21 must dos for your 2021 Cornwall bucket list

8th December 2020

Make 2021 one to remember with our guide to amazing things to see and do throughout your visit. Can you tick them all off before the year is over?

1. Wild Swimming


What better way to start the new year with a wild swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Cornwall is filled to the brim with the perfect swimming conditions from sheltered harbours to natural fresh water swimming pools. Check out our friends at Wild Swimming Cornwall for their top locations, where they describe any outdoor swimming experience a place where you are surrounded by nature and exposed to the elements counts as a wild swim.

2. Join a feast night

St Austell

Showcasing delicious local produce and ingredients you won’t be able to live without, restaurants like Knightor Winery have it all going on when it comes to dining out. With excellent food and premium wines produced from their own Cornish vineyards dining at Knightor Winery is the top of list, next to our friends at Nancarrow Farm. With themes in the past including Sri Lankan, Nordic and Scandi, 2018 is sure to bring even more foodie nights to remember. Look out for upcoming feast dates.

3. Get wet ‘n’ wild with a family surf lesson

Multiple locations

If you’ve not yet delved into the ocean on your holiday, 2018 is the time to do it. Better yet, we want you to mix it up with not just a surf lesson, but a family surf lesson, getting everyone involved. You won’t get any closer to the salty air you dream about than this. There are fantastic surf schools all over the coast offering lessons for a wide mix of ages and abilities. Below you can see the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay.

 extrmeme academy watergate



4. Walk the South West Coast Path

Multiple locations

You may have already done some of this without even realising. Step onto the beach and turn left or right, you are sure to step on part of the 300 miles South West Coast Path. If you need a little guidance, check out their website for your nearest route.

Gate past Pentire Point



5. Visit a hidden beach

Multiple locations

Feel as though you are on your own private beach at one of Cornwall’s secret locations. Leave footprints in untouched sand, run away from the summer crowds and if you’re brave enough, why not join the naturists that sometimes bathe in these hidden locations.

lantic beach


6. Take the road to nowhere

We love the idea of just jumping in the car and seeing where the beautiful coastal roads will take us. You’ll often come across tiny coves and beaches that you’ve never even heard of. 2018 is the time to discover somewhere new. Be sure to take a road map with you (just in case).

Small cove at the start of the walk over the bridge



7. Go back in time at Tintagel Castle


Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude. With the Atlantic Ocean right beneath you, you won’t be short of photo stops as you meander through the old pathways where King Arthur once stood. Walk the brand new bridge, new in 2019. Find out more about this magical day out.

Tintagel Castle

8. Lose yourself in the Lost Gardens of Heligan

St Austell

Owned for over 400 years by the Tremayne family, Heligan is arguably one of the most mysterious and romantic estates in England, with a fascinating history. Learn how the garden was lost for decades and when it was discovered, wander around hidden paths taking in the scents and sights of the flowers and tiptoe past the famous sleeping goddess. Find out more about a trip to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

9. Take a dip in Bude Sea Pool


Recently restored with help from the community and its sponsors, Bude Sea Pool is a part natural, part man-made swimming pool in the rocks at Summerleaze Beach in Bude. Built in the 1930’s the pool attracts visitors throughout the summer months and creates a safe haven for families to bathe.

10. Take a selfie at Men-an-Tol

Near Penzance

Believed to be around 3,500 years old, Men-an-Tol near Penzance is made up of four stones including the iconic circle and three pillars. Crawl through the circle if you wish to be ‘blessed’ and ‘heeled’ or simply do what most visitors do, take a selfie! There is only one other example of a holed stone in the UK which can be found in Gweek, Cornwall.

11. Forage for your own dinner

Voted as one of the top 10 foraging courses in the UK by Countryfile, Fat Hen in Cornwall celebrates wild food and cooking as well as the coming together of people who enjoy the great outdoors. If you love the delicious Cornish produce that’s already on offer, you’re going to love it even more when you have picked it yourself.

12. Walk the causeway to St Michael’s Mount


From ancient cobbles to castle walls, through time and tide, St Michael’s Mount is beckoning upon your next visit to Cornwall. Walk the causeway at low tide and climb to the top of the magical castle. Here you can admire the views, hear the islanders’ tales and unearth a history that lives on in every step. Find out more about St Michael’s Mount.

13. Take the family on a Super SUP


New to the Newquay Activity Centre collection is the Super Stand Up Paddleboarding. Fun for the whole family, you’ll take on your fellow shipmates in a myriad of fun games including ‘King of the SUP’ and ‘Sumo SUP’. In addition to the guaranteed giggles, you’ll learn how to kneel and stand up paddle, perfect paddle strokes, navigate the coastline, and negotiate the swell and waves back to the beach. Find out more about Super SUP.

14. Go to Bodmin Jail


Discover life behind bars as an 18th Century prisoner in the heart of Cornwall. Explore the many cells and features that make your visit to the Jail a fun and educational, and just a little bit scary, adventure!

Visitors can wander through the depths of the Jail, over five levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall. Find out more.

15. See a show at the Minack Theatre


Beautifully located on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall’s famous Minack Theatre is one of our biggest must dos for 2018. The theatre showcases an excellent mix of drama, music, comedy and story-telling throughout the year, with the ocean as its stunning backdrop. See the 2018 schedule.

16. Visit the Tate St Ives Museum

St Ives

In a prime position overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the famous Tate St Ives is a fantastic day out for all the family. Showcasing British art through its gallery, exhibitions and events, it embraces the best of international modern and contemporary art. Tate St Ives is part of the Tate family of venues that includes Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool and opened in 1993. Find out more about Tate St Ives.


17. Sip wine at Camel Valley Vineyard


Sitting on the terrace sipping Camel Valley wine on a summer’s afternoon is magical. Camel Valley has been producing award-winning, world class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall since 1989. Stroll through the vineyards and its beautiful surroundings, learn what makes an award-winning wine and of course sit down, relax and savor the taste. Find out more about booking a Camel Valley tour

18. Rick Stein Cookery Class

Love seafood but can’t quite get it to taste like Celebrity Chef Rick Stein’s dishes? Now is your chance. Rick Stein Cookery School offers long and short classes all year round. Choose from Indian curries, Far Eastern, Italian, Indian street food, Spanish tapas to name a few, plus some wonderful patisserie and bakery sessions. Find out about Rick Stein Cookery Classes.


19. Kayak around a secret cove

If you enjoy getting active on your Beach Retreats holiday, then this is the activity for you. Go it alone, or jump in with your pal, once you have your paddle it’s all down to you. Find secret caves, float under the bridge or enjoy a tour where you’ll really see the fantastic sights of hidden Cornwall.

Do you have some of your own 2019 bucket list ideas? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and join the conversation using #behere.

20. Eat a famous Hedgehog Ice Cream

Chapel Porth beach is a short drive from our St Agnes properties. Famous for its hedgehog ice creams, this is a popular location for local surfers and families. Their famous ice cream comes with Cornish clotted cream and chocolate and nut sprinkles. Sounds good right?

Book your 2020 self-catering holiday to Cornwall.