Emma blogs about her family travels at Wanderlust And Wet Wipes. She and her family enjoy visiting Devon and Cornwall and she has a lot to say about how to enjoy the area in full with toddlers in tow.
Where to Stay
We visit Devon and Cornwall regularly because I’m from there and still have family down there. We usually stay with family but we have also stayed at an amazing place called Retallack Resort and Spa. (I’ve never been paid by them by the way, just really enjoyed it).
Top Activities with Toddlers
There are loads and loads of places you can visit in the West Country. From places like the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to the Eden Project near Bodmin. There are animal friendly places like the Donkey Sanctuary and Dairyland Farm World. And activity places such as the River Dart Country Park near Ashburton and Waterworld in Newquay. These things are all amazing (and I’m just scratching the surface here) but what I love the most about the West Country is the huge variety of free things to do there.
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What do you say when your child thinks he has failed? Not that Thing 1 is melodramatic or anything but not getting the daily recognition award when his sister did was the ultimate slap in the face. Worse than his lack of pride for her which is usually more forthcoming, I was pretty shocked by this strong word which isn’t something we ever say. I guess it’s normal for kids to go through phases of low self confidence – don’t we all? When we travel I look at him, amazed at how self assured he is. The ease with which he boards a plane or follows the signs to the train station. He takes so much of what we throw at him completely in his stride. So, even though he’s my more anxious one, it was a bit of a surprise to hear him say that. What do you say to your Things when they’re feeling like they’ve failed at something? #thirdculturekid #summercamp #rewardbased #feellikeafailure #parentalencouragement #worldschooling #teachconfidence #parentalsupport
Nature and Monuments
The West Country has the some of the best beaches in the world. Not only that but it boasts 2 national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor) and 4 World Heritage Sites (Stonehenge, the Jurassic Coast, City of Bath and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape).
Playgrounds & Play Areas
When we go there we just want to spend as much time as we can outside so we always head to playgrounds wherever we can find them. I love these recommendations from Classic Cottages for playgrounds in Devon and Cornwall. It’s not always possible with the unpredictable West Country Weather though so if you’re looking to stay inside, there are swimming pools and soft play centres (think places like 123 Jump in Plymouth or The Venue in Bude) all over the region!