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A Fun Family Day Out at Roskilly’s Organic Farm and Ice Cream Parlour

On a sunny plateau surrounded by Cornish countryside, discover Roskilly’s working organic farm that’s been in the Roskilly family for 5 generations. At the heart of the farm lies a vibrant visitor centre serving world-famous ice cream made from the herd grazing right outside.

Roskilly’s promises wholesome adventures for families amongst nature with animal trails, adrenaline-pumping cycling tracks, indulgent sweet treats and incredible sea views too. Read our complete guide on how to enjoy the perfect family day out getting back to the farm.

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Getting to Roskilly’s

The farm lies on the Lizard Peninsula near the village of Tregallast, south of the city of Truro. Use postcode TR12 7EY for satnavs.

By Car – Follow the A394 towards Helston. At Trelowarren turn off towards St Keverne and follow signs to Roskilly’s through Goonhilly Downs. There’s ample free parking on grass fields at the farm.

By Bus – The 34 bus operated by First Kernow runs a regular route connecting Helston to The Lizard villages. Ask to alight at Roskilly’s stop, directly outside the main farm entrance.

Opening Days and Times

Open all year round except Christmas Day. Core hours are:

Summer (Mar – Nov) – Daily 10am – 5pm

Winter (Dec – Feb) Wed – Sun 10:30am – 4pm

During school holidays the parlour opens extended hours from 9.30am up to 5.30pm. See website for full seasonal details.

Entry Fees

Entry is free with charges for certain activities:

Ice Cream Parlour – Prices per scoop start from £2.50 with indulgent sundaes from £6.95.

Adventure Trail – £7 per trail book.

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What to See and Do

With glass windows looking directly into the dairy, Roskilly’s interactive Ice Cream Parlour lets kids discover firsthand how their sweet treats get made, from grass to glass. Farm staff happily explain the process while visitors sample flavours like raspberry ripple and chocolate orange brownie.

With tummies filled with ice cream, families can explore this sustainable farm at leisure across 100 acres of fields, woods and coastline. Follow winding nature trails on foot or by bike.

Meet the Resident Farm Animals

A highlight for youngsters is making friends with the farm animals they just spotted grazing around the fields. Several paddocks near the visitor centre allow safe interaction with the family’s herd of water buffalo from whom rich creamy milk flows to churn their legendary ice cream.

Kids can also get up close to the cute pygmy goats, fluffy alpacas, curious pigs and clucking chickens that call Roskilly’s home via open fences. Remember to pick up some animal feed bags for just £1 from the shop to spoon feed these super tame residents.

With waves crashing in the background, the coastal vistas from Roskilly’s cliffs are an incredible backdrop for a family day of discovery. Remember your camera!

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Refuel With Homemade Food and Local Treats

Break up all the fresh air fun with pitstops at Roskilly’s cosy cafe set in a traditional farm building. Tuck into hearty ploughman’s lunches, warming soups and tempting cakes, all made on-site using seasonal produce fresh from the fields outside.

Don’t miss their legendary Cream Teas served the traditional Cornish way with freshly baked scones, clotted cream and fruity jam. Hungry kids can chow down on child-sized picnic boxes crammed with rolled sandwiches, crisps, sweet treats and healthy fruit.

The Croust House Restaurant serves up a menu of wholesome, homemade dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. The focus is on simple, rustic fare, with plenty of options to tempt every palate. Start your day with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, and sausages, or indulge in a sweet treat like pancakes or homemade scones. For lunch, choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and hot dishes, including homemade burgers, wood-fired oven pizzas, and fresh fish and chips. And of course, no visit to Roskillys would be complete without trying their famous ice cream, made with milk from their own Jersey cows. With a variety of flavors to choose from, you’re sure to find your perfect scoop.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect on the menu:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, scones, porridge
  • Lunch: Sandwiches, salads, homemade burgers, wood-fired oven pizzas, fresh fish and chips, quiche
  • Desserts: Ice cream (made with their own Jersey cow milk!), cakes, pies
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Roskilly’s Shop

Before you leave, stock up on take-home gifts and souvenirs at the well-stocked farm shop. Alongside Roskilly’s own dairy products, you’ll discover Cornish fudge, biscuits, preserves and locally crafted soaps that make lovely family mementoes.

Top Tips for Visiting Roskilly’s

To help you plan, here are some useful visitor notes:

  • Due to breeding seasons, the ponies and herd only appear between May and October.
  • Some animals can’t be fed by visitors including pregnant mares and rams.
  • Bring sturdy footwear for walks plus raincoats as Cornish mists roll in fast.
  • The parlour accepts cash only while the shop has card facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Roskilly’s? – Yes, they welcome well behaved dogs on leads

Is it wheelchair accessible? – Most of the ground is flat and suiutable for wheelchairs, but it can get muddy in wet weather

How long do I need for a trip to Roskilly’s? – It will vary for everyone, but 2-3 hours should be ample to get a good feel of everything they have

Nearby Family Attractions Around the Lizard Peninsula

Combine a trip to Roskilly’s Organic Farm with exploring more of the beautiful Lizard Peninsula:

  • Trengwainton Gardens – These National Trust gardens contain exotic and ornamental plant collections set amongst scenic woodland, with Ponds with lily pads and several architectural follies to spot.
  • Penzance Harbour and Promenade – Stroll along the redeveloped waterfront promenade of Penzance, then wander its old streets, art galleries and shops before dining out in one of the many seafood restaurants and bars.
  • St Michael’s Mount – Catch a ferry or walk across the causeway at low tide to explore this tidal island with a medieval church and castle, subtropical gardens and a quaint harbour and village.
  • Mousehole Harbour – This classic Cornish fishing village has a picturesque harbour filled with coloured houses and fishing boats. The village has galleries, cafés, independent shops and excellent seafood restaurants.
  • Minack Theatre – Watch an open-air performance at this uniquely constructed theatre set into the cliffs at Porthcurno, with beautiful panoramic views from the steep terraces.
  • Porthcurno Beach – Just along from the Minack is this lovely sandy surfing and swimming beach, famous for its clear, azure blue waters. It has a cliffside cafe and the Telegraph Museum nearby.
  • Geevor Tin Mine – Go underground at this preserved 18th century tin mine. Learn about the history of mining in Cornwall through the museum, see a working steam engine and explore surface buildings.
  • Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – Visit this Cornish farm to enjoy their cider, ride a tractor and meet the animals
  • Lands End – The iconic rocky Land’s End headland has stunning cliffside views and coastal scenery. Spot landmarks like Dr Syntax’s Head, walk scenic trails, or visit the visitor centre and shops.
  • Sennen Cove – Just a mile from Land’s End is this pretty fishing village with white washed cottages. It has good surfing beaches, cafes and the popular Beach Life Surf School.
  • Levant Mine – Go underground at this historic Cornish tin and copper mine. See the working beam engine, visit the museum, and walk the Tin Coast to explore Cornwall’s mining landscape.

Immerse the kids in nature and sustainable living at this passionately eco-friendly farm. With crashy waves, curious calves and thrill-seeking trails, Roskilly’s promises wholesome, hands-on adventures families will treasure for years to come.

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