Sep 24, 2009

Our Dog Photo Competition...

We're about to start pushing for entries for this year's dog photo competition but we thought it would be good to remind you of some the stunning entries we've had in the past few years so we've put together a video so you can see them all...

Sep 21, 2009

More awards news...

Great news, we've just heard that we've been shortlisted [ie got to the last three] in two major awards. Visit Cornwall's prestigious Tourism Awards are imminent and we're in the mix for the top prize in self catering and also sustainability. We just missed the final in the web site section too. We're very excited and we'll keep you posted on any news.

Helsbury Attractions #4

The Monkey Sanctuary

The sanctuary is a charity that rescues monkeys of different kinds from the pet trade and other inadequate and abusive circumstances. Many of their inhabitants have been severely traumatised by their experiences this means for the monkey’s sake this is not a good day out for loud, excitable children and dogs are not welcome. It does however, provide a wonderful opportunity to see these fascinating creatures up close and to hear informative talks about their lives, their plight and the valuable work of the trust.

The sanctuary is set in a stunning location on a wooded slope overlooking the sea with grounds managed to promote wildlife. Excellent signposting makes the sanctuary easy to find but it is accessed via some very narrow lanes so be prepared. The car park is small but shady. The café serves a delicious selection of homemade, locally sourced vegetarian food. GTBS Gold.

Sep 20, 2009

Helsbury Park Dog Photo Competition 2010 Entry 7

Sarah & Patrick Wood bought their two dogs to Helsbury recently and sent us these lovely photos, as Sarah said: "After a busy day everyone loves a barbecue! And there's no better way to recover than sleeping it off afterwards."

Sep 11, 2009

Helsbury Attractions #3

The Big Sheep

Lottie’s favourite day out, we have been twice this year (2009) and still not found everything. Not cheap and at least an hour’s drive but for us it is worth it. Animals to feed and pet in the barn, train and tractor rides and an array of slides to satisfy a large age range. Humorous and informative demonstrations and events such as the Sheep Grand National in the various indoor and outdoor arenas help provide constant entertainment. The Jumping Pillows are great fun for all ages (parents too) as are the pedal go-carts. There is a battlefield combat zone, high wire course, chair-o-planes ride and mountain boarding for the more adventurous. Pony rides, trampolines and various mechanical rides. Some things cost extra but you could still have a great day out if you confined yourselves to the inclusive stuff.

The Big Sheep is very easy to find, with plenty of parking, some kennels (locks available from reception) and a wide choice of food from burgers and cakes to fruit and homemade soup depending on which café you choose.

Sep 7, 2009

Helsbury Park Dog Photo Competition 2010 Entry 6

Ken Nash sent these great shots of his two dogs in typical Helsbury poses. He said "Following our recent visit to your fabulous holiday facility I've submitted a couple of photographs. The whole family (and of course the dogs) had a fantastic time!!!"

Sep 6, 2009

Helsbury Attractions #2

Following on in our series of reviews of local attractions, we have:

Tamar Otter Sanctuary

We had an enjoyable day out at the Tamar Otter Sanctuary (Summer 09). It is advisable to time your visit to take in at least one Feeding Time 12:00 or 15:00; this guarantees you see some Otters in action as they are timid even in this environment. It really is amazing to see so many Otters up close though. The woodland walk allows you to get a good look at the Deer and Wallabies, which you can feed (provided you buy the appropriate bag of food).

We had a hard time finding the sanctuary but this might be more about our SatNav. We just kept following signs to North Petherwin and got there eventually. There is a steep slope between the entrance and the animal enclosures and a lot of fencing to protect little fingers from sharp teeth, which is quite hard to see through. The café is excellent providing well-cooked locally sourced food. Not dog friendly but there is some shady parking and water available.