Cornwall – Top 10 Budget Family Activities

Cornwall is one of those places that draws families back year on year. Beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, tantalising seafood and historic towns are just the start of what Cornwall has to offer on your family holiday. It’s no wonder then that Cornwall is consistently ranked as the best UK holiday destination. If  you are heading down to our Cornish coast this summer and are on a bit of a budget then check out my top family activities below:


  1. Spend the day at the beach. Cornwall has over 300 miles of stunning coastline, which lends itself to every kind of water sport and happy hours building forts with a bucket and spade. It’s a classic British day out (weather permitting) but sometimes the classic ones are the best.
  2. Get on your bike. There are lots of lovely routes perfect for a family cycle ride but my favourite is probably the Camel Bike Trail.  The Camel bike trail runs by the side of an old railway track between Padstow and Wadebridge. The route is lovely and flat, which makes it perfect for even the youngest of riders.
    Cornwall bike trail
  3. Mutton Cove. Famous for the seals that sunbathe on the beaches here, this is one of our favourite spots. The whole family love to come and watch the seals playing in the water and sunning themselves on the beach. On the way home, come back via Godrevy Head and enjoy the amazing views of St Ives.
  4. St Ives. This charming, quirky seaside town is home to a host of interesting little boutique stores, art galleries and ice cream parlours. You can in fact while away quite a few hours wondering up and down the little streets and dodging the man-eating seagulls (seriously, they’re not even normal).
    Cornwall St Ives
  5. Crabbing at Looe.  A family holiday to Cornwall is not complete without a visit to Looe to catch some crabs. Ok, so you will need a bucket, net and bait but it’s not exactly breaking the bank. The hours of careful concentration and squeals of delight that will ensue are surely worth it. This is the stuff holidays in Cornwall are made of.
  6. Coronation Park and Boating Lake. Situated near the village of Helston this park is a great place for the kids to let off steam. With plenty of room to run, cycle, skate and scoot as well as a play park, boating lake, skate park and café – this is a lovely spot to while away a few hours.
  7. Cornwall Gold – Tolgus Tin Mill. Fancy teaching the kids a bit of the local history? This is the only surviving tin mill of its type and has been producing tin for over 400 years. Free admission and free parking.
  8. Lappa Valley Steam Railway. Situated just outside of Newquay this is just such a fantastic day out for the family. Ride on the steam trains, explore the nature trails, lose your kids in the path maze, take a canoe out onto the lake and enjoy a Cornish cream tea in the Whistle Stop Café. Whatever you decide to do, one thing is for sure – this is a fantastic place to take the kids and will keep you busy all day long.
  9. Holywell Bay Fun Park. This is such a brilliant way to spend an afternoon. With free entry and free parking, Holywell Bay Fun Park has over 25 rides and attractions to keep you busy. With a pay as you go system for rides, this can work out to be as cheap or expensive as you wish. The go karts were a firm favourite for our boys!
  10. Oasis fun pools in Newquay. With three slides, river rapids, a large fun pool and a dedicated toddler pool area this can be a great way to burn off some steam.

If you are travelling to our beautiful Cornish coasts this summer then I hope you have found this post useful. Have an amazing time and make wonderful memories!

Do you have any other recommendations to add to my list? If so, why not drop me a comment in the box below. I always love to hear from you.

Until next time lovelies. Happy travels!


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  1. July 6, 2016 / 10:05

    Ahh I love Cornwall – I just wish that it wasn’t so far away. Maybe we will get there for a few nights in the Summer for some grabbing and a visit to the beautiful St Ives. Thanks for some more fabulous ideas to try #tribal love
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  2. July 6, 2016 / 13:18

    I love cornwall, it’s beautiful and has great stuff to do, I now have to make sure I see those seals on my next visit #ABrandNewDay
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    • July 6, 2016 / 18:49

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  3. July 6, 2016 / 17:23

    I love Cornwall. We went on holiday there last year so I wish I had known all of these places then! We are off to Devon this year so there may be a post about things to do in the Devon area from me. #abrandnewday
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  4. Julia
    July 6, 2016 / 18:47

    I love Looe, had fabulous holiday there, the kids loved it! Some great suggestions here!

  5. July 6, 2016 / 19:48

    Cornwall is somewhere I would love to go and haven’t been yet…it’s a long drive from Brighton so haven’t braved it! Your pics are stunning, it looks so picturesque and a wonderful holiday. I particularly love St Ives and the water park too, my stepson would be in his element there. Maybe a little summer holiday trip should be planned…#triballove #bloggerclubuk
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  6. July 6, 2016 / 19:54

    Love the sound of the camel trail cycle way. Not been to Cornwall in years. Great to get some tips of where to go if I ever make it back again. Thanks for linking to #abrandnewday

  7. July 7, 2016 / 15:18

    Cornwall looks so lovely! I live near Cleethorpes and it’s like someone saw Cornwall then copied it from memory and made something nowhere near as good! Your sea is actually blue!
    Great photos, great post!

  8. July 8, 2016 / 10:29

    Every time I read one of your Cornwall posts my feet itch… It looks amazing! Can I ask have you ever bumped into Tori Amos? lol

  9. July 8, 2016 / 11:47

    Thanks for sharing we are going to Cornwall in 2 weeks. My in-laws live in Bodmin, just behind the camel trail. We are always looking for new places to visit, so this is brilliant. We went to Looe last year. Sarah #PicknMix
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  10. July 8, 2016 / 13:47

    Great list. Some of these places look great – that free fun park. Good way of doing it with pay as you go.

  11. July 9, 2016 / 08:31

    We are planning a trip to Cornwall next year as I have never been and it looks and sounds beautiful with so much to do for families. #bloggerclubuk
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  12. July 14, 2016 / 22:24

    Well obviously I love Cornwall 😉 Some good choices here lovely, the St Ives seagulls are horrendous as are most around the harbours everywhere as unfortunately tourists have been feeding them for years, no matter how much locals like me try to tell them not to. A teenager was hospitalised this week after a seagull tried to steal her ice cream in St Ives and she fell off the harbour wall trying to get away sadly. Something needs to be done, but they’re protected so hands are tied.

    Thanks for linking up and I’m glad you enjoyed my beautiful county so much 🙂 #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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  13. July 22, 2018 / 00:36

    Cornwall has some amazing beaches. I enjoy taking family photos by the beach. It hard to beat our beaches

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