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Fun activities to do as a family in Cornwall

Going to the beach is one of the Fun activities to do as a family in Cornwall

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When you are just starting out as a family, it can be a challenge to travel. However, there are many incredible places close to Britain’s major cities will allow you to get away with little trouble.

Cornwall is one of those places, as it is within a few hours drive from Greater London. With countless historic castles, incredible beaches, and plenty of kid-friendly attractions, it has been a favorite of many British families for generations.

If you are about to go on a family holiday in Cornwall, check out the post below so you can plan some fun activities to do as a family there.

1) Holywell Bay Fun Park

While there are many natural, historic and cultural attractions that can be successfully visited as a family in Cornwall, there are times when your kids will simply want a fun day out.

When that day comes, spending time at Holywell Bay Fun Park will allow them to have that day full of excitement.

Situated on a bluff above the scenic Cornwall coast, this amusement park has everything from bumper boats to a pitch-and-putt golf course.

2) Paradise Park

If you want to introduce your children to animals and birds that are not native to the United Kingdom, taking them to Paradise Park will give them that opportunity.

Home to the World Parrot Trust, which aims to preserve and promote all parrot species worldwide, visitors will have the opportunity to see multiple species of this bird, in addition to animals such as penguins, pandas, and otters.

There is also a 750-foot long narrow gauge railway, which is another entertaining attraction that will give your kids an engaging day out in Cornwall.

3) Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

If your kids are looking to channel their inner Harry Potter, the best place for them to do it is at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle.

Containing items related to folk magic, Freemasonry, and Wicca, it is said to be the world’s largest collection of items related to the occult.

Held in high esteem by witches and warlocks in the British magic community, it is both a great place to learn about this culture and to let your imagination run wild.

4) Hang out at the beach

When it comes to getting away to the seashore, there are few places in England that can match the beauty and quality of Cornwall’s beaches.

From a family-friendly perspective, there are several beaches that are suitable for children. Praa Sands Beach is certainly one of the best, as the water is typically flat in the summer time. When there are swells, they are usually small enough to allow your older children to learn how to surf safely.

Kynance Cove is also another place that you should check out, as its incredible beauty will impress parents and kids alike.

Re-connect with nature on holiday in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Connect with nature on holiday in the Dean and Wye Valley

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If day-to-day life in London has run you down, then escaping to nature is the perfect way to recharge your batteries.

While there are several places that you can easily escape to from the city, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is a hidden gem that you simply can’t ignore.

You can choose your own pace on a cottage holiday here – pursuing sports such as hiking and paddling are popular among active travelers, or you take it easy as you read a book in some the most scenic surrounds in the United Kingdom – it’s all in your hands.

Below, we’ll share some of the unique things to do while in the Forest of Dean area.

1) Check out the International Centre for Birds of Prey

Get in touch with the area’s wild side by visiting the International Centre for Birds of Prey. Home to dozens of species of hawks, owls, and eagles, this falconry centre turned zoological park aims to rehabilitate conserve and educate the public on these lovely feathered hunters.

With demonstrations and knowledgeable handlers, it is a great place to bring your family on a beautiful day.

2) Hike through the Royal Forest of Dean

As one of the few remaining naturally forested places in Great Britain, it would be a shame if you did not find the time to go for a hike through the Royal Forest of Dean.

The special place owes its existence to the fact that it was a royal hunting ground as far back as the 11th century.

While the edges of it have been nibbled away by loggers over the ensuing centuries, it has gained official protection under the law in modern times, ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy this peaceful nature reserve.

Keep your eyes open for wild boar as you hike, as this species now roams free from the fear of being hunted by royals on horseback.

3) Enter the Clearwell Caves

This region has more than its rivers, lakes, and forests going for it – there are also a number of caverns that are of interest to the casual visitor.

The best known of these are the Clearwell Caves, which have been mined since Roman times for their iron ore.

While the brilliantly lit interior passages will be of interest to anyone who enters, you may also be interested in learning that it is still actively mined for its ochre in the present day, and that it also has served as the backdrop for several Doctor Who episodes in the past.

Best cafes in London

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As the cultural center of the United Kingdom, there is no better place in the country to find excellent cafes with highly-skilled baristas behind the counter.

You can best appreciate the best cafes in London if you stick around to see the city for longer than a week, which is what most travelers end up doing.

If you are looking into staying long term, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of vacation rentals in London that are good value for money, and with the short-term plunge in the pound due to the concerns around Brexit, you stand to save even more.

With that out of the way, let’s discuss the some of the best cafes in London that are worth your time…

1) Attendant

Certainly one of the more unique cafes that you’ll find in London, Attendant is a cafe that is housed in what used to be a former public restroom.

It’s not as grotty as it sounds, as this space dates back from the Victorian era, and as such, it has many of the fixtures that date back from that period of time.

Known for its espressos and flat whites, it also has a very reasonable prices, with the cheapest option for coffee from £2.

You can even turn up for breakfast and lunch, but even though this place has a unique atmosphere, seating is assigned on a first-come first-serve basis, so be patient if there isn’t a table available when you first arrive.

2) Espresso Room

A tiny spot that doesn’t accommodate too many customers, the Espresso Room isn’t a place to linger with a laptop and get work done, but to focus solely on the joys of drinking a high-quality blend of espresso.

Lunch is also available here, but with only a few simple options such as soups and sandwiches. On a rare day when the weather cooperates in London, sitting here and watching the world go by is the perfect accompaniment to your cup of coffee and your food.

3) Department of Coffee & Social Affairs

A popular cafe with the office crowd during the work week, this fine coffee spot quiets down on weekends.

As a result, you have a clear choice of whether you prefer bustle or a calm atmosphere. Whichever you choose, one thing that is constant is the quality of the coffee, as there are a range of blends that you can choose from, and the baristas that work behind the bar tend to be quite skilled at latte art if that is your thing.

4) Curators Coffee Studio

If you are looking for a coffee shop where the owners and the baristas live, eat, and breathe the art of coffee brewing, visiting the Curators Coffee Studio will provide an experience that will live up to your expectations.

Although there isn’t much room to sit down in this tiny space, as they focus on the takeaway market, it still does not diminish the quality of the product they produce on a daily basis.

By the way: don’t even think of adding milk to their creations, lest you get a disapproving look from the poor folks that painstakingly put together your drink.