St Ives Art

16th February 2017

West Cornwall’s rugged landscapes cradled by stunning coastlands create a stirring canvas. Providing a wealth of natural light reflected from the surrounding Atlantic unhindered by city skylines or streetlights means that the world presents itself in an altogether organic, uninhibited way.

Artists, musicians, writers and poets have long found haven amongst the sublime southwest, particularly the wild realms of the far west where the magnetism of nature is as awe-inspired as it is omnipresent.

A cultural hub for artists of all genres, St Ives is famed for its long and distinguished list of creatives, including Barbara Hepworth, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach and Alfred Wallis, to name a few.

Exploring art in St Ives is easy. Housing galleries and museums aplenty, its rich and diverse art scene is presented in a myriad of forms at every cobbled turn.

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Gardens is an absolute must-see, giving a wonderful insight and striking showcase of one of Britain’s most prolific twentieth century sculptors.

No visit to St Ives is complete without absorbing the artworks contained within the sculpted master structure that is, Tate St Ives. Expect an eclectic mix of modern and classic exhibitions, while a schedule of talks, presentations, tours, workshops and activities accommodate everyone from budding and professional artists to families and children.

Hands in Art makes for an especially fun day out, giving under 5s the chance to get messy and creative under the Tate’s coveted roof. Meanwhile, adults can dabble or develop their skills with St Ives School of Painting’s drop in courses and art workshops that introduce everything from portraiture painting to printmaking and life drawing.

St Ives September Festival celebrates the town’s artistic heritage and contemporary scene with a packed itinerary of events encompassing music, literature and art. A host of workshops, classes, exhibitions and open studios presents a multitude of ways to engage with art in St Ives, with entertainment through film, theatre, comedy and live music completing the two-week cultural extravaganza.

Book your holiday in Barbara Hepworth’s former house and one of Carbis Bay Holiday’s most prized properties, Chy-an-Kerris or opt for former St Ives School of Artists haunt, Tremorna for the rare chance to experience your own artist’s residence.

By: Jessica Colliver On:16th February 2017
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Local Area

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: Jessica Colliver On:8th February 2017
Categories:Blog,Family Friendly

When it comes to romantic holiday destinations, there are a few old classics which spring to mind, like Rome and Paris, Prague and Amsterdam. However, there’s one destination that’s often missing from the list, despite its position as perhaps the perfect place for a romantic getaway. We speak, of course, of St Ives.

Located in Cornwall at the almost the very tip of the south westerly extrusion of the UK, this gorgeous seaside down as grown to become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, boasting world class beaches, restaurants and walks, boasting multiple Best UK Seaside Town awards.

It’s the dazzling jewel in Cornwall’s crown, but as a romantic destination, what does St Ives offer?

Incredible beaches

When you think of English holiday destinations, subtropical paradises might not be the first image that springs to mind – but that’s exactly what St Ives offers. A string of golden sand beaches draw swimmers, sun-worshipers and lovebirds alike to the town.

Those aforementioned beaches make St Ives the perfect destination for romantic strolls, watching the sun set and picnics on the shore. Whether you’re just looking to unwind or want to take part in activities like surfing, coasteering or strolling the cliffs on the South West Coastpath, the beaches of Porthminster, Porthmeor, Porthgwidden, Porthkidney and Carbis Bay are world class and could make you question whether you are on a beach in Britain at all!

Dazzling restaurants

What separates the truly elite European romantic getaway destinations from the rest is their choice of restaurants. Here, St Ives stands up with the very best, with no fewer than 4 Michelin starred restaurants within 33 meters, the town is a hotbed for culinary invention. 2017 Michelin guide entrants from the town include Black Rock, Alba, Porthminster Kitchen, Porthminster Cafe and Porthmeor Beach Café Bar, each offering a unique take on British fusion cuisine. Of course, if those don’t take your fancy, you could dine on incredible seafood at The Rum and Crab Shack, have a light bite at the Porthgwidden Beach Cafe or enjoy a superb, intimate night at The Cornish Deli. Put plainly, there are few places in the UK which boast such a variety and quality of restaurants, making it a foodie heaven for couples.

