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Fun for Families

If you're visiting the Tamar Valley with your family, we have a range of fun and exciting activities on offer. We have beautiful beaches, interesting towns, open spaces and secluded woodlands to explore plus all sorts of family-orientated attractions.

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The Charles Causley Festival Festivals

2018’s annual Charles Causley Festival (the 9th one!) is on its way, with an attractive and varied programme offering something for everyone. It runs from the evening of Thursday 31 May  until... more

Launceston Late Night Christmas Shopping Festivals

A great opportunity to come and do your Christmas shopping in a wonderfully festive evening atmosphere in this great Cornish market town.

Fire Show and Acrobatics, Lantern Procession*, Spangles the Clown, Fairground Rides, Olaf the Snowman... more

Around the Valley Tours Pilgrim walks at Plymouth's Mayflower steps Guided Tours

Walks, talks and boat train and coach trips can be organised for individuals, small parties, wedding guests and special interest groups up and down the valley, from Plymouth to Bude via Launceston and of course further afield.

The ... more

Andrew Thompson Heritage Guided Tours

Andrew Thompson is an archaeologist and historian who has spent his working life exploring, explaining and interpreting the history and heritage of South West England.

He has over 25 years' experience teaching, lecturing and leading... more

Plymouth Boat Trips Guided Tours

Plymouth Boat Trips offers a service for the public offering one hour scenic Dockyard and Warship Cruises, Private Hire cruising for parties and other events as well as ferry service to historic Cawsand.

Our fishing boats offer 3 and 4... more

Cornish Welcome Tours Guided Tours

Cornish Welcome Tours aim to provide tours which cater for whatever interest you may have. These may include History and Historic Houses, Film location tours such as Poldark, Doc Martin or Rosamund Pilcher Tours, Antiques, Gardens, Art, Golf,... more

Devon Yurt Glamping

Devon Yurt is one of the Uk’s leading luxury Glamping sites.  It is set within 18 acres of beautiful organic farmland and gardens  at Borough Farm, Kelly, with stunning views towards Dartmoor.

The yurts are contempary in style and a mix of... more

Blisland Harness Makers Transport

Founded in 1980 by Jane Talbot-Smith on returning to her native Cornwall.  After spending two and a half years building horse drawn vehicles, Jane decided that leather was the medium for her and took up a place at Cordwainers College, Hackney,... more

Morwellham Quay History & Heritage

A fun day out for all ages, with lots to see and do:

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Bere Ferrers Station Heritage Centre History & Heritage

Tamar Belle Heritage Centre, Bere Ferrers Station on the Tamar Valley Rail Line incorporates imaginatively converted vintage railway carriages. The Visitor Centre carriage provides interesting and informative pictorial displays outlining the... more

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre History & Heritage

Nestling in the peaceful Devon countryside, Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre offers a unique indoor opportunity to view and experience our fairground heritage.

Working fairground rides alongside traditional games and sideshows combine... more

Launceston Castle - English Heritage History & Heritage

From the motte of this Norman castle, you'll enjoy the most fantastic views. Launceston was the former capital of Cornwall and the castle, commanding the town and surrounding countryside, controlled the main entry route into the county. Discover... more

Launceston Steam Railway History & Heritage

Victorian locomotives haul your train through the beautiful Kensey Valley to Newmills. Ride all day if you wish, tickets valid for unlimited travel. Five mile round trip with café, shop and museum. Large car park at Launceston. Follow the brown... more

Port Eliot Estate Port Eliot Round Room Houses & Gardens

The house dates back to the 5th century and further spectacular additions, such as the mural in the Round Room by Robert Lenkiewicz and the maze in the gardens, are more recent. The grounds were landscaped in the 1790s by Humphrey Repton whilst... more

Cotehele (National Trust) The front of Cotehele House, Cornwall Houses & Gardens

Cotehele is a National Trust-owned Tudor house with extensive garden, orchards, estate, quay and working water mill. Look out for family activities and other events.

