Posted on Monday 31st May, 2021
With high hopes for sunshine this May half-term, many families will be looking for great days out in Cornwall during the school holidays. With Cornwall’s top attractions open and welcoming visitors through their doors, we’ve put together a list of some of the best half-term activities on offer during these school holidays.
Go as a family and make memories that will last for years. From country houses and castles to mines and museums, gardens and galleries to theme parks and railways – Cornwall has a wealth of attractions to choose from. Whether you’re visiting for a short break or happy to call this place home, make each day a discovery.
May half term runs from Sat 29 May - Sun 6 June 2021. Check admission times, dates and booking processes on the attractions website before arrival.
Stilt Walkers, Circus Workshops and Dreckly the Dragon will all be making an appearance at Bodmin Jail on Monday 31 May.
Unlike the Beast of Bodmin Moor, Dreckly is quite a friendly beast and will be greeting visitors within the walls of Bodmin Jail for the Spring Bank Holiday in Cornwall.
There will be 'Prison Break' stilt walkers who will entertain as well as an interactive, Covid-Safe Circus Workshops* including:
- Slack lines (all ages)
- Tight rope (minimum height requirement applies)
- Balance Boards
- Mini Clown bikes
- Hula hoops
Head to Camel Creek from Monday 31 May and travel back in time 150 million years for Dino Week.
Release your inner dinosaur and run wild to unearth some hidden secrets.
Get up close to real-life dinosaurs in the daily shows, find clues and follow the trail around the park using our brand-new app or learn all the fun facts in our educational stands.
This is all part of the weeklong event this May Half Term.
You can purchase tickets online now and save 10% by using the discount code ‘ONLINE10’ at checkout or download the Camel Creek app for exclusive offers and discounts during your visit.
Join the Eden Project for the reawakening of their gardens this May half-term – they will be celebrating with daily live music sessions in the Med Biome, and a new family trail around the gardens showcasing the incredible resilience of plants and the amazing journeys they take to provide our world with wild and diverse flora.
An exciting new ride will be unveiled for visitors toFlambards Theme Park during the half term holiday.
It will be all aboard on the Western Mine Train, which journeys back 200 years in American history to give a glimpse of the Wild West.
The whistle-stop tour of the American Frontier involves travelling through the twisting tunnels of an abandoned mining town to experience life in the Old West.
In line with government guidelines, visitors can also step back in time to discover Britain in the Blitz, The War Gallery and Aviation Experience and an entire Victorian Village – all under one roof after indoor attractions reopened on May 17.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
For May half term the National Maritime Museum Cornwall are taking things off-site and online and heading to the shores of our seas. With The Rock Pool Project, discover mini monsters on the trail along Falmouth’s seafront and get crafting with their live online Make and Takes at Home.
In between meeting the birds in the aviaries you can explore the grounds of Paradise Park on your own dinosaur expedition. Search for the dinosaurs and their eggs, answer all the questions and the Paradise Park team will award you their special ‘Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology’ certificate!
Kids rule at Pendennis Castle this May half term! Join the Pendennis team in the grounds of the castle to watch performances, listen to storytellers, and spend time as a family in the great outdoors.
- 11am: The power of the Longbow
- 12pm: Lurgies and Leeches
- 1pm: The power of the Longbow
- 2pm: Lurgies and Leeches
- 3pm: The power of the Longbow
- 4pm: Lurgies and Leeches
Be a PK star and pick up a Planet PK Pebble Hunt trail from the museum's front desk.
Look out for their hand painted pebbles inspired by wildlife photography from Planet PK hidden in and around the museum building and gardens.
‘I’m a PK Star’ stickers available on completion of trail.
Free with museum admission. Find out more here.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Sat 29th May - Sun 6th June 2021: Daily 10am – 5pm, Located on East Lawn
Wild Week returns to The Lost Gardens of Heligan this May half term and you’re invited to rediscover your wild side, to restore your survival skills and to enjoy a week of much needed outdoor play.
Begin your day by exploring the Giant’s Head Adventure Trail and follow the route to East Lawn.
Gather your tribe, paint your own face, and get ready to take part in their wild activities.
Join the Heligan team as they take on the challenge to create an enormous world record breaking insect hotel! Insects are incredible and so important to us all so go along to learn why. Help the Heligan staff to build the new insect hotel that will provide a safe place to take shelter and to hibernate for a variety of creatures. To beat the record, Heligan will need help from all you Heligan Wild Things!
Discover their survival skills enclosure where the team from Canoe Cornwall will teach you how to throw an axe like a woodsman, and to take aim and fire with our target practice lessons. What skills for survival in the wild will you learn?
Trebah Garden are hosting the Trebah Sketchibition during May half-term.
Be inspired to sketch in the garden with top tips from their artist in residence Ben Sanderson.
Download some sketching sheets from their website and bring your own materials to create your own addition to the Trebah ‘Sketchibition’.
Add your picture to the Trebah-inspired art wall onsite - or upload it to Facebook by ‘checking in’ at Trebah, if you would rather take it home.
This half-term, try a selection of self-led clay and nature inspired activities. Pick up your bag of clay from reception for a small charge of 50p and get creative outside in 26 acres of outdoor space at Wheal Martyn.
You can make whatever you’d like with the clay - you might be inspired by the Wheal Martyn historic trail, or you could take a walk along their nature trail and create clay faces for the trees. Look carefully at the trees to find their natural shapes to use in your designs.
Don’t forget to forage for leaves, sticks and feathers to add to your clay face too. Wheal Martyn has lots of outdoor space for you to explore and have fun with.
Pre-booking is required for your visit, but booking is not required for the activities themselves.
Be curious and explore the best our beautiful county has to offer. Uncover the stories behind some of our most impressive and intriguing gardens and houses, be excited at our attractions and theme parks, and learn more about Cornish heritage, culture and art. Find out what some of our members are doing to ensure conservation of important species, and what steps others are taking to raise awareness of plastic pollution and sustainability issues. There’s so much to discover!
We work with Cornwall’s best tourist attractions to offer great days out, whatever the weather. Come rain or shine, you can be sure that a visit to a CATA-affiliated attraction will give you one of the best days out in Cornwall!