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Creative things to do in Cornwall

Artists come for the light and rugged coastlines, novelists come for the myths and legends, and culinary creatives come for the feast-worthy selection courtesy of the county’s natural larder… Cornwall really is the creative corner of the UK.

You can explore the works of many incredible artists in one of Cornwall’s jaw-dropping art galleries, or you can flex your creative fingers yourself with a workshop designed to inspire and enlighten. There’s no better memento of Cornwall than the one you craft yourself!

Ready to get stuck in? Here's our pick of creative ways to spend a day in Cornwall, from inspiring walks to rustling up a fresh feast of local delicacies or your very own piece of jewellery or artwork that you can take home and cherish long after your holiday is over. 

Guided photography walks on the north Cornwall coast 

View from Daymer Bay across to Padstow

Embark on an extraordinary adventure along the breathtaking coastal paths of north Cornwall, where you'll be led by photographer Kate Whis, who will guide you through capturing stunning land and seascapes. Learn the secrets to composition, framing, light, balance and much more, to turn your photos into magnificent works of art.    

Open to all ages and dogs are welcome too! 

Art workshops at Cornish Lavender 

Cornish Lavender fields in Perranporth, Cornwall

Discover the captivating world of acrylics, chalks, mono-printing, and mixed media crafting at Perranporth's Cornish Lavender farm. Unleash your creativity as you paint, draw, or explore a new artistic craft amidst the breathtaking beauty of fragrant lavender fields. Let inspiration bloom in this awe-inspiring setting. Embark on an artistic journey guided by professional artist Vicky, as you draw exquisite florals, vibrant plants, vast skies, and serene (or stormy) seas.  

The workshops run every Tuesday throughout the summer (June/July/August) and are open to all levels. Materials and refreshments are provided, so all you need to bring is your desire to create!  

Creative journalling with Hometown Journals 

Creative journalling workshop in Cornwall Credit: Journal for Joy

Creator of Hometown Journals, Hannah, invites you to join her for a captivating creative journaling workshop; Journal for Joy sessions, which are held regularly in and around Falmouth. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of Cornwall's beautiful scenery as you connect with nature and your surroundings. These workshops provide a tranquil experience that celebrates the essence of Cornwall. 

Pottery fun for the little ones 

Mug making at Wedge Pottery Studio in Newquay, Cornwall

Experience the Mud Club, hosted by Wedge Studio in Newquay, where children can discover the delightful world of pottery! Their unique playshops offer kids the opportunity to unleash their creativity, with demos and a lot of freestyling. Grown-ups are also welcome to join in the fun! 

They run Saturday mornings from 10am, for two hours, and all materials and refreshments are included. For those of you on holiday, your clay creations can be glazed and fired, ready for you to take home as your very own unique holiday souvenir. 

Forage a feast with the Fat Hen 

Foraging with The Fat Hen Cookery School, Cornwall

Fat Hen Wild Cookery School provides hands-on workshops that combine foraging and cooking amidst the untamed landscapes of the western coast of Cornwall. Take a leisurely stroll through leafy woodlands or picturesque coastal trails, immersing yourself in nature's unspoiled beauty, before unleashing your culinary skills by preparing a feast using the wild ingredients you have gathered along the way. 

There are various one day courses available, offering you a veritable smorgasbord of foraging fun!  

Capture Cornwall in a different light 

View from Mullion Cove in Cornwall 

Set above the mesmerising landscape of the Lizard Peninsula in south Cornwall, join fused glass artist Zoe Schoning at Mullion Glass Studio & Workshop. Get inspired by the jaw-dropping views and stunning scenery as you create your very own one-of-a-kind piece of glass art! You can design and form a glass coaster, free-standing piece, house number plaque, dish or lantern. 

Workshops are run three times a day, all year round, and are open to everyone, whatever your skill level.   

Make something special with sea glass 

Porth Seaglass Jewellery Workshop

Design and create your own piece of unique, ocean-inspired jewellery with a seaglass session with Porth Jewellery. Workshops take place in either Falmouth or Constantine and offer you the chance to make a ring, necklace or bangle from a beautiful piece of seaglass collected from a Cornish beach, harbour or estuary. All made with a silver setting, you’ll be guided by jewellery maker Laura, and will return home with something special to treasure from your holiday in Cornwall.

Feeling creative? Explore our beautiful collection of cottages in Cornwall and let the wild beauty of your surrounds inspire you throughout your stay.

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