Summer in Cornwall

The Cornwall Summer Bucket List

It's summer, you want to make the most of what Cornwall has to offer whether you live here or are on holiday.

Cornwall Live has come up with a bucket list of things to see and do - events to attend, festivals to party at and lots of lovely food and drink to savour.

Perhaps you want to visit the famed Hidden Hut or Minack Theatre, learn to surf, go shark spotting or even skinnydip under a moonlit sky?

1. Celebrate National Cream Tea Day

Cornwall in the summer is nothing without a cream tea or two... or 27. Make sure it's jam first on Friday 28th June 2019, which is National Cream Tea Day. Enjoy a Full Afternoon Tea on our Sun Terrace overlooking the bay

2. Climb Brown Willy

The highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy (from the Cornish "Bronn Wennili", meaning "hill of swallows") is 1,378 feet above sea level, based at the heart of Bodmin Moor. Try to fit in the neighbouring Rough Tor too. It's bracing and the views are incredible.

3. Learn to surf

You've seen many a surf Adonis in and around Newquay and west Cornwall. You've taken the mickey but secretly you're jealous of their abs, tousled locks and ability to ride the waves. You want to be like them. Don't put it off any longer.

Or stay closer to home in Falmouth and visit Gyllyngvase Beach, just steps away from our hotel Swanpool Beach over the coastal path for a variety of watersports. 

4 Visit the Underworld in some lost gardens

Shortly after Orpheus returns home from the war and is reunited with his love Eurydice, a tragedy occurs and Eurydice is killed. He can’t accept it and travels to the underworld with his band of soldiers to bring her back home. The audience will go along with them … if they are willing to.

A companion piece to WildWorks’ sublime 100: The Day Our World Changed, about 10,000 people are expected to see what promises to be the theatre hit of the summer at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

5. Fly over the iconic biomes on a zip wire

Fly on England's longest and fastest zip wire, plummet at 50mph from 65ft over a cliff edge on a giant swing or take a leap of faith from a 12-metre platform. If I can do it (in my pants - see video) then so can you – totally exhilarating. Visit the Eden Project for further details, 

6. Skinnydip

Fishing Cove, Gwithian, was named the No 1 spot in the country to get your bits wet by a national newspaper. It's one of Cornwall's naturist beaches so you can let it all hang out on the sand too. Watch your cockles on the rocks, though.

7. See Land's End's spectacular summer fireworks

Every summer the attraction at the tip of Cornwall holds a regular, stunning display over the ocean soundtracked by a magical Cornish tale and a specially composed soundtrack. Not to be missed.

8. Get wet at the Aqua Park

Jump, splash, bounce, climb and slide at the Total Wipeout-style floating inflatable Aqua Park at Retallack Resort, near St Columb Major.

This huge inflatable Aqua Park has a giant trampoline, catapult, water wheel, 'stepping stones' climbing wall, slides, blast bags, challenging balance beams and lots more. Brilliant fun.

9. Watch a car burn alongside Kelis

The homegrown festival at Week St Mary, near Bude, has been running since 2006. As well as a plethora of great music (which has included the likes of Bastille) the Leopallooza centrepiece is a car, which is loaded with wood and set on fire. This year a top line-up of music includes Kelis and Idles.

10. Enjoy some fish and chips at the UK's best chippy

The Harbour Lights in Falmouth was named the 2017 and 2019 National Fish and Chip shop winner. Anyone who has eaten their food will know the Arwenack Street restaurant and takeaway, which overlooks the harbour, deserved the title.

11. Go shark spotting

It's guaranteed there will be reports of someone spotting a great white in Cornish waters as the summer hits. True or not, why not take to the ocean and try looking for the creatures yourself, from basking sharks to blue sharks? You could try Marine Discovery, based in Penzance, or the shark boats in Looe.

12. Wallace & Gromit visit Bodmin & Wenford Railway - 30th Anniversary

Join in the family fun with Wallace & Gromit as the pair celebrate their 30th anniversary at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway on the 18th & 19th May 2019.

Alongside a journey back in time on board one of the railway’s heritage steam locomotives, passengers will have the chance to meet the cheese-loving pair at intervals throughout the day. There’s an activity trail to follow with commemorative certificates to be awarded to participants when they return to the railway’s 1950s Cornish branch line station in Bodmin.

13. Visit a Cornish vineyard

Did you know that Cornwall has a fantastic range of vineyards to explore? Due to the county’s mild climate, it has become one of the best regions for wine production in the UK.

With that in mind, here are some of the top places we recommend visiting during a trip to Cornwall: Find out more with our Vineyard of Cornwall feature 

14. See the greatest gigs of the decade - Eden Sessions

Join world-class singers within the beautiful, intimate surroundings of the Eden Project, including the Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers and Kylie Minogue. Find out more here

15. Visit one of the most dramatic locations on the coastline

If you're walking the South West Coastal Path then make sure you stop off at Logan Rock near Treen. Although the rocking stone weighs 80 tons, it was dislodged in 1824 by a group of British seamen, intent on showing what the Navy could do. However, they were forced to restore it when local tourism suffered.

Today Logan Rock still rocks, but with much less ease than it did in the past. A beautiful spot, looking towards the Minack Theatre.

16. Drink more than 275 gins

The Cornish love their gin and there's no better place to experience almost 300 varieties than at the swish Dolly's gin palace and tea room in Church Street, Falmouth.

17. Dance in the dunes with Tune in the Dunes

A festival, set on the beautiful golden sands of Perranporth beach in Cornwall. With a backdrop of scenic cliffs and sand dunes, this will be a truly unique event where you can enjoy an ice cold beverage with your feet in the sand and the ocean only a stone’s throw away. One not to be missed. Visit here for further details 

18. Watch a show at the Minack

The ultimate feminist haven as well as a damn fine place to see a play. Marvellous and somewhat eccentric local lady Rowena Cade more-or-less built this amazing creation on the cliffside singlehandedly. Now run by a charitable trust, there is no other theatre like it in the world.

19. Visit the Isles of Scilly

The exotic archipelago is just 35 miles off the Cornish coast but it’s amazing how many people in Cornwall have never visited.

Make 2019 the year you pay these beautiful and historic islands a visit – from subtropical Tresco, rugged St Martin’s to peaceful Bryher and St Mary’s, the New York of the Scillies. Once you visit you will be booking every year.

20. Visit a gorgeous National Trust property

They’re on your doorstep and they’re steeped in history and fascinating stories. There are about 50 National Trust places in Cornwall, from stately family houses, mining heritage sites, gardens and parkland to nature reserves and miles of coastline. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Trerice or Lanhydrock.

Are you still stuck for ideas? Visit Cornwall Live to view another 40 bucket list ideas to keep you busy in Cornwall this summer.