Free Things To Do On Holiday In Cornwall

Holidays can obviously be expensive, especially if you have kids to keep entertained! When you holiday in Cornwall, there are lots of things to do that don’t cost and will keep the kids busy so the grown ups can relax! Clearly, Cornwall has lots of stunning beaches to choose from (when the weather allows!) but here are a few ideas if you fancy doing something different:

Take a 10 minute drive to Newquay:

Trenance Gardens

Situated just on the outskirts of Newquay Town Centre you will find the picturesque gardens known as Trenance Gardens.  Beautiful rose bushes and colourful flowers are what you will see here with a backdrop of magnificent old trees for you to explore. If you pop in the Visit Newquay Tourist Information Centre before you go there is a free Tree Walk booklet available to tell you all about the different trees and flowers within the gardens. In the gardens you will find a hidden little gem, a very charming little Tea Room known as Trenance Cottages which dates back to the 1800’s. Inside this fascinating Grade II listed building you can read all the history and see old pictures of how the cottages used to look and most importantly you can have the chance to try one of the most delicious Cornish Cream Teas around! There are also plenty of benches and lawned areas, perfect for picnics!

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Newquay Boating Lake

Next to Trenance Gardens you will stumble upon a stunning lake known as the Boating Lake. The Boating Lake is alive with different types of wildlife and a firm favourite for families to wonder around and feed the ducks at all times of the year. If you a feeling a little adventurous then you can hire a pedal boat and explore the lake from the water.

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Wooden Waves Skate Park Newquay

Just down the road from the boating lake and gardens is a free skate park, Wooden Waves, open all year round.

The Camel Trail

The camel trail is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Bikes can be hired in Bodmin, Wadebridge or Padstow but you can park up and take a stroll. Wadebridge to Padstow is around 5 miles but very flat making it a very leisurely walk or cycle. Along the way are lots of designated picnic area with tables but there are numerous other places to stop too, just bring a blanket! The scenery along the way is truly breathtaking. Looking across the camel estuary to Rock, a holiday destination favoured by celebrates such as Harry Enfield and member of the Royal Family!

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Bedruthan Steps

This beautiful area in North Cornwall is named after the mythological giant ‘Bedruthan’, who is believed to have used the iconic stacks off the shores as stepping stones to land. Now part-owned by the National Trust, the attraction is free to enjoy (but read the warning signs – the waters can be dangerous). From Newquay, head up the coastal road signposted for Watergate Bay, St Eval and Padstow

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Cardinham Woods

With four waymarked routes and miles of other tracks to explore, Cardinham Woods offers plenty of opportunities to blow away the cobwebs. Take a look here for more information on these walks.

Enjoy some off-road biking at Cardinham Woods with the 12km Bodmin Beast blue (moderate) trail and two tough red graded trails.

Bikes are now available for hire at Cardinham Woods and there is also a trail tune service and replacement parts available so your visit to Cardinham isn’t hampered by mechanical gremlins.  Visit for details including costs.

If after exploring the forest you are ready for some delicious, homemade food served in beautiful surroundings then you can visit Woods Cafe. You may prefer to bring a picnic or even use one of their barbecues! There’s a play area next to the woods cafe, which is an excellent spot to keep young family members amused.

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Badged as the UK’s first cultural playground, this free attraction in West Cornwall offers loads for all the family to enjoy. There are botanical gardens, adventure playgrounds and the world heritage exhibitions. You can just have a stroll in beautiful grounds while the kids burn off some energy!

State-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, gardens of real diversity, a giant adventure playscape for kids, art and craft studios and a unique café in the old carpenter’s workshop.

With swathes of green outdoor space for warm, sunny days and ever-curious indoor space when it’s wet, Heartlands is all-year round, all-weather entertainment for anyone and everyone. Go see, go play, go explore.

There are plenty of areas to picnic but also there is The Red River Cafe

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