If you hadn’t seen already, we spent last week on holiday in Cornwall. We had a wonderful week exploring and on Wednesday we headed to Healey’s Cyder Farm, which was about a 15 minute drive from our cottage near Perranporth. The farm had come recommended by the lovely Cornish Mum whose blog I spent hours on in the lead up to our holiday.
As we were holidaying out of season, many attractions and places were closed but Healey’s Cyder Farm is open practically all year around, plus it is dog friendly which meant all of us could spend the day there without having to leave someone home to watch the pooches.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very smiley lady who welcomed us to the farm and showed us where to go. She explained that the only area we wouldn’t be able to take the dogs was the jam kitchen, but that they were welcome everywhere else. Initially we decided not to take them up on the offer of a tour, but to explore the farm at our own pace. We were directed to the farm entrance where there was ample seating on offer – thank goodness as Florence was desperate for a bottle.
Once Florence had finished her milk, we headed inside the Farm shop which is situated almost immediately at the entrance of the farm. The shop is lined with bottles and bottles of different types of ciders and spirits brewed right there on site and made from the apples grown in their very own orchards as well as jars upon jars of preserves and jams. After a quick look around and having eyed up a few things we knew we might like to purchase on our way out, we decided to take a wander around the farm.
There is a small animal section at Healey’s Cyder Farm where we found Herbert the Pygmy Goat, a pair of rare breed black pigs and their piglets, daisy the Donkey and one of the two shire horses residing there.
While it is small and we completed the farm animal section in about 10 minutes, It’s a lovely little addition which makes it lovely and family friendly. Florence, as she was a Godstone Farm a few weeks ago, was transfixed by the Donkey!
There are also peacocks roaming freely round the grounds.
After sticking our heads in the doors of the other areas of the farm, we decided to book a guided tour so that we could get the full experience. We opted for the Classic Tour which was £8 per person. Our tour guide was very freidnly and incredibly knowledgeable about the full workings of the farm. She showed us and talked us through the process of mass cider production as well as teaching us all about the origins of cider and the history of the farm as we walked through the Museum. We then headed back to the shop to take part in a sampling session where we got to try a selection of the produce made at Healey’s. Sean enjoyed this part the most I think!
We stocked up on a variety of ciders, wines & preserves before leaving.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Healey’s Cyder Farm if you’re visiting the area, it’s a lovely little day out for the entire family.
Check out what else we got up to on our Cornwall Holiday here.