52 Things to do in Cornwall

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Experience some of the many things to do in Cornwall that are on offer, including attractions like the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Eden Project, Paradise Park and many more.

We have listed below some of the top things to do in Cornwall for every week throughout 2017.

With an abundance of Cornwall destinations to choose from it can be difficult to decide what to do and see.

We have also included a mixture of attractions for kids in Cornwall, and numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy.

You will also find some of the best restaurants in the region, days out that don’t cost you a penny and future events that are very popular in Cornwall.

Lost Gardens Of Heligan

Lost gardens of heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

There are many beautiful gardens to venture around this year but the Lost Gardens of Heligan should be on your list of things to do in Cornwall whilst visiting.

The gardens sit in a 200 acre plot of land that was discovered only by chance 25 years ago, and has since been restored to how it once looked a time ago.

A large estate boasting a jungle, farm and pleasure grounds.

The jungle has its very own micro climate and is consumed by green foliage as you walk through the winding paths, over a boardwalk and ponds through the tropical gardens.

  • Location – St Austell
  • Admission – Adults £14.50 / Kids ages 5-7 £6.50
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Eden Project

Eden Project Things to do in Cornwall

Eden Project

Considered one of the main attractions and at the top of our things to do in Cornwall list, Eden Project is nestled in an old clay pit close to St Austell.

Building work started at the Eden Project in 1998.

Eden is an educational charity and a social enterprise, but most of all it is a fantastic day out for anyone.

If you fancy taking in the sights, smells and taste of some of the Mediterranean then take a visit into the Mediterranean biome.

Or if you fancy experiencing what it feels like in a tropical Rainforest you should venture into the rainforest biome, but be prepared to get a sweat on as this humid dome gets a bit warm.

There are lots of things to do here including climbing up to the Canopy Walkway where you can walk around the treetops, the core building where there is lots of interactive things for kids to do or you could stop for some lunch in its large restaurant, and take your pick from the few choices on offer.

This is just a few of the many things on offer here so take a look here for more ideas.

  • Location – St Austell
  • Admission – Adults £25 / Kids (ages 5-16) £14
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Cornwall Wave Runner

Cornwall Wave Runner jet ski hire with rider near Newquay

Cornwall Waverunner Safaris

Cornwall Wave runner safaris are seen as the No 1 safe established Jet Ski Company in Cornwall.

Located next to Lusty Glaze beach in Newquay, Waverunner Safaris allow customers to hire a jet ski around the coast of Newquay.

A fun and exhilarating way for those looking for a slightly different view of the Newquay coastline. They have on offer powerful Yamaha jet skis.

Highly trained instructors are on hand throughout the session.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, part of a stag or hen do, Waverunner safaris should be on your list of things to do in Cornwall especially if you get a calm and sunny day.

  • Location – Newquay
  • Admission – £36 per person
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The Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre overlooking Porthcurno beach in Cornwall

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is something special and is high on our list of places to visit in Cornwall if you haven’t done so before.

Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Porthcurno Beach, The Minack Theatre is one of the most famous and oldest open air theatres still going.

The very first show was performed here in 1932 and has been going ever since.

One of the main highlights is the fantastic panoramic view you get looking out from the seating area and on a nice day this is hard to beat in terms of the best views in Cornwall.

Even today this theatre welcomes more than 80,000 people a year to its shows.

Check out their calendar of great shows on offer and get yourself booked in.

  • Location – Porthcurno, Penzance
  • Admission Adults – £5.00 / Kids £2.50
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Boardmasters Festival

Boardmasters Festival Things to do in Cornwall

Boardmasters

Boardmasters is a popular festival held every year between Newquay and Watergate bay.

Becoming more and more popular as each year passes you can see some of the biggest musical acts in the UK.

Whether you are camping or just visiting for the day this festival is suitable for families, kids and adults.

Situated high on the cliffs overlooking Watergate bay the views are spectacular.

Boardmasters offer a variety of different styles of music to cater for every taste.

Choose from a number of different stages including the Main stage where James Bay and Chase and Status headlined in 2016, or take a short walk to the Unleashed stage or Land of Saints.

Get your early bird tickets in for 2017 and secure your spot at this years anticipated festival.

  • Location – Watergate Bay, Newquay
  • Admission – Adult single day ticket £49.00 / Kids – £2.00
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Lanhydrock Estate

Lanhydrock Estate with the Victorian background

Lanhydrock Estate

Take a walk around the Victorian mansion on the estate to see how the Victorians used to live.

