101 Things To Do With Kids In Cornwall

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101 Places To Visit With The Kids in Cornwall

  1. Access St Michaels Mount via medieval pathways or by boat and explore the historic castle.
Couple walking across ancient pathways to St Michaels Mount in Cornwall
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  1. Explore the largest indoor rainforest set in huge biomes at The Eden Project.
View of the biodomes at the Eden Project in Cornwall
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  1. Take a nature trek with dinosaurs or walk on Mars with the best Virtual Reality experience at VR Cornwall.
  1. Have some all weather family fun at Trethorne Leisure Park, a farm park with an acre of outside play areas and over 45,000 sq ft of indoor play areas.
Some of the different activities you can do at Trethorne Leisure Park
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  1. Climb, jump, slide and bounce at Cornwall’s most extreme Aquapark, Adrenalin Quarry.

They also have an extremely long zip wire.

  1. Wander the 30 acre Enys Gardens and admire the blankets of bluebells in Spring.
Bluebells at Parc Lye on the Enys Estate
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  1. Listen to tales of the lives of Cornish fishermen at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
View of boats at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall
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  1. Clip’n’climb at Indoor Active.
Inside Cornwall's biggest clip n climb centre
  1. Visit the cold, dank cells and discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner at Bodmin Jail.
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  1. Explore the family-friendly Tate Gallery and get up close to wonderful art.
Exterior view of the Tate Gallery Cornwall
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  1. Ride the rollercoasters or check out the Victorian Village at Flambards Theme Park.
  1. Enjoy some family fun at the wildlife sanctuary of Paradise Park and get up close to flamingos, Bald eagles, kookaburras and more.
  1. Burn off some energy at Raze The Roof indoor soft play area.
Indoor Play at Raze the Roof in Penryn Cornwall
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  1. Enjoy a falconry and owl experience at the Cornish Birds Of Prey Centre.
Flying the Peregrine Lanner Crossbreed, Cornish Birds of Prey Centre
Photo © Loz Pycock
  1. Get lost in the maze or take the Indiana Trail at Hidden Valley Discovery Park; the Puzzliest place in Cornwall.
Birds eye view of the maze at Hidden Valley Discovery Park in Launceston, Cornwall
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  1. Pet the animals and enjoy some adventure climbing at New Mills Farm Park.
Map of New Mills Farm Park
  1. Retrieve the serpent staff and escape the old engine house at Cornwall’s Great Escape Rooms. Suitable for ages 7s and overs.
Forest game at Cornwall's Great Escape Rooms
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  1. Visit Pendennis Castle; one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses.
  2. Learn what a World War One Trench was like and look at fascinating artefacts from war and soldiers at Bodmin Keep.
  1. Bounce on the giant trampoline, ride the catapult, water wheel and ‘stepping stones’ at Retallack Aqua Park .
  2. Learn of the history and myths and enjoy the stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle on Cornwall’s rugged north coast.
  3. Say hello to Seals, Penguins, Otters, Sea Lions, Ponies, Goats and Sheep at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
  4. Enjoy the energetic activity zone and the skywalk or just bounce the day away at iBounce Trampoline Park.
  5. Visit the magnificent late Victorian country house of Lanhydrock; with pretty garden and wooded estate.
  6. Take a fantastic journey through local waters to exotic seas and see sharks, sting rays and much more at Bluereef Aquarium Newquay.
  7. Explore the underground WW2 tunnels and sub-tropical gardens at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.
  8. See the spectacular views of a modern working clay pit at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum.
  9. Check out the world’s oldest and largest collection of witchcraft, magic and the occult artifacts at the Museum Of Witchcraft and Magic.
  10. Visit the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and England, Land’s End.
  11. Release some energy in the Wild Play Area and get up close to the animals at The Monkey Sanctuary.
  12. Head to Camel Creek Adventure Park for a fun-filled day out for all the family.
  13. Put on your hard hat to explore Geevor Tin Mine and learn what life was like for a Cornish miner.
  1. See a 25th Dynasty mummy and learn all about the ancient Egyptians at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
  2. Take a nostalgic steam train ride through beautiful Cornish countryside, and arrive in a secret valley of fun and adventure at Lappa Valley.
  3. Take a surfing lesson at Holywell Bay, Newquay with the Cornwall Surf Academy.
  4. Explore the mystical caves and murky streets of eighteenth century Cornwall and learn about real Pirates at Pirate’s Quest.
  5. Get ready, aim and fire at Truro Paintball.
  6. Get a hole in one at Cornwall Football Golf, where football and golf merge into one game.
  7. Ride a bike along the Camel Trail, a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow.
  8. Groom, muck out and feed the donkeys at The Flicka Foundation.
  9. Take a tractor ride or milk a cow at Dairyland Farm World, Newquay.
