Heading to Cornwall this winter? If you’re wondering how to keep the kids entertained during the festive period, there are plenty of action-packed options to choose from. Here are some of our favourites.


Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock (Dec 1-31)

 Take a step back in time and find out how the Victorians celebrated Christmas at the beautiful Lanhydrock estate. The house and grounds are decorated exactly as they would have been during a traditional Victorian Christmas, and you can help the kitchen staff prepare festive food and decorations. Santa will be also paying the estate a flying visit on the weekend of Dec 8/9 (tickets must be pre-booked) and there’s a wooden reindeer-making workshop on Dec 8.

Santa by Steam (Dec 1-24)

 What better way to visit Santa than a steam train to the North (Cornwall) Pole? Take a trip with the railway elves to see Father Christmas in his grotto with Bodmin & Wenford Railway’s memorable Santa by Steam experience. The hour-long trip includes a mince pie and seasonal drink for adults, a soft drink and biscuit for kids, and a present and photo with Santa. The railway is providing two autism-friendly trains and four wheelchair-accessible options throughout the month (see website for details).


Ice Skating at the Eden Project (Oct 13-Feb 24)

 Open throughout the entire winter season, the ice rink at the Eden Project is a fun experience for the whole family. Younger children can borrow a penguin skating aid to build up their confidence on the ice, while older children (6-12) can join races and games in a Sunday morning Chilly Juniors session. If you’re really keen, you can even book a six-week series of lessons and give Torvill and Dean a run for their money!

Padstow Santa Fun Run (Dec 8)

Feeling energetic? If you want to burn off some mince pies and raise money for a good cause at the same time, join hundreds of like-minded Santas at Cornwall Hospice Care’s Santa Fun Run. The easy 2km course passes through the festive streets of Padstow on Dec 8th and is suitable for kids of all ages.

Christmas Sea Swim (Dec 25)

 Only the truly brave will spend their Christmas morning splashing around the frigid Atlantic Ocean – if you’re among the hardy few, join your festive fellow swimmers on one of Cornwall’s beaches this year. Polzeath frequently attracts crowds of up to 400 revellers burning off their Christmas lunch in advance. Wetsuits strictly forbidden!


If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the festive period, The Point offers an excellent variety of self-catering holiday accommodation. To book your cosy winter getaway or find out more about our leisure facilities, contact us today.

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