Rock Oyster Festival
Held on the bankside of the Camel estuary at Dinham House, near Wadebridge. As the name suggests, famous for its Oysters - Porthilly Oyster, grown in the Camel estuary. If you're not a lover of Oysters, the festival prides itself on providing a fantastic selection of local food and drink. As well as children's entertainment and a night packed full of music. The festival is usually held during the first weekend of July.
With over 1000 rare and endangered animals to its name, Newquay Zoo is must to visit when in the area! The zoo is surrounded by 13 acres of tropical gardens and is also just a short walk from Newquay town centre. You can watch the lions go about their daily business and venture into the Tropical House which is home to many including a sloth! You can also explore the African Savanna exhibit with wildebeest and antelope and there is also the village farm with many familiar faces! If seeing animals is not enough, there are also activity trails to follow, a children's play area, the Tarzan trail and Dragon Maze to keep everyone entertained.
Blue Reef Aquarium
With an array of local species from the Cornish coast and tropical species in the ocean display, the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is a great place to spend some time throughout the year. Feeding times happen throughout the day in the Tropical Ocean tanks and you can also watch the loggerhead turtles have their lunch! Take part in a rockpool encounter and learn all about amazing animals that can be found in Cornish rockpools. The main attraction is the underwater tunnel home to a spectacular coral reef. It is home to species such as puffer fish, a variety of sharks and rays.
This family home is surrounded by 50 acres of woodland gardens and is anything but a museum! The house is also home to tea rooms and a gift and plant shop. Special events occur throughout the year so keep an eye on what there is on offer.
Steeped in legend and mystery; Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and is also featured in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. Set high on the North Cornwall coast, the castle offers dramatic views which makes for a perfect day trip and a magical day out. History stretches back as far as the Romans and Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. The castle offers an events programme throughout the year which provides great fun for the family with events such as the Tales of King Arthur and the Easter Adventure Quest. You can also visit Merlin's Cave which is located nearby.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway
Take a exciting journey back in time on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway which is Cornwall's only full sized railway which is still operated by steam trains. Enjoy the relaxing journey and combine with countryside walks or a pub lunch for a memorable day out. Special trains are also available for events such as Afternoon Teas and Santa by Steam.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Within the unique and historic Lappa Valley, three separate miniature railways run through a conservation site, which is home to wildlife in the protected environment. Visitors can travel on both the Newlyn Branchline and the Woodland Railway. You can also partake on the canoeing lake, get lost in the Toddler's Path Maze, get competitive with a round of crazy golf or watch the children in the play areas or on the children's rides available. Explore and discover wildlife on the nature trails also.
The Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery
Situated in 2 acres, this small and tranquil garden offers water gardens, a stroll garden and a Zen garden which is created in accordance with the philosophy of the East. Discover a fusion of exotic plant species including Japanese maples, azaleas, rhododendrons, ornamental grasses and a bamboo grove. The garden was built as a meditative one where visitors can go to reflect and let go of unwanted stresses.
The Eden Project
Open since 2000, the two huge biomes that make up the Eden Project are full of thousands of different species of plants that have been collected from diverse regions and climates all over the world. The larger of the two biomes recreates a rainforest environment to suit the plants suited to a more tropical climate, which makes for a fascinating day of exploration, discovering exotic and unusual plants and trees, which would otherwise be inaccessible unless you travelled across the globe! There is also an outdoor area of the Project which holds plants and trees native to the UK and to the Cornwall area. The Eden project is open every day of the year except Christmas day, so there’s always an opportunity to visit this unique, ever changing and ever evolving green museum.
Dairyland Farm World
An adventure park to suit all ages, Dairyland Farm World offers under cover family fun! This attraction has it all: slides, nature trails, tractor rides, pony rides, the chance to milk a cow, animal feeding and museum tours. Take a tour of the milking parlour and help milk the cows, visit the farm museums where you can learn of Cornish farming through the years and visit Clarabelle's kitchen cafe for a wide range of locally sourced food and drink.
