Cornwall is open for business
The region has taken a bit of a battering after the recent storms but a full train service from Paddington to Penzance is back in operation and there are lots of exciting and fun things to do this half-term. We look forward to seeing you.
Crealy Adventure Park: 15 - 23 February, Wadebridge
Crealy opens it's doors in time for February half-term. This fun filled family attraction features thrill rides, flumes, dragon’s lairs, demon drops and haunted castles. For maximum value you can buy a ticket offering 7 days for the price of 1. Plus you’ll save up to 20% if you book online.
Pendennis Castle: 15 - 23 February, Falmouth
One of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. Children love the descent through the castle tunnels to the big guns and for the full experience, take one of the regular guided tours. Special half-term activites include the chance to put your skills to the test with a trail around the castle grounds. Once you have found all of the clues you will find a "tasty treat" and will have access to the rest of the grounds to explore.
Eden Project: 15 - 28 February, St Austell
The indoor ice rink is open this half-term plus the team are running a programme of activities they're calling "Freaky Nature": discover sticky seeds, exploding seeds, flying seeds and very well-travelled seeds, as they introduce you to the weird and wonderful ways that plants have spread themselves to every corner of our planet. A host of fun activities, like the Angry Burdocks seed catapult challenge and explosive Seed Bomb games, together with Freaky favourites such as the Bug Boutique and Big It Up which shows you life on a giant scale, means there’s something for everyone – and you’ll never look at nature in the same way again!
National Maritime Museum Cornwall: 15 - 23 February, Falmouth
There’s something fishy going on this half-term at the Maritime Museum, with a week of activities inspired by aquatic animals of all shapes and sizes including live encounters with marine life from the Falmouth Aquarium. There will also be a chance to create fish masks, googly eyes lobsters and to get active in the "Lilly the Lobster Trail".
Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek: 15– 23 February
The Seal Sanctuary is celebrating all things mud during the February half-term with "Mud Fest". Other activities include a magical Piskie Puddle path along some of the wooded areas; a Welly wanging competition; a chance to build your own den; plant a spring bulb on site and of course make some mud pies! Book tickets online and in advance for savings.
Bodmin and Wenford Railway: 16, 18, 19, 20, 23 February, Bodmin
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on this full size railway operated by steam locomotives. Enjoy a leisurely 13 mile trip through beautiful countryside taking in the sights, sound and smells of a bygone age, as the era of a Cornish branch line in the 1950s reveals itself during the course of your journey. A great experience whatever the weather. Regular trains depart Bodmin General at 11.20, 12.30, 13.55, 15.00.
Royal Cornwall Museum: 18 + 20 February, Truro
Get Creepy Crawly in special sessions for 0–5 year olds which are free with normal adult museum entrance. Kids can also enjoy stories and craft activities based around the museum’s Natural History Gallery. Culture Kids activities for 6–11 year olds are also available and are free all week. Booking is required.
Trebah Garden: 15 - 23 February, Mawnan Smith near Falmouth
There are several adventure play areas including Tarzan's Camp - a wooden play area with climbing ropes, slide, monkey bars, and a fireman's pole enclosed within a tree canopy; Fort Stuart for little cowboys and cowgirls under 5, with a slide and sit on rocking horses. This half-term follow the Gnome Trail around the garden, identifying the Trebah Gnomes holiday destinations and win your very own Trebah Gnome. £2 per child. After the trail, grab a bite to eat in the onsite cafe and head down to the private beach for a walk.
Dairyland Farm World: 15 - 23 February, Near Newquay
As all the usual 'farmtastic' fun, there's also a wealth of activities for half-term. One of the highlights will be the "Pets Rock" workshop, where you can get messy decorating pebbles to create your own pets, animals or even monsters. Children can burn off energy on the countless rides and activities across the park or in the huge indoor play area "The Bull Pen". Explore the nature trails, help feed the animals, enjoy a pony ride, marvel at the historic farm museum and learn about where milk comes from in the real working dairy parlour.
Paradise Park: 15 - 23 February, Hayle
Ahoy me hearties! Get yourselves down to Paradise Park this half-term for Pirate Week, where you’ll find that pirate outfits arrr most welcome. Chart the course on the trail of gold coins where X marks the spot, and don’t miss the chance to meet Long John Tredinnick and his loyal band of parrots. And if the weather is foul you can walk the rope bridge, climb the nets, slide down the slides in the JungleBarn indoor play. Keep a sharp eye out for the free flying macaws and a parrot may well sit on your shoulder at the daily feeding time with the colourful Rainbow Lorikeets.
Newquay Zoo: 17 + 20 February, Newquay
Trebiggan Productions are back with a new children's storytelling performance of The Giants of Cornwall. This heart-warming tale will be told through the use of custom made puppets, music, dance and storytelling. Also meet Colonso the giant cockroach.
Falmouth Art Gallery: 15 - 22 February, Falmouth
Situated above the library this award winning gallery is loved by locals of all ages. The gallery has gained a national reputation for providing innovative family and community workshops winning The Guardian Kids in Museums Award. There will be plenty of family activities throughout half-term, visit their website for more information.
Wheal Martyn Museum: 15 - 23 February, St Austell
Visit the UK’s only China Clay Museum and Country Park and discover how Cornwall’s largest mining industry changed the world. As well as the historic buildings, the museum owns and looks after a large collection of items associated with the china clay industry. Visitors to the site are guided by marked trails, either following the ‘historic’ trail, which explores the historic buildings at the core of the site, or the ‘nature’ trail, which cover the rest of the 26 acre site. This half-term visitors can embrace recycling with the "make and take" spring flowers and paintings and can try poem writing with the theme “Why I liked Wheal Martyn”.
Geevor Tin Mine: 16 - 23 February, Pendeen, near Penzance
An award winning museum situated on the dramatic Cornish coastline and one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Here you can experience an 18th century underground tour, get hands on in the interactive "Hard Rock Museum", explore the abandoned buildings, walk the dramatic coastline and get stuck in to plenty of family activities and events all year round. Throughout the half-term there will be extra activities including hand drilling, miners tales and craft making.
Wildfutures Monkey Sanctuary: 15 - 23 February, Near Looe
The Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of monkeys; all rescued from the UK and international primate pet trades. Visitors receive an intimate insight into a working sanctuary with keepers on hand all day to give informative talks on the centre’s residents and the wider work of the charity, Wild Futures. The Sanctuary offers a great day out for all the family, with wildlife gardens, children’s activity room, workshops, gift shop, café and picnic areas. Your entrance fee entitles you to free re-entry for the following 12 months during the open season.
Blue Reef Aquarium: Newquay
Over 40 naturally themed habitats take you on a fantastic journey from Cornish waters to exotic seas. At the Aquarium’s heart is the giant ocean tank where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of giant Loggerhead turtle, reef sharks and shoals of colourful fish. Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium is currently being invaded by jelly babies. The jelly babies in question are a colony of bizarre upside down jellyfish which were born as part of a captive-breeding programme. Come and see for yourself.
Important travel information about train services to and from Cornwall
We have spoken to First Great Western who have confirmed they are running a full schedule between London Paddington and Penzance but with bus replacement between Exeter and Plymouth. This bus replacement will add an additional 60 – 80 minutes to journey times. It is anticipated that the bus replacement will be operational for 6 weeks but this is subject to further inspections to the track by Network Rail and further weather conditions.
Our Travel to Cornwall information page provides you with useful links and telephone numbers to help you plan your journey.
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