GET OUT THERE: SUMMER 2019
The school holidays are under way so we’ve put together a round-up of some of our favourite family-friendly activities. Whether you live here or are on holiday, we hope you enjoy a sunny, fun-filled summer.
HIT THE BEACH
We have over 300 beaches in the county, many of which are dog-friendly. Do a bit of research before you head off, and you’ll be able to find a quiet spot, especially if you’re prepared to walk a bit further than most. Pack up a picnic, sun cream, wetsuit, boards and a good book, and make a day of it. Click here for our article from Family Surf Co. about family-friendly surfing on the north Cornish coast. And see here for our guide to beach safety.
VISIT ST IVES BY TRAIN
Other than arriving by boat, the train is the best way to get to St Ives, especially in the summer when it is very busy. Park at St Erth station (which has a big, new car park) and the picturesque train journey ends above Porthminster Beach. While you are there, there is plenty to do: Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum, art galleries, gift shops, beaches, and dozens of restaurants and cafés. Visit the St Ives tourist information website for more information.
The master of storytelling, Rogue Theatre’s Ollie Oakenshield, brings more magical tales of monsters and mermaids to Tehidy Woods this summer. Adored by children and their parents alike, this year’s shows are entitled Sea Queen and Night Voyage, and run from 16 August to 1 September, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm respectively. For full details and to book tickets, visit roguetheatre.co.uk.
LEARN TO COOK
Cornwall’s newest cookery school, Truro School Cookery School, is running summer cookery courses from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 and from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 August. The first week features a children’s Cornish cookery course, a Sicilian feast, and a Friday burger night. The second week includes a Spanish tapas day, a vegetarian picnic, and Friday night lobster and fizz. To book, and for full details of all courses, see here.
HERITAGE BOAT TOURS AT NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
New for summer 2019, National Maritime Museum Cornwall is offering historic tours of Falmouth from the water on Jonik, a Cornish heritage boat. With just eight passengers, plus two crew, it’s an intimate and special way to explore the town. Tickets are £20 for adults and £12 for under 18s, and include a day pass for the museum. Tours run daily at 2pm and 3.30pm until 15 September. Visit nmmc.co.uk for further information.
If you’ve run out of ideas to keep your children occupied, then book them in for a beach adventure with Wild Warriors at Polzeath. Early morning activity sessions for 4 to 7 year olds run from 8am to 10am, and 7 to 11 year olds can go an an Adventure in a Back Pack from 10.15am to 1pm. There’s also a local kids’ club from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesdays, priced at just £35 for five sessions, starting 31 July. Meanwhile, you can go for a surf, walk along the coast path, or hide in Surfside‘s rum bar. For full details and to book a place, visit wildwarriors.org.uk.
TAKE A DAY TRIP TO THE ISLES OF SCILLY
Spend a day on the magical Isles of Scilly, where you’ll have time to explore St Mary’s, visit Tresco Abbey Gardens, marvel at the white sandy beaches of St Martin’s, try the incredible ice cream at Troytown Farm on St Agnes, or go on a boat trip to spot puffins and seals. Return day trips on the Scillonian III start at £48 for adults and £24 for 2-15 year olds, with fly and sail packages also available. See Isles of Scilly Travel’s website for full details and to book.
SKYTREK AT EDEN
Try out the brand new SkyTrek at the Hangloose Activity Centre located at The Eden Project. The huge aerial obstacle course concludes with a zip wire, and is suitable for 8 years and over. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Also at the site is England’s longest (660m) and fastest zip wire, giant swings, and base-jumping. For full details and to book, visit hanglooseadventure.com.
THE BEST OF THE REST
Other recommended family days out include….
- The Eden Project, where this summer’s exhibition focusses on evolution. Don’t miss the gorilla.
- Lose yourself in The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
- Newquay Aquarium is celebrating ten years of housing their sea turtle with turtle-themed children’s activities.
- The Minack Theatre is worth visiting in its own right, but if you can make it to a performance there, you’ll never forget it.
- Visit the rescued, injured seals, and other residents, of The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, on the banks of the Helford River.
- Ideal for wet days (although emptier if it’s sunnier), go to one of Cornwall’s trampoline parks: iBounce in Bodmin, Jump 4 in Redruth, or the brand new Newquay Trampoline Park.
- Take a boat or walk across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount.
For more inspiration from Barefoot Cornwall see:
The Foodie Diary: Summer 2019
Rainy Day Activities in Cornwall
Top Ten Cornish Restaurants for Kids
Ten More Child Friendly Restaurants in Cornwall
Cornwall’s Top Ten Festivals Summer 2019