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Go Adventuring in Cornwall: 70 inspiring activities

There is so much more to Cornwall than sunshine and beaches. In fact, whatever the weather, there is an Adventure around every corner, for all ages.

Here we've listed our 70 favourites to inspire you to Go Adventuring in Cornwall.

Why not see how many you can try during your holiday and then add your pictures to our Facebook Page so we can see how you got on.


Adventures for kids

Ensure there is never a dull moment with a host of fun stuff for kids of all ages...

Learn to swim on holiday

01. Swim your First Length

Where: Trevella Park We all remember the feeling of swimming our first length unaided, stretching out our arms and kicking our legs to make it across the pool. You can...
Barefoot walk

02. Go for a barefoot walk

Taking off your socks and shoes to free your feet makes the ground you’re walking on feel so different. Try this for the first time on the beach, where...
Make a daisy chain

03. Make a Daisy Chain

Where: Trevella Park or in the fields nearby Making a daisy chain to wear as a necklace or a bracelet is easy and can keep kids entertained for ages....
Find a creepy crawly

04. Find a Creepy Crawly

Where: in the woods at Trevella Park Use our Adventurer’s Guide to encourage your tots to find creepy crawlies in the undergrowth, scuttling around trees and through leaves on...
Crabbing in Cornwall

05. Go Crabbing

Where: Crantock Beach Catching crabs is great fun for children, and here’s the best way to do it. Crabs like to hide away, so find a spot where there...
Storytelling at Trevella Park

06. Campfire Stories

Where: Trevella Park When: Tuesday evenings in August Why not get your family huddled together around an evening campfire on the beach (or just the remnants of your BBQ...
Bodyboarding in Cornwall

07. Ride a Bodyboard

Where: Crantock Beach Bodyboarding is a great way for beginners to ride the waves of the North Cornwall coast – it is easy to get started but requires practice...
Shooting stars in Cornwall

08. Spot a Shooting Star

Where: Trevella Park On a clear night, grab yourself a blanket and wrap up warm, find a chatty friend and a flat spot to lie down with clear views...
Jump a wave in Cornwall

09. Jump Waves

Where: Crantock Beach It looks easy… those waves don’t look too big… but can you leap over them? Score points for swallow dives, Fosbury flops and most waves cleared...
Write your name in the sand

10. Write your Name in the Sand

Where: On Crantock Beach Writing you name in the sand sounds a cinch, but can you do it so big that people on the cliffs above can read it...
Collect shells in Cornwall

11. Start a Shell Collection

Where: Along the Cornwall coast Shells that wash up along the Cornwall coast could have come from mollusks – those squidgy sea creatures with shells such as snails, slugs...
Sunrise in Cornwall

12. View a Cornish sunrise

Where: along the South West Coastal Path Okay, so this is hard work (at least if you like your sleep), but getting up early to see the sunrise is...
Night time bug hunt

13. Night Time Bug Hunt

Where: Trevella Park If you’ve found all the bugs you can during the day time, why not head out when it’s dark and the creepy crawlies have come out....
Snorkelling in Cornwall

14. Go Snorkelling

Where: St Ives Beaches (30 miles) The beaches of St Ives are sheltered and have some of the cleanest and clearest waters in Europe, which makes them a brilliant...
Build a sandcastle on a Cornwall beach

NEW – build a sandcastle

Where: Any beach Either use the traditional bucket and spade technique to build a castle, or even a village of castles if you’re feeling ambitious, or use your bare...
Sand art on a Cornwall beach

NEW – create beach art

Where: on the wet sand of any beach at low tide As the tide goes out the beaches of Cornwall make great blank canvases for you to draw to...
Driftwood art work

NEW – make something out of driftwood

The best time to find driftwood is after there has been some stormy weather and the sea washes it up on to the beach. Driftwood is usually very smooth...
Sunset in Polperro, Cornwall

NEW – photograph a Cornish sunset

Being on the West coast of Cornwall means that we a spoiled with stunning sunsets. Some of them are so beautiful that your friends and family back at home...

