From relaxing breaks to walking holidays, beach holidays or even activity holidays – holidays in Cornwall offer something to suit all tastes.
Enjoy a stay in Poldark country
Poldark beamed the beauty of Cornwall to millions of people, and is set to return later this year for a second series. Were you among those who marvelled at the stunning backdrops to many of the scenes? Do you want to trace the footsteps of Ross Poldark and visit the amazing film locations of the BBC adaptation? Tehidy Holiday Park is perfectly placed for you to discover all the places where the production crew filmed for several month – from St Agnes Head to Botallack and Levant Mines.
Read more about these beautiful locations here
Videos of Cornwall
Take a look at Cornwall in all its glory with our collection of videos from across the region. Here you can gain a great insight into nearby beaches, attractions, take a look at Cornwall from the sky, and even see the range of beautiful flowers that bloom on our Cornwall holiday park in early summer.
One of our most popular videos is that of the film locations of hit TV show Poldark. This short video by Visit Cornwall looks at all those spectacular places from the air, including Bodmin Moor, St Agnes Head, Botallack and Levant mines, Padstow and Porrhgwarra to name but a few. Some of these locations are just a short drive from Tehidy Holiday Park. Click here to take a look and immerse yourself in this stunning county… you might feel like you’re almost here.
Eden Project – 40 minutes from Tehidy
Arguably one of the most renowned attractions in the UK, the Eden Project is extremely popular and rightly so. Wander around the magnificent biomes and step into a different world. With the Mediterranean and Rainforest Biomes you will be transported into a tropical paradise, with exotic plants and displays all around. The Eden Project is a great family destination and is also a regular venue for music concerts and ice-skating at various time throughout the year. Holidays in Cornwall are not complete without a visit to Eden.
Lost Gardens of Heligan – 35 minutes from Tehidy
Explore some 200 acres of magnificent gardens at Heligan - a must for the horticulturalists among you. 25 years ago, Heligan’s gardens were lost and unknown. It was only a chance discovery of the ruins that led to their renovation. After an extensive period of refurbishment, the Lost Gardens of Heligan has been restored to its former glory and is now regarded as one of the finest visitor attractions in Cornwall.
Trebah – 25 minutes from Tehidy
Discover a sub-tropical paradise at Trebah Gardens. Just a short drive from our Cornwall holiday park, Trebah is well worth a visit. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around these magnificent gardens, which boast 4 miles of footpaths. With adventure play areas and children’s trails, there’s something for adults and children alike. There’s also a shop where you can purchase some of the plants on display in the gardens as well as Cornish gifts. And why not relax in the lovely cafe with a cup of coffee and slice of cake…
Lanhydrock – 20 minutes from Tehidy
This grand Victorian country house and estate is well worth a visit. Located near Bodmin, Lanhydrock House is owned by the National Trust and is one of their most popular estates in Cornwall, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Here you can take a closer look inside the lavish and elegant rooms of this period property, or walk around the immaculate gardens, through woodlands or along rivers.
Cycling around Cornwall – various routes
Coast to Coast Mineral Tramways Trail (5 minutes from Tehidy): Starting from our local beach at Portreath, the trail runs to Devoran on the south coast. This family-friendly route is 12 miles each way. It’s a hugely varied route with gentle hills.
The Great Flat Lode Trail (10 minutes from Tehidy): This cycle route is 12 miles in total and takes in many historic mining sites. A varied route with some hills.
The Camel Trail (30 minutes from Tehidy)The Camel Trail links Padstow to Bodmin, via Wadebridge and is one of the most popular cycle routes in Cornwall. Following the Camel River along the former railway line. A gentle scenic route stretching 18 miles. The trail is largely traffic free and mostly level.
Blue Reef Aquarium – 20 minutes from Tehidy
A hugely popular attraction, Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is well worth a visit, whatever the weather. The kids will love seeing all the amazing marine species on show, with aqua displays of exotic reefs and tropical creatures as well as displays of local seawater fish that can be found in Cornish waters. You will come face to face with giant lobsters, sharks and reef fish. Open daily from 10am.