Why not bring your bike and ride around the many trails through the woodland and streams. Or just relax and unwind and take in the breath-taking views of the estate.

A Great spot for dogs with plenty of beautiful walks to explore whilst here.

This is a national trust destination and for those that have a membership there are a few benefits upon arrival, like free parking or entry into the house.

If you aren’t a member take a look here and see why you really should take up a membership.

  • Location – Bodmin
  • Admission – Adults £13.55 / Kids – £6.75
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Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo Things to do in Cornwall

Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo is the only Zoo in Cornwall and is a brilliant day out for the family and one of the most popular things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Some of the specially designed habitats give you the opportunity to get right up close to some of your favorite animals.

The zoo has over a thousand animals on site and even has an African Lion.

You can also visit a Yellow Breasted Capuchin Monkey which has a conversation status of Critically Endangered.

Whatever takes your fancy there is plenty to do and see whilst you walk around the lush greenery that consumes the zoo.

Become a zoo keeper for the day or adopt a new friend through one of the zoo’s schemes.

A lovely day out where you should leave with a smile on your face

  • Location – Newquay
  • Admission – Adult £12.35 / Kids – £9.25
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Marine Discovery, Penzance

Marine Discovery wildlife watching and sailing near Penzance

Marine Discovery, Penzance

Why not go on a marine wildlife watching adventure and maybe get a glimpse of some of the wildlife on offer around the Cornish coast.

Dolphins and whales are often seen whilst on a boat trip as they usually swim further out to sea.

You could also come across grey seals, ocean sunfish or they have even seen Minke Whales, humpback whales and basking sharks.

Marine Discovery will take you out on a sailing catamaran, Shearwater II with up to 12 passengers which will give you a comfortable ride without being too squashed in.

  • Location – Penzance.
  • Admission – Adult from £18.00 / Kids from £14.00
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Masked Ball 2017

Masked Ball with guests wearing masks Beacon Crag Porthleven

Masked Ball, Porthlevan

The masked ball is an annual event held in Cornwall and this year it is on May 26-28, at Beacon Crag, Porthleven, Cornwall.

Seen as a weird and wonderful type of festival and one of the more wacky things to do in Cornwall, hundreds flock here every year to experience something that little bit different.

It includes Hidden bars and dance floors speckled across the site and many if not most will go deep into the night partying away until the early hours.

Most will dress up for the occasion and as it says in the name, don’t forget your mask.

  • Location – Porthleven
  • Admission – Adult £55.00
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Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods with cycle way and path for walking the woodland

Cardinham Woods

Bike, walk or just explore the beautiful surroundings.

Located just outside Bodmin, Cardinham Woods is a large wooded area with plenty of walkways to choose from.

Depending on how far you want to walk there are a number of different levels of pathways to choose from.

Also very popular with mountain bikers, dog walkers and horse riders.

There are way mark signs dotted all over to lead you in the right direction so you won’t get lost, these will bring you to beautiful viewpoints scattered across the area.

There is a small cafe offering tea, coffee and a bite to eat, this is located at the very beginning of the trails.

  • Location – Bodmin
  • Admission – Free
  • Website

St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount with the tide out and path leading to the castle

St Michaels Mount

St Michaels Mount is certainly seen as one of the main places to see in Cornwall.

A small tidal island located opposite Marizion and only a 5 – 10 minute drive up the road to Penzance.

The Mount has it’s very own man made causeway that takes you from the shore of Marizion right up to the Mount but make sure you check your tide times as the path disappears when the tide is in and then the island is only accessible by boat.

Take a tour around the castle and stoop through its ancient doorways and roam its century old hallways.

The castle has its very own garden where you will find a winding path guiding you around the beautiful surroundings.

  • Location – Marizion, Penzance.
  • Admission – Adult £9.00 – Child £4.50 ( More info )
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Monkey Sanctuary

Monkey Sanctuary with Monkeys on a tree in Cornwall

Monkey Sanctuary

Open for February 11th the Monkey sanctuary has been running since 1964 and home to 36 monkey’s altogether.

The sanctuary is an active rescue centre that first and foremost look after and keep the best interest of the animals at heart.

With experienced keepers on site to explain the daily ins and outs of a monkey’s life at the sanctuary, visitors can also get up close to these furry animals.

The sanctuary has its own wildlife gardens which overlook Looe Bay. If you are taking kids you also have a play area on site.

This a great day out and certainly one of the more fun things to do in Cornwall especially if you have some little Monkeys of your own.

