Things to Do On a Sunny Day in Cornwall

Though the UK isn’t renowned for it’s sunshine and clear skies, when the weather is good it’s really good and that means we all want to head outside. It’s no secret that Cornwall is packed full of open spaces and things to do outside, but what are the best things to do on a sunny day in Cornwall?

Whether you’re a group of friends, an older couple or a family with young children there are lots of enjoyable activities you can take advantage of in Cornwall. They are all great ways of getting out into the fresh air, enjoying the sunshine and getting to know Cornwall a little better. We’ve already mentioned things to do in Cornwall over the Easter break and things to do in the rain, so now it’s time to get out and about in the sunshine.

Things to Do in Cornwall

Cornwall covers a large area and therefore there are a tonne of fun and enjoyable things to do. Here are some of our favourites.

Screech Owl Sanctuary

If you have young children or are an animal lover yourself, take a visit to the Screech Owl Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to a number of impressive birds, all with different personalities and stories. There are flying displays to watch, a children’s play area and a tea room so it’s a great way to spend a few hours in the sun wandering around.

Fistral Beach

If the sunny skies bring with them a bit of heat then the chances are you’re looking to head to a local beach. Fistral Beach is one of Cornwall’s best and it’s really quite impressive. Located in Newquay, Fistral Beach boasts beautiful sand, cafes, shops and it is extremely clean. Plus, there are toilet and changing facilities nearby so it’s the ideal place to take children.

Ancient Ruins

If you’re into you’re history or simply want to find out more about Cornwall’s past take a look at some of the famous local ruins. Lanyon Quoit, Hurlers Stone Circles and Cheesewring are all popular spots.

Scenic Walks

Cornwall has a number of scenic walks with breathtaking views open to the public. Though the walks can be done year round, the views really are at their best when the sun is shining and the skies are clear. There are walking trails to suit all ages and abilities, so you’re sure to find something for you even if you are a seasoned hiker or have young children.

When it comes to finding things to do in Cornwall you don’t have to look very far. Whether it’s sunny, grey or even rainy you will never be stuck trying to find an enjoyable activity for the whole family.

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Get Out and About During the Easter Holidays

The Easter holidays are fast approaching and it’s not just the children that are looking forward to a few weeks off school but parents also. When we think of the Easter holidays many of us think of sunny days out, children running around playing and spending quality time as a family but that is often easier said than done.

One problem that many parents face during the Easter holidays is finding activities that will not only get their children out of the house, but will do so without breaking the bank. After all, there are only so many afternoons you can spend in the garden. Cornwall is a great place to spend school holidays and the Easter break, and you won’t be short of things to do.

We have recently mentioned the Easter activities at Healeys Cyder Farm, but now it’s time for something different. Whether you’re looking for an educational day out, some fun in the sun or a quiet afternoon walk, there is lots to choose from. There are loads of great things to do in Cornwall during the Easter holidays, take a look!


Things to Do in Cornwall During the Easter Holidays

Nobody wants to spend their Easter break sitting indoors so get out and about with these fun activities. There’s something for everyone and the entire family are sure to have a good time.

Explore Local Parks

If you are blessed with a sunny day and want to get out and about without spending a lot of money, consider a nature hunt. Head down to your local park and have a list of things to find such as a stick that looks like a letter or a funny shaped stone. You can even mix it up a bit by getting the kids to draw their favourite flower or finding pictures in the clouds.

Make Walking Fun

Cornwall is home to a number of great trails that are suitable for families of all ages and following signs and giving directions is a great way to the kids involved. Heading out on a walk is a great way to get out and about during the Easter holidays and it is popular thing to do in Cornwall.

Go on a Hunt for the Gruffalo

Every child has read the Gruffalo and it is a firm favourite for all ages, so why not go on a hunt to find the Gruffalo? Cardinham Wood is home to one of the UK’s Gruffalo trails that allows families to go on the hunt for impressive sculptures, discover trails and take part in fun activities. There are activity packs available on site and even a mobile app with added extras. The new trail opens in April.


