Things to do at the Hidden Valley Discovery Park review
If your kids love trails, puzzles and more than a touch of magic then a day out at the Hidden Valley Discovery Park in Launceston, Cornwall is a must.
This unique Cornwall attraction is perfect for kids aged two and up with challenges for children and teenagers to get stuck into, as well as fun distractions for the whole family like a miniature train ride, village of hobbit-style houses and a maze.
It’s also dog-friendly, which is a real bonus for families with a four-legged member too.
We spent an afternoon exploring the landscaped gardens while following the Indiana Trail for younger children and solving a riddle from the clues we discovered along the way. The trail has been put together so it is easy for little ones to follow. There’s also a trickier Sherlock Trail for over 10s and teens. Navigating the maze is a good challenge too and took us about 20 minutes to master.
For a bit of light relief you can rest your brains and explore the village of Tibbohton – that’s ‘Not Hobbit’ backwards. Despite the name the beautifully created dwellings here look very much like something you’d expect to find in The Shire. Listen closely and you can hear the inhabitants going about their daily lives inside.
The best bit about The Hidden Valley Discovery Park for teens is the Forbidden Mansion which is full of curious rooms and electronic mission boards. There’s an Alice in Wonderland style optical illusion corridor and an upside down room. If you complete all the Mansion missions and the Sherlock or Indiana activity trail you can claim a prize from reception.
If you’re wondering whether this is somewhere you could spend a rainy day in Cornwall I’d advise that it is not. The only indoor attraction is the Forbidden Mansion. You could spend at least half an hour solving the puzzles in here but the rest of the attraction is outdoors.
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FAQ and Further Information Hidden Valley Discovery Park
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating at the entrance to the park.
What are the main things to do?
Trails and puzzles with a touch of magic. Plus a miniature train ride, a village of hobbit-style houses and a maze. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket is £11.50 and £10.50 for a child age 4-15. Under 4’s are free. Other pricing options are available.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
When are they open?
Hidden valley Discovery park usually opens during the school holidays. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are very welcome in all outside trail areas. They are not permitted in any of the inside areas apart from the reception area. All dogs should be on short fixed leads. Retractable leads are not permitted.
Are they accessible?
Please contact the venue.
Guest post with thanks to Claire Hall from Tin Box Traveller. You can find out more in her full review of Hidden Valley
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