B was talking about Growing Beer at the River Cottage Spring Food Fair today, so we tagged along for a day out. River Cottage HQ is in a gorgeous location and was looking very pretty with flowers blooming and lambs in the fields. We spent a long time queuing for the kids to be face painted, but the time passed by watching birds of prey flying overhead and eating pizza. Next, we went to listen to B’s talk, but he threw us out as E was being too noisy! After some veggie curry (which the kids declared delicious – annoying, as they would have refused to have touched it if I’d made it) and bubble-chasing, my brother, who works in the gardens there, showed us around the pigs, chickens, cows and lambs. The kids adored the animals, so next on the itinerary was a donkey ride, followed by tea and cake, playing in a mud kitchen, crafting and then walking an alpaca. The day finished by a tractor ride back to the car park – possibly E’s highlight of the whole day.
Wild Time – (not really wild but outdoors and in the countryside) 6 hours
We returned to the River Cottage Festival for more fun and spent most of the time dancing to the music today. We did find time to create monsters out of beach rubbish at the Surfers Against Sewage stand and learnt some shocking facts about plastic that washes up on our shores. One of the things Izzy used to make her monster (called Milly) was a shot gun cartridge, used by Canadian fishermen to scare away gulls, which had been found on a Cornish beach.
Total wild time – 5 hours
The weather was lovely again for Izzy’s morning pony ride. We saw a group of 5 Magpies and I taught her the rhyme. B and E took the dog for a walk whilst we were out.
Dashing home, we wolfed down lunch and headed straight out to the River Cottage Festival, which was held in a stunning location. There, we found loads of fun things to do – drumming workshops, circus skills, giant bubbles (E’s favourite) and on the wilder side, mask colouring at the Devon Wildlife Trust stand, as well as exploring the kitchen garden and watching the Bumblebees enjoying the Globe Artichoke flowers. Izzy and B also took part in a bushcraft session, which involved lighting a fire with a flint and toasting marshmallows over it. We were so busy, we barely watched any music, except the samba band whilst we tucked into delicious curry and pizza. The sunset was absolutely stunning, as we walked back up the steps to wait for the bus.
Total wild time – 8.5 hours