Baby Classes in Cornwall

It can be daunting joining a baby class as a new parent, we get it.

But once you’ve walked in and seen how transfixed your little one becomes, totally amazed by all that is around them, you can’t help but look forward to it each week.

We’ve put together a few of our favourite baby classes in Cornwall – Let us know if you’ve been and loved it too!

Hartbeeps

Lots of options for you at Hartbeeps!

  • Baby Bells: for newborns
  • Baby Beeps: baby and toddler classes
  • Happy House: pre-school and nursery classes
  • Baby Rock Café: stay and play with baby sessions – sounds great!
  • Bop of the Tots: magical birthday parties and baby discos!

With classes held all around Cornwall, check out their website to find your nearest one: https://www.hartbeeps.com/

Costs: From as little as £6 per session

Toddler Sense

From 13 months to 5 years, this one’s for toddlers!

With their fabulous play area, it’s not only a great place to play, but the equipment encourages a wide range of skills from social (making new friends) to physical (climbing, rolling, bouncing), emotional (it’s so much fun!), creative (building a house), intellectual (working out how to get over obstacles), and heaps more!

And we all know how important physical activity is in helping your child to sleep!…

Here’s the website for more information: https://www.toddlersense.com/classes

Baby Sensory

Calling all Mums and Dads in Redruth, Hayle, Falmouth, Crantock, Truro!

These multi-award winning sessions provide ideas for play, exercise, massage and communication techniques, taught in simple practical ways that can easily be repeated at home.

“Each session is different, and each session is a colourful, wonderful sensory adventure, using amazing equipment designed to stimulate and feed curiosity.”

Lots of singing, signing, musical instruments, puppet shows, light shows and bubbles to excite baby’s (and adult’s) senses!

Ages: 0-13 months
Price: £7.80 per session

Website: https://www.babysensory.com/mid-cornwall/booking-information

Sing and Sign

Are you a new parent in Bodmin, Liskeard, St Austell, Wadebridge, or Saltash?

This class is special.

Did you know that research has shown that a baby who has been signed to will have double the vocabulary at 14 months than that of a little one with no signing experience? Wow.

“If you have ever struggled to understand what your baby needs, if you can’t see what is on their mind or if the sound of your crying baby leaves you feeling frustrated and yearning to know what you can do to help, then I may be the person who can help you learn new skills that could greatly reduce tension for both you and your baby and help you to connect in a loving, purposeful way.”

View their website here: https://www.singandsign.co.uk/classes/classes-near-you/bodmin,-liskeard,-st-austell,-wadebridge,-saltash

Kernow Hydro

What a great idea – Parents in Redruth you’re the lucky ones!

These classes are a mix of Aqua Sensory, Water Safety, Baby Massage, Post Natal Exercise and Song to encourage children to learn basic water safety, swimming skills and to foster a love of the water. 

All lessons are planned and structured incorporating best practices from EYFS and ILSP.  

These sessions are fun and relaxed but still structured with learning outcomes – Sounds great to us!

From 0-4 years.

Book a session here: https://kernowhydro.co.uk/

Father’s Day

Father’s, notoriously hard to buy for aren’t they!?

Well it’s not all about presents!

If you’re struggling to come up with an idea for Father’s Day this Sunday, why not try one of these instead?

Whether you’re wanting to treat an Uncle, Grandfather, father, brother or anyone in the life of your little ones, we’re sure these activities will be gratefully received and treasured forever.

Who doesn’t love a picnic!?

Get the kids in the kitchen, making the VIM (Very Important Man) in their life their favourite treats!

Sausage rolls, sandwiches, cheese straws, pasties, cake, scones, chocolate covered strawberries? Ask the kids what they think Daddy likes and get the apron on!

The kids will love designing their invitation too: choosing a place (park, beach, lake), picking an activity (football, batt & ball, frisbee) and handwriting on their own design.

We’d love to see what they come up with!

Grab a bucket, pick up a crabbing line, pack some snacks and write an invitation for your chosen male figure to join your little one in teaching them to crab.

Not an every day activity and a special memory made – Who wouldn’t love that?

Book a photography session for your chosen person. You have to check out these gorgeous photos from Curious Creatures Photography. They’re simply beautiful.
We see plenty of newborn baby photoshoots, but these are special. The lighting, the mood, the scenery is stunning, and the whole experience is wonderful.
Or why not get a bundle of photos and give one to each of the VIM (Very Important Men) in your little one’s life?
What a great gift!
Check out their website here: https://www.curiouscreaturesphotography.co.uk/

Your fridge, walls and notebooks might be full of your little one’s masterpieces, but is theirs?

