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With over 250 miles of stunning coastline, Cornwall is home to more than 300 beaches; from vast sandy shores, to hidden pebbly coves. There’s such a variety of fantastic beaches up and down the coast, it’s little wonder so many people want to holiday in Cornwall.

Renowned for its dramatic coastline, you’re never far from the sea on the Cornish peninsula, no matter where you choose to stay in Cornwall. While the north coast offers a rugged and wild coastline, often ideal for surfing, the south coast presents a balmy environment with tropical gardens and gentle rivers. 

Thanks to its location on the edge of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall boasts a milder climate, and more hours of sunshine than the rest of mainland Britain. This, combined with its ideal mix of coast and country, makes for the perfect holiday destination. Escape to Cornwall and you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing break by the sea. 

Proud of having a unique cultural identity, Cornwall has historically differed from the rest of mainland Britain. Across the county you’ll find aspects of Cornwall’s legacies and heritage. Discover ancient stone sights, coastal castles, and long-abandoned engine houses from Cornwall’s mining history. Taking pride in its past, Cornwall celebrates its culture with traditional events throughout the year, including St Piran’s Day, Murdoch Day, Flora Day and more!

Cornwall has become a food-lover’s delight, with access to some of the best local ingredients and freshly caught fish. Visit Cornwall and you’ll be delighted by the food and drink on offer. With some of the best restaurants in the country (some owned by celebrity chefs) along with many fantastic independent restaurants, pubs and cafes, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Don’t forget, you can’t visit Cornwall without getting a pasty and a cream tea – jam first of course!

Did you know...

...there are over 50 beaches across Cornwall that are dog friendly all year round?

Things to do in Cornwall

Choose a holiday in Cornwall and you’ll be spoilt by breathtaking scenery, endless sea views, sandy beaches and the beautiful countryside. Spend dreamy days walking the coastline, visiting quaint villages, meandering through cobbled seaside towns, tasting the food on offer, and discovering hidden coves along the coast, with your dour-legged friends in tow. Make memories as you find your favourite places to visit in Cornwall.

With an array of attractions and landmarks across the county, there’s something for the whole family. Choose from sub-tropical gardens, National Trust properties, family adventure parks and iconic locations such at Lands End, St Michael’s Mount and The Eden Project.

You won’t be disappointed by the array of activities available across the county. Fancy giving surfing or paddleboarding a go? There’s no better place than Cornwall! Want an adrenaline rush? Head to Via Ferrata adventure quarry or Hangloose Adventure for a real thrill. But if you’d rather relax at a spa, Cornwall has many, including luxurious sea-facing and cliff top spas. 

During the cooler months, enjoy wintry walks along the beach, watching as the waves crash on the shore, before heading to the pub for a drink in front of the roaring fire. Whatever the weather, Cornwall makes the perfect holiday destination, whether you’re visiting Cornwall for a family holiday, a romantic retreat or a group get-together. 

Beaches

Cornwall is renowned for its beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. With a variety of golden sandy beaches, small pebbly coves, surfing hotspots and dog-friendly beaches, there’s something for everyone. 

Here are some of the most popular beaches to visit in Cornwall:

Looe Beach – A popular holiday spot for decades, Looe beach, also known as East loose beach, features soft sand and crystal-clear waters. It’s ideal for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking and simply letting the kids play in the sand. It’s close to the town and has facilities nearby, perfect for a family day at the beach. 

Gyllyngvase BeachFalmouth’s largest and most popular beach, Gyllyngvase beach is a beautiful crescent of fine sand, sweeping along the coast. With easy parking, and a range of facilities, it’s perfect for families. Water sports enthusiasts will also love this beach, it’s ideal for swimming and kayaking. 

Kynance Cove – Widely considered as one of the most beautiful locations in Cornwall, Kynance Cove is a truly breathtaking location where large rock formations rise from the turquoise ocean. At low tide, a beautiful beach emerges between the rocky formations, creating a unique cove, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Be prepared for the trek down and back up again (it’s worth it though).

Praa Sands Beach – Located on the south coast, Praa Sands beach offers a large expanse of golden sand, ideal for a family day at the beach. Popular throughout the year, it has parking, toilets, a café and shop, a pub, and water sports equipment hire. Spend summer days relaxing on the sand while the kids build sandcastles, paddle in the sea and go rock pooling. In the winter months, it’s popular with surfers and those enjoying a wintry walk.  

