December in St Ives is full of festivities every year, and Christmas in St Ives 2019 is no different.

From local Christmas markets, live music, the St Ives Christmas light switch-on, to Santa Claus himself making an appearance at high tide. St Ives offers a Christmas for everyone.

Cakes on a Christmas Market School

St Ives Christmas Lights Switch On

St Ives officially kicks Christmas off with the switch on of the town’s Christmas lights on the 29th December.

The countdown begins at 7pm and soon after, as the cold night sky is lit with a warm sparkling glow, you’ll know it’s Christmas in St Ives.

There will be road closures from 5-8pm on Gabriel Street. Chapel Street. Tregenna Hill, Tregenna Place, High Street, Back Street, Market Place, Lifeboat Hill, Back Lane, Fore Street.

Santa Clause is coming to St Ives Town

Santa normally arrives on a sleigh, but not in St Ives. Father Christmas lets his reindeers rest up for a night and comes into St Ives harbour riding the high-tide with the RNLI.

On the 29th November, Santa Claus will drive around the harbour and wave hello to all the waiting children before descending on the Wharf where the Mayor will greet him and the Phoenix Choir will sing Christmas carols. A wonderfully festive evening.

Light up the Town

The Christmas light spectacle takes over St Ives on the 7th December at 6pm with an energetic Lantern Parade. It’s hard not to feel in the Christmas spirit with an entire town singing and dancing along with the Celtic Samba Band whilst parading their lanterns all the way to Royal Square.

St Ives Christmas Markets

Local markets are the place for gift ideas, stocking up the pantry and perhaps treating yourself to a little something special at Christmas time. St Ives has two main Christmas markets to explore this December.

Saffron Christmas Market 2019

After great success last year, the St Ives Saffron Christmas fair will be taking place in The Guildhall, Street an Pol over three days with 40 different stalls.

Go along to interact with the many artists and makers of Cornwall who are inspired by the Cornish landscape and pick up some truly original gifts. Enjoy your time browsing the stalls with live music, festive refreshments and, of course, a very Christmassy atmosphere.

Friday 29th November 6 am to 9 pm
Saturday 30th November 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 1st December 10 am to 4 pm

St Ives Farmers Market

St Ives town centre is always bustling with excitement, and in December, it is no different. With the inviting smell of homemade bread and pastries wafting through the streets, you can find local produce being sold on a variety of stalls.

Freshly caught fish, homemade jams, olives, fruit and veg, pies, cheese… the delicious list goes on. For a truly local, sustainable shopping experience at Christmas time, head down to the stalls and see what Cornish delicacies land in your basket.

Every Thursday in December from 9.30 am – 2 pm in The Guildhall, Street an Pol, St Ives.

Local markets are the place for gift ideas, stocking up the pantry and perhaps treating yourself to a little something special at Christmas time. St Ives has two main Christmas markets to explore this December.

Live Music, Quizzes and Open-Mic Nights – The Castle Inn

Fancy something celebrating like the locals do? The Castle Inn is a traditional ‘proper’ Cornish pub in St Ives. They host live acoustic lunchtime sessions during your Sunday roast as well as evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays throughout December. What’s more, they have a quiz every Monday night and invite everyone to participate in open mic nights for those Christmas hits every Sunday evening.

Woman drinking hot chocolate at Christmas time

Be a judge in the St Ives Christmas Window Competition

It is a Christmas tradition in St Ives for over 60 shops and galleries to dress their windows in the finest festive gear to compete for one (or both) of the coveted annual awards. The theme this year is Sleeping Beauty and the judges will be touring the town to decide the winner for Best Overall Window Display and deciding rosettes for Best Interpretation of the Theme; Most Humorous Window; Best Small Window. 

BUT, you can have your say too!

The People’s Award is highly sought after. This is where visitors and locals of St Ives vote for their favourite display. You can get involved throughout December by casting your vote at one of the voting boxes at both local Post Offices – on the Wharf and on Tregenna Hill. Closing date for votes is 12.30 Tuesday 31st December. 

You can also vote via Instagram. Simply take a photo of the window you want to vote for and hashtag it with #SIDwindow2019 and the name of the shop. (It can only be counted if you have a public account). The closing date for votes is midnight on Tuesday 31 December.

Or, post a picture on the St Ives in December Facebook page comments section with the shop name. One vote per person. The closing date for votes is midnight on Monday 31 December.

Santa Claus giving young boy a Christmas gift

St Ives’ New Year’s Eve Party

The culmination of the Christmas season, this is the biggest, most dazzling party in St Ives’ annual calendar. The entire town takes on a carnival ambience and folk come from far and wide to join the fancy dress celebrations. Streets are packed with revellers sporting crazy costumes, live music spills out of harbourside venues and the skies over the ocean light up with fireworks at midnight.

To find out about all the events happening in St Ives over Christmas, see www.stivesindecember.co.uk and www.stives-cornwall.co.uk.

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a range of self-catering holiday cottages perfect for a Christmas holiday in St Ives. Whether you’re looking for a cosy cottage with a wood burner or a family pile footsteps from the sea, check out our luxury holiday accommodation in and around St Ives.

NOTE: this article will be reviewed and updated closer to Christmas to ensure that all dates and events are running.

By: Tony Townsend On:26th November 2019
Categories:Blog,Seasonal Breaks

Your support saves lives

Each year when you book your holiday we ask for your support through voluntary donations to help three Charites which are close to our hearts.

To qualify, the charity needs to meet some simple criteria’s, rely on voluntary donations, help both locals and tourist and support our beautiful county.

This year’s chosen charities

Children’s Hospice South West
We provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust
To enjoy Cornwall’s wildlife tomorrow, we need to protect it today

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust
Saving lives with more than 800 missions each year

A Big Thank You

As a big thank you to you for your support everyone who donates will have the chance to win a fabulous family VIP day out.

The Prize

A VIP trip to visit the Cornwall Air Ambulance base and meet the crew, during your holiday.

