Oh half-term. I’m so glad it has finally rolled around. January in Cornwall is always so painfully quiet.
All of the attractions are shut off and the icy winds and open land, makes trips outdoors uncomfortable and short.
February half term always injects a bit of life into the county again, and it’s so lovely to see everywhere open their doors, and for us to be spoilt for choice with places to visit once more.
We went on so many adventures this week, our first stop being the ‘Seal Sanctuary’ in Gweek.
It’s been so rainy and the local media boasted some fun muddy outdoor activities at the ‘Seal Sanctuary’. It was the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the weather.
The ‘Seal Sanctuary’ is a fully operational seal rescue centre, situated in 40 acres of stunning Cornish countryside.
It’s home to stray, sick and injured seal pups that have been discovered around the Cornish coast, and is also a fun family attraction.
You can visit the seals, penguins, otters and some other equally adorable little farm animals.
It’s the perfect outing for little explorers wanting to learn more about sea life. You can watch the feedings, learn about the animals and why they are at the sanctuary, plus take part in lots of hands on, interactive activities that are dotted around the site.
The ‘Seal Sanctuary’ is perfect for bigger kids. There are interactive ‘rock pools’ where you can hold a starfish and see fish up close and personal, crafts such as bird feed making, giant wooden games to play, a bug hotel and welly wanging.
Evie’s favourite part was the seals. She was in absolute awe of them.
We managed to catch them at feeding time and a few of them in different pools kept trying to get our attention so that they could entertain us. There were some real cheeky chappies including this little cutie…
One particular pool could be viewed from below. I found it quite scary as you couldn’t see the seals coming towards the glass, and suddenly they would rumble past so quickly, close enough to touch.
Evie absolutely loved it and stood with her palms against the glass, for so long, waiting for them to do their laps.
My favourite part of the walk was the ‘Wishing Tree’. It is such a beautiful idea. The idea is to leave a wish on the tree and then make a little gift for the fairies on the craft bench beside the tree.
The tree also has some eery, yet enchanting clay faces carved into them for extra effect, and all around the trunks were little hand-painted fairy doors and toad stalls.
It looked so magical!
Some of the wishes on the tree were really adorable. From little ones wishing to become fairies, to adults wishing for an abundance of happiness in their loved ones life.
If the day hadn’t have been so icy, we would have taken part in a lot more activities. But Evie was so shivery, that we didn’t stay for more than an hour.
I’ve finally gotten myself a pair of wellies (regular readers of ‘Whatever The Weather’ will know how long I’ve been harping on about needing some) and I genuinely felt like a little girl again getting to jump in muddy puddles alongside Evie.
She kept begging me to follow her to the big puddles and insisted I try out each and everyone with her. It was so much fun and so cute. Wellies were a very worthy investment.
Despite the cold and our short time there, Evie was so well behaved. We’ve had some serious boughts of ‘terrible twos’ recently and it’s been difficult getting through a day without meltdown, after meltdown. Today we only had one and that was on our exit!
We even managed to snap some lovely pictures of Evie and myself. Another complete rarity, but I am so, so grateful to have some. I’m always the person behind the camera, so it was nice, but strange to be stood in front of it for a change.
Have you had any fun half-term adventures? What do you think of the Seal Sanctuary?