Things To Do on Holiday Cornwall

When you holiday in St Mawes, Portscatho and on The Roseland, you are ideally situated to enjoy all the activities that Cornwall has to offer - whether it's visiting the beach, a glorious garden, art galleries and museums or trying something a little more active like surfing, kayaking, sailing, walking or cycling, you can find the perfect activity for the whole family.

Along with our iconic Cornish attractions like St Mawes Castle, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, the Minack Theatre and St Michael's Mount (and many more), on The Roseland we have some of the best beaches in the county and the opportunity to get on and in the water.

Whatever your passion and whatever the weather, there's plenty of things to do during your holiday in Cornwall.

Visit the Beach - the south coast of Cornwall is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches, including Carne and Pendower, Porthcurnick (just 10 minutes from Portscatho) and Summers Beach and Tavern Beach in St Mawes. Great for rockpooling, sandcastles and swimming, for more details visit about beaches on the Roseland, visit our beaches page.

Sailing & Kayaking - if getting on the water during your holiday is top of your bucket list, and whether you are interested in sailing or kayaking, more details about boat hire and kayak hire in St Mawes can be found on our sailing page. St Mawes, Portscatho and Falmouth all have regatta days which are fun for the whole family.

Gardens - Cornwall is known for its sub tropical climate and stunning National Trust and private gardens, including Glendurgan, Trebah, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays, and of course, the Eden Project - see more details on gardens to visit on our gardens page.

Iconic Visitor Attractions, such as St Michael's Mount, St Mawes Castle, Pendennis Castle and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, are within easy reach of your holiday home on The Roseland and well worth a visit. The National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth has many family friendly events throughout the season.

Walking - with miles of stunning coastline, Cornwall is the county to visit to explore the coast path, giving you access to spectacular scenery, dramatic cliff walks and hidden coves and beaches.

Discover Cornwall's Mining Heritage - as you can imagine, the mining heritage in Cornwall is diverse and rich in history. There are many engine houses in spectacular locations to explore, together with visits to the old mines themselves, including Geevor and Poldark mines.

Art, Music and Literature - open air theatre is one of Cornwall's great loves, and throughout the summer months there are local theatre companies offering great plays - for the last few summers, the Kneehigh Theatre company has built and performed at The Asylum at the Lost Gardens of Heligan with two plays being staged this year, and Miracle Theatre perform at various venues throughout the season, including St Mawes Castle, Trelissick Gardens and the Minack. Singing is another of Cornwall's great passions and there's nowhere better than Falmouth's Sea Shanty Festival which takes place annually in mid June. The St Mawes to Falmouth ferry is a great way to travel for easy access to enjoy the singing and the atmosphere.

Surfing - more well known on the north coast of Cornwall than on our gentler south, but when the wind is in the right direction, surfing can still be possible! If you need some surf, within an easy drive, you can head across to Newquay's Fistral Beach, Perranporth or Gwithian where you will find great sandy beaches and great surfing waves (generally!).