A guide to family attractions in Newquay

Thursday, 23 June 2011 11:00 PM

family attractions

family attractions

Book holiday cottages in Newquay for your next break and you will discover plenty of family-friendly attractions to enjoy.

The North Cornwall town is one of the UK's favourite holiday resorts, thanks to its beautiful beaches and the stunning countryside that surrounds it. You are sure to want to spend some days on the beach and taking walks in the great outdoors, but you will also find there is lots of choice of other activities.

One of the most popular attractions for families staying in Cornwall holiday cottages to visit is Blue Reef Aquarium. Located on Towan Beach, this is a great place for kids to learn more about the local marine life and some more exotic species, such as puffer fish, jellyfish and reef sharks.

If the children enjoy viewing the sea creatures, you may also want to take them to see some land-based animals at Newquay Zoo. There are more than 130 species in the collection, ranging from fearsome lions to friendly lemurs, as well as creepy crawlies and reptiles. There is a play area and activity trail to keep the youngest kids amused, while feeding time is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

Holywell Bay Fun Park is another Newquay attraction certain to put smiles on everyone's faces. There are go-karts suitable for all ages, a maze, adventure golf, trampolines, a cowboy-themed shooting range and blaster boats to enjoy, together with a kids zone where competitive dads can cool off and watch the young ones having fun!

The Lappa Valley Steam Railway is guaranteed to be a great day out for the little ones. Originally built for the local mining industry, the line is now used for pleasure trips on trains pulled by brightly-coloured locomotives that would look at home on the pages of one of Rev W Awdry's much-loved children's books. There are also play areas, a maze, a crazy golf course and a boating lake on site.

If you book last-minute cottages in Cornwall you will discover there are plenty of things to do in the Newquay area that don't require any forward planning. A Segway tour round Hendra Park is a fun way to spend a couple of hours with the family, while adventurous teenagers may enjoy a jet ski safari, the chance to try coasteering or a jet boat ride at Fistral Beach.