Things to do in Cornwall this summer

Things to do

Things to do in Cornwall this summer

Christmas has been and gone and we’re officially all fed up with winter. What better way to while away the dreary weather than drawing up a list of things to do on your Cornish summer holiday? C’mon summer sunshine, we’re ready for you!

Have some fun at a Cornish festival

Boardmasters is one of Cornwall's most popular summer festivals.

Image credit: Boardmasters

Is there anything more summery than a Cornish festival? We think not! And luckily our county has one to suit everyone! Delight your inner wordsmith at Penzance Literary Festival, celebrate the cultures of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean on the cliffs at Tropical Pressure or watch an epic symphony orchestra perform classics from Brahms to Stravinsky at St Endellion Summer Music Festival. If it’s big names you’re after, grab a ticket to this year’s Boardmasters where Florence + The Machine, Dizzee Rascal and Franz Ferdinand will playing to huge crowds.

Get arty at Open Studios Cornwall

Explore artists and designers studios at this annual Cornwall event.

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Open Studios Cornwall is now in it’s 15th year and a must do summer activity for anyone interested in the Cornish art world. From Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June, artists, craftsmen and designer across the county will open their doors and let the public explore their studios and workshops. From Penzance to Crackington Haven, artists participate up and down the county. Many of these studio sessions are great for kids too; there are a host of workshops on offer for mini painters, jewellers and potters. Sign up and foster young talent! Find out more about Open Studios Cornwall.

Attend Royal Cornwall Show

Join the masses at the weekend of the year. The Royal Cornwall show is an amazing display of Cornwall's livestock, floral displays, wrestling and even dogs.

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If you’ve never been before, the Royal Cornwall Show is well worth a spot on your summer to do list. For three days each year the Royal Cornwall Show takes over a showground near Wadebridge and puts on a bonanza of Cornish entertainment, shopping and competitions. First held back in 1793, it has all the trappings of a traditional county show and provides visitors with a lovely look at rural life in Cornwall. Depending on when you visit you might see livestock judging, incredible floral displays, Cornish wrestling or a dog show! There is also a traditional steam fair, craft stalls and agricultural machinery show. Little ones are well catered to here, and it’s a great dog friendly day out to boot. Find out more about the Royal Cornwall Show.

Have an outdoor adventure

Live like a local and find your own Cornish adventure this summer.

Cornwall is essentially one giant outdoor playground! Whether you want to learn how to surf, hike the entire coastline or cycle across county, there are countless ways to have fun in the great outdoors. If you prefer something a little more leisurely, check out the range of excellent gardens in Cornwall – from the world-renowned Eden Project to the quaint Japanese garden. If you’re adventuring with your four-legged friend, you could have hardly picked a better spot. Here are just some of our favourite walks in the county; and if you get hungry afterwards, here are some dog-friendly places to eat. For an adult-only outside adventure, why not take a tour of a Cornish vineyard? (And how about a bit of tasting too)! For a night time spin on adventuring go stargazing (just don’t forget to pack a flask of hot chocolate).

In the mood for more? Add some of our Cornish Bucket List ideas on your summer to do list while you’re at it!


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