7 weatherproof things to do with dogs and kids in Cornwall

b1911ffe0b68586f7f1a30eaf98019a7So much for the heatwave! It is tricky finding things to do with your dog and your kids, but even harder when the weather is miserable in Cornwall. Here are a few suggestions that should put smiles on faces and wags in tails. (Cover photo by Elena Shumilova)

Please note, we have thought about this — the Eden Project, for example, is dog friendly, but no good if the kids want to go into the biomes and you cannot take your dog. Any comments or suggestions welcome as always.

St Ives branch line c imagerail.co_.uk_1  St Erth to St Ives railway

Dogs are allowed on the First Great Western branch line around St Ives Bay and it is listed as one of the most scenic in the UK. The branch line takes you along the Hayle estuary and offers incredible views of the panoramic sands and seas of Carbis Bay before arriving at the Porthminster beach in St Ives (there’s a dog ban in the summer but it’s raining). Dog friendly eateries in the town include the very kid-friendly Hub Bar & Grill on St Ives harbour front where dogs are allowed downstairs. www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/your-journey/at-the-station/st-ives-cornwall

helston-museum2  Helston Museum

It is indoors, dry, with interesting collections such as their incredible costume collection or Victorian classroom. May we suggest The Blue Anchor, down the hill on Coinagehall Street for a dog and child friendly pub lunch. www.helstonmuseum.co.uk/

StMawes_Castle010715-10243   St Mawes Castle

You can explore the inside of the castle at St Mawes on a rainy day. There is a gunners room as well as the ‘oubliette’ where prisoners used to be kept. Pendennis, the twin castle in Falmouth is equally child and dog friendly and interesting to explore and you can catch a ferry between the St Mawes and Falmouth. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stmawescastle

Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway

If you want to try something a little different, enjoy a ride on a beautiful vintage steam train through the Cornish countryside.  Enjoy a 13 mile return journey from Bodmin General Station to Bodmin Parkway in the Glynn Valley and Boscarne Junction in the Camel Valley. Dogs are welcome on board — but not on the seats, or in the buffet car and they need to be kept on leads on the platforms and at the stations for fairly obvious reasons! www.bodminrailway.co.uk

IMG_92435  The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, Charlestown

Lots of interesting things for kids and grown ups here. You can explore the old tunnels where china clay was transported to ships in the harbour, climb on a lifeboat exhibit and see real treasure recovered from Cornish shipwrecks (and famous ones elsewhere such as the Titanic). Dogs are welcome on leads. www.shipwreckcharlestown.com

11377917_772599332853843_879781_n6  Bodmin Jail

Dogs are not allowed in the restaurant or bar, but dogs are allowed in the rest of the jail. Be warned the jail exhibits are not for the faint hearted and there are some areas, such as the mocked up executions which are not suitable for younger children. It is a fascinating place, however, for older children and brave grown ups, especially those who want to learn a little about the darker side of Cornish history. Interesting note, the actor who played Jim Carter in Poldark visited the jail as part of the research into his character in series one. www.bodminjail.org

IMG_82027  Dog friendly sightseeing tour with Finesse Chauffeurs

Finesse Chauffeurs are very dog friendly, and Rosie can vouch for this, as she enjoyed a lovely day tour with them recently (along with the rest of the family!) They offer tours where you drive around locations of particular interest to you, or you can choose a themed trip, such as the Poldark tour. You can see a lot, stay dry, and the grown ups can have a cheeky glass of wine or a pint en route. DVDs players are available for kids on request. Ask in advance and they will pick out dog and child friendly lunch venues too. finessechauffeurs.co.uk