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Things to do in Cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall is written by A Cornish Girl - a local lady who loves where she lives as much as we do.

There are so many things to do in Cornwall whether you want a relaxing holiday or an active one. Cornwall has a lot to offer including great food and drink as well as incredible scenery. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your trip:

The knack of the Minack

The Minack Theatre is worth a visit not only for the beautiful setting but also for the carved granite structure (see above). Situated on the cliffs of Porthcurno, this open-air theatre offers dramas, musicals and operas throughout the summer season. Tickets cost around £11.50 (prices may vary) but be sure to take some waterproofs with you, it’s no fun if it starts raining during a performance. The knack is to stuff carrier bags in your pockets - great for an impromptu hat, makeshift wellies, or just to take the crumbs of your picnic home in. There are a few beaches around this area, which are great for relaxing in the sun or walking the dog in the winter months. Porthcurno is definitely a must see!

There's nothing cooler than a surf, dude

If you are looking to be a bit more active, why not take a surfing lesson? Head down to Sennen, which is just around the corner from Land's End. Sennen Surf Centre is situated right on the beach and teaches many lessons daily, during the summer months. The surf instructors are very experienced so you will be in good hands and they offer one to one lessons or you can book as a group (a great idea for group holidays such as hen and stag parties). There is a beach cafe, restaurant and pub in Sennen so it's a perfect place to spend your summer days.

Surfing Sennen

Harbouring a fancy for the 70s?

Are you staying near St Ives? The roller disco at the Guildhall will keep the children entertained on a Friday night. Children can skate from 5pm to 8pm, there is an over 18s session which starts at 8:30pm. Prices start from £5, which includes skate hire. This is a great way to throw some shapes before heading to the bars on the harbour front.

Ride the Camel

A hearty holiday cycle ride

Ok, not literally. Hire a bike for the day and head toward Padstow from Wadebridge. The Camel Trail is a disused and resurfaced railway line, now a recreational route for cyclists, horse riders and walkers. You can hire bikes at the Camel Trail Cycle Hire in Wadebridge from £8 per day. The Camel Trail is very popular so it is a good idea to telephone the cycle hire the day before just to reserve your bikes. Once you reach Padstow relax with a coffee or enjoy lunch at Rick Stein’s Cafe.

The Cornish Mecca

You can't come to Cornwall and avoid its famous coastline. There are many beautiful beaches and coastal paths to explore. Pack a picnic and head to the beach. I recommend Gwithian, you can sit on the cliffs over looking St Ives Bay, it’s a great place to watch the sunset. If you are visiting in the day then take a walk from Gwithian to Hayle Towans (depending on the tide). Dogs are welcome on the beach from 1 October to Easter day but please keep them away from the cliff edge.

Pack a picnic

The Finishing Touch

Try a 'glass of Cornwall' Brut at Camel Valley Vineyard in Bodmin. Book a grand tour to taste the different wines on offer. Tours take place every Wednesday evening at 5pm between 1 April and 30 October. Throughout the month of August there is an additional tour on Thursdays at 5pm. 

Whatever you have planned for your holiday, rain or shine, Cornwall is definitely a great place to holiday.


With thanks to A Cornish Girl for sharing her thoughts on where to go and what to do in Cornwall.

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