Cornwall is a wonderful destination for family holidays. It isn’t just the beaches, gardens and museums that make this location attractive; families are also drawn to the fantastic theme parks in the area. If you fancy speeding along on a rollercoaster, or getting drenched on the log flume during your next visit to Cornwall, then keep reading as we list three of the best theme parks in Cornwall.
Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park
At Cornwall’s Crealy Great Adventure Park you will find animals, rides and attractions all combined to offer you and your family an exciting day out at any time of year. From tiny leaf cutter ants to giant shire horses, Crealy has an impressive collection of animals for you to meet. There is even a pet’s corner filled with fluffy rabbits, lambs and guinea pigs to cuddle and pet. The park’s rides range from ‘The Beast’, which features a terrifying 50 foot drop, to the ‘Pony Express’ for little cowboys and cowgirls. There is a ride to suit everyone’s thrill level. The attractions at Crealy feature everything from Dragons Kingdom to Haunted Castle – basically whatever your imagination can dream up!
Opening times: The park opens at various times throughout the year, with special seasonal events taking place during autumn and winter. Please see the website for more information (bookings.crealy.co.uk).
Price: Prices start from £6.95 for visitors between 92cm and 1m, £6.95 for visitors over 1m, £6.95 for seniors and infants under 92cm go free. Family tickets are available for families of three, four and five, please see the website for more details (bookings.crealy.co.uk).
The perfect all-weather theme park, Flambards combines thrilling outdoor rides and fascinating indoor attractions. When the weather is bright, we suggest making the most of the rides on offer. From the Rocking Tug Boat and Cyclocopters for the younger children, to the Thunderbolt and Hornet Rollercoaster for older kids, there is plenty to suit the whole family. If the day is a little greyer, or maybe you just fancy a break from the sun, then Flambards’ indoor attractions offer a great escape. The Victorian Village is excellent for inquisitive time travellers with 50 Victorian life scenes to explore, while the Britain in the Blitz exhibition is ideal for teaching the family what life was like on a London street during wartime.
Opening times: Please see the Flambards website for the park’s opening times. Be sure to check times for both the outdoor rides and indoor attractions as they can differ. The park opens at 10am and last admission is 3pm, with the park closing at 5pm (www.flambards.co.uk).
Price: Prices for both the rides and indoor attractions start from £19.95 for adults, £15.95 for seniors, £8.95 each for disabled and careers, £13.95 for children (111cm – 15 years), £9.95 for juniors (95cm – 110cm) and infants (up to 95cm) go free (www.flambards.co.uk).
Holywell Bay Fun Park
Holywell Bay Fun Park is one of Cornwall’s top family friendly attractions, with over 20 rides and attractions for you to try out. The numerous attractions at the park include the Water Walkers, where you can (try to) walk on water as your giant inflatable orb flips, spins and whirls around you. There is also high speed F1 – Go Karts that let you whiz round the track as your adrenaline reaches new heights. And don't miss the battle boats, where you can use the ship’s turret guns to hit hanging bomb targets and detonate underwater explosions. With so much on offer at Holywell Bay Fun Park, there is sure to be something to suit your family.
Opening times: The park opens from 10.30am with the closing time for each day communicated on boards throughout the park. Open days vary throughout the year so we suggest checking the website before visiting (holywellbayfunpark.co.uk).
Price: Holywell Bay Fun Park works on a pay as you play system, with prices ranging from £1 to £8.50. There is also the option to buy in bulk: if you spend £40 you get £10 free, if you spend £60 you get £20 free, and so on (holywellbayfunpark.co.uk).
For more information on what to do with the kids in Cornwall why not check out our Best attractions for teenagers in Cornwall guide? Alternatively there is a variety of fascinating guides listed below which will help you decide how to spend your time in Cornwall.