Summer Fun

What to do this summer (published 2015)

There are also articles on museums and galleries; gardens, parks & farms; summer theatre; holiday camps & outdoor workshops; and festivals & events.

Dairyland Farm World, near Newquay

is a lovely family day out with a nature trail, tractor rides and pony rides and feeding animals. Inside is the Bull Pen – Dairyland’s massive indoor play centre, you can also tour the milking parlour, help milk the cows, explore Cornish farm life throughout the ages in the farm museums and visit Clarabelle’s kitchen café. Dairyland Farm World is 40! To celebrate there are 40 prizes for 40 years. Check out Dairyland’s Facebook and Twitter pages for how to win 40 great prizes including a ‘Pony Passport’ of free pony rides for a year; a professional photoshoot in the park; exclusive use of The Bull Pen for you and 249 friends; and one of five VIP Experiences. 2 Aug: 40 prizes for 40 years Party, join the bumper birthday celebration with Pirate FM, entertainments, hog roasts, live music, ice cream tasting competition, games and birthday cake! http://www.dairylandfarmworld.com 01872 510246

Flambards Theme Park, Helston, Helston,

10% off voucher page 5. 12, 19 & 26 Aug: Firework displays every Wednesday in August (extended opening & pre-fireworks entertainment) free return visits for seven days. Be transported back in time at the award-winning, atmospheric Victorian Village and the eerie Britain in the Blitz recreation of a street during WWII.  The extreme Sky Swinger Ride travels up to 70 kph and feels like flying. The hugely popular ‘Demon Dropslide’ is back and sample the delights of the new Victorian-themed sweet shop. Take a spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster, the drop, twisting SkyRaker, the Thunderbolt or sploosh down the Canyon River log flume!  There’s undercover soft play, outdoor adventure play, hands-on science zone with laser maze, disorientation tunnel and Ferdi’s Funland. www.flambards.co.uk
One2eleven, Flambards, Helston, a well-designed, bright airy indoor playground with slides, cannons, ball swamps, climbing, assault course, walkways, tots area, and the One2eleven Street of shops. www.one2elevenplay.co.uk, 01326 554391.

Newquay Zoo,

enjoy keeper talks, animal feeds, animal experiences with lemurs or penguins Pay once and visit for 7 days!
26 July, 2 & 9 Aug: Wild Breakfast…set your alarm! Starting at 5am, before the sun rises, take a dawn tour while the animals are awakening, make breakfast for furry & feathered friends then tuck into your own hearty breakfast; adults £19.95, child £16.95 (includes Zoo entry & breakfast), must book 0844 474 2244. Newquay Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of its first ever Chapman’s Zebra foal, born on June 17th at 7.30am. They are doubly thrilled as another expectant Chapman’s Zebra is due to give birth anytime now.
www.newquayzoo.org.uk

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay.

‘Save up to £12’ voucher on page 3. Take a fascinating journey through 40 naturally-themed habitats from a Cornish sea with real waves teeming with bass, to fresh water Amazonian displays with caiman (mini-alligators) and exotic seas pulsing with life.

Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters,

an entertaining, hands-on show with plenty of interesting animal facts and majestic owls, scaly  lizards, creepy bugs and spiders all at very close quarters! Brilliant for parties, fun days, weddings, schools and playgroups. Sensibly priced, and available at your home or venue. 07761810900 anytime.

Paradise Park, Hayle,

money-off voucher on page 4. The magnificent and informative flying shows are back – with macaws, owls and Archie the Bald Eagle flying just above your head (it took my breath away!) Open daily from 10am. We love Carrot Time in the Fun Farm, Penguin feeding times, & lots of play in the indoor JungleBarn. Until 2 Sept: Paradise Park’s Dinosaur Quiz Trail is back, celebrating the earliest relatives of all birds, the dinosaurs. Go on a dinosaur expedition and get a ‘Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology’ certificate. www.paradisepark.org.uk 01736 751020

Bombadinga’s

Pirate soft play café and Skullduggery laser tag arena, Free return tickets every week, Bombadinga’s is relaunching its café menu this summer, a taste experience that will blow your mind!!  There is a new party room so you can eat privately during soft play parties and late evenings with Skullduggery laser tag!! Laser and disco party packages are available. 01209 219555
www.bombadingas.co.uk

Rollers Roller Disco, Pool Industrial Estate,

the newest and biggest indoor roller rink in the Southwest. Family Roller Disco: fun and fitness all wrapped up in one great activity. Family (of 4) ticket £25 includes skate hire and unlimited skating. Birthday parties welcome. Café (excellent coffee, paninis, nachos, burgers and chilli), bar and skate hire available. Summer holidays: open 7 evenings a week & all day during wet weather! www.rollersrollerdisco.co.uk 01209 211 895

Born to Bop

Fun dance classes for pre-schoolers (18 months to 4 years) every Thursday in term time, 9.30 to 10.30am at Goonhavern Community Hall. borntobop@hotmail.com 07825 419654

Stagecoach Penzance

is relaunching, it’s a new place, it’s a new day, and they’re feeling good! As of September Stagecoach will be on Saturdays at Mounts Bay Academy 10am to 1pm. They have had a great Summer term, working on fantastic material and one of their students has been filming for ‘Doc Martin’.
Call Tom on 07899 091237 or visit stagecoach.co.uk/penzance

Monkey Music,

Fun, educational classes for babies from 3 months to 4 years. Try out the free open days at the new fab venues St Agnes, Ponsanooth and Penzance (classes opening in September). To book your open day place or a free class at Chacewater, Hayle, Falmouth, Helston and Truro email: truro@monkeymusic.co.uk
ring 01872 276766 or visit www.monkeymusic.co.uk

Little Kitchen Magicians,

Lizzie’s healthy cookery and baby-weaning courses are just lovely. At Heartlands,  7 Aug: summer holiday workshop 10am.  12, 26 Sept & 3 Oct: Saturday workshops at 9.45am. Book on 07968 606 580 or lizzie@littlekitchenmagicians.com. At Mexico Inn, Long Rock at 10.30am,  31 July: lamb koftas & 21 Aug: spring rolls; book on 01736 710625

Taekwondo

instils a strong sense of self-control in children and strengthens not only children’s physical abilities, but also their ability to listen and learn. Mike Beard of First Defence, is the only martial arts instructor in the West Country to have been presented with the Martial Arts Gold Award. He is 6th Dan 2004 AIMMA World Champion and David Rogers (Hayle Taekwondo) has worked with Mike for years. First Defence and Hayle Taekwondo offer Little Dragons classes (4.5yrs to 7 years) and Junior Kids Martial Arts classes 7+. They both train through the summer and offer a
free 2 week trial…
First Defence Black Belt Schools, Falmouth and Helston, 01326 319690 www.firstdefenceblackbeltschools.co.uk Hayle Taekwondo, 07887 773949
info@hayletaekwondo.co.uk

 

What was on at Easter etc

Festivals

Truro’s annual Culture Festival, Lemon Quay 27 March to 5 April.