Newquay Zoo – 20 minutes from Tehidy
Get closer to some of the world’s most exotic animals at Newquay Zoo! There are over 130 species at Newquay Zoo, from creepy crawlies to big cats! The site is mainly level and is 80% accessible via pushchair and wheelchair. The zoo also hosts keeper talks, animal encounters and children’s activities, including face painting. Newquay Zoo is also the only place in Cornwall where you can come face to face with a pride of lions! The zoo is a great family day out for the whole family. Group discounts are available – please telephone the Zoo in advance to discuss your group needs and make your booking.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway – 20 Minutes from Tehidy
Lappa Valley Steam Railway near Newquay is a miniature steam railway that the kids will simply love! It’s all aboard for a mini adventure on the railway as you travel through the Cornish countryside. But it’s not all about trains here as visitors can also enjoy paddle boats, canoes, crazy golf, a maze, woodland walks and a play area. There’s even a gift shop, tea room and restaurant. A great family day out!
Pendennis Castle – Falmouth – 40 minutes from Tehidy
Visit Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved and the role is played during the First World War. Take a tour of Pendennis Castle, explore the Discovery Centre, climb the stone staircase of the Castle Keep, cosy up in the tea room with stunning views out to sea or choose from a selection gifts in our shop.
Maritime Museum – 20 minutes from Tehidy
If you’re planning a trip to Falmouth the a visit to the National Maritime Museum should definitely be on your list. The museum is jam packed full of information, displays and exhibits to keep adults and children entertained for hours. Youngsters in your party can also take part in the regular activities and workshops that are held at the museum. You can even go on fishing trips from the quay nearby, information on which you can find in our Cornwall holiday park reception.
Minack Theatre – 30 minutes from Tehidy
Experience a theatre production in a truly unique setting. The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world famous open air theatre, perched high on cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. There is a wide programme of drama, musicals and operas every summer, along with music, comedy and story-telling. A visit to see a play at the Minack will live long in the memory. And to make the most of your visit to the far west of Cornwall, why not combine a day out to this wonderful theatre with a visit to the local beach, just below the theatre. You won’t be disappointed.
Flambards – 20 minutes from Tehidy
If your kids are the thrill-seeking rollercoaster-riding all-action type (and perhaps the parents are too) then Flambards Theme Park near Helston is a must. This popular visitor attraction pulls in the crowds during the summer months, and rightly so. There’s a wide selection of rides, from the Hornet rollercoaster to the Log Flume to take a ride on, as well as family fun rides such as the Pirate Ship and Carousel. Flambards also has some great indoor attraction, for when the weather isn’t kind and plenty of on-site refreshments.
Roskilly’s – 35 minutes from Tehidy
If you’d like to see how real Cornish Ice cream from an organic farm is made (and try a little some for yourself…) then a visit to Roskilly’s is a must. This working organic farm is based on the southern tip of Cornwall and has been running for over 60 years. Visit the ice-cream parlour, explore the farm trails or enjoy some tasty items from the restaurant. There’s also a shop on site where you can purchase a range of organic Cornish goods, including marmalades, jams and chutneys. All in all, this is a great family day out. We also stock this great-tasting ice-cream at our holiday park!
Cyder Farm – 10 minutes from Tehidy
Just a short drive from our holiday park, Healey’s Cyder Farm has been producing quality cyders for over 25 years. Visit the farm and see how their range of award winning cyders are made. Take a guided tour of the farm and go behind closed doors on a journey through their museum, distillery and production facilities. Their Cornish Rattler cyder goes down a treat…
Chysauster – 20 minutes from Tehidy
A visit to Chysauster is a step back into the time of Cornwall in the Iron Age. This settlement was originally occupied more than 2,000 years ago and is one of the finest examples in the country. The village was made up of stone-walled homesteads known as ‘courtyard houses’ found only on the Land’s End peninsula and the Isles of Scilly. Here you can explore the rugged surroundings and village streets and the enigmatic ‘fogu’ underground passage.
Lands End – 35 minutes from Tehidy
Take a trip to the legendary destination that is Land’s End. But you’ll find more here than just that famous sign post… A short walk from the visitor centre are designated pathways where you can take in some truly spectacular views from Cornwall’s most westerly point. For the kids there’s also the Shaun The Sheep Experience, brand new 4D cinema and Arthur’s Quest – an interactive world of discovery!
Poldark Mine – 15 minutes from Tehidy
Step into an underground world and visit the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours. Poldark Mine is regarded as one of the most important locations in the history of Cornish mining. So amazing is the mine that one former chairman of English Heritage described it as “one of the two most atmospheric mines in Europe”. The mine is only a short drive from Tehidy, at Wendron, near Helston.
