Monday, 1 September 2014

Falmouth Tall Ships 2014

This weekend we headed back down to Cornwall for a few days to spend time with my family. Everyone had travelled down to watch the Tall Ships Regatta, an event that takes place every two years.

The town itself was almost too busy, with lots of roads closed it was just a walk too long for the two littles so instead we decided to re-visit a few of our childhood places with the next generation!

On Saturday (after a little detour!) we parked at Mylor Sailing Club and walked to Trefusis Point, stopping to collect shells and sing "Let it Go!" to the cows that were a captive audience. From Trefusis Point we walked to a little beach that we often went to as children, to look back across the River Fal to Falmouth and to skim stones. We stopped for lunch in the Seven Stars pub and despite only having 2 minutes until the kitchens closed the staff happily took our lunch order for 7 plus a sleepy dog. The food was lovely, no one had any complaints and we could have easily spent the rest of the afternoon in there playing the games that were provided on the bar.

The bag has shells in it...not poo!!

A very determined little girl then stayed awake until 9.30pm to watch the fireworks, that were launched from the same field that we had been in earlier in the day. We walked next to my old junior school playing field to watch them and it felt a little strange to do the same route that I used to take every day 25 years ago to school. As we made our way home we re-told some of our tales and memories, as my niece played with her head torch and proudly kept exclaiming "I wasn't scared of the fireworks this time!"

On Sunday we parked at Pendennis Castle and walked down over the moat to spend a few hours on Castle Beach, at exactly the same spot we used as children. Although Sion and myself had to leave earlier than everyone else, we still managed to fit in a quick paddle and a bit of rock pooling, before the Tall Ships started to appear and shouts of "It's a pirate ship Auntie Carrie" filled our ears. 

I only had my phone with me, but this incredible aerial footage that we saw being taken shows just how big an event it was. 

Of course after all the action and a pretty long drive back we couldn't possibly cook dinner! We headed over to the Grazing Goat in Portswood, Southampton to try it for the first time. We just couldn't decide what to have, so instead of order from the main course options (£10-£15) we ordered five dishes from the salad & grazing plates. The food was lovely, each grazing plate came with a different dipping sauce or mayo. My only gripe is that the chorizo & prawn skewers portion was very small (2 skewers made up of two pieces of chorizo & one prawn) for the price of about £6.00. Despite this though we left feeling satisfied and with a new place to visit on a sunny afternoon!

After such a magical weekend there was nothing else to do, but to go home, open a bottle of Prosecco & watch Masterchef re-runs!

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  1. Sounds like a great thing to see. Monkey would love to see some pirate ships #MagicMoments

  2. Wow so picturesque! What a postcard perfect place! #magicmoments

  3. took me right back to a holiday in Falmouth with my parents when I was little. Sounds like you had a very lovely time.

  4. Oh looks stunning! Gorgeous post #whatsthestory