T&C’s apply

  • The visit must be pre-booked with 2 weeks’ notice
  • Guests must have photo ID which needs to be either a valid passport, or a valid photo driving licence
  • Maximum of 5 guests
  • The visit is subject to staff availability, but we will endeavour to notify guests in ample time if visit needs to be postponed.
  • Winner must supply their own transport to the airbase near Newquay Airport.
  • The draw for the winner will be made on the 6th of August 2019.

 

 

By: Tony Townsend On:18th October 2018
Categories:Blog,Competitions

Looking for family friendly holidays ideas for the February half term? If you are searching for inspiration and aren’t sure what to do, then why not consider packing the family up and making the trip to St Ives.

Located in Cornwall, this stunning seaside town is a hidden gem, with incredible beaches, award winning restaurants, boutique shops, galleries and a multitude of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages to enjoy.

So what does Cornwall and St Ives have to offer this February half term?

World class beaches – picture deserted golden sands, azure waters, rocky headlands and foamy wavesand your family running along them! St Ives boasts Porthminster, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Bamaluz, Harbour Beach, Carbis Bay Beach, Porthkidney Sands and multitude of coves to explore. For the more adventurous perhaps enjoy a day surfing or coasteering with St Ives Surf School, based on Porthmeor or Porthminster beaches.

Beach in Cornwall

Water water everywhere – you can’t go far in Cornwall without being by the sea, whether it is rock pooling, or crabbing off a pier or more adventurous water sports and activities then there is somewhere in Cornwall that will cater to all your needs.

Castles and Dragons – Cornwall is an ancient community which has had prominence through history and it boasts castles and dwellings that have remained throughout the ages from the Bronze Age through to the present day. Explore these fascinating places such as Chysauster Bronze Age village, Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle, Llanhydrock House and Gardens, Tintagel with its Arthurian legends and St Micheals Mount with a stunning monastery and home on top of it’s own tidal island.

13th – 17th February 2017 (10.30am – 3.30pm)

Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in the Tudor fort of Pendennis this half term.  Warm up by the roaring fire in the castle keep as you help the Tudor cooks to prepare a feast for the banquet before you step outside to try your hand at sword drills and jousting.

English Heritage members: free/ Adult: £7.90 Child: 5 – 15 years: £4.70 Concession: £7/ Family: £20.50

Expand your horizons – Do you fancy planning your first mission to space this February half -term and getting up close to our solar systems amazing stars and planets?  There’s now an actual space portal in Falmouth!  Or perhaps visit the futuristic biomes at the Eden Project, enjoy the rainforest or perhaps a trip down the largest zip wire in the UK, or maybe ice skate on their purpose built winter rink or maybe let you imagination run wild with Story Fest over the half term.

Visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and voyage through space with Space Odyssey Plane.

1 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017: Tickets: Adults: £12 Children (under 18s): £5 Under 5s: Free

Eden Project near St Austell: Family tickets – £69 save 10% if you buy in advance online.

Eden Project

Get Creative – St Ives is renowned for its quality of light and centre for the boho art scene, enjoy a day exploring the galleries and shops in and around St Ives cobbled streets or the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is an unmissable spot and makes for an unforgettable afternoon. The Barnoon Workshop offers activities which are inspired by the beautiful surroundings from felt making, to beach mosaics and fine art workshops.

Alternatively, the town of St Ives itself holds myriad charms, with quaint shopping, great bars and friendly nightlife that make it an ideal place to share a romantic holiday.

At Carbis Bay Holidays, we’re proud to offer memorable St Ives holidays to thousands of families every year in over 150 luxury self-catering coastal properties. Why not consider a self-catering holiday in Cornwall? A family holiday to Cornwall does away with the stresses of going abroad, is often easier on the pocket and for many becomes a yearly pilgrimage and something to remember for generations.

By: Tony Townsend On:8th February 2017
Categories:Blog,Family Friendly

With a wealth of world-class coastline, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all the family, including the dog! And, with our guide to the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall, there’s no need to leave your furry pals behind on your next trip to the county.

There are some seasonal bans imposed on many of the larger beaches, but with hidden coves, quiet stretches of sand and secret shorelines, there’s still an array of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall that permit dogs all year round. 

Cornwall’s seasonal bans are usually enforced between 10am and 6pm from the 1st of July to the 31st of August on selected beaches, however, some beaches have longer bans which are enforced between 10am and 6pm from 15th of May to the 30th of September. To find a full list of where bans apply, check the Cornwall Council website.

But, whether you’re looking for windy wintry walks or sun-baked summer strolls, despite the seasonal bans, there’s still plenty of places for you to take your dog for a fantastic day out at the beach. 

Top dog friendly beaches

Dog-friendly beaches in St Ives

Around St Ives Bay there are plenty of beaches perfect for a day out with your four-legged friend. The stretch of stunning sands south of Gwithian Towans out to the Black Cliffs along the Hayle Riviera welcomes dogs across three miles of open golden sands.

Or for unspoilt beaches try a day out with your pup at Peter’s Point, Upton Towans and Mexico Towans. Linked by a coastal path that winds across windswept sand dunes, expect oodles of space and beautifully sublime surroundings as you look out over the renowned Godrevy Lighthouse.

Head across the river, and you’ll find Porthkidney Beach nestled between the Hayle Estuary and Hawke’s Point, just a brief coastal walk or drive from Carbis Bay. Offering a wide expanse of north-facing sands, it’s easy to see how artist John Miller found his muse amongst such soul-stirring seascapes.

family with dog on beach in cornwall

Dog-friendly beaches in West Cornwall 

Beyond the ‘secret’ Bamaluz Beach (that only reveals itself at low tide) between St Ives Harbour and Porthgwidden Beach, holidayers can head further west for more dog-friendly beaches.

Past wild moorlands and craggy cliff lines, Portheras Cove provides a wonderfully secluded spot between Morvah and Pendeen, while Priest’s Cove at Cape Cornwall presents a picturesque, end-of-the-world locale, perfect for a picnic or barbecue flanked by spellbinding sunsets.

Similarly striking, Gwenver Beach near Land’s End offers not just a surfer’s paradise, but dog owner’s dream. While it’s not the most accessible beach, Sennen Cove’s concealed neighbour is well worth the cliff-hugging walk down, providing the type of tranquil, rugged charm usually reserved for exclusive island escapes.

