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Family Attractions in Cornwall

Things to do

Cornwall has long been a famous holiday destination in the UK, and no wonder given the choice of 'things to do' in the region.

The county has the longest coastline in Great Britain, measuring 697km, and you are sure to find a number of beautiful sandy beaches to explore. 

There are also a host of gardens to visit, so don’t forget to bring your National Trust membership card when you stay in one of our Cornish coastal cottages. Then again you won’t need it to visit The Eden Project or The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tim Smit’s wonderful – and just a bit visionary – masterpieces in the Cornish countryside.

Neither will you need to love plants to appreciate Newquay Zoo, Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium, The Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth or even the Tate at St Ives. Kids will love a day out at a theme park – and thankfully there are a few to choose from, including Flambards, Crealy Adventure Park, Holywell Bay and Land’s End Visitor Centre. There are adventure centres all around the county who will also be able to give you a day out you won’t forget – whether that’s at sea level on a kayak or surfboard, or high up in the trees on a high ropes course.

For kids who love to bike but aren’t big enough to take to the roads, there are a few cycle trails – such as the Camel Trail, Bissoe Tramway or Clay trails – where it’s safe to let them loose on two wheels without worrying. You can also let them loose at indoor skate parks at Mount Hawke or Launceston or even on the surf rider at Retallack Resort in St Columb Major.

Gooseham Barton Riding Stables

Gooseham Barton is a licensed riding stable near Bude in Cornwall where you can visit for a day's hack or stay in one of the cottages for a week through us (The Farmhouse, New Barn, William Cottage or Nornam Cottage). The stables have been approved by the British Horse Society, and is home to around 35 horses and ponies. Gooseham Barton caters for all experiences, ranging from beginners to experienced riders.

Gooseham Barton Farm, Morwenstow. Nr Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9PG Tel: 01288 331204

Cornwall Surf Academy

Cornwall Surf Academy in Newquay is a great place for learning to surf and improving your skills. The school offers surf deals for individuals, groups and families. All of the surf instructors are fully BS qualified and you can rest assured that you will be surfing in safe hands.

Cornwall Surf Academy, Holywell Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5PR Telephone: 0870 240 6693

Granite Planet Climbing Centre

Granite Planet Climbing Centre in Penryn has over 200 climbs to try with a varied range of fully qualified and experienced staff available to help beginners or new climbers. They also offer courses for climbers of all abilities, and these are available all year round.

Granite Planet Climbing Centre, Unit 10 Parkengue Kernick Industrial Estate, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9EP Telephone: 01326 376633

Holywell Bay Golf Club

Holywell Bay Golf Club is an 18-hole pitch and putt course suitable for golfers of all ages and skill level. The course is regarded by many as the best pitch and putt course in the South-West of England.

Holywell Bay Golf Club, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5PW Telephone: 01637 832916

The Eden Project

The Eden project is a great family day out. The two domes like structures are home to the world’s largest indoor rainforests, the first replicates the conditions of a tropical environment and the second a Mediterranean. Come and view this wonderful attraction and absorb the knowledge within. 

The Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG Telephone: 01726 811911

Wild Food Foraging

Enjoy inspiring guided walk treats & feasts & discover how nature’s larder provides many exciting, tastes, sights & ingredients. Walks are accessible for all ages & abilities, recipe ideas & plant identification included. Available throughout the year.
Public Events ~ Private Groups ~ Forage, Cook & Dine ~ Gourmet Dinners. From £20 adults, £2 children

Rachel Lambert, Locations across Cornwall or from your Holiday base. Telephone: 07903 412014

Penlee House Gallery and Museum

An award-winning tourism attraction, Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance specialises in the art and heritage of West Cornwall including Newlyn School paintings, some of which are always on show alongside special exhibitions. Admission charged, but free enry for under 18s and free children’s quiz trail.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, TR18 4HE Telephone: 01736 363625

Raze the Roof

Watch your kids play on the fantastic mega play frame, slides, climbing wall, ball cannons and the astro glide, whilst you enjoy the delicious fresh food from the café. Enjoy a game of Laser tag with your friends in a high tech game of hide and seek!

30a Parkengue, Kernick Road Industrial Estate, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EP Telephone: 01326 377481

The Monkey Sanctuary 

The Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of monkey; visitors receive an insight into a working sanctuary with keepers onhand to give informative talks. 

The Sanctuary offers a great day out for all the family, with wildlife gardens, children’s activity room, workshops, gift shop, café and picnic areas. 

Wild Futures, Murrayton House, St Martins, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1NZ  Telephone : 0844 272 1271

Newlyn Art Gallery

For almost 120 years, Newlyn Art Gallery has been bringing the best in contemporary art to audiences in the south west. The art gallery showcases the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region. FREE ADMISSION, DOGS WECOME

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road,  Newlyn, Penzance, TR18 5PZ  Telephone: 01736 363715

The Exchange

The Exchange is a major contemporary art space that opened in 2007 in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery. The huge space retains the industrial feel of the original telephone exchange and features a large T-shaped gallery showing national and international contemporary art, plus work by some of the best local artists. FREE ADMISSION, DOGS WELCOME

Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL Telephone: 01736 363715 

Creation Fest

Join 5000 other Cornwall locals at Creation Fest 2014. This FREE admission Christian music festival is a weeklong funfilled festival for the whole family. Different bands daily, kids programmes, big undercover skatepark, outdoor sports activities and seminars for all ages.

Unit 7A, Greenways Business Complex Launceston PL15 8DF,  Telephone: 01566 7799417

Cornwall Gold - Tolgus Mill

Nestled amongst North Cornwall's rolling hills, Cornwall Gold has been providing beautiful jewellery in the county for more than 25 years. With expert advice and a workshop on site you know you are in good hands. The park also offers family entertainment including a historic working tin mill, Build a Bear, Paint and Create pottery, Krazy golf and a Gem scoop. You will also find Cornwall Pearl, Whistlefish Gallery and Simply Cornish Hampers offering the perfect product to mark your time in the Duchy.

Cornwall Gold, Tolgus Mill, redruth, TR16 4HN, Telephone: 01209 203280