Nothing beats a unique or fascinating experience when it comes to making an away trip truly memorable. When it comes to unusual or off-the-beaten trail, Cornwall certainly isn't short on weird, wonderful and novel places to visit, but which activities and destinations would come most highly recommended? Here are just some of those that have caught our eye recently, from action packed days out to some of the region's more unusual tourist attractions and things to do:
Crank up the adrenaline!
Forget the deckchair, this is what the coast is about! (Image: Newquay Coasteering)
Letâ€™s face it, few of us travel miles just to fall asleep on a beach these days. In fact, the opposite is true for many thrill seekers! So whatâ€™s new and different these days? Well, there are some terrific adventure activities and adrenaline sports in Cornwall to satisfy those with a taste for excitement. Zorbing (think downhill plunge inside a giant ball) is one possibility near Newquay that will have you dizzy with laughter. Or for a way to combine edge-of-seat thrills with the beauty of the seashore, coasteering is a wildly enjoyable way to climb, scramble and leap your way to glory (try www.coasteeringnewquay.com)
Delve into Cornwallâ€™s secret past
When it comes bizarre and amazing ancient features, Cornwall is a magical place for history. Men-an-Tol (above) is one of the oddest stone circles you might find (passing through the polo can cure illnesses or ensure fertility, if you believe the old wives tales!), while Gwenap Pit is a spiralling wonder with neat acoustics. Or going north to Bude Hawkerâ€™s Hut is a miniature marvel where the Reverend Hawker indulged his penchant for opium fuelled poetry (as you do). Atlas Obscura Cornwall is a good place to find more about such strange marvels and other mysterious ancient sites to visit.
Enjoy Theatre with Added Drama!
The setting, as well as the play, is very definitely the thing at The Minack Theatre.
If you love a bit of live drama, there are some fabulous outdoor theatre venues and productions in Cornwall these days. Pop-up style productions can appear at many of our dramatic locations, from Pentillie Castle to Penzanceâ€™s Penlee Park and even the odd farm or National Trust property. The Eden Project has some great productions and entertainment too, while the famous Minack Theatre (above) is perhaps our ultimate outdoor drama setting. Be sure to book your tickets for a show with a difference this year!
Take your Pick of Cornwall's Best Festivals for 2018
In the past decade or so, Cornwallâ€™s festival scene has gone from strength to strength, with an eclectic stack of events to suit most tastes. Taking in one of our bigger annual shindigs is a great focal point for any break too, whether you live for food, music or surfing. For Newquay revellers, Electric Beach (date TBC) and Boardmasters (8-12th Aug) are the main events for summer thrills. If food is more your thing, Newquay Fish Festival (Sept) is another great date for the diary a bit later in the year. Or for a taste of Cornish tradition with stacks of stalls, displays and animals, the Royal Cornish Show (7, 8 & 9 June) is always a grand day out for the family.
Take your Taste Buds on Tour
Testing times out West (Image: Skinner's Brewery come highly recommended for visits).
From brewery tours to specialist producers, Cornwall has gone from non-league to Premiership in the food and drink stakes of late. Why not add a special food & drink experience to your next visit? Close to our doors, you could go and immerse yourself in proper scrumpy at Healeyâ€™s Cornish Cyder Farm (which runs tours but also has things for kids to do too). Or, further south, Skinners Brewery run tours most days that always hit the spot with beer fans. Do be sure to book in advance.
Enjoy Wild and Wonderful Cornish Traditions
A glittering silver ball at the centre of a very Cornish bit of argy bargy (image: www.visitnewquay.org)
You know all those stories about the Cornish being a bunch of smugglers, artists, pirates and other nutters through the ages? Well, most of them are true. Better still, we're rather good at keeping our crazier Pagan and Celtic customs alive. You can see the fruits of this with events near Newquay such as the wonderfully nutty 'Obby 'Oss Festival (in Padstow every May Day), or indeed our own custom of Hurling the Silver Ball at Columb Major (Feb/March). This event is a rough and ready type of street football that goes back to medieval times- and it's a great viewing experience if you can make it on the day
2018 Breaks in Cornwall: Best Prices and Special Offers at The Pentire Hotel, Newquay
Are you planning a Cornish holiday or minibreak in the coming months? If so, look no further than The Pentire Hotel for superb rooms and facilities at the best value! Located next to the Gannel Estuary, we offer a peaceful base for your next break, yet with an excellent location to get out and discover many of the region's best activities and attractions. Keep an eye on our special offers section for the latest hotel deals and packages in Cornwall, from family breaks to romantic getaways on the coast.