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26 July, The Tanya’s Courage Trust Mother and Baby Fair.

Hotel Victoria, Newquay, 10am to 4pm, a variety of stalls covering childbirth to mother & baby clothing and celebrations; raffles and Mickey & Minnie.

Tempus Leisure Centres:

There are lots of exciting holiday activities on offer from Tempus Leisure all over Cornwall. They are Voluntary Ofsted registered, accept Childcare Vouchers, and some cater for 5 to 7 year olds all day. You can book online with your Member ID and Pin (available from your leisure centre). Full details via

Monkey Music

Fun, educational, fantastic classes for babies from 3 months to 4 years. Free, 25 min holiday workshops: 11 Aug: Mothercare, Truro; 13 Aug: Waterstones, Truro, for times/ book on 01872 276766. Weekly term-time sessions at Chacewater Village Hall; Jubilee Wharf, Penryn; Paradise Park, Hayle; Truro Community Library; The Old Cattle Market, Helston; and new from September, Princess Pavilion, Falmouth and The Melting Pot, Redruth. Full details of times book a FREE session call 01872 276766 or email

The Flambards Experience Helston,

 Up to £10 off voucher. Firework displays, Wednesdays 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 with over 50 authentically recreated shops and scenes of everyday life, and the Britain in the Blitz recreation of a street during WWII. Take a spin on the Hornet  Rollercoaster, the drop, twisting SkyRaker, the Thunderbolt or go sploosh on the Canyon River log flume! There’s undercover soft play for little ones, outdoor adventure play, hands-on science zone with  laser maze, disorientation tunnel and Ferdi’s Funland.


Flambards, Helston, indoor playground: slides, cannons, ball swamps, climbing, assault course, walkways, tots area, and the Street of Shops. 01326 554391.

Little Kitchen Magicians

Lizzie’s healthy cookery and baby-weaning courses sound inspirational and lovely and now she’s running courses at Heartlands, Pool; Trevoole Farm, Praze-an-Beeble; Eden Café, St Austell; Truro; and  Newquay. Everything is provided, ingredients, equipment, craft materials, aprons & chef hats. Recipes include falafels with cool cucumber yoghurt sauce drizzled over warmed pitta bread; sweet potato, chorizo & spinach frittata; home-made cheesy breadsticks & smoked mackerel dip; and summer pudding bursting with fruit. Mmmmm. Special offer on 6 booked workshops. Call 07968 606 580 or

Cornish Seal Sanctuary,Gweek.

2 to 25 Aug: The crew of the Octopod enthral fans with their missions to save sea creatures in trouble; now the Octonauts, are bringing their mission to The Cornish Seal Sanctuary. Join Captain Barnacles and Peso, discover real live sea creatures and enjoy Octonautical activities; book early to guarantee entry on 01326 221210

Molly Music Holiday classes

Wednesdays 6, 13 & 20 Aug: Arts Theatre, St Austell; and 7, 14 & 21 Aug: Boscawen Park Scout Hut Truro. Book email or 07775 446254. £4.50 first child, £3.60 siblings.

Supercamps at Truro Prep School.

Why not choose several different camps? 28 July to 1 Aug: RAW Adventure Activities including: wilderness cooking & first aid, tribal identity, camouflage, concealment, & shelter building, 5 days £167. 28 July to 22 Aug: Multi-Activity – Go Play e.g. dodge ball, futsal and grand prix karts; Go Create e.g. piñatas, clay modelling and mega mural; Go Discover crazy science. 5 days £153, £37.8 per day. 11 to 15 Aug: A Passion for Invention – turning trash into treasure, 5 days £167 week.

Helston Railway, Trevarno Farm.

Trains run on Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday weekends from 10.30am to 4pm, Trevarno Farm to Truthall Halt, magnificent views of The Lizard. Ride in the diesel shunter, in the brake van or stand  on its open veranda. There are children’s colouring sheets, I-Spy wildlife boards and a cafe. £5/ £3, under 5s free, family tickets, free parking. 07901 977 597

The Fal River Attraction Pass

Gives discounted and unlimited entry to a host of top attractions. Pick up a one-day family card for just £28 and save money at Maritime Museum Falmouth, Pendennis & St Mawes Castles, Lamorran,   Glendurgan & Trelissick Gardens. Use it in conjunction with a Fal Mussel Card Visitor for easy, glorious and unlimited travel around the river and between the attractions. Purchase or ring 01326 741194

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

Discover the excitement of steam travel with a journey back in time and enjoy a leisurely 13 mile round trip through the countryside from Bodmin to the Camel Trail to the National Rail Network. 01208 73555

Newquay Zoo

Enjoy keeper talks, animal feeds, animal experiences with lemurs or penguins plus, new this summer, an amazing Scarlet Macaw aviary. There are two new baby Capuchin monkeys, a Brazilian tapir,  lots of baby birds and baby lemurs. Pay once and visit for 7 days! 27 July, 3 & 10 Aug: Wild Breakfast 5am start! Take a dawn tour while the animals are awakening, help make breakfast for furry & feathered friends then tuck into your own hearty breakfast… adults £15.95 / kids £10.95 includes breakfast and a 7 day pass, must book, it’s brilliant! 27 July & 18 Aug all day: fantastic Rattlebox Theatre’s puppetry  and stories, ‘chat to the rat’ ask Rastus all sorts of questions 0844 474 2244

Cornwall Gold, Tolgus Mill

nr Redruth. Make a furry friend at Bear Works. Pan for gold at Piskie Panning, watch tin being processed at Tolgus Tin and made into our Tolgus collection of jewellery, play eight hole crazy golf, try Pick-a-Diamond and Pick-a-Pearl, take a 4D ride through the haunted mine, then relax in the Cornish Pantry. 01209 203280

Raze the Roof

Penryn, Raze the Roof birthday parties are fun! Mega Play frame parties include a host, themed party room, hot or cold food, unlimited juice, ice lollies and tons of soft play fun, £10.50 per child (adults free), add adrenalin in Laser Storm for just £3 extra per child! Toddler Parties for under 5s are lovely and the Big Space parties perfect for bigger kids. 01326 377481

Mark’s Ark Wildlife Encounters

Fantastic for Animal Parties, fetes, kids clubs, even a special treat at a home barbecue. Magical owls, scaly reptiles, and weird and wonderful creepy crawlies make this a unique, entertaining, fun,  fact-filled, animal experience suitable for all ages. 01736 333293 or 07761 810900 anytime.

Paradise Park, Hayle,

Is full of colourful birds including rare and beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans, and red-billed Cornish choughs. There are amazing free flying bird shows, a Fun Farm, penguin photocalls, then buy small pots of nectar to feed the rainbow coloured lorikeets. JungleBarn indoor play has giant slides, challenging soft play and a toddlers’ zone. Until 2 Sept: Discover the earliest relatives of all birds, LIFE-SIZE  dinosaurs like Velociraptor, with feathers and eggs, in the clever new Dinosaur Quiz Trail. 01736 751020

Family Information Service

Looking for ways to entertain children  this holiday? Need to organise childcare? The Family Information Service (FIS) has details of a wide range of fun activities from popular attractions to sports clubs, arts and crafts, leisure centres, youth clubs and the only source of all Ofsted-registered childcare and holiday clubs in Cornwall. If your children are under 5, there are free activities at your local Children’s Centre. Great for advice on family matters too ─ behaviour, parenting, childcare funding. Check out the website or call 0800 587 8191.

Bombadinga’s Pirate soft play café and Skullduggery laser tag arena

Free return tickets every week, great value lunch time and after school meal deals. New glow party packages available for laser and disco parties. 01209 219555