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Walk: Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps

'Wow factor' doesn't even begin to cover it at this popular North Cornwall beauty spot


The landscape is synonymous with shipwrecks and smugglers. Here you'll find spectacular clifftop views over Bedruthan Steps, where a rank of colossal, pointed stacks march out of the Atlantic waves against a dramatic backdrop. Set off from the car park and follow the clifftop path to get the best views. There's also a National Trust cafe here if you need to shelter from the elements or refuel after a walk.

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Hire a Vintage Car & See Cornwall in Style

Don a head scarf & hit the road in a Morgan


Take a classic car for a spin and explore Cornwall with the top down and the wind in your hair. Perranwell Garage offers Morgan car hire for between one and seven days for romantic road trips (2-seaters) or family excursions (4-seaters). These great British cars are all hand built and the family-owned business dates to 1909. Pick up your wheels in Truro from where you can reach St Ives in around 40 minutes and Land's End in an hour.

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Phone: 01872 863037Email: alan@perranwell.co.uk
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Discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Wander through 200 acres of grounds on this mysterious garden & estate


These hidden gardens were lost to the world until 1992, when they were rediscovered and restored to their former glory. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns in New Zealand, to explore the Italian Garden and Alpine-inspired Ravine. Get lost in the exotic outdoor jungle while adventuring along raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo.

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Phone: 01726 845100Email: info@heligan.comFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Learn Seafood Cookery at Rick Stein's in Padstow

Get schooled in fishy basics at the home of the master


Courses at Rick Stein's Padstow Seafood School are, predictably, in high demand. After all, this is a chance to learn the ways of the piscatorial don (even if he won't be present). The seafood course includes three chef demonstrations and hands-on cooking for two dishes. You'll get to eat everything you cook, while enjoying fantastic views over the estuary. Also on offer are day courses covering Indian curries, Italian, Spanish tapas and more. Book well in advance.

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Phone: 01841 532 700Email: reservations@rickstein.comFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Uncover Cornwall's Pirating Past

Get ready to walk the plank at Newquay's Pirate's Quest


Altogether now... arrrrrrrr! Take the kids along to Pirate's Quest in Newquay and find out all about the Cornish buccaneers of years gone by. Visitors to this swashbuckling attraction are guided through an immersive walk-through experience by actors dressed as pirates, who dispense stories and fascinating facts along the way. The tour takes about an hour. After that you can spend as much time as you like exploring Below Decks and the Captain's Cabin, before returning to the Treasure Shoppe with your completed Treasure Map to claim your pirate booty.

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Phone: 01637 873379Email: info@piratesquest.co.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Find Your Inner Peace in Watergate Bay

10 minutes from lively Newquay, yet a world away


Newquay's sophisticated neighbour, Watergate Bay, is perfect for couples and families looking for natural beauty, good food and drinks, and sporting activities in a peaceful environment. It's also one of Cornwall's top photo locations: as the tide rises, the 2-mile-long beach becomes a cosy secluded bay and dishes out some of the most Instagram-worthy sunsets. If you're not the kind to holiday with a selfie stick, Watergate Bay is great for surfing. There's also Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant for the foodies. The South West Coast Path passes through Watergate Bay for hikes to Newquay or the Bedruthan Steps. There are some great accommodation options in the area - including the Watergate Bay Hotel, which overlooks the sea.

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Retallack Resort & Spa


Make Friends at the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe

Get up close with the furry residents at this favourite family-friendly attraction


Close to the seaside town of Looe, The Monkey Sanctuary is a rescue centre with 36 little residents, ranging from cheeky capuchins to grumpy woolly monkeys. Stroll through the wildlife gardens, spy on bats in the Bat Zone, and keep small people entertained in the play area and activity room before a well-deserved cuppa in the Tree Top Café. Experienced keepers are on hand all day to answer any questions and explain the work that goes into caring for the monkeys on a daily basis, and you can even adopt a monkey of your very own.

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Phone: 01503 262 532Email: info@wildfutures.orgFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Treat Yourself to a Massage in a Top Location

Relax at St Michael's overlooking Falmouth Bay


With a prime spot above Falmouth Bay and surrounded by subtropical gardens, St Michael's Hotel & Spa is the kind of place that encourages you to check in and then completely check out. Treat yourself to a massage at the spa (named best in the county at the Cornwall Today Awards 2014) where you'll find relaxation rooms that open directly onto the exotic gardens, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a steam room. After a relaxing treatment, stroll down to the Blue Flag-rated Gyllyngvase beach for a big dose of fresh sea air.

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Phone: 01326 312707Email: info@stmichaelshotel.co.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Go Wild at Camel Creek Adventure Park, near Padstow

A haven of family-friendly rides, giant play areas & animal encounters


Tucked away in the countryside near both Wadebridge and Padstow, Camel Creek makes for a top family day out. Thanks to the brand-new 5D Super Sim Theatre, there's something to do whatever the weather - inside this simulator you can buckle up, get your 3D glasses on and sail away for a pirate adventure on the high seas. Elsewhere there are around 40 rides and attractions, a 40,000-square-foot indoor play area, acres of outdoor play facilities and hundreds of animals.

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Phone: 01841 540276Email: Cornwall.Fun@camelcreek.co.uk Facebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Make Your Way Round the Mining World Heritage Site

Tick off the 10 spots celebrating the area's metal mining heritage


This 20,000-hectare site is spread across 10 separate locations in Cornwall and Devon. Within each area you'll find disused mines alongside terraced cottages, shops, chapels, public buildings and Cornish engine houses - many of which are open to visitors and tell the story of the people that lived there and the industry they worked in. Visitors can also explore the railways, mineral tramways, canals, ports and quays that were developed to serve the mines during the early 19th century. We recommend starting your exploration at Wheal Martyn, a china clay museum and country park where you'll also find nature trails complete with children's woodland play area and an adventure course.

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Phone: 01872 261735Email: visitcornwall@truro.gov.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Go Fishing & Catch Your Dinner

Head out on a Mackerel Bash with Newquay Fishing Trips


The easiest way to sample Cornwall's seafood is to head for one of the innumerable local restaurants, but given how bountiful the supply of fresh fish is here, it'd be a shame not to have a go at catching and cooking your own dinner. To maximise your chances of success, we recommend heading out on a mackerel-fishing trip. Newquay Fishing Trips run a 2-hour Mackerel Bash - during the summer months, you're almost guaranteed to return with your dinner. All you have to do then is fire up the barbecue and grill your catch.

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Take a Dip in the Bude Sea Pool

Free access to this sensational semi-natural amenity


This 91-metre-long saltwater pool was built in the 1930s to provide locals with somewhere safe to swim, and is now one of the UK's last remaining tidal pools. Today, an estimated 60,000 people visit each year. The 24-hour pool is topped up twice a day by the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean, which crashes over the sea walls. RNLI lifeguards are in attendance, but swimmers are advised to visit during low tide. Be warned, the water can be a little chilly, but it's a unique spot to enjoy a free swim.