  • Location – Looe
  • Admission – Adult – £9.00 / Kids – £6.00
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Bedruthan Steps

Bedruthan Steps leading to the beach with the iconic rocks

Bedruthan Steps

With some of the most stunning views for miles around Bedruthan Steps is located on the north Cornwall coast.

Positioned between Padstow and Newquay it is partly owned by the national trust .

If you are looking for somewhere to stay nearby the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa is just up the road.

Access to the beach isn’t for the faint hearted as the steps which are cut into the cliff are very restricted in width and very steep.

You will notice when at Bedruthan the granite rocks pointing out of the sea, these according to legend are the stepping stones for the giant Bedruthan.

  • Location – Bedruthan, Newquay
  • Admission – Free
  • Website

Sky Diving, Perranporth

Sky Diver in Perranporth jumping from a plane over Cornwall

Sky Diving in Perranporth

If you really fancy blowing the old cobwebs off then the thought of jumping out of a plane might float your boat.

Perranporth flying club offer you the chance to go skydiving where you can take in some spectacular views of Cornwall from above.

Or if you don’t like the idea of jumping from a plane then the flying club do have flying lessons available.

Of course you may need to hold out for the right conditions before they let you go up so cross fingers for a nice day.

Nearby you will find a number of hotels if you are just here for a flying stop, check out Seiners Hotel or St Georges Country Hotel.

  • Location – Perranporth
  • Admission – Tandem £250
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Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay showing Sharks

Blue Reef Aquarium

Get up close with some of the most exotic species, feast your eyes on a number of underwater creatures including Sharks, Turtles or maybe a Giant Pacific Octopus.

Walk through the underwater tunnel and see the spectacular coral reef.

There are hundreds of exotic species of fish to see here all with a mixture of a huge range of remarkable colours, a feast for the eye.

Put this fantastic attraction on your list of things to do in Cornwall especially if you happen to have a one off rainy day.

The Aquarium sits next to Towan Beach in Newquay opposite the Harbour.

  • Location – Newquay
  • Admission Price From –  Adults £8.93 Juniors £7.01
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Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle ruins with steps to the beach

Tintagel Castle

Venture up a winding staircase carved into the rock face and explore the old ruins where Tintagel Castle used to sit.

Very closely linked with the legend of King Arthur, writers and artists have been coming here for years looking for inspiration and imagination to write or draw how this location used to look back in the old days.

Take in the vast view of the coastline whilst roaming around the clifftop ruins. Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall the Castle is looked after by English Heritage.

Why not take a walk down to the beach below where you will find the Beach cafe for a snack or a slice of cake.

  • Location – Tintagel
  • Admission – Adult £7.90 / Child £4.70
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St Eval Go Karting

St Eval Go Karting one of the things to do in Cornwall

Go Karting, St Eval

Fancy yourself as a Jenson Button, well get your competitive head on and race among your friends on this large outdoor track.

Based in St Eval close to Newquay visitors can simply arrive and drive allowing groups or individuals to race around the 1.3km circuit without having to wait too long, but it is recommended to call beforehand to make sure there are not a long cluster of large groups booked in.

The Thunder karts are the most powerful option consisting of a 390cc engine, these karts will reach up to 70mph on a long straight but if that seems to fast you can opt for the PowerMax with a 270cc engine.

The track is an all-weather circuit come rain or shine, and it is open all year round.

  • Location – St Eval, Newquay
  • Admission – Adults from £14.00 / Child from £10.00
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The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail with Cyclists near Wadebridge

The Camel Trail

The Camel Trail is a walking or cycle path which spans 18 miles from Wadebridge to Padstow, and also links to Bodmin.

The path itself is mostly flat and doesn’t get too busy with people most of the time. If you are looking for free things to do in Cornwall and a day out that keeps your wallet in your pocket then this activity is one that could do that, but only if you don’t mind walking or bringing your own bike!

You have the option of hiring a bike at each of the starting points, or if you have your own bike it is completely free to use.

Originally a disused railway line the route offers some breath-taking scenery as you pass through the Cornish countryside.

A lovely day out for couples, families, dog walkers and is certainly something special that gives a little taste of tranquillity on a sunny summer’s day.

  • Location – Wadebridge – Padstow – Bodmin
  • Admission – Free ( Bike Hire Seperate )
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Port Isaac

Port Issac with boat entering harbour

Port Isaac

You may well have heard of Port Isaac before, especially if you’re a fan of the popular TV comedy drama ”Doc Martin” which stars Martin Clunes on ITV.

