Blogs for January 2016

Children’s Hospice South West Chosen As Lappa Valley’s Charity Of The Year 2016

Posted on Thursday 28th January, 2016

Children’s Hospice South West Chosen As Lappa Valley’s Charity Of The Year 2016

CHSW provides a home from home environment with care and support for children with life limiting illnesses, their parents and siblings. Through its three hospices in St Austell, Barnstaple and Bristol, CHSW provides respite breaks, palliative care, emergency stays and end of life care.

Mary Murfin Community Fundraiser for CHSW said “We were absolutely delighted to hear that Lappa Valley Steam Railway wanted to support us through our special 25th Anniversary year. We are very much looking forward to the exciting plans ahead and I would like to thank everyone in advance for helping us to make the most of short and precious lives.”

Keith Southwell, Managing Director of Lappa Valley Railway, said: “We wanted to recognise a local children’s charity, LVR is a family attraction and felt only right to support an organisation that is supporting families through these extremely difficult times. We are looking forward to raising vital funds and awareness, and also offering families quality time with their children throughout 2016.”

LVR will be raising money for the charity throughout the year through special fundraising events and activities.

Lappa Valley is open from 19 March – 30 October. New for 2016 will be winter weekends. Visit for full details.

NEW Penguin Cam to be a highlight for 2016 at Paradise Park

Posted on Friday 8th January, 2016

NEW Penguin Cam to be a highlight for 2016 at Paradise Park

Paradise Park staff are delighted to bring you ‘Penguin Cam’ a new web camera which is viewable on their website

Curator David Woolcock explains “We are home to a very successful breeding colony of Humboldt’s Penguins. Last year we completely refurbished their enclosure and for 2016 we are launching a new Penguin Cam so people can see what antics the penguins get up to during the day!”  

You can view the new webcam here

The Humboldt’s Penguin lives along the coasts of Chile and Peru where it can be very warm. They have a bare patch of skin on their faces which can blush red, helping them to cool down. This species is endangered in the wild due to human interference & pollution.

You can find out more about them on the Park’s website here



Looking for a great day out this winter or for the February Half Term?

Posted on Friday 8th January, 2016

Looking for a great day out this winter or for the February Half Term?

Looking for a great day out this winter or for the forthcoming February Half Term? features a wide selection, with something for all the family. Please note some of the attractions may have limited opening in the winter, please check the relevant attractions page and website for full details.

This winter, experience some great wildlife attractions from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary Britain's busiest marine rescue centre to Newquay Zoo, home to more than 1,000 of the world's rare and exciting creatures. Then there’s Blue Reef Aquarium with an exciting world of underwater adventure waiting to be discovered, and Paradise Park in Hayle, a wildlife sanctuary with over 140 species to see plus the JungleBarn indoor play centre. The National Lobster Hatchery has a wealth of information about lobsters, the fishery and marine conservation, as well as activities for all ages.

The gardens and country houses include Lanhydrock superbly set in 450 acres of woods and parkland running down to the Fowey river and encircled by formal and woodland gardens, lovely in all seasons. Trebah with it’s beautiful valley garden with over four miles of footpaths, and Trelissick,  on its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. A delightful small Elizabethan manor house, Trerice is an architectural gem hidden away from the world in a web of narrow lanes and still somehow caught in the spirit of its age.


Arts and heritage winter attractions include the nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway during February Hal Term, Geevor set in fantastic coastal scenery, the largest complete mining site in Britain. Explore the unique Minack open-air theatre created from the cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade. St Austell Brewery is fascinating, revealing and very refreshing. A tour of St Austell's famous brewery has it all. Tintagel Castle is a marvellous family experience of mystery, myth and magic - a place where kings rule and a legend lived. Journey through 450 years of history at Pendennis Castle from Tudor times to World War II and discover the wartime secrets. Do you love a good murder mystery?

Cornwall's Crealy is a haven of family-friendly rides, giant play areas and animal encounters. At Dairyland enjoy a huge undercover play area, The Bull Pen, with climbing nets, slides and ball pools. There's absolutely loads of undercover activities to do at Flambards. The exhibitions include the Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz, the War Gallery and Pioneers of Flight. Why not try some of the 40 fruit based products at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm which are available for you to taste and buy. Made famous by Daphne du Maurier's novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn, is set high amongst the wild yet beautiful landscape of Bodmin Moor. Enjoy Land’s End coastal paths and landmark , open and free to be explored 365 days of the year. Explore The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK. With hands-on activities, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, there’s so much happening at the The National Maritime Museum. The award-winning Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, family friendly museum features secret WW2 tunnels.  An unforgettable experience in an epic location, The Eden Project is a dramatic global garden the size of thirty football pitches, nestling like a lost world in a crater overlooking St Austell Bay. Wheal Martyn is the UK's only China Clay heritage centre set within 26 acres of woodland walks and amongst the preserved remains of two former Victorian Clay works. During February Half Term over forty trains travel through a highly detailed scenic setting featuring operating lights, sounds and action at the World of Model Railways.

Something for all the family this winter at

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