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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
A sandy beach with rocky reef which is perfect for snorkelly, Constantine Beach also has good waves which can be enjoyed by experienced surfers.
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.
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