Cornwall is a popular choice for family holidays it’s not surprising with its award winning beaches and plenty to do for the whole family. Cornwall is a lovely place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to this peaceful corner of the UK. There is no shortage of fun filled activities and attractions throughout Cornwall and here we showcase 10 of the most popular days out in Cornwall for families:
1. Flambards, Helston
Flambards is possibly the most popular family destination in Cornwall. This attraction has everything you could need for a family day out, from thrilling rides for everyone, to interesting exhibitions; here you and your family can have a great time and learn something while you’re there as they have a hands on science section with all sorts to do. They are open at 10.30am with the last admission at 2.30pm and the closing time varies and is given to you on the day. A bonus is that Flambards often put on deals regularly so be sure to check their website before you go.
2. Crealy Adventure Park
With something for all ages Crealy is a great place to take the family. They have some fantastic rides, an animal park, an adventure zone for toddlers, a safari train and much more, there is no way that you won’t find something to do here. Not only this but they often have live shows on, such as Bob the Builder or Rastamouse so be sure to check the website before you go to see if you are able to catch one. Opening times vary so check the website before you book.
3. Screech Owl Sanctuary
This is something a bit different but could be one of the most fun things you and the family do in Cornwall. You can meet the owls; learn about all of the different types, the rehabilitation and conservation of them. They are open from 10am to 5pm everyday and the adult’s entry fee is £9.50, children for £7.50, senior citizens for £8.75 and children under 3 have free entry.
4. Lands End
Lands End has many attractions making it one of the best places for a family to visit in Cornwall. From a new 4D family cinema to a Greeb Farm – a small animal centre where young children can meet and pet the animals, Lands End has something for everyone. Have a family photo taken at the famous Lands End signpost made even more famous as the start to the 2012 Olympics. The best thing about the attractions at Lands End is that if you are on a budget some of them are free so it can be a fun-filled cheap day, ideal for families.
5. St. Michaels Mount
One of the most, if not the most photographed iconic landmark in Cornwall. This small village is fantastic fun for all of the family. You can visit on days when they have events, which is very regularly, such as live bands, church services, and entertainment festival and a ‘pirate day.’ The National Trust is a supporter of St. Michaels Mount proving how much of a beautiful place this little town is. Also you can make this day relatively cheap by just exploring the town, going on some wonderful nature walks and picnics.
6. Lappa Valley Railway
In Lappa Valley you can explore some wonderful wildlife by going through the conservation on a miniature steam railway. There are many activities other than the train, you can play a game of crazy golf or play a 9 hole game, go through a maze, go on nature trails and much more. If you go on their website you can have a voucher emailed to you to make it cheaper and they also do birthday parties.
7. Camel Trail Bike Ride, Padstow
This is a beautiful trail through the Cornish countryside that everyone will appreciate. If you don’t have your own bikes there is bike hire at the start of the trail, which is reasonable priced. Also an added bonus to this is that not only can you get out in nature with the whole family but you can also get some exercise without knowing about it, which will undoubtedly tire the kids out.
8. Eden Project
Eden Project is probably the best-known attraction in Cornwall and for good reason. They have some amazing plants and replicate the exact conditions of the rainforest which is not only great fun but educational. As well as this they have some great organic food, which will suit anyone and everyone. There are regular events at Eden from bike shows to evening gigs. Prices vary for age groups and when you buy the tickets but if you buy online you will often find that they have a deal on.
9. Minack Theatre
The Minack Theatre is a unique open-air theatre nestled on the cliffs that provides some fantastic entertainment from opera to plays to musicals. It is a particularly scenic attraction with the blue sea as the backdrop of the stage. Checking their website is the best way to see what is on in the near future. Located on the wonderful bay of Porthcurno, which is one of the most southerly points in the UK. You can often see dolphins in the sea around this area.
10. A Day On The Beach
Spending a day on the beach is a necessity when visiting Cornwall, and it’s free! Cornwall offers some of, if not, the best beaches in the UK whether it’s on a warm summer’s day or a blustery day, going to a beach is always popular and they’re often located very close to wherever you are staying in Cornwall. West Cornwall is home to the award winning beaches of Carbis Bay and Porthminster Bay in St Ives and the area has some fantastic accommodation for families. Holiday cottages are very popular in Cornwall with families and West Cornwall Cottage Holidays has some of the best available in St Ives and surrounding areas. They also have some great dog friendly cottages for those families who don’t want to leave their dog behind.