Cornwall is such a fun and vibrant place to be in the summer. Whether you are a family living in the area or are visiting during the summer season, make the most of the long summer days. Here are our recommendations for things to do with the kids in Cornwall in Summer 2018:
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 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.
National Maritime Museum
31 July – 10 August from 10am – 5pm
Once you’ve finished wandering the quaint streets of Falmouth, admiring the sea views and watching the boats gently rocking by the harbour, we recommend heading into the National Maritime Museum. Join Rattlebox Theatre and learn how to be a buccaneer of the seven seas! Learn how to load a cannon, how to find your way around a ship, how to sing a shanty to work to and much more. Then sit down and hear all about the amazing tales of the pirates, such as Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Blackbeard, Black Bart and Sam Bellamy. Climb the 100-foot lookout tower, get crafty making your own pirate cutlass or treasure chest, explore 15 galleries over fours floors and play in the treasure island play zone. We challenge you to try out the treasure map trail, which takes you on an adventure around the museum to find seven pirates parrots that have flown away from the crows nest and if you find them all you win some treasure!
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.
Eden Project – Expedition Space
21 July – 2 September
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, this summer Eden will be taking visitors on a trip of a lifetime to space. Join the space adventure, explore the farthest reaches of our galaxy, and enjoy out of this world experiences. Launch into an intergalactic mission, and return a fully-fledged space explorer. Enjoy live shows and even try some space-themed food. Whilst you are there we recommend heading over to the Core Building to learn about their new permanent exhibition, Invisible Worlds. This combination between science and art about the world beyond our senses is sure to get everyone thinking.
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 from dilly cart races to children’s activity trails to ranger days. This historic location is a wonderful place for children and adults alike to learn about what once was.
26 March – 15 September from 10am – 5pm
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.
5 May – 2 September from 10am – 6pm
At 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. This year back by popular demand, Paradise Park has revised their dinosaur quiz trail. Explore the grounds on your very own dinosaur expedition. Search for the dinosaurs and their eggs, answer all the questions and you will be awarded a special Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology certificate and your own mini model dinosaur! Selfies with the dinosaurs are taken at your own risk.
Summer Holidays at Bedruthan
21 July – 2 September
Book yourself and your family a summer holiday with us this summer. Let the kids take part in our fun activities from circus skills, to yoga sessions or superhero fancy dress. Explore the great outdoors – take to our wacky waterslides, follow our nature trails, listen to stories around the campfire and relax in the sea. Get creative and crafty making everything from beach junk sculptures to glittery biscuits. All our activities are designed so all the family have a fun, creative time together. There’s even entertainment for the grown-ups!