Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein…and Poldark! There are so many reasons Cornwall has become the UK’s favourite timeshare destination but one big one is its unique coastline and culture. A beach-dotted paradise for foodies, a mecca for hikers and dream location for artists and photographers, Cornwall’s spectacular coastline rivals any of the best in the Med.
We’ve come up with fifteen things to do in Cornwall next year…and if you’re visiting soon, don’t forget to book a table at Jamie Oliver’s legendary restaurant, Fifteen, right on the beach at breathtaking Watergate Bay.
- Take a head-first “flight” on the longest zip wire in England and see the Eden Project like you’ve never seen it before! Glide above the iconic Rainforest Biome structures and huge outdoor gardens at up to 60mph. Non-adventurers will prefer number two…
- Take a dip in the waters of the Atlantic. If you’re a keen beach goer but do little more than a knee deep paddle, make 2016 the year you find a love of sea swimming.
- Join a Feast Night at the Hidden Hut. If you’re quick off the mark and manage to get hold of a ticket, remember to dress for the weather as it’s completely outdoors. It will be more than worth it – these nights are legendary!
- Join a fishing trip from any one of Cornwall’s harbours and go catch your own supper! You’ll enjoy it even more when you’ve caught it yourself.
- Visit the Rame Peninsula. Overlooked by many, this hidden corner in south east Cornwall is somewhat of a secret which explains why you may not already have heard of it. Go where the crowds don’t venture and discover mile after mile of unspoilt coast.
- Have that surf lesson you’ve always promised yourself but never quite got round to. Cornwall is a surfing paradise and with the abundance of surf schools along the coast, there’s no excuse not to get that wetsuit on.
- Sign yourself up for a session with a wild food foraging expert and explore seashore, hedgerow, and woodland. Foraging for seasonal wild edible herbs, seaweeds & berries, you won’t look at food the same way again! You’ll come back with enough herbs, mushrooms or berries for a fabulous salad or soup for supper.
- The Isles of Scilly lie just 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall but despite their reputation for spectacular beauty, far too many people leave Cornwall without having seen them. Easily reachable by plane or ferry, your first visit to these unique islands will probably not be your last.
- Visit Porthcurno beach. With its stunning turquoise waters and fine golden sand you’ll kick yourself for not having done it before!
- One for the kids? Play with Cornish fairies, pixies and spirits whilst being serenaded by birdsong at the secret and stunning St Nectan’s Glen waterfall.
- Climb Brown Willy. Yes, it does sound a little naughty but with a summit 420m above sea level this hill on Bodmin Moor offers some of the finest views in Cornwall.
- Walk the South West Coast Path. A 300 mile stretch around the coast of Cornwall might sound over ambitious but get yourself a good map and just walk as many sections as you can.
- Sign yourself up for a cookery masterclass at the Padstow Cookery School to hone your skills in the kitchen and pick up some tips from the experts.
- See the sunset from the High Cliff at Crackington Haven near Bude, the highest point on the Cornish coast with unobstructed westerly views. Look out for the famous ‘green flash’ that occurs seconds before the sun sets – you might just catch it!
- Marvel at a performance beneath the stars at the Minack Theatre. The 2016 performance schedule is already shaping up to be fantastic and the edge of the world setting is…out of this world.