Top ten days out for kids in Cornwall

Ever stuck for things to do with the kids on holiday? In Cornwall, there’s a huge selection of sandy beaches perfect for sandcastles and splish-splashing in the sea, lots of beautiful countryside and coastline for lovely family walks, and there’s certainly plenty of attractions, but sometimes there’s just too much to choose from!

Whether you’re booked up and just looking for last minute inspiration for places to go with the kids, worried about the weather and want to know there’s things to do when it’s raining, or you simply want to find out what the best Cornwall attractions are for families, we’ve rounded up our top ten days out for kids to help you make the most of your holiday together.

The Monkey Sanctuary

Where is it? – Looe

How much will it cost? – Family tickets for two adults and up to two children are priced at £27, with an additional child for £3. Single tickets cost £9 for adults, £6 for four to 15 year olds, children aged 0-3 go free, and concessions are charged at £7.

Perfect for… – The whole family to monkey around together and go bananas for all the things there is to do.

Why will the kids love it? – With various breeds of monkey living at the sanctuary, there will be lots of opportunity to meet the residents, getting up close and personal with these playful creatures. They’ll also love the Wild Play Area, where they can make use of all the playground equipment and workshops, getting in touch with their inquisitive side. There’s also plenty of birds, butterflies and other beautiful creatures to be found in the gardens, so they can see and learn about lots more than just monkeys!

Website – The Monkey Sanctuary

Flambards Experience

Where is it? – Helston

How much will it cost? – Prices vary depending on the time of year and whether you choose to visit on a ‘pink day’, when both indoor and outdoor rides are open, or a ‘blue day’ when only the indoor attraction is available. Single standard admission on a pink day for adults is £21.95, for children between 111cm and 15 years is £15.95, and for juniors between 95cm and 110cm is £9.95. Infants below that height go free. For a blue day, adults are charged at £11.50, with children and juniors both charged at £6.95. Please check the calendar on its site for more details and to see when the blue and pink days fall throughout the year.

Perfect for… – The whole family to enjoy a day out together come rain or shine, with a selection of attractions to entertain those young and old.

Why will the kids love it? – From the adrenaline rush of the thrill rides for older kids, to the family-fun carousel, pirate ship and more, the outdoor attractions at Flambards are exhilarating and exciting for visitors of all ages. Whether they’re the next Formula One champion and want to give go-karting a shot, they’re dinosaur obsessed, or want to brave the demon drop, when the sun is shining it’s the perfect place for a family day out. Fear not though, as even if the weather isn’t on your side, there are still some fantastic interactive exhibitions under cover such as the Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz, and other wonderful attractions.

Website – Flambards Experience

Tintagel Castle

Where is it? – Tintagel

How much will it cost? – As an English Heritage site, members go free. Without membership, adults enter for £8.40, children between five and 15 years old cost £5, and concessions are £7.60. Children below five go free, and a family ticket for two adults and up to three children is purchasable for a cost of £21.80. There is also the option to add Gift Aid, a voluntary donation of 10%.

Perfect for… – Active families that don’t mind a bit of hill walking and step climbing, and those interested in history.

Why will the kids love it? – Swathed in the fabled tales of King Arthur and his knights, youngsters will love learning more about the mythical legend surrounding this historical figure. There are some magnificent sections of the structure that remain largely intact so visitors can really feel the grandeur it would have once held, while your little monkeys will love looking out upon the vast ocean spotting any wildlife and boats that might be bobbing along. Don’t forget to head down to the beach with them too, where you can paddle in the sea and explore Merlin’s Cave, before heading back up to the visitor centre to buy some lovely souvenirs and delicious food to round off your trip.

Website – Tintagel Castle

Adrenalin Quarry

Where is it? – Liskeard

How much will it cost? – Each activity has a different cost, and is dependent on how many of you partake with discounts offered on groups. There are also family deals available, plus you can book in advance online for certain activities.

Perfect for… – Thrill seekers and older kids who might have thought the family holiday was going to be ‘boring’!

Why will the kids love it? – If your kids are a little more grown up, there really is no better place to head for a day of pulse-racing family fun than here. A world away from a lazy day at the beach, they’ll love being able to fly across the lake on a 40mph zip wire, feel the G-force on the giant swing, and dive from the cliffs into the depths below on a coasteering expedition.

Website – Adrenalin Quarry

Newquay Zoo

Where is it? – Newquay

How much will it cost? – Adults are priced at £14.55, children between the ages of three and 15 enter for £10.90, whilst children below the age of three go free. Senior citizens and students cost £12.40, and there is a saver ticket option for two adults and two children at £45.50.

Perfect for… – Big kids, little kids, toddlers and teens. Your whole family will love seeing all the animals at the zoo and discovering more about them and their habitats.

Why will the kids love it? – With such a variety of animals around every corner, there’s so much to see and discover here that both you and the kids will be entertained for hours. From the African Savanna area with its majestic beasts, to the tropical house and penguin pool, it really is a world of exotic creatures and stunning wild animals in their natural habitats, made all the more enjoyable thanks to the play areas, Dragon Maze and snack bars to enjoy on your exciting journey.

Website – Newquay Zoo

Eden Project

Where is it? – St Austell

How much will it cost? – Adults enter for £27.50, children aged between five and 16 cost £14, whilst children up to age four go free. A family ticket for two adults and two children is priced at £71, but look online for discounts when purchasing in advance rather than on the door to save money.

