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Free family days out in Cornwall

There’s nothing better than a trip to Cornwall than having plenty of fun things to see and do which are absolutely free! If you’re on a budget and want to save extra pennies then look no further, we’ve got it covered.

These are just a few of the free family days out in Cornwall – to check out the rest of what’s on offer take a look at the Visit Cornwall website, and see this site to find heavily discounted last minute accommodation in Cornwall.

The Beach

Cornwall has over 200 beautiful beaches for you to choose from all with unique character and something different to boast about. A few of my all time favourites which I highly recommend are Crantock Beach, Sennen Cove and Watergate Bay. Whether it’s an afternoon of sand castle building, wave jumping or fishing in the rock pools, there is so much to do, keeping you and your family busy and happy all day long.

To make your pennies stretch further, pack up a picnic and plenty of drinking water!

Image Credit: LateLettings

Camel Trail

A visit to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a day at the Camel Trail. It is one of the most popular and successful recreational trails in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The old railway line running from Padstow to Bodmin offers magnificent views of stunning coastline and natural beauty along with wildlife designations that you should certainly keep your eye out for. Cycle, walk, skip or jump, whichever way suits you, bring your own bikes for a free day out, or rent some for a low price at either end of the trail.
Again, this is a perfect day to stop off for a few Cornish snacks and ice cream!

St Catherine’s Castle

Get ready for ‘I’m the king of the castle’ games at one of Cornwall’s smallest historical forts. Built in 1530 to guard Fowey Harbour by Henry VIII, St Catherine’s Castle is just one of a small handful that offers free entry to its many visitors. With spectacular views and hopefully perfect weather it would be rude not to throw down a blanket and enjoy a spot of lunch before heading over to Fowey Harbour itself just a short walk away.

For the history lovers, visit the English Heritage site for more background of St Catherine’s Castle!

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons


Heartlands is a popular free attraction in Cornwall which is sure to get the thumbs up from the kids! Here you will find a giant adventure play area, climb-on sculptures, beautiful gardens and plenty of green space for family fun and games (don’t forget your bat and ball). Unwind at the end of the day by exploring state of the art exhibitions, stunning scenery and of course our favourite, some delicious Cornish ice cream.

Take a look at the Heartlands virtual tour for more information!

Image Credit: Heartlands

The Park and open spaces

Keeping it simple, take a trip to the local park wherever you are in Cornwall. Ball games, hiking, swings, bike rides, scooters, tag, or just a stroll to enjoy the surroundings, whatever it is you will certainly get a good few hours of fun here. I highly recommend a trip to Kit Hill where you will blown away by stunning views across the whole of Cornwall just over 1000 feet high.

If you fancy something a little lower, check out Tehidy Country Park, full of sweeping woodland and natural wildlife. Tehidy is an enchanting place to visit all year round, but make sure you head to the lake.  

Image credit: Graham Alton


  1. Highly recommend the Camel trail from where we live we can either go to Bodmin or Padstow. We live in the middle and I can see the trail from my window :-) Beautiful along there at the moment with bluebells and primoses and of course is free :-)

    1. Oh Bex that sounds wonderful. Cornwall is such a beautiful county.


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