As you can see there are a lot of great options when it comes to exploring the great outdoors during the Easter holidays. You are never short of things to do in Cornwall and with such vast open spaces it would be a shame not to explore them.

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Our Favourite Places to Visit in Cornwall

Locations in Cornwall we love

Cornwall is known more for its beaches than its towns, although some, like St Ives and Padstow, do attract a fair amount of attention. Whatever your preference,you’re bound to find something in Cornwall for your holiday whether it be for a romantic getaway, time away with the family or a sole traveller looking to explore a beautiful part of the world.We’ve previously spoken about all the fun things to do in Cornwall and at our Cyder Farm, and now we are going to talk about all the amazing places Cornwall has to offer. If you’re coming on holiday to Cornwall you may be wondering where is nice to stay and eat, so here is our whistle stop tour of Cornwall’s best places.



Newquay is one of the nearest places you can get to from the Healeys Cyder Farm. Newquay is one of the biggest towns in South Cornwall with a variety of things to do during the days from surfing to visiting the zoo or the aquarium. Newquay offers a mass of restaurants and cafes to eat and drink in from the large chains to independent restaurants meaning you won’t ever struggle to find somewhere to eat or drink.

St Ives

st ives

St Ives is a beautiful fishing harbour and seaside town which has been voted the best family holiday destination by Coast magazine and one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European beaches. There’s a variety of things to do here from outdoor activities, shopping, art and culture and lots of nature and wildlife. If you’re coming to St Ives for a long weekend or even for the day, be sure to have lunch or dinner along the waterfront, or up their quaint cobbled alleys. St Ives boasts a great choice of award-winning restaurants, bars and cafés. There are also delis, ice cream parlours, bakeries, gourmet burger bars, tea rooms, vegetarian cafes and old-fashioned fudge shops.



You’ll find a great mixture of houses, quays, boat slips, inns, cafés and restaurants, gift and craft shops, holiday cottages and food shops, banks and the like.There are seats all around the harbour and because there’s always something going on and it’s such a restful and interesting place it’s a favourite spot for both locals and visitors.

Lands End

lands end

Discover a place of stunning scenery and outstanding natural beauty at the westernmost point of Cornwall. Visit the main visitor centre, where you can collect your walking guide and free heritage trail booklet, helping you to discover some truly breath-taking views and historical landmarks, including magnificent granite cliffs, the famous Longships Lighthouse and the Isles of Scilly (which are visible on clear and sunny days).


Penzance Harbour

Penzance is a historic port in the South of Cornwall, located near Lands End and St Ives. One of the striking things about the town is the abundance of palm trees and gardens full of sub-tropical plants, made even more special by the sight of St Michael’s Mount out to sea that seems to hover magically over the water. View the art galleries, shops, restaurants and harbour to really get a feel for Penzance.

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The Old Bottlery is now open!

Visit Our New Restaurant

We’ve just opened our new restaurant, The Old Bottlery, and we’d love you to come and pay us a visit! We have a new and extensive menu, your favourite cyder and a lovely environment for lunch with your family! Whether you’re looking for a light lunch, a hearty lunch, afternoon tea or even dinner, Healeys Cyder Farm offers an extensive choice to suit everyone. Hot food is available between 9-5, and from Easter it will be available 9-6 and 9-8 during July and August.

the old bottlery

Daily Menu

  • Soup of the day
  • Cornish smoked mackerel pate (served with scrumpy cyder dressed salad and spicy tomato chutney)
  • Fish and Chips in Rattler Batter with chunky chips and homemade tartare sauce
  • Pork Platter..Homemade scotch egg with Healeys Farmhouse Pickle, belly pork in a wamr BBQ dressed salas and focaccia.
  • Cheese Platter – 3 cornish cheeses with 3 Healeys Chutneys and Roast Onion Bread.
  • Cumberland Sausage with Rattler, served with buttered mash and rich onion and scrumpy gravy.
  • Scrumpy glazed ham served with double fried chips and a free range egg.
  • Plain house salad.. also available with Pulled pork, jerk chicken, cheese or smoked mackerel.
  • Baguettes – Ham and appleslaw, Tuna and lemon mayo, davidstow cheddar and farmhouse pickle.

