Tick off your bucket list, plan special days out in advance, be spontaneous, or just kick back on your holiday – here are 15 ideas for things to do in Cornwall within easy reach of Gilbert Lodge.
1. Visit the largest indoor rainforest in the world
THE EDEN PROJECT is one of several must visit destinations in the country, with plenty to see and do for a day out.
2. Discover King Arthur’s Legend
The romantic TINTAGEL CASTLE is a fascinating place to visit, steeped in history and intertwined with the legend of King Arthur.
3. Take a Sea Trip
PADSTOW SEALIFE SAFARI do a variety of fun boat trips with stunning scenery and amazing wildlife from dolphins to seals and puffins.
4. See some big rocks
CARNEWAS / BEDRUTHAN STEPS is a stunning stretch of the British coastline with “Jurasic Park” size rock stacks that are not to be missed for your holiday photo collection.
5. Walk the 7 bays
Near Padstow are a collection of beautiful sandy beaches known as ‘7 Bays in 7 Days’. Each bay is unique and it is easy to plan some walks to take them all in – In order nearest to Padstow they are: Trevone, Harlyn, Treyarnon, Mother Ivey’s, Booby’s Bay, Constantine, Treyarnon and Porthcothan
6. Enjoy a Cornish cream tea or Cornish Pasty
Boscastle farm shop does great homemade scones with a view and the Tintagel bakery does a range of Cornish pasties for your picnic or to take home.
7. Experience panaramic views from a hot air balloon
AEROSAURUS BALLOONS offer memorable early morning or early evening flights over spectacular North Cornwall from Launceston or Bodmin.
8. Get Wet!
Dip your toes in the sea, go surfing, or raise your adrenalin levels – the choice is yours.
Take a short walk to Bossiney Bay for the nearest toe paddle. HARLYN SURF SCHOOL do both surfing and paddleboarding.
9. Go to an outdoor theatre performance
Situated on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean with it’s fantastic backdrop of blue seas, the MINACK OPEN AIR THEATRE runs plays, music, comedy and storytelling, with some performances held at night beneath the stars and is a day trip away from our lodge.
10. Bring Cornwall’s smuggler tales to life
Immortalised in Daphne du Maurier’s book, JAMAICIA INN is a 300 year old historic coaching house located in the heart of Bodmin Moor. It’s Smugglers Museum houses one of the finest collections of smuggling artifacts in the country.
11. Take to your bike
Take in the scenery at a slower pace and cycle to Padstow, Wenford or Bodmin along some or all of the Camel trail. Cycles can be hired in Wadebridge.
12. Taste some fine wine
The CAMEL VALLEY VINEYARD is the largest in Cornwall and produces award winning wines. Sit on the terrace and kick back or take a wine tasting tour.
13. Explore a country house estate
LANHYDROCK, near Bodmin, is a magnificent National Trust late Victorian country house with 50 rooms to explore and 30 acres of gardens and woodland. Go in the spring to see the best garden display in town and the collection of Magnolia’s in full bloom.
14. Meet some TV Stars.. maybe!
Port Isaac is a small pretty fishing village. There are several very good places to eat and a few shops but on a sunny day you cant beat a proper Cornish ice cream down by the harbour or a picnic at Lobber Point above Port Isaac.
We cant promise you will meet the stars from the Doc Martin TV show as filming is usually every other year on selected days March to July, but you can take a walking tour around Port Isaac to spot some familiar film locations used.
15. Put your best foot forward on the Coast Path
You will see some of the best scenery in the country by putting on your walking boots – from short easy walks to challenging longer walks the choices are endless, but have a look at our blog walking post for some suggestions.
How many of these have you tried? Let us know your top things to do in Cornwall to inspire future visitors.