Ah – the great outdoors. And nowhere does it quite like we do here in Cornwall. Sublime seascapes, majestic moorlands, rambling countryside and picturesque rivers…the county is awash with world-class landscapes that make a visit to the far reaches of the country beyond-worthwhile in number of alluring ways.
Getting outdoors in Cornwall in summer seems impossibly easy since it’s surrounded by what it’s most famous for – its beaches. But why not mix it up a little and go al fresco in a slightly different way?
With an array of sporting fixtures, festivals, gardens and green spaces, walking and cycling routes, cultural events, iconic landmarks and natural wonders, you’re spoiled for choice for things to see and do – especially if you exercise your imagination and dare to ditch the sun lounger for a day or two of alternate exploration and activities.
Here are some top ideas to whet your appetite for Cornwall’s incredible ‘other’ outdoors…
Miracle Theatre – Life’s a Dream
June and July
As part of the innovative and award winning theatre group’s open air season, this epic fable will inspire and entertain everyone with its passionate and comedic tale of love, destiny and war. The brand new adaptation from Bill Scott features music by Tom Adams and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience like no other across some of Cornwall’s most enchanting outside spaces.
One of which will be Trelissick on 21st or 22nd July, which promises a spellbinding under-the-stars performance in one of Cornwall’s most captivating country estates. In similarly sublime style, The Minack will also stage the production, as will Trebah Gardens and Penlee Park Open Air Theatre.
Sea Swim Cornwall
Explore the Cornish coast in the most unique and immersive of ways by signing up to one of Sea Swim Cornwall’s swim tour holidays.
Presenting guided wild swimming tours, you can pick from a selection of weekend and weeklong dates in June and September in order to adventure out and into the ocean at some seriously special swimming spots. Simply pick your preferred date and destination and they’ll organise your daily swim schedule to suit the area and conditions for maximum scenic and cosmic-moment-making impact.
Bedruthan Step’s Walking Week
Running in mid-May and late September, Bedruthan’s series of expert guided walks are a great way to explore the north Cornish coast in all its wild beauty.
Ranging from half to full day and dusk walks, and with private full day walks also available, the routes featured include St Mawgan Valley, Bodmin Moor and the striking coastline around Bedruthan’s own Mawgan Porth area.
Spot sea-life such as seals and sea birds, wildlife like barn owls and badgers, and a spectacular smattering of local flora and fauna as you roam some truly magical habitats.
23rd – 27th July
A brand spanking new celebration of Falmouth’s sports and active-living scene, this event looks set to transform the maritime town into a giant arena where various interactive sports, activities, health and wellbeing initiatives will be staged.
From hockey, cricket and tennis to Pilates, Zumba, climbing and circus skills, visitors will be able to try their hand at both favourite and fresh new pursuits as everywhere from Gyllyngvase Beach to Kimberley Park and Events Square become activity ‘zones’.
With a schedule of activities for both kids and adults alongside various entertainment, demonstrations and unique mix of energising opportunities to get involved, it’s definitely one for the active and outdoor-lover’s diary.
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