The following sections provide some ideas for activities and days out with the whole family, this is not meant as a comprehensive list, and if you find some great things to do that you might think other guests would like please let us know.
Make sure you pick up one of the activities guides (available at tourist info and local supermarkets) to get money off vouchers for many of the attractions.
"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 - Newquay Zoo is home to some critically endangered species including the beautiful Red Pandas, Owston's Civets and black Wildebeest.
Keeper talks and animal feeds happen throughout the day but if you want to get even closer, our animal experiences give you the chance to meet and feed our cheeky Lemurs or friendly Penguins. If that isn't enough, we have activity trails, face painting, a children's play area and dragon maze to keep people of all abilities and ages occupied.
You will need to keep your energy up too, so why not grab a snack from Lemur Café or Tippy's snack bar.
Just a short walk from Newquay town centre, Newquay Zoo is one of Cornwall's most exciting visitor attractins. come and see us for a wild time - a really great day out for the kids and the whole family! "
Telephone: 01637 873342
"Whether you live in Cornwall or are visiting on holiday, we would love to welcome you to Paradise Park! so many things to do with over 140 species and a total of over 650 birds there is a stunning range to see. Daily events with feeding time talks for the otters and penguins, winter roast lunch available on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus the huge Jungle Barn indoor play centre. Enjoy a stroll around the relaxing gardens, hear about our world-wide conservation work, enjoy a delicious meal or drink in the otter pool cafe and peruse the gift shop.
16 Trelissick Road
Telephone (24 hour info line): 01736 751020 873342
main office line: 01736 753365
Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous island, the Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning visit. Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel.
Where the peace and tranquility of the Cornish countryside combines with the exotic world of wild animals.
A zoo with a difference! Porfell is home to zoo animals needing a home for life. In the park, you will get up close and personal to exotic animals including ring-tailed lemurs, ostrichs, zebra and meerkats.
Porfell Wildlife Park is about 30 miles from the apartment.
Telephone: 01503 220211
"Situated in 40 acres of stunning Cornish countryside, the seal sanctuary in Gweek is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. Our seal sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast. Come and meet our residents, enjoy our wide open spaces & enjoy a relaxing drink or snack in our seal sanctuary cafe.
The seal sanctuary is about 30 miles from the apartment, and is about an hours drive.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Telephone: 01326 221361
ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS
FUN PARKS & FARM PARKS
"Deep in the heart of the Cornish countryside, we've been making the most of our orchards for over 25 years. whether it's getting to the core of great flavour or thinking outside the box, we know what it takes to make apples special.
We've a range of award winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves – all of which you can sample when you visit us on a day out in Cornwall. It's free entry, however to make the most of your visit, we strongly recommend the guided tour which takes you behind closed doors, on a journey through our museum, distillery and right up to the 21st century with our new production facilities.
Healey's is about 11 miles from the apartment.
Telephone: 01872 573356
Springfields Fun Park & Pony Centre - more than a great family day out in Cornwall - a wonderful childhood experience and day trips for kids. An action packed day for all the family with acres of space to run and play. Whatever the weather the giant indoor play barn and under cover activities mean there is always plenty to do.
Ponies, ponies and more ponies, Springfields have lots of ponies that can be ridden, groomed, or will take you for a ride around the park in a carriage.
Go-karts, rowing boats giant outdoor astra wave slide, death drop slide and trampolines for the active youngsters.
Train rides around the park, toddler play area, pets corner for the little ones.
Hands on animal action, from Easter - bottle feed the baby lambs, or a take a walk along the wet woodland trail.
Springfields is about 12 miles from the apartment
St. Columb Major
Telephone: 01637 881224
Ride, slide, splash and spin – with FREE entry, FREE parking and 25 rides and attractions Newquay’s Holywell Bay Fun Park is a great day out for all the family and one of the top things to do in newquay.
One of Cornwall’s top family attractions, Holywell Bay Fun Park is close to the beach and just 4 miles from Newquay. Our ‘your day, your way’ approach allows you to pay as you play for the ultimate family day out!
Get fast and furious on our F1 go karts, drench dad on our super squirty blaster boats, or dodge the mystical waterfall and make mum mad by getting lost in our magical maze. aim, shoot, spin and steer on rides and family attractions for all ages.
