Fun things to do with the kids in Cornwall at half term
PUBLISHED: 11:20 08 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:48 08 February 2019
There’s plenty happening in Cornwall this February half-term. We pick 7 family-friendly events to keep kids entertained during the holidays
Pirates & Mermaids Week at One2eleven, Helston
16 - 24 February
Embark on a swashbuckling week of fun-filled activities at One2eleven this half-term as they celebrate all things nautical. Arts and crafts and storytelling sessions will be held all week to entertain young scallywags. Children can create their own eye patch or decorate a beautiful starfish. Afterwards they can play in the soft play area which has slides, a cannon park, ball swamps, climbing frames, an assault course and rope walkways.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Popular West Country Theatre Company Above Bounds have been delighting audiences with The Elves and The Shoemaker, their theatrical retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s classic story with original music, mischievous puppets and lots of laughs.It is aimed at children between three and seven years of age and their families.
A young shoemaker inherits her father’s business, but does she have the skill and determination to carry it on? Two magical elves appear to show her that she can succeed in her own way, and on her own terms.
The Elves and The Shoemaker is at Calstock Village Hall on 16 February (Tickets from calstockarts.org).
Love Nature exhibition at the Lost Gardens of Heligan
16 - 24 February
Join Robin Redbreast on his search for his lost nest! Adventure around the gardens and use your senses to help reunite our dear friend the robin with his home.
‘Get twitching’ in the Hide and enjoy some close up views of Heligan’s birdlife, before stopping at the Steward’s House to make some tasty treats for the birds. .
In the Barn, marvel at the creativity of Falmouth University students as they reveal their ‘Natural History Photographic Exhibition’ that has been inspired by the Gardens.
Finally, delve into colour and texture as you take part in a large scale artwork, inspired by nature. This collaborative piece of art will take over a week to create and is sure to chase away any winter blues.
Passport to the World at the Eden Project
16 - 24 February
Ever fancied visiting far-flung continents to try your hand at new and exotic challenges? From Arctic winterscapes, where you’ll come face to face with a polar bear to tropical journeys through the clouds on a wobbly Rainforest Bridge, join the Eden Project this half-term and you’ll be able to visit five continents in just one day.
Plus music, crafts and fantastical story telling - all free with Eden admission.
Half term at Bodmin Railway
17 - 24 February
During February half term at Bodmin Railway, up to two children with each paying adult can travel for just £1 each. Children will receive activity and colouring sheets along with the chance to learn more about the railway’s history and a chance to dress up too. But the fun doesn’t just stop with the children. Adults can book a cream tea in the First Class carriage on 24 February.
Travel Back in Time at Flambards
19 - 21 February
Step back in time to the 1800s as you visit the unique Victorian Village complete with bustling streets and hidden alleyways. Gaze through shop windows, step inside the local pub, visit the green grocers, ironmongers, butchers, shoemakers and even the apothecary – everything from a schoolroom and blacksmiths to the fire station is authentically recreated with thousands of genuine artefacts.
Visitors can book in advance online at flambards.co.uk and save 10% on their booking.
Half term fun at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno
Inspire little ones with science at the interactive museum where the exhibitions are full of buttons, buzzers, lights and levers make learning fun and are perfect for busy little hands.
Kids large and small can have fun with a wealth of inspiring activities, from secret tunnels, codes to crack, interactive technologies and hands-on experiments.
The main museum building is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm during February, and onsite parking is free.