From serene to extreme – our top ten activities in Cornwall

It’s the start of a New Year which only means one thing, New Year resolutions! One of our all time favourites which crops up every year has to be blowing off the cob webs and trying something new that will not be forgotten. We have already discussed some of the ultimate destinations for adrenaline junkies, but what better way brush of the cob webs than start closer to home with a adrenaline packed holiday with activities in Cornwall?

For many people, the ideal holiday has nothing to do with relaxation, but in fact is filled with exciting days out and activities that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. For those of you that are new to this, we will start you off with the more serene activities.

Playing it safe:

1 Spa Day – Let’s begin with a relaxing Spa Day to not only give your holiday a great start, but to loosen you up in preparation for the adrenaline world you’re about to enter! To make the most of the full spa experience, indulge in a hot bubbly jacuzzi, a gentle swim in the heated pool and finish off with a full body massage. If you have chosen to stay in one of the beautiful cottages in Cornwall that boasts a swimming pool and jacuzzi, why not let the massage come to you?

2 Camel Trail – Enjoy some of Cornwall’s spectacular countryside at your own pace with the Camel Trail, perfect the whole family. Travel by foot or if you prefer two wheels and take a trip down the old used railway between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and the picturesque seaside town Padstow. For more information on trails and visitor attractions along the way see

3 Laser Tag – is Cornwall’s first Laser Tag and Paint Ball centre. Not only is it an activity to get your heart racing, but a great way to have some amazing fun with the family. ‘


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Medium Adrenaline Activities:

4 Surfing -A smart adrenaline seeking holiday maker often chooses to take on the rolling waves of the Atlantic with a surf! Whether you’re a first timer, intermediate or a pro on the board, Cornwall’s beaches offer something for everyone with top surf instructors at your beck and call. Our favourite beach, attracting surfers from all over the world is Fistral Beach in Newquay. Make sure you head to Bodhi’s cafe to give yourself plenty of much needed energy.

5 Kayaking -Explore the hidden creeks, paddle to spots unreachable by land or boat, spy on some of Cornwall’s amazing wildlife and most importantly try something different! The Helford River offers guided kayaking tours for visitors of all abilities giving you an occasion that will never be forgotten.

6 Zip Wire -Don a helmet and harness and go a little faster on a thrilling zip wire! The famous Eden Project boasts the longest zip wire in the South West, gliding you above the iconic Rainforest, Mediterranean Biomes and huge outdoor gardens. Go on, you can do this one!

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Adrenaline Junkies and Risk Takers:

7 Coasteering -For a jaw dropping experience challenge yourself to a bit of Coasteering off of Newquays narrow cliff ledges and rocky coastline.  Scramble, climb and leap from rock to rock, plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and feel the buzz that the exciting activity brings with it. Make sure you head back to a somewhere warm with a log burning fire to warm you back up.

8 Rope swinging -Are you brave enough to take a leap of faith and have some fun off the ground at High Ropes in Porthbean? This is not an activity for the faint hearted, but will certainly test your nerves for heights.  Swing through treetops over 40 feet off the ground and fly through the air on a giant swing, if this doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping then we don’t know what will.

9 Harness Spheering – This crazy new concept is extremely popular with the younger groups that come to Cornwall and we think it is a definite ‘must do’. Imagine being strapped inside a clear ball opposite a friend and rolling down hills picking up speeds of over 30mph! One thing’s for sure, once you have both stopped laughing you are bound to be feeling dizzy!

 10 Sky Diving – Finally, the king of adrenaline activities, the sky dive! See Cornwall at its best by jumping out of a plane over 3500ft high and parachute down with panoramic views of the beautiful county.
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Well there you have it, our top 10 activities in Cornwall from serene to extreme! All you need now is the perfect accommodation, it’s a little too cold for camping yet, so we recommend getting yourself a cosy little holiday cottage.



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