Holywell Bay Fun Park
Rides and plenty of activities await for the perfect fun day out! Take a turn on the F1 go karts, soak the family on the blaster boats and get lost in the magical maze. There's also plenty more to try including trampolines, water walkers, the arcade, the pirate train and much more. Open from 10:30am throughout Easter-October, Holywell Bay Fun Park is full of fun!
The Delabole Slate Company
Take a guided tour of the Delabole Slate Quarry which has been producing the finest slate since 1284. The tour includes a visit to the showroom, a talk on the history and working methods, an observation of the quarry from the pit viewing platform and a tour of the surface works. Short tours are available at 2pm from 1st May through to 31st August, Monday to Friday.
RAF Davidstow Moor Memorial Museum
Davidstow Moor was an important military airfield during WWII but today the museum stands in honour to those who served and their acts of bravery. The museum is housed in the former sergeants shower block and offers a rich history of the wartime years with lots of authentic memorabilia on display. Photographs tell the story of the airfield and the personnel who served from 1942-1945. The museum is open daily from 10.30am to 4pm from Easter until the end of October.
Wheal Martyn consists of a country park and the UK's only china clay mining experience. The china clay museum shows how the most important industry in Cornwall has influenced and also shows the role china clay plays in our daily lives. Wheal Martyn is also home to 26 acres of woodland which is perfect for walks and nature trails, the biggest water mill in Cornwall, a Victorian clay works and children's play area. Dogs are welcome too!
Pop Cafe and Gallery
A cafe and gallery mixed into one, Pop is home to a contemporary art space which celebrates the cutting edge of Cornish creativity whilst also attracting artists from London's East End. Take in the sights of Cornish photography, sculpture and fine art whilst also sipping on coffee and enjoying homemade cake.
The Venus Cafe (Watergate Bay)
The Venus Cafe opens every day expect Christmas Day and is located right on the beach front. Offering a large and varied takeaway menu, the cafe specialises in locally-sourced and organic hot and cold food and drink.
The Cornish Arms
Close by to Nohens, The Cornish Arms can be found. This pub, managed by celebrity chef Rick Stein, serves many Cornish ales and brilliant food which can be chosen from a simple British menu whilst the pub only uses local produce. For the summer days, there is a large beer garden outside and during the winter months, you can cosy up by the log fire and enjoy live music from time to time. Dogs are also welcome whilst on their lead.
Camel Valley Vineyard
Located on slopes near the River Camel, the Camel Valley Vineyard has produced award winning wines since 1989. Visit the vineyard to enjoy the view from the terrace and sample the wine served by the glass. Tours are also available which are led by a wine maker. You'll be taken through the vineyard year and winery process whilst after the tour you will be able to take part in a wine tasting session sampling some of the specialties such as Cornwall Brut.
Surf's Up Surf School
Surf's Up Surf School is a family run business with an excellent coaching team. Whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer, the coaching team will be happy to help. Take to the waves and learn a new trick!
Lundy Bay is a National Trust area and is a sheltered valley where woodland and shrub lead to a rocky bay and sandy coves when the tide is low. Take a walk through flower meadows and wet grassland whilst observing birds and butterflies in season. There are also great clifftop views to be seen plus a collapsed sea cave and rockpools to explore.
Overlooking Padstow, this Elizabethan country house also boasts formal gardens and a deer park. Built in 1592, Prideaux Place has been passed through many generations and is now owned by Peter and Elisabeth Prideaux-Brune.
If visiting over May Day, why not join in with the locals? The ancient celebrations in Padstow are fairly unusual and definitely a sight to see! The main event revolves around two Oddy Osses (hobby horses) and they have to dance around Padstow in search of ladies whilst being followed by morris dancers all dressed in white beating their drums and playing their accordions. Named the liveliest day of the year, this celebration has been going since pre-Christian times.
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