How do I find you and where do I park?
Readymoney Cove is on the south western side of Fowey, approximately 10 minutes walk along a broadly flat road called The Esplanade which runs from the centre of town. This route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
Are you open all year round?
Yes! We aim to open every day (except Christmas Day) throughout the year although our opening times will shorten during the winter. We open at 9.30am. If we have to close because of dangerously stormy weather or for any other unexpected reason we will update our Facebook page.
What facilities are there at Readymoney?
As well as running the beach shop, we also operate the public toilets at the beach. A disabled toilet is open 24 hours a day every day for all to use and additional unisex toilet facilities are available during April to October. There is a baby changing table in the disabled toilet. The toilet facilities are free for everyone to use, whether a customer of the shop or not, although we do welcome donations to go towards the cost of cleaning and maintenance.
Can I swim at Readymoney?
Readymoney is not a lifeguarded beach but it is generally safe for swimming when conditions are favourable. The beach slopes gradually with no steep drops or hidden sand banks and during the summer months a swimming platform is anchored in the centre of the cove. Motor boats are not permitted past the yellow buoy line at the mouth of the cove and swimmers should not swim past this buoy line. Jellyfish are common at Readymoney, depending on the prevailing weather. This does sometimes include Portuguse Man O War which can be very dangerous. If these are present then signage will make this clear. Swimmer enter the water at their own risk at all times. There is a life-ring on the wall of the limekiln.
What food and drink do you sell in the beach shop?
We sell hot Cornish pasties, sausage rolls, vegan rolls, homemade cake and Cornish ice-cream (from two fantastic small family businesses: Moomaid of Zennor and Gerry's Originals). We also sell individual tubs of vegan ice-cream made by Roskilly's as well as a range of fruit lollies.
What else do you sell?
If you are planning a day at the beach we sell: childrens' shortie wetsuits and beach shoes, a range of bucket and spade options including plastic free metal sets plus sets made from recycled plastic. As a rough guide, our spades range from £1 to £5. We also sell beach balls, mini rugby balls, tennis balls, bat and ball sets, toy boats and trucks and fishing nets. We also sell a limited range of plastic free crabbing lines although crabbing is an activity best enjoyed off the pontoons in the town centre. We also sell Turkish hamman towels, snorkels. kids goggles and picnic rugs.
How do I get to St Catherine's Castle?
The ruined fort of St Catherine's Castle (read more about it here ) is on the headland above Readymoney Cove. There is no vehicle access to the castle and the nearest car park is Readymoney Car Park on Tower Park. The castle is open all the time and is free to visit. However there is no lighting on the path and some very steep drops at the Castle so we would not recommend visiting when it is dark. Pushchairs and buggies with decent chunky wheels are just about manageable on the path, it is not however wheelchair friendly.
Which house did Daphne Du Maurier live in?
During the Second World War Daphne du Maurier and her family lived in Readymoney Cottage. This is the large white house facing the beach with a white picket fence. The house is now privately owned but you can still get a sense of the views which inspired Du Maurier in her writing although the beach itself had a fierce barrier of barbed wire across it during the war as protection from enemy invasion (the locals still used to climb through it so they could swim!). The cottage was originally built as a coach house and stables for the nearby Italianate mansion, Point Neptune. Point Neptune was originally built in 1862 by the Rashleigh family and is now the home of comedian, actress and writer Dawn French and her husband.
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Other than between 10am and 6pm during July and August dogs are permitted at Readymoney. There is no requirement for them to be kept on a lead. There are two bins for dog waste at the entrance/exit to the beach. Please do pick up after your dog. We have a selection of dog treats on sale in the shop, special doggie ice-cream and also a jar of free dog treats.
Are you a sustainable business?