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The Lugger


Learn to Make Cornish Pasties

Let the 2-time World Pasty Making Champion show you how


Humble yet mighty, the pasty has gone global in recent years. But did you know that this meat-and-veg-filled pastry was popularised in Cornwall during the 17th and 18th centuries by tin miners, who valued its convenience as a complete, easily portable meal that required no cutlery? Nothing beats a freshly made pasty - so do yourself a favour and learn how to make your own. The place to do so is at Aggie Arts in St Agnes. Courses last two-and-a-half hours, during which you'll learn about the folklore of pasties, watch an expert demonstration and then make your very own pasty from scratch - all under the guidance of 2-time World Pasty Making Champion Billy Deakin.

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Marvel at the Minack Theatre near Land's End

Cornwall's world-famous open-air venue is a must - whether you're seeing a play or not


This extraordinary theatre is carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking Porthcurno Bay. At first glance, it looks like something crafted by wandering Greeks about 2,000 years ago. In fact, just under 80 years ago there was nothing here except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the Atlantic Ocean. The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors are also welcome to explore the theatre and subtropical gardens.

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Explore Cardinham Woods near Bodmin

Uncover miles of walking & cycling trails


There are four well-marked walking routes through this Cornish woodland, which is popular with ramblers, cyclists and dog walkers alike. Mountain-bikers have three trails to choose from, with varying degrees of difficulty, and bikes are available for hire at the trail centre (advance booking is required). Families will enjoy the mile-and-a-half Lady Vale track, which is pushchair friendly, and the children's playground next door to the Woods Cafe. Those picnicking may make use of the on-site barbecues free of charge, and there's car parking available for £2 for up to two hours, or £3 for longer.

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Phone: 0300 067 4800Email: westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Visit the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth

15 galleries over 5 floors bring the past, present & future together


Where else in the world can you jump aboard a Viking ship and meet the fearsome warriors, go under the sea without getting wet, learn how to sail, climb a 100ft tower and touch Olympic boats all under one roof?

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Phone: 01326 313388Email: enquiries@nmmc.co.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Tuck Into Top-Notch Pub Fare at The St Tudy Inn near Bodmin

For rustic cooking, local produce & an open fire, look no further


"It looks a bit 'tourists beware', but this might be the best pub cooking I've had in my life," says a 2015 review from The Times about the St Tudy Inn. Head chef Emily Scott's seasonal menu showcases Cornish produce in a rustic but tasty fashion - think langoustines, spinach, purple basil and tomato aioli; pan-roasted chicken with tomatoes and tarragon; or rare roast-beef salad with new potatoes and horseradish cream. Depending on the time of year, you'll want to either relax in front of an open fire with a pint of real ale, or order a glass of wine from the well-priced list and watch the sun set from the rear terrace.

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Phone: 01208 850 656Email: sttudyinn@outlook.comTwitter: Link
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Photo Stop: Chapel Porth

Arrive at dawn to capture this quintessential Cornish beach at its best


Arriving at Chapel Porth at dawn and simply walking along the large expanse of golden sand will make you feel glad to be alive. With the roar of waves breaking on the sand, the breeze from the Atlantic and sea spray in your face, this is one of Cornwall's natural assets at its best. Early morning is also the best time for photos here - even more so if it coincides with a low tide. When the tide's out the rock pools and caves are exposed and the beach seems to stretch for eternity.

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Fowey Hall Hotel


Cycle the Camel Trail

Traffic-free route follows the course of a disused railway line through the Camel Estuary


The Camel Trail follows a former railway line for 18 miles between Wenford Bridge near Bodmin and the foodie hotspot of Padstow. You can walk it, cycle it or cover it on horse-back - whichever way you do, prepare to be wowed by breath-taking views (it's part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and spoiled by a bounty of things to do en route.

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Phone: 0300 1234 202Email: envmanagement@cornwall.gov.uk.
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See the Ruins of Tintagel Castle

Uncover 1,500 years of history & Arthurian legend


This castle, which is a must for families, is in a wonderful location, high on the rugged North Cornwall coast. Tintagel is steeped in legend and mystery; it has a history stretching as far back as the Romans, and is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Kids will love visiting mystical Merlin's Cave down on the beach

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Phone: 01840 770328Email: tintagel.castle@english-heritage.org.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Visit a Working Cider Farm near Truro

Fun for all the family at Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm - for FREE


Healey's boasts a range of award-winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves - all of which you can sample when you visit. It's free to look around the press house, bottlery and jam kitchen; however, to make the most of your visit, we strongly recommend the guided tour which takes you behind closed doors, on a journey through the museum and distillery. Kids will love the trailer ride around the fruit orchards, and meeting the friendly farmyard animals.

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Phone: 01872 573356Email: info@healeyscyder.co.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Play a Round of Golf at Carlyon Bay

Stunning links course with views over St Austell Bay


This 6,597-yard, par-71 course, attached to the 4-star Carlyon Bay Hotel in St Austell, is reckoned by most to be the finest in the county. It has a winning mix of clifftop and parkland holes, with a dramatic Atlantic backdrop. Need any more persuasion? Today's Golfer says, "Clifftop golf courses don't come more spectacular than this."

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Sail up Mylor Creek

Riverside villages, hidden creeks & waterside pubs await


Mylor Creek's love affair with boats dates back some 200 years, to the days when it was a naval dockyard, so it would seem rude not to explore it by water. From April to October, visitors can hire a motorboat, sailing boat or kayak to cruise up the sheltered Fal River. Stop at the 13th-century Pandora Inn, which has its own pontoon, the historic Pendennis Castle, or one of the many pretty beaches along the way. Prices start from £30 per hour for a motorboat or sailboat, and £10 per hour for a kayak, which includes life jackets, plus handling and tidal instructions before you set off. Pre-booking is essential.

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Phone: 01326 377 745Email: info@mylorboathire.co.ukFacebook: Link
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Walk: Porthcurno to Penberth Cove

Fill your lungs with sea air & your boots with dazzling views


Porthcurno, at the tip of Cornwall's southwest coast, is home to a stunning white-sand beach and makes a picturesque setting from which to embark on a 3-mile clifftop walk to Penberth Cove. This scenic route follows part of the South West Coast Path and is moderate in parts (there's one steep climb and descent). You'll pass a WWII bunker, a pretty harbour and an ancient promontory fort. Make time to stop at Pedn Vounder beach (popular with naturists in the summer) and for a refreshing cider at the Logan Rock Inn which dates back to the 16th century.

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Spot Seals, Dolphins & Sharks on a Sea Safari

Join Newquay Sea Safaris & get up close with incredible wildlife


Take a 2-hour boat trip to see the seals, departing from Newquay harbour to Seal Cove. Wild grey seals are often spotted in the harbour and around Towan Headland. The boats have hot drinks stations and toilets on board. Keep an eye out for diving gannets, dolphins and even basking sharks.

