Port Isaac is a great place for kids, young and not so young. Here are a few things to do:

Rock Climbing

Try climbing the rocks down on the beach – be careful


How about rockpooling at Port Isaac or Port Gaverne? If you lift up the rocks on the beach, especially quite close the the sea (tide going out is best) you can find shrimps and crabs- watch those claws!


Crab lines are available in the village. Having said that, all you really need is a decent length of string and a bit of fish – try asking at Dennis Knight Fish Merchant in the Cellars by the beach for some fish cuttings. If you put the lines in the sea from the steps to the breakwater (the right hand one looking from the beach), crabs are very easy to catch. For the most success, you need a bucket to keep them in and a net to catch them when you pull the lines up. Great fun for kids and Dads. Warning the breakwater steps can be very slippy – be careful. Chuck the crabs back when you’ve finished.


You can swim at both Port Isaac and Port Gaverne although the latter is probably better

Skimming stones

Can you do it? Find flat stones (at the top of the beach is best) – hold flat between your thumb and forefinger. Throw keeping flat and spinning the stone with a flick of your wrist. See who can do the most bounces – 12 is our record!

Ice cream

Get your parents to buy you an ice ream from one of the shops and eat it. No better way to spend your time


Have a look at the lifeboat in its house at the top of the beach. Try putting a coin in the spinning money box. This is not a plug for the RNLI – we think the collecting box is cool and kids love it (1ps are best!!)


There’s a good play ground at the top of the village as you head to Trewetha – just past the school on the left

Fishing or sightseeing trips

There are a couple of boats running rips. See the posters on display around the village.

Around Port Isaac:

The Olde House at Chapel Amble – swimming pool, playground and soft play (sign posted from main Camelford to Wadebridge road (A39)

Wadebridge Leisure Centre – swimming and lots of other activities (turn right at mini roundabout at top of Wadebridge when approaching from A39 end)

Walking on the beach – try Rock, Polzeath or Daymer Bay

Surfing – there are several surf schools and hire places on and near the beach at Polzeath

Sailing and water skiing – there are sailing and ski schools at Rock – follow the road to the car ark and you’ll see them on the right.

Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay – head for Newquay and follow the signs. It’s just above Towan Beach and well worth the trip.