About Fowey and this Website
Fowey (pronounced Foy) is a small town and port at the mouth of the river Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall, England. It’s a popular destination for family holidays and vacations.
Travelling with children can seem challenging in any circumstances. On this website we aim to answer some of the questions you may have regarding this, and offer other family-friendly and child-centered tips.
Accessibility and Safety
Fowey is built on the side of a hill, so wherever you start from, access to the beach and town centre can be steep and may include steps. However, there are usually alternative routes without steps suitable for wheelchairs, buggies and prams.
For example, when you arrive in Fowey, the flattest route into the town centre is via Caffa Mill car park. That’s a great place to leave your car.
You should also note that Fowey is an old fishing harbour town with very narrow roads. In some places there is no pavement/footpath. Although it may seem quiet and safe, there is traffic on the roads, including large delivery trucks and vans with limited driver visibility. Therefore, please ensure children are kept safe at the side of the road.
Please don’t feed the seagulls – they can be aggressive and may swoop towards you or even attack, if they think you have more food.
Baby-changing and Toilet Facilities
You’ll find baby-changing facilities in the following public facilities:
Fowey Main Car Park – baby-changing in the toilet for the disabled.
Fowey Town Quay – baby-changing in the toilet for the disabled.
Readymoney Beach – baby-changing in the ladies’ toilets (summer only).
Most of Fowey’s restaurants, pubs and cafés in Fowey are happy to welcome families. High chairs are usually available and many offer either a special children’s menu or child size portions. Some also have baby changing facilities.
If you want to eat at a specific restaurant it is advisable to ring ahead before your visit to book a table and ensure they have whatever facilities your family needs.
Most camp sites, hotels, guest houses and other types of accommodation in this area welcome children and some will have family rooms, but please check before making a booking.
Things to do in Fowey with children
There are many lovely beaches in the Fowey area and on the wider Cornwall coast. Always check tide times before your visit, to be sure there will be some sand, as many beaches are covered at high tide.
The best beach for swimming is Readymoney, a sandy beach with a swimming area and moored platform. It has toilet facilities and an ice-cream van in the summer.
On all beaches, watch out for weaver fish, a spiny fish that hides under the wet sand during the summer months. It’s extremely painful if you stand on one, so it’s best to wear shoes when playing on the beach. Plastic beach shoes are cheap and easy to wash.
Crabbing is an easy form of fishing that is fun for children – but please be sure to return the crabs to the water at the end of the day, for environmental reasons.
Some of the best spots for catching crabs are on Town Quay, Albert Quay, the slipway on Passage Street, the river at Caffa Mill, and Polruan Quay. Crab lines, buckets and bait are available from local shops.
Safety tips – watch out for boats landing at the quays, and remember that the harbour is not safe for swimming.
Fowey Aquarium is located on Town Quay. It’s open from Easter to the end of September each year.
All of the fish are caught in local waters and are returned to the sea at the end of the season. You’ll see bass, eels, mullet, turbot, lobsters, crabs and even octopus!
One of the best local walks is from Fowey town centre to Readymoney Cove. Go up Lostwithiel Street and turn left along the Esplanade, then walk for about 15 minutes to the cove. You’ll have excellent views of the harbour, boats and blockhouses.
This walk will take you along a public road and in places there is no pavement, so watch out for traffic. But it’s a relatively flat walk suitable for buggies, and the road is not very busy at most times of year.
At the cove, you can either stay on the beach, continue along the coastal footpath or cross the beach and take the wooden steps to the ruins of St Catherine’s Castle, which is free and open to the public.
You can take a 45 minute boat trip around the harbour during the summer months. Leaving from Town Quay, the boat goes upriver beyond the docks, and then out to the mouth of the harbour.
Or hire your own boat from Town Quay or by booking with other boat hire companies. They should all provide life jackets and brief instruction on driving and safety.
Fowey Town Tours
A train tour operates most days in summer from Town Quay, offering a 25 minute tour of Fowey. Commentary is provided and you can “discover Fowey’s rich and varied history from Celtic and Medieval times to the present day with tales of smuggling, battles and giant pandas.” No booking is required. There is storage for buggies.
Fowey’s recreation ground and play park is located Squires Field. There’s also a playground at the top of the hill in Polruan, beside St Saviour’s car park.
Fowey Library is situated just past Caffa Mill car park and is open 3 days a week. There’s a children’s book area where kids can sit and read, although you won’t be able to borrow books if you’re not a local resident. There’s story time once a week.
Enjoy your stay!
Information from: http://www.fowey.co.uk and other sources.
All information was correct at the time of writing to the best of our knowledge, but may change at any time. Please check any critical information before your visit.