There are so many great days out with the family in Cornwall we thought we would give you a few suggestions to get you started. In the summer months when the sun is shining you will probably just want to sit on the beach with the body board, buckets and spades, but incase the family gets restless, or the weather is unpredictable, then take your pick from our favourites.
St Michael’s Mount, Marazion
Or ‘The Mount’ if you’re a local is an iconic landmark of the South coast. This stunning castle is perched on top of a small island only accessible via the ancient causeway at low tide. If the causeway had been breached by the incoming tide then local boats will help to ferry visitors to and from the The Mount. The castle has been home to the St Aubyn family since the mid 1600’s, and today you can visit, along with the gardens, cafe, restaurant and small village at any time of the year.
Read our blog on an afternoon on St Michael’s Mount…
Visit their website here.
Many of the locals that you talk to will tell you of the hours they spent here as a child, ‘best day of the week’ was the catchy slogan! This family attraction has lots of outdoor rides, including go karting and a log flume, as well as indoor attractions such as the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz. In the summer they have a firework show, and if you buy a ticket, you can return all week for free.
(image by Flambards)
Visit the Flambards website for more information.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
This national seal rescue centre is open to the public where you can see the rescued seals in the hospital, learn about the release of seals back to the wild, and meet some of the residents. It’s not just seals, there are sea lions, otters and penguins being supported here in the sanctuary, if one particular resident pulls on your heart strings you can also adopt a friend and sponsor them for a year.
Read our blog on when we visited the Seal Sanctuary here.
Visit the Seal Sanctuary website for tickets.
Paradise Park, Hayle
This wildlife park is home to over 650 birds and animals, from parrots, to owls, penguins, pigmy goats and red pandas. There are bird displays to show off their skills and encounters available to meet the animals up close and personal. A great day out for children and adults!
Read more about Paradise park on their website.
Poldark Mine, Helston
An 18th century mine that was opened up to the public in the 1970’s, this is one of Cornwall’s top visitor attractions. Not the same Poldark mine as recently featured on the BBC series, but we are sure that their visitor numbers will be increased in the coming years from the ‘Poldark effect’ and everyone wanting to know a little more about the Cornish mining history. A great family day out with mine tours, gardens and a museum to enjoy, you’ll come away full of knowledge.
Visit their website.
The ruins of King Arthurs Castle can be seen perched on the North Cornish coastline which dates back to the 13th century. Down on the beach you can find Merlins Cave and a newly carved face of Merlin in the rocks. There are some steep steps to climb to reach the top, but the views from here are amazing, on a clear day you can see a long way along the coast to the East and West.
Find out more on the English Heritage website.
Hit the sea with the family
With so many watersports to try in Cornwall there has got to be something for everyone. Why not sign yourself up for some surfing, coasteering, SUPing, kayaking, wind surfing, wake boarding, water skiing, kite surfing, canoeing, diving, jet skiing, sailing… we could go on, but why not just pick one and try something new.
Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park
Also known as Camel Creek Adventure Park, has lots of fun rides for toddlers through to young at heart adults. Set in over 100 acres, there’s a camping ground, lots of rides, animal encounters and inside play areas.
Visit the Crealy website.
Screech Owl Sanctuary, St. Columb
This sanctuary is for sick and injured owls found around Cornwall, with an onsite hospital wing you can really see the impact of the work they do here. You can also see flying shows, and meet some of the birds that call Screech their home. There are also many other types of animal here, from meerkats to racoons and alpacas, along with a small childrens play area and a tasty on site cafe.
Read our blog on our family day out at Screech Owl Sanctuary.
Visit the Screech website for more information.
St. Ives to St. Erth Branch Railway Line
This is not technically a tourist attraction but the scenic railway from St. Erth to St. Ives has got to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the country. You follow the River Hayle along the Lelant Saltings estuary and along the cliffs past Hawkes Point, along to Carbis Bay and around Porthminster Point to St. Ives. There is a park and ride option so you can leave your car behind and have a day trip in St Ives, jumping off at Carbis Bay for a swim on the way past if the suns out!
St. Eval Karting, Wadebridge
Cornwall’s largest outdoor go karting track, this is an activity to really expose your competitive streak. There is also a childrens track where little ones from as young as three can have a go. You get to dress the part, get a pre-race briefing and then get a break down of your times afterwards, a great activity if there is a large group of you as it’s always good fun to overtake people you know.
(image by St. Eval Karting)
Visit their website here.
Pretty much everything you’d expect from a zoo, a whole selection of animals from around the world, feeding times, conservation stories and petting areas. The zoo is set in lush tropical gardens and only a short walk from Newquay, it’s a great family day out.
(image by Newquay Zoo)
Find out more on their website.
The Visit Cornwall website has lots more family holiday ideas and suggestions for days out with the children.
Here’s where to find them all…