I’m currently sat in my front room, writing this with Love Island on in the background (yeh I’m behind), whilst the rain hits my windows, so it’s safe to say that last weekend hanging around eating icecream on the Cornish Coast was a damn sight better, can we throw back to a week ago please?
I absolutely adore Cornwall, it’s easily one of my favourite places on the planet and living in Devon now makes it even more accessible to us. In just a 90 minute drive we can be bare foot on perfect Polzeath beach, climbing the many steps of historic Tintagel or tucking into delicious Cornish seafood, but ya know, who am I to brag? So when Travelodge asked me if I’d like to get away on a short break in Cornwall in one of their retreats, of course I pretty much bit their hand off!
Travelodge have 7 lovely hotels in Cornwall and after a bit of research we finally chose to stay in their Wadebridge hotel. A stones throw away from foodie heaven, Padstow, five minutes up the road from the Camel Trail (an excellent spot for a leisurely Sunday cycle) and a 30 minute drive from the Eden Project it’s the perfect location for exploring and things to do in Cornwall.
We arrived on the Friday evening and spent the night chilling out, recharging our batteries to make sure we were ready to make the most of our Saturday. We got comfy on our king size bed, I connected to their wifi to catch up on trashy reality tv (yes more Love Island, I know I’m obsessed) on my laptop whilst Fatty propped himself up with pillows and watched TV before nodding off into a deep snooze. We know how to party!
Saturday we woke up, flicked the kettle on and lounged in bed planning our day whilst enjoying our breakfast boxes. Fun little packages filled with cereal, juice, muffins and milk, just enough to tide us over until we headed off to the Eden Project for the rest of the day.
Top Tip – the Eden Project usually costs around £25 per person for entry and don’t get me wrong it’s worth every penny, however we all like saving a few pennies don’t we? So I had a hunt online for some deals on entry before we left and I found out that you can buy Eden Project tickets with your Tesco Clubcard vouchers online at a very discounted price! I managed to bag two adult entry tickets for £16 worth of clubcard vouchers! What a bargain! So if you’re like me and have a Clubcard in your purse building up points that you usually forget about, make sure you check out what you can use them for!
I had never visited the Eden Project before and what can I say? It’s magical, I really loved the place. The work and love that is put into curating such pretty gardens is incredible and although we had a bit of rain on the day it’s the perfect place to go when you can’t count on the weather being good to you. You can be indoors or outdoors as much as you like as there’s so much to do and see in either of the biomes or strolling around in their beautiful gardens.
The Rainforest Biome was especially fantastic, with so much life and so many interesting things to see including the Rainforest Canopy Walkway and the
terrifying Rainforest Lookout a 55ft high viewing platform (I can’t believe I braved going up it but it was definitely an experience). We really did have a great day here and to top it all off?
THE FOOD IS AMAZING!
Don’t expect soggy pre-packed sarnies at this place, think fresh, exciting, flavoursome food! It was a highlight for us and any fellow foodies, your tastebuds will thank you for eating here, I assure you!
After a day spent frolicking amongst fabulous foliage and a quick freshen up at the hotel we headed into nearby Padstow for dinner. Fatty had been wanting to try the very unique Burgers & Fish just hidden off the main road down a little side alley in Padstow centre. This place boasts some unusual meal combinations but we weren’t disappointed. I had some outstanding king prawns to start and a delicious burger for a main. Fatty also opted for their signature burger the ‘Wholey Cow’ which knocked his socks off and in his words ‘…was amazing […] I’m going home in a food coma!’ and he doesn’t say that about any old bit of beef, I tell ya!
Full of great grub and shattered from a fantastically full day we sunk into our bed and snoozed into Sunday morning.
Although Sunday was check out day and hometime we still managed to fit in some fun (behave!). After we’d said our goodbyes to our lovely room we headed down to Wadebridge town centre and paid a visit to Camel Trail Cycle Hire to get ourselves a couple of bikes to spend a few hours cycling the lovely Camel Trail route between Wadebridge and Padstow.
Now, I am by no means a cyclist, this rather large bottom of mine was not made for bicycle seats, however it’s such an easy, flat route which meanders along a stunning picturesque trail that even the most unlikely cyclists would be able to withstand and actually enjoy a few hours taking in the views. Padstow is super busy on a sunny, summer Sunday so cycling to it is so much easier (if you are able to) than trying to battle for a parking space in the town centre as it’s much easier to park a bike (insert your own pun).
I absolutely loved whiling away a few hours whizzing past all of the beautiful coast by bike and stopping off in Padstow to eat tasty Orange & Mascarpone icecream from Roskilly’s on the harbourside. How Sunday’s were made to be spent!
We had the best weekend and it’s made me love Cornwall even more! Next trip? I’m not sure but I will certainly be booking to go again soon.
*Stay was courtesy of TRAVELODGE, however all words and opinions are my own.