It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for another school holiday, but since it is I thought I would do a quick post with a little list of things to do in Cornwall in the May half term for those of you like myself lucky enough to live here, and for those who will be arriving on holiday.
Here are just a small selection of things that are on, and great places to go.
St Austell Canoe Club are offering people the chance to try a boat for free at Porthpean beach up until 1pm on Saturday 23rd May. For more information visit St Austell Canoe Club’s website.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway has a ‘creation station’ weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May where children can join in with a range of fun craft activities, that are included in the normal entrance fee. If you grab a copy of this weeks Cornish Guardian, there is a voucher in there for one free child with a paying adult as well! My boys loved Lappa Valley when they were younger, with train rides, crazy golf, play areas, a boating lake and more to keep children amused I can see why. You can visit the Lappa Valley Steam Railway website for more information.
There are two days of fun in Mevagissey on Sunday 24th May and Monday 25th May from 12pm til 6pm to help raise money for their Christmas lights. An RNLI lifeboat will be in harbour on the Sunday at 12pm, and there will be music, stalls, food, face painting, raffle prizes, bouncy castle and more
Launceston Steam Rally is on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May at Trebant Farm at Five Lanes (PL15 7RR) with tractor trailer rides, steam trailer rides, classic and vintage cars, tractors, bikes and lorries. There will also be a fair ground, dog show, bouncy castles and more. They have a Launceston Steam Rally website if you’d like more information.
Cornwall’s Crealy near Wadebridge has a Superheroes Day on Tuesday 26th May where children can enjoy the usual rides at Crealy, but also meet some ‘superheroes’ and come dressed as superheroes themselves. Children dressed as superheroes will be given free entry to the park (information obtained form the Cornish Guardian). Crealy’s website gives more information on prices and how to find it.
On Wednesday 27th May children can join in with a bug hunt at Cotehele from 11am til 3pm, this is included in the usual National Trust entrance fee and details can be seen of this and other events on the National Trust website.
The Knights of Tintagel will be at Tintagel Castle from Wednesday 27th May til Friday 29th May showing off and teaching some sword skills, putting on talks and shows and generally helping children to learn some history whilst having fun. I could not think of a better setting for this than Tintagel. The English Heritage website has all the information you need for this.
The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth has ‘Thorsday’ every Thursday during school holidays, including Thursday 28th May. Children (and adults) can enjoy craft activities, re-enactments and all sorts of other Viking themed fun. More information can be found on the NMM’s website.
Trelay Farm near Wainshouse Corner, Bude (EX23 0NJ) has fun activities planned for the weekend of Friday 29th May to Sunday 31st May with music, dancing, farm tours, optional workshops on sustainability, circus skills, face painting, drumming and more.
The Minion Fun Run (click for more information on the event) is on at St Austell Rugby Club on Saturday 30th May, this one we are taking part in as a family. It has been organised by my boyfriend’s amazing nephew Brandon, who although being only 15 has already run a few fundraising events and has more planned for the rest of the year! He fundraises for the fantastic charity that is Children’s Hospice Southwest, and would really appreciate anyone who wants to sign up to join in. It doesn’t matter if you run/walk etc and raise £5 or £500 in sponsorship it all adds up, plus you can just come along on the day to cheer on the runners and walkers, and to take part in some fun activities that will be going on for families at the same time including a circus workshop, balloon modelling, disco, tombola and barbecue.
On Sunday 31st May there is a St Agnes Marine Discovery Day at Trevaunance Cove (TR5 0TL) with rock pooling, sand sculpture competitions, storytelling and more. This is a free event (donations appreciate though), just remember sensible shoes!
There is a new soft play area over 3 levels for age 0 – 11 year olds (under fours have their own level away form the bigger kids) at Cornwall Services near Roche called Indoor Active. There is also a new ‘clip n climb’ centre which caters for children and adults. If you want any information on the prices and opening hours then check out Indoor Active’s website.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan has a ‘wild week’ running from Friday 22nd May til Monday 31st May. This will include an outdoor assault course, rope swing, tribal face paint, wild art, tribal headdress, camp fires with marshmallows to be toasted, and lots more. For more information and directions on how to get to Heligan in St Austell, you can pop to Heligan’s website. (I think we will definitely be visiting here ourselves!)
There is an Octonaut’s ‘Training Academy’ at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek from now until 7th June where preschoolers can enjoy some fun, learning and even meet Captain Kwazii and Peso. For more information and to book pop to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary’s website.
One of my favourite places Land’s End not only still has the Shaun the Sheep exhibit for people to enjoy and all their usual attractions, but also for the May half term Monday 25th May til Sunday 31st May they are having a ‘magical’ week. This includes a fairy tale trail and performances from Rogue Theatre on the Monday and Tuesday. A good excuse for fairy wings! Visit the Land’s End website for more information.
Flambards in Helston has several activities planned for half term week from Monday 25th May til Sunday 31st May, including creepy crawly and magic shows, plus lots more. For a list of what’s on when you can pop to Flambards’ website.
This list could actually go on for a lot longer, but there you have it a selection of family friendly things to do next week in Cornwall! If you are coming down on holiday I hope you have a brilliant time, but if heading to the beach you may want to check out my Seaside Safety post.
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