The Black Rock
Fantastic culture and walks

Of course, if beaches and restaurants aren’t for you, there’s more to do in St Ives. For those with an artistic bent, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is an unmissable spot and makes for an unforgettable afternoon. Alternatively there is the Leach Pottery museum with an insight into Bernard Leach and his innovative techniques or the St Ives Museum for a little local history.
If being cooped up inside doesn’t appeal, the south coast and St Ives have some of the best coastal walks available anywhere in the world. The Zennor circular walk and south west coastal path offer moderate challenge and beautiful scenery.

Alternatively, the town of St Ives itself holds myriad charms, with quaint cobbled streets, shopping in boutique shops and galleries, 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 luxury St Ives holidays to thousands of couples every year, so what are you waiting for?

By: Jessica Colliver On:3rd February 2017
Categories:Blog,Honeymoons,Weddings

Cornwall has some of the best beaches around and there are plenty that welcome our four legged friends. Check out our map of the top dog friendly beaches in Cornwall:

Top dog friendly beachs

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Cornwall with your pooch, check out our Dog Friendly Holidays in Cornwall and St Ives page and find out about the best eateries, days out, and how we can make your stay with us unforgettable.

By: Jessica Colliver 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: Jessica Colliver On:13th March 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas,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.

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

West Cornwall’s Dog Friendly Beaches…

With a wealth of world-class coastline, it’s no wonder why West Cornwall boasts beach living at its best. What’s more, with an eclectic mix of dog friendly beaches ideal for walks and days out, exploring the area’s stunning shorelines is an activity available to everyone.

Seasonal bans are imposed on many of the larger beaches, but there’s still an array that permit dogs all year round. In the St Ives Bay area, the stretch of sands south of Gwithian Towans to the Black Cliffs along the Hayle Riviera welcomes dogs across three miles of open golden sands.

Three unspoilt beaches: Peter’s Point, Upton Towans and Mexico Towans linked by the coastal path across windswept sand dunes ensure oodles of space amidst beautifully sublime surrounds presiding over the renowned Godrevy Lighthouse.

Across the river, and Porthkidney Beach is nestled between 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.

Beyond ‘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 clifflines, 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 owners’ dream. 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 be advised by locals and Lifeguards on the best access routes for this tidal beach).

Venturing westward toward Penzance, and Roskilly Beach comprises a scenic rocky outcrop under the cliff road between Mousehole and Newlyn – itself home to the pebbly and dog friendly environs of Wherrytown Beach by Newlyn Art Gallery.

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

Further eastward, a world of wave-lashed coves, exposed headlands and meandering pathways greet guests to 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 fresh water lake – permits dogs to freely roam.

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.

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: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Dog Friendly,Local Area

Visitors to Carbis Bay and St Ives follow a fascinating tradition of travel in and around Cornwall.

It may be tricky to imagine the area untouched by tourism, but it wasn’t until the inception of the St Ives rail link when Carbis Bay became a bone fide beach resort. It completely transformed access to the area, allowing the masses to migrate to the famous seaside town that today sees visitors flock in their droves to sample its sun-baked shores.

Other historical changes occurred courtesy of the railway. Originally named Carbis Valley, it was the Great Western Railway that coined its current name of Carbis Bay when the St Erth to St Ives branch line was opened in 1877.

The same year saw the first lodging house built by Mr and Mrs Hendra, whose original accommodation, Maria Villa became Hendra’s Hotel and has subsequently been developed into the five starred fabulousness that is, The Sands Apartments.

To satisfy the rapid expansion of the tourism industry, an increase in the number of hotels and guesthouses culminated in a higher calibre of accommodation, with the area becoming synonymous with quality and luxury. In short, Carbis Bay became one of the most desirable holiday destinations in Cornwall and beyond.

However you arrive into Carbis Bay today, it’s still well worth taking a ride along the train line through the valley, which offers some of the most spectacular, aerial-like views over St Ives Bay and gives an inspired taste of what the first tourists to Carbis Bay experienced over a century ago.

