Something for everyone – even tricky teenagers!
Ensuring the whole family is entertained on holiday can be a stressful task, but with so many activities and fun things to do in Cornwall, its almost guaranteed that there’ll be minimal boredom and maximum enjoyment for all the family – even the teenagers. We’ve found some great activities to partake in around the county which are especially geared towards entertaining the teens, who are often the most difficult to keep happy.
Adrenaline Quarry is not for the faint-hearted, housing attractions such as ‘The Giant Swing’, ‘The Blob’, and ‘The Zip’, it’ll be enough to get anyone’s heart pumping. For visitors that don’t mind getting a little wet, there’s also coasteering, wild swimming and rock-faces to be traversed and jumped off into the safety of water below. Unlike activities in and around the sea, tides and poor weather won’t affect the session’s fun, as the park’s activities revolve in and around a land-locked lake. So there’s no excuses not to have a go!
Mount Hawk Skate Park
A skate park for all skating abilities and those aged 11 and over, with different time slots for each age group. Visitors must take their own skateboard, bike, rollerblades or scooter, and all abilities are welcome, with a practice space available for visitors wanting to warm up. Occasionally events or special sessions can disrupt the usual opening times, so be sure to check these beforehand, and participants will need to fill out a pre-printed form before entering the skate park for safety reasons. There is also a pool table, a music suite, table tennis, and practice space, with an on site shop for any replacement flat tyres or wonky wheels.
With rollercoasters, rides and experiences a plenty, Flambards is a great day out for the whole family, with indoor attractions too if the weather isn’t great. The fun includes a Log Flume, a Hornet Rollercoaster and Go Karts, with plenty of other tamer rides, such as the interactive Exploratorium, for the younger children or queasy parents. You can also travel back in time in the indoor attractions, which include authentic scenes of everyday Victorian life and Britain in the Blitz, recreated with thousands of genuine artefacts, which are not only educational but also very interesting.
For animal lovers, the 13 acre zoo in Newquay is a must visit, with areas including an African Savanna section housing lions, zebras and wildebeest, the Village Farm, with some more familiar faces of chickens, pygmy pigs and rabbits, and an icy pool with some very entertaining Humboldt penguins diving in and out of it. For visitors aged 8 and over, there is a Keeper For A Day experience, in which visitors can help zoo staff prepare animal feed and look after all the animals, covering every section of the zoo, including carnivores, primates, birds, hoove stock and the Tropical House, and Animal Experiences, feeding the penguins and lemurs.
With the same rules as golf, but instead of a club, players kick a football into a hole. There are hazards and obstacles along the way, with two courses for all ages and abilities, one course on level ground, and one course on a hill to add a little difficulty. The game is great to get the family outside and taking part in a fun, competitive activity. Open 7 days a week with no booking required, the Football Golf Course is located in St Austell, just forty five minutes drive from Polzeath.
Ozzel Ten Pin Bowling Centre
With a children’s soft play area, arcade games, pool tables, air hockey and food available, Ozzel Bowl is a great place to keep the kids entertained. It is also a perfect back up plan for when the weather takes a turn for the worse, if the parents just want a little break and to let the kids get on with it. There are usually great deals on food and bowling, so check the website before you go.
Ozzel Bowl is located in St Austell, just forty five minutes from Polzeath.
Located just above Towan Beach in Newquay and housing all kinds of amazing sealife, everyone will enjoy wandering between tanks of exotic fish in the Bluereef Aquarium and through the underwater tunnel, where visitors can get up close and personal to an array of lovely sea life, like black tip reef sharks, a giant pacific octopus, turtles, sunfish and caiman. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to coincide it with a feeding session and fascinating talk by a professional, all about the Aquarium’s tropical ocean dwellers and freshwater inhabitants. The aquarium is open everyday from 10am until 4pm, with a shop and café.
St Eval Kart Circuit
At 1.3 km in length, St Eval Kart Circuit is the UK’s biggest children’s kart circuit, and the Southwest’s largest and fastest adult kart circuit. It is an all-weather loop, providing fun for everyone with a need for speed, with the go karts reaching speeds of up to 35 miles per hour. All ages can be on the course at the same time, so kids can race their parents, and marshals are present throughout the races, with a compulsory safety briefing before anyone is let loose on the track. There are regularly deals on, so be sure to have a look on the website before you make your journey there. There is also an infant only circuit for ages 3 to 6, and the circuits are open everyday bar Sunday.
Wavehunters Surf school
Learn to surf and stand up paddle board (SUP) in Polzeath, or go on a marine wildlife safari in nearby Rock with Wavehunters. Surf and SUP lessons are with with experienced instructors imparting their knowledge on the tips and tricks to perfect your skills, whether a complete beginner or savvy intermediate, and the wildlife safari will allow you to explore the North Cornish coastline’s various secret coves and caverns. The surf school is only a stones throw from Atlantic House, and because the surf school keep their staff to student ratios lower than the recommended industry limit, you’ll go from splashing around in white water to cruising along unbroken waves before you know it.
Cycle Camel Trail
A former railway line, the Camel Trail is an 18 mile, level cycle route on which all abilities and ages can have a leisurely cycle or speedy sprint, winding through the wooded Camel Valley, past the Camel estuary and beside Blisland, a lovely little moorland village. If visitors don’t have their own bikes, they can be hired from multiple places in Padstow, Wadebridge or Bodmin, and toilets and a café are along the way for a rest stop. For the more adventurous and experienced cyclists, there are also adjoining trails to stray from the popular route and take advantage of exploring the area by bike.Back to news