One of the best things about the U.K is there’s so many wonderful places to visit and brilliant holiday destinations that you don’t have travel abroad to have the bestest family holiday there is! We’ve been on two family holidays to Cornwall and I’m hoping we get to visit many more times as there’s so many lovely things to do there, it’s a gorgeous part of the country that is great for families. Cornwall is wonderful place for a U.K family staycation.
Here’s our 11 top things to in Cornwall for families:
Lappa Valley Railway is a park reached by a real life steam train! Once you’re in the main park there’s lots of train-related activities, like a small woodland railway, play carriages, play park, boating lake (with kayaks!), walking trails, ride on tractors and crazy golf. This is a great place for toddlers and children.
Photograph courtesy of Our Nicola Says
Bude is a really stunning part of Corrnwall and is worth a visit – simply for the beach. But if you can tear yourself away from the beach, you can download a Treasure Trails map and explore Bude in a different way. There are a variety of trails for differing ages and the vary in length too. But a treasure trail is brilliant family friendly activity because it encourages you to look up, look down, look at nooks and crannies and discover a whole host of interesting things.
3. St Michaels Mount
Having visited the St Michels Mont in France, we totally want to visit the namesake in Cornwall. St Michael’s Mount is a really unique setting and perfect for an interesting walk, tide dependent and an explore. They also have craft activities and storytelling. It’s closed to the public on Saturdays to give the residents on the mount and the family living in the castle a day to themselves so it’s wise to plan your visit accordingly.
Photo courtesy of Candyfloss Dreams.
4,5 and 6 Beaches!
It should probably be number one but the beaches in Cornwall are totally beautiful. Nothing beats a sandy Cornish beach for a family friendly thing to do in Cornwall. Our favourite is Poldhu Cove but there are so many different beaches to try. At Poldhu Cove, you can also take a walk along the National Trust’s ‘The Lizard’ which a beautiful coastal walk with varied landscape. Porth beach in Cornwall is also great for kids as there are loads of shallow pools and rock pools with loads of little fish swimming at your toes- a must for toddlers!
Photo Courtesy of Emmy’s Mummy
7. The Eden Project
Not the cheapest day out but The Eden Project is a must for all families. Kids love it there and all ages seemed to be fascinated by the huge tropical plants, waterfalls and wildlife. Find out how one family found the Eden Project here…..
If you’re looking for fabulous places to stay in Cornwall, check out Above Beach Cottages, which have the most gorgeous cottages in a variety of sizes and prices – all in stunning locations. They have a every type of cottage you might be looking for from dog friendly to family friendly.
The charming Lost Gardens of Heligan is a beautiful place to explore in Cornwall with the kiddos and it offers over 200 acres of ancient land for you to discover.You can even trek right through the Jungle on the only Burmese rope bridge in the UK if you dare but mostly kids will love rushing about and the freedom to explore all the different plants. If you’re there in August or September, there’s often a festival of family activities.
This is a great family friendly Cornwall attraction for children who have never known anything other than a life filled with iPhones and laptops. This takes children on a trip through the different types of communication from Morse Code to the first mobile phone.
10. Minack Theatre
This is a unique theatre in a Cornwall bay with the waves crashing next to you. It is something your kids won’t forget in a hurry! The performance season is varied and suitable for all ages, but there is also a very successful season of storytelling shows targeted at families with children aged 5-10.
Photo Courtesy of Ian Capper
Just like the Maritime Museum in London, the museum in Cornwall is a wonderful playground where children get to sail model boats, experience what it’s like to be on call for a search and rescue mission and explore a real search and rescue helicopter.
If you’re off to Cornwall this Summer – have a wonderful time – I’m very jealous!! It’s a totally beautiful part of the world. Enjoy your Cornwall staycation!