Summer’s not quite over yet, there are still plenty of bright and glorious days left before the onset of autumn to enjoy some more outdoor activities in Cornwall.
Just down the road from Sands Hotel Resort and Spa you’ll find the all-weather family attraction Camel Creek Adventure Park, and it’s just had a £3 million refresh offering new rides and events to make you go wow.
The park, just outside Padstow, has now added a new rollercoaster, The Airbender, which promises an electrifying rider-experience for over 12’s. Meanwhile Creeky’s Water Rush is a mini-log flume for younger children. There’s the new Clown Coaster, a ride full of giggles just for little ones.
Swampy’s Chocolate Factory opened at the end of June - a new catering venue with a huge selection of mouth-watering treats, sure to satisfy hungry chocoholics on a break between rides.
Finally, there’s ‘Mission SIM Possible’ a revamped state-of-the-art 5D Cinematic simulator, showing a short film which surrounds the senses and brings the dramatic action to life.
For more see www.camelcreek.co.uk
There’s a lot of change going on in Newquay at present, and one of its most recent additions is the BetterExtreme Trampoline park. Situated a stone’s throw from the already successful attractions of Waterworld and Newquay Zoo comes this enormous indoor bounce-a-thon, a facility that has been designed to offer something for the whole family to enjoy.
As well as the Bounce sessions which last one hour, you can also get an optional additional hour in the Play Park afterwards - perfect for your under 12s.
With a main jump arena, trick zone, foam pits, slack line, dive platform and obstacle course among others, it’s a great way to wear out the kids on a rainy day or work up an appetite before you head back to Sands for one of our fantastic family dinners.
You’ve probably already discovered that Cornwall is a very magical place, but if you want to feel the full force of its mystic charm than there is no place better than Tintagel Castle.
This summer, visitors will be able to walk in the footsteps of the medieval inhabitants of the castle and enjoy spectacular coastal views not seen since the Middle Ages.
Spanning a 190-foot gorge and with a gasp-inducing gap in the middle, the bridge follows the route of a narrow strip of land that was lost to erosion a long time ago. The crossing of rock, earth and grass has now been replaced with a stunning footbridge of steel, Cornish slate, and oak. Visitors will delight in the spectacular views swept up in sea and ancient mystical history.
Crossing is by ticket only that can be pre-booked, or a limited number of on-the-day tickets will also be available to purchase at Tintagel Castle.
For big kids…
If you’ve got grown up kids and want a day out that bring you close together with laughter and a good bit of outdoor sun, enjoy a game of FootballGolf in the Sands Resort Hotel garden.
It’s golf, but not as you know it. FootballGolf uses the same rules as the 18-hole game, but instead of clubs, you kick the ball around the course aiming for a hole in one. Just when you think that sounds simple, you discover that there are hazards and obstacles to add mirth and merriment along the way making it a fun day out for everyone.
Suitable from age 5 to 80, FootballGolf offers hours of fun to suit all ages and abilities.
For September only…
Just a few bays down in the wide expanse of Watergate Bay, you might discover the need for speed, as it welcomes back its second annual hill climb.
Taking place on September 14 and 15, the event, organised by Newquay Auto Club, Plymouth Motor Club and Truro and District Motor Club, was the first hill climb to take place since news law enabled motorsport events to take place on closed public roads.
The challenging course will wind its way for 850 metres along the coast road between Padstow and Newquay with spectators able to get an even better view of the action this year.
Entrants range from standard road cars, to fully modified racers offering a dynamic range of cars battling it out.
For more information see www.watergatebayhillclimb.co.uk
Photo credit: John Issac.
Music in the orchard
If all that motorsport sounds like too much hard work, why not head down the coast to Penhallow to the Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival, back for its sixth year.
Also taking place on the weekend of September 13 to 15, the three-day event offers big named live bands, a huge selection of delicious ciders and entertainment for all ages.
Set on the beautiful working cider farm you’ll discover The Big Little Apple Top, hosting major headline acts The Zutons and Cornish festival favourites Reef, as well as Mad Dog McCrea.
Meanwhile The Golden Delicious Acoustic Tent will be filled with some of the best local and international folk and acoustic artists. Plus, back again for 2019, is the BBC introducing stage.
Beyond the musical entertainment you’ll find Grandma’s Sofa Derby, The Rattler Olympics and the wildly popular magical woodland disco.
Included in the ticket price is a tractor and trailer ride through Healeys Orchards and lots to sample in the farm shop.