Halloween at Court Farm

We are quite excited with the approach of Halloween, we’ve already put up the decorations in readiness for some spooky shenanigans.

During October Half Term week, each cottage will receive a pumpkin to carve then on Thursday 26th October , as detailed above, we will be hosting our Annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt, pumpkin carving competition and Marshmallow Toasting around the fire.

Dress to impress!

Be sure to visit our October Events Page to see what other great Halloween activities are being hosted by our local attractions during the October Half Term week.

Why holiday in Bude? Here’s just a few reasons..

It will come as no surprise that here at Court Farm Holidays we are big advocates of visiting Bude- but we’re not alone! Bude has been named as the Best UK Coastal Resort for the past two years! So, why holiday in Bude?

For a little town Bude has an abundance of activities to offer, from romantic weekend breaks to fun filled family holidays- there is something for everyone to enjoy.

There have been a lot of changes taking place over the last few years and we think the town is going from strength to strength. Exciting new businesses such as La Bocca and The Beach (to name a few- there are a lot, lot more! You can view these on our Out and About page) have set up in the town and have brought a fresh and unique aspect to Bude for locals and tourists alike.

Despite these changes, however, the essence of Bude being a friendly coastal town have not changed. The charm that has always surrounded Bude has not been lost with development like many other places may have done in recent years. Also big believers in providing the warmest welcome to people that may not have visited before, Bude offers child friendly, dog friendly and access friendly walks, restaurants, cafes, beaches and activities.. the list goes on.

The spotlessly clean beaches and wild coastline remain just that, spotlessly clean and wild (also one of the many reasons surfers, swimmers, ramblers and thrill seekers return year upon year). Lesser known are the Golf Courses with spectacular views and the sea and course fishing.

Also, being located right at the most Northerly part of Cornwall means that you can avoid the extra hour or so that you would otherwise have to spend on the A30 when you arrive in Cornwall. This also means that staying around Bude puts you in a central position to explore either Devon or Cornwall (which can only be a good thing, two for the price of one!).

Within a 30 minute drive you can visit:

Tintagel

Boscastle

Launceston

Crackington Haven

Within an hours drive you can reach:

Hartland Peninsula (Devon)

Padstow

Wadebridge

Rock

Polzeath

Other places you may wish to spend the day:

Newquay

Truro

Falmouth

St Ives

Lands End

 

Take a look at this Video that We Are Bude created:


So, why would you not want to visit? To book your break with us, please visit our availability grid (this will show you all of our remaining 2017 and 2018 availability and their prices) or call us on 01288 361 494 if you would like to discuss the different options.

 

For the latest news and to keep up to date please see our Facebook Page!

Winter in Cornwall

Winter in Cornwall

Here at Court Farm Holidays we are strong believers that Cornwall is just as exciting in Winter as it is during the Summer months- not only do you get the beaches and views to yourself (even if it is a little more chilly!), you also get to experience Cornwall from a different perspective.

Aside from the vastly different landscapes you can visit: the dramatic hills of Bodmin moor, charming lanes of Padstow, any of the beaches (take your pick!), there are also a lot of exciting things going on across the County that might capture your interest. So we have put together a little guide of some of the events taking place this month…

 

Eden’s Escape Room

14 Jan 2017 to 19 Feb 2017, South Coast > St. Austell

Eden Project, near St Austell, for puzzle lovers who will have a chance to try one of the most perplexing team challenges in a live escape room


Travel to Space from Falmouth

11 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017, South Coast > Falmouth

Plan your mission to space this February Half – Term. If you fancy getting up close to our planets, there’s an actual space portal in Falmouth? Want to come? Join the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and voyage through space with Space Odyssey Plane


Half Term at Eden: StoryFest

11 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017, South Coast > St. Austell

Half term fun for all the family Eden style.


Cornish Week at Camel Creek Adventure Park

Week of 11th February 2017, Near Wadebridge

Celebrate Cornish Week at Camel Creek Adventure Park, one of Cornwall’s leading family attractions. There will be Cornish Pasties, Cornish History, Steam Engines and much more! For more information visit Camel Creek Adventure Park website.


