Unique Experiences in Cornwall

Unique Experiences in Cornwall

Cornwall is well-known for its jaw-dropping vistas and laidback vibes. A dream destination that appeals for year-round retreats, it beckons for the most unforgettable moments spent in true Cornish style. Making a luxurious sojourn in the county even more appealing are the array of unique experiences in Cornwall that tempt all generations. From dining on river boats along emerald creeks to cruising along the West Cornwall coastal road in a classic car, there’s something special for you.

Dine on a Floating River Boat with Blue River Table

The beautiful dining table onboard the Blue River Table in Falmouth

Blue River Table invites you to step aboard ‘Tethra’, a tastefully restored, thirty-six-foot-long Cornish fishing boat. Originally built in Looe for days fishing for mackerel on twinkling seas, Tethra now sets the scene for incredible dining experiences from Mylor Yacht Harbour near Falmouth. With a covered cabin area and a beautiful chestnut banquet table, you can settle onboard for a luxury cruise and make the most of the licensed bar, private feasts and sharing platters from brunch to dinner. All freshly prepared from local ingredients, the flavours of Cornwall are sure to taste better than ever as you cruise the stunning Carrick Roads.

Cross King Arthur’s Bridge at Tintagel

The iconic bridge leading to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall

There’s something truly magical about Cornwall. A land of myths and saints, its history is intertwined with legendary figures from centuries long gone. Perhaps the most famous of all, the county’s connection with King Arthur is well-known, being the home of his birthplace of Tintagel Castle. If you’ve never been before, then a trip to this enchanting, clifftop castle is a must. Perched on a craggy headland overlooking the Atlantic, the stunning location of King Arthur’s castle makes it one of the most unique in the country. Cross its award-winning footbridge, meet the incredible bronze ‘Gallos’ statue, and explore the castle’s crumbly remains for a spellbinding adventure. For even more Cornish magic, you can later visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in neighbouring Boscastle.

Hire a Classic Car with Perranwell Classic Car Garage

One of the beautiful classic cars from Perranwell Classic Car Garage in front of St Michael's Mount

Perranwell Classic Car Garage knows a thing or two about style. One of the best places in Cornwall for hiring vintage cars, this classic car garage near Truro stars a stunning range of nostalgic Morgan, MG and Morris vehicles. Each boasting classic aesthetics whilst underpinned with reliable, modern technology, they make for truly memorable driving experiences. And, with both two and four-seater cars available, you can head off for solo spins, romantic day trips or family outings for dreamy escapes. Opt for a one-day hire or book your car of choice for a whole week, ready to cruise along the Atlantic Highway or the West Cornwall coastal road in an iconic MGB Roadster sports car or Morris Minor convertible for an experience that’s simply timeless.

Forest Bathe at St Nectan’s Glen

The idyllic waterfall at St Nectan's Glen in Cornwall

St Nectan’s Glen in Trevethy near Tintagel is one of the most enchanting destinations in Cornwall. A sacred space to many, its leafy canopies shelter a diverse woodland habitat and one of Cornwall’s most beautiful waterfalls. Showcasing the county's verdant landscapes, it is both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a magical place to venture. To take refuge amongst its beautiful flora and fauna for a while, follow its tranquil forest trails at your leisure, listening to the gentle lilt of birdsong and the whisper of a breeze through the trees as you go.

Watch a Play atop the Cliffs at Minack Theatre

Looking down the grassy steps at the Minack Theatre with the sea beyond

For a truly unique experience in Cornwall, head over to the Minack Theatre above Porthcurno. One of the most famous open-air theatres in the world, this incredible theatre was created by Rowena Cade and nestles within the cliffs above golden sand and rhythmic tides in West Cornwall. A place for both local and national artists to perform, it hosts shows from March to October each year and is open to all generations of theatre goers. From moody dramas to light-hearted family comedies, pick your performance and let the awe-inspiring views over the Cornish coast vie for your attention as you are swept away by storytelling from your clifftop pew.

Picnic with a Rick Stein Hamper

A picnic hamper on Sennen Beach with the sea and cliffs in the background

There’s nothing dreamier than a luxury picnic overlooking an incredible natural wonder. Thankfully, all around Cornwall are gorgeous landmarks and secret beaches that offer the perfect opportunities to sit back and simply savour the moment. For the most delectable accompaniment, Rick Stein has created a series of delicacy-filled hampers that feature handpicked selections of sweet and savoury treats. Offering an idyllic concoction for dining under open skies, these fabulous foodie delights lend an extra sense of occasion to adventures. Choose your favourite and look forward to an unforgettable picnic in the rejuvenating Cornish air.

