Why not leave your car for the day and make the most of the Cawsand Ferry service. During April - October, the Cawsand ferry operates a regular pedestrian service from Cawsand beach to Plymouth's famous Barbican. The half hour journey makes a great way to explore the many sites in Plymouth such as National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Hoe, Royal William Yard and Crownhill Fort, as well as taking in the breath-taking views along the way.
Remember to pack your walking boots
Kingsand and Cawsand sit on the SW coastal path, making it an excellent way to see more of this beautiful part of Cornwall. From Cawsand, there is an easy - moderate walk to Rame Head. From the square head towards the woodland and pick up the path from here to Rame Head, passing Penlee Point on your way. The rugged coastline provides many areas to sit and enjoy the views back to the villages and down to Plymouth - be sure to take a camera.
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.
Visit Looe Island
Gifted to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Looe Island is open to visitors arriving by boat during the summer months. This island is a marine nature reserve boasting many varied habitats such as woodland, grassland, sand and reef. Teaming with wildlife on land and in the waters, the island is full of natural beauty and a haven for sea life and birds.
Rail Ale Trail Looe Valley Line
Take the opportunity of a scenic tour of real ales of the West Country. A relaxing train journey takes you on a tour of the Looe Valley starting at the market town of Liskeard and ending in the fishing port of Looe. Participants stop off at many pubs along the way where locally brewed ales can be tasted along with excellent food. The trail is self-guided so you can take as long as you please in each different location.
National Marine Aquarium
Located in Plymouth, this is the UK's largest aquarium which is dedicated to raising awareness of the ocean and the challenges they face. Discover mysterious sea creatures and be amazed by the Eddystone Reef tank which is home to the UK's largest single-tank viewing panel. The aquarium is also home to tanks of the Atlantic Ocean which house large nurse sharks and three species of rays! Finish the journey at the Great Barrier Reef tank which is home to Zebra sharks as well as Cooper the Humphead Wrasse and Samson the Giant Grouper!
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
Home to the former house of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe, Mount Edgcumbe House is set in Grade I Cornish Gardens and part of a 865 acre country park. Perfect for family outings and group visits, the park is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City council whilst also being one of the most visited tourist destinations in the region. Visitors are encouraged to explore, enjoy and learn wandering through the vast grounds.
Visit this contemporary gallery which showcases work from the artistic community living in the Tamar Valley. Home to modern ceramics and beautiful handmade jewellery.
Tee off at St Mellion Golf Club
Voted the best golf course in the West of England by Today's Golfer Magazine readers, St Mellion Golf Club boasts two courses with 36 holes. The club is a 12 time European Tour Venue where golfers can follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest golfers.
Explore the River Tamar by canoe
What better way to take in the beautiful surroundings than enjoying a tranquil canoeing trip down the River Tamar? The River Tamar creates a natural border between Devon and Cornwall and there is plenty to see on the journey. As well as seeing valley scenery, canoe trips often see lots of wildlife including seals, otters, kingfishers and herons to name but a few.
For the adrenaline junkies out there, Adrenalin Quarry is the place to visit! Located near Liskeard, the quarry has much to offer. Take an exciting trip on the zip wire which runs over the quarry's lake or soar through the sky on the Giant Swing. The Quarry also offers coasteering with a twist; do you dare to take on The Blob? The Adrenalin Quarry opens full time from Easter until the end of September.
This tree-top adventure is full of complex adrenaline filled tasks with tree top ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways situated in the Tamar Valley. Explore the beautiful surroundings and the woodland from up above. This attraction is perfect for families and groups.
Popular with tourist and locals, Whitsand Bay is a small, rural beach which has remained unspoiled beach with rocky outcrops. Easy to access, beware when high tide hits as this part of the coast divides into small coves.
Walk around Kingsand Cawsand
The quaint village of Kingsand Cawsand has great views over the water to Jennycliff and the small bay is very popular with boaters. Walk along the seafront of Kingsand to the clock tower which was erected to commemorate the coronation of King George V or pas the day in the pub on the beach whilst taking in the beautiful views which passing boats sailing to Plymouth. Also take part in watersports such as canoeing and diving which are popular from the bay due to its secluded and safe clear waters.
The Black Prince Procession
If visiting on Mayday Bank Holiday, don't miss the Black Prince Procession. This is a Mayday custom in the village of Kingsand Cawsand. Starting in Millbank, the procession travels onto Kingsand and ends on the beach at Cawsand. Here a model boat, The Black Prince, which is decorated in flowers is sent out to sea to say goodbye to the winter months and to welcome the summer weather.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park
The Donkey Park is home to 27 donkeys that visitors can watch and pet plus also home to goats, pigs, ponies and many more cuddly animals. Most of the animals are allowed to be fed and by arrangement, visitors can take a donkey for a walk. The park also has adventure play areas and visitors can take a ride on the tractors.
West Hoe Park
This large park situated in Plymouth has a large children's play area, a miniature railway, putting green, crazy golf, trampolines and a bouncy castle. Children will enjoy taking a ride on the Gus Honeybun train and having a bounce on the bouncy castle. During August, the park is transformed into a festival event for children with different organisations throughout Plymouth providing a range of activities such as bushcraft and story telling.
Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink
Open all year round, Plymouth's Ice Rink offers a thrilling trip for families of all skating abilities. There are a variety of sessions available including tots' sessions, disco sessions, ice hockey and group lessons.
Saltram House and Gardens
Close to Plymouth, Saltram House has over 500 acres of grounds and is itself a exquisite Georgian mansion full of interesting history and original objects. The house offers an insight into country estate life through the centuries with many impressive collections to discover such as paintings and marvellous interiors. Visitors can take themselves back in time by dressing up in Georgian and Regency costumes in Lord Morley's bedroom.
Part house and part museum, Buckland Abbey is a beautiful estate boasting meadows, woodlands and orchards and is home to over 700 years of history. Visitors can discover the Great Barn which has barely changed since it was built and find treasures throughout the estate. The Nave Gallery contains the Rambrandt self-portrait and is well worth a look. Exciting family events happen year round.
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