5 Great Family-Friendly Activities to Enjoy in Cornwall, UK!

Cove and harbour of Port Isaac, Cornwall, England

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Cornwall has been a popular tourist destination in the UK for hundreds of years and is famed for its spectacular beaches, untouched scenery and warm weather. With an array of family-friendly activities and attractions to explore including historic sites, Victorian gardens and sandy beaches there is something for everyone.

St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

There are some top family-friendly activities to explore in Cornwall, from surfing to historical sites, there is plenty to see and do so let’s take a look:

Fistral Beach Surf School


Fistral Beach Surf School is the only surf school located on this famous beach and caters for beginners and competitive surfers alike. Specialising in surf lessons for families, groups and individuals, the professional tutors will show you the fundamentals of surfing in an enjoyable setting.

Equipment is supplied and the school even teaches other water sports including longboard, bodyboard and stand up paddleboarding. Fistral Beach Surf School is open all year round so you can experience life on the waves whatever time of year you visit.

Surf hire is also available for those who have some experience and want to get out on the open water.

Screech Owl Sanctuary


Screech Owl Sanctuary is a great day out for the whole family and is perfect for those who want to learn about wildlife and conservation. The sanctuary was established to care and rehabilitate sick and injured owls but is also home to a range of different animals including racoons, alpacas and Meerkats.

Visitors can get up close to these majestic birds, learn about their habitats and what they eat, and there are flying displays throughout the day so you can see the owls in action.

Cornwall At War Museum (Davidstow Moor Airfield)

Davidstow Airfield & Cornwall At War Museum

The Cornwall at War Museum, based at Davidstow Moor Airfield and just a short drive from Tintagel is a great attraction to visit for those interested in War history. The museum mainly covers the history of wartime life in Cornwall and RAF Davidstow moor but also has an array of fascinating artefacts and vehicles from World War 1 to the Falklands War.

The facility is wheelchair and dog-friendly, and visitors can get refreshments from the onsite NAAFI. With an array of buildings dedicated to specific military branches like the Royal Navy, Army and RAF, there is something for everyone and is a great place to learn about what it was really like on the home front during WWI and WWII.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

What could be better than taking a ride on a miniature steam engine through the Cornish countryside? The Lappa Valley Steam Railway does just that and is a must for train lovers and families alike.

With a range of family-friendly activity zones including mini-golf and canoeing, there is plenty to see and do, and with two railways to explore there are hours of fun to be had. Situated a short drive from Newquay, the Lappa Valley Steam Railway also has a Whistle Stop Cafe providing a range of refreshments.

Hidden Valley Discovery Park

Hidden Valley Discovery Park

Take a relaxing walk around Hidden Valley Discovery Park and explore the delights of the secret gardens. Take part in the Indiana Trail where you will find an array of mystery characters and hidden numbers or explore the Forbidden Mansion with its labyrinth of secret passageways and hidden doors.

Visitors can also take advantage of the Victorian Visitor Centre, where they will find a restaurant serving delicious refreshments and a shop selling an array of intriguing gifts.

Cornwall is a great destination to visit as a family! Get outside and simply enjoy the stunning nature, or add some of these fun activities above to your family itinerary.  Have a great trip!

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