The youngest member of your family will love their time at Ocean Blue Cornwall – little ones can explore nature, paddle in the sea, watch the sun set, and play in the sand, right from their holiday home on the beach.
The soft white sands of Treyarnon Bay are just a few steps from your front door, and many properties have furnished balconies, gardens or patios, with stunning sea views.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the sun rises over the ever-changing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, before heading out to discover the fascinating coast path and surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The beach has a handy shop which sells all the essentials you could need at short notice, and there is a child-friendly cafe not far from your property, serving delicious fresh meals, ice-creams and cold drinks.
We can provide you with highchair, cot and stairgate (if necessary), so you have more room in the car for favourite toys, books and teddies.
Park right outside your apartment, so if they fall asleep in the car after a busy day out and about, you can gently lift them inside your accommodation without having to trek too far.
Your self-catering apartment or cottage comes with all mod cons in the kitchen, so you can spend less time on chores and more family time.
11 memorable things to do with toddlers in Cornwall:
11. Go dolphin spotting
Cornwall’s coast is alive with wildlife, and you have a front row seat from the headland at Trevose Head, just 10 minutes from your Ocean Blue accommodation.
Look out for seals, dolphins, porpoises and sea birds from your vantage point near the lighthouse, as they frequent the coastline throughout the year.
10. Ride a steam train
Your toddler will love the thrill of climbing aboard a steam train at the Lappa Valley Steam Railway.
The track takes you through tunnels and between high wooded banks, before you arrive at your destination. Here you’ll find play areas, more rides, slides, a small lake, and much more.
9. Visit Padstow
The busy town of Padstow is less than 15 minutes from your apartment, and offers plenty to see and do for little ones.
Throw a line over the harbour and see if you can catch a crab (remember to be gentle and put them back), watch the fishing boats coming and going, and take a short ride on the ferry to Rock.
8. Eat ice-cream
It’s almost impossible to visit Cornwall and not indulge in a creamy Cornish ice-cream at least once (or perhaps every day…) during your stay.
From Ocean Blue you can purchase ice-creams from the small shop on the beach, or drive into nearby Wadebridge or Padstow and stock up on supplies in the supermarkets.
7. Climb the Giant’s Trap
Heartlands is reportedly the biggest free Adventure Playground in the south west – it’s built on the site of a disused mine, bringing a unique historic environment back to life.
Toddlers can whoosh down the slides, climb the apparatus, try out the diggers in the sandy ‘beach’ area and climb inside the wooden huts. After all that excitement they may need a nap, giving you time to relax and enjoy a cup of something and a piece of cake in the on-site Snack Shack.
6. Take a boat trip
Get a new perspective on Cornwall and view it from the coast by taking a boat trip from one of the many harbours. One of our favourites is the sealife safari leaving Padstow.
This tour is run by experienced guides, and gives you and your little one the chance to see pods of dolphins swimming alongside the boat, seals sunbathing on the rocks and seabirds swooping across the waters.
5. Visit Blue Reef Aquarium
Less than half an hour from your accommodation at Ocean Blue Cornwall, this is a must-see attraction for families with toddlers.
See the sharks, turtles, piranhas and tropical fish at feeding time, get up close to Giant Pacific Octopus and see if you can spot clown fish Nemo in one of the tanks. The multi-sensory experience of the walk-through water tunnel will be a real highlight.
4. Go rock-pooling
There are plenty of pools large and small close to your apartment or cottage at Ocean Blue.
Treyarnon Bay reveals a few shallow pools at low tide, or walk along the gentle coastpath to Booby’s Bay or Constantine Bay where there are thousands of rocks to peek under, shells to feel and natural sea water to splash in. PS Look out for crabs hiding under those rocks!
3. Feed the animals
Newquay Zoo is home to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and dangered animals, giving your toddler the chance to see some of the animals in their favourite books up close.
Hear the lions roar, see the monkeys swinging from rope to rope, get lost (and found again hopefully) in the Dragon Maze, and watch as the penguins, meerkats, lions and otters tuck into their lunch.
2. Get closer to nature with a woodland walk
You don’t need to spend money to have a memorable holiday with your toddler.
The diverse woodland of Cardinham Woods is just over 30 minutes from Ocean Blue, where you can follow the Gruffalo trail or the Trail of the Highway Rat, . Pick up your activity pack (for a small fee) from the woodland cafe, and search for the characters featured in one of the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
1. Look round a real castle
You’ll feel like King or Queen of the Castle after you’ve climbed the rugged headland and crossed the bridge to the imposing and mystical castle of Tintagel, home to the legend of King Arthur.
Perched high above the crashing waters, jagged rocks and sheer cliff faces, it’s a bit of a climb, so you may want to bring your little one up in a toddler carrier. Take care when on the headland as it’s unfenced (eek!) but the views, sea air and history make the effort worthwhile.
Toddler breaks Cornwall
Book your stay at Ocean Blue Cornwall today and start the countdown to your best family holiday yet.
Short breaks start at £597 for four people, staying for three nights.
Please call 01841 719090 for confirmed prices of short breaks and to book.