At first glance Fowey can seem like quite an un-child friendly place to visit, with it’s steep hills, narrow streets and adult orientated shops but on closer inspection there is actually quite a lot of things to see and do with little ones.
Before you go off exploring it’s worth knowing that there are lockers for your lifejackets at most of the dinghy landing points. They cost £1 which is refundable and saves you from having to carry around your lifejackets with you.
I thought I’d start with some practical advice like showers. The best ones that we have found for families are the ones located at Fowey Gallants Sailing Club which welcomes visiting yachtsmen. The showers are open 24 hours and are underneath the sailing club. You can access the sailing club via the water and tie up your dinghy by the steps. The showers cost £1 for 4 minutes and they have a large family size shower which is perfect for chucking everyone in at the same time.
Apparently a lot of the pubs and restaurants in Fowey are child-friendly but one place that we particulary like is The Galleon Inn. The food is reasonably priced and is very tasty. They are dog friendly and also have colouring for the little ones.
The Play Park
The one and only play park in Fowey is located at the top of Fowey. It’s called Squires Field Recreation Ground. It has a playground and football goals. As you can see from the map below it’s a fair walk from the harbour and all up hill. Best avoided with very young children unless you feel up to the challenge. Google maps estimates that it is only a 8 minute walk but I reckon it would take a lot longer than that with little ones.
This is a lovely little aquarium to visit on a rainy day. It’s only small but it’s cheap to get in and keeps the kiddies entertained for an hour or two. Children cost £2 (3-13yrs), Adults are £3 and under 3’s are free. It’s located on the Town Quay so easily accessible for boaters. To find out more about Fowey Aquarium have a look on their website.
The library is a good place to visit as it has a children’s book area. There is also baby changing facilities and free wifi. The library is only open on Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays from 9.30am – 5pm. They also have story and music times for little ones. According to Google maps it is estimated that it is an 11 minute walk from the town quay.
Crabbing in Fowey
Fowey has some great spots for crabbing including the Town Quay, The Slipway on Passage Street, outside the front of Caffa Mill or Albert Quay. Crabbing lines and buckets can be bought in the shops on fore street or at the aquarium.
Readymoney cove is a small sandy beach. You can walk there from the town center. It takes around 15 minutes. It has a swimming area, toilets and an ice cream van in the Summer months.
St Catherine’s Castle
St Catherine’s Castle is just along from Readymoney Cove and is free to enter. It’s a small artillery fort built by Henry VIII to protect Fowey Harbour. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Fowey Town Tours
If your little ones are tired of walking then you can jump on one of the Fowey town tours. The tour takes around 25 minutes and takes you all around the town while telling you a bit about Fowey’s history.
You catch the ride from the Town Quay and they have storage for buggies which is a bonus.
Fowey Murder Mystery Treasure Trail
If you’d like to go for a wander around Fowey but also want to keep the children entertained while you walk you can download a Fowey murder mystery treasure trail online. The trail is 1 1/2 miles long and takes around 1 1/2 hours. The trial is pushchair friendly.
Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary
If you fancy a little trip out of Fowey you could visit the Wingz Bird & Animal Sanctuary in Par. You can catch the bus from the Safe Harbour Hotel (W-bound) Number 24 heading for Mevagissey. The bus ride takes 10 minutes and then you will need to walk for about another 10 minutes to the sanctuary. Adults cost £6.50 and children cost £4.50. You can also buy a family ticket for £21.00. For anyone with a dog in tow they also have dog kennels with shade and fresh water all free of charge.
If you fancy going even further afield and you’re after some indoor fun then you can head to Kidzworld in St Austell. You need to catch the 24 bus from Safe Harbour Hotel (W-bound) towards Mevagissey. 28 min (35 stops). Get off at Tregrehan Turn and walk for around 7 minutes to Kidzworld.
In the early evening grab a cushion on the boat and get cozy because you’re set to see some pretty amazing sunsets!