1. Walk a stretch of the Cornish coast path - or even the whole lot (Poppy's done it!)
Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beautiful view, or for a challenge like no other in hiking the entire Cornish coast path, there is something for everyone! You will come across some beautiful, secluded beaches, gorgeous picnic spots with breathtaking views, but most importantly you will see Cornwall and its beautiful coast from a different perspective! If you visit Southwest Coast Path website, you will be able to plan your trip depending on the walk difficulty, points of interest, facilities etc...
Some of our favourite parts to walk are:
Lansallos to Polruan
Secluded coves, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters lead you to the unspoilt village of Polruan and back via the gentle lanes, ancient tracks and woodland of rural Cornwall. This walk will take you past one of our favourite secret beaches, the Lantic Bay. This beach is hardly ever busy as the steps leading down to it (and even more so going up) are a bit of challange! But once you're there, you will feel like you're in the Med!
Port Isaac to Polzeath
The route follows the Coast Path (also known as the rollercoaster) from Port Isaac to the sheltered inlet of Port Quin. From here the route passes the clifftop folly that was used as a gambling den and the mines on Doyden Point before reaching the sandy beaches of Epphaven Cove and Lundy Bay. The walk continues along the rugged coast around the headlands of The Rumps and Pentire Point before entering the Camel Estuary, passing the sandy beaches of Pentireglaze and reaching Polzeath.
Lelant to St Ives
The route follows St Michael's Way from Lelant past St Uny's church to the dunes. At low tide it's possible to walk across Porth Kidney Sands (or the dunes at high tide) to reach Carrack Gladden. The route continues along St Michael's Way to Carbis Bay and follows the coast path to Porthminster Beach and onwards to St Ives harbour. A journey on the train makes the route circular.
2. Join the 2 minute beach clean!
The #2minutebeachclean is run by The Beach Clean Network Limited a not for profit organisation that was set up in 2009 by Martin Dorey and Tab Parry to encourage beach cleaning. However the #2minutebeachclean didn’t come about until the winter of 13/14 after a series of brutal North Atlantic storms left beaches all over the UK littered with marine plastics. Using twitter and Instagram to try to inspire others, Martin came up with the idea of doing just 2 minutes at a time – but every time - and began using the hashtag. Since then many thousands of hash tagged posts have appeared on Instagram and Twitter from every continent. Some beach cafes even provide equipment for your 2 minute beach clean and will reward you with a free coffee too!
3. Get yourself to a beautiful garden!
Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees. From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous.
Trebah Garden – near Falmouth Trebah Garden is a beautiful sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. The 25 acre garden descends to its own beach on the beautiful Helford River and houses a distinctive restaurant with a Mediterranean-style terrace.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan – St Austell Discover romantic Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Heligan is described as an exotic outdoor Jungle, with over 200 acres waiting to be explored. Don’t miss the famous Mud Maid, Giant’s Head and Grey Lady.
Eden Project – St Austell Eden Project houses some of the biggest greenhouses in the world and has become a place to discover a wealth of plants and natural wonders. As you wander between the mesmerising biomes you will step into a tropical rainforest and experience a Mediterranean oasis.
Caerhays Castle Garden, near St Austell Caerhays Castle Garden, winner of the Historic Houses Association Garden of the Year 2016 award, boasts magnificent Spring woodland gardens with a National Collection of Magnolias. This private estate is set against the backdrop of Caerhays Castle and is open to the public from February to the 19th June. Glendurgan – Falmouth This thriving sub-tropical valley garden runs down to the Helford River at the fishing village of Durgan. Wind through the exotic gardens to meet the water's edge. One of the most exciting features is the cherry laurel maze dating back to 1833, where you can lose yourself and the kids in a magical web.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park With both formal gardens and acres of country park to explore, Mt Edgcumbe is a delight in the spring. Swathes of daffodils, the National Camilia Collection and some of the tallest rhododendrons this side of the Himalaya. Plus there's the house to explore, and the Orangery, and the views....
Trerice House and Gardens – Newquay An intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem, Trerice House and Gardens is favourited for its tranquility and stillness. Look out for Tudor-themed family and adult workshops, family trails and special Living History days.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens – Penzance Set in a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for an exotic and sub-tropical garden. The garden boasts spectacular views of Marazion's St Michael's Mount and has a wide collection of art throughout.
Trelissick Garden – near Truro Perched at the head of the Fal Estuary, Trelissick boasts jaw-dropping river views and a massive 375 acres of gardnes and woodland. For the full experience, catch a ferry from Truro, Falmouth or the Roseland Peninsula to land at this waterside garden.
Lanhydrock- Bodmin Lanhydrock is a magnificent late Victorian country house with formal gardens and woodland to explore, but the garden opens onto an extensive network of footpaths zig-zagging through 900-acres of beautiful countryside. Great for walkers.
4. Go to the Isles of Scily Gig Championship - our Liz is rowing!
The 2018 World Pilot Gig Championships will take place on the Isles of Scilly from Friday 4th May until Sunday 6th May. This is the 29th year that the event has taken place and each year it gets bigger and more crews attend and come from as far afield as Holland and the USA. The majority of participants, however, come from the South West where the wooden pilot gigs are still built locally and race regularly. The “champs”, have become an island spectacle as a carnival atmosphere descends across the archipelago. The veteran's race kicks off the proceedings on Friday night followed by men's and women's races on Saturday and Sunday. And have we mentioned, Liz, our marketing assistant and bag maker will be competing with her team?! Good luck, Liz!
5. Celebrate the May Day ('Obby 'Oss) in Padstow!
May Day (or 'Obby 'Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.