Picnic Month – Best alfresco eating spots in Cornwall

With over 400 miles of glorious coastline, stunning gardens and wonderful woodlands, Cornwall is brimming with beautiful alfresco eating spots, so what better way to celebrate July’s Picnic Month than with a tour of our favourite spots both close to Trevalsa, and further afield.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

If you’re heading to Cornwall at any time of year, a visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan is an absolute must. Just 8 minutes from Trevalsa by car, Heligan brings together influences from around the world to create a gardeners haven, complete with jungle and Italian inspired greenery, a gorgeous market garden teaming with delicious produce and so much more.

There are lots of perfect sunny spots around to sit down on the grass and enjoy a sandwich or two, and why not treat yourself to a Cornish ice cream from one of the vans dotted around the gardens?

Entry is £15 per adult with concessions for students.

Porthluney Beach

Just opposite the Caerhays estate, Porthluney Beach is the perfect place to see the best of the Cornish south coast, with a large expanse of golden sand, the beach is popular with locals and holidaymakers alike.

The south facing beach is in front of the beautiful Caerhays Castle and Gardens, and boasts a stunning sunrise if you get down early enough – who says picnics aren’t for breakfast!?

Porthluney is one of our closest beaches, just a 15 minute drive from Trevalsa.

Trevose Head

Trevose Head is located on the stunning north coast, 5 miles west of Padstow. It’s a fair few minutes drive from Trevalsa (approx 1hr) but totally worth it at twilight to see the most incredible sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

Trevose also has a great 6 mile circular walking trail, beginning at Constantine Bay. The route follows the beaches, passing around Trevose Head to reach the sheltered beach of Mother Ivey’s Bay, then following the lanes and footpaths back to Constantine.

We’d recommend heading out on the trail to see the sights, stopping off to refuel at the headland – and on a clear day you can even see all the way to St Ives!

Lanhydrock House

Nothing beats sitting on the grass outside Lanhydrock House with a picnic on a sunny day. The magnificent Victorian country house provides a stunning backdrop to your alfresco feast, and it’s just 30 minutes from Trevalsa.

The house is open for tours with open access to the entire property, and events are held throughout the summer so be sure to check what’s on before arriving.

There are also many walks in this area so you can park up and explore the beautiful woodlands on foot!

Eden Project

The Eden Project really is a wonder to behold and definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been before. The two huge biomes are home to differing microclimates, one dedicated to the rainforest and the second to the Mediterranean – both perfectly mimicking their originals.

The setting is undeniably stunning and there are many spots, both inside and outside, to take a break and crack open the picnic basket.