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 Minack Theatre
This open-air amphitheatre, with spectacular views out towards the Atlantic Ocean, offers a variety of drama, musicals and opera every summertime. The theatre put on its first show in August 1932, and the venue has hardly changed. It is open throughout the year and welcomes more than 80,000 visitors to their performances, whilst over 150,000 visitors simply go to have a look around and experience the beautiful views and the magical atmosphere of the theatre. There is also a café to be able to take a pit-stop whilst enjoying the gorgeous views of the ocean. The theatre is open all year round, however opening times do vary with the seasons, so check their website for further details.
St Mawes Castle
St Mawes Castle is one the most preserved fortress of Henry VIII's coastal artillery whilst also being one of the most stunningly decorated. The castle is open nowadays for visits and there is lots to see whilst there. Don't miss the 'gunners' at rest in the gun room, visit the area in which the prisoners were kept captive and take a walk around the grounds with breath taking sea views from the castle keep.
Visit the Caerhays Estate
Home to the Williams family, the Caerhays Estate consists of the Caerhays Castle and 140 acres of gardens. The grounds have everything for a fun-filled day out! Visit the castle built by world-renowned Regency architect John Nash and learn about Cornish history and the tin mining industry of the past. Visitors can also enjoy walking through the gardens which is home to a Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias or visit the beautiful beaches and coastal paths which lead off from the estate.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Fun for all the family, Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a must do trip out! Take a journey into the park on one of the steam engines. The park boasts many family friendly activities such as crazy golf, play areas plus a canoeing lake. There are also two further railways to explore once inside.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Home to a variety of seals, this sanctuary is great to visit to see the rescue, rehabilitation and release of seals back to their natural habitat. The sanctuary is also home to a range of other animals such as otters, penguins, sheep, ponies and goats.
Visit the National Maritime Museum
Take a trip to the National Maritime Museum of Cornwall to join in the celebrations and explore the influence the sea has had on the history and culture of Cornwall. With 15 galleries spread over 5 floors, there are many exhibits to see. Visitors also have the opportunity to see shipwrights at work whilst restoring and building boats in the workshop.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England and was the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. The gardens were 'lost' until 25 years ago and were unknown and unseen until this time. Lost under a tangle of weeds, it was only by chance that they were found. A chance discovery of a door in their ruins led to the restoration of the gardens that once belonged to a large estate. Nowadays, The Lost Gardens are prided by the people of Cornwall and among some of the finest gardens in the county.
The Gardens at Enys
Boasting 30 acres of gardens, Enys is a place for great exploration. There is much to see: the open meadow known as Parc Lye which is home to spring bluebells, the ponds where the waterwheel can be found, the flower garden which is continually being bought back to its former glory, a New Zealand garden which reflects the owners' plant hunting interests and many woodland areas to discover.
Raze the Roof
Perfect for a rainy day, Raze the Roof is an indoor play centre which is home to many kids activities. With play frames, slides, climbing walls, ball canons, an astro slide, laser phasers and a safe play area for small children; the centre has something for all ages.
Flambards Theme Park
Flambards is a must on any family holiday! There is something for everyone at this family favourite. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the Hornet Rollercoaster, see amazing views from the top of the SkyRaker or prepare to get wet on the Colorado log flume. There is also lots of undercover soft play areas plus a science zone with laser maze plus more if it is a rainy day. Flambard's also has areas of history and culture with its Life-Size Victorian Village with 50 authentic shops and scenes of everyday life plus a Britain in the Blitz attraction which recreates a street during WW11. Flambards is open fully from 1 July-10 September.
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.
Orca Sea Safaris
Departing from Falmouth, Orca Sea Safaris' take trips around the Carrick Roads. The safaris offers you the chance to discover the wildlife of the of the Cornish seas which can include dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks. Seeing these animals can never be guaranteed on any trip however Cornish waters offer the ideal conditions for dolphins, seals, basking sharks and whales.
St Mawes Kayaks
Discover St Mawes and The Roseland by hiring a 1 or 2 person sit-on kayak. A brilliant way to explore St Mawes, kayaking gives you the opportunity to explore via the waters. Take in the beautiful scenery of Percuil River or for the more adventurous, head out to St. Anthony's Head where you will find the lighthouse and Molunan Beach. Heading north, you will find St. Just in Roseland. Although this trip takes 4 hours, you will get a stunning view of the church and can indulge in a cream tea at Miss. V's Cornish Cream Tea Hut.
Situated at Falmouth's Swanpool Beach, you can take part in activities that bring you face-to-face with the elements. Activities include: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, surfing, SUP, archery, coasteering, bouldering, raft building, bell boating, volleyball and team building.
Philleigh Way Cookery School
Take part in cookery courses at Philleigh Way which offers you the chance to use the finest produce found in the UK with fresh fish and shellfish caught daily and produce grown in the local area. Philleigh Way offers an abundance of courses such as Indian cookery, fish, Cornwall in a day, Tapas, Game and Christmas Cookery plus lots more.
Roskilly's Ice Cream and Organic Farm
Visit a real life working organic Cornish farm. With free entry, visitors can meet the animals, stroll around the meadows and watch the daily milking at 4pm. Whilst visiting, you also need to try some of the Roskilly's award-winning ice cream! The ice cream is made using their own milk and cream from the Jersey cow herd and there are lots of flavours to choose from!
Pendennis Castle is known as being one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII and visitors will be taken back to the Tudor times on a visit to the fort. The castle also played a big role in the First and Second World Wars. History abounds at Pendennis and there are many fascinating exhibitions which examine the roles of the castle through history. To keep the kids entertained, there is a full Tudor gun deck in action and a WWI Guardhouse and cells where they can pretend to be imprisoned. Kids will also love the spooky tunnels and the chance to experience a war time raid.
Taking place in August each year, Falmouth Week is an attraction for both locals and tourists. The event originated in 1837 with a local sailing regatta and now the week has evolved to become a major sailing competition and the opportunity to enjoy daytime and evening attractions in the town.
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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