For all train crazy little tikes, Lappa Valley is the ultimate family fun day out! Laura Mason reviews this hidden gem in the heart of Cornwall.
We recently visited this secret hideaway, located just outside Newquay, back in June. Two excited toddlers, a newborn baby and a couple of eager adults completed our group as we made our way through the Cornish countryside navigating our way to Lappa Valley.
Journey to Lappa Valley
Upon arrival visitors make their way to the station house and wait at the station for the train. The timetable on the website outlines all the train times so it’s worth having a sneak peak so you don’t end up waiting a while. However on a sunny day, the small train-themed play park makes it an easy wait.
Once the train pulls in the excitement definitely starts, the steam bellows through as the driver turns the engine round while kids big and small pile on to the open train.
A fifteen-minute journey see you arrive in Lappa Valley, a fantastic hidden land of adventure perfect for little ones. The great thing is that the cost includes all of the activities once you’ve arrived so parents can avoid that sting in cost that far too often creeps in!
I’ll jump straight to the trains, there are two model engines that visitors can jump on. The first one is an exhilarating high-speed loop around a section of the park that will thrill kids and parents as you whip around with the wind in our hair. The second train takes you off to a far corner of Lappa Valley where you will find a fun play and picnic area for guests to enjoy.
Train aficionados will also enjoy the couple of shops onsite boasting the largest Thomas and Friends collection within the area.
Lappa Valley is truly a child-friendly kingdom; the mini golf is a great introduction to the game; while canoeing on the lake provides a fun experience for little ones to enjoy with their parents. Pedal cars complete the line up of a range of simple yet effective activities that kids just love and parents can encourage and get involved with too!
What struck me most about the set up is the relaxed nature. Plenty of manicured outdoor space invites children to be children in a safe environment and parents can sit back at their leisure on one of the many bench areas. Many of the nature trails and walks are great for exploration and the train-inspired play areas are ideal for getting kids to be creative while they play.
Food and drink
For food and drink, it’s the perfect place to take a picnic and pick up an ice cream at the station shop. However, if you want to take the hassle out of preparing food, the onsite café has some delicious cakes, paninis and a coffee to warm the cockles on a cold day and a good value for money children’s picnic box option. For £4.75 the lunchbox comes with a generous-sized packed lunch and small activity.
Someone recommended allowing half a day for Lappa Valley, but I think if you take the time to explore all the activities and take the time to sit back and relax, it is easily a full day for the family, and a really fun one at that!
Lappa Valley is priced £12.50 for adults, £10 for children (ages 3 to 15) and Under 3s are free. Family passes are also available.
For more information, visit www.lappavalley.co.uk.