Activities and Experiences
There are so many to choose from!
Cardinham Woods is close to Bodmin and has some beautiful walks and cycle trails suitable for people at all levels of ability. The icing on the cake is the cafe, when you’ve worked up an appetite treat yourself to some of their delicious cakes and tasty cream teas.
Colwith Farm Distillery is just up the road, near Lanlivery. Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery they offer guided tours, a gin masterclass and more bespoke events – a real treat for couples on holiday, or if someone can look after the children for you!
DairyLand Farm World, Newquay Zoo, Paradise Park and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are all perfect if you’re on a family holiday in Cornwall with young children. Each one is a full day out, so pack a picnic (if you want to save some pennies), bring a sun hat, some sun cream, wellies and raincoats and enjoy yourselves whatever the weather.
There’s plenty of choice if you’re seeking adventure. Polkerris Beach is a five minute drive away and offers a water sports centre for those feeling particularly adventurous. Head east to Adrenalin Quarry in Liskeard, or choose the north coast for some of the best waves around. Newquay is just 20 miles away and from there it’s easy to get to loads of popular places – from Polzeath to Portreath. From surfing (lots of surf schools give beginners lessons if you’re not experienced) to zorbing, kite-surfing,kayaking, paddle-boarding and windsurfing to zip wires, it’s up to you – how brave do you feel?
Places to visit
Fowey with its bustling harbour and independent shops, pubs and cafes, is less than four miles away. The bus stops right outside Jem’s Cottage so there’s no need to drive. If you’ve got plenty of time and you’re feeling energetic you could walk there, then get the bus back. Head down to Polmear, then follow the cliff path past Polkerris, Gribbin Head and Menabilly, down to Readymoney Cove and into Fowey.
Lostwithiel is another busy Cornish town just 4.5 miles away. Set on the river Fowey with antiques shops, arts and crafts shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants there’s lots to see and do here. If you have a budding knight or princess in your family, don’t miss a visit to Restormel Castle.
The historic port of Charlestown, near St Austell is just five miles away. It’s a favourite film and TV location that recently featured in Poldark and you’re likely to see a square rigger ship in the harbour when you visit. There’s plenty going on in this pretty village, with pubs, restaurants, an art gallery and more.
If you’re heading that way, fit in a visit to the Eden Project. Its massive Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to their contemporary gardens, summer concerts and year-round family events. There’s something for all ages and it’s a shame to come to Cornwall and not visit this phenomenal project.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are beautiful with lots to do for all ages all year round. With 200 acres of garden and estate to explore, a gift shop, cafe and a fantastic farm shop next door, it’s a firm favourite of ours. There’s also lots of beautiful beaches to go on and explore in the area (including Caerhays beach which also has a Castle, and a cool cafe during open during the summer).
Some of the best food around
We’re really lucky to have some fantastic eateries nearby. With an abundance of fresh, local produce on the doorstep and some very talented chefs in Cornwall, we’re confident you’ll be blown away. You probably know about Rick Stein’s restaurants in Padstow and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay. Here are some a bit closer to home that we have tried and heartily recommend.
Sam’s on the beach in Polkerris has a totally chilled vibe and we love it. The building was originally an old boat house (once an RNLI lifeboat station) and is right on the beach in Polkerris (a 5 min drive/taxi ride away). It has been beautifully restored, with breathtaking views across the harbour out to St Austell bay and offers a tantalising selection of fresh seafood, charcuterie, wood-fired artisan pizzas, amazing salads, meat dishes and more. Sam’s is a bit of a legend in this part of the word, with the original Sam’s Fowey, Sam’s Diner and Sam’s in the City – equally impressive and not too far away.
Yummy Scrummy Bakery is just down the road in Par, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a delicious selection of artisan sandwiches, quiches, cakes and the best coffee around. “Everything is homemade and handmade with Yummy Scrummy love”. You can tell!
The Cafe at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery is another little gem nearby. With gorgeous views across the Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle, it’s got a fantastic selection of soups, sandwiches, cakes and cream teas. It does a good breakfast too!
Edie’s Kitchen at Carlyon Bay is another family-friendly restaurant a short distance from Jem’s Cottage that provides high quality food and good service using locally sourced food run by acclaimed chef, Nigel Brown.
The Longstore in Charlestown is another that comes highly recommended offering locally sourced steaks and seafood and an impressive selection of cocktails. Enjoy all of this in another of Cornwall’s coolest venues, taking in the beautiful views across the picturesque working port.