Adventures for families

When was the last time you had a family adventure? Try any of these ideas for an amazing experience...

Beach barbecue in Cornwall

15 First Beach Barbecue

Where: Crantock Beach Enjoying a beach barbecue to the sound of crashing waves and the smell of sea air seems to heighten the taste of every mouthful of your...
The Camel Trail

16. Ride the Camel Trail

Where: Padstow (19 miles) If you are going to do only one family bike ride during your holiday, make it the Camel Trail, a disused and resurfaced railway line...
Jubilee Queen

17. Take the Jubilee Queen

Where: Padstow (20 miles) How much: 3 and under FREE, children £6, adults (18+) £11 Boat trip routes depend on tides and the time of year, but you could...
Horse riding in Cornwall

18. Gallop across the Gannel

Where: Trenance (3 miles) How much: one hour treks from £25 Newquay Riding Stables offer pony trekking for all levels along coastal countryside and the River Gannel, a beautiful...
Children's cooking courses in Cornwall

19. Learn to Cook Seafood

Where: Padstow (20 miles) How much: children’s courses from £72 Imagine heading off on your summer holidays, and returning in September to your home economics class armed with the...
Newquay Harbour

20. Seals at Newquay Harbour

Where: Newquay (3 miles) Wild Grey seals have become a fixture at Newquay Harbour, where they spend their days basking in the sun. The group were tempted in by...
Ranger trails at Trevella Park

21. Go on a Ranger Trail

Where: Trevella Park In the Easter, May and July and August school holidays you’ll be able to go on an adventure with Trevella Park’s very first ranger, exploring the...
Play in the rain

22. Run around in the rain

We don’t want it to rain on our holiday, but who’s to say we should stop having fun if it does. After all, there’s no such thing as bad...
Fishing for first timers at Trevella Park

23. Your First Fishing Trip

Where: Trevella Park There are two well-stocked fishing lakes at Trevella Park, so a lazy afternoon during your holiday is the perfect time to try fishing for the first...
Feed the penguins

24. Feed Penguins

Where: Newquay Zoo (3 miles) How much: £70 for two people (includes zoo entry, a hot drink at the café, a certificate and penguin badge) You can join the...
Skywire at Eden Project

25: Fly Over Eden

Where: Eden Project, Bodelva (18 miles) How much: £18 (does not include entry to the Eden Project) SkyWire is the longest zipwire in England, and it goes for an...
Fish and chips on the beach in Cornwall

NEW – fish and chips on the beach

After a long day of splashing around in the sea and building sandcastles nothing beats a meal of fish and chips on the beach. It’s the perfect way to...
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm in Cornwall

NEW – Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm

Where: Callestick (7 miles) Cost: There are various tour options but the full guided tour costs – Adult £15.00, Child (6 – 16yrs) £7.50, Family £38.00 If you’ve spent...
Lusty Glaze in Cornwall

NEW – live music on the beach

Where: Lusty Glaze Beach (4 miles) Listening to music while at the beach is a favourite pastime for people who live in Cornwall. Come and join them at one...
National Maritime Museum Cornwall - Panorama (c) Toby Weller

NEW – National Maritime Museum

Where: Falmouth (23 miles) Cost: Adults £12, Children (5-15) £8.50, Children under 5 Free, Family £33.50 The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is a great family day out, and...
Polo at Watergate Bay in Cornwall

NEW – polo on the beach

Where: Watergate Beach (5 miles) Cost: Free The sport of polo is one that not many of us get the chance to watch, and polo played on the beach...
Screech Owl Sanctuary logo

NEW – Screech Owl Sanctuary

Where: Indian Queens (10 miles) Cost: Adults £9.95, children £7.95, family ticket £31.00 There aren’t many chances in life to get up close to and even touch an owl,...

Adventures on foot

There are miles of exhilarating pathways to explore across Cornwall, taking you to hidden coves and wondrous viewpoints. Here are some to start you off...

