Cornwall is where family memories are made, usually among our coves, rock pools and coastal villages, but you always need a wet-weather plan. Luckily, top-class family attractions, including the educational Eden Project and Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm are not far away.
The world famous biomes are at the heart of the Eden Project and house an array of tropical plants. Created from a clay pit the size of 30 football pitches, this fascinating visitor destination is more than just a large greenhouse and deserves to be at the top of your Family Days Out list. The Eden Project is all about education and there’s just loads for kids to do – experience the sights, sounds and smells of both the Mediterranean and Rainforest biomes and learn about man’s relationship with plants along the way. During the holidays, there’s always a varied timetable of events from storytelling, to plays, music events, not to mention rock climbing and the SkyWire – Britain’s longest zipwire. There’s so much to do, you definitely have to set aside a full day for visiting Eden.
Just off the A30 at Pool, near Redruth, Heartlands is Cornwall’s newest visitor attraction and the county’s biggest free cultural playground. It is a World Heritage Site Gateway, boasting 19 acres of indoor and green outdoor space, with loads of things for families to learn and explore all year round, whatever the weather. View state of the art exhibitions, let the kids have fun on the climb-on sculptures, enjoy the gardens of epic diversity, and relax on the grass as the kids tire themselves out on the adventure playground. As well as this, there’s the chance to learn about Cornwall’s rich mining history during an Engine House Tour and with a programme of diverse events and workshops throughout the year, you’ll always find something to do.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is the largest cyder-maker in Cornwall and the first and only distillery for 300 years. It may not sound like an obvious choice for a family day out, but this free admission visitor attraction offers plenty of fun for the kids, from watching how cider is traditionally made at the farm’s cyder press to bumping around the farm on a tractor ride and getting up close and personal with the friendly farm animals. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a farm shop, restaurant, distillery, cellars and a jam kitchen. The only thing the kids can’t do is test the end product, but Healey’s do make a lush apple juice as an alternative!
The Blue Reef Aquarium is situated in the centre of Newquay, on Towan Beach. Check out some of the local marine species that are found on the Cornish Coast, as well as the more tropical creatures that most of us won’t ever get to see in the wild, in a huge ocean display with an underwater tunnel! This is your chance to get up close and personal with some amazing sea creatures, from octopus and sharks to seahorses and stingrays. The aquarium also offers educational tours and workshops.
These are just a few of our favourites, head out and explore for yourself!