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Phone: 01637 850930Email: chris@atlanticdiver.co.ukTwitter: Link
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Carbis Bay Hotel


Visit the Knightor Winery near St Austell

Sup home-grown wine, sample Cornish ales & feast on local fare


The Knightor Winery is set around a pretty courtyard in the Cornish countryside just above St Austell Bay. Take part in a tour and tasting where you can stroll among the vines, learn about the different varieties and how wine is made, and pick up some tips on how to grow your own (from April-October). Alternatively, opt for a tutored tasting in the bar, with small sample measures of the vineyard's own wines, as well as a selection of tipples from around the world. Then soak it all up with a lunch made from simple, seasonal produce using herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden.

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Phone: 01726 851101Email: info@knightor.comFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Eat at Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac

Michelin-starred dining in a beautiful seaside setting


Nathan Outlaw, who you might recognise from the BBC's "Great British Menu" and "Saturday Kitchen", is a big fish in Cornwall. He has two restaurants in Port Isaac, and his flagship Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has two Michelin stars and four AA Rosettes. Outlaw's Fish Kitchen, his rustic harbourfront restaurant, has two AA Rosettes. He also has The Mariners in Rock pub, which overlooks the Camel Estuary. Whether you want the nostalgia of cockles and winkles in an up-to-date dish, or good old-fashioned fish and chips, Nathan Outlaw's restaurants in Cornwall are the place for a fish supper.

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Phone: 01208 880 896Email: RNO@nathan-outlaw.comFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Go Underground at 18th-Century Geevor Tin Mine

Head to Geevor near Land's End & find out about Cornwall's rich industrial past


The Geevor Tin Mine, located in Pendeen and overlooking a stretch of dramatic coastline, is one of the largest preserved mine sites in the country and a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Housed in two acres of listed buildings, Geevor brings the story of Cornwall's rich industrial past to life. As well as an underground tour, you can get hands-on in the interactive Hard Rock museum, explore the abandoned buildings and pan for gems.

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Go Coasteering

Get your heart rate up with a rock-hopping, adrenaline-pumping day out


Coasteering involves clambering along rugged coastlines, cliff-jumping, swell-riding and swimming through caves. There are plenty of places to try it out, including Bude, Newquay, Padstow and Falmouth. One of our favourite operators is Outdoor Adventure in Bude. It's an exciting way to see parts of the coast you wouldn't see any other way and you don't need to be super-fit to give it a go. Most companies offer experiences for all abilities as well as packages for families with young children.

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Take a Photography Course

All levels catered for at the Southwest Photography School near Bodmin


Digital photography courses and workshops available throughout the year for anyone taking a break in Cornwall or living locally. This is an opportunity to spend a few hours honing your skills with local experts. Not only will you improve your photography knowhow, you'll also get some great tips on how to make the most of those Cornish photo opportunities.

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Phone: 01208 831099Email: enquiries@southwestphotographyschool.co.ukFacebook: Link
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Be Amazed by the Eden Project

Check out the world's largest indoor rainforest & much more


Dubbed the "eighth wonder of the world" by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden near St Austell, housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. With a worldwide reputation, Eden barely needs an introduction, but this epic destination definitely deserves a day of your undivided attention. More than just a huge, tropical garden, Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind's dependence on plant life. A range of both indoor and outdoor activities and attractions make this a great all-weather option.

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Have Lunch at the Carbis Bay Beach Club

A taste of the Med & a top-class on-the-beach dining experience near St Ives


Drop into a serene setting of calming whites and Scandi décor with a sea-view backdrop; you can choose between the sofas or dining area to watch the waves roll in. With floor-to-ceiling windows, French doors that open right out on to the private beach and a perfect balance between fish and non-fish dishes, there's something for everyone. The Mediterranean-inspired menu uses only fresh local ingredients, providing a true Cornish food experience.

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Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden, St Ives

A peaceful sanctuary in a busy seaside town


Set in Dame Barbara Hepworth's former home, this museum tells the story of the modernist sculptor's life using paintings, drawings and film. Her garden is a magical hideaway, filled with exotic plants and bronze sculptures, and enclosed within granite walls. Kids are welcome - it's said that Hepworth wasn't precious about her work, and used to have a sign saying "Please do touch". You can also visit Trewyn Studio and her workshops, which are maintained to look just as they did during her lifetime.

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Take a Boat to the Isles of Scilly

Just 35 miles off the coast, but a world away


Quiet, unspoilt and with some of the "finest beaches in the UK" (The Guardian), the Isles of Scilly are a 2-hour, 45-minute boat ride from Penzance. Visiting for the day is pretty reasonable - return fares are from £39.50 per adult - and overnight tickets start at £90. The boat docks in St Mary's, the largest of the five inhabited islands, but the others are worth exploring. Tresco is home to the Abbey Gardens (£12 entry for adults, children go free), the Scillies' most famous attraction, and there are seal snorkelling trips available from St Martin's.

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Check out the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

The only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall


The Seal Sanctuary in Gweek takes care of stray, sick and injured seal pups rescued from around the Cornish coast. There's a lot to see and do here - you can meet the sanctuary's seals, sea lions, otters, penguins, ponies, goats and sheep, and watch as the animals are fed; visit the seal rescue hospital and learn about the sanctuary's different species at the interactive rockpool. Or, if the kids just want to run around, you can take them to the Pirate Bay play area which is shaped like a galleon and features a ship wheel, slides, climbing frames and an obstacle course. The sanctuary is also doggy friendly (as long as you keep them on the lead).

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Phone: 01326 221361Email: slcgweek@merlinentertainments.bizFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Visit Tate St Ives

Stunning location, a stone's throw from Porthmeor Beach


Tate St Ives opened in 1993 to celebrate the rich history of modern art in St Ives. Today that history continues to inspire its seasonal exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art, presented within the gallery's dramatic spaces with breath-taking views of the beach. Please note: Tate St Ives will be temporarily closed until 31 March, 2017. The Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden and Tate St Ives temporary Visitor Centre remain open daily.

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Share a Seafood Platter at Rick Stein's in Porthleven

Dine harbourside on dishes created by the celebrity chef himself


Having already staked his claim on Cornwall's north coast (Rick Stein owns restaurants, hotels and a cookery school in Padstow), the celebrity chef has opened an outpost in Porthleven. Head here to sample dishes inspired by his travels throughout Southeast Asia (grilled hake with laksa noodles, Singapore chilli crab) and soak up views of the pretty harbour. The characterful building was once used to load ships with china clay and the modern rework features striking light installations and local artwork.