Porthcurno Beach – Located in the far west of Cornwall, Porthcurno is exceptionally beautiful. Backed by high cliffs, the soft white sand and turquoise waters are truly stunning, regardless of the time of year. Visitors to the beach will often be lucky enough to see dolphins and basking sharks swimming in the bay. 

St Ives beaches – With several beaches in the town, visitors to St Ives will be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for somewhere to learn to surf, Porthmeor is the place to be; if you want the buzz of the town, choose the Harbour beach and if you’re looking for a range of facilities, Porthminster is ideal for a family day out.

Perranporth – Located on the north coast of Cornwall, Perranporth is a favourite for many.  With miles of golden sand and a fantastic range of facilities, including parking, cafes, bars and shops, it’s perfect for a family trip to the beach. Relax on the sand, explore the dunes or enjoy a dip in the sea. Head to the beach early in the morning and you’ll often see horses cantering along the sand.

Fistral Beach – The home of British surfing, Fistral beach in Newquay is THE beach to visit if you’re an avid surfer, or even a beginner looking for lessons. Home to the International Surfing Centre, you can hire equipment, book lessons, and shop top surfing brands. Feeling peckish after a day of surfing? Head to one of the several restaurants or cafes for local food while enjoying views across the stunning coastline.  

Summerlease Beach – This popular Bude beach is located just five minutes from the centre of town. With easy access to facilities, a large car park, and of course the famous Bude Sea Pool, it’s easy to see why Summerlease Beach is a favourite with families. The beach is flanked by the calm river, adding charm and appeal to this unique place. 

 

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Walking

Cornwall is a walker’s paradise, and when you think of walking in Cornwall, the South West Coast Path springs to mind. With over 300 miles of rugged paths adjacent to the ocean, the Cornish coast path is a truly inspirational trail to walk. Ramble along the winding, rugged paths, admiring the endless sea views and Cornish wildlife; breathe in the fresh sea air and feel the wind rushing past you. For many, the South West Coast Path is a vital part of maintaining both physical and mental wellbeing. 

However, the coast path is not the only trail worth taking; famous for its mining history, Cornwall benefits from nearly 40 miles of old mining trails. Many of these trails closely follow the once-busy mineral tramways and railways, which were originally built to link the mines to the busy ports at Portreath on the north coast and Devoran on the south coast. These well-maintained routes are perfect for both walking and cycling, and being mostly flat, are suitable for those who prefer a gentler walk. 

Of course, you can’t come to Cornwall without experiencing the beautiful rural countryside. Public footpaths lead through fields of cows and weave along running streams. Take in the sights and sounds of rural life, from livestock and tractors to birds and buzzing bees. Stroll through fields of corn, meadows of daffodils and pastures of grass; you’ll feel invigorated and inspired by the nature all around you. 

In the winter months, don your wellies and discover woodlands worth wandering. Across the county, you’ll find wooded valleys where kids can enjoy splashing in puddles and collecting pinecones for painting. 

The National Trust plays a big roll in looking after key locations in Cornwall, many of which include trails for walking. If you’re a member, it’s worth looking up the different places to discover across the county, especially as parking is often included for free. From the woodland at Godolphin Estate to the tropical gardens of Glendurgan, and the meandering paths through Trelissick to the palatial gardens at Lanhydrock. There really is something for everyone. 

Here are some of our favourite suggestions:

Coastal: Mevagissey to Charlestown: 

Discover this charming and tranquil stretch of the coast path, leading from the quaint fishing village of Mevagissey to the historic town of Charlestown. Length: 7.3 miles.

Mining: The Coast to Coast Trail: 

Following the old tramroads, this route takes you across Cornwall, from Portreath to Devoran. Walk the path that was one of the first tramroads in Cornwall. Length: 11 miles.

Rural: Godolphin to Tregonning Hill: 

Cross fields filled with cows and sheep, pass engine houses and meander through meadows of heather as you ascend Tregonning Hill, before heading back to Godolphin. Length: 4.8 miles.

Woodland: Kennall Vale:

Once a busy gunpowder factory, nature has now reclaimed this beautiful wooded valley. Discover remnants of the factory admit the trees, river and abundance of wildlife. Length: 1 mile.