BUSHCRAFT FOR KIDS – Cotehele

Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th February 2017 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pmBuild a shelter, learn how to safely light a fire and practice some handy survival skills. This activity has been specially designed by the National Trust and their partner Serious Outdoor Skills to be fun, informative and hands-on. Booking essential. Suitable for children ages 7-15. This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather on the day. All tickets £6. More Information: Cotehele, 01579 351346 press 0, cotehele@nationaltrust.org.uk


Terrific Tudors

13th February, 2017 – 17th February, 2017, Pendennis

Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in the Tudor fort of Pendennis this half term. Warm yourself by the roaring fire in the castle keep with demonstrations and displays from our Tudor cook, learn about the diet of Pendennis’ Tudor residents and help prepare provisions for the troops, then step outside to try your hand at sword skills and cannon drills.


Newquay Z00…

As well as the many beaches and restaurants in Newquay, you can also visit Newquay Zoo , with the opportunity to participate in animal feeding too!


National Trust Properties…

You really are spoilt for choice for National Trust locations across Cornwall- a few examples include: Pendennis Castle from 13 – 17 Feb it’s Terrific Tudors and  a Childrens Garden trail at Lanhydrock house near Bodmin. For more information on these and all of the other options, do head to the national trust website!


Maritime Museum…

For the under 5’s the Maritime Museum in Falmouth are running Museum for Minnows every Monday at 11 o’clock with a lively half hour of stories and songs (Free with Museum ticket)


Lost Gardens of Heligan…

If you love wildlife then visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan on 11th February where you can explore the gardens and discover more about it’s wildlife.  See more details on the website site here


Eden Project…

Eden’s ice skating rink is still open until 19th February and if you fancy rescuing a dying Alien, then visit their new attraction The Escape room until 19th Feb – see more details on the website here


 

Are you convinced yet? Don’t just take our word for it- come and stay with us and experience Cornwall for yourself!

Our Favourite Group Activities for 2016

Wine Tasting

Try something different and test your taste buds with a spot of wine tasting. A great way to start the night at your holiday cottage or Farmhouse. Cornwall Wine School can arrange tasting events in the comfort of your own Holiday Accommodation, for groups of 10+ people.

‘An introduction to wine tasting’, ‘Sparkling wines and Champagne’ or a themed event ‘Italian’ or ‘Spanish’ whatever you choose it will be fun and informative. All events last 2 hours, tasting 6-7 quality wines with tasting notes. All events are run by a WSET qualified wine professional.

www.cornwallwineschool.co.uk

 

Spa Weekends

Our fantastic therapist Vicky Barnes has her own treatment room at Court Farm and offers a variety of treatments using Spiezia Products. She can also bring another therapist and conduct pamper parties at our Farmhouses or large houses, making everyone feel special during their stay!

www.vickybarnes.co.uk

 

Private Catering

Before you even arrive at your accommodation, you can pre-book our catering service from either pre-prepared meals delivered and waiting for you in the Farmhouse, or dinner parties will waitress services. An example of her meal delivery menu can be viewed via THIS LINK which can be adjusted according to season and dietary requirements.

Contact Nicky Vereker     Email: nickyvereker@beinternet.com    Tel: 01288 361530

 

Clay Pigeon Shooting or Archery

Test yourselves against friends and family with this adrenaline and competitive activity! You can do at every one at Northcott Farm.

We have invited ‘Dandelion Events’ to come in to host Group Events at Northcott Farmhouse, having a huge amount of experience and knowledge in creating fantastic and memorable events. They have an extensive and versatile range of both indoor and outdoor activities including Archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Crossbows & Air Rifle Shooting, all of which are perfect for hen & stag parties, family gatherings and corporate events.

What better way to break up your weekend than with a few hours of fun and energetic activities?

They can create a package to suit your requirements, whether you are looking for target sports, motor sports, team challenges…or a mixture! They have some excellent multi-activity offers, allowing you to book a few activities at an affordable price.

 

Murder Mystery or Casino Evenings

If you want the fun to continue into the evening, then Dandelion Events can provide a range of entertainment options. A Murder Mystery themed event is a fantastic way to spend one of your evenings at Lower Northcott Farmhouse. Using professional actors, your group will be whisked away to a World of murder and mayhem. There are various themes to choose from including 1920s, Medieval Murder and Hollywood. They can run this in a format to suit you, pre/during/post dinner and the actors will mingle with the guests in order to give clues.

