You can see why Cornwall was voted one of the most family friendly holiday destinations in the world. It can’t be denied that you are spoilt for choice of things to do in this county.
From watching a play overlooking the sea at the gorgeous Minack Theatre, to visiting historic castles, to sunbathing on one of the many world class beaches, it’s well worth planning your time down here so that you don’t miss anything out.
Steeped in history and with breathtaking landscapes, it’s no wonder Cornwall is such a popular holiday destination. With the Spring/Summer season on the horizon, thousands of people are planning to escape down to Cornwall with their children.
Growing up in and living in Cornwall, we’ve certainly tried our hand at most days out (*ahem all*), and although I can instantly tell you the best places to go and the places that you definitely should avoid, since having our daughter, we’ve started to learn about Cornwall from not just an adults perspective, but also from a mini person perspective.
Recently we’ve started to find out first hand that not all attractions are toddler friendly.
Yes there are things to do for toddlers at most attractions, but with some, we’ve found that they are mostly targeted at older children. When you’re paying for a full price child ticket, even for your toddler, you want to get good value for your money.
We’ve sometimes found ourselves leaving ‘family friendly’ attractions disappointed, uttering that we’ll come back when Evie’s older and feeling like we’ve spent way too much money for our experience.
In this post I’ve highlighted five toddler friendly Cornish attractions that won’t leave you disappointed. Up first is:
How do you fancy meeting a penguin? Or letting birds land on you to eat nectar from your hand? Perhaps you’d prefer to feed the donkeys their favourite carrots, speak to a parrot, or simply sit back and eat your picnic whilst watching a flying bird show.
Paradise Park in Hayle is beyond perfect for toddlers, bigger kids and adults. From animal feeding, to bird flying shows, huge outdoor play parks, indoor soft play zones and a mini outdoors train to ride on, it’s the ultimate all weather attraction for the whole family.
If you have a rainy day (or a sunny day, but we recommend rainy) go to Godolphin Estate in Helston. We went during Winter when the main house was shut, which meant we spent all of our time outdoors in the rain and mud. Yet, we still had the best day out! This is the ideal place for all weather fun and if it rains, you actually WANT to be outside.
Godolphin Estate is part of the National Trust, so you already know it’s got a lot on offer for children. Outdoors there is a mud kitchen, designed for little ones to make the messiest, muddiest pretend pies, plus there is fabulous sensory trail to explore.
Designed to walk barefoot, for those who are brave enough, you make your way through the woodland trail, each section hosting a different texture. From hay, to pine cones, to stone, to sand, to water, it’s perfect for letting your little ones enjoy the outdoors. It really is the BEST place for wet weather, outdoors, muddy, squelchy, messy fun!
*Note – Do wear wellies, do take outdoor clothing and possibly a spare change of clothes!
We love Dairyland and can’t wait to comeback here this year. There is something different to grab your attention every hour; from tractor rides, to pat-a-pet, to pony rides, animal feeding, to meeting cows and watching them get milked, this working farm turned family attraction has so much on offer.
With a big indoor soft play area and so many outdoor play zones, it’s one not to be missed off your itinerary. You could spend all day long here and still want to come back the next day.
Recommended for sunny days only as it’s predominantly outdoors, Lappa Valley is famous for its train rides and is really great for toddlers. There are three motorised trains to ride around on as well as a steam train, a big crazy golf area, a canoeing lake, nature trails, a toddler maze and huge play parks for all ages.
Plus in order to get to Lappa Valley, you need to catch the steam train from the car park. How cool is that?
Although we’d recommend you avoid Newquay in general at all costs (it’s really not the best place to visit in Cornwall), Newquay Zoo is actually great for toddlers if they’re at the age where they love animals. You can’t beat a visit to the Zoo can you? Although not the biggest Zoo, there are so many furry friends to meet, activity trails to test out plus you can get your face painted, attempt the maze, watch animals being fed and explore the many little play parks there are to play in.
Feel like we’ve missed some attractions out? Check out the Cornish section on Life Unexpected for more recommendations on things to do in this county.
Have you been to Cornwall on holiday before? Are you planning to come down anytime soon?