Kids + families diary: January

Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Cornwall

There are lots of exciting and fun things to do at Cornwall's attractions this January, here's our guide...

Lanhydrock House, Bodmin
Enjoy a family-friendly day out with a free guided walk at the beautiful Lanhydrock House. Discover hidden history in the landscape and find areas of the Lanhydrock countryside never seen before on this free guided winter walk.

Paradise Park, Hayle
For afterdark play, head to Paradise Park's Jungle Barn, open until 6pm this winter. With giant slides, challenging soft play and a special toddlers’ zone with ball fountain - you and your kids will want to stay all day. Open from 10am, with penguin and otter feeding and a fabulous range of tropical birds.

Newquay Zoo, Newquay
Open from 10am - 5pm everyday, Newquay Zoo is a fantastic place to visit throughout the year, no matter what the season. Get closer to over 130 of the world’s rare and exciting creatures at the award winning Newquay Zoo! Watch the big cats devour lunch, visit the creepiest crawlies in the atmospheric tropical house and learn more about conservation.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary - Gweek
For lots of cuteness visit the sanctuary during the winter months. Experience animal welfare in action at Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre. Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit. It becomes home to lots of seal pups while they are rehabilitated until they are ready for release. The hospital and pools will be full, making it the perfect time for a visit.

Carnglaze Caverns - near Liskeard
For something a little bit different and a chance to get out of the rain, head to the Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Garden.Tour three gigantic caverns, which have a constant temperature of 10ºC and the lowest of the three caverns has a lake. Wander around 6.5 acres of shaded woodland with an Enchanted Dell filled with fairies, guarded by loyal dragons and home to hobbits and other wondrous woodland creatures. Take a picnic and make a day of it. Carnglaze is fun for all the family all year round.

Geevor Tin Mine - Pendeen
More than a mine, more than a museum - located in Pendeen on the dramatic Cornish coastline, Geevor tin mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Experience the 18th century underground tour, get hands-on in the interactive Hard Rock museum and walk the dramatic Cornish coastline. A great family day out in Cornwall this winter.

Minack Theatre - Porthcurno
Storytelling with puppets and songs for families with young children. The Sea Show is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall - Falmouth
Keep out of the rain with a family visit to Cornwall’s famous National Maritime Museum, situated in front of the picturesque deep water harbour, now the third largest in the world. Celebrating the sea, boats and Cornwall, this multi-award winning museum not only has 15 stunning galleries beautifully illustrating the past, present and future of this island nation but also offers a number of stunning exhibitions.

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