Along the western Atlantic edge at Lands End, you’ll discover a captivating collection of exotic-looking coves, including the crystalline waters of Nanjizel and the wildly romantic Pedn Vounder at Porthcurno just past the legendary Minack Theatre. Though it’s best to seek the advice of locals and Lifeguards on the best access routes for this tidal beach.

Venture further westward toward Penzance and you’ll find Roskilly Beach, comprised of a scenic rocky outcrop under the cliff road between Mousehole and Newlyn. Newlyn itself is home to the pebbly and dog-friendly shores of Wherrytown Beach by Newlyn Art Gallery.

The softly curving Mounts Bay sweeps from Newlyn past Marazion, home to the iconic St Michael’s Mount along with the dog welcoming Penzance Promenade beaches (tide dependent) and the sandy shallows of Long Rock Beach.

dog on sandy beach in Cornwall

Dog-friendly beaches on Cornwall’s South coast

Travel further eastward to the south coast of Cornwall and you’ll uncover a world of wave-lashed coves, exposed headlands and meandering pathways. Head just beyond Marazion and you’ll uncover the delights of Prussia Cove, where the gorgeously jagged landscape offers everything from sheltered shores to fields of wildflowers.

The West Cornwall coastline continues east toward Porthleven, where Loe Bar Beach – complete with Cornwall’s largest natural freshwater lake – permits dogs to freely roam, steer clear of the water here though as it’s unsafe for swimming.

The county’s most southerly and uber pretty point is The Lizard peninsula, which provides a selection of dog-friendly locations including the magnificent Mullion Cove, Polpoer Cove and Pentreath.

couple on beach at sunset walking dogs

If beaches aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other wonderful activities and dog-friendly days out in Cornwall from historic houses to gorgeous gardens and wonderful walks. 

Dog-friendly gardens in Cornwall

Even the Eden Project has recently opened its doors to dogs, proving that Cornwall’s gardens aren’t just for green-fingered visitors and families. Home to extensive woodland and park trails nudging the River Fal, Trelissick Garden, near Truro, tops our list of garden dog-friendly days out. However, closer to home we like to visit Trengwainton, near Penzance, a National Trust property replete with picnic meadows, a stream garden and paths wending through exotic plants.

Also close to Penzance is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, with its wonderful mix of wide-open spaces, woodland, sub-tropical plants and art installations inspired by nature. Explore beneath towering canopies, climb grassy knolls to witness stunning views over Mounts Bay, and tuck into homemade cakes and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.

Walks with dog-friendly pit stops

Nothing beats an invigorating stroll in the woods or on the coast, stopping to refuel during a dog-friendly day out in a pub or café. Our favourite coast path walk, if you’re up for a serious workout, is the six-mile stretch from St Ives to Zennor. Once you reach the 13th-century Tinner’s Arms, tucked behind the wild, azure seascape that inspired the legend of the mermaid of Zennor, you’ll have earned a rest by the fire or outside overlooking the wild, shaggy moors.

For a more sheltered, shorter walk, we love Tehidy Country Park, the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall. Its 9 miles of well-marked trails are the perfect place to walk energetic dogs in every season, and there’s a lakeside café serving cakes and snacks. Note that dogs are not permitted in the designated wildlife area. 

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a fantastic collection of luxury dog-friendly properties within the St Ives area of West Cornwall. Many of our dog-friendly properties feature enclosed gardens and nearby beaches and dogs stay for free throughout the year. View our dog-friendly home from homes to find the perfect coastal retreat.

By: Tony Townsend On:27th January 2017
Categories:Blog,Dog Friendly,Holiday Ideas

With the beautiful seaside town of St Ives on your doorstep, why not leave your car at your home from home for the day, or even the week? With a plethora of activities and pursuits within easy reach, you can do your bit for the environment and for your back pocket.

Here are five of our top tips for things to do in and around St Ives:

Family Fun

Pack up a picnic or order a scrumptious hamper from The Allotment Deli in St Ives and head down to the beach. Take inspiration from what you can find on our stunning Cornish beaches and have a sand sculpture competition, loser buys the ice creams!

Explorers

Take the 300 ‘Cornwall Explorer’ open top, double decker bus around the West Cornwall peninsula. Jumping on and off as much as you like, visiting Lands End, Sennen, Porthcurno and many other quaint Cornish villages. You will get the chance to peep over hedgerows and view this spectacular corner of Cornwall like never before.

Art Lovers

It’s impossible to come to St Ives without taking in some of its famous art. Why not follow the art trail around the town, including the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery. There is also a great array of free galleries to pop in and out of, and if all this art has inspired you, how about joining one of the art classes run by the St Ives Art Club?

Adventurers

The great rock pool safari!  Pack your bucket, net and swimming cossie and jump on the train to Penzance.  Walk around the harbour stopping off at Bag O Rags, a pirate ship moored in the Harbour.  A minute’s walk away is Battery Rocks, at low tide there is some fantastic rock pooling to be had. Check out our wildlife section on our website to see what species to lookout for. During the summer months the saltwater filled Jubilee swimming pool is open, located next to the rocks, with a very popular café which offers luscious lunches.

Adrenalin Junkies

St Ives is home to the popular surf beach: Porthmeor.  This amazing stretch of golden sand offers a surf school, cafe and restaurant, and throughout the summer season is supervised by RNLI Lifeguards.  Zip up your wet-suit and head into the surf, then round off the day by watching the unbelievable red sunset with a glass of wine and beach barbecue.

St Ives and Carbis Bay offer a wide range of holiday cottages in West Cornwall, ideal for a car free holiday.  First Great Western offering frequent trains directly into nearby St Erth and often to Carbis Bay and St Ives itself. 

By: Amanda O'Toole On:17th June 2016
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

Holidays should be crammed with unique and memorable experiences. Whether you’re on honeymoon, celebrating a landmark birthday or on a family adventure, splash out on a little extra luxury experiences to make your break in Cornwall extra special. From hot air ballooning and Champagne cream teas to hiring a classic car or a private chef, here’s a few ideas we can help organise at Carbis Bays Holidays:

Private boat charter

Charter your own skippered boat and explore the St Ives coastline, spotting seabirds and marine life on a bespoke itinerary to the likes of Godrevy Lighthouse (immortalised in Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse) and Seal Island. The Dolly P can carry up to 12 passengers, making it the perfect vessel for any sea-bound adventure, whether you fancy a private celebration picnic in St Ives Bay or a full-blown trip to the Isles of Scilly.

