A family affair
iWalk Cornwall has devised 219 walks around the county, ranging from 2-10 miles, and totalling 1066 miles of stunning Cornish landscape. Decide on a coastal, moorland, or riverside ramble, and choose to include a beach, pub or church on your travels, or even follow walks that are based around Poldark’s filming locations. Dog-friendly strolls are also available.
Although the walks are available to view online, they work best via an Apple or Android app as this gives you the information you need about the route and local area as you are actually doing the walk. A bit like using the SatNav in the car.
Walks are graded from 1 (easy) to 5 (strenuous with steep gradients). The app is free and walks cost £1.99
Eden Project, Bodelva
As a multiple recipient of the ‘Best UK Leisure Attraction’ Award, voted for by the general public, it is no surprise that the Eden Project is a real family favourite. The massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories, that excite, entertain and educate inquisitive minds and feed all the senses. There are year-round family events, like storytelling, dinosaur invasion, zip wire thrill rides, the nest climbing frame, game on activities, gardening courses, yoga, concerts and all manner of activities that connect people to plants – to life itself!
St Michael’s Mount, Mount’s Bay
St Michael’s Mount is a fantastic place, for all ages, to explore the wonders that span over a thousand years. Hunt for a giant’s stone heart, examine the armour of a samurai warrior, find a mummified cat and feel what it is like to be in a real life castle. There is so much waiting to be discovered. Watch young minds race as the guides tell tales of history, legend and a living, breathing island. Take the castle quiz as a family and let your little ones’ curiosity engage them, as they learn what makes this castle so special. With discoveries waiting around every corner, experience a different kind of family home or let your imagination run wild.
Helford River Boats, Helford
Connecting the north and south banks of the majestic Helford River by passenger ferry, is just one string to the bow of Helford River Boats Ltd. This is a family run business that is geared to getting visitors on the water. Their array of fully licensed activities includes: motor boat hire, river trips, kayaking, paddle boarding and rowing boats. The fun encompasses the whole family ensuring a happy and healthy day out in nature, whatever you chose to do. What better way to discover the delights of the Helford River than to be on it – fishing or taking a picnic to your very own secluded cove.
Show Ian or Steve your Holiday Cornwall key fob and receive a discount of 10% off your boat hire.
Flambards Theme Park, Helston
Flambards Theme Park is a terrific family day out. With dozens of rides and attractions, indoors and out, there is plenty to do for everyone, from the thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace. Experience the fun from the high clutches of The Shuttle space craft to a dizzying spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster. Discover dinosaurs in the new Jurassic Journey and uncover fossils in the Dino Dig. Step back in time in the life-size Victorian Village and experience Britain in the Blitz, or enjoy the undercover soft play area in the award winning Indoor Attractions. Fully catered and gift shops on site too.
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
Be engaged and inspired by stories of the sea, boats and Cornwall. Explore the myriad of display and interactive zones including the Lookout Tower, Tidal Zone, Nav Station and the Quarter Deck, all reflecting the museum’s commitment to conservation, research, education and entertainment. The collections span boats, art, books and archives, all in support of an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives, and of the maritime heritage of Cornwall. Throughout the year there are special exhibitions like Viking Voyagers and Mermaids: Women at Sea and Voices of Maritime Cornwall, plus wonderful food and views to top off this great day out.
Cornwall Seal Sanctuary, Gweek
Situated in 40 acres of captivating Cornish countryside, The Seal Sanctuary is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. It not only provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups from around the Cornwall coast but also helps to rescue poorly seal pups from our British beaches. In addition the sanctuary offers respite and homes a range of resident including Grey Seals, Common Seals, Californian Sea Lions, Patagonian Sea Lions, otters, penguins, ponies, goats and sheep! Animal lovers will love this! Enjoy the wide open spaces, meet all the residents and relax with a drink, or grab some lunch in the Seal Sanctuary Cafe.