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The Falmouth Hotel


Photo Stop: Sennen Cove

Capture a beautiful bay with golden sands & Atlantic surf


The village of Sennen Cove, near Land's End, sits at the southern end of the wide expanse of Whitesand Bay, which has some idyllic beaches and stunning clifftop walks. For one of the best views, follow the South West Coast Path that rises up behind Sennen Cove towards Land's End, and you'll be rewarded with views across the bay towards Cape Cornwall and the small islands known as The Brisons. Visit in late afternoon on a clear day and this stretch of coastline will be bathed in a glorious light.

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Explore the Island World of St Michael's Mount

Discover legend, myth & over a thousand years of history


Stroll across the granite causeway where a legendary giant once walked and follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat-hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history, discover a medieval castle, a subtropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home. Listen to live music on the village green and tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft Restaurant.

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Riverside Dining at the Ferryboat Inn near Falmouth

Where the oysters come from beds you can almost see from your table


The Ferryboat Inn proudly champions a "sea to plate" philosophy - that means their oysters and shellfish are grown and harvested at the historic Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm (a short boat-ride up-river from the pub), and fish, crabs and lobsters come from local boats. It's all about seasonal, local produce here. The views aren't bad either - the inn sits right on the north bank of the Helford River with a little beach directly in front. We recommend combining your visit with a trip to nearby Trebah Garden.

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Visit Wheal Martyn Country Park

Find out about the china clay industry & explore the grounds


Wheal Martyn's big draw is its status as a former epicentre of Cornwall's billion-pound china clay mining industry. However, there's more to it than that. Set in 26 acres of grounds in the historic Ruddle Valley near St Austell, this museum and country park packs in woodland walks and nature trails, an interactive discovery centre, a children's challenge trail and play area, exhibitions and displays, and vintage commercial vehicles.

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Spend a Day at Lanhydrock

Sprawling estate with a country house, gardens & cycle trails


We recommend you set aside a whole day to really make the most of Lanhydrock estate. At this sprawling National Trust site you'll find a magnificent late-Victorian country house set in 1,000 acres of wooded parkland. Aside from the house itself (which has 50 rooms to explore), there are expertly manicured gardens to stroll around (you're welcome to picnic on the lawns or at the picnic benches) and miles of cycle trails to speed down (cycle hire available on site), an adventure play area and the Park Café.

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Phone: 01208 265 950Email: lanhydrock@nationaltrust.org.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Hire a Segway

Tour a country estate or go off-roading at a space science park


Head out on two wheels with Cornwall Segway and explore the region's great outdoors. The Segway specialists offer two excursions depending on your level of adventure: one around the serene Clowance Estate, which features an 18th-century manor house and a lake, and another at the Goonhilly Earth Station, a space science park near Helston with a "bone shaker" track. You'll be fitted with safety gear and receive full training with the option to go off-roading at either site.

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Take the Kids Rockpooling

Free family fun discovering creatures along the shoreline


Lurid long tentacles, snapping crabs and transparent prawns. Discover a whole new bunch of creatures along the shoreline as you check out the fascinating marine life that inhabits Cornwall's rockpools. At first the pools might look empty, but keep still and beneath the water the marine life will soon spring into action. There are endless places to do this, but we particularly like Treyarnon Bay near Padstow, a wide open bay where at low tide huge rock pools are revealed.

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Phone: 01872 261735Email: visitcornwall@truro.gov.uk
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Walk: Wheal Coates

An easy route taking in one of Cornwall's most iconic sights


Beginning at Chapel Porth car park, this 2.6-mile walk, taking in one of Cornwall's most iconic former mines, has a gentle climb but is mostly easy-going. The mining ruins are spectacularly sited on red, heather-clad cliffs overlooking Chapel Porth beach. At low tide you'll be able to explore the long sandy beach and do a spot of rockpooling. When you're done, we suggest you make your way into the village of St Agnes for a well-deserved pub lunch.

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Phone: 01752 896237Email: hello@southwestcoastpath.org.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Spend the Day on a Working Dairy Farm

Sample traditional Cornish ice cream at Roskilly's on The Lizard Peninsula


Hidden down a winding lane is Roskilly's, a working farm set in a patchwork of meadows. Make friends with the calves, goats and chickens or watch the daily milking of the cows from 4.30-6.30pm, and learn how Roskilly's have perfected their organic ice cream recipe. The parlour serves plenty of award-winning flavours, as well as sorbets and frozen yoghurt. There's a restaurant on site, and 20 acres of surrounding countryside to explore. Be sure to see the Old Withy Woods, the ponds and the orchard, where the pigs lay in wait of falling apples.

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Pentire Hotel


Take a Stroll Through Subtropical Trebah Garden

Situated near Falmouth, the gardens boast a picturesque coastal backdrop


Trebah Garden is a uniquely beautiful, 25-acre subtropical ravine garden that descends to its own beach on the beautiful Helford River. It is the wild and magical result of 160 years of inspired and dedicated creation. The natural spring at the top of the garden drops 10ft into the Koi Pool and cascades through drifts of brightly coloured waterside plantings. Mediterranean and southern hemisphere plants intermingle with Trebah's groves of huge Australian tree ferns and palms.

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Head to the UK Mainland's Most Southerly Point

The Lizard Peninsula boasts an abundance of history, wildlife & stunning views


Feared by generations of sailors, Lizard Point is a wild and beautiful place, with a famous white lighthouse and dramatic cliffs. The most southerly point of the British mainland, it sits at the end of the Lizard Peninsula. You can follow the South West Coast Path around the peninsula to discover small coves, including Poldhu, from where the first transatlantic radio messages were transmitted in 1901. Gunwalloe, Mullion and Porthleven also have some pretty beaches. While on the trail try to spot one of England's rarest breeding birds, the Cornish chough, before finishing the day listening to sea shanties in the Cadgwith Cove Inn.

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Visit an Art Gallery

See work by the many artists inspired by Cornwall's rugged beauty


The beauty of the landscape, and a unique quality of light resulting from the county being surrounded by sea, have helped make Cornwall popular with artists. You'll find art galleries all over Cornwall. Perhaps the best place to start is St Ives, a town famous for its artist community and home to venues including Tate St Ives. There's also the Barbara Hepworth Museum, where you'll see the artist's sculptures in bronze, stone and wood. Other galleries around the county include Newlyn Art Gallery, The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, and Falmouth Art Gallery.

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Photo Stop: Porthcurno Beach

Where a beautiful sandy beach slopes down into turquoise waters


A few miles from Land's End, the village of Porthcurno was where the undersea telegraph cables connecting Britain to its empire came ashore. Start with a trip to the Telegraph Museum to find out more, before following the road down through the village to Porthcurno's beach - a lovely wedge of sand that slopes into a turquoise sea. Turn right and climb the South West Coast Path for the best shots of the bay. You'll also reach another local attraction, the Minack Theatre, which is built into the cliffs. Catch a performance, or just pop in to look around, and you'll be guaranteed some amazing photos.

