Top ten experiences in Cornwall

Thanks to its location, far away from the uniform offerings of the rest of the country, a lot of the top ten experiences in Cornwall have an appeal that are quintessentially unique. A stay at Old Lanwarnick will place you in the perfect spot from which to explore these gems, in a land shaped by the surge of the sea, an abundance of granite and the extraction of tin. Out on a limb its people and traditions have evolved somewhat adrift from the rest of the country. Here are our top ten experiences that we think will pique your interest.

The Minack Theatre

The brainchild of Rowena Cade, The Minack Theatre (///transcribes.primary.endlessly) is definitely one of the top ten experiences in Cornwall, rising up like a knuckled fist from a rocky promontory, has the most amazing cyclorama of any theatre in the land – the sea. On a balmy summer’s evening, sitting on one of its many terraces, sipping a glass of chilled white wine, you’ll be slowly seduced by its setting and of course by one of the many first-rate performances that take place on the stage. From Shakespeare via Christopher Marlowe to Jane Austen the Minack has hosted some incredible plays and interpretations over the years. It continues to do so.

Minack Theatre with a view of the sea behind

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Hauling up on to the hard in June comes an event that is the largest free nautical and song festival in Europe. Borne out of the inns and alehouses that cluster around the harbours of many a Cornish port, when sailors from long ago would burst forth with songs and shanties, the event carries on this vibrant tradition. Join people from around the world who are drawn by the likes of the Barnacle Buoys, Hay Shantymen and the Pirates of St Piran to name but three. With cafe and pub doors flung wide open, along with specialty vendors offering up their wares, it promises to be a spectacular event (///

Siblyback Lake

For those who prefer entertainment that is a little less frenetic, then Siblyback Lake (///removable.toffee.breezes), up on Bodmin Moor may be your ideal place to escape the madding crowd. There is a 3.2-mile circular walk around the perimeter, ideal for pushchairs, wheelchairs and those who enjoy their cycling on the level! After all that exertion you’ll need to replenish with a stop-off at the lakeside café.

Siblyback Lake, Cornwall

Looe Beer Festival

Having raised a glass originally back in 1974 in Cambridge, beer festivals are now part of the entertainment landscape of this country. Fitting snugly into this fold, Looe Beer Festival (///heaven.draining.curated) brings together beer enthusiasts, local brewers and visitors from far away, to partake of a few pints and wax lyrical about the hop and malted barley. Taking place in mid-May it promises to be a weekend you’ll remember for a long time (unless you drink too much beer of course!).

Beer festival


Experience the thrill of the racetrack with the tarmac whizzing past with a session at Kartworld, Liskeard (///waggled.lizard.sailors). Here you can test yourself against friends & family in one of their fabulous world conquering Sodi karts.

Go karting

Mount Edgcumbe Street Food Festival

Taking place in the country park (///glow.text.fuzzy) of the same name this promises to be a foodie experience that will have your taste buds tingling. Weather permitting you’ll be able to lay down a picnic blanket and enjoy some of the delectable offerings with friends and family. To help the day along they’ll be live music and a bar.

Close up of nachos


Head to Newquay (///struggle.pats.moats) at the beginning of August and you’ll more than likely be part of the throng heading to Boardmasters, one of the top ten experiences in Cornwall. Featuring acts such as Chase & Status, Sam Fender and Stormzy, this annual event is a combination of live music with surfing/skateboarding competitions in and around the town. There are also a host of well-being events such as yoga classes, massages along with wood fired hot tubs.

Boardmasters Festival

Adrenalin Quarry

As their motto goes, they’ve been ‘throwing people off cliffs since 2009’, which gives you an idea of what to expect at this outdoor adventure park. From zip wires to axe throwing, you’ll be able to let off steam and flex those muscles! Not for the faint-hearted Adrenalin Quarry, Menheniot (///colonies.galloping.outnumber) has a host of activities to satisfy the adventure junkie!

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Perhaps not an obvious choice but clay pigeon shooting is one of those activities that once done, becomes quite addictive for reasons that are borne out of the experience. Head to Lower Lake (///whizzed.bunny.reefs) shooting ground and enjoy the thrill of shouting ‘Pull’, squeezing the trigger and then seeing the clay splinter as you record another ‘kill’ under the guidance of expert instructors.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Rum and Reggae Festival

Again, at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park (///glow.text.fuzzy), the Rum and Reggae Festival will be aiming to be typically tropical with acts such as Laid Blak and Rootzmill who will be providing the musical backdrop to a feast of Caribbean themed food and an expertly picked rum selection. Taking place on the 1st June from 12:00 until 22:00 the venue has ample parking and accessible facilities for all.

Rum and Reggae Festival

Head to Old Lanwarnick

If any of the above top ten experiences in Cornwall seem like your kind of thing then book your stay at Old Lanwarnick (///ghost.kipper.slim) and get ready to sample some of Cornwall’s attractions.



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