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Explore summer holiday fun and discover Cornwall’s best family days out

Posted in News by Lauren Webb on 13th July 2022

Cornwall’s top tourist attractions will be offering plenty of family fun during the summer holidays, as visitor attractions across the county reveal the activities they’ve lined up.

For holidaymakers and locals looking for something to keep the kids amused during the school holidays, there’s a feast of fabulous fun to pick from – from summer adventures at The Lost Gardens of Heligan to Beano at The Eden Project, from play trails at Trebah Garden to Morgy the Giant Squid at PK Porthcurno.

Here’s some of the best summer holiday days out in Cornwall, running from 23 July – 7 September 2022. Dates and opening times may vary so visitors are advised to check attraction websites before visiting.

  • Meet the Bull Pen Gallery artist at National Trust Cotehele: Eleanor Russell-Hsieh

    Meet the Bull Pen Gallery artist at National Trust Cotehele: Eleanor Russell-Hsieh

    Visit the Bull Pen Gallery at National Trust Cotehele on Sunday 21 August to meet artist Eleanor Russell-Hsieh.

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  • Morris dancing with the Ashdown Mummers on Cotehele Quay

    Morris dancing with the Ashdown Mummers on Cotehele Quay

    Pop down to Cotehele Quay to see the World Famous Ashdown Mummers performing as part of their country tour

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  • Meet the Bull Pen Gallery artist at National Trust Cotehele: Jackie Lowman 

    Meet the Bull Pen Gallery artist at National Trust Cotehele: Jackie Lowman 

    Visit the Bull Pen Gallery at National Trust Cotehele on Sunday 14 August to meet artist Jackie Lowman. 

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  • Let’s Play at National Trust Cotehele

    Let’s Play at National Trust Cotehele

    Throughout the summer holidays, head to Cotehele to take part in an array of games and challenges across the entire estate. 

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  • Mini Keeper Quiz at Paradise Park

    Mini Keeper Quiz at Paradise Park

    There”s a new Mini Keeper Quiz at Paradise Park! Keepers need to know about the birds and mammals to be cared for at Paradise Park, so try the quiz, test your knowledge, and claim your special badge!

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  • Magic in the Skies Fireworks at Land’s End

    Magic in the Skies Fireworks at Land’s End

    Land’s End have announced that their iconic magic in the Skies Firework displays are back for the Summer of 2022 with a brand new display.

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  • Storytelling Saturdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Storytelling Saturdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Join our team to hear stories from fairy folklore to Heligan restoration, lots of inspiring and exciting stories for all.

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  • Become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    Become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    This summer splash your way through our Seal and Penguin activities and traverse our chilling ice tunnels on an adventure to become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown!

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  • Become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    Become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum

    This summer splash your way through our Seal and Penguin activities and traverse our chilling ice tunnels on an adventure to become a Polar Pro at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Charlestown!

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  • Mindful Mondays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Mindful Mondays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    An introductory talk to explore wellbeing experiences at Heligan, providing a self-led guide to enable visitors to feel the healing power of the gardens.

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  • Fun for all the family at Wheal Martyn this summer

    Fun for all the family at Wheal Martyn this summer

    Enjoy Wheal Martyn’s jam-packed new summer programme, including a variety of creative drop-in and self-led activities suitable for the whole family on selected dates throughout the month.

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  • Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    29 July 12 August 26 August Lost Suppers are about connections, the connection between people, the soil, the planet and food. In the current climate it’s never been more important to talk about food miles […]

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  • Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    29 July 12 August 26 August Lost Suppers are about connections, the connection between people, the soil, the planet and food. In the current climate it’s never been more important to talk about food miles […]

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  • Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Lost Suppers at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    29 July 12 August 26 August Lost Suppers are about connections, the connection between people, the soil, the planet and food. In the current climate it’s never been more important to talk about food miles […]

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  • Come Out and Play Summer Trail at National Trust Glendurgan Garden

    Come Out and Play Summer Trail at National Trust Glendurgan Garden

    This summer, take part in fun activities around Glendurgan Garden, supported by Sport England. Whether you’re finding your way in the maze or making a splash skimming stones on the beach we’ve got plenty of […]

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  • Martha Tilston at the Minack Theatre

    Martha Tilston at the Minack Theatre

    “She has probably the purest voice I have heard and at times it sent shivers up and down my spine” BBC

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  • Leskyn Kernow – Cornwall’s Big Band at the Minack Theatre

    Leskyn Kernow – Cornwall’s Big Band at the Minack Theatre

    Cornwall’s finest jazz musicians, joined by singers of Jimmy Cannon and Sylvia McEwen, will lead you through an evening of swing band classics.

