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31 January 2014

Five fun days out for children and parents

Holidays in Cornwall always make for amazing childhood memories but even so, parents can’t expect their children to enjoy going to the beach on every day of their holiday.

Kids thrive on variety, so what are the best alternative activities for children when you stay at child friendly cottages Cornwall?

Fortunately The Valley is able to provide the answers!  


Flambards is a massive theme park based in Helston, and it has something for everyone.

In fact, the secret to its success is its variety. Take the kids on an educational wander through the award winning Flambards Victorian Village or move forward in time to the Second World Blitz exhibition.

Or just take the kids on an adrenaline fuelled ride on several rollercoasters. If it’s raining there are a number of indoor play zones too, and a number of cafes for exhausted parents to refresh themselves.


Crealy, much like Flambards, is a theme park with a host of attractions to offer.

It’s been voted the best family attraction in Cornwall several times and boasts some of the best rollercoasters and rides in the South West.

Whether you opt to soar on the Morgawr roller coaster, splash down Raging Rivers, brave The Beast or battle The Viking Warrior you and the kids are bound to have a great time.

And there’s also the brand new crocodile and reptile house, 45,000 square feet of indoor play areas and a number of cafes.

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is the only place in Cornwall where you can see Lions – along with a host of other exotic animals.

The zoo has beautiful songbirds, slithery snakes, magnificent meerkats and tropical toucans among other animals.

There’s also the chance to experience animals up close – either feeding the carnivorous animals chunks of meat, cucking fish to the penguins or scattering seed for parrots.

The Splash

If the weather’s not great then one of the best places to go in Cornwall is The Splash – a swimming centre with an all year round tropical atmosphere, a 33 metre swimming pool, a wave machine and flume in Bude.

So when it is raining, families have the chance to enjoy all the fun of the beach indoors.

Daphne du Maurier’s Smugglers Museum

Children love stories about dark deeds of the past, so the Daphne Du Maurier Smugglers Museum in Launceston is sure to be a hit with any child.

The museum boasts the finest collection of smuggling artefacts in the UK and gives children an educational experience and tells the story of the history of the Jamaica Inn.

A trip to the museum will see children hear many of the myths and legends associated with the Jamaica Inn and Cornwall, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years.

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