Summer is an exciting time to be in Cornwall, whether you’re a local making the most of the holidays, on a romantic break or visiting with friends and family there’s plenty to do. From exploring the county on foot or horseback, to getting your adrenaline fix on land or in the sea – take a look at 5 activities we think you should try this August:

Riding in Cornwall

Things to do in Cornwall

There are many riding schools around the county that offer the opportunity to take to the saddle, however if you’re looking to experience the feeling of true freedom on horseback, we recommend Hallagenna Riding. With direct access to Bodmin Moor – with its wild, rugged landscape, rocky tors and atmospheric wooded valleys, the treks, trail rides and hacks on offer are sure to be memorable. You can even explore some of the filming locations in the popular TV series Poldark!


Days out in Cornwall - Lizard Adventure

A great way to explore the Cornish coastline – scramble around on the rocks, explore hidden caves and enjoy the thrill of jumping off cliffs into the water below. We recommend a half day out with Lizard Adventure, with over 20 years’ experience, they offer coasteering for those aged 8 and up – there’s no upper age limit so both young and old can get stuck in and have a go! With its dramatically beautiful coastline, the Lizard is the perfect place for an adventure.


The biomes at Eden

Visit the Hangloose adventure area at the Eden Project and discover a range of adrenaline-fuelled activities to try. From the thrill of hurtling through the air on the longest and fasted zip-wire in the UK, which covers over 660 metres at a tearing pace of 60mph – to swinging into action on Gravity as you plummet at 50mph over a cliff edge whilst enjoying spectacular views of Cornwall (if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open)!

Take a tour


The best way to discover this beautiful county is on foot, take a tour with Viv Robinson of AbsoluTours and explore a range of themed excursions. From the Literary Links Tour (an exploration of landscapes that inspired the likes of Daphne Du Maurier and Winston Graham), to walks that uncover Cornish culture and history (taking you off the beaten track exploring historic mining landscapes and quaint villages and ports, that were once at the forefront of Cornwall’s fishing industry).


Porthtowan Surf 1

As a destination that lures surfers from across the globe, a visit to the county wouldn’t be complete without hitting the waves – and with a wide variety of surf schools available around Cornwall, there’s no excuse not to give the sport a go! With some of the best surfing conditions in Europe, the county has a lot to offer anyone seeking out the surf - whether you’re simply looking for some consistent waves or are in the market for a challenging, adrenaline fuelled ride, there’s something for everyone.

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