With its beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery, Cornwall is always a fantastic place to visit but 2020 promises to be an extra special year for visitors. This year visitors can witness top sporting events, attend vibrant music festivals, try different activities and visit fantastic new attractions. Here are some of the top things to do in Cornwall in 2020.
Cycling enthusiasts are getting very excited about the Tour of Britain which will start in Cornwall for the first time this year. The Tour is the country’s most prestigious cycling event attracting the best professional cyclists from Britain and abroad. Cornwall will host the first stage of the event, which is known as the Grand Depart. Spectators can see riders at various vantage points on the 170-kilometre route through the Cornish countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin.
Take the high path to the historic ruins on a new bridge that connects the Cornish coast with Tintagel Island. This is a fantastic, new way to approach the site of Tintagel Castle, famous for the legend of King Arthur and Merlin. The recently completed steel span bridge eases access to the island, which could only previously be visited via a challenging series of steep steps.
The annual Obby Oss festival on 1st May is one of Padstow’s biggest events. This colourful festival of procession, music and dance has its roots in pagan tradition but is still celebrated with fervour by Padstow locals. Visitors can follow the dance of the red and blue Obby Osses as they parade around the streets and harbour in this day-long party
See the Cornish coast from a different angle by taking a Stand Up Paddleboard tour. This gentle activity allows you to explore the creeks and coves of the coast, and experience the fun of the sea as you learn the skill of paddling. There are several tours available around Cornwall but some of the best take place near Padstow with Harlyn Surf School – at either Harlyn Bay or the Camel estuary, depending on sea conditions.
The Great Estate has grown into one of Cornwall’s biggest festivals over the last few years. This alternative, family-friendly weekender at the end of May has become a firm favourite on the Cornish music theme. With a range of activities, events and diverse musical acts, the Great Estate is an entertaining event to attend if you’re in Cornwall at this time of year.
Cornwall has an important maritime heritage which can be explored at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. The museum in Falmouth has a permanent display of boats and exhibits showcasing Cornwall’s relationship with the sea. This summer, the Monsters of the Deep exhibition promises to be a hit with children as it reveals the real and mythical creatures which lurk below the surface of the sea
The Eden Project needs little introduction as the county’s most famous tourist attraction. But recently Eden has introduced new ways to explore the site known for its large, garden biomes. Following the success of its zip wire and giant swing, the environmental attraction has introduced a high ropes course to challenge visitors. The Skytrek aerial adventure features a series of thrilling obstacles and challenges on towers high above the ground.
For a challenge of a different kind, consider making the long swim across the Camel Estuary in the Padstow to Rock Swim in July. Each year the event raises a huge amount of money for the Marie Curie cancer care charity, as hundreds of participants make the 1-mile swim across the estuary to Rock where they are welcomed with a medal, a pasty and entertainment.
This year’s Broadmsters Festival promises to be the biggest and best yet. Cancelled last year due to a freak summer storm, the event is set to return this year with a strong line-up of artists to include Wu-Tang Clan, Florence and the Machine, Dizzee Rascal and Foals. The festival, which takes place in early August at Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, will also feature surf and skate competitions, activities and events.
Cornwall is rightly famous for its fantastic food and drink. This is particularly prevalent in Padstow where there are many fine restaurants, cafés, delis, pubs and a local brewery. There are also some quality vineyards in the area where you can take a tour and sample some of the home-grown tipples. Our local favourite is Trevibban Mill which produces some award-winning wines in a beautiful rural location.
The Air Bender is the latest addition to the exciting rides at Camel Creek Adventure Park. This traditional rollercoaster is a family-friendly ride with turns, twists and fast drops with tree-level views of the surrounding countryside. Other attractions include a log flume, a gravity drop, 5D simulator, long slides, animal petting area and indoor playground.
The Tide Climbing Centre is the latest addition to the local adventure scene. This indoor climbing centre near St Issey and Padstow is a superb new facility with bouldering walls, roped routes and instruction from experienced climbers. It’s well worth a visit for a rainy day activity.
Enjoy these and other events and activities on your next holiday in Cornwall. We have some fantastic places to stay in and around Padstow in 2020. Start planning your trip today.
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