Things to Do in Cornwall & Devon
If you’re looking for things to do in Cornwall and Devon, Trenethick Farmhouse B&B is perfectly positioned. We’re close to the A38 and situated only 20 minutes from the Tamar Bridge, ‘Cornwall’s Gateway’. Nestled conveniently between the spectacular coastline and beautiful central moors, we are an ideal touring base for family holidays, equine holidays, walking holidays, group breaks or simply a few days to get away from it all.
Dave Jennings, 07730059255. His taxi is an 8 seater and provides a very reliable and friendly service. He is as happy taking you around the corner as shuttling to and from the airport. Highly recommended.
South East Cornwall is blessed with some superb restaurants. Here are a few for starters…
The Hayloft Restaurant 01503 240 241, Menheniot, PL14 3PJ. Modern Italian-British. Highly recommended and only 5 mins drive down the road. Excellent wine list, full a la carte menu, fine dining with generous portions.
Trawlers on The Quay, 01503 263 593, Looe, PL13 1AH. Excellent fish restaurant overlooking the estuary. Under new management and becoming notable.
Couch’s Great House, 01503 272 554, Polperro, PL13 2QT. Local produce (including Camel Valley Champagne) features highly on this vibrant, ever-changing but aways exquisite menu. Head Chef Richard McGeown has rapidly built one of the very best restuarants in Cornwall and it’s definitely worth a visit. You are advised to book in advance.
Top Cornwall Attractions on Your Doorstep
Adrenalin Quarry – 5 mins drive: you can fly down the UK’s longest zip wire between stunning cliffs and over a beautiful lake. They also do hovercrafting & coasteering sessions. Great for families and adrenalin junkies alike.
Kartworld – 5 mins drive: go-karting up to 40mph on Cornwall’s premier family track. Karts and tracks for all ages. Big fun and literally just down the road.
Bake Lakes – 10 mins drive – superb coarse fishing – day permits and visitors welcome.
Looe Golf Club – 20 mins drive – a friendly club that makes holidaymakers and guests very welcome. Spectacular views.
Porfell Wildlife Sanctuary – 20 mins drive. Beautiful park with Zebra, Ostrich, Eland, Lemurs, Wallabies, Meercats and many more exotic animals from around the world. Just opened: an authentic African Maasai village. Good value day out, loads to see and children get a chance to hold weird and wonderful animals during warden demonstrations.
St Mellion Golf Course – 20 mins drive. Non-members welcome. A really well-equipped club.
Siblyback Lake – 25 mins drive: stunning reservoir with activities to suit all tastes: family rowing boats, sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing and fly-fishing for rainbow trout (tuition is available for most activities).
The Eden Project – 40 mins drive. World-famous and fast becoming an essential destination in any Cornish holidaymaker’s plans. Always a unique day out: tropical biomes, music festivals and shows, ice skating in winter…Highly recommended.
Sterts Theatre on the Moor – 20 mins drive – Superb local theatre performing open air plays and concerts throughout the year. Refreshments and meals at the café or have a picnic in their extensive grounds.
Port Eliot – 10 mins drive – Beautiful Grade I listed stately home and grounds. Venue to the increasingly influential annual Port Eliot literary and music festival.
Cotehele – 30 mins drive – A mediaeval/Tudor house only a few miles away in St Dominick, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. Surrounding grounds offer formally planted terraces, a Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, and orchards with local apples and cherries.
Only 8 miles away, about 15-20 mins drive, Looe is a picture-postcard town. It’s the second largest working fishing port in Cornwall and hosts a lively fish market selling the day’s haul (according to Rick Stein the best in the country). Rise very early if you want to catch the fish auctions. Wander through the maze of narrow streets lined with traditional cottages & boutique shops selling Cornish crafts. The food is good: home-baked Cornish Pasties from Sarahs, cream teas in the cafes and a number of fine restaurants selling locally caught fish (Trawlers is usually good). Relax on the safe, sandy beaches, go mackerel and shark fishing, or even scuba diving in west Looe. Numerous boat trips operate daily from the quay. (If you get a chance, take the trip to land on beautiful Looe Island).
Five miles down the coast from Looe takes you to the old-time fishing village of Polperro, steeped in a colourful history of pilchard fishing and smuggling. Stroll through traffic-free streets of white-washed cottages that leads to a pretty harbour, dine at one of the many excellent restaurants or visit a traditional inn to sample a Cornish tipple & meet the locals. There’s also a very good local history museum situated right by the harbour entrance.
Nestled on the outskirts of Bodmin Moor and only five miles from Trenethick is the ancient market town of Liskeard. One of the four original Stannary Towns it has many interesting buildings including Stuart House (where Charles I stayed in 1644). Market days are held every Monday & Thursday, there’s good shopping, a decent French restaurant in Tapenades and a big swimming pool and multiple sports activities including table tennis and squash on offer at Lux Park Leisure centre on the north side of the town.
Bodmin Moor has long been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Discover rugged granite tors, holy wells, ancient mine ruins, disused quarries and Cornwall’s highest pub at Minions. Superb walking country – bleak and dramatic.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path offers walkers of all abilities miles of breathtaking unspoilt coastline walk. The north coast is spectacular, extreme in places and includes some tough sections. The south coast, whilst equally beautiful, tends to be gentler on the feet.
Catch the breaks at Newquay’s world famous Fistral Beach, only 50 mins drive. Massive waves in the winter months and a huge party atmosphere during the summer; it’s a big destination for surfers and water-lovers of all types. Skateboarding and surfing festivals throughout the summer holiday weeks including the ever popular Boardmasters, usually first or second week in August.
Around and about
Drive across the Tamar Bridge and you’re in Devon and the vibrant city of Plymouth. A lively seafaring port it offers numerous heritage sites. Enjoy the views from Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake famously played bowls as the Spanish Armada approached. Climb the 93 steps of Smeatons Tower – the old Eddystone Lighthouse – and wander through the cobbled streets of The Barbican. With great shopping, theatres, stand up comedy, cinemas, concert venues, bars and restaurants, there’s plenty to see and do. The National Trust and English Heritage have many properties and gardens in the area with the grand Anthony House nearby. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are also well worth a visit. If you fancy horse-riding, scuba diving, cycling or fishing we will be happy to help you with your arrangements. With so many attractions to choose from there is always plenty to do whatever the weather. If in doubt, just ask us while you’re here. In the meantime, visit some of these websites:
Porfell Animal Land
The Monkey Sanctuary
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
National Marine Aquarium
Crealy Great Adventure Park
National Maritime Museum
Tate St Ives
Dairyland Farm World
The Minack Theatre
The Camel Trail