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Useful tips on camping in Cornwall with children
With some of the UK's best weather, the West Country is an obvious destination for your family camping trip. To make sure your experience of camping in Cornwall with children is a rewarding one, just follow a few simple guidelines.
- Make sure your chosen campsite is family-friendly. Most are, or claim to be, but telltale indicators of a site that kids will love include a safe and clearly marked play area with slides, swings, sand-pit and the like, a paddling pool, or at least plenty of open space where kids can run about.
- Even better is the farm campsite with livestock that kids can watch or encounter up close. A great example is the Pleasant Streams Farm Camping site (www.cornwallfarmcamping.co.uk), just outside St Austell, where children will love playing with the goats, miniature pigs, hens and ducks.
- Promise the kids a treat in the form of a visit to the Eden Project (www.edenproject.com) in Bodelva, one of the UK's most popular attractions. They will be enthralled by the lavish gardens and land train, and the botanical and environmental exhibitions, interactive displays and entertainment on offer under those spectacular white domes. Book in advance online for 15% discounted tickets. Kids of 4 and under go free.
- Keep the kids fuelled. For once, filling them up with pasties and ice-cream has a certain virtue to it, as these are traditional local foods, and they make the best in Cornwall.
- Part of the secret of camping in Cornwall with children is making sure they are tired out by the time they crawl into their sleeping bags. Take the opportunity to explore scenic streches of the South-West Coastal Path. All that sea air, along with the breathtaking views and invigorating walking, is bound to exhaust even the most active child.