Another day out on our free things to do in Cornwall list Port Isaac is a charming picturesque fishing village on the North Cornwall Coast sitting in between Padstow and Tintagel.

Walking around the village you may happen to stumble upon arts and crafts shops as well as local galleries.

Additionally you can visit a number of beaches that sit adjacent to Port Isaac including Polzeath and Daymer Beach.

The village is dotted with white washed cottages that line the winding narrow streets and many do a whistle stop visit to the home of Doc Martin for some photos outside of the house.

The Seafood Restaurant

Rick Stein The Seafood Restaurant Padstow

The Seafood Restaurant

Get your taste buds singing whilst dining out at the world famous seafood restaurant owned by Rick and Jill Stein.

Named The Seafood Restaurant, and established since 1975 in Padstow, it is renowned for its ability to serve up some of the best seafood in the country.

Rick Stein has a reputation for cooking up the freshest ingredients whilst travelling the globe looking for his next dish.

The restaurant has its own sea food bar area where you can watch the chefs put together dishes of Oysters, Sashami and Langoustines.

Their head chef is an award winning chef picking up the prize for ”Best Chef at the Trencherman’s Awards 2017.

Cornwall Football Golf

Cornwall Football Golf in St Austell kicking a ball in a hole

Cornwall Football Golf

Football Golf uses the same rules as you would do in a game of golf but rather than using a club to hit a golf ball in to the hole, you would instead kick a football from the tee off area into a football size hole on the green.

This is a great family day out and usually takes a group of 4 approximately 2 hours to complete the 18 holes.

You can just turn up to play without the need to book and they will allow well behaved dogs as long as they are kept on a lead.

There are two courses to choose from which suit visitors of all ages and abilities.

  • Location – St Austell
  • Admission – Adults £9.00 / Kids £6.00
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Screech Owl Sanctuary

Screech Owl Sanctuary with an owl flying

Screech Owl Sanctuary

Screech Owl Sanctuary is proud to be home to one of the south west’s largest collection of owls.

Stationed in St Columb Major between Newquay and Wadebridge the sanctuary provides care and rehabilitation to a variation of different breeds of owl from the Long Eared Owl to the Easter Siberian Eagle Owl.

The sanctuary also looks after many other animals including Orphaned Meerkats, Raccoons, Laughing Kookaburra and many more.

Adopt an owl or meet a Meerkat, or relax in the tea garden room with a coffee and cake, whatever you decide there are lots of things to do.

This is something for everyone and kids will be happy to know there is also a play area on site.

  • Location – St Columb
  • Admission – Adult £10.95 / Kids £8.50
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Cornwall Surf Academy

Surfers heading out to sea for a surf lesson in north cornwall

Cornwall Surf Academy

Cornwall is seen as the surf capital of the UK so why not take advantage of some of the best surf schools in the country, surfing should be high on your list of things to do in Cornwall and with many schools to choose from we have picked out the Cornwall Surf Academy as being one of the most popular schools to use and is seen as the number 1 surf academy in Cornwall.

Based at the Holywell Bay Holiday Park close to Newquay you can book private or group lessons depending on your level of experience.

A fully qualified and experienced instructor will meet you at the surf location and help you get setup ready to hit the waves.

They will of course cover all aspects of keeping you safe before heading out and keep a watchful eye over you whilst in the water.

Surfboards, Wetsuits, gloves and boots are supplied if needed.

  • Location – Holywel Bay
  • Admission – Adult from £35 / Kids from £30
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Gwithian

Godrevy Lighthouse near Gwithian beach

Gwithian Beach

Gwithian Beach is a vast sandy beach that stretches 3 miles of golden sands.

Popular with walkers and surfers there is plenty of room either way you want to go.

You will find an array of rock pools and caves dotted around the rear of the beach as you walk southwards for a while until you reach Hayle where you should be able to spot St Ives in the distance on a clear day

Coming back up the beach from the south the beach becomes bigger and wider until you reach Godrevy where you will be able to see Godrevy Lighthouse sitting just off the coast on its own island.

Godrevy is run by the National Trust and those with membership get to park for free.

  • Location – Gwithian, Godrevy
  • Admission – Free
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Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air Balloon ride floating above Cornwall

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Drift above the dramatic Cornish coastline whilst taking in the view from high in the sky, Aerosaurus Balloons are the largest hot air balloon company in the south west and have different locations all over the West country covering Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and of course Cornwall.

Operating in the south west since 1987 Aerosaurus Balloons have catered for over 80,000 customers.

