We were invited to visit Pendennis Castle in Falmouth this week to enjoy some of their Easter activities. I asked the lovely Hayleigh of Budget Food Mummy to join the boys and I with her little ones and we had such a great day!
Despite being a bit overcast when we first arrived and pretty cold with the wind, it turned into a really beautiful day and made Pendennis Castle look even more stunning than usual.
With it being Easter, English Heritage had put on some activities for children at Pendennis. Soon after we arrived we got to meet some ‘pirates’ and they sent the boys and Hayleigh’s mini two on a special pirate’s quest around the castle.
They were great pirates and so good with the children, including Hayleigh’s little girl who at 4 years old was a little bit worried that they might be mean pirates. They were actually lovely helpful pirates who soon had her smiling and all of the children keen to get searching out the pirate boxes.
The sheets that the children had for their quest included a special code breaking grid. All ready for breaking the codes within the special pirate boxes and deciphering the names of the pirate ships. They had to write the real names next to each pirate ship flag on their sheets and they were so happy to find them all.
It also got them all investigating the castle very thoroughly and they were so elated whenever they found a new box. It really was a lot of fun.
As much as I love the history of Pendennis Castle and the inside of the castle, for me the very best bit of Pendennis is always the views. Absolute heaven for photography fans, as everywhere you look – especially from the top of the castle – everywhere is just so beautiful. No matter how many times you visit, the differences in the light and the weather etc means that you get such a different looking view.
I could stand at the top watching the water and the clouds for a very long time, it really is stunning.
Inside the castle is of course educational and really atmospheric. On one of the levels you can hear the sounds of men shooting the canons and really imagine what it would have been like to have been there back in Henry VIII’s day.
Around the different buildings of Pendennis Castle this theme continues, with history being brought to life with artifacts to look at and lots to learn about the First World War as well. There are plenty of things for children to touch and try, they can get close to and touch cannons and so much more.
After doing the pirate quest around the castle, we could have watched the pirates show off a lot of the castle’s weapons and do a display. However, typically all of the children were starving and one was a little suspicious that the pirates might be mean after all if they had weapons ha!
We were nice instead and headed to the Pendennis Castle Tearoom. In the photo below you can see the covered area for eating outside, the inside of the Tearoom was so fresh looking and the whole place was just so welcoming,
Not least the staff who work in there. In fact everyone at Pendennis Castle were really welcoming and friendly. The Tearoom has a lot of options from freshly made sandwiches to pasties, chips and more. There were children’s cooked meals available or lunch boxes where they could choose their own food from a selection. Hayleigh and I both went for sandwiches, which had some of the best side salad I have ever tasted along with it.
There were Easter crafts available whilst we were there and the two smaller ones got stuck in, whilst the bigger ones pretended to be too cool – whilst helping them to stick bunny stickers on everything.
Pendennis Castle is very laid back and the grounds are the perfect place for slightly mad children to burn off some energy chasing each other around. Plenty of room for bringing a picnic if you wanted to as well.
The gift shop is wonderful as well by the way. I own a necklace from there that Si bought me 4 years ago and it is one of my favourites. There are plenty of pocket-money priced things for children as well.
We had such a fun day, the adults, the 2-year-old, 4-year-old, 11-year-old and even the almost 13-year-old who takes a lot of impressing. It really is a great day out for all ages and the castle steps inside are an amazing work out. Pop to the English Heritage website for more information on Pendennis Castle.
If you’re looking for more ideas of places to visit as well as Pendennis, then pop to my Over 100 things to do in Cornwall post – Pendennis Castle is of course also on there!