With working full time, it’s not often I get to blogger events unless it’s the occasional weekend conference.  But when Hayley from Shutterflies arranged an informal meet up for the Living Arrows bloggers, it was one I really wanted to make.

The bonus of course, was that it was a picnic and walk about/photo walk so perfect for the children to be there too so I duly booked us a day off work and nursery.

I’d offered to pick Emma from Life according to Mrs Shilts up from the station and drive her and Little Mr over to Rushmere Country Park, so it was nice to have a proper chat rather than a fleeting hello at a conference.  After chit chatting non stop about us giving them a life, N decided on the silent treatment once we’d picked them up!

a blogger meet at Rushmere Country Park - Bubbablueandme

We were so lucky with the weather.  It was dry and warm for us to all have our picnics, and only rained once we were under the tree cover.

I’d taken a half hearted picnic, so just needed to buy sandwiches.  I hope the guy who served me in the café was new, because it was hard work trying to order a takeaway sandwich and a children’s lunchbox!  But they were generous with the kids’ sandwiches – 2 slices of bread instead of only 2 little squares.

watching from the picnic rug

eating strawberries

It was great to feel so relaxed and just chat as we wanted.  The children all played so nicely…with trees, dusty mud, sticks and fir cones, I would have done too.  Although N just wanted food and didn’t join in with the others.

collection of sticks, stones and fir cones

taking photos

The forest walk is great at Rushmere.  Basically there’s a huge green picnic area field, then within the forest there’s a variety of walks, places to cycle (although if you’re doing more than a family bike, you need a permit), and lots of interesting features for you to spot as you walk.

We spotted fairy doors and houses

Pollard Inn fairy house - Rushmere Country Park

A giant chair and book

the giant bard book - Rushmere Country Park

The giant wooden chair

Some plank see saws which all the other children piled on to, and the Wild Things totem poles taking you deeper into the woods.  Of course it was a great photo opportunity, although as per the rest of the group photos N refused to take part in (I hope he’s not turning into me as a child!).

Wild Things at Rushmere Country Park

The part that N enjoyed the most was running ahead.  He does love to run and try and be the first, despite what he said about sports day.  Or maybe it’s just about beating the adults and getting to see what’s ahead first.

walkign throuhg the woods at Rushmere Park

And then den building.  What child doesn’t enjoy building dens.

walking out of the woods at Rushmere Country Park

showing others how to make a den

It was great to see him showing what he could do, and trying to ‘help’ others.   He was mostly interested in just moving big branches rather than actually building anything, but he was perfectly happy doing that.

Den building’s great, because as well as the construction side, there’s also the mathematical aspect of finding the right size branches, and also working out the possibility of which ones he would be able to move without help.

pulling branches out for a den

We did what seemed like quite a long circuit round the woods.  Everywhere we turned there was something for the children to explore – pits, mini valleys, and ‘dinosaur’ habitats.

mark making with a stick

about to set off and count the tree steps

invesitgating the pit in Rushmere Country park

sliding down the hill

on the wooden giant spider

Plus some beautiful tree alleyways (that N refused to pose in.  The saying never work with children is so true!).

an aisle of trees at Rushmere Country Park

Despite the rain we couldn’t leave without stopping for an ice cream first.  They really were delicious and a great way to end a lovely day.

ice cream at Rushmere Country Park

I met bloggers who’re new to me, and properly met those I’ve chatted to online and/or read their blogs.  It’s always good to put names to faces to blogs and also great to have a meet where children can go too.

Living Arrows bloggers walking int he woods

Rushmere Country Park was a good venue, and there’s lots to explore. Simple fun for children, and despite it being summer holidays, pretty empty.  With car parking for the day only £2, if you take a picnic and avoid the café, it’s a bargain day out.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. That looks like our sort of place, will have to see how far away it is. Emma, N looks so grown up in these photos! Sounds like a lovely way to meet up with other bloggers. #CountryKids

    • It’ll only be about 35-40 mins from yours. Definitely a good place to check out for you guys.

  2. It must have been lovely to meet up with fellow bloggers and have some fun. It looks like you all had a great time x

    • Thanks Heledd, it was lovely, and nice to be able to make one during the week.
      Thanks for commenting

  3. What a total bargain and great to meet upwith other bloggers and their children, well done Hayley for organising it all. I love the wooden sculptures, it really does look like a family friendly forest with plenty to spot on a walk. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • The sculptures were a bit unexpected for me, but they were great, and provided respite from a ‘boring’ walk for the children.

  4. Ah, this sounds lovely, I would so like to be able to meet up with people more easily! And, what a lovely place to meet, it looks beautiful x #countrykids

    • Must be weird having lots of blogging friends in the UK. Are there no local things in the US – at least there’s lots off conventions over there. Or is it a very different environment and community compared with the UK?

  5. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Was lovely to meet you and N made me giggle a lot, especially when he was determined to climb up a giant steep hill without any help! Loved how well all the kiddies played together.

    • Hi Sian,
      Yes he can be quite determined when he wants to be. He likes to think he’s a big boy when he’s around those a bit younger, so I think he wants to make a point of showing off! They were all really good together.
      Thanks for stopping by

  6. It was so lovely to see you again in such a relaxed way! And N is so lovely, the kids were all so great together x

    • They were really well behaved weren’t they. No fights, and they all just go on with it!

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