Meeting between Bodmin and Launceston for its prime positioning and wind direction you will be flown by skilled and experienced pilots.

Chief Pilot, Clive Bailey recently had the privilege of flying Sir David Attenborough over the Swiss Alps whilst filming the new series of Planet Earth 2.

Cornwall Coastal Path

South West Coast Path overlooking a cornish beach

The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is the nation’s longest walking trail consisting of 630 miles of path around the beautiful Cornish coastline.

With so much path to choose from you can take your pick or just simply go anywhere on the coast and choose which way to walk, left or right it’s up to you.

Whether you fancy a short stroll or you see yourself as an avid walker the coastal path will guide you through the rugged coastline which will offer up some of the best scenery in the UK.

Of course not all days out cost you an arm and a leg so you will be pleased to hear that this is on our list of free things to do in Cornwall.

Tate Art Gallery

Tate Art gallery in St ives with an exhibition on display

Tate Gallery

Peering high above one of St Ives most popular beaches, The Tate Gallery sits directly next to Porthmeor Beach and is one of the most visited art galleries in the UK.

With a number of exhibitions on show including some of Jessica Warboys work of art which is on from 31st March – 3rd Sept 2017 you have plenty to see inside this famous gallery.

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Cornish Seal Sanctuary with a popular seal looking around

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Go behind the scenes with a guided tour of the Sanctuaries Seal Hospital, this is where you will start before heading out to meet two of the main resident Sea Lions Diego and Noito.

You will get the opportunity to feed the Sea Lions whilst being guided by an experienced member of the team which usually takes 30 minutes.

You will find The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in the small village of Gweek, close to Helston, the recommended choice of travel by the Sanctuary is by car although there are a number of ways to get here.

  • Location – Gweek, Helston
  • Admission – Adult £15.50 / Kids £12.95
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Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove at Sennen near Lands end

Kynance Cove

East of Mounts Bay and on the Lizard Peninsula, Kynance Cove is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall.

Many photographers and artists regard Kynance Cove as a haven for catching beautiful and eye catching pictures.

At low tide you can walk along the beach where you will see the large green and red pointy rocks protruding out of the white sandy beach.

If you fancy taking a small trek there is a scenic path that will take you on a 2 mile walk that will lead you to The Lizard Point which is the one of the most southern points in the UK.

Owned by the National Trust any members can park for free.

Royal Cornwall Show 2017

Royal Cornwall Show near wadebridge with a prize winning cow

Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall show is an outdoor event that is held every year near to Wadebridge.

With a variety of different things to do and see you shouldn’t be left not knowing what to do when here.

Food and Drink stalls and Bars are spread across the site just in case you get thirsty.

Live Music, Flower Show, Steam Fair, Arts, Crafts and Design, Wedding Marque and a Fun Fair are just a number of things to do whilst here.

There is something here for anyone and a date you should put in your diary.

  • Location – Wadebridge
  • Admission – Adult £19.00 / Kids £5.00
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Truro Paintball

Paintball arena in Truro

Truro Paintball

If shooting hard pelletts filled with paint at your friends or family sounds like fun then book yourself in to Truro Paintball, one of Cornwall’s premier paintball sites.

With an assortment of packages to choose from you get the choice to go full Rambo mode or just go sparingly.

Protective equipment and paintballs are provided and once your kitted up you will be given a full safety brief by one of the experienced instructors.

This could be seen as one of ther more painful things to do in Cornwall but a lot of fun at the same time, just make sure to use the protective equiptment.

Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick Gardens with the house

Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick Gardens is a large expanse of countryside owned by the National Trust and situated just next to the King Harry Ferry which can take you across the River Fal towards St Mawes.

One of the more tranquil and relaxing things to do in Cornwall these gardens feature a woodland walk which take you on a path around the edge of the gardens where you will get to see some lovely views of the river Fal.

The gardens even have their own path which takes you down to the river and a floating dock where you can also catch a boat to St Mawes.

On the main site there is a bookshop, cafe and an art gallery.

  • Location – Feock
  • Admission – Adult £10.90 / Kids £5.45
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Retallack Flowrider

Retallack Flowrider wave surf machine in Cornwall

Retallack FlowRider

Retallack Flowrider brings together the excitement of Surfing, snowboarding and Skateboarding all combined together.

If you happen to find a day where there is no surf but still fancy ripping some waves up this activity is the closest you will get to enjoying the real thing.