We also always have a specials board up which can consist of a range of options such as burgers/ribs/casserole.

The food on our new menu is absolutely delicious! One of our favourites is the 100% cornish beef burger with pulled pork, a real special!

So come down and let us know what you think to the new restaurant – we are always interested in hearing our customers feedback!


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Easter Activities in Cornwall at Healeys Cyder Farm

Things to do in Cornwall at Easter

If you’re looking for fun things to do with the family in Cornwall over Easter, look no further than Healeys Cyder Farm! We have a day filled of fun and activities over at our farm, based near Newquay, on Sunday 16th April! Fun starts from 10am and have free activities to participate in as well, from face painting to an easter egg hunt, and if all that works up a sweat, why not try one of our eggcellent easter sundaes over in our new restaurant!


Big Egg Hunt

We are running a free Easter egg hunt around the farm! You’ll need to find our special Golden Peacock eggs to win a prize.

Face painting

We have face painting available from 11am-1pm so make sure you’re down early enough if you don’t want to miss out!

Special Easter Sundaes

You may have heard about our new restaurant so here’s the perfect opportunity to check it out! We are selling special easter sundaes to celebrate!

Juice and cyder sampling

As always, you can visit us in the shop for some free juice and cyder sampling!

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to give us a call on 01872 573356 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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Public choose their favorite Cornish landscape painting

A stunning painting of Logan Rock near Penzance has been chosen as the winning artwork in a competition launched by Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm and Newlyn Art School to capture an iconic Cornish landscape.

A stunning painting of Logan Rock near Penzance has been chosen as the winning artwork in a competition launched by Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm and Newlyn Art School to capture an iconic Cornish landscape.

The winning piece is now set to take the image of the impressive natural feature and beautiful Pednevounder beach across the UK as the label for a new premium cider.

Inspired by the theme ‘Cornish Landscapes’, entries to the competition featured some of the county’s most loved locations including Bedruthan Steps and Kynance Cove, as well as exploring iconic Cornish themes such as the county’s mining heritage.

More than 1,360 members of the public voted for their favourite piece on the Healeys website, at the Cyder Farm’s visitor centre and also through magazine Cornwall Today.

The work of winner Norm Hewlett, from St Agnes, stood out thanks to his vibrant and contemporary depiction of Logan Rock and dramatic coastline bathed in sunshine.

Along with the prize money of £500.00, and seeing his painting on the labels of the new ‘Limited Edition’ Healeys cider, Norm’s work will also go on permanent display at the Cyder Farm.

Norm Hewlett, 73, said that he was absolutely delighted to have won. “I saw the competition in Cornwall Today and decided to enter my painting of Logan Rock. I think it’s the best painting I’ve done because it’s of my favourite beach in Cornwall.

“I’ve been painting for about five years now, it’s something I took up when I retired. I’d been interested in drawing in my teenage years so I had an interest in art from an early age, but being in Cornwall with such wonderful scenery has really inspired me to pick up a brush.

“I paint as you see it really, a bit like a photograph. I like landscapes as well as portraits. Portraits take me much longer to do, but are probably more rewarding in the end. Painting will always just be a hobby, but it’s something I get a lot of pleasure from. I’m so excited to have won.”

Kay Healey from Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, said: “We have been amazed by the number of votes received, which exceeded last’s years competition. The standard of the art work was again fantastic and Norm’s work is really unique and clearly captured the imagination of the voters. Each of the final 10 entries were stunning but we are pleased that Norm has won.”

The artwork will now feature on Healeys bottles, as part of a limited edition range that includes works by professional Cornish artists, as well as last year’s inaugural winner of the competition, Rachel Lloyd Philips, who came second in this year with her depiction of South Crofty and wins a voucher for an art workshop kindly sponsored by Newlyn Art School.

To find out more about Healeys, which produces a range of award winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves, have a further look around our website. Why not start here: or follow @HealeysCyder.