This year’s theme is ‘Journeys’. Art, music, theatre, film, literature, dance and comedy will be buzzing in all corners of the city. The TruroFestGeneral01-500‘Festival Village’ will have yurts, acoustic stage and a green area for relaxing, and an abundance of family-friendly events, activities workshops, and indoor and outdoor theatre performances. The Story Republic will be at the Royal Cornwall Museum (see below) and events will take place at Waterstones, Truro Library, the Plaza, Truro Arts Shop, B Juicy, Reid’s Café, Innertide and the City Hall. The top of the High Cross NCP carpark will be transformed into a skaters/ravers urban paradise & fully installed skate park and on 27 Mar: a silent evening disco.

1 Apr: Well-being Day.

Free half-hour workshops, learn how to grow veggies, make healthy chocolate, manage stress and improve your posture. 4 Apr: Children’s Illustrators day, Truro Library with illustrators Caroline Pedler and Rebecca Cobb. 5 Apr: Easter Sunday free party, 2 to 4pm, live music, arts activities, food & drink for all the family. www.enjoytruro.co.uk or pick up a festival guide from all over Truro.

St Agnes Outsid’er Weekend’er’ 10 to 12 April.

Join in the fun at this celebration of St. Agnes’ unique coastline and countryside. Enjoy the wacky races competition, Salt RoadsOutsider-2015-Flyer Theatre, star-gazing on the beacon, Pop Up Orchestra and concert, a Cornish language heritage walk, surf cinema, den-building, skate ramps, bike tours, the Festival Launch Beast Feast……. Perfect for all the family, www.st-agnes.com/outsider

Fowey Festival Family Fun Weekend, Trenython Manor, 9 & 10 May:

Family Bookshop with stories, poetry readings, song and drama. Haiku Poetry in the bluebell wood, woodland and mini-beast safaris, den-building, bread-making over open fires, archery, willow weaving, music, art and conservation workshops, bug hotel. 11am to 4pm, age 3+. £10 family or £4 adult & £1 child. www.foweyfestival.com/familyfunweekend

Surya Yoga Festival 22 to 27 May, near Falmouth.

A small, four-day, family-friendly festival set in a beautiful sheltered valley with idyllic camping using renewable energy. There will be a wholefood café, wood-fired sauna, campfires, diverse yoga workshops for beginners and experienced yoga lovers, relaxing therapies and creative workshops. Children’s workshops cover all ages & are tailored to boys and girls. www.surya.org.uk

Camp Bestival, 30 July to 2 Aug;

tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline, 0844 888 4410

An absolute truckload of wild and wonderful family fun including the brand new adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s brilliant Scarecrows’ Wedding, hip-hop’s answer to ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ – Freestyle Funk Forum, inspiring Gorilla Gardening and Marawa the Amazing all in the Greatest Tent on Earth. Add in Albert’s Band, Musical Bingo, Gospeloke and Morris Dancers, Blue Coats and the brilliant Insect Circus and you’ve got a recipe for a properly wild weekend! The stupendous line-up and glorious setting of Lulworth Castle on Dorset’s lush Jurassic coast makes a trip out of Cornwall worthwhile!

Attractions

Flambards Theme Park, Helston

will re-open for the main season on 28 March and the unveiling of the extreme Sky Swinger Ride – one of the largest and fastest in Europe, capable of travelling at up to 70 kph! You will be lifted more than 13 metres into the air then tilted so it feels like flying through the air. It is for anyone over 130cms tall and accompanied children over 105cms. The hugely popular ‘Demon Dropslide’ is back and a new Victorian-themed sweet shop called ‘Humbugs’ is opening.

Indoor play

Kidzworld, St Austell. 5 Apr:

EGGS-clusive challenge, 2 to 4pm, free with entry. Find Easter Eggs lost in the ground of Kidzworld, EGG-citing activities and prizes for the Best Bunny Costume.

Rest and Play Café, Fore St., Roche.

Seet advert for free play voucher. 23 Mar: make Easter masks and decorate biscuits, drop-in 10am to 12noon, £1 child. 4 May & 1 June: Crafty Kids sessions, drop-in 10am to 12noon, both free with family area entry. 01726 893055

Raze the Roof, Penryn,

Fantastic weekday toddler activities, after school and holiday fun and brilliant Mega Play frame and adrenalin-pumping Laser Storm birthday parties.  You need to book parties on 01326 377481 or online www.razetheroof.co.uk

JungleBarn, Paradise Park, Hayle.

Money-off voucher see advert and value Return Tickets. The huge indoor JungleBarn has giant slides, suspended rope bridge, lots of climbing and sliding and toddlers zone with ball fountain.

Rollers Roller Disco, Pool Industrial Estate,

Large rink, roller discos on Tuesday, Wednesdays & Fridays from 3.30pm and at weekends; skate hire available. 01209 211 895 www.rollersrollerdisco.co.uk

Drama

Stagecoach Penzance

has been providing high quality performing arts training to aspiring actors, dancers and singers in West Cornwall for more than 10 years. The teachers are all highly experienced and the focus is on skills training and confidence boosting. Students have performed in Hall for Cornwall productions, nationally and acted with Brad Pitt in ‘World War Z’. Call Tom on 07899 091237.

Great Galleries, historic places and marvellous museums

National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth.

20 Mar to 22 Feb 2017: Epic New Exhibition – journey into the Viking world; encounter Norse voyagers; experience Viking life over 1000 years ago; and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship. Discover the secret of the Vikings’ success and explore the truth behind the popular myth of the bloodthirsty raiders. Get up close to rare antiquities on loan from the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland, National Museum of Denmark and Manx National Heritage. 01326 313388

Pay once, get in free for a year and activities FREE with entry. For under 5s ─ Mondays (term-time): Minnows’ Tales, 11 to 11.30am, drop-in for stories, songs and rhymes;

27 Mar & 24 Apr: Museum Minnows, drop-in, 1.30 to 2.30pm, crafts, games and tours.

28 Mar to 12 Apr: Voyaging Vikings Trail. Make a longship model and Viking brooch and become a mighty warrior or fearsome dragon.

