Picnic Games – Cornwall
With its stunning beaches, beautiful countryside, and intriguing history, Cornwall has to be everybody's favourite holiday location. It's not hard to find the perfect picnic spot in this gem of a county but what is there to do when the pasties and cream teas have all been gobbled up? We have some fascinating facts, and amusing picnic games for the whole family to enjoy. Lowena dhis! (Have a nice day!)
UP TO 11 YEARS OLD
Fun fact: At the summer solstice, Land's End in Cornwall has 16 hours and 22 minutes of daylight. On the same date John O'Groats in Scotland has 18 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.
Game: What's the time Mr Cornwall?
Spot the Pilchard
Fun fact: Whole villages were once involved in the Cornish pilchard industry. Everyone relied on good catches for survival. It was the huer's job to spot the huge shoals from the cliffs.
Fun fact: When large ships arrived at dangerous Cornish harbours, the harbour pilot would be rowed out to meet them in a Cornish pilot gig. He would climb aboard, then guide the ship safely into harbour. Today gig racing is a popular Cornish hobby.
Game: Row your gig
Up the waves and down,
If you fall into the sea,
Please try not to drown.
All the Little Fishes
Fun fact: The conger eel is quite common in Cornwall, and likes living inside shipwrecks. Fishermen sometimes catch eels but they usually throw them back into the sea because not many people like eel pie for supper!
Game: Conger Eel Tag
Man the Lifeboats!
Fun fact: There are 14 lifeboat stations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Many of them welcome visitors, and all of them rely entirely on gifts from the public to keep up their life saving operations.
Game: Miss Mary's Shoe
To see what she could do, do, do.
As she looked at the view, view, view,
She lost her bright red shoe, shoe, shoe.
A seagull had a chew, chew, chew,
Then off with it he flew, flew, flew.
The orange lifeboat crew, crew, crew,
Gave chase into the blue, blue, blue.
Just one thing left to do, do, do,
Decide if this rhyme's true, true, true!
11 YEARS OLD (and older)
Fun fact: The folds around the edge of a Cornish pasty are called crimps. An experienced crimper can crimp between three and four pasties a minute.
Game: I baked a pasty
Player Two – 'I baked a pasty, and in it I put some tasty cheddar, and a pinch of paprika.'
Crossing the Border
Fun fact: The River Tamar forms a good part of the border between Devon and Cornwall. Most visitors enter Cornwall by crossing the Tamar at Plymouth on the A38 or near Launceston on the A30.
Game: Devon or Cornwall?
For extra points you could ask players to spell each place name!
Fun fact: Choughs (chuffs) are the only members of the crow family with red beaks and red legs. They're very rare but some do live in the far west of Cornwall. Keep your eyes open.
Game: Chough, chough, crow
Where in Cornwall am I?
Fun fact: Kernow is the Cornish name for Cornwall. There are a few theories about its origin but one popular one is that it refers to the shape of the Cornish peninsula via the Celtic word for headland or horn, 'kernou.
Game: Brown Willy
2. Marazion b) Sand dune cove
3. Lostwithiel c) The church of St Stephen
4. Porthtowan d) Beech trees
5. Looe e) Little market
6. Fowey f) Sea lake
Fun fact: Whilst Cornwall has plenty of luxury chocolate shops; the Cornish fairing is the traditional biscuit of Cornwall. Think ginger nut with more butter and less crunch.
Game: Chocolate Roundabout
The other players continue to throw the dice. The chocolate eater can keep eating until someone else throws a six. Be warned, if the next six comes along quickly, you might not get any chocolate!
For a really fun but messy experience, try this one on a hot sunny day!
Answers: 1c, 2e, 3a, 4b, 5f, 6d