Entertain the kids
Cornwall is a great location for family holidays. There is much to keep adults interested while providing enjoyment for children at the same time. Read on for information on child’s activities in and around the Flushing and Falmouth area.
Elemental UKlocation: Swanpool Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5BG Elemental are a Falmouth company who offer all sorts of water based adventures including canoeing, sailing, surfing, coasteering, wind surfing, raft making and stand-up paddle boarding. Swanpool’s sheltered location and calm waters - which are protected from the wind in most directions - makes it ideal for the safe launch of small sailing boats and paddle craft. Their kids club is ideal for parents who want a quite couple of hours while the children learn valuable skills and, above all, enjoy themselves! The guys at Elemental tell us that their aim is ‘to help people get the most from the coast by immersing them in the challenges and thrills of the natural world, all while learning valuable skills and having fun’ - which sounds pretty good to us! They can even offer delivery of kayaks and equipment to your holiday home. For more details have a look at their website. www.elementaluk.com
Pirates on the Prom, PenzanceDate: 26 May 2014. A day of pirate themed music, dance, theatre, parades and mischief. The main event is a world record attempt for 'most people dressed as a pirate!' This will be counted and recorded on the Prom in Penzance. Find out more information
Switching on near you soon!It’s that Jingle Jangle time of year again. Where better to spend Christmas than in Cornwall? Whether staying in a village or in town, you can expect to see some dazzling Christmas light displays. If you’re staying in our holiday cottages over the festive period, here’s five festive Christmas light displays which are worth seeing...
Falmouth: The Big Christmas Lights Switch On, 4th December“Expect singing from Falmouth’s schoolchildren, dancing, a Lantern Parade arriving on The Moor for the lights switch-on at 7.00pm” That’s according to the Falmouth Town website. Even better, you can enjoy some late-night shopping every Thursday from the 4th December. As you walk down the High Street, your nose will be filled with the scents of Christmas - mince pies, cinnamon and mulled wine. Mmmmmm. A family-friendly and dog-friendly event, this is a night not to be missed when holidaying in Cornwall.
Penryn Christmas Lights Switch On, 6th DecemberJust up the road from Fabulous Falmouth is the Perfectly Positioned Penryn. Once an important harbour exporting granite and tin, contemporary Penryn is full of historic charm and quaint back streets. Think of a Christmas biscuit tin picturing an old English village with its quaint streets lit up - that’s Penryn! The lights will be switched on at 18:30. Carol singing, mulled wine, tea, coffee and mice pies will be available at Penryn Town Hall.
Mawnan Smith’s Christmas Lights Switch-On, 28th NovemberFather Christmas is coming to switch on the Mawnan lights at 5.30! A wealth of child friendly activities should be available on the evening for the whole family to enjoy the magic of Christmas in Cornwall.
Flushing Christmas Lights and Christmas Market, 12th DecemberWith a Christmas market starting at 5.30pm, special guest Kernow King will be switching on the lights on at 6pm. There will be plenty of opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto too. As such a close-knit community, it’ll be hard to miss this evening of festive fun in any of our Flushing based holiday cottages.
Mylor Christmas parade and lights, 8th DecemberFather Christmas will parade through Mylor to the Lemon Arms car park, where the tree will be switched on. It will be followed by carol singing, refreshments and a grand raffle drawn in the Tremayne Hall.
Mousehole Christmas Lights, 13th December.Celebrating their 50th year of Christmas lights, the Mousehole lights are worth the visit if you visiting Cornwall in December. It’s an hour’s drive from Falmouth, but the lights twinkle around the harbour and this pretty little village simply ‘lights up’ with the Christmas spirit.
