There’s no doubting that Cornwall is a lovely place to take the kids on holiday come summertime. But, the challenge is always finding how to keep the family busy once you’re there! To help we’ve come up with a list of 10 excellent family days out in Cornwall, which you will enjoy just as much as the children… so relax and get planning – family adventures await!
1. The Camel Farm, Goonhilly.
Meet real camels right in the heart of Cornwall at the Goonhilly Camel Farm. Kids will love telling there friends about this once they get back to school, as they learn about the life cycle and care of camels. There’s also a lovely farm trail and a café to enjoy whilst you’re there, making this an ideal spot to while away an afternoon.
2. Roskilly Organic Farm
Your kids will love Roskilly Organic farm, where as well as seeing all the usual farm animals you can buy delicious homemade ice cream by the scoop to enjoy in the gorgeous courtyard. There’s a café too if you want to eat anything else (!) and a great gift shop, where you could pick up some treats for yourself.
3. Flambards Adventure Park, Helston
Just off the A394 towards Helston, is a real adventure park in Cornwall – not for the feint hearted Flambards has enough scary rides to keep your teenagers entertained for hours! And don’t worry there’s plenty for the smaller ones to do too. Plus if you don’t fancy joining in, there’s a good café too where you can sit and watch all the fun, with a cappuccino in hand.
4. Lappa Valley Steam Railway, near Newquay
If you and your children would love the chance to ride a real steam train then take visit to the magical Lappa Valley Steam Railway. Whilst there you can also explore the maze, play crazy golf and take some miniature vessels for a spin on the boating lake – this place is ideal for tiring out children (and parents!) of all ages. There’s a lovely café where you can get drinks and light lunches too.
5. Geevor Tin Mine, near Penzance
Mining has been so important to the history of Cornwall that a visit here will bring great insight to your knowledge of the county. The best preserved mine of its kind; Geevor is a real treat for everyone who visits. You will learn about the day-to-day running of a tin mine and experience the darkness of being underground – all guided by an ex-miner.
6. The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, head straight for the National Maritime Museum in the pretty harbour town of Falmouth. There’s plenty to keep you entertained there and enough to make more than one visit worthwhile.
7. Watersports at Swanpool Beach
Swanpool beach, just outside of Falmouth, has a great watersports centre where you can hire equipment, or join classes for almost every type of waterspot. Whether you want to try surfing, or paddle boarding, or perhaps kayaking it’s all there! We recommend you don’t leave this one for just the kids though, as it’s such good fun!
8. The Eden Project, St Austell
You and your brood will all equally enjoy at day at the Eden Project – from the rainforest dome, to the outdoor gardens, to the activity centre where children can learn all about renewable energy (and you can learn a thing or two too!) you’ll all be very content by the end of the day there.
9. Pony Trekking at Perranporth
Pony Trekking is usually a wonderful activity that the whole family can enjoy but top this with a visit to the beach on horseback and you have a true winner. We recommend the Reen Manor Riding School at Perranporth, where the instructors are friendly and the horses are lovely – go out for a family hack for the horses on the beach experience.
10. The Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
There’s no other opportunity to get so up close to these wonderful animals and we can assure you the whole family will enjoy it. Learn about the rehabilitation process that takes place here and meet other sea life too such as otters and even penguins too!
If you are looking for some ideas for places to stay in Cornwall it’s a good idea to take a look online. From Polzeath holiday cottages to impressive hotels in Falmouth and friendly hostels in Newquay Cornwall really does have great choice for different types of accommodation. You could even make this years holiday extra special and take a look at luxury self catering in Cornwall for some really lovely options for places to stay. Either way, we’re sure you’ll have fun! We hope you enjoy our top 10 family days out in the county.