Rainy Day Activities in Cornwall

The British weather is unpredictable at the best of times but we’re barely into September and it already seems as though autumn is well and truly upon us; nights are getting colder, days are getting shorter and there’s a definite chill in the air. However, don’t let this stop you from getting out and about and enjoying what Cornwall has to offer.

There are a lot of rainy day activities in Cornwall; even if you’re not willing to brave the weather and head outside come rain or shine, you’ll find there’s still enjoyable things to do. From family days out at the Blue Reef Aquarium to exploring a National Trust property, the rain won’t stop you from enjoying your time in Cornwall.

Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Cornwall

Blue Reef Aquarium

There’s a whole host of weird and wonderful creatures to check out at the Blue Reef Aquarium, which is why is remains to be one of Cornwall’s top attractions year after year. Completely inside and away from any horrid weather, the Blue Reef Aquarium will transport you to an underwater world. Visitors can learn about their favourite sea creatures, travel through an underwater tunnel and check out some of the most popular residents at feeding time.

Healey’s Cyder Farm

Though you may assume that Healey’s Cyder Farm is an activity best suited to a warm and sunny day, we’re happy to tell you that this isn’t the case. Come rain or shine, visitors enjoy Healey’s Cyder Farm and thanks to our many indoor activities there’s always a place to escape the bad weather. Top things to do include guided tours, the distillery and a busy farm shop. Don’t forget, your furry friends are also welcome!

 National Trust Properties

There are a lot of National Trust properties in Cornwall, all of which are perfect for a rainy day. Rather than heading to the beach and battling the wind, why not check out a beautiful stately home or a large castle? Lanhydrock House and Cotehele House are both popular.

The Eden Project

As a warm and dry attraction, The Eden Project is popular when it rains in Cornwall. With two large biomes containing plants from around the world, The Eden Project draws in thousands of visitors every year. There’s a tonne of activities to get involved in and lots to learn.

As you can see, there’s no reason to let the rain put a damper on your trip to Cornwall. To find out more about Healey’s Cyder Farm, get in touch.

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Weekend Activities in Cornwall for Young Families

As a young family, you may find yourself at a loss for things to do occasionally. In fact, we’d bet that most young families have had a weekend when they wanted to get out and about but just didn’t know where to head or what to do. After all, finding an activity that will keep little children entertained without leaving parents bored can be difficult. Luckily, there are a number of great weekend activities in Cornwall that offer a little something for everyone.

Top Weekend Activities in Cornwall

Weekends are great in Cornwall and there’s always something to see and do; this is the case throughout the year and not just in the busy summer months when there’s an influx of visitors. From tourist attractions to beach adventures, there are tonnes of things to do that are just as exciting for little ones as they are for adults. Here are three of our top picks:

Visit Healey’s Cyder Farm

Some young families immediately assume that Healey’s Cyder Farm is best suited to those with slightly older children, but this really isn’t the case. At Healey’s Cyder Farm we’ve put a lot of time and energy into ensuring we offer something for all ages. For example, our farm animals and tractor rides can be enjoyed by all. Plus, we have an onsite restaurant and tea room that cater to even the fussiest of eaters.

Take a Trip to Sennen Cove

If the weather is good, Sennen Cove is a great place to head at the weekend. Sennen Cove is one of Cornwall’s top family beaches and it’s set up perfectly for young children and families. The beaches themselves are usually rather quiet – ideal for keeping an eye on the whole family – and there are large open areas to explore. Sennen Cove boasts restaurants, parking, toilets, showers, disabled facilities and first aid services.

Check Out Camel Creek Adventure Park

Camel Creek Adventure Park is packed with family fun and with attractions for all ages, so it’s a popular choice for young families. Camel Creek Adventure Park has rides for toddlers and small children, as well as much larger rides for those that are a little bigger. Parents are able to enjoy the rides with the little ones, as well as checking out some of the much more exciting attractions.

No weekend in Cornwall needs to be a boring one when there are so many family-friendly places to check out. To find out more about Healey’s Cyder Farm and our facilities fo young families, get in touch. Contact us today on 01872 573 356 or online.

