We took Evie on her first ever picnic this week. Hopefully it’s the first of many this summer. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. But St. Ives does gets VERY busy in summer and it can be frustrating trying to find a spot to sit where there’s space for Evie to run around, as well as somewhere you’re sheltered from the pesky seagulls.


Just past the Tate Gallery and Porthmeor beach, the cliff path opens up and there is a little spot called ‘Mans Head’, named for a rock that looks very much like a head. Home to lots of dog walkers but thankfully not many seagulls, this was the perfect spot for us.

The walk to ‘Mans Head’ is about ten minutes and the path is slightly inland which makes it safe for little ones to run free. Evie had lots of fun finding sticks along the pathway and was so excited to get ride up on daddy’s shoulders.


We were really surprised that she sat down and ate nicely on the grass because she always eats in a high chair. She was so well behaved and absolutely loved picking and choosing foods from her little lunch boxes.


It was so sweet to see Evie and Jamie sitting and eating together, especially somewhere Jamie spent most of his childhood. He used to be one of the crazy teenagers that cliff jumped here (youtube shows you how high it is!)

Obviously being surrounded by cliff edges doesn’t make the best spot for children to run around, but there was lots of space in this little opening for Evie to play safely. We’re so happy that we got some lovely family pictures. We normally always forget to take a camera.

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Our first ever date together was a picnic, so it was lovely taking Evie for her first picnic date. I love picnics. They’re such a fun summer activity and are a great excuse to go for long walks in the country or by the seaside.

Have you been on a picnic with your family yet this summer? Which spots are your favourite?

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  1. July 22, 2015 / 6:22 am

    Such beautiful pictures… cornwal at its best with the amazing blue sky! It’s been too long since we visited St Ives! #whatevertheweather

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      I do feel lucky to live here, especially on such beautiful days. I bet it’s great for family holidays too. You should try and come back! xx

  2. July 22, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Wow this is so beautiful!! St Ives is a place that I’m dying to go and visit. It is a long journey for me though but it is on my “to do list” for sure!! Beautiful photos!! Thanks for hosting lovely! 🙂 xx

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      I may be biased because I live here, but it is SO worth a visit. It’s a really family friendly place as well. I’d recommend coming any other time apart from July/August though, because it’s so busy in the summer holidays that you can barely move. April/May/June is perfect! x

  3. July 22, 2015 / 8:56 am

    It’s not long until we visit Cornwall/Devon/Peppa Pig world and you’ve just shown how lovely it is. Picnics are so much fun and a novelty for a family. We will definitely take a picnic to St. Ives one day, you’ve sold it to me! x

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      This isn’t even the best spot for a picnic in St. Ives either. It was the only spot we could think of that wouldn’t be busy that day. There are so many beautiful beaches in this little town and a little spot called the island which is much prettier. It’s so worth a visit for a family holiday. x

  4. July 22, 2015 / 9:37 am

    This is lovely. My sister-in-law lives in St Ives – what a beautiful place to be able to go for a picnic! Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather!
    (this would be a great post to link up with my #SummerDays Linky on a Friday if you wanted to join in!)

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Oh wow I wonder if I know her then. I live here too! I’d love to join up with your linky. Thank you for letting me know about it. 😀 xx

  5. July 22, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Picnics are great, you can have loads of fun and adventures. It looks like you had a lovely time together in a beautiful place too.

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:48 pm

      I love picnics. They’re so much fun aren’t they and are perfect for days where you’re exploring or just want to chill out! 😀 xx

  6. July 22, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    I’ve never visited St. Ives, it looks lovely!

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:50 pm

      It’s really beautiful. There are lots of beaches to choose from as well. It’s well worth a visit if you’re thinking of a family holiday. It’s so family friendly. 😀 I may be biased though. x

  7. July 22, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    What a lovely place for Evie’s first picnic. Lucky girl! #whatevertheweather

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you so much. She is so lucky. 🙂 We felt lucky to finally get a warmish day as well. Come on summer! x

