Keep Your Teens Busy With These Activities
Don't let the teenage years stop you from holidaying in Cornwall. You'd be surprised how much is out there. Here are just a few of the fantastic adventure-filled activities any teen would enjoy.
- Cycle the Camel Trail, a largely traffic-free 19km route along a disused railway line, taking in lots of gorgeous Cornish countryside. If you don’t want to do the whole thing, there are three distinct 9–10km sections (Padstow to Wadebridge; Wadebridge to Bodmin; Bodmin to Wenfordbridge). Bike hire is available at Padstow (16km from The Park), Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge if you don’t bring your own. Other great bike rides with kids in Cornwall include the National Trust’s Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods with their cycle trails.
- Learn to surf at centres all along the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, including our favourite, Kingsurf Surf School just a few steps from The Park on lovely Magwan Porth Beach. With more than two decades’ experience, it offers surf lessons for all levels as well as surf camps.
- Learn to sail. Among the many well-reputed centres in Cornwall is the Camel Sailing & Powerboat Centre within the Camel Estuary, 19km from The Park, with both one-to-one and group tuition.
- Try other water sports, including wind-surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, coasteering and kayaking in water-sports centres all over Cornwall – both on the ocean and on lakes. Our friendly staff are happy to make recommendations and send you in the right direction.
- Take a boat-trip, whether aboard one of Cornwall’s tiny ferries on a wildlife safari to see the likes of dolphins, basking sharks and seals.
- Head to one of Cornwall’s best water parks, including the huge inflatable playground at the Aquapark at Adrenalin Quarry at Liskeard about 50km from The Park, and Kernow Adventure Park at Penryn 45km from The Park. Adrenaline Quarry also has other exciting things to do including zip-lining, a giant swing and karting, while Kernow also offers SUP paddleboarding, wakeboarding and Ringo rides.
- Explore the Eden Project 29km from The Park, which as well as being an educational day out (it has the world’s largest indoor rainforest) includes Hangloose, with England’s longest zipwire, a huge freefall airbag, a giant swing and more.
- Swim. As well as the sea, fabulous places to swim in Cornwall including the partly man-made tidal Bude Sea Pool (a sort of natural lido) 68km from The Park and the Jubilee Pool, an Art Deco lido on Penzance’s Promenade, 60km from The Park. Alternatively, the best wild swimming spots in Cornwall include the atmospheric St Nectan’s Glen at Tintagel 43km from The Park, where a slim waterfall at the head of a woody dingle makes its way down to a kieve or basin that some people believe attracts local fairies.
- Walk – something that teenagers tend to be resistant to! Overcome that with a trek up the hilariously named Brown Willy, the highest point of Bodmin Moor and of Cornwall as a whole, at 420m. It’s near Bolventor, 47km from The Park.
- Go horse-riding along the beach, with reputable stables including Newquay Riding Stables at Trenance about 10km from The Park.
- Challenge your teens to football golf at Newquay Football Golf 6km from The Park, with the aim being to kick the ball into holes or goals around a beach-themed course including crab pots and a fishing boat.
- Go skateboarding. The indoor Mount Hawke Skate Park within a Dutch barn style building at Truro 30km from The Park is one of the largest in the UK, with separate areas for different abilities, plus foosball, a pool table and table tennis.
- Go to a trampoline park. The state-of-the-art iBounce in Bodmin 32km from The Park is the biggest in South-west England, with interactive light games, a skywalk with ropebridges, a giant airbag, stunt zones, disco nights and plenty more besides.
- Spend a day playing laser tag or zorbing in venues all over Cornwall.