Set against the backdrop of rugged and scenic coastlines, a holiday in Cornwall ticks so many holiday boxes – healthy activity, fresh sea air, great food and a slow release from the year’s stresses. Here is our list of the top 5 family-friendly things to do in the region this summer, come rain or shine…

1.Enjoy world-class rugby with Sharp’s Brewery

To celebrate the British & Irish Lions Tour currently happening in New Zealand, Sharp’s Brewery has organised a free Lion’s inspired rugby event at Camborne RFC on Saturday 1st July for all the family. Inspired by a match which took place there in 1924 between the All Blacks and Cornwall, Sharp’s (with the help of former England captain Phil Vickery) has crafted a Lion’s inspired team which will take on a Kiwi team. This event is free and open to all, kids can get stuck into watching superb rugby whilst parents sit back and enjoy a complimentary pint of Doom Bar, is there a better way to spend a Saturday in Cornwall whatever the weather?

2.Get lost in the woods at Rogue Theatre’s Wild Woodland Summer Ball

Follow the winding woodland paths at Tehidy and become immersed in this authentic outdoor theatre experience with Rogue Theatre. The Wild Woodland Summer Ball will fuel children’s imaginations with intriguing tales, live music, acrobatics and dance. After the shows there is free face-painting and crafts, and all are invited to join in the dance in these magical woods. Rogue Theatre know that sitting through two hours of theatre is not for all, so it has created ‘Wilder Shows’ which are shorter and suited for those who would feel more relaxed in the company of other wilder audiences. The Wild Woodland Summer Ball will be gathering twice daily in Tehidy woods on the following dates in August: 23rd, 24th, 25h, 26th, 27th, 28th and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd of September 2017.

3.Explore the North Coast with Newquay Activity Centre

No trip to Cornwall is complete without a trip to the North Coast, with its jagged clifftops and idyllic beaches. A renowned hub for those seeking a thrill both in and out of the water, the ‘Atlantic Coast’ is famously popular with the nation’s surfers. Situated overlooking Fistral beach, Newquay Activity Centre is a one-stop shop for all outdoor ocean adventures and its activities are perfectly tailored for families. Families can learn to surf, coasteer and paddle board with fully qualified instructors who teach beach safety as well as how to have fun in the water.  Splash around in the water, explore hidden smugglers’ caves and tire out the kids with these unforgettable family experiences.

4.Step back in time at Pendennis Castle

Overlooking the historic port of Falmouth, Pendennis castle is a Tudor fortress built by Henry VIII to defend the region from any invaders. The castle has adopted a ‘hands-on’ approach to history which has made it a fun destination for families; parents and children alike can immerse themselves in the castle’s exciting past through the many events that take place over the summer. One of the castle’s most popular events is the Grand Medieval Jousts which take place throughout the school holidays. From falconry displays, to live-action jousts by mounted knights, to traditional medieval music and entertainment by the court-jester, this event offers something everyone. The interactive nature of the history displayed at Pendennis castle is great for entertaining the kids, whilst getting them engaged and stuck into the region’s diverse history.

5.Discover diverse marine life at Newquay’s  Blue Reef Aquarium

A trip to Blue Reef Aquarium is ideal for keeping the kids entertained on a rainy day. The Aquarium makes learning about Cornwall’s marine life truly fun and exciting. With over 40 naturally themed habitats, families are taken on a journey through Cornish waters all the way to tropical seas. Children can get up close to the diverse habitats of the oceans, from turtles to sharks. The beautiful displays of the museum are a great way to get the little ones interested in marine life and raises awareness around issues such as sustainability and conservation at the same time.

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