With over 400 beaches, sunny days are easily filled in Cornwall with little need to plan, however a bit of mist and drizzle, or ‘mizzle’ as the Cornish say, is a great excuse to have an alternative day out.
Port Eliot has the rare distinction of being a Grade 1 listed house with a Grade 1 listed park and garden. Like most houses, Port Eliot has a front door and about there the similarity ends: There are 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys!
Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
A wonderful collection of classic aircraft plus you can actually sit in the cockpits of iconic jet fighters or enjoy a scenic flight over Cornwall with an unforgettable flight experience. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, a 1950s style café, a gift shop and a picnic area for sunnier days.
National Maritime Museum
New for 2017, experience Captian Bligh: Myth, Man, Mutiny documenting one of the greatest survival feats in British history as well as Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed; a ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork in the UK. The attraction also boasts 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully exploring our maritime heritage and heroes and new this year; the Play Zone!
St. Austell Brewery Visitor Centre & Hicks Bar
A recent addition to Cornwall, the interactive Brewing Experience offers full disability access and is open to young and old alike. Learn about the brewery and its history, as well as sample the award-winning beers, with no need to book ahead.
Discover how Cornwall's largest mining industry changed the world and the amazing uses of China clay in everyday lives today. With 26 acres of woodland walks, nature trails, Cornwall's largest waterwheel, Victorian clay works, children's play and much more, there’s plenty to entertain.
TATE St Ives
Overlooking Porthminster beach, the TATE has some facinating exhibitions this season as well as offering tours, film screenings, workshops, talks, performances and family days. Also discover the magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth.
Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam and heritage diesel travel with a journey back in time. For those with a particularly keen interest in trains, there’s the opportunity to drive one of the locomotives and experience life as a Driver for the day!
Explore one of Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Explore the fascinating new exhibition which examines the role of the castle as part of Fortress Falmouth during the First World War.
Rail Ale Trail
Hop aboard the train and explore a section of the county via train and pub, a fun day out with a group of friends with six different routes to take and prizes to be won!
World of Model Railways
Train enthusiasts will enjoy the display of over 30 trains travelling through varied landscapes including town, country, seaside and even an alpine winter plus a children’s railway featuring Thomas The Tank engine and other well-known characters. Visitors can also have a go at driving the large scale trains in The Indoor Garden Railway.
If it’s wet outside, get wet and have an adventure; Elemental is an adventure centre offering a range of water-sports that bring you face to face with the elements, try your hand at surfing, raft building, coasteering, SUP-ing, sailing and much more.
Situated in 40 acres of stunning countryside, the sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast. Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are bought to life. The Seal Sanctuary is also home to fun loving otters, playful penguins, potty paddock animals and a rock pool hosting a wide range of marine creatures.
Jungle Barn at Paradise Park
This indoor play centre is fabulous fun whatever the weather. Giant slides, challenging soft play and a special toddlers’ zone with ball fountain will keep the family entertained all day.
Hall for Cornwall
A thriving theatre staging everything from classical to rock concerts and musicals to drama, there’s always something to see. Family events are a strong feature with shows such as Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo and Aliens Love Underpants, also the Hall’s annual pantomime is especially popular - winning high praise from both audiences and critics alike.
You can always sit out the rain and enjoy a good film, Cornwall has a lovely variety of quirky little cinemas showing classics and cult films as well as larger franchise cinemas with all the latest blockbusters. Find a cinema near you.