If you’re in Cornwall for Port Eliot Festival, why not hang around a little longer and discover what else this honey spot has to offer? We’ve asked our friends at Visit Cornwall what’s not to miss…
1. Sample the high life at the Eden Project
No must-do list and indeed, visit to Cornwall, is complete without the Eden Project. It’s Cornwall’s most popular attraction and for good reason – the Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes are more than a little awe-inspiring and even if you’ve visited before there’s a whole heap of reasons why you should go again. The new Weather Maker Walkway is just one of them – it’s long, it’s wobbly and offers a taste of what it’s like way up high in the swirling clouds. Educational, interactive and darn good fun!
2. Fish for your supper
When in Cornwall, erm, go fishing! As one of Cornwall’s traditional industries fishing is in Cornwall’s blood and if there’s one place to cast your line from, it’s Looe. Get your sea legs ready and grab a spot aboard one of the many boats setting off on fishing trips from the working harbour – you could be landing back at shore with mackerel, reef, conger or even a shark!
3. Discover the shy but oh-so-beautiful, Whitsand Bay
Tucked away in the south east corner of Cornwall is one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Cornwall, the country even – hey, let’s not be shy, the world! By anyone’s standards the three miles of golden sand flanked by sheer cliffs are breathtaking. We admit that Whitsand Bay on the Rame Peninsula isn’t the easiest place to get to but that’s all part of its charm and keeps it gorgeously quiet. The perfect spot for a post-festival chill.
4. Find your stomping ground
There’s nothing like a good old stomp to refresh after a heavy weekend of partying and if there’s one thing Cornwall has got in the bucket-load, it’s coast path (over 300 miles to be exact). One of our fave walks is the circular ‘Fowey Hall Walk’ which takes in striking views of Fowey Harbour and includes not one, but two ferry crossings! Grab a Cornish pasty to eat on the go and you’ve got the perfect afternoon.
5. Get sand between your toes at Porthcurno
It might be way over at the other end of Cornwall to Port Eliot but we wouldn’t send you west if it wasn’t worth it – and boy, is Porthcurno worth it! Golden sand, turquoise waters, open-air theatre cut into the cliff side…check, check, check. Porthcurno is a taste of the exotic right here in Cornwall.
6. Fall for Padstow
We’ve got a lot of love for Padstow with its sandy beaches, picturesque fishing harbour and trendy shops. It’s the place to go for top-notch food and has an infectious vibe that’s hard to beat. Tuck into fish and chips on the harbour wall, go crabbing on the quay or kick back with a glass of something bubbly and watch the tide roll in.
7. Find your wave
Surfing is as Cornish as pasties and cream teas, so much so that it’s practically law that you can’t set foot in Cornwall without wriggling into a wetsuit and learning to ride the waves like a pro. You’ll find up-for-it instructors right along the coast but for the ultimate experience head for Newquay and try your hand at Fistral beach, the epicentre of surfing.
For more inspiration, check out visitcornwall.com