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Award winning Cornish business celebrates Tesco cider deal

Award winning Cornish business celebrates Tesco cider deal


Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, home of the popular Cornish Rattler and Cornwall’s oldest cyder producer, is now distributing the cloudy cider nationally via Tesco, after customers called for more local produce on the supermarket shelves.

Available in the traditional 500ml bottle nationally and packs of eight regionally, the 6% Rattler Original Cornish Cloudy Cyder will be on sale in more than 600 stores from September 7.

The drink producer and visitor attraction near Truro has also celebrated winning gold in the British Bottlers’ Institute awards, highlighting the continued growth and success of the Cornish business.

Joe Healey, Commercial Director at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “Rattler is our flagship brand and we’re immensely proud of its success. Thanks to its popularity we are now celebrating national distribution with Tesco, which is a fantastic achievement for the business and our family. We are delighted that even more people can head to their local Tesco and see our cyder on the shelves.

“The Tesco partnership comes as we celebrate another set of award wins, which shows that not only do customers appreciate being able to enjoy our drinks but so does the wider drinks industry.”

Healeys has been supplying its award-winning cider to Tesco stores across Cornwall and Devon since 2016. Rattler can also be found on sale at Morrisons supermarkets throughout the country.

And Rattler Original has scooped gold in the British Bottlers’ Institute Awards for ciders abv 5.5% and above with Healeys Apple Juice also winning the top spot in the fruit juices category.

Joe added: “These award wins help to highlight the rising popularity and growth of the Cornish food and drink market and we are so excited to be a part of it.”

Having celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, Rattler has become synonymous with Cornish summertime, resulting in production increasing by 25 per cent in the last 12 months while the range has grown to include Pear, Berry, Mulled and a new flavour for summer 2017; Strawberry and Lime. Rattler Original bottle sales are also up by 40% year-to-date.
To see the full Rattler range, visit the Healeys website here…

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The Best Cornish Cream Tea In Cornwall

No visit to Cornwall would be complete without a trip to sample some delicious Cornish cream tea. Cornish cream tea isn’t hard to come by in Cornwall and there are lots of cafes and restaurants that serve up a collection of traditional scones, jams, cakes and teas. Whether you’re looking for a light meal after a day at the beach or you want something to relax with on a sunny Sunday, Cornish cream tea is a great choice.

Where To Have Cornish Cream Tea In Cornwall

Knowing where to head for Cornish cream tea in Cornwall can be difficult, especially as there’s so many places to choose from. We’ve narrowed down some of the most popular choices, take a look:

Healey’s Cyder Farm: At Healey’s Cyder Farm, we really take pride in our Cornish cream tea and we work hard to provide a delicious cream tea experience. We have fantastic scones for diners to choose from including apple scones, cheese scones and traditional scones; all of which are freshly baked right here on the farm. Cornish cream tea at Healey’s Cyder Farm is served in a beautiful tea room with rustic interiors. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for traditional Cornish cream tea in Cornwall.

The Cosy Nook Tea Garden and Restaurant: A short drive from Newquay lies The Cosy Nook Tea Garden and Restaurant, another of Cornwall’s top places to find cream tea. The Cosy Nook has a quaint tea garden, allowing for outdoor dining when the sun is shining. Plus, it’s close by to Crantock Beach if you’re interested in a post-tea stroll.

The Weir: The Weir in Bude offers a little bit of everything, including great Cornish cream tea. With a lakeside location, wildlife centre and garden it’s a popular choice for those with children or dogs.

The Camel Trail Tea Garden: Located between Wadebridge and Bodmin, The Camel Trail Tea Garden is a popular spot for locals and tourists. It serves delicious Cornish cream tea and visitors can check out the lovely apple orchard. The Camel Trail Tea Garden is easily accessible for those cycling or walking in the local area.

Here at Healey’s Cyder Farm we have a broad menu that extends far beyond Cornish cream tea; our restaurant caters to lunch, dinner and light meals. Find out more about Healey’s Cyder Farm by getting in touch with us on 01872 573 356. Alternatively, contact us online.

