Family Days Out in Cornwall

View of Rock from Padstow

Cornwall is full of great family days out just look at the huge list of attractions below, but some of the best family days out are the ones that let the children burn off some steam and don’t cost much at the same time!

Here are a few of my favourite days out with the kids on a budget:

Walking/cycling The Camel Trail or Cardinham Woods (both buggy friendly). Rock pooling at Trevone beach. Beach games at Harlyn bay (large sandy beach so plenty of room). Crabbing in Padstow harbour (bait and tackle available at Padstow Angling Centre. If you want any advice or more ideas please ask at reception we are always pleased to help.

Padstow is an ancient town full of charm and character. Some of Cornwall’s top surfing beaches lie between Padstow and Newquay. A passenger ferry runs all day between Padstow and Rock, I would recommend a trip across on the ferry as you get a great view of Padstow and the Camel estuary. There are also some nice walks and places of interest, including Daymer bay and the 13th century St Enodoc church. For more information about Rock, please click here.

Rick Stein has his famous Seafood Restaurant in Padstow but there are many other pubs and restaurants including Paul Ainsworth’s No.6.

Nearby at Watergate Bay is Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen.
Sandy beach in Cornwall
Cornwall’s sandy beaches are plentiful, with nearby beaches providing safe bathing and surfing.
Visiting a different beach every day of your holiday is made easy with the local ‘Seven Bays for Seven Days’.

A UK holiday spot for all the family, with a varied range of local amenities to choose from.

Our guide of what to do in Cornwall

The Eden Project

The Eden Project

Dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by some, The Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in huge tropical biomes, only 30 minutes from Padstow Caravan Hire.

St. Austell, PL24 2SG  01726 811911
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan expands over 200-acres for you to explore, you really can lose yourself for a day in this enchanting restoration garden regarded ‘The Nation’s Favorite Garden’.

St. Austell, PL26 6EN  01726 845100 
Trebah Gardens, Cornwall

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens is 26-acres of sub-tropical paradise cascading down to the enchanting Helford River.

Falmouth, TR11 5JZ  01326 252200
Trevarno Gardens in Cornwall

Trevarno Gardens

Enjoy a relaxing and restorative experience in this 35-acre Victorian garden. A true hidden gem nestled in a valley just three miles from Helston.

Helston, TR13 0RU  01726 811911 
Trelissick Gardens

Trellissick Gardens

Perched at the head of the Fal Estuary, Trelissick boasts jaw-dropping views and a huge array of plant species.

Truro, TR3 6QL  01872 862090 
The National Maritime Museum , Falmouth

National Maritime Museum

An experience as alive as the sea. A unique and interactive displays of boats and their place in people’s lives.

Falmouth, TR11 3QY,  01326 313388
Prideaux Place Manor House

Prideaux Place

The prominent Prideaux family has lived in this exquisite house since Elizabeth I was on the throne, they now welcome you to explore the house and grounds.

Padstow, PL28 8RP  01841 532411
St Michaels Mount

St. Michael’s Mount

Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history.

Marazion, TR17 0EF  01736 710507
National Trust Lanhydrock House


A Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants’ quarters, gardens and wooded estate

Bodmin, PL30 5AD  01208 265950
Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

Bodmin & Wenford Railway

This railway is Cornwall’s only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives. The trains run through some delightful Cornish scenery.

Bodmin, PL31 1AQ  08451 259678
Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo

Experience the wildlife with hundreds of animals set in lush sub-tropical lakeside gardens. From the amazing open rain-forest to the beautiful oriental garden there is something for all ages and abilities.

Newquay, TR7 2LZ  01637 873342

Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef is part of a new generation of sea-life attractions to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Newquay,TR7 1DU  01637 878134
Paradise Park, Cornwall

Paradise Park

Paradise Park was established in Hayle, Cornwall in 1973 as a tropical bird garden, and since then otters, red pandas, native red squirrels and the rare Cornish Chough can all be seen here.

Hayle, TR27 4HB  01736 751020
National Seal Sanctuary

Cornwall Seal Sanctuary

Set in the picturesque Helford Estuary is the fantastic rescue, rehabilitation, and release centre for seals and more.

Gweek, TR12 6UG  01326 221361
Dairyland Farm and Adventure Land

Dairyland Farm

Enjoy the fun of an all weather attraction providing entertainment for all ages – So much more for the whole family to enjoy… rain or shine.

Newquay, TR8 5AA  01872 510246
Camel Creek Adventure Park

Camel Creek Adventure Park

Wild rides, the biggest outdoor adventure zone in the UK and more undercover play than anywhere else in Cornwall, plus animals to hold and cuddle.

Wadebridge, PL27 7RA 01841 540276
Flambards Theme Park


Not only does the Theme Park host the best thrill rides in Cornwall, but also the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz indoor tourist attraction

Helston TR13 0QA  01326 573 404
Poldark Mine

Poldark Mine

Poldark Mine hosts a variety of attractions from the mine itself to a museum, amusements and activities, play area, restaurant, shops and craft workshops.

Helston, TR13 0ER,  01326 573173

Cornish Cider Farm

Cornish Cyder Farm

Come and visit this traditional working Cyder farm, boasting guided tours, free tasting, fun tractor rides and friendly farm animals.

Truro, TR4 9LW  01872 573356
Jamaica Inn Bodmin Moor

Jamaica Inn

Cornwall’s legendary coaching house which was immortalised in Daphne du Maurier’s novel, has stood high on Bodmin Moor for over four centuries.

Launceston, PL15 7TS  01566 86250
Padstow Boat Trips

Boat Trips

On the Jubilee Queen you can be sure to see a variety marine life.

Padstow Harbour  07836798457
Fishing Trips from Padstow Harbour

Fishing Trips

Fishing trips depart daily from the harbour.

Padstow  01841 532239

Learn to Surf

Harlyn Surf School

Professional surf coaching for all ages and abilities

Harlyn Bay, Padstow  01841 533076
Cornwall SW Coastpath

Walk the Southwest Coastpath

The South West Coast Path National Trail is 630 miles of superb coastal walking, it is the best way to enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery, wildlife and heritage. The path passes through Padstow Village.

Saints Way, Cornwall

Follow the Saints Way

The Saints’  Way Trail crosses mid-Cornwall from Padstow to Fowey covering approximately 30 miles / 48 Km. The trail follows a wonderfully varied course through valleys, woodlands, pastures, moors and villages.

Camel Trail Cycle Way

Cycle the Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is an 18 mile level multi use trail passing through some of the most spectacular countryside, following a disused railway. Bikes can be hired from Padstow Cycle Hire.

Padstow  01841 533533