28 to 29 Apr: Viking Voyagers Supersized Weekend launching the epic Viking Voyagers exhibitions; create helmets, swords and shields, join in a Viking battle and see Vikings brought to life by Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves. Then make a monster’s scale and add it to the dragon art installation.

28 Mar to 2 Apr & 7 to 12 Apr: strike your own authentic ‘Eric Bloodaxe’ Viking age coin, drop-in 11am to 3pm, 50p per coin.

31 Mar, 4, 5 & 7 Apr: Going Viking with Fleet of Foot Theatre, 11.30am, 12.30 & 2pm, with enthusiastic story seekers, Nelson Fleet and Henry Foot as they send their battered old filing cabinet into the Viking era.

29 March, 1 & 8 Apr: Viking Sagas with Rattlebox Theatre, 11am, 12noon & 2pm, outrageous adventures of Norse gods & Frost giants.

2 & 9 Apr: ‘Thorsdays’ experience living history with Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves, 11.30am 12.30 & 2pm.

3 to 6 Apr: cast your own chocolate Thor’s hammer, 11am, 12noon, 1, 2 & 3pm, places limited, book on arrival.

St Michaels Mount, Marazion. 3 to 6 Apr:

Be an Eggsplorer for a day at an Eggstra-special Easter Egg trail around the village and harbourside of St Michael’s Mount, hunt out the answers to clues will lead to a delicious prize. The family fun eggstravaganza, 10.30am to 4pm, includes free face painting, musical entertainment and games and Easter treats in our Island & Sail Loft Cafés.

Truro Cathedral,

free cathedral entry. Activities free (donations welcomed). Easter Holidays, free cathedral entry and different daily free craft activities 11am to 2pm: 30 Mar Easter Cards; 31 Mar Easter Bonnets; 1 Apr Easter Gardens; 7 Apr Egg Mobiles; 8 Apr Fun egg-shaped people & their ‘outfits’! 9 Apr Chicks; cute hatching egg models, 10 Apr cute rabbit finger puppets. Then enjoy one of the spotter trails: Riff Raff’s Special Place; St Piran’s Trail, Noah’s Ark Challenge) or 30 & 31 Mar, 1, 7 to 9 Apr: Teddy Horsley Trail, 11am to 3pm. 01872 276782 www.trurocathedral.org.uk

Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance

www.penleehouse.org.uk Explore this charming gallery with explorer bags, quizzes and trails. For details of Easter holiday workshops visit www.penleehouse.org.uk 01736 363625. FREE family activities every Saturday; drop-in 2.30 to 3.30pm, different activity every week inspired by art at Penlee House. 21 Mar: Make miniature cork boats like Cornish fishing boats; 28 Mar: cut and fold an eggs-citing Easter pop-up card! 4 Apr: Eggs-cellent Easter decorations; Easter Sunday (5 Apr): decorate your own egg; 11 Apr: make a 3D garden from card inspired by the ‘Sons and Daughters of the Soil’ exhibition; 18 Apr: create patterned pots out of modelling dough; 25 Apr: Moo-mentous collaged masks based on animals in Penlee’s paintings.

Hayle Heritage Centre. 25 Mar:

‘Rags to Riches’, a free community celebration of Hayle’s industrial history suitable for children and adults. Starting at 6pm, South Quay Asda, the live performance will move its way through the Foundry culminating in a fire and sound show.

Falmouth Art Gallery, free entry.

Family Workshops on the first Saturday of the month!

30 Mar to 25 Apr: Check out the ‘Urban Uprising’ street art exhibition and workshops – 4 Apr: Subbaculture; 10 Apr: Street steez, both 11am to 3pm.

11 Apr: Embracing the imagination of Patrick Woodroffe, create an encyclopaedia of weird and wonderful creatures with illustrator Emilia Wharfe, 11am to 3pm. All workshops are free and for all ages. Falmouth Art Gallery offers workshops for pre-schools, schools, college, universities and all community groups. To find out more contact learning@falmouthartgallery.com 01326 313863 www.falmouthartgallery.com

Royal Cornwall Museum, River St. Truro.

Children free, adults’ annual pass £4.50. 01872 272205 enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk  www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

What’s in the Box?! What will it be? Go along to RCM and find out! Absolutely riveting interactive sessions for 2 to 4 yrs. You never know which special museum objects will be hidden in the box…. Every session is different! See What’s On for dates and times. £4 per child. Easter Holidays Activities Tuesdays & Thursdays: Hands on History Hub, the new interactive learning resource; learn more about artefacts, play games, handle objects and take part in activities.

28 Mar to 4 Apr (not Sunday): The Story Republic at the Museum; listen, explore & play games with writers, artists and Story Republicans, free. 10am to 4pm. Intrepid story travellers are invited to begin their own voyage into a realm of tales, poems and songs of wanderings, journeys real and imagined and passages into the unknown and indefinable … 1 Apr: Writing workshop with Annamaria Murphy (Kneehigh, Radio 4) for 8 to 12 years, 10.30am to 12.30pm, £7 book via www.hallforcornwall.org.uk or 01872 262466 www.thestoryrepublic.co.uk/events;

30 Mar: What’s In The Yurt? Join RCM’s Jo on Lemon Quay NOT at the museum; make, do & discover with mystery Museum objects, for accompanied 2 to 4 yrs, £2.50, 10am & 11.30am, book www.hallforcornwall.org.uk 01872 262466

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno,

Cornwall’s Gold Award-winning, wonderful re-vamped museum celebrates the International Year of Light with a shimmering array of activities that explore the beauty and art of light. Activities free with entry and under 5s go free. 14 to 16 Mar: Three days of inspiring family-friendly science by the sea. 14 Mar: Festival Day! Discover marine science, make art using the science of light, become a Citizen Scientist. 15 Mar: whizz-popping, hair-raising science tricks to try at home. 16 Mar: Science talk exploring inventions and discoveries in light science; free re-entry for 14 to 16 Mar. 28 Mar to 12 Apr: Track down the nesting pigeons & claim a free badge or chocolate, 10am to 5pm. 31 Mar & 9 Apr: You may crave chocolate this Easter, but our pigeon pals just want delicious PEAS! Plant peas to grow at home, 11am to 5pm. 1 Apr: For one day only, if it’s dry, the museum is open to dogs! Explore the exhibitions with your well-behaved pooch (keep your dog on a short lead and clean up any little spills) and take part in the dog-friendly museum selfie competition, 10am to 5pm. 2 & 7 Apr: make a green-craft bird feeder for your garden/ window ledge, 11am to 5pm. www.telegraphmuseum.org 01736 810966

Tate St Ives

Free entry for under 19s. Easter at Tate St Ives is all about the quest! 7 to 11 Apr: Take part in Gallery Quest, a hands-on exploration of all the galleries. Or visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, to explore the magical gardens with Sculpture Quest. 28 March to 6 April: Art Base, drop-in for the big build Sculpture Workshop, free with entry, 11am to 4pm. Wednesdays during term: Toddle Tate for under 5s, 10 to 11.30am, must book 01736 796226. See Tate.org.uk/stives for some wacky online games.

