Classic Cornwall: 6 things not to miss this summer
Last summer we picked up sticks and moved across the country from Essex to Cornwall. Without a doubt, it was one of the best things we’ve ever done and over the last year, we’ve done our best to discover some of the best things to do in Cornwall with kids - school term time allowing of course! Just like the song says (earworm alert - sorry!) the best things in life are free, although actually some of them aren’t but boy are they worth paying for - I was totally in two minds about sharing the AMAZING cream tea in this. What is certain though is that if you do manage to get down to Cornwall this summer you won’t regret trying out these things and I know that they’re the things my own kids would recommend to you too.
Eat fish and chips by the sea
I think that every British seaside holiday should include fish and chips by the sea at some point and our favourite place in Cornwall for this is in Looe. Take a stroll through the town down to the beach where there’s a little cafe serving food and takeaways. Of course you could eat in there but who wants to sit in a cafe when you can sit barefoot on the sand? The beach is about a ten-second walk away so make the most of it. Of course, being my kids, my two demanded crisps instead but hey, all the more chips for me!
Have the absolute best cream tea
How to serve a cream tea is one of those discussions that goes on forever but once you’ve been to our amazing cream tea recommendation you’ll know that the Cornish way is the only sensible way - served like this I don’t think there’s even room for jam on top! The Rustic Tea Gardens is a garden set just behind Northcott Beach near Bude with a caravan set at the edge serving cream teas so big I’ve given up on picking them up and have to use a knife and fork instead. Yep, that big. While you eat your weight in clotted cream the kids can explore the stream that runs through the middle of the garden before you wander down to the beach itself.
Learn to Bodyboard on a Blue Flag beach
There are tonnes of amazing beaches across Cornwall and eight of them have blue flags including Polzeath, Widemouth Bay, Carbis Bay and Trevone Bay. Having seen the utter delight on my son’s face as he cracked bodyboarding last month I can’t recommend it enough and at three even my daughter loves taking her bodyboard out just to have a little play on it. Bodyboarding is a great way for kids (and adults, the husband and I love it too) to enjoy the waves without the lessons and physical demands of surfing, just make sure that you always go on a beach that has lifeguards and stay between the flags.
Visit a theme park
Theme parks in Cornwall might be on a smaller scale to those we previously visited in the South East but arguably there much more fun and there’s a definite benefit to shorter queuing times! We love Camel Creek near Wadebridge which has a good sized area for younger kids. Want to go when it’s quiet? Weekends are best as that’s changeover day!
Make the most of The Eden Project
We’ve shared our tips on Day Out With The Kids for an awesome day with kids at The Eden Project but one thing I didn’t mention was the exhibits they put on during the school holidays which are brilliant! Last summer my kids spent so long discovering dinosaurs that we barely even got to look at the biomes and this year we want to do it all over again with the new space exhibit. Again weekends are quieter here as are warmer days - presumably due to the lure of Cornwall’s beaches.
Go to an ice cream farm
Of course, it would be insane to visit Cornwall and not try out the ice cream because it’s amazing but if you fancy an excuse to eat even more (and I love those kind of excuses) then pop along to Roskilly’s near Helston where their delicious organic ice cream is made. My tip? If they have their cream tea ice cream in stock then you need to try it!