Carbis Bay Holidays :: Attractions
For the family, there is so much to see and do in Cornwall - St. Michaels Mount, Minack Theatre, Flambards, Lands End, Goonhilly Earth Station, Porthcurno Telegraphy Museum, National Maritime Museum, Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre - how about BMX biking at The Track, Portreath, Coast to Coast Karting or Pitch and Putt at Hayle - the choices are endless.
Newquay is about 40 minutes away and there is a wide selection of family attractions such as Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Healeys Cornish Cider Farm, interesting days our for all the family.
One of the most popular of all is probably the Eden Project - avoid the traffic on your way home and call in here and possibly the Lost Gardens of Heligan. It will always be a temptation to just relax in St. Ives, but it will be perfectly placed for day trips and you can look forward to coming back to your comfortable holiday accommodation.
No visit to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to the Eden Project - " A living theatre of plants and people". At the Eden Project they have built a giant global garden in a huge china clay pit the size of 35 football pitches. The giant crater is over 50 metres deep and totally hidden from view until you go through the visitor centre which is on the lip of the pit. very James Bond!!
To gain a 10% discount on Eden Project tickets visit www.edenproject.com
St Michaels Mount
St Michael's Mount is 3 miles east of Penzance and is one of the treasures of Cornwall. Set on an island a few hundred yards off-shore from the ancient town of Marazion and in the heart of Mounts Bay. The Island and Castle are open to the public every weekday and most weekends during the summer and on a limited basis during the winter. While access to the island is easy at low tide when the granite causeway is opened for pedestrian crossings, there are ferry boat services running at high tide during the summer.
The Minack Theatre is 7 miles south-west of Penzance, at the western end of the beach is the famous Minack Theatre, built in the style of an ancient Roman Amphitheatre, but with the added drama of the ocean as its backdrop, it is now a world-famous venue for summer season of plays and musical entertainment.
National Maritime Museum
Both educational and great fun for all the family, The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth is one of the most popular attractions in West Cornwall. With a permanent display depicting the history of boats from all over the world, there are regular changes to other exhibitions and workshops. Build and sail your own boat, go crabbing, play pirates, a good day's entertainment. Family tickets for the year £27.
Flambards Theme Park is a short drive away in Helston, one of the most popular tourist attractions and particularly worthwhile if the weather is not special. Fairground rides and rollercoasters, water flumes, for all ages, karting. There are exhibitions such as The Really Wild Experience and The Hands On Experience as well as firework displays, family fun discos, and children's entertainment throughout the summer.
The One2Eleven indoor play centre is open throughout the year and is free to under 12 months.
Goonhilly Future World
Near Helston, you could combine a trip to Flambards but Goonhilly is more than an educational tour for lovers of technology. Explore the story of international communications at the interactive Visitor's Centre. Meet The Robot at Futureworld, take control of your own Segway around the park, lots of computer games, children's play areas, shops and much more. (p.s. free to BT employees !!)
Visit: www.goonhilly.bt.com **** Latest 11.02.2010 *** Closed until further notice
Lands End Attractions
The very commercialised visitor centre at Lands End offers a variety of attractions for all the family. These cover the Doctor Who Exhibition, The Last Labrynth, Coast, Air Sea Rescue and Greeb Farm. In the summer months there is a firework display at dusk on Thursdays also a Family Funfest on every summer week on Tuesdays.
Charlestown is a delightful coastal village near St Austell that will appeal to all ages, The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre has the largest exhibition of artifacts from over 150 wrecks recovered by divers on public display in Europe dating back to 1740. Listen to the Titanic story or the Battle of Trafalgar, have fun with the model supercruisers or just wander around the dockyard as it was in Victorian times.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
The history of the Victorian Internet, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum provides an insight into how coded messges were sent around the world using a network of undersea cables - 100,000 miles of it !. This is serious education and a must for the kids, explore the World War II tunnels and discover why it was so important to protect this beautiful Cornish village.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm
Just a 30 minute drive away from St Ives is one of the most popular attractions for all the family - and it is free.
Healey's Cornish Cider Farm offers so much, all visitors can take a self guided tour of the press house, bottlery and jam kitchen at The Cornish Cyder Farm free of charge. For a family ticket price of £18, you can visit the museum, distillery and underground cellars, wiith sampling as well.
Fun for the children too, with a quiz and videos to watch and a tractor and trailer ride through the orchards.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Three railways in one, a great day out at Lappa Valley just this side of Newquay. Open from April until October the steam trains will take you around 3 miles of wooded valleys. Lots more to see and do, a boating lake, crazy golf and play areas and a cafe. This regularly appears in our Visitors books as a favourite.
Trevaskis Farm is described as the complete countryside experience, over 28 acres where you can pick your own soft fruits and vegetables or visit the farmers' market. With picnic areas, a habitat pond this is also an educational tour for the kids. The restaurant is renowned for it's generous portions using the freshest and healthiest of it's farm produce. Drive through Hayle and follow signs to Connor Downs, recommended for Sunday Lunch.
Coast 2 Coast Karting
Coast 2 Coast Karting offers Go karting for all the family with 1 circuit and a choice of 3 karts. Fun karts for all ages as well as super karts for adults only with speeds of 40mph. Leave St Ives and Carbis Bay taking the road to Hayle, turn right towards St Erth. Fun for all the family.
Penwith Pitch and Putt
Crazy golf or Pitch and Putt at the Green Acres Golf Course. On the road to St Erth from Hayle Estuary, close to Jeepers Karts. Family fun for the casual golfer, putter and iron supplied together with scorecard. No dress code, just fun for all the family. Open Easter until October.
Cornish Extreme Centre
The Track at nearby Portreath is one of the finest outdoor biking facilities in the UK, a 5-acre floodlit site providing riders of all ages and abilities with try or develop this exciting sport. There is a beginners, intermediate and advanced section, foam pit, and also a BMX race track which is suitable for all ages. Take your own or hire a bike.
Treasure Park, Redruth
Fun packed activities for the kids, art and crafts, play areas, amusements and the exhilerating journey through Cornwall's heritage - the 4D ride at Tolgus Tin, The Haunted Mine. Special Fun days on Bank Holidays such as Spongebob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer, Shaun the Sheep and Peppa Pig.
Country Skittles, Hayle
A great fun filled family venue at Townshend near Hayle offering four 9pin bowling lanes, crazy golf, shooting gallery and a host of family board games suchs as shuffleboard, batak, giant draughts. A licenced bar with Cornish real ales and a family restaurant, try the pre-heated grillstones and cook your own meat at the table.
Crealy Adventure Park
A great day out for all, with big thrill rides, indoor fun and animal attractions.
Located at Tredinnick, Wadebridge, PL27 7RA, approximately a 45 minute car journey from St Ives.
Ten pin bowling with 8 lanes, restaurant and bar, pool tables, video games and air hockey. Located a 30 minute drive from St Ives.
Heartlands is the UK’s first cultural playground offering a plethora of things to see and do for all ages. Relax in the serene Diaspora botanical gardens, immerse yourself in the World Heritage exhibitions, run riot in the adventure playground, grab a bite to eat in the Red River Café and then peruse the artist’s studios.
On the third Saturday of every month a farmers market is held in the market square. A variety of special events also takes place throughout the year; keep an eye on the Heartlands website for the most up to date event details.