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!

October 2018

Ice Skating at the Eden Project
13 Oct 2018 to 24 Feb 2019
11th – 14th Falmouth Oyster Festival
31st – 4th Lowender Peran Festival, Newquay

November 2018

6t – 10th Diwali: Festival of Light
11th Armistice day
16th Truro City of Lights

December 2018

Padstow Christmas Festival
Trereife Christmas Fair
Fowey Christmas Market
Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas, Falmouth
Father Christmas & Reindeers at Trelissick, National Trust (TBC)

February 2019

4th Hurling the Silver Ball, St Ives Feast,
Shrove Tuesday Hurling the Silver Ball, St Columb Major
14th Valentine’s Day
9th Winter Twig Id, Lanhydrock

March 2019

5th St. Pirans Day
World Pasty Championships, The Eden Project
31st Mothering Sunday – go on, be good to her…!

April 2019

6 – 7th Cornwall Flower Show, Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge
Make an Easter egg, Trelissick, National Trust
11th – 14th Charlestown Race Week
13th – 21st St. Endellion Easter Music Festival
19th Good Friday
22nd Easter Sunday
26th – 28th Porthleven Food Festival, Helston
Roseland Festival, St Mawes
27th Trevithick Day, Camborne

May 2019

4th – 6th St Agnes Bolster Festival (TBC)
5th World Bellyboarding Championship, Chapelporth
25th Trereife Whitsun Food, Craft & Beer Fair, Penzance
3rd – 5th World Pilot Gig Championships – Scilly Islands, St. Mary’s
Newquay Arts Festival
1st Padstow May Day
8th Helston Flora Day
11th – 18th Fowey Festival of Words and Music
Port Eliot Dog Festival
24 – 27th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
26th St Agnes Victorian Street Fayre

June 2019

6th – 8th Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
Charles Causley Festival, Launceston
14th – 16th Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
Murdoch Day, Redruth
Polperro Music and Arts Festival
17th Fathers Day
St. Merryn Steam and Vintage Rally,
21st – 31st Golowan Maritime Festival
Looe Festival of Food & Drink
23rd – 29th Mevagissey Feast Week

July 2019

5th – 7th Looe Lugger Regatta
25th – 28th Port Eliot Festival, St. Germans
Padstow Vintage Rally & Country Fair
Lafrowda Festival, PenzanceBodmin Riding and Heritage Day
6th – 8th Rock Oyster Festival
15th Stithians Agricultural Show
Penzance Literary Festival20th Camborne Show
26th – 28th Boconnoc Steam Fair, Lostwithiel
Charlestown Regatta Week
RNAS Culdrose Air Day

August 2019

9th – 18th Falmouth Week
St Agnes RNLI Day (TBC)
St Agnes Carnival
9th – 18th Falmouth Regatta Week
17th – 19th Cornish Steam and Country Fair
24th – 26th Polruan Regatta
Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge
Newlyn Fish Festival
27th – 30th Bude Jazz

September 2019

14th – 19th St Ives Festival
Portscatho Regatta
Polo on the beach, Newquay
Mining and Pasty Festival, Redruth
Newquay Fish Festival
13th – 17th Heritage Open Days
Looe Music Festival

October 2019

British National Surfing Championships, Newquay
Ice Skating at Eden
Callington Honey Fair
Falmouth Oyster Festival
HallowEden, The Eden Project, St. Austell
Cornwall Film Festival, Newquay
27th – 31st Diwali: Festival of Light

November 2019

Lowender Peran Festival, Perranporth
11th Armistice day
Truro City of Lights

December 2019

Padstow Christmas Festival
Trereife Christmas Fair
Fowey Christmas Market
Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas, Falmouth
Father Christmas & Reindeers at Trelissick, National Trust (TBC)

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