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      She really did. I think she loved helping herself to all the foods as well as watching the dogs wander past. Obviously the adults were there for the view, but I doubt Evie cared where we were, as long as their were dogs haha. Oh and food of course. x

  8. July 22, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Gorgeous spot! Little ones love getting messy and eating out 🙂 I remember when Charlie was that age we had a picnic everyday in the Summer! Lovely pics x

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      It’s such a cheap thing to do as well isn’t it. You can just take your own food and go exploring. x

  9. July 22, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Lovely photos! I bet she loved her first picnic date! 🙂 Thanks for hosting #Whatevertheweather x

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:56 pm

      She really did love it. Thank you so much for linking up. x

  10. Jenny
    July 22, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Aww, lovely photos! That’s so nice that Evie can play where her dad grew up and spent lots of time. Fingers crossed she doesn’t start cliff jumping though, at least not until she’s a lot older!

    We love picnics too, although my two don’t sit so nice and still for it. Looks like she really loved her picnic.

    I hope you manage lots more picnics together this summer, you live in the perfect area for them!

    Jenny x

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:59 pm

      If there is food she’ll sit haha. She’s such a greedy guts. Oh my if she starts cliff jumping i’ll be beside myself. It’ll have to be hers and her daddy’s little secret because I couldn’t stand her dropping from that height. But i’m a bit of a wuss haha. x

  11. LittleOandme
    July 22, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful place! My toddler has always loved picnic’s, I think it’s because they feel like a treat. Here’s to many more summer picnic’s 🙂
    Thank you for hosting #Whatevertheweather
    Becky x

    • July 22, 2015 / 7:56 pm

      Yes definitely. Here’s to many many more and lots of good weather! 😀 x

  12. July 22, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Lovely – I do wish I lived closer to the beach. My daughter adores picnics, even in the back garden. #whatevertheweather

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      At least you’ll always find holidays to the beach magical. Picnics are so great aren’t they. Even in the garden. Or even on a blanket in your living room on a rainy day. 😀 x

  13. July 22, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    Aw you are so lucky to live near St Ives. We went there with Tyler when he was 1, it was full of tourists at the peak of summer! Glad you found a spot to have a picnic. We had our first picnic of the year last month at Herschel Park in Berkshire, it was so nice and chilled out, eaing outdoors on the grass 😀 Sabrina xx

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Oh your first picnic sounds lovely. I’d really recommend coming around May/June. It’s nice and warm but really not busy. You get pretty much the whole beach to yourself. 🙂 xx

  14. July 23, 2015 / 6:37 am

    What a beautiful area you live in!

    We are planning lots of picnics this summer – we’ve just taken out family membership for the National Trust so we definitely be making the most of it.

    Thanks for hosting! #Whatevertheweather

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much. Joining the National Trust is an amazing idea. I completely forgot that you could do that. It really comes in handy when you have children doesn’t it! 😀 x

  15. July 23, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    Gorgeous pics, I love the gallery on your blog too! I went to St Ives for a last girls holiday with my sister and best friend when I was pregnant, it seems like a very long time ago now! We had a fab time. We haven’t picniced at all this year so far, the weather has been awful up in Scotland but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some nice weather over the next two weeks, we’re on holiday! #whatevertheweather

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much. This was one nice day if it helps. We’ve had horrendous weather down here too. Oh definitely fingers crossed for you. I hope you have such a lovely holiday. 😀 x

  16. July 23, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    What a lovely day, and you have some lovely photos to commemorate it – how fab that your first date was a picnic – sadly we met clubbing (yes it really does happen- cheesy) don’t think they would take too kindly to us reminiscing with a 3 year old lol!! Would love to live in Cornwall. Look forward to hearing about more adventures. Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      haha if it helps we also met in a bar! 😀 But a few days of texts after this initial meeting we went for a picnic. 🙂 I can imagine it might be a bit awkward taking your 3 year old with you clubbing though haha. 😀 x

  17. Jessie, FlusteredMom
    July 24, 2015 / 2:55 am

    Gorgeous photos; what a picturesque picnic spot. #WhatevertheWeater

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much. It is breathtaking isn’t it. 🙂 xx

  18. July 24, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Wow such a real pretty place! And since you know the place well you know those secret spots where tourist doesnt know which is awesome!

