Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Family Time at the Camelford Show

The sun shone all day for one of our favourite family days out. There is so much to occupy the children that it's always a winner for us. Today it clashed with our return from Sussex, after a lovely week with Farmer's Nick's Mum, but not to be beaten we set off at 4am to ensure we were back in time to check all was well at Coombe Mill and head on out to the show!

Striding out to the action

Many of our guests this week are regulars and know it makes a great family day while others saw my daily update on the wi fi and followed the recommendation.

This lovely family remind me so much of us a few years ago, they have 5 boys under 6 yrs old with twins for number 4 and 5!

So takes me back!

The children headed straight for the big tent and all the free circus equipment where they met up with our guests and local friends. I think they must have spent nearly the whole day here riding penny fathings, juggling, plate spinning, tight rope walking and much more!

Watch out Clio you are about to fall!

Happy faces all round!

Generally we bring a picnic on all our family days out. Eating out with 8 of us is an expensive exercise, more than the £25 entrance fee for the 8 of us!

Lunch with friends
(You can read more on my picnic tips on multiplemummy's site where I guest blogged on the subject last week)

Today I am fraid I broke my own rule! After arriving home this morning to an empty kitchen we did splash out on a very unhealthy pasty and chips combo to keep us going for the day. It will definitely be back to the picnic's next time (pocket hurting)!

At 2pm the big tent fills to overflowing with children for a comedy act of magic tricks and circus stunts. Guaranteed to make them laugh every year and a great way to keep them occupied at any age for hour or so!
Big tent entertainment

Happiness is..........
Meanwhile Nick and I have some leisurely time to explore the rest of the show! No prizes for guessing where we both headed......It was easy to find my beloved droowling over the next Tractor / quad / digger / dumper,  while I am to be found a midst the craft tents and homemade produce! A very happy afternoon for all!
Loving these goodies!

Dragging the gang away from the circus activities we all enjoyed a family tour of the show animals, old tractors and entertainment in the arena from sheep dog trails to show jumping. We stopped to chat to Sarah, who runs our stables, with her beautiful horse before facing the inevitable from the kids at home time  " No Dad, we can't go yet, we've only been here a few minutes!"

So well behaved, the kids too!

A great day out which I can't recommend highly enough if you are down our way at this time of year.

I have compiled all the highlights into a fun video of the day. Well worth a watch!


  1. Looks like you all had a lovely time!!

  2. Looks like a fantastic day out! I love all the craft goodies, that's really my kind of thing! I thought eating out for five was expensive enough but 8? Oh my! x

  3. What a fun day out - I'll have to make sure we check that one out next year

  4. Thank you for all the comments. It is a good day with something for all the family. I'm sure it's the sort of country show that happens all around so worth checking out your area, if your not booked in with us for this one!