Heading to Newquay for a family holiday? Or perhaps a day trip to a different Cornish hotspot? We don’t blame you, there’s buckets going on in the surfer’s paradise. But it’s not all about the Newquay surf scene, while Newquay beaches are some of the best in the world, if the weather isn’t playing ball or you simply fancy a change of scenery, there’s an abundance of things to do in Newquay with kids.
Here, we round-up ten of the best.
Kids love stories of the deep, so naturally when visiting Newquay a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium is a must. With a breath-taking location, looking out over Towan Beach, visitors can take a walk through the underwater tunnel, explore the species of fish and learn about marine conservation.
Formerly known as Waterworld Newquay, a trip to Newquay Leisure World is not to be missed. Ran by charitable social enterprise Better, this waterpark’s leisure pool is a child’s paradise with plenty of water features and flumes to enjoy. Kids will love the bubbly volcano, happy hippo flume, the extreme orange flume, tippety toppety bucket, sally the slow snake and sammy the spitting snake.
It’s not all about the water though, there’s an interactive trampoline park here too, which features a fidget ladder, slackline, foam pits and performance walls, plus a well-equipped soft play area.
Newquay Zoo has more than 100s of animals to discover, making it a popular choice for a family day out in Newquay. There’s a Tarzan Trail and play area, daily animal talks led by the zoo rangers where you can learn amazing facts about the species living at Newquay Zoo, plus a secret garden to explore. Parking nearby can be an issue, but it’s only half a mile from the town centre. Or, you can hop on the Land Train and take an open air journey around Newquay. The journey takes up to an hour, with Newquay Zoo being the final stop.
Pirates and Cornwall go hand in hand, and if you’re looking for things to do in Newquay, a trip to Pirate’s Quest is a family favourite. Go on a pirate adventure for a buccaneering visitor experience, plus the newly refurbished Pirate Adventure Golf awaits. All is completely under cover, so a perfect place to escape to other worlds, if you get a showery day. piratesquest.co.uk
Just outside the town centre, is DairyLand Farm World, great for younger children, with tractors and pony rides, pat-a-pet, indoor and outdoor play areas, bouncy trampolines, the works. Horse lovers can book onto the Pony Express experience, or history buffs will enjoy stepping back in time at its Cornish Life Museum.
Looking for a family day out near Newquay? Railways enthusiasts may enjoy the Lappa Steam Valley Railway which runs trains on one of the oldest railway track beds in Cornwall, originally dating from 1849. Kids will get to meet the engines, but it’s not all about the trains, there’s a boating, adventure golf course, plus a new indoor multi-level soft play area, and woodland walks to explore on this 35-acre site, just four miles from Newquay.
Located just 9 miles away at St Columb Major, the Giant Slip and Slide, launched in 2021, promises bucket loads of fun for the whole family. The slide 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.
Have you some energetic kids to entertain? Look no further than Body Bounce Bouncy Castle Fun Park. You can’t miss it, just look for the massive bouncy castles situated on Barrowfields, between Lusty Glaze and Tolcarne beach. Experience an active day out for the kids (aged three years to 12) in Newquay with a giant 300 foot long obstacle course.
There’s also a Cornish themed 18-hole crazy golf course, fancy trying to break the course record?
Ten miles from Newquay is Screech Owl Sanctuary, which is open daily from April through to October. Throughout the day there’s flying displays, chance to feed the animals and talks about wildlife, racoons and lemurs, and of course… owls.
Looking to keep a skate enthusiast entertained? We have just the ticket. Newquay Concrete Waves Skatepark is free to use, and consists of four separate areas which are geared to a mix of abilities. There’s: a retro-style pool, expansive street run, stair set and an internationally significant bowl. Located behind Newquay Zoo, at Trenance Leisure Park, it’s suitable for skating, BMX biking, rollerblading.
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