Great places to discover further afield
If you fancy exploring further, take a look at some more of our favourite days out.
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Come face-to-face with sharks, spider crabs and rays in the UK’s largest aquarium. The Atlantic Ocean display is the biggest tank in the UK, holding 2.5 million litres of water.
Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay
See loggerhead turtles, reef sharks and multi-coloured fish swimming beside you and overhead in the huge underwater tunnel.
National Maritime Museum, Falmouth
Winner of the 2014 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, this interactive museum tells the story of our relationship with the sea in a way that appeals to children of all ages.
National Seal Sanctuary, Helford Estuary
See seals, penguins and otters being fed; meet the rescued seal pups and watch seals swimming about in the underwater viewing area. It’s always a huge hit with children.
Small but perfectly formed, this award-winning zoo has everything from zebras to monkeys and lions. With animal feeding, activity trails and a children’s play area, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.
Lappa Valley, near Newquay
A firm favourite with our own small children. Take the two-mile train ride on a miniature steam train; go boating on the lake or get lost in the maze.
Dairyland Farm World, near Newquay
A great day out for children of all ages, with plenty of undercover activities if the weather’s misbehaving. There are cows to milk, animals to feed, ponies and tractors to ride and a huge indoor play area.
Camel Creek Adventure Park, Wadebridge
This award-winning adventure park is full-on fun for children, big and small. Outside you’ve got water slides, exciting rides and animals to feed and pet. Inside you’ve got an enormous indoor play area and a café.
A day trip to Cornwall’s far west is full of possibilites. There’s the fairytale St. Michael’s Mount, accessible by foot via a causeway at low tide, or little ferry boats when the tide comes in. Theres also the beautiful harbour town of St.Ives surrounded by stunning beaches and plenty of great child friendly eateries. It’s a real treat to arrive by train along the beguiling little branch line.
If you feel like exploring some of the beaches further away, you’ll find a comprehensive beach guide for the whole of Cornwall in your cottage.