Out and about on Cornwall’s north coast, kids are ditching spades and sandcastles and doing all sorts of fun activities on and around the beaches:
Grab crabbing nets and buckets for some low-tide exploration at this wild little cove south of Tintagel. You’ll find fish, crabs and crustaceans hidden in the cluster of rockpools, but make sure you don’t get so engrossed that you’re cut off by the incoming tide.
Flying a kite at the seaside is a must-do for any kid on holiday. And now children from the age of seven can up the ante with power-kiting lessons on the beach. Parents can join in too, as you learn to steer the kite through the wind and slide along the sand on your feet and bottoms.
Mobius Kite School, www.mobiusonline.co.uk
This 18 miles of disused railway between Padstow and Bodmin Moor beckons bikers of all ages. Both the estuary-fringed section between Padstow and Wadebridge (5 miles) and the woodland between Wadebridge and Bodmin (6 miles) are flat and easygoing for little legs, trailers and tag-a-alongs. Plus there are plenty of picnic stops on route.
The Camel Trail: www.cornwall.gov.uk Bike hire in Wadebridge and Padstow.
The glassy waters of the Camel Estuary are the ideal place for nippers to have a go at waterskiing. With expert tuition and super-wide skis, Camel Ski School can tow kids as young as four behind the motorboat. If you prefer to sit down, water sledding and ringo riding is also available.
Camel Ski School, www.camelskischool.com
From beach Olympics to bodyboarding, this 2-hour beach session is jam-packed with fun. Depending on the tides you might end up rockpooling, kayaking or even trying your hand as a junior lifeguard.