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Polurrian Bay Hotel


Eat at the 13th-Century Pandora Inn, Mylor Bridge

Award-winning historic pub with a knockout waterfront setting


This waterfront inn at Mylor Bridge has changed little since it was established in the 13th century. With its flagstone floors, low-beamed ceilings, thatched roof and the Pandora Pontoon jutting out in front, the place oozes charm and character. Fortunately the food is equally memorable, with a focus on fresh, local produce, alongside an extensive wine list and real ales from the St Austell Brewery. A worthy winner of the Pub of the Year Gold Award at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2014/15.

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Phone: 01326 372678Email: info@pandorainn.comFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Discover Cotehele's Tudor Manor & Grounds

Explore 1,300 acres of formal gardens, orchards & wooded pathways


This National Trust estate is in the Tamar Valley, near Calstock and the border with Devon. Pop into the stone manor house to see the tapestries, suits of armour and oak furniture, before exploring the gardens and surrounding countryside. Other must-sees include the Victorian watermill (visit on Thursday or Sunday to watch flour being milled) and the Shamrock, a restored sailing barge that's moored at Cotehele Quay - on select July-September dates you can even take a 2-hour boat trip up the river.

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Phone: 01579 351346Email: cotehele@nationaltrust.org.ukFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Stop off at St Nectans Glen

This riverside spot is home to a 60-foot waterfall, a hermitage, animals, birds & plants


St Nectans Glen is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed. If you stroll through the woodland, along the riverside, then you'll reach a point where the River Trevillet has carved its way through a cliff, resulting in a spectacular 60-foot waterfall. These cascading falls may be the star of this show, but you should also check out the array of animals and birds that live here. The area's also been appointed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), due to its rare foliage.

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Have Cornish Cream Tea at the Fowey Hall Hotel

The ultimate location for the quintessential sweet treat


Do you know the difference between a Cornish and a Devonshire cream tea? It's a subtle, but to many, crucial point - in Devon, the clotted cream goes on the scone first, followed by jam; in Cornwall it's jam then cream. So now that you know the etiquette, where best to enjoy this afternoon treat? For our money it's hard to beat the Fowey Hall Hotel. This place, which was reputedly the inspiration for Toad Hall, sits majestically on a bluff overlooking this charming sailing town on the south coast of Cornwall. If you can bag a table on the terrace, so much the better.

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Explore Padstow Harbour

A great family day out & a popular foodie pilgrimage


Leave the car by the harbour and stroll along to Stein's Fish and Chips. You can eat crispy beer-battered cod by the harbour's edge, and watch fishing boats navigate the Camel Estuary. With crumbly Roly's Fudge and colourful Cornish ice creams in shop windows, as well as some of the best pasties around, you will see how Padstow has earned its reputation as a foodie hotspot. Head to the harbour at twilight when the boats have been moored for the day; Stein's Seafood Restaurant and Paul Ainsworth at No 6 are renowned gourmet haunts, but head to Rojano's In The Square for authentic pizzas and punchy cocktails.

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Eat Fresh Seafood at The Fish House Fistral

The finest, freshest produce in relaxed beachside surroundings


Situated right on Britain's most famous surfing beach, The Fish House is a small, cosy restaurant. The menu is chock-full of dishes that make use of local food, with fish and shellfish straight from Newquay harbour. Owner and head chef Paul has lived in Cornwall for 25 years and is passionate about seafood, having learned his skills working with Rick Stein for 14 years in Padstow.

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Soak up Some Culture at the Royal Cornwall Museum

A Truro treasure trove of art, history & archaeology


Truro's Royal Cornwall Museum features Ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, as well as art, natural history and Cornish archaeology collections. There's also a mineral collection showcasing Cornwall's mining and engineering history, and a library of rare books and manuscripts focusing on Cornish culture. For kids, there's dressing up and hands-on exhibits, with free entrance for under-16s.

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Photo Stop: Kynance Cove, West Side of The Lizard

Probably the most photographed & painted location in Cornwall


There's a steep 10-15-minute walk down to the cove but that doesn't stop visitors who head to the beach for a family day out, a romantic stroll along the sand or to photograph the moment when the sunlight falls on the sea turns and turns it a brilliant turquoise colour.

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Take a Dip in the Oasis Fun Pools, Newquay

Fun for all, come rain or shine


Oasis Fun Pools in Newquay has two options - an outside pool so you can enjoy the sunshine and an indoor pool, just in case the weather isn't on your side. There's a children's fun slide, the spring - where you can snorkel - and the relaxing fountains and waterfalls. However, thrill-seekers and older children also have plenty to keep them entertained, in the form of a river-rapid ride, a water cannon and water flumes. Open daily from 11am-6pm.

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Walk: Hawker's Hut Route

Take a clifftop stroll to the National Trust's smallest property


This gentle circular route, suitable for most abilities, packs in plenty. Over the course of a mile or so, you'll amble through meadows and pass a Norman church en route to Hawker's Hut. This tiny clifftop retreat was constructed from driftwood by the eccentric reverend and poet, Robert Hawker, in the 1800s. Apparently he spent many hours here writing poetry, smoking opium and, one assumes, admiring the views of the mighty North Cornwall coastline. Conveniently, the start and finish point is the Rectory Farm Tea Rooms, so you can reward yourself with a cuppa.

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Kayak Around the Cornish Coast

What better way to explore Cornwall's coastline than by paddle power?


Take to the water in a kayak for a spot of sea-level sightseeing. Cornwall has almost 300 miles of coastline to explore and there are picturesque pit stops aplenty. Top destinations include Port Isaac Bay on Cornwall's rugged north coast where you can paddle past fishing villages and secluded coves, and the Roseland Peninsula on the calm south coast, where the deserted beaches are sheltered from the south-westerly winds. Join a guided group excursion to stay safe in the water.

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Get Stuck in at Muddy Beach near Falmouth

Tuck into great food, overlooking the bobbing sailing boats on the Penryn River


Become part of the family at Muddy Beach restaurant, where friendly service is the order of the day. Everyone is welcome at this harbourfront location, including the family dog. Aside from the panoramic views, you can expect seafood classics with a modern twist and Scandinavian-style interior. The tapas night (6-9pm on Thursdays) is very popular.

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Go on a Guided Tour of Looe Island

Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust on a trip to this pristine nature reserve off the south coast


Cornwall Wildlife Trust look after 57 nature reserves, covering over 5,500 acres, that give refuge to rare and endangered species. One of those locations is Looe Island, and between Easter and September, you can join a trip to this remote spot, where you'll see a host of nesting birds and possibly grey seals. The trip (aboard the excellently named Moonraker) takes about 20 minutes - once you're there, we recommend spending a little extra on the guided walk. It's well worth it and the money goes to a great cause.

