Hooray, we’re on stay-cation at the moment! It’s definitely been a crazy week. Not only have I been nominated for a blogging award (I am so shocked and please vote for me here!) but we’re currently staying at the stunning Bedruthan Hotel and Spa that’s sits above Mawgan Porth in Cornwall. Despite the weather, we’re having the most perfect little break away.

As I type this I’m sat in a beautiful lounge in Bedruthan Steps Hotel, in front of a really cosy log fire, sipping on an ice cold glass of cider.

This is the first time I’ve felt this relaxed in a long time.

I must admit, knowing that we were going on stay-cation with an active toddler, I was a little bit sceptical about how chilled out our holiday would be, especially with the weather forecast looking so dismal.

Today it was absolutely pouring down with rain and the wind was battering our sea view window. It looked absolutely torrential outside, but we decided to embrace the elements and headed out to the onsite play park.

Bright and breezy at Bedruthan Steps

The views from the play park are the same as from our room and as you can see, it’s an absolutely stunning location. You can see from the waves that it’s a pretty choppy day. The wind was so fierce that at one point I wasn’t sure if we’d actually stay grounded. We were definitely the only crazy family that had embraced the wind and headed outside.


There are two outdoor play zones at Bedruthan. One dedicated to older children with big climbing frames and a trampoline, and another aimed at toddlers with a big wooden pirate ship, some wooden vehicles and a few ride on diggers.

We played outside in the pouring rain for ten minutes before deciding that maybe we should head back into the warmth. But suddenly the wind eased up a bit and the sun popped it’s head out. We were so grateful.

Bedruthan Steps Boat

It was still so cold outside though and although Evie was dressed for the elements in her Wet Wednesdays gear, one very silly person (me) forgot to pack a decent rain coat and wellies so I was frozen by the time we left.

Evie is absolutely obsessed with those little £1 a ride cars that you find around towns and in supermarkets, so she was in her element when she saw that the wooden boats and other vehicles had steering wheels. She insisted on driving every single one.

Bedruthan Ice Cream Van

Isn’t this little ice cream van just the sweetest? Jamie tried to ask Evie for some ice cream but when met with any question at the moment, our toddler always says no. Too bad Jamie! I am starting to wonder who really is the child is though. Jamie insisted on trying out every single part of the park too.

Bedruthan Diggers

Evie spent a good half an hour exploring everything and we spent a good half an hour trying so hard to not get blown away. I really wish we had a little park like this near us though, because it was just perfect.

Even though it didn’t have any swings, and only one slide, it was so nice to let Evie explore unassisted. Because of her age, we normally have to help her up onto the swings or onto the rides/slides, but today we could just let her run about and climb as she pleased.

Bedruthan Play Park

The heavens decided to open up again and despite still playing for a bit, someone got a bit grumpy (ok, that was also me!) and insisted on retreating back indoors.

We still have a few days left of our stay-cation and I can’t wait to share the rest with you. Keep your eyes peeled because the hotel is gorgeous!

Have you embraced the weather and been out in the rain lately? What do you think of this play park at Bedruthan Steps? 

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  1. Lauren
    November 17, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Aw I felt so happy and warm reading this post, Bedruthan looks stunning! Your daughter Evie is so cute and that park looks like an absolute blast to play in! I hope you’re having a wonderful time! (:

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:25 am

      Aww thank you Lauren. Bedruthan is so pretty, we’re having a really great time. I don’t want to go home! 😀 xx

  2. November 18, 2015 / 7:05 am

    We;ve had a lovely review submitted of Bedruthan before so I’m very envious that you are there, it seems like such a fab place to go on holiday with kids. Enjoy the rest of the week. #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:26 am

      It really is an incredible place for families to stay. I’m going to write up a review of it soon. It definitely is worth a visit. x

  3. November 18, 2015 / 7:08 am

    Lovely little park. And what a great view! Evie looks like she’s having a great time, even with the risk of being blown away. #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:38 am

      She had so much fun. I can’t even describe how windy it was. Definitely a few moments when we thought we’d fly away. x

  4. November 18, 2015 / 7:29 am

    With Storm Abigail whipping at us over the weekend we mostly hid indoors. 87 mile gusts are no fun to play in, especially with horizontal rain at that speed! However, Sunday everything died down and we went out before the winds picked up again. 🙂 Sounds like you are having a nice (mostly!) relaxing staycation!

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:39 am

      Gosh that is a strong wind. I definitely would have hidden indoors too. We never normally get true storms down here, only ever the tail end and they’re never bad. It must be quite an experience for sure. x

  5. November 18, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Great spot.we stayed at Mawgan Porth in June and would definitely go back. I think you’ll get some yeahs from evie soon – hang in there!

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Haha Evie can say yeah, but only if you’re offering her food and cake. She’s very particular about when she dishes those out and they always benefit her. It’s such a beautiful place isn’t it and so family friendly. x

  6. Baby Isabella
    November 18, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Bedruthan Steps play park looks awesome! Sounds like your stay-cation was bliss! Open fire and cider?!? Yes please! Congrats on your nomination x #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:41 am

      It is such a great park. Our stay-cation has been so lovely. I don’t want to go home. Thank you so much! xx

  7. November 18, 2015 / 9:19 am

    What a wonderful park that looks with stunning scenery. Pretend vehicles is always a winner in our family too, even now at age7! Glad you’re having a great time. Hope you don’t get too blown away.

