6 reasons why you should holiday in Cornwall with the kids this summerBack to latest posts
If you’ve ever been to Cornwall on holiday, then there’s a very good chance you’ll have been more than once.
And now that the warmer weather is here, you might well be thinking of returning to the South West of England…
But if you’ve never visited before, then here are 6 fantastic family friendly reasons to head to Cornwall this summer with the kids:
Ah the beaches. It’s sounds a cliché to talk about wide open sandy beaches, perfect for little ones to dig up with buckets and spades whilst older kids body board or try their hand at surfing.
But you know what – it’s true! The beaches round Cornwall’s 250 miles of coastline (and there are over 150 of them) are just fantastic.
Our favourite is perhaps Trevone Bay, near Padstow – great for kids, with vast open sands, warm shallow pools to paddle in, rock pools, a blow hole plus a lifeguard.
There’s also plenty for adrenalin junkies – Cornwall’s rocky coastline lends itself brilliantly to coasteering and sea-cliff climbing.
Check out the Cornwall Beach Guide for more information on which beaches have lifeguards and are good for surfing.
Kids love exploring and what could be better than 2 huge biomes housing plants from across the world?
Wander round the pleasantly heated Mediterranean biome before experiencing the tropical heat of the rainforest biome (there’s water fountains and even a cool room if it all gets too much!)
The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall lay undiscovered until just 25 years ago!
Today this 200 acre garden provides the perfect escape from it all in one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England.
Kids will relish the freedom to explore these magical gardens, farmland and woodland walks – including the Jungle, with the longest Burmese Rope Bridge in Britain!
See pineapples growing, sheep being sheared, owls hatching and pigs playing. Food grown in the gardens is used in the cafés – surely the shortest food miles you’ll see anywhere!
Older kids will love the chance to see a play in the atmospheric, cliff side setting of the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 4 miles from Land's End.
With panoramic sea views, Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre has 2016 productions including Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny The Champion of the World’ and Peter Pan. Perfect for the whole family.
Ok so this only happens once a year. But time it right and it’s an absolutely brilliant day out for the family.
Set in the Royal Cornwall Showground just outside Wadebridge, it’s held every June and opened each year by a member of the Royal Family. It is the county’s biggest annual event – and a proper agricultural show to boot!
Little ones who love tractors will be in their element whilst others will be entertained by dog and horse displays, rare breeds, fun fair rides plus hundreds of colourful, interactive stands.
There are baby-changing and feeding areas and even a children’s play area – where you can leave little ones aged 3-7 years in brilliant supervised care, with a huge array of activities, whilst you look round the ground on your own!
Outstanding food and drink
So this one may appeal more to you as parents rather than just the kids but Cornwall is a veritable treasure trove of wonderful, locally produced food and drink. Crab, fish, craft beers, wine and cider – it’s all here to be discovered.
Whilst Rick Stein has clearly had a significant impact on places like Padstow (the fish and chips are fantastic – but try the haddock pasty!) there are plenty of other excellent bars and restaurants throughout the county in which you can sample freshly landed fish and seafood.
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