Picture: Kay Healey congratulates Norm Hewlett on winning this year’s competetion

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Top Five Things to Do in Cornwall in Easter 2017

Easter – Things to do in Cornwall

Easter is nearly upon us and the weather is starting to show signs of improvement, dare we say that it is almost “shorts weather”. If you are anything like us, you will probably be looking for things to do over the Easter holidays to keep the kids entertained or just to enjoy those extra few days off work! Hurray for bank holidays! We’ve put together this list of the top five things to do in Cornwall over the Easter holidays

things to do at easter in cornwall

1.    Go Surfing in Cornwall

Perhaps one of the best things to do in Cornwall over Easter is to get the surfboard out and head to Newquay beach to catch some waves. By Easter the weather is starting to improve and lifeguards are starting to appear on some of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches. Take a look at the Top 10 Places to Surf in Cornwall.

2.    Camel Creek Adventure Park

1st-17th April 2017

Camel Creek is one of the top days out in Cornwall for all the family. It is one of the top attraction is Cornwall for little kids and grown up kids alike. Over the Easter period Camel Creek have an offer whereby you can get 7 days of fun for the price of 1, with many Easter themed activities including an egg hunt and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday itself making this one of things to do in Cornwall for kids over the Easter period. Visit the Easter Event page on the Camel Creek website.


Tuesday 15th April 2017

If you are something a little more relaxed, then the Sennen Farmers Market is a great place to go in Cornwall for free. If you haven’t been to Sennen before then you are missing out on one of the most scenic places in Cornwall and is great come rain or shine. The farmers market will be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather making it a one of the best things to do in Cornwall when it’s raining.


3.   Pirates Quest- Hunt for the Golden Egg

From 1st April

Pirates Quest, Newquay will reopen its door in time for the Easter Holidays and there will be a brand-new adventure and quest to find the golden egg. One of the greatest things to do with kids in Cornwall over Easter and also great fun for the adults too, this is one not to miss and not too expensive either at just £10.95 for adults and £7.95 for kids. There is limited availability for tickets so book fast via the Pirate Quest website.

4.   Guided Walk on St George’s Island, Looe

Sunday 23rd April 2017

This is one of the best places to see in Cornwall and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust have organised a guided walk on St George’s Island for the whole family to enjoy. This is a brilliant way to view the area and get to know more about the Island at the same time. The walk start with a boat crossing from Looe to the Nature Reserve. The walk will be great even if it’s raining, but let’s hope the weather stays great throughout.


5.   Rockpool Explorer Event

9th – 12th April 2017 10.30 – 12.30

The rockpools at St Michael’s Mount, Marazion are a great place to take the kids over the Easter holidays to explore the creatures that live in the area and learn all about their lives. A great bit of family fun throughout the week during low tide. You can find out more about the event and the area by visiting

There are many more events going on throughout Easter in the area and it is a great time to visit Cornwall and take in the great attractions and stunning scenery Cornwall has to offer.

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5 Best Tourist Attractions in Cornwall

Whether you’re planning a family day out, a romantic getaway, or just a well-deserved holiday, you needn’t go much further than Cornwall. There’s something for everyone here. We’ve put together some of our favourite tourist attractions below.

Seasoned Stones – The Merry Maidens of Boleigh

Cornwall is a place steeped in history, and the many ancient stone circles are a marvel to look at. The Merry Maidens of Boleigh is just one of these stone circles, and is a favourite amongst those that visit Cornwall. Beautifully preserved since its creation (sometime in The Bronze Age), these stones are a great insight into the way our ancestors lived, as well as being responsible for many a folk tale too.

Some say that “The Merry Maidens” were a group of girls that were turned to stone as punishment for dancing on The Sabbath. Some say that this was an ancient Pagan sacrificial site. We may never know, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to have a look for yourself and come up with your own ideas…

Giant Greenhouses – The Eden Project

To call The Eden Project a tourist attraction does not do it justice, as the world’s largest greenhouses are also a great educational tool. A true spectacle, The Eden Project provides access to some truly outlandish tropical plants, previously unseen in the UK. As well as being open to the public, there are many activities that can heighten your enjoyment at The Eden Project; from guided tours to botanical art lessons.