Part of the Retallack Resort in St Columb Major close to Newquay this attraction is great for adults and children and you are guaranteed to come away with a smile on your face.

Situated on the same site as the Retallack Aqua Park and also the Retallack Wake Park.

  • Location – St Columb
  • Admission – From £15.00
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Adrenalin Quarry

Adrenalin Quarry zip wire with two people in Cornwall

Adrenalin Quarry

Experience a rush of blood to the head whilst jumping off cliffs or give off a scream whilst you fly down the zip wire at speeds of up to 40mph.

The Adrenalin Quarry only do extreme activities so if you are looking for something to quench your thirst for a thrill this has your name written all over it.

There are not many things to do in Cornwall that get the heart beating like jumping off a cliff so take advantage and go for it.

Based in Liskeard and one of the main attractions in this part of Cornwall these activities aren’t for the faint hearted. The activities include a Zip Wire, Coasteering, The Giant Swing, and Axe Throwing.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding in Cornwall

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Glide around the crystal clear waters off the Cornish coast whilst standing on board an SUP, short for ”Stand up Paddle Board” it does what it says on the tin.

The SUPs are strong enough and buoyant enough to keep you afloat above the water as you paddle yourself around the coastline.

SUP in a Bag is a Cornish company offering Tours guided by an experienced Paddle Boarder, or if you feel confident enough you have the option to hire a board for a day or two, it’s up to you.

Get the boards delivered free within 15 miles of their base in St Agnes or pick them up yourself.

Create your own mini adventure and explore recommended paddle spot sites from the experts.

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum on Falmouth Harbour

National Maritime Museum

Come rain or shine you can always count on the National Maritime Museum as a place to visit whilst stopping off in Falmouth, with plenty to keep you busy in this museum it should keep you entertained for hours.

The National Maritime Museum is a large building which has on show a number of Exhibitions, Galleries and Collections of boats, art, books and an archive which is specifically there to support the maritime heritage in Cornwall, if you are looking for ideas for things to do in Cornwall on a rainy day this should tick the box.

Whilst inside there is a cafe that offers up some spectacular views over the harbour, here you can stop off for a light bite or just some coffee and cake.

  • Location – Falmouth
  • Admission – Adult £12.50 / Kids £5.00
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Lusty Glaze Beach

Lusty Glaze Beach Cornwall with restaurant and kids playing

Lusty Glaze Beach

Lusty Glaze Beach isn’t just a beach, far from it in fact.

Yes of course you can enjoy the beautiful beach whilst soaking up the sun, but it also has many other attributes that bring people here.

You have Lusty Glaze Beach Bar and Restaurant which offers up some great looking food where you can look out towards the beach front where you may also catch a glimpse of someone gliding down the Lusty Zip wire ran by the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre.

Through the summer you can book Jet skis, Surf Lessons or even a spot of absailing.

Through the summer Lusty is also home to the Sundowner Sessions where the likes of Feeder, The Kooks and Newton Faulkner have played.

It is also a location where many couple decide to tie the knot and get married here.

  • Location – Lusty Glaze, Newquay
  • Admission – From Free
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Holywell Bay Golf Course

Holywell Bay Golf club with a man teeing off from the pitch and putt

Holywell Bay Golf Course

There are many great courses to choose from in Cornwall but we have chosen Holywell Bay Golf Course for its location and fantastic views.

Not only is the course very well looked after it also offers a pitch and putt course for those less confident with a golf club.

Situated near Holywell Bay the course looks out over the sea on the north coast of Cornwall.

A few minutes away either side of the course are the coastal resorts of Newquay and Perranporth

In any case Holywell Bay Course is a fantastic course to play on whether you are with a group or just on your own.

  • Location – Holywell Bay
  • Price – Adult £18.50 / Kids £14.50
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St Mawes Castle

St Mawes Castle overlooking the ocean near Falmouth

St Mawes Castle

Owned and looked after by the English Heritage, St Mawe’s castle is on our list of things to do in Cornwall for a number of great reasons.

St Mawe’s castle is one of Henry VIII’s most conserved coastal military retreats and once inside has views that span across to St Dennis castle in Falmouth and all the way out to sea.

Getting to St Mawes you can either catch the King Harry Ferry across the river Fal or drive a slightly longer route that takes you from Truro winding around the river until you get to St Mawes.

Take a tour around the castle and get up close to some of the old canons that used to be used back in 1539.

  • Location – St Mawes
  • Admission – Adult £5.60 / Kids £3.40
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Paradise Park

Paradise Park with one of the parrots showing off

Paradise Park

Paradise Park is a great day out for the family and especially one of the main things to do in Cornwall for kids.

