Remember the childish glee induced by climbing trees,
spinning on rope swings and splashing in puddles? With miles of paths and acres
of woodland tucked away from the blustery coast, Tehidy is perfect terrain for
energetic toddlers and babes in buggies. Feed the ducks, spot squirrels and
fuel up on homemade soup in the café.
Swanpool Beach, nr Falmouth
The beauty of Swanpool lies not only in its
picture-perfect looks, pebbles for skimming and beachside parking (making it
oh, so easy with kids in tow). However, it’s the beach café’s provisions of
lip-smacking hot chocolates (milk chocolate lollies swirled into hot milk) and
cosy blankets that make this beach a winter paradise.
Trevarno, nr Helston
With its woodland adventure playground, roaming
peacocks, resident reindeer and acres of gardens to run wild in, Trevarno is a
kids’ paradise any day of the week. But between 17 and 23 December, winter
wonderland truly comes to life here with the addition of toboggan runs and
Woods, nr Bodmin
Wild woodland walks, awesome views and delicious cakes
– what more could you want from a family day out? Crunch through leaves
and follow family-friendly walking and biking trails that wend alongside the
stream and up into fairytale woodland where deer hang out.
Cycle Trail, Portreath to Devoran
A flat (ish) 11-mile route slicing through mining
country, Cornwall’s Coast-to-Coast trail is perfect for tag-alongs and bike
trailers. Stock up on pasties from Portreath Bakery but rest assured there are
plenty more pit-stops for weary legs (and whiny passengers) including the Bike
Chain Café, Bissoe and The Old Quay Inn, Devoran.
Garden, nr Truro
Tumble down the grassy slope to a sheltered smile of
beach on the banks of the Fal River, then wind back to the café through gardens
made for playing hide and seek. December here is crammed with festivities
including a 12 Days of Christmas trail, fireside story sessions and a visit
from Santa’s reindeer.
Roar like lions, hiss like snakes and beat your chest
like a gorilla. A trip to the zoo might not over exert your sense of adventure,
but where else in Cornwall can you stroll from the African Savannah to
Madagascar and come face-to-face with over 100 species of the world’s wildlife?
Railway Santa Special
It’s a shame the miniature carriages at Lappa Valley
are at standstill throughout winter, so make the most of the few days in
December when this steam train stokes up its engine and toot toots its way
through the lush valley scenery on a journey to meet Santa. (December 10-11,
17-18, 21-23 only.)
Few landscapes are as dramatic as the toe of Cornwall,
and in winter the wave-lashed scenery is a sight to behold. Walk along the
beach dodging the shore-break and gawping at hardy winter surfers, or take a
mile-long buggy stroll along the National Cycle Trail to Lands End.
No matter what the weather, you can’t beat the simple
fun of rolling down sand dunes to bring a smile to your face and a glow to your
cheeks. The surfside dunes at Holywell Bay are the perfect location – just
make sure you join in and don’t let the kids have all the fun.