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 UK

tolcarne_newquay_surfinglocation:  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, Penzance

penznace piratesDate: 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

Truro City of Lights

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

The Eden Project

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!


Falmouth Maritime Museum

nmmlocation: 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.


St Michael's Mount

st-michaels-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.


National Seal Sanctuary

things-to-do-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.


Lost Gardens of Heligan

lost_gardens_heligan1_originallocation: 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.


The Minack Theatre

things_to_do_minacklocation: 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!


Crealy Adventure Park

Crealy 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.


Falmouth Surf School

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!


Padstow Lobster Hatchery

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.


Flushing Beach

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.


Ships & Castles Leisure Pool

Ships-and-Castleslocation: Falmouth, TR11 4NG

One of Falmouth's premier attractions, the Leisure Pool at Ships & Castles provides daily fun for all the family throughout the year for visitors and residents alike. With lots of exciting features including a wave machine which brings the thrill of the ocean in-doors and a river ride which sweeps you along at an exciting speed. These features are activated about every 20 minutes during fun sessions only.The 70 metre flume is the longest in the region and is a surefire hit with children and adults. There is a shallow beach area for little ones to play away from the main area; introducing them to the excitement of the pool at their own pace.


Swanpool Beach

Swanpool beachlocation: Falmouth, TR11 5BG

Swanpool Beach is another very sheltered beach offering quite safe bathing. The golden sand is littered here and there with rocks. All the usual amenities are close at hand and due to its proximity to Falmouth, Swanpool is often quite crowded, especially in summer. Behind the beach lies the Swan Pool that gave the beach its name. There are excellent views across Falmouth Bay and a couple of other good beaches close by - namely Maenporth to the south and Gyllyngvase to the northeast.