Cornwall has been one of the most popular destinations in the UK for both domestic and international visitors alike for the past couple of decades. It’s beaches are some of the finest to be found in the British Isles and entice both surfers as well as beach bums in equal measure. But Cornwall has so much more than epic beaches and has numerous attractions that will delight both adults and children. So here is a breakdown of 5 activities for your family holiday to Cornwall.
Land’s End is the furthest westerly point in all of mainland Britain, and it commands spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean from the top of sheer cliff edges. In fact, on a clear day you can even see as far as the Scilly Isles on the horizon, some 25 miles to the west. Aside from incredibly views, Land’s End also has 4-D cinematic experiences such as the King Arthur Legend, which details the life of this legendary figure, thought to have been from Cornwall itself. Kids will love these interactive experiences where they have to also solve puzzles in this 4-D environment.
The former fishing village of St Ives has arguably the best beaches in the UK, and its cobbled backstreets have hardly changed in the past 2 centuries. Indeed, St Ives is such a charming and pretty harbour town that it has – in recent years – drawn artists from numerous countries from around the world, who often end up settling there. Porthmeor is a fine sand beach which sometimes has enough surf to attract novice surfers, but at other times it can be flat and excellent for swimming. In either case, it is suitable for kids and teenagers who want to learn how to surf, but is also usually calm enough for all ages to swim in. Porthminster, on the other side of St. Ives, is completely sheltered from currents and bad weather, and thus is always calm. This makes it the best beach for young children.
Located inland near the town of Helston, Flambards Theme Park has some excellent rides, with the pick of the bunch being it’s roller-coaster and it’s gigantic log-flume. But Flambards also has a ‘living history museum’ that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. The underground museum has streets with wax models and real parts of shops from the early 20th century, including a pharmacy and a WWII exhibit that allows people to climb all over salvaged WWII aircraft. It tells a historical story from Victorian Britain to World War II, showing what life was like for Brits during that period.
Poldark Tin Mine
Cornwall used to be famous in the 18-20th centuries for its vast amounts of tin deposits under the ground. Today, some of the mines have been preserved and a handful of mines are open to visitors.
However, probably the most impressive of the bunch is Poldark Mine located in the Lizard Peninsular, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. The mine has several levels, all with vast tunnel systems and the guides are also extremely knowledgeable and will explain what life was like for miners. Both kids and adults will love exploring the otherworldly tunnels and learning about the dangerous and harsh conditions that miners had to endure here. Poldark Mine is a fantastic option, especially if the weather is not good enough for the beaches.
Newquay has become a surfing mecca in recent years, with it’s ideal position exposing it to favourable currents and winds that create consistently good waves for surfing. Newquay is thus one of the best places in the UK to learn how to surf. Lessons are available to both children and adults, and so for the more adventurous families this is a great way for families to bond while learning to surf together. And if you tire of surfing, Newquay zoo is consistently rated as one of the best in the country.
This is just a scrape beneath the surface as to what Cornwall has to offer, but hopefully these attractions give a teaser of what Cornwall has to offer families on holiday.