The Camborne and Redruth Heartlands are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is rich in ancient mining heritage and remains at major visitor centres including East Pool Mine, King Edward Mine and the tin mines of Geevor and Poldark. Close to Camborne are the vast old mining areas of Dolcoath and Carn Brea. At these sites you can discover the fascinating history of Cornish copper and tin mining. Many are great attractions for families with activities for children, onsite adventure playgrounds, underground mine tours, family cafes and art studios.
Several old mining trails also feature around Camborne and Redruth along Mineral Tramway trails like the Great Flat Lode which today are popular for family walking and cycling. Famous names in the history of British engineering and invention herald from this area including Richard Trevithick who built the first beam engine. Camborne celebrates its famous son at the end of April annually on Trevithick Day.
Portreath, Godrevy & Tehidy Country Park
The Portreath coast near Camborne is a Heritage Coast and beautiful family friendly beaches are here. Portreath Beach has been awarded the highest standard of water quality by the Good Beach Guide and has fine soft sands perfect for families. Surfing is also popular here around the harbour wall and ‘rocky’, and there are many amenities including beachside cafes, restaurants, shops and waterfront amusements. Dogs are welcome outside of peak season. Godrevy’s wild beach coves, island and lighthouse sit close to Camborne. Great coastal walking is along North Cliffs and Western Hill, and beaches in the area are popular with surfers and families.
Family friendly outdoor activity centre Tehidy Country Park near Camborne is rich in wildlife with a lake, woodland trails, an 18 hole golf course, BBQ area, cafe and visitor centre. Award-winning family holiday parks are in the area offering a variety of cottages, caravans, glamping and tourer accommodation near sandy beaches, with extensive onsite leisure facilities and play areas.
Trevithick Day & Festivals
Britain’s great inventor and engineer, Richard Trevithick, was born in a small cottage around a mile from Dolcoath Mine. Camborne pays due homage to its famous son at the annual Camborne Trevithick Day, a free one-day festival celebrating Trevithick and the town’s mining heritage with fairground rides, market stalls, live performances and a variety of steam engines and vintage vehicles on display.
The Camborne Music Festival is one of the town’s most popular events, attracting a wide range of amateur musicians in November. It’s a chance to watch a variety of performances in the Centenary Methodist Church. In July, visit for the Camborne Show, a celebration of Camborne’s rural heritage, with family entertainment, show jumping, dog shows and more.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.