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.

Most activities free, book on 01752 304774. Link to website Family trails and explorer bags available. 21 Mar: discover specimens from the natural history collections, interactive activities and chat to local scientists, free, drop-in 11am to 3pm. 1 Apr: make mini booklets inspired by the great Sir Joshua Reynolds, drop-in 10.30am to 1pm, free. 4 Apr: decorate Easter cards & baskets using craft materials and images from the social history collections then make Gus Honeybun masks, 11am to 12noon, 1.30 to 2.30pm & 3 to 4pm, free but book. 8 Apr: Bring pictures of animals to create a collage animal scene inspired by the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition, free, drop-in 10.30am to 1pm. 9 Apr: decorate the giant rocket and enjoy an Immersive Vision Theatre tour of the universe, 10.30am to 12noon & 12.30 to 2pm, £2.50, book. Wild About Plymouth: 10 Apr: 11am to 1pm, discuss the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition with a professional photographer, then go to Drake’s Reservoir for wildlife photography, bring smart phone, free. 15 May: Museums at Night 2015: 6 to 8.30pm, see thousands of insects, hundreds of pickled creatures and enjoy free activities.

English Heritage

0370 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth. 30 Mar to 3 Apr:

Pirates Ahoy! fearsome tales of dastardly deeds, discover Pendennis’ pirating past and games around the castle. 6 to 10 Apr: Tudor Castle Capers. Step back over 400 years and imagine life in Henry VIII’s mighty fortress, have-a-go battle drills and stories of days gone by. Tintagel Castle. 3 to 6 Apr: Easter Adventure Quest. Meet a historical royal character for stories and a quest around Tintagel cracking clues. (The café is closed for maintenance).

Geevor Tin Mine Easter Sunday (5 April):

‘Eggstravaganza’ trail, crafts, face painting, Geevor talk, panning for gems. Easter holidays – trail, panning for gems & crafts; Mon: Geevor Crafts, 11am to 3pm; Tues, Weds & Fri: hand drilling, 11.30am to 2pm; Thurs: jewellery workshops, 11am to 2pm; Sun: miners’ talks, 12.30pm; all free with entry.

Trerice, (National Trust) Newquay.

27 Mar: Stargazing, 5 to 9pm, with Kernow Astronomers donations £2 adult, child free. 28 Mar to 6 Apr: Cadbury Easter egg trail, 11am to 4.30 pm, £2. 6 Apr, 4 May: Try on recreated Tudor clothes and have your photograph taken behind a giant portrait frame. 11am to 4pm. 7 to 9 Apr: sow seeds to take home, 12 noon to 3pm, 01637 875404

Terrific trains

Helston Railway, Trevarno Farm,

re-opens on 29 March and trains will be running on Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays until November. Plus Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday: Easter eggs for children. 07901 977597

Bodmin and Wenford Railway, 5 & 6 Apr:

Everyone’s favourite cheeky little piggy is coming to the railway; Peppa Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals on both days and enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt. 01208 73555 www.bodminrailway.co.uk

Animal magic

Paradise Park, Hayle.

Money-off voucher on page 3. Have an eggtastic time hunting for eggs in Paradise! Spot clues along the way, maybe even dinosaur eggs and claim your free mini egg treat. The magnificent flying shows are back – get up really close and see macaws, owls and eagles flying just above your head (it took my breath away!) Then go for adrenalin-burn in the JungleBarn. The Otter Pool Cafe is good for local pasties, yummy homemade cakes and Cornish cream teas. Look out for the great value Return Tickets.

New Lions Arrive At Newquay Zoo!

We are so excited! There are two new lions to join lioness Amahle. The new lions aren’t just any lions: they are Amahle’s brother and sister, Boss and Semira. Amahle was delighted to see them and hasn’t left her sister’s side since. This is the first time Newquay Zoo have ever housed three lions but the decision was made after careful consultation with Longleat Safari Park that it would be best to bring the family group back together as the cats would be much happier together. They are now an extremely well-bonded pride. 28 Mar to 12 Apr: Madagascan Workshops daily throughout the holidays. 3, 4 & 5 Apr: Easter Egg Hunt £2.50+ entry, Hunt for eggs around the Zoo, collect clues & report to Easter Bunny HQ for a special present.

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay.

Voucher see advert. Take a fascinating journey through 40 naturally-themed habitats from a Cornish sea with real waves teeming with bass, to fresh water Amazonian displays with caiman (mini-crocodiles) and exotic seas pulsing with life. 13 to 22 Mar: an insight into underwater exploration with submarine simulation. Captain Narrissa needs your help! Using your underwater passport, complete predator/prey food webs, facilitate defence props from the deep, be questioned, face jelly fish and stories of octopus! 15 Mar: Mothers go free. 27 Mar to 13 Apr: Easter Babies –fish life cycles, birthing and what babies do to survive etc. Learn all about the Aquarium’s nursery and breeding programme with talks, rock pool encounters, quizzes, trails and competitions. 01637 878134

Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters,

Schools, parties or youth groups will love these stimulating, interactive, fun, fact-filled, hands-on sessions brought to you. Exotic animals bring to life the fascinating world of wildlife! Mark covers a wide range of topics, including: mini-beasts, rainforests, dinosaurs, life-cycles, senses, animal form and function, or tailor-made to your specific requirements. Very cost-effective, by the class, part or full day sessions can be booked. 07761 810900 anytime.