Royal Ruins – Tintagel Castle

The Tintagel Castle is amongst the most famous in Cornwall, believed to once have belonged to King Arthur himself!

But the history of this site doesn’t just stem from the folklore surrounding it. There have been many powerful figures who lived in this castle, and exotic Mediterranean pottery, all dating back to somewhere around the 5th century. The visitor centre makes it a great outing, with the exhibits showcasing the potential Arthurian links of the castle, and adding to the sense of mystery.

Adorable Animals – Tamar Valley Donkey Park

This donkey sanctuary is home to approximately 30 donkeys, many of which are rescued animals. Open to visitors all year round, this is a fun place to visit for any animal lovers.

Of course, children can ride some of the donkeys, but you’re also allowed to pet and feed the wide collection of animals that live on the park. There’s ponies, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, and even guinea pigs!

There’s also an adventure playground for the children, a cafe for the parents, picnic areas, and a gift shop, making this a great day out for the whole family.

Fun-Filled Farm – Healey’s Cyder Farm

If any of the above sounds fun, why not visit us at Healey’s Cyder Farm? We have so much to do, making it a great day out for all the family, or even just a great place to stop off on your way to any of the other fantastic tourist attractions in Cornwall.

Our visitor centre and guided tours will give you a great insight into the cider making process, with plenty of history to look into as well. Our farm animals and tractor rides are great for those with children, and our onsite restaurants make for a lovely lunch to break up your day.

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5 waterproof things to do with dogs in Cornwall

Things to do with dogs when it’s raining in Cornwall

The rumours are true…the sun doesn’t always shine in Cornwall. But a little bit of mist and drizzle doesn’t need to stop you having a fantastic visit. We’ve listed out top 5 days out that you and the family can enjoy along with your furry friend, no matter what the weather. Discover dog friendly museums, art galleries and family friendly attractions and heritage sites in Cornwall too; there are lots of dog friendly things to do in Cornwall for the whole family, even on rainy days.

things to do with dogs in the rain in cornwall

Ideas for a rainy day in Cornwall:

1. Healeys Cyder Farm

You may have read our previous couple of blogs on ‘things to do with dogs at Healeys Cyder Farm‘ and ‘things to do when it’s raining at Healeys Cyder Farm’.With being a dog friendly tourist attraction, why not visit us, situated just outside of Newquay, when the weather isn’t quite good enough for a day on the beach?

2. St Mawes Castle

You and your furry companion can explore the inside of the castle at St Mawes on a rainy day. There is a gunners room as well as the ‘oubliette’ where prisoners used to be kept. Pendennis, the twin castle in Falmouth is equally child and dog friendly and interesting to explore and you can catch a ferry between the St Mawes and Falmouth.

3. St Erth to St Ives Railway

Dogs are allowed on the First Great Western branch line around St Ives Bay and it is listed as one of the most scenic in the UK. Take a trip along the Hayle estuary with the incredible views of the panoramic sands and seas of Carbis Bay before arriving at the Porthminster beach in St Ives – dog are not allowed in summer months, but as it’s raining, we are thinking it’s probably off seaon. Dog friendly places to eat in the town include the Hub Bar & Grill on St Ives harbour.

4. Eden Project

One of the top attractions in Cornwall, the Eden Project is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the family and the dog. It is important to note that not all areas here are dog friendly but a lot of it is. Visit their hands-on learning experience at the education centre, which is suitable for all ages.

5. Take a Trip on a Steam Train

Take a historic journey on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. This 13 mile round trip will take you through the Cornish countryside, with a variety of things to spot along the way. This is a leisurely journey, taken in one of the steam trains heritage carriages, where you can get off and explore one of the many stops – best of all dogs can travel free!


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Places to Visit in Cornwall for Free

Visiting Cornwall on a Budget

Family holidays aren’t always cheap, even if you stay in the UK. If you want to experience Cornwall, one of the most popular part of the country for family holidays, but don’t want to blow your budget, you can.  There are many days out that you can enjoy for free in Cornwall.