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:42 am

      Such beautiful scenery. Pretend vehicles are so great for role playing as well aren’t they. Hours of fun. xx

  8. November 18, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Reminds me of the park by my mum and dads in Scotland. I love it there. Looks like a great time. It has been breezy lately – our post today mentions that too.

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:44 am

      It’s so windy at the moment isn’t it. I’d love to visit Scotland one day. It looks like such a stunning place. xx

  9. November 18, 2015 / 11:30 am

    That play area looks great! Congratulations on the award toox #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:45 am

      Thank you so much Natalie. It really is a great play park and the award was such a shock. x

  10. November 18, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Congrats on the nomination! Yay! I have voted for you. What a lovely place to stay the play area looks fab and the cosy fire sounds very appealing. We went out in the wet, windy weather at the weekend too. Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:46 am

      Thank you so, so much for voting!! It’s such a beautiful place and so relaxing. It’s fun being outside despite the weather isn’t it. Sometimes I actually really enjoy being out in the rain. x

  11. November 18, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Those diggers are in lots of parks local to us – they’re so heavy, they really are for the dads!!
    I like the pirate ship; I’m sure that would be fun for imaginative play too.

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:47 am

      Haha I’ve seen a fair few of dads playing on them at local attractions too. I wish we had them in our local parks though, they’re fab. x

  12. Jenny
    November 18, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    It looks lovely! Evie looks very cute looking out the cars. My boys love sitting in those too and taking turns (ahem, if that’s what you can call it!) at the wheel. Chris likes to play on all the little digger toys as well, I think he needs to prove he can do it really well too! Well done for getting out in the rain, hope you have better weather for the rest of your holiday. Well done on the nomination too! 🙂 x

    • November 19, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      It really is beautiful. It’s such a shame about the weather. Haha if they’re anything like me and my sister we were so bad at taking turns. Chris sounds a lot like Jamie. Thank you for the well done. x

  13. November 18, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    The play area looks really well equipped 🙂 I think Jamie has found the best toys though!
    It’s great that you went out even though the weather wasn’t perfect (to say the least!). Evie certainly looks like she enjoyed having some outdoor fun

    • November 19, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      It did take a while to coax Jamie away. We hate being cooped up, we’re definitely that crazy family that go out in all weathers. The play area was really fab. xx

  14. November 19, 2015 / 3:34 am

    I love staycations. Sometimes I think they are more relaxing than traveling. At least they are a lot tiring.

    • November 19, 2015 / 5:19 pm

      I really agree. I definitely find them relaxing. It’s so nice to not have to go too far or too long with a toddler too. x

  15. November 19, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Sometimes it’s great to get outside in the rain – and even better knowing that you’ll have the play park all to yourselves! #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 5:37 pm

      I love being outside in the rain. Sometimes it can be really refreshing can’t it. x

  16. November 19, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    The park and the view look equally amazing! #whatevertheweather

    • November 19, 2015 / 5:39 pm

      The view in summer must be so stunning!! We wish we could take the park home with us. x

  17. November 19, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    It looks gorgeous and good for you for getting out depsite the weather, not worth letting that stop you having fun! 🙂 Congrats on the award nomination too! xx

    • November 20, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      We are always that crazy family that are outside in the rain haha. Although I think Evie is the only one ever dressed for the weather. Thank you so much for your congratulations! 🙂 x

  18. November 20, 2015 / 3:09 am

    Gorgeous pictures!! It looks amazing there! One of the things I miss about the UK is cold and windy walks in the beach, I know that sounds ridiculous but being wrapped up warm on the beach is amazing!!
    The park looks perfect for toddlers and that ice cream van is SO cute, Arthur would love it! X

    • November 20, 2015 / 5:41 pm

      The ice cream van is adorable isn’t it. There was a little kitchen inside and everything. I definitely know what you mean, being wrapped up warm on the beach is so nice. Although I wish we did have some sunshine throughout the year too! Fingers crossed next summer is nicer than the last. x

  19. November 20, 2015 / 8:09 am

    What a stunning view! That park looks lots of fun, it’s so nice Evie was able to play on everything easily – love the photo with the ice cream truck. I’m not sure I would have braved the rain without any wellies or a coat! Enjoy the rest of you holiday. Congratulations on your nomination, will pop over and vote for you now..good luck!xx #whatevertheweather

    • November 20, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      It was so cold for us. But Evie was really snug. The park was really great and the ice cream truck was adorable. It had a little kitchen and prep area inside and everything. Thank you so much for your vote! xx

  20. December 1, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    We love heading to the coast to storm watch and then once it passes, we’re off to see the changes on the beach. Proper gear makes all the difference!

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:07 pm

      It’s so lovely watching storms isn’t it. We used to do that when I was little, exploring the beaches afterwards. The right clothes really does make all the difference. x

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