Best Family Days Out in Cornwall this Half Term
With the Bank Holiday coming up and last minute get-away fear setting in. Why not consider a family weekend away to Cornwall? With sun (sometimes), sea (always) and surf (definitely), Devon is a particularly family-friendly holiday spot during the warmer summer months.
The rugged peninsula is known for its great outdoor activities, scenic views, stunning beaches and great local food, ideal for family meal times together.
Cornwall is a great time to visit any time of year. However, sun worshippers may prefer the summer months, despite this being peak season. UK weather is hard to predict, but summer is a popular time to visit, with the average weather in July and August approx. 21°C.
There’s so much going on for kids (and big kids) of all ages, here’s just a few of the top attractions, just be sure to book in advance with ongoing covid restrictions in place.
The Eden Project
This spectacular eco-park is a huge attraction, housing plants from diverse climates in its giant biomes, and is home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Fascinating, educating and a brilliant day out, there’s also plenty of fun stuff for the kids, such as climbing frames, skywalks and zip wires. When you’ve worked up a hunger, enjoy their excellent menu of sustainable food. Tickets start from £24.50 at edenproject.com
Billed as the biggest family fun day out in Cornwall, this is one for adrenaline junkies! For a great day out with the kids, head to Helston to the kid’s adventure playground. There’s a scream-inducing Skyraker, a Pirate Ship for younger ones and a Hornet rollercoaster for all the thrills! Visit flambards.co.uk
Fine dining at Paul Ainsworth
A rare treat to find, enjoy a Michelin-star meal with an impressive five-star kid’s menu too. Try the local fish dishes or the traditional Cornish dessert, while children will love the peanut butter parfait and popcorn lapped up in cute kids bowls. Utterly delicious and all housed in a Georgian Townhouse in the heart of Padstow. Visit paul-ainsworth.co.uk
Lappa Railway Steam Train
Whether your little one loves toy trains, Munchy play train plates, or Thomas the Tank Engine, this one is a guaranteed hit. Lappa Valley is home to one of the best steam engine railways made for train lovers! Take an exciting nostalgic steam train ride into a secret world of traditional fun and family adventure. There’s also a Thomas the Tank Engine experience, mini golf, water activities on the lake and plenty of woodland for a teddy bear’s picnic. Book in advance at lappavalley.co.uk/
Watergate Bay beach
There are so many great beaches in Cornwall for all the family to enjoy. A family favourite - Watergate Bay is home to the Extreme Academy – a watersports school teaching surfing, kitesurfing and bodyboarding in the perfect setting. Whether you’re in to water sports or not, this is a great place for a family picnic. Open all year-round, it’s popular with kids aged 6 and over.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Is that a mount of a face coming out of the grass? This magical gardens takes you on a journey through tropical forest immersed in nature. With bamboo tunnels and a rope bridge, as well as rare breed animals, it makes for a great day in the great outdoors (family tickets £35). Visit heligan.com
Paradise Park, Hayle
A really lovely family day out for toddlers and one that all the family will enjoy at this award-winning wildlife sanctuary. Complete with jungle barn, free flying bird shows and feeding parrots, it’s a great way to support this local conservation. There’s over 140 species to marvel at, including farmyard favourites such as donkeys and guinea pigs, make sure the camera is ready for plenty of selfies. Visit paradisepark.org.uk
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