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Things To Do In Cornwall: August Bank Holiday Weekend

August Bank Holiday is coming up and as the Bank Holiday with some of the warmest weather, it’s a popular weekend for people to head out and about. Cornwall is a terrific place to visit over long weekends such as the August Bank Holiday because there’s a lot to see and do; there are beautiful beaches to explore and it offers something very different to the busy city life many people are used to. In short, Cornwall is a relaxing place to escape to and August is one of the best times to visit.

If you’re looking for things to do in Cornwall over the August Bank Holiday weekend, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re travelling with friends, as a couple or with young children there’s enough to keep everyone entertained and having fun. Even if you’re only travelling to Cornwall for a day, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

Top Things To Do In Cornwall This August

Healey’s Cyder Farm: Healey’s Cyder Farm has been one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall for many years and this summer has been one of the busiest yet. We’ve taken the time to ensure there’s something for everyone at Healey’s Cyder Farm, those old and young will have a great day. Some of the most popular activities are visits to the farm animals, guided tours and tractor rides.

Newquay Zoo: Newquay Zoo is one of Newquay’s top places to go, and it’s popular with visitors and locals alike. Newquay Zoo is fun for all ages; children will enjoy seeing the different animals up close and adults can enjoy different talks and exhibits. As the zoo has a number of shops and restaurants, it’s a great place to spend a full day.

Fistral Beach: Fistral Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Cornwall and it is often referred to as being the best. If the weather is nice on August Bank Holiday weekend, it’s definitely worth taking the time to check out what Fistral Beach has to offer. As well as beautiful views and miles of sand, there are a range of facilities nearby including restaurants and local shops.

As well as the popular tourist spots Cornwall also boasts great places to eat, scenic walks and a range of watersport activities. When it comes to things to do in Cornwall, you’ll never be disappointed. To find out more about a trip to Healey’s Cyder Farm, get in touch.



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What To Do If You’re Going On A Last Minute Holiday To Cornwall

We’re midway through the summer holidays and this is generally when the boredom sets in; you’ve run out of activities to do with the kids and you’ve sat through one too many picnic playdates. So, it comes as no surprise that a number of families decide to head off to Cornwall on a last minute holiday. Cornwall is great for a last minute holiday as it’s relatively easy to find somewhere great to stay and there are no flights or ferries to book. In fact, for most families it’s simply a case of loading up the car and heading off.

If you do decide to visit Cornwall this summer and don’t have a lot of time before you leave to plan some things to do, we can help. As locals we know the ins and outs of what to do in Cornwall for families of all ages. So, from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave you’ll be entertained, engaged and enjoying yourself.

Healey’s Cyder Farm This Summer

Cornwall has made a name for itself as one of the UK’s top holiday destinations and it’s easy to see why. With beautiful beaches, a tonne of activities and (usually!) pretty good weather it has become a hotspot for those with children.

We’re probably a little bit biased – though our visitors seem to agree – Healey’s Cyder Farm is a great choice for a family day out in Cornwall. We have a variety of farm yard animals, farm tours, Cornish cream tea, a farm shop, apple orchards and so much more. We’ve put a lot of time and energy into ensuring Healey’s Cyder Farm has something for all ages. So, whether you’re visiting with little ones or teenagers you’ll find yourself busy. Throughout August we’re open from 9am until 8pm, which gives you a full day to spend with us. Then in September, we’re open from 9am until 6pm.

Aside from the activities and things to do at Healey’s Cyder Farm, one of the best things is that it’s just so easy to get to. With a lot of brown tourist signs when you come off of the A3075, it isn’t difficult to find either.

Contact Healey’s Cyder Farm

If you have any questions about Healey’s Cyder Farm or you want to know more about any of our activities, get in touch. Contact us today on 01872 573356 or online.


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Tips For Planning Summer Activities In Cornwall

As anyone with young children will know, it can be difficult to plan a day out at the best of times. When you take into account finding an activity that’ll suit everyone, choosing somewhere that is easy to get via car or public transport and ensuring where you’re going has good facilities, there’s a lot to consider.

