Half Term activities in Cornwall

Updated: 1/5/2015

That formidable blend of bracing, biting, blustery gusts of wind and chillingly cold temperatures prompts plenty of families to speed hastily towards the warm comforts of home; yet adopting an approach where winter is welcomed can make it easier to swiftly pass through the coldest, darkest months of the year.  Besides, an exploration of the great outdoors or a few hours at an attraction is the perfect medicine for the winter slump and a superb antidote to lift spirits.  We’ve confronted the elements to find you a whole host of events and ideas to fill your winter days...

Take to the skies at Newquay’s newest attraction!

Opening Friday 29 March 2013, Classic Air Force is home to Europe’s largest collection of airworthy post-war classic aircraft. Far from being a typical air museum, this is a living, working museum, where many of the aircraft are in an airworthy condition and actually fly. Nowhere else in the UK offers you such an opportunity to get up close to these vintage aircraft and experience the smells, sounds and atmosphere of a bygone era when the UK was at the pinnacle its rich aviation heritage.

An exciting and interactive day out for the whole family with a fun packed programme of adventure and events await you at this all-weather attraction. Young or old, there is something for everyone such as children’s activities, simulator rides, an aviation adventure and experiences, maintenance demonstrations, engine starts and much, much more. Let your imagination be fired up by the roar of a jet or the clatter of a piston engine, with many airworthy aircraft and as many static exhibits in this unique collection.  Whether you want to reminisce about a bygone era, wonder at the technological marvels or take to the skies in one of the vintage aeroplanes, Classic Air Force has something for everyone. You will find Classic Air Force at Hangar 404 in St Mawgan, Newquay.  For more details ring 01637 860032 or go to www.classicairforce.com

Calling all young photographers

Half-term will be the ideal time for young photographers to prepare their entries for a brand new Junior Photography competition to be staged at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show during the Easter holidays.

Children up to the age of 10 can enter the ‘Ant’s Eye View’ photographic competition and young people aged from 11-15 can enter their photographs for the ‘Pattern and Texture’ class.  There are also horticultural classes for children, a family scarecrow competition and a new floral art class for juniors. Entry forms are available from the show website. For more information visit www.cornwallflowershow.co.uk

Learn about Cornwall’s gruesome side of history at Heartlands this half term

Heartlands is Cornwall’s newest attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway. Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth, this inspiring 19 acre cultural playground has plenty of eclectic fun activities to enjoy. Discover state-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures, gardens of epic diversity, a giant adventure playscape, art and craft studios and a funky café.

Celebrate history and heritage over spring half term at Heartlands this February with History Most Horrid, a week of startling story-telling, where you will discover the darker side of Cornish history. Also, don’t miss the Heritage Weekend on 16th and 17th February which will be packed with talks, tours and activities for all the family.For more details call 01209 721208 or go to www.heartlandscornwall.com

One2eleven - a perfect indoor playground for energetic youngsters

One2eleven is the perfect indoor playground for energetic youngsters seeking fun activities in a creative setting and is designed not just to stretch young minds and bodies but also has the parent in mind. Seating and catering facilities have been positioned around the play area creating the perfect opportunity for parents to watch and interact with children whilst enjoying a varied menu from full English breakfasts to a mouth-watering lunch menu, cakes and snacks. Opening times, last admission and closing times vary throughout the year – do remember to check the website or phone before commencing your journey.  For more details ring 01326 554391, email info@one2elevenplay.co.uk or go to www.one2elevenplay.co.uk

Redruth: town of outdoor pursuits and indoor entertainment

The UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking in the vibrant town of Redruth, Neolithic Carn Brea, historic mine buildings and breathtaking scenery provide the perfect back drop to a day of cycling and walking.  Ideal for family picnics or a great horse riding experience, the Great Flat Lode – a historically important mining area – is criss-crossed by the Mineral Tramway Mining Trails, and is dotted with majestic engine houses, ruins and even a castle!

For shops and services, Redruth provides a unique take on vintage and chic products, and is one of the few places still to have an independent local bakers, butchers, greengrocers, and furniture shop.  The town is awash with cafes and coffee shops, and flirts with world cuisine at night time – the offer ranging from a medieval style Meadery to a Portuguese restaurant.  Nearby East Pool Mine, Heartlands and the Treasure Park are popular family attractions, and the beach at Portreath is a winner with families and hard-core surfers alike. 

For those not-so-sunny days, the newly refurbished Regal Cinema & Theatre is a great way to spend an afternoon, and the Cornwall Centre, also in Redruth Town Centre is a must for all history buffs! For more information on things to see and do in the Redruth area, check www.visitredruth.co.uk.

Enjoy some family fun come rain or sun at Kidzworld

Kidzworld near St Austell is a fantastic day out for all the family - whatever the time of year! At Kidzworld you’ll find an impressive indoor soft play area, slippery slides and for younger guests, a Toddler Village.  Outside, step into the jungle on the 9 hole mini golf course, or brave a ride on the dodgems plus there’s an undercover sand and water play area to explore undercover.  All these attractions are included in one entrance price. When it’s time to re-fuel there is a lovely café that serves up drinks and snacks as well as Cornish pasties and hot lunches. For special occasions such as birthdays there are beautifully painted party rooms that seat from 8 to 30 guests and the food, drink and party bags are all included in the party package price. For more information call 01726 815553 or go to www.kidzworldcornwall.co.uk.

Shaun the Sheep is baack at Eden for February half-term

Visitors will be flocking to the Eden Project during half term, from 16th to 24th February, to Animate It! with Shaun the Sheep. The week of fun, interactive events celebrates the new series of Shaun’s show, which hits TV screens soon.

At the centre of this ‘ewenique’ event are the hands-on model-making workshops with real Aardman experts and the live Animate It! shows that take place each day to help people master some great animation tricks. Visitors can then head to the animation stations to make their very own Shaun-inspired film.

There will be special trails around the site with activity sheets to complete and the chance to find hidden Shaun the Sheep characters along the way as well as marvellous masks to make.

Plus don’t forget the Eden ice-rink is open during February half-term complete with a winter wonderland of glittering icy tunnels, stunning light displays and glacial ice walls surrounding the skating arena. For more information visit www.edenproject.com or ring 01726 818551



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