Cornwall Rocks! A New Craze On The Block

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Fun, creative and exciting is just a few ways to describe this brilliant new craze currently sweeping ours towns, villages, beaches and family attractions here in Cornwall. Rock painting is a huge hit with both children and adults, with thousands getting involved with painting, hiding and finding, taking pictures, posting on the relevant Facebook pages and then re-hiding again!

The decorating and hiding of rocks originated in New Zealand and Australia and is steadily making it’s way around to different countries. This cool idea is entertaining everybody and encouraging us to spend time together as a family either crafting or exploring and hunting in the great outdoors. The joy and excitement children get – mine included – is really awesome to see and no matter the weather, there will be somebody out hunting around.

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Rocks Of Joy

After chatting to a few people on the Newquay Rocks Facebook page, I’ve found some really great stories and they’ve shared some lovely pictures with me too. One of my favourite idea’s is the Newquay Rocks team getting together to hide 50 golden rocks around the Newquay area for children to find which have a number on and say ‘winner’ which results in an Easter Egg! A lady donated 50 Easter Eggs to somebody who then thought of this brilliant idea! One was found by my cousin and around 20 others have also been found leaving roughly 20-30 left.

Jack and I took the children for a very wet and rainy walk around the boating lake and although they didn’t find any golden rocks, they did find some beautifully painted rocks that they were very happy about. We’ve also found a few whilst walking around the village that my Nan and Auntie live.

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Another cool story is from further down the county at Perranporth from another Facebook group called ‘Perran Rocks’ a lady has been painting rocks saying ‘free pasty’ from their shop for any rock finder. In the same area, a man has been doing the same instead with ice-cream, and is giving away 50 Easter egg ice-creams with hidden rocks – it’s such a brilliant and kind idea!

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This quilt rock idea below is another brilliant idea.

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The idea of the painted rocks is to spread joy to others.

Getting involved in the rock craze is so simple! Paint a rock, write the Facebook group on the back so people can post to the right group when they find it, varnish it and the hide it. If you find a rock, take a picture, share pic on the relevant Facebook group/page, then re-hide for others! Here are a few we have done:

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Here are some awesome rock painting ideas I’ve pinned HERE.. Follow me on Pinterest for more!

It honestly is so lovely to see so many people getting involved and getting outside so I’ll leave a few pictures below of the brilliant fun everybody is having..

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Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have something like this in your area or if it’s something you’ll try yourself 🙂





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  1. they are fab aren’t they. We’ve been making them here too and now we have a Coombe Mill Rocks Facebook page. the kids make them here and I varnish them for them to take home. Cornwall is spreading round the country! #KCACOLS

  2. I’ve vaguely seen people painting rocks on insta and maybe this is part of what it’s all about. I absolutely love the ideas of using them as ‘vouchers’ in shops and the quilt. So much fun to do as well. Thanks for hosting #kcacols

  3. There are so many cool rocks in those pics – I love the idea of using them as a bit of a treasure hunt for advertising! I know a few people are doing it locally as I’ve seen it on Facebook, and come across a rock on top of the postbox of all places, but it’s not something I’ve got involved with yet. #KCACOLS

  4. Oh Wow I just love this idea. Who doesn’t love an epic treasure hunt? I wish they did something like that near us, but as we live in Leicester it is very unlikely!! #KCACOLS

  5. This is fantastic! I’ve briefly heard of this before but seeing all the fun designs and the way people are getting involved. I’ve also shared your post with my friend who lives on Hayling Island as they do the painted rocks there as well 🙂 #KCACOLS

  6. Ah I love this. We have done rock painting but so far kept them in our own garden. We have found a few from “love on the rocks” and “norfolk rocks” which was pretty cool. I love the concept and it would seem its a great way fir businesses to draw people in too.


  7. It’s such a lovely idea. We haven’t really been out finding any yet but we do have a big bag of stones at home that we really should finish off painting and hide. I’m sure my children would love hiding them. #KCACOLS

  8. Such a lovely idea. I was clearing and tidying the garden ready for the nicer weather yesterday and we have lots of lovely stones/big pebbles that we have collected. I was wondering what to do with them but painting them and putting them in the kids garden would look lovely 🙂 #KCACOLS

  9. this was a big thing around here last summer and it looks like its going to continue this year. last night my daughter slept over a friends house and one of the things that they did was to paint a bunch of rocks. Such a simple but fantastic idea #KCACOLS

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