Primary School Trips to Cornwall

A visit to Cornwall means lots of time outdoors on the beach but you can also find great learning opportunities around sealife, nature and history. Enjoy the amazing scenery whilst your pupils are getting active and learning. 

Itinerary

3 day tour

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school for Cornwall.
Afternoon
Spend some time on one of Cornwall's famous sandy beaches.
Evening
Check in to your accommodation. Enjoy evening meal at accommodation.

Tour Day 2

Morning
Enjoy breakfast then head over to the Eden Project for a full day.
Evening
Return to your accommodation. Evening meal in accommodation

Tour Day 3

Morning
Enjoy breakfast then head over to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. A chance for your class to come face to face with the adorable rescued residents and learn all about why they came to live at the Sanctuary.
Afternoon
Depart back to school.

3 day experience from only

Based on min 30, FB Youth Hostel accommodation

£299

4 day tour

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school for Cornwall.
Afternoon
Spend some time on one of Cornwall's famous sandy beaches.
Evening
Check in to your accommodation. Evening meal in accommodation

Tour Day 2

Morning
Enjoy breakfast then head over to Land's End. The westernmost point of England not only offers magnificent views over the Atlantic ocean and, on a clear day, the Isles of Scilly, but the gentle walks are perfect for school groups.
Afternoon
Spend the afternoon at St Michael's Mount. The most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, St Michael’s Mount has a fascinating history, is steeped in both legend and folklore, has stunning panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Land’s End.
Evening
Check in to your accommodation. Evening meal in accommodation

Tour Day 3

Morning
Enjoy breakfast then head over to the Eden Project for a full day visit
Evening
Return to your accommodation. Evening meal in accommodation

Tour Day 4

Morning
Enjoy breakfast then head over to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. A chance for your class to come face to face with the adorable rescued residents and learn all about why they came to live at the Sanctuary.
Afternoon
Depart for school.

4 day experience from only

Min 30, FB Youth Hostel accommodation

£399

Accommodation

Cornwall has a wide range of YHA accommodation centres, which are well experienced at welcoming school groups. Those located closest to our key visits are in Golant, Treyarnon Bay, Penzance and the Eden Project. 

Study Visits

The Eden Project

This epic destination definitely deserves a day of your undivided attention. More than just a huge, tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life. Not only a mind-blowing visitor attraction, Eden is also fast-becoming a unique resource for education and knowledge towards a sustainable future.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

A chance for your class to come face to face with the adorable rescued residents and learn all about why they came to live at the Sanctuary. The Primary school package offers a hands-on educational visit like no other, offering an experience beyond the classroom. It includes:

  • Guided Seal Pup Hospital Experience where you will learn all about our rescued grey seal pups, hear their dramatic rescue stories and learn about what to do if you see a seal pup in the wild.
  • Talk and feeding demonstrations
  • Sanctuary Quiz Trail

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Newquay is home to 40 naturally-themed habitats – taking you on a journey from the Cornish coasts to the exotic seas. You’ll also have the opportunity to come face-to-face with some freshwater turtles and caiman, meet our pufferfish, and much more! The underwater tunnel runs through the ocean tank at the heart of the aquarium, and offers you captivating views of the reef and all the sea life that calls it home, including the loggerhead sea turtles, reef sharks, and shoals of colourful fish. As a school visit you can choose from a Rockpool Encounter presentation, Shark Workshop or a guided tour on Habitats, Life Cycles and Food Chains to support your study objectives.  

Tate St Ives

Perched above Porthmeor Beach with views across the Atlantic Ocean, Tate St Ives showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the 20th Century alongside an ever-changing programme of exhibitions.

Heartlands

Heartlands is a World Heritage Site Gateway, dubbed as Cornwall's first free cultural playground. Spread over 19 acres in the former mining heart of Cornwall. You can explore the Diaspora Botanical Gardens or enjoy the biggest free Adventure Playground in Cornwall with subterranean tunnels, a shipwrecked boat to climb and funnel slides to hurtle down.  Heartlands offers a series of activities aimed at younger groups. These include: 

  • Pasty making 
  • Pond dipping
  • Tin Mine Museum tour including Robinsons Shaft talk
  • Victorian Wash day
  • Soap making
  • Diaspora Gardens Tour including Palmers Shaft talk
  • Outdoor Adventure Play Area visit

Bodmin Keep

Over 160 years old, the keep is the historic home of the Army in Cornwall. Jam-packed with fascinating artefacts and stories, it covers centuries of social history, war and soldiers’ stories. You can even get ‘hands on with History’ with uniforms to try on, a World War One Trench to explore and artefacts to touch and feel.

