It’s quite a few years since I last visited Cornwall and in those days my requirements certainly didn’t involve children. In fact if I’m totally honest, I probably actively avoided anything child related. So I’m back, in a different life, and exploring the beaches of North Cornwall with a child very much in mind. Sharing a few memories of our holiday over the Easter holidays.
All of a sudden toilets, eateries and easy access become important when you have a child in tow. Yes I would love to go off along the cliff tops and walk from Trevone to Polzeath as I have in years gone by. But the lure of the beach is just way more important when you are 5 years old. Seeing the seaside is a novelty for a child growing up in Oxfordshire, not the norm. He’s drawn to the beach like a magnet, what child isn’t?
It doesn’t need to be 25 degrees in the shade for a child to enjoy the beach, in fact weather conditions don’t really feature at all. Monkey’s criteria would definitely be – is there sand, is there sea, do I have something to dig with, do I have something to collect water in. Do I have slaves aka parents readily at hand to dig, fill, carry and facilitate my every need. Can ice cream be provided whatever the weather.
So we found ourselves exploring the beaches of North Cornwall whilst staying at Coombe Mill earlier this year. Trevone has a large car park (its private and the charges do seem to change without notice – it went up £3.00 in the week we were staying in Cornwall leading up to Easter).
There are readily accessible toilets, a cafe and shop all at hand. So the practicalities are sorted for family fun. Check out the tide times to make sure you can maximise your stay and enjoy.
We certainly didn’t have the warmest day for our visit to Trevone, but the bonus to that was we had almost the whole beach to ourselves.
The kids could dig and run around as much as they liked and Daddy P could finally get to attempt to fly his kite. That was entertaining in itself.
I could watch the waves crashing against the cliffs further along the coast and enjoy watching the children being very industrious.
Another day and the wind was definitely up, which also meant the surf was up at Polzeath.
With pay and display parking, bigger shops and cafes, it’s got a much more commercial feel to it, it’s also a surfers paradise. A great place to let Monkey watch these wave riders practice their craft and to see the waves at full force.
The wind was trying to blow us off our feet, our kite would have been blown away.
The weather so much wilder than the rather serene Trevone.
There were jagged outcrops of rock to explore, no buckets and spades at Polzeath, just running, hiding and exploration. An even in a really strong wind, there was room for an ice cream, although Mummy had retreated to the car by this point! I must be getting old.
Exploring the beaches of North Cornwall – Trevone and Polzeath. I’m sure we’ll be back again some day. Monkey had such a wonderful time, memories were made that week.