Before I had children, I naively thought that life would carry on pretty much the same. I soon realised that wasn’t the case and everything from holidays, to simple trips out took a lot more consideration and forward planning!
Like everything, this soon becomes second nature and things do get easier. So, to give the parents of young children a bit of a break, I have marked Newquay’s beaches on accessibility, toilet facilities, food facilities and toddler fun to make your trip away as stress-free as possible.

Lusty Glaze – GOOD

This horseshoe shaped cove is a great family beach with fabulous facilities. The steps down do make it hard for pushchair access, but once you have made it down it is very toddler friendly. Privately owned, Lusty Glaze is incredibly clean and tidy. There are excellent toilets, complete with baby changing – a rarity in beach toilets. There is also a […] Continue Reading…

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1. Boardmasters, Fistral and Watergate Bay in Newquay, 9th – 13th of August

This is the event of the year in Newquay, with the headline acts attracting massive crowds. Boardmasters is a fun festival that celebrates surf, skate and music. The surfing and skating side of the festival is held at surfers’ heaven Fistral Beach, and the music side of the festival is held overlooking Watergate Bay, with fantastic views and a brilliant vibe.

Go down to Fistral and have a look at the trade stalls and surf and skate competitions, which is completely free. You will certainly get swept up in the buzzing atmosphere. The Watergate Bay event is ticketed, with day tickets available. Acts include Irish rock band Two Door Cinema Club, alternative rock band The Flaming Lips, indie rockers The Vaccines, 90’s sensation Jamiroquai, indie rockers Alt-J, and English grime and hip-hop artist Stormzy, who are just some […] Continue Reading…

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1. Tropical Pressure Festival, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, near Porthtowan, 14th – 16th of July

In the spacious grounds, there is live music, food, and dance. Enjoy this festival which celebrates Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, with music acts from these parts of the world. It is a family friendly festival, with a kid’s zone, music, and dance.

2. Rock Oyster Festival, 7th – 8th of July

Don’t worry if you aren’t oyster mad – there’s more to this festival than oysters! You can chill in the hots tubs, eat, not just oysters but, Indian and Thai cuisine, and have a few drinks at the Cider Bar. You can go to the didgeridoo workshop and yoga. There’s plenty on for the kids with lots of creative play, music making and face painting.

3. Leopallooza, Bude, 28th – 30th of July

Leopallooza is a multi-award-winning independent festival, named ‘The greatest house party… in a […] Continue Reading…

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Cornwall’s food scene has become almost as famous as our stunning coastline. There’s first class cuisine everywhere, with many fantastic cafés, pubs and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.

Rick Stein was the first celebrity chef in Cornwall with his Seafood restaurant in Padstow. He now has several food establishments across Cornwall. Jamie Oliver followed with one of his Fifteen restaurants at Watergate Bay, placing Cornwall firmly on the foodie map.

The status of Cornish food is well and truly growing with many chefs with Cornish connections gaining Michelin stars. Paul Ainsworth, recently seen on BBC’s Saturday Morning Kitchen and MasterChef has his restaurants ‘Number 6’ and the Italian ‘Rojano’s’ in Padstow. Nathan Outlaw worked with Rick Stein before opening his own Michelin starred restaurants in Port Isaac – ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’ and his ‘Fish Kitchen’ both in Port Isaac. He also has restaurants in London and Dubai and made a […] Continue Reading…

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1. Royal Cornwall Show, 8th – 10th of June

Cornwall’s annual Royal Cornwall Show is a country show with livestock judging, flower tents, crafts, and more. The culinary delights at this show are an attraction alone with something to tickle everyone’s taste buds, with mounds of local produce galore, including cheeses, meats, cream, fudge, ice cream, chocolates, and local wines, beers and ciders.

There are marquees full of animals from goats to birds, and rabbits to dogs along with a major dog show. There is also a traditional steam show and a motor fair, along with fairground rides.

2. Falmouth Classics Regatta and Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, 16th – 18th of June

This is a three day rally of classic sailing craft and other traditional vessels, including pilot gigs and motor boats. This event coincides with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, which adds to the celebratory feeling in the town with […] Continue Reading…

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