Fantastic Child (and Adult) Friendly Escapes in Cornwall
Since A was unceremoniously dropped into my arms (along with alot of other gunk), holidays have become a distant memory. Whilst dealing with nuclear-force poop and projectile vomiting, I daydreamed about relaxing hideaways, until A turned into a walking, talking 18 month old at which point the dreams morphed into wanting something that could be luxurious, but still able to offer our little man as much enjoyment as possible. Does such a thing exist?
The Valley, in Truro Cornwall, is located in acres of gardens and woodland (the perfect place to hide
from the kids from the monotony of daily life) and is home to a unique collection of beautifully modern character cottages; they're also completely child-friendly! The Valley offer complimentary highchairs, bed guards, stair gates and travel cots (genius much?), along with DVD's, toys and books you can borrow either from reception or whilst out dining.
The Valley is only a few miles away from the city of Truro and Falmouth, where there's plenty to see and do. So, when you're not making the most of the play area and swimming pool with the kids (or indulging in the gourmet food in the restaurant), take a look at these activities you could be getting up to instead.
Free activities for babies & toddlers
A day out at the beach
Cornwall has plenty of gorgeous beaches to offer that are completely baby & toddler friendly. One of the best is Porthcurno beach which has a small stream flowing down one side that's perfect for the little ones to paddle in. You could also visit the picturesque St. Ives, explore the cobble streets and gouge on ice-cream when you're not lounging on the sand watching the kids bash each other with their buckets & spades.
Almost every year we visit Boscastle and it's such a stunning place that's steeped in history. There's a great tea-room that make the best milkshakes and the awesomely creepy witchcraft museum. You can also pop in to the Wellington hotel for a drink (don’t tell the kids, it’s reportedly haunted)! It's also fascinating to read all about the awful floods that hit Boscastle a few years ago and inspiring to follow the amazing journey of how the community have rebuilt their town.
Visit Roskilly's Ice-cream Farm
Find out how the dessert's Cornwall is famous for are made at Roskilly's Ice-cream Farm. Who doesn’t love scoffing their face with delicious homemade ice-creams and fudges? You can also visit the meadow and take a walk along the trails, and all for free entry.
Fancy a cultural family day out that’s still fun for the kids (and free)? Heartlands has brought the former derelict mining landscape to life and created something completely unique. Not only is there architectural eye candy for the adults but Heartlands also features the biggest free adventure playground in the South West (that’ll sell it to the kids!).
Days out in Cornwall
We visited Cornwall a hundred times when I was a child and I'd still visit a hundred more; there's always something we haven't seen or done so being able to watch the glee in my own child's face as we visit our favourite locations is wonderful. It's a place steeped in history and culture and there's plenty to do, not just for older kids, but for the young'uns too!
The Hidden Valley Discovery Park
Want to trick them into using their brains whilst still having fun? Visit The Hidden Valley Discovery Park and have a go at all of the riddles, visit the creepy haunted mansion and have fun trying to find your way out of the maze! An awesome and educational day out for the kiddies (and for the adults too).
The Eden Project
I've never been to the Eden Project before but I'm dying to go (for the kids, of course). We'd all enjoy the hideaways, waterfalls and sandpits as well as the new Dinosaur Uproar attraction - after meeting the Longleat T-Rex, I'm sure he'd love to see some more!
Crealy Adventure Park
Crealy is an adventure park the kids will love; jam-packed with rides for kids of all ages, an animal farm and meet and greets with some awesome characters (currently the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!) plus there's also Toddlers' Junction, especially so the little ones don’t miss out.
A more low-key but still fantastic day out for the kids. Dairyland features slides, nature trails, as well as tractor and pony rides plus you can even milk a cow (there aren't many places you can attempt that). There’s a huge indoor play centre to keep them occupied (if our lovely English weather decides to turn) and a café for refreshments (mostly for us adults when we finally get a chance to sit down!).
This post is written in collaboration with Parent-friendly Stays and is our entry for round 3 of the #parentpanel 2015. Parent-friendly Stays focus on finding holidays that are perfect for families with children, solely highlighting holidays that have been reviewed by real families, so you know that wherever you choose, really will be great for all ages.