Do something different this half term…
February half term is nearly here again, can you believe it? Brace yourselves for bored children, desperate for daily (and ever more exciting) entertainment presented to them on a platter. Never fear, Bedruthan is here with a round-up of fun yet unfamiliar half term activities in Cornwall guaranteed to keep boredom at bay.
Journey back 300 years to the Golden Age of Piracy. The infamous Captain Calico Jack, with the help of other legendary rogues, will guide you through the mystical caves and murky streets of 18th century Cornwall. Pirate’s Quest is brilliant – a unique and atmospheric experience combining professional actors, amazing special effects and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, fully-immersive experience.
More pirates & some smugglers thrown in
Visit Pendennis Castle in Falmouth from February 16th to 20th for more fearsome tales of dastardly deeds and seafaring shenanigans. With activities happening between 11am – 4pm young pirates and trainee smugglers can have fun making their own crafts, watch musket drills, battle together and listen to tales of the high seas. Are you brave enough to walk the plank?
National Lobster Hatchery
Visit one of the few marine biology laboratories in the world that is open to visitors, even little visitors. Meet the hatchery’s resident giant lobster, see the amazing progression a lobster makes from egg to adult, learn about the hatchery’s conservation and research work, the wider marine environment and why we should protect it. Remember to adopt your own lobster for just £2.50.
13th February at 7.30pm.
It’s a drive to the Tolmen Centre at Constantine, near Falmouth, but well worth it for this performance of Near Gone, winner of a 2014 Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with form. Two performers have a difficult story to tell. They come on stage and launch themselves into an hour long attempt to put into words the utterly unspeakable. Delivered in English and Bulgarian, with pounding gypsy-inspired music, this beautiful performance fills an empty space with two performers, hundreds of fresh flowers and a storm of emotion. Good for grown-ups and children.
Pup Season at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
The sanctuary at Gweek rescues about 50 pups each year and becomes their home until they’re ready to return to the wild. The team provides round-the-clock care throughout ‘pup rescue season’, so the hospital and pools will be full and it’s the perfect time to for a visit. For the week of half term they will also be embracing the British weather with a ‘Mud Fest’ including a magical Piskie Puddle path in the wooded areas, a Welly Wanging competition, den building and spring bulb planting.
Family wild walk
Get down to Trelissick Gardens near Truro at 11am on Thursday February 19th for a family wild walk looking for dens, secrets to unearth and wildlife to encounter. Remember to bring plenty of warm waterproof clothing, your favourite walking boots and a nice flask of something hot.
Ice Skating at Eden
The half term will be your last chance to experience the magic of Eden’s wintery ice rink. There are lessons, sessions just for toddlers and for six to 12-year-olds and there are penguin skating aids ideal for helping young skaters gain in confidence. On the 24th and 25th February there are also shadow puppet workshops and performances at Eden – where the whole family can try their hand at making their own shadow puppets – all included in the admission price.
If you like the sound of all of these mini-Cornish adventures, why not take a look at our special four-night half term offer? Including free childcare, kit hire and a jam-packed programme of events and entertainment for the whole family.