A Country Kid’s Post: A Not So Hidden Valley

Train Station at Hidden Valley

Just before the school term started, we visited Hidden Valley which isn’t too far from where we live.

The first time we went, was probably two years ago.  We thought of doing little T’s fourth birthday party there. In the end though opted to go somewhere else since we weren’t sure of how the weather was going to hold.

It’s a nice little place to go to, especially for younger children.  There weren’t many changes since the last time, although what used to be the “Haunted House” was now a Sherlock Holme’s trail which had clues you had to find and riddles to solve, perfect for kids older than T.  She and her friend didn’t bother to do the trail, but they had fun going in and out of the doors complete with hidden rooms.

We had a picnic after and was pleased to see a designated picnic area complete with wooden benches and tables, though it was a bit tricky to eat with chickens around.  One even tried to peck the sandwich of my friend’s little girl!  As expected, little M cried!

After lunch the kids, decided to head for the maze, but not before visiting the “Hobbit’s House first.

Then the animals …

T stood awhile, hoping that this sleeping pig would wake up.  But I guess it was too tired to even bother.

And of course, there were ducks in a pond.  There are always ducks!

I’ve always liked the idea of having a pet donkey.  But I’m afraid we don’t really have the space for one.  Aren’t they the cutest?

And then it was time to take the little train back home.  Well not really.  It actually went around the Hidden Valley.  A nice treat for the kids, as well as for the adults.

They are currently building a Japanese garden there.  I can imagine how beautiful it will be in Spring.  Can’t wait to see that!

Hidden Valley is located at Tredidon, St Thomas, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8SJ.  This isn’t a sponsored post by the way, it’s just nice to be able to help support local businesses.

Have you visited any fun place lately?


  1. I don’t think I have the space for a pet donkey either! Looks and sounds like a lovely day out. I love the hobbit house! I’m not sure I would like the chickens stealing my sandwiches though…

  2. This looks like a fab place to go my son would love the train he is really obsessed with them.

  3. Jess Helicopter

    Aw this place looks awesome! I soooo want to visit the hobbits house! My kids would utterly LOVE it! Lovely pics too. Will have to look it up next time we’re down South.

    • Yep, it’s definitely worth a visit especially for little ones 🙂 The Hobbit house is indeed charming with it’s little furniture inside. Not much though, but the kids loved it. x

  4. Looks like a great place for kids! I like the sound of the Sherlock Holmes trail 🙂

    • T was a bit too young for it, but older kids would’ve enjoyed it and yes, even adults 😉

  5. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    This looks like such a great day out for kids and my son would definetly love it since there are ducks! I wish there were more places like this near me.

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  6. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    It does look fun. I know my children would be desperate to go into the Hobbit House. We had a builder that lost his sandwich to one of our chickens. They can spring when they want to . Hope M cheered up soon. #CountryKids
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  7. Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    I also want a pet donkey or pony! They are just the right size for me haha. But I think they are pretty expensive and well no space in here too!

    I remember in the Philippines. My Lola lives in the mountains (Antipolo before all the progress) and we eat with the chickens too! Its tricky but in the end they learned to wait =)

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  8. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    I’ve never visited the Hidden Valley, it is on my to do list along with Carnglaze Caverns out that way. I’ve heard good tings about it from our guests so I must get there one day. I love the look of the little train, Nick would be taking notes for Coombe Mill with this one. What a lovely day out for T and her friend.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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  9. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    What an awesome place to visit.
    I love the hobbit house, quite magical 🙂
    The train ride is a nice touch too.
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  10. I adore going out and discovering the British countryside as much as I can and as there are always so many amazing things to see. The hobbit house is adorable! A little bit too far out from where I am but one to note down if I am ever in the area.

  11. The Hobbit style house would be where me and my kids would make a be-line for.I haven’t seen a Shetland pony in years, they are such friendly animals and perfect for kids.

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