St Michaels Mount – 20 minutes from Tehidy
Arguably one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks, St Michael’s Mount is a must for holidays in Cornwall. Take a stroll along the causeway at low tide or jump in a boat for a short trip across the water at high tide – either way it’s well worth a visit. Marvel at this Medieval island castle as you explore the pathways and gardens.
National Seal Sanctuary – 25 minutes from Tehidy
Set in 40 acres of Cornish countryside, the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, near Helston, is the only full operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. The centre plays a vital role in caring for injured seal pups or those that have been abandoned on the Cornish coast. Through its rehabilitation programmes, the seals, where possible, are nursed back to health before being release back into the wild. Meet the the seal pups and watch them at feeding time!
Geevor Mine – 25 minutes from Tehidy
The largest preserved mining site in the country, Geevor Tin Mine is a major part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site. Explore the Hard Rock museum, Enter the Dry and experience the atmosphere of the change room almost as it was left when the mine closed in 1990, walk down through the processing plant and arrive on the tin floor as you are taken through ancient workings discovered underneath the surface. There’s also a sounvenir shop and cafe to visit.
Shore Surf School – 15 minutes from Tehidy
Whether you’re a competent surfer wanting to brush up with some lessons or a complete beginner wanting to learn the basics, Shore Surf is the place to be. This British Surfing Association Approved Surf School are one of the most established mobile surf schools in the area and also run daily lessons from their Surf Centre at St Ives Bay. They will take you or your party to one their favourite beaches and give you an unforgettable surfing experience!
Paradise Park – 15 minutes from Tehidy
The kids will love a visit to Paradise Park, near Hayle. There are so many things to see and do here, with more than 650 birds to see. The kids will love watching the otters and penguins at feeding time and there’s also the Jungle Barn indoor play centre for them! Paradise Park also has relaxing gardens for you to explore or you can enjoy a meal or drink at the Otter Pool cafe.
Fishing – carp – 15 minutes from Tehidy
For angling pros or complete beginners, BK Fisheries at St Erth is ideal for fishermen no matter how experienced they are! Situated in a tranquil valley near St Erth, the fisheries consists of two lakes: Bill’s Pool, a mature lake of 2.5 acres with massive bream shoals, carp weighing into the mid teens and a variety of tench, roach, rudd, perch and eels. Billy’s Pool is a new lake of 1.5 acres and is heavily stocked with common and mirror carp, bream to 6lbs and roach, rudd, perch and eels.
Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park – 45 minutes from Tehidy
Like Flambards, Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park is a theme park jam-packed full of rides and adventures that the kids will simply love. It’s a great day out for the whole family, with over a dozen rides to sample and plenty of other entertainment on offer. There’s also a heated indoor soft play area as well as on-site cafe for refreshments. The kids can get up close and personal with a variety of exotic animals, including the adorable meerkats.
Covert Combat – Scorrier – 11 minutes from Tehidy
If you like entertainment adrenaline-fuelled, then look no further than Covert Combat! This is ideal for a party wanting some entertainment that’s a little different than the norm. Discover a real alternative to paintball, with Lazer Tag at Covert Combat. Save money as ammunition is unlimited, play for longer as you are not out of the game in one shot (as you are in paintball) and avoid those painful bruises, as this game uses harmless infared signals and not paintball rounds.
Discover Cornwall’s beaches, towns and villages
Tehidy Holiday Park is set in the heart of Cornwalls’ World Heritage Site.
Tehidy Holiday Park is set in the heart of Cornwall’s World Heritage Site. Explore the new Heartlands museum complex in Pool to find out more about the Cornish Mining World Heritage sites. Tehidy Country Park (pictured) is a wonderful woodland setting for cycle routes and walks, the nature reserve around the lakes is perfect for getting close to the wildlife such as ducks and squirrels. And it’s all within close proximity to our holiday park.
Porthtowan – 10 minutes from Tehidy
Approximately 3 miles away, Porthtowan is another family and surfer’s favourite. The Blue Bar has great views over the sands and car parking is easy. It is a great spot to try out the bodyboard and you can be safe in the knowledge that the RNLI lifeguards will be keeping a careful watch on you and your family. It is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a Blue Flag award winning beach. It is one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches and is backed by large sand dunes and dramatic cliffs.
