With its breathtaking landscapes, picturesque villages, and rich cultural heritage, Cornwall is a destination that belongs on everyone’s bucket list. From Lands End to Bude, this enchanting county offers a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or a food lover, Cornwall has something to captivate every traveller. Below we have put together a list of top bucket list experiences that will make your visit to Cornwall truly unforgettable. We have added a downloadable PDF below with a more comprehensive checklist of some of the big bucket list activities to do around Cornwall. Be sure to print it out and get exploring when you visit us!
Watch a play at the Minack Theatre:
Carved into the side of the cliffs at Porthcurno is a spectacular theatre that looks like something out of ancient Greece. This magnificent bit of architecture was created by a local Cornish resident Rowena Cade in the 1930s, it began as a labour of love wanting to create a space for amateur theatre performances and has since evolved into a captivating venue where visitors come from around the world to enjoy plays, musicals, and concerts. The venue has exquisite panoramic views of Porthcurno making it an incredible place to enjoy a local music or theatre production. Visitors can also explore the terraced seating, enjoy the beautiful gardens, and learn about the theatre’s history in the visitor centre and museum. Be sure to explore this amazing venue on your visit to Cornwall.
Swim in the bioluminescence at Grebe Beach:
On warm August days when the conditions allow, you can see the bioluminescent plankton at Grebe Beach, and for those adventurous enough – even take a dip and experience the incredible light display around you whilst you swim. The phenomenon is rare and also happens at other beaches around Cornwall so it’s best to keep an eye out for news about the evenings that you’ll catch it.
Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by living organisms in this case phytoplankton. It serves multiple purposes such as communication, attracting mates, warding off predators, hunting, and navigation. The emitted light can range in colour and intensity, creating mesmerising displays.
Swim under a supermoon at Swanpool Beach Falmouth:
A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth in its elliptical orbit. During a supermoon, the moon appears larger and brighter in the night sky, as it’s closer to Earth. Supermoons happen a couple of times a year however the Supermoon on August 30th 2023 will be the largest and appear the closest to Earth. Full moon swims are a popular activity and happen most months during the summer if the weather permits. The best time to head down to Swanpool for your swim is just before moonrise (8:41 pm).
Visit St Michaels Mount:
St. Michael’s Mount is a tidal island situated off the coast of Marazion. It’s known for its castle and medieval church, both perched on the island’s summit. The castle dates back to the 12th century and was originally a priory. The island has religious and historical significance, with connections to St. Michael and stories of pilgrimages. Visitors can explore the castle, its diverse gardens, and enjoy breathtaking views. St. Michael’s Mount is a popular tourist destination, known for its natural beauty and intriguing architecture. It shares similarities with Mont Saint-Michel in France.
Visit the Eden Project:
The Eden Project is a renowned botanical garden and educational centre housed in two large biomes: the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome. Visitors can explore these immersive environments, encountering diverse plant species. The project also features outdoor gardens, educational programs, and exhibits promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. With its iconic design and commitment to conservation, the Eden Project has become a symbol of environmental stewardship and a popular destination for visitors seeking to connect with nature and learn about the importance of biodiversity and sustainable living.
Go surfing at Perranporth
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, surfing in Cornwall is a must on the bucket list. With crystal azure seas and great surf culture, the north coast of Cornwall is a British surfers’ paradise. Perranporth, which is just a 25-minute drive from Penventon, is one of Cornwalls’ favourite surfing beaches. It’s a beach that’s best in the winter for seasoned surfers however is perfect in the summer for beginners as the waves are small but consistent. There’s also a few popular surf schools where you can book lessons or hire a surfboard and wetsuit for the day. The beach has lifeguards, as well as other amenities available, and while it can get busy in the summer, there is enough space for everyone. Perranporth town provides accommodations, and the surrounding area offers a relaxed coastal atmosphere.
Visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a historic garden in Cornwall, England, that was neglected and forgotten for decades before being rediscovered and restored in the 1990s. Spanning over 200 acres, the gardens feature diverse horticultural styles and attractions, including formal gardens, productive areas, pleasure grounds, and a subtropical jungle. Visitors can explore various highlights such as the Italian Garden, Pleasure Grounds, and the Jungle. The gardens also support wildlife, offer a working farm and estate experience, and host events and activities throughout the year. The Lost Gardens of Heligan provide a captivating blend of history, nature, and enchanting landscapes for visitors to enjoy.
Swim in a Tidal Pool
Cornwall’s’ coast is dotted with a variety of natural tidal pools, man-made rock pools, and lidos. Rock pools are formed in the rocky intertidal zone, which is the area that is exposed during low tide and submerged during high tide. When the tide recedes, these pools are left behind, teeming with various plants, animals, and algae. Exploring the rock pools can reveal a miniature world of marine ecosystems, showcasing the incredible biodiversity found in the area. To explore the rock pools, it’s important to plan your visit during low tide when the pools are accessible. Sturdy footwear is recommended as the rocks can be slippery. Many beaches in Cornwall have amazing tidal pools, such as Portreath, Newquay, Hale, Nanjizal, and many more. It’s recommended to do some research on the tidal pools you want to visit beforehand so you can plan how best to get there, as some of the pools are harder to get to and not very obvious.
Now all you need is the place to stay while you explore…
To tick off everything on the list, you’ll want to stay longer, which is why our Summer Saver offer is perfect; save more when you stay longer. Being just 5 minutes for the A30 and with so much to see we are perfectly situated to explore it all. Quote ‘Long Stay Saver’ upon booking and get:
3 Nights 10% off
4 Nights 15% off
5+ Nights 20% off
These discounts are only available when you call or email direct! Please quote ‘Long Stay Saver’ upon booking. Terms and Conditions apply.
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