We all know how hard it can be to keep the kids entertained, especially on a rainy day. When they’ve had their fill of computer games and You Tube, what else is there to keep them occupied when the heavens have opened outside?
Handily, Cornwall is home to a multitude of fantastic all-weather attractions, with plenty of indoor activities to keep them amused for hours at a time. Perfect for giving mum and dad some respite! Here’s our top favourite 10 all-weather attractions…
Set in 13 acres of lush tropical gardens, Newquay Zoo is the place to get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals whilst also learning about the conservation work carried out by the zoo. Here you can watch the lions munch their lunch or head into the Tropical House and meet some exotic creatures
Ahaa me hearties! Welcome to Pirate’s Quest, an immersive walkthrough experience where talented across and special effects detail Cornwall’s buccaneering past in great detail! This atmospheric adventure will take you through different scenes as you’re accompanied by a live pirate performer, telling you everything you need to know about pirate life.
Take an underwater journey from the Cornish coast all the way to the Great Barrier Reef – and just about everywhere in between. The aquarium is home to hundreds of fantastic creatures from the oceans and seas of the world – kids and adults alike will love the displays.
We’ve listed Lanhydrock House, near Bodmin, here but we could’ve easily put down any one of Cornwall’s magnificent period properties, of which there are many. The National Trust owns a fair number of these and Lanhydrock, with its 1,000 acres of parkland and impressive 50-room home, is well worth a visit, with lots to see, do and discover.
If your little ones need to let off some steam than a soft-play centre is a great option. There’s quite a few of these in Cornwall but One2Eleven, located next to Flambards Theme Park, is very popular – and with good reason. Here they can explore a huge soft-play room that is literally filled with slides and squidgy soft shapes from floor to ceiling.
This free visitor attraction is located in Pool, near Redruth and is set in 19-acres of land. Here you can learn more about Cornwall’s mining past with state-of-the-art exhibitions gardens of real diversity, a giant adventure playscape for kids, art and craft studios and a unique café in the old carpenter’s workshop.
We can’t really talk about all-weather attractions in Cornwall without mentioning Eden. Arguably one of the UK’s most recognisable tourist attractions, Eden barely needs an introduction – but it definitely deserves some of your undivided attention. With its magnificent biomes, it is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind’s dependence on plant life.
Escape the weather and head underground at Carnglaze Caverns, near Bodmin. Here you can tour the three gigantic caverns, which formed part of a former slate mine, the lowest of the three caverns even has a lake. If the sun does decide to make an appearance, you can wander around 6.5 acres of shaded woodland complete with an Enchanted Dell filled with faeries, guarded by loyal dragons and home to hobbits and other wondrous woodland creatures.
Learn more about Cornwall’s rich maritime heritage at this impressive museum in Falmouth. It is filled with over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, interactive exhibits, exciting temporary exhibitions, artworks, maps and charts and memorabilia.
If all else fails then why not head to cinema and catch one of the latest blockbusters? There’s cinemas all over Cornwall including at Newquay, St Austell, Truro and Wadebridge, meaning you’re not too far away from the popcorn whichever one of our Cornwall holiday parks you choose to stay at!