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Our new approach to family holidays

By October 7, 2020Families

Families often tell us about how Bedruthan has a special place in their hearts.

They tell us about never-forgotten 1970s nights of fancy dress discos, parents carefully fashioning costumes as the sun begins to set. About half terms spent here as a teenager, afternoons spent with new friends around the tennis court or swimming pool. About how they come to Bedruthan for rare, quiet moments to be together, those long Cornish summers outside of time.

Listening to these long-cherished family tales, there’s something in them we hear that still strikes us loud and clear even all these years later. These stories vividly remind us of what family holidays are truly about: undisturbed time to be together, making those never-to-be-forgotten memories.

Therefore, we’re introducing a new approach to family holidays, though it feels more like returning to that most important thing. In short, our renewed aim is to help families uncover precious time to spend together — not apart.

This October, we’re going to begin trying out some big, new ideas that we think families will be excited to try. In place of our usual children’s clubs, we’re going to be offering more unique experiences for the whole family.

For this coming half term, we’re inviting local abstract artist Daniel Turner to come and be artist-in-residence at our modernist clifftop building. He’ll be leading relaxed sessions in the artist’s studio, open to both younger budding artists and parents wanting to realise their own artistic ambitions. Try your hand at gravity painting and kinetic art, with introductory workshops running on Monday, October 19th and Monday, October 26th.

We’re also excited to tell you that renowned landscape artist Tony Plant will be visiting Bedruthan this October half term too. Tony’s perhaps best known for his large-scale, site-specific works. One of his methods is to take a rake down onto the sand to carve out large spiral patterns on the beach. Come join in – he’s leading smaller-scale beach drawing sessions here on Friday, October 23rd and Friday, October 30th.

These are just some highlights of our upcoming events. When you arrive, you’ll find the full schedule of events (then book the ones that draw your eye the most). Other activities include pop-up family craft sessions and evening tales from seasoned storytellers.

If you’re one of our families who often stay at Bedruthan during school holidays, you may notice that there are a few less activities overall. We’re trying to put our efforts into developing a focused selection of unusual activities — we want to do the sort of things you wouldn’t find anywhere else. We’re eager to get going.

At the same time, we still know that sometimes parents may want some time just to themselves. When that moment comes, we recommend trying our intimate Herring restaurant’s new menu. To help you keep an eyes on the young ones while you’re eating, we’ve partnered with the babysitters at the Parent & Child Nanny Agency. We’re also currently working hard to improve the hotel’s complimentary baby listening service.