Family Fun: Multigenerational Holidays in Cornwall
From beautiful beaches and charming villages to exciting attractions and traditional days out, it’s no surprise Cornwall was recently named as one of the UK’s top regions for multigenerational holidays. It’s the perfect place for grandparents and parents to reflect on holidays from their own childhoods, whilst children create special memories that are sure to last a lifetime – and it’s this mixture of nostalgia and new experiences that make multigenerational holidays so special.
With three-generation holidays becoming more popular, we’ve teamed up with Parkdean Resorts to explore why Cornwall is perfect for a ‘3G break’.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, a trip to the zoo is always a fun day out. Come face to face with over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals, and learn all about how the zookeepers care for them. Visit the Tropical House and meet creepy crawlies from around the world, then head to the Village Farm where kids can meet some familiar faces, including goats, rabbits and pigs. There are also adventure play areas, hands-on feeding experiences and regular talks and shows, so there really is something for all ages!
For a historic day out that all the family will enjoy, take a trip to Tintagel Castle, a medieval fortress filled with history and surrounded by some of the best views in Cornwall. Whether you’re a grandparent, a parent or a child, immerse yourself in history and learn all about how these well-kept ruins once defended Britain. From exhibitions unearthing Tintagel’s dramatic past, to the beautiful beach below, there’s so much to discover on a trip to this magical castle.
If you’re an adventurous family, then head up to Bodmin Moor and explore one of Cornwall’s most breathtaking Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit Dozmary Pool which has connections to King Arthur, and look out for footprints of the mysterious Beast of Bodmin that’s said to roam the land. There are plenty of fantastic attractions dotted around the unspoilt landscape that are perfect for 3G families, such as Carnglaze Slate Caverns and the Smugglers Museum at the Jamaica Inn. Aside from the attractions, Bodmin Moor is one of the best places to enjoy a family stroll, with many walking trails available to suit all abilities.
No holiday to Cornwall would be complete without a trip to the amazing Minack Theatre. Carved into the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Porthcurno Bay, discover over 80 years of history, then settle down and watch a show against the scenic backdrop. You’ll even get the opportunity to take a tour of the backstage areas, so you can see where actors prepare for their performances. Before you go, don’t forget to visit the exhibition centre, where you’ll see the fascinating story of the Minack Theatre from its early life to present day.
For a fun and educational family day out, a trip to the Eden Project is a must. With over 1,000 varieties of plants to explore, you’ll find out more about how humans depend on plant life and how Eden can help when it comes to a more sustainable future. The Eden Project isn’t just your ordinary indoor rainforest either. With sculptures, bridges, climbing frames and even England’s longest and fastest zip wire, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Cornwall is renowned for its beautiful beaches and sparkling seas, so what better way to celebrate this than a visit to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth? Home to a range of interesting exhibitions, you’ll be taken on a voyage of discovery to learn all about Cornwall’s maritime history. Kids and adults alike will love the Survival Zone, where you can hop on-board the jet ski, life raft and lifeboat to learn all about sea survival stories from many years ago.
There’s no denying it – Cornwall’s beaches are amazing. There’s also nothing that sums up the benefits of a multigenerational holiday more than a trip to the beach. From a game of beach cricket to taking to the waves on a fishing trip, there’s so much to enjoy on the Cornish coast. Feel nostalgic as you introduce the children to all of the traditional seaside fun you enjoyed on family holidays in the past, whilst creating new memories to treasure. Hunt for wildlife in the rockpools, go crabbing on the harbour and tuck into fish and chips on the seafront as you watch the boats bobbing on the shore.
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