When we were away on holiday last week we purposely didn’t make any plans. We wanted to explore under our own steam, without worrying about being somewhere on a certain day so once we had settled into our holiday lodge we opened up the map of Cornwall and looked to see where we wanted to go. We decided to visit Mevagissey as it’s somewhere we’ve never been before and it looked like a quaint little place to visit.
One of the first things we realised when we visited Mevagissey, is how small it is. It’s a tiny fishing village with a harbour full of boats and if like us, you don’t really know the layout of the area, you’ll find yourself parking right on the harbour front with an incredible view. Most of the pay and display parking meters are coin only so having a pocket full of change is a good idea!
As we drove into the village and into the harbour, we managed to drive through an actual film set. Unbeknown to us, there was some filming going on for something but we didn’t see anyone we recognised or even saw anyone to ask what was going on. Apparently it’s a popular spot for filming for cookery programmes, documentaries about fishing and the odd film or three!
We walked around the harbour and passed the Harbour Aquarium into the village. On the quay, we stumbled upon a fabulous little cafe, She Sells, where they serve an array of incredible looking cakes, snacks, crepes and drinks. We ordered the boys some lunch and I had one of their freshly made lemon crepes. It was to die for! So tasty. After a pot of tea it was time to explore more of the village.
Even though the village is quite small, there’s a selection of gift shops, restaurants and ice cream shops. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t have any cash on us (thanks parking meter!) and the ice cream shop we went into didn’t accept debit card so we couldn’t sample the ice cream. I did however, stumble upon a lovely gift shop selling scarves, trinkets, cards, jelly cat toys and all sorts of beautiful handmade jewellery. I could have spent a small fortune in there!
After a walk around the quay and village, we headed back via the harbour towards our car and popped into the Harbour Aquarium which is free to enter but ask for donations if you can spare anything. The building is a beautiful old RNLI station which has been converted. Inside the Aquarium you can see all the sea life from around the Cornish coast. Freddie, our one year old, was particularly taken with the crabs whilst Olly, loved looking at the fish! We spent fifteen minutes inside the aquarium and then headed back along the quay to the car park.
Mevagissey is a lovely little village to take in the sights and smells of a traditional fishing village. The boats in the harbour are really lovely to look at and the cobbled streets are really fascinating to walk around, we had a lovely time there.
Other things to see and do in Mevagissey
There’s a ferry over to Fowey if you fancy a boat trip, the Mevagissey Museum features treasured pieces from the village’s history and the Mevagissey Model Railway is there too!