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  • Clothes Swap Fundraiser at Wheal Martyn

    Clothes Swap Fundraiser at Wheal Martyn

    Enjoy a spot of guilt-free shopping at Wheal Martyn!

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  • Songs Under the Stars at the Minack Theatre

    Songs Under the Stars at the Minack Theatre

    Be transported to the glamour of Broadway with a selection of musical theatre favourites from West End performers Daniel Boys and Daisy Boyles with the Minack Musical Theatre Academy.

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  • Summer Adventures and The Trail of the Wildflower Fairies at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Summer Adventures and The Trail of the Wildflower Fairies at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Wander through our wildflower woodlands, vibrant meadows and abundant gardens, which Flower Fairies will you discover hiding within our magical summer garden?

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  • Interactive Buzzy Bee Play Trail at Trebah Garden

    Interactive Buzzy Bee Play Trail at Trebah Garden

    On arrival participants will be given a worksheet and assigned the role of a worker bee, with the mission to collect ‘nectar’ from the flower installations around the garden.

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  • Pirates! at Pendennis Castle

    Pirates! at Pendennis Castle

    Ahoy, me hearties! Set sail for Pendennis this summer and get ready for a spectacular adventure on the high seas.

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  • Wildlife Wednesdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Wildlife Wednesdays at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Wednesdays throughout the summer holidays are our Wildlife Wednesdays! Join us to learn more about the wonderful pollinators that can be found around the Gardens and Estate, with a variety of fun family activities…

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  • Knights’ Tournament at Pendennis Castle

    Knights’ Tournament at Pendennis Castle

    Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at Pendennis Castle’s Knights’ Tournament.

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  • Eco Printing & Silly Putty at PK Porthcurno

    Eco Printing & Silly Putty at PK Porthcurno

    Make a vibrant leaf print while learning about the environmental impact of the material used to insulate telegraph cables under the sea. Discover how this material led to mass deforestation and cable faults while making Silly Putty. 

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  • Planet PK Champions: Echoing Bats at PK Porthcurno

    Planet PK Champions: Echoing Bats at PK Porthcurno

    Make an origami bat and learn how bats find their way around using sound waves. During the activity, you will have a chance to visit our Bat exhibition in the Bunker.

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  • Footprints in the Sand & Animal Long Jump at PK Porthcurno

    Footprints in the Sand & Animal Long Jump at PK Porthcurno

    How far can you jump whilst learning about the animals in Porthcurno Valley? Champion Porthcurno’s Plastic-free status by leaving only footprints in the valley and receive a wooden medal. 

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  • Violet: Film & Photography Exhibition at Trebah Garden

    Violet: Film & Photography Exhibition at Trebah Garden

    Using both photography and film, the show will also play videos James has made using camera traps at night to document the wildlife that inhabit the garden. As well as this, is a series of portraits of the gardeners and volunteers that have contributed to

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  • Clay Play at Wheal Martyn

    Clay Play at Wheal Martyn

    What can you make out of a portion of clay? Creative self led activity.

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  • Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

    Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

    Join Wheal Martyn this summer for creative drop-in activities suitable for all the family.

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  • Legendary Joust at Pendennis Castle

    Legendary Joust at Pendennis Castle

    Experience the exhilarating spectacle of speed and skill as four legendary knights compete for honour and glory in the Grand Medieval Joust.

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  • Knights’ Tournament at Pendennis Castle

    Knights’ Tournament at Pendennis Castle

    Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at Pendennis Castle’s Knights’ Tournament.

    Discover More

  • Legendary Joust at Pendennis Castle

    Legendary Joust at Pendennis Castle

    Experience the exhilarating spectacle of speed and skill as four legendary knights compete for honour and glory in the Grand Medieval Joust.

