I love heading for Cornwall in the spring. It’s one of our favourite places to be when the sun starts to shine and the days start to stretch out a little more. There’s a hint of warmth in the air, with a promise of warmer sunnier days ahead, the sea sparkles the most wonderful blue and there’s something about that Cornish air that makes me feel like everything is going to be ok.
Along the South coast of the county and especially near to Falmouth there are plenty of wonderful little fishing villages worth exploring, and we’ve loved taking to the water and learning more about this idyllic part of the country. With hints of yesteryear everywhere it’s somewhere to get off the conveyor belt of the school run and breathe more deeply and easily, if only for a weekend.
We’ve visited much of the area, but we headed to St Mawes, for the first time this spring, a short ferry ride from Falmouth. This quintessentially Cornish village has a delightful sea front filled with higgledy-piggledy houses,
along with twisting streets and echoes of the area’s heritage, with lobster pots stacked high on the harbour quayside.
Although it was spring and the sun was still shining there was a nip in the air so it was the perfect opportunity try out our new Berghaus coats, courtesy of Blacks.
My eldest wore a sleek padded Burham Insulated Jacket which was ideal as a spring choice – keeping him warm next to the sea, and allowing him plenty of movement for his shell hunting as it wasn’t too bulky. He spotted the most enormous clam shells in the sea, most probably discarded by local fishermen and was determined to discover his own.
I love how this coat will see him through the season and through next winter too and best of all he loves it.
My daughter wore this Ancroft Parka, which was really stylish and kept the cold well at bay. I really liked the faux fur collar and that it was not deliberately ‘girly’ – she’s not at all into pink and this colour really suits her.
My youngest couldn’t wait to pull on his Burham Gilet – again a great way to let children really explore while keeping themselves away from the chills.
It’s his first gilet and perfect for cooler spring days, summer evenings and well in to autumn.
It’s impossible to come to Cornwall without picking up a pasty or some fish and chips (and we managed both during our weekend!). My eldest who’s a massive fish and chip fan loved visiting the ‘Watch Out’ – a hole in the wall take-away in the middle of the village, which cooked up the most delicious lunch for him.
St Mawes has a bit of everything, including a lovely stretch of beach just a short walk from the main village which was the perfect place to go rock pooling. This time of year is perfect for picking over the rocks and searching out crabs caught by the tide. My five-year old was fascinated by the seaweed and convinced there were creatures hiding beneath it.
It’s an ideal place to let children run free and explore, and our Berghaus jackets kept us snug and warm as we skimmed stones and looked for interesting shells.
This was the first time it felt that spring really had arrived, there was a warmth to the sun despite the chilly wind and just hearing the rhythm of the sea as it pulled in and out of the shore made us feel happy.
There’s something special about the sweet salty Cornish air which you simply don’t get anywhere else. At this time of year it feels like the perfect way to blow away the final strands of winter and recharge your batteries.
You can find out more about Berghaus coats from Blacks here – http://www.blacks.co.uk/kids-home
We were sent coats for the purposes of this review but all opinions are our own.