Things to do and places to stay in Cornwall for 2019

PUBLISHED: 10:44 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 21 December 2018

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway. Photo credit: Barry Bateman

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway. Photo credit: Barry Bateman

Barry Bateman

Whether you’re escaping to Cornwall for a family holiday or a romantic getaway for two, there’s plenty of things to see and do whilst you’re here and an abundance of stunning accommodation too

Things to do

Take a journey back in time with Bodmin Railway

Discover the excitement and nostalgia of the glorious era of steam with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Experience first-class luxury dining on the Cornish Belle, share a cream tea with someone special or enjoy a pint on the platform at one of the many exciting events happening in 2019. From high teas to murder mysteries, live music and special visits from childhood favourites, you’ll find everything from the traditional to the unexpected at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Visit for more information or call 01208 73555 / email to find out more.

Get active at Southwest Lakes Trust

Explore the lakes from the water, by foot or get on your bike and discover a number of waterside trails. Make memories through real-life adventure where you can kayak, stand-up paddleboard, canoe or swing through a high ropes course; and finish a fun-filled family day out with a big slice of cake or ice cream at one of the lakeside cafés.

Southwest Lakes Trust has locations at Siblyback Lake near Liskeard, Tamar Lakes near Bude, Stithians Lake near Redruth and Roadford Lake near Launceston so there’s bound to be something to suit everyone.

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See what’s brewing at St Austell Brewery

Come and see what’s brewing at the home of the South West’s favourite beers. Independent and family owned for over 165 years delve into the history at the Victorian brewhouse with a state of the art, interactive Brewing Experience. There’s a number of brand new, hands-on heritage tour options added for 2019 so a day out at the St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre has something for all the family.

Afterwards, refuel in the Hicks Bar with a coffee or some delicious home-cooked food, discover some of the brewery’s best-selling brands and, of course, sample some award-winning beers.

Visit for more information or call 01726 66022 to find out more.

St Austell Brewery TourSt Austell Brewery Tour

Take a peek into the wonderful world of Jo Downs Glass

“Glass fusing” is defined as the heat bonding of separate pieces of glass in a kiln. Believed to have begun over 4000 years ago in Egypt and became widespread during the Roman era. There are hundreds of techniques used to create beautiful pieces of glass art. Here we show you a glimpse into the wonderful world of Jo Downs Handmade Glass.

Visit one of the galleries located in Launceston, St Ives, Tintagel, Padstow or Fowey or call 01566 779779 to find out more.


Where to stay

Explore the history and gardens of Pentillie Castle

Pentillie Castle is family-run award winning wedding and events venue with luxury five-star boutique accommodation set in a beautiful 2,000-acre estate on the Cornish bank of the River Tamar. Whether you’re visiting for a night’s getaway, an intimate celebration taking exclusive use of the whole castle, or just for a few hours whilst enjoying an afternoon tea and garden walk, you’ll be well looked after.

Pentillie also boasts a unique corporate space and holds many events throughout the year from weekly dinners, bi- monthly ladies luncheons, garden open days, outdoor theatre, Pentillie Defender Day and Pengrillie BBQ Festival.

Visit for more information or email to find out more.

Unwind with Cornish Gems

Cornish Gems offer a stunning portfolio of over 180 luxury private homes located throughout Cornwall. From ‘On the beach’ locations to the ‘Country collection’, homes with the ‘Bubbling bliss’ of a hot tub to the finest ‘Cornish Cribs’ complete with cinema rooms and indoor pools, their unique collections make it even easier for you to find your perfect holiday haven to suit the whole family.

Open the door to Cornwall’s finest homes and your holiday starts here. Visit for more information or call 01872 241241 to find out more.

Cornish Gems. Photo credit: Elliott White PhotographyCornish Gems. Photo credit: Elliott White Photography

Rest your head at Watergate Bay Hotel

Watergate Bay Hotel, on a beach in north Cornwall, takes you closer to the coast.

Watch the waves from the 25 metre swimming pool in Swim Club, or from your sea view suite. Be active, get among the elements, then relax, eat and drink well. From seasonal food in one of the three restaurants to surf lessons with the Extreme Academy and treatments in Swim Club – the hotel’s take on a spa – Watergate Bay is all about the balance in life. Most of all, it’s about having a good time.

Visit for more information or call 01637 860543 / email to find out more.

Relax in one of Creekside Cottages

Creekside Cottages offers a fine collection of individual waterside, rural and village self-catering holiday cottages situated in some of the best areas on the South Coast of Cornwall. Relax in a fisherman’s cottage just yards from the seashore, hide away in a cosy bolthole on a romantic getaway for two, or kickback home in a luxury holiday house with the whole family. Either way, expect a home from home which will suit you perfectly. Available throughout the year and dogs are welcome too!

Visit for more information or call 01326 375972 / email for a colour brochure or to find out more.

Creekside CottagesCreekside Cottages

Holiday at the Fowey Hall Hotel

This beautiful coastal manor is perched just above the estuary, with everything you could need for a family holiday on-site: a restaurant serving seasonal Cornish cuisine, a complimentary Ofsted-registered crèche, a family-friendly spa and plenty of places for children to play.

Grab kites and wellies and run down to the beach. Walk winding ancient lanes in search of secret shops. Take to the coast, explore the coastal path, or sink into the outside hot tub overlooking the estuary. Whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation, or excitement and adventure, you’ll find them all in Fowey - a family holiday heaven.

Visit for more information or call 01726 833866 / email to find out more.

Get back to nature with Cornish Tipi Holidays

You can’t get a more natural slice of life than camping in the Cornish countryside with family or friends. At Cornish Tipi Holidays you can check into fully equipped tipis or set up your own tent or campervan – then sit under the stars round the campfire grilling fresh trout you caught from our lovely lake. Next day after a hearty breakfast at the seasonal cafe teach the children to row in our little boats or dive into the clear water when you fancy a swim.

And all this only five minutes from picturesque Port Isaac or surfing the wild Atlantic Coast!

Visit for more information or call 01208 880781

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