Things to do

Family Holidays: Baby-friendly for free in the far west

Photo credit: Annabel Elston

Ideas for all the family that don't cost a penny.

Where to talk the stroller for a stroll

A gentle stroll along the prom when on holiday in Penzance is ideal for the less mobile or those laden with kiddy paraphrenalia, with views across Mount's Bay all the way. Make the walk worthwhile for little ones with the promise to stop at the (two) children’s play area before finishing with a Jelberts ice cream in Newlyn where you can sit watching the fishing boats go to and fro.

Pip's Tip: have an afternoon strool and end up at Newlyn Meadery for dinner

Explore rockpools

Where to catch crabs

Grab yourselves a crab line (from Longrock Stores, for example), a bucket and a colourful fishing net (if you can, take a reel of cotton too), pack a picnic and head for Prussia Cove and its vast array of rock pools and caves,  or Penzance harbour (there is a slipway here, ideal for crabbing). Mousehole has a great rock pooling expanse complete with a sea pool, again perfect for crabbing.

Pip's Tip: If you don't have a cotton reel, pull a thread from your beach towel - strong and long!


Things you will need for a perfect rock pooling day

Crab line
Reel of Cotton
Fishing net
Arm bands
Beach towels for thread picking... 

Find a large pebble and knock a limpet off the rock (sorry limpet!).
Tie it to the end of a long piece of cotton (you can even add a little shell or tiny pebble as a weight).  Take the bucket, fill it with water and some seaweed then sit patiently waiting for the tiddlers to nibble.
Quick, pull the line out and into the bucket (remember to always pop the fish back in the pool before you leave the beach).

Catch a crab


Pop some armbands on your children, wait for the tide to start coming in over the causeway at St Michael's Mount and walk the causeway – see how far you can walk before the children start to float – sounds drastic but it is great fun.

St Michael's Mount, Marazion

Little people don’t need the sun but they do need to be busy, Marazion has a fabulous play area along with a walk to the Mount over the causeway – or if the tide is in – by boat. When on the Mount, see if they can find Queen Victoria's footstep or the Giant's Heart...(fyi, the heart is halfway up the Mount) Get your children to stand on the heart with their hands on their tummys - they will feel the heart beat (thanks to the stomp up the hill!)


Other pram friendly beaches

St Ives and Carbis Bay have slipways to all the beaches. Porthminster in St Ives has sparkling sands and a renowned cafe on the beach.

Marazion has a very long beach with easy access from the car parks via a slipway.

Sennen Cove also has a handy slipway to the beach.

Marazion beach

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