We love it because... It's full of traditional English seaside town charm. Winding cobbled streets lead down to a pretty fishing harbour, busy with trawlers and sailing boats going in and out of the estuary. There are lots of lovely shops, selling gorgeous gifts and interior treats along with plenty of tea rooms and cafes offering the obligatory Cornish pasty, cream teas and fudge.
Activities on offer... We spotted boat trips, self drive boats to hire and kayaks, all easily accessible from the town. There's also the small Readymoney cove beach within walking distance for crabbing, sandcastles and swimming if you're brave!
What's not so good... Fowey is set on a hill leading down to the sea, so it's a workout to push the pram. We used the sling to explore but it would be even better with bigger kids who can run around and make the most of the various sea activities on offer.
Top tips... If you're looking for a venue for a special occasion, head to the family friendly Fowey Hall Hotel. It's not cheap but is perfect if you're looking for somewhere both you and the children will love. They have a wonderful view across the estuary that you can enjoy on the grassy terrace (if you're lucky enough to have sunshine) or from one of the spacious and luxury lounges (which are nice and cosy, with wood fires roaring on rainy days). They offer delicious traditional cream teas as well as lunch and dinner menus.
Although we didn't stay at the hotel, we were told about some great experiences for you and for little ones. There's a bottle sterilising service, an Ofsted registered crèche and baby listening services for small babies. They also have games and movie rooms, a zip wire, trampoline and various daily activities for bigger kids! What's more, there's a spa and swimming pool to keep both parents and little ones happy. The only drawback is the priciness of the hotel, but if you're looking for a treat, it's worth a look.
Exploring the area... If you stay in Fowey, you must take a trip to Charlestown. The scene of many films and TV shows, its traditional port is a hub of tall ships perfect for your little pirates to explore. The local Duchy nursery is also a lovely spot for afternoon tea.