Days Out in Cornwall

Published on: 26/06/22

One of the UK’s favourite summer destinations, visitors flock to Cornwall for its sandy beaches and surf-ready waves; but look beyond the coastline and you’ll be rewarded with world-class galleries, fantastic food and many one-of-a-kind attractions. Whether you’re on a weekend getaway or longer stay, trust us: you’ll be spoilt for choice, and that’s even before we get to the unique “inspiration” of Poldark!

Take advantage of the summer sun by exploring Cornwall’s sandy beaches and wild flower-strewn clifftops, surfing off Atlantic coves, or striding out on the South West Coast Path and granite moors. Green-fingered gardeners can take inspiration from lush gardens like Bodnant, Cothele or the future-looking biomes of the Eden Project. As a famously “foodie” county, enjoy celebrity restaurants in St. Ives and Padstow, or try Cornish delicacies like Yarg cheese, meat-stuffed pasties and clotted cream teas. Then you’ll definitely need that coastal walk!

Cornish Wave Surf School & Adventure Activities

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How better to make the most of midsummer by soaking up some sea, sand and surf on the beautiful Cornish coast? Based in Newquay, the friendly team at Cornish Wave Surf School & Adventure Activities are experts in guiding individuals, small groups, and families on exhilarating surfing lessons, coasteering sessions and bushcraft wild camping experiences at their very own woodland campsite. With over 14 years of outdoor adventure activity experience, you won’t be in better hands, whether dipping a toe into new water-based activities, or taking previous experience to a whole new level.

Group Surf Lessons are a great way to get an introduction to surfing and enjoy time on the beach in a safe, supportive environment. Enjoy the wild side of nature with wild adventure swimming or coasteering, incorporating rock hopping, whirlpools, and cave exploration with fully-trained instructors; a great way to get a unique view of the secluded, wild scenery of the Cornish coastline, from the outside in. Experienced and friendly staff will happily recommend or create an activity package to suit you- what are you waiting for? It’s definitely time to jump in!

Player Ready Virtual Reality Truro

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Even at the height of summer, we are all familiar with the vagaries of the “great” British weather. But it won’t put a dampener on the fun with fantastic indoor attractions like Player Ready Virtual Reality & Escape Rooms Truro, totally tempting on even the sunniest days! The biggest VR centre in Cornwall, get ready to put on your headset and get immersed in a wealth of realities in the VR arcade, where every sense will deceive you that you’re in another world. With 8 multiplayer VR stations running dozens of different games, 4 VR motion racing simulators, suitable for solo, pair and multiplayer gaming in ages 6-13, teenagers, and adult, there’s enough to sweep everyone off their feet.

Dare you take it up a level and step into their Virtual Reality Escape Rooms? High-end HTC VIVE headsets with powerful software ensures the highest quality VR experiences and immersion, as you tackle treasure hunters in Ancient Egyptian Tombs, talking rabbits in Alice’s Wonderland, zombies, criminals, aliens and more in over a dozen scenarios for 2-6 players. Fully inclusive, non-game VR rooms such as The Blu or Apollo Experiences are more passive and suitable for all ages or abilities, while adults only can book after 19:30. Your feet may still be on the floor, but your brain won’t believe they are!

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Famous across the world, The Lost Gardens of Heligan remained a sleeping beauty lost in brambles for nearly a hundred years, sensitively reawakened in 1990 by Europe’s largest garden restoration project. So much more than a garden restored, today the 200 acres of mysterious gardens and estate near St. Austell offer quite simply the best natural playground ever: a paradise for the explorer, wildlife spotter, plant lover and garden romantic.

Explore Victorian gardens, pleasure grounds, Italian gardens and the Alpine-inspired ravine along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Marvel beneath luxuriant foliage, bamboo tunnels, and gigantic rhubarb and bananas in the exotic Jungle garden, alongside dancing streams. Suitable for all ages and accessibilities, can you find the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady sculptures, all waiting to be discovered along the birdsong-serenaded Woodland Walk? Taste the fruits of the dedicated gardeners’ labours with delicious home-grown meals and treats in the Heligan Kitchen, including a Cornish cream tea that’s hard to top!

Saint Michael's Mount

The island world of St Michael’s Mount is one of the jewels in Cornwall’s crown. Stroll across the causeway from Marazion at low tide, following in centuries’ old footsteps of pilgrims and possibly even a giant! Or hop on a boat and trail your fingers in the bluest waters, heading across to a community where modern life meets over a thousand years of history. Crowned by a medieval church and castle with the oldest buildings dating back to the 12th century, this iconic island is still home to the St Aubyn family and a small community, with upkeep and access co-ordinated with the National Trust.

An enchanted island topped by a fairytale castle, immerse yourself in history, discover its legends, and wonder at the architecture, lush planting, and coastal views. Energetic explorers can scale the turrets for breath-taking views of Mount’s Bay, while strollers will be captivated by the sub-tropical terraced garden, and everyone will love the fresh local food in the Island Café and Sail Loft Restaurant. Friendly wardens will make sure you don’t get stranded by the tide- though, with everything for a wonderful family day out, there could be worse fates!

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