See below for some of our favourite, often award-winning family attractions for when you fancy something that little bit different.
Around a ten-minute drive from Poltair, this award-winning family attraction is simply not to be missed. A family business set up in 1973 by bird-lover Mike Reynolds, and now the country's leading centre for the promotion of parrot welfare both in the wild and in captivity, Paradise Park is bursting with colourful wildlife, such as red squirrels, red pandas, otters and a Fun Farm which houses donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and more. Ever petted a penguin? Well now you can, at the Penguin Photocall, after you've fed them some fish!
With over 650 birds, including rare and beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans and red-billed Cornish choughs, this really is a stunning collection. You can even buy some nectar and feed the little parrots in the walled garden's Australian Aviaries, or watch "Eagles of Paradise" and the "Free-Flying Bird Show", the dazzling displays of eagles, owls, hawks, parrots and other birds flying free as they would in the wild. And don't forget the Mini Keeper Quiz, the fun, educational trail for which the children can claim their special badge and certificate.
Talking of children, what child doesn't love a play area? The Jungle Barn, with its giant slides, challenging soft play and special toddlers’ zone with ball fountain makes Paradise Park a real all-weather attraction. And if you can't drag the kids away, just take advantage of the snack bar with daily papers available, wander out to the balcony overlooking the gardens and use it as an opportunity for a well-earned rest!
A visit to Trevaskis Farm and its Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant, only around two minutes' drive away from the holiday barn, is a must when staying in this part of Cornwall. Set in 28 acres of glorious countryside, the farm has been growing fruit since the late seventies and offers a great opportunity to stroll through the orchards and fields, perhaps stopping to pick your own - why not fill the Poltair kitchen with the smell of freshly baked apple pie?
This is a wonderful day out for all the family: the animals will delight your children, and there are plenty of educational guided tours and workshop days for all generations - you can even learn to create an organic kitchen garden at home, or pick up a few tips from one of the cookery demonstrations by the farm's own accomplished chefs.
The amazing farm shop is a real pleasure. Meat from Trevaskis' own butchery (perfect for an indoor barbecue in the Poltair BBQ lodge), a deli, a fishmonger, a dairy and a bakery (featuring bread by Cornwall's famous "Baker Tom") - with so many delightful treats on offer we guarantee you'll come away with bags bulging! And since around 100 seasonal crops are grown here, you can feel good about the fact that most of your fruit and veg will have zero food-miles.
St Michael's Mount
Very few people visit West Cornwall without a stop at the iconic St Michael's Mount, a unique island village based just off the coast of the ancient market town of Marazion, and featuring its own majestic castle and antique church, as well as beautiful gardens, shops, restaurant and licensed cafe. Stroll along the lovely cobbled causeway at low tide, or at high tide take a trip across in one of the local fishing boats.
Owned and occupied by the St Aubyn family, and steeped in history, this is an intriguing journey through time that dates as far back as 350 B.C. and that tells a compelling story of rebellion, royalty and religion through the ages, replete with myths and legends all its own. And as if that wasn't enough, the views from the top of the castle are amongst the most breathtaking in Cornwall.
Take one of the free island tours being run twice-weekly, and look out for special events throughout the season such as the fantastic, free family day, Music on the Mount.
The Eden Project
Yes, we've all heard of the now-iconic biomes that make up The Eden Project, and their "round the world in a day" experience shouldn't be missed. But did you know that Eden is so much more than rainforest and tropical gardens? Community events, theatre, an incredible live music / comedy venue and even an ice rink during the winter months make this world-famous attraction even more worth the time.
The Tate St Ives
The unique quality of the light in St Ives has long made it an important locus in the world of art, so it seems only natural that the esteemed Tate Museum should have chosen to locate one of its four galleries here. The Tate St Ives presents special exhibitions which change three times a year, as well as the magical Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. See the Tate website for details of tours, activities and events to thrill and educate the whole family.
Set in a designated World Heritage Site less than five minutes' drive from Poltair, Heartlands celebrates Cornwall's rich mining history and teaches us how Cornish miners ruled the world in the 19th Century, when tin was the most in-demand metal on earth. Particularly awesome is the 270-degree film projection, an astonishing wall of image and sound that will really exhilarate.
The children will love Timberplay, Cornwall's biggest free adventure playground, inventively based around Cornish folklore and featuring subterranean tunnels, a "mini-beach" with sand and diggers and a Snack Shack. Just sit down, sip a coffee and let them run!
All of this local culture wouldn't be the same without a homemade Cornish pasty, so make time for a spot of lunch at the Red River Cafe, situated in the old carpenters' workshop, where all food is made fresh on the premises daily.
From complementary therapy treatments to workshops in making your own home furnishings, there is so much diversity at Heartlands that you're guaranteed an intriguing day for all the family.