South West Coastal Path

26: South West Coast Path

Where: start from Crantock Beach Walk distance: unlimited The South West Coastal Path from Crantock takes walkers past dramatic headlands, through steep coastal valleys, alongside sheltered estuaries, and to...
Surfing safari walk around Newquay

27. Surfing Safari Walk

Where: start from Newquay (3 miles) Walk distance: 6 miles This six mile walk circles round the western end of Newquay and past glorious beaches, a sandy estuary and...
Bedruthan Steps

28. Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Where: Carnewas (10 miles) Walk distance: 4.5 miles Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps is a spectacular stretch of coastline between Newquay and Padstow with dramatic cliff top views. Bedruthan Steps...
Mineral Tramways Trail

29. Mineral Tramways Trail

Where: Portreath to Devoran (18 miles) Walk distance: 11 miles This traffic-free coast to coast walk follows the tramway and rail routes that used to transport supplies to ports...
Wheal Martyn

30: China Clay

What: Wheal Martyn Where: St Austell (18 miles) Wheal Martyn brings to life the history and heritage of Cornwall China Clay industry past – it’s the only centre of...
Tehidy Country Park

31. Tehidy Country Park

Where: Camborne (19 miles) Walk distance: 2 miles Tehidy was once the estate of one of Cornwall’s most powerful tin mining families, but is now features 250 acres of...
Helman Tor

32. Helman Tor Nature Reserve

Where: Bodmin (22 miles) Helman Tor is a large wetland complex located on along the Saint’s Way, which is an ancient pilgrims’ route. Paths go through the stunning wet...
Boscastle in Cornwall

NEW – Boscastle

The small village of Boscastle is probably most famous for the horrendous flooding it suffered in 2004, and although this makes an interesting part of the village’s history, there...
Hidden Hut in Cornwall

NEW – feast on the beach

Where: Porthcurnick Beach (23 miles) The Hidden Hut is a small beach hut style café tucked away on the National Trust coastal path near Portscatho and St Mawes. It...

Adventures at festivals and shows

There are numerous events that celebrate Cornwall's past and stylish present...

Wadebridge Rock Oyster Festival

33. Rock Oyster Festival

Where: Wadebridge (19 miles) When: 10th and 11th July 2015 Learn how to shuck open an oyster and slurp down the prize inside at the Rock Oyster Festival, which...
Newquay Fish Festival

34. Newquay Fish Festival

Where: Newquay When: 11, 12 and 13th September 2015 The Newquay Fish Festival takes place in the old harbour and gives local chefs the chance to showcase their delicious...
St Agnes Victorian Street Fayre

35. St Agnes Victorian Fayre

Where: St Agnes (10 miles) When: 25 May 2015 Step back into the era of the Victorians with this old-fashioned event featuring tombolas, bric-a-brac stalls, a round-a-bout, fairground organ,...
Fal River Festival

36. Fal River Festival

Where: Truro, Falmouth, Roseland (12 miles from Trevella Park) When: 22 May to 31 May 2015 The Fal River Festival is a community festival celebrating life on the river...
Royal Cornwall Show

37. Royal Cornwall Show

Where: Wadebridge (19 miles) When: 9 – 11 June 2016 How much: from £18 per adult / £5 per child per day (under 4’s are free) This is Cornwall’s...
Electric Beach Festival

38. Electric Beach Festival

Where: Newquay When: 12 – 13 June 2015 How much: from £25 Discover your inner funk at this beach festival that takes place on the golden sands of Fistral...
Boardmasters in Cornwall

NEW – Boardmasters

When: 5 – 9th August 2015 Where: Watergate Bay (5 miles) and Fistral Beach (3 miles) Boardmasters is a beachside / surf festival which takes place over a weekend...
Eden Sessions in Cornwall

NEW – music at the biomes

Where: Eden Project, St Austell (21 miles) Not only is the Eden Project a fantastic place to visit during the day, but for a few nights each year the...

Adventures on the seas

How can you visit Cornwall without taking to the high seas? Here are several seafaring adventures to try...

