On-site at the farm, we have a small climbing frame, swings, sandpit and mud kitchen in the orchard available for younger children to use, plus a den up in the woods for adventures galore. Also there is the tennis court, games room and basketball hoop to burn off excess energy! On the farm, you are welcome to help us feed the animals which include chickens, ducks and cows. Our guests have access to Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s events for children.
Days Out – Becky Falls is stunning (woodland waterfalls in Dartmoor) and has walks suitable for toddlers through to teenagers, a petting zoo and other attractions. Tintagel, the home of King Arthur is fascinating for all ages. The Eden Project (we have discounted tickets and you can avoid the queues) is always a hit (fun and educational!), even in bad weather. The National Marine Aquarium shouldn’t be missed while you are in the area, with sharks, clown fish and local animals like crab and lobsters (again buy tickets online for 10% discount and to avoid queues). Lost Gardens of Heligan (again we have discounted tickets). Good sites to get ideas from are Tamar Trails, Visit Plymouth and Days Out with the Kids.
Swimming – the Saltash Leisure Centre has a good indoor pool with slides and fountains for the children. In Plymouth, Tinside Lido has fantastic views across Plymouth Sound or at Mount Wise there are 3 outdoor pools; a 25 main pool, a small paddling pool ideal for young children and a fun-packed activity pool including a whirlpool and bubble pool (FREE to use!). For serious slides the Splashdown water park in Paignton is great.
Tree ‘surfing’ / tree top adventures – Check out Tree Surfers in the Tamar Trails Centre near Gunnislake with tree top ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways
Water activities: Roachford Lake offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, high ropes, climbing and archery. Or at Decoy Lake near Newton Abbott there is canoeing, kayaking, paddleboards and windsurfing. Or may be Sea Kayaking out from Plymouth? There are quite a few sailing places in Plymouth, including lots of day trip options, check out the Mount Batten Centre. The Tamar Trails Centre near Tavistock also has canoeing and more.
Zoos – Paignton Zoo is excellent, as is Dartmoor Zoo. Also close by is the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe and Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary is quite unlike a zoo with some very unusual animals that you can get up close to! Or the Seal Santuary in Gweek to see the magnificent animals often see in Cornish waters and find out more about their conservation.
Also worth a visit, especially with younger children or on a rainy day, is the Donkey Sanctuary & Indoor Play Barn (Soft Play Area) or Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is 45,000 square foot of indoor space with rides, games, stalls, cafe and more (book online for a discount). For older children, the Skateboard Park in Saltash makes a good excursion for avoiding wet weather cabin fever. During the summer, check out the Cornish Maize Maze and Fun Farm a few miles away in Pilaton which has over 3 miles of paths that twist and turn through the giant maize stalks! The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary is interesting and educational, with a great cafe up in the trees!
Local National Trust properties have lots of activities for children, especially during the holidays. Plus RHS Rosemoor Garden regularly runs special activities for children during the holidays. The Tate St Ives is a great rainy day option to inspire young artists.
For younger children, how about a train ride on the Tamar Valley Line? It is a small train that goes up the valley from Plymouth to Gunnislake so very scenic, with lots of places to get off and visit.
Finally if you love traditional toys for your children, and are visiting Callington or Looe, then the Toyday Toy Shop is well worth a visit.