Some favourite things to do in Cornwall

Everyone has their favourite thing to do on holiday, but here are a some of our favourite things to do in Cornwall:

The Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s open air theatre and is one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres. It is located above Porthcurno, just 4 miles from Lands End, It was lovingly created in the 1930s by Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House, with the help of her gardener. Rowena Cade wanted to create a place for local drama enthusiasts to perform plays and so the Minack Theatre was born and today it has a professionally equipped stage where all sorts of shows are performed.  The truly magnificent setting on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the sea is stunning.  Remember to take a rug and a cushion!

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is an old rail route between Padstow and Wenford Bridge Driers via Wadebridge and Bodmin.  Now, in part due to the fact that it is flat, it is popular with cyclists and pedestrians alike.  It’s great for a family day out. There is cycle hire at Wadebridge and you can cycle to Padstow one way or as far as Pooly’s Bridge in the other direction, or do both!  Some of you will be familiar with Padstow because of the Rick Stein connection but it is a very pretty harbour and worth a walk round.  It is also where you will find the National Lobster Hatchery. If you take the other route, via Bodmin, you will have a more woodland trail.

South West Coastal Path

For those of you who like to walk and to see the sea – here it is in one!  Day walks can be quite short, up to 5 miles perhaps.  Plan your route by picking a place to start and do a circular walk. There are many sections to choose from depending on how long you want to walk for and how fast you think you might walk.  Do remember that you are by the sea so it may be cooler than you think, or on a hot day you may need to make sure you have sunscreen!  Be prepared, pack a picnic and plenty of fluids (or aim for a pub half way or at the end of your walk) and wear sensible walking shoes.   You will see some incredible views you wouldn’t otherwise see.

Visit a Garden

Cornwall is home to many superb gardens and because of its temperate climate many of them have trees, shrubs and plants that flower earlier than in other parts of the country.  There are gardens for enthusiasts and gardens for a family fun day out.  You could visit a garden a day and still not see them all!  Here are a few to be going on:

Trebah Gardens at Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth

RHS gardens that run down a valley to the beach.  Good café and shop and trails for children

Caerhays Garden, at Goran near St. Austell

Beautiful gardens, renowned for its magnolias.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan at Pentewan, Nr. St Austell

These famous gardens were rediscovered and reawakened after being hidden away for decades and brought back to life

Bosvathick at Constantine, nr Falmouth

Private gardens only opened to the public in recent years and newly evolving. Described as ‘romantic’ they are a work in progress.

Surfing and Coasteering

Cornwall has some of the most stunning coastline.  Great for adrenaline junkies – Its craggy rocks are perfect for coasteering and its north coast beaches provide for great surfing, with beaches around Newquay hosting several world class surfing competitions.