National Trust: Boscastle and the Valency Valley:

Beginning in the picturesque village of Boscastle, head across the cliffs before walking down to the Valency Valley, a peaceful woodland area home to the Valency river. Length: 4 miles.

 

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Events

Tom Bawcock's Eve, Mousehole

Every year, the people of Mousehole celebrate the bravery of Tom Bawcock. Years ago, when the boats couldn't get out in the storms, the villages had no fish to eat. Tom dared to take his boat out and returned with enough fish to make a Star Gazey fish pie for the whole village.

23rd December 2021

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Newquay Fish Festival

A three-day celebration of all things seafoodie! Barbecued fish on the beach; cooking demos from the best of the best; fish merchants selling the freshest seafood imaginable - ready for you to take back to your holiday home and cook up using your newly-learned skills!

10th - 12th September 2021

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Looe Music Festival

The Looe Blues, Rhtythm and Rock Festival will be held in December this year. Set in the countryside with views acrosss the sea, it's a beautiful place to sit back, relax and enjoy the music!

3rd - 5th September 2021

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Montol Festival

Each year, the people of Penzance celebrate the Winter solstace with a festival of Cornish tradition, torch processions, and dancing through the streets. It's a truly womderful celebration. 

21st December 2021

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World Pasty Championships

The World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project is a great day out. With 8 different categories, many companies, professionals and amateurs from around the UK compete for the title of the best Cornish pasty.  

5th March 2022

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World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly

This annual event takes place on the Isles of Scilly over the May Day bank holiday weekend. With crews coming from all over the South West, races start on Friday,and finals take place on the Monday. 

29th April - 1st May 2022

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Penzance Literary Festival

Popular with visitors and locals alike, this exciting festival celebrates everything literary, including spoken, written, recited and sung word. Take part in the reading and writing discussions and activities and enjoy the many performances.

6th - 9th July 2022

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Santa by Steam

Join Santa and his elves aboard his magical steam train as you journey through the Cornish countryside. On the hour long journey, children will get to meet and greet Santa, recieve a present and have their photograph taken. 

TBC December 2021

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Rogue Theatre Winter Wood

Created by Cornwall’s award winning Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood is an adventure for families and those who still believe in magic. Let the faeries lead the way with stories and songs to Old Man Winter, who will weave a tale and reveal the path to a wondrous festivity of wintry marvels.

TBC 2021

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New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2021

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Boscastle Walking Week

Boscastle Walking Week is an annual event which has grown in popularity over the years. Organised by local people with local knowledge, you'll be guided on some of the most beautiful walks along the Cornish coastline, amid woods and streams and on rambles to secluded waterfalls.

April 2022

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Stithians Show

Celebrated since the early 1800s, the Stihtains Show is a fine agricultural event showcasing animals, arts and crafts, food and drink, music and more. This year's events will be virtual, so you can watch and interact online!

TBC July 2021 

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Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival

For the first time the Bude Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival will be taking place across three days in November, featuring Wishbone Ash, Focus and Thorbjorn Risager.

5th - 7th November 2021

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St Ives Shanty Shout Weekend

Featuring more than 20 sea shanty groups and with sailor and pirate themed fancy dress, this year's event will be raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and its New Heli Appeal. It'll take place in various pubs and venues in St Ives.

19th - 20th November 2021

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Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair

Browse an impressive selection of Cornish crafts and delicious food on the Piazza in Truro. It's a great place to find special Christmas gifts for loved ones with plenty of choice from local artisans, artists and food and drink producers.

TBC November 2021

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Santa at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

On selected dates between the 4th and 24th December, board the Santa Express to Santa's grotto where children will recieve a gift from Father Christmas. There will also be children's entertainment, mince pies, and mulled wine for the adults!

4th - 24th December 2021

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Santa's Grotto & Elf Emporium

Meet Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, make Reindeer food and have a festive day out at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bude. At the elf emporium, new for 2018, children can write letters to the North Pole and take part in other fun activities. Online booking essential. 

TBC 2022

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Truro Winter Gift Fayre

Find the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest at Truro's Winter Gift Fayre. You can expect to find luxury food and drink, festive decorations and gorgeous gifts, with more than 80 stalls from local South West producers.

