Lappa Valley Steam Railway Park


As we had a long journey back home from St Ives we wanted to do something in the morning that was on the route home – and being just off the A30, Lappa Valley fit the bill. Lappa Valley is a miniature steam railway and park, aimed at younger children – there are 3 different trains to ride, as well as a whole host of other activities including indoor soft play, mini ride on tractors (a toddler favourite!), crazy golf, boats, and all the usual park swings, slides and sand pits.

When you arrive in the car park, you’re actually located a mile away from the park itself, and you need to buy your ticket from the ticket office and ride the steam train to get there – very exciting! Unfortunately we missed the train so had to wait 40 minutes for the next one. There is some playground equipment at the ticket office, but not a lot, so it’s worth checking the train times here before you go.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Lappa Valley Steam Train carriages


Like most toddlers, Max is a huge fan of trains – Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington, real life ‘choo-choos’ – so he was really excited on the train ride. The ride up offered lots to look at – my husband even saw a fox but sadly Max and I were not so sharp eyed.


Ride on tractors


Once we arrived in the park, Max made a bee-line for his favourite – the mini ride-on tractors! Not so much a favourite of mine, as he’ll ride them for ages but hasn’t yet learned the art of steering and isn’t quite tall enough to touch the ground with his feet, so it means someone has to push – not great for the back! I think Max would happily have spent all day on these, but we did eventually manage to persuade him to move on.

There is a huge play area with pirate ship, sand pit with mini diggers, slides, and swings, and Max loved exploring.


Max playing on digger

Max on roundabout

Lappa Valley


There is also a small indoor play area which Max ventured into and then quickly back out again – who can blame him as we were lucky to visit on a sunny day!


Indoor Soft Play


Like the train that takes you to the park, the two other trains both run to a timetable, so it’s worth working that out to make sure you get on. We loved the Express Train, which circles the play area so you get lots of waves from passers by, and it feels really fast! My husband was so impressed that he asked the driver how fast he thought we were going – apparently somewhere around the 5mph mark! Not quite as fast as it felt then.


Express Train heading into tunnel

Express Train circling play area

Lappa Valley Park 2


Lappa Valley is the perfect place to visit if you have a small child and are looking for somewhere to stop on that long route out of Cornwall. I do feel that £12.50 for an adult entry is quite pricey, but there are lots of discounts available if you’re local and can visit more regularly, and if not, then I guess you need to accept paying the tourist tax!


Eating and Drinking

There are two cafes in the park, only one of which was open on our visit. It offered a range of pasties, sandwiches and drinks. We all shared a pasty (Max developed quite a taste for them on holiday!) and ate on the picnic tables outside.



Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5LX

Adult: £12.50

Child (3-15): £10 (under 3’s free)

Family: (2 adults, 2 children) £40




Do you have a little one with a big love of trains? Have you visited Lappa Valley or do you know of somewhere similar that we might like? Do leave me a comment and let me know!


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  • Mrs T
    May 9, 2016

    oooh this looks wonderful! right up our street. must be something in the water we did trains this weekend! great post xx #bigpinklink

  • Yvette Morgan
    May 9, 2016

    looks like a nice day out 🙂 #bigpinklink

  • Secret Life of Baby
    May 9, 2016

    This looks awesome! I love the mini tractors – Max looks like he’s having a ball! Also the play area is in such gorgeous surroundings. The steam train looks so cool too. Prices not too bad either, such a shame we’re soooo far away from this. We have a heritage railway up the road and when I’m older, Mother and Father are going to take me on the Santa express (for their benefit more than mine I feel 😉 ) #bigpinklink

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 9, 2016

      I’m finding more miniature railways all over the place now! It’s our new ‘must-do’ activity – we’ll do them all by the time the summer’s over!

  • Nadia - ScandiMummy
    May 9, 2016

    This look wonderful and gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing #bigpinklink

    Nadia – ScandiMummy

  • This Mum's Life
    May 9, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures as always!! I agree that it is quite pricey, but it looks like a lovely place, and I know that my 2 would absolutely love it!! And most of the time it’s worth the prices to see the happiness on their faces! Trains/tractors/anything that moves, and my boys are all over it! I’ll keep this place in mind, because we’ve just found an awesome hotel in Newquay that we plan on making regular trips to!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 9, 2016

      I think that’s where they get us parents – we’ll pay anything to put a smile on our kid’s faces! So pleased to have provided you with an outing – it’s really close to Newquay! Thanks for commenting and hosting!

  • Elsie Pop
    May 9, 2016

    You had perfect weather for your Cornwall trip didn’t you? This looks like great fun – did you know there’s a miniature railway in Knaphill? Might be worth a go! xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 9, 2016

      Apparently there’s one in Ottershaw too, just by St Peter’s? Sounds like we could visit a different mini railway every weekend all summer I reckon! They’re everywhere!

  • Sophie
    May 11, 2016

    Looks like you all had a great experience. Shame you missed the first train but you all had fun whatever 🙂
    Sophie x

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    May 11, 2016

    Oh, this looks so, so good. My boys (well, my littlest in particular) is obsessed by steam trains. We have a really nice track about an hour away in Bala and we head there a few times a year. What is it with little boys and transport?! 😉 x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 11, 2016

      It’s funny isn’t it – every time he sees a train now he gets ridiculously excited! And we’ve started looking out other little steam train places near us to visit too – there’s so many of them once you start looking!

  • Sarah Stockley
    May 11, 2016

    I keep meaning to take mine to the Bluebell Railway as it is fairly close by. My kids are Harry Potter obsessed so they would love to have a ride on a steam train. Lappa Valley looks great. Sarah #whatevertheweather

  • Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
    May 11, 2016

    We live about just over an hour away from Lappa Valley and we’ve been contemplating taking the drive for a day out, having now seen this I think its a definite must. It looks like such fun! Max looks like he’s loving it, looks like a proper toddler dream land #whatevertheweather x

  • AMommysAdventures
    May 12, 2016

    What a fun place! We have a miniature steam engine place about 45 minutes from our house that is open one 2 Sundays a month for free that we have yet to visit. I am really motivated now, I think my girls would love it.

  • CornishKids
    May 13, 2016

    We LOVE Lappa Valley. Nice to see your pictures of it. Yes we usually look for the offers too. They have a ‘Fathers weekend’ special on 18th and 19th June – Father’s go free. #whatevertheweather

  • Life Unexpected
    May 16, 2016

    We love it here. We went on Evie’s birthday recently and unfortunately it was rainy. You definitely need to go on a sunny day like you did to make the most of it. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather x

  • Jenny Eaves
    May 17, 2016

    Aww, my two would be in train heaven! They both love trains and this would be amazing, if we’re ever down in Cornwall, Lappa Valley will be the top of our list. The little trains always feel like they’re going faster than they are, but there still so much fun. Thanks so much for linking up your train fun to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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