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What to expect from Cornwall…

Coming to Cornwall? Here's what you can do.

Of course, you can expect the usual – amazing beaches and stunning coastal views, but what can you expect in terms of attractions, bars, restaurants and cafes?

Here is our guide on what’s open in Cornwall from the 12th of April and the 17th of May (all going to plan).

April the 12th

Attractions

Flambards is a great day out in CornwallFlambards, Helston

The outdoor parts of this fantastic theme park attraction re-opens on the 12th of April! Brave the sky-high thrill rides and the traditional rides in Ferdi’s Funland. Social distancing and safety procedures are in place, with the indoor attractions set to open on May 18th. Booking in advanced is advised. Find out more here.

Newquay Zoo

Re-opening the outdoor areas on the 12th of April, this delightful zoo is just minutes from Hendra. Newquay Zoo is home to over 1000 of the world’s rarest animals, so you will have plenty to see. There are zebras, lions, red pandas, monkeys, a fishing cat and more, along with outdoor play. Go to the website to book.

Trerice Manor (grounds only), near Hendra

Explore these National Trust gardens, where spring has sprung, with daffodils, tulips and the smell of lavender. Enjoy the formal Elizabethan Knot garden, the Kayling Lawn and Parade garden, where you will see more daffodils and, in later spring, bluebells. For more information see here.

Lanhydrock (grounds only), near BodminLanhydrock House in Cornwall

Enjoy Lanhydrock’s extensive grounds and woodland, a perfect spot for cyclists and explorers big and small. From the manicured Victorian Gardens to the path of the higher garden, Lanhydrock’s grounds will keep you busy for hours. Pink camellia blossom on the mature shrubs through the higher garden.

Tintagel Castle

Cornwall is full of legends and one of the best is this castle, dating back to the 13th century, this ancient castle on the rugged and majestic Cornish coast is steep in myths and history, and, most famously, is linked to King Arthur.

Book in advance on the website.

Lappa ValleyLappa Valley, near St Newlyn East

This steam ride attraction is something that will delight little ones and adults, as they take a train ride through the picturesque Cornish countryside. Nestled in the valley, you will find a range of outdoor play and activities. Booking in advance is essential.

Camel Trail, Wadebridge

This cycle route is full of stunning views, overlooking the Camel Estuary, from Wadebridge you can cycle into the pretty Padstow, where you can grab a pasty and some Cornish fudge to re-fuel for the journey back to Wadebridge. The route is nice and flat, and great for families. Bike hire is available in Wadebridge, where you can hire a range of bikes including those with children’s seats.

SSS Surf school, Towan Beach

Towan Beach near Hendra Holiday Park

Photo by Matt Jessop

Rated one of the best surf schools by Carve magazine, this surf school is perfect for beginners and families. Located in the heart of Newquay at Towan beach, there is no better place to experience your first waves. To find out more and book click here.

Hangloose, Eden

Thrill seekers will love this one. You will certainly be distant from others when you are suspended face down, 100 metres in the air travelling 60mph for 660 metres! This is England’s longest and fastest zip-wire experience. Situated in the treetops of The Eden Project, makes this a great spot for a selfie shot. They will even film it too! You can also try Ariel Trekking, a Giant Swing and more. Click here to find out more.

Healey’s Cyder Farm, near Truro

This is where the famous Cornish Rattler is made, and from the 12th of April you can have a pint of it outside! This attraction has ample parking, as well as animals, and exhibitions. See the latest information and book here.

Eat out

The Fish House, Fistral

Known for its fabulous food caught at Newquay harbour, this spot is overlooking the famous Fistral beach. Open for outside dining – book a table the day before.

The Lakeside at Trenance Gardens

Open for takeaway, this varied menu, with a tasty selection of cakes, is a great place to grab a bite and relax next to the Boating Lake and in the gardens.

CBay, Crantock

This place is made for alfresco eating! Great views and good for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. Open for outdoor dining, book online.

The Bowgie Inn, Crantock

With ample outside seating and a great view, this is the beer garden of dreams! With food to suit all tastes. Book online.

May the 17th

Attractions

All places listed above now (should) have the indoor facilities open too.

Camel Creek opens on the 22nd of MayCamel Creek, Cornwall

A great place to visit with rides, indoor and outdoor play. This is a fantastic place for kids to visit, with visits from some of your children’s favourite characters regularly. Click here for more information.

Eat out

All places listed above are now open for indoor dining. It is best to book in advance.

The Colonial, Tolcarne beach

Beachside eating in Cornwall, with a Caribbean theme, has fresh seafood dishes along with Caribbean curry and jerk chicken. Find out more here.

Cove 24

This elegant restaurant is perfect for lunch or dinner. Mellow lunches can be had in this classy venue, with dinner time bringing a superior menu along with fine wine and cocktails, all to be enjoyed in this ambient setting. Book online. 

Kahuna, Newquay

Kahuna is a Pan Asian cuisine restaurant, which has an excellent reputation for delicious food, relaxed dining and fantastic service.