If you’re taking a trip down to the southwest with the kids, then you’ll find no shortage of things to see and do. Most activities in the area kick off at around 10am, which will give you plenty of time to get everyone up and ready. In some cases, you’ll find that especially young children are allowed free entry – though it’s always worth checking in advance.

Newquay Zoo, TR7 2NN

Here’s where you’ll be able to get up close to more than a thousand different rare and endangered animals. There’s a special zone that’s set aside as a kid’s playground, and a dedicated staff who are able to provide you with a little bit of animal education during your visit.

Blue Reef Aquarium, TR7 1DU

The Newquay branch of the Blue Reef Aquarium will provide you with more than forty naturally-themed habitats, packed with undersea creatures. There’s even an underwater tunnel that guests can use to get a view of sharks, sea turtles, octopuses and many more weird and wonderful creatures.

Dairyland Farm World, TR8 5AA

This amusement park comprises a museum celebrating all things Cornish, as well as a host of indoor and outdoor activities. There are trampolines, tractor rides, pony rides, and a farmyard to explore, making this a must-visit for families with small children. If your children are under 80cm tall, then they’ll be able to enter free. Which makes it all the moreimportant that you get there sooner rather than later!

Pirates Quest Adventure Golf TR7 1RA

This indoor adventure golf course is new for 2021 and comes with a distinctly buccaneering theme. It’s perfect for seasoned putters and newbies alike, and children under three are allowed in for free. The attraction reopens in February 2022. If you’re travelling by car, then you’ll need to park in the centre of Newquay and make your way to the golf course on foot – but don’t worry, the walk isn’t far.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, TR8 5LX

The Lappa Valley Steam train is to be found just outside of the town. It’s a theme park comprising several different miniature railways, and it’s perfect for families with small children. The site covers thirty-five acres, and includes musical trails, woodland walks, and of course, a fleet of amazing steam engines.

Right in the centre of the action is the Whistlestop Café, where you’ll be able to pick up a range of light bites, including soups, cakes, and the obligatory Cornish pasty.

After you’re done with the day’s activities, it’s always nice to come back to accommodation that’s right for your family. That way, you’ll be able to properly unwind, and prepare for the following day.


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