Take a Luxury Skippered Cruise with Falmouth Motorboat Charters

One of the luxury boats at Falmouth Motorboat Charters in Cornwall

Book a luxury skippered charter with Falmouth Motorboat Charter for an unparalleled way to discover Cornwall’s hidden waterways. Heading out from the lovely Falmouth Marina, you can relish a salt-kissed cruise aboard ‘Windana’, a gorgeous Sealine F42/5 Flybridge Cruiser, for lifelong memories. Captained by an experienced skipper, these cruises are available as private full-day, half-day and evening charters so that you can share carefree hours on the water with your favourite people. Along the way, enjoy a whole new perspective of many of the county’s most iconic landmarks and stop off for refreshments at Cornish beauty spots including St Mawes, the Helford River and, if the tide permits, the county’s historic capital of Truro.

Have a Vineyard Tour at Home with Cornish Wine Tasting

A selection of wine glasses at a wine Cornish Wine Tasting event at The Granary

Should you fancy a unique way to learn about Cornish wines during your Cornwall escape, why not consider Cornish Wine Testing? A mobile wine school in Cornwall, Cornish Wine Tasting parcels together all the best Cornish white, red, rosé still and sparkling wines and brings them to your door, ready to be sampled and enjoyed from the comfort of your Boutique homestay. Providing intriguing insights into the world of Cornish wine making and the intricate processes involved, this wonderful experience allows you to transform your understanding of English viniculture and, of course, sample a range of award-winning wines. As well as vino, Cornish Wine Tasting provides delicious charcuterie nibbles and full guidance throughout.

Enjoy a Spa Day at Scarlet in Mawgan

Someone enjoying a peaceful swimming pool at the Scarlet Spa in Mawgan

Found on the cliffs of North Cornwall overlooking glimmering seas, Scarlet Spa in Mawgan is a beacon of bliss. Eco-friendly and soul-soothing, it features wonderful indoor and outdoor swimming pools with sea views, a clifftop cedar-wood sauna, heavenly steam room, relaxation spa lounge, and a meditation room. One of the best places in Cornwall for pampering and unwinding, it welcomes you to enjoy its tranquil spaces and cherish its relaxing atmosphere for a few hours or the whole day. A particular highlight in the summer months, Scarlet’s outdoor pool is naturally cleansed by delicate reed beds and overlooks the picture-perfect beach of Mawgan Porth. Heaven.

Embark on Tea Masterclasses at Tregothnan

Someone holding fresh leaf tea at Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall

A brilliantly different way to spend a day in Cornwall and get to know a lesser-known side to the county is through tea masterclasses at Tregothnan. Teaching you all about Britain’s tea history and local Cornish growers, Tregothnan’s masterclasses include a theoretical walk through time, before a guided walk through the estate’s own Himalayan Valley. Covering areas usually closed to the public, including the herbal tea gardens at Barn Close, the day offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and production of the oh-so comforting beverage that has long captured the nation and the work of the estate. As well as walks and talks, you can also look forward to a lunch crafted with local Cornish produce, a Tregothnan cream tea, and the chance to sample lots of loose-leafed goodness.

Indulge in Hidden Hut Feasts on the Roseland

People sitting round the tables overlooking the beach at one of the Hidden Hut Feast Nights

The Hidden Hut is well-known as one of the best places to go for the most flavourful alfresco feasts in Cornwall. Dubbed the Hidden Hut for a reason, this secluded gem is tucked away above Porthcurnick Beach on the Roseland and affords spectacular views over the ocean. A former look out station, this gourmet hub is now the go-to place for mouth-watering food served with a side of magical Cornish scenery. With a laidback, intimate vibe, all diners are asked to bring their own cutlery and accoutrements, as well as warm clothing to ward off any fresh sea breezes, all adding to the feasts’ unique appeal. Select from food nights including the finest local fish and meat produce and tuck in, basking in the glorious ambience and atmosphere of the Roseland.

Follow the Saints Way from Padstow to Fowey

Looking out over Fowey Harbour where boats sail

The Saints Way (also known as the Mariner’s Way) is a superb 30-mile trail across mid-Cornwall, stretching from Padstow on the north coast to Fowey in the south. Crossing through river valleys, ancient woodlands, verdant pastures, and moorland expanses, it winds through some of the county’s most picturesque scenery and winsome villages. If you’re up for a hearty hike, then you can walk sections of the route (or the path in its entirety) and follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims who once journeyed to Europe on foot. Highlights en route include St Breock Downs Monolith, Helman Tor Nature Reserve, and of course Fowey Harbour, which awaits with pubs and restaurants aplenty to reward your efforts at the end.

Take a Class at Bernard Leach Pottery School

Someone making a clay vase at Bernard Leach Pottery School

What better way to remember your luxury holiday in Cornwall than with a souvenir crafted by your own fair hands? Established by the iconic potter and art teacher, Bernard Leach’s Pottery School was first founded in 1920 and remains open to this day to everyone looking to learn new skills and hone techniques. Based in the artistic pocket of St Ives in West Cornwall, it extends a year-round calendar of courses and classes to adults and families, encouraging everyone to fall in love with the art of pottery. Suitable for all abilities, it promises fun for all generations - and maybe even a prized ornament or two.

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