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Hi there, my daughter and son (aged 5 & 2) are dinosaur mad and are really keen on doing some fossil hunting.

My specifically daughter is really keen on finding an Ammonite and thinks they are very special. If she found one

We are going to be visiting Polzeath next week and wonder if there is any good beaches suitable for kids where we stand half a chance of finding one.

From what I heave read I am not hopeful we will be in luck, is that correct? We may have to drive down to the jurrassic coast but that's about a 5hr round trip.

They each have ammonite t-shirts ready and a little hammer. [smile]

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Brittle Star
Hi and welcome

I don't think you will have any luck finding ammonites in Cornwall, as you have guessed already.
Take a look at the Locations on this site which will give you an idea of where to go and where to look when you get there and what can be found at each location. You may find somewhere closer to you.
What can be found depends on the geological age of the exposed strata.
A lot to take into consideration I know, hammers may not be necessary, I myself just keep my eye to the ground and look for anything unusual, black etc, children being close to the ground are very good at this. Of course stay well away from cliffs, most fossils wash out and can be found in the shingle or inbetween rocks.
Don't be afraid to ask questions, there are a lot of experienced people here who can point you in the right direction.
Your children can practice looking for shells and other things on the beach while in Cornwall.

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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Thanks for replying, much appreciated.

Looks like we need to drive to Charmouth
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FWIW, you can make a good rock collection in Cornwall!
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