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THINGS TO DO

Staying at Cornish Holiday Lodges gives you a fantastic central location to all of the fabulous beaches, tourist sites, beautiful quaint towns and stunning houses and sites. Here are just some of the great places you can visit…

cornwall beaches

There are many wonderful beaches here in Cornwall here are a selection to choose from, or perhaps try a new one each day of your family holiday….

POLZEATH BEACH, WADEBRIDGE, CORNWALL

This is a great beach with plenty going on. Some days if you are lucky you may get to see dolphins or seals swimming here. It’s a sand and shingle beach with great rock pools to explore with the kids. There are toilets, a refreshment bar and life guards helping to keep you safe in the summer months.

FISTRAL BEACH, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

Fistral Beach located in Newquay is thought of as the Mecca of surfing. There are many World class competitions, events and concerts held here so it’s very popular with the younger generation. It’s a lively beach and can be busy during peak/ holiday times but great for surfing. If you want a go at some big waves this is for you!

LUSTY GLAZE BEACH, LUSTY GLAZE ROAD, CORNWALL

More hidden than most of Cornwall’s other beaches, this beach has become a very popular place for swimmers, surfers and beach lovers alike.  It is a very picturesque beach hidden in a wonderful cove surrounded by the wind breaking high cliffs.

Lusty Glaze has beautiful fine, golden sand and a reassuring safeness about this beach. It is privately owned, open 365 days per year and patrolled all through the summer months with life guards. Winner of the Marine Conservation Society Recommended Award, which proves how much it is cared for, it has one of the highest possible standards of water quality and safety. This is a popular spot for both locals and tourists and a great family beach.

CRANTOCK BEACH, BEACH ROAD, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

Crantock Beach is a big, wide sandy beach with great access and plenty of sand dunes to explore. Situated 2 miles from Crantock Village making it an ideal family day out, why not split your day… discover the village in the morning and check out the beach later in the day. It is a great beach to explore, but the currents make it tricky for swimming so do be careful. The views are truly spectacular. There are toilets, a café and life guards here.

WATERGATE BAY, WATERGATE ROAD, NEWQUAY, CORNWALL

Watergate Bay is a very popular tourist spot, famously known for a beach that stretches for 3 miles of pure sand and set in a valley between Newquay and Padstow. It is ideal for surfing, getting regular good waves. The life guards are seasonal here, there is good access, car parking, toilets, café shop. A great beach and a super day out.

 

cornwall places to see

TINTAGEL CASTLE

Tintagel Castle is steeped in history and laden with stories of King Arthur. Built in the 13th Century it boasts a fabulous location on the dramatic Atlantic coastline. Bring the family and find out about the myths and magic of this historical castle. It is truly an inspirational place and also an excellent spot for some of the UK’s finest wildlife.  The location for you Sat Nav users is PL34 0HE.

THE EDEN PROJECT

The Eden Project opened to the public in 2001 and has become one of Cornwall’s most popular visitor attractions.  It comprises of a number of dome shaped plant houses all homing a variety of plant species from around the World and it also boasts the largest greenhouse!!! The domes are made out of hundreds of tough plastic hexagons offering a very distinctive appearance. The Eden Project is located 2km from St Blazey and 5km from St Austell. It has a great location that’s easy to find.

ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT

Don’t miss out on the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount. Covered with legends, and myths for over a thousand years it holds an incredible history. Tread where the pilgrims once walked and brave the causeway at low water or enjoy a short motor boat trip when the tide is in. Even getting to St Michael’s Mount is always an adventure!! There are ancient, cobbled path ways to the inspiring medieval castle and once at the top you can gaze down at the beautiful gardens and enjoy magnificent views across the bay to Penzance.

MINACK THEATRE AND VISITOR CENTRE

Explore this unique open-air theatre created from the cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade. Enjoy the spectacular views over Porthcurno Bay to the Logan Rock.

PENDENNIS CASTLE

Journey through 450 years of history at Pendennis from Tudor times to World War II and discover the wartime secrets of Pendennis Castle. There's plenty to see and interactive displays undercover as well as acres of space for children to let off steam - ideal for all weathers. Each day (except on event days) through the summer, there is a noon day firing of one of the working guns at midday complete with introduction to the history of the gun. (April to Oct).

THE BLUE REEF AQUARIUM

From the local Cornish coast to the dazzling beauty of the Tropical Reef, Newquay Blue Reef aquarium has an exciting world of underwater adventure waiting to be discovered. More than 40 innovative displays vividly bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the sea, whilst regular feeding displays, rock-pool workshops and informative talks provide a fun and fascinating day out.

At the aquariums heart is a spectacular coral reef display housed within a 250,000 litre ocean tank - home to exotic tropical species like black tip reef sharks and Omiros the rescued loggerhead turtle. As well as hundreds of brightly-coloured reef fish and a huge Southern Stingray. Situated on Towan Promenade in the heart of Newquay, Blue Reef Aquarium not only offers a beach on its doorstep but also an amazing experience, whatever the weather!