Falmouth Week

39. Sailing Regattas

Where: Falmouth When: 7 – 16th August 2015 Watch keelboats, dinghies, yachts and a whole host of crafts race against each other in the waters off Falmouth Bay, which...
Sea fishing in Cornwall

40. Seafishing

Where: Newquay Harbour The ocean off the North Cornwall coast is littered with lively reefs and wrecks of submarines, steamers and cargo ships, which lends an amazing air to...
Learn to surf in Cornwall

41. Learn to Surf

Where: Newquay The rush of adrenaline as you catch a wave and surf into the coast is unforgettable, and with a few lessons you could be paddling out in...
English National Surfing Championships

42. Surfing Championships

When: Throughout the year Where: Newquay If you’ve tried body boarding and had a go at surfing you might wonder how it’s possible to fly along the waves, executing...
Coasteering in Cornwall

43. Coasteering

If a day at the beach sounds a bit blasé, and surfing a little soft, then why not give coasteering a go. This is coastal exploration away from the...
Sea Kayaks in Cornwall

44. See the Coast by Kayak

For a completely different way to explore the coast of Cornwall, why not hire a sea kayak and discover sea caves, hidden beaches and meet Newquay’s harbour seals face...
Three men on jet ski safari on Cornwall coast

NEW – Jet ski safari

Where: Lusty Glaze Beach (4 miles) Cornwall’s coast looks totally different when you view it from the sea, and there is no better way to explore the Newquay coastline...
Stand Up Paddle in Cornwall

NEW – paddleboarding on the Gannel

Otherwise known as SUP (stand up paddleboarding), this is a sport that is becoming hugely popular in Cornwall. Not only does it offer a great work out, but it...

Adventures from the past

Take a step back in time and explore Cornwall's fascinating history...

Tintagel Castle

45. Visit King Arthur’s Castle

Where: Tintagel (32 miles) How much: families from £16.40 For tales of knights, princesses and wizards, visit King Arthur’s castle to learn more of the stories that surround the...
St Piran's Cross

46. Origins of Cornwall’s Cross

What: St Piran’s Cross Where: Penhale Sands (6 miles from Trevella Park) Discover the eight-foot high St Piran’s Cross, which is hidden among the dunes of Penhale Sands and...
Trerice Manor

47. Cornwall’s haunted house

What: Trerice Manor Where: Kestle Mill, near Newquay (3 miles from Trevella Park) Pay a visit to Trerice Manor, one of the most famous haunted homes in Cornwall. The...
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

48. Charlestown Shipwreck Centre

What: Charlestown Shipwreck Centre Where: St Austell (18 miles from Trevella Park) The Cornwall coast is the resting place of more than 3,000 ships, with artefacts from 150 wrecks...
Poldark Mine

49. A Mine of Information

What: Poldark Mine Where: Helston (26 miles from Trevella Park) Poldark Mine is the only complete underground tin mine open to the public in the south west, and one...
Lost Gardens of Heligan

50. Discover Lost Gardens

Where: St Austell (23 miles from Trevella Park) The amazing Lost Gardens of Heligan is a pioneering project to bring back the former glories of Victorian Productive Gardens, formal...
Poldark Tour in Cornwall

NEW – follow in Poldark’s footsteps

Where: Departs from Newquay bus station (3 miles) The recent production of the Poldark series has firmly placed Ross Poldark back in the Cornish hall of fame. Many of...
Lanhydrock in Cornwall

NEW – Lanhydrock House

Where: Bodmin (22 miles) Cost: Whole property tickets – Adult £11.70, child £5.85, family £29.25 For many kids the mere mention of visiting a Victorian Country House brings on...
Minack Theatre in Cornwall

NEW – Minack Theatre

Where: Porthcurno (40 miles) Costs – Daytime entrance fee: Adult – £4.50 12-15 – £2.50 Under 12 – 50p Under 2 FREE The Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s...
St Michael's Mount in Cornwall

NEW – St Michael’s Mount

Where: Marazion (30 miles) Cost: A combined ticket for the castle and gardens is £11.50 per adult, £5.50 per child or £28.50 for a family. Entry is free for...