Getting your family to go on a Cornish holiday can bring a host of benefits not only to you and your partner but also to your kids, if you have any. Cornwall makes the perfect destination for families to renew their ties and strengthen the bonds that keep them together. From nature exploration to a fabulous walk to a gastronomic adventure and, of course, a fun day at the beach, here are some of the top things to do in Cornwall for you and your family.
Explore nature at its finest at the Eden Project in St. Austell
A family holiday in Cornwall will never be complete without a visit to the famed Eden Project in St. Austell. Let everyone in your family explore a tropical rainforest complete with all the plant and animal life that make this region so popular. Or head out to the Mediterranean Biome and be captivated by an array of wildlife that is characteristic of this ecosystem. There’s an outdoor garden, a rainforest canopy walk, and fantastic exhibits at The Core. You can always recharge at the restaurant before continuing on your journey of discovery and being close with nature.
Get up close and personal with marine life at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay
Newquay is known as a surfer’s paradise. However, if you do have kids, you can take them to the Blue Reef Aquarium and marvel at the hundreds of different marine species beautifully managed and displayed in more than 40 different tanks. Appreciate the streamlined body of the black tip reef shark from the safety of the ocean tunnel and watch other marine creatures interact with one another. Be dazzled by the giant Pacific octopus, dogfish, rayfish, and other creatures of the deep.
Enjoy Cornish Food and Drink in Padstow
Padstow has a reputation for being a quality destination for sampling Cornish food and drink. This pretty fishing harbour town on Cornwall’s north coast is famous for its superb seafood, thanks in part to celebrity chef Rick Sten who has several restaurants here. Padstow is a delight to visit for families as there is a wide choice of cafes and restaurants where kids are most welcome. From the Michelin starred Paul Ainsworth Number 6 Restaurant, to pizza at Rojano’s, gourmet burgers at Burgers and Fish to good old take-away fish and chips on the quay, there is something for all tastes in Padstow.
Frolic in the sun and enjoy beach activities in Falmouth
If you’re into kayaking, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or any other beach and water related activities, Falmouth’s calmer waters provide a safe haven for the entire family. With is picture-perfect cove covered in glistening fine sand, Falmouth is the best place to be for wonderful water activities for the whole family. And if the beach has lost its charm, you can always get some retail therapy in town.
Walk the path of Arthurian Legends at Tintagel
King Arthur and his knights still capture the imagination of kids all over the world. What better way to quench their thirst for these legends than to walk the steps that lead to Tintagel Castle? But, the place is not only rich in myths and legends; it’s also a hodgepodge of flora and fauna indigenous to the region.
Be a lighthouse keeper for a day at Lizard
Head to the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, climb up the tower, and pretend to be the keeper of this lighthouse guarding the most southerly point of the British Isles. Sound the foghorn or pretend to track ships. Whatever you do, you’ll be the keeper of Britain even for a day.
Spending a family holiday in Cornwall can be very exciting. Just plan it well and everything will be alright.