Well Spring is definitely springing, here in South Cornwall, and everywhere is turning very colourful indeed.
Here at The Meadows Campsite, we are extremely fortunate to have such great walks on our doorstep, and a beautiful trail linking up to the SWCP. The Meadows’ Team view is that if you are prepared to do some of your exploring on foot, you will find places that you won’t see out of a window.
The part of the SWCP around Black Head, and the gorgeous Hallane Beach is particularly stunning at the moment with the wildflowers, in particular wild garlic and bluebells. We have enjoyed our first taste of John’s homemade wild garlic pesto and it was just as delicious as I remembered. Another part of the SWCP looking particularly lovely, and great for those with dogs is Gorran Haven through to Caerhays (Porthluney Cove). This section takes in four dog friendly beaches, two of which you may get more or less to yourself.
Our own bluebells on the bank are also extremely colourful, and Camp Dog Harvey has been taking the path along the bank recently to carry out his daily inspection.
As well as our SWCP circular walks book, we are now stocking pocket size local ordnance survey maps for just £4. Shower proof and pocket size showing all the footpaths, bridleways and trails nearby they are great for planning walks from the campsite, and also covering Gorran and Caerhays. These are proving very popular indeed, and you are unlikely to get lost.
The Mevagissey Ferry is now running, and indeed a group of our guests were on the first sailing, and extremely lucky to be following a basking shark for most of the journey. This trip cannot be recommended enough and is a great way to visit Fowey. If you get carried away and miss the last ferry back, then there is always the option of returning on the bus.
The Driftwood Cafe is also open once again on the beach at Pentewan Sands, and lovely for a lunch looking out to sea, with tables and chairs on the verandah.
Things are now starting to get going in Cornwall, and so if you have booked, or are still to book a trip then here’s some great diary dates:-
9-10 May – The Big Produce Market, Truro’s Lemon Quay
10-17 May – St Ives Literature Festival & Fowey Festival of Words & Music (lots happening to celebrate the best of literature and arts.
11 May – Lostfest in Losthwithel – Arts & Crafts, stalls and live music and dance
23 May – 1 June – Fal River Festival (Roseland Penisula) 150 plus events
23-26 May – Run to the Sun Festival, Nequay. This is where to go for VW spotting as there will be lots and lots of them.
26-31 May – The Pendennis Cup. Best vantage point to see the super yachts is Pendennis Point
5-7 June – The Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
13-15 June – Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
21-22 June – Fowey Mussel Festival
21-22 June – St Merryn Steam & Vintage Rally
29 June – 4 July – Mevagissey Feast Week
4-6 July Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair
4 July – Sundowner Sessions, The Fisherman’s Friends, Newquay
12 July – Liskeards Agricultural Show
14 July – Stithians Agricultural Show
18-20 July – Bocconoc Steam Fair – an extremely popular event.
26 July – 7 August – Charlestown Regatta
17-23 August – Fowey Regatta & Carnival week
17 August – St Ewe Country Fair – this is a fantastic proper country fair, and is well worth a visit.
After our winter groundwork, our campsite is really now starting to come back to life. We have had quite a number of campers, camping in the meadow field already. It has also been great to see the fire pits burning again, enabling our campers to sit outside in the evenings keeping warm. Whilst our rally was here, we also had the stove lit on the deck on a couple of lovely evenings, which they found was a lovely accompaniment to a couple of glasses of their favourite tipple.
Our new pitches are coming along nicely, and our newly planted gunneras are growing well, as are our foxgloves. Our guests are going to love the views, and being pitched a little out of the way by the stream. This year for camping in the meadow itself in our secluded pitches, you will be doing so by “park and roll” . Parking bays will be on the edge of the meadow, and you can transport your gear in style. We will have camping pitches in the summer with pitch parking too, but the middle of the meadow will be a car free zone.
Since clearing “down field” we have acquired so much more grass and after waving good bye to digger and dumper, we have bought a little tractor. It’s not one of the big shiny tractors at the rear, its the little and lovely Fordson Dexta at the front. We are just now awaiting its arrival which should be any day soon. It will be great for “down field” and indeed up field, and bringing up wood and lots of jobs really. Father and Farmer Bowler is coming to stay this month to give John and I a few little tractor lessons.
There must be something very exciting happening else where in the country in early June. Early June is a fabulous time for going away (my own view) as you get such long days, and it is generally that bit quieter. We are very busy indeed at the end of May, and almost booked up from the middle of June until the end of August, but early June is still quite quiet. Whilst we really do not mind some quiet time, for those lucky folk who can suit themselves, we do have room for early June and would love to see you. The Meadows is just for grown ups, and ideally placed for visiting Mevaggisey, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
For all those guests, we have been unable to accommodate this season, please do try us again either later on in the year, or book earlier next year. We are also keeping a few casual pitches to accommodate those last minute short stays, and also if you are just passing by on a tour and want to stay an odd night or two. We also always ensure that we have space in our camping area for those arriving on foot, or by cycle.
“Our Caravans” – Lottie & Mabel. Lottie has already entertained a number of guests this season, who have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Mabel is getting ready for her first guests who are staying for whit sun bank holiday. We do still have some availability for our caravans during the summer weeks. Please get in touch should you wish to book one of our lovely caravans for a special stay. You can book here, or by telephoning 01726 844383
News from Camp Dog Harvey
I am still really enjoying being back on duty. So far, so good with all four legged visitors on site and none have been cheeky enough to catch any of my pheasants. As I look good in bluebells, I am carrying out my site inspections from the other side, whilst being careful not to get lost down any rabbit holes in the process.
ALL WE NEED NOW FOR 2014 IS LOTS OF SUNSHINE :), & FOR OUR FRIEND MOLLY FROM ROTHLEY TO WIN THE EUROVISION