, torquay

I was invited to visit Carngalze Caverns in St Neot, Cornwall. This was a really cool place and owner Caroline showed me around the caverns. After my tour, I walked around the beautiful gardens outside the caverns and enjoyed walking along woodland walk looking out for fairies! Take a look at my post to see how many fairies you can spot!

carnglaze caverns, st neot

As a National Trust member, I have visited Tresisck Gardens many times before. I visited here one Saturday in April with my friend Emily. We had a lovely few hours wandering around the gardens gossiping and admiring all the pretty flowers.

trelissick gardens, truro, national trust

Nathan and I returned to Bodmin Jail for a slap up Sunday breakfast. They offered a great breakfast that kept us full for ages! Luckily there were no ghosts present!

bodmin jail breakfast

The sun shone in the middle of April and Nathan and I made the most of the sunshine one night after work. We went to the woods for the first BBQ of the year – tasty!

BBQ

My friend Charlie and I went to see the Little Mermaid at the Northcote Theatre on Exeter University campus. Whilst this show wasn’t quite what we expected it was still a fun night out with a cheeky Nandos too!

Dartington Hall was a lovely place to walk around with my friend Lucy. I hadn’t been before and enjoyed admiring the gardens and the salted caramel brownie from the cafe!

dartington hall

Nathan and I wanted to get some exercise and so made a trip to Siblyback Lake. Here we enjoyed the relaxing 3-mile circular walk around the lake and treated ourselves to ice creams!

siblyback lake, bodmin

All in all, April appears it was a fun, busy and enjoyable month! Let’s hope May is as full of adventure!

Siblyback Lake Circular Walk near Bodmin, Cornwall

Siblyback Lake Circular Walk near Bodmin, Cornwall

A couple of weekends ago Nathan and I wanted to get some fresh air and go for a walk. We weren’t sure where to go and so Nathan’s Dad suggested Siblyback Lake. He told us it wasn’t far and we could take a circular walk around the lake.

So we parked up at Siblyback Lake and paid to park. The lake is owned by South West Lakes and isn’t far from the Cornish town of Bodmin.

The lake was built in the late 1960’s and you can walk around the 3-mile route surrounding the lake. We enjoyed the flat walk and stopped to say hello to the ponies in a nearby field. We also stopped to admire the huge tall trees in the more wooded area of the walk. There’s something beautiful about looking up through tall trees to a sunny blue sky.

The walk also takes you across the dam where you can look down and see the water rushing down the other side. Nathan wasn’t so much of a fan of looking over the edge!

After our walk, we stopped off at the Rock Hopper Cafe and treated ourselves to an ice cream cone each. As usual, I chose the better flavour and so Nathan ate his then tried to nick mine!

I think Siblyback Lake is a nice place for an easy and relaxing walk. There were lots of families and people cycling round it too which looked like fun.

Where’s your favourite place to go for a Sunday stroll? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Walks and Talks at National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall

Walks and Talks at National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall

I love visiting National Trust properties and exploring their beautifully maintained gardens. Trelissick House and Gardens has to be my favourite National Trust place. Luckily, I am a National Trust member so I can visit as many times as I like and park for free!

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trelissick house

trelissick gardens

trelissick, cornwall

I have been to Trelissick many times and can see myself returning again and again. It is such a lovely place for a walk. You can immerse yourself in beautiful nature and stop off for a nice cake at Crofter’s Cafe.

trelissick

trelissick flowers

trelissick cafe

trelissick

trelissick ferry

Catching Up with Good Friends

This is exactly what I did a few Saturdays ago. I went for a lovely long walk with my friend Emily and we gossiped as we walked the many paths through the gardens. We had to keep stopping though so I could take photos of all the lovely flowers and pretty views!

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trelissick trees

trelissick gardens

trelissick

flower

We visited Trelissick House where we walked around admiring the opulent displays of grand furniture and artwork. It always makes me wonder what it would be like to live in a house like this!

trelissick house

trelissick house

trelissick house

national trust

national trust

national trust

national trust trelissick

 

Lunch at Crofter’s Cafe

After our walk and tour of the house, Emily and I thought we deserved a sit-down and something to eat. I tucked into a yummy cheese and ham panini whilst Emily got herself some homemade chilli.

trelissick cafe

trelissick national trust

trelissick national trust

trelissick

We were joined by our friend Carly and her lovely black labrador puppy ‘Biggie Smalls’. Biggie did well and rested whilst we sat and chatted. We must have been there a few hours and so once Carly left Emily and I treated ourselves to some more food at Crofter’s Cafe. This time we enjoyed a caramel shortcake each! Yum yum!

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trelissick

trelissick flowers

Final Thoughts

I love Trelissick, I fell in love with the place the first time I visited and always enjoy my visits.  I enjoyed admiring the displays in July last year which you can read about here. I think visiting in April seemed like another lovely time to visit as all the Spring flowers were in bloom and it was the first sign the weather was starting to improve. No doubt I will be returning to Trelissick soon!

trelissick instagram

trelissick flowers instagram

What’s your favourite flower? Let me know below!