Truro City of LightsDate: Wednesday, 19 November 2014. The 2014 event has a theme of Heroes, inspired by the centenary of the start of the First World War, this theme opens up a variety of opportunities to explore the heroes of that period as well as those heroes who inspire us from any walk of life or context. We are looking an ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances. This year’s parade will begin at the earlier time of 6.30pm with a slight refinement of the route. Truro High School for Girls are kindly hosting the start of the procession for the schools and community groups and half the bands. This half of the parade will move onto Falmouth Road and start down Lemon St, to be joined by the large artists lanterns and the rest of the bands from Charles St. We'll the continue down Lemon St, onto Boscawen St then out of town along River St. The schools will continue onto St Georges Road to finish at Hendra Park, but the large lanterns will double back along Little Castle Street and Kenwyn Street to finish on Lemon Quay. This route gives plenty of space for viewing the procession away from the crowds - try joining us at the start on Falmouth Road or cheer us to the finish on St George's Road. It will also allow the schools a safe place to finish and disperse and give all the audience another chance to see the large lanterns on Lemon Quay! Families with small children are advised to avoid Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street which can get very busy! For more info visit www.cityoflights.org.uk
It’s all about the animals this Half-TermThere are loads of exciting and fun things to do this half term in Cornwall. Here are some family-friendly, wildlife focussed attractions that are open throughout the year. All are within easy driving distance of Falmouth and Flushing - perfect for a day out with the children during your stay at our self-catering holiday cottages.
Visit The Blue Reef Aquarium!Within walking distance of Newquay town centre and overlooking Towan Beach, The Blue Reef Aquarium is perfectly situated to stroll down to the beach with an ice cream in hand before going inside. From Caimans to Piranhas, sea horses, star fish and circling sharks - the aquarium offers everything you want your little one to learn about the world below. With hands-on encounters, you can watch daily feeds and learn some fascinating facts at the same time. For more information, opening times and prices, visit: www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay/.
Monkey around at the Monkey Sanctuary!
Hear a keeper talk about monkey business! With a play area, activities for the children and the all important sit-down Treetop Cafe for mum and dad to rest in, the Monkey Sanctuary has everything to offer energetic children with a love of wildlife. Open everyday during half term, you can find a full price list and opening times here: www.monkeysanctuary.org
Visit Dairyland Farm World!One of Cornwall’s most beloved children's attractions, there is something for everyone throughout the day at Dairyland. Starting with Pony Rides, visitors can go on to Pat-a-Pet later in the morning. Help milk ‘Clarabelle the cow’ and end your day by bottle feeding some calves. With an indoor play area incase the weather turns, you can expect a fun-filled day at Dairyland Farm World. For opening times and winter admission prices, please visit, www.dairylandfarmworld.com.
Find your paradise at Paradise Park!
Dubbed “Cornwall’s best wildlife sanctuary,” Paradise Park offers visitors an insight into wonderful world of exotic birds, penguins and otters. Based in Hayle, the attraction is perfect ‘day-trip distance’ from Falmouth. Even better, the surrounding area offers good views of the Cornish coastline. During the winter season, the indoor play area, cafe and gift shop remain open, with a daily penguin and otter feed to look forward to. www.paradisepark.org.uk
The Eden Projectlocation: St Austell, PL24 2SG
Eleven years ago this place was a barren, exhausted china clay pit. Now its massive Biomes (one of which is the biggest greenhouse in the world) and millions of plants bear witness to what can be achieved by a can-do attitude and the tenacity of the human spirit.