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  • Planet PK Mini Pop Up Tours at PK Porthcurno

    Planet PK Mini Pop Up Tours at PK Porthcurno

    Explore our museum in a family-friendly way and find out how telegraphy impacted our environment.

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  • Trengwainton’s summer family fun

    Trengwainton’s summer family fun

    Head to Trengwainton this summer for fun fitness activities in the garden, den building and the much-anticipated return of the scarecrows in the walled kitchen garden.

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  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

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  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

    Discover More

  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

    Discover More

  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

    Discover More

  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

    Discover More

  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework displays

    Discover More

  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme culminating in the return of the spectacular award-winning firework display.

    Discover More

  • Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Flambards Summer Fireworks Spectacular

    Enjoy a full day exploring the park and indoor attractions followed by an exciting evening events programme ending with our spectacular fireworks finale.

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  • Summer Holidays at Flambards

    Summer Holidays at Flambards

    Flambards is open daily throughout July and August for fun family adventures!

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  • Go wild with Beano at Eden!

    Go wild with Beano at Eden!

    Join us for an action-packed summer programme and help Dennis and friends save Eden from the dreaded CO2-Zilla! Loaded with mischief, mayhem and crazy comic fun, an epic adventure awaits at Eden this summer.  Find […]

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  • Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

    Summer Fun at Wheal Martyn

    Join Wheal Martyn this summer for fun summer crafts to take home.

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  • Stones and Bones at The Minack Theatre

    Stones and Bones at The Minack Theatre

    Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

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  • David Copperfield at The Minack Theatre

    David Copperfield at The Minack Theatre

    One of Dicken’s best loved novels is brought vibrantly to life in this warm, funny and fast paced adaptation, full of his finest characters, including the ultimate optimist Mr Micawber, the fawning Uriah Heap and the glamorous, spoilt Steerforth.

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  • Little Women at The Minack Theatre

    Little Women at The Minack Theatre

    The story of the March sisters, aspiring writer Jo, traditional Meg, ambitious Amy and sweet-natured Beth has enchanted generations of children and their dreams and struggles is ideally suited to a musical format. 

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  • The Scarlet Pimpernel at The Minack Theatre

    The Scarlet Pimpernel at The Minack Theatre

    ‘They seek him here, they seek him there…..’ but for an evening of unalloyed entertainment you need look no further than the Minack Theatre, where our elusive hero will be rescuing French aristocrats from the Guillotine.

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  • The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Minack Theatre

    The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Minack Theatre

    Sir John Falstaff is short of cash, but he’s got a cunning plan. All he has to do is seduce the wives of two wealthy citizens. But he’s bitten off more than he bargained for as the witty wives determine to teach the knight a lesson he won’t forget.

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  • Journey to the Stars at The Minack Theatre

    Journey to the Stars at The Minack Theatre

    ‘Journey to the Stars’ is a marvellous blend of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, sprinkled with astounding science and astronomy facts, and all presented in that unique Squashbox style. 

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  • The Tempest at The Minack Theatre

    The Tempest at The Minack Theatre

    Shakespeare’s great drama of revenge and reconciliation is haunted by the sea, its power, its mystery and its constantly changing nature. It is also a drama created by the magician Prospero and his spirits, played out for him and us together.

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  • I Saw A Monster at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

    I Saw A Monster at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth

    Each day at National Maritime Museum Cornwall there’ll be performances of I Saw A Monster, they’re hunting for tentacles on the Museum Trail and in Make & Take they’re creating their very own sea monster puppets.

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Discover full details of all of these events on our Events page.

About Best Days Out Cornwall

Best Days Out Cornwall is brought to you by the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions (CATA), a collective of the 40 top tourist attractions in the county.

Every destination we feature is a  member of the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions (CATA). We’ve been creating Cornwall’s best visitor experiences since 1974, working together to meet and raise industry standards.

As part of the CATA network, every attraction we work with maintain high industry standards and guarantee unforgettable experiences for visitors.

We’re passionate about Cornwall, and love inspiring visitors with ideas for new and varied experiences. Our aim is clear: to create quality days out that you’ll remember for years to come.