TBC December 2021

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Roseland Festival

Held on the Roseland Pensinsula, this wonderful festival offers a diverse programme of events, including music, history, films, art, walks, talks and photography. With so many activities and events, there's something for everyone. 

16th April - 2nd May 2022

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Mevagissey Shanty Festival

The Mevagissey Shanty Festival showcases shanty and accapella groups from all over the UK. The event begins at 7pm on the Friday and will continue on the Saturday at 11am. The main stage at Mevagissey Activity Centre also features a Cornish beer festival.

15th - 17th October 2021

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Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week

Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week is one of the largest sailing regatta's in the south west with more than 300 yachts racing over eight days. The full events line-up includes entertainment in Falmouth's Events Square and offsite activities such as outdoor film screenings and Red Arrow displays.

5th - 14th August 2022

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

TBC February 2022

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Helston Flora Day

An ancient annual event, Helston Flora Day features traditional dances throughout the day, where crowds line the streets to watch the procession. In addition, visitors can enjoy craft, food and drinks stalls, as well as a large fairground.

8th May 2022

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Golowan Festival - Penzance

Golowan Festival is an annual arts event that celebrates local culture and community. This year's events have been toned down, however, elements of the festival will still go ahead to celebrate midsummer. 

 June 2022

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Eden Project Winter Festival

Winter is perhaps the most magical time to visit the Eden Project. Not only can you explore the biomes, there's also the opportunity to go ice-skating, watch live storytelling and meet Father Christmas! 

TBC 2021

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Bude Jazz Festival

Top UK and international jazz, blues, swing and boogie bands make up the Bude Jazz festival, with over 120 events including street parades, late night jam sessions and a dance marquee.

31st August - 3rd September 2021

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Rock Oyster Festival

A food and music festival on the banks of the Camel Estuary featuring live music, performing arts, endless entertainment for kids, and of course fantastic seafood.

29th - 31st July 2022

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Eden Sessions

A truly magical experience in Eden's natural amphitheatre. Upcoming performers include Ben Howard, Mcgly, Snow Patrol, The Script, Idles, My Chemical Romance, Lionel Richie and Bryan Adams. Tickets also include a daytime pass to the Eden Project.

11th September 2021 - 29th June 2022

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Mousehole Christmas Lights

Possibly the most well-known and popular Christmas Lights in the county, Moushole combines stunning displays against the backdrop of their gorgeous Cornish fishing harbour to bring real festive magic to all who visit at this special time of year. Read More >

TBC December 2021

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Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

Celebrating the life and works of the renowned author, Daphne Du Maurier (who spent a large proportion of her life in and around Fowey) this community festival has grown into a popular annual event.

6th - 14th May 2022

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International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth

The Falmouth Sea Shanty was founded and is organised by Falmouth Shout. Sea Shanty events aim to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall as a whole and are thoroughly enjoyable.

TBC June 2022

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

17th - 19th September 2021

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Falmouth Oyster Festival

Celebrate the start of the Oyster season at Falmouth's Events Square. Get involved with food demonstrations, browse local craft stalls and taste some spectacular seafood!

7th - 10th October 2021

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Porthleven Food & Music Festival

The small Cornish fishing village of Porthleven hosts its annual Food & Music Festival every April and encorporates street performers, a range of local produce, Samba dancing, theatre, beer marquees, hip-hop dancers, fireworks, Cornish singing & much, much mmore...the list is endless!

TBC 2021

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Padstow 'Obby Oss' Festival

This colourful tradition that takes place in the harbour town of Padstow. Locals decorate the town with flags, flowers, greenery and a flagpole. The crowds are greeted by the swirling and dancing 'osses' who parade through the town, followed by the 'Teazer' who dances along behind. 

1st May 2022

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Newquay Boardmasters Festival

Be part of the UK's biggest surf, skate and music festival at this year's 'Boardmasters', held in the popular seaside resort of Newquay. Enjoy music performed by Gorillaz, Dizzee Rascal, Jamie XX, The Kooks and more!

TBC August 2022

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

11th - 25th September 2021

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St Pirans Day Celebrations

St Piran's Day is the national day of Cornwall, named after St Piran, a 5th century Irish Abbot. Legend claims he was thrown into the sea in Ireland tied to a mill stone; he washed up on the Cornish coast still alive. He made Cornwall his new home and became the patron saint of tin-miners.

