Cornwall LivingIssue #75

Days out in the Duchy

Now that the sun is well and truly shining (touch wood!) and the school holidays are nearly upon us, it’s time to start planning our summer itineraries.

To celebrate their diamond anniversary, from 21st July until 2nd September, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary team are offering you the chance to swim through history and learn all about their origins, from the sanctuary’s beginning in 1958, to 2018 – a record year of seal rescues! Take part in a historic guided tour and learn about the evolution of seal rescue, or take a moment in the Seal Cinema, where you can sit back and enjoy a visual journey through the last
60 years. All of this, plus the usual host of daily talks and feeds, as well as fun and games for the whole family. 


Meanwhile at Camel Creek Adventure Park there’s an action packed calendar full of events, whether you fancy making a splash in Water Wars, or getting soaked in Downpour Derby. Even if the weather turns, Children’s favourites Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol will be joining in the fun, appearing at regular intervals throughout the summer season – be sure to check the website for dates and times.


Trebah Garden is a beautiful way to experience Cornwall at any time of the year, but the summer has to be one of the best, with an events diary that’s brimming with exciting happenings. From the hilarious mix of puppetry, natural history and comedy that is The Sea Show on 27th July, to The Reluctant Dragon on 28th July – an enchanting adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s book; from SCRAWW – an interactive, feather-fuelled quest through the garden to find the legendary Simorgh bird from 14th until 25th August, to Punch and Judy, an age-old classic reimagined by Carnon Downs Drama on 18th August, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.


There’s something primal about our fascination with fellow members of the animal kingdom, and nowhere in Cornwall will you enjoy a more intimate experience of some of nature’s most marvellous creatures than Newquay Zoo. Home to a variety of animals from penguins and red pandas, to lions and lynx, kids and adults alike love learning everything there is to know about mankind’s many and varied Earthly companions. Don’t miss the educational Native Explorers event on 1st August, or Fearsome Feasts: Big Cats and Cupcakes on 10th August, an out of hours tour dedicated to Newquay Zoo’s most mighty carnivores!