BODMIN JAIL

Bodmin Jail was originally built for King George III in 1779: The Jail you see today was built with the help of the prisoners who brought 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin's Cuckoo Quarry. Wander leisurely through the depths of the Jail, over five levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall.

NEWQUAY ZOO

Get close to over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and endangered animals at Newquay Zoo! Located on the north coast of Cornwall, surrounded by 13 acres of lush tropical gardens it is a visitor attraction where you can run wild, explore and release your inner animal.

Watch the lions devour their lunch and then adventure into the Tropical House (if you're brave enough) and meet some of the more unusual residents including a sloth!

If that isn’t enough, they have activity trails, face painting, a children’s play area, a Tarzan trail and Dragon maze to keep the little ones busy.

LAPPA VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY & LEISURE PARK

Lappa Valley Steam Railway is situated just outside of Newquay. You will discover a fantastic day of adventure and discovery, all in the price of one ticket! With a whole host of family friendly activities including 3 railways, this a day of fun not to be missed.

 

THEME PARK INFORMATION

THE FLAMBARDS EXPERIENCE

The Flambards Experience is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the South West of England. It has something for the whole family including the Flambards Victorian Village, Britain in The Blitz and Memory Lane exhibitions. There is an excellent soft play ball area for the younger kids called the Cool Zone and a variety of rides for all ages. The weather doesn’t matter, you can come here and enjoy yourselves anytime! The location for you Sat Nav users is TR13 0QA.

HOLYWELL BAY

Holywell Bay is a fun park offering a huge variety of attractions including the 2- seater Kiddy Karts, Formula 1 Go-Karts, Star Cars for potential junior world champions, thrilling 2-seater Battle Boats with turret guns, Merlin’s Maze with its amazing magic waterfall, Bumper Boats, Orbitors, Adventure Golf, Panning for Gold, indoor play area. Great entertainment for the Kids. The location for you Sat Nav users is: Holywell Bay, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5PW

CREALY ADVENTURE PARK

Crealy Adventure Park is located between Newquay and Padstow has been voted the "top tourist attraction" by the Cornish Tourist Board. Offering fun and adventure for all age groups the park is split into several different areas giving everyone the chance to explore the entire park. There is the Animal Realm where you can meet the pets in MacDonald's farm. Youngsters can get up close in pet's paddock which homes the pigs, lambs, goats, chicks and calves. The Nature Realm offers beautiful woodland walks with stunning views of Padstow's harbour, or you could really “chill out” and take the scenic tour of the park on the safari train!. The Heritage Realm is a fascinating peek into Cornwall's past times. You can explore the silver mine and working heritage displays. There is an onsite restaurant/ coffee shop if you get hungry called the “Waterwheel”.

If you are looking for real adventure there is always the Wild Water Realm wth its fabulous log flume rides and the Adventure Realm with its breath-taking sheer drop slides, aerial walkways and haunted house! Sat Nav users here is the location: Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7RA

 

GOLF COURSES

For those of you wanting to get away whilst you are away, how about a great round of golf? We have 3 recommendations for you:

ST ENODOC -

Certainly a quixotic and rather hilly course, set amidst towering sand dunes clad with tufts of wild sea grasses

TREVOSE

With dramatic views across the golden sandy shore of Booby’s Bay to the rugged coastline, this golf course is sheer drama

ST MELLION

Located in the Tamar Valley, on what was once rolling farmland. Bodmin Moor is not too far away but you need look no further – the beast is the Nicklaus Course

PERRANPORTH

Probably one of the most underrated Links courses in the South West of England. The stunning views are worthy of the excellent value green fee alone

BUDE AND NORTH CORNWALL

Extends to just over 6,000 yards from the back markers but it’s modest overall length packs a punch late in the round

WEST CORWALL

With panoramic views over St Ives Bay, this is a testing seaside course.

MULLION

Engalnd’s most southerly course and it’s a beauty, set spectacularly on the cliffs of the Cornish Lizard peninsula.

NEWQUAY

With glorious views across the headland and the famous surfing beach of Fistral, Newquay Gold Club is an exciting golf course that plays in links-like style with the added challenge of fickle sea breazes.

BOWOOD PARK

Laid out within 230 acres of the 14th century hunting estate that belonged to Edward of Woodstock, Duke of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales.

POINT AT POLZEATH

Located 2 miles north of Rock, this course is set dramatically within 230 acres of undulating parkland where the views of the Pentire Headland and the island of Newlands simply have to be savoured.

 

CYCLING

Cornwall offers the cyclist a great variety of cycling. Why not try the quiet country lanes which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours. There are more challenging off-road routes exploring the depths of the Cornish countryside if you feel energetic enough!