All in on red? Twist on 16? That’ll be your call when you participate in one of their fun Casino events!  They will provide Roulette, Blackjack and Beat the Banker (an adaptation of blackjack) to one of our Farmhouses, provide a hosted casino event and provide a memorable night. They supply fun money to the guests who will then exchange it at the casino tables for chips. The person who has won the most chips at the end of the night will be crowned the casino King or Queen and will win a bottle of champagne. Fun casinos provide all of the rush you get from betting without the heartache and pain of losing your own cash

www.dandelionevents.co.uk

Telephone: 02477 676 479

 

Competition Time!

AND THE WINNER IS ….. Please note that this competition is now closed and the we are delighted to announce the Winner is Sarah Louise Baker.

 

WIN A FREE HOLIDAY!

We are offering you a chance to win a 3 x night stay in Stables Barn, one of our lovely 2 x Bedroomed courtyard Barns!

All you have to do is to LIKE our Facebook page AND SHARE our competition status to be entered! Simple as that.

Terms & Conditions Apply: The Free Holiday cannot be taken during school holidays or during May & June (don’t worry we are still fully open and functioning at those times of year!) and needs to be taken before the end of 2016.

The winners name will be chosen at random on 31st January from those who have ‘liked’ our Court Farm Holidays Facebook page and ‘shared’ the competition status.

HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY LIKING AND SHARING!

A to Z of Christmas at Court Farm Holidays

A is for Availability – We still have some!  just enter your chosen dates into our Availability Search Box on our home page or give us a call or drop us an email.  We are very flexible with arrival and departure dates.  See our Christmas & New Year page to see at a glance exactly which cottages are still available over the festive weeks.

B is for Beaches – Its a growing tradition to not only hit the beaches on Christmas Day, but take a swim in it too! For many its a case of popping along to their favourite beach, but for hundreds this refreshing dip in the sea helps raise money for our local Surf Life Saving Club at Crooklets Beach in Bude, the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest SLSC!  Swimmers from 8 to 80 (wetsuits for the under 12’s only) don their Christmas headgear and head into the water when the klaxon goes off at 11am.

C is for Carols – The Brendon Arms in Bude are hosting Christmas Carols by the Christmas Tree with Bude Town Band  which will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit as will the mulled wine & mince pies on 21st December at 7pm.  Join the local residents of Marhamchurch to sing Christmas Carols around the Village Christmas Tree outside St Marwene’s Church in Marhamchurch on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm

D is for Decorations – Over the festive weeks, all of our Cottages are decorated with Christmas Trees and Garlands for guests to add to (or reduce!) depending on your taste.  We also have fairy lights dotted around the grounds with ornamental reindeer poking their noses out from the bushes.

E is for Eating – Christmas would not be Christmas without lovely things to eat and Cornwall is foodie heaven for many of its visitors and residents.  Christmas is a great chance to buy local – whether meats, cheeses, sweet stuff, breads, locally grown beg or posh preserves.  A great place to stock up is Truro Christmas Market which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with seven separate festivals throughout December.  The world food fair takes place from 4pm – 9pm.

F is for Festivals – There are many festivals in Cornwall this Christmas, but we’ve picked one of the biggest – Padstow Christmas Festival (3-6 December) which boasts three days of entertainment, activities, food and shopping.   For 3 days this Cornish Fishing Village comes alive with celebrity chefs, culinary delights and festive fun.

G is for Goats – Our Goats! Molly & Polly who live in our Animal Field, they need visiting and feeding and petting all year round whatever the weather so be sure to pay them a visit during your stay at Court Farm.

H is for Hampers – Over the Festive weeks, we provide a festive hamper to help you get the party started, including wine & mince pies

I is for Illuminations – One of the benefits of heading towards the shortest day of the year is it gives us more opportunity to enjoy the Christmas lights which usually spark the start of the festivities in our towns & villages.  Our local town of Bude has its lights on already, Clovelly’s switch on is on 6th December…

J is for Jingle Bells – Learn the Cornish Bells – Cornwall’s very own Christmas Song! – O merry ring the Christmas bells across the western land, From Launceston Town to Michaels Mount, from Bude to Sennen Sand, The joyous echo sweeps along far spaces by the sea, And church bells answer church bells with their “Gloria Domine!”, O Cornish bells ring far, ring fe, Ring “Gloria Tibi, Domine!”, 2 High O’er the ridge of Bodmin moor, Grey Towtor kept guard, His age long cross of granite crag by wind and storm is scared; But here, as once in Bethlehem, the Christmas stars shine bright, And moorland men are wending far to church on Christmas night.  O Bodmin bells ring far, ring free, Ring “Gloria Tibi, Domine! ..etc etc …

K is for Kernow – Something you can sit and do at home is learn some Cornish seasonal greetings; Merry Christmas! Nadelik Lowen! Happy New Year! Bledhen Nowyth Da!

