Toddler friendly Days Out

10th February 2016

Holidays in Cornwall aren’t all about extreme water sports, hikes along the South West Coast Path and days lolling on the beach. There are plenty of attractions that babies and toddlers will love, and where parents of young children can relax, explore and have fun too. Here are some of our favourite toddler friendly days out:

Eden Project, Bodmin

Where else can toddlers step into a rainforest, explore the Med and get up-close to nature with weather-proof, child-friendly facilities at hand? Exploring our natural environment, children can step inside jungle huts, take a walk in the rainforest canopies, enjoy story-time in the iconic biomes and ride a tractor-train up through the gardens. As well as themed events throughout the year, during winter Eden hosts toddler ice-play sessions on the ice rink.

Explore the subtropical biomes at The Eden Project. A superb attraction for all the family. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Eden Project

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Boats, helicopters, pirates and sea life… experience maritime adventures with your feet firmly on dry land. At the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, kids can take the helm of a model sailing boat, checkout the underwater gallery and climb aboard a rescue helicopter. With interactive exhibitions designed especially for younger children, family trails and half-term art and craft workshops, it’s no wonder that this was the winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum award 2014.

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is great for toddler friendly days out in Cornwall. Look out for their fun half term and holiday activities for kids. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

St Ives beaches

The pearly beaches hemming St Ives are a haven for children wielding buckets, spades and bodyboards. Treat tots to a ride on the coastal train from St Erth, and footsteps from the station you can dip your toes in the Caribbean-blue waters lapping Porthminster beach. Head into town and tuck into Moomaid ice cream (made from local cows) while you watch the boats on harbour beach, build sandcastles and spot dolphins from The Island’s Porthgwidden, and splash in the waves with the surfers on Porthmeor.

Splashing in the waves on Porthmeor beach, St Ives. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Becoming a surfer on Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Paradise Park, Hayle

With plenty of animals to gawp at, from flamingos and red pandas to parrots and giant rabbits, Paradise Park really is paradise for young children. Join in with penguin feeding time, pet the farm animals, hop onboard the mini train and watch free-flying bird shows. Wildlife takes centre stage, but there are also plenty of park areas and the indoor Jungle Barn with slides and soft play for rainy days.

Wildlife takes centre stage at Paradise Park in Hayle. Children will love to get up close to penguins, flamingoes and birds of prey. They can also burn off some energy in the soft play located on site. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Paradise Park, Hayle

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Peering into the underwater kingdoms on display at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium, children will feel as if they’ve just dived into the Finding Nemo film set. Come face to face with all sorts of sea life from clown fish and sea cucumbers, to spider crabs and a giant octopus. The highlight is the underwater tunnel, where children will be mesmerised by close encounters with stingrays, reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish.

Families will enjoy this perspective of the underwater world at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. An ideal destination for toddler friendly days out in Cornwall. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith

Get dizzy on the Giant’s Stride swing, find the heart of the cherry laurel maze, wend through the bamboo jungle and take shelter under giant Gunnera plants. Glendurgan is the perfect setting for a day out in the garden with toddlers: tumble through sub-tropical gardens, picnic on the beach, skim stones in the Helford River and scoff ice cream in the family-friendly café.

Toddlers will love Glendurgan Gardens. There is so much to do from swinging the giant's stride, to exploring the laurel maze and skimming stones in the Helford River. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Swinging at Glendurgan Gardens!

Enjoy all of these toddler friendly days out in Cornwall while you’re staying in one of Carbis Bay Holidays’ cottages in and around St Ives. Our family friendly cottages are ideal for babies and young children, and we provide all sorts of equipment from travel cots and toys to highchairs and toddler steps.

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By: Amanda O'Toole On:10th February 2016
Categories:Family Friendly,Local Area,Things to Do

Arty Activities in St Ives

2nd February 2016

Once a fishing village turned artists’ colony, St Ives is home to a plethora of art galleries including the eminent Tate St Ives. As well as witnessing world-class art and coming face-to-face with local artists, why not get in touch with your creative side trying these arty activities in St Ives?

For the Family

Hepworth Family Activity Trail & Sculpture Quest

Enter the magical environment of Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden on a fun family activity trail that encourages you to draw while you explore (sketch book and art materials included). There is also a treasure hunt game and sculpture quest, to engage adventurous families on an interactive tour around the studio, museum and garden of one of St Ives’ most famous artists.