If you’re keen to learn more about the history of Carbis Bay and St Ives, a network of guided tours showcase the towns’ must-see sights. In addition, the Archive Centre and St Ives Museum contain various information and artefacts, including the museum’s Model Boats, Boat Building, Pilchard Curing Cellar, Mining and Hain Steamship Company collections.

Carbis Bay Holidays have a range of properties throughout the area, each with its own unique feel, look and history. From Barbara Hepworth’s old house, Chy an Kerris to former St Ives School of Artists residency, Tremorna and Victorian villa, Barn-a-Woon – pick a property to suit your whim and to enjoy your own enviable slice of history.

By: Jessica Colliver On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Local Area

Romantic Breaks in Cornwall

15th January 2016

Fall under the spell of Cornwall and enjoy one of these romantic breaks. Wine and dine by the sea, walk hand-in-hand across pearly beaches and rolling moors, and watch storms scud across the ocean as you hunker down by a roaring log fire. The perfect destination for honeymoons, anniversary breaks and weekend flings, Cornwall seduces lovers with romantic outings from its cliff-tops to its cultural hubs:

Champagne Sundowner

Nothing spells out romance like the clinking of champagne glasses as you watch the sun plonk into the ocean. There are plenty of seafront bars in St Ives, but our favourite for bubbles at sunset is the Porthmeor Beach Café. Toast summer evenings with Cornish, Italian or French fizz, snuggle up under a blanket on the beachside terrace and graze your way through a tantalising tapas menu.

Drink in a breathtaking sunset on Porthmeor beach, St Ives. A great idea to experience during a romantic break in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Drink in the sunset at Porthmeor Beach Cafe.

Hand in Hand Beach Walk

Park up at the beautiful St Uny Church in Lelant and mosey down to the golden sands of Porthkidney Beach. Tucked into the nook of St Ives Bay, here you can scour the shoreline for beach treasure, dip your toes in the ocean and climb up to Hawkes Point for eye-popping views. Either follow the coast path on to arty St Ives, or loop back through the dunes to your starting point.

Walk hand in hand on the beach during a romantic break in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Walk hand in hand on Porthkidney beach.

Beach Picnic

Pack a hamper with artisan Cornish goodies from The Allotment Deli in St Ives, and head to Mexico’s Beach for a picnic. Sandwiched between Hayle Rivermouth and Gwithian, this much quieter stretch of sand deters crowds because access is via towering sand dunes. If you’re prepared to carry a little extra on the calf-busting climb back to the car park, why not bring a barbecue for a sizzling beach date?

Love in Action

Just because you’re on a romantic holiday it doesn’t mean you want to sit around holding hands all day long. Castaway together on a kayaking trip around St Ives Bay, try the latest craze of stand-up paddle boarding, or spot marine life on board a Hawaiian canoe tour. The Ocean Sport Centre at Carbis Bay will help you fulfil all your water-bound passions.

Wild Walks and Cosy Inns

Strike out on a two-pub loop from Zennor’s cosy Tinners Arms (much-loved by DH Lawrence), stomping along two miles of staggering coastline lapped by crystal waters into which a legendary mermaid is said to have lured a local chorister. Turn inland at the rugged promontory of The Gurnard’s Head, stopping for a slap-up lunch in the stylish hostelry of the same name, before taking a shortcut back across the fields to your starting point.

Take a wild walk along the coastal path to breathtaking Gurnard's Head. Enjoy a slap up meal at the local Inn there. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Take a romantic wild walk to Gurnard’s Head.

Love Art

Stroll through subtropical gardens littered with monumental bronze, stone and wood sculptures inspired by the coastal environment around St Ives. Barbara Hepworth is one of Cornwall’s most eminent artists, and a spin around her studio and sculpture gardens invites you to experience her passion for this stunning landscape. Get joint entry into the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Tate St Ives, and complete your art tour with a tipple at the sea-view café on the top floor of the Tate.

Stroll through the subtropical gardens littered with sculptures and dedicated to eminent St Ives artist, Barbara Hepworth. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Explore Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture garden and studio.