Whether you’re heading to the coast or exploring inland, we think Cornwall is a great place to visit, so here are our top 5 free things to do in Cornwall with kids.

things to do in cornwall for free

Visit Healeys Cyder Farm

You can visit our Cornwall Attraction free of charge. You can look around our press house, bottlery and jam kitchen; but don’t stop there. There’s so much more to see, and so much more fun to be had! Find out the top ten things to do at Healeys Cyder Farm over on our blog.

Hit the beach

You can’t go to Cornwall and not go to the beach. Well, you can but our beaches are part of the Cornwall culture. There are a range of beaches from dog friendly to family friendly, surf beaches to tourist beaches. Explore the beautiful coast lines whether you’re making sandcastles and paddling with toddlers or bringing your own surfboards and heading into the waves.

Rock Pooling

It’s not all about buckets and spades either – Cornwall has some great rock pools to investigate, especially Polzeath, Gyllyngvase and St Agnes beaches, with crabs and lobsters, it’s a great and fun activity for the family to enjoy!

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery has won an award for its family-friendliness, with craft sessions, baby painting, sensory play and more than 1,700 artworks in the collection.

Walk to St Michael’s Mount

You’ll need a strong will and a tight budget not to explore the whole of St Michael’s Mount, but if you’re determined not to spend any money, the walk across the causeway is fantastic as you reach this island community. When the tide floods in, their boatmen will ferry you across the water to the island. At high tide during spring, summer and autumn, frequent motorboats leave from landing points along the shore at Marazion.



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Things to do around Newquay Cornwall

Things to do in Newquay

Newquay is a great tourist destination in Cornwall but if you’re not familiar with the area, you may not know the best things to keep yourself busy! In Newquay we have lots of action packed attractions to keep all the family happy both in the town and the surrounding area – each one a great day out.things to do in newquay

Healey’s Cyder Farm

First on the list, obviously, is Healey’s Cyder Farm! Our popular family destination offers a range of activities for you and the family (including your dog). If you want to find out our top ten things to do at the farm, click here

Newquay Zoo

Release your inner animal as you journey around Newquay Zoo.  From adventure play areas to hands on experiences, there is something for all ages.

Set your own pace, take it slow and submerge yourself in our peaceful oasis by the sea, or let off some steam and discover everything this Zoo has to offer.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach with its consistent surf and epic days has earnt it’s name as the Home of British Surfing. With the International Surfing Centre based on the beach which is home to cafe’s, restaurants, a surf hire & surf school alongside shops it is the perfect location for everyone’s beach day. This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs.

Blue Reef Aquarium

Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, the Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium is definitely worth a visit.

Be amazed by the local marine species from the Cornish coast to hundreds of tropical species in the gigantic ocean display complete with underwater tunnel. Blue Reef Aquarium show you all the fantastic creatures that live in our seas and oceans. Their displays take you on an undersea tour; from the British coastline to faraway tropical reefs and lots more in between. During your visit, you’ll come face to face with incredible sea life with everything from giant crabs and lobsters to seahorses and tropical sharks and you’ll get a chance to find out more about these creatures’ amazing lives in over 40 naturally recreated displays. Blue Reef is one of the UK’s leading aquariums with a commitment to providing education about the marine environment but in a fun and entertaining way.

Lusty Glaze

Lusty Glaze is one of the few coastal beaches to have been rich in iron ore. To the right-hand side of this 120 acre site, a cave, once 200ft deep was mined for its minerals and abandoned in the late 1800’s.

Lusty Glaze has, to this day, retained an element of this charm; purpose-built wooden huts replace the canvas stripes and it is favoured by the local community and families who prefer its quirkiness to the mass of tourism on the main Newquay beaches.

The beach is now home to a fabulous team who cater for sun-worshippers, holiday makers, adrenaline junkies, food lovers, wedding couples and those simply seeking some escape from the daily grind.

