Escape to St Ives

Great Cornish Outdoors

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Newquay Zoo – 0844 474 2244 –
Get Closer to 100’s of animals, explore acres of sub-tropical gardens and stay and play in one of the play areas. Spend a fun packed day at Newquay Zoo, with the Monkey Madness, Big Cats, African Savannah, Madagascan Walkthrough, Tropical House, Penguins, Animal Encounters, and Village Farm.

Blue Reef Aquarium – 01637 878134 –
Enjoy close encounters with seahorses, tropical shards, stingrays, giant octopus and hundreds of incredible aquatic creatures. At the Aquariums heart is the giant ocean tank where an underground tunnel offers incredible views of huge stingrays, tropical sharks and shoals of colourful fish.

Paradise Park and Jungle Barn – 01736 751020 –
At Paradise Park you’ll meet lots of colourful birds including many rare and beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans and red-billed Cornish choughs. With over 650 birds there is a stunning collection to see. Plus lots more wildlife including Red squirrels, Red pandas, two species of otter and some furry friends in our Fun Farm including donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. Paradise Park’s Jungle Barn indoor play centre is fabulous fun whatever the weather. With giant slides, challenging soft play and special toddler zone with ball fountain.

Dairy Land Farm world– 01872 510349 –
Free range fun rain or shine. Pat a pet, Bottle feeding, pony rides, farm animals, nature trails, woodland lakes, heritage museum, Clarabelle’s kitchen and much more. Go wild in the indoor play area, The Bull Pen.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary – 01326 221361 –
Make the most of your visit: Explore the Wild Woods Nature Trail, check out the Seal Rescue Centre. Visit the pirate themed play area and sail your way through the obstacle course. Meet the ponies, goats and sheep in the paddock and watch the interactive talks and feeding demonstrations.

The Monkey Sanctuary – 0844 272 1271 –
The Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of monkeys; all rescued from the UK and international primate pet trades. When visiting you receive an intimate insight into a working sanctuary with keepers on hand all day to give informative talks on the centres residents and the wider work of the charity, Wild Futures. The Sanctuary offers a great day out for all the family, with wildlife gardens, children’s activity room, workshops, gift shop, cafe and picnic areas.

Screech Owl Wildlife Park – 01726 860182 –
When you visit the Owl Sanctuary you will meet a large collection of owl species from all over the world and enjoy a unique chance to learn about owl conservation and education. There’s lots to do with close encounters, falconry displays, owl souvenirs and crafts, The Rainbow play area, flying displays daily (weather permitting) and guided tours available.

Porfell Wildlife Park & Sanctuary – 01503 220211 –
Porfell is home to exotic animals including beautiful birds like kookaburras and macaws, old reptiles like our giant leopard tortoises, amazing monkeys, graceful zebra and eland, crazy ostrich and an ever-growing gang of meerkats, Its is bigger than it looks, so put aside a good half day to make the most of your visit. On your visit, as well as the main enclosures, you can go on The African Adventure, have fun on The Children’s Farm, stroll though ancient woodlands and refuel at the Peacock tea rooms.

Tamar Donkey Sanctuary – 01822 834072 –
Fun for all with donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs and guinea pigs to feed and pet, as well as meeting the animals you can have fun in the huge indoor play barn and much more.

Springfield’s Fun Park & Pony Centre – 01637 882132 –
Whatever the weather, Springfield’s giant indoor play barn and under cover activities mean there is always plenty to do. There are lots of ponies that can be ridden, groomed or will take you for a ride around the park in a carriage. Go–Karts, Rowing Boats, giant outdoor Astra Wave Slide, death drop slide and trampolines for active youngsters. Train rides around the park, toddler play area and pets corner for the little ones. Hands on animal action, bottle feed baby lams or take a walk along a woodland trail.

Gardens & Country Houses

St Michaels Mount – 01736 710507 –
Cross the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims or boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover an evocative castle, a sub-tropical garden paradise and a close-knit island community.

Cotehele – 01579 351346 –
Explore the Tudor house: ancient, spellbinding alive with stories. Beautiful garden includes medieval fishpond, dovecot and a tower to climb. Huge estate with walks through woods, meadows and orchards. Quay on the Tamar, with discovery centre and restaurant; working watermill nearby.

Lanhydrock – 01208 265950 –
An insight into Victorian life – Explore 50 rooms, including kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters. Discover the fabulous 400–year–old decorated ceiling in the Long Gallery. Vibrant formal and woodland gardens; parkland with ancient trees, a huge estate to run wild in: bring picnics, fly kites!