5th March 2022

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Truro City of Lights

Enjoy a festival of light as giant handmade lanterns are paraded through the streets along to an array of music and flamboyant dancers. Craft and food stalls line the streets; pick up a tasty snack or warming drink while doing some Christmas shopping.

TBC November 2021

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Bude Carnival

First held in 1920, Bude Carnival is an annual event where money rasied is donated to local charities and orgaisations. Join in with the carnival celebrations for a fun filled day of music, dance and competition! 

13th August 2022

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Tregothnan Charity Garden Opening

On this special weekend, Tregothnan will open its private gardens to the public. These secluded gardens have diverse trees and rare collections of flowers and plants. There are more than 100 acres of gardens to explore, featuring ancient camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. 

TBC 2022

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Fowey Royal Regatta

The Fowey Royal Regatta includes sailing contests, a carnival, the crowning of the Fowey Queen, a pasty eating contest, and as per tradition, a giant pasty which is shared out among the community. 

18th August 2021

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St Endellion Easter Festival

St Endellion Church provides a magical setting for this classical music concert, which features opera, choral and orchestral music over nine days. Musicians visit from all over the world to perform at this special concert.

9th - 17th April 2022

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St Ives Lifeboat Day

A fun packed day hosted by the RNLI lifeboat Station. See the lifeboats on display and in action on the water with demonstrations featuring one of the HM Coastguard helicpoters!

TBC Summer 2022

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Bolster Festival

Bolster festival in St Agnes celebrates the demise of the legend of Bolster the giant. The community re-enact the life and downful of the giant as they parade through the streets and down to the cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach. 

TBC 2022

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Fowey Christmas Market

Head to Fowey for a weekend of festivities! Get your Christmas shopping underway with over 100 local traders selling high quality food, drink and crafts, while enjoying some live music and entertainment.

26th - 28th November 2021

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Camborne Trevithick Day

Join in the celebrations at this community led festival. The annual event celebrates the engineering and mining history of the Camborne area, and is dedicated to Richard Trevithick, pioneer of high pressure steam power & inventor of Road and Railway Locomotives.

TBC 2022

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Padstow Christmas Festival

Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be flying the flag for Cornwall at this year’s 10th annual Padstow Christmas Festival. Enjoy chef demonstrations, live music, food and craft stalls, and meet Santa in his grotto. 

2nd - 5th December 2021

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

July and August 2022

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Falmouth Spring Festival

The Falmouth Spring Festival is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture. Falmouth will be celebrating spring with a range of events and activities throughout the week, including spring clean days to tidy the town and beaches.

TBC 2022

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Royal Cornwall Show

This three-day event is the highlight of Cornwall's agricultural year, showcasing the very best of Cornwall's rural lifestyle. The event is packed with activities, competitions, food and craft demonstrations and stalls, displays, music, and, or course, lots of animals!

June 2022

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Lusty Glaze Sundowner Sessions

Every year Lusty Glaze beach hosts their Sundowner Sessions - an opportunity to watch your favourite artsits perform live in the stunning setting of the natural ampitheatre provided by the cliffs at Lusty Glaze. 

3rd October 2021

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Mevagissey Feast Week

Celebrated since 1754, Mevagissey Feast Week is a celebration of food, music, dance and more. With a host of colourful events being held throughout the week, this is a festival not to be missed!

26th June - 2nd July 2022

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Charlestown Regatta

Enjoy a week of live music, watersports, competitions, pasty-making, children's sports, raft races and a carnival, all with the backdrop of the famous Georgian harbour in Charlestown

TBC 2022

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Tropical Pressure Festival

Head to Mount Pleasant Eco Park to join in with the park's annual festival celebrating the rich cultures of Africa, Latin America and the caribbean. Enjoy live music, dance and food throughout the weekend. 

15th - 17th July 2022

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Great Estate Festival

Nestled within wild meadows and ancient woodland, The Great Estate extends its portfolio of infamous shenanigans for 2021. Unveiling a series of weird and wonderful happenings, the festival showcases musicians, dancers, wrestlers, award-winning chefs and vintage car owners.

27th - 29th August 2021

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Charlestown Christmas Market

Located at Penrice Academy, Charlestown Christmas Market hosts 100 Cornish traders, showcasing some of the best food, drinks and crafts in Cornwall, alongside live entertainment. With plenty of parking and an inside venue, it's perfect for some Christmas shopping. 

