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Things to do in Cornwall – all year round!

There’s so much to do in Cornwall. Stay at Deerpark and, whether it’s your summer holiday or a winter weekend break, you can fill your days with exciting activities. Explore the landscapes, coastline and towns that have inspired artists, writers and film makers. Visit pretty harbour towns that tumble down to the sea, and relax on Blue Flag beaches. Spend a day at the Eden Project, trek across the moors, or cycle along blossom-filled trails. With your cosy cabin to return to, deep in a wooded valley, venture out each day and enjoy this wild and beautiful country. Whenever you go, here’s a list of our favourite things to do in Cornwall, including some of Cornwall’s best attractions and hidden gems. Find out what's nearby and discover more ideas for things to do in Cornwall.

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1. Visit the Eden Project

The most popular Cornwall attraction is the Eden Project. These wondrous domes, with flowers and plants from around the world, are just a few minutes’ drive from Deerpark. And there’s a whole outdoor adventure here too, with zipwires, climbing frames and much more. The Eden Project is open all year round.

2. Explore the fishing villages of Cornwall

One of the most pleasurable Cornwall activities is to discover the quaint harbour villages that are dotted along the coast. Looe and Polperro are just a short drive from Deerpark. Further afield, head for Tintagel, steeped in Arthurian legend, Mevagissey, still with a busy working harbour, and St. Ives, famous for its artists and galleries.

3. Discover literary and cinematic Cornwall

From the novels of Daphne Du Maurier to the drama of Poldark, from Dr Who to Doc Martin, Cornwall has been the backdrop to many memorable books, films and TV shows. Explore Poldark country, where old tin mines stand starkly above the cliffs, visit the pretty harbour town of Port Isaac, which doubles as Portwenn in Doc Martin, and travel across the moors to Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn.

4. Relax on a Blue Flag beach

Seven of Cornwall’s beaches have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag status. Gather your buckets and spades, pack your picnic and head for Widemouth Bay in Bude, Gyllyngvase at Falmouth, Porthmeor and Carbis Bay at St Ives, Newquay's Great Western Beach, Porthtowan Beach on the North Cornwall coast, or Trevone Bay at Padstow.

5. Climb to the highest point in Cornwall

Standing 420 metres above sea level, Brown Willy is the highest point in Cornwall. This ancient summit rises from the wild landscape of Bodmin Moor and your view from the top takes in both the north and the south coast of Cornwall.

6. Go to jail

The brooding presence of Bodmin Jail rises from the mist on Bodmin Moor. Learn about life as an 18th Century prisoner in the cold dark cells before lightening the mood in the Governor’s restaurant.

7. Surf Fistral beach

Cornwall is synonymous with surfing and there’s nowhere more famous than Fistral beach at Newquay. While it may get busy in the summer months, spring, autumn and even winter are great times to catch the swell and feel the buzz. Other great surfing beaches in Cornwall include Porthtowan, Porthleven and Harlyn Beach at Padstow.

8. See daffodils in December

Cornwall lies on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, making it one of the warmest counties in the UK, and daffodils can often bloom as early as in December. Book a cabin for Christmas at Deerpark enjoy country walks, looking for the first tentative signs that nature is wakening.

9. Visit Helford River

With over 50 miles of shoreline, the Helford Estuary has an abundance of sheltered coves and fascinating creeks. Visit the pretty shoreside villages and gardens, or take a boat along the river and spot rare wildlife. There is an abundance of pretty Cornish pubs to stop for refreshments.

10. Step into the past at Charlestown

Charlestown is an unspoiled, late Georgian, working port, close to St. Austell. As you explore the streets it may seem strangely familiar. Many period dramas have been filmed here, including Mansfield Park, Hornblower, Poldark and even Dr. Who. The historic square rigger ships in port only add to the sense that you are stepping into the past.

11. Travel the Camel Trail

The Camel Trail, from Bodmin to the North Cornwall coast is an 18-mile corridor, created from a disused railway line, offering easy, largely flat and traffic-free access to the heart of the Cornish countryside. Plan your day around exploring the trail and the natural spaces, pretty villages and notable landmarks along the way.

12. Book a Cornwall adventure

Discover the explosive history of the woods around Deerpark, become Geology Rockhounds or explore the forest after dark, all with our engaging Forest Ranger. Hire bikes, enjoy archery or follow the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ discovery trail. All these Cornwall activities, as well as treats and extras can be booked with us in advance, so that they are ready and waiting for you when you come to Deerpark.