Indoor Activities Further Afield

We know it rains sometimes in Cornwall or sometimes its so sunny you need a break from it. If that happens on your holiday you need some options to keep every body happy. Here are a few of our favourite options for indoor activities further afield from Newquay.

Eden Project

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indoor activities further afield

Walk through the Mediterranean Biome and investigate the western Australia garden, or explore the Rain-forest canopy walk. Check out the outdoor gardens or the children’s soft play area. 

Not exciting enough for you? Try England’s longest zip wire. 

Need a break and some refreshments? Try the Baobab Bar or the Med Terrace Restaurant.

You can bring your dog to Eden to explore the paths in our Outdoor Gardens. They provide water bowls and an undercover dining area for dogs. Dogs are not permitted in the Bio Domes

This is also a concert venue and wedding destination.

Tel.01726 811911

Distance :  29km  Post Code PL24 2SG

Thanks to  Eden Project for the images

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking this will pass an hour or two this place can keep you interested all day and still wanting more when it closes for the night.

There are 15 exhibition galleries set over 5 floors. You can go to the boat building workshop and watch as craftsmen restore historic boats. Learn about how Cornish fishermen have worked for generations, see how  Falmouth  played its part in the days of Empire. Go and have a look at the R.N.L.I. exhibit with its ride on rescue vehicles  its dressing  up area and sea safety information. Stare through the observation windows into the harbour and watch the marine life or go up high and use the telescopes binoculars and maps to spot historic buildings and famous landmarks . Take the kids to the soft play area where they can dress up as pirates or let them race the model boats. This is a very interactive museum and you wont be disappointed.

Ask about the heritage boat trips if the weather is fine.

There is a cafe here  with great views over the harbour but you are also allowed to bring your own food and during the school holidays they set up a pick nick area.

Tel. 01326 313388

Distance 40 Km Post Code TR11 3QY

Thanks to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for the images 

Flambards Theme Park

Flambards Theme Park

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indoor activities further afield

Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz, War Gallery, Pioneers of Flight, Memory Lane, Concorde Life-size simulation, Vintage Motorcycles. All indoors, but if the sun shines then you will be on the child friendly rides and attractions, or some of the adrenaline fuelled experiences.

Dogs on short leads are permitted but not in any covered areas

Tel. 01326 573404

Distance : 48km  Post Code TR13 0QA

Thanks to Flambards Theme Park for the images.

Bodmin Jail

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For something different try a trip to jail. An historic building with great exhibits, but if you’re feeling brave, you could do an after dark ghost hunt.

If it’s raining outside, you can head straight to Bodmin Jail for a 90-minute indoor immersive experience delving into Cornwall’s dark history. Afterwards, you can return to storm watching on Cornwall’s famous coastline or splashing about in the sea.

“Our main attraction is family-friendly, so if you want to keep the kids occupied when it’s raining, take them to Bodmin Jail for a great day out! We do advise that our attraction is for children over the age of 8 due to show content.”

If you are here at dusk you may see one of the seven different types of bat that roost at the jail.

Thanks to Bodmin Jail for the images

Tel. 01208 76292

Distance :  30km  Post Code PL31 2NR

Museum Of Cornish Life

Museum Of Cornish Life

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Housed in the old Helston market the museum is packed full of exhibits spread over three  floors. every object tells a story of Cornish life from times gone by. From the cannon salvaged from the wreck of HMS Anson to the Shallow Pool Dolls made in the small Cornish hamlet of the same name.

Call to book your free tickets. 

Tel. 01326 564027

Distance 43 Km Post Code TR13 8TH

Thanks to the Museum Of Cornish Life for the images 

Tate St Ives

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indoor activities further afield
Thanks to Rikard Österlund for the image
Thanks to Luke Hayes for the image

If you fancy a bit of culture then visit the Tate, Probably Cornwall’s most famous art gallery in a county famous for its art.

We also recommend a visit to the roof top cafe and shop to grab a glass of wine or a cream tea and enjoy the spectacular views

Just a short walk from the iconic Tate St Ives building is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Park. The museum is housed in her former home and you can see some of her most significant carvings and bronze sculptures set in the beautiful gardens which are just as she laid them out .

As the exhibitions change on a regular basis you really need to visit the the website before you visit. The link is below.

Tel. 01736 796226

Distance :  51km  Post Code TR26 1TG 

More Information at Tate St Ives 

Barbara Hepworth Museum

Barbara Hepworth Museum

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Thanks to Kirsten Prisk for the image
indoor activities further afield
Tanks to Kirstin Prisk for the image

The Museum and Sculpture Garden are set in a typical St Ives, stone built, house that was purchased by Barbara Hepworth in 1949. The living room and workshop look like the artist has just stepped out to do some shopping leaving her tools  awaiting her imminent return. 

In the garden you will find the largest permanent collection of her works. Many of which were her personal favourites 

In the museum there is a set of photographs showing the progress of her Festival of Britain commission ” Contrapuntal Forms” 

There is plenty to keep your interest here from an artistic or and a historical point of view . Take in Tate St Ives as well and you will have had a day out you will remember for a long time  

Tel. 01736 796226

Distance 51 Km Post Code TR26 1AD

More details at Barbara Hepworth Museum

PK Porthcuno

5/5

This museum of global communications is part of a long tradition of innovative transmission of messages around the world from Porthcurno. This is where the first undersea telegraph cable came ashore more than 150 years ago. The museum tells the story of distant communication from the first use of electricity to our modern fibre optics.

Visit the secret underground bunker, enjoy the interactive displays, watch demonstrations of the equipment by staff, relax in the sub tropical gardens or stop for a coffee in PK Cafe.

Dogs are allowed in the museum and cafe but, due to the sensitive nature of the equipment, not in the WW11 bunker.

Porthcurno beach and its approach can be very busy on sunny days.

Tel.  01736 810966

Distance 67 Km TR19 6JX

Thanks to PK Porthcurno for the images 

Carnglaze Caverns

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Carnglaze Caverns, is an all-weather, family friendly tourist attraction, near the village of St Neot, on the southern border of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, halfway between Liskeard and Bodmin just off the A38.

Visit this former slate mine, where slate was both quarried and mined underground in Cornwall. Find out how the miners’ operated, and how slate was used during the industrial revolution. Go on a self-guided underground tour, or in high season a guided one, to learn how the mine was operated, ending at the underground lake with its crystal clear blue/green water. Have a look at the large collection of minerals produced in the South West. Carnglaze Caverns is a constant 10°C  so a jumper and sensible footwear are recommended. As the Caverns are underground it makes for an ideal wet weather activity in Cornwall.

Dogs on leads with careful owners are welcome at all times in all our outdoor areas (due to Health and Safety dogs are not allowed underground, with the exception of working assistance dogs).

Dog waste is composted on site – biodegradable doggy bags are available from the Ticket Office, and a doggy waste bin is provided.

Tel. 01579 320251

Distance :  43km  Post Code PL14 6HQ