Cornwall is loved by families for its wealth of outdoor activities, and most notably its miles of stunning beaches. Perfect backdrop for surfing, swimming, hiking and relaxing. BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best things to do in Cornwall with your kids.
1. Cycle The Camel Trail
An 18 mile trail running from Wenfordbridge to Padstow. Cycling The Camel Trail is certainly a much-loved annual tradition for many families holidaying in Cornwall.
It is suitable for all abilities so you can make the route as long or short as you like. In addition, there are bicycle hire shops in each of the four main towns along the route. You can hire a wide range of bikes, including “tagalong” bikes for young children who can’t ride far. The route along a disused railway line, has stunning views of the Camel Estuary and Cornish countryside. Moreover, there are several tea shops along the way to refuel with scones!
2. Land’s End
The Westernmost point in Cornwall is a major tourist attraction and a great day out for families. Above all, designated pathways along the magnificent granite clifftops will lead you to breathtaking views of the wild Atlantic. Also the famous Longships Lighthouse and the Isles of Scilly ,which are visible on clear days. See if you can spot some of the abundant wildlife, for instance seabirds, dolphins and seals. Don’t forget to have your picture taken by the famous Land’s End sign.
You may also wish to visit one of the four family-focused attractions such as “The Grand Experience”. This an interactive activity from the animators of Wallace and Gromit.
3. The Beach
Cornwall is famous for its amazing beaches, from the wild, windswept north coast to the sheltered sandy coves on the south. In others words, a haven for surfers, families, walkers and photographers. To sum up, the sheer variety and beauty of Cornwall’s coastline enchants all who visit.
There are over 300 beaches to explore, each with their own merits. Some of our favourites are Perranporth , offering 3 miles of golden sand on the north coast. Sheltered Porthminster with access to all of St Ives’ amenities and beautiful Porthcurno for its dramatic cliff-backed scenery.
4. St Michael’s Mount
For a truly fascinating day out, visit St Michael’s Mount, a tiny island accessible only at low tide. You’ll find a medieval castle, a working harbour and a thriving village of just 30 inhabitants. The island has consequently inspired numerous storytellers through the ages. With legends of magic, myth, giants and mermaids that are sure to amaze young minds. The mount has also been used as a filming location for numerous productions. Thanks to its wild, remote and breathtaking beauty. Definitely one of the best things to do in Cornwall with kids.
Visitors can wander the century-old corridors of the castle and its colourful gardens, before stopping for some amazing food at The Sail Loft or The Island Café.
Opening Hours: Castle, shops and cafes are open Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturday). All visits are dependent on weather and sea conditions.
5. Minnack Theatre
An open-air theatre carved into the granite cliffs near Porthcurno. This is a certainly a “must see” on your visit to South Cornwall.
Constructed in the 1930s, The Minack Theatre is world famous and an incredible place to watch a live performance. Perched on a rocky outcrop above the crashing waves. In high season (April – September), there are family friendly morning shows three times a week. These are very popular and tend to sell out quickly, therefore advance booking is highly recommended.
So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Cornwall for your next family weekend, just visit our different Cornwall pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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