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Treat Yourself to a Spa Treatment at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa

Top-notch spa facilities & 2 award-winning restaurants... yes please


Holidays are all about treating yourself and escaping from reality. And Bedruthan Hotel & Spa offers exactly that; it has a spa with a giant hydropool, four treatment rooms, a cedar wood sauna, a eucalyptus steam room and a lavender caldarium. Spa packages range from 30-minute massages to an hour-long Spa Garden Experience, including a dry salt scrub, a scented garden and a wet-scrub with oils, seaweed and salt. If you're a guest here and you're feeling extra lazy, in-room spa treatments are also an option.

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Meet Amazing Species at Newquay Zoo

Get close to over 1,000 of the world's rarest & most endangered animals


Up-close animal encounters give you the chance to meet some of the zoo's most popular residents and learn all about them from their dedicated keepers. You can see carnivore feeding, and help feed the penguins and meerkats yourself. There are also African lions and a huge variety of other unusual species. The Tropical House is an amazing and atmospheric exhibit where you can see skinks, poison dart frogs and beautiful birds from around the world.

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Visit the Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno

Discover the roots of modern communication


This fascinating museum will transport you to another time and place through interactive exhibits, immersive displays and live talks. Here you can press Morse code keys, hear dot-dash-dotting, lose yourself in a whistle-stop timeline of dynamic discovery and go underground in secret World War II tunnels.

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Forage for Wild Food with Expert Rachel Lambert

Learn how to source ingredients from hedgerows, fields & the seashore


Rachel Lambert (author of Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and who has also featured in The Daily Telegraph and The Independent on Sunday) has been teaching foraging and running wild food courses since 2007. Whether you're experienced or a keen novice, and you fancy a treasure hunt with a difference, Rachel can give you tips on sourcing the best herbs, berries, seeds, flowers, leaves and seaweeds, with lots of recipe suggestions too. Wild ingredients can be used for cooking and for health benefits.

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Photo Stop: St Ives

Find out why this Cornish town is so popular with photographers


St Ives has long been a magnet for arty types, and it's no wonder. The town has attracted a collection of artists for hundreds of years, particularly after World War II, when many of the world's leading modern artists flocked there to make the most of the impressive light. Today, it still draws painters and photographers in droves. Photographer Constance Morris, who grew up in St Ives, attributes this to the town's natural assets. "There are no high-rise buildings in St Ives and little pollution, so the air is completely clean. And the sea is so lightly coloured that the light is reflected beautifully," she says. The cobbled streets, golden beaches and boats bobbing in the harbour all help, of course.

Recommended by Photographer Constance Morris.

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Take a Tour of a True Cornish Brewery

Taste St Austell's award-winning beers & ales


Step into St Austell Brewery's newly refurbished Visitor's Centre and experience the secrets behind the 160-year-old brewing process. Learn how the brewery helped with the war effort and even find yourself handling the oldest steam brewing machinery. The brewing experience is open 9am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday. Tours include samples throughout, plus a free pint in Hick's bar.

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Boscundle Manor


Walk: Bodmin Moor

Open moorland, granite tors & legends of a mythical beast


At some 200 square kilometres, this vast expanse of rugged moorland is an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sliced in two by the A30, which runs between Launceston and Bodmin, the upland is dominated by granite tors and grazed by moorland ponies. It's home to Cornwall's two highest peaks, Rough Tor and Brown Willy, which you can loop round in a 5-mile circular walk. For the last 30 odd years, legends of the Beast of Bodmin have abounded following numerous reported sightings of a large panther-like creature and spates of dead livestock - though its existence has never been proved.

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Catch a Film at the Plaza Cinema, Truro

If you really have to spend some time indoors, it may as well be here


In an ideal world we wouldn't be advising anyone to spend their time in Cornwall sitting in a cinema. But being realistic, it's just possible that not every day will bring bucket-and-spade weather. If you do need to shelter from the elements for a couple of hours, do so at the Plaza in Truro. With five state-of-the-art screens housed in a historic art deco building, it was voted Best Cinema at the 2014 What's On Cornwall Awards. BBC film critic and Plaza patron, Mark Kermode, is a regular visitor and occasionally hosts 35mm screenings here. At which point we should probably say hello to Jason Isaacs.

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Be Spellbound by the Museum of Witchcraft

The world's largest tribute to Wicca, witchcraft & magic


Set by the harbour in the village of Boscastle on the north coast of Cornwall, The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic features exhibitions and events celebrating European witchcraft, including folk magic and Wicca (a form of Pagan witchcraft). Its collection of 7,000 books and 3,000 artefacts is said to be the biggest in the world. Plan ahead to visit the museum by candlelight, attend a witchcraft workshop or sample the annual All Hallow's Eve Dark Gathering, which features a lantern procession, as well as Morris and fire dancing.

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Open-Air Feast Nights at Hidden Hut

Make the most of summer at this rustic outdoor beach cafe just outside Portscatho


This is a real gem, tucked away on Porthcurnick Beach just south of Truro. During the day, the hut serves a small menu of simple freshly made seasonal refreshments. No need to book, just turn up and enjoy. All items can easily be packed to take away onto the beach. In the summer months, it plays host to pop-up feast nights, and is a unique and exciting food venue. It's a great place to eat and unwind in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Bedruthan Hotel & Spa


Meet the Birds at Screech Owl Sanctuary

Learn about owl conservation & get a close look at a variety of bird species


The Screech Owl Sanctuary looks after wild, sick and injured owls. The centre aims to release the owls into the wild once they've recovered. However, if they can't go back to their natural habitat then the sanctuary provides a safe, lifelong refuge for them. Here you'll get the opportunity to meet owls and learn about their conservation. The sanctuary hosts talks throughout the day and visitors even get to stroke the owls. You'll meet owls from Britain, Europe, Asia, America, New Zealand and India, as well as other wildlife including raccoons, meerkats, ponies, emus and goats.

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Phone: 01726 860182Email: cscreech1@btinternet.comFacebook: LinkTwitter: Link
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Visit one of Cornwall's 8 Blue Flag Beaches

Kick back on an award-winning stretch of coastline


Cornwall is blessed with a bevy of beautiful beaches and no fewer than eight have been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag. Find your perfect patch by beach-hopping your way around the region. St Ives is home to three award-winners: Porthminster with its tropical palm trees and views of Godrevy Lighthouse; Carbis Bay, a safe bathing spot surrounded by tropical plants, and Porthmeor, which sits in the shadow of Tate St Ives. Porthtowan and Polzeath are top picks for surfers or you can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding at Gyllyngvase in Falmouth. Families flock to Widemouth Bay in Bude for its wide open bay and giant rock pools.

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Flambards Theme Park

Thrilling rides & indoor attractions at this Helston family favourite


A genuine all-weather attraction, at Flambards in Helston you can brave the rides, let the kids loose in the covered soft-play area, discover dinosaurs in the Jurassic Journey attraction and uncover fossils in the Dino Dig. Indoor attractions include a life-size Victorian village and a Britain in the Blitz experience.