View to Dine For

Looking for an intimate, romantic spot dinner venue and a table for two? Bag a window table at the Porthgwidden Beach Café, nestled beside a white-sand cove on St Ives’ ‘Island’. The lesser-known little sister of the famous Porthminster Café, here you’ll be seduced by sumptuous Med-inspired dishes (using the best Cornish produce, of course), mesmerising sea views and the soundtrack of the ocean.

 

Take a romantic break in Cornwall, staying in one of Carbis Bays Holidays’ cottages for couples in the St Ives area. We’ve got boutique boltholes, honeymoon hideaways and little love nests to choose from.  

By: Jessica Colliver On:15th January 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas

Art Holidays in Cornwall

12th January 2016

Carbis Bay Holidays

We all know Cornwall is a bright and vibrant place to visit but where is the best place to visit for Art Holidays in Cornwall. But if you want to add even more colour to your holiday in Cornwall, you might want to consider hitting the art trail to experience the fabulous art for which this location is renowned. With its rich artistic heritage and inspirational scenery, there are few holiday destinations better suited to art fans. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced artist, aspiring painter or simply wish to soak up the artistic atmosphere, Cornwall presents a culture infused with great art.

Explore Fine Art in St Ives

You can’t wander far in any town in Cornwall without stumbling across an art gallery or souvenir shop selling paintings, prints, photographs and crafts celebrating the Cornish landscape and lifestyle. In some locations the creative work of local artists literally spills out on to the streets. This is especially true in St Ives which has inspired artists and visitors for generations.

In fact some of the earliest tourists visiting Cornwall were artists, drawn by the fantastic sea vistas and superb natural light in St Ives. Famous painters Turner, Sickert and Whistler were all known to have visited the area in the 19th Century and in 1920 the internationally renowned potter Bernard Leach set up studio in St Ives. It is possible to see works of this great potter, plus artists who have followed in his footsteps, at the Leach Pottery museum (http://www.leachpottery.com/).

Other artists followed and mingled with locally born painters such as Alfred Wallis to form a community of artists, who made St Ives famous worldwide. The British painter Ben Nicholson joined the St Ives collective when he moved here with his wife Barbara Hepworth at the outbreak of the second world war in 1939. Nicholson later left but Hepworth lived and worked as a sculptor in the town at Trewyn Studios until her death in 1975. It is possible to see many of her great works and visit the studio where she worked at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum).

Many art schools were established in St Ives at the time and in the decades that followed. Today you can join painting, drawing and sculpting classes while on holiday in the area. St Ives is so important to the British art scene that in the early 1990s the Tate organisation built and opened Tate St Ives (http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives ) to showcase noteworthy local and international exhibitions. It remains a must-see attraction if you’re staying in this part of Cornwall.

Experience Spectacular Art in Newlyn

Nearby Newlyn has had an equally rich artistic history. Like St Ives, it became the location for a important artists’ colony known as the Newlyn School. Much smaller than St Ives, Newlyn was, and still is, a thriving fishing village providing much inspiration to visiting and resident artists. Big names in the movement included Lamorna Birth and Stanhope Forbes.

Today you can see some of the fine art produced during that period and the work of contemporary artists in galleries, including the Newlyn Art Gallery (http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/). If you fancy participating in some art classes, you can learn from local artists at the gallery itself or at the Newlyn School of Art (http://www.newlynartschool.co.uk/).

Find Up-And-Coming Art in Falmouth

Falmouth is another town which has attracted artists over the centuries, thanks to its wonderful seascapes and narrow bustling streets. Soaked in maritime history, Falmouth is a huge natural port littered with sailing boats of all sizes and colours. It’s little wonder that painters and artists used these wonderful scenes as inspiration for their artwork.

The best place to visit for art lovers is the Falmouth Art Museum (http://www.falmouthartgallery.com/), which has fine collection of 19th and 20th century art plus contemporary exhibitions by Cornish artists. It is also possible to catch the works of up-and-coming artists in the boutique galleries around the town or at end-of-year shows at the Falmouth School of Art (http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/falmouth-school-of-art), which attracts talented students from all over the UK and overseas.