20th - 21st November 2021

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Looe Raft Race

This fun event is organised by Looe Boat Owners Association in support of Looe RNLI. Enjoy the fun by making and entering your own raft, or just come and cheer everyone on. 

TBC 2021

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Food and Drink

No visit to Cornwall is complete without a pasty and a cream tea! Alongside these Cornish essentials, there are Cornish delights aplenty to be sampled; from freshly caught fish to Cornish gin. With so many independent eateries up and down the county, you’ll be spoilt for choice, especially with celebrity chefs opening restaurants in popular seaside villages. 

Whether you prefer fine dining, classic pub grub, a pasty on the beach or cakes in the countryside, there really is something for everyone in Cornwall. Take a look at some of our recommendations… 

If fine dining is your style, we recommend you try one of these exquisite dining experiences in Cornwall:

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw – located in the fishing village of Port Isaac, made popular by Doc Martin, Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant boasts seafood of the highest quality, celebrating Cornish fish at its best. 

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 – Situated in a beautiful Georgian townhouse in the stunning village of Padstow, this Michelin Star restaurant showcases some of the “best ingredients on the planet”.

The Ugly Butterfly – housed in The Carbis Bay Hotel, but completely independent from the hotel, Adam handling’s The Ugly Butterfly is a truly special restaurant overlooking the bay. Offering an all-day dining experience, with zero waste, there’s nowhere else quite like this unique restaurant. 

The Cove – tucked into the shoreline of Maenporth beach, Michael Cane’s The Cove is an “oasis of taste and visual beauty”, offering some of the finest Cornish ingredients in one of the most picturesque spots in Cornwall.

If a country pub is more your cup of tea, try one of these gastro pubs and you won’t be disappointed:

The Mexico Inn – Close to the coast, this dog-friendly pub in Long Rock offers a warm and friendly atmosphere with fantastic, locally-sourced food. 

Pandora Inn – Arriving by boat is not unusual at this traditional river-side pub. Situated in Mylor Bridge, the Pandora offers superb food in a spectacular setting. 

The Tolcarne Inn – Once a maritime pub, The Tolcarne Inn is an irresistible pub for seafood lovers. Owned by Ben Tunicliffe, this dining destination has an ever-evolving, seasonal menu that will delight every diner. 

The Gurnard’s Head – located in an awe-inspiring location near Zennor, The Gurnard’s Head offers beautifully cooked food at its seasonal best, in a place where diners can relax and unwind. 

If you’re looking for a more casual lunch, some scrumptious cake in a beautiful setting or a comforting hot chocolate on a wintery day, head to one of these cosy cafes:

Slice of Cornwall - recently relocated to Constantine, for a real treat discover Slice, hidden away on the Lizard Peninsular. Enjoy decadent hot chocolates with giant homemade marshmallows and indulge in their famous slow-rise butter waffles. 

Birdies Bistro – Overlooking the RSPB nature-reserve in Lelant, Birdies Bistro serves classic dishes with an imaginative twist, a range of delicious cakes and crazy shakes. Treat yourself while enjoying the scenery. 

The Barge – Moored on Bude’s canal, the Barge offers a unique dining location, where you can enjoy a range of locally-sourced meals, snacks and cakes. Alternatively, you can stop off for a quick drink in a beautiful setting. 

The Cabin Beach Café – located just above the beach in Perranouthnoe, this delightful café is perfect for a cuppa and cake after a walk along the beach or the South West Coast Path. Alternatively, enjoy a tasty lunch after a dip in the sea!

Of course, nothing beats enjoying a pasty overlooking the coastline in Cornwall. Stop off at one of the many pasty shops in Cornwall, including Phillps Pasties, Ann’s Pasties and Lavenders Cornish Pasties, before driving or walking to one of your favourite beauty spots in Cornwall. A pasty always tastes best outside!

With some of the finest ingredients on offer in the county, it’s little surprise so many chefs have opened cookery schools of their own, in some of the most beautiful locations in Cornwall. Sign up to one of the many classes available and you’ll be able to learn from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

Philleigh Way Cookery School – this farmhouse cookery school, located in the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, offers you the chance to learn a mastery of cooking skills and techniques. They also offer unique feast nights and dining experiences.

