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Top things to do on a spa break in Cornwall

Sun, sand, surf and some exceptional food and drink await in this beautiful part of the South West

For anyone seeking total escapism, Cornwall is hard to beat. Off course, unless you live in Cornwall, one of the reasons for its blissful sense of tranquility is because it’s quite a long distance for most people in the UK to travel, but it’s certainly worth the trip.

From beautiful beaches to magnificent coast paths, pretty seaside towns to remote countryside retreats, Cornwall is home to surf, sea, sand and, on occasion, sunshine as well. Whether you’re visiting in the dramatic winter months or the blissful summer, it’s little wonder Cornwall is a holiday favourite. Here are some of the top things to do on a spa break in Cornwall.

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Head to Cornwall’s beaches

Think of Cornwall and the chances are images of the beach and azure blue waters will not be far behind. From St Ives to Bude, Polzeath to Watergate Bay, and a peppering of little beaches along The Lizard, the beach is one of the major draw cards of this far corner of the South West. Cornwall is especially well known for its surfing with Fistral Beach in Newquay and Gwithian Beach near Hayle ranking amongst the most popular. Then again, you might prefer a bucket and spade at Perranporth or rock pooling at Mawgan Porth.

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Hike along the South West Coast Path

As we have mentioned before in our article about top things to do on a spa break in Devon, the South West Coast Path is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail, stretching for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Of course, no one expects you to do the whole thing… at least not in one day… but strolling or hiking along stretches of the coast path, maybe with four-legged friends in tow and stopping for sustenance at beach huts and pubs along the way, is a wonderful way to enjoy your holiday. Discover hidden coves, watch the wildlife as you go by, and generally make the most of the incredible landscape.

Visit the Eden Project

Perhaps one of the most famous attractions in Cornwall is the Eden Project with its world famous biomes and 30-acre outdoor gardens. Close to the town of St Blazey as well as St Austell, for the mini Attenborough’s amongst us, it’s a world of inspiration and discovery. Of course, it’s not Cornwall’s only eco inspiration. The Lost Gardens Heligan are another of the region’s unique destinations. Located near Mevagissey, they are considered among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

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Discover Cornwall’s artistic heritage

Given all that natural inspiration, it’s perhaps no surprise that Cornwall has inspired many an artist over the years. Art lovers will delight in The Tate at St Ives as well as the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are a treat, and the Falmouth Art Gallery gives an insight into why so many budding artists choose to study at the local university. For those who are more about the performing arts, a visit to The Minack on a clear day is a particular treat. The open air theatre is perched on the Cornish cliffs, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea. 

Tuck into the best of Cornish cuisine

Cornwall’s culinary fare is world famous. Whether fancy a Cornish pasty, Cornish cream tea (jam first, cream second in this part of the world), freshly caught seafood or a saffron bun. Wash it down with plenty of cream tea, cider and regional wines.

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