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5 ways to keep the kids entertained in Cornwall

September 28, 2019

There’s no place in the UK that is quite so postcard-perfect as Cornwall. While the British Isles is brimming with stunning spots of rich greenery and rugged coastlines, much like this south-west paradise, Cornwall’s unspoilt scenery and peaceful ambience really do make for a relaxing family break. That is, unless you are lucky enough to live in this area of England, year-round.

Let’s be honest, you can have a whole lot of fun in Cornwall without visiting any attractions at all. Coastal walks, building castles in the sand, perfecting watersport techniques, the outdoorsy options are truly endless. That said, if you are looking to fill your family time with some top local attractions, here are five that you simply must visit:

Family friendly attractions in Cornwall

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National Seal Sanctuary Gweek

As part of the SEA LIFE Trust, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a safe place for seal pups and an unmissable visitor attraction. Nestled on the banks of Helford River, the sanctuary is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with young children. Enjoy species-specific talks and feeds or be a seal keeper for the day. It is also possible to arrange to eat breakfast with the seals, which is a real novelty for youngsters.

See the seals for less by visiting after 2pm. Parents with toddlers can bag a bargain with attractions £10 Parent and Toddler Ticket.

Check out Hodge Podge Days review of The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

St Ives Bay

Could we really do Cornwall justice without including a snippet of its natural beauty? A visit to St Ives Bay gives you three beaches to choose from, the blue-flag Porthmeor, the quiet Porthgwidden, and the family-friendly Porthminster. With beach huts, shaded spots, and lots of sandy space for building sandcastles in between paddling, Porthminster is a carefree, low-cost day in Cornwall. Nearby to Porthminster beach you will find family restaurant with striking sea views, while watersports are also available to the east of the bay.

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The Eden Project

The Eden Project is the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Dubbed by Visit Cornwall as a ‘dramatic global garden’, it features two tropical biomes, which house thousands of plants from some of the world’s most fascinating climates. The attraction promises an action-packed activity calendar, year-round, for families, so be sure to check what’s on before you visit.

Flambards

Perfectly juxtaposed against the quiet, calming Cornish landscape, The Flambards Experience is an extreme thrills and spills amusement park. Ideal for young children and teenagers alike, a visit here will inject some adrenaline into your relaxing family break in Cornwall. Action-packed and utterly fantastic, the family is sure to love the park’s sky high thrills.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Once you’ve paid a visit to the area’s Seal Sanctuary, and should the weather mean St Ives Bay is no longer an option, Blue Reef Aquarium is a great all-weather family day out. Expect to see over 40 exotic aquatic displays, one of which includes the impressive blacktip reef shark, which measures over two metres in length.

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