Free Family Activities
There’s so much information on the web about things to do this summer in Cornwall, so we’ve gathered the best bits into one blog – and even better, everything listed below is free to do!
The Camel Trail – Wadebridge/Padstow/Bodmin
Whether you want to walk it or bring your bikes The Camel Trail is a wonderful way to explore the Wadebridge, Padstow and Bodmin area. Virtually flat and traffic free, it’s an 18-mile stretch with plenty of places to park the car or stop for an ice-cream. The trail is split in three sections, which are fairly equal, taking in different parts of the beautiful Cornish countryside.
Rockpooling and Butterfly Walks – across Cornwall
You can go freestyle and explore some of the many beautiful beaches that Cornwall has to offer, or you can spend some time with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The charity puts on a whole host of free activities every summer – including rockpooling – across the county as part of its Fox Club.
Story Telling on the Beach – Newquay
From rounders to volleyball, cheerobics to story-telling, super-chef Rick Stein is hosting a series of free activities on Fistral Beach, Newquay, over the summer. There are even beach waste activities, encouraging visitors to collect driftwood and other items discovered on the sand to turn into art.
Get Arty – Penzance
Drop-in family art and craft activities take place every Saturday afternoon in the exhibition gallery at Penlee House Museum, in Penzance. Offering inspiration and ideas for things to make and take home, the materials and are supplied and open to all, free of charge. Arty afternoons take place on Wednesdays throughout August and are also free. Booking isn’t required, just drop in and take part.
The museum itself is free for children to enter – only adults pay, but there are concessions.
Perfect Princess Pavilions – Falmouth
Take a trip to the South Coast and explore Falmouth where the Princess Pavilions have beautiful period gardens. Discover the beach via a hidden tunnel or stay and enjoy the music played on the bandstand. Staff often bring out a selection of games such as skittles and Jenga, so make the most of lazy afternoons here.
Cornwall’s Largest Free Adventure Playground – Pool
In the middle of lush green parkland lies at the adventure playground at Heartlands. Subterranean tunnels, a shipwrecked boat, slides and a custom made climbing structure all awaits. Suitable for children aged 1 -13, the playground also has an inland beach, complete with diggers, tunnels and a sand transportation system.
Grown-ups can enjoy the onsite café; and if the children ever tire of playing outdoors there’s plenty to explore within the World Heritage Site exhibitions that can also be found at Heartlands.
Marvelous Marconi – Lizard peninsula
Perched on the cliff on the Lizard peninsula, discover Cornwall’s past at the Marconi Centre. In 1901 the very first radio transmission was sent across the Atlantic Ocean from here…
The building is owned and maintained by the National Trust so donations are welcomed.
Why not take a self-guided tour, where the ruins of the old transmitter building can be seen?
Watch the cows being milked or take a trip around the meadow, before stopping to watch the ice cream, yogurt and fudge being made. The on-site ice cream shop at Roskilly’s near St Keverne will be hard to resist, especially with the range of flavours on offers to tempt you!
Woodland Walks – Bodmin
Offering family and buggy friendly walking and cycling trails, Cardinham Woods makes for a great day out. Explore the scenery and discover the history of this beautiful location. Why not take a picnic or stop in the Woods Café on your way out?