On the water

Cornwall Outdoors,

managed by Cornwall Learning – exhilarating multi-activity days with exciting activities including canoeing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, coracle days, coastal traversing, Pico sailing, high ropes, archery, bushcraft and environmental days. For aged 6 years +. There are outdoor education centres at Porthpean, St Austell, 01726 72901; Delaware, Gunnislake, 01822 833885; St Just-in-Roseland, 01326 270885; Carnyorth, St Just, Penzance. 01736 786344, and Pelistry (Isles of Scilly) 01726 72901 www.cornwalloutdoors.org

Mylor Sailing School

is a small, very friendly and long-established sailing and powerboating school based in the beautiful Mylor Yacht Harbour near Falmouth. They run beginners, intermediate and advanced RYA Sailing & Power-boating courses, family taster sessions & fun weekend clubs (6 yrs+), 8 yrs+ for lessons. Sunday mornings Apr to Oct: Swallows & Amazons fun sessions for 6yrs+, 9.30 to 11.30am (July & August: 12noon to 2pm), £15, book. From w/c 13 Apr: After School Sailing Club, daily, 4.30 to 7pm, £70 for 5 weeks. 01326 377633 / 07971 520257 www.mylorsailingschool.co.uk

Glorious Gardens, Estates and Gardening Skills

The Eden Project, St Austell

www.edenproject.com Save 15% if you book online.

Join Eden’s Eggstravaganza, hunt out the hidden eggs in the themed arena. Up for a challenge? Scramble through the eggy assault course, tuck into egg games and listen to magical tales in the Biomes.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell.

www.heligan.com 01726 845100

28 Mar to 12 Apr: become an eggsplorer, search for native bird eggs to receive a chocolatey prize. Feed the poultry, get eggstra creative by making your very own bunny headdress, take part in egg decorating and build mud nests. www.heligan.com

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith,

tickets valid for 7 days. From 28 Mar: Eggs with Legs?! As the Garden comes to life after its winter rest so too have mysterious eggs. Out on the island of Mallard Pond the Trebah Eggs have warmed up in the spring sunshine and sprouted legs! They have been running amok and hidden themselves in various locations. Follow their trail, count the hidden eggs & win chocolate, £2. 31 Mar & 2 Apr: Eggs with Legs creative workshops, 11am to 2pm, £3. 8 Apr: Wildlife Day with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Fox Club and Gary Zammit, wildlife ranger; meet animals and get creative, 11am to 3pm, free with entry but donations welcome. www.trebahgarden.co.uk 01326 252200

Gyllyngdune Gardens & Princess Pavilion, Falmouth.

Charming gardens with a good café, outdoor play area and lots going for children. Make & take workshops, 10:30am and 2pm, £4 – 31 Mar: make disguise kits for a secret mission; 2 Apr: Paint pots; 7 Apr: make funny cup poppers; 9 Apr: create & fly a glider; 30 Mar: Feadon Farm Wildlife Experience with wildlife ranger Gary Zammit and some native wildlife, 4 to 5pm, £4.

Gylly is a Children’s University Learning Destination and an Arts Award Centre, so bring your Passport for Learning! Children and teenagers can achieve Arts Award qualifications from Discover and Explore through to the Bronze and Silver Awards. 01326 211222

Callestick Farm. 25 Apr: Interactive Open Day,

10am to 4pm. Callestick Farm is famous for its ice creams but at the open day you can glimpse behind the scenes at the workings of the dairy farm where the magic happens and gallons of fresh milk are turned into creamy ice cream each day. Learn how the farm is run, meet the animals, take a guided farmyard tour (11am, 12noon, 2 & 3pm), learn what the farm machinery does, how ice cream is made, and view the tiny factory from the gallery. Free entry & parking. There will be craft fun, the outdoor play area and a barbeque lunch and of course ice creams! Wear wellies. See the ‘news’ section of www.callestickfarm.co.uk www.facebook.com/CallestickFarm

National Trust and Cadbury Easter Egg Trails.

There are eggs hidden in masses of National Trust properties! Trails are all £2, for example 3 to 6 Apr: Cadburys egg trail £2 at Trengwainton, Madron, & Godolphin House and Garden, nr Helston.

details of more on http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/events.

Glendurgan, near Mawnan Smith,

Explore the glorious garden with exciting Easter trails

01326 252020.

Help Glendurgan raise its ‘hedge fund’ to restore the famous maze.Maze-500

Photo Credit ©SkyFly video

Glendurgan’s iconic cherry laurel maze is amazing. Occupying one side of the valley this living puzzle traces its origins back to 1833. Quakers Alfred and Sarah Fox had twelve children, so they planted a maze to entertain them and their visiting cousins and to create a pleasing sight for visitors. However, it’s important to look after a maze. Alfred Fox instructed his grandchildren to fine anyone a shilling if they cheated by cutting through the hedges. He was very amused when his grandson ‘a child of eight – a little fury of outraged virtue – indignantly attacked a party of delinquents and fiercely claimed the fine.’

Jon O’Donoghue, Glendurgan’s manager, says ‘At least twice in living memory the maze has had to be closed to visitors for years of restoration so we’re desperately keen to avoid that by acting now. We’re aiming to cover the costs of looking after the maze for 30 years.’

Immediate and ongoing restoration work is required but the garden team are determined not to have to close the maze again. They are raising money to fund cutting out metres of dead wood, replacing steps and resurfacing paths in the winter.

Donations to the ‘hedge fund’ can be made on visits to Glendurgan and online at www.justgiving.com/Glendurganmaze

What to do in February & March

Fun days

Family Farm Day: 8 March, Duchy College, Stoke Climsland campus, 11am to 3pm, enjoy a tractor and trailer ride, touch the new-born lambs, see the Devon cattle, enjoy refreshments and farm quiz. The College’s Farm Director said: “It’s great to open up the College’s working farm and educate people on where their food comes from.’ 0845 60 50 455 or visit www.duchy.ac.uk
Charity Fun Day: 14 Mar, 10am to 3pm, Cornwall College, Newquay (behind Newquay Zoo) fun-packed activities for all the family.   www.cornwall.ac.uk/newquay

Forest schools and outdoor adventure

Boot Up! Outdoor Learning for Everyone. Perranarworthal. Get your kids connected with nature; holiday clubs, kids’ parties, Saturday club and school visits; see review page 13.
Penrose Estate (National Trust), Porthleven and Stables Café. 18 Feb: Den Building with the rangers, 10am to 12noon, £3 for accompanied children. Email penroserangers@nationaltrust.org.uk 01326 558423 Explore the 17 miles of footpaths, cycle trails and bridleways, through farmland, woods and along the coast. Half term: The café is open daily 10am to 4pm & every weekend.
Newquay Forest School provides team building activities, workshops, wild campouts, training and support to parents, schools and youth groups at its picturesque 10 acre woodland near Porth Reservoir.  The next Forest School Level 3 Leaders eight week course (for adults) starts 10 March. Other activities include birthday parties; Mondays: parents/ child-minders & tots sessions; Thursdays: after school clubs. 07773 799755 www.newquayforestschool.co.uk
BF Adventure, Longdowns, between Falmouth and Helston. Children’s Holiday Club: action-packed, exciting outdoor adventures with no parents required! Different themes each day and every week – a complete adventure package!  9.45am to 3.30pm (£25pp) or 8am to 5pm (£35pp), ages 7 to 11. Adrenalin-rush Birthday packages and Family adventure packages are a speciality, zip-wire, climbing, abseiling and water skills in the quarries, bushcraft or orienteering. 01326 340912 or book online www.bfadventure.org using discount code: blackbird
Saplings after-school nature club, for 5 to 11 year olds with Cornwall College Newquay. Tuesdays, free, 3.30 to 5pm, Atlantic Centre, Newquay. 27 Jan & 24 Feb: Alien Detective Challenge;     10 Feb: Insects, spiders and crustacean; 3 Mar: starfish and sea urchins; 24 Mar: Easter Party with scientists. Book 01637 857 957

