Things to See and Do in Cornwall for Those Who Like the Outdoors

From paddleboarding, kayaking, to swimming and castle sightseeing - everyone will find something fun to do and see to stay active in Cornwall.

Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK and is well-known for its natural beauty, spectacular coastlines, and its temperate Oceanic climate. With a fantastic range of things to explore in the county, it is the perfect place to visit for those who like the great outdoors, and with plenty of attractions, historic castles and sandy beaches to explore there is something for everyone.


Here’s a list of top landmarks and attractions to experience in Cornwall, from learning to surf in Newquay to exploring King Arthur’s statue at Tintagel Castle there is something for the whole family to enjoy, or those who rent a holiday cottage with Blue Chip Holidays, so let’s take a look:

Quiksilver Surf School Newquay

A trip to Cornwall isn’t complete without some of the great water sports on offer in the county. Paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming are all popular beach activities but it is surfing that Cornwall is famous for.


Situated on the southern end of Fistral Beach in Newquay, the Quicksilver Surf School caters for all levels of surfers from those who are looking to learn to those who want to improve their techniques. Everything is provided to make the experience as fun as possible including the latest wetsuits and surfboards to the indoor facilities and hot showers.

Porthmeor Beach (St. Ives)

Porthmeor Beach, situated in the iconic town of St. Ives is popular with surfers and swimmers alike and is famed as being one of only eight beaches in Cornwall that hold the prestigious Blue Flag Award due to its water quality, safety, and environmental management.

Cornwall beach

This half-mile-long sandy beach is perfect for picnics and is a popular destination for families during the summer months. A stone’s throw away from the town center of St. Ives, Porthmeor Beach is close to all of the ancient pubs, trendy restaurants and delightful cafes the town is famous for.

Boscastle & Pentargon Falls Walk

For those who like to get out and experience the landscape during their holiday, the Boscastle & Pentargon Falls walk is a great choice. The route is generally flat with a short uphill climb at the start and a gentle decent back down to the harbor.

Cornwall landscape

Best time to do this walk is at low tide when the water booms and foams around Boscastle harbor and the water stream over the cliffs at Pentargon Falls. The walk is relatively short at 1.7 miles (2.8km) but after you can take in the delights of Boscastle with its tranquil village life and some great potteries and art galleries to explore.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle has long been associated with the legend of King Arthur and has been a popular tourist attraction since the 19th Century. Situated on the spectacular Atlantic coast in North Cornwall the castle structure which is there today dates back to the 13th Century, but archaeological excavations have found earlier buildings on the site and some artifacts dating back to the Late Roman period.


With a range of exhibitions to see, artifacts to explore and an array of sights to discover throughout the castle and surrounding area, there is something for everyone at Tintagel Castle. Take in the natural beauty of this spectacular headland or cross the 148 step bridge to the island, home to the impressive King Arthur Sculpture.

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

This family-run farm situated in the heart of Cornwall has been producing an array of award-winning ciders, wines, spirits, and preserves for over 30 years. Visitors to the farm can explore the facility, sample the produce and take a ride on some of the machinery.

The guided tours allow visitors to see first-hand how the product is made with a journey through the press house, jam factory, museum, and distillery, as well as savoring the great views of the orchards on a tractor ride. Adventurous visitors can also climb the cider vat for a bird’s eye view of the cider production halls.

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