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Published October 4th 2019
Play detective for a day like Sherlock Holmes
Hidden just off of the A30 in Cornwall is this gem of a visitors attraction.
We'd driven along the A30 many times and saw the signs but had assumed that it was just another caravan park as there are lots around the area. Still, we decided to look it up online out of curiosity, and we're glad we did as it turned out to be a great day out and the only attraction of it's kind that we've found in Cornwall.
It's the perfect place if you are looking for somewhere to go that's a bit different. It lets you give your brain a bit of a workout while enjoying the ambience of the surrounding gardens.
Throughout the park, there are several different trails to follow with each having different puzzles to solve. It's designed for all ages to take part though some of the trails have clues that are more suited to older children and adults. Our younger kids still enjoyed running around all over the park, trying to look for the clues and solve the puzzles.
If you need to give your brain a rest from solving puzzles, you can take a stroll through the gardens or even have a ride on the Poterswick Junction light railway train that goes around the park.
Inside the visitor centre, you can enjoy a tasty meal or snack with seating inside and outside. They source many of the ingredients for the meals locally, and the cakes are also sourced from local businesses.
This attraction has something for all ages. With a newly opened section called Tibbohton that's perfect for toddlers and young kids, it's kind of like a little Hobbit village that you can wander around and look at the houses.
The forbidden mansion was our favourite. It's an all-weather attraction with something for everyone, bigger than it looks from the outside with hidden doors, puzzles and quizzes to solve as you walk thru its labyrinth of rooms with some that have time challenges. They give you a card at the ticket desk that activates the games and keeps your score.
Near the middle of the park, you'll find a large hedge maze. This is one of the best ones we've seen with lots of twists, turns and dead-ends. The thick hedge makes it harder by stopping you from seeing where the path goes.