The Woodland Kitchen – Surrounded by 36 acres of fields, woods and streams, The Woodland Kitchen focuses on sustainable, Cornish produce. Offering inspiring and practical cookery courses for individuals, couples and families. 

Fat Hen Wild Cookery School – celebrating nature’s humble ingredients, the Fat Hen Wild Cookery School is all about embracing the outdoors and creating food inspired by nature. 

Tarquin’s Gin School – if gin is more your thing, head to Tarquin’s Gin School in either Padstow or St Ives to create your own gin!

 

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35 St Nicholas Court

35 St Nicholas Court, Porthmeor

From £558 - £1550
Sleeps 4 + cot

Tehidy, Towan Valley

Tehidy, Towan Valley, Porthtowan

From £583 - £1620
Sleeps 6 + cot

Joy

Joy, Penzance

From £789 - £1716
Sleeps 6 + cot

5 Tehidy Terrace

5 Tehidy Terrace, Falmouth

From £1179 - £2184
Sleeps 6 + cot

Number 6

Number 6, Portreath

From £489 - £1359
Sleeps 6 + cot

The Captain's House - Pendeen

The Captain's House - Pendeen, Pendeen

From £1067 - £2486
Sleeps 8 + 2 cots

Cobbles

Cobbles, Mevagissey

From £502 - £1321
Sleeps 4

Tolvan House

Tolvan House, Helston

From £1210 - £2950
Sleeps 10 + 2 cots

Sunrise

Sunrise, Carbis Bay

From £550 - £1550
Sleeps 6 + cot

Trebellan, Towan Valley

Trebellan, Towan Valley, Porthtowan

From £583 - £1620
Sleeps 6 + cot

Sunny Side

Sunny Side, Newquay

From £558 - £1550
Sleeps 5 + cot

Kara - 12 Gallinas Point

Kara - 12 Gallinas Point, Porthminster

From £494 - £1590
Sleeps 4 + cot

The Hideaway

The Hideaway, Bude

From £708 - £1539
Sleeps 4 + cot

Attractions in Cornwall

While people generally visit Cornwall for the stunning scenery and beautiful beaches, Cornwall has an array of landmarks and attractions to visit. From grand castles to tropical gardens, and clifftop theatres to animal sanctuaries, there’s something to suit everyone.

The National Trust

With so many special places in Cornwall, its vital they’re well-maintained and protected. The National Trust works hard to ensure these important sites are safeguarded for the future. By visiting National Trust properties and gardens in Cornwall, you’ll be doing your bit to look after them. 

St Michael’s Mount – This iconic island sits in the ocean at Mount’s Bay, just off the coast of Marazion and has a wealth of history and legend to explore. 

Trerice – steeped in history, this house has so much to share with visitors as they explore the Elizabethan grandeur of the past.   

Lanhydrock – Frozen in time, Lanhydrock offers an insight into the past, once lived by a wealthy family in this incredibly special home in Cornwall. 

Trelissick – Set on its own peninsula, these beautiful sub-tropical gardens near Truro offer breath taking, panoramic views of the Fal estuary. 

Glendurgan Garden – Well-established exotic plants thrive in this valleyed garden that leads to the Helford River.

Additional Gardens: 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Lost to the world since the outbreak of WW1, the gardens at Heligan were rediscovered and restored in 1990, becoming a paradise for visitors.  

Trebah Gardens – Just next door to Glenduran Garden, Trebah is a truly special place where sub-tropical plants thrive in the valley. 

Culture:

The Eden Project – With its famous biomes housing the largest indoor rainforest in the world, the Eden Project is the most popular visitor attraction in Cornwall. 

The Minack Theatre – Completed in 1932, this unique open-air theatre, perched on the edge of the cliff high above the Atlantic Ocean, is unlike any other theatre in the world.

Pendennis Castle - Perched on the headland in Falmouth, this fortress was built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion. 

Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth - Be inspired by artwork and sculptures, and you explore the work of famous artists.

Family fun days out:

Flambards – Take the kids for a day out filled with activities, from amazing rides, to fossil discovery and immersive indoor attractions, including the famous Victorian Village.  

Camel Creek – Enjoy an adventurous day out where the kids can meet animals and experience a range of fun rides and activities.

Paradise Park – This day out is perfect for all the family; enjoy bird shows, meet the fam animals and let the kids play in the outdoor and indoor play areas. 

