My week of blog birthday giveaways continues with a fun family day out in Marazion.
One of the most iconic places in Cornwall, if not the most iconic place, is St Michael’s Mount, and it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I finally wandered around the castle itself. We were invited back as a family and treated to lunch at The Godolphin Arms* and it was the ultimate family day out.
We decided to leave the pushchair at home and get the bus over to Marazion, which Jenson loved because he was able to sit at the back of a doubledecker like a big boy! We had lunch first (so we would have time to walk off the calories later!) and what a lunch it was. The Godolphin Arms is probably my favourite place for a special meal out. Whether you want to go for a light lunch or an evening meal, the food is always amazing – and the view is spectacular! Make sure you book a window seat.
Not gonna lie, when we went to sit down Jenson had a bit of a paddy (to put it mildly) but the lovely Assistant Manager came out with a tub of chocolate ice cream to calm him down while we perused the menu and he was later kept occupied with his lunch (chicken goujons and chips – great kids menu!), a colouring set and Peppa Pig. Thank God for Netflix and YouTube! There are few things that chocolate ice cream and Peppa Pig can’t fix.
Child occupied, Luke and I were able to enjoy our own lunches – he had a burger and chips and I had steak, followed by a cream tea. Although you pay a bit more for your food at The Godolphin than you would in another local restaurant it is definitely worth the extra couple of quid. I’ve previously been for roasts, breakfasts and cocktails and I really can’t recommend it enough.
The location is perfect as you have that gorgeous view and it’s right on the beach. We let Jenson have a little run around while we waited for the tide to go out enough so that he could walk over and he loved looking for shells. I’ve still got the shell from his first trip to the beach.
When we were living in Longrock we regularly walked out to Marazion to go to the park and the beach but we hadn’t taken Jenson across the causeway because we thought he was too young – we’re not really babywearers, we didn’t think the walk was buggy friendly and we didn’t think he would manage to walk there and back. I think two years old is the perfect age (they do provide carriers if you have younger children) as Jenson was able to walk confidently and explore the surrounding area.
The walk over was a bit longer than anticipated because Jenson wanted to splash in every teeny little rock pool we came across. I guess we have Peppa and her muddy puddles to thank for that one!
There’s something about the Mount that feels so exotic and tropical; it’s like another world. You can walk across and explore the little harbour and cafes for free – well worth a wander in itself if you’re ever in the area. But if you want to make more of a day of it, you can get tickets to the gardens and castle too.
You really can spend the whole day there. Pack a picnic and sit in the gardens, gazing out at the view. Take a book and sit under a tree and just let the world pass you by. It’s so idyllic.
The walk up to the castle itself is a bit of a trek. Once I carried Jenson up the steps he climbed the rest of the way himself. I was so proud of him! The tourists that were walking up with us (it can get quite busy) kept cheering him on and saying what a good job he was doing. He found it easier than I did!
Of course, once we got to the top and I wasn’t focusing on Jenson’s climbing abilities I realised just how high we were. I’ve never been great with heights and my phobia seems to have grown worse with age (or is it since becoming a parent?). I kept Jenson occupied with biscuits and Peppa Pig (bad Mummy!) while Luke explored the castle itself and higher grounds. Check out that view!
Now for the giveaway! I’ve got a family ticket to St Michael’s Mount for one lucky winner! It expires on 27 October 2017, making it great for locals or anyone planning on visiting this summer. Just complete the Rafflecopter below (click on ‘a Rafflecopter giveaway’) to be in with a chance of winning.
Please note that this giveaway will run for one week and the winner will be contacted directly. If the winner does not respond within one week a new winner will be drawn.
You can find the rest of my blogaversary giveaways here.
*We were given a family ticket to St Michael’s Mount and lunch was provided at The Godolphin Arms in return for a review. All thoughts are my own.