Witness a Wealth of Art in Fowey

Heading further east on the Cornwall art trail leads you to the small artists enclave of Fowey, which seems to be bursting at the seams with galleries and craft shops. Located on the Fowey estuary, amid yet more stunning Cornish scenery, the town is also bathed in a glorious natural light which is a constant source of inspiration and fascination for local artists.

One of the best places to head for great art is the Fowey River Gallery (http://www.foweyrivergallery.co.uk/), which hosts an ever-changing display of exhibitions and new works by prominent local artists. There are dozens of other great art galleries and crafts shops to explore in the town, including outlets for Cornish glassware artist Jo Downs. Also worth a visit is the Toe in the Water Gallery which showcases and sells art and crafts inspired by the sea and coastline.

More Great Art in Padstow

This outpost of Cornish art on the rugged North Coast is a picturesque fishing town located on the colourful Camel estuary. Padstow and the surrounding area is home to many notable artists who draw inspiration from the rocky coastline, sandy shores and deep blue sea. Among these is the superb contemporary artist David Pearce who regularly exhibits his modern sea scenes at shows worldwide and locally at Padstow Fine Art (http://www.padstowfineart.co.uk/).

Like all the other locations on the Cornish art trail, the streets of Padstow are lined with galleries, art shops and craft stores selling paintings and art objects of all standards, for all budgets. One of the newest galleries in Padstow, the Drang Gallery (http://www.thedranggallery.com/), caters to the upper end with its display of exciting works by established British artists, previously including Damien Hirst and Sir Terry Frost.

Get Set for Your Art Holiday in Cornwall

If you’re into art, you will not be disappointed by the treasure trove of historic and contemporary art in Cornwall. Whether you want to admire great works, pick up a memento or immerse yourself in the creative process, the Cornish art trail will lead you through some of the most beautiful, culturally rich locations Cornwall has to offer. If you want to soak up the art scene in St Ives and explore Cornwall’s arty side, visit Carbis Bay Holidays (http://www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk/) for self catering holiday accommodation in the town and the surrounding area.

By: Jessica Colliver On:12th January 2016
Categories:Holiday Ideas,Things to Do

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

St Ives at Christmas

22nd November 2015

When it comes down to the festive season, St Ives is most famous for its carnival-style New Year street party. However, this is just the culmination of a calendar packed with magical events throughout December. These are some of our favourite things to do if you’re on a Christmas break in and around St Ives:

See Santa Arrive by Lifeboat

Father Christmas makes his arrival in St Ives in a unique fashion: ditching his old-fashioned sleigh for an RNLI lifeboat, he zooms into the harbour to switch on the Christmas lights and kick off the festive season. Swarms of children follow Santa in a musical parade through the town, ending up at his snowy grotto for gifts and goodies.

Carols in Carbis Bay

Nothing conjures up that Christmas feeling better then an evening of carols, mince pies and mulled wine. Which is why, each December, the Carbis Bay Hotel invites everyone to join a gathering of local choirs for a festive sing-a-long in their beachside conservatory.

Party Train into St Ives

As if taking the train into St Ives wasn’t already an enchanting experience for a winter’s day out, on Saturdays in December the St Ives branch line puts on a special Christmas party train for this magnificent journey. Hop on-board the decorated carriages for music, a children’s entertainer and festive goody bags.

Christmas Panto

Hailed as one of the best pantomimes in the county, the Kidz R Us Christmas show rounds up another year of award-winning performances from this St Ives-based youth theatre company. Last year it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that brought modern hits, dance, drama and comedy to the St Ives Theatre stage – we can’t wait to hear what’s in store for Christmas 2016.

Christmas Food Trail

If the previous year’s festive food trail is anything to go by, this will become a staple event in the St Ives Christmas calendar. A unique and flavoursome way to undergo your Christmas shopping, it encourages you to taste your way around some of the town’s favourite foodie hotspots. Gathering gifts and clues on route, at the end of the trail you are entered into a prize draw.