Why not get messy with the kids and create some lovely pieces of art to gift their Father figures?

Brightening up their office, van, man cave, laptop, tool bag?

The kids will love it, and it’ll make him smile every time he sees it.

Heard of the Golowan Festival?

Why not treat someone to a sunny day out this Father’s Day?

This Cornish festival brings back to life many of the traditions and practices recorded in Penzance during midsummer, adapting them to a safe and enjoyable festival for locals and visitors!

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, there are limits on what they can put on this year, but there’s still plenty to enjoy!

*‘Serpent Trail’ through Morrab Gardens
*The Acorn Theatre are housing a Golowan Fundraising music celebration on Tuesday evening (22nd)
*On Mazey Eve the harbour will erupt in a fabulous Golowan Firework Display
*There’s a colourful pop-up exhibition to celebrate Golowan’s 30th anniversary in the Argos store too

We’d love to see your activities and pictures for Father’s Day #babycornwall on IG or Facebook

Family Friendly Beaches in St Ives

Family-friendly Beaches in Cornwall… Where do we start!

We’ve put together a list of 5 fantastic beaches in and around St Ives, perfect for making memories for life 

*Gwithian & Godrevy Beaches
*Carbis Bay
*Porthmeor Beach
*Bamaluz
*Porthkidney Beach

So, which one will you head for first?

First up, is Gwithian and Godrevy beaches, separate in their own right but forming one golden stretch of beach.
With so much sand comes lots of space for sandcastles, ball games and picnics. You’ll find it never gets too crowded, even in peak Summer!

Low tide also brings about rock pooling opportunities, and who doesn’t love splashing about in rock pools!

Gwithian itself has what’s known as the ‘Sheep Dip’; a large pool with a sandy bottom, perfect for little ones, while the bigger kids like to jump off the rocks.

A large car park, toilet facilities, a cafe, and a small beach shop are all available.

There’s even the chance to spot some Godrevy Seals!

Gwithian: Lifeguarded Easter School Holidays, April weekends, then daily from 1st May to 26th September 2021, 10am-6pm.
Godrevy: Lifeguarded daily from 15th May to 26th September 2021, 10am-6pm.

Next, we have Carbis Bay!

A Blue Flag Beach with soft sand, perfect for little ones to play on.

A particularly good beach for younger kids, it’s sheltered on both sides by rocky headlands allowing the water to be safe for paddling and swimming. Calm conditions like these are spot-on for kayaking and paddle boarding –
Why not hire one for a twist to your beach day? Carbis Bay Ocean Sports Centre run a kids club during summer months.

Lifeguarded daily from 10th July to 5th September 2021, 10am-6pm.

Here comes Porthmeor Beach!

Not far from Tate St Ives, it’s got the big 3 for a family-friendly beach day: beginner’s surf, long stretches of sand with rock pools and a great cafe.

It’s one of only 5 Cornish beaches to be granted Blue Flag Award status: tiptop for water quality, safety, education, and environmental management.

It even offers surf lessons within its own surf school.

Lifeguarded daily from 2nd April to 31st October 2021, 10am-6pm.

Bamaluz – heard of it?

Probably not, it’s a secret beach that disappears at high tide so one to research before arriving.

Not lifeguarded, so unsafe for swimming, the reason we’ve chosen this beach is because of its rock pooling.

A low tide-only activity, if your kids are more excited by discovering rock pools than getting in the sea, then this could be the highlight of their summer.

Bamaluz doesn’t offer its own facilities but fear not, Porthgwidden is nearby.

Not wanting to be right in the thick of it?

St Ives can get overwhelmingly busy in the peak summer months, we get it!

How about heading towards the Hayle estuary, just 2 miles from St Ives town?

Portkidney Beach!

A vast expanse of sand, at low-tide it reaches almost a mile out to sea!

Kids love sand dunes, don’t they? Well, this beach has plenty!

Lifeguarded from 10th July to 5th September 2021, 10am-6pm, dog-friendly all year, and only a short walk to Carbis Bay along the South West Coastal Path.

Porthkidney Sands is the car park to look for!

*Disclaimer: This is an ‘optional clothing beach’