Budget Family Attractions in Cornwall
When holidaying in the UK it’s often a worry that the budget will go out of the window as the unreliable weather drives family days out to indoor attractions. Although there are some superb attractions in Cornwall there is also a fantastic range of activities that won’t require emptying the wallet.
Make the most of dry and sunny days by getting outside and enjoying the beautiful surroundings that Cornwall offers. With over 200 miles of coastal path to explore you can incorporate a day’s walking and plan some pit stops along the way. Much of the route sits close to quaint towns and villages where you can stop to refuel and enjoy a cream tea before setting off again. The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno is extremely popular with walkers of the south west coast path and is a brilliant place to visit for the day. This spectacular theatre was built into the cliffs in the 1930s and truly is a sight to be witnessed. Adult admission is £4 and under-11s go free, however with outdoor theatre performances running from May to September and tickets from as little as £9 for adults and £4 for children it’s almost worth making an evening of it!
Use your vouchers
If you own a Tesco’s clubcard and have accumulated vouchers throughout the year, there are various Cornish attractions that will accept Tesco vouchers through the Rewards scheme. The Flambards Theme Park in Helston, Eden Project in St Austell and National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth are just a few of the attractions that are part of the scheme – just make sure you exchange your vouchers online before you go! There is also a website called Voucher Tree, which offers exclusive discounts on attractions, places to eat and days out in Cornwall.
A cinematic experience
During the summer months, Event Cornwall holds a series of film showings at iconic outdoor landmarks throughout the county. Last year’s events were a great success with classic films like ‘Top Gun’ held at the Newquay Airport Skybus hangar and ‘Point break’ on the beautiful headland at Godrevy. Screenings will take place despite the weather and rest assured, they are just as magical in the rain! There is a small charge to be part of this fantastic outdoor experience, (equivalent to the price of a cinema ticket) but with over forty screenings planned for 2012 it’s definitely worth the money!
Use public transport
If you use public transport in Cornwall you will be sure to see some stunning sights you would never find by car. The small branch line that runs from St Erth to St Ives has turned into a must-do for people visiting St Ives and is just £8 for a family return ticket. This scenic route overlooks the golden sands of Hayle Towans and the stunning blue waters of the Celtic Sea, just making out Godrevy lighthouse in the distance. If you want to venture further, then on your return to St Erth station you can hop aboard the main line which will then take you south to the bustling town of Penzance or north to Par and the harbour town of Looe.
Consider a National Trust membership
It may seem like a lot of money to spend but with over 25 National Trust locations in Cornwall alone, an annual family membership is worth considering. It will cost you just over seventy pounds for two adults and 2 children under 18 and you’ll soon recoup the cost with prime attractions like Lanhydrock costing £29 for a family ticket. Under 5’s go and free you’ll be able to park in range of National Trust car parks with no charge. Explore the historical foundations of Cornwall with a National Trust subscription and of course, it’s not just for holidays, you can use your membership all over the country.
Don’t forget the obvious
The beach is the cheapest and easiest form of entertainment for kids as well as adults. In Cornwall, you don’t have to travel far to get to a beach and even when the weather is grey you can still enjoy a walk along the seafront, taking time to explore coves and rock pools. It’s easy to create games to keep everyone occupied – getting the children to collect the prettiest shells they can find, making pictures in the sand and chasing waves on the shore. You will normally find a beachside cafe or restaurant to enjoy a hot drink or snack, or to save money you can pack your own picnic and enjoy a feast on the grassy dunes or flat rocks.
This guest post was written by Rosie who is a writer for Aspects Holidays who provide Cornish cottage holidays.