At Healey’s Cyder Farm we have lots of families visit us in the summer months – especially now that schools are finished and it’s time for a few weeks off – so we’re well aware of how much effort has to go into planning a summer activity in Cornwall. It isn’t just a case of grabbing some money and heading out the door when there are kids to consider.

Planning A Day Out In Cornwall

We’ve put together some of our top tips for planning summer activities in Cornwall in the hope it’ll help first time parents, large families and those who are trying somewhere new to ensure their day out goes to plan.

  • Choose an activity or attraction that appeals to all ages

Though it may seem easier to find somewhere that appeals to one or two people, it’s much more beneficial to take the time to find somewhere that everyone will enjoy; this will prevent older children being bored by activities best suited for little ones and little ones becoming disinterested in more complex activities. At Healey’s Cyder Farm we pride ourselves on offering something for everyone. With guided tours, farm animals and tractor rides we have activities that’ll entertain children of all ages.

  • Find out if it has all of the facilities you require

Though most attractions in Cornwall are designed for children, there are some exceptions and this can be a problem for families. Choosing somewhere with good toilet facilities, baby changing, restaurants and decent parking may seem minor but it can make a big difference to your day. For example, nobody wants to be caught with nowhere to change their baby or somewhere that doesn’t sell food your children will like. At Healey’s Cyder Farm we have all the facilities a family with young children will need so that your day out is as easy as possible.

  • Plan your route there and back well

Sometimes just getting to and from an activity can be a struggle, especially when you have excited children. By taking the time to plan your route there and back well, you will eliminate a large amount of stress for yourself and the entire journey will be a lot more straightforward. A lot of places in Cornwall provide onsite parking and roads in the area are relatively easy to navigate. Plus, there are public transport options available.

When it comes to planning a summer activity in Cornwall, look no further than Healey’s Cyder Farm. With a whole host of things to do throughout the summer, it’s a great choice for people of all ages. Get in touch to find out more.

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Summer Holiday Activities In Cornwall

With a week or so to go until the summer holidays, it’s time to start thinking of things to do in Cornwall. Though the summer holiday is perfect for spending time with your kids and enjoying them being off school, it can be difficult to keep them entertained. After all, there’s only so many trips to the local park you can make. Luckily, there are lots of activities in Cornwall that are perfect for family days out and afternoons in the sun.

Things To Do In Cornwall During The Summer Holidays

Whether you’ve got toddlers, primary schoolers or teenagers you won’t be stuck for things to do in Cornwall this summer. As well as trips to the beach, coastal walks and picnics there are a lot of attractions that are worth visiting. Some of the most popular include:

Healey’s Cyder Farm

At Healey’s Cyder Farm we’re able to offer a whole day of fun for children of all ages; there’s tractor rides to enjoy, farm animals to befriend and lots of Cornish snacks to eat. Plus, the farm is great for adults too and you’re sure to enjoy one of our guided tours and tucking into some Cornish cream tea. So, whether you’re looking for something to do on a sunny afternoon or somewhere to go as a large group, we have it covered.

Flambards Experience

Flambards Experience is a firm favourite for families in Cornwall and it’s easy to understand why. Flambards Experience offers children the chance to go on an adventure through history, whilst enjoying a whole host of rollercoasters, water rides and theme park attractions. This attraction caters to children of all ages and makes for a thrilling family day out.

St. Michael’s Mount

If you’re looking for a way to combine fun with learning, head to St. Michael’s Mount. St. Michael’s Mount is an outdoor activity with a whole host of things to see and do including a medieval castle, causeway, island and an interesting community. Though mainly centred around the history of the local area, children will enjoy the myths and legends that it brings.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do in Cornwall during the summer holidays. Cornwall covers a vast area and it offers a range of indoor and outdoor activities, most of which are suitable for children. For more information on Healey’s Cyder Farm explore our top things to do.

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Top Activities For Children At Healey’s Cyder Farm

Though many of the visitors to Healey’s Cyder Farm are couples without children, we also have a large number of families and little ones who visit. This is something that increases considerably throughout the summer months, and it isn’t hard to see why.

