Cornwall Holiday Tips and Recommendations

The Cornish Riviera covers the central southern coast of Cornwall – from the Fowey River across to the river Fal in the west – St Austell, Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey and Lostwithiel.

Clay Trails

Discover Cornwall’s Clay Trails. Stunning colours of mica dams, peaceful lakes and clay tip peaks reaching to the sky. See how the china clay industry has shaped the fascinating landscape seen today. You can take the Trails at your own pace, and because they are surfaced they are accessible all year round. The Clay Trails link to National Route 3 of the National Cycle Network and can be used to visit the Eden Project by bike and foot.

The Clay Trails have been made possible by the generosity of Imerys Minerals Ltd in allowing their land to be used for these Trails.

Pick up a free map of the Clay Trails at St Austell TIC when you visit the Cornish Riviera

Pedal Back the Years offers a chance for those who have not cycled for a long time to regain confidence on a bicycle. A range of short, fairly flat rides, accompanied by 2 volunteers are arranged every 2 weeks at locations around Cornwall. Bikes are available for hire at each venue -by prior arrangement, please

Truro Cathedral

Events at Truro Cathedral details of events throughout the year – and more – will be found on the Cathedral’s website

Fowey River Expeditions

Enjoy a walk around the Fowey estuary or, perhaps, take a leisurely canoe trip from Fowey to Lerryn or Golant under the guidance of the David Blackler.

Pine Lodge Gardens

Probably one of the best gardens on the Cornish Riviera for a visiting plantsman, over 6000 rare and unusual plants in a 32 acre estate, togther with many water features and specialist gardens.

Events and Tours

Strangers on the Shore – a little of the story of the pebbles on Charlestown beach !

Explore the Landscape & Rocks find out more about what shapes the countryside around St Austell Bay.

The Blue Badge Cornish Riviera Guides can offer a wide range of guided tours in and around Cornwall.

Coast & Country Tours offer a range of tours for Cornwall in a friendly and professional manner.

The Happy Trails Bikes Rides scheme, offering accompanied rides from the Pentewan Valley, Carlyon Bay and Bugle to the Eden Project and back, has been dubbed a success, with most of its customers claiming they would never have cycled to Eden otherwise – exactly the sort of people the scheme is targeting.

Walk the South West Coast Path enjoy the delights of Cornwall’s superb coastline – just part of the SouthWest Coast Path that stretches 600 miles or so from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.

Cornwall Beach

Beaches – Dog Friendly and Dog Bans- listing all the beaches on the Cornish Riviera.

Mevagissey – Fowey Ferry service operating from 1st May to 30th September each year, this ferry service links the ports of Mevagissey and Fowey – stay in Fowey, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, stay in Mevagissey, enjoy a trip to the literary town of Fowey – Daphne du Maurier , Quiller-Couch, Kenneth Grahame etc.

Arts and Theatre in Cornwall

Sterts Theatre was founded as an arts and educational centre in 1982. Located on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, Sterts has developed a reputation for artistic and creative excellence. The spectacular open air canopy-covered amphitheatre is set in 11 acres of grounds, with plenty of space for summer evening picnics before enjoying fantastic live theatre and music.

Restormel Arts arrange wide-ranging arts events, from Jazz to Clasical, from Film to Theatre around the Borough of Restormel encompassing north and south coasts of Cornwall. Artistic events not to be missed !

Cornwall Surfing

Reef Surf School Reef Surf School learn to surf ! All equipment provided. BSA qualified Coaches. Based in Newquay and offering Free transport to the surfing beaches. Catering for all ages and abilities. Half-day, Full-day, Weekend or 2-day courses.

King Surf School based at Mawgan Porth on the north coast. The nearest Surf School to Newquay Cornwall Airport.

Ocean Sports, Pentewan supply a comprehensive range of watersports equipment including: Diving Equipment, Wetsuits, Waterskis, Canoes, Surfing Equipment . Diving Air supplied.

They also have an extensive range of equipment for hire: Bike Hire, Wetsuit Hire, Bodyboard Hire, Diving Equipment Hire. Looking for a stunt Kite? Visit us to view our extensive range of Kites.

Cornish Riviera Train

Bodmin and Wenford Railway Click here for details of our 6½ mile Steam Train ride through the Cornish countryside. The main station is Bodmin General near the town centre.


National Maritime Museum Cornwall – (NMMC) Whether or not the sea is in your blood you are guaranteed to be entertained, educated and inspired. Housed in an award winning building on the Falmouth harbour-side, the NMMC transports you into the world of small boats and Cornish maritime history.

With hands on interactive displays, sailing model boats, full size craft from the national small boat collection and windows looking under the ocean, we have everything for a great day out, come rain or shine. .

New Olympic Exhibition: In today’s sporting environment it’s not always the winning but the taking part that counts and we celebrate this powerful spirit with a new exhibition of Olympic and other competitive racing boats.

Sport and Sailing

Madison Yachts – Charter a Yacht Madison offers tailor-made cruises to suit individual needs from novice first timers to the experienced sailor. With flexible and roomy accommodation, en-suite to all cabins, this boat is an experience not to miss.

Cornwall Croquet Club has two courts at Porthpean Golf Club next to the Driving Range. The Club has its own small pavilion next to the courts and use of the licensed golf clubhouse, shop and bar drinks & meals.

Visitors and new members always made welcome – Club afternoons are Wed and Sat from 2pm. All you need are flat soled shoes – no special dress requirements, just dress comfortably, all equipment supplied by the club.