Monday 24 August 2009

St Ives For Young Children

Ayr Field - St Ives Cornwall

September is a time when a lot of families with young children come down here.

The prices for accommodation are much lower once the school holidays are over. Town is also a bit quieter and easier to get around with a pushchair.

So I thought I'd do a quick guide for parents about things to do with the kids. We first started coming here when our girls were 2 and 9 years old.

Beaches - all are great but maybe the best for youngsters is Harbour Beach. Its relatively small so you can keep an eye on them. Its close to the centre so we could take it in turns on watch while Jo went to the shops or I went to the pub.

Ayr Field has a children's play area, butterfly garden and lots of space to run around. Run by a local community group who are planning to add more play facilities.

Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve is another nice open space with lots to explore, although it is a bit of a hike up the hill.

St Ives Library put on a fair number of events including story time and craft workshops. They also have a nice children's book section and you can borrow books using your local library ticket.

Tate St Ives offers a family pack and a family trail for the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden.

St Ives Museum supply free children's workbooks to encourage them to explore the exhibits and entry for them is just 50p, only £1.50 for adults.

Ceramica on Tregenna Place is great for both parents and children. You can paint your own plate or mug together and then get it fired in the kiln.

Kids Play Zone in Carbis Bay has loads of stuff in their indoor play area, plus a coffee shop and bar for parents.

Most restaurants and pubs are fairly child friendly, with children's menus. The Sheaf of Wheat probably offers the best value and a large menu.

Finally both kids and parents will love Chocolat! - old fashioned sweets and a huge range of chocolate.

Please add a comment if you've got any other suggestions to add to these.

1 comment:

  1. Great suggestions. We love St Ives and are heading there for a hol at the end of this month with our two young boys. Will definitely pay a visit to the Steeple Woodland Nature Reserve, Ayr Field and Kidzone, none of which we've tried before. Thanks!