During your stay with us you may wish to venture a bit further afield to explore more of the beautiful Cornish or Devon countryside. Long car journeys are often unwelcome when holidaying with young children so you’ll be pleased to hear there are some lovely attractions within half an hour to an hours drive.
The largest theme parks in our area require a full day to really get your money’s worth!
The Big Sheep is a world famous all-weather attraction with masses of animals and even its own brewery!
20 miles from Bude is Clovelly, where the cobbled, traffic-free, high street leads down to the world famous fishing village, famous for its donkeys, which traditionally carry goods up the hill.
A few miles further is The Milky Way which has lots to offer all ages but older children will love the rollercoaster and the birds of prey shows are fantastic.
Camel Creek Adventure Park, south of Bude near Wadebridge, is another excellent day out with log-flumes, animals and heaps of indoor and outdoor play areas.
A day out in Launceston affords a number of child friendly places to visit, including Trethorne Leisure Farm. Here there are indoor and outdoor play areas with trampolines, climbing wall and ball pools. Kids will love being able to feed the animals and actually handle them in the supervised ‘in touch with animals’ sessions.
There is also The Hidden Valley Discovery Park, something for ages with its Nature Trails, Forbidden Mansion with hidden doors, upside down dining room, Treasure Hunts and Light Railway.
Local Towns & Villages:
Launceston town centre is dominated by the ruins of the Launceston Castle, which has lovely grounds for youngsters to run about in while parents can enjoy the history and fabulous views across Devon and Cornwall.
English Heritage and National Trust properties hold special events for children throughout the year, such as story telling at King Arthur’s castle in Tintagel.
The Launceston Steam Railway provides an exciting short trip for train enthusiasts and the line ends at New Mils Farm Park where a morning or afternoon can be spent happily visiting the animals and playing in the huge field of ride-on cars and other toys.
If you have railway lovers in your party the Bodmin and Wenford Railway is only thirty miles away and has special events throughout the year.
If you do decide to travel further, The Eden Project is a great day out for visitors of all ages and Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium are only 45 miles away.
South of Bude:
For a day out which involves no entry fees at all visit the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac to soak up the history and enjoy the postcard-perfect set of TV’s Doc Martin series while the children run on the beach and explore the caves at low tide.
On the way back visit Trevathan Farm at St Endellion to buy Brie, fresh local produce or sample the excellent cakes and ice cream. The farm has strawberry picking in season and a lovely play park with animals, zip-slide and ride-on tractors in addition to the swings and sandpit. Or pick up some sparkling wine or cider from Camel Valley Vineyard near Bodmin.
North of Bude:
A visit to the Atlantic Village Retail Outlet at Bideford can be easily combined with a session at the Atlantis Adventure Park where your children can pan for gold, play crazy golf or enjoy the indoor play zone.