Sunday, 5 January 2014

(Belated) Happy New Year

I have an excuse.  It's been Christmas, and New Year & School Holibobs, and I've been kind of busy being Mum, rather than being Blogger Mum.  But hey ho, it's the weekend, school starts on Monday, and it's about time I got back on the blogging horse, so to speak.  Even though it wasn't me on the horse!

Happy New Year is the name of the post, and on Tuesday that's exactly what Squeaky, Pirate Girl, Mini Me (Pirate Girl's little sister) and a couple of somewhat frazzled Mummies had.  Yes, Tuesday.  Don't look at me like that.  I know what I'm talking about, for once.

I had a lovely email last week, from the nice folk at Cantref Adventure Farm, saying I'd won 4 free tickets to their children's New Year Party, and as Mini Me is small enough to get in for free anyway, the guest list was easily filled.  Off we trundled through the hailstones into the wilds of the Brecon Beacons for a Mid-day Midnight.  And what a fab time was had by all.  Aside from the usual Cantref fun of meeting the cute & fuzzy animals, jumping in ball pools, and throwing yourself down slides in the name of fun, there was a full-on New Year's party to keep the small people entertained as well.
Look at me, Mummy!
No, honestly.  There were party dances, musical statues, musical bumps, pass the parcel, and the all-important countdown, Big Ben Chimes and Auld Lang Syne. Balloons, party poppers, I don't envy the cleaning up job afterwards!  All presided over by Cantref's very own Mr Ev's.
Should auld acquiantance be forgot...

Cha Cha Slide, kinda

Mr Ev's, our genial host.

Talking of horses, Squeaky & Pirate Girl made the most of the fact that Cantref is also a riding centre, and braved the cold (it had stopped snowing by then) to ride on one of Cantref's  friendly ponies.  NOT Mr Ev's, he's far too cheeky for riding.  I love how grown up they manage to look in their riding hats & anoraks.  It's serious business, you know.
Very serious business!

And for their hard work they each received a special Cantref rosette to commemorate their superb riding skills, and mugging for the camera abilities!

I'll leave you with one last shot of the stunning scenery that makes Cantref so special, and a place we return to with smiles & laughter every time.  Even in the cold of December, it's still so beautiful.  Squeaky, Pirate Girl, Mini Me, and their mummies had an amazing day, and what a genius idea.  See you next New Year!

We're linking this post up with the Coombe Mill Country Kids Linky.   Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Disclosure: I received free tickets to the New Years Eve party through a competition on Facebook. I was not asked nor obliged to write this post, I have chosen to do so to share our experience.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful way to see in the new year

  2. Wow what a prize to win! Such a fab idea to have a NYE party for the children to enjoy as well as lots of brilliant activities for them all to enjoy. I can see by the photos that they all had a great time in a very picturesque place. Happy New Year to you all and thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.


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