Remember part one of our Ultimate Guide to Cornwall with the Kids? Here’s the second instalment! The next batch of our fave family days out in this beautiful county we’re lucky to call home. If you’re starting to plan your long summer days in Cornwall, this’ll absolutely help! We’ve tested every single one of these days out for you so you know what to expect!
Ever wondered how we all started communicating? It was 150 years ago that the first telegraph cable came into Porthcurno connecting Britain to India and other countries. This is a great little museum to explore and you can also go underground to see the Telegraph station from WWII. You can also time it with a trip to the Minack Theatre too for a full days adventure.
This is one to check their facebook page for opening times as its not always open. But it’s a great activity to tie in with a walk or boat ride at Fowey. It’s a tiny little museum with kinetic inspired inventions showing us all the way things work. A great one for their gift shop too!!
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The boys love this! A Maritime museum packed full of hands on experiences and places to explore. Dress up as an RNLI lifeguard, sail a boat in the mini lake, walk down below the river FAL to see what lurks beneath and check out the exhibitions- latest is Monsters of the Deep and Tattoo. A great spot to spend a couple hours. Finish it off with lunch on the quay (pizza express) or head off to Fal Falafel the food truck. Falmouth is host to an amazing amount of little eateries.
Just a short 15mins drive into Bodmin is a new exhibition called Discovering 42. It’s an interactive art and science exhibition with all exhibits constructed from waste materials. It’s a small show and great if you need a little adventure close by.
The treasure part of the museum is a permanent exhibition but they have 2 new exhibits- Shackleton and Frozen in Time. There is lots to explore and the Shackleton Experience takes in the underground tunnels located beneath the museum so you can experience being an explorer first hand. Suitable for all ages and there are lots of lovely places to eat for lunch after or an early dinner. Whether its Dough Boys pizzeria or The Long Store there is plenty to choose from.
Whether you’re new to climbing or been before the Tide is a great climbing wall. They run taster sessions as well as more experienced bouldering classes. If you fancy giving it a go, book in for the taster so you can try it out. It’s close to St Eval karting as well Retallack if you fancy some inflatable water fun before/ after.
Zipwires, go karts, giant swing, inflatable water park and axe throwing. This is fun for everyone! The zip wire is suitable for all but I would suggest the giant swing for 8+. The inflatable water park is fab and they provide life jackets for everyone. Take your own wetsuits. There is a café for hot chocolates if you need it for after as this is also a great activity if it’s raining- you’re going to get wet anyway!!
For those with longer legs karting at St Eval is great fun. They have 4 tracks and lots of different sessions. 7-11 year olds can join the Cadet circuit whilst if the team are 12+ jump on the family circuit for your own Grand prix! If the parents want to really give it a go there is an adults only circuit as well as a mini circuit for the 3-6 year olds.
This has undergone a huge renovation for 2022 and as a result only part is open now. The remainder is due to open in June. Most of the rides/ arcades are open and it’s a lovely traditional fairground to go to. They have a huge new 25,000sqft exhibition space with fairground artworks and exhibits. It’s also a great one to stop off at on the way to us!
Let us know if you try any of our faves! Or if you discover any of your own!
And if you’re heading our way with little littles, we’ve done a guide to Cornwall with the littlest kids too Ultimate Baby and Toddler Friendly Guide to Cornwall (Part 1).