What to do in Cornwall this Summer

Summer’s here and there is so much going on in Cornwall. Choose from food festivals, music events, summer sports and fruit picking. Here’s our top 10 suggestions, what will you do in Cornwall this summer?

1. Go to as many food festivals as you can


Cornwall produces some of the best food and drink in the UK. From seafood, to cheese, from cream to cider, there really is so much to choose from. We like to celebrate this by hosting food festivals all over the county. Below are some of the food festivals happening this summer:
–       Rock Oyster Festival 21st – 23rd June
–       Looe Festival of Food and Drink 29th – 30th June
–       Newquay Fish Festival 6th – 8th September
–       Cornwall Food and Drink Festival 27th – 29th September

For more information on festivals in and around Cornwall have a look at our ‘Top Ten Cornish Festivals‘ blog post.

2. Unwind at Eden Sessions


Eden Sessions have some great acts playing this year, all of whom are slightly more mellow then a full blown music festival. The intimate, outdoor arena, framed by the imposing biomes is the perfect place to watch your favourite band. Check out who’s on:
–       Kaiser Chiefs 29th June
–       Sigur Ross 30th June
–       The XX 2nd July

Tickets are still available.

3. Sip Champagne at a regatta

Watch classic wooden hulled yachts, dinghies, pilot gigs and other classic and vintage boats create a spectacle on the water whilst relaxing on land in the sun (sun not guaranteed).
–       Falmouth Classics Regatta 14th – 16th June
–       Looe Luggar Regatta 14th – 16th June
–       Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival 15th – 16th June

4. Fulfil your horse-riding dream


We’ve all said it when we’ve seen someone horse-riding on the beach, ‘I’d love to try that’, well in Cornwall you can! Choose from several stables in Cornwall.

Reen Manor, Peranporth
Newton Equestrian, Mullion

5. Dive into watersports


There is nothing more exhilarating then being thrashed around by the thundering waves whilst you attempt to surf. No, really there isn’t. After an afternoon’s surf lesson with the Extreme Academy you’ll be hooked. You’ll come out of the water feeling reinvigorated and high on adrenaline, so much so you’ll want to come back again the next day, and the next day and the…

6. Let your hair down at a music festival


In recent years, the calibre of music festivals had dramatically improved in Cornwall. Our county attracts big names from the music industry that draw in the big crowds. Don’t miss out!
–       Beach Break Live 20th – 24th June
–       Boardmasters 7th – 11th August
–       Electric Beach 31st August

For more information on festivals in and around Cornwall have a look at our ‘Top Ten Cornish Festivals‘ blog post.

7. Soak up the history of Cornwall


Cornwall is steeped in history which you can learn about at many of the National Trust or English Heritage estates located throughout the county. Or you could take a trip underground at one of the iconic tin mines of Cornwall to see how the metal used to be excavated. Bring your hard hats!
–       Lanhydrock House
–       Tintagel Old Post Office
–       Pendennis Castle
–       Geevor Tin Mine

8. Lose yourself in theatre


The dramatic arts are very popular in Cornwall. There is always something to see at Hall for Cornwall, Truro, from comedy, to pantomime and musicals. But in summer a rather special theatre comes to life, The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno. The open air amphitheatre, framed by the Atlantic Ocean, is a stunning location to catch a show and watch the sunset.

9. Go fruit picking


Simple yet brilliant! The whole family will enjoy fruit picking, especially the children who tend to eat more than they pick and who can blame them?!
Top tip: Don’t wear white.
–       Trevaskis Farm 

And finally…#10. relax, unwind and enjoy; after all, that’s what holidays are for!

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