Boredom-busting things to do in Cornwall with kids
30 / November / 2022
Known for its idyllic coastlines and natural beauty, Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. But it’s not just the scenery people come for; there are tonnes of activities to get involved with aside from nature trails and bird watching. Knowing what these are before you book your trip is key to being prepared to keep the little ones entertained throughout your holiday.
If you’re planning a UK family break in the area, have a look at some of our top picks of things to do in Cornwall with kids to stave off boredom.
The Eden Project
The iconic biomes of the Eden project and its gardens outside cover roughly 30 acres of land and take hours to explore. Hop between the Mediterranean and rainforest while taking in all of the stunning flora that can be found there. Both educational and awe-inspiring, a trip to the Eden Project will be an unforgettable memory for children of all ages.
Lappa Valley takes you on a beautiful tour of the Cornish countryside via rides on its quirky narrow gauge & miniature engines. Aside from the main locomotive attractions, there are plenty of fun activities onsite, including a boating lake and crazy golf course, an indoor multi-level soft play area and a musical trail. Set within a 35-acre location, this is one of our favourite things to do in Cornwall with kids.
Polperro Model Village
This attraction boasts a miniature, to-scale model of the village it’s located in, a mini Polperro in Polperro! It’s a great opportunity to see the village and all of its famous attractions with minimal effort – in just a few leisurely steps you can get from one end to the other.
Appreciate a bird’s eye view of this quaint fishing village as you make your way down its winding streets feeling like Gulliver in Lilliput.
Polperro model village has been around since the 1940s and has survived several natural disasters, but its appeal is so enduring that it still attracts visitors from all over the country.
Orca Sea Safari
Setting out from Falmouth, Orca Sea Safaris offer jaw-dropping whale and dolphin watching opportunities. A two-hour trip costs around £42 and will wow you with spectacular views of the coast of the region and the wildlife that inhabits its waters.
Tintagel Castle is a mediaeval ruin perched on the cliffs of Tintagel island. Its dramatic setting is a sight for sore eyes, but uneven surfaces and steep drops present challenges to younger visitors, making it better suited to older children. As one of the county’s most historic destinations, it’s a great place to learn, explore, and take plenty of photos.
Hidden Valley Discovery Park
This interactive attraction requires a thinking cap and plenty of imagination. Its trails take you through the woods, sinewy pathways and fairy houses solving challenges on the way. There’s also a light railway, a maze and plenty of secret places to explore.
Flambards Theme Park
Flambards theme park has plenty of rides for adrenaline junkies like the SkyRaker, a gradual tension-building ascent followed by unexpected drops and the Thunderbolt which spins its riders around upside down – not one for the faint of heart!
There are also lots of traditional family rides to ensure the little ones have fun. On top of that, there are some immersive award-winning attractions like the life-sized Victorian village and a replica of a London street during World War II.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Located on the county’s south coast an hour’s drive from Tregoad Holiday Park, Heligan is a romantic garden and restoration project spread over 200 acres. Aimed at the explorers amongst us, it features a jungle area which leads visitors through bamboo tunnels and ferns and has them feeling like they’re stepping back in time. The garden is beautiful to visit all seasons of the year with events happening throughout.
Porthcurno is a large beach popular with families thanks to a stream that flows onto it that provides safe paddling options for kids. It’s sheltered by cliffs which house the 1920s Minack Theatre, a popular attraction open year round. Nearby, you’ll also find the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum which demonstrates Cornwall’s important role in global communications.
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Now you’re equipped with a winning list of things to do in Cornwall with kids, it’s time to book your UK family holiday to Cornwall. Our five-star Tregoad Holiday Park is the perfect jumping-off point for all of these attractions and more. Secure your holiday with a low deposit today.