All that Glitters is not Gold!

A few weeks ago we were guests at Trevella Park in Cornwall and having regular holidays in this beautiful county, we were keen to explore places new.

Perusing a magazine with days out I came across Cornwall Gold which is billed as a unique visitor experience set in the tin mining landscape of Cornwall. The park set in 18 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and admission and parking free of charge – as a family of 6, free is always a good number so we added it to our list of places to visit.

When you arrive you enter through the main jewellery showroom at which is home to Cornwall’s largest collection of jewellery. It is stunning, but not somewhere I would recommend taking young children as they were very quickly bored and making a noise so we headed outside rather quickly.

Cornwall Gold

Cornwall Gold consists of lots of different buildings set around beautiful landscaped gardens, with each building housing a different activity.

  • The Bear Works, where you can create, stuff and dress your very own bear
  • Create and Paint Pottery where you can make your own pottery and then they then glaze and fire your masterpiece for you.
  • Pick-a-Pearl where you can net your own oyster and have a pearl taken directly from it. They can then make this into a beautiful piece of jewellery with the help of the in-house pearl design team.
  • Gem Scoop is all about rocks, fossils, minerals and gems and they offer a range of gem gifts is on offer with something for all ages and budgets
  • A traditional nine-hole crazy golf course, each hole presenting different challenges.
  • Piskie Panning lets you sift sand with a traditional gold pan to reveal gems and hidden treasures.
  • Tolgus Tin Mine where you can see how they smelt tin ore extracted from the stream running through the park, witness the awesome power of the stamping machinery and learn about the ingenuity of the men who extracted tin from sand, mud and water.

With the exception of Tolgus Tin Mine, all these activities cost extra – a lot extra, so we decided to explore the tin mine.

Cornwall Gold

I have to admit that I expected to go into a mine below the surface, but it was a museum. There were lots of signs dotted about explaining how things worked and some of the machines were switched on, but seeing them wobble didn’t translate into how men extracted the tin from mud.

The mine had the potential to be really interesting, but sadly it didn’t grab the attention of any of us.

Tolgus Mine

The kids had much more fun exploring a small room at the back of the mine that was packed full of local artefacts.

Cornwall Gold

Once out of the mine we gave the kids a choice of a game of Crazy Golf of panning for gold and they chose the panning for gold. We were given a traditional gold pan to sift the sand and reveal gems and hidden treasure which we got to take home and keep.

Cornwall Gold

All in all, it was a very disappointing morning as Cornwall Gold is very heavy on pushing the product and not the experience.

As we left three coach loads of pensioners arrived for a day out, I think this location is better suited that generation sadly, despite efforts to make it more family friendly.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

12 thoughts on “All that Glitters is not Gold!

  1. Ninjacat says:

    Looks like a really fun place to visit
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  2. That local artefacts room looks interesting. It is always the bits that are not the main attraction thta my kids love! Mich x
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  3. I really don’t like places that have so many paid for activities within them as I don’t like to disappoint the kids on a day out but it’s much too expensive to do them all.
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  4. Jen says:

    It is such a shame when places like this seen to push expensive options. We have found that a lot and I hate it. I remember this place from my childhood and my Mum and Dad left!
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  5. That’s a shame – I also thought that the tin mine sounded like the most interesting of the experiences on offer.
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  6. It looks like an interesting day out for a certain market – sadly it doesn’t appear that families with young children is it.
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  7. Sarah Bailey says:

    What a shame they were pushing you so much and not allowing you to sit back and enjoy the experience. x
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  8. Jaime Oliver says:

    aww thats super sad that the hard sell was there but not the push for the experience.

    Hope with feed back they change it as I think kids would love it!
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  9. Orli says:

    That is such a shame you didn’t have a good day. I looked at the photos before reading it all and thought my kids would love it, so thanks for the warning. It is such a shame because it has such a good potential to be a fun place for a day out for families.
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  10. Sonia says:

    What a shame it was disappointing, it looks like it has great potential. Maybe if they charged for entry they’d be able to put some money into it to make it more family friendly.
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  11. Ness says:

    There’s a place like this on the Isle of Wight. We once popped into their cafe while walking round the island and it was full of pensioners on a coach trip. They must have wondered what we were up to!
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  12. Coombe Mill says:

    We have been there before, it used to be called Cornish Goldsmith’s. Our conclusion was much the same as yours. I remember the coach loads of pensioners and the hard push on the products. Do they still have the old James Bond car there? This was the only thing mine remembered about visiting, and the expensive pot animal I let them each paint. I guess free entry comes at a cost! I do remember mine enjoying running up and down the huge grassy banks outside over a picnic too. Thank you for sharing your experience with me on Country Kids.
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