The Jungle Barn indoor play centre is very popular among children and whilst they play until their hearts content adults can stop at the Otter Pool Cafe or have a browse in the gift shop.

You will also find the exotic jungle gardens on site and in summer there are a number of shows including Eagles of Paradise and free flying bird show.

Why not have a go at feeding the parrots.

With over a 140 species and 650 birds you will be sure not be bored on your day out here.

  • Location – Hayle
  • Admission – Adult £9.95 / Kids £7.95
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Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens with a beautiful view of trees and flowers

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens has it’s very own Amphitheater that will put on live music, theatre and Dance events throughout the year, and visitors watching also get to take in the beautiful scenic backdrop that looks out to sea.

Among other things to do there is a Cornish valley garden that leads to its very own private beach on the Helford River with some stunning views out to sea and if you like to stretch out your legs take a nice walk on the four miles of coast path which will blow the cobwebs off for a few hours.

On your travels around the garden you might stumble across 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias.

Trebah Gardens is open every day of the week.

  • Location – Mawnan Smith, Falmouth
  • Admission – Adult £10.00 / Kids £4.00
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Camel Creek Adventure Park

Camel Creek Adventure Park one of the best days out in Cornwall

Camel Creek Adventure Park

There are a number of Cornwall destinations that you need to visit whilst on your trip and the Camel Creek adventure Park is certainly one of the most popular things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Become a junior keeper for the day and get to meet and groom some of the animals.

With plenty of rides and attractions on site including the new 5D simulator experience or the Raging Rivers.

Open all year round the park is an all weather attraction.

  • Location – Wadebridge
  • Admission – From £13.95
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Cornwall Zorbing Park

Cornwall Zorbing near Newquay with customers rolling down the hill

Cornwall Zorbing Park

Zorbing is a great way to get the adrenaline pumping whilst being thrown down a steep hill in a large blow up bubble.

That’s how it works in a nutshell so if you are part of a group or coming to Cornwall on a stag this could be something you want to have a go at.

Great fun all year round.

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum

Wheal Martyn China Clay museum in Cornwall

Wheal Martin China Clay Museum

The China Clay Museum is set amongst a 26 acre mining plot featuring attractions for both adults and kids.

It is the only China Clay Museum in The UK and gives visitors the chance to learn more about the vast history of mining that has happened here over the years.

You only need to pay once and you are then able to visit for the whole year.

On site there is a woodland play area for the children and a cafe offering food and drinks.

There is a large working water wheel which is the largest in Cornwall and a large array of nature trails and woodland walks which are spread over the area.

  • Location – St Austell
  • Admission – Adult £9.75 / Kids £5.00
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Flambards Theme Park

Flambards with kids having a ride on a rollercoaster

Flambards

We couldn’t write a things to do in Cornwall article without including Flambard’s as it is one of the most popular attractions and adventure parks in Cornwall which is located near to Helston.

If you have ever been to any of the beaches in Cornwall then you might have seen the slogan ”The best day of the week” being towed around from the back of a light aircraft.

Flambard’s is certainly on the list for things to do in Cornwall for kids as there is plenty to do here.

The Sky Swinger, Skyraker and Thunderbolt are just a handful of thrill rides and activities on offer.

Roam the Gardens and stop at the picnic stop for a bite to eat, or take your little ones to the indoor play area or Ferdi’s Funland.

The sky is the limit and the kids will be in their element.

  • Location – Helston
  • Admission – Adult £19.95 / Kids £14.95
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Lighthouse Cinema

Newquay Lighthouse Cinema with seats in the background

Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay

Why not take your family or friends and watch one of the latest movies at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.

With two screens on the bottom floor and two on the top there is usually a good mixture of films to choose from whether it be a child friendly animation or an action packed adventure film the choice is yours.

The cinema has been open since 2011 and is owned by White River Cinemas who also have Cinema’s located nearby in St Austell, Truro and Wadebridge.

  • Location – Newquay
  • Admission – Adult £7.90 / Kids £5.80
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Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail was originally built back in 1779 for King George III.

The Jail has since been re built which was mainly completed by the prisoners.

Today you can take a tour around the spooky dark cells catching glimpses of the sun through tiny barred up windows.

You really get to feel what it would have been like to be cramped up inside.

On site you can take a look inside the Bodmin Jail shop whilst on your visit.

There are lots of events on throughout the year to go and see, one in particular would be the after dark event which you can check out here.

