5 Activities to Try in Cornwall this Summer

June 07th, 2017

Cornwall is a hive of activity during the summer months, and when the sun comes out, there are plenty of fun, family-friendly activities to try out. When you are on your luxury family holidays in Cornwall at one of our luxury self-catering cottages, many fantastic attractions are right on your doorstep!


But with so many activities and attractions available, where do you start? We have put together our top picks for family activities to do this coming summer. Check out which ones you can do with the whole family below.


Take a Train Ride

So, you have driven all the way down to the South West, and are hoping to spend as little time as possible in the car once you are here, but how will you be exploring the area?


Thankfully, Cornwall has a good public transport system, with bus routes reaching most towns and villages. It also has a great network of railways, feeding off the main line that runs to Penzance.


These branch lines provide travellers with some of the most scenic views of the county. For instance, the train from St Erth to St Ives trundles along beside the crystal-clear waters of St Ives Bay.


Go on a Rockpool Ramble

We are proud to say that Cornwall has the best beaches in the UK, and they are a great place to while away the sunny summer days. But if you want something more than building sandcastles and body boarding, why not explore the rockpools?


Each pool is like a miniature world in itself, where crabs and starfish live among the seaweed. There are hundreds of coloured shells, home to winkles and whelks, and anemones as colourful as the flowers in your garden. Just remember to wear sensible, non-slippery footwear, and put back any creature you find.


Check Out a Museum or Gallery

British weather is notoriously changeable, even in summer, and that means you may have to head indoors when on your holiday. But what better time to check out some local culture?


Cornwall has many indoor attractions such as the Eden Project, the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and the Tate in St Ives. Many galleries and museums have exhibitions on throughout the summer and activities for the summer to take part in during school holidays.


Open Air Theatre

After a day exploring a seaside town or soaking up the sun on the beach, why not finish the day by watching a show? As the sun sets, there is not much that can beat sitting at the Minack Theatre watching a performance on the stage below, hearing the waves crash at the bottom of the cliff.


There is also the Penlee Park Open Air Theatre in Penzance, which has a programme of shows running through the summer months.


Get on a Surfboard

Cornwall offers some of the best beaches for surfing, especially along the north coast. Beginners can find several surf schools at many of the popular beaches, and those with more experience can easily seek out the best spots to catch the waves.


If you are new to the sport, only go in when a beach has a lifeguard on duty, and make sure to stick between the correct flags. You will soon learn why surfing is such a popular sport down in the south-west, as you get that exhilarating feeling the first time you stand up on the board in the waves!