Cornwall is such a fun and vibrant place to be in the summer. Whether you are a family living in the area or just visiting, make the most of longer days and the warmer climate. Here are our recommendations for things to do with the kids during your visit:
You can’t be in Cornwall in the summer and not go to the beach. Grab your swimwear, bucket and spade and head to one of the many beaches scattered along our coastline. Just a short walk from Bedruthan is the stunning Mawgan Porth beach – the perfect natural playground full of rock pools, streams and lifeguarded waters to splash about in. Just west of Padstow is Harlyn Bay, which is considered one of the best family beaches in Cornwall. Harlyn is a wide and spacious beach with plenty of dunes and rock pools to explore. Across the road from the beach is Harlyn Inn, which caters for the whole family. They serve locally sourced quality food ranging from light bar snacks to a full carvery, and a bar that serves a full range of beverages. On the other side of Newquay is Crantock beach, which is a big hit with families with its picturesque River Gannel that meanders through on its way to the sea and makes a great paddling pool for small people. For a really fun adventure, make your way to Crantock from the Fern Pit Café on Pentire Headland in Newquay. At the bottom of the Fern Pit’s garden, you can take the ferry across the river over to Crantock Beach.
The Camel Trail is an 18-mile trail that runs from Wenfordbridge to Padstow, which once was used as a railway line. It’s perfect for a family bike ride through beautiful woodland or alongside the Camel Estuary. There are several routes that can be taken depending on how far you want to cycle. The landscape is stunning with a variety of local shops, pubs and visitor attractions along the way, such as Snails Pace Cafe, Camel Valley Vineyard and the Borough Arms. Visitors can conveniently hire bikes and trailers from the harbourside by the car park and use the facilities (make sure the little ones use the toilets) before setting off to either Wadebridge, Bodmin or Wenfordbridge.
If you haven’t been to the Eden Project before, then you are in for a treat. Eden was once a disused clay mine and was transformed into the magnificent biomes and beautiful gardens that it is today. As well as the astonishing array of flora and fauna. They always have amazing activities during the school holidays, in previous years they have covered such subjects as dinosaurs and space, which were both out of this world! They also have parent, toddler and grandparent clubs for all to enjoy.
Cornwall Football Golf
Open 7 days a week 10am – 7pm
A five-minute drive from the Eden Project is Cornwall Football Golf, which is about as ridiculous as it sounds. But if you are up for a laugh this is the perfect activity for you and the family this summer. Football Golf uses the same rules as golf, but instead of using a club, players have to kick a football into a hole. There are hazards and obstacles along the way helping make the game more fun and entertaining for everyone. Football Golf is great outdoor activity, ideal for groups/families and suitable for anyone 5 years old to 80 years old. There’s also a play area for under 5’s, free parking and a clubhouse that serves food and drinks.
Lanhydrock House and Gardens
Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5:30pm
Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian country house with garden and wooded estate perfect for exploring. Both educational and beautiful there is plenty to see and do with a children’s play area, the house, the acres of garden, bookshop, bike trails (with bike and helmet hire on site), plant centre and restaurants that serve locally sourced food. They also have a variety of activities running throughout summer including dilly cart races. This historic location is a wonderful place for children and adults alike to learn about what once was.
If you are up for an adventure we would recommend Hidden Valley, an extraordinary place with missions to conquer, trails to follow and magical secret gardens. It’s a hidden gem with great entertainment for the whole family. There is plenty to see and do with indoor and outdoor missions, play areas, a maze, a hobbit house, a miniature railway with a ride on train and a restaurant. It’s best to have a minimum group of four and the more brains in your team the better! Some of the trails can be challenging for younger children, so it’s good to have a mixture of adults and children in your group. For more information read our ‘Day Out at Hidden Valley’ blog here.
Paradise Park is a wildlife sanctuary with over 140 species of animal, over 650 birds, an indoor play area, daily activities, a cafe and much more. Don’t miss their free-flying bird show which runs through until September. Their presenters explain and display natural bird behaviours in a wonderfully entertaining way. The birds may vary but you will usually see a large, colourful macaw circle the stage before landing – this shows how important colour is for parrots, and then how the beak and feet work together in gathering and eating food. Other parrots help the presenters explain the role of parrot conservation and biodiversity, and how much care pet birds need. On many occasions you can also see Dave the Otter, showing off his skills of retrieving toy fish for rewards!
Book yourself a summer holiday with the family this summer. Let the kids take part in our fun activities, explore the great outdoors by following nature trails, and take a dip in the sea. All of our activities are designed so you can have a fun and rewarding time together – there’s even entertainment for the grown-ups!