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

Take a private charter on the Dolly P

Hire a private chef

Fancy all the freedom of a stylish self-catering property with delectable food that you don’t have to cook yourself? Then why not hire a private chef to throw the ultimate dinner party at your holiday cottage? Whether you choose fresh fish flipped straight from rod to pan, or Cornish reared meats cooked to perfection, Benedict Quinn will whip up a culinary storm in the privacy of your luxurious accommodation. And, if you want to delve deeper into the Cornish foodie scene, top chef Benedict can also take you out to catch your own dinner with local fishermen, or teach you how to create a fine family feast out of local ingredients.

Benedict Quinn offers a luxury in-house dining experience, parties with nibbles and cook alongside experiences in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Luxury in-house dining by Benedict Quinn

 

Private tours of St Ives

Wander around St Ives to your heart’s content, or take a tour of this fascinating town with a private tour guide. Whether you choose to take in the arty hotspots, delve into the fishing history or focus on the foodie haunts, your personal guide will regale you with stories, facts and legends that will unveil the most interesting and extraordinary aspects of your surroundings.

Tate, St Ives in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Enjoy a private tour about Art in St Ives or The Story of St Ives

Champagne Cream Tea

Enjoy a Champagne cream tea on the decking overlooking one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches. At the Porthminster Beach Café you can order a bottle of your favourite fizz, served alongside the traditional Cornish treat of jam and scones. How better to combine swish seaside style with a dash of old-fashioned local fare?

A Cornish cream tea is an experience not to be missed during a holiday in Cornwall. Just add a glass of champagne for some added pizzazz! www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

A Cornish Cream Tea…just add champagne!

Complete your luxury experiences in St Ives by staying at one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ uber-stylish self-catering cottages. Opt for stunning sea views, a plush family pad or a cosy cottage for couples, and we’ll be on hand to help you organise special and luxurious days out on the doorstep.

 

By: Tony Townsend On:13th March 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Things to Do

Cornwall is the perfect place for a holiday with the whole family, especially with our guide to toddler-friendly days out in Cornwall

Holidays in Cornwall aren’t all about extreme water sports, hikes along the South West Coast Path and days lounging on the beach. There are plenty of attractions and things to do in Cornwall with toddlers and babies that will keep the little ones entertained and give parents a much needed minute to relax, explore and have fun too. 

Carbis Bay Holidays’ top things to do in Cornwall with toddlers

  1. Lappa Valley Railway Park – Newquay
  2. Dairyland Farmworld – Newquay
  3. Seal Sanctuary – Gweek
  4. Roskilly’s Farm – St. Keverne
  5. Paradise Park – Hayle
  6. Eden Project – Bodmin
  7. One2Eleven – Helston
  8. Roar Jungle Play – Redruth
  9. Waterworld – Newquay
  10. National Maritime Museum – Falmouth
  11. Blue Reef Aquarium – Newquay
  12. Outdoor Adventures at Lanhydrock – Bodmin
  13. Waterside Fun at Stithians Lake – Redruth
  14. Glendurgan Garden – Mawnan Smith
  15. Sandy Beach Days at Gwithian – Hayle
  16. Paddling Playtime at Carbis Bay – St Ives
  17. Rockpooling at Godrevy – Hayle
  18. Causeway Exploring at Marazion – Penzance

Toddler-friendly outdoor attractions in Cornwall

Cornwall is a stunning holiday destination all year round but is especially beautiful in the summer months when the temperature is up and the skies are brilliant blue. If you’re visiting the county in the summer season, these outdoor activities are sure to be fun for the whole family and are especially great for keeping the toddlers entertained. 

1. Lappa Valley Railway & Activity Park – Newquay

If you’re not sure what the weather’s doing, a day out at Lappa Valley will ensure you have plenty to do to keep the little ones busy come rain or shine. Take a ride on the woodland railway, explore the toddler’s path maze and follow the nature trails. There’s an outdoor play area plus indoor play areas inside train carriages! There are plenty of family events throughout the year including Halloween fun and Santa trains at Christmas.

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers, Roskillys Farm

2. Dairyland Farmworld – Newquay

Dairyland is a fantastic all-weather attraction on a farm near Newquay. Young children can enjoy tractor rides and pony rides, feed farm animals, watch cow milking, follow nature trails and burn off energy on the play areas and rides. The Bull Pen indoor play area, soft play areas & ball pool are great in the rain, whereas the mini tractors and adventure playground are great in dry weather.

3. Seal Sanctuary – Gweek

The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is a great all-weather attraction where you can meet the seals and sea lions both indoors and outdoors. September to February is the best time to go and meet the new seal pups and Parent and Toddler tickets are available for one adult and one child aged 5 or under, for just £10.00 to visit during off-peak periods between Monday to Friday.

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers, Seal Sanctuary

4. Roskilly’s Farm – St Keverne

Visiting Roskilly’s Farm is completely free, so you can have a fun day out meeting the animals without spending any money! The free entry includes seeing the farm animals, going for a stroll around the meadows, and enjoying the tranquillity by the ponds. However, we’re sure you’ll want to sample Roskilly’s award-winning ice cream too!

Try their ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt, all made on-site, and enjoy in a tub or cone with spectacular rural views. Daily milking takes place between 0830-1030am which you can watch from above in the milking gallery. You can also pick up bags of animal feed from the Croust House restaurant to feed the animals roaming around the farm.

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers, Dairyland

5. Paradise Park – Hayle

Situated just down the road from St Ives, Paradise Park is a popular choice with families staying at our St Ives holiday cottages. Children love watching the penguin feeding and meeting all the different birds of paradise and other animals, Paradise Park is home to 140 species and 650 birds! Be sure to take a ride on the Jungle Express train and enjoy the Jungle Barn indoor play centre, which also has a toddler’s area with soft play and a ball pool.

