5 ideas for days out in Cornwall with younger kids

Family holidays are what memories are made of, so if you’ve got your sights set on a idyllic getaway in Cornwall we’ve got some ideas for you and your younger kids.

Let’s start with a bedtime favourite… Oh help, oh no!  It’s a the Gruffalo!

There’s a good chance you’ve read the Gruffalo more times than you can count, but get ready to experience the modern classic in a whole new way. A new augmented reality app has been launched which brings Mouse, Gruffalo and his friends to life as you track him through the deep dark woods. ( Cardinham Forest. )

Download The Gruffalo Spotter app at home and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes as you explore Cardinham, just outside of Bodmin. Along the trail look out for clues which lead to the footprint markers where the magic happens.

The trail is aimed at younger kids, but the whole family can enjoy following clues and collecting evidence along The Lady Vale trail which is roughly 1.5 miles in length.

You can pick up a Gruffalo Activity Kit! The kit contains an evidence collection bag, five fact and activity cards, stickers of the Gruffalo characters, a special magnifying glass, ruler and a pencil! from the Woods Café for £3 (just another excuse to plan a stop there as the food is scrumptious).

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Staying on the classic characters theme, if your little one loves Thomas the Tank Engine and  Chugginton, then a trip to Lappa Valley, near St Newlyn East is in order for you.  Although your won’t find any TV favourites, you will find a small but perfectly formed park.  Board the first of the pint-size locomotives and its full steam ahead through the Cornish countryside.  As well as a number of other train rides, the circular track loops a play area, crazy golf, a maze and even some boats which are all include in the entry fee.

With a train carriage cafe serving cakes and tea, and a separate eatery offering everything from beans on toast to a Cornish Pasty (what else) you’ll be chuffed that you visited. www.lappavalley.co.uk

You don’t head to the countryside on holiday and not expect to see some animals!  If you want to experience a day on the farm then Dairyland is the next stop.

Indoor and outdoor, you and your budding Farmer Brown will have a grand ol’ time. There’s a petting area when you can get up close to sheep, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs as well as the larger animals to see around the farm. There’s a chance for kids to let off some steam in the Bullpen – a massive indoor play area as well as an area set aside for younger ones, add a nature trail, Tractor House and that all important cafe and you’ll wonder where the time went. www.dairylandfarmworld.com


As well as a glorious coastline we can boast some pretty exceptional cycleways as well here in Cornwall.  Our most famous being the Camel Trail which runs from for a little over 17 miles. From Padstow to Wenford bridge via Wadebride and Bodmin.   It is Cornwall’s most popular multi-use trail, which is hardly surprising as only a very short stretch come into contact with traffic.  Instead the path follows a disused railway line through trees and glades on a near flat route, making it perfect for the whole family.

There are multiple cycle hire companies dotted around the area should you have left the bikes at home.  They can loan you everything from a tandem to a bike with trailer, so you can enjoy the countryside while toddlers and babies lay back and enjoy the ride.  As is the theme in Cornwall the path is also home to a number of cafes stocked with hearty fare for the well-earned breaks. www.cameltrailmap.co.uk

Of course, there is no better day out in Cornwall than heading to one of our many fantastic beaches.  There are tons of ‘hidden’ coves in the county, but as a parent your may feel happier knowing that there are a few things nearby, like toilets, ice creams and lifeguards.

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While staying at Sands Resort, you are literally within walking distance of some of the best, with Porth within a stones throw and Mawgan Porth a short drive away.

Each of these great beaches offer golden sands for your kids to dig and build, rock pools and streams to investigate and explore and all the mod-cons that makes a day at the beach a breeze.

Porth Beach is dog free from Easter to September and surfing is also not permitted between these times when full lifeguard cover is provided. Meanwhile Mawgan Porth is a dog-friendly beach.

For more information on either beach, as well as surrounding areas see www.visitcornwall.com