Positioned on the Camel Estuary in Cornwall, Rock village is a Cornish hotspot for many reasons. The waterfront is an enthusiast’s dream with a sailing club and a wide range of water sports available for all to enjoy. If you’re on the hunt for family days out in Rock, then there’s plenty of things to do here.
Check out some of our favourite Cornish attractions near Rock, as you embark on a whole lot of family fun.
An obvious attraction near Rock, is the Camel Trail, a ‘car-free’ route which extends for 17 miles from Bodmin to Padstow passing through stunning scenery, and the areas of Wadebridge, Bodmin and Blisland.
As you’ll need to cross the estuary to get onto this popular cycle route, the best option is to hop on the Black Tor Rock Ferry to Padstow. This pedestrian ferry runs every 20 minutes taking around 5-10 minutes, much more efficient than the 30-minute car journey. Bikes are allowed on the ferry (small charge) or you can hire bikes once you arrive at Padstow.
The Padstow to Wadebridge section is just over 5 miles long, with glorious views across the Camel Estuary and more. The easy level terrain makes it a safe route to enjoy some off-road terrain making it one of the best ways to entertain the kids while taking in the fresh Cornish air.
Rock based Camel Ski offers a glorious ensemble of activities – ski, wake, paddle and more. The UK’s largest waterski centre, which has been operating since 1977, enables water warriors can wakesurf, waterski, wakeboard, inflatable rides, SUP and kayaking. Starting as young as five years old, this is the perfect opportunity for families to learn a new skill.
About a 20-minute drive from Rock, Retallack Aqua Park offers something totally different. For the perfect rainy day out for competitive families, prepare to get soaked at this adrenaline-filled attraction. Choose to surf the perfect wave whatever the weather on Cornwall’s only FlowRider, providing safe and easy to ride waves, it’s a great way to learn to surf in safe surroundings. Or perhaps take on the challenging inflatable Aqua Park? Featuring separate inflated islands, giant trampoline, ‘stepping stone’ climbing obstacles, tough balance beams and lots more. The race is on with a ‘total wipeout’ style set up.
A Cornish Sea Tour in Rock makes for a memorable family activity. What better way to explore the awesome Cornish scenery? Binoculars and life jackets are provided. Dock one of Wavehunters’ 12-seater RIBs and appreciate the views from the water.
For a true sense of adventure, one of the perks of a private boat trip is that the knowledgeable skippers can take you to a sheltered cove for a dive in the sea or even a paddleboard. However, it’s suggested if you do fancy taking the plunge, aim for trips 90 minutes and over, to allow travel time to the locations.
Situated 13 miles outside of Rock is Camel Creek Adventure Park, the perfect rainy day activity near Rock. Open all year round, there’s water rides, Creeky’s indoor playhouse, a show arena, rides for bigger kids, and Creature Creek where you can meet plenty of new four-legged friends. With almost 30 rides and attractions, this makes a perfect family day out when a beach day is off the cards.
A waterpark near Rock which promises spills and thrills for the whole family is Giant Slip and Slide, which is located just 13 miles away at St Columb Major. The slide itself is a whopping 440ft long with a 3m high launch ramp and there are four lanes in total. The safety team provide inflatable hoops, rings and super-fast bodyboards for you to enjoy. The perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day, while providing a super-soaked adrenaline rush.
St Eval Kart Circuit has 1300 metres of exciting track to traverse for those aged over three. For the youngest ones, there’s a circuit for three to six year olds; a Cadet circuit for petrolheads aged seven to 11 years olds, and a dedicated family circuit which is designed to cater for those 12 years and older.
Fishing trips run daily from Rock with family business Rock Fishing Trips, which has been offering charter boat service for over 15 years. Put your fishing skills to the test to see if you can commandeer catch of the day on a two-hour mackerel trip, which is a fun introduction to life at sea.
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