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.
Boconnoc House and Gardens
A country estate tucked away in the South East of Cornwall, Boconnoc House is surrounded by gardens which are open on Sundays in May when they are bursting with the reds, pinks and yellows of Spring. There is also a deer park within the grounds and group visits to the house, church and garden can be organised throughout the year.
This all-weather family attraction is located on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. A visit to this former slate mine takes you underground and offers one of the best experiences in Cornwall. Self-guided trips take you on an underground tour to learn how the mines worked. At the end of the tour, you will reach the Underground Lake with its crystal clear blue/green water. A comprehensive collection of minerals which were mined and quarried in the South West can be found.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wesley Cottage is located at Trewint and is where the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, preached and rested. The 18th century cottage and chapel offers visitors a unique experience. Hear the stories of the first Methodist preachers visiting Cornwall and calling at the cottage whilst also exploring the Wesley Room which is where John Wesley prayed and slept. The cottage is filled with 18th century artefacts. The Cottage is open Tuesday to Saturday from 1st May to 31st October.
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.
Trethorne Leisure Park
A fantastic family day out and all weather tourist attraction, Trethorne Leisure Park has something for all the family. The park is home to a farm area, outside play areas and over 45,000sq ft of indoor play areas. The animal barn is home to ponies, goats, lambs and pigs and you can try your hand at bottle feeding the lambs and holding some of the smaller animals on offer. There are also 8 lanes for Ten Pin Bowling, Dodgems and a Games Arcade to keep you amused further.
Camel Creek Adventure Park
Fun for all the family, this theme park is home to roller coasters and many other rides as well as animals and a play barn. Visitors can explore the dark mists of the Crocodile Corner Reptile House, enjoy Morgawr roller coaster and splash down on the Raging Rivers. The Animal Kingdom is now home to two meerkats which you can get up close to. Filled with fun and games, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Porfell Wildlife Park
Known as Cornwall's biggest animal sanctuary, Porfell Wildlife Park is a family attraction with more than 250 animals from around the world. The Wildlife Park offers sanctuary to the vast number of animals and takes in neglected, injured and illegally imported animals from around the world. Adults and children can get up close to the wildlife, feed the animals, touch them and learn all about their natural habitats. Home to kookaburras, macaws, giant leopard tortoises, monkeys, zebra and meerkats to name a few, the park offers plenty for a half day visit.
Pencarrow House and Gardens
This beautiful Georgian House is surrounded by a lake and stunning woodlands. Families (and dogs!) are welcome to soak in the culture. A playground in the grounds boasts a full-size Wendy House and the garden trails offer hours of fun.
Wingz Bird and Animal Sanctuary
This outside sanctuary offers the opportunity to watch and study well cared for animals. The aim is to conserve rare birds from all around the world and educate people on them.
With four waymarked trails and miles of paths to explore, this scenic woodland is great for an outdoors escape. Bikes are welcome in the woods and there is also a picnic area by the river plus BBQs are available to use.
This National Trust estate comprises a late Victorian country house, gardens, woodlands, parks, a tea room and a restaurant. Free tours are offered around the gardens and there are weekly parks runs so it is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon. The house itself as many touch and discover tables plus a school room complete with slates to write on. There is also the dining room with tables to set and a selection of Victorian toys can also be played with.
Museum of Witchcraft
Found by the harbour at Boscastle, the Museum of Witchcraft is one of the most popular in Cornwall. It houses the largest collection of witchcraft related items in the world! Visitors can learn about sacred sites, healing, magic, fortune telling and lots more. There are many interesting sights to see including a scold's bridle, mandrakes, a Ouija board and spirit bottles. It is the perfect place to find out everything you need to know about Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum
With one of the finest collections of smuggling collections in the country, the museum tells the tales of wreckers and smugglers over the last 300 years. The museum is a great way to spend the day and delves into the past whilst also hosting The History of Jamaica Inn; an educational and historical show the recounts the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall.
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre
Housed in old china clay loading premises on the waterfront, this centre has an interesting collection of objects which have been rescued from shipwrecks and information on the wrecks themselves. The collection has objects from over 50 different shipwrecks including from RMS Titanic, and the HMS Mary Rose.
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