Cornwall has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years and with good reason. It’s sunnier climate, beautiful beaches and breath-taking scenery is some of the best in the UK, attracting millions of visitors each year from around the world.
With an array of things to see and do in Cornwall it has become popular with families looking to get away and explore, relax and savour this great county. Whether you want to visit historical monuments and museums, want to learn new skills, explore the countryside or just unwind on a beach, Cornwall has it all.
Holiday specialists Blue Chip Holidays have compiled some of their favourite family friendly activities to see and do in Cornwall, so let’s look at what they chose.
Quiksilver Surf School in Newquay
Cornwall is famed for its Blue Flag awarded beaches and consistent waves making it one it the best places to surf in the UK. One of the most recognised beaches is Fistral Beach, which is actually home to the British Surfing Association and one of the most popular surf schools Quicksilver Surf School.
The Quicksilver Surf School caters for beginners and experienced surfers alike, providing training to get you started or to enhance your techniques. They provide all of the equipment including wetsuits and surf boards, and also have changing facilities, showers and lockers to store your possessions in.
The Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre
Featuring one of the biggest private collections of maritime history in Europe and housing artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks, the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre is a must for those who are interested in learning about the sea, historic ships and the local history.
Situated in Charlestown, a small port in South Cornwall, the Shipwreck & Heritage Centre is open from the 1st March till the 31st October and is a perfect day out for the whole family. The sites various exhibitions take visitors through maritime history, what it was like to live and work in Charlestown in the past and also features an array of underwater diving equipment to discover.
Providing spectacular views of the Atlantic Coast and the stunning scenery that Cornwall has to offer, Tintagel Castle is a great day out for the whole family.
Full of history, the iconic ruins of Tintagel Castle are inexplicitly linked to the legend of King Arthur. The remains of the castle today date back to the 13th Century, but it has been a stronghold on the Cornish coast since Roman times.
Explore the fascinating exhibitions including ‘Where History Meets Legend’, a collection of artefacts found at the site and a demonstration of how the site has changed over the centuries. Walk the ruins and discover the Dark Age settlement or head across the 148 step bridge to see one of the sites newest attractions, the impressive floating statue of King Arthur.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is the place to go if you ever wondered how cider, wines and preserves are made. This family run farm, situated near St Agnes is famed for its award winning produce and its dedicated staff are happy to show visitors how it all works from harvesting the fruit to the finished product.
The guided tours allow visitors to the site to see how the produce is made, starting with a tour around the press house and jam factory, then onto the museum with an array of historic machinery and presses and a tour around the distillery. Visitors can also expect to see great views of the orchards on a tractor ride.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm also has its own restaurant and tea room for hungry visitors, and a farm shop selling a wide range of cider, wines, spirits and preserves made onsite.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions which will keep the whole family occupied for hours. The site features two huge dome complexes, housing the world’s largest indoor rainforest and a Mediterranean environment full of exotic plants and fruits to explore.
The site also houses a separate botanical garden, filled with an array of native plants, flowers and wildlife including those unique to Cornwall and the rest of the UK.
The Eden Project also hosts a wide range of events throughout the year including exhibitions designed to inspire and engage children and their families about the science of the environment, Botanical drawing classes, park runs and even music festivals with some of the biggest musicians on the planet.