Crabbing; free things to do in Cornwall with kids

Ah, Cornwall! The name alone conjures images of sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, and the salty sea air. It’s the perfect place for a wide range of seaside adventures and what’s more classic than crabbing?

I’ve always been intrigued by crabbing but never actually tried it until recently. Armed with my best friend, our excited kids and a bundle of nerves about actually picking one up, I finally decided to give it a try. This video says it all LOL.

The Setting: Padstow Harbour

While Cornwall boasts hundreds of picturesque locations for crabbing, we chose Padstow for our adventure. With its scenic harbour and quintessential Cornish charm, it was the perfect backdrop for my long-awaited crabbing debut.

The Gear

Since it was my first time, I had no idea what to bring. Thankfully, my seasoned crabber of a best friend came prepared. Buckets? Check. Crabbing lines? Check. Bait? Bacon, obviously. LOL

Crabbing in Padstow, Cornwall

Overcoming My Crab Jitters

I’ll be honest; I was initially scared. The idea of a crab clamping down on my fingers wasn’t particularly appealing. I squealed – more than once as I tried to pick up the crabs from the bucket. My friend and the kids found my squeamishness hilarious.

I finally found the courage to pick up a baby crab, LOL. Sure, it took me some time to get there, but I was officially a crabber, or at least, a beginner one.

Crabbing in Cornwall

Crabbing; your free thing to do in Cornwall

The best part about crabbing is that it’s free and accessible. You can enjoy this activity anywhere along the beautiful coast of Cornwall. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to engage kids in a hands-on learning experience about marine life.

Crabbing in Cornwall is not just an activity; it’s a fun experience – one that bonds friends, entertains kids, and sometimes, helps you conquer your fears. So, if you’re visiting Cornwall, make sure crabbing is on your to-do list. You might just discover a new hobby, or at the very least, have a good laugh at your own squeamishness. Like I did. LOL.

Why not watch people crabbing on the harbour from the Padstow web cams, take a boat trip or read about our Padstow Sealife Safaris experience seeing dolphins and seals.

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