With a location right on the beach we are passionate about ensuring our commitment to sustainability, in particular the fight against single-use plastic. Our hot drinks are provided as standard in our recycled plastic mugs which are then returned to special bins outside the shop and washed throughly before reuse. We do have takeaway cups available but as the vast majority of our customers drink their drinks on or around the beach, we have taken the bold step to charge 25p per disposable cup. Customers are welcome to bring their own cups.
Are there any events which take place at Readymoney?
Although we do not own the beach itself we do organise and co-host a variety of events at the beach. These could include a Punch & Judy Show and Sandcastle Competition as part of Fowey's Royal Regatta Week in August, a charity dog show, children's book readings, beach/forest school sessions, seasonal treasure hunts and the now traditional New Year's Day Charity Swim. We have even hosted a 'wedding day breakfast' of coffee and freshly baked croissants for a local bride. We are always happy to get involved in any events you might have in mind, if we can help at all please just get in touch.
Do you still accept broken inflatables?
Yes! We are delighted to act as a collection point for Isle of Wight based upcycling heroes Wyatt & Jack. They take broken and discarded inflatables and make them into fantastic bags and pouches, saving them from landfill. You can send items to them directly if you prefer, just check out their FAQ page for details of how to send them and whether there are any restrictions on what they are able to take. Otherwise please feel free to drop with us but only during shop opening hours please.
Do you still accept crisp packets for recycling?
Although we firmly believe that avoiding single use packaging is preferable where possible, we accept that the realities of life often include a surfeit of crisp packets! We act as a public drop off point for the Walkers Crisps Terracylcle Scheme, find out more information here about the scheme and what happens to your waste. Please note that because of the rules of the scheme (not rules that we make) only crisp packets (not nuts, sweets, chocolate, popcorn or other snacks) are accepted, these can be any brand, the scheme is not restricted to Walkers only. Please respect this as we simply do not have the time (or the inclination!) to sort through your rubbish to check it is compliant.
Why do you charge 25p for takeaway cups?
This charge is a very deliberate move on our part to consciously reduce the use of disposable single use cups. We are skeptical about the 'greenwashing' language commnonly heard around biodegradable and compostable alternatives and strongly feel that the most sustainable and eco-friendly option is a reusable cup. Our reusable cups are actually made of 100% recycled plastic and they are thoroughly washed and sanitised between use. The vast majority of our customers will be drinking their hot drinks on and around the beach anyway and therefore returning the cups to our designated contact-free drop off buckets on the wall outside is no hassle at all. In fact many of our customers comment how much nicer it is to drink out of a 'proper mug' with a handle! They are much easier to carry too. We fully accept that a single use cup and a lid does not actually cost as much as 25p but we took the bold move to charge as a deterrent. We keep a record through our till system of the amount of cups we charge for and this money is then donated to local charities. Our most recent donation was to Cornwall Hospice Care.
What is the history of that building with the turrets?
The building with the three turrets is Grade II listed and was built in 1819 for the Rashleigh family as part of the Menabilly estate, possibly on the site of a pilchard cellar. The ornamental turrets were added around 1900 and are topped with scallop shaped metal shingles, one turret bears a metal flag with a cutout image of the Fowey seal.
What does Readymoney mean?
Rather disappointingly, the word Readymoney does not derive from Fowey's history as a prime spot for smugglers. Instead it is believe to come from the old Cornish word 'redeman' which meant 'shallow ford' or 'stepping stones'.
Can I buy online?
Many of our gift and souvenir items are available online. You can find our online shop here. If you have seen something on social media which isn't listed then please just send us a message and we'll do our best to help.
What is your returns policy?
You can read our returns policy here
How are your online orders packaged?
Our ultimate aim with packaging is to be as sustainable as possible. This means that where possible we will deliberately strive to reuse packaging envelopes and boxes as we believe it is better to keep packaging in circulation until it reaches the end of it's useable life. If we do use new packaging we will use cardboard or paper envelopes or boxes, fixed with kraft paper tape. On some occasions we may use home compostable mailing bags.
What is your shipping policy for online orders?
You can read our shipping policy here