  10. Walk the 100ft Burmese Rope Bridge and explore the magical gardens, woodland walks and farmland of The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
  11. Take a dip at Jubilee Pool, the UKs largest Art Deco outdoor sea water lido.
  12. Head to Heartlands, a free World Heritage Site Gateway with art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, botanical gardens, adventure playscape for kids and more.
  13. Explore the wildlife, seas and coasts of the wild west of Cornwall on a Marine Discovery boat tour.
  14. Get an owl encounter at Screech Owl Wildlife Park.
  15. Kids can race their parents at St Eval Kart Circuit.
  16. Ride the river rapids and flumes at Oasis Fun Pool.
  17. Quench your cydermaking curiosity in the barrel cellar or make friends with the farmyard animals at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm.
  18. Get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals at Newquay Zoo.
  19. Learn about mining, fishing and farming through to home life in Cornwall during the 18th – 20th centuries at the Museum of Cornish Life.
  20. Put your bowling shoes on and hit the lanes at Ozzell Bowl.
  21. Explore the village of Polperro in miniature, and learn about Cornish myths and legends at Polperro Model Village.
  22. Take an underground tour of a former slate mine and see the Underground Lake at Carnglaze Slate Caverns.
  23. Search for crabs in the rock pools of Kennack Sands.
  24. Have some swashbuckling fun at the pirate-themed Bombadingas Soft Play & Skullduggery Laser Tag.
  25. Take a daytrip to Trevarnon Bay and check out the National Lobster Hatchery while you’re there.
  26. Sample the famous ice cream at Roskilly’s Farm.
  27. Play mini golf, ride the dodgems, roller skate and more at Kidzworld Adventure Play.
  28. Feed the lemurs at Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary.
  29. Take a woodland walk through the stunning Cardingham Woods.
  30. Enjoy the sight of the busy Fowey River and harbour by boat on a Fowey Cruise.
  31. Buckets and spades at the ready for a day at the glorious sandy beach of St. Ives.
  32. Watch specialist chocolates being hand spun and sample the goodies at Trenance Chocolate Factory.
  33. Explore the sub-tropical gardens with spectacular coastal backdrop at Trebah Gardens.
  34. Learn about 1000 years of history and take in the breathtaking views of the historic town and countryside at Launceston Castle.
  35. Walk through 800 acres of impressive parkland at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.
  36. Explore the historic harbour and natural inlet of Boscastle.
  37. Shoot down the water flumes and fire the cannons and tippers at Waterworld Leisure Centre.
  38. Hop on board a steam train at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
  39. Visit family-friendly Falmouth Art Gallery and enjoy a craft session or sensory play.
  40. Do some camel spotting on a free farm trail at Cornish Camels.
  41. Take the UK’s longest and best-loved National Trail along the South West Coast Path.
  42. Discover Merlin’s cave at Tintagel Beach at low tide.
  43. Pack a picnic and follow the woodland trail to Golitha Falls.
  44. Visit Chysauster Ancient Village, near Penzance, an Iron Age settlement originally occupied almost 2,000 years ago.
  45. Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude.
  46. Enjoy the children’s play area overlooking the lake at Siblyback Lake Country Park, near Liskeard.
  47. Try out a new watersport at the family-friendly Polkerris Beach.
  48. Watch the surfers at the world famous Fistral beach, Newquay.
  49. Relax and unwind in The Japanese Garden at Mawgan Porth.
  50. Follow the trail, solve the clues, see the sights with a Cornish Treasure Trail.
  51. Listen to some story telling at the unique open air Minack Theatre, perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean.
  52. Explore the ancient and atmospheric estate and medieval garden of Godolphin House.
  53. Build sandcastles on the wide, sandy and sheltered Summerleaze Beach.
  54. Check out the fossils of great marine reptiles and tusks from a Woolly Mammoth at The Norris Museum, St. Ives.
  55. Go pony trekking at Polmartin Riding Equestrian Site.
  56. Go for a swim at Bude Sea Pool; a part natural and partially man-made tidal swimming pool.
  57. Get creative at Leach Pottery, one of the most famous pottery studio’s in the world.
  58. See the legend of King Arthur brought to life at King Arthur’s Great Halls,Tintagel.
  59. Housed in the old RNLI lifeboat house is the Mevagissey Aquarium, a free aquarium with tanks full of British coastal fish.
  60. Take a family walk at RSPB Hale Estuary, home to a wide variety of wetland birds.
  61. Enjoy the play equipment, four lakes and ancient woodland walk at Springfields Fun Park.
  62. Have a go at bodyboarding and stand up surfing at FlowRider, Retallack Resort.
  63. View artefacts from over 50 different shipwrecks, including the RMS Titanic at Charlestown Shipwreck Centre.
  64. See over 30 trains travelling through varied landscapes at the World of Model Railways.
  65. Do some snorkelling around the rocky reef at Constantine Bay.
  66. Ride the ramps at Mount Hawke Skate Park.
  67. Look out for dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks on an Orca Sea Safari.
  68. Visit St Nectan’s Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks at St Nectans Glen.
  69. Head to Poldark Tin Mine & Rural Open Air Museum, for a tour of its underground caverns and tunnels.

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