Teenage friendly things to do in Cornwall

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It’s no mean feat keeping teenagers happy on holiday in Cornwall, but we think we’ve nailed it. Read our guide and think selfies, surfing and segways.

Surf, skate & dance at Boardmasters Festival
10-14 August 2016
There are many ways to experience Boardmasters, the biggest mark on Cornwall’s festival calendar, which is why it remains hugely popular with fresh-faced revelers. The site is split between music and camping activities held at Watergate Bay (weekend and day tickets are both available), while surfing, skate, BMX and beach activities all take place at Fistral Beach (free). There’s something for everyone to dip in and out of across the five days.

Thrill of the fair at Flambards
Flambards is ideally set up as a family theme park with adrenaline-packed thrill rides for teenagers and more leisurely ones younger children in an easy manageable site. Try the Hands on Science Experience, indoor playzone (one to 11-year-olds) and car racing track. Even disinterested members will find the interactive Victorian and Britain in the Blitz village and Aviation Centre too good to ignore.


Hot chocolate selfies
The Beach Hut
This beachside restaurant overlooking the sand at Watergate Bay is the place to refuel after a hard day in the surf and watch the sun go down. Order the famous Extreme hot chocolate which is laden with whipped cream, marshmallows and jazzies and don’t forget to take and share a selfie @watergatebay #TheBeachHut.

Tandem bikes on The Camel Trail
One of the most popular recreational cycle paths in the country for good reason. The Camel Trail is an 18 mile traffic-free cycle path that runs from Bodmin to Padstow along a discussed railway line, passing through wooded countryside and the picturesque Camel Estuary. Hire bikes, trailer bikes, trikes, dog trailers and tandems if you’re brave (or lazy) stopping for lunch at Padstow before peddling home.

Read more about The Camel Trail with Sustrans.

Segway adventures
Mount Edgcumbe, South East Cornwall

Adventure Segway runs various outdoor adventure trails among the stunning backdrop of the Grade One listed landscape at Mount Edgcumbe. There’s a skills course, coastal expedition, wildlife tour and even a glide and glow trail at night during the autumn – all while keeping balance on a Segway.