Perfect for… – Mini adventurers with a passion for finding out more about flowers and the climates of the world.

Why will the kids love it? – The biomes mimic some of the most humid climates in the world, where plants of all shapes, sizes and colour thrive, offering many youngsters their first ever glimpse of what can be seen in foreign countries. The outdoor gardens are a haven of vibrancy, whilst the climbing frames and rainforest canopy walkway are sure to get them excited. They’ll be captivated by the gigantic bee, mesmerised by ‘The Core’, and wowed by the seed sculpture – and that’s without even seeing the adrenaline-junkie activities of a zip wire, giant swing and freefall drop that Hangloose Adventure offer on-site!

Website – Eden Project

Harlequinns Leisure

Where is it? – Bude

How much will it cost? – There are two main parts to the leisure park – bowling and the Playzone. Bowling is priced by how many games you choose to play, with adults costing £6 for one game, £11 for two games, and £15 for three. Children’s cost (under 12s) is £5 for one, £9 for two, and £12.50 for three. Subsequent games are £3.50 per person, per game. The Playzone permits three to 12-year-olds for £5.50, those two years and under at £4.50, and those 12 months and under go free. Adults are charged at £1 each. There is no time limit on the Playzone once you have paid.

Perfect for… – Days when the weather just isn’t on your side and you’d rather visit a place where everything you need to keep the kids entertained is under one roof.

Why will the kids love it? – Who doesn’t love bowling? And more to the point, what child doesn’t want to run rampant, climbing, sliding, screaming and crawling around six levels of soft play that stretches from floor to ceiling? At eight metres high, the Demon Drop Slide will have thrill-seeking youngsters going crazy, whilst the colourful ball pits, twister slide and toddler areas cater to little monkeys right the way up to age 12.

Website – Harlequinns Leisure

Dairyland Farm World

Where is it? – Newquay

How much will it cost? – Adults (between 16 and 60) cost £11.50, children over 80cm and seniors are priced at £8.95, children under 80cm go free. You can also opt for a family supersaver, where a family of three enter for £28, a family of four costs £36, and a family of five is priced at £44. Check the opening times calendar on site to see how much of the park is open depending on the time of year.

Perfect for… – Animals lovers! Little ones will love being able to ‘pat the pets’, and have all the fun on the farm, plus there’s the Bull Pen play area if the weather isn’t on side!

Why will the kids love it? – Getting close to all the farm animals with the chance to feed them, ride a pony, meet Boris and Dazy and help out in the milking parlour. There’s so much to keep little ones busy, in an environment that they may never have even seen before, with toddlers getting their first ever glimpse of all the cute animals they might know from ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’! The nature trail has fun sheets for kids to complete on their way around, and once they’ve seen all there is to see outside, the indoor play centre will keep them busy for hours on end! You’ll have happy, sleepy little ones in no time…

Website – Dairyland Farm World

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Where is it? – St Austell

How much will it cost? – Adults are charged at £14.50, children between five and 17 enter for £6.50, students cost £8.50, and seniors are £12.50. Children under five go free, and there is a family ticket for two adults and up to three children for £37.50.

Perfect for… – Budding little horticulturists who love learning about the outdoors, and want to explore the labyrinth of woodlands, gardens and farmland stretching over 200 acres – plenty of space to wear them out!

Why will the kids love it? – It’s a jungle out there, and at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, kids can explore that jungle with boardwalks, rope bridges, swings and more as they discover every inch of the attraction’s glorious landscape. They’ll get to see the animals roaming the grounds, hunt out the Insect Hotel deep in the woods, and can admire the towering trees and exotic plants that smother the area. Get them to keep an eye out for funky floral designs too – they could be lurking anywhere…

Website – The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Camel Creek Adventure Park

Where is it? – Wadebridge

How much will it cost? – Prices vary between peak, off-peak and winter, and are up to 20% cheaper when booked online. In peak times, individuals over 105cm cost £19.95, and children between 92cm and 105cm and seniors cost £14.95. Off-peak prices are £17.95 for individuals over 105cm, and £13.95 for children between 92cm and 105cm and seniors. Winter prices are £7.95 for all paying visitors. Infants below 92cm go free all year. Check the calendar on site to see what price bracket your visiting time will fall. Once you’ve paid to enter once, you can return as many times as you like again for free for six days after.

Perfect for… – Thrills, spills and adventure for the whole family, offering a year-round destination whatever the weather.

Why will the kids love it? – With everything from breath-taking thrill rides to the pony express and Swampy and Dina Land, no matter how old your kids are there will be something here to keep them entertained. Whether they choose to get drenched on Thunder Falls, brave the Demon Drop, or ride the rollercoaster with all its twists and turns, you’re guaranteed a fun day out. You don’t even have to pack a picnic either, as there’s plenty of shacks, kiosks and eateries all around the park!

Website – Camel Creek Adventure Park

There are so many things to do in Cornwall, especially when it comes to finding fun places for kids. Whether you need fun family days out for a holiday you’ve already booked, or you’re looking for a place to stay in Cornwall so you can visit some of our suggestions, there really is so much to look forward to on a family holiday in the West Country!

Posted by Kirsty Fensome on 4th September 2017