6. Eden Project – Bodmin

Where else can toddlers step into a rainforest, explore the Mediterannean 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.

Things to do in Cornwall with toddlers when it rains

One of the questions we are asked most often is ‘what can we do with the children if it rains?’ The answer is, plenty! Cornwall has many indoor play centres, museums, galleries and all-weather attractions, many of which are also fun places to visit for toddlers and young children. Read on for things to do in Cornwall with toddlers when it’s raining.

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers, Soft Play

7. One2Eleven – Helston

This fun play centre has kept the parents in mind as well as the children. The eating facilities at One2Eleven have been positioned around the indoor play area creating the perfect opportunity for parents to watch and interact with children whilst enjoying a drink or snack.

Play equipment includes slides, a cannon park, ball swamps, climbing frames, an assault course, rope walkways, set across different levels. There’s also a toddler zone for 1-4-year-olds with a soft play horse carousel, soft play rocking horses and giant puzzles. On One2eleven Street there’s also an animal hospital with cuddly toys, a costume castle dressing up area, a ‘let’s pretend’ supermarket and much more.

8. Roar Jungle Play – Redruth

Roar Jungle Play in Redruth has everything you need to keep kids occupied for hours! This jungle-themed play centre has bouncy castles, play frames, ball pools, roller skating, an under 4’s area and much more. There’s even a jungle-themed cafe to grab some refreshments after working up an appetite.

9. Waterworld – Newquay

The Tropical fun pool at Waterworld in Newquay consists of a leisure pool, 2 water flumes, snake floaties, water play hut with cannon and tipper, erupting volcano and snake fountain. The perfect ingredients for family fun in the water! Little ones can splash about in the shallows and kick about using floats. Waterworld also has a 6 lane 25m swimming pool adjacent to the leisure pool.

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. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

10. 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, kids can take the helm of a model sailing boat, check out 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 What’s On Cornwall award for Best Gallery in 2017. 

11. 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 clownfish 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.

Things to do outside in Cornwall with toddlers

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers, Lanhydrock

12. Outdoor adventures at Lanhydrock – Bodmin

Lanhydrock has a spectacular Victorian country house surrounded by beautiful gardens and a spacious wooded estate. There’s plenty of space to explore on balance bikes, lots of routes suitable for buggy walks, and a great adventure playground which is situated next to the cafe.

13. Waterside fun at Stithians Lake

Stithians Lake Country Park has plenty to do, both on and off the water. The pirate-themed adventure play area is great for young children, there are nature trails and lakeside pathways to explore on foot, with buggies or on bikes, as well as canoeing, sailing and other watersports available.

14. 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.

For more buggy-friendly walks check out our guide to the best walks in Cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers, Beach Day

Toddler-friendly beaches in Cornwall

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Cornwall with toddlers, why not grab your picnic blanket and basket, bucket and spade and sun hats and get ready for a day on the beach! If it’s really hot, don’t forget to slather on the sun cream and bring a little tent or a windbreak to provide some shade for the little ones. On chilly but dry days, bring jumpers and woolly hats and keep everyone moving with fun beach games, shell collecting, rock pooling and sandcastle building.

15. Sandy beach days at Gwithian – Hayle

The beauty of a beach day is that children can entertain themselves for hours just playing in the sand, allowing you to relax a bit whilst keeping an eye on them.

16. Paddling Playtime at Carbis Bay – St Ives

Carbis Bay is the ideal spot to get your toddler’s toes wet. With sandy shores that stretch out into shallow waters, it’s the perfect place for you to give your little one their first taste of a Cornish beach. The shallowness of the waters means they’re much warmer for little ones to sit and splash in safety. And, with the beach conveniently located so close to our Carbis Bay luxury coastal cottages, you’ll only be a short walk from home during your stay; perfect for spontaneous beach trips or popping back if you forgot the towels!

Things to do in Cornwall with Toddlers

17. Rockpooling at Godrevy – Hayle

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. Godrevy, close to the lighthouse, is one of our favourite places for a spot of rockpooling, there’s always something exciting to discover!

18. Causeway exploring at Marazion – Penzance

Walk in the footsteps of a legendary giant when you cross the causeway to the sea-wrapped castle of St Michael’s Mount. The tidal causeway is only visible at low tide and makes a lovely walk towards the Mount with the ocean on either side of you. When you reach the Mount, try and 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.

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

Best Sunsets in Cornwall

2nd February 2016

Celebrated for its unique near-island status, Cornwall is surrounded by the ocean on all coasts but one, meaning that a spectacular beach sunset is a holiday guarantee.  A waterside wonderland, West Cornwall’s land to sea ratio presents a bevy of beautiful beaches and seascapes that showcasing the natural light and acting as an awe-inspiring canvas.   Check out our recommendations for the best beach sunsets in Cornwall:

Carbis Bay

Carbis Bay makes an especially captivating sunset destination, providing the perfectly sheltered spot to admire the sun as it sinks beneath the ocean.  Imagine your day on the beach morphing into night as you bask in the sun’s final rays and wallow in the sea’s warm shallows for an incredibly fitting finale.

The sunset in Carbis Bay is, in our opinion, one of the best beach sunsets in Cornwall. We are of course biased but the magical colour displayed wows us time after time. This image was taken from one of our properties at Carbis Beach apartments. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Sunset over Carbis Bay from Carbis Beach apartments

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

Venture into St Ives in the evening, where the Island and Porthmeor Beach take advantage of their north Atlantic reach and are renowned for treating visitors to some truly spellbinding scenes. Whether you wish to dine in a café or restaurant or enjoy an al fresco glass of wine, your day will end with dazzling, show-stopping effect.

St Ives Bay

The northern stretch of coastline along St Ives Bay from Hayle Towans to Godrevy offers miles of unspoiled beaches from which to experience nightfall, providing picture-postcard views and rainbow coloured skies that smack of pure romance.

