A few weeks ago, we had the most wonderful holiday at Coombe Mill Holiday Farm, near Camelford in Cornwall. We have been on holiday there four times and we absolutely love it. I will be telling you more about our holiday on the blog soon. This year though, was our first year visiting at peak school holiday time. Fiona, the owner runs a weekly activity hour for all guests to take part in, if they wish to and it turned out we were staying the week of the annual Coombe Mill natural raft race.
The challenge was to make a raft using all natural materials and race it down the river Camel (which runs through the middle of the farm) from the foot bridge to the road bridge with prizes awarded to the winners. We started by going into the fairy garden and finding materials to make our raft. Thomas found a large stick and then Farmer Amber suggested sticky grass to help tie our raft together which Daniel helped get. We got back to the outside of the games room, otherwise known as ‘Raft Building HQ’ and had a marshmallow cupcake, made by Fiona to keep our energy levels up.
I started building the raft and was doing quite well (or so I thought!) Until Stuart turned up and said it was too big and started rebuilding it. He turned it into a smaller and more streamlined raft which did probably have more chance of floating. Thomas and I did insist on a mast with flower flag though!
Once everyone had finished building the rafts including my friends Kath of The Boy And Me and Jo of Mum Friendly Jo and their families, Fiona and Amber announced some special extra prizes. We were astonished and amazed to win the ‘best family teamwork’ award for our raft.
Once all the awards had been given out, it time to get all the raft racers together for a photo then onto the footbridge to begin the race itself. Fiona’s children, Jed and Cilo volunteered to jump in river and ensure that no raft got stuck during the race. The race was started and all the rafts made it into the river in one piece. Thomas and Stuart were responsible for launching our raft while Daniel and I watched from the side. Once they were launched, we all ran down to the road bridge to see who the winner would be. The rafts took longer than I expected to make it to the road bridge but they did eventually start coming down. Ours came in fifth place and too be honest, I was just happy that it survived its journey down the river.
We had a fabulous time doing the raft race and loved how it brought all the families staying at Coombe Mill together. We have already booked to return the same week again next year and take part in the raft race again. Thank you to Fiona, Nick, Amber and the children for creating a fantastic event at an already fantastic place.
You can read Fiona’s post about the natural raft race here.
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