Things To Do In Cornwall – A Local’s Guide By – Wavelength Surf Magazine – since 1981

With overseas vacations nonetheless mired in uncertainty and certain tightly in pink tape, it’s no wonder many are opting for to discover the wonderful thing about the arena a bit nearer to house this summer season. 

With over 400 miles of rugged beach, masses of significant puts to consume and drink and actions to fit everybody from Undergo Grylls stage adventurers to rest in search of seaside fans, it’s simple to look why Cornwall ( has grow to be the staycation vacation spot of selection. 

Plus, it’s some distance sufficient manner and dear sufficient to get to from maximum primary British conurbations that by the point you arrive, you’ll really feel such as you’ve travelled someplace a lot additional afield. 

With WL HQ based totally within the county’s central browsing hub of Newquay, we concept we’d percentage some native’s guidelines and our personal favorite issues to do for any person heading down this summer season. 

The Wavelength Pressure-In Cinema 2020.

Pressure-in Cinema

In case your vacation falls between mid-July and the beginning of September you’d be mad to pass over the county’s premier outside cinema revel in, The Wavelength Drive-In, operating all summer season lengthy from a stupendous clifftop location overlooking Watergate Bay. We’ll be appearing a number of family films, surf movies and cult classics at the giant display, throughout each sunlight hours and night time screening slots. In addition to the flicks, there’ll be quite a lot of foods and drinks on be offering and a variety of area to roll out a blanket and watch the solar slip into the ocean. Plus, the Fisherman’s Pals will probably be becoming a member of us for a series of live performances previous to every appearing of the movie impressed through their tale. View the lineup and seize your tickets here.

With over 300 seashores going through each level of the compass, there’s nearly all the time surf someplace. Photograph Luke Gartside


No Cornish vacation is entire with no need a cast crack on the Recreation of Kings. Whilst summer season isn’t essentially the most constant season for waves in those portions, the water’s heat (ish) and with seashores going through in each path, there’s nearly all the time one thing rideable when you’re prepared to discover. To determine how other swell and wind mixtures will have an effect on other spots, test the forecast on Magicseaweed or Windy, seek the advice of the Stormrider Guide, or ask a lifeguard or pleasant native to indicate you in the best path. 

As a common rule, if the swell is taking a look larger than you’d like on the extra uncovered spots, head to the sheltered seashores of Newquay Bay, Harlyn or the lengthy stretch simply south of Gwithian, or, if the Atlantic is taking a look a bit sleepy and you wish to have to profit from what’s in the market, head for a swell magnet like Fistral, Perranporth or Constantine. 

All of the primary seashores in West Cornwall ( are lifeguarded and be offering surf rent and courses. For the ones taking a look to up their recreation, we suggest reserving in with Ticket To Ride Surf School in Perranporth. 

Our buddies at Dick Pearce also are doing loose leases in their wood bellyboards, in an try to minimize down at the waste generated through affordable, poorly made polystyrene bodyboards. You’ll seize a board from make a choice places in Newquay, St Ives, Perranporth, Mawgan Porth, Bude and extra. Click here to see the full list. 

Probably the most many stunning inlets to discover alongside the Gazzle headland. Photograph: Luke Gartside

SUPing and Kayaking

In case you’re extra of partial to flat water amusing, there are a large number of coves, bays and estuaries absolute best for exploring through SUP or kayak. In case you’re in Newquay, you’ll be able to rent each from Great Western Beach and head out and discover the caves alongside the Gazzle headland on the western finish of the bay. Or, when you’re in North Cornwall (, we’d counsel a guided excursion alongside the coast close to Port Gaverne with Cornish Rock Tors

If there’s an excessive amount of swell at the north coast, why no longer discover the calmer waters of the gorgeous Roseland Peninsula simply north of Falmouth or take to the tranquil estuaries of the Helford or Fower rivers. 

The coast trail close to Land’s Finish is outlined through unique boulders and steep gradients. Photograph Luke Gartside

Mountain climbing the Coast Trail

In case you’re prepared for a significant little bit of mountain climbing you’ll be able to to find difficult (and in most cases lovely quiet) routes round Sennen Cove or the Hartland Heritage Coast in North Cornwall (

In case you’re on the lookout for one thing a bit more straightforward, there are a variety of picturesque coastal routes round the primary cities, with a variety of pubs to forestall off at alongside the way in which. Why no longer head south from Newquay, around the River Gannel (there’s a footbridge uncovered at low to mid tide or a bit boat from the Fern Pit Cafe at top) and over the again of Crantock seaside to West Pentire headland. Or, head north out of the city, thru Porth and alongside the coast trail to Watergate Bay, the place excellent meals, chilly beer and, in fact, outdoor cinema look ahead to. 

Sundown on the Great Western Surf Cafe.

Consuming and Consuming 

From superb eating to beachside pub grub, Cornwall ( is filled with foods and drinks choices to fit all tastes and budgets. For nice foods with a view in Newquay, head to the Great Western Beach Cafe, The Boathouse for a lot of side road meals pop-ups, or Fistral for nice sit down down eating at The Stable or the Fish House. In case you’re on the lookout for a hidden gem simply out of the city, head to Jam Jar Kitchen, The Fox’s Revenge or Babu at Prow Park. 

Somewhere else within the county, St Ives, Padstow and Falmouth are broadly famend for his or her huge array of culinary delights. Forget about TripAdvisor and ask a cheery native, or go away your self a bit of extra time and feature a wander round to look what takes your fancy. 

Regardless of their enforcing dimension, basking sharks are fortunately utterly risk free to people. Photograph: Yohancha

Nature Observing 

Cornwall (’s coastal waters play host to one of the most maximum odd and unique marine natural world the United Kingdom has to supply. At the south coast, Porth Gwarra and the encircling headlands be offering the most efficient likelihood to identify dolphins, whales and sharks from the land, whilst at the north coast, Godrevy, Trevose Head and the Rumps close to Polzeath supply similarly abundant viewing out over the large blue. Or, for the ones with a strong set of sea legs, there are many boat excursions to be had up and down the coast, like Padstow Sealife Safaris, who simply ultimate month logged the first-ever showed sighting of an Arctic walrus off the Cornish coast.