Trerice – 01637 875404 –
Get a real taste of Elizabethan life at this intimate manor house. Take in the beautiful architecture and ornate plaster ceilings. Try on clothes and armour and handle gadgets in the Great Hall. You can even have a go at the Tudor games of ‘kayling’ and ‘slapcock’ in the garden, or try brass rubbing.

Pencarrow – 01208 841369 –
A great day out for families, history enthusiasts, nature and garden lovers and of course the dogs. Café, gift shop & childrens play area. There are 50 acres of grounds to explore, an imaginative guided tour of the House and special events are held all year round.

Trewithen – 01726 883647 –
Trewithen is a historic, privately-owned Cornish estate with beautiful gardens famous for their plant hunter origins, royal connections and astonishing variety of species.Explore woodland paths bordered by champion trees, rare blooms and magical glades. Be inspired by a horticultural vision that has stood the test of time and relax in stunning surroundings full to the brim with peace and serenity.

Glendurgan – 01326 252020 –
Lose track of time in this valley garden dropping to a beach on the Helford River. Relax amongst carpets of wildflowers and exotic trees and plants. Get lost in the notorious maze, or airborne on the ‘Giants Stride’ rope swing.

Trengwainton – 01736 363148 –
Discover plants from all over the world in this tropical paradise. See giant tree ferns, champion magnolias and views across Mounts Bay. The walled kitchen garden’s unique sloping beds are filled with tasty produce.

Trelissick – 01872 862090 –
Enjoy a relaxed all-year garden and estate with panoramic views over the River Fal. Summerhouses, art and craft gallery, spaces for picnics and tree climbing. You could even take a ferry from St Mawes, Falmouth or Truro to Trelissick’s own jetty.

Trebah Garden – 01326 252200 –
Discover Trebah, a beautiful sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop, set within one of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the result of 175 years of inspired and dedicated creation. Discover the magic of this beautiful valley garden with over four miles of footpaths. Enjoy adventure play areas, children’s trails, and special events all year round. Visit the award winning Planters Café for seasonal home-cooked food. Trebah – Its’ excitingly different.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – 01726 845100 –
Created over a 150 year period, this intricate collection of gardens was inspired by the Tremaynes’ passion for travel and the garden trends of the Victorian Period. Explore ancient woodlands, lost parklands, lush pastures, and hay meadows. Meet the heard of Dexter cattle, and the poultry and pigs. Discover how traditional farming and woodland practices contribute to encourage wildlife abundance as well as produce to the Shop and Tearoom.

Bonython Estate Gardens – 01326 240550 –
Bonython Estate Gardens offer excitement and surprises, with colour and interest in all seasons. Bonython Estate is a traditional, mixed  agricultural Cornish estate with the 18th century Manor, farm and woodland stretching almost from one side of the peninsular (the Helford River) to the other (the beach at Poldhu cove) with both shores just over a mile away.

Caerhays Castle Gardens – 01872 501310 –
It is difficult not to be inspired when you visit Caerhays Castle and Gardens. The natural beauty, the architectural surprises, the inescapable sense of history and the range of activities and facilities that the estate offer, all set the scene for a wonderful day of discovery

Lamorran Gardens – 01326 270300 –
Set on four- acres, south facing hillside overlooking St.Mawes bay, Lamorran is home to an enormous collection of sub-tropical and warm temperature trees and plans. The garden in laid out in a Mediterranean style with many streams, bridges and water features including koi-pond and several ornate temples, with ever- present sea as a backcloth. Tender rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas flourish everywhere.

Tresco Abbey Garden – 01720 424105 –
The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exception, a perennial Kew without the glass, shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host thousands of exotic plants.

Trewidden Garden – 01736 351979 –
One of the Great Gardens of Cornwall Trewidden has a famous collection of Magnolias, Camellias and Tree Ferns, which, combined with the historical links to West Cornwall’s mining heritage, makes for a fascinating day out. It is an ideal garden to explore with children and dogs through the unusual twisty paths, with sudden bursts of spectacular views, followed by a welcome cream tea in the tea room.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens – 01736 448089 –
In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting.

Bike Hire

Trail Bike Hire (Padstow) – 01841 532594

Bike Smart (Wadebridge) – 01208 814545

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are covered at Escape to St Ives

We understand many people have concerns about how COVID-19 might affect their holiday so we want to put you at ease…

If the Government enforce a lockdown that explicitly bans travel to St Ives, or introduces a lockdown in your home area, you will have the option to receive a full refund or postpone your visit to a later date.

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