Make the coming year one of excitement, full of memorable moments and amazing experiences, and tick off these ideas from your Cornwall bucket list as you go:
- Soar over the Eden Project on the SkyWire, travelling at 60mph, providing you with a completely new view of the world-famous biomes. The zip wire at Eden is the longest one in England and allows you to glide over the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as well as the outdoor gardens. All throughout the year, as you soar through the sky, you will be greeted by a stunning array of colours, beautiful sculptures and architecture, and you can even see the sea in the distance on a sunny day! Tickets for the SkyWire are £15.
- Climb up Brown Willy, Cornwall's highest summit, not far from our boutique hotel in Cornwall. Located on the rocky Bodmin Moor, which is dotted with ruins dating back to the Bronze age, Brown Willy has been considered as a sacred place for hundreds of years. The summit cairn is thought to be the resting place of an ancient Cornish king. Walks up to Brown Willy and neighbouring Rough Tor are wonderful in the early spring as the early spring flowers begin to brighten the wild moors with colour.
- Have a surf lesson at one of Cornwall's many surf schools. Surfing is a popular activity in Cornwall, with many of the coastal locations providing perfect conditions for learning to surf the Atlantic Waves. Many of the surf schools in Cornwall are great for beginners if you have never tried it before and can teach you all you need to know before hitting the waves.
- Visit somewhere completely different like the Rame Peninsula. Tucked away in the south-east, it is often overlooked as a top location, but it is well worth a visit. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are tidal creeks, quiet sandy beaches, green farmland and country parks to explore. The peninsula is bordered by water from three sources, the Plymouth Sound, River Tamar and River Lynher and in the summer, it is a great place for going paddleboarding. The area is also home to many picturesque villages full of windy cobbled streets and a rich history to discover.
- See a performance beneath the starry night sky at the Minack Theatre. The famous open air theatre carved into the granite cliff is a stunning place to visit during the day, with its panoramic views of Porthcurno Bay and the neighbouring tropical gardens. Watching a performance here is very memorable, and the 2017 season begins in March with the schedule already looking very exciting. Take a look at what's on here.
- Walk the South West Coast Path directly from our hotel. Though the 300 mile stretch around the Cornish coast is a little ambitious, you can always enjoy shorter stretches of the longest coastal path in Britain. As you walk the path choosing either gentle stretches or steep coastal valleys, take in the breath-taking views out to sea. The path will bring you by harbour towns, intimate secret coves, dramatic cliffs and golden beaches. Be sure to bring a camera to capture every moment!
- Head below the surface of Cornwall and explore the many mines in an underground tour. Cornwall's history is closely linked to mining and to fully experience Cornwall you must explore one of the mines, such as Geevor Tin Mine, Levant Mine and Beam Engine or Wheal Martyn. These three places are also some of five places that make up the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Expert guides can take you through the mines and surrounded land and tell you stories of the people who worked there.
- Set up a session of wild food foraging and scour the Cornish hedgerows and shoreline to discover some fantastic edible treats in the autumn months. It's a long time from now, but why not get ready to try out something new in September. A few businesses in Cornwall provide courses for anyone interested in trying out foraging, and these are also techniques to learnt that will last a lifetime. You can learn to identify edible plants as well as enjoy a walk through the beautiful Cornish countryside.
- Go swimming in the Atlantic. You might be an avid beach-goer and sunbather, but why not make this year the one where you actually go all in and take a swim in the blue Atlantic waters? Brave the cold and go further in than just your knees! And if you need a bit more encouragement, then there are several open water swimming events held around Cornwall throughout the year, from the Endless Summer Swim in Falmouth to the Big Swim at Port Isaac.
- Go to a festival. Here in Cornwall we love a festival, whether its music, sailing, food or beer. All year round you can expect to hear about a festival happening over the weekend, or just for one day, where you can enjoy some great local music, sail on a tall ship, try some fantastic Cornish artisan food and drink up the best local beers, ales, ciders and gin you can imagine. When you book your stay at our hotel, be sure to look up any festivals which are taking place nearby too.
- Indulge in the best Cornish food at our award-winning restaurant. When staying at our boutique restaurant and hotel, Fowey, you don't have to go far to find truly exceptional food that Cornwall is growing more and more famous for. Overlooking the River Fowey, our talented Head Chef Dane Watkins takes pride in choosing the best seasonal Cornish produce to serve. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy a memorable meal.
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