There’s no place like Hendra

There’s nothing like the prospect of a train ride with a giant, furry, blue hippo to make a toddler want to get dressed in the morning.

Henry the Hippo is the mascot at Hendra Holiday Park in Cornwall, a place where nothing is too much trouble – you can even have chocolate sauce on your chips if that’s what floats your boat.

Having lived in the South West for years, I jumped at the chance to stay at this 5-star resort just outside Newquay. Autumn is a great time to visit as the summer crowds have dwindled, the sun is still shining and the countryside is beautiful in its changing colours.

If you go, make sure you visit nearby Lappa Valley, a magical place for little train fans.