New Year’s Eve Party

The culmination of the Christmas season, this is the biggest, most dazzling party in the 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 harbour-side 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, checkout 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: Jessica Colliver On:22nd November 2015
Categories:Local Area,Seasonal Breaks,Things to Do

Dog Friendly Eateries

1st November 2015

With miles of dog-friendly coast path, vast moorland and nearly a hundred beaches that welcome dogs year round, Cornwall is a wonderful place to take a holiday with your hound. And plenty of restaurants and attractions are throwing their doors open to sandy paws, too. These are some of our favourite dog-friendly eateries in St Ives including pubs, cafés and restaurants.

The Queens Hotel, St Ives

A down-to-earth pub serving restaurant quality food, The Queens Hotel welcomes families and dogs. Sip cask ales by the fire, or pick something from a daily-changing menu tailored to what comes in from local fishermen and farmers.
www.queenshotelstives.com, 01736 796468

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

The Queens Hotel, St Ives

The Sloop, St Ives

Nudging St Ives harbour, The Sloop is the perfect place to pause for a pint after a walk along the South West Coast Path, a day on the beach or a mooch around town. One of Cornwall’s oldest inns, inside it boasts the atmosphere of a traditional old boozer, while outside benches spill towards the water’s edge.
www.sloop-inn.co.uk, 01736 796584

The Sloop Inn in an enviable position on the Harbour Front, St Ives. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

Hub, St Ives

When the Hub says it does ‘burgers, dogs and BBQ’ it means more than just its signature New York-style hot dogs made with 100% free-range pork. Here, while sipping craft beers, watching the boats go by and tucking into hot dogs and homemade burgers in artisan ‘Baker Tom’ buns, you can also enjoy the company of your own (not so hot) dog.
www.hub-stives.co.uk, 01736 799099

Halsetown Inn, St Ives

Just when you think you’re leaving St Ives behind and heading into wilds of West Penwith to Zennor and beyond, you stumble across the Halsetown Inn. Here dog walkers and foodies mingle a traditional pub atmosphere, enjoying ethically sourced, freshly cooked and immaculately presented meals alongside a decent selection of ales.
www.halsetowninn.co.uk, 01736 795583

Scarlet Wines, Lelant

Not only one of Cornwall’s leading independent wine merchants, Scarlet Wines has also accrued quite a reputation for its food. What was once a pit-stop for tapas or coffee before hitting the South West Coast Path or hopping on the train to St Ives (it’s conveniently situated a couple of minutes’ walk from Lelant Saltings station), has turned into a successful little restaurant serving seasonal, local food from breakfast through to dinner.
www.scarlet-wines.co.uk, 01736 753696

Scarlet Wines boasts a superb restaurant and deli as well as selling specialised local wines and spirits. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Scarlet Wines, Lelant

Red River Inn, Gwithian

Dogs are given a hearty welcome and treats from behind the bar at this traditional village pub hunkered behind the sand dunes. After a walk along St Ives Bay’s three miles of golden sand, there’s plenty of space for your four-legged friend to curl up by the fire while you sip a few Cornish ales.
www.red-river-inn.com, 01736 753223

The Watermill, Lelant

Once a corn mill dating back to the 18th Century, The Watermill is still home to a working waterwheel fed by the garden stream. As well as sprawling gardens beckoning dogs and families, a log fire warms the traditional interior and excellent, affordable pub grub is served too.
www.facebook.com/thewatermillincornwall, 01736 757912

Salt Bar, Hayle

Salt Bar is a cracking little café-cum-bar, just under Hayle viaduct and within easy reach of the train station. Modern but laid back, it’s the sort of place you can enjoy coffee with the hound in tow, or stop for cocktails, steaks and evening entertainment.
www.salt-hayle.co.uk, 01736 755862

Tinners Arms, Zennor

Famed for its connections to DH Lawrence, this is a cosy country pub nestled amongst the granite cottages of Zennor, near St Ives. A great base for some stunning coastal walks, it serves real Cornish ales and fresh local fare by the log fire.
www.tinnersarms.com, 01736 796927