Sunset over Hayle Towans and St Ives Bay. One of the most beautiful sunsets in West Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Sunset over Hayle Towans in St Ives Bay

Land’s End

For one of the most memorable and best beach sunsets in Cornwall, the Land’s End area delivers a heady dose of high drama. Being at the far western point of the country makes it one of the best vantage points for viewing jaw-dropping sunsets scattered over uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean.  You may also be lucky to see the sub-tropical Isles of Scilly dotted in the distance.

Cape Cornwall, Sennen and Gwenver Beaches

Cape Cornwall, Sennen and Gwenver beaches are particular sunset hot spots, providing a plethora of eye-catching features and gazing opportunities such as the twin-peaks of the Brisons rocks to the pulsating Longships Lighthouse.

Marazion Beach

The southern coast proffers more subtle skies, as the sun escapes westward over the land, with the early-disappearing soft light pouring peach and rose tones over Mounts Bay.  Marazion Beach grants eye-catching views of the bay stretching from the south-jutting Lizard to the striking silhouette of St Michael’s Mount and outlying fishing village of Mousehole.

St Michaels Mounts sunset. One of the best sunsets in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Sunset at Marazion Beach

Sunset from the Ocean

For something decidedly different and utterly unforgettable, consider taking a boat tour or twilight sail from Carbis Bay in order to literally transport yourself into the sunset. Whether you sit alongside or immerse yourself into the ocean with a swim, surf, stand up paddleboard or sail; relish the raw magic of dusk before the arrival of yet another promising dawn.

Sunset from the Ocean at the Cornish Coast. Whether you surf, sail or stand up paddle board, relish the silence and contemplate what the next day ahead holds. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Sunset from the Ocean

Carbis Bay Holidays offers a wide range of self catering holiday homes in the St Ives area that make the ideal base for experiencing the dramatic sunsets of West Cornwall. If you’re considering a couple’s break or honeymoon, our wide portfolio of properties will help ensure the perfectly romantic stay.

By: Tony Townsend On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas

With miles upon miles of Atlantic-lashed shores and a plethora of paradise coves, it’s little wonder that Cornwall’s glorious beaches lure the holiday crowds. Yet with more than 250 miles of coastline to explore, there are plenty of lesser-known beaches where you can escape the bucket-and-spade brigades and bag your own patch of pearly sands. These are some of our favourite secret beaches and coves in Cornwall:

Porthkidney Sands, nr St Ives

Flanked by Carbis Bay to the west and Hayle Towans to the east, the less accessible Porthkidney Sands remains crowd-free even in the height of summer. Boasting a mile of empty, dune-backed sands (that’s actually quite easy to reach from Lelant), it’s often the domain of just a handful of surfers and smug dog walkers. Dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by the locals, it’s just two miles along the South West Coast Path from the hub of St Ives.

Chapel Porth, nr Porthtowan

It’s no surprise that surfers and families flock to Porthtowan, what with its smile of sand pummelled by Atlantic breakers and the convenience of beachside parking, cafés and surf shops. However, you don’t have to forego beachside parking to enjoy its wilder, more remote neighbour, Chapel Porth, with its sugary sands, sea caves and staggering cliffs atop which dramatic engine houses peer out to sea.

Porth Chapel Beach

Durgan, Mawnan Smith

Part of the magic of this shingle and sand beach on the banks of the Helford is getting to it through Glendurgan Garden. Once you’ve bashed through bamboo groves, got lost in the cherry laurel maze and been dwarfed by giant Gunnera plants, it’s hard to believe your eyes when you eventually emerge on the shores of a charming beach that’s perfect for skimming stones and building sandcastles.

Pedn Vounder, nr Porthcurno

With white sands and iridescent-blue seas backed by towering cliffs and the famous Logan Rock, this paradise cove has many reasons for keeping the crowds at bay: Firstly it’s a low-tide beach and, except on a spring tide when you can walk from neighbouring Porthcurno, it’s accessible only via knee-wobbling cliff path. And secondly it’s, unofficially, a naturist beach.

Gwenver, nr Sennen

Stroll east along the beach from Sennen Cove and eventually you’ll set foot on the more rugged, more secluded Gwenver, where serious beach lovers sprawl on sugar-white sands, scramble over wave-hewn boulders and dip in unforgiving waves. Fortunately, unless you’ve strayed from Sennen on a low tide, the steep cliff staircase is a good deterrent for anyone not utterly serious about beach life.

Duckpool, nr Bude

At the foot on the Coombe Valley – north of Bude’s busier beaches – awaits a wilder, more desolate coastline where Jurassic-looking ridges yawn towards the border of Devon. And it is here that you will discover the rugged little treasure of Duckpool, where vast cliffs collapse into a sand and boulder beach and there are no tourist trappings except for an ice cream van on the sunniest days.

Vault Beach, Gorran Haven

A good ten-minute stroll from any parking and with no beachside amenities to spoil its beauty, Vault Beach attracts naturists and sea swimmers looking for some peace and quiet. Sheltered by Dodman Point on Cornwall’s south coast, here the fine shingle shelves into piercing blue waters that are usually calm and hospitable to all levels of swimmers.

Trebarwith Strand, nr Port Isaac

Beyond Polzeath, North Cornwall isn’t renowned for its beaches ¬– instead a wild and rugged coastline prevails until you reach Bude. However, the few sandy coves hiding amongst staggering cliffs along this section of coast are some of Cornwall’s wildest. And Trebarwith Strand is one of these gems – a domain of caves, rock pools and sand made for barefoot explorations with crabbing nets and buckets

Perranuthnoe, nr Marazion

Sandwiched between Praa Sands and Marazion, the sheltered cove of Perranuthnoe bags all the beauty of its neighbours, without inviting the crowds to enjoy it. From the cliffs you can gaze out to the magical sight of St Michael’s Mount, whilst the beach itself boasts the same excellent swimming and surf conditions as nearby Praa.

Bedruthan Steps, nr Newquay

With its mussel-clad towers of granite rising from the sand, Bedruthan Steps attracts plenty of camera-swinging visitors to snap its beauty from the cliff tops. However, many are deterred from the beach by the 140-odd steps to reach it, so you can enjoy the gob-smacking scenery from crowd-free pearly sands punctuated by rockpools teeming with marine life.