Toddle Tate & Gallery Quest

Proof that art appreciation isn’t just for adults, Toddle Tate sessions encourage under 5’s to explore art through messy play, song, dance and stories. These free sessions are held on Wednesday mornings throughout term time; booking is recommended. During the holidays the Tate St Ives also runs a gallery quest, inviting families to enjoy a hands-on exploration of art by following clues through the exhibitions.

Kids’ Chocolate Workshops

Kids can get stuck into their favourite food during a chocolate-making workshop at the Cornish chocolatier ‘I Should Coco’. Learn the skills of an artisan chocolate maker, create your own chocolate designs and decorations, and take your delicious chocolate goodies home to share with friends and family. Courses are held on various dates throughout school holidays. £15 per child.

Learn to be a Chocolatier during the holidays! Children can enjoy an I Should Coco workshop in St Ives and take home their very own creations. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Learn to be a Chocolatier with I Should Coco

Clay Days at Leach Pottery

Design and create your own clay models at a hands-on, messy clay session at the Leach Pottery. Held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the holidays for kids aged 6-12, the one-hour workshops cost £6 per child (parents free).

For Adults

Barnoon Workshop

Get back to the basics of art with guided exercises in drawing, try a sketching and sculpting workshop, or create unique mosaics using beach treasure. There are all sorts of inspiring workshops and arty sessions held at the seafront Barnoon Workshop – you can even learn to make felt flowers, try knitting, cast resin charms and hand-make paper using recycled materials. Prices and times vary.

Enjoy using textiles at Barnoon Workshop, St Ives and take your own masterpiece home with you as a memory of your stay. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Work with textiles and other media at Barnoon Workshop

St Ives School of Painting

Ever wanted to commit the wild coastal landscape of St Ives to canvas? Under the tutelage of artist Gary Long you can learn to capture the drama of where the land meets the sea, using water-based media to express the energy and movement of the sea. Other courses with the experts at the St Ives School of Painting include a ‘Stroll and Sketch’ around St Ives, landscape painting, an introduction to oils, and printmaking.

There are a wealth of arty activities in St Ives. Why not choose to be a painter for the day with St Ives School of Painting? Take a tour with them and create some superb memories of your stay.

Landscape painting on the Cornish Coast with St Ives School of Painting

Back Road Trail

A great way to explore the warren of cobbled streets, the Back Road Trail takes you to the best of the local art and crafts galleries – many of which are off the beaten tourist trail. Come face-to-face with local artists and witness a mix of modern and traditional arts, pottery and even a chocolate workshop. Maps and information are available from the Visit St Ives Information Centre.

 

Delve into the arty vibe of St Ives from one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ stylish self-catering cottages. Hepworth and Pelagos which are both part of Barbara Hepworth’s former home.   Porth Glas, Prospect, Whistler and Wallis are a few more luxury properties footsteps from the town’s galleries.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

Family Day Out in St Ives

24th August 2015

Whether you’re an active family, culture vultures or wannabe beach bums, St Ives is the perfect destination for a family day out. Once a fishing village and artists’ colony that’s now become one of the UK’s favourite family beach resorts, here you can hit the surf, fuel up on fish and chips or gourmet cuisine, checkout world-class galleries and scoff ice cream on pearly beaches.

The best way to arrive is on the St Ives Bay train. Hugging the coast and sporting gob-smacking views to the wave-lashed sands curling to Godrevy lighthouse, it’s little wonder that my kids glue their noses to the window for the journey. On rainy days we’ve been known to ride the train back and forth, soaking up the views and eating sandwiches. The only better way to experience the route is on foot along the South West Coast Path (about 4 miles from the Park & Ride at Lelant Saltings).

St Ives flaunts its charm in every season; in mid-summer we often arrive with buckets, spades and bodyboards, and flop straight onto the golden beauty of Porthminster Beach. But our favourite way to soak up the ambience is with a walk along the seafront, pausing for ice cream (try Moomaid, made in nearby Zennor) or a pasty with our toes in the sand at Harbour Beach.

Moomaid of Zennor Ice Cream. A must to try when holidaying in St Ives. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Moomaid of Zennor Ice Cream

If you’re feeling adventurous and the weather’s clement, there’s no need to settle for gawping at the seascape from dry land: Hop on-board a boat trip to Seal Island or helm a self-drive motorboat around the bay and beaches. Take a swim in a sheltered cove, or don a wetsuit and plunge into the surf that pounds Porthmeor Beach (lessons and equipment from St Ives Surf School).

