With traditionally great weather in the spring and some of the best beaches in the UK, Cornwall is becoming one of the nation’s favourite holiday destinations for an Easter break.

The picture postcard Cornish town of St Ives is one of the most popular destinations within the county, and for good reason. For families with toddlers, young children or teenagers St Ives is a fantastic family-friendly destination. The town and surrounding area are full to the brim of safe, sandy beaches and kid friendly attractions to keep those little ones entertained.

A family holiday can be something of a military operation; wrangling the kids, planning an itinerary for the week, making sure everything is packed, planning the travel arrangements to the very last detail. Frankly, it can all be a bit overwhelming so we’ve put together this handy little guide on what to think of when planning your Easter break in Cornwall.

Family at the beach with their feet in the water

What to do at Easter in St Ives, Cornwall

If you’re looking for things to keep the family entertained on your easter break in St Ives, rest assured there is plenty to discover. We know it can be difficult to please everyone so we’ve broken it down so that you can find something to entertain your brood, no matter the ages.

Baby-friendly activities

If you’re visiting St Ives with your new baby, the glorious sandy beaches are the perfect place to spend a little time. The sand and water provide excellent stimulation for your little one and you can get some fantastic family snaps to treasure forever. Just make sure they don’t eat any! And of course, suncream and a hat are essential beachwear for your sand loving tot.

If you want to get out and about with your baby, you’re not far from one of the best buggy walks in in Cornwall. A short car or train ride from St Ives and you’ll be in Penzance, ready to enjoy one of the best beach walks around stretching from Penzance to Marazion. With incredible sea views and the impressive figure of St Michaels Mount rising proudly from the bay, this is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque walks and well worth the effort of pushing the buggy!

  • Day out at the beach
  • Buggy walk the coast path
  • Visit St Michaels Mount (Marazion)
  • Splash about in the pool
A toddler enjoying splashing in the Cornish sea.
A toddler enjoying splashing in the Cornish sea.

Kid friendly fun

Just up the road from St Ives is Hayle where you’ll find Paradise Park Wildlife sanctuary. A great family day out on any day, at easter time they put on an easter egg hunt which is a great way to tucker out your energetic little egg hunters.

For a bit of culture and creativity, why not take the family to the recently refurbished Tate St Ives? Explore the gallery or take part in one of their child friendly activities and workshops. From the 6th to 22nd of April you can join your children in the Easter forest of figures workshop where you can make a paper person or crazy creature to add to the art instillation.

  • Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary (Hayle)
  • Tate St Ives
  • The Cornish Seal Sanctuary (Gweek)
  • The Eden Project (St Austell)

Tweens and Teens

Now we all know teenagers can be a little harder to please. In fact, chances are they won’t tell you they’re enjoying something out of pure teenly contrariness! But there are a few things that will definitely have them forgetting their angst and getting stuck in with gusto.

There are some fantastic places to try surfing around St Ives. A great activity for the whole family, this quintessential Cornish pastime will have your teens grinning from ear to ear once they get the hang of it.

For more adrenaline-fuelled action, how about a visit Kernow Adventure Park? This awesome outdoor adventure park is tucked away from prying eyes in an old flooded quarry near Falmouth. Try your hand at wakeboarding, fool about on the standup paddleboards or run rings around the inflatable Aquapark.

  • Surfing schools at tons of locations
  • Kernow Adventure Park (Longdowns)
  • Coast 2 Coast Karting (St Erth)
  • Jubilee Pool (Penzance)
Man wakeboarding in Wake Park in Cornwall
Wake Park in Cornwall.

Where to stay in St Ives for Easter Break

So, you’re heading to Cornwall for the easter break. You’ve told the kids and they’re busy running around the house excitably, looking forward to splashing about on the beaches and scoffing ice cream cones as big as their heads. You can find a huge variety of holiday cottages in St Ives and self-catered cottages suited to your family needs.

Whether you’re looking for a modern holiday home with easy access to the sea front for the teens to splash into the sea or a quaint little baby friendly cottage for your first trip away as a young family. There’s a ton of options in St Ives and Carbis Bay to suit any needs.

If your family is coming down over the school holidays, make sure to book in advance. The easter holidays are one of the busier times in St Ives, the emergence of the sunny spring weather drawing plenty of visitors, so make sure you book early to find your perfect family-friendly accommodation.

St Ives, Cornwall on a clear Easter day.
St Ives, Cornwall on a clear Easter day.

What to pack for your Easter trip to Cornwall

Easter in Cornwall is usually a great time to catch a few rays. The weather in the spring is generally bright and sunny, but this is Cornwall and it always pays to be prepared! Simply put, when you’re packing that bathing suit, make sure you have a waterproof in there as well. The weather can change pretty quickly so expect the occasional springtime shower and be prepared.

And although this might sound silly after what we just said, make sure you pack the suncream! The raincoats are more of a ‘just in case’, but easter time can be one of the worst of the year for sunburn and heatstroke with the sun deceptively powerful. Just make sure the kids are protected and they can enjoy the beautiful beaches with your peace of mind intact.

Small toy camper van with luggage on the roof
Make sure you have everything packed for your Easter trip, Cornish weather is unexpected!

Planning your journey in Easter to Cornwall

There are many options for families looking to make the trip to Cornwall. There’s always driving but for families with young toddlers and babies, a five hour car journey might not be the ideal option. It’s important to remember though that if you want to be visiting different areas of Cornwall a car is fairly essential to get around, especially with the kids in tow.  

Other travel options include arriving by air or by rail. There are regular flights to Cornwall Airport Newquay which can reduce the journey time drastically so it’s worth checking with your local airport to see if there’s a handy connection. There are car hire options at the airport for you to complete your journey and ferry the family about once you’re here.

Alternatively there’s always the train. From the main south west branch you can travel to St Erth and catch a train right into the heart of St Ives. If you’re not planning to move around much once you’re here this can be a great option.  

Looking forward to seeing you in Easter!

So you’ve got your itinerary sorted, you know what to pack and how you’re getting here. You’re all set for your easter break in St Ives and Cornwall is looking forward to seeing you. For more Family-friendly holiday ideas and inspiration in St Ives and Carbis bay be sure to check out our Family Holidays page and find the right accommodation for your stay.

By: Tony Townsend On:12th February 2019

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