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Discover all of Cornwall’s secret coves when you stay in one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ luxury cottages. We’ve got a huge range of family holiday homes, boutique boltholes and stylish self-catering properties around St Ives and Carbis Bay.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas

Wildlife Activities Cornwall

12th January 2016

Cornwall has a fascinating and diverse eco-system, from the tranquil seashore to the rugged moorland heaths. These wonderful habitats make Cornwall a fantastic wildlife haven.  If you love nature, then there is an array of wildlife activities in Cornwall:

Nature Trails

There are several nature trails, all based within a twenty minute drive of St Ives.

  • Baker’s Pit (old china clay works, heathland, wet willow woodland, scrub & grassland), near Nancledra.
  • Tehidy Woods (woodland & lakes), near Portreath.
  • Upton Towans (sand dune & grassland), Hayle.

Tehidy Woods in autumn, a walk through the woods is a great opportunity for wildlife activities in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Tehidy Woods in Autumn

Best Places for Rock Pooling

A good majority of local beaches have good rock pools, but here are our personal favourites.

  • Battery Rocks, Penzance.
  • Godrevy Beach, Hayle.
  • Sennen Beach.

Rockpooling at the beach in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Exploring marine life in Cornish rock pools

Tidal Pools

A great, safe alternative to swimming in the sea. Filled with fresh sea water at high tide and warmed by the sun during the day. The nearest tidal pools can be found at:

  • Cape Cornwall.
  • Chapel Rock, Perranporth.
  • Portreath.

Guided Nature Tours

Marine Discovery offer an exhilarating wildlife watching boat trip from Penzance Harbour, aboard an exciting sailing catamaran. Search for seals, seabirds, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and more along the stunning Cornish coastline.

Elemental Tours provide expertly guided, marine wildlife, ocean & coastal cruises on a 12 seater R.I.B. around the spectacular Land’s End and Lizard Peninsulas.

Also there are many small group, safari- style, tours and walks, with local guides where you can explore wildlife, flowers, ancient sites, folklore, mining history and geology, all set in and around the stunning granite cliffs and moorlands of West Penwith.

Where is your favourite place to enjoy wildlife activities in Cornwall?

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By: Amanda O'Toole On:12th January 2016
Categories:Things to Do

When it’s cold outside, where better to hunker down than by the roaring fire in a traditional inn? These are some of our favourite cosy pubs in Cornwall with a log fire, where you can enjoy a glass of champers or pint of real ale together with fine Cornish cuisine:

The Queen’s Hotel, St Ives

Warm your cockles in a bar decked out in Cornish art, vintage furniture and comfy sofas. At The Queen’s Hotel you can sink cask ales or fine wines, and order dishes from a blackboard chalked daily with flavours sourced from Cornwall’s farms and fishermen. Kids and dogs are welcome too.

The Queens Hotel, is a one of the best cosy pubs in Cornwall with a log fire. It boasts a lovely restaurant and is in central St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Queen’s Hotel, St Ives.

The Halsetown Inn, St Ives

On the western flanks of town, The Halsetown Inn is helmed by the crew behind St Ives’ award-winning Blas Burgerworks. In a relaxed and sophisticated setting – with squeaky-green eco-credentials, no less – enjoy a good selection of ales and wines served alongside an original, ethically sourced menu (seafood curry to pulled pork). It’s little wonder that this gem has already swept up Gold in the Taste of the West Awards.

The Watermill, Lelant Downs, nr St Ives

Once a corn mill – and still with a working waterwheel – The Watermill boasts sprawling gardens outside while log fires warm its traditional interior. Dogs and children are welcome in the bar, where you can slouch into a sofa with the newspaper or sit up and dine on decent pub grub. Upstairs, under the beams of the old mill loft, you can dine in the ambience of a more formal restaurant.

Cosy Fire at The Watermill. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Roaring fire at The Windmill.

Gurnard’s Head, Treen

Stomp straight off the coast path, bring the family and the dog, or dress-up for an occasion dinner at this friendly inn on the cliffs of West Cornwall. Whether you pull up a pew by the fire or take a seat in the eccentric dining room of the Gurnard’s Head, expect Cornish ales, unusual wines and an upmarket menu packed with Cornish fish, game and produce plucked from the surrounding coast and countryside.

The Old Success Inn, Sennen

Nudging the pearly sands of Sennen Cove, with its roaring log fire and low rafters The Old Success exudes all the charm you’d expect of a traditional inn. Sepia prints and nautical memorabilia adorn the walls, harking back to the 17th century when the pub was a thatched cottage where fishermen shared their profits. These days it’s coast path hikers, beach goers, dog walkers and surfers that huddle around the bar, fuelling up on hearty pub food and St Austell Brewery beers.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn

With Cornish foodie superstar Ben Tunnicliffe now running the Tolcarne Inn, the quality of the seafood (landed footsteps away by Newlyn’s fisherman) needs no introduction. But as well as serving a concise menu of delectable fish, Tunnicliffe has managed to retain the ambience of a traditional village boozer, with live jazz on Sundays, real ales and Cornish ciders on tap, and a log fire.

The Tolcarne Inn in Cornwall is one of the best restaurants in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Tolcarne Inn run by chef Ben Tunnicliffe.

Come home to your own cosy lodgings with a log fire when you stay in one of our luxury holiday cottages in St Ives or Carbis Bay. Checkout our range of self-catering properties where you can snuggle up by the log-burner, minutes from the coast and award-winning beaches.

By: Tony Townsend On:29th October 2015
Categories:Food and Drink

With its cracking beaches, scrub-topped headlands and rugged hills, there are plenty of spectacular places for the perfect picnic in St Ives. Fill your basket with delicious local foodstuffs in St Ives, and spread out your picnic blanket in one of our favourite local picnic spots.

Where to fill your picnic basket

With its fast-growing reputation on the culinary scene, it comes as no surprise that St Ives has plenty of shops selling the county’s finest local produce.

Pop into The Allotment Deli and get your hands on home-baked treats and Cornish produce, from fresh artisan bread to goats’ cheese tarts. Fill your hamper with Scotch eggs, olives, cheese and chutneys, not forgetting a hunk of carrot cake, caramel slice or a rock bun for afterwards.