    I wish we can do picnic here too. I live near the beach but the weather is a bit of a letdown. Rain is okay but when you add wind.. going to the beach is no longer an option!

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      I grew up here so luckily we know all the secret spots. The weather at the moment is such a let down isn’t it. The wind on the beach is horrendous because you get the sand in your eyes and everywhere. Fingers crossed for some summer weather soon! x

  19. July 24, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    So lovely to see your pictures. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life that make long-lasting memories. And St Ives is a beautiful spot to do it! Thanks for hosting this fab new linky x

    • July 24, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      It really is the simple moments that are the best. Thank you so much for linking up. 🙂 xx

  20. July 24, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What a beautiful place! I would be at the beach everyday…of course if it’s crowded that isn’t fun with little ones. On our vacation we had a beach all to ourselves one day and it was glorious! Thank you so much for hosting #whatevertheweather!

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      It does get very crowded. But luckily there are lots of secret spots and secret beaches dotted around the coast. 🙂 x

  21. July 25, 2015 / 9:19 am

    What a beautiful place to have on your doorstep. We have done a few picnics so far this summer but no where so picturesque. Hopefully we’ll be having a picnic on a beach this week – I can’t wait! #countrykids

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      I love picnics on the beach. I hope you had nice weather and managed to get out for one! x

  22. July 25, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    St Ives is gorgeous but I can imagine it is going to be very busy for the next few weeks. Looks like you found a perfect picnic spot and I must say I always found mine ate more on family picnics, it is something about the fresh air I’m sure! I hope you have many more this summer. Thank you for joining in with Country Kids.

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Oh my it is so busy. I forgot how hectic it gets and just how quickly too. We’re so lucky to have some secret spots. I find that too, we always eat more on picnics haha. I hope you managed to get out fruit picking last week! x

  23. July 27, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    It is a beautiful part of the world, but yes it gets incredibly busy during the summer. And those seagulls are naughty aren’t they!

    • July 27, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      It gets ridiculously busy. You can barely move for people which is crazy. It’s such a nice atmosphere in the summer holidays though. Boy those seagulls are pesky. They can be really dangerous as well. It’s so awful seeing people getting nipped by them when they’re stealing ice creams and fish and chips. Especially children. x

  24. July 27, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    I’ve seen photos of St Ives before and I’d love to visit one day! It’s very beautiful!

    • July 27, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      It is absolutely stunning. If you do get the chance to visit I’d recommend between April – June or September. It’s really warm and sunny but not hectic. Summer holidays it can be a bit too busy to enjoy it. x

    • July 27, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      It was so peaceful. It’s great when you know some little spots isn’t it? Especially in the summer holidays. x

    • July 29, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! 😀 It really is beautiful. We were very lucky. x

  25. July 28, 2015 / 9:56 am

    What a beautiful and special place to live and to go for a picnic! You guys are such a beautiful family <3
    Love all the shot, don't ever forget the camera again 😀
    Your blog is lovely and welcoming, I love it!

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes 😀

    • July 29, 2015 / 4:17 pm

      Oh thank you so much for your lovely comment. It’s made my day. Thank you so much for hosting such a great linky. 😀 x

      • August 3, 2015 / 10:30 am

        Awwwnnn you’re welcome!! It is really the truth 😀
        Besides, just so you know, this post was chosen as one of our favourites of the week <3
        Have a great week!!

  26. August 4, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Found you from Mondayescapes…..beautiful post and so happy to have found your blog!

  27. August 13, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Discovered you through #MondayEscapes..what an amazing place to live! Beautiful!

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Oh thank you so much. We feel so fortunate to live here. 🙂 x

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