Looking for family friendly activities in Cornwall?
We take great pride in helping our guests get set up to explore our beautiful county. In this blog, we explore our favourite family friendly venues, as well as days out to keep the whole team happy.
With blue flag beaches, hidden harbours and a deep history, Cornwall has something for everyone.
We know that family days out can’t always be spontaneous and that extra bit of planning can go a long way. So we’ve created our list of all the best family friendly activities in Cornwall, so you can be confident you’ll have a car full of smiling faces on the journey home. Read on to discover our favourite days out and why these spots are so great for the whole family…
Get lost in the winding footpaths of this magical sub-tropical garden.
With four miles of foothpaths, exotic plants and a private beach, this stunning sunny corner of Cornwall is fantastic for a family adventure. Trebah Garden hosts a variety of theatre performances, workshops and story-telling sessions, excellent for keeping the kids entertained.
Explore the Cornish waters by fishing like a local.
Take the family for a day out fishing with local tour guide, Justin. With over thirty years of experience fishing, Justin runs Cornwall Fishing Adventures after years of being asked for fishing tips! He loves sharing all the expertise and skills he’s learnt over the years. This activity is a real adventure for the whole family, and will leave you all with a new connection to the Cornish landscape. The only question is, who will catch a fish first?
Set amidst thirty acres of beautiful countryside, you and your family can choose from an abundance of fruit and vegetables to pick for the day. There’s no charge for entrance onto the farm, so you only pay for what you pick. There’s a variety of informative signs dotted around the farm, so you can learn while you wander and explore. And don’t miss their restaurant, where you can dine in after your farm day out.
A favourite for both parents and children, at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary you’ll get to meet an array of lovely seals, seal pups and penguins. This sanctuary helps heal up injured seals and then releases them back into the wild, once they’re back to full health. Due to the nature of looking after the seals, we’d recommend taking along a small or large donation to tip into their buckets for the amazing job they’re doing.
Only a stone’s throw away from The Alverton, the Royal Cornwall Museum is a fantastic place to wander down to with the family because of its rich history and interesting exhibitions. The museum itself was formed in 1818 and is a cultural hub in Truro. Adult tickets cost £5 but children have free entry.
Only a twenty minute drive from us, a day out learning to surf is a must in Cornwall. This long established surf school caters to the needs of every individual. Whether your family have a range of beginners or pros, you can be assured the qualified instructors will provide a safe surfing environment with amazing instruction. Fun for all the family! You can check out their family lesson packages, here.
Paradise Park in Hayle is home to amazing wildlife, outdoor play areas, a dinosaur quiz trail and even a free flying bird show! The activities are endless at this award-winning wildlife sanctuary. With fourteen acres of land, the ‘recommended routes’ signs will lead you to the walled garden, shady jungle walk and the fun farm. There’s also lots of space to picnic and watch the children play. You can find out more about prices and booking tickets, here.
Immerse yourself in magic and myths at Tintagel Castle.
Set on Cornwall’s rugged north coast, lies tales of King Arthur, stunning scenery and mysterious history. This dramatic castle will ignite your children’s imaginations for an unforgettable trip. Explore the remains of the castle and discover the ruins of the great hall. There are plenty of outdoor displays to guide you through the history and legend that once walked among its walls. Find out more about this magical destination and book tickets, here.
Home to forty naturally-themed habitats, the incredible Blue Reef Aquarium will take you on a journey from our Cornish coasts to the deep exotic seas. There’s a huge variety of animals to meet in this aquarium, from freshwater turtles to pufferfish and reef sharks. The underwater tunnel makes it easy to spot all these amazing creatures, and will leave the whole family filled with wonder. You can purchase tickets, here.
A must-see venue when visiting Cornwall or looking for a day out with the family. The Eden Project truly has it all. Adventure with your children around the world, from the Mediterranean to the rainforest. There are plenty of weird and wonderful plants and inventive play spaces to keep kids of all ages entertained. Not only this, a trip to Eden is a fantastic way to educate your little ones with practical tips on how to care for plants and look after our planet.