Cornwall leaves you spoilt for choice of things to do and see. When we decided to compile our
ultimate bucket list of Cornish experiences we quickly realised we could go on and on… Below
we’ve chosen our top 10, and decided to leave the rest up to you!
Go dolphin spotting
It’s a magical, memorable moment, whatever your age. The best way way is definitely by heading
out on a tour with the Padstow Sealife Safari crew. The team know the estuary and oceans
surrounding our headlands like their own back gardens and are really knowledgable about the local
marine life. We’ve heard the most amazing stories of pods of dolphins, gorgeous little seals and
rare birds being sighted. If you’d prefer to keep your feet on land, you could be lucky enough to
spot them from the headlands and cliffs along the north coast.
Watch a play at The Minack Theatre
There is no place more dramatic to watch a show than The Minack. The theatre is entirely
constructed from rock and set into the side of the cliff next to Porthcurno, with incredible views over
the rolling Atlantic Ocean. The open-air atmosphere, whilst sitting on the floor or in stone seats,
takes you right back to the days in which it was constructed by one woman and her gardener in the
Go to a drive-in cinema
During the summer, they pop up everywhere! From the gorgeous south coast, to overlooking the
ocean at Watergate and occasionally making an appearance at DairyLand near Newquay. This
novelty experience is a super fun way to spend an evening; we love filling the boot with blankets
and pillows and snuggling down to watch anything and everything, from cartoons to classics.
Cycle the entire Camel Trail
Follow the 17.5 mile trail from Padstow to Bodmin, and on to Lanhydrock if you fancy! The track
meanders along the old railway route, connecting Padstow to Wadebridge and Bodmin. You’ll
follow the Camel estuary, with sloping fields on the other side and tall, leafy trees providing shade
through the wooded sections. Once you reach Wadebridge the trail begins to snake alongside a
huge river, flanked by the valley and dense woodland. You’ll spot all kinds of nature and pass the
old stations that made up the original route.
Swim the Camel estuary from Padstow to Rock
Each summer the Padstow to Rock charity swim takes place. Hundreds of experienced and novice
swimmers take to the water to raise money and make their way across the estuary. The sight is a
spectacle to behold and every year we are blown away by the perseverance and smiling faces of
all those involved!
Walk the South West Coast Path around the whole of Cornwall
It might seem like a mission, but once you’ve completed it you’ll be left reeling by the changeable
beauty of the Cornish coastline. From the striking black cliffs of Bude to the gorgeous granite at
Sennen and the sloping valleys and harbours of the south coast, each section is individual and
remarkable. Either pack your rucksack and smash the whole thing in one, or tick off each area step
by step. We’re totally torn for where our favourite part is, but one of the most unique experiences is
definitely taking the ferry from Rock to Padstow!
Watch the sunset on the longest day of the year, over the sea
The summer solstice in Cornwall is special. It signifies the height of summer, the arrival of the late
nights and early mornings and reminds us of how beautiful our little part of the world is! Last year
we spent it BBQing on the cliffs, sharing beers with friends and speculating how we were going to
spend the rest of the summer… Where did you spend the 21st of June?
Visit St. Michaels Mount at low tide
This little island, only accessible at low tide or by boat, is one of only 43 tidal islands in Britain
without a bridge! When the tide is out you can walk across the granite causeway that connects it to
the mainland, but don’t time it wrong or you may end up wading at parts. Visiting the island is all
about timing as, if you get stuck at high tide, the only way out is on a little local boat. However,
people do live on this little woody island, and it’s a beautiful place to explore and a very special
sight to see.
Try a Cornish cream tea
If you haven’t already, you’re missing out. From the fresh, warm scone to the Cornish clotted
cream and the sticky, sweet jam, it’s hard to choose which component is best; but all together they
make a delicious treat that’s not to be missed when in The Duchy. Just remember, it’s ALWAYS
Visit the Isles of Scilly
Apparently the place of dreams; golden sands, turquoise water, hardly a person in sight and miles
of untouched land surrounding by sparkling sea. You can explore the little communities on St.
Mary’s and Tresco, and pop over to the gorgeous uninhabited islands to walk, explore and lose
yourself. Either head over for a day trip on the Scillonian ferry or catch the Air Bus from Lands End.
The list of amazing places to visit, fun things to do and magical experiences in Cornwall is
practically limitless, and we had such a tough time choosing our top 10. We hope we’ve inspired
you to explore every little nook and cranny of our county, and possibly to create your own Cornish