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“Welcoming family attraction”

Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Ranked #6 of 62 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Welcoming family attraction”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Went to lappa valley for Father's Day with all the family. The staff are so friendly and make the kids have a special time. There is not loads to do there but we spent a good 4 hours there! One huge disappointment was the food, the sandwiches were terrible we took them back! The egg mayo was 80% mayo same with chicken and bacon just full of mayo. Stay with the pasties for a safe bet.

Thank Darri S
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely day at Lappa Valley!”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We found a flyer for Lappa Valley and didn't really know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised. The attractions are mainly outside and I would therefore only recommend for a dry day. There is a small lake and you are able to hire a kayak to take around here; this was included in the admission price. There are an additional two railways within the valley; one is a small electric one that was fun and another took you to a playground. There was an indoor play area that had lots to do for little ones. There was also an excellent playground that had plenty to do. The cafe was ok but they had limited food when we visited due to being so busy. Lovely day out had by all!

Visited June 2014
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Sutton Coldfield
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45 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A really great day out for the Nipper.”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

A fantastic setting and a great build up on the train for the little kids. Our son way overjoyed by the day out. The park is really well thought through, albeit a little tired, however, I was talking to someone there who said that it has recently been acquired by a new owner who plans to invest in the park. The staff were absolutely exceptional, helpful, fun and genuinely took a keen interest in what they do. The guy who works on the the kayak lake is a diamond. The food at the cafe is fine and reasonably priced. The souvenir shops are well themed and stocked; the pricing is fair. The WC's are clean and have good changing facilities. Plenty of parking space also.

Go there, it's great value!

Visited June 2014
Thank Lord_Hillier
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A fun day for everyone”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

What a lovely attraction for all ages.
We, four pensioners and steam train enthusiasts, enjoyed the three train rides especially going through the woods.
There was lots to do and all inclusive in the reasonable entrance fee.
Lots of open spaces with a boating lake, maze, crazy golf, children's play and picnic areas.
A lovely café and everything very clean and tidy.
The staff were all helpful, happy and cheerful and enjoyed interacting with the visitors.
All in all a very enjoyable visit.

Visited June 2014
Thank Rita H
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muffin032, General Manager at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, responded to this review, 15 June 2014
Thank-you for your comments ; yes, children of all ages have fun here !
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Skegness, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Great Half Day or Full Day Out For The Whole Family”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

If you like trains, or the old steam engines, you will really enjoy this attraction, and it matters not how old or young you are, this is a really great day out for the entire family. Were you a young lad during the 1950s and 1960s? Did you always dream of becoming a steam train engine driver when you grew up? Well, it does not really matter if you are a young lad, or a young lady, or an adult of either gender, you should really enjoy this attraction, your little ones certainly will.

You start by joining the train, after leaving your car, or in our case, our mini bus, in the car park, purchase your tickets from the ticket office, (Adults £12,00, Children £9,50 and over 60s £10,00, with special family saver tickets ranging from £37,00 - £40,00) and boarding the15inch narrow gauge steam train for a tranquil ride chuffing along through the woodland, for about 15-20 minutes and once out of the woodland you are greeted by the most peaceful, tranquil beautiful place you can imagine. Like a little oasis in the middle of nowhere.

Here you will find two smaller gauge trains that you can take a ride on. One only goes in a straight line through some more woodlands but along the route, there are little plastic animals peaking out of the trees, and sat on old tree stumps and you should have fun with your kids trying to see who can see the most by counting them all.

There is a small cafe which is reasonably priced with a selection of snacks and drinks that can be purchased, but there are several picnic sites if you have your own 'pack-ups'. There is also a small gift shop, kiddies pedal cars (coin operated), a small crazy golf course, a lake with canoes, some go-karts (small extra charge), a children's play area, an adventure castle, and an historic mine engine house. There is also what they describe as a maze, but this is not a normal conventional maze. It is a bricked pathed maze in which you walk around on it trying to find the centre to ring the bell. A little dissapointing for me, but good for little kiddies as they cannot get lost in hedges and parents can keep a watchful eye on them as they try to find the centre.

The leaflet describes this attraction as, and I quote:

" It's a brilliant day out and great value! You will discover a fantastic day of adventure and discovery, all for the price of a single train ticket! It's a magical mix of fun and history in a beautiful natural setting",

and I have to say, I could not have put it better myself.

If you ask the train drivers, they will show you the steam engines in details and tell you how the coal, water, fire and steam give the engines motion. The staff here are all very pleasant and very helpful.

I am sure that if I ever returned to Cornwall, I would return to the Lappa Valley Steam Railway and Leisure Park. Well done to all who work there either on a paid or voluntary basis, and many thanks to the man who made it all possible.

By the way, do not be put off if you are wheelchair bound or have a wheelchair bound person i your group or family, this is a disabled friendly attraction and you will be able to board the main train to the adventure area.

Visited June 2014
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muffin032, General Manager at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Wow, we are really glad to hear such glowing coments - it is much appreciated by the team so thanks for taking the trouble to write
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