If you’re looking for a family-friendly destination in the UK, Cornwall should be at the top of your list. With its stunning beaches, charming coastal towns, and fascinating attractions, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful region. Here are my top 5 things to do in Cornwall with kids:

1. Visit St Ives, Including the Harbour Beach

St Ives is a must-visit destination in Cornwall, especially if you’re traveling with kids. The Harbour Beach is perfect for building sandcastles, paddling in the crystal-clear waters, and going on a boat trip. I was surprised the beach had proper golden sand rather than rocks that you commonly see in British beaches. You can also take a stroll around the town’s winding streets, visit the Tate St Ives, or enjoy some of the best ice cream in Cornwall. Check out Source Kitchen for some fabulous local food.

2. Explore the Eden Project and the New Playground

The Eden Project is an iconic attraction in Cornwall that kids will love. The biomes are like giant greenhouses filled with exotic plants from around the world. The outdoor garden is perfect for exploring, and the Rainforest Canopy Walkway is a real highlight. The world’s largest indoor rainforest is also here. There’s now a new playground for kids too, with zip wires, giant slides, and climbing frames. Both Willow and Oscar loved the new playground and we spent quite a lot of time splashing about with their water feature in the playground.

The biomes

3. Visit the Lobster Hatchery in Padstow

Kids will love the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, where they can learn about the life cycle of lobsters and their importance to the local fishing industry. They can also adopt a baby lobster and release it back into the wild, making it a truly unique experience. The top floor has lots of kids activities so definitely do make an effort to visit the hatchery. We also saw lots of new baby lobsters that had just been born and Willow was completely mesmerised by the experience.

4. Try Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips in Padstow

No trip to Cornwall would be complete without sampling some of the delicious seafood on offer. Rick Stein’s Fish and Chips in Padstow is a must-visit for foodies, but it’s also a great place for kids. The restaurant is situated in a stunning location overlooking the harbour, making it the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal whilst taking in the views. There’s also a great shop attached to the restaurant so don’t forget to check that out too.

At Rick Stein’s fish and chips

5. Go Camping in Cornwall

Camping in Cornwall is a lot of fun with kids. With its rugged coastline, stunning beaches, and beautiful countryside, Cornwall offers a wealth of camping opportunities for families. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly campsite or a secluded spot to pitch your tent, we highly recommend staying at Cornish Tipis Holidays. They have excellent facilities, including showers, toilets, and an awesome lake you can paddle in or swim. They also have a great little cafe/restaurant on site.

Willow loves camping

Cornwall is a truly magical place, with a wealth of attractions and activities to suit all ages. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday, an action-packed adventure, or a cultural city break, Cornwall has it all for kids too. It was a long journey getting to Cornwall but we are so glad we made the effort this summer holidays.

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