5 Great Places to Learn about Cornish History with Kids
With its rich history embracing Vikings, pirates and Arthurian legend, Cornwall is a wonderful place to discover with kids, whether it’s wandering the cobbled harbourside alleyways of its fishing villages or checking out some of the excellent museums and castles.
• Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
Among Henry VIII's finest coastal fortresses, this beautifully located edifice is best visited during one of its many lively living history events – on 28 and 29 July 2015, for instance, Pirates Attack! promises 'a noisy display of skulduggery on a grand scale', while August sees several medieval jousts.
• National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth
The winner of the Kids in Museums UK’s Most Family Friendly Museum Award in 2014, this brilliant venue is hosting a Viking Voyagers exhibition until 22 February 2017, charting the raiding, trading and fighting that went on in these parts between AD793 and 1066. Check the website for family activities in school holidays.
• Pirate’s Quest, Newquay
This new-in-2015 attraction walks you through the swashbuckling history of piracy in a fun, immersive way on an hour-long walking tour led by costumed actors – and debunks a few myths along the way.
• The Victorian Village Experience, Flambard’s Experience, Helston
Part of an amusement park with rides, this collection of around 50 cottages, shops and other businesses on cobbled streets, populated by costumed actors in school holidays, gives a vivid insight into daily life in Victorian times. Other historic attractions on site include The Britain in the Blitz Experience and The War Gallery, dealing with Cornish involvement in World War II.
• Tintagel Castle
This iconic medieval fortification has long been associated with Arthurian legend – and this summer’s special events, held on several 'Tales of King Arthur' days in August, sees costumed actors spin tales of mystery, myth and adventure.