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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A great family entertainment centre, Country Skittles is home to bowling alleys, lots of games and a great restaurant and bar which serves local Cornish ales. A great trip out come rain or shine.
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.
Rail Ale Trail Maritime Line
Experience the beauty of Cornwall by train and savour the delights of traditional real ales and fine rural pubs along the way. The Maritime Line links the cathedral city of Truro with the historic maritime port of Falmouth.
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!
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