Holidaying with young children can be a daunting experience, especially for the first time. All the extra things that you have to pack, along with negotiating snack and nap times can be overwhelming but a staycation holiday is the least stressful way to holiday and even can be relaxing! Read on to find out more…
Unpack and unwind
Everything with babies and small children takes more time, from actually getting out of the house to getting to your destination. When you get to Hendra you can just unpack and unwind. Self-catering has many benefits when you are with a baby and toddler; it is easier to make bottles, warm baby food, and you can give them the food that they normally have at home. Also, having a living area means that you get to unwind too when the little ones are in bed. The Hendra Market Place is a convenient shop to stock up on all your baby essentials, along with a Morrisons and Lidl down the road – so no frantic searching for a shop to get baby supplies and you don’t have to pack as much!
Eat out and play
Eating out is really easy to do at Hendra, with a child friendly menu in our Fish and Chip Shop, Terrace Bar and Restaurant and Mario’s Pizzeria. Mario’s and the Fish and Chip shop are right by the play park too, so that you can eat and watch your children play as you eat. There is a section of the play park reserved for younger children too, so they can play in a more peaceful environment away from the older kids. Open early from 5pm, one of the eateries is perfect for eating early to minimise meltdowns. The entertainment is also often open from 5pm, so our youngest guests don’t have to miss out.
The Oasis Fun Pools is also a winner with little ones. There is a warmer babies and toddlers pool along with a slide for under fives, and our friendly crab. Toddlers can go down the green flume on their parent or carers laps.
Hendra’s Land Train is always a hit with babies and toddlers too, running from 9am each morning.
Newquay – an ideal destination for little ones
Newquay, Cornwall, is a great place to holiday with little ones, less than 2 miles from Hendra Holiday Park, there is plenty to do in the local area. Trenance Gardens is a lovely place to spend a few hours with tiny tots and babies, with plenty of big trees, flowers, 3 cafes, a play park, and ducks to feed – this is a perfect place for small ones. Newquay Zoo is close by to here, with lions, penguins, monkeys, a red panda, and many more animals to see. There is good park too. Book in advance here.
Newquay boasts 7 wonderful beaches (we are very lucky). Fistral, the famous surfing beach is accessiblewith a pushchair. Parking is available for free at south Fistral, right by Fistral beach (there are steps or you can walk along the footpath; it is a bit of walk and bumpy though!). Paid parking is at Little Fistral where it is a short walk to Fistral via a pushchair friendly path (pictured), or directly overlooking Fistral. Other accessible beaches include the harbour (there is a hill back up) Towan beach in town, and Porth beach which has parking on the beach. Great Western is a popular, sheltered beach for families, with easy access via slope (it is a bit steep so be aware of this when making your way back up!), along with toilets facilities and food available.
Attractions further afield
Lappa Valley, near St Newlyn East
A brilliant place for small people – this steam ride attraction will be enjoyed by tiny tots, as they take a train ride through the picturesque Cornish countryside. Nestled in the valley, you will find a range of outdoor play and activities. Booking is essential.
Healeys Cyder Farm, near Truro
This attraction with ample parking, this is an easy place to walk around and is pushchair accessible. Grown ups will enjoy the farm shop, learning about how cider is made, and perhaps buying some cider too for later! With tractor rides available and farm animals on view little ones will be happy.
There is no better time to book a break with your little ones at Hendra, and if you don’t have school age children, then you can grab yourself a cheaper out of season break!