What to do in Cornwall this summer

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Hold fire with that bucket and spade. We love the beach as much as everyone else, but there’s loads going on at Watergate Bay and beyond in Cornwall during the summer. Here are some of our favourite to-dos.

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Extreme Academy – Watergate Bay

Surfing is the most popular wave riding sport on the planet and we have one of the finest surfing beaches in the country right on our doorstep. If you are a guest of the hotel during the school holidays, learn to surf with the Extreme Academy. Every child under 16 years receives one free lesson.

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Kids’ Zone – Watergate Bay Hotel

Our Kids’ Zone offers private supervised sessions, head to the Families page for more information. Play outside in our new outdoor play space or kids can get crafty with arty activities throughout the day. You can also book the games room for private use as a family. 


Eden Project

Eden Project near St Austell

Eden Project has different and new expeditions every summer, head to their website for more information.



Pick your own

Across Cornwall

The thought of freshly picked strawberries and clotted cream makes our hearts sing. But they’re not the only thing to grow beautifully in Cornwall during summer. You can also PYO raspberries, gooseberries, currants, courgettes and rhubarb depending on the month. Our favourites are Mitchell Fruit Farm and Trevaskis Farm.


Open air theatre

The Minack

Cornwall is home to one of the most famous out door theatres; The Minack Theatre near Porthcurno is known for its beautiful location, in the cliff tops over looking the sea. There is something for everyone this summer, family favourites such as Alice as well as Sweeney Todd – all whilst gazing out over the Atlantic ocean.

Visit The Minack website for more information and tickets.

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle near Falmouth

The summer holidays are a perfect time to visit Pendennis Castle, with children or without. Explore the castle grounds and learn about the Castle’s history. Previous summer events have included games such as a giant tug of war and the chance to watch real life medieval jousting. From April to October, you can hear the noon day gun fired by the specially trained staff.

Outdoor film screenings

Across Cornwall
Keep your eyes peeled for outdoor film screenings across Cornwall this summer. In past years we’ve popped corn watching surf films on the sand at Porthmeor, St Ives and had a drive-through at Fistral, Newquay.


National Maritime Museum

Stay cool at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth this summer and enjoy their packed programme of exhibitions and events including the major Titanic Stories exhibition, Pirate School, Treasure Island Play Zone and Pirate Parrot Treasure Trail. At Pirate School join the trainee pirate crew in fun packed sessions with Rattlebox Theatre, meet two pirate characters, find out facts and fictions behind real pirates, learn to find your way around a ship and handle some pirate treasure – Shiver me timbers!

If you’ve not yet seen the acclaimed Titanic Stories exhibition don’t miss the chance to explore the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking, and re-appraise many of the myths and controversies.

Take a walk on Bodmin Moor

We love the beach. But you’re missing out if you don’t visit Bodmin Moor – 150 square miles of sweeping moorland and dramatic granite tors that are great for walking and exploring. The landscape has provided inspiration for writers, poets and sculptors and generated folklore and legend.


Book your stay at Watergate Bay Hotel this summer