L is for Lanterns – Lantern making workshops are being held during November in time for Bude’s lantern parade on 4th December, or why not make your own and pop an LED light inside to light up your cosy cottage windowsill

M is for Markets – Christmas markets are a sight to behold with small makers and artisans setting up stalls selling gorgeous and unique homemade wares that couldn’t be further away from you online shopping cart.

N is for Nativity – Falmouth comes alive with the starts of Christmas with its annual live nativity.  Leaving Events Square and walking to The Moor, stopping at various places for scenes to be acted out, the Live Nativity tells the story of Christmas with animals.  The final scene will be played out on The Moor in a marquee with lots of animals, from horses to goats and a petting corner.  13th December from 1.30pm.

O is for making your OWN ….The Kitchen Front in Bude offers Creative Workshops allowing you to design and create your own kitchenware designs.  With a Christmassy theme leading up to Christmas they are running “little Elves workshops” for children aswell as adult session on Saturday & Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. No experience necessary, as all equipment is included. Sessions at The Kitchen Front are perfect for friends and families, and there are great savings on group bookings.

P is for Peppa & Georgie – our piggies – they are always waiting at the gate for their morning animal feeding and petting

Q is for Queues – or avoiding them with late night shopping, Bude’s late night shopping evening is on 4th December with many other local evenings, with Truro opening its shops until 9pm 5 x nights per week during December with festive street markets from 5pm until 9pm every Wednesday & Saturdays running up to Christmas  There will be entertainers, brass bands & carol singers all adding to the Christmas feel.

R is for Reindeer – Visit the Eden Project who have live reindeer in residence as part of its Christmas Festival running from 28th November through to 3rd January

S is for Santa – Alongside the opportunity for young and old to see the main in the red suit, Father Christmases are set to take over our roads with the annual Santa Runs.  The next one on the calendar being held in Newquay on 12th December (surf & Beach run)

T is for Treasure Hunt  – We’ll be holding our very own Court Farm Christmas Treasure Hunt around the grounds followed by mulled wine & mince pies on 23rd December, fun for all.

U is for Unwinding – in the lead up to Christmas its also important to relax a little and take it easy, that is why we offer Spa Treatments at Court Farm, conducted by a wonderful therapist Vicky Barns, who will ensure that you are relaxed and rejuvenated after one of her treatments, whether it be an indian head massage, or hot-stones.  Visit her website for full details. www.vickybarns.co.uk

V is for Victorian – Not only did they invent the Christmas tree, Christmas cards & crackers the Victorians practically invented Christmas and you an relive a Victorian Christmas Lanhydrock.  Enjoy the magically decorated gardens and visit the house to celebrate the Christmas traditions which originated in the Victorian period.  Children can enjoy Christmas trails, craft and a visit to Father Christmas.  The cycle trails and estate will also be open for winter bike rides and walks.  Father Christmas is available weekends throughout December.  1 December – 3rd January 11am-4pm every day except Christmas Day.

W is for Wadebridge Christmas Festival – Wadebridge holds its Christmas shopping weekend alongside a host of activities & entertainment.  The town boasts around 150 shops, cafes, restaurants & pubs, of which 85% are local or Cornish businesses.  Activities include choirs, a samba band, town brass band & musicians playing through the town.  Santa will be here in his grotto at 6pm on a steam engine!.

X is for X marks the spot – Join the Cornish Pirates for a spot of outdoor activity – even if its simply jumping up and down on their stands as they do all the hard work at their last home game of the year – 19th December.

Y is for Year as in New Year – we’ve still a few small cottages left to welcome in 2016 … if one isn’t large enough then just book 2 or 3 as they are very close to one another

Z is for zzzzzz sleep – a good nights sleep after all your celebrations are over.