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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Reen Manor Riding Stables
With these stables situated close to Perranporth on the north Cornish coast, there are many different house riding tracks to take. Enjoy a two hour hack on the beach and over the sand dunes and take in the glorious 3 mile stretch of sand. The half-day pub ride allows you to explore views of Perranporth and the sand dunes as well as following the leafy lanes through the Cornish countryside to an local 16th century public inn. Children's treks and riding lessons are also available.
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!
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