Days Out with Toddlers and Babies

Cornwall is a fantastic place to come on holiday whatever your age. Along with an abundance of natural beauty there are a host of attractions and things to do that will suit all the family.

Toddlers days out Cornwall

Many of Cornwall's natural assets will appeal to even the youngest family members; heading up the list would be our fantastic beaches, they are totally free and what toddler doesn't love a super-sized sandpit?! If it isn't quite beach weather (it sometimes happens!) then you can do a lot worse than heading to the vast swathes of open space at some of Cornwall's world renown gardens and stately homes. Perfect for picnics and toddling around this is a great option, particularly if you already have National Trust membership.

Of course there are plenty of purpose built attractions in Cornwall, and many of these more than cater for the under 4s. Soft play is a particular favourite and many of Cornwall's best days out will have an area specifically for younger children.

While you would imagine it might be a bit of a stretch keeping the youngest kids interested as you traipse around art galleries and museums many of these have upped their game in recent years and have a host of interactive displays and activities to entertain all ages.

Other firm favourites with kids of all ages are wildlife based attractions and, certainly with my kids, anything involving trains!

Things to do with babies & toddlers

  • Pendennis Castle / Falmouth

    Pendennis Castle was built in the middle of the 16th century by Henry VIII as one of a pair of forts, with St Mawes Castle, to protect the Fal Estuary from the threat of invasion from France and Spain

  • Tranquil garden near Truro with wonderful views of the River Fal. Set on many levels, containing a superb collection of tender and exotic plants

  • Heligan - Mud Maid

    80 acres of superb grounds with a complex of walled gardens and a huge, productive vegetable garden. Set in one of the most mysterious estates in England, Heligan.

  • Tregrehan Garden / St Austell

    Tregrehan

    Dramatic 20ha woodland garden created over the last 200 years by the Carlyon family, forming an exotic green gene bank of known source plants in a temperate rainforest

  • Antony House & Woodland Gardens. Superb early 18th-century mansion set in parkland and fine gardens. Located near Torpoint in Cornwall

  • Bonython Manor / The Lizard

    Bonython Manor - First Lake

    Country estate located on The Lizard Peninsula comprising of 20-acre garden, farm and woodlands.

  • Impressive late Victorian country house near Bodmin with extensive servants' quarters, church, gardens and wooded estate

  • St Michaels Mount / Marazion

    Island castle set in the middle of Mount's Bay, just off the coast of Marazion. The Mount is now managed by the National Trust but remains the home of St Aubyn family.

  • Trerice / Newquay

    Elizabethan manor house situated 3 miles from Newquay.Now managed by the National Trust

  • Mount Edgcumbe House

    Grand country house set in 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula near Torpoint

  • Camel Trail / Wadebridge

    A seventeen mile long cycle path which follows the River Camel from Padstow, on the north Cornish coast, to Poley's Bridge, on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

  • Poldark Mine / Helston

    Mining - Poldark Mine

    Located in the picturesque Wendron Valley, close to Helston, Poldark Mine has free admission to the main site and offers something for all the family

  • Paradise Park - Hayle

    Paradise Park carries out conservation work on native UK species, including the Cornish Chough, Otters, Owls, and Red Squirrels.
    It is also home to rare and endangered parrots, and is an excellent and informative day out for any family.

  • Monkey Sanctuary - Looe

    Home to a social colony of woolly monkeys and a small group of rescued capuchin monkeys, provides advice and support for primate rescue centres around the world

  • Screech Owl Sanctuary

    The sanctuary provides care and rehabilitation for wild sick and injured owls within Cornwall, and ensures their safe release back to the wild where possible

  • Springfields Pony Centre

    Home to a variety of different ponies and other animals, in addition to having lots of other attractions for the whole family

  • Kidzworld / St Austell

    Kidzworld - St Austell

    All weather adventure centre for children, featuring mega slides, giant tubes, ball pools and much more

  • Land's End / Sennen

    Land’s End, with its rugged wave battered cliffs, is the most westerly point in mainland England and the most visited outdoor tourist attraction in Cornwall

  • Tate St Ives / St Ives

    The Tate Gallery St Ives opened in June 1993 in a purpose-built building with five galleries offering an introduction to modern art, with special emphasis on the St Ives School

  • Launceston Steam Railway

    The Launceston Steam Railway links the town of Launceston with the hamlet of Newmills. Trains are hauled by steam locomotives built at the end of the 19th century.

  • World of Model Railways - Mevagissey

    The World of Model Railways has a main layout with over 30 trains travelling through varied landscapes and is home to a well-stocked model shop.

  • Raze the Roof

    One of the longest established indoor / soft play areas in Cornwall. Great range of activities for a wide range of kids - from toddlers to teens.

    Kids love to play in our mega play frame, slides, climbing wall, ball cannons, astro glide....

  • Tehidy Country Park / Camborne

    Tehidy woods are the largest woodland in West Cornwall covering over 250 acres. The country park here features over 9 miles of paths and trails, a lake and café with picnic area. Tehidy is a great family day out and dogs are welcome too.

  • Tremenheere arid gardens

    The Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are probably the newest addition to Cornwall's tradition of great gardens. Only opened in 2012 the gardens have already become an established fixture on the itinerary of green-fingered visitors...

  • Penrose Estate / Helston Porthleven

    Autumn afternoon - Penrose Estate

    The Penrose estate is a large area of parkland between Porthleven and Helston. The rolling parkland of the estate stretches down to, and includes a section of coast from Gunwalloe to Porthleven. There are many areas of mature woodland and miles...

  • Base Camp - Portreath

    Base Camp offers hours of indoor fun for all ages. There is over 2,000 square feet of soft play along with West Cornwall's only "Clip'n'Climb" climbing wall. Free wifi in the Cafe which serves a range of drinks, snacks and light meals.

  • Jump4 / Camborne Redruth

    Jump 4 trampoline park

    The Jump4 Trampoline Park is an ideal rainy day attraction for all ages. Consisting of six different jumping areas there is more on offer than just bouncing. The main Freestyle Jump area consists of 66 inter-connecting trampolines, but to make...

  • Skullduggery Laser Tag

    Bombadingas & Skullduggery has something for all ages, whatever the weather. For toddlers up there is a reasonably sized soft play area featuring all the usual slides, ball pools and climbing frames. There is also a slight twist in the form...

  • The Seahorse / St Austell

    Seahorse - Pentewan

    Set within Pentewan Sands Holiday Park, overlooking the beach, the Seahorse is a small leisure complex with something for all the family, whatever the weather. There are two indoor swimming pools, featuring a flume and play pool along with a...