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31st July 2017 | Regional News

Celebrate National Marine Week in Cornwall

Now it’s National Marine Week, there’s no better time to head to the coast and unearth the wonderful marine life that Britain has to offer. From the 29th July to the 13th August, we will be celebrating the diverse and spectacular life that lives in our waters, and Cornwall is the perfect place to start. Amongst its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear seas, there’s an array of colourful plants and amazing animals just waiting to be discovered.

Whether you fancy an aquarium, a boat trip, or you want to take to the waves yourself and try your hand at snorkelling or rock pooling, this is the perfect time to learn all about Cornwall’s fascinating marine life. Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve put together our 4 favourite activities that you can do when holidaying in Cornwall, to celebrate National Marine Week.


There’s no better way to see marine life, than by visiting an aquarium and getting a close view of colourful fish and fascinating sea creatures. A trip to an aquarium makes a great day out for the entire family, where you can have fun whilst learning all about the amazing creatures that have made the aquarium their home.

Just 15 minutes from Newquay Holiday Park is Blue Reef Aquarium. Here, you’ll see hundreds of different species from the Cornish coast as well as exotic seas, in 40 naturally themed habitats. Take a stroll through the aquarium’s underwater tunnel, that offers amazing views of giant loggerhead turtles, reef sharks and a variety of colourful fish. See if you can spot the aquarium’s longest shark, the Black Reef Tip, that can grow up to 2 metres long. There are also plenty of shows for the whole family to enjoy, such as the Rockpool Encounter, the Turtle Feed, the Tropical Ocean Feed and Shark Talks.

Another great day out in Cornwall is Fowey Aquarium, under 45 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park. Located in the historic Fowey Town Quay, this small but superb attraction was first established in 1952 and still holds some of its original tanks. Fresh sea water is pumped into the tanks daily at high tide, meaning various creatures such as sea-squirts, sponges and tube worms can grow naturally in the aquarium. Kids will love the touch pool, where they can pick up crabs or have their hands tickled by prawns.

Video sourced from MummyTravels

Boat Trips

One of the best ways to celebrate the beautiful marine life of the Cornish sea is to take a boat trip to spot whales, dolphins and seals. A boat trip is a great activity for the whole family and there’s no better place to take a ride than in Cornwall.

If you’re staying at Mullion Holiday Park, then just under an hour away you’ll find Marine Discovery Penzance, a fantastic tour company offering a variety of trips to see Cornwall’s wonderful wildlife. Whilst you’re out at sea, look out for grey seals, seabirds, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales, humpback whales, basking sharks and leatherback turtles.

An alternative marine adventure is Padstow Sealife Safaris, located just 30 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park. They have a variety of excursions on offer, each one giving you a unique insight into Cornwall’s spectacular coastline and wildlife. Whether you want a two-hour sea life safari tour that covers 25 miles of beautiful coastline, or a one hour voyage to visit ‘Seals Cave’, there’s something for everyone.

Video sourced from Padstow Sealife Safaris

Rock Pooling

A great way to get the kids learning about Britain’s wildlife is to head to the coast and search for creatures hiding amongst the rock pools. From crabs and prawns to limpets and starfish, you’re bound to find some fascinating creatures along the Cornish coast.

A fantastic place to explore is Treyarnon Bay Beach, about 30 minutes from both Newquay Holiday Park and St Minver Holiday Park. This beautiful beach on the North coast of Cornwall is a brilliant location for the whole family. It has huge rock slabs with shallow waters, that are perfect for searching for unusual sea creatures. Treyarnon also boasts a natural swimming pool and spectacular waves that are great for surfing. It’s also dog-friendly all year round, making it the perfect day out for everyone.

Another rock-pooling hotspot in Cornwall is Carne Beach, just 40 minutes from White Acres Holiday Park. Also known as Gerrans Bay, the whole area is scattered with mysterious rock pools that are just waiting to be explored. These shallow pools are home to an array of fish, anemones and colourful seaweed. Also, popular for bird watching, butterfly spotting and its spectacular coastal walks, the beach is an excellent place to visit all year round.

Video sourced from Cornwall Kid


Cornwall is renowned for its beaches, and with its long stretches of soft sand and sparkling blue waters, it’s easy to see why. As well as the endless fun to be had on land, many of these beaches are also snorkelling hotspots, meaning the whole family can head to the water and enjoy the beauty that lies beneath.

A popular snorkelling area is Prussia Cove in Penzance, under 45 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park. This tranquil bay with a stunning back drop can only be reached by foot, giving it a secluded feeling. Swim amongst the rocks to find sea-squirts and jewel anemones. The site is also really close to a grey seal colony, so don’t be surprised if you see one of these cute creatures playing in the water too.

Another superb place to snorkel is Porthcurno Beach, about an hour from Mullion Holiday Park. Not far from Land’s End, a visit here will make you feel like you’re in an exotic destination. Its white beaches and turquoise seas are popular with tourists and locals alike, and it’s these crystal-clear waters that make it extra special for snorkelling. When you’re not searching for wildlife in the water, don’t forget to visit the world-famous Minack Theatre that overlooks the bay, a fantastic way to finish off a great day out with the family.

Video sourced from Dan olssen

Have you seen any wonderful marine life in Cornwall? If so, share some photos with us on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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