Gurnard’s Head

Minutes’ walk inland from one of the wildest stretches of Cornwall’s coastline, this is the sort of place where you can kick off your walking boots and chill out with the dog at your feet. Enjoy Cornish ales, unusual wines and a menu packed with produce plucked from the surrounding coast and countryside.
www.gurnardshead.co.uk, 01736 796928

 

Carbis Bay Holidays’ offer a huge selection of pet-friendly accommodation, so there’s no need to leave your dog at home when you take a holiday in Cornwall.  Why not also check out our guide to dog friendly days out for some more great ideas for a fun-packed holiday.

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By: Jessica Colliver On:1st November 2015
Categories:Dog Friendly,Food and Drink,Local Area

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: Jessica Colliver On:29th October 2015
Categories:Food and Drink

Dog Friendly Days Out

1st October 2015

There’s no need to leave your dog at home when you visit Cornwall – almost a third of visitors to the county are dog owners, and many of them bring their hounds on holiday. Not only are there bountiful beaches, coastal trails and moorland to explore, but many pubs, cafés and attractions also welcome four-legged friends. Ziggy, our faithful kelpie, comes on all sorts of outings with us, so here are some of his favourite dog-friendly days out around West Cornwall:

Beaches

From May to September most of the central St Ives beaches enforce dog bans, Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk are two low-tide town beaches that welcome dogs year-round. On the outskirts of town there are some stunning, wide-mouthed bays were dogs frolic year-round. The best of these is Porthkidney Sands, dubbed ‘Happy Dog Beach’ by locals for good reason. While bucket-and-spade brigades descend upon neighbouring Carbis Bay and Hayle Towans, Porthkidney remains untouched by the masses, reserving its dune-backed beauty for a handful of dog walkers and their energetic companions.

Our other favourite is Mexico Towans, a mile or so of wave-lashed sands with plenty of space to chase Frisbees and do some doggy-paddle in the shore-break. Part of the three-mile St Ives bay, this stretch lies between Black Cliff (by Hayle Estuary) and Peter’s Point (where the sand dunes turn into cliffs as you reach Gwithian).

A dog enjoying the view at Mexicos beach, Cornwall. Book your dog friendly holiday with www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Ziggy enjoying the view at Mexico Towans

For a map of dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall see www.visitcornwall.com

Gardens

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 Ziggy’s list of garden dog friendly days out. However, closer to home we like to visit Trengwainton, near Penzance – another National Trust property 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 cake and Cornish produce at the Lime Tree Café.

Dog friendly days out at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. A great place to visit when staying with carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Dog friendly days out at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

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 miles 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 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 waggy-tailed 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. (Tehidy is well signposted from the A30 at Tolvaddon.)

Dog walking in Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

A dog friendly walk in Cornwall

Carbis Bay Holidays offer a wide-range of dog-friendly accommodation in St Ives and Carbis Bay. Check out our luxury, pet-friendly cottages and find the perfect holiday home for you and your pet.  See also our post about dog friendly eateries for more inspiration for dog friendly days out.

By: Jessica Colliver On:1st October 2015
Categories:Dog Friendly,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
More information: www.southwestcoastpath.com

 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: Jessica Colliver On:13th September 2015
Categories:Family Friendly,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

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: Jessica Colliver On:15th July 2015
Categories:Food and Drink,Local Area

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

Big ones, small ones, sandy ones and shingle ones… for a small town St Ives is well endowed with beautiful beaches that lure bathers, bucket and spade brigades and surfers. What with lifeguards on duty throughout the holidays, pods of dolphins passing through and seals popping their whiskered noses above azure waters, it’s no wonder that St Ives beaches are rated as some of the best in the UK. Choose your patch of golden sand from sheltered coves to surf-lashed shores:

Porthminster

Take the train into St Ives and disembark right beside the perfect crescent of white sand that is Porthminster beach. Build sandcastles, make footprints along the shoreline and dip your toes in calm, clear waters. Ideal for families, Porthminster boasts excellent facilities including beach huts for hire, a beach kiosk and café, toilets and a putting green. There is also the eminent Porthminster Café serving world-class food bang-on-the-beach, and it’s a short stroll across the pearly sands to reach the hub of town.

