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Family Friendly Cornwall in Winter

Looking for family friendly activities in Cornwall this winter? As the cooler weather rolls in, there’s plenty to do in the south west to have fun with all the family.

As lovers of the sea, we have created a list of some of the best activities this winter to help you stay in touch with the water, whether that’s on dry land or out at sea…

National Maritime Museum – Falmouth

Based in the stunning Falmouth harbour on the south coast, the National Maritime Museum is open all year round and offers a unique opportunity to discover Cornwall’s fascinating maritime heritage. With 15 galleries over five floors and free family learning activities, there really is something for everyone. Explore the boat building workshop, national small boat collection, and discover hidden treasures. Even better, you pay entry once and visit for free for a year!

Open: 7 days a week 10am – 5pm (except Christmas day and Boxing day)


Lobster Hatchery – Padstow

Visit the multi award-winning National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow and learn how the lobsters are bred to ensure their survival in Cornish coastal waters, while helping to protect and maintain them and prevent overexploitation. See tiny baby lobsters in the nurseries as well as fully grown lobsters and the mums laden with eggs. You can even adopt your own baby lobster, and use the online tracker to follow its movements and watch when it’s released into the ocean! Pay once for entry and all your next visits for a year are free.

Open: 7 days a week 10am – 4pm (seasonal times may vary so please check the website before travelling)


Shipwreck and Heritage Centre – Charlestown


With an estimated quarter of a million shipwrecks around the coast of Britain alone, there’s so much to discover beneath the surface of the sea. The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre in Charlestown has nearly 8,000 artefacts from over 150 shipwrecks, bringing fascinating stories of the sea to life with rich tales of triumph, treasure and tragedy. Explore the extensive displays, including items from World War II, recovered treasure and the entire collection of artefacts from the tragic warship Ramillies, sunk in 1763.

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-4pm
Dog friendly


Wave watching – across Cornwall

Photo credit: Visit Cornwall

For many, the beautiful coastline of Cornwall is at its best in colder weather, as it’s the perfect time for spectacular views of the rocky cliffs and dramatic seas. Wrap up in your winter coats, take a walk along the stunning Cornish coast and breathe in that fresh sea air. Stop at a seaside cafe for a hot drink to warm those chilly fingers, dry muddy paws and watch the waves roll in before heading home to snuggle up. With over 300 beaches to choose from, fewer tourists and the seasonal ban lifted for our 4-legged furry friends, you’re sure to find the perfect winter spot for all the family.

Dog friendly

Charter a yacht and explore the coast

Our yacht charters are available all year round and the winter season offers a rare opportunity to enjoy your very own slice of the perfectly wintery Cornish coast. Gather the family, escape the hustle and bustle and get toasty warm on board with hot food and drinks, while watching the sun set on the crisp, clear sea.

Want to know more? Get in touch with the team today to find out about our winter charters.


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