Top 7(ish) ideas for things to do when in Cornwall

Cornwall is full to the brim of things to do, eat, drink and see. If you’re looking to fill your days and getting through lots of activities, you’ll need to plan your time carefully.

Luckily, we’ve compiled this list of the top things to get through! And if you’ve done something we haven’t mentioned, let us know in the comments and we’ll add to the list.

Eat

Gone are the days when we were known only for the humble Cornish Pasty, we can now add cheese, fish, cream and cakes to the mix!

Cornish Yarg is the county’s flagship cheese with a recipe dating back to the 13th century. Once made, the cheese is wrapped in nettles and matured for 4-5 weeks – a must try and the perfect gift to take home.

If you want to start an argument with a Cornishman, mention the age old jam and cream debate. No matter how you prefer your scone there’s no denying that our cream teas are absolutely delicious so make sure you indulge. But don’t ruin it… remember, it’s jam first.

Drink

If you’re one for a cheeky tipple, Cornwall is the place for you. We have some fantastic breweries producing the country’s finest ales, lagers and ciders. Our favourite is St Austell Brewery and its flagship ale, Tribute – you can also book a tour of this fine establishment if you’re keen to dive deeper into the brewing process.

Rattler is probably the county’s most famous cider (or cyder as they like to go by), brewed at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm in the Newauay area – at 6% it’s a strong beverage so make sure you keep an eye on how many you’re getting through. If you want to add some class to your trip, Camel Valley is an award-winning sparkling wine, and was hand-picked as the drink of choice for the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan. You can also book a wine tasting tour of the vineyard, located near Bodmin.

Walk

If you’re feeling the need to walk off a week’s worth of Cornish indulgence, then we have an abundance of beautiful cliff and coastal walks just waiting to be explored. It’s also a great way to take in Cornwall with all your senses and see things in places where the car just can’t take you.

Some gorgeous walks close to the hotel are the Kingswood National Trust Reserve, or Mevagissey to Port Mellion.

Or if you’re heading further afield, the North Coast is absolutely beautiful. Trevose Head near Padstow, Trebarwith Strand to Tintagel between Padstow and Bude, and Holywell to Crantock just outside of Newquay are just a few to be getting on with.

Golf

We have some World Class golf courses here in the county so if you’re partial to an afternoon on the green, make sure you bring your clubs. Lanhydrock is considered to be up there with Cornwall’s best, while Porthpean is a great budget course. If you’re looking for something a little more special, one of St Mellion’s two courses is rated amongst the best in the country and was personally designed by Jack Nicklaus; it will require travelling up to the Plymouth border but worth the trip for any avid golfer.

Cycle

If you’re more comfortable on two wheels we have some great cycle trails ready for you, the Camel Trail is our favourite. Start at either Bodmin or Wadebridge and cycle the trail through to Padstow (don’t forget to treat yourself to an ice cream while there!) the trail is flat so perfect for people who aren’t such confident riders.

Hit the Water

With some of the most beautiful coasts and beaches, you’ll be tripping over yourself to get into the water. Surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing; you name it, you can do it somewhere in Cornwall. Pentewan beach, just 5 minutes from us, is a great place to rent kayaks and dinghies to get you going, while the North Coast is the place to be for epic surf (check out Fistral, Gwithian and Perranporth).

A Little Left of Centre

Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The museum houses the world’s largest collection of witchcraft artefacts. With over 2000 objects on display, activities for children, Old Joan’s Cottage, sections on healing, Christian magic, Pagan beliefs, charms, curses, Cornish ‘piskies’ and lots more.

Escape Rooms

The goal is simple. You and your group race against time to find clues and solve puzzles. You have 60 minutes to escape using only your mind, logic and teamwork. Based right in the centre of Truro, the Eureka Escape Rooms are good fun for people travelling in a group.

Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III in 1779 and closed in 1927, today its doors are open to give people the chance to experience life in the jail with exhibitions telling the stories of prisoners and the unique, paranormal history of the building.