The Falmouth museum will be adding another kids’ activity area later this month

Boatowners hoping to pass on their nautical obsession to their children will have an extra option this summer, thanks to a new play zone at the National Maritime Museum.

Smugglers Cove will open at the Falmouth museum later this month (12 July), with the aim of teaching kids about our nautical history as they play.

The interactive exhibit includes colourful characters from Cornwall’s past and encourages kids to touch and smell smuggled goods, such as salt, spices and jewellery, and hide them as quickly as possible.

Open daily from 10am to 5pm until the end of the school holidays (3 September), a visit to Smugglers Cove is included in the price of general museum admission.

Other summer holiday activities at the National Maritime Museum include crabbing, which will take place every day from 21 July to 3 September, with lines, bait and buckets provided.

Those looking for more grown-up attractions should visit during the week of 21-16 July for the six-metre yacht racing championships, which will be taking place in Falmouth.