Seal Sanctuary – Visit the seal sanctuary to find out how young seal pups are rehabilitated and released, and meet the resident seals, penguins, sea lions and farm animals. 

Lands End – Visit this famous landmark where you can personalise the iconic signpost and learn more about this unique corner of Britain.

Lappa Valley – Ride the main train to the valley where you can ride a range of smaller trains, paddle in boats on the lake and play in the large play areas. 

 

Surfing, watersports and other active sports

If you’re ever going to learn to surf, then your holiday to Cornwall is the perfect opportunity to do so! With surf schools across the county, you’ll be able to arrange lessons whether you stay on the north coast or the south coast. The majority of surf schools offer lessons for children, beginners and those more advanced. Alternatively, you can hire equipment without booking a lesson. 

Take a look at the following schools we recommend: 

Global Boarders, Gwithian and Praa Sands 

St Ives Surf School, St Ives

Big Blue Surf School, Bude

Quicksilver Surf School, Newquay

Smart Surf School, Sennen

Hangloose, Eden Project, St Austell

Via Ferrata, Falmouth

 

Art and Culture

Inspired by the landscape and beautiful environment, artists have flourished in Cornwall for centuries. Today, Cornish artwork can be enjoyed in various locations in Cornwall, including the Tate Modern in St Ives, Newlyn Art Gallery and many smaller galleries and shops in coastal towns including Falmouth, Newquay, Bude and Mevagissey

When visiting galleries, why not purchase a locally crafted item so that you can take home a piece of Cornwall, whilst supporting artists in the county.  

Have a look at our blog for some inspiration on which galleries to visit during your stay.

If you’ve been inspired by the landscapes of Cornwall, why not consider signing up for an art or craft class while you’re visiting. From painting to jewellery making, there’s an array of classes on offer throughout Cornwall. Take a look at the classes available at Newlyn Art School, St Ives School of Painting and Mullion Glass Studio.

 

 

 

Dog-friendly Cornwall

If you’re looking for somewhere to visit with your four-legged friends in tow, Cornwall is a fantastic location for a dog-friendly holiday. Vast sandy beaches, miles of coast paths, wild moorlands and secluded woods provide walks aplenty for your fury friends! Of course, no dog walk is complete without stopping for some food and drinks; there’s plenty of dog-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants up and down the county.

Dog-friendly beaches

There’s a selection of beaches in Cornwall that are dog-friendly year-round, many of which are located in the particularly dog-friendly town of Newquay. Here are some of our favourite suggestions:

Crantock Beach – located just south of Newquay, Crantock offers an expansive stretch of sand next to the Gannel River, perfect for dogs to run around.

Porthkidney Beach – situated between the picturesque towns of Hayle and St Ives, Porthkidney is a beautiful spot to let the dogs run around, with plenty of space at low tide. 

Watergate Bay – just three miles from Newquay, this large beach stretchs for two miles, offering plenty of space for pooches to run around.

Widemouth Bay (South end only) – Situated three miles from Bude, this long bay is ideal for walking the dog, and has stunning panoramic views.

Porthallow Beach – tucked away on the Lizard Peninsula, this sheltered pebbly cove is a beautiful, quiet spot to take the dog. 

Dog-friendly pubs and cafes

Nothing beats stopping off at a warm and cosy pub after a long wintery dog walk, enjoying a Cornish beer or indulgent hot chocolate. Take a look at some of our best-loved pubs and cafes:

The Mexico Inn, Long Rock near Marazion – Warm and welcoming, this family-run pub is the perfect place to stop off for a homely meal or a pint of local larger after taking in the sights of St Michael’s Mount.  

The Logan Rock Inn, Treen near Land's End – Stop off along your coastal walk at this traditional 16th century pub, serving local ales and home-cooked food. 

Cadgwith Cove Inn, The Lizard – tucked away on The Lizard, this 300 year old pub retains its charm from years gone by, and it’s the perfect spot for a cosy drink on a winter’s day. 

The Sharksfin, Mevagissey – situated on the harbourfront in the quaint village of Mevagissey, this stylish yet traditional bar offers fantastic food and views. 

Bredon Arms, Bude – Owned and run by the Brendon family since 1872, this family-run pub is welcoming and friendly, ideal for a relaxing lunch with the pooches.