The Allotment Deli, St Ives is the perfect place to stock up on fresh local produce for all your self catering needs. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Allotment Deli

Another of St Ives’ finest delis is The Digey Food Room, where you can stuff a hessian bag full of local and international goodies to graze on. Think savoury tarts, crumbly cheeses and Cornish cider, as well as Spanish and Italian delicacies such as chorizo, Serrano ham and antipasto ingredients.

 

If you’re planning a romantic picnic, pop the cork on an unusual vintage from Scarlet Wines. Friendly staff will help you choose the finest wine for your alfresco feast, plus there’s a selection of foodie delights from the legendary Baker Tom’s bread to local preserves.

Scarlet Wines offers a wealth of local and sparkling wines for any special occasion during your stay in St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Scarlet Wines

For an easy-peasy picnic, grab a warm pasty from one of St Ives’ bakeries and whisk it straight to the beach to eat it. We love the award-winning pasties from the Cornish Bakehouse, or – if you’re a real connoisseur – head to Hayle for a famous Philp’s Cornish pasty.

Where to lay your picnic blanket

From headlands to hilltops, these are a few of our favourite picnic spots:

Beaches
With a string of pearly beaches to choose from in St Ives, you don’t have to carry your hamper far from a local deli to be sat on the sand, stuffing fine food with a jaw-dropping sea view. However, for a more exclusive patch of sand, hop on the train to Lelant Saltings (or cover the 4 miles on foot) and descend onto Porthkidney Sands. Tucked into the nook of St Ives Bay, here you can hunker in the dunes or sprawl out on the beach, savouring your picnic along with views to Godrevy Lighthouse and the bay’s golden beaches.

 

Headlands
Striking out west along the South West Coast Path from St Ives, Clodgy Point is a prime picnic spot lashed by the wild Atlantic and topped by wildflowers. From here you can spot seabirds (and even passing pods of dolphins), while peering back towards Porthmeor or west along the craggy coastline stretching to Lands End. Nudging the lighthouse in the distance, at the other end of St Ives Bay is Godrevy Head, where the grassy National Trust car park – perched above a sandy swimming cove and a short walk from a seal colony – is a popular, more accessible picnic location.

 

Hill
The highest hill in West Cornwall, Trencrom is just a couple of miles south of St Ives. It’s a fairly easy climb up to this ancient hill fort steeped in history and legend, yet from up here you can enjoy your picnic with views of Godrevy and Hayle Estuary to the east, and Mounts Bay to the south.

 

Hidden Cove
There are few places for which folk pack a picnic with such gusto as the Minack Theatre. Hampers stuffed with Champagne and chocolate strawberries are a common sight before performances start at this amphitheatre overlooking Porthcurno. However, we prefer to take a pre-show excursion over the cliff-tops, to picnic on the Caribbean-white sands of the more private Porthchapel Beach.

Wherever you choose to picnic, Carbis Bay Holidays offers the perfect self-catering accommodation to come back to – from romantic retreats to family villas.

By: Tony Townsend On:15th July 2015
Categories:Food and Drink,Local Area

Wildlife Charter For Guests

12th February 2015

Our Wildlife Charter outlines what you can do, as a guest, to help us protect our wildlife…

We are continually working to make Carbis Bay Holidays more eco-friendly, but we need your help to promote biodiversity, by protecting eco systems, wildlife and rare plants.

The Wildlife Charter below outlines some recommended tips on how you can help:

  • Please enjoy the variety of plants and wildlife around our area, but do stay on nature trails where they are provided and do not disturb wildlife.
  • Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats.  Please be careful with matches and only use barbecues in designated areas.
    Please help us keep natural habitats clean by using the bins provided or taking your rubbish away and recycling at the nearest point.
  • Discover the beauty of the natural environment and take special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees.  They provide homes and food for wildlife, and add to everybody’s enjoyment of the countryside.
  • Everyone enjoys rock pooling, but if you’re lucky enough to catch something in your bucket please make sure you put it back in the same rock pool!

Father and son rockpooling. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Always replace creatures back into the same rockpool.

  • A farmer will normally leave a gate closed to keep livestock in, but may sometimes leave it open so they can reach food and water.  Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • In fields where crops are growing, follow the paths wherever possible.
  • Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries when provided – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage wildlife habitats as well as increase the risk of farm animals escaping.
  • By law, you must control your dog so that it does not disturb or scare farm animals or wildlife.  Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections – so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly.
  • Ensure you follow The Countryside Code.

A dog enjoying a walk in the woods. The Wildlife Charter asks that you keep control of your dog while you explore the delights of Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Wildlife Charter asks that you keep control of your dog.

Thank you and happy exploring!

By: Amanda O'Toole On:12th February 2015
Categories:Holiday Ideas

Wildlife Species Cornwall

12th January 2015

There is a fantastic array of wildlife species to look out for whilst staying in Cornwall.  Many are available to spot year round, though others are limited to specific seasons.   If you wish to explore Cornwall’s wildlife species by rock pooling, bird watching, or a guided nature tour, we have put together a wildlife species list here for you to tick them off.

Here are some of our favourite marine life that can be spotted around St Ives and Carbis Bay:

The Grey Seal

Grey seals pop up almost everywhere year round so keep your eyes peeled.  You can often see them bobbing in the waves with you in Carbis Bay, or saying hello in the Harbour of St Ives as they wait for the fishermen to haul in their catch.  For a guaranteed spot and more close up sighting, you may wish to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in nearby Gweek, which is the UK National Rescue Centre for Seals.

A friendly Seal bobbing in St Ives Harbour. Look out for this local wildlife species from the Harbour Wall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Friendly Grey Seal in St Ives Harbour

Bottlenose Dolphin

The Bottlenose Dolphin can often be found in pods around the Cornish coast.  They particularly enjoy surfing and keeping people company as they undertake different water activities off our beaches.

Bottlenose Dolphins can be spotted frequently off the coast of Cornwall. They sometimes love to surf too! www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

A pod of surfing dolphins on the Cornish coast

Have you spotted any marine wildlife during your holiday in Cornwall?  Do share with us.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:12th January 2015
Categories:Local Area

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