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31st July 2019

What to do during the summer holidays in Cornwall

School's out! Keep the kids entertained in Cornwall over the school holidays.


2nd July - 23rd October: Murder Mystery Trains, Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin

Where: 40 minutes drive from The Alverton

Who's in the mood for solving a mystery? This summer, drama is unfolding on a steam train at Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Sit back and watch the plot twists unravel, as you try to identify the murderer on the train. Crack the puzzle whilst munching on a Cornish pasty at this interactive evening. Tickets include your steam train journey, murder mystery entertainment and a Cornish pasty supper. There is also a bar on board for drinks and refreshments. Will you be the next Sherlock Holmes or Jessica Fletcher? 


6th July - 31st August: Swim Safe sessions with RNLI and Swim England, various locations throughout Cornwall

Where: Marazion, Falmouth, Newquay, St Ives, Looe and Bude

If you're spending the summer holidays in Cornwall, chances are a trip to the seaside is on the itinerary. The RNLI and Swim England have teamed up to offer free Swim Safe sessions around Cornwall. These fun and interactive hour-long sessions will teach children vital water safety skills, preparing them for what to do if they, or someone else, got into difficulty in the water. These sessions are totally free and are offered in a wide range of venues up and down the county. 


20th July - 1st September: Heligan Summer Buzz, The Lost Gardens Of Heligan, St Austell

Where: 30 minute drive from The Alverton

Get outdoors with the whole family at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Let your little ones run wild amongst the beautiful flowers, as they follow their Heligan Summer Buzz booklet to explore the magnificent Heligan estate, learning all about nature. Breathe in sweet summer scents and admire the insects and their importance in pollination, especially the bees and butterflies. Explore insects in the macro photography mini exhibition, take aim like a bee and throw your pollen balls into the safety of your honeycomb, and dance to the beat of nature in Heligan’s first ever Bugtastic Silent Disco.


21st July - 1st September: Open Air Cinema at Porthminster Beach, St Ives

Where: 1 hour drive from The Alverton

Enjoy a movie night from the comfort of your beach towel at the open air cinema at Porthminster Beach. Showing family favourites like Disney's Moana, Finding Nemo and The Greatest Showman, pack some popcorn and lie back in the sand at this beachy outdoor cinema experience.


24th July - 3rd September: Earth Story at the Eden Project, St Austell

Where: 40 minute drive from The Alverton

Journey into the past of our magnificent planet Earth, and discover the evolution of life as we know it at the Eden Project this summer. Learn about the Earth's astonishing past, its precarious present and potential future that is ours to shape. Stumble across weird and wonderful creatures in an immersive exhibition, set off on a VR safari, and enjoy storytelling, science workshops, family games, trails and much more! A day out for the whole family that is both educational and a lot of fun.


28th July - 3rd September: Summer of Archery, National Trust Trerice, Newquay

Where: 20 minute drive from The Alverton

Take your aim at an archery class in the historical grounds of National Trust Trerice. Whether you're an experienced archer or want to learn a new skill, the archery sessions are included in the admission price and free to join in. Grab a bow and arrow and hit the bullseye!


29th July - 2nd September: Truro Cathedral Summer of Fun, Truro

Where: 10 minute drive from The Alverton

If you're in Truro with the kids, pop into the cathedral between 11am-2pm for arts and crafts activities. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the summer holidays, starting on 29th July, there’s different messy table activities for all to enjoy. From dove finger puppets to sailboat models, or lion trinket pots, the catherdral is encouraging creativity within children. Entry to the cathedral and use of the messy tables is free; however the cathedral accepts donations big or small gratefully.


29th July - 4th September: Treasure Island Summer of Activities, St Michael's Mount, Marazion

Where: 1 hour drive from The Alverton

There are lots going on across the sea at Cornwall's famous St Michael's Mount. Catch a boat in high tide or stroll across the causeway in low tide to the majestic Mount in Marazion. Be inspired by the history of the Mount, join in with crafts and take home your own treasure to keep, a lovely souvenir from this local landmark.


14th August: Camelford Agricultural Show, Camelford

Where: 1 hour drive from The Alverton

This year is the 113th Camelford Agricultural Show. This rural tradition is a great day out for the whole family. Livestock is at the heart of the show, with a grand parade and lots of prizes to be won. Discover aritsan crafts and local produce at the trade stands, as well as plenty of entertainment for children.


18th August - 24th August: Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey

Where: 45 minutes drive from The Alverton

Fowey Royal Regatta attracts thousands of people into the Cornish town, as one of Britain’s premier sailing events. During the week, expect the famous carnival procession, fireworks displays, crab-catching competitions and the Fowey harbour swim. Fun events include the giant pasty ceremony and pasty-eating competition, flora dance and appearances from Fowey Town Band. Live music will play every night on town quay. For boating enthusiasts and land-lubbers alike, Fowey is the place to be during this week.


2nd September: Teddy Bear Picnic, Wheal Martyn, St Austell

Where: 30 minutes drive from The Alverton

The teddy bears of Cornwall love a good picnic! Head to Wheal Martyn for an afternoon of games, squash and biscuits with your favourite teddy bear companions. You can bring along your own picnic basket or buy a picnic box from the cafe. This adorable day out is a lovely way to send your children back to school with a smile on their faces.


Kids Stay Free at The Alverton

Bring the whole family to Cornwall to explore the coast, country and city, and stay at The Alverton Hotel, where all summer - children stay for free! Check out the full details of this family-friendly offer here.


The Alverton Hotel

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We appreciate that last-minute changes are inevitable at the moment. This is why we’ve updated our terms to a 48 hour cancellation policy for upcoming stays for the duration of 2020. All reservations can be amended as many times as you need to, or can be cancelled at no charge, up to 48 hours before the scheduled date of arrival. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior will be 100% chargeable. Card details will be required at the time of booking, but no prepayment will be taken. Please note that our 48 hour cancellation policy excludes our advance purchase offer, and Christmas and New Year breaks.