things to do when visiting Cornwall

Explore Cornwall from Silverbow Country Park

Explore and discover everything Cornwall has to offer

Silverbow Country Park sits in a beautiful rural location on the cost of North Cornwall, approximately 7 miles west of Newquay. The location has great transport links with the main A3075 road to Newquay running past the holiday park. Newquay is well served by transport links with flights into Newquay airport now available from a range of places in the UK and the town is also served by Network Rail.

The area around North Cornwall is well known for the dramatic coastline, stunning beaches and great places to eat. Inland you will find picture postcard villages, steeped in the traditions of farming with narrow lanes and traditional village pubs. In fact, some of the best places to visit are often down these windy lanes, great local inns where the quality of food and ales are always a priority.

From Padstow in the North, to Newquay and St Ives, the locations and sceneries are diverse, but the welcomes are always warm. The area is best known for its beaches, especially the beaches in and around Newquay and of course, Perranporth which is just 3 miles from Silverbow Country Park. They are typically sandy, family friendly and offer a great day out for the family in the summer, or for a fantastic walk during the colder months. Newquay has a host of great beaches including the world famous Fistral Beach that offers great surf and has all the amenities that you need right next to the beach.

There is a lot more to Cornwall than just beaches, there are so many great places to visit for all ages. The National Trust operates many of the beach car parks in the area and a lot of the coastal land. They also have two beautiful estates for you to explore, Godolphin and Lanhydrock are both well worth a visit, educational and set in tranquil Cornish countryside. If you are looking for something for the family, Newquay Zoo and Animal Wildlife Park is perfect for families with younger children.

For the even more adventurous, why not have a go at coasteering, if you have never tried it, you really must. Coasteering can be enjoyed by the whole family, not just adrenaline junkies. It is a great way to explore coves and outcrops, jumping off rocks into deep water is the fun bit! If you are part of a group or a large family, a giant SUP helps you get together and explore the most inaccessible of places on the coastline.

Reen Manor Riding Stables- 1.9 Miles

Picturesque horse riding in Cornwall

Take your pick from a variety of rides on quality horses and ponies that are suitable from beginners to advanced. The most popular beach ride takes you along golden sands, dune and bridleways, or you can enjoy a ride through the Cornish countryside where you can stop off at a traditional thatched roofed pub for lunch. 

Reen Manor Riding Stablea in Cornwall

Lappa Valley- 5.2 Miles

Steam trains, boats, nature and fun all rolled into one

Discover the history of the fleet of steam trains and enjoy family friendly activities which include canoeing, pedalo swans, crazy golf, play fort, trampolines, games field and indoor soft play.

Lappa Valley fun day out

Newquay Zoo- 6.3 Miles

See over 1000 of the world's rarest and endangered animals

Situated in 13 acres of beautiful tropical gardens this fabulous attraction allows the kids to run wild and find out more about some of their favourite animals, take part in activity trails, tire themselves out in the play area's and get lost in the Dragon Maze.

Newquay Zoo in Cornwall

Blue Reef Aquarium- 7.3 Miles

The ultimate undersea safari

View sea life from the Cornish coasts to the exotic seas. Get up close to sharks, sea turtles, puffer fish, rays and beautiful coloured shoals of fish.

Blue Reef Aquarium under water sharks!

Camel Creek Adventure Park- 18.6 Miles

Enjoy a day packed full of fun and adventure

This is an all-weathers' attraction that is open all year round. Perfect for thrill seekers with a great selection of rides along with lots of animals, something for all the family to enjoy.

Camel Creek Adventure Park in Cornwall

Paradise Park- 19.1 Miles

Something for all ages

This well known attraction is famous for its brilliant collection of parrots, hundreds of amazing birds and animals and all set in spectacular gardens. There is also the popular 'JungleBarn' indoor soft play centre to keep the little ones occupied.

Paradise Park birds and soft play area

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary- 21 Miles

Experience seals up close and personal

If you love nature, why not take a trip to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and learn all about seals. These beautiful marine animals help with the sea ecosystem and the work carried out by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is important in helping us all to learn and understand these gorgeous animals.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall
Flambards Theme Park fun day out in Cornwall

Flambards Theme Park- 22.7 Miles

A fun day at Cornwall's top theme park

For a family fun day out, try Flambards Theme Park, great adrenaline rides, family fun rides and undercover exhibitions designed to keep the family entertained for a fun day out in one location.

The Eden Project-24.6 Miles

Visit the World Famous Eden Project

For must visit places in Cornwall, the Eden Project comes near the top of the list. This world famous attraction is designed to educate, provide a great day out and an experience that you will not get anywhere else in the world.

St. Michaels Mount- 24.8 Miles

Explore this ancient and rugged island

Discover an ancient castle fortress, beautiful subtropical gardens, majestic lawns, and a quaint harbour village. A great day out for all the family steeped in history.

St. Michaels Mount in south Cornwall

The Minack Theatre- 35.7 Miles

Enjoy a theatre with spectacular views

Talking of breath-taking experiences, the Minack Theatre is surely the world’s most picturesque theatre, with breath taking views where you can watch an outdoor performance against a completely stunning backdrop.

The Minack Theatre by the sea

Lands End- 36 Miles

Go to the end of the earth

No trip to Cornwall is complete without a trip to the famous Lands End. Enjoy spectacular views, family attractions, shopping village, cafes and restaurants.

Lands End day trip out in Cornwall