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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This National Trust country house and estate takes you back to the Victorian era. Explore the classic Victorian mansion and delve into the history that the house beholds. Relax in the gardens surrounding the house with beautiful flora all year round. Enjoy a stroll or the two hour walk throughout the estate or take part in a 5km run in the parkland. There are also cycle trails within the estate to bring your bikes and ride through the woodland or choose a slightly hillier route. Dogs are also welcome and there are plenty of walking routes to choose from. Visit at Christmas time and celebrate the Christmas traditions which originated in the Victorian times whilst enjoying the decorated gardens and house.
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!
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!
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.
The Extreme Academy
Located on the beach at Watergate Bay, the Extreme Academy offer an array of adrenaline-fuelled watersports. Try your hand at surfing, body boarding, kitesurfing, paddle-boarding, wave-skiing, hand planing or take on the extreme day!
Carnewas at Bedruthan
This picturesque sandy beach is great for both walkers and bathers. Located on the South West Coastal Path, the Iron Age fort of Redcliff Castle can be visited and bird watchers will be delighted by what is on offer in the skies. Dogs are welcomed onto the beach but are advised not to enter the water due to strong riptides.
Old MacDonalds Farm
A fantastic place to take the little ones, Old MacDonald's Farm is just like the song! Home to lots of different animals including pigs, cows, lambs, chickens and ponies; children can bottle feed the lambs and meet Millie and Bobbie- the resident cat and dog. There are also plenty of other attractions such as riding the miniature train, going on a pony ride or having a game of crazy golf.
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.
Lusty Glaze Beach
This beach has something for everyone. It is protected for swimmers and ideal for catching the waves for surfers. The adventure centre offers jet skiing, abseiling and banana boats. Surfing lessons are also available from the beach. There is also plenty to do on the sand with volleyball, football and a Terror Tight Rope course on offer.
Cornish Birds of Prey Centre
The centre has birds of prey, a chance to meet other animals, a waterfowl lake, a play area plus a cafe making this an ideal trip for under 10s and families. There are 3 displays per day which allows visitors to watch hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and eagles take to the skies. There are also other unusual animals to see and for an extra amount of money, you can partake in a falconry handling session or bird of prey day.
This beach is truly a surfers paradise! With some of the best waves in the country, the sandy beach is backed by rocks and cliffs. Perfect for families, visitors will find a surf school and surf hire facilities on the beach.
A sandy beach with rocky reef which is perfect for snorkelly, Constantine Beach also has good waves which can be enjoyed by experienced surfers.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm
Situated in the heart of the Cornish countryside, Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm creates delicious food and drink from their very own apples. Visitors can take a guided tour around the farm on a tractor and trailer where they will see how the apples are harvested and where the apples are taken to be made into cider. Cider testing is a must for the adults whilst children can enjoy the farm animals including Shetland ponies, Pygmy goats and Cornish Black pigs.
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