A selection of activities for a touring holiday in Cornwall

With its beautiful beaches and multitudes of outdoor leisure activities, Cornwall is often considered to be a great place for a driving holiday. The following paragraphs outline information to help you make decisions regarding your Cornwall driving adventure.

Cornwall is home to a number of beautiful beaches. Considered to be one of the nicest, Porthminster Beach provides a long stretch of yellow sand and rock pools to explore. Further up the coast, however is Porthtowan Beach. It’s busier and provides better waves for surfers. Most of the beaches are watched over by lifeguards during peak months. Be warned some of the beaches exercise a no dog policy during the summer months. Others exercise this policy all year round.

There are a multitude of interesting places to visit in Cornwall in addition to the beaches. One of the most famous is the Eden Project. The Eden Project will link you to the natural world via fun events, workshops, exhibits and educational programmes. This popular tourist destination has over one million visitors per year. The Project consists of two biomes (giant green houses) homing many of the world’s rarest plant species. Various events take place throughout the year, for example The Eden Project at night. The website should be checked for more details. Excellent signposting from both Exeter (A30) and Plymouth (A391/390) will lead you safely there.

The Minack Theatre or ‘Theatre under the Stars’ is another popular attraction. It’s situated roughly 90 minutes away from the Eden Project. Additionally, it has a large free carpark. As this is an outdoor theatre there is no dress code, other than to prepare for the weather. Performances are only cancelled in extreme weather conditions. It is therefore advisable to bring raincoats, hats, and suncream, and plenty of water if the weather is hot, particularly as the theatre is completely un-shaded during the day.

Cider tasting is another great activity for driving holidays. The Lizard Cider Barn, situated in the heart of Cornwall, opens daily from 10am to 5pm. It provides visitors with great opportunities for viewing the outdoor displays of cider press, along with tasting various ciders, liqueurs and elderberry wine.

Cornwall is also home to celebrity restaurant Fifteen Cornwall which provides a seasonal menu of local produce cooked by professional chefs and their apprentices. The restaurant boasts friendly and knowledgeable staff along with a relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy your meal.

In regards to accommodation, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are plentiful. However, you may wish to consider camping or caravanning. Campsites are plentiful. Good ones include Newperran Holiday Park which is relatively close to major attractions such as the Eden Project, this campsite provides facilities for camping and caravanning, and there is even a beautiful outdoor swimming pool. Equally as nice is Trevornick campsite, also boasting a swimming pool and a number of other activities such as golf.