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

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.

Tate Create

Proof that art appreciation isn’t just for adults, you can get creative and have some fabulous holiday fun at Tate Create.

Investigate materials, make art together and explore the exhibition. Each holiday we’ll be investigating a new theme, inspired by the fantastic artwork in the galleries.

For families with children under 12. Free with admission, Local’s Pass or Tate Membership. Drop in, no booking required, but places will be limited at busy times.

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

Buggy Walks in Cornwall

13th September 2015

From trails hugging the coastline to paths wending through woodland, many of Cornwall’s walking routes are accessible to a push-chairs; so there’s no need to miss out on any of the eye-popping landscapes when you’ve got tots in tow. Explore Cornwall with your little ones on these six accessible buggy walks in Cornwall that soak up some of the county’s stunning scenery.

Buggy Walks from Penzance to Marazion

This easy-peasy two-mile stretch flanking the glory of Mounts Bay proves that the South West Coast Path isn’t just for serious hikers. With sailing boats and the sea-bound St Michael’s Mount on one side, and trains chugging past on the other, there’s plenty of eye candy for buggy-bound toddlers. The trail is level and wide with plenty of places to stop for a picnic, skim pebbles or build a sandcastle on the beach.
Start Point: Penzance train station
More Information: www.southwestcoastpath.com

Buggy Walks in Tehidy Woods Country Park

Fancy a stroll through enchanting woodland where little ones can feed ducks, spot squirrels and play Tarzan on rope swings? With over 9 miles of walking trails ranging from an easy 1/2-mile loop around the lakes to longer routes in the North Cliffs woodland, Tehidy Country Park offers the perfect terrain for buggies and bikes. There’s an excellent family-friendly café too.
Start point: Tehidy South Drive entrance (SW650432)
More information: www.cornwall.gov.uk

Spot a Squirrel in Tehidy Woods. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Spot a Squirrel in Tehidy Woods

Buggy Walks from Sennen Cove to Land’s End

Cornwall’s western tip boasts some of the region’s wildest, wave-hewn scenery. And if you follow National Cycle Route 3 from Sennen Cove to Lands End (which runs parallel to the coast path) you can still appreciate much of the jaw-dropping panorama from a wide, level path. It’s about a mile to Lands End visitor centre, from where you can reach the south-westerly tip of Britain and look out to Longships Lighthouse.
Start Point: Mayon Green Car Park, Sennen
More information: www.southwestcoastpath.com

The Southern most tip of Britain at Land's End, Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Southern Most tip of Britain at Land’s End

Buggy Walks along Bude Canal

Start your stroll along Bude Canal from the Weir café and wildlife centre, where little ones can enjoy interactive wildlife exhibits, a playground and lakeside farmland. From here follow the canal towpath seaward, spotting herons, egrets and otters in the nature reserve, before emerging beside the wharf, beaches and sea lock at Bude.
Start point: The Weir Bistro & Wildlife Centre

 Buggy Walks from Daymer Bay to Polzeath

Set off from the pearly crescent of Daymer Bay (backed by Brea Hill and the wonky steeple of St Enodoc Church), and walk along verdant cliff tops at the mouth of the Camel Estuary. A mile and half of wide, well maintained path takes you all the way to the surfy village of Polzeath, and you can pause on route for a spot of rock-pooling at the rugged Greenaway Beach.
Start Point: Daymer Bay car park
More information: www.phototrails.org

Picnic between Daymer and Polzeath. One of the best buggy walks in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

A picnic with a view between Daymer and Polzeath

Buggy Walks from Swanpool to Gylyyngvase

For a snapshot of Cornwall’s south coast scenery try this short, easy stroll between two of Falmouth’s beaches. Start in the sub-tropical foliage of Queen Mary Gardens, beside Gyllyngvase beach, and follow the tarmacked coastal path over the cliffs, taking in spectacular views of Pendennis Castle and Falmouth Bay. The next crescent of sand, Swanpool beach, is perfect for a paddle, skimming stones or a wedge of homemade cake from the beach café.
Start Point: Gyllyngvase Beach (SW809316)
More Information: www.falmouth.co.uk

Enjoy a cake as a treat after a long walk a long walk. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Homemade cakes. A well deserved treat!

All of these walks are ideal to explore from one of Carbis Bay Holidays’ superb range of family friendly cottages. We make holidays with young children easy, by providing toddler-friendly accommodation equipped with travel cots, toys and highchairs.

By: Tony Townsend On:13th September 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.

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: Tony Townsend On:25th May 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,Food and Drink,Local Area

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