The genteel Camel Trail and Coast to Coast Trail is ideal for those with young children. In contrast the challenging North Cornwall coastal road provides some of the steepest gradients in the county!

Bike Hire:
Bridge Bike Hire, The Camel Trail, Eddystone Road, Wadebridge Tel: 01208 813050
Camel Trail Hire, Eddystone Road, Wadebridge Tel: 01208 814104
Padstow Cycle Hire, 6 South Quay, Padstow, South Quay Tel 01841 533533

 

FISHING

There are so many miles of coastline in Cornwall varying from granite cliffs to sandy coves. There are fantastic lakes, rivers and streams, with some excellent wrecks to discover. Cornwall really is a paradise for fishermen.

Chartered boats are available in most ports and will take visiting anglers to the best sites around the coast. There is a wide selection of fish in and around Cornish waters – which is as a result of the effects of the Gulf Stream. Tackle shops are plentiful and are often a useful source of advice on local catches and suitable locations. Cornwall offers a wealth of sea, coarse and fly fishing.

 

towns cornwall

PADSTOW

The idyllic town of Padstow is built on a hillside overlooking the Camel Estuary. The town is wonderful mix of quaint and modern with old crooked streets sloping down to the harbour. A lovely place for an amble round with some good shops.

WADEBRIDGE

Wadebridge is on the North Coast of Cornwall. There are superb family beaches nearby including Polzeath, Rock and Port Isaac. Annual festivals including Wadebridge's August Bank Holiday Weekend Folk Festival, and the renowned Royal Cornwall Show pull in the crowds. You've a mix of entertainment in and around Wadebridge.

NEWQUAY

Newquay, one of the nation's favourite seaside towns, exudes the laid back atmosphere you would expect from a town perched on Cornwall's Atlantic cliffs and bordered by 7 miles of glorious golden sandy beaches. It's a place where all the family gets to relax and enjoy a proper holiday - toes in the sand, ice-cream in hand. There's a different beach for every day of the week and glorious open spaces looking out to sea. The town manages to be both trendy and yet remains a great family resort - all wrapped up in the most fantastic coastal scenery.

ROCK

Rock is a village in North Cornwall on the north-eastern bank of the River Camel, adjacent to the harbour town of Padstow. A well-heeled holiday haunt and popular water-sports centre. Sail, windsurf, water-ski or canoe in the sheltered waters of Daymer Bay, or take it easy with a spot of fishing or bird watching from the sand dunes. Said to have got its unusual name from the local quarry that once provided ballast for ships sailing from Padstow harbour on the opposite side of the Camel Estuary, Rock is a great place to find a seat, enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

TRURO

Cornwall’s one & only city, Truro thrived as a port and the prosperity of the late 18th & early 19th that continues to this day can be seen today in the elegant town houses that line the city’s streets.

 

HOUSES AND GARDENS

LANHYDROCK

This is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate.  The ultimate 19th-century 'Upstairs/Downstairs' experience, 50 rooms are open to visitors, who should allow at least two hours to tour the house.

LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. It has been part of theTremayne family for more than 400 years. At the end of the nineteenth century the thousand acres were at their peak, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this "Sleeping Beauty". After the devastating hurricane of 1987 and the unfortunate decades of neglect, the gardens have been restored by a huge team of workers. The award winning gardens are now internationally acclaimed. Extending over 100 acres of estate it really is wonderful to see these mysterious gardens back and blooming in full glory.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more information on houses and gardens to visit in Cornwall.

PINETUM GARDENS ST AUSTELL

Pinetum Gardens are "30 Acres of family friendly awesome!" A place for every generation to explore the great outdoors. Being Cornwall's largest "new"?garden, it has many seasonal garden rooms to experience, providing areas of intimate tranquillity contrasted against large open parkland vistas.

TREBAH GARDEN

Trebah is a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Discover the magic of this beautiful valley garden with over four miles of footpaths. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade to a private secluded beach on the Helford River.

TRELISSICK

Enjoy Trelissick's woodland garden, with meandering paths that take you on a journey through evergreens, palms, flowering shrubs and borders bursting with exotic colour. The house provides the welcoming atmosphere of a delightful home with unrivaled views down the Fal River.

Immerse yourself in its history with a rolling programme of exhibitions and stories of those that lived here. The 300 acres of countryside are perfect for exploring. With woodland walks, parkland and even a beach, there's plenty of places to enjoy the natural world.

 

WHERE TO EAT

There are so many great and varied places to eat in Cornwall and of course if you are a seafood lover – you won’t find anywhere fresher. Due to the ever changing nature of the food/ restaurant industry we prefer not to recommend specific places to eat, but we do recommend that you check on TripAdvisor for the latest reviews on the best places to eat....