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“Good family day out”

Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Ranked #6 of 63 things to do in Newquay
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: OPEN DAILY FROM 9:30AM! Enjoy a day of family friendly fun all included in one ticket. Dog's welcome and under 3's are FREE! Everyone loves a train ride and Lappa Valley Steam Railway offers three different railways experiences, with over three miles of track! Your journey begins with the mile-long trip, from Benny Halt Station, on a miniature steam locomotive taking you through the picturesque wooded valley to East Wheal Rose. Here you will find more railways, a fabulous wooded valley to explore with a boating lake, a path maze, crazy golf, play area, plus delicious food in the Whistle Stop Cafe and a gift shop packed with everything about trains and more. Lappa Valley is the ideal day out for a family, loads for the children to do all day and plenty to entertain mums, dads and grandparents too!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Great family day out. Kids loved the railway, golf etc. had to drag our son away from the play castle so we could go home!

Thank MbLondon_12
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Kids liked the train up to the mine area. There's a park, mini golf, another train, canoes and of course a maze (wouldn't be an English day out without a maze!!!). The only thing that puzzles me is why do poms still allow smoking in public areas, no helmets on bikes and no water safety what so ever and yet when a child who's one month off 5 years old wants to ride on an electric car, we are told that it's not allowed??? There was not a single life jacket in sight as the children canoed around the lake.....what would the insurance agent say about that if a child was to drown??? Get with the programme people.

Anyway, I digress. The Lappa valley railway is a fun half day for the kids but it's a one off experience only really, for the under fives.

Thank liketotravel081
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muffin032, General Manager at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2012

Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed your visit. With regard to life jackets, we have of course checked with both our health and safety consultants and our insurers. Due to the water depth only being 18 inches, a member of staff supervising the boating lake at all times and as we only allow young children in the canoes with parental supervision life jackets are not deemed necessary.

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We have just returned home after another great day at Lappa Valley! As a local with a little boy who loves trains this is an excellent place to take him. I do try and make use of the discounts regularly available in the local press but even so it is excellent value for money!
The place is immaculate and well kept, the staff friendly and lots of activities to keep us all amused. Love the kayaks and the golf, lots of climbing frame/park equipment - some of which appears new from our visit last year!
We took our own picnic and used one of the may tables/seating available but used the cafe for teas and ice cream - all of which was good value. The toilets are clean and tidy as was the temporary loo in the far field. I also have a baby in a pushchair and it is pretty much pushchair friendly.
All in all it is a great day out with lots to do - dont expect to just be able to turn up and be entertained this is not some tacky tourist destimation - you have to make the effort to enjoy all that is on offer.
Well done Lappa Valley - we will be back!

1  Thank oscar14841
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Took our two kiddies here one afternoon, we arrived late and were a little unsure of what to expect when we arrived to park. Have learnt in the past not to judge a book by its cover we paid the afternoon rate fee for a ride on a train.
After a lovely little journey we arrived at the rest of the Railway. Where we found 3 more steam trains, a little lake and play areas, various planned walks.
The kids both loved the steam trains and they spent a good hour on the various play areas.
Because we came late, the queues weren't very long and the space on the climbers increased.
We easily managed to waste the rest of the afternoon here until they closed.
Now that we know what to expect we will definitely arrive earlier next time and stay longer.

Thank RJ1001
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Brilliant and great entertainment for the kids. Very good value with the all-in tickets. Just make sure you read the price tariff & the age of children you pay for before going into the ticket office, otherwise you may end up paying a bit more! The train rides were very enjoyable and the canoes were just brilliant. The crazy golf was also great fun and just crazy!! A good place to go on a nice day.

1  Thank Russell C
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