St Ives Harbour Self Hire Boats are a great way to explore the Harbour area on a family day out in St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

St Ives Harbour Self Hire Boats

If the sun’s not shining or you’re simply more of landlubber, you don’t even have to kick off your shoes to capture the essence of St Ives. Nudge the ocean on a stroll around the edge of town, past the museum (worth a peek for history buffs, not so suitable for young children) to ‘The Island’. Jutting into the Atlantic this is a prime spot for spotting dolphins, and hunkered at its foot is the crescent of Porthgwidden Beach. It’s here we find ourselves in every weather; the kids building sandcastles while we take in the sea views from Porthgwidden Beach Café.

Emerging on the western side of town, Porthmeor is the wildest of St Ives’ beaches, where the surfers flock to ride to Atlantic swells. Backing the white sands is the eminent Tate St Ives – a beacon of the town’s international art status. As well as the exhibitions there are family trails and Toddler Tate sessions, plus you can eyeball the stunning coastline from the top-floor café.

Tate interior – see flickr favourites  or toddle tate from tate st ives

No longer renowned only for its art, St Ives is fast becoming famous for its foodie reputation – from fish and chips to Michelin-starred dining, there are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. So, wending along the cobbled streets back into the hub of town, it’s time to browse the boutiques and bag a table for tea. We love the fun, nautical ambience of the harbour-front Rum & Crab Shack, where local seafood is reasonably priced, views are to dine for and the kids can raid treasure chests for toys and games.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a superb range of family friendly properties in St Ives and Carbis Bay, so you don’t have to travel far to get back to luxury accommodation equipped with the likes of travel cots, toys and highchairs. Checkout our family friendly cottages and choose the perfect pad for your holiday.

By: Jessica Colliver On:24th August 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Local Area,Things to Do

Being one of the UK’s favourite holiday resorts, it’s little surprise that there’s plenty for energetic families to do in St Ives. Immerse yourself in nature and get your heart racing on all levels of these active family adventures:

Explore the Bay by Hawaiian Canoe or SUP

Born from a passion for watersports, the Ocean Sports Centre encourages all ages and abilities to cast off from Carbis Bay and explore beyond the beach. Families can join in the latest global craze of stand-up paddle boarding on the (usually) calm waters, hire sit-on-top kayaks, or learn the ropes on a fleet of Topper dinghies. However, the most unique vessel for a coastal explorer tour is a four – or six-seater Hawaiian canoe, with underwater viewers that bring you face-to-face with marine life.

A colourful line up of kayaks offered for hire on Carbis Bay beach by Ocean Sports. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Try kayaking with Ocean Sports, Carbis Bay

Surf Porthmeor Beach

Is it possible to come to Cornwall and not dabble in the county’s most popular watersport? Sandy-bottomed and safe for beginners, St Ives’ Porthmeor is the ideal location to try surfing. Catering for family groups and all levels of wave riders, the St Ives Surf Centre will get you on your feet and gliding towards the shore in no time. Or, if you can’t bear the thought of squeezing into a wetsuit and battling the Atlantic swell, simply rent a deckchair and watch the rest of the family have a go.

At St Ives Surf Centre, you can hire boards, wet suits, deck chairs and wind breaks for your day out on Porthmeor Beach. Perfect for your active family adventures in St Ives. when staying with www.carbisbayholiday.co.uk

St Ives Surf Centre

Walk and Ride from St Ives to Carbis Bay

In the days when I didn’t have two young children in tow, my favourite walk from St Ives was the 6 miles to Zennor – along gorse-topped cliffs and boulder-strewn moorland flanked by the Atlantic. However, while that’s out of our league, I prefer the much easier mile-long walk to Carbis Bay. Not only is there is very little ascent and descent to tackle, but as well as the spectacular scenery you’ve got sandy beaches at each end of the walk, both equipped with family-friendly facilities such as lifeguards, cafés and toilets. And once you reach Carbis Bay, you can hop on the train back to St Ives.

Scenic Train Link from Carbis Bay to St Ives, a must for guests of www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The scenic train line between Carbis Bay and St Ives

Brace Yourself for a Multi-Activity Day

Experience a range of activities on land and sea, on a great value, multi-activity, family day out with JB Adventures. Your instructor will scoop you up from St Ives and take you on a whirlwind of activities from kite buggying and fishing, to coasteering and horse riding. Tailor-make your itinerary from an assortment of activities – participants as young as 6 years old can try giant bubble making, kite making and tandem kite-buggying.

