What to do in Cornwall

Here’s our pick of the best attractions to visit in Cornwall during your stay at Cove Cottages… there’s something for everyone all year round.

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Cornwall’s affair with Poldark, Pilcher and other artists
A little bit of Cornwall in some great literary works

The Eden Project
Spend a day at Cornwall’s world-famous gardens, eco visitor attraction and educational charity with Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes – great for a family day out!

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
Art fans and Cornwall lovers alike should head to Penzance where Penlee House showcases the Newlyn School artists (c.1880 – c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight.

Trebah Garden near Falmouth
A subtropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach on the Helford River.

Newquay Zoo
Animal lovers will be spoilt for choice at Cornwall’s award-winning zoo featuring over 130 different types of animal

Blue Reef Aquarium, Plymouth
The UK’s largest aquarium will take you on a journey from the foreshores of Plymouth Sound to the coral reefs of the tropics.

Paradise Park, Hayle
Get to feed the penguins then have birds of prey swoop low over your heads at one of their regular and informative bird shows. Finish the children off in the Jungle Barn for a peaceful evening!

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Force 10 storm, zero visibility, 40ft waves, someone needs rescuing. It’s time to go to work! Discover our National Heritage at this interactive and educating venue.

Walking in Cornwall
We are lucky enough to be situated on the Coastal Footpath, with walks long or short from your front door-step. Cornwall is blessed with extremely varied terrain; from rugged and remote cliff tops to sheltered estuaries and busy harbours. Moorlands, plateaux incised by steep coastal valleys, intimate coves and long pebble or sand beaches.

Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell
The seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years is claimed to be one of the most mysterious estates in England. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. Fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life in every sense and to tell, for the first time, not tales of lords and ladies but of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great, before departing for the Great War.

Breakers Surf School
Fun for all the family, book a lesson or two with Tom, an experienced instructor. Wetsuits and boards provided.

Little Feathers Gallery
Talented St Agnes-based silversmith with a lovely range of jewellery, including other unique arts and crafts from locally talented artists as well as those from further a field. Well worth a visit!

Nankersey Rowing Club
For the row of your life! Seats can be arranged for families or a row for one down the beautiful Fal estuary from Mylor, Flushing. They are a friendly club with the simple ambition of making rowing a pleasure for all those that come along. Whether you want to be part of a racing crew or just have a fun row (just out on the water or to a nearby place of refreshment!), whatever your age or ability, Nankersey Rowing Club wants to make your experience with us one that you wish to repeat again and again. For those who do not want to go on the water, you are welcome to become a Supporter and join in all our on land activities, -these include monthly quiz nights, mostly at the Royal Standard in Flushing.

Simply oarsome!

February 2016

8th Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Lostwithiel
8th Hurling the Silver Ball, St Ives Feast,
20th Hurling the Silver Ball, St Columb Major
Hurling the Silver Ball Hurling or Hurling the Silver Ball (Cornish: Hyrlîan), is an outdoor team game of Celtic origin played only in Cornwall
9th Shrove Tuesday
14th Valentine’s Day

March

5th St. Pirans Day
5th World Pasty Championships, The Eden Project
6th Mothering Sunday – go on, be good to her…!
11th -12th Duchy Ballet – The Snow Queen & Stepping out to Gershwin
25th Good Friday
25th Make an Easter egg, Trelissick, National Trust
26th-3rd St. Endellion Easter Music Festival
27th Easter Sunday

April

3rd-6th Trereife Easter Food & Craft Fair, Penzance
2nd & 3rd Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Lostwithiel
16th-17th Porthleven Food Festival, Helston
23rd-7th Roseland Festival, St Mawes
29th-2nd World Pilot Gig Championships – Scilly Islands, St. Mary’s
30th Trevithick Day, Camborne
30th-1st St Agnes Bolster Festival (TBC)
30th-2nd English National Surfing Championships, Newquay

May

1st-4th Newquay Arts Festival
2nd Padstow May Day
2nd St Ives May Day
6th-8th ThunderCat Racing World Championships, Watergate
7th Helston Flora Day
7th-14th Fowey Festival of Words and Music
14th-21st St Ives Literature Festival
7th Port Eliot Dog Festival
27th-30th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
30th-5th Fal River Festival
30th St Agnes Victorian Street Fayre

June

27th-2nd The Pendennis Cup, Falmouth
9th-11th Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
3rd-5th Charles Causley Festival, Launceston
17th-19th Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
18th Murdoch Day, Redruth
18th-26th Polperro Music and Arts Festival
19th Fathers Day
23rd-26th St. Merryn Steam and Vintage Rally,
23rd Golowan Maritime Festival
25th-26th Looe Festival of Food & Drink
26th-2nd Mevagissey Feast Week

July

1st-3rd Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair
16th-30th Lafrowda Festival, Penzance
2nd Bodmin Riding and Heritage Day
15th-16th Rock Oyster Festival
11th Stithians Agricultural Show
6th-9th Penzance Literary Festival
29th-31st Boconnoc Steam Fair, Lostwithiel
16th Camborne Show
28th-31st Port Eliot Festival, St. Germans
30th-5th Charlestown Regatta Week
26th-7th St Endellion Summer Music Festival
28th RNAS Culdrose Air Day

August

St Agnes RNLI Day (TBC)
6th St Agnes Carnival
5th-14th Falmouth Regatta Week
14th Tregony Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre
12th-14th Cornish Steam and Country Fair
14th-20th Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week
21st St. Ewe Country Fair
26th-29th Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
29th Portscatho Regatta
29th Newlyn Fish Festival
30th-2nd Bude Jazz 2013

September

3rd-4th Open County Pilot Gig Championships
4th World bellyboarding Championships, Chapel Porth
9th-11th Polo on the beach, Newquay
9th-11th Mining and Pasty Festival, Redruth
15th-17th Newquay Fish Festival
8th-11th Heritage Open Days
23rd-25th Looe Music Festival

October

5th Callington Honey Fair
13th-16th Falmouth Oyster Festival
22nd-30th HallowEden, The Eden Project, St. Austell
29th-26th Cornwall Film Festival, Newquay
30th Diwali: Festival of Light

November

2nd-6th Lowender Peran Festival, Perranporth
11th Armistice day
16th Truro City of Lights

December

1st-4th Padstow Christmas Festival 3rd-4th Trereife Christmas Fair
3rd-4th Fowey Christmas Market
3rd-4th Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas, Falmouth
Father Christmas & Reindeers at Trelissick, National Trust (TBC)

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