If you’re looking for things to do in Newquay, Holywell Bay Fun Park is open from 10.30am for the main season, Easter – October, but please check opening days and times before embarking on your day out.
Telephone: 01637 882132
Cornwall’s BIG litte railway and leisure park. in the unique historic setting of the Lappa Valley you will find loads of fun things to do and discover! There are three separate miniature railways running through this oasis of conservation, where wildlife thrives in a protected environment. It's a great place to enjoy peace and quiet away from it all...
all activities are included in one railway ticket (except the electric cars).
St Newlyn East
Telephone: 01872 510317
ADVENTURE AND THEME PARKS
Flambards is the west country's leading family attraction with rides for everyone, family fun and entertainment. Don’t forget to visit the award-winning and unique exhibitions including the Victorian village and Britain in the blitz.
there is so much to do at Flambards. whatever your age, whatever your interest, there is something for everyone!
Telephone: 01326 573404
The Oasis Fun Pools in Newquay is the ideal attraction for the whole family whatever the weather! with its amazing indoor and outdoor pools you will have fabulous fun.
- three fabulous flumes
- the hendra river rapid ride
- fountains & waterfall
- the giant tap
- toddlers area with slide
also check out Cornwall segway while at the Hendra Holiday Park
Hendra Holiday Park
Telephone: 01637 875778
Adrenalin Quarry is Cornwall’s no. 1 destination for thrill-seekers looking for holiday adventure. It’s home to 3 of the UK’s most exciting attractions:
The UK’s maddest zip wire – an aerial runway stretching 490 metres over a flooded quarry.
The giant swing – 50ft high that will plunge you 3 at a time from 80 degrees to 150ft over the lake and back again.
Freshwater coasteering – families and thrillerseekers alike go wild swimming, traversing and cliff jumping in cornwall’s 1st and only freshwater coasteering adventure.
The BLOB! – 12X3ft inflatable that lays on the lake. You sit on one end your friend jumps on the other, catapulting you through the air and splashing back into the lake. comes as part of our coasteering sessions. a must!!
Lower Clicker Road
Telephone: 01579 308204
Located on the North Cornwall coast (between Padstow and Newquay), St. Eval Kart racing circuit is a massive 1.3km karting track idel for all ages and all group sizes. The circuit has been very carefully designed with the assistance of some of the UK's top racing drivers and constructed using the very best materials.
Whether you decide to visit the circuit for a quick practice or opt for one of our great race events you can be assured to receive the very best service by highly trained team. refreshments, toilets and acres of free parking.
St Eval Karting Circuit
Telephone: 01637 860160
The fastest single-engine karts in the South West and an exemplary safety record.
The 800 metre circuit is designed for all types of karting and consists of a long straight heading into a chicane followed by fast flowing twists and turns with plenty of width for overtaking. Kartworld offers arrive and drive for the whole family. For more competitive adults the grand prix experience is a must. Our friendly and highly experienced staff at Kartworld ensure that queuing is kept to a minimum, and our fleet of 60 karts provide for a better service whatever your group size.
Lower Clicker Road
telephone: 01579 3472294
The Bear Works is Cornwall's only hands-on bear making nursery where everybody can choose their own style of teddy bear or furry animal friend. Choose your fluffy friend, select the outfits, accessories and even record your own message to put in to the bear. there is a vast selection of teddy bear and furry friends to choose from including, cats, dogs, farm animals, tigers, frogs and lots of other exotic animals with unique boys and girls outfits to choose from and loads of accessories that help make your bear really personal.
Every teddy bear and furry friend also receives their very own birth certificate and if you join the FREE on-line loyalty club, you'll also receive FREE loyalty points to save and spend later on.
The Bear Works is the perfect place for those extra special unique presents that will always attract lots of love and attention.
telephone: 01209 219065
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTSEEING
Land’s End is one of Britain’s best loved landmarks, famous for its unique location and beautiful scenery. a visit to this, the most South Westerly point of mainland Britain, will provide you with a fantastic day out. Entrance to land’s end is free, you only pay to park your car.
Walk around the site and enjoy the natural splendour; stand on the first and last point and take in the spectacular views; visit the historic Penwith house; or wander around the West Country shopping village. In addition to this you can experience great value entertainment by purchasing tickets for our fantastic attractions which include a 4D film experience.
