Our Favourite Family Days Out
Trethorne Leisure (Only 15 minutes by Car)
A fantastic family day out, you are guaranteed to have hours of family fun, adventure and entertainment. They have over an acre of outside play areas and over 45,000 sq ft of indoor play , their Crazy Golf course is particularly super!
Hidden Valley (Less than 20 minutes by car)
Discovery and exploration is the game, whether you chose the intriguing outside trails, the fast pace fun of Moriarty’s Missions or simply exploring the park and discovering the unfolding kaleidoscope of uniquely landscaped grounds.
DairyLand Farm World (30 minutes by car)
A great adventure park to suit all ages. From slides to the nature trail, tractor rides and pony rides, to milking the cows, feeding their animals and there is also a Massive Indoor Play Center.
Porfell Wildlife Park and Sanctuary (25 minutes by car)
A living attraction quite unlike a zoo. Here children (and adults!) can get up close to wildlife, feed the animals, touch them and learn all about the natural world.
Camel Creek (35 minutes by car)
Another fantastic family day out, they have rides that are suitable for all ages, they uniquely interpret the legends of the area and the Park is an all-weathers’ attraction with indoor and outdoor play areas and numerous animals.
Siblyback Lake (25 minutes by car)
Discover all of the fun things to do as you walk, run or cycle on their accessible path. Also on offer are Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Wind Surfing and High Ropes.
Adrenalin Quarry (25 minutes by car)
Big rides for all ages, new for 2018! Climb, jump, slide & bounce in their huge inflatable playground. Get wet & go wild on extreme trampolines, monkey bars, swings & much, much more.
Newquay Zoo (35 minutes by car)
Surrounded by 13 acres of lush tropical gardens it is a visitor attraction where you can run wild, explore and release your inner animal. Here you can get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals.
Screech Owl Sanctuary (25 minutes by car)
Alongside their Flying Displays and Owl Close Encounters they also have two animal encounters a day where visitors can join the keepers with feeding and stroking some of their other animals and learn more about their behaviour and characteristics.
Pirates Quest (40 minutes by car)
An immersive walk-through experience which combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure. A LIVE Pirate Guide will lead you through realistic scenes on an hour-long voyage into the history of piracy. Journey back in time, over 300 years, to the dawn of The Golden Age of Piracy. Feel, hear, smell, and see Cornwall’s intriguing legends and exciting history in an adventure the whole family can enjoy together.
For Beach Lovers Our Favourite Beaches
East Looe (South Coast 35 minutes by car)
The seaside town of Looe keeps visitors entertained all year round whilst still retaining a working fishing port. Stand on the quayside in the evening and watch the boats return before dining on fresh fish in a local restaurant. For children, a safe sandy beach with rockpools beside it is all they need. Hours of free fun, and if they want to take after mummy and daddy and go fishing, then there’s always crabbing from the quayside.
Polperro (South Coast 45 minutes by car)
In Polperro it is easy to step back in time in what is a largely an unspoilt fishing village on the South East coast of Cornwall. Polperro has a small sandy beach located just outside the main breakwater. The beach is in front of Willy Wilcox cave, believed to have been used by smugglers.
Polzeath (North Coast 40 minutes by car)
Polzeath is a small village situated on the North coast of Cornwall, home to a fantastic beach and one of the world’s most renowned surfing destinations. The beach is a magnificent stretch of golden sand between Pentire Head to the north and Highcliff to the west.
Port Isacc (North Coast 35 minutes by car)
Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. It’s a truly picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters.
Padstow (North Coast 40 minutes by car)
Padstow is a charming working fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, at the head of the Camel River. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of harbour life is a perfect way to spend a day. This foodie destination with popular eateries such as Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, is the start and end point for the Camel Cycle Trail and a good base for water sports.
Newquay (North Coast 40 minutes by car)
Miles of golden sand and captivating coastlines Newquay boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall.
Our Other Favourite Places & Things to Do
Alpaca trekking (Only 15 minutes by car)
There are 7 friendly male alpacas who enjoy trekking on Bodmin Moor. They all have different personalities and you can choose who you would like to walk on the day.
Golitha Falls Nature Reserve (Only 15 minutes by car)
The Falls are a series of spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey as it makes its way through the ancient oak woodland of Draynes Wood. It is one of the best known beauty spots on Bodmin Moor. When you visit the Falls check out Inkies Smoke House, in the car park, for wonderful smoked food prepared with a real passion.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway (Only 15 minutes by car)
The Bodmin & Wenford is among a few heritage railways to include a junction terminus. Bodmin General is the point at which all trains reverse and from here passengers may travel to Boscarne Junction for the Camel Trail, Bodmin Parkway for main line connections or a walk to Lanhydrock House or remain on the train for a round trip of the line. The last departure of each day goes to Bodmin Parkway and return only.
Courtroom Experience Bodmin (Only 15 minutes by car)
The Shire Hall was the County Assizes up until 1988. Today, visitors can act as a member of the jury in the creation of a Victorian murder trial that actually took place in Shire Hall.
Hurlers Stone Circles (25 minutes by car)
Three fine late Neolithic or early Bronze Age stone circles arranged in a line, a grouping unique in England. Hurlers Stone Circles are probably the best examples of ceremonial circles in the south west. According to legend, they are the remains of men petrified for playing hurling on a Sunday.
Lanhydrock House and Garden (25 minutes by car)
Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home.
Tintagle Castle (40 minutes by car)
Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude. Inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, for centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king. Now it’s your turn to be inspired.
Morwellham Quay (40 minutes by car)
Morwellham is an award-winning attraction which forms part of a World Heritage site, featuring historic port, village, copper mine and railway just four miles west of Tavistock and bordering the beautiful River Tamar.
Our Favourite Place for Dining Out
The Hayloft (25 minutes by car)
Local Food, Cooked with Love! Premium Cornish Steak, Fish & Gourmet Burger House, They have a Fantastic Signatures Menu and Their Local Fish & Produce menu changes at least weekly.
Please note: Journey times stated here may take longer during the peak season or if there are any road accidents or closures.
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