Eden is as potent a symbol of hope for the future as you could find anywhere on earth. That's the big stuff…simple pleasures await you here too: imaginative children's play areas, impromptu storytelling, workshops for all ages, a wide choice of delicious food, a shop full of amazing stuff from all over the world – and just sniffing the flowers of course!www.edenproject.com
Falmouth Maritime Museumlocation: Falmouth, TR11 3QY
The Falmouth National Martime Museum makes a fun and affordable day out for all of the family, housed on Falmouth harbour-side the museum has something for everyone from seafaring enthusiasts to families. There are a large selection of exhibits covering a range of nautical subjects including 'The Curiousity Shop' showing all things weird and wonderful, and 'The Survival Zone' telling amazing stories of survival. There are also fun and educational workshops for kids with lots of opportunities for kids to interact as well as nautical themed play areas.www.nmmc.co.uk
St Michael's Mountlocation: Marazion, TR17 0EF
Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home. Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit.www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
National Seal Sanctuarylocation: Gweek, TR12 6UG
The Sanctuary started in the winter of 1958 when a baby seal, only a few hours old, was washed up on the beach at St Agnes. Ken Jones lived with his wife just one hundred yards from the beach, he picked up the pup and took it back to his small garden. For many years he ran a rescue centre for seals and oiled birds. News of his work spread, and he received more and more calls about injured seals. Today the Sanctuary has nursery pools, convalescence, and resident pools, and a specially designed hospital. The hospital over the years has been extended to include isolation pools, as well as treatment and preparation areas.www.sealsanctuary.co.uk
Lost Gardens of Heliganlocation: Nr St Ewe, PL26 6EN
Heligan was recently dubbed 'The Nation's Favourite Garden' by BBC Gardeners' World viewers after the award-winning restoration of its productive gardens, but this is just one of many features that make this a fantastic year-round destination.
The 22-acre 'jungle' was created as a horticultural playground to indulge the passion for sub-tropical plants that swept the country over a hundred years ago. Now some of the most lush vegetation in the country can be found in this steep-sided valley garden, including the largest collection of tree ferns in Europe, thickets of bamboo and a banana plantation.www.heligan.com
The Minack Theatrelocation: Porthcurno, TR19 6JU
The Minack Open Air Theatre in one of the most beautiful settings one can find anywhere in the World. Perched high on the Cliffs , with the stunning blue sea of the Atlantic Ocean, and the wonderful coastal vista of Porthcurno Bay with Logan Rock as a backdrop. Many visitors arrive at the Minack imagining it was built by invading Romans, but the real truth is even more remarkable. From 1931 until she died in 1983 the Minack Theatre was planned, built and financed by one determined woman. This is a ‘must visit’ for everyone!www.minack.com
Crealy Adventure Parklocation: Wadebridge, PL27 7RA
Crealy offers maximum fun, inside and out, with fantastic rides, animal encounters and parkland. An award winning family attraction and an unforgettable day packed with magic, fun, adventure and relaxation for the whole family; go wild on the Thunder Falls Log Flume, Raging Rivers Water Slide, Viking Warrior Pirate Ship, and in the huge indoor play areas. Ride, feed, or cuddle the animals in 'Animal Realm'. Relax and unwind around the lake. Enjoy the Sunflower Maze, plus great restaurants and cafés and a fantastic gift shop.www.crealy.co.uk
Falmouth Surf Schoollocation: Falmouth, TR11 4QU
Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves! Falmouth Surf School offers you the day of a lifetime with truly ‘no worries’. They provide the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to ensure that you and your family have the time of your lives, safe in the knowledge that our fully qualified and expert staff will get you cruising on clean Atlantic waves and feeling the rush that only surfing can bring! Falmouth Surf School provide transport to wherever the best waves are and all equipment including wetsuits and boards. Your first surf can change your life forever. It’s hard to believe anything this fun can be healthy!www.falmouthsurfschool.co.uk
Padstow Lobster Hatcherylocation: South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL
The main attraction has to be seeing the young lobsters growing up ready to be released, but there is also a resident giant lobster, 'Dai the Claw' and Edible and Spider Crabs. The hatchery displays a wealth of information about lobsters, the fishery and marine conservation, as well as activities for all ages. Staff are always on hand to answer your questions and make sure you get the most from your visit, and there is a gift shop area with sea-life related goods and a range of books about marine life and Cornwall.www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk
Flushing Beachlocation: Flushing, TR11 5TZ
Flushing even has it's own beach! The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and there is a small area of grass suitable for picnics. Like the other small river beaches nearby it is rarely crowded. There are fantastic walks around the headland to Mylor Yacht Harbour. The beach is perfect for picnics, playing with the kids, or just relaxing. During Flushing regatta week it plays host to the famous sandcastle building competition. Access is easy and the beach is dog friendly all year.www.visitcornwall.com/flushing-beach