Experience an active family adventure by horse riding on the beach in St Ives, Cornwall. A magical memory of your stay with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Horse riding on the beach

Catch Your Own Mackerel for Tea

Hop aboard for a family-friendly fishing trip and learn how to catch mackerel using traditional hand-lines. Or, if you prefer your seafood plated up at one of St Ives’ harbour-side restaurants, ditch the fishing trip for an exciting boat ride out with St Ives Boats to Seal Island, Godrevy Lighthouse or Hell’s Mouth. You never know what you might encounter out to sea – from pods of dolphins to seals, basking sharks and sunfish.

Take a boat ride on the Dolly P with St Ives Boats during your stay with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Take a trip out on the Dolly P to Seal Island

Whatever level of adventure you’re after, Carbis Bay Holidays offers a wide selection of luxury family accommodation in and around St Ives. Whether you want to fling open the doors to a world-class surfing beach or retreat with countryside views, we’ve got the perfect self-catering cottage from where to enjoy your active family adventures.

Take a look at our family friendly eateries and our article on a family day out in St Ives for more inspiration for your holiday.

By: Jessica Colliver On:28th June 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Local Area,Things to Do

When you’re on holiday in St Ives, eating out with kids doesn’t mean you’re limited to takeaway pasties or fish and chips on the beach. Thanks to the town’s burgeoning foodie scene beckoning even the youngest diners to tuck into fresh, local ingredients, there are plenty of restaurants where you can mix Sauvignon and seafood with family fun and fish fingers. Here are some of our favourites:

The Rum & Crab Shack

A meal at this nautical-themed eatery peering out to sea feels much like dining aboard a boat. And it’s not just a quirky joint to test your sea legs after a few rums, while pint-sized pirates raid treasure chests of toys. An extensive menu (with an emphasis on crab, of course) shows off sumptuous seafood landed by local fisherman, and includes ready-cracked crab claws and fish finger sarnies to entice kids to try fishy delights too.
www.rumandcrabshack.co.uk

The Rum & Crab Shack is one of St Ives best family friendly restaurants. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Rum & Crab Shack

Seafood Cafe

Although it’s not one of St Ives’ eateries that spills out onto the beach, time and time again the Seafood Café has proved to be one of the best family friendly restaurants in town. Here young diners can scoff lashings of Fisherman’s Pie and local Moomaid ice cream, while grown ups sip Prosecco and select locally-caught fish from the line-up on ice at the seafood counter.
www.seafoodcafe.co.uk

The Seafood Cafe is a seafood lovers dream! Select your fish and your sauce and off you go! www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Seafood Cafe

Porthgwidden Cafe

Hidden in a white-sand cove at the foot of St Ives’ Island, this is the lesser-known little sister of the eminent Porthminster Café. A smaller, more relaxed version of its famous relative, here the best local ingredients are wrapped into dishes such as paella and moules marinière. As well as a kids’ menu and delicious cakes, its family-friendly credentials are boosted by nearby parking and outdoor seating overlooking the beautiful Blue Flag beach.
www.porthgwiddencafe.co.uk

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe is a superb spot to dine out with the children. Enjoy the freshest of ingredients and then blast away the energy on the beach. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Porthgwidden Beach Cafe

Blas Burgerworks

Passionate about good food and the environment, Blas serves mouth-watering burgers made from fresh Cornish ingredients. As well as the classic beef in a bun, there are innovative veggie options from blackbean burgers to halloumi stacks. Eat inside at reclaimed timber benches, or take your feast to the nearby beaches.
www.blasburgerworks.co.uk

Blas Burgerworks offers a wide selection of burgers, all sustainably sourced. A favourite with children and adults alike. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Blas Burgerworks

The Queens Hotel

If you’re looking for a cosy pub where dogs and kids are welcome, head to the Queens Hotel, where the blackboard is chalked daily with the best of what comes in from local fishermen and farmers. Good value, locally sourced pub grub is served up in a rustic, relaxed environment, where there’s room for dogs to flop by the fire and a simple menu served for those fussy little eaters too.
www.queenshotelstives.com

The Queens Hotel, a lovely restaurant for family friendly dining in central St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Queens Hotel

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a superb range of family friendly cottages in St Ives and Carbis Bay – so you can choose the perfect holiday pad close to St Ives’ family friendly restaurants.  Consider also taking a look at our inspiration for a great Family Day Out in St Ives.

