I love summer in Cornwall! When the sun is out and the days are warmer, nothing beats lying on a beautiful Cornish beach and soaking up the rays. Living in Cornwall in Winter can make you quite reclusive. Everything shuts down and the locals tend to hibernate. Honestly, sometimes it feels like there is absolutely nothing to do.
As soon as the sun pokes it head out, the county really comes to life again. The beaches are full, the wafts of BBQ’s fill the air, the seagulls are noisy again (probably my least favourite alarm clock) and all the attractions start to reopen. Hooray!
Every year I love to make a summer bucket list so that we can really make the most of the warmer temperatures, the occasional sunshine and the fact that everything is finally open again. Here’s 15 things that are on the top of our ‘Summer In Cornwall’ Bucket List:
1. Go To The Cyder Festival
Last year I went to the ‘Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival at Healey’s Cyder Farm and it was amazing! This year is supposed to be bigger and better and I don’t want to end the summer without trying it out again. The festival is a family friendly weekend event that’s full of live entertainment and fun. Set at the iconic Healeys Cyder farm, entry to the farm is included in the ticket price.
This means you get to go on a Cider tasting tour and hang out on the farm as well as listen to live music, play in the funfair and try your hand at some of the ‘alternative festival events’. These include cider feast nights, early morning yoga and the onsite pop up spa.
2. Go Fruit Picking
I absolutely love fruit picking! My favourite place to go fruit picking is Trevaskis Farm in Conor Downs near Hayle. Trevaskis is a huge farm where you can go and pick a whole array of delicious home grown fruits and vegetables.
Trevaskis also have an onsite shop full of delicious goods – as well as fruit and veg if you don’t want to pick your own. We love going here to stock up on our favourite Cornish produce – from spices to chutneys. We now seem to have a yearly tradition of picking strawberries at Trevaskis. It’s such a fun thing to do as a family and its a great way to teach Evie where food comes from.
3. Watch A Play At The Minack Theatre
Every year we take a trip to the Minack Theatre. Honestly, if you’ve never been to the Minack Theatre, it’s definitely a place that needs to be added to your bucket list. Etched into a cliff edge sits a beautiful, old ampitheatre.
With the ocean being the backdrop to the stage, no matter what performance you see, a trip to the Minack will always be magical. This year we really want to go and see Treasure Island!
4. Boat Trip Along The River Fal
I’ve always wanted to take a boat trip down the River Fal. It’s such a beautiful part of Cornwall and all though I’ve visited many places along the river, I’ve never actually taken a boat ride on it. This one is closely tied into the next thing on my bucket list…
5. Lunch At Pandora Inn
The Pandora Inn is a stunning little riverside pub that dates back to the 13th century. With low beams, log fires, a thatched roof and a seriously cosy interior, its one of my favourite spots to go in Winter.
I’ve been told by so many people to go there in summer and to arrive by boat. They have a huge outside area next to the river where you can sit with a refreshing glass of wine and a delicious lunch.
5. Kayaking On The Helford River
Last year we went to the Helford River a few times but we never got a chance to kayak (we did hire a row boat one time, but the wind and strong currents meant we had to turn back). It’s such a beautiful, peaceful spot and you can do a whole range of water sports here; from kayaking to hiring your own self drive boats.
We really want to kayak down the river this year and to moor up somewhere for lunch. Here’s a photo I took of the end of the river on our recent trip to Trebah Gardens, another must visit if you’re ever in Cornwall.
6. Picnic Somewhere Beautiful
Honestly, I could have a picnic everyday if I had the option to. As soon as the weather gets warmer and the rain clouds disperse, we try and make the most by having picnics anywhere and everywhere. There are so many beautiful spots to sit, whether you choose the woods, a gardens, the beach or the coast path. My favourite spots are the Island in St. Ives and the Godrevy coast path.
7. Go Glamping Or Wild Camping
I’ve always wanted to try out glamping. I love camping and a night under the stars in camping luxury sounds like so much fun. I’ve found a few camp sites in Cornwall that have yurts and hot tubs. We’re going to try and book one of them for my birthday in August. If we’re too late to book them and we’re feeling confident enough, we’re going to find a breathtaking spot and try wild camping instead.
8. Wine Tasting At Knightor Winery
I love Cornish Knightor Wine. I really want to attend one of their wine tasting tours at the vineyard in Cornwall. They also host themed feast nights where you can sit down in the beautiful courtyard with a 3 course dinner that’s been paired with their wines. This is definitely a must on my Cornish Summer Bucket List.
9. Wild Woodland Summer Ball At Tehidy
The ‘Wild Woodland Summer Ball’ in Tehidy Woods looks so good. I’ve never been to anything like this before. Every year the ‘Rogue Theatre put on productions in the woods and across various locations in Cornwall. The ball is an immersive theatre adventure full of thrilling tales, live music, otherworldly perfomances, explosive acrobatics and wildly beautiful dance.
Activities for kids include free face painting, the chance to create a wonderful woodland craft decoration and dancing. It is a ball after all! I also love the fact that they encourage you to dress up as well. We’ve already picked out our forest fairy costumes and can’t wait to go and join in!
11. Visit Kynance Cove
I’ve lived in Cornwall my whole life yet I’ve never made it over to Kynance Cove. Not that I can remember anyway. I’ve heard so many amazing things about the rugged cliff edges and the breathtaking views.
It’s our mission this summer to go on more walks and to visit more spots like this in Cornwall. If you have any suggestions of other Cornish spots to visit please post them below!
12. Visit St. Michaels Mount
I’ve been to St. Michaels Mount hundreds of times. The iconic castle in the sea is only a 15 minute drive from my house and it’s one of my favourite places to visit in Cornwall. My boyfriend has never been though. We’ve had three attempts; the first time we couldn’t find parking, the second time the boats stopped running because of the weather and the third time we waded across the footpath only to find out they were closed. Fourth time lucky?
13. Go Crabbing
This is another thing i have never done, despite living in Cornwall for my whole life. We have bought a little crabbing kit and we plan on checking out some rock pools and trying our hand at crabbing the first chance we get. I think this will be such a fun thing to do with Evie.
14. BBQ At Sunset
I can’t mention having a picnic without adding a BBQ to my bucket list. It wouldn’t be a Cornish summer without a beach BBQ. Like so many others, my favourite spot to do this is Porthmeor Beach in St. Ives.
The beach gets a little busy at sunset with people setting up BBQ’s, but there is such a lovely atmosphere as you all take over the space with your blankets, glasses of wine and delicious grub. Just be wary of the hungry seagulls!
15. Cycle The Coast Path
We currently don’t have space to store bikes in our house, which is such a shame because we love cycling! Luckily there are some great spots to hire bikes in Cornwall. Our favourite place to cycle is the the famous Camel Trail near Padstow. The Camel Trail is just long enough for us to take Evie along without her fussing. Plus stopping off in Padstow for an ice cream is always a well appreciated treat. This year we want to try a new spot though. I’ve heard amazing things about the bike routes around Cape Cornwall and I’ve just noticed they have a bike hire shop close by. I love the idea of cycling the coast path around St. Just. Maybe this one we can combine with number 6 on the bucket list; have a picnic.
I’d love to hear what’s on your bucket list for Summer. Are you in Cornwall or planning on coming to Cornwall? Let me know your favourite things to do below or things I must add to my ‘Cornish Summer Bucket List’!