School Summer Holiday Adventures


As the fear of school summer holidays looms and having to entertain the little ones for weeks on end we have gathered some ideas on how to keep them busy all summer long.

Summer holiday adventures can cost the earth, with entry fees and lunches out mounting up so to start here are some free ideas to ensure the children are having fun all day long.

The obvious choice in Cornwall and Devon is the beautiful coastline and many beaches. Most beaches have lifeguards during the summer months to ensure the little ones are safe, and for a full list of manned beaches please visit the RNLI website.

Some beaches offer water sports and sailing for the older children such as Loe Beach and Swanpool where you can hire kayaks, boats and paddle boards to explore the coast a little more.

Many beaches are national trust owned which means if you’re a member there should be free parking available which is always better for the budget. These include Crantock in Newquay a beautiful large beach with lifeguards, mini shop renting wind breaks and other beach paraphernalia, a gannel for rockpooling and a mobile icecream quad bike! For more national trust beaches and places to walk, rock pool or build sand castles see the National Trust website here.

The National Trust is a wonderful membership to splash out on for year round free entry to hundreds of places all over England.From stately homes and castles to  gardens and beaches there are so many options to choose from most offering children’s activities during the school holidays.

Away from the beaches and onto bikes for adventures through the countryside, woods or local parks. Sustrans website who is responsible for the national cycle routes  has a vast amount of information about where to cycle and can be found here, there are also many independent trails and bike hire places such as Cardinham Woods, the Camel Trail and Exe Trail.

Cornwall is known for its theatrical richness and child friendly performances are put on nearly every night over the summer. The What’s On Guide  is a great place to start for performances across the county, as well as The Poly in Falmouth and HFC  in Truro. Kneehigh’s Asylum returns for another summer stint of spectacular performances at The Lost Gardens of Heligan (another great place for the kids) for timings, performances and tickets visit their website.

Another fabulous theatrical group based in the heart of Tehidy Woods is Rogue Theatre who return with their Wild Woodlands Summer Ball. A must see.

If you have a budding chef there are classes available from 3 years up. Check out the Little Kitchen Magicians for classes for smaller children all over Cornwall or Rick Steins classes for children over 8.

And for more adventures here are a few more ideas!

The Guardian top 10 things to do in Cornwall 

25 things to do with a baby or toddler in Cornwall

Trip Advisors top 10 places to visit in Cornwall