Paradise Park – Cornwall

We have had some great days out this Summer already including to the lovely Springfields, which is only about 20 minutes from our house, but last week I decided to brave the holiday traffic and go a bit further afield down to Hayle, to visit Paradise Park.

I’m not exaggerating about the ‘brave’ part either, if you have only ever come to Cornwall in the school holidays, then you may think that our roads are constantly clogged and always busy, but usually they’re really not. This year due to what many are calling ‘Poldark Fever’ and the school fine system that means everyone has waited for an actual school holiday to go away, the roads are busier than I have seen them in years.

Brilliant for the Cornish economy, but wow do I wish Cornish children could have their school holidays earlier or later sometimes! It took me over an hour and 40 minutes to drive from St Austell to Hayle, a journey that should usually take less than an hour. Anyway enough moaning, the drive was well worth it.

When we arrived at Paradise Park, the first thing we saw was a dinosaur, which the boys loved as they’re a bit dinosaur obsessed after watching Jurassic Park at the cinema. I would have taken a photo of this dinosaur, but we were desperate for lunch. There were plenty of other photo opportunities with dinosaurs around the park though.

Paradise Park Dinosaur

We started off with lunch because we were starving, which also meant that we wouldn’t have to stop part way around the park, and the food wasn’t bad at all. Like a lot of family orientated places now, Paradise Park don’t do the greasy food – although if you hanker for some barbecue food and chips (or a glass of wine to calm your nerves after the soft play area) the pub right by the entrance can sort you out.

Paradise Park had a dinosaur trail for the boys to do with a special certificate at the end, which they really enjoyed doing.

Paradise Park Dino Trail

Whilst we were doing the dinosaur trail, we saw lots of gorgeous animals and birds.

Paradise Park

There was a bird show on as you can see above. The boys favourite of the ones we saw were the penguins who were very cute and who you can get really close to at Paradise Park, but my favourite was the little barn owl.

He was so ridiculously cute and with it being a hot day, he was using his water bowl as a little paddling pool, which is one of the cutest things I have ever seen.

There is a vast array of different birds there, and I was happy to see a Cornish Chough. Paradise Park is a gorgeous place, very relaxing and scenic in places.

Paradise Park Cornwall

There are loads of places to sit and have a picnic at Paradise Park including loads of picnic tables, a big park play area, a train that leaves on a frequent basis around the park, and a big indoor soft play area. There was a big screen television that showed baby red pandas via a video link in their sleeping area, and farmyard animals to feed.

The indoor soft play (a lot of parent’s nightmare!) had plenty of seats and a cafe to ease the pain a little. I did laugh when I read the sign on their noticeboard in the soft play area.

Paradise Soft Play

This was the first time we’d been to Paradise Park in years, but we had a brilliant day and will definitely be going back in the near future.

If you’re looking for more places to go in Cornwall, I have a post with over 100 places to go in Cornwall, one with things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining and another with places to go in Cornwall all year.

Stevie x



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  1. 29 August 2015 / 6:02 pm

    We have holidayed in Cornwall so much and yet never been here – it looks like a great day out! x

    • 29 August 2015 / 9:30 pm

      It really is, and I didn’t take any photos of the soft play area as there were so many children in there at the time but it’s quite a big one and the boys loved it. Well worth a visit lovely,

      Stevie xx

  2. 30 August 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Loved this place when we went! had such a great time! I really do love cornwall, i can not wait to come back to this beautiful place x

    • 30 August 2015 / 10:32 pm

      Glad you had a fab time down here lovely :)

      Stevie xx

  3. Bethan T
    30 August 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Looks like you had a fab day out! xx

    • 30 August 2015 / 10:29 pm

      We definitely did :)

      Stevie x

  4. 31 August 2015 / 7:50 pm

    We love paradise park but sadly even with a little newspaper voucher we can’t afford the entry so its reserved for a birthday treat if the children ever want to go there so we save for it (and I know it’s not even the most pricey palace around and worth it!) xx

    • 31 August 2015 / 9:59 pm

      We have spent a small fortune this school holidays and since we’re going away (only to near Constantine) at the end of October, we’ll be having to save instead of spend for a while!

      Stevie x

  5. 2 September 2015 / 2:34 am

    Sounds like the car journey was well worth it and I can sympathise since roads in Snowdonia can get similar during the summer holidays.

    Barn owls are just the cutest things! Hubby is a big fan of owls since he supports Sheffield Wednesday who’s teamascot is an owl.

    And I’m with your boys on the dinosaur thing! I also loved Jurassic Park (although weirdly can never spell it!)

    • 2 September 2015 / 10:12 am

      Ha I’m the same I always want to add too many r’s! and I love Barn owls :)

      Stevie x

  6. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby
    4 September 2015 / 10:38 am

    Wow! That looks really fun day for all of you, seemed like there’s loads to look around inside. I think the long drive is all worth it… My kids love dinosaurs too after watching that Jurassic world. #PicknMix

    • 4 September 2015 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks lovely, it was a brilliant day :)

      Stevie x

  7. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    4 September 2015 / 10:44 am

    What a fun day out! The dinosaur trail looks awesome. My favorite is the barn owl too, he’s captivating! Thanks so much for hosting #picknmix x

    • 4 September 2015 / 12:58 pm

      My pleasure lovely, I finally managed to get my post up! I may have gotten a little sweary last night when my site locked me out etc ;)

      Stevie x

  8. 4 September 2015 / 11:44 am

    Looks like a great place. I agree – the paddling barn owl is so cute! #picknmix

    • 4 September 2015 / 12:59 pm

      He was just gorgeous!

