Top things to do in Cornwall with the kids
Enjoying a well-deserved family break in Falmouth and looking for things to do to keep the kids entertained during your stay? Here are just some of our favourite suggestions:
Head to the beach
This has to be first on the list! Whether you choose one of our local beaches here in Falmouth or head off to the north coast to enjoy some surf, you won’t be short of choices when it comes to things to do. From stand-up paddle boarding to jet skiing, surfing to zip lines, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. Fancy sitting back and enjoying the view after all that beach fun? There are plenty of fantastic beachside eateries to visit too – tuck into a delicious meal or treat whilst enjoying the sound of the waves and the view of the horizon.
Take a bike ride
Pack up a picnic and head out on your bikes for a day of fun. Just down the road from us, you’ll find the Bissoe Trail which runs from Devoran on the south coast to Portreath on the north coast. 11 miles long in total, whether you choose to tackle the whole thing or just part of it, the trail offers beautiful scenery and an insight into the area’s mining heritage.
Further afield, but well worth the journey, is the Camel Trail – an 18-mile route from Padstow to Wenfordbridge. We recommend taking on the section between Wadebridge and Padstow so you can stop and have a delicious lunch or refreshments before heading back.
Travel back in time
Fancy delving into a little history during your time in Falmouth? We recommend heading to the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle.
Filled with exciting exhibitions and a huge range of galleries, the National Maritime Museum takes visitors on a journey, exploring the influence of the sea on history and culture. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained with interactive exhibits and the chance to join the Pirate School running throughout the summer holidays.
Head up to Pendennis Castle and you’ll be able to travel back in time and learn about the different roles the castle has played during its history. During the summer holidays there’s also plenty going on with the Terrific Tudors, Medieval Jousts and Pendennis at War events taking place throughout August.
Head off on foot
Find your way through a maze, follow the children’s trails, tackle the adventure parks or take a trek through the rain forest. With stunning gardens such as Trebah and Glendurgan on your doorstep here in Falmouth, as well as The Lost Gardens of Heligan or the Eden Project further afield, you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Take to the water
Offering a different perspective on the beautiful Cornish coastline, a sea safari provides the perfect chance to take in spectacular sights from the water. Keep a look out for the different wildlife in the area too – including dolphins, seals, whales, seabirds and basking sharks. Alternatively, why not hire a kayak or paddle board and make your own adventure?