We Recommend… Some Fabulously Unusual Holiday Activities…

When planning your holiday in Cornwall, there are plenty of handy tourist information sites offering lots of helpful information and tips… If you’re looking to get something a bit different out of your holiday this year, though, then why not try some of the following suggestions – all recommended by various members of our team!

Have a go on The Giant Swing at the Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard; ‘The scariest ride we’ve ever built’ says the Adrenalin Quarry MD, and it is not for the faint hearted. After being slowly winched up 160 feet above a lake, adrenalin coursing through you, you experience absolute weightlessness as the swing drops and then leaves you hanging above the water.

Whilst you’re at the Arenalin Quarry, you might as well try The Blob, too. The Blob is a giant, inflatable floating tube which one person sits on the end of, whilst another climbs a ladder and then jumps down on to the other end. The result is that the person on the end of The Blob goes flying into the air before dropping down into the water! Great fun and hugely satisfying seeing your friend go flying!

Ride the fastest and longest zip wire in the country at The Eden Project, St Austell. At 660m long and with speeds of up to 60mph recorded by test pilots, this is an experience like no other as you fly over the biomes like Superman.

Discover Cornwall by Segway. Amble round the Cornish countryside, race your friends or try out a purpose-built assault course on two wheels at either Goonhilly near Helston, Hendra Park near Newquay or Siblyback Lake near Liskeard. This is a particularly good activity if you are holidaying with friends or are celebrating a special occasion.

Learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful things you can eat, on a Wild Food Walk with guide Rachel Lambert! Rachel will teach you and your family how to forage for leaves, berries, edible flowers and mushrooms – it’s a really lovely way to get out and about on a sunny day in Cornwall.

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric 14th century castle atop a hill! Carn Brea Castle near Redruth is home to a Jordanian restaurant and offers a truly unique experience. Visit on a summer’s evening and enjoy views all the way to St Ives in one direction and St Agnes in the other – or visit after sunset any time of the year for a medieval-esque banquet.

Go wine tasting at Polgoon Vineyard near Penzance… let the friendly team at Polgoon take you on a tour of the vineyard, learn all about their many excellent wines, ciders and juices – and finish it all off with some essential tasting… best book a taxi home…

Learn how to make your sausages and cut a fine fillet of beef on a butchery course from the Brian Etherington Meat Co. in Scorrier! Perhaps not your usual holiday activity, but fascinating and satisfying all the same!

If butchery doesn’t appeal, then how about learning to make pasties with a local pasty-maker? Giles, based in St Agnes, will tell you all about the history of the Cornish pasty, show you how to make one, and then let you loose on your own! Best bit is you get to eat your pasty at the end of the day…

Board the steam-hauled Cornish Belle at Bodmin and Wenford Railway and enjoy a superb three-course dinner as the train meanders through the beautiful Cornish countryside. A really lovely treat if you are looking for something a bit special.

Take a guided tour of north Cornwall with Cornish Heritage Safaris. Not only do they teach you all about this rugged and Arthurian land, they take you to places you’d never even think to go normally, provide you with lunch and sometimes they even take you wine or beer tasting too!

 Image credits to Segway Cornwall, Adrenaline Quarry, Polgoon Vineyard and The Eden Project