10 fun days out in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 16:13 18 December 2018

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Come rain or sunshine, Cornwall has plenty of fun things to do and days out for all of the family. Here are just ten ideas to inspire you…

Discover all the gardens at the Eden Project

The famous biomes are one of Cornwall’s biggest attractions – but there are also 15 hectares of gardens to explore outside the rainforest and Mediterranean biomes. Wander outside and discover wildflowers

There are many specific garden areas, among them the RHS Chelsea award winner Garden of Cornish Memories and wildflower gardens.

Visit: eden.org.uk

Find your balance with SUP Yoga

If you really want to build your core strength try a sun salutation on a gently lapping stand-up paddle board. There are beach yoga sessions popping up at a coast venue near you, but to really test yourself head to Falmouth’s Gylly Beach for a SUP yoga session.

Don’t worry about falling off, it’s all part of the fun.

Visit: wesup.co.uk/yoga-fit-falmouth/yoga-fit

Sea swimming

Forget doing laps at your luxury spa and don a winter wetsuits for a dip in the ocean. Sea swimming is becoming hugely popular with clubs and events happening throughout the year. Swimmers generally need to be strong and confident swimmers and are advised to join clubs and swim together to stay safe to avoid known danger spots and riptides.

Visit: seaswimcornwall.co.uk

Finish the South West Coast Path

At 300-ish miles, Cornwall has the longest and (dare we write) most beautiful stretch of the South West Coast Path and each year tens of thousands of us pledge to walk this walk of a lifetime around our incredible and varied coastline. If that sounds too easy – check out the full 630 miles (1,014 km) route, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall and finishing at Poole Harbour in Dorset.

Visit: southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Get close to Cornwall’s wildlife

Cornwall has plenty of wildlife adventures on offer – from Newquay Zoo’s famous penguins to hand-feeding the famous foxes of Feadon Farm at Gwel an Mor near Portreath. Getting up close and personal to Cornwall’s wildlife – whether native or adopted – is a once in a lifetime experience.

Visit: gwelanmor.com / newquayzoo.org.uk

Go flying with Hang Loose zipwire

You may have seen the Eden Project both inside and out, but try it from a new angle from the Hang Loose zipwire. This is the longest and fastest zipwire in England. Ages range from eight years to 96 years (its oldest flyer so far). And there’s a new Skytrek course opening in February.

Visit: thanglooseadventure.com

Love your lakes

Cornwall has plenty of great spots for water activities – and they are not all by the coast. Head to Siblyback Lake on the edge of Bodmin Moor for a day’s adventure including climbing a 30ft high rope course, canoes and paddle boarding. At Stithians Lake near Falmouth you can try sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Visit: swlakestrust.org.uk

Go coasteering

Part-climbing part-swimming, coasteering is like going back to your childhood seaside holidays (but without your parents screaming in terror as you hang off a granite rock 10 feet above the sea). Coasteering combines cliff jumping, swimming and scrambling over rocks to explore caves and coves. As always these adventures are best enjoyed safely with others and run by professionals.

Visit: xtremecoasteering.co.uk/Cornwall

Make Cornwall’s beaches beautiful

Put away the surf board and beach towel (just for a while) and get out the rubbish sack and join a beach clean. Nothing beats the feel-good factor of cleaning up one Cornwall’s stunning beaches – and there are regular events organised by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Surfers Against Sewage – among others that turn it into a real social event.

Visit: sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans / cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/events

Explore Britain’s subtropical tip at the Isles of Scilly

The stunning islands sitting just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall are always worth a visit whether you are a first-timer or reacquainting yourself after a long absence. The Isles of Scilly is made up of around 140 islands and rocky islets – with only five actually inhabited; this is the perfect place to find a quiet spot – or enjoy a packed calendar of events – from the Walk Scilly, to food and art.

Visit: visitislesofscilly.com

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