10 Things to do in Cornwall | Holidays in Cornwall
Start planning your next holiday in Cornwall for once lockdown is over. Discover our top 5 places to go, with a 10 fantastic things across the county. Fill your days with planning your next trip to sunny Cornwall and give yourself something to look forward to!
Plan a day out at the iconic Fistral Beach and not only will you be guaranteed a great day out, but you may also be able to tick something off your bucket list!
Why not learn to surf at Fistral Beach? Where better place to learn to surf than at this top surfing destination, which features some of the best waves in the world! If you fancy learning from the experts at the Fistral Beach Surf School.
You can also hire surf boards and other types of beach equipment at The Complex. The Complex is also home to a number of retailers, as well as delicious eateries, including the Fistral Beach Bar.
Another great place to visit whilst in Newquay is Newquay Zoo. The 13-acre zoo is home to over 130 species, including penguins, creepy crawlies and even lions!
Newquay Zoo is a great place to go for a day out filled with fun and learning for all. Each part of the zoo has a different story to tell, from the Penguin Pool to the African Savannah. There is always something going on at the zoo too, with daily keeper feeds and talks, activity trails and face paint. There is also the play area and Dragon Maze for children to explore in between discovering the zoo’s animals!
The zoo has a number of places for picnics, as well as having snack bars and cafés dotted around the zoo for you to fill your boots whilst you enjoy your day out!
The Exchange is a contemporary art centre that is set within the heart of Penzance town. The gallery has played host to a number of exhibitions, including the late Robyn Denny’s exhibition of large abstract paintings. The Engine Room within the gallery presents community-based exhibitions, including the likes of the local Jubilee Pool.
Walk to Mousehole
Take a stroll along the beautiful West Cornwall coast from Penzance to Mousehole. The three-mile path takes you along Penzance Promenade, through Newlyn, a historic fishing village and ending at the picture-perfect village of Mousehole.
Take a stroll around the harbour, it has spectacular views of Penzance and Mounts Bay! The village has some lovely small galleries, independent shops (which are great for buying unique gifts to take home to friends and family!) and delicious eateries that use fresh local produce.
Take a boat trip
Another one to tick off the bucket list, take a safari boat trip off the coast of Padstow to go sea life spotting! Set on the banks of the River Camel and located just 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, it makes Padstow the perfect location to explore the local wildlife, from sea birds to spectacular sea creatures!
The boat trips can take you to some of the best locations on the coast of Cornwall to see creatures such as seals, dolphins and if you’re lucky, even whales! Make your trip to Cornwall one to remember with a sea life boat trip in Padstow!
Situated at the heart of the popular tourist town, there is plenty to do in Padstow Harbour! The harbour is a great spot to go crabbing, however as it is a working harbour, people are advised to not crab from the slipways or steps.
Around the harbour, there are a number of beautiful galleries and boutiques. There are also some great pubs, restaurants and of course, pasty shops! You can’t beat indulging in a delicious pasty whilst overlooking the harbour on a sunny day!
East Looe Beach
East Looe Beach is located directly in front of the old town and is a great sheltered beach for families. It has safe swimming waters and the sand is perfect for sand castle building!
The beach has close by facilities, including public toilets and cafés. It’s also a short walk into town, where you can find some lovely restaurants and shops.
The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe is an active rescue centre that is home to 40 monkeys. There are 4 types of monkey at the sanctuary: Capuchin Monkeys; Woolly monkeys; Barbary Macaques and Marmosets.
Whilst at the sanctuary, you can get the chance to meet some of the monkeys and ask their carers about the different species that live there. For children, the sanctuary runs workshops most days, where they can get their faces painted and craft their own monkey to take home!
St Austell Brewery
For those that love beer, why not take a tour around one of the oldest businesses in Cornwall, the St Austell Brewery? The brewery’s visitor centre is interactive and informative, telling the tale of the successful family brewery.
It also has a newly refurbished shop, stocked with Cornish foods and their own brand premium beers. It’s the perfect place to visit to get a taste of local food and drink, or to stock up on gifts to take back home to your friends and family!
The brewery is perfect to visit whatever time of year! It is known to be one of Cornwall’s biggest indoor attractions. It also has an outdoor eating and drinking area, which is perfect for sitting outside with a pint of Tribute in the sunshine!
Whilst in St Austell, head to Wheal Martyn, the UK’s only China clay museum! There is plenty to explore, discover and enjoy across the 26-acre woodland. Travel back and discover 200 years of mining at the museum and learn all about the China clay heritage.
Wheal Martyn hosts a number of events and exhibitions on throughout the year, which they regularly update over on their website. You can also take a stroll along the nature trails within the 26-acre woodland to discover more facts about Wheal Martyn. There is a