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All-season Cornish trips with your toddler or preschooler

Families with babies and young children make up most of our autumn, winter and spring holidays.   Here’s our choice of family-friendly trips which work well in any season, and allow for social distance.  All picks are within a ten minute drive of the farm.

If you’d like a complete itinerary for autumn, winter or spring farm stay holidays in Cornwall, take a look at our short break and week itinieraries.

Playscape trail to St Winnow circular walk

Our new nature playscape weaves a story through woodland play features, designed to inspire and challenge young children.  You can extend your walk down to the sleepy, waterside hamlet of St Winnow.  St Winnow has a Poldark/Cold Comfort farm vibe with a picturesque church overlooking the Fowey estuary.  Make a pitstop at Angie’s caravan for delicious home-made pasties, bacon buns, cakes and drinks.  Don’t miss her sublime scones with her homemade jam combinations, such as elderflower and gooseberry, and strawberry and redcurrant.  There’s a farm machinery museum on-site which is sure to delight tractor fans, small and large.

Restormel Castle

This amazing 13th-century motte-and-bailey castle is set on a Norman mound in Lostwithiel, the closest town to Tredethick.  On a clement day, it provides a pleasing picnic spot with fantastic 360° views.  You can climb to the top of the castle steps and look down on the remains of the .  rooms.  The castle, built by the Black Prince, has a real place in history, so grab your metal armour and sword and go searching for a dragon to slay today.  It’s a short walk from here to the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery cafe, which overlooks Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle.  You can turn up for breakfast or lunch, or make an online reservation for afternoon tea.  It’s worth the walk for scrumptious fodder, loos and baby changing facilities.

Respryn Woods

This is a beautiful, buggy-friendly riverside walk, starting and ending in Respryn car park and taking in the scenery along the River Fowey and the old carriageway.  Take your binoculars for a chance to see dippers, wagtails, kingfishers and even otters.  Children can run wild on this beautiful one mile walk, which is categorised as ‘easy’.

Kayaking along the Fowey Estuary

For busy preschoolers, who have already swum in the indoor poor, raced around the nature playscape and ridden on the John Deere tractors, how about a spot of kayaking on the stunning Fowey Estuary?  It’s a fantastic way to see the local birdlife from herons, kingfishers, cormorants, waders and even seals. Fowey’s sheltered tidal waters are an ideal introduction to kayaking and so are suitable for both families and those new to kayaking.


Tredethick Farm Cottages: Eight beautifully appointed farm cottages in a courtyard setting near Lostwithiel, Cornwall.  Inclusive activities and facilities include animal feeding, pony rides, an indoor pool, balance bike track, nature playscape, playpark and indoor play. Tredethick presents great value term-time, with stylish accommodation in tranquil countryside and a peaceful off-season Cornwall to enjoy.