Where should I take the kids? Your guide to family fun days in Cornwall

Keeping kids entertained in the summer holidays can be extremely difficult, especially with the bad weather we often experience during British summertime. We’ve pulled together 6 highlights of Cornwall that promise to revamp your summer and provide some amazing memories for your children.

The Monkey Sanctuary, Looe

Home to 36 rescued monkeys The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe promises a fantastic family day out. When you visit your little ones will be able to marvel at the monkeys and learn all about their habitat and lifestyle. As well as this you can stroll through the wildlife gardens, check out the live-feed from the Bat Zone and enjoy lunch in the cafe. Children and adults will enjoy the day out all the same, there’s even the chance to be a keeper for a day!

looe monkey sanctuary

Minack Theatre, Penzance

Minack Theatre is nestled into the side of a cliff in Penzance overlooking the sea. Offering fab views the open-air theatre is known around the world and is a tourism hotspot. If you fancy seeing a play this summer then there’s everything on offer from one of Shakespeare’s classics to an original piece put together by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. If you’re not keen on plays and music performances you can always tour around the theatre, learning all about its history backstage and in the exhibition centre.


Lanhydrock House and Garden, Bodmin

Victorian masterpiece Lanhydrock House is a firm family favourite amongst locals and those travelling from further afield. Acres of gardens follow on from the stunning, unpretentious house and feature cycle paths too for those who want to explore the entire estate. Discover the history of Lanhydrock House and then wash it all down with a cup of tea and cake in the cafe.

lanhydrock house

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Fistral Beach combines a peaceful, family beach day trip with all the modcons you could need. The iconic beach is the location of many festivals through the summer and is a family hotspot where your young ones could learn to surf, bodyboard or just splash in the sea. Plus as it’s a European designated beach the water hits certain quality tests. Pair your day out with fish and chips or an ice cream and the kids will have a whale of a time.

fistral beach

National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth

The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall is a day out come rain or shine. Regardless of the weather your family can enjoy learning all about Cornwall’s vast marine history including the role of vikings in the past. The Museum houses a huge collection of exhibits, galleries and the Waterside Cafe all under one roof so you can learn, play and eat all under one roof.

national maritime museum cornwall

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Bodmin

Slightly different from any others on this list the Bodmin and Wenford Railway is an absolute treat for the whole family. Climb aboard a classic steam train and puff through the countryside taking in all the scenery. Bring your pooch along to make the day extra special or tuck into some seriously good food on the Cornish Belle first class dining train.

bodmin wenford railway

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