At Healey’s Cyder Farm we are dedicated to ensuring there is something for all ages and different types of visitors are catered for; this means we ensure adults have an enjoyable time and children are engaged and entertained throughout their time at the farm. Whether you’re heading to Healey’s Cyder Farm as a family and are worried that the children won’t enjoy it or you’ve got a stubborn seven year old who isn’t sure if it’s their sort of thing, let us reassure you. Here are some of the most popular child-friendly activities on offer.

Child-Friendly Activities At Healey’s Cyder Farm

We have a range of activities that are perfect for younger ones at the farm this summer. So, if you’re in the area and are looking for things to do in Cornwall, you’re in luck!

Make friends with some of the resident farm animals: There are a lot of different farm animals at the farm and children are free to pay them a visit. We have Shire horses, Shetland ponies, chickens, rabbits and ferrets as well as other farmyard favourites.

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Take a ride on one of our tractors: Though tractor rides are enjoyable for all ages, children especially seem to appreciate the novelty of this unique mode of transport. Our tractor rides provide guests with the opportunity to see different parts of the farm, including the two large orchards.

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Enjoy a delicious meal at the Healey’s restaurant: Our restaurant provides delicious meals and tasty snacks all year round, and it’s a great way to end a fun day out. The menu is vast and favourites include Cornish cream teas, 100% Cornish beef burgers and filling sandwiches. Healey’s restaurant caters to children and there are a number of items on the menu that children will love.

Of course, many children will also enjoy the other attractions the farm has to offer such as the guided tours, distillery and farm shop. Plus, with so much space and room to roam there’s no doubt that a visit to Healey’s Cyder Farm is ideal for getting rid of some of that never-ending energy. For more information on bringing children to Healey’s Cyder Farm or to ask the team a question, get in touch. Contact us today on 01872 573 356 or via email.


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What To Do At Healey’s Cyder Farm This Summer

Summer is here and the school holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s one of the most popular times of year to visit the Cornish coast. If you’re heading to Cornwall on a family holiday or a weekend break with a loved one, take the time to visit Healey’s Cyder Farm. As one of the top things to do in Cornwall, we offer a range of activities that are perfect for a sunny day out.

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Things To Do At Healey’s Cyder Farm

Healey’s Cyder Farm Museum

There’s a lot of history to our farm and the cyder we produce has been perfected over the years. Our onsite museum gives guests an insight into how Healey’s Cyder Farm came to be the successful farm it is today, as well as showcasing some of the impressive machines used since. Visitors to the museum can find out more about barrel making and cyder making, as well as exploring the workshop.

Tractor Rides

We have two Fordson Major tractors on the farm which are perfect for tractor rides. Children and adults alike are free to experience the powerful tractors for themselves, whilst taking in some of the farm’s surroundings. The tractor rides take guests into one of the two orchards we have at Healey’s Cyder Farm. Rides last for around 15 minutes.

Farm Animals

We have some fabulous animal friends at the farm and they’re a huge hit with guests of all ages. On a visit to the farm take the time to check out our horses, ponies, chickens, pygmy goats, black pigs and more. There’s also some beautiful peacocks that are free to roam the farm as they please, so be sure keep you’re eyes peeled!

Guided Tours

One of the most popular things to do at Healey’s Cyder Farm is the guided tour. One of the Healey’s team will take you into the farm’s heritage and history, providing insight and information along the way. A number of different guided tours are available, all of which take visitors to the farm’s top attractions.

Healey’s Cyder Farm Shop

Be sure to visit the farm shop before concluding your visit to Healey’s Cyder Farm. It’s the ideal place to pick up some of our homemade products, including jams and fresh juices. The farm shop is where we try our newest products that can’t be found anywhere else. We also have a sampling bar for those who want to try before they buy.

To find out more about Healey’s and what’s on this summer, be sure to check out our blog. Alternatively, get in touch with the team.

