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Cornwall is among the UK’s most desirable tourist hot spots, and upon visiting this glorious county, you’ll soon find out why. Days out in Cornwall are always a unique experience where you can stumble upon beautiful scenery, charming locals, delightful eateries, heritage locations, and even a theme park to boot.

In this post, we’ll offer a few recommendations and some go-to’s for days out in Cornwall — rain or shine!

Beach days out in Cornwall

The first and most obvious suggestion for a day out in Cornwall — sun, sea and sand! Cornwall has a pretty much endless list of big beaches, small beaches, hidden beaches and secret coves. We know, that’s many beaches to choose from. But it really comes down to what’s on your itinerary for the day, as many people go in search of the best surfing beaches, whereas others simply want to lie on the sand and enjoy their surroundings.

The great thing about Cornwall, especially when it comes to beaches, is that a beautiful stretch of sand is never far away. Whether you’re in St Ives drinking coffee with a view of the harbour or strolling along the cobbles in Falmouth, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy a day at the beach.

To save you some time, the helpful team here at Carbis Bay Holidays has put together a quick and easy guide to Cornwall’s best beaches. Oh, and if you’re a surfer in need of the best spots to catch a wave or two, check out our Cornwall surfing guide.

Are you visiting Cornwall and need self-catered accommodation in Carbis Bay or St Ives? Both are ideally located for a day at the beach and an abundance of other activities nearby!

Head to the zoo or aquarium

If you’re somewhat of an animal lover or have kids to keep entertained, a trip to the zoo is always a solid choice. Newquay Zoo has over 130 species from all over the world — such as lions, monkeys, zebras, meerkats and penguins. The penguins are particularly popular amongst visitors as you can get up close and, well, who doesn’t love penguins?! There’s also a reptile house, petting zoo and daily feeding sessions. This makes Newquay soon an ideal place to spend the day, and it’s also a brilliant educational experience for both children and adults.

Located on Towan Beach in Newquay, the Blue Reef Aquarium is an exciting day out in Cornwall. It’s mainly aimed at a younger audience and designed to be a decent educational experience, which funds their admirable conservation efforts. If Newquay is one of the towns you’re hoping to visit while in Cornwall, why not pencil Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium in on your schedule?

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is world-famous, engaging, futuristic, and undoubtedly one of the best days out Cornwall has to offer. Oh, and it was even in a James Bond film, pretty cool, right? This former clay pit has been transformed into an architectural wonder, with biomes housing the world’s largest indoor rainforest, unbelievable gardens, and much more.

This is a truly magnificent educational experience where you can see, touch, and learn about the environment in the past and the present. Explore extensive outdoor gardens, artwork and listen to educational stories about the weird and wonderful natural habitats around the world. There’s also a huge zip wire that takes you right over the biomes, so if you fancy a bird’s eye view, you’ve got it!



Flambards is Cornwall’s largest theme park and one of the most popular choices for days out in Cornwall. There is a vast range of rides and activities to explore during your time at the park, with a good variety of rides that suit both children and adults. Examples include rollercoasters, go-carts, a log flume, demon drops, children’s train rides and much more. You will also find their much-loved Blitz walk-through exhibition, an in-depth look at what life would be like during the Blitz and features a range of installations that offer an immersive and engaging experience.

Due to such a brilliant variety of rides and other experiences, Flambards can keep you and your family entertained for a whole day, and there are food courts on-site, so you really have no reason to leave until you’re ready to go home. As days out in Cornwall go, Flambards offers more than enough to keep you entertained.

National Trust days out in Cornwall

Trebah Gardens

For people who love nature, wildlife, beautiful scenery, and a bit of heritage — The National Trust and its many locations should be on your to-do list. With such variety and an abundance of brilliant places to visit, The National Trust does a fantastic job of maintaining and creating environments that suit every need and engage every visitor. Every location varies significantly and offers a unique experience, so it’s worth doing some research beforehand to establish which will best suit the day out you’re hoping for. However, if you have an opportunity to visit several places, you won’t regret it.


From jaw-dropping gardens to mesmerising manor houses and beyond, The National Trust endeavours to engage, intrigue, and educate visitors as much as possible. Every time you turn a corner or approach the top of a hill, there’s something new to see and secrets to discover.


For more advice, guidance and recommendations for days out in Cornwall, all you have to do is check out the many helpful posts on our blog. If you’re in need of accommodation for a trip to Cornwall, check out our listings!