They mix apples and imagination to make delicious drinks! A family run business in the heart of Cornwall who fully appreciate why a dog should join families on farm tours. Take a vintage tractor ride (yes, with your dog aboard), experience their cyder mastery methods, have a VIP cyder experience, meet the beautiful furry farm animals and say hi to them up close, have a Cornish cream tea or eat at the restaurant (again your dog is welcome) and (or) head straight to the cyder sampling part of Healey’s!
There are two small exclusions to dogs being welcome all areas… dogs are not permitted in the production halls or in the jam kitchen for hygiene purposes (seems fair!). This means you may need to take turns to have a good wander around these areas, whilst someone stays behind with your dog.
Our dogs LOVE the Lost Gardens of Heligan! They have to stay on the lead but the walks are simply wonderful (and full of amazing scents!). You can choose the distance and the amount of time you would like to walk but, wherever you choose, you will be blown away by the skill and beauty of these historical gardens. There is a gift shop full of local produce from face creams, candles to gin and the restaurant serves delicious locally sourced meat and vegetables for breakfast and lunch until late afternoon. The gardens are so set up for dogs that their map of the gardens pin points where the doggy poo bins are. For the farm animal fanatics, visit the rare breeds from an Exmoor pony sharing a field with a giant Shire horse to cheeky (and talkative) pygmy goats!
The Eden Project was first created 20 years ago in a disused china clay pit in Cornwall which was transformed into a living theatre of plants and people. Today they support projects locally, nationally and internationally around topics relating to our love and preservation of planet Earth. It’s dog friendly in the outdoor gardens (with your dog being on a lead) which is a kaleidoscope of colour and species of plants across 20 acres so allow up to 2 hours of mooching and marvelling at their wizardry and expertise with plants. There is plenty more to see and do at Eden Project so you can take turns to go and take a look around the Biomes perhaps while you dog waits patiently in the dog friendly covered dining area. For the brave, and adventurous, book yourselves some fun at Hangloose Adventure where your dog is most welcome to also watch as you take it in turns to fly!
King Henry VIII built this mighty fortress on Pendennis Point in Falmouth to defend the country from invasion. It also played an incredibly important role throughout both World Wars so is steeped in evocative history dating back to the Tudor times. Our two dogs enjoyed their walk around the moat and the grounds as well as within the castle itself, they needed to be on leads at all times but the walk and the sea views from the castle and grounds are breathtaking!
Another English Heritage castle like Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle is one of the best preserved Henry VIII’s castle in the UK. It was also built to defend the country from Catholic French and Spanish invasions. Dogs are most welcome around the fort and castle itself as well as the gift shop. The fort is shaped like a clover leaf and was originally surrounded by octagonal defences. The views from the castle are gorgeous and the walks around the fort offer far reaching views across to Falmouth (where you will see Pendennis Castle).
I mean, who could resist those gorgeous seal faces that look like merle coloured Labradors looking up at you? The Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a charity who’s mission is to rescue and provide expert care to the sick seals rescued along Cornwall’s shores with the aim to release them back into the wild as soon as they are fit and strong enough. For those seals where this is no longer an option, the sanctuary provides just that and offers them a permanent home and haven along with other marine life (like penguins!) in need of help. The sanctuary is very dog friendly and the only area where they are not allowed is within the hospital and inside the cafe but there is a covered dining area to be able to enjoy the same menu. There are doggy treats, water bowls and even bio-degradable poop bags on offer as well as your four-legged friend can join you for a ride on their Land Train!
Okay, so you won’t be able to take your dogs in the water with you to tackle the Wipeout style aqua park hilarities or on the inflatable floating volleyball court or while you have a turn on the Flow ride (Cornwall’s only surf simulator) but there is a man made beach with cafe and picnic benches where a member of your group can sit, warm and dry, with your dog to watch the craziness and giggles unfold! A great family day out where your dog is welcome to join you rather than be left at home alone.