Callestock Blog

29 Jun

10 little known ways to enjoy a Cornish Summer

The sun has got his hat on, and it's looking to be a glorious Cornish Summer with long hot days, bright blue skies and warm temperatures. Many people will flock to the county's coastline, spending their days sitting on the sand and paddling in the sea. But we know you want more than that - you want to go where the locals go and experience more than just the beach...

Of course, a day on the beach is always going to be on the agenda for a sunny holiday in Cornwall, but there's so much more to the South West. 

Stimulate the senses, challenge the mind and make long-lasting memories with our list of ten activities you're going to love this Summer..

Top ten activities to enjoy outdoors in Cornwall this Summer:

10. Watch a Miracle Theatre performance

The creative folk at Miracle have been performing original theatre since 1979, entertaining audiences with a rich mix of classic play adaptations and modern stories.

theatre performances

They're not your average theatre company. They work with people from a range of disciplines, including artists, makers, actors, musicans and writers, and have taken "All the world's a stage" (from Shakespeare's As You like It) to a whole new level. Expect to see plays performend in unusual locations all across Cornwall.

See them perform in Summer 2019 at the iconic Minack in the west, the stunning Trebah Amphitheatre near Falmouth and in the impressive Enys Gardens in Penryn.

Browse Miracle Theatre dates and book >>>

9. Go fishing

"A bad day can be made better with some fishing time".

You don't need skills, experience or a bag full of extra hooks, line, bait, bobbers and sinkers to enjoy a relaxing day's fishing in Cornwall.

fishing trip Newquay

You can hop aboard a boat from Newquay, Padstow, St Ives or Mevagissey harbour for a fishing trip or sea safari. Catch mackerel, learn about the local seals and seabirds, and spy bottlenose dolphins as they frollick around the boat.

Full tuition and equipment wil be provided for a fishing experience that will stay with you. You can even keep some of your catch to bring back to Callestock and barbecue outside your holiday cottage.

8. Tour an ice-cream factory

Did you know it takes on average 50 licks to get through a single scoop of ice-cream? And that it takes over 10 litres of milk to make just one litre of ice-cream?

scoop of ice cream

These facts and more will blow your mind as you look inside the tasty world of Callestick Farm and ice-cream factory.

The Parker family have been running Callestick Farm since the 1950s, introducing ice-cream production in 1989. They now make, sell and distribute scores of flavours, from traditional clotted cream vanilla to crumbly chocolate fudge and bubblegum.  In December you may even like to try blackcurrant and port sorbet, or Christmas pudding ice-cream.

Check opening times and plan your visit at Callestick >>>

7. See Kneehigh Theatre on the beach at Carlyon Bay

Enjoy world class theatre and uplifting live music as the quirky team at Kneehigh take their latest performances to the stunning backdrop of the beach at Carlyon Bay.

Book your tickets for August in advance and make the most of your visit with a day on the beach.

6. Take a scenic cruise from Padstow

Cruise the north Cornish coast in style, aboard the luxury Jubilee Queen from Padstow (see their website homepage below).

See the golden beaches, secluded coves and extensive wildlife, from the comfort of the 40metre long boat, where you'll find a fully stocked bar, comfortable seating and warm hospitality.

Jubilee Queen homepage website

Your experienced guides will talk you through the history of the coastline, helping you spot puffins, cormorants, hawks, dolphins, jellyfish, sharks and seals on your journey.

5. Use our bikes to cycle to the coast

Avoid the queues and traffic fumes and earn yourself a cool and creamy ice-cream by working up an appetite and cycling the short distance from your holiday cottage to the coast.

bike rides in Cornwall at Callestock

Perranporth, with its three miles of golden sands, clear waters and bustling village, is less than 30 minutes away by bike, taking in beautiful countryside views of rolling hills along the way.

(At Callestock, we've got bikes you can borrow, so no need to fight with the bike rack before you leave home.)

4. Tour a cider farm

Over half of all the apples produced in the UK are used to produce cider, one of our favourite tipples here in the Westcountry.

visit a cider farm in Cornwall

See how it's produced, from apple tree to pint glass, on a tour of Healey's Cyder Farm near Truro. You'll get free entry and perhaps a few free samples of the delicious ciders (including Rattler and Cornish Gold), wines, juices and jams made and sold on the site.

Healey's isn't far from Callestock and you can easily walk there so you can enjoy a few tastes without worrying about having a designated driver.

3. Visit a wild flower meadow

Despite their unrivalled beauty, wildflower meadows have been declining in the UK over the last 100 years. But those that remain provide rich wildlife habitats, attracting wild pollinators such as bees and butterflies and bursting with colour throughout the Summer months.

wildflower meadow Cornwall

Cornwall is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you're never more than 20 miles from the coast, but it's worth making a special trip to Porth Joke (known locally as Polly Joke) near Newquay to enjoy the flower-rich grasslands overlooking the secluded sandy beach.

2. See Falmouth and Trelissick by boat

With its deep harbour, maritime history and historic castle, Falmouth is increasingly popular with visitors. But not many experience it as you can if you take a boat from the city of Truro, stopping off at Trelissick Gardens en route.

Falmouth Pendennis Castle

The boats leaves Truro at regular times throughout the day in the Summer, so you can get your shopping fix in the city before sitting back to relax while the boat meanders along the river to the National Trust house and gardens and the large port of Falmouth.

1. Experience the Minack Theatre

This open air theatre is a true gem. Crafted almost single-handedly in the 1930s by Rowena Cade, it nestles beneath the rugged cliffs in West Cornwall.


The theatre is home to spectacular live performances all year round, set against the unrivalled backdrop of the ever-changing ocean.

Visit on a Sunday and you may even be lucky enough to catch the cast of the latest play rehearsing.

So that's our recommendation for a perfect Summer in Cornwall - there's always loads to do, whether it's bright sunshine or cool breezes.

If you've got questions, or want to know more about any of these outdoor activities, you can always talk to Liz at Callestock when you arrive at your holiday cottage. She and Nick recognise their important role in 'testing' days out in Cornwall, and they have quality-checked each of these, so you know they're going to be good.