May Half Term Activities in Cornwall

May 11th, 2018

From the 26th May to 3rd June families will be off for the May half-term. Here are some of the exciting family-friendly activities taking place over the week near us here at The Valley!

Invisible Worlds at the Eden Project 26th May – 3rd June

The May half-term week coincides with the launch of the Eden Project’s latest exhibition; Invisible Worlds. The focus of this new project is that which is beyond our perception, be it too big, too small, too far away, or too speedy! With hands-on interactive elements, including experiments, it is sure to both educate and entertain. One of the many interactive exhibits teaches all about the microbes that make us who we are, while the outdoor Rock Garden introduces us to the biology of geology! The Play Lab can also be found here, with a fascinating play zone set up for the kids; or the young at heart!


To celebrate the launch, a number of special activities and events will be running throughout the week. Join the Ministry of Science each day at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm or 3.15pm for an exciting, hands-on science show with awe-inspiring experiments and fascinating facts. Get crafty in the craft corner, making a microbe masterpiece, or follow ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ microbe themed trail throughout the grounds of the Eden Project to find out more.


Bug & Butterfly Quest and Dinosaur Trail at Paradise Park, 26th May – 3rd June

Paradise Park is offering up two exciting activities for the kids over half-term. As well as their daily activities, such as otter feeding, penguin feeding and bird displays, Paradise Park are running quests and trails for fans of creepy crawlies and dinosaurs! Learn all about beautiful butterflies and bugs as you search for clues around the Park to complete the ‘Bug & Butterfly Quest’. Little ones who complete the questions can claim a tasty butterfly or bug themed chocolatey reward!


Half-term also sees the start of the summer Dinosaur Trail at Paradise Park. Go on a dinosaur hunting expedition and search the grounds for dinos. If you manage to answer some questions, then you may even become a ‘Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology’, earning yourself a certificate and tiny model dinosaur to take home!


Circus Skills at Flambards, 26th May – 3rd June

Run away to the circus for the day this May half-term, with circus-themed fun taking place at Flambards. The ‘Circus Skills Week’ sees impressive shows each day from acrobats, clowns and jugglers, who are also offering up special workshop sessions. The workshops will be teaching visitors the tricks of the trade, such as unicycling, juggling, tightrope walking and plate spinning! The scarier tricks, such as juggling with knives and lying on a bed of nails will be left to the professional performancers though!



Heligan Wild Week at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, 26th May – 3rd June

Discover your wild side at Heligan’s Wild Week, where getting mucky to explore the outdoors is encouraged! Start your journey at the Wild Tribe Yurt, making a tribal headdress and painting your own face to join one of the wild tribes; owl, fox, butterfly or frog! Head to the gigantic outdoor assault course and test out your animal powers – you’ll need to leap, scrabble and balance to get across! Create a song at the musical workshop, and join the Wild Sing-along around the campfire at the end of the day, where you can also toast a marshmallow or two! These activities are included in the general admission price for the gardens.


Clash of the Knights at Pendennis Castle, 30th – 31st May

A contest of strength and skill is coming to Pendennis Castle this half-term, as four teams of brave knights attempt to battle it out for ultimate victory! This all-action event sees these valiant knights armed with only a club and shield meeting head-on in combat. The goal of this adrenaline-fuelled contest is to knock the crest off the helmet of each knights rival. As the day progresses, the knights will also turn to horseback showdowns, before the ultimate winner is declared victorious! Suitable for all ages, there will also be a jester and minstrels merrily entertaining the crowds. Young knight hopefuls can also test out their skills with a fun archery session. This event takes place between 11am and 5pm.


If you would like to experience some of these fun half-term activities in Cornwall, then why not come and spend the week at our child-friendly Cornwall cottages!?


What’s On at Eden this February Half Term

February 06th, 2018

5 reasons to visit the Eden Project this February Half Term – the Eden Project has to be one of our favourite local attractions here at The Valley. With a plethora of exciting activities, events and sights available all year around, this February half term has a fantastic line up of family-friendly activities that all the family will enjoy:

1. Early Man

Are you a fan of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit? If so, you’ll love the newest adventure by the same creators, Early Man. The scene is set at the dawn of time and tells an incredible story of Dug and his best friend Hognob as they courageously fight to save their beloved home. Take a step back in time to go on your very own quest for the Schoolkel coin and you’ll learn about historic civilisations before heading into the Cave where you can become a cave-artist! Not only will this be an educational experience of history, but you’ll also have the chance to see some sneak previews of behind the scenes footage from the film itself! The Early Man exhibitions will be available for your adventures between the 13th February and the 18th February, so don’t miss out on this exclusive event! Don’t forget to head to your local cinema to see the full story too!

2. Storyfest

Celebrate the magic of children’s stories at the Eden Project this half term with Storyfest. With performances by the Imagination Seekers drawing inspiration from Roald Dahl’s wild stories, writing workshops by Paper Nations, crafts and workshops a plenty, there’s something to capture all the family’s interests this February! Storyfest is running from the 11th to the 19th February 2018 and admission fees are included in the entry price to the Eden Project.

3. Ice Skating

The Christmas ice skating rink is open until the 18th February for all to enjoy. Whether you and the kids are rookies or professional skaters, you’ll love the magical experience. Penguin aids are available for the little ones who aren’t quite so confident on the ice too! Each session lasts for 40-minutes and prices are £7.00 for an adult, or £6.00 for a child.

4. Food

The Eden Project has plenty of fantastic places to stop off and refuel on-site, from The Coffee House, perfect for a sweet treat and a warming beverage; to the traditional Pasty Snack Bar and exotic Eden Kitchen, there’s something sure to suit every taste. Refuel yourself after walking around the wonders at the Eden Project with some delectable treats before continuing on your wild adventure.

5. The Biomes

The events mentioned above are all special seasonal events, however, the usual suspects of the tropical biomes, incredible rainforest walks, and stunning sculptures are also available to view during your trip. Our family friendly cottages in Cornwall are perfectly located so that you can explore the beauty of Cornwall and the excitement of the Eden Project from your very own luxury home! For the adults, a little Valentine’s treat is available on the special day in the form of a three-course meal in the Rainforest Restaurant with champagne, canapés and entertainment all included in the ticket price.