August 2017: Kids and Family Diary
There are lots of exciting and fun activities happening in Cornwall this August. Here's a selection to look out for:
Geevor Tin Mine in Penzance is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. On the 7th August they are celebrating Geevor Gala Day. This will give you the chance to meet lots of former Geevor workers who undertook a variety of jobs when they were working there. There will be fantastic events throughout the day including hand drilling, kibble filling, Cornish music, panning for gems, a fairground organ, Wheal Mexico Mine and a few surprises on the day. Throughout August they have events on everyday to keep children entertained, find out more information here.
Fowey Royal Regatta is one of Britain’s premier sailing events and it is also a fun-filled week for all the family. One of the highlights is always an amazing display over the harbour by the Red Arrows who have been making an annual appearance at the regatta for over 30 years. Other main events include the Carnival with a colourful parade of floats that children will love, walkers in fancy dress and marching bands, a fantastic firework displays over the river, live music on the Town Quay and the sailing races each day. You can compete in the crab catching and swimming competitions, experience the giant pasty ceremony and watch the magical torch light dinghy procession on the water. It is a lovely week with activities for all of the family to get involved with.
Sit back and take in the beautiful surroundings, historical building and wonderful outdoor theatre show at this family-friendly event at Pentillie Castle in Saltash. Illyria present Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved story, a hapless Emperor and a suit of clothes so fine that only intelligent people can see them is one of the greatest and funniest cautionary tales of all time. It is a children's classic story. Tickets cost £15 for an Adult and £10 for children under 12.
Paradise Park is a wildlife sanctuary with tropical birds and creatures, and it has a JungleBarn indoor play area. Every day throughout this summer (at 2pm), watch over 40 Swainson’s and Green-naped Lorikeets released from their enclosure as they swoop down onto the awaiting crowd. Buy a pot of nectar, and you will be guaranteed some close attention from these wonderfully mischievous little characters. You never know quite what is going to happen.
Land's End is mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point and one of the country’s most famous landmarks. It offers a range of ‘pay as you go’ attractions designed to keep families entertained throughout the summer months, from Arthur’s Quest, an interactive exhibition that takes guests on a journey of discovery, to Greeb Farm, a restored 200 year old Cornish farmstead where young and old can meet the animals. There is a state-of-the-art 4D Cinema immersing guests in a cutting edge showing of the movie 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. This summer there are many different events to keep the children entertained. Childrens Day will be taking place on the 3rd and 24th August with a full day of entertainment including live music, magician, face painting, a bouncy castle and more. Every Tuesday evening they are putting on a fireworks display called 'Magic in the Skies transporting you on a musical journey.
This summer visit St Michael's Mount and cross the granite causeway to an island where modern life meets layers of history, discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home. St Michael’s Mount has special events throughout summer. You can get involved with Rockpool Explorer as you take a walk on the wild side and join Great Scott! Adventures Outdoors for a rummage in the rockpools. Discover and meet the weird and wonderful creatures that live just off the Mount causeway. This year the dates are: Sunday 6 August, 10am - 12pm, Friday 11 August, 2pm - 4pm, Sunday 20 August, 10am - 12pm and Friday 25 August, 2pm - 4pm. A Treasure Island of Stories is another event that will be taking place every Tuesday throughout August. This will be done by Great Scott! Adventures Outdoors to deliver a crafty hub of activity as children can create objects and artworks that are linked to tales of ancient fishermen, giants and a dramatic castle invasion!
Summer is officially at Flambards as the theme park opens its doors daily for the holiday season. All the rides and attractions are open daily from 29th June until 11th September and the famous fireworks are ready to light up the summer sky in August. From Wednesday 9th August, visitors can enjoy the famous fireworks display at the theme park with the displays on every Monday and Wednesday at approximately 9pm throughout the summer. Lighting up the sky over the theme park the fireworks evenings are an unmissable experience for all the family to enjoy.
Newlyn Art Gallery has celebrated contemporary art and supported the artists that produce it for more than 120 years. Everyday throughout summer you can drop in to either one of their venues and you will find instructions and materials to get stuck into fun and inspiring creative activities for all the family. There is also an exhibition on called 'Craftschool' this focuses on the art of making with taster sessions every morning (free with admission). They are suitable to those over the age of 7 and will be led by regional makers giving you and your children the chance to get crafty this summer.
Find out about more events that are going on throughout Cornwall this August here.
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