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Top Ten Things to do this Summer in Cornwall

1. Meet your Favourite Character at Camel Creek in August
Camel Creek, Cornwall

Camel Creek is one of our favourite attractions here at Hendra, with so much to do for big kids and small. With rides, for all ages, as well as indoor and outdoor play, making it great for all weathers.

This summer there are seasonal events with visits from PJ Mask’s, Minions (Bob and Kevin), Paw Patrol (Chase and Marshall) and Trolls (Poppy and Branch). Booking in advance is essential.

Paulos Circus is in Newquay

2. Go to the Paulo’s Circus, Isabelle’s Tour, or the Hell’s Circus

Summer wouldn’t be summer in Newquay without Paulo’s Circus, just down the road from Hendra. The Isabelle’s Tour runs until the 18th of September and is your traditional family circus experience with a modern twist held in the big top. There are different times to choose from with evening and afternoon performances.

The Hell’s Circus is an adults only circus running on Sundays until the 12th of September. With music, laughs and scares, this will definitely be a unique night that you will remember for a long time!

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3. Cornwall Pride 2021, Newquay, 28th of August

This free event held in Newquay is a vibrant parade starting at midday, followed by a family picnic in the Killacourt with stalls, food, and free entertainment.

This is an unmissable, family-friendly, colourful and inclusive event. The Rainbowfest takes place from 11am – 8pm, so you can listen to live music, and soak up the fun.

4.Visit Newquay Zoo

Red Panda, Newquay ZooThis great Zoo is minutes in the car from Hendra, via the Newquay Land Train (which departs from Hendra at 9.15, please note the Zoo opens at 10am) or on the Park and Ride opposite Hendra.

This small zoo packs in the fun and animals with lions, sloths, red pandas, meerkats, lemurs, different monkeys, petting farm, and snake and reptile tropical house.

There’s a play park as well as the Tarzan Trail, so kids will love burning off all that holiday energy. There are places to re-fuel too including Café Lemur and takeaway stalls (open in peak-times). You must pre-book your visit.

5. Visit Flambards Theme Park, Helston
Flambard's theme park, near Helston

Flambards certainly packs in the fun, with so much to do. When you purchase a day ticket you can return anytime over 6 days so there is no missing out. Every Monday and Wednesday, throughout August, visitors will have the chance to enjoy live music performances by local bands including The Qwest, Shameless and The Electric Bandits. The live music finishes with a colourful  Flambards Firework Spectacular which has previously been awarded Best Attraction Event in the South West by ‘Days Out with the Kids’.

There are so many fantastic rides to experience. Visitors can board the theme park’s newest ride for 2021, the Western Mine Train, which transports guests back 200 years on a whistle-stop tour of the American Frontier, travelling through the twisting tunnels of an abandoned mining town.

Then take a spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster, check out the amazing views from the top of SkyRaker – the twisting drop ride, brave the Thunderbolt and prepare to get wet on the Colorado River log flume.

Feel the G-Force on the ‘Sky-Force’ ride. Whizzing high above the Park, this adrenaline-packed ride is guaranteed fun for thrill-seekers. The giant ‘white knuckle’ experience takes up to 40 people, 25 metres above the ground exerting a force of up to 3G whilst simultaneously spinning 360 degrees.

Plus take a walk-through history in Flambards’ award-winning undercover attractions. Journey back in time to discover Britain in the Blitz, The War Gallery and Aviation Experience and an entire Victorian Village – all under one roof.

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6.  Support Newquay Lifeboat station while visiting Newquay Harbour

Newquay harbour is a beautiful spot to wander and lounge around, any day of the week, watching the boats and the seals, as well as sampling the food outlets at the harbour side.

It is where Newquay Lifeboat Station is situated, an essential service for the everybody holidaying and living in Newquay and Cornwall. You can support the RNLI by making a donation online, or by visiting the RNLI shop at the harbour.

7. Go on a Cider Adventure at Healeys Cyder Farm

The Tractor at Healeys Cider lovers will be in their element at this family-run cider farm nestled in the Cornish countryside. Committed cider connoisseurs will love the in-depth VIP Cider tour where they can learn all about the cider process, with some cider tasting along the way.

Gin lovers can go on a Gin Tour here too, as well as other Healeys spirits the apple-based Brandy and Whiskey too.

Kids that love tractors will be smiling on the tractor ride through Healeys apple orchards. There’s also farm animals, a farm shop and places to eat; the perfect place for sampling all things Cornish.

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8. Newquay Sessions, Newquay Killacourt, closing event, 21st of August

The Killacourt is one of the number one places to gather in the town any day of the week, and this August on a Saturdays it has played host to live music, with the beautiful backdrop of Newquay Bay. The closing event hosts a number of local bands and singer/songwriters, all completely free of charge.

9. Visit a Drive Thru Cinema, by the sea, at Watergate Bay

Time Out has described this cinema as: “The Most Beautiful Outdoor Cinema” running until September the 5th. Watch a film as well as the waves, with films to choose from such as the Lion King, Riding Giants, Surf’s Up, Jaws, The Goonies, Grease, Mamma Mia, Top Gun and Point Break.

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10. Visit Lappa Valley Lappa Valley

Lappa Valley is nestled in a valley just outside of Cornwall, take the nostalgic ride via steam railway to a secret valley of play and fun.


In the valley you will find indoor and outdoor play, pedal boats, crazy golf and more train rides. Pre-booking is essential.