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Cider & Wine Tasting at Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard

Take a tour & sample some artisan Cornish cider


This award-winning vineyard in Penzance was set up by former fish merchants Kim and John Coulson, who gave up their day jobs and took over a run-down farm in 2006. The result was Polgoon, which now produces a range of wines, ciders and juices. Visitors can take a tour of the vineyard, stroll among the vines learning about the different varieties and gain an understanding of a working vineyard and orchard.

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Fill Up & Feel Good at Fifteen Cornwall

Jamie's non-profit restaurant dishes up top nosh & life chances


It's been 14 years since Jamie's Kitchen hit our screens, giving 15 disadvantaged youths a chance to work for Jamie's new London restaurant, Fifteen. The Cornish outpost opened in 2006, keeping the same ethos: changing the lives of young people through food. With cool interiors, mixing industrial chic and street art, Fifteen Cornwall feels very Jamie, but it's the clifftop position in Watergate Bay that really makes it special. The food doesn't disappoint either: Cornwall's best produce cooked with Jamie's Italian twist. Our tip? Go there for a romantic lunch and ask for one of the tables overlooking the sea.

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Photo Stop: Doc Martin's Port Isaac

This seaside village is more than just a TV set


If you watch "Doc Martin" - the television series starring Martin Clunes - then you'll be familiar with Port Isaac, which provides the show's backdrop. Fans will want to get a picture outside Fern Cottage - the location of Doctor Ellingham's surgery. You'll also want to snap St Nonna's Church, where poor Doc was jilted at the altar. However, even if you're not a fan of the show, there are lots of images to capture in this seaside village. We'd recommend a trip to the medieval fishing harbour, which is surrounded by cobbled cottages. Doyden Castle - a historic fortress on the edge of a cliff - is also around 10 minutes' drive away in Port Quin, and we think it's worth the trip for the views alone.

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Learn to Surf on the North Coast

Harlyn Bay is the perfect spot for beginners


Harlyn Bay, a sheltered crescent-shaped beach near Padstow, is recognised as one of the safest beaches in Cornwall. Surfing is the traditional Cornish pastime of course, but in this location you can try your hand at all manner of watersports including coasteering, stand-up paddleboarding and sea kayaking.

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Take a Tour of Pencarrow House & Gardens

Beautiful estate hidden away in the countryside near Bodmin


This estate, comprising a 50-room Georgian mansion and 50 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland, makes for a fascinating outing. The estate boasts a superb collection of antique furniture, paintings and porcelain. No less stunning is the approach to Pencarrow via a mile-long carriage drive through an Iron Age hill fort. The gardens are home to more than 700 varieties of rhododendrons and many camellias, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths. Note: closed on Friday and Saturday. Kids go free.

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Look for the 'Lady of the Lake' on Bodmin Moor

Mysterious Dozmary Pool is said to be the resting place of Arthur's sword, Excalibur


Cornwall has many links with Arthurian legend, and while Tintagel Castle on the north coast is perhaps the most famous of all the folkloric landmarks, Dozmary Pool on Bodmin Moor also holds a special appeal. The lake, which occupies an eerie and atmospheric setting high on the moor, is said to be the location of the Lady of the Lake and the final resting place of Arthur's trusty sword, Excalibur. Dozmary was long reckoned to be bottomless - sadly, the lake is now only a few feet deep and gradually drying up, so see it while you still can! The pool is reached off a minor road from the A30 near the Jamaica Inn in Bolventor.

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Solve Clues & See the Sights on a Cornish Treasure Trail

Choose from over 60 trails throughout Cornwall, download a map & off you go


Looking for something different to do with the family? Try a Treasure Trail, whereby you get to solve a mystery and learn about the area around you at the same time. First stop is the Treasure Trails website (see link below), where you select your mission (choose from Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt or Spy Mission themes at more than 60 locations) and download your map. You then set off on your route, following clues to solve problems along the way. Trails cost £6.99 each (one Trail is suitable for a group of 4-5 people).

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Go Behind Bars at Bodmin Jail

Make a (temporary) stop at this infamous disused prison


There has been a prison on the outskirts of Bodmin since 1779 and it once had the dubious reputation as one of Britain's most brutal jails. It was the first to house inmates in individual cells, public executions took place here until 1862 and it is said to be haunted. Nowadays, it's a museum - visitors can venture within the damp stone walls to experience tales of former inmates' crimes, daily life and punishment in exhibits that span several floors. Back by the entrance, there's a restaurant and licensed bar and on select evenings there are special ghost-hunting nights that run until 4am.

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Uncover Glendurgan Garden

Explore a subtropical paradise near Falmouth


This waterside garden, run by the National Trust, dates back to 1820 and is one of the 12 Great Gardens of Cornwall. Set across three sheltered valleys, the garden's warm climate means that there is something in bloom every season, including the exotic Japanese loquat and weeping Mexican cypress. Children will enjoy getting lost in the 176-year-old laurel maze or playing on the Giant's Stride swing. A short walk downhill brings you to a sheltered beach on the Helford River, or to the unspoilt hamlet of Durgan. There's an on-site tea room and all day parking is £2 for non members.

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Eat at the Godolphin Arms, in the Shadow of St Michael's Mount

A fabulous restaurant with one of the westcountry's finest views


A view like this demands appropriately show-stopping food to go with it and the Godolphin delivers. They serve breakfast from 8am ( it has to be a full Cornish) and an all-day dining menu that includes platters to share, Newlyn crab sandwiches, classic fish and chips and homemade burgers. The daily specials menu includes freshly caught fish and dishes that showcase quality seasonal Cornish produce.

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Bounce on the Blob at Adrenalin Quarry

Just one of the many wild activities on offer at this Liskeard adventure centre


At Adrenalin Quarry, near Liskeard, you can sample The Blob - an inflatable human catapult that looks like a giant pillowcase floating on the water. You jump onto the tube and are fired off it into the air (and then the lake) when your friend jumps on behind you. They also have a giant swing that plunges you towards the lake from 160 feet up, axe throwing, and a 50m-high zipline across the sheer cliffs of the old flooded quarry, which you can hurtle along at up to 40 miles per hour. Children are welcome.

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Photo Stop: Head to Land's End for 3 Shots in 1

Capture cliffs, islets and islands at England's most southwesterly point


Visit England's most southwesterly point and capture the granite cliffs that rise out of the Atlantic Ocean and range between 61 and 122 metres in height. From Land's End you'll also be able to snap The Longships - a collection of rocky islets about a mile offshore. The Longships Lighthouse stands defiantly, 39 feet above water level, on Carn Bras - the tallest of the islets. On a clear day you'll be able to see as far as the Isles of Scilly.

