When planning a getaway with the teens in tow, you have to consider what type of activities they will enjoy and find rewarding, in order to keep boredom at bay. The great news is Cornwall is vibrant and full of possibilities which we know will keep the them entertained, and tear them away from their phones.
From the thrill-seekers to the quiet explorers, they’ll be able to maintain a sense of independence, try something new and best of all, have fun as a family. Some of the best memories are made on holiday, so to help you convince the teenagers we’ve come up with some ideas on what you can get up to…
Cornwall is the perfect place for the kids to grab a board and catch some waves. Whether they’re starting from scratch or perhaps need to brush up on their skills, we’re blessed to have our own surf school within the Bedruthan grounds, which caters for a range of abilities. There’s nothing quite like the incredible feeling you get when you first manage to stand and ride a wave into shore!
Zip wire at the Eden Project
For the adrenaline junkies who would rather stay on dry land, the zip wire at the Eden Project is the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re flying. Soar through the sky at 60mph on the fastest and longest zip wire in the country, before coming back down to earth to explore the world’s largest indoor rain forest. Eden offers a great programme of educational fun and certainly the wow factor.
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An increasingly popular activity here in Cornwall, paddle boarding is an alternative option to surfing, and a fantastic way to see the parts Cornwall so many often miss. Although navigating as a group as you explore hidden coves, the kids will feel a real sense of freedom. This activity can be as challenging or relaxed as you would like, and if you wish, you can confidently leave the children in the safe hands of the instructors whilst you sit and relax at the water’s edge with a good book.
Cycle the Camel Trail
Cycling the Camel Trail is a lovely family excursion, and you won’t need to worry about bringing the bikes along as you can hire them at the start of the route. You’ll begin the day at Wadebridge, following the traffic free, disused railway line down to the famous foodie town of Padstow. The trail should take you around an hour to complete, in which time you’ll have likely worked up an appetite and earned a round of fish and chips from Rick Stein’s.
If you love walking but the kids perhaps need a little more persuading, how about visiting the most instagrammable spots around Cornwall? This is a fun way to appeal to your teens with the promise that they’ll get some fantastic photos, and plenty of fresh air. From natural waterfalls to castle ruins, there’s certainly lots worth visiting.
A boat ride
An alternative way to ride the waves, there are lots of places where you can hire a boat for the day to go dolphin and seal spotting. You can also experience the thrill of sea fishing by booking on to a guided trip, and even get a little competition going to see who will fetch the catch of the day.
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