Indoor play

Rest and Play Café, Fore St, Roche. See page 9 free play voucher. Crafty Kids sessions on 2 Feb & 2 Mar, drop-in 10am to 12noon, free with family area entry. 23rd Mar: make Easter masks and decorate biscuits, 10am to 12noon, £1 child. 01726 893055
Raze the Roof, Penryn, Fantastic weekday toddler activities, after school and holiday fun and brilliant Mega Play frame and adrenalin-pumping Laser Storm birthday parties.
Must book on 01326 377481 or online www.razetheroof.co.uk

Great galleries, historic places and marvellous museums

National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth. Pay once, get in free for a year and activities FREE with entry. For under 5s – Mondays (term-time): Minnows’ Tales, 11 to 11.30am, drop-in for stories, songs and rhymes; 13 Feb & 27 Mar: Museum Minnows, drop-in, 1.30 to 2.30pm, crafts, games and tours. Enjoy sensational sea creatures this half term, 14 to 22 Feb: make giant lobster claws and fabulous fish masks; search for inhabited shells; 14 & 15 Feb: meet the National Lobster Hatchery team; crustacean animation workshop using stop-motion ‘Claymation’; learn the ancient art of lobster-pot-making and create willow sea creatures; and fishy tales with  Sally Crabtree (17 Feb) and the Story Explorer (19 Feb).
Coming soon! 20 Mar 2015 to 22 Feb 2017: Epic New Exhibition – journey into the Viking world; encounter Norse voyagers; experience Viking life over 1000 years ago; and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship. 01326 313388

Trerice, (National Trust) Newquay, A glorious, child-friendly Tudor manor house and gardens, open from 14 February.  27 Mar: stargazing, 5 to 9pm, with Kernow Astronomers donations £2 adult, child free.  01637 875404

Truro Cathedral, free cathedral entry. Activities free (donations welcomed). Half Term, 16 to 20 Feb: different daily craft activities 11am to 2pm – Mon: design & decorate illuminated letters and try quill writing; Tues: create a stained glass window using tissue and sticky back plastic; Wed: St Winwaloe-themed mobile; Thurs: make a hanging streamer fish; Fri: design three-panelled Triptych drawings. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: spotter trails (Riff-Raff’s Special Place; St Piran Trail, Noah’s Ark Challenge) or Teddy Horsley Trail, 11am to 3pm. 01872 276782             www.trurocathedral.org.uk
Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance.  Explore this charming gallery with explorer bags, quizzes, trails & visit the drawing station. For details of Feb half term workshops and Saturday themed, drop-in family activities see page 14.  www.penleehouse.org.uk
01736 363625
Falmouth Art Gallery, free entry. For details of the free half term and Saturdays activities see page 14. 01326 313863
Royal Cornwall Museum, River St. Truro. Wonderful family-friendly museum with a brilliant Egyptian section; children free, adults annual pass £4.50. Half term print workshops inspired by the Terrain exhibition (four local artists’ responses to the geology of Cornwall) – 17 Feb: fabulous pictures using different printing techniques, for under 7s; 19 Feb: create paper cut stencils and screen-print your design onto a T-shirt, for 8+, booking essential 01872 272205         enquiries@royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Cornwall’s gold award-winning, wonderful re-vamped museum celebrates the International Year of Light with illuminating hands-on science workshops and talks, sparkling creative arts and crafts activities that explore the beauty and art of light. 1 Feb: Wired Worlds, amazing steam-punk inspired family friendly workshop, 1 to 4pm, create an illuminated world you can hold in your hand. 14 to 22 Feb: create a colourful ‘stained glass’ artwork, self-guided craft activity. 15 Feb: Take part in a global science experiment! See www.telegraphmuseum.org
17 Feb: create magical and wearable art using sun-sensitive paper, 11am to 3pm and discover behind-the-scenes museum tricks for battling the damage effects of sunlight. Activities free with entry and under 5s go free! 01736 810966

Tate St Ives Free entry for under 19s. Discover the first signs of spring in Barbara Hepworth Museum’s beautiful hidden gem of a garden.
8 March: Super Sunday -investigate art and ideas with different activities in the galleries (adults free with a child), 11am to 3pm. Wednesdays during term: Toddle Tate for under 5s, 10.15 to 11.15am, must book 01736 796226. 14 to 21 Feb: Art Base, daily drop-in activity – different ways of looking at and taking photos, free with entry.  See Tate.org.uk/stives for some wacky online games.

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. Most activities free, book on 01752 304774.  Family trails and explorer bags available.
17 Feb: create miniature portrait badges, 10.15am to 11am, 11.15am to 12pm and 12.15pm to 1pm, £1, book. 18 Feb: make fabulous paper and collage frames inspired by Reynolds’ self-portrait, drop-in 10.30am to 1pm, free. 19 Feb: make giant and mini collages of  Plymouth Sound, free, drop-in 10.30am to 1pm. 21 Feb: make sheep hats, pictures, lanterns and collage,11am to 12noon, 1.30 to 2.30pm and 3 to 4pm, free but book. British Science Week ─ 14 Mar: help create a huge collage of Plymouth’s Breakwater, free, 11am to 3pm; 21 Mar: specimens from the natural history collections, interactive activities, chat to scientists, free, 11am to 3pm.
English Heritage 16 to 20 Feb: pirate and smugglers at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, 11am to 4pm, fearsome tales
of dastardly deeds and seafaring shenanigans
www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis-castle

Theatre:

Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 01872 262466  www.hallforcornwall.co.uk for times and prices. 26 & 27 Feb: ‘The Snail and the Whale’ Julia Donaldson’s magical story of a tiny snail who hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale.  But, when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? 3+
14 to 18 Apr: ‘Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders’ It’s history with the nasty bits left in! Horrible Histories live on stage with two new astounding shows and ground-breaking 3D Bogglevision special effects. See Groovy Greeks take on the Trojans, pummel the Persians and compete in the Olympic Games! Incredible Invaders! Ruthless Romans invade Britain.  Will you survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience? 5+
21 & 22 Apr: ‘The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure’.  Embark on an exciting mission with the quirky and courageous underwater heroes in this action-packed, musical interactive new stage show. 3+
Theatre Royal, Lyric & Drum Theatres, Plymouth, 01752 267222, see www.theatreroyal.com for times and prices.
20 Jan to 14 Feb: ‘Wicked’ a re-imagining of characters from ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’; packed with show-stopping songs. 7+
17 to 21 Feb: Fly in a Pie Theatre present ‘Mice on Skates’, they’re fast… and furry… and a little bit blurry! Two fast, intrepid rodents want cheese! 2+
16 to 21 Mar: ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ Terrific fun for all ages
17 to 21 Mar: ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ A musical play adapted by David Wood; based on Judith Kerr’s iconic book. 3+

Animal magic:

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay. Take a fascinating journey through 40 naturally-themed habitats from a Cornish sea with real waves teeming with bass, to fresh water Amazonian displays with caiman (mini-alligators) and exotic seas pulsing with life.

Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters, Schools, parties or youth groups will love these stimulating, interactive, fun, fact-filled, hand’s-on sessions with exotic creatures brought to you. Mark covers a wide range of topics, Mini-beasts, Rainforests, Dinosaurs, Life-cycles, senses, animal form and function. Very cost-effective, by the class, part or full day sessions can be booked. 07761810900 anytime.

Paradise Park, Hayle 14 to 22 Feb: Magical Pirates & Fairies quiz trail, meet Long John Tredinnick & his loyal band of parrots and collect gold coins. In fine weather see free flying macaws & feed colourful Rainbow Lorikeets. If the weather be foul, walk the rope bridge, climb the nets, fly down the slides in the JungleBarn.

Cookery classes:

Little Kitchen Magicians, Heartlands. Fun & educational cookery for 2 to 11 year olds. Excellent Saturday workshops for families. 31 Jan: Mini Wonton Parcels (Chinese New Year); 14 Feb: Valentine’s Day Sweet Heart Tartlets with fresh fruit; 28 Feb: Homemade Sausages & Mash; 21 Mar: Stuffed Pepper Boats; 28 Mar: Easter Sunday Pudding. Good Friday, 3 Apr: Easter cookery workshop with Potluck Cornwall, nutritious recipes & Easter arts and crafts, £12.50 per child. Children’s birthday parties – 07968 606580

Glorious Gardens, Estates and Gardening Skills

National Trust: Trengwainton, Madron, is studded with snowdrops and daffs and, from April onwards, a sea of bluebells. 18 Feb: Pot-up seeds to grow a healthy harvest at home, drop-in 12noon to 3pm, free with entry. 01736 363148 nationaltrust.org.uk/Trengwainton

Godolphin House and Garden, nr Helston. 500 acres of beautiful estate to explore, from sheltered woodland to the bracing rugged landscape of Godolphin Hill with its coast-to-coast views from St Ives to St Michael’s Mount; then into the Piggery for tea and cake.
19 Feb: Tudor trinkets & treasures, 11am to 3pm; the Tudors loved elaborate jewellery; make trinkets and a crown fit for a king, free with entry 01736 763194 nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell. 01726 845100 www.heligan.com Jan & Feb: Kids go free and activities are free with entry! 10 Jan to 13 Feb: Winter Welly Walk, splash in the stream, see in the insect hotel, wang-a-welly! Then snuggle up by the Tearoom’s log burner, play board games and sip hot chocolate. February half-term: Love Wildlife workshops – make a bug hotel; food for birds; take home wildflower seeds to plant.  14 Feb to 22 Mar: Heligan Hibernation trail – step out of a cocoon like a butterfly, hide under a giant flower pot like a sleepy snail or in a tunnel like a frog or delve under a leaf canopy like a slow worm! Wear wellies and waterproofs.

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, tickets valid for 7 days.
7 to 28 Feb: The Recycled Robot Trail, explore, answer clues and find out fun recycling facts, £2 inc prize. 17 & 19 Feb: Half-term Recycled Robot Workshops, up-cycle a robot, £2 + entry, drop-in 11am to 2pm. Mothers’ Day 15 Mar: FREE for Mums. www.trebahgarden.co.uk 01326 252200

Gyllyngdune Gardens & Princess Pavilion, Falmouth. Play outside and create inside! Fab half term activities see What’s On. 01326 211222
The Eden Project, St Austell www.edenproject.com Save 15% if you book online. Half-term: ‘Survival’ for adventurers big and small! Discover how to make fire and shelter, to trek and track, and skills for finding food and water. Meet legend ‘Crocodile Joe’ and his friends….

What to do this winter (excerpts from the Christmas issue)

Adrenalin-fuelled Indoor play

Kidzworld, St Austell, excellent adventurous play!

Stadium Retail Park, St. Austell.  PL25 3RP www.Kidzworldcornwall.co.uk  Tel 01726 815553
Award-winning Kidzworld has something for everyone. Once inside, all activities within the indoor playzone and outside undercover area are included. Enjoy Sky Trail, lazertag, digi-climbing wall, indoor play and slides, sand & water play, tree-house scramble, skating, trikes, dodgems & mini golf, toddler and baby zone including calming sensory zone, designated soft play zone and Toddler Village.
See website for opening dates and times (some attractions are only term-time or holiday-time, some are weather-dependent).
New this year:  adult quiet lounge; open weekends and holidays.

Raze the Roof, Penryn,

Fantastic weekday toddler activities, after school and holiday fun and brilliant Mega Play frame and adrenalin-pumping Laser Storm birthday parties.
20 Dec: Christmas Fancy Dress Party, 6.30 to 9.30pm, meet Santa in his grotto & receive a present, prizes for best dressed & disco party games, Yule dogs & berry juice, £8.50 children, £1 adults, must book on 01326 377481 or online www.razetheroof.co.uk

Tremendous trains!