No dogs between Easter and October.

Porthminster beach in Summer. Lots of visitors to St Ives are enjoying the sun. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Porthminster beach in Summer

Harbour

Backed by chic boutiques, art galleries, beach bars, arcades and gourmet eateries, the tidal, sandy-bottomed harbour beach is a stunning sun trap in the heart of town. Tuck into pasties, fish and chips and ice cream with your toes in the sand, and watch local fishing boats landing fresh seafood ready to be flipped into the frying pans of local restaurants. Just watch out for sea gulls swooping down to share your picnic!

Dogs permitted only between 7pm and 8am during summer months.

Harbour beach, St Ives, Cornwall. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Harbour beach

Porthgwidden

Our favourite of St Ives’ enviable necklace of beaches, Porthgwidden is tucked into the nook of The Island, gazing across the bay towards Godrevy Lighthouse. This idyllic sandy cove is the perfect place for swimming, launching a kayak, basking in the morning sunshine and lounging around in one of the beach huts for hire. Another spot that beckons families, not only is there loos and a snack kiosk, you can also keep an eye on the kids building sandcastles from the terrace of the Porthgwidden Café – one of St Ives’ foodie hotspots.

No dogs between Easter and October

Looking down on Porthgwidden beach

Porthmeor

More exposed to the Atlantic swell, Porthmeor is where the surfers flock to ride peeling waves. Learn from the experts at St Ives Surf School and hire any equipment you need, or simply rent a deck chair and watch friends and family hit the waves from your front row pew. As well as luring surfers and sunbathers, Porthmeor draws the arty crowds from the beachside Tate St Ives; after all, with blood-red sunsets, rich coastal hues and such mesmerising scenery, it’s no surprise that world-class artists have been coming here for many years. Soak up the scenery and watch the sunset over tapas and delectable local cuisine at the Porthmeor Beach Café.

Facilities include toilets and beach huts. No dogs between Easter and October.

Surf board on Porthmeor beach with The Island as a back drop. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Porthmeor beach

Carbis Bay

The next stop along the branch line from St Ives, or a short stroll along the South West Coast Path, Carbis Bay’s sweeping sands beckon families seeking safe bathing, Blue Flag water quality, and bucket and spade territory. Beachside facilities include parking, toilets and a café, making this an ideal place to visit with young children. If you’re looking for a dash of ocean adventure, you can castaway on a kayak, SUP or Hawaiian canoe and explore the stunning coastline or, if you fancy swanky seaside dining or a sunset cocktail simply retreat to The Beach Club or chill out on the heated deck at The Shack. Alternatively, take a stroll over Hawke’s Point to neighbouring Porthkidney Sands, or follow the coast path back into the hub of St Ives.

Dogs permitted from 5am–8am during the summer months.

A deserted Carbis Bay beach with it's glorious golden sands and azure waters. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Carbis Bay beach

Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk

These two small, tidal coves are the only beaches in St Ives that allow unrestricted access to dogs year-round. Bamaluz is located between the Harbour and Porthgwidden (in front of the St Ives Museum), and Lambeth Walk is located behind the Lifeboat station. At low tide Lambeth Walk extends all the way to the lighthouse at the end of Smeaton’s Pier, except for the main harbour area during the restricted daytime hours.

Lambeth Walk, one of St Ives beaches. www.carbisbayholidays.co.uk

Lambeth Walk beach

St Ives’ stunning beaches are just footsteps Carbis Bays Holidays’ luxury holiday cottages. Bag a boutique bolthole beside the pearly sands of Porthminster Beach or perhaps a chic self-catering cottage overlooking Carbis Bay.

If you wish to explore the coast further afield, check out our recommendations for secret beaches and coves, or discover even more dog friendly beaches in Cornwall.

By: Jessica Colliver On:5th May 2015
Categories:Local Area,Things to Do

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

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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