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Higher Lank Farm recommends… our top 12 child friendly places to visit and things to do during your stay

Family friendly farm holidays in Cornwall.

Higher Lank Farm is very well situated for visiting the whole of Cornwall and most of Devon if you’re feeling energetic.

Whatever the weather there is always something to do. We are within easy reach of spectacular beaches and wonderful walks and scenery.

  • Lands End and St Ives are only a 1hr 30 drive
  • St Michaels Mount and Penzance 1hr 15
  • Plymouth and Exeter 1hr
  • Truro, Newquay and its zoo 45 minutes
  • The Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tintagel and Padstow 30 mins
  • Rock and Polzeath beach under 30 mins
  • Trebarwith Strand beach 20-25 mins
  • Wadebridge town 15-20 mins
  • The Camel Trail, Bodmin moor and The Old Inn St Breward under 5 mins

Family friendly farm holidays in Cornwall.

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1. The Lappa Valley Railway

An old-fashioned day out!

The Lappa Valley Railway

A real must. An old fashioned day out. Take a narrow gauge steam train ride into the Lappa Valley, and then spend the day playing. Lovely old fashioned tearoom with home-made soup and cakes.

2. Newquay Zoo

Great for pre-school children on holiday

Newquay Zoo

A really pre-school orientated zoo with lots of hands on experiences, animal feeding and animals wandering freely.

Lunches don’t have to be fast food here either.

3. Trelawney Garden Centre

A free day out!

Trelawney Garden Centre

Trelawney has a great train-themed playground, so take the paper and sit in the sun while they play. Stop for a good lunch and browse at the garden centre while your children ride in the special car trolleys (Daisy’s favourite).

4. The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

More children-friendly than the Eden Project during peak season, as children can get out of buggies and enjoy the gardens and plants too.

5. The Eden Project

Pushchair-friendly when not too busy

The Eden Project

Pushchair-friendly when not too busy.

An amazing experience, but not to be attempted in the rain or peak season with under 5s, as they will see nothing and don’t like the crowding. The tractor ride up and down is Daisy’s favourite part.

Plenty of places to eat here.

6. The Monkey Sanctuary


The Monkey Sanctuary (Looe)

A great day out, especially if combined with crossing the river to Fowey, and a wander in the town. Really good child-friendly places to eat here.

7. The National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth)

When the weather's not so good...

The National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth)

Really good day out in dodgy weather. Huge baby and toddler appeal. Lovely places to eat in the nearby Barbican area of Plymouth.

8. Camel Creek

Our nearest theme park

Camel Creek

Something here for all the family (30 minutes drive away).

9. Springfields Pony Centre

Great for toddlers and young children

Springfields Pony Centre

Lots of animals to see and bottle feed, indoor and outdoor play equipment. First home of our goats, very pre-school orientated. (35 minutes drive away)

10. Trethorne Leisure Park

A really good day out

Trethorne Leisure Park

A really good day out, you can even do a spot of ten pin bowling if you have children over 3. (40 minutes drive away)

An all-weather tourist attraction with over 45,000 sq ft of indoor play areas!


11. Bodmin Moor

Five minutes away...

Bodmin Moor

Five minutes from us, discover ponies, sheep and cattle roaming free in spectacular scenery.

Take fishing nets and paddle, climb to King Arthur’s Hall.

12. The Camel Trail

Almost on our doorstep!

The Camel Trail

Starting 2 minutes from us and continuing all the way to Padstow, this is a near level former railway line that is now exclusively for the use of walkers and cyclists. Hire bikes, and have them delivered to the farm or the start of the trail, with side cars or child seats, and cycle all or part of the Trail depending on your fitness levels! Children of all ages are catered for by the hire shops. Very much loved by our toddler. Visit to see the large selection of bikes available for hire.


13. Cornish Castles

Cornish Castles

We are fortunate to have several Castles and most popular with under 5s are St Mawes and Pendennis in Falmouth.

Drive down the Roseland peninsula, and then take the ferry over to Falmouth where you can walk to the castle via the fishing harbour.


14. The Royal Cornwall Show

A must for animal-lovers

The Royal Cornwall Show

Usually the end of the first week in June and lasting three days, this is a must if you are animal lovers.

A really good day out with something for all the family. Baby changing (with cups of tea!), a free creche if you want a break and all ‘pushchairable’!

Trebarwith Strand, nearest beach to higher lank farm, bodmin

15. Trebarwith Strand

One of many good beaches

Trebarwith Strand

Trebarwith Strand is only 7 miles away, and is our very favourite, with safe pools for small children to play in away from the sea, rock pools to explore, and fantastic wild sea for grown-ups! Body boarding here is not to be missed. But we are spoilt for choice; travel just a little further and you have Polzeath, Rock, Daymer, Constantine and Watergate Bays – all lovely safe children-friendly days out.