Tintagel Castle

Set high on Cornwall's rugged north coast Tintagel Castle is inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. For centuries this dramatic castle and coastline has fired the imaginations of writers, artists and even the brother of a king. Now it's your turn to be inspired. English Heritage provide a free Teachers' Kit packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. 

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall

A multi-award winning Museum located on Discovery Quay in Falmouth. With access to over 15 galleries, a boatbuilding workshop, interactive exhibits, maps and charts, the Key Stage 2 programme offers workshops covering a range of topics.

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is an exciting and inspirational place for all ages to learn more about the world's wonderful biodiversity, the role zoos play in conservation and empowering visitors to help make a change.

Pendennis Castle

One of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion, Pendennis Castle remains one of Cornwall's greatest fortresses. With over 400 years of defending Britain's coasts, and a range of ways to learn on-site, they’ve got everything you need to help you cover a wide range of cross-curricular topics.

The Telegraph Museum

Messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables to Porthcurno since 1870 making it one of the most connected places on the planet. Explore the underground World War 2 tunnels and experience the sights and sounds of a working telegraph station.

The Minack Open Air Theatre

One of the most beautiful settings anywhere in the world, perched high on golden cliffs above the turquoise sea. Whether you want to watch a performance or just visit the theatre, this stunning attraction will amaze your students.

Cultural Visits

Free Time at the Beach

A trip to Cornwall can not be complete without a visit to a beach. This region is famous for the quality and variety of its beaches, so why not spend a little time with your group playing on the sands of exploring the shoreline. As the Cornwall beach guide shows, there are so many to choose from.

Pirate's Quest

Pirate’s Quest is an immersive walk-through experience which combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure. A LIVE Pirate Guide will lead you through realistic scenes on an hour-long journey into the history of piracy. Explore the mystical caves and murky streets of eighteenth century Cornwall and learn about the REAL Caribbean Pirates!

Land's End

This world-famous landmark and resort is an absolute must on any school trip to Cornwall. The westernmost point of England not only offers magnificent views over the Atlantic ocean and, on a clear day, the Isles of Scilly, but the gentle walks are perfect for school groups. If you want to explore the visitor centre you will find a range of seasonal attractions and events. From exploring the world of Wallace & Gromit and friends to the 4D film sequel Return to the Lost World or a more relaxing experience at Greeb Farm and the End to End Story, there is plenty to see and do.

St Michael's Mount 

The most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, St Michael’s Mount has a fascinating history, is steeped in both legend and folklore. It has stunning panoramic views across Mounts Bay to Land’s End and The Lizard, boasts a picturesque harbour and has a spectacular castle, complete with majestic gardens.

Pasty Making Workshop

What better way to learn about the history and techniques around the famous Cornish pastry. The expert leading your workshop will teach your pupils how to create the 'perfect' Cornish pasty and how to properly crimp it. You can then explore Heartlands, whilst waiting for it to cook.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project.

Geevor Tin Mine

More than a mine, more than a museum - located in Pendeen on the dramatic Cornish coastline, Geevor tin mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Housed in two acres of listed buildings, Geevor’s collections and guides bring the story of Cornwall’s rich industrial past to life.

Boat Trip

Cruise along the River Fal through deep-sided wooded valleys passing riverside gardens and historic houses. If you’re lucky you may see basking sharks, dolphins, seals and rare sea birds along the way too.

Cornish Birds of Prey Centre

At the Cornish Birds of Prey Centre there are more than 50 birds of prey, in addition to many other birds. These include parrots, macaws, pheasants, kookaburras and lots of ducks. There are regular flying displays and various hands-on experiences, involving the birds.

We always have a fabulous time on our tours, everything is organised to the nth degree. I would highly recommend WST to any school and would like to thank Kerrie for all the hard work she puts in, she makes the whole process seamless and enjoyable. Thank you!
All Saints Catholic Primary School