Visit the beaches
One of the most popular reasons to visit Cornwall is for its world-famous award-winning beaches. There is plenty of options with over 300 beaches dotted around the Cornish coast, from golden sand that stretches for miles to small, sheltered coves, Cornwall has them all, the small fishing town of St Ives has 5 all to itself!
Visit the secret beaches
The Cornish coastline is filled with large, beautiful beaches, but if you look hard enough there are many smaller secret beaches that are well worth the extra effort to find. A good one to start off with is ‘Portherras Cove’ just around the corner from Pendeen watch lighthouse.
Walk for miles
Cornwall’s coastline is a walker’s paradise, walks vary in difficulty with some steep rocky sections mixed in with plenty of gentle strolls, the good news is they all come with amazing sea views as standard. The southwest coastal path stretches along entire outline of the Cornish coast which is around 300 miles!
Fistral beach - Newquay is arguably the country’s surf capital but there are actually many great surfing spots all over Cornwall just a few of these include, Gwithian, Perranporth, Porthmeor and Sennen beach. Be sure to get some lessons from an experienced instructor and always surf in designated areas with lifeguards on stand by.
Try the seafood
Visitors and locals are lucky enough to be able to get some of the freshest seafood available, with many working harbours and amazing local seafood restaurants, Cornwall is known for its world class seafood and fishing history, in fact the biggest working harbour in the UK is our very own Newlyn!
The proper pasties
Well, you can’t get a proper Cornish pasty anywhere else can you! Invented in the 17th century as a hand held hearty snack for the hard-working tin miners. A traditional Cornish pasty are filled with beef, potato, onion, and swede. Some of the biggest names in the local pasty business are Philps, Ann’s pasties, Malcolm Barnecutts and St Agnes bakery.
Learn the history of Cornwall
Cornwall has a fascinating history filled with struggle and success. Famous for notorious pirates and smugglers, perhaps most famous of all the smugglers was a man named John Carter Breage, nicknamed the ‘King of Prussia’ with a row of cannons protecting his base near Lands’ end. Mining played a huge part of Cornwall’s history with evidence of tin mining dating back 4000 years, by the mid 1700’s there were around 2000 mines in action.
Go to one of the festivals
There is a festival to suit anyone here in Cornwall, from surfing competitions and music concerts like, board masters to smaller foodie events like the St Ives food festival. We recommended trying the little orchards cider & music festival set within the Healeys cyder farm, they have live bands, a BBC introducing stage, camping, glamping, and delicious ciders from across the UK.
Become an Art connoisseur
Known for inspiring artists from the local areas and across the world, most towns in Cornwall have multiple independent art galleries to browse through. The coastal town of St Ives has both a handful of smaller art studios mixed in with some big ones including the famous Tate gallery located right on Porthmeor beach.
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