With a VW camper van there is access to so many fun activities in the beautiful county of Cornwall. Listed below are some favourites.
Play Lighthouse keeper on the Lizard SATNAV TR12 7NT
This is the UK’s most southerly point. The landscape is dramatic, with wave lashed rocks and if you are lucky, sightings of seals and basking sharks. Head for the Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre (entry and lighthouse tour £6adults/ £3 children) where you can climb the tower, sound a foghorn, track ships and build your own lighthouse. If you are feeling energetic then take a walk along the coastal path to Lizard Point (at times the path does venture close to the cliff edge). Then finish the day than with a legendary Anne’s pasty (found in the village) to enjoy in the comfort of your VW camper van. ( Opening hours vary)
Jungle Trek at Trebah Gardens, near Falmouth SATNAV TR11 5JZ
Trebah gardens (entry £9.00 adults/ £3.00 children) is a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. This magical garden has over four miles of footpath. Follow children’s trails under lush canopies and through colourful tunnels; check out Tarzan’s Camp; paraglide through treetops and emerge on the small river beach on the Helford river. If you are feeling hungry then a visit to Planters café is recommended where they serve locally sourced snacks. (Open daily from 10am to an hour before dusk)
Visit Poldark Tin Mine and Gardens SATNAV TR13 0ER
This is the only complete underground mine open to the public in Cornwall . Admission to the main site ( grounds, open air museum and exhibits ) for a family (2 adults and 2 children) is £10.00. However if you are feeling adventurous then take a guided tour ( family ticket £40.00) where you will be able to experience the original underground workings of the tin mine. Just beware that there are some very narrow passages and lots of steps so sensible shoes are advisable. You will also need to wear the hard hat provided. Other activities, at extra charge, include Gold panning, Circus Skills and Pottery Throwing. (Open Sunday to Friday, Saturdays only on bank Holiday weekends 10.45am, last admission 4.00pm)
Frolic with Fairies at Golitha Falls, Bodmin Moor SATNAV PL14 6RY
This is an opportunity to explore the wilderness of Bodmin, said to be inhabited by a mischievous fairy tribe, the Cornish Piskies. Golitha Falls Nature Reserve ( free entry) is a steeply sided wooded valley with the River Fowey flowing through it in a series of spectacular cascades that drop for 90 metres. Your VW camper van will have plenty of room in the large car park close to the entrance. Walk along footpaths ( including a buggy –friendly trail) that tunnel through the valley alongside the tumbling river. Scale tree trunks, tiptoe across stepping stones and march over bridges. Marvel at the waterfall as it cascades down the gorge. Find a fairytale glen to unpack a picnic and be sure that those Piskies will be watching!!
Walk in the footsteps of giants to St Michael’s Mount , Marazion SATNAV TR17 0EQ
If the tide is out , walk across the causeway to the sea encircled castle, once home to a legendary giant who was lured to his death by a brave local lad. The whole family will be fascinated by the history, legends and myths surrounding St Michael’s Mount ( entry £7 adults/ £3.50 children, family ticket £17.50) Hunt for the giant’s stone heart etched in the pathway, follow clues to the castle turrets and stand in the firing line of bygone battles. Relax and soak up the sun in the sub-tropical gardens. Beware, the climb to the castle is steep so not suitable for buggies. However, there are hipster seats available (free)for little ones. At the end of the day , if the tide is in, hop on the ferry back to the mainland. (Open Castle Sunday to Friday 10.30 to 17.00/ Gardens Monday to Friday 10.30 to 17.00)