Bodmin and Wenford Railway,

www.bwrtickets.co.uk

Helston Railway, Trevarno Farm, Prospidnick.

www.helstonrailway.co.uk email barbara@helstonrailway.co.uk or 07901 977597

Great Galleries & marvellous museums

Penlee House Gallery and Mus.,

Penzance www.penleehouse.org.uk Explore this charming gallery with explorer bags, quizzes and trails and visit the drawing station. Saturday specials: FREE admission and free, themed, drop-in family activities (different activity every week), 2.30 to 3.30pm.  01736 363625

Falmouth Art Gallery,

free entry. Saturdays: pop in anytime between 11am and 3pm to try out the new self-led Arty Table; try collage, oil pastels and knitting and much more; free, for all ages.   01326 313863

Royal Cornwall Museum,

River St. Truro. Wonderful family-friendly museum with a brilliant Egyptian section; children free, adults annual pass £4.50. ‘What’s in the Box?’; fun, interactive, themed sessions so 2 to 4 year olds and their carers can have fun experiencing the museum together and enjoy art and craft activities, object-handling, stories and songs; free but book on 01872 272205. Our cub reporter absolutely adored these sessions. Book on 01872 272205. www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

The Arts café at the museum serves yummy mixed salads, and the RCM shop and excellent Truro Arts next door are great for shopping.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno,

Award-winning, wonderful re-vamped museum, winter activities free with entry.  27 Dec to 31 Jan: KIDS GO FREE, full details: www.telegraphmuseum.org   01736 810966

National Maritime Museum Cornwall,

Falmouth. Pay once, get in free for a year and activities FREE with entry. Climb aboard a Sea King helicopter in the ‘Search & Rescue’ exhibition. For under 5s ─ Mondays (term-time): Minnows’ Tales, 11 to 11.30am, drop-in for stories, songs and rhymes 01326 313388

Tate St Ives

Free entry for under 19s.  Visit the café for a warming hot chocolate, or the gallery shop. Tate.org.uk/st-ives  01736 796226

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.

Activities free unless stated, donations welcome, book on 01752 304774.

31 Jan: Celebrate National Storytelling Week with creepy crawly specimens, mini-beast craft activities and poems read by author Celia Warren from her book, ‘Don’t Poke a Worm till it Wriggles’, drop-in 1.30 to 3.30pm.
Animal magic

Blue Reef Aquarium,

Newquay.

Newquay Zoo,

Pay once and visit every day for a week for free!    www.newquayzoo.org.uk, 0844 474 2244

Truro Cathedral,

free cathedral entry and enjoy the spotter trails.

Children’s activity classes and party people

NEW Launceston Youth Theatre,

St John Ambulance Hall, Westgate St. Saturdays during term time, Junior Group (8 to 12 yrs) 9.30 to 11.00am; Senior Group (13 to 18 yrs) 11.30am to 1.30pm. For details visit www.launceston-drama.co.uk or email
launcestonyt@gmail.com

Baby Ballet,

new classes in Truro, see Baby Ballet.

Monkey Music,

music classes for babies and young children, For details of Monkey Music classes in Truro, Penryn, Chacewater, Hayle, Helston and new classes in Falmouth or to book a FREE class, call 01872 276766 or email alice.browning@monkeymusic.co.uk

Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters,

Look out for the new-look website for 2015 and a few different animal friends added to the gallery. Mark’s Ark offers a fantastic opportunity to get really close up and personal with bugs, spiders, snakes, lizards and birds of prey. Very educational, fun, interactive, hands-on show, suitable for all ages! Parties & school visits available. 01736 333293 or 07761 810900 anytime.

‘Molly Music’

marvellous music & movement classes for babies & toddlers in Bodmin, St. Austell and Truro. Join in the fun, book a free trial session, bring friends & family. 07775 446254 or email helen@mollymusic.co.uk

Gyllyngdune Gardens & Princess Pavilion, Falmouth.

01326 211222, 14 Dec: ‘The Snow Queen’ & 21 Dec ‘The Magic Beanstalk’ – details page 12. Dance classes Tuesdays term-time, 4.45pm, £4, 07891 189214 or email cornwalldance@gmail.com. Monkey Music award-winning classes Tuesdays 9.30 to 11.30am, for 3 months to 4 year olds. 01872 276766 or email truro@monkeymusic.co.uk

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Glorious Gardens

The Eden Project,

St Austell www.edenproject.com Save 15% if you book online. See page 2 of the magazine.

Christmas at Eden, 29 November – 4 January

We’re adding some sparkle to your winter with our magical programme at Eden. Come and escape the cold in our Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean gardens, where there is sure to be colour to brighten winter days. We’ve also got festive delights galore, including our brand new twinkling Rainforest experience, choirs, ice skating and seasonal craft workshops. For children, we welcome back Father Christmas and his reindeer pals, with an enchanting new story.

Father Christmas and his elves take up residency again, on selected days from 29 November to 24 December. They will be telling a brand new spellbinding story in an enchanting show that will delight children and big kids alike. Begin your magical experience by discovering his furry real reindeer friends grazing happily in their own little paddock, before following our special Christmas trail around Eden, leading you to his grotto. To be on Father Christmas’ list (and to help his elves!)  pre-booking is recommended either via our Box Office on 01726 811972 or on our website www.edenproject.com.

Enchanted rainforest
New for this year, we’re creating a unique festive experience – Christmas as you’ve never seen it before, in the humid tropics of our Rainforest Biome. Whilst the weather takes a wintery turn outside, discover twilight magic as our rainforest comes alive for the evening.
Wander through twinkling trees and glittering glades, and stumble upon unexpected moments of festive loveliness. A delight for young and old alike.

For more information visit our website at www.edenproject.com.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan,

Pentewan, St Austell. www.heligan.com 01726 845100 13 & 14, 20 to 23 Dec: Father Christmas is back by his Heligan fireplace! Book tickets on www.heligan.com. Take the magical Christmas Trail, make Christmas crafts and decorate edible Christmas tree decorations. 1, 8 & 15 Dec: Cornish Christmas Evenings, 5.30 to 7.30pm, free entrance & parking, explore the magical lantern-lit pathways and listen to the enchanting sounds of the hammered dulcimer, visit the ‘Holly and the Ivy’ Christmas Shop and 10% discount in the Heligan Shop with its wide range of locally produced items.

Trebah Gardens,

Mawnan Smith Tickets valid for 7 days. 1 to 31 Dec: Elf Antics trail – find the crazy Christmas cracker inspired, tummy ticklers amongst the undergrowth; £2+entry inc gift. 21 to 23 Dec: Meet Father Christmas, 10.30 to 3.30pm. Follow the Elf Antics trail through the garden to the hidden elves’ village. £3 per child includes entry to the garden, visiting Father Christmas and a fantastic present. Other festive activities include decoration-making in the elves’ workshop, fabulous face-painting and balloon bending with the ever-popular Tarquin. www.trebahgarden.co.uk 01326 252200