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Grab a Cup of Cornwall's Finest Coffee

Head to 108 Coffee in Truro for the county's best brew


In central Truro, the independent 108 Coffee House serves ethically sourced artisan coffee, alongside sandwiches and homemade delights such as Guinness cake and banana and pecan flapjacks. It claims to be Truro's first speciality coffee shop and was started by married couple Michelle and Paul, after they were inspired by their time in Sydney (where the coffee obsession knows no bounds). This is a relaxed place to sit back with a newspaper, make use of the free Wi-Fi, or chat to the friendly staff. Dogs are welcome.

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Head to Philps of Hayle for Cornwall's Best Pasty

Renowned makers of award-winning comfort food


As you might expect, there are no end of top-quality pasties available throughout Cornwall. But if you're looking for the very best, you should start by sampling the produce at family-run pasty purveyor, Philps of Hayle (near St Ives). Readers of local paper The Cornishman rated theirs as the finest pasties in the county and we're not about to dispute that. Other options include Warrens Bakery in St Just and Rowe's of Falmouth, both of which sell top-class fare as well.

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Visit Henry VIII's Coastal Fortress

See & Hear History at Pendennis Castle


Pendennis Castle is an artillery fort on Pendennis Point that was built by Henry VIII to protect England from invasion. The castle offers free guided tours throughout the day that last around 45 minutes. You'll be able to explore different parts of the castle, including a Tudor gun deck, the castle governor's bedroom and a World War I guard house. There are 37 working guns on display and at midday you'll hear one of them fired - it could be a World War II 25-pounder, an American-built Howitzer or an 18-pound Blomefield.

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Walk: from Tintagel to Port Isaac

Hike the undulating coastline through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Set off from Tintagel by the castle ruins, and St Materiana's Norman church is one of the first things that you'll see on this easy stretch of path. Be warned though: the trail between Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac is tough - climbing and descending steep, sloping clifftops - but the panoramic views ensure that it's worth the effort. Port Isaac is a welcome sight after the 9-mile walk across the rugged coastline, so be sure to stop in a harbour-side pub for a refreshing Cornish tipple.

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Peek Beneath the Waves at Blue Reef Aquarium

Great family attraction on Towan Beach in Newquay


Go on a dazzling undersea safari through the oceans of the world, from the local Cornish coast to the stunning beauty of far-flung tropical reefs. More than 40 innovative displays vividly bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the sea, whilst regular feeding displays, rockpool workshops and informative talks provide a fun and fascinating day out. Visitors can enjoy the closest of undersea encounters with amazing aquatic life including seahorses, giant octopus, pulsating jellyfish and fierce piranha.

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Caerhays Castle & Gardens

The perfect combination of country & coast


This beautiful estate, which overlooks Porthluney Cove on the south coast between Truro and St Austell, is open to the public from mid-February to mid-June. Visitors can take a guided tour of the castle, or explore 120 acres of beautiful woodland gardens famed for their incredible magnolias. The icing on the cake is Caerhays Beach, which lies a short stroll south of the castle itself.

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Meet the Animals at Paradise Park & Jungle Barn near St Ives

Tropical birds & exotic animals abound at this family attraction


This family favourite in Hayle has an all-weather indoor play centre, plus over 650 birds and animals to see around the park grounds. Among the residents you'll encounter are tropical birds, otters, red pandas and red squirrels. It's perfect for animal-lovers, garden-lovers and is great for energetic young children. There are daily feeding times and flying displays with eagles, owls and parrots, and the Jungle Barn also has four wildlife-themed rooms that are great for birthday parties.

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Photo Stop: Holywell Bay

Sweeping coastline, stepped pools & a 100-year-old shipwreck


Most people are drawn to this National Trust site to capture pictures of the pools, which have a creamy-white outline due to mineral deposits in the water. The cave is also unusual in appearance - with speckles of red, green and blue on the walls. If you decide to take a look, then make sure that the tide is low, never explore alone, take a torch and be careful on the steps. The other sight to capture during low tide is the remains of The Franci. This Argentinian ship was carrying a cargo of coal when it was wrecked just off the coast in 1917. Although the majority of the ship was subsequently removed, some parts still remain.

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Learn to Cook Like a Local

Get schooled in baking, seafood cookery, foraging & BBQ techniques


Philleigh Way Cookery School is a family affair, run by brothers-in-law James Martin (not that one) and chef George Pascoe, who have turned many of their grandmother's recipes into a range of courses for aspiring foodies. Try your hand at foraging, pig butchery, shellfish cookery, bread-making, vegetarian cooking and much more. Groups are small, with a maximum of eight participants, and prices start at £50 per person. For those who don't want to get their hands dirty, there are also dinner events in the summer, featuring locally sourced beef, fish or shellfish cooked on an Argentinian grill.

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Walk: Levant Mine to St Ives

Blow away the cobwebs with a ramble along dramatic coastline


This stretch of coastal path is where you'll find the real Cornwall - dramatic views, hidden beaches and secluded coves, with those iconic high cliffs and a blue-green sea as the backdrop. Look out for the tin mines dotted along the path, and look up to spot Cornish choughs circling above. Sturdy walking boots are a must and there are several companies that will transport your luggage along the route. Beach stops are plentiful - we like Boat Cove close to Pendeen Lighthouse, sandy Portheras Cove and pebbly Porthmeor, which is down a steep cliff but worth it for the seclusion at the bottom.

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Photo Stop: Merry Maidens Stone Circle

Head to Boleigh for one of Cornwall's best-loved ancient sites


One night a group of maidens heard the distant sound of pipers and began dancing in a field. They were stuck by a lightning bolt and turned into stone, as punishment for dancing on the Sabbath. Or so the legend goes. This circle of 19 granite megaliths on the Land's End Peninsula is actually thought to date back to Neolithic times, and is one of Cornwall's best-preserved ancient sites. Head there at sunrise or sunset for the most eerie and dramatic photos. The Merry Maidens is on the B3315, just west of the small settlement of Boleigh - where you'll also find a pair of standing stones known as The Pipers.

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Dive into the Jubilee Pool, Penzance

One of the few remaining 1930s lidos in the country


Jutting out into Mount's Bay on the seafront in Penzance, the Jubilee Pool is one of Cornwall's most iconic landmarks. With its sweeping art deco curves and bright blue-and-white modernist lines, it would be easy to believe it's perched on the edge of the Mediterranean. Open 10:30am-6pm (until 8pm on Tuesdays) from late May to mid September.

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Sample Cornish Wine near the Camel River

Tour the award-winning Camel Valley vineyard


For exquisite English wine, look no further than the family-run Camel Valley vineyard near Bodmin - their bubbly has won some of the top industry awards, including a gold medal at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2016, and their Classic Cuvée was named on the Sunday Express's list of The Best Fizz from England this summer. Sign up for an hour-long guided tour of the winery and vineyard and get a glass of wine included (2:30pm, Monday-Friday, 25 March-30 September).

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