Pirates Quest

Pirate’s Quest is an immersive walk-through experience which combines talented theatrical actors, amazing special effects, and detailed 360⁰ sets in an authentic, atmospheric adventure.

Your pirate guide will lead you through several different sets and scenes; mystical caves, murky streets, and even an eighteenth century Tavern! Eventually you’ll arrive at the Captain’s Ship, ready to set sail!

The last section is self-guided so spend as much time as you like exploring Below Decks and the Captain’s Cabin, before returning to the Treasure Shoppe with your completed Treasure Map to claim your Pirate Booty!

Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches; known for it’s immense expanse of sand, and strong film and celebrity connections (Jamie Oliver, anyone?) The Premier in advert with Lenny Henry. This website is dedicated to providing visitors with a comprehensive knowledge of the area and the establishments that call this place home.

Watergate is one of the few year-round dog friendly beaches, offering nearly 2 miles of sandy shoreline at low tide. In addition to the large beach, it has a multitude of exciting caves and rock pools to explore.

Other facilities include a large selection of restaurants and cafés both on the beachfront and in the immediate surroundings.

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Best places to visit in Cornwall

What are the best places to visit in Cornwall?

best places in cornwall

What do you fancy doing whilst in Cornwall? Maybe a beach one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active like a surf or a coastal walk? We have it all here in Cornwall.

If history and heritage is more your thing you’ll love our historic castles, museums and World Heritage Sites.

And don’t forget our iconic attractions; St Michael’s Mount, Tate St Ives, Land’s End and Healeys Cyder Farm are not-be-missed!

Our Top Attractions in Cornwall

Healeys Cyder Farm

healeys cyder farm

Family days out don’t get much better than a visit to Healeys Cyder Farm in Cornwall and we’re a perfect venue for when you are looking to find out what to do near Newquay.

Land’s End

Land's End

Land’s End really is a stunning place to visit. You can visit the most western point of Cornwall with the stunning scenery and outstanding natural beauty. There is something for everyone at Land’s End.

Here they highlight everything you can do at their attraction, from free to paid for activities.


St Michael’s Mount

St Michaels Mount

At low tide, you can reach St Michael’s Mount by foot. Setting out from the beachfront at the Godolphin Arms, it takes just minutes to walk across the ancient cobble causeway which stretches from the mainland to the island.

When the tide floods in, St Michael’s Mount’s boatmen will ferry you across the water to the island. At high tide during spring, summer and autumn, frequent motorboats leave from landing points along the shore at Marazion for the Mount’s ancient harbour.

The Lizard

the Lizard

Lizard Point with its lighthouse is the most southerly point in Great Britain.

Around the coastline you’ll find little fishing ports with huge granite sea walls to protect from the Atlantic gales, restaurants specialising in freshly caught seafood, and gorgeous sandy bays with jagged black rocks jutting out in to the sea. Stand right on the tip of the Lizard and look out to sea.

See the Lizard’s list of things to do here.


Newquay Zoo 

newquay zoo

Release your inner animal as you journey around Newquay Zoo.  From adventure play areas to hands on experiences, there is something for all ages.

Set your own pace, take it slow and submerge yourself in our peaceful oasis by the sea, or let off some steam and discover everything this Zoo has to offer.

Fistral Beach

fistral beach

Fistral Beach with its consistent surf and epic days has earnt it’s name as the Home of British Surfing. With the International Surfing Centre based on the beach which is home to cafe’s, restaurants, a surf hire & surf school alongside shops it is the perfect location for everyone’s beach day. This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs.

Pendennis Castle 


Explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle, which has defended Cornwall against foreign invasion since Tudor times. Discover how the castle has evolved, and experience the sights and sounds of battle. Explore the fascinating new exhibition which examines the role of the castle as part of Fortress Falmouth during the First World War.

Tate St Ives

tate st ives

Visit the iconic Tate St Ives, situated in a stunning location a stone’s throw away from Porthmeor Beach. Part of the Tate family of venues that includes Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the rich history of modern art in St Ives. Today that history continues to inspire its seasonal exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art, presented within the gallery’s dramatic spaces with breath-taking views of the beach.

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