There’s never any shortage of things to do in the UK’s coolest county… the idyllic pursuits of childhood such as rock pooling, building sandcastles, visiting museums and discovering wildlife, are cherished here, but are augmented by a great selection of theme and adventure parks, along with amazing and unique attractions.
The county is of a size that it is perfectly possible to do it all, if you could fit everything in – but you’d need a long stay! Both coastal and countryside scenery is staggering, with family outings by foot or by bicycle another popular option for self-made adventures. Meanwhile sports enthusiasts have a wide range of water and land activities, including surfing, diving, sailing, quad biking, golf and adrenalin pumping options such as coasteering and zip lining (Adrenalin Quarry, Liskeard) or perhaps abseiling, canoeing or rock climbing at the BF Adventure Centre (Penryn).
If in the company of kids, then they’ll love to have the wild rides and award winning exhibitions at the Flambards Experience in Helston, a relative newcomer Kidzworld Indoor at St Austell with all-weather activities, and awesome roller coaster at Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park at Tredinnick, on the itinerary. Plenty of enjoyment can be had too at Holywell Bay Fun Park, Newquay, with its bumper boats, laser shoot, climbing wall and go-karts. At Land’s End Visitor Centre, Penzanze, thrilling tales of heroism, skulduggery, pirates, smugglers and the age of King Arthur and his Knights are all brought to life.
Observing monkeys at play is always a treat and the cheeky bunch at Looe’s Monkey Sanctuary, renowned for providing a safe refuge for these creatures since 1964, will not disappoint and you will be helping support this worthwhile charity. Another rescue centre that is especially fun to visit at feeding times is the National Seal Sanctuary at Helston, while Newquay’s award-winning zoo and nearby Blue Reef Aquarium will also fascinate young and old alike.
There are museums and heritage sites galore in Cornwall dedicated to various interests including maritime history (Falmouth), Poldark Tin Mine at Helston, Tintagel Castle which gave us the legendary King Arthur and, not for the squeamish, the Museum of Witchcraft at Boscastle, to name just a few. Older children and those with an interest in art, will of course insist on the Tate Gallery St Ives, rightly so, and for a very personal insight into the life of a great sculptress, the studio and home of the late and world famed Barbara Hepworth.
Whatever your age or interests, you are sure to have fun outdoors with plenty of indoor options too. There are many more places you can find on your days out and for those yet to visit, the Eden Project at Bodelva is a unique experience with a full calendar of events across the year.