      Stevie x

  9. 4 September 2015 / 11:50 am

    My kids love places like this – we recently went to Hobbledown in Epsom (we live in Surrey) and it was fab! My in-laws live in Cornwall x

    • 4 September 2015 / 1:00 pm

      Mine do too and I’m making the most of that now they’re 9 and 11 as these days could be numbered ;)

      Stevie x

  10. 4 September 2015 / 12:18 pm

    This is literally around the corner from where I grew up (my mums house). I used to be able to hear the tannoys from my bedroom saying the penguin feeding is about to start. It’s brilliant isn’t it! There is so much to do whatever the weather! I’m glad you had an amazing time despite the long drive. :-) x

    • 4 September 2015 / 1:01 pm

      Ha love it ;) we’ll definitely be going back :)

      Stevie xx

  11. 4 September 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Sounds like a great day out. We live in Bournemouth so Cornwall is a bit of a trek for us but I think I’m going to add this on my list of places to visit next summer.

    • 4 September 2015 / 9:48 pm

      It’s lovely but quite far towards the bottom of Cornwall so not a day trip for many!

      Stevie x

  12. Suz
    4 September 2015 / 9:36 pm

    What beautiful photos and even better memories being made! Such a lovely read! Suz x

    • 4 September 2015 / 9:59 pm

      We do love this place, so will definitely be going back :)

      Stevie x

  13. Emma's Mamma
    4 September 2015 / 9:51 pm

    This looks great! Love how they have headache tablets available at the soft place! I grew up in a coastal village that tripled its population during summer so I get how annoying it can be ;) #PicknMix

    • 4 September 2015 / 10:13 pm

      Unfortunately some of our roads just can’t cope, but they are gradually getting better in places! ;)

      Stevie x

  14. 4 September 2015 / 10:54 pm

    lol! Love the signage. Looks like a great play. Ethan would have love to visit, especially that they have dinosaurs in the park. He’ll probably wonder why this owl is not asleep during the day though. lol! Glad you and the boys had a great time. x

    • 5 September 2015 / 12:35 am

      The boys loved the dinosaurs even at their ages ;)

      Stevie x

  15. 5 September 2015 / 10:01 am

    Ohh this looks awesome. Will defintely visit when we are next in the area for holidays!! #PickNMix xx

    • admin
      6 September 2015 / 10:12 pm

      It is a lovely place, looking forward to taking the boys back again as they love it!

      Stevie xx

  16. 7 September 2015 / 8:11 am

    Looks very cool! Love the headache sign!! The dinosaurs would be right up my boys street, they would have loads of fun! :) x

    • admin
      7 September 2015 / 11:27 am

      The world’s gone a bit dinosaur mad recently ha but the boys love it :)

      Stevie x

    • 8 September 2015 / 8:25 pm

      It is lovely there!

      Stevie x

  17. 16 September 2015 / 7:20 am

    Lovely post, Stevie. We are planning to take our granddaughter to Paradise Park when we come to Cornwall later this month. Love the dinosaurs! Do they still have otters there?

    • 16 September 2015 / 2:14 pm

      The otters are still there :) we love it there so will definitely be going back

      Stevie x

  18. 16 September 2015 / 10:33 am

    We’ve visited Hayle before but I’ve never heard of this park – it sounds great, will certainly bear it in mind next time we’re in Cornwall – thanks for sharing!x #whatevertheweather

    • 16 September 2015 / 2:15 pm

      It’s a lovely place for a day out with kids :)

      Stevie x

  19. 16 September 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Mental note made for somewhere to visit next time we’re in Cornwall. I’ll try to make it out of season though :) #whatevertheweather

    • 16 September 2015 / 2:19 pm

      Luckily even in the busy season it’s big enough that it doesn’t feel cramped around the place, and you just have to leave a lot of extra driving time ;)

      Stevie x

  20. 16 September 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I know what you mean about the tourist traffic. It’s a nightmare here in the Summer! We tend to avoid all touristy places during those months and visit during term times when it goes quieter. This looks like a fun day out :) #WhateverTheWeather

    • 16 September 2015 / 11:25 pm

      I always used to avoid the touristy places, but I was braver this year and to be honest glad that I was, as although the traffic wasn’t fun, the days out definitely were :)

      Stevie x

  21. 16 September 2015 / 9:17 pm

    This place looks fab, and right up our street! I love Cornwall, I hope we get a chance to take Oliver at some point, he’d love it! Will definitely be coming to you for some gems like this if we do manage it! #whatevertheweather

    • 17 September 2015 / 1:26 pm

      It’s a lovely place, and perfect for smaller children as well as the big kids ;)

      Stevie x

  22. 16 September 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Love this post! Popping back for #Whatevertheweather. A shame it’s so busy in the school holidays in Cornwall, I’ll have to bear that in mind if we come down that way on holiday! Paradise park looks great, so much to see and do. Soft play’s are great, but I do find it impossible to get the kids out of there and look at other things, it’s just too exciting!
    Thanks very much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

    • 17 September 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Ha I remember those days of having to dive in to ball pools after children who didn’t want to leave ;)

      Stevie xx

  23. 18 September 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Oh do they still have the dinosaurs there!? That’s great :) Love the sign, all soft plays should have those! And the pain killers available haha x

    • 18 September 2015 / 2:34 pm

      Yep and the boys loved the dinos :) Was the first time we’d been in years so neither of them could remember having been before!

      Stevie x

  24. 25 April 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Thats brilliant thats exactly how I feel about soft play! Monkey has a thing about dinosaurs so this is right up his street. Thanks for sharing x