Kids & Family things to do in Cornwall, July 2017
Unleash your imagination in Cornwall this July, get lost in space at the Eden Project, release your inner pirate at the National Maritime Museum or just become engrossed in some wonderful story telling.
Go on an awesome adventure this summer. Inspired by the heroic voyages of exploration by ships such as Captain Bligh’s HMS Bounty. Join the crew of HMS Adventure in our Play Zone to explore the Pacific Islands. It’s 1799, and the crew are charting the dangerous Pacific Ocean. The ship has just dropped anchor off a deserted island. You have volunteered to explore the island with a small group of scientists, and so the adventure begins…
Cornwall’s biggest exotic animal sanctuary offers a home to over 250 animals from around the world. Children, and adults! can get up close to wildlife and learn all about the natural world through observation, stimulation and discovery. Set in the beautiful Cornish countryside near Looe, Porfell is just one of several attractions in Cornwall where animals are the stars!
It’s the biggest one day agricultural show in Cornwall, but it’s not all sheep shearing and giant turnips. There’s musical entertainment, food courts, craft stalls, a fairground, show jumping, a dog show and cookery competitions. Kids will love the fluffy bunnies and clucking chickens, for Mum and Dad, there’s always the beer tent!
In the far, far west of Cornwall, just before you end up in the sea, is the former mining town of St Just. In July it holds its annual festival, Lafrowda, a name supposedly given to the area in ancient times. This year the main event will take place on July 15th when there will be processions through the streets with stalls and entertainment taking place all around the town. In the lead up to the main day, there is a fortnight of lesser events and a programme will be available from late June.
Everybody loves a good story, and Cornwall has inspired many, from King Arthur to Poldark and beyond. This July, why not check out some magical tales in the company of Squashbox Theatre. Fresh from touring the USA with Cornwall’s Kneehigh Theatre this winter, Craig Johnson returns to the Minack for a season of inventive and quirky shows combining puppets, live music, storytelling and lots of laughs.
Ever wanted to know more about the artists who lived and worked in and around St Ives? From 10.30am on July 16th, Family Sundays at the Tate will give you the chance. Join them for an Art Adventure and be prepared to get creative and have lots of fun. Suitable for kids aged 5 – 12.
For parents with younger children, why not join the Toddle Tate on the 11th July? Messy play, music, movement and stories are used to explore the galleries. Advance booking required.
This summer get ready to boldly go where no visitor has gone before. The universe comes to Eden with an Astronaut Academy, a Solar Safari and extra-terrestrial plants growing in the biomes. Will you be able to survive in the incredible environments found on these far-off planets? Will you be able to communicate with mysterious alien species? Strap on your jet pack and blast off to the Eden Project to find out. Journey into Space opens on July 27th.
He’s back on the silver screen and all over the country kids are grabbing their swords and dreaming of becoming a Knight of the Round Table. What better place to head for than Cornwall with all its Arthurian connections? You might not find the Holy Grail, but we guarantee you will have a great time looking for it. For more information check out the Avalon App.