Any visit to Land’s End would not be complete without a photograph at the famous signpost. Please explore our website to discover more about this popular destination.
telephone: 0871 7200044
Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history…
Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop 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.
Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in mount’s bay. come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft restaurant.
St. Michaels Mount
telephone: 01736 719507
What's it all about?
“we built the eden project in Cornwall in a disused clay mine, transforming it into a rich, global garden where people can learn about nature and get inspiration about the world around them.
But we do much more than offer a memorable day out in Cornwall. Eden is an educational charity and social enterprise and much of our energy goes into:
- running transformational social and environmental projects on our doorstep and around the world
- creating unforgettable learning experiences for students
- putting on fantastic arts, theatre and music events
- creating stunning gardens as well as doing valuable research into plants and conservation
- making sure we run our operations in the greenest possible way.
telephone: 01726 811911
world heritage site
follow in the footsteps of 18th century cornish tin miners on the most atmospheric mine tour in britain - an adventure unlike any other
poldark mine - NOT JUST A TIN MINE - something for all the family.
telephone: 01726 811911
The Shipwreck and historical artefacts on display in the centre are the largest private collection of this type on public display in europe.
Brought together over the last 45 to 50 years, it forms the basis of one of the most unusual and interesting collections open to the public.
telephone: 01726 811911
The Launceston Steam Rrailway links the historic twn of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. the line runs for two and a half miles through the glorious Kensey Valley along the trackbed of the old north Cornwall railway, where once express trains from Waterloo thundered along.
Your train is hauled by narrow gauge (2' 0") locomotives built in Victoria's reign, and you can ride in open or closed carriages depending on the weather; whatever you choose, you are assured of a marvellous view. A seat in the front of the train is as good as being on the footplate.
Tickets are "Day Rovers" so you can ride the trains as often as you wish, or you can break your journey for a picnic, to explore the footpaths around the Kensey Valley or visit the Newmills Farm Park.
With a train every hour, many passengers choose to enjoy a picnic or a walk in the valley, and return on a later service. the guard will stop the train, on request, at Hunt's Crossing.
Newport Industrial Estate
telephone: 01566 775665
Bodmin General Station
telephone: 0845 12596785
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford railway - Cornwall's only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives.
Relax in style and enjoy a leisurely 13 mile round 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.
telephone: 01209 203280
"Cornwall Gold, a unique visitor experience set in the tin mining landscape of Cornwall. Our park runs to 18 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and admission and parking is absolutely free of charge.
The main jewellery showroom at Cornwall Gold surprises and delights - the scale and beauty of the space makes browsing our jewellery an experience in its own right. Our jewellery ranges make up Cornwall's largest collection of jewellery and reflects the talents of Cornish designers and the natural, timeless beauty of Cornwall.
Talk with our jewellery technicians in our showroom workshop and take a look behind the scenes at the smelting process and the history of production on our site. Learn about the fascinating story of pearls and select your own piece of Cornish Tolgus Pearl.
Whatever your interests you are in the hands of Cornwall's most experienced and knowledgeable jewellery service teams.
Blue Hills Tin Streams
telephone: 01872 553341
"most of our tin ore is gathered along the beautiful North Cornish coastline and has been mined by the sea and made clean by the pounding of the waves along the shore. This type of alluvial tin mining is ancient and being a renewable source has continued for thousands of years.
Taking what nature has provided and after arriving at the works it is processed, smelted, refined into ingots and cast into a unique range of giftware and jewellery; which can be
The international tin research institute describes tin as being a green metal valued for it's non toxicity, resistance to corrosion and attractive appearance. blue hills tin is produced by traditional methods with all modern safeguards to the environment.
Fly through the air, splash through the water, explore mystical woodland and discover cornish myth and legend
Cornwall's largest adventure park. Camel Creek offers something to do whatever the weather, with over 40,000 sq. ft of indoor entertainment.
The six main realms to explore include: adventure realm, natural realm, heritage realm, animal realm, wild realm and the enchanted realm. come and explore, will you face the beast?
There's a whole day's fun at Camel Creek
Camel Creek is about 15 miles from the apartment
telephone: 01841 540276