September 14, 2018
Hands up who struggles for exciting things to do with the kids when it is belting down with rain?
This Summer, having 5 kids in the house ranging in ages from 3 to 10, the rainy days (yes there were a few) were quite tricky.
Gwel-an-Mor became a bit of a life saver. It is great for my little 3 year old and REALLY GREAT for all of the others.
Gwel-an-Mor is a lot of things. It is a holiday complex (with some really nice looking lodges), a golf course, a spa, a restaurant and a place to hold weddings and big parties. It is also an EXCELLENT soft play place. Up until recently I had presumed the facilities were for people staying there. I was wrong, anyone can use them, hurrah!
Gwel-an-Mor is just up the hill outside Portreath. We drove to it from St Ives in about 30 minutes. We drove into Hayle and then along the coast road via Gwithian.
The soft play facility at Gwel-an-Mor is called Base Camp. To get to it you need to drive all the way into the resort. It is signposted but I will be honest I wasn’t sure we were driving into the right place until we were almost there!
There are 2 bits to the Base Camp – the soft play, and the Clip n Climb area.
The soft play zone is really well designed. It has 3 levels with loads to do – zip wire, slides, crawling bits, obstacles. Plus a side section for very young children. It only has one entrance too, so you can easily keep and eye on your kids.
Prices for the soft play: £6 at weekends and school holidays.£4 for under 3’s weekdays only. it is free for under 1’s or those not yet walking. Adults go FREE!
The Clip n Climb area is superb. Our children thought it one of the best things they did all holiday!
Clip n Climb is a risk-free way of climbing up climbing walls. The children wear a harness and are attached to an auto-belay line. If they slip they don’t fall off – the line lowers them slowly back down. If they can climb right to the top they get to abseil back down again.
The climbing sessions last 1 hour – this includes a little training session plus buckling everyone into their harnesses. Once they have had the training, they can choose from 10 different walls. Parents can go in to help and encourage their children, plus the instructors are there all the time helping and giving advice.
Our children loved the timed walls – very competitive, and the transparent wall for racing each other up!
Prices for the Clip n Climb: Ages 4-14 £8 weekends and school holidays and £4 after 3pm weekdays during term time. Ages 15+ £9 weekends and school holidays and £5 after 3pm weekdays during term time.
I am pleased to report that the cafe does good coffee! Their flat white coffee costs £2.50 a cup.
They also do a nice range of food including veggie and gluten free options.
They serve breakfast between 9 and 11am and mains from 11:30am. The menu is burgers, pasties, pizzas and paninis. Kids meals and lunch boxes are £4.95.
Plus they serve wine!!!
Gwel-an-Mor has nice loos with lovely hand wash and art!
They cater for birthday parties.
The car park is free and nice and big.
There is a bus stop near the end of the drive by the entrance to Gwel an Mor. The number 47 and 243 stops there.
Address: Gwel an Mor Luxury Resort, Feadon Lane, Portreath, Cornwall TR16 4PE
Telephone: 01209 842354
Have you visited Gwel-An-Mor? What did you think of it? Do you have any other recommendations of good places to go in Cornwall when it rains? Add your comment below – we would love to hear from you x
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