Places to visit in Padstow: 6 things to do with kids
A couple of weeks ago we went on a day trip to Padstow with our two kids aged 3 and 6. I was really looking forward to it because I’d been binge watching Rick Stein but I was also a little apprehensive because, well it’s a town and children strangely are generally happier tearing around a park than behaving themselves nicely around shops.
As it turned out though we had a great time, finding just the right balance of things to do that as a grown up I could come away happy that I’d had a really good day out (no soft play, woo-hoo!) but both kids had a great time too. What’s not to love about that?
Take the Rock to Padstow ferry
Why drive straight to a carpark when you can take the scenic route over instead? The ferry from Rock to Padstow runs roughly every 20 minutes and takes 5-10 minutes to do the journey. The views are great and both my kids loved the experience.
Go window shopping
Padstow is home to a lot of clothes shops like Joules, Seasalt and White Stuff but the chances are your kids won’t be a massive fan of those. Instead my kids really enjoyed having a look into the windows of the places they did find interesting, asking about the different fish for sale in the fishmongers, looking at the huge paintings inside a gallery and checking out the dog made of wellies outside of it! There’s also plenty of boats in the harbour and it’s fun to look at their names and where they are from or hunting for the biggest boat.
Go to a food market
We stumbled across a little food and craft market near to the main car park in Padstow. We got the chance to check out some local food and the kids loved having little bits to try.
Go on a sea cruise
Boats like the Jubilee Queen run hour long cruises from Padstow that give you and the kids a chance to see some of the fabulous wildlife around Cornwall which can include dolphins, seals or even basking sharks. As we visited early in the year the boat trips weren’t running but we’re hoping to return in the summer to give this a go!
Eat some chips
For some the whole Padstein business is a bit much with Rick Stein owning several restaurants in the town but personally I loved it and visiting one of his restaurants has been on my bucket list for this year. The Rick Stein Café is in the centre of town and is in all honesty one of the most kid friendly cafes I’ve been too with crayons and colouring sheets on hand as well as *gasp* food both my kids would actually eat which is pretty much unheard of.
Have a run around on the beach
There are several beaches in Padstow or if you’ve taken the ferry over then the beach at Rock is great for playing on too. Perfect for kicking a ball about on, flying a kite or getting busy with a bucket and spade.