Whether you’re nine or ninety, Cornwall offers plenty of opportunities to create memories this half-term
From the many attractions and planned events to the simplicity of a day on the beach or exploring the countryside, read on for some of our favourite ideas to keep you and the family entertained this half-term.
Go surfing off one of the many Cornish beaches. Book a surf lesson with one of Newquay’s experienced surfing instructors and discover the magic and exhilaration of catching a wave off Cornwall’s north coast.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Poldark with a tour of ‘Wheal Leisure@ (or Geevor Tin Mine, to use its proper name…) near Penzance. Have a go at panning for gold (or copper), discover the history of Cornish mining in the interactive museum, and enjoy the amazing views from the site.
Go adventuring at the Hidden Valey Discovery Park near Launceston where you and your family will explore the hidden passageways of the forbidden mansion, discover the hobbit house and follow the clues on the Indiana and Sherlock Holmes trails.
Explore one of Cornwall’s many National Trust gardens, such as the sub-tropical paradise of Trebah Garden near Mawnan Smith where you and your little ones can follow the Crazy Cowhand Trail this May half-term.
Take the boat or walk the causeway (if the tide is out!) to explore Cornwall’s St Michael’s Mount, with its historical castle, cobbled streets and beautiful gardens.
Hop aboard a boat and explore the estuary from Padstow’s working harbour with a sea life safari boat trip. Look out for seals, puffins, dolphins and basking sharks, and you may even get to see the life boat launch from Trevose Head.
Head to one of the county’s beautiful white sandy beaches, where you can stroll along the shallow waters, splash in the waves, or simply sit back and watch the world go by from the shore.
Go on a journey through the fascinating world of sealife at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay. Get up close and personal with hundreds of sea creatures including sharks, octopus, seahorses, lobsters, turtles and even crocodiles!
You can’t visit Cornwall without taking in the wonder of the Eden Project biomes near St Austell. From the tropical plants and wildlife in the humid rainforest biome to the landscapes, herbs and flowers of the Mediterranean biome.
Explore the traditional process of beer-making on a guided tour of St Austell Brewery. A 90 minute tour will take you on a journey through the history of the brewery, and give you the opportunity to sample some of the ales.
Take in a gallery tour and the work of contemporary and modern artists from all over the world at the Tate St Ives. Follow the Hepworth family activity trail on-site and discover the home and studio of famous artist Barbara Hepworth.
Enjoy life on the farm at Dairyland Farmworld, a fun-packed adventure park with milking parlour, nature trail, pony rides, massive indoor soft play centre and farm museums.
Head to Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum Cornwall and uncover the unknown world of vikings at the Viking Voyagers exhibition. Try on the clothes, try out the crafts, smell the smells of a voyage and learn about viking life.
The 10-day Fal River Festival takes place from Friday 22nd May in the historic port of Falmouth. The event includes live music & drama, arts & heritage, gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more to inspire you about life on the river.
The Penryn Arts Festival is a four-day event kicking off on Friday 22nd May near Falmouth. With live music, readings, performances and workshops, there is plenty to entertain all members of the family.
The largest beach festival in Cornwall, Bank Holiday weekend’s Tunes in the Dunes features live performances from some of the UK’s finest performers, including Scouting for Girls, Status Quo and Tom Odell. Buy tickets for just one day and enjoy the music, atmosphere and surfing, or immerse yourself in the event for all three days.
St Agnes Victorian Street Fayre is a wonderful mix of traditional games, street stalls, fresh food and community. Join the fun on Monday 25th May in the little village of St Agnes.
Another real gem of an event is the Launceston Steam Rally from Saturday 23rd until Monday 25th May, with hundreds of rare vehicles to explore and discover. There is also live music, a kids’ play area, steam engines, tractor rides, and motorbike displays.