As I shared earlier this month, in our review of Hoseasons Piran Meadow, I was surprised by just how much there was to do for families in Cornwall. We had the most amazing days out at St Michaels Mount read our review here) and The Eden Project (read our review here) as well as the best time exploring Newquay and it’s surrounding areas.
Located on Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, Newquay has been voted “One of the nation’s favourite seaside towns” in the prestigious Which Holiday Survey, “Best family holiday destination” by readers of COAST magazine, and has one of the UK’s top ten beaches on Trip Advisor! It is a hugely popular town, all year round, frequented by surfers, travelling from all over the world, and holiday makers throughout the Summer months. It is also incredibly beautiful and, even in the Winter months, a gorgeous, chilled out place to visit.
Fistral beach is Newquay’s iconic beach and one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. West facing, with golden sands, it’s the perfect family beach with car parking, restaurants, cafes, toilets, and surf equipment hire for those who want to give it a try!
We love visiting the beach in the Autumn/Winter months, just hunting for shells, splashing in the sea in our wellies, and, at Fistral Beach, watching the surfers brave the ice cold temperatures.
For all fans of the popular Roald Dahl film, The Witches, you can see The Headland hotel right here at Fistral beach. We love the film and the children couldn’t believe that the actual hotel was here in Newquay, although they did look a little nervous the nearer we got to it!
The Headland is very impressive and the children were amazed to be stood in the same spots as the witches. Being children, they soon found something even more exciting than that – rolling down the grassy slopes to the hotel!
The views from The Headland are just beautiful and the perfect way to see all of Fistral beach. I would love to return in the Summer months when, I can imagine, the beach is bustling with people and a real hive of activity.
Just a short walk into the town centre there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants, including our favourite find – the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop. Even in freezing temperatures, it’s never too cold for an ice cream! I was so impressed by how many things there are to do in Newquay!
When visiting the local area, Padstow is well worth a visit. A charming, working fishing port, surrounded by sandy beaches, Padstow is a bustling harbour town with countless popular eateries, water sports, and the Camel Cycle Trail. Not only does it have so much to offer, but it is incredibly beautiful too.
There are places to eat on every corner, with gorgeous cobbled streets to explore. I was so excited to find the first gluten free bakery I’ve seen and, for the first time in three years, I had a gluten free pasty. Amazing!
We had such a lovely afternoon in Padstow, enjoying fish and chips, ice creams, and exploring some of the quirky seaside shops. We promised the children that we would return in the summer months so they could go crabbing at the harbour, something I know they would gladly do all day long in the sunshine.
Out of all of the places we visited in Cornwall, I think Padstow is my absolute favourite and we will definitely be back to spend to spend more time there next year.
There are a number of amazing National Trust sites close to Newquay and we enjoyed exploring a few of them. Alongside St Michaels Mount, we also visited Lanhydrock. Lanhydrock is a magnificent Victorian country house with the most beautiful gardens and wooded estate. It also has some fantastic events on throughout the year, including, on our visit, a Halloween Pumpkin trail.
The house itself is spectacular and is open to visitors throughout the year. Showing two sides of Victorian life, the house shows you both the luxurious family areas upstairs alongside the workers quarters downstairs, which was so interesting to see!
Having explored the house, Lewis and Gaz hired bikes to do some off road mountain biking through the woodland areas. That left me and the children free to explore the gardens, follow the pumpkins trail, and hunt for unicorns in the woods – always!
It always amazes me how much fun my children can have just exploring the outdoors, and Lanhydrock is perfect for just that. It’s always lovely to see them running around, using their imaginations, and, in the case of Harry, playing Harry Potter with every stick he comes across!
With admission for a family of four costing £39.90, I can’t recommend joining the National Trust enough. As members we pay just £10 a month with free access to all National Trust sites, inclusive of free parking. Just visiting this one site covered a third of our annual membership!
We had such a lovely day at Lanhydrock, finished off by hot choclates and cake in the cafe. It was such a simple day out but one of the best, and those are the days when my favourite memories are made.
Trelissick is a another National Trust site with welcoming country house and garden set in an estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks. Alongside the house itself, there are over 300 acres of beautiful grounds to explore.
The house is stunning and the children enjoyed exploring the rooms and taking in all of the interesting and historical things. I’ll be honest, there isn’t a lot to do for children in the house itself but we were keen to get outside and start the Autumn trail.
The Autumn trail was so much fun, with several information points throughout the garden for the children to take part in little activities, answer questions, or draw pictures, and they had so much fun hunting them all out.
We had a lovely few hours at Trelissick just exploring the woodlands together and taking in the views. Cornwall is so beautiful and those peaceful moments, surrounded by my little ones, will stay with me forever.
We had the best week down in Cornwall just spending time together as a family, enjoying the outdoors, exploring new surroundings, and making memories to treasure. We will definitely be back in the Summer months to explore more of Cornwall in the sunshine!