The garden and estate walks are open daily throughout the year.  Dogs are... more

Hotel Endsleigh Gardens Houses & Gardens

It’s Little Wonder

that the Duke of Bedford, who two centuries ago owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his hunting and fishing lodge. Overlooking the River Tamar and beyond into Cornwall, Endsleigh, now owned by... more

Paintball Polson Active & Outdoors

Established over 20 years, fantastic UKPSF accredited 16 acre site. fully trained marshall supervised games, multiple game formats. Semi-auto paintball markers and pyrotechnics. Very friendly site. For paintball age 11 years and above Airsoft 9... more

Barn Climbing Centre Active & Outdoors

Bouldering, top roping and leading at all levels, taster sessions, start up courses. Family and groups welcome.

Routes set to challenge and intrigue any climber.

There is a cafe which provides refreshments. 

Roadford Lake Country Park Lakeside Cafe and Function Suite, Roadford Lake Active & Outdoors

With over 730 acres of water, Roadford is a spectacular lake set on the edge of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Launceston. This popular Outdoor + Active Centre offers a variety of watersports and land based activities, making it a haven for all... more

St Leonards Equitation Centre Active & Outdoors

St Leonards Equitation Centre is a British Horse Society Approved Riding Centre, offering Riding lessons for Adults and Children by qualified BHS approved staff.

Established for over 30 years, St Leonards has an excellent reputation for... more

Tamar Valley Donkey Park & Sanctuary Active & Outdoors

The Tamar Valley Donkey Park is an all weather attraction and Cornwall's only donkey sanctuary, situated in the beautiful Cornish countryside overlooking the Tamar Valley.

It is home to 26 donkeys, over 20 goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits,... more

Gawton Gravity Hub Active & Outdoors

Gawton Gravity hub has been a premier destination for downhill Mountain Bikers for over half a decade now. Featured regularly in international publications GGH is known world wide as having some of the best quality tracks available for Downhill... more

Golf at China Fleet Country Club Active & Outdoors

With a par 72 parkland course, enjoy a challenging round of golf including holes with water hazards, tree lined fairways & 3 holes where out of bounds comes into play. Our 14th... more

Burrator Reservoir View of Burrator Active & Outdoors

Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the... more

Hidden Valley Active & Outdoors

As well as fun in the Forbidden Mansion, each month visitors will will face a new challenge to solve within the Mansion, set by the butler himself. Great fun for all the family.

The new building resembles a pumping station from the... more

Siblyback Lake Country Park Windsurfing at Siblyback Lake Active & Outdoors

Siblyback Lake is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of activities both on and off the water. There is plenty to do at this scenic lake, including miles of walks, cycle trails, excellent bird watching, children's play... more

Kit Hill Country Park Active & Outdoors

A wild rugged granite hill top famous for it fine views and fascinating history. Kit Hill is a 400 acre Country Park at the highest point in the Tamar Valley and forms a dominating feature to be seen for miles around. Stunning views over the... more

Cotehele boat trips Nancy Belle on the River Tamar at Cotehele Active & Outdoors

Board Shamrock's support boat the 'Nancy Belle' for a two-hour cruise up the Tamar to learn about the flora, fauna and history of the valley. £15. Times and dates vary accoring to the tide. Find details on... more

Charlie Bears Things To Do

Welcome to the enchanted world of Charlie Bears

Charlie Bears are affordable, collectable bears and characters designed by Charlie at The Bearhouse in Cornwall. Charlie also collaborates with other world-renowned bear... more

The Edgcumbe The Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay serves light lunches and afternoon tea Cafes

Serving morning coffees, light lunches and afternoon teas. Catering for private daytime parties. Dogs welcome in the garden seating area and in the tea-room during winter months.

Special afternoon tea on Sundays (3-4.45pm) in the Long Room... more

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