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Why Newquay is a Top Holiday Destination for Families

Whether it’s half term or the summer holidays, more and more families are choosing to holiday in the UK rather than abroad. Though a holiday abroad brings with it the better chance of good weather it can be costly to pay for multiple flights and the travel time is usually considerably longer, which can be a struggle with little ones. One of the top holiday destinations for families in the UK is Cornwall, more specifically Newquay.

As a family-run business, we understand the importance of finding somewhere that appeals to all ages. At Healey’s Cyder Farm we are not too far from Newquay, so we’re familiar with the area and have seen just how many families enjoy their time here. We put it down to the fact that Newquay has something for everyone and all bases are covered; from great accomodation, fun days out and lots of outdoor space to explore Newquay really does have it all.

Newquay is Ideal for a Family Holiday

There are lots of things that make Newquay a top holiday destination for families and year after year thousands of people head to this part of the coast.

The range of accommodation options

In Newquay, you’ll never find yourself stuck for somewhere to stay as all accommodation options are on offer. There are hotels, bed and breakfasts, AirBnB rentals, holiday homes and campsites.

The wide range of attractions

There are tonnes of things to do in Newquay and a whole host of family-friendly attractions are on offer. Popular options include our very own Healey’s Cyder Farm – home to farm animals, delicious food and fun activities – as well as Newquay Zoo and Lappa Valley Steam Railway.

The many family-friendly beaches

Cornwall is well known for its beaches and though many of them provide big waves and the ideal surfing conditions, there are also family-friendly options. Fistral Beach, Lusty Glaze Beach and Crantock all have toilet facilities, parking and shops nearby.

It’s easy to travel around and explore

When on holiday, many people will want to get out and about to explore the local area. It’s extremely easy to get from A to B in Newquay, and travelling to other places in Cornwall is straightforward.

The rainy day activities

Any parent will know the dread that comes with experiencing a rainy day on holiday; the bored children are stuck inside with nothing to do and nowhere to go. In Newquay there are a great deal of activities that are perfect for a rainy day, so a downpour won’t stop you getting out and about. The Blue Reef Aquarium and Pirates Quest are both popular.

With so many things to do in and around Cornwall, it’s comes as no surprise that it’s one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Whether you’re a young family heading away on a summer holiday or have older children and need a weekend break, Newquay is ideal. Whilst you’re in the area, pop in to Healey’s Cyder Farm for a truly Cornish day out.

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New Rattler Strawberry and Lime Cyder

Exciting new addition to Healeys award winning Rattler range

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm has added a fruity new flavour to its range of award winning drinks with the launch of a strawberry and lime cider. The sweet and sharp drink is the perfect summer time tipple and is the latest to join the hugely popular Rattler cyder range.  The mouthwatering new release comes after Cornish Rattler achieved national distribution through supermarket chain Morrisons.

The cloudy cider celebrated its tenth anniversary last year with growing customer demand helping to boost production and increase investment in new and existing products.

 Joe Healey, Commercial Director at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We know how much people enjoy drinking our ciders and we are so excited to offer them even more choice with this new strawberry and lime Rattler

Over the last year we have seen production of our flagship Rattler brand increase by 25 per cent to keep pace with its rising popularity and this has also been reflected in our growing Rattler range, which now includes this new flavour, alongside Pear, Berry and Mulled cyders

 The Rattler Strawberry and Lime Cyder is on sale at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, near Truro and will be rolled out across the companys network of stockists next week.

 The farm was established by Kay and David Healey in 1986, and has grown to become the largest cider-maker in Cornwall, producing award-winning drinks including Rattler and Cornish Gold. Rattler is now sold through a number of key relationships, including Molson Coors, Bargain Booze, and supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons.  It has also become a popular tourist destination whatever the weather, with an onsite restaurant and free samples of all produce

Today, over 1,500 tonnes of apples are pressed and transformed into bottles of cider and hand-crafted fruit juices at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, near Newquay, which last year developed the capability to provide 24-hour production for the first time in its history to keep up with demand.

For more information about how you can get your hands on the new Rattler Strawberry and Lime Cyder and to see the full Rattler range, visit the Healeys website here

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