Winter is around the corner and as a parent, you may be looking for someone to keep your little ones busy. Well, we have put together a little list of places to take your toddler on a day out in Cornwall this winter:
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Bundle up and let the little ones roam around the beautiful gardens at Heligan. They have a range of events going on this winter from their festive Christmas Fair (8th and 9th December) to meeting Father Christmas (15th – 24th December). Even if you don’t attend an event, it is well worth exploring over 200 acres of sub-tropical and traditional gardens. Heligan is the perfect natural playground for toddlers with seasonal trails, magical gardens and much more!
Take your cheeky monkey’s over to Newquay Zoo for some family fun this Winter. There are plenty of opportunities for them to watch and learn about the amazing animals at the zoo from talks to junior zookeeper experiences. They also have a Christmas experience where you can join the elves for a silent disco, meet Santa and post your Christmas list in his letterbox. Even if you don’t go there for a specific event or experience it’s great to do some exploring – maybe in the woodland walk or dragon maze – and learn something new. And you never know you might see an animal that you’ve never seen before!
Families always receive a warm welcome at the Eden Project and there is always plenty to see and do. From ice skating (now until 24th February 2019), with the assistance from penguins for little ones, to meeting Father Christmas and the elves (24th November – 24th December) to Little Eden (Thursday mornings) a weekly club set in the great outdoors with lots of nature activities. And of course, you can’t come to Eden without exploring the amazing Mediterranean and Rainforest biomes. Top tip: Head over to the outdoor gardens – either Wild Cornwall or Myth and Folklore – for a quieter experience.
Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay
Enjoy a trip under the sea to get close and personal with some amazing sea creatures. The aquarium does a variety of talks, feeds and rockpool encounters. A stroll through the underwater tunnel is a must as it’s an incredible coral display with all sort of species to watch from pufferfish to rays to the venomous lionfish. If your little ones want to learn more or ask any questions the team members in the aquarium are happy to chat. They also have steps for toddlers to stand up onto so that they can see better, as well as baby food and feed warming facilities if you are in need of baby facilities too.
Take a trip through the beautiful surroundings at Lappa Valley on a variety of miniature steam engines. There is something for all the family from crazy golf to indoor and outdoor play areas to the toddlers’ maze to nature trails. They also have their Winter Weekends (10th November – 2nd December), where they open up for a wintery train ride, and Santa Special (On selected days between 8th-24th December), where children can hop aboard the Santa Train, enjoy some entertainment and meet the Santa himself. It’s also worth taking the Woodland Walk around the site to take in the are and see if you can spot any wildlife. Top tip: Some – but not all – of the trains have storage at the back for buggies if you are planning on bringing one.
Mousehole Harbour Lights
If you are looking for a magical family experience this Winter we’d recommend going to the switch on of the Mousehole Habour Lights (15th December at 6:30pm) where there will be a choir and band to accompany the event. The lights will continue to shine brightly until the 4th of January and will be on from 5pm-11pm, so there is plenty of time to see them. The harbour and village are quaint and beautiful even without the festive lights, so the lights are an additional real treat for the eyes.