Things to do in Cornwall

Perched above a secluded beach, right on the South West Coast Path and surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Lizard Peninsula, the Polurrian Bay Hotel offers plenty to see and do. Better still, most of it doesn’t even require starting the car.

From surfing to horse riding, there’s a wealth of activities for families. Our own Polurrian Cove is ideal for bodyboarding, rock-pooling and building sandcastles; and we’ve got plenty of beach gear you can borrow for your seaside adventures. It’s just five minutes away, so perfectly placed even for little legs. If you want to experience the thrills and spills of surfing proper, champion surfer Dan Joel runs a surf school at neighbouring Poldhu Cove – a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the hotel.

With the South West Coast Path at the end of the hotel garden, you don’t need four wheels to strike out and see the spectacular coastal scenery of the Lizard Peninsula. Simply turn right (past the monument marking where Marconi sent the first transatlantic message in 1901) to Poldhu Cove, or left to Mullion Cove, made famous in the 2014 storms. Cast off from this idyllic fishing harbour and witness the coastline from the sea on a kayaking or coasteering trip with Lizard Adventure.

Further afield, you’ll find the pearly sands of Kynance Cove, before reaching the UK’s most southerly point at the tip of the Lizard. Here, as well as exploring the rugged scenery, enjoy a visit to the Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Centre, where you can climb the lighthouse tower, sound a foghorn, track ships and even build your own lighthouse with soft-play bricks. The Lizard village is also home to Ann’s Pasties; alleged to sell some of the finest pasties in the county. Why not be the judge and try them for yourself?

Although the coast hogs the spotlight, there’s plenty to do aside from beach life. Inland, you can gorge on Cornish ice cream and meet the animals at Roskilly’s Farm, or walk back in time and listen out for the air raid siren at Flambards Theme Park. If you have a penchant for arts and crafts, head to the artisan shops and chocolate factory at nearby Mullion Meadows.

Our friendly staff are always on hand to give you an insider’s guide to the local area, or read through our list of more nearby activities and attractions.