‘Sightdoing’ not ‘Sightseeing’ – What to do in Cornwall Summer 2024

Forget sightseeing this summer in Cornwall, it’s all about diving head-first into the action. Visit Cornwall this summer and experience the array of activities that cater to everyone from families and couples, to dog-friendly attractions. So, swap your map for a sense of spontaneity, because summer in Cornwall is all about doing, not just seeing! With so much to do we’ve put together a list of some of our top recommended activities, so let’s dive into a whirlwind of summer escapades that’ll leave you with lasting memories for years to come.

Family Friendly-Activities to Try this Summer:

Visit Screech Owl Sanctuary & Animal Park

Discover the magic of the Screech Owl Sanctuary this summer! Nestled just outside Truro it’s a captivating family-friendly destination. Wander along shaded pathways and meet a variety of owl species up close, from the tiny Scops owl to the majestic Eurasian eagle-owl. Engaging staff share insights and stories, while interactive sessions offer hands-on experiences for children. Learn about owl conservation efforts and make unforgettable memories as a family this summer.

Take a Seafari

With so much incredible sea life just off the coast, a sunny summer day is the perfect time to take the family exploring. The Seafari tours will take you on a guided tour of the best spots for a chance to see dolphins, sharks, seals and maybe even a whale. Tours can be found in Newquay, St Ives,  Falmouth, and Padstow (which is just a bit further up the coast). This is a great family-friendly summer activity and an immersive way for the kids to learn more about marine life.

Step back in time with Cornwall Gold 

Discover the art of jewellery making and indulge your creative side at Cornwall Gold. Take a guided tour of the workshop, watch skilled artisans at work, and even try your hand at crafting your own unique piece of jewellery. Or, join in with their Stream Panning which lets you sift sand with a traditional gold pan to reveal gems and hidden treasures. With something for all ages and abilities, it’s a fun and interactive experience that’s sure to spark your imagination.

Join the swashbuckling excitement of Pirate Quest Adventure Golf

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure at Pirate Quest Adventure Golf, where mini-golf meets high-seas excitement. Navigate through pirate-themed obstacles, dodge treacherous traps, and putt your way to victory. It’s a fun-filled activity that promises hours of laughter and friendly competition for the whole family.



Things to do as a couple in Cornwall:

Watch a show at Hall For Cornwall

What’s more romantic than a summer night out at the theatre? Hall for Cornwall is the perfect venue to enjoy dazzling musicals, captivating dramas and everything in between. Take a look at their What’s On page and be sure to book so you don’t miss out on your preferred seats. Whether you’re a theatre aficionado or simply seeking a memorable night out, the Hall for Cornwall promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you inspired, uplifted, and longing for an encore.

Explore the Carnglaze Caverns 

Experience romance in the depths of Cornwall at Carnglaze Caverns! Perfect for couples, these ancient caverns offer a unique underground adventure. Explore illuminated chambers, admire stalactites and stalagmites, and enjoy a serene boat ride on the subterranean lake. It’s a romantic retreat filled with natural beauty and an intimate ambience.

Take a Sea Kayaking Tour 

Experience the ultimate summer adventure with Sea Kayaking Cornwall, ideal for couples in search of some excitement along Cornwall’s stunning coastline. Expert guidance ensures a safe and enjoyable experience as you explore hidden coves and pristine beaches together. Encounter marine life and share romantic moments amidst the tranquillity of the sea. With top-notch equipment and personalized attention, Sea Kayaking Cornwall guarantees an unforgettable journey for couples this summer.

Take a local cooking class

Indulge in a culinary adventure with your partner at Philleigh Way Cookery School! These local cooking classes offers couples a unique experience. Learn to prepare delicious dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients under the guidance of skilled chefs. From traditional Cornish recipes to international cuisines, bond with your partner as you cook together and create lasting memories. It’s the perfect summer activity for couples looking to hone their culinary skills and enjoy shared experiences.


Activities to do with Friends:

Spend a day at Kernow Adventure Park

Dive into a day of excitement at Kernow Adventure Park. From navigating the aquapark obstacle course to stand-up paddleboarding on tranquil waters, and even leisurely swimming, there’s no shortage of fun here.

Go quad biking through the countryside 

Feel the rush of adrenaline as you embark on a quad biking adventure through Cornwall’s picturesque countryside. Navigate rugged terrain, splash through mud puddles, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

Take a Jet Ski Safari

For the ultimate ocean adventure, embark on a jet ski safari along Cornwall’s breath taking coastline. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip across the waves, exploring hidden coves, and enjoying panoramic views of the sea.

Go rock climbing

Challenge yourself and your friends to conquer Cornwall’s rugged cliffs with a thrilling rock climbing excursion. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a beginner, there are plenty of routes to suit all skill levels, offering unforgettable views and a sense of accomplishment.

Go swimming with Blue Sharks 

For the brave-hearted adventurers, why not take the plunge and experience the thrill of swimming with blue sharks? Join a guided excursion for a chance to encounter these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, creating memories that will last a lifetime.



Dog-friendly Activities to do in Cornwall this summer:

Explore Trebah Gardens

Explore the enchanting Trebah Gardens with your four-legged friend by your side. Lose yourself in the beauty of this subtropical paradise, complete with winding pathways, exotic plants, and stunning vistas overlooking the Helford River.

Discover Cornish history at Pendennis Castle 

Dive into Cornish history with a visit to Pendennis Castle, where leashed dogs are welcome to join you on a journey through centuries of military heritage. Explore the fortress, climb the ramparts, and soak in panoramic views of Falmouth and the coast beyond.

Take a walk around the Eden Project

Treat your furry companion to a leisurely stroll around The Eden Project, a world-renowned botanical garden nestled within a vast crater. Explore diverse ecosystems, marvel at exotic plant species, and enjoy interactive exhibits showcasing the importance of conservation and sustainability.

Spend an afternoon at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary 

Spend a heart-warming afternoon at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, where rescued seals and other marine animals find refuge and rehabilitation. Take a leisurely stroll along scenic coastal paths, learn about marine conservation efforts, and witness adorable seal pups frolicking in their pools.

Take a Tour of Healys Cider Farm (Home of Rattler)

Take a tour of Healeys Cider Farm, renowned for its delicious Rattler cider, and discover the art of cider making this summer. With well-behaved dogs welcome to join you, stroll through orchards laden with ripe apples, learn about the cider production process, and indulge in tastings of award-winning Cornish ciders.