Visit Roskilly's farm in Cornwall, it's just a few minutes drive from St Keverne.
It's a working farm which also has a restaurant (Croust House built in a disused milking parlour and calves shed), gift shop, artisan's shop (the Bullpen) and grounds to wander around in which include meadows, ponds (stay out of the pond!), an orchard and wetlands.
They make their own ice cream and fudge on the premises from their own cows. My favourite flavours were Cornish Liquor and Cornish Cream. It's a great place to take kids to show them the workings of a dairy farm.
This farm is fully organic and always has been. The grounds stretch over 200 acres and their herd of Jersey cows are very photogenic.
While I was taking this picture, one of the calves behind me was sucking on the belt to my leather coat! :-)
The farm also has two holiday cottages on the premises and they also rent another one in Coverack.
Tregellast Barton Farm,
Cornish Seal Sanctuary.
This was established in 1957 when a baby seal washed ashore at St. Agnes It moved to Gweek in 1975 after realizing that they needed more room. It's dedicated to the rescue and care of seals and other marine animals.
There's a free Safari bus ride or you can take a short stroll to the hospital where you can see the work done to nurse the animals back to health. Staff are available for any questions that you might have.
Admission price for adults is £7.50 and for children 4-14 it's £4.00.
Gweek, Nr. Helston, Cornwall
This garden, first planted in the 1820's, is noted as one of the great sub-tropical gardens of the Southwest. Try to make your way through the laurel maze which I'm sure is higher than it was when I toured the site. It was only thigh high then as it was being restored from it's 19th century origins.
This has been a National Trust property since 1962.
Admission is £4.00 for adults and 6-16yrs pay £2.00 Those 5 and under are free.
Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall
4 miles south of Falmouth, half a mile southwest of Mawnan Smith, on road to Helford Passage
This is an early 18th century tin mine incorporating a heritage display with a museum. You can actually take a tour through the mine shafts. There are several different routes depending on how deep you are prepared to go. I took what I referred to as the chicken route, the shallowest one.
And you have to wear a hardhat, that isn't a fashion statement I'm making!
In the past few years evidence of tin workings from between 2000 BC and 1200 AD were discovered after some heavy rains in the area. Before 1493 this site was a tin stamping mill and was the first in Cornwall.
Once you've done the mine tour hit the craft shops on site and shop for books, antiques, candles, pottery and woodwork.
Admission for adults is £5.95 and for children it's £3.75. You can get a family pass which would be 2 adults + 2 children for the cost of £16.45
on B3297, about 2 miles north of Helston, Cornwall
This place shows you how news and events visuals are beamed around the world. As someone who works in the TV industry, I found it fascinating.
It's a bit of a visual distraction as you drive down the B3293 because these huge satellite dishes loom over Goonhilly Downs, I'm still trying to get a good picture of them! There's more than 60 dishes which deal with your emails, phone calls and television signals.
The Visitor's Centre has some interactive displays which will amuse both children and adults alike. You're also taken on a tour of the site which includes a bus ride around the dishes.
The cost of admission is £5.00 for adults and £3.50 for children 5 to 16. Children under 5 get in for free.
I've scanned the front cover of the pamplet I received there as I don't have a good picture.
The Earth station is located 7 miles from Helston on the B3293 St. Keverne Rd, Cornwall