Chapel Porth – 10 minutes from Tehidy
Just beyond Porthtowan is the stunning National Trust beach of Chapel Porth. It has limited parking, but does have a cafe – and keep a look out for the fisherman’s cottage at the top of the valley. Fresh crab or lobster make a great way to end the day. RNLI Lifeguards are also on duty here in the summer months and the beach won a Marine Conservation Society award in 2014 for the excellent water quality. Dogs are welcome on the beach outside the summer season of between Easter Sunday and September 30th.
Godrevy to Hayle Towans – 18 minutes from Tehidy
Discover a huge expanse of golden sandy beach between Godrevy and Hayle Towans at low tide. This stunning stretch of sand is perfect for blowing away the cobwebs on a wind day, or is great for a leisurely stroll on a summer’s evening. There’s large areas of rockpools for kids and adults alike to explore and lifeguard cover is provided from Easter until October half term. It’s also popular for surfers and windsurfers and is dog friendly, with pooches allowed on the beach except between 1st May and 30th September (8am-7pm).
The Lizard – 30 minutes from Tehidy
Visit The Lizard – the most southerly point in the the UK with its beautiful beaches and picture postcard fishing villages on this spectacular peninsular. As you head south along this narrow strip of land the scenery changes. The landscape is more rugged, the region more sparsely populated and the waters even more turquoise. Along the coast you’ll find idyllic fishing villages and restaurants serving the finest in freshly caught fish. This area has to be on any ‘to do’ list for holidays in Cornwall.
St Ives – 15 minutes from Tehidy
A busy but largely unspoilt town and harbour, St Ives makes for a great day out with ice creams, pasties, beaches, shops, the Tate St Ives gallery and Barbara Hepworth Gardens. It has something for everyone. It is regarded as the arts centre of West Cornwall with its many galleries and craft shops and businesses. St Ives really is a place you can visit again and again. Beat the traffic and take the Park and ride in from St Erth. The train runs behind the beaches with wonderful views.
St Agnes – 15 minutes from Tehidy
St Agnes, just a short drive up the North Cornwall coast from our holiday park, is well worth a visit. This pretty little village is tucked into an unspoilt spot on the coast and sits in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site. It is packed with independent shops and businesses and benefits from a great range of pubs and restaurants. From here you can also enjoy surfing and kayaking.
Truro – 20 minutes from Tehidy
Welcome to Cornwall’s ‘capital’ – its only city, Truro. This small but beautiful city is the county’s administrative hub, being home to the county’s council and main hospital. Truro is a picturesque city, with a must-see cathedral at its heart. It is jam packed with great shops – a nice mix of big national retailers and dozens of smaller, independent traders – and is well worth a visit for those in need of some retail therapy. Truro is also blessed with a top range of bars and restaurants.
St Mawes – Roseland – 45 minutes from Tehidy
St Mawes is the largest population centre on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. The best – and easiest – way to visit St Mawes is via the King Harry Ferry, which connects the peninsula with Feock and Truro. St Mawes itself is a pretty town on the tip of this region, with top class bars and restaurants at every turn. Here you can enjoy a great meal while looking out across the bay as the waves roll in. What better way to spend an evening?
Mousehole Village and Harbour – 25 minutes from Tehidy
This picturesque Cornish fishing village of Mousehole was made famous by the story and animated film ‘The Mousehole Catt. It has retained all its original character and charm and its pretty harbour is surrounded by narrow streets and houses which create a stunning location. Here you can visit the many galleries, shops and cafes and it is also just a short drive from other attractions including St Michael’s Mount, Geevor Tin Mine and Paradise Park.
Bodmin Moor – 50 minutes from Tehidy
First farmed over 4,000 years ago by bronze age settlers, Bodmin Moor is of one the last great unspoilt areas in the South West and much of its prehistoric and medieval past remains untouched by the passing of the centuries. Bodmin Moor is vast expanse of grassland and heather and retains sense of remoteness and wilderness, despite being cut in two by the A30. It is a fantastic place for walkers to test their sense of adventure with the peaks of Brown Willy and Rough Tor to explore as well as the beauty of Colliford and Siblyback Lakes.
AK wildlife Cruises
AK Wildlife Cruises offer bespoke specialist wildlife trips daily throughout the year that cater for small groups (maximum 8 people). These wonderful excursions are firstly based around fun, excitement and pure adventure but are also educational in their make up. They explore this beautiful area searching for all its hidden secrets and stunning marine wildlife.