Friday, April 26, 2013

Things for Children to Do on Holidays in Cornwall

There is a wide choice of holidays for families in Cornwall, with the county's coastline featuring glorious beaches and friendly resorts, and its inland areas boasting vast swathes of countryside for youngsters to run about in. There are also a host of child-friendly attractions that are perfect for days out, whatever the weather does.

One thing Cornwall is not short of is wildlife attractions and your options will include birds of prey displays, farms where kids can feed the animals, a lobster hatchery and even a camel-breeding centre. Perhaps the best of them is the National Seal Sanctuary near Helston, as the creatures are cute and it has real educational value.

During a tour of the site's hospital your children will learn why seals need to be rescued, how to take care of them and when they are ready to be released back into the wild. They can also find out what starfish and crabs feel like at the rockpool, as well as watch the sanctuary's penguins, otters and sea lions being fed.

Another fascinating destination that will broaden your children's horizons is the Eden Project close to St Austell. The vast biomes are packed with tropical plants and you can experience the sights and smells of the rainforest as you tour them.

The emphasis is very much on conservation and your whole family will learn lots about nature as they explore the greenhouses. There is also storytelling and workshops for children throughout the year, along with special fun activities during the school holidays.

If you want to do something that is more authentically Cornish, a visit to Geevor Tin Mine will be ideal. Metal mining was once the cornerstone of the county's economy and, although the industry has now died out, you can learn all about it at this fascinating living museum near Penzance.

There are a number of exhibits that tell the history of the mine, including several interactive ones designed for children, but the highlight of your visit will be a tour of the mine itself. Head underground and you will see what conditions were like for workers when it was a fully-functioning mine.

Not all days out during your holiday in Cornwall need to have educational value and if you just want your young children to have fun, Lappa Valley is the perfect destination. It has three miniature railways where you can enjoy rides on steam trains, together with a maze, crazy golf course and a number of play areas.

To find the best places to stay on holidays for families in Cornwall, take a look at Cornish Traditional Cottages' range of high-quality accommodation.

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