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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 Jamie Oliver’s restaurant nearby. The beach stretches for 3 miles and is pure sand. 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.

 

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:

Mullion Golf Club (Cury, Helston, Cornwall)

Situated between two beautiful coves on the cliffs it’s an 18 hole site with spectacular views.

Lostwithiel Golf & Country Club (Lostwithiel, Cornwall)

Set amongst 150 acres of rolling wooded hills within the tranquil valley of the River Fowey.

Lanhydrock Golf Club (Bodmin, Cornwall)

One of the most charming of Cornish parkland courses, Lanhydrock satisfies the good and occasional golfer, 18 hole Golf Course.

 

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 is Cornwall's most popular and liveliest resort, with magnificent beaches and a major centre for surfing. For something a bit different there are the high cliffs with exciting caves, the best is at Porth Island. Newquay has lots of interesting things for all ages to see and do. There is a Sea Life Centre, Golf Course, Zoo, and plentiful nightlife. It has a great selection of surf shops and some arcades, so if the weather isn’t great there’s still plenty to do…

 

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.

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.

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.

 

Places to eat

 

 

 

Rick Stein

St Petroc’s Bistro

The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BY

New Street, Padstow, Cornwall.

Telephone: 01841 532700

Telephone: 01841 532700

 

 

Rick Stein's Café

The Cornish Arms

Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall

British Pub Menu

Telephone: 01841 532700

Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8ND

 

Telephone: 01841 520288

 

 

The Orchard

The Phoenix Pub

Modern British menu using the best local ingredients

British Pub food

Polmorla Rd

Watergate Bay

Wadebridge, PL27 7ND

Newquay Cornwall TR8 4AB

Telephone: 01208 812696

Telephone: 01637 860353

 

 

The Waterfront Cafe Bar

The Estuary Restaurant

Seafood and superb platters and tapas

Classical Menu

Beach Road, Polzeath, Cornwall, PL27 6SP

16-18 High Street

Telephone: 01208 869655

Padstow

 

PL28 9BB

 

Tel: 01841 532455