We all know that UK and weather can be a tad on the unpredictable side and then in the holidays its finding things to do as a family that adults and children alike will enjoy and you won’t need a small mortgage to pay for it all 🙂
There’s lots to do in Cornwall and I intend to add to this over time but here are a few suggestions that all bar one, we’ve done ourselves as a family and would genuinely recommend:
Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary
This award winning wildlife sanctuary is just down the road. Whilst a lot of it is outdoor, there’s a brilliant soft play area and cafe and if you do go on a wet day and want to return when its sunny (well worth it) then for a small extra cost you can get return passes. This is about 2 minutes from our cottages.
Here’s the website: https://paradisepark.org.uk/
Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno
A gem of a museum. Great for our kids who are permanently hooked up to the www, to understand how modern day communication began. This is a really interesting learning experience for the whole family. You can even learn to send morse code! And the café is lovely too.
Postcode: TR19 6JX
Minack Theatre – not one to do in wet weather but….
I can’t mention Porthcurno without also suggesting you take a trundle up the hill to the Minack Theatre. Not expensive to get in and so worth the visit. Although this is probably best experienced on a dry day. This is a stunning amphitheatre created by an eccentric Englishwoman Rowena Cade over 80 years ago. It’s a breathtaking place. Check out the website for more information:
Postcode: TR19 6JU
Expensive but a fabulous special treat day out (you might want to pack a picnic though rather than paying their rather high food costs). Cost aside this is a wow factor place to go. Its really educational and utterly fascinating. Our son complains every time we say we’re going here as its ‘soo boring!’ but then will moan when we have to leave as he’s having such a great time. Its hard to explain just why a load of plants in what’s in effect giant greenhouses is so interesting but once there, you’ll get it and the walkway in the rainforest is utterly breathtaking.
Postcode: PL24 2SG
Geevor Tin mine
Take an underground tour from the 20th century mine down into the early days of mining. Humbling and really interesting. You can even have a go at panning and you’re allowed to keep anything you find! Another one with a great cafe too.
Postcode: TR19 7EW
This looks a little bit run down when you turn up but we love going there. Unlike other soft play centres where you as adults just watch the kids and slowly lose the will to live (or is that just me?!!) this on there’s so much more to do: Dodgems (for all the family), covered crazy golf (so you can do it even in poor weather), trampolines, a sky trail (for better weather days), the all important soft play and good seating areas. There’s even a quiet area where you can sit and read!!
Postcode: PL25 3RP
Flambards theme park
A mixture of rides (for drier days) and indoor attractions. It’s actually the indoor attractions that are the pull on wet days and deserve a trip for themselves. Their award winning Victorian village where you can walk the streets of the village as it would have been with over 50 re-created shops is utterly fascinating. Then there’s the Britain in the blitz exhibition with again life size re-creations of a street in WW11. Really amazing and something you’ll want to go back to again and again.
One2Eleven – soft play
Also, next door to Flambards is a brilliant soft play centre. We used to take out son a lot when he was younger. One2Eleven.
Postcode: TR13 0QA
St Ives Theatre
AKA – Kids R US: We seriously love this theatre group. The quality of the productions are outstanding. They’re running Bugsy Malone and Mary Poppins this summer. We can personally vouch for Mary Poppins and I’m sure Bugsy will be of the same high calibre. Kids and adults love this and your kids will be singing along (as will the adults if truth be told!).
Driving and parking in St Ives is a nightmare in August. I’d normally suggest the train but this is on the other side of the town. Not far but if you go in the evening it might be hit and miss with the train back. So if you drive from Hayle following your sat nav to St Ives, you’ll get to the Wyvale Garden Centre. Just past this is a roundabout where you can go off through Cabis Bay to St Ives or turn left. Take the left turn and follow this road for a couple of miles then turn right down into St Ives. The car park you’ll nearly always get a space in is Park Avenue TR26 1QE- 5 minutes to the theatre from here.
Theatre Postcode: TR26 1QG
We’ve not done this one but have friends that have who’ve said its brilliant, so its on our ‘to do’ list.
You’ll be taken on a swashbucklin’ voyage through Cornwall’s pirating past. Come face to face with smugglers, mermaids, and real live buccaneers (as opposed to dead ones). A new storyline will see visitors transported back over 300 years to the dawn of The Republic of Pirates. The hour-long walk-through experience will see a pirate help you escape a shipwreck, then lead you through the mystical caves and murky streets of 18th century Cornwall to the crew’s recruitment base, Blackbeard’s Tavern.Eventually you’ll arrive at the Captain’s Ship, ready to set sail to an exotic Caribbean island and The Republic of Pirates.
Postcode: TR7 1RA
Finally, the Savoy cinema in Penzance is lovely. Its a privately owned, old style cinema that I much prefer to the soulless multiplex’s. Its got a restaurant too and you can book a meal deal cinema ticket. They do great pizzas. They own the cinema in St Ives too but that’s not as good in my opinion.
Postcode: TR18 2SN
One last little suggestion before I sign off – To get you set up each day you might want to treat yourselves to the breakfasts on park. They’re really good 🙂
I hope you have a fabulous time in Gorgeous Cornwall – no matter the weather.