By: Jessica Colliver On:25th May 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Food and Drink,Local Area

Toddler Friendly Cornwall

8th April 2015

Cornwall is the perfect destination for holidays with toddlers. Bring buckets, spades, wellies and waterproofs, and you can hit the beaches, woodland and wide open spaces for all sorts of family fun. From crabbing to kite flying, here are 10 of our top toddler friendly experiences and activities:

1: Go Rockpooling

Take your fishing nets down to the rocky shoreline to search for starfish, sea anemones, crabs and crustaceans, and see if you can identify different types of seaweed from bladderwrack to sea oak. Our favourite rockpooling beaches are Godrevy (by the lighthouse), Trebarwith Strand and Bedruthan Steps.

Enjoy rockpooling at Gwithian, Cornwall. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Rockpooling at Gwithian

2: Go bodyboarding

There are few better thrills than whooshing along on a wave, and even toddlers can paddle out catch the white water on a foam bodyboard. Never go out of your depth and always bodyboard between the flags on a lifeguarded beach. Try Porthmeor, Gwithian or Porthtowan.

Toddlers will love experiences of body boarding in Cornwall. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Toddlers love body boarding!

3: Go crabbing

Dangle a crab line over the harbour wall at Hayle and see if you can haul in a crab. You can buy a crab line complete with hooks and a net for bait, or make one using string and a wire hook weighted down with a pebble. Beware of toddlers by steep drops and slippery steps at the edge of the water.

4: Build a sandcastle

A bucket and spade will keep a toddler amused for hours on the beach. Whether you make a fortress, a boat or a sand sculpture, digging in the sand is simply what tots love to do most. As well as castles with moats, we like to build sand boats and wait for the tide to come in and cast us out to sea.

5: Take the train to St Ives

Enjoy one of the most scenic train rides in the UK on the coastal railway between St Erth and St Ives. Toddlers will love spotting boats, the lighthouse and surfers against the gob-smacking backdrop of St Ives Bay, and an all-day ranger ticket means you can travel up and down the line as many times as you like (great for a rainy day activity).

Scenic train link from Carbis Bay to St Ives, a must for guests of https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Scenic train to St Ives

6: Hunt for beach treasure

Scour the shore for shells, driftwood, feathers and treasure washed in by the waves.  Turn your collection into a game for toddlers by laying out 10 different items on the sand, from limpet shells to mermaids’ purses, then take one item away at a time, and see if the children can identify which one is missing.

Hunt for treasures on the beach with the children during your stay in Cornwall. This Seashore guide is perfect for little people. One of our top ten toddler friendly experiences in Cornwall.  https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Hunt for beach treasure

7: Fly a kite

There is nothing as simple and exhilarating as flying a kite on a blustery day. Pick up a one-string stunt kite, or try harnessing the elements with a dual-stringed power kite. Our favourite kite-flying beaches are St Ives Bay, Kennack Sands (on the Lizard) and Mawgan Porth.

Kite flying on the beach in Cornwall. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Kite flying on the beach

8: Pick mussels

Turn a rockpool ramble into a family foraging excursion, when you pluck mussels off the rocks at the lowest point of the tide. Kids love filling buckets with their finds, scrubbing off the barnacles and beards, then putting them into a pot for tea. (Always pick mussels in a month with an ‘r’ in it, as there is less bacteria in the water and the mussels aren’t breeding.)

Mussels clinging to a rock in Carbis Bay. Only pick mussels during a month with an "R" in it. https://carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Mussels cling to a rock on Carbis Bay beach.

9: Follow the woodland trail

Crunch through leaves, picnic by the river, play in the park and tuck into cake in the family friendly café – Cardinham Woods is the perfect place to take wild toddlers at any time of year.

10: Walk in the footsteps of giants

Walk in the footsteps of a legendary giant when you cross the causeway to the sea-wrapped castle of St Michael’s Mount. Hunt for the giant’s stone heart etched in a cobbled pathway, climb to the castle turrets and return by boat once the tide has come in.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a superb range of family accommodation in and around St Ives, Cornwall. Our toddler-friendly cottages come equipped with the likes of travel cots, toys, stair gates and highchairs.

You may also wish to read our recommendations for great family days out and buggy friendly walks in Cornwall.

By: Jessica Colliver On:8th April 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Things to Do
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