12th February 2018

Half Term in Falmouth

Looking after children isn’t a serious matter at The Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth… it’s a fun matter!

We know that if we take care of the little ones, everyone gets the holiday they deserve. Mum and dad can relax knowing that their children are building happy memories for the future.

It all begins before you arrive with the anticipation of exciting adventures ahead. Who will be the first to yell “I can see the sea!”? It’s there - right in front of you - as the hotel has uninterrupted views of the beach, the shore and Falmouth Bay.

The hotel’s family rooms have enough space for cots and extra beds and some rooms have an adjacent sleeping area for children. Or maybe you’d like interconnecting rooms allowing for separate bathrooms and televisions?

We know that it’s important for children to feel at home in a strange place, so there’s a Royal Duchy Hotel teddy bear waiting in your room (all he needs is a name!) plus crayons and colouring books. There are plenty of activities – an indoor swimming pool with children’s pool, snooker room and a family room with board games and toys, books and DVDs.

If the weather’s nice there’s a pirate’s ship outdoor play area and best of all there’s free drinks and ice cream for the children during your stay. The hotel can also offer a baby listening facility or can arrange babysitting.

And when you stay at the Royal Duchy Hotel, there’s plenty to do in and around Falmouth.

Here’s some ideas to entertain the family that are as easy as A, B, C!


Magnificent Newquay Zoo is less than an hour away and makes a great day out. There are more than 130 species in 13 acres of sub-tropical gardens. There’s everything from the tiniest creepy-crawlies to lions, the king of the jungle. Look out for popular penguins, mischievous monkeys and slithering snakes. The African Savanna is home to black wildebeest, nyala antelopes and beautiful zebras and there are also more domestic animals you can get close to including Spike, the hand-reared pygmy goat. Or visit the Gems of the Jungle exhibit where exotic birds flutter overhead.

Check out the website for special half-term events.



There’s nothing better than being on the beach and at the Royal Duchy Hotel there is one on your doorstep. You can borrow a bucket and spade and spend the day building sandcastles. Or head for the wonderful National Maritime Museum which is really family friendly (under fives go free) and very hands on.

Half-term activities are fun and informative. Discover the wonderful world of chemistry through the everyday life of water in the Explorer Dome with entertaining demonstrations and dry ice as you go on an epic journey of Earth’s water, the nature of atoms and molecules and its importance for life on Earth and beyond. Check the website for details.



If you stand on the terrace at the front of the hotel and look to your left, you’ll send Pendennis Castle on the headland. And the good news is, you can visit this fascinating English Heritage property.

It was built as a fortress by Henry VIII and was in use during the First World War, as an exhibition reveals with personal effects, letters and memorabilia that tell the stories of the soldiers who were based there.

And during half-term you can undergo soldier training with the Drill Sergeant. Atten-SHUN!

For details go to www.english-heritage.org.uk.

As you’ve been so good, here’s an extra activity…


Head for the National Trust’s Glendurgan Gardens where you can see the early snowdrops and camellias. Mum and dad can enjoy some peace and quiet while the little ones take on the challenge of the maze.

The cherry laurel maze was built in 1833 and if you reach the middle there’s a lovely thatched summerhouse. But don’t worry, the hedge is low level so the children are never out of sight.

Also check out that Giant's Stride – a rotating rope swing that was put up in 1915.