If you’re a regular visitor to Cornwall, or just looking for interesting things to do while you’re there, then you might be interested in hearing about some of the new attractions opening. New for 2015, the below attractions and exhibitions are perfect for an exciting day out in Cornwall this summer.
One for the kids and big kids, Newquay’s newest attraction is a swash-buckling adventure from start to finish. Pirate’s Quest offers visitors an hour-long tour led by a live pirate crew through the streets of eighteenth century Cornwall. The tours cater to all ages and are packed with thrilling story-telling, fantastic special effects and interactive exhibitions to give you a glimpse into what life was like in the Golden Age of Piracy. Younger visitors can also pick up a treasure map to help them find hidden letters to crack the secret code and claim a prize!
Opening times: Tours available from 11am onwards. Booking in advance is recommended.
Prices: From £9.95 for adults and from £6.95 for children. Children under 3 go free. Discounts available for students and seniors. Book online 24 hours in advance and get a 10% discount.
Address: St Michael’s Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1RA
Contact: 01637 873379; www.piratesquest.co.uk
Shaun the Sheep Experience at Land’s End
Land’s End’s newest attraction is the interactive world of Shaun the Sheep from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Visitors can explore the life-size world of Shaun the Sheep, try their hand in the animation design studio with real sets, and star in one of their own scenes using green screen technology. This fantastic day out is perfect for children, who’ll love the chance to get up close and behind the scenes in Shaun’s world.
Opening times: Every day between 10am and 4pm, from early February until late October. For exact dates, please check the website.
Prices: Tickets gain entrance to all four Land’s End attractions. Prices for adults from £12.00 and from £9.00 for children. Children under 4 go free. Family tickets and discounts for concessions available. Save 10% on tickets by booking online.
Address: Land’s End, Sennen, Cornwall, TR19 7AA
Contact: 0871 720 0044; www.landsend-landmark.co.uk/pages/the-shaun-the-sheep-experience
Viking Voyagers Exhibition at the NMMC
This epic new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall has been highly anticipated. The Viking Voyagers exhibition invites visitors to step inside the Viking world and learn more about what life was like, view ancient artefacts from the time and even climb on board a full scale replica of a Viking ship. There are plenty of fun things to do and get involved in here, including interactive activities, lectures, Viking battle re-enactments every Thursday and a café with Nordic-themed food.
Opening times: Viking Voyagers open until January 2017. The museum is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, from 10am until 5pm.
Prices: From £12 for adults and from £8.50 for children. Children under 5 go free. Family tickets and discounts for students and seniors available. No extra charge for the Viking Voyagers.
Address: Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY
Contact: 01326 313388; www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatson/events/viking_voyagers/
New additions to Newquay Zoo
Although Newquay Zoo may not be a new attraction, you can guarantee that every time you visit there’ll be new animals for you to see. In June 2015, Newquay Zoo saw the birth of its first Chapman’s Zebra foal! Other new additions to the zoo in the past couple of months include baby otters, a baby spider monkey, a baby crowned lemur, penguin chicks and of course, the arrival of two new lions earlier this year, bringing the total number of lions at Newquay to three. There’s also a new children’s play area for kids to enjoy and explore.
Opening times: Every day except Christmas Day, from 10am until 5pm.
Prices: From £12.50 for adults and from £9.15 for children. Family tickets and discounts for seniors available.
Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ. Sat Nav postcode: TR7 2NN.
Contact: 01637 873342; www.newquayzoo.org.uk
There are also plenty of other animals for you to visit at the various sanctuaries around Cornwall.
‘Poldark’s Cornwall’ at the Royal Cornwall Museum
As the oldest and leading museum of Cornish culture in the county, the Royal Cornwall Museum can always be depended upon to have new and interesting exhibitions opening every year. After the success of 2015’s TV adaptation of Poldark, Winston Graham’s novels have seen a new lease of life. To coincide with this the museum has opened a fascinating new ‘Poldark’s Cornwall’ exhibition exploring the landscapes in which Poldark is set and includes many of Graham’s original notebooks.
Opening times: Poldark’s Cornwall exhibition open until 30th April 2016. Museum open Monday-Saturday (including bank holidays) from 10am until 4.45pm.
Prices: From £4.50 for an annual pass for adults. Children under 18 go free.
Address: River Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2SJ
Contact: 01872 272205; www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions
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