The Very Best Children’s Party Ideas, Cornwall
It's that time of year again...
Cornwall. The glistening coastal county at the tip of England’s southwest. A place of charming seaside resort towns, high-end beachfront accommodation and the country’s best fudge. It’s given us pasties, Poldark and Daphne du Maurier, has its own language and is fabled to be the birthplace of King Arthur. But more importantly, and certainly more relevantly, it has a large number of excellent attractions and party venues providing fun for all the family. Luckily for you, as well as being the travel and accommodation experts, we at Plum Guide also know a thing or two about throwing a top-notch party. So cancel the clowns for your little tyke’s West Country wingding and check out these seven children’s party ideas, Cornwall.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project sounds like an ominous operation being run out of Area 51. Its interconnected domes even look like massive alien eggs. But it is in fact a brilliant plants and sustainability-focused visitor attraction near the town of St Blazey. Parties here are run by experienced hosts and involve camp fires, craft activities, outdoor games and good old fashioned adventurous fun. Aside from the mind boggling array of wonderful plant life, the site also has playtowers, climbing frames, soft play, and England’s longest zip wire – so you can finally stop searching.
Nowadays, a children’s party needs to involve a small element of learning. It can be so subtle the kids don’t even know it’s happening. But it has to be there. At Newquay Zoo, younger kids are treated to plenty of raucous fun and lots of new experiences holding weird and wonderful creatures. But all the while and unbeknownst to them, they’re learning about conservation and saving the planet. They grow up to be better people, you get to brag at the school gates – everyone’s a winner.
A heartwarming day of nostalgia and simpler times awaits at Lappa Valley. Harkening back to the days when trains ran on steam and toys were made of wood, this is a great shout for anyone with younger outdoorsy kids. Rent the party carriage for a morning or afternoon, unleash larger groups on the adventure playground or accompany smaller groups around the crazy golf course. It’s one you’ll enjoy yourself, although you won’t want to admit it.
As trains and swings become less appealing, the draw of pretending to be at war apparently grows exponentially. For older kids (11 and up), Truro Paintball is a full day out with six themed game zones to choose from and the option for post-battle pizzas and bruise counting. Parents can join in too of course, but on the off chance you’d rather observe with a glass of wine, that is also very much an option.
If your beautiful offspring was born over the summer months, you’ll be wanting an outdoor party to really rub it in. Bask in the glorious Cornish sun at Retallack Resort while the kids go wild at the site’s inflatable aqua park. Watch from the sunlounger as they attempt to balance on slippery beams, catapult themselves about the place and race each other around the obstacle course. For you it’ll be like watching Total Wipeout while catching a sweet tan. And if you’re not into Total Wipeout, the resort also has a full on spa. The choice is yours.
If your kid’s a little thrill seeker, Adrenaline Quarry is one of the best children's party ideas Cornwall has to offer you. Well, maybe not for you, but certainly for them and their friends. You may have spent the last 12 years telling the little darlings not to do things like throw axes, swing from great heights or throw themselves off 50m cliffs, but for one day only all that will change. Adrenaline Quarry offers all sorts of terrifying sounding experiences which will delight kids of (almost) all ages.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
TikTok, iPads, Fortnite. There are plenty of things out there to tempt our children away from the glory of the great outdoors. For their birthdays this year then, rather than the latest craze, give them the gift of nature. Ok, who are we kidding, give them whatever the latest craze is and then give them the gift of nature. And where better to do that than at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Take a small group around the large ancient woodlands of the estate and set them loose climbing trees and tearing about the hidden pathways. Combine this with a short, educational adventure through the tropical gardens and the farm before snacks at the Coach Park Horsebox and home.
So there's the children's party ideas in Cornwall sorted. Now to find the perfect area to stay. Here's our ultimate guide to where to stay in Cornwall. And if you've already made up your mind but need the perfect accommodation, you're in luck too. Plum Guide is the definitive selection of the world's best vacation homes. Each property has been personally inspected by a (very fussy) independent home critic – so your high standards are met every time. So go on, have a browse of the very best vacation homes in Cornwall.