There is a licensed bar and you can even book a meeting for your workplace in the venue.

  • Location – Bodmin
  • Admission – Adult £10.00 / Kids £7.50
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Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

healeys cyder farm main entrance with Cyder on offer and lots of things to do

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

Why not take a tour of the family run Cyder farm near Newquay.

You will be able to see the process in which they make Cider which goes back to ancient times and also look inside the press house where the Farm house ciders and fruit wines are produced.

The shop on site will offer all of the Cyder’s you see whilst on the tour.

Have a bite to eat in the Mowhay Restaurant where they serve up good old hearty food and of course the traditional Cornish Cream Tea.

Get your taste buds going in the jam kitchen where the fruit preserves are made and then take a tractor ride which can take you around the 100 acres of farm and orchards.

  • Location – Newquay
  • Admission – Adult £15.00 / Kids £7.50
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Kernow Adventure Park

kernow adventure park in Cornwall with wipeout course in a quarry

Kernow Adventure Park

Kernow Adventure Park is the go to place in Cornwall for a dose of adrenaline.

If you are looking for a spot of thrill seeking then look no further as this adventure park is seen as one of the more active things to do in Cornwall.

Kernow Adventure Park offers up a number of activities including Wake Boarding, open water swimming assault courses and it’s very own wipe out course.

All of this is hidden in an old quarry lake that is sunk into the earth.

Perfect for the whole family and certain to provide a great day out whichever activity you choose to do.

On site is a Café, bar and its own beach.

The park is getting bigger year on year and we are expecting to be able to open the newest of activities with an assault course set to open in spring 2017.

  • Location – Penryn, Falmouth
  • Admission – From £15.00
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The Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn The oldest pub in Cornwall known for smugglers

The Jamaica Inn

The Jamaica Inn is famous all over the world, and renowned for its history of welcoming travelers from across the globe for over 300 years.

Known for housing smugglers, murderers and villains The Jamaica Inn is full of legend and mystery which is why this is one of the more spookier things to do in Cornwall.

The coaching House still welcomes visitors today to stay in one of the 20 en-suite bedrooms on offer.

It has an award winning restaurant and ‘olde worlde’ bars serving great local ales.

You may have already seen the Jamaica Inn as it is situated just off of the A30 main road into Cornwall close to Bodmin.

Over the years it has also attracted Ghost hunters as there have apparently been sightings in the past, The Inn was also shown on a BBC drama back in 2014.

So next time you are passing by drop in for a pit stop and take in the vast history on offer.

Trip to the Isles Of Scilly

isles of scilly overlooking the harbour with many boats

Trip to the Isles of Scilly

We couldn’t do a list of Things to do in Cornwall without including a fantastic trip to the Isles of Scilly.

Now, of course the beautiful Isles of Scilly are connected to Cornwall in more ways than one and although you need to take a boat or plane to reach the Isles this is somewhere you simply just have to visit at least once in your life.

You can sail or fly from a number of locations in Cornwall including Land’s End and Penzance.

Arrive in style and take in the stunning views from above whilst flying by aeroplane from Land’s End, it will take approximately 25 minutes to arrive.

By ferry you will jump on from Penzance Harbour and take a scenic route next to the coast of Cornwall and arriving in St Mary’s Harbour.

Often whilst taking the ferry you may come across a pod of dolphins as they like to follow the boat on their travels.

There are some fantastic offers on throughout the year from £45 per person so get yourself out there and have a fantastic day with the family.

  • Location – From Penzance & Land’s End
  • Prices – £45.00
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Land's End

Lands end sign in Cornwall pointing to far away locations

Land’s End

Last but not least on our list of things to do in Cornwall is of course Land’s End which is at the end of the land and the most southerly point in the United Kingdom.

A destination that brings thousands of visitors every year for its rugged coastline and beautiful views far and wide.

You will often see cyclists coming and going because they are either just starting or just completing the popular cycle ride from one end of the country the other, normally raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Mainly untouched and not built up it is a place for you to relax on a sunny summers day and take in the tranquil sound of the sea, or go for a stroll around the Cornish coastal path and stop for a bite to eat or a spot of shopping in the few shops dotted around.

  • Location – Land’s End
  • Admission – From Free
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So there you have it, 52 things to do in Cornwall for every week of the year through 2017.

All you need to do now is get yourself to Cornwall and make sure to enjoy yourselves.

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  1. Sue Jacobs

    Really Helpful because I’ll be there in July Thanks

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