Activities in Cornwall
Cornwall is one of the most beautiful counties in England. Venture off of the park and head in any direction to discover a wealth of things to do in glorious North Cornwall - explore by car, bicycle or on foot and add the thrill of adventure to your holiday.
Planning your Day Trip - Where in North Cornwall?
Mawgan Porth is a small village on the coastline, level woodland walk 3/4 miles from Sun Haven Valley. Well known for its large sandy bay, Mawgan Porth is a pet friendly beach with a lifeguard service in the busy months. A generous collection of facilities, including a small food store/ deli, newsagent , jewellery stores, restaurants, cafes and public conveniences. Opposite the beach, visitors can play crazy golf or pitch-&-putt during the main season or even rent out the local tennis court.
St Mawgan is a tiny parish in the heart of the Lanherne Valley. A quaint Cornish village, with quirky features incuding a store/post office/ tea room/gardens operating from the same building, a small picturesque pub with beer garden, an eclectic craft/ gift boutique and Japanese Bonsai Gardens. Accessible via a gentle sloping country walk leading from opposite Sun Haven Valley, or just a short drive away.
Just over a mile from the park, tourist sensation Watergate Bay offers a small school for 'extreme' beach sports with lessons in kite surfing, flying power kites and driving kite buggies.(see Watergate Bay Extreme Sports) Jamie Oliver's esteemed restaurant "Fifteen" operates from beneath the car park, and serves meals throughout the day, with sublime views of the bay. The beach itself stretches over 2 miles at low tide, and the more adventurous of you can actually walk to Newquay on the beach - although check tide times first otherwise things could get hairy!
Take the B2763 five miles South to Newquay, and enjoy a wide range of things to see and do. Cornwall's surf and party central has a huge selection of attractions and activities, including famous beaches, gardens, a zoo, and unforgettable nightlife - there's lots to keep you busy. Avoid high charges by catching the A5 bus service into Newquay and arrive in the centre of town.
Follow the B3276 north towards the infamous Padstow Harbour, and indulge in top-class dining at one of Rick Stein's 3 establishments, or any of the pubs and restaurants on the harbour side which serve equally impressive food for a fraction of the price. Ride the ferry across the estuary to visit Rock, enjoy an impromptu fishing trip, or take a stroll down the Camel Trail. Shoppers are spoilt for choice with souvenir shops, brand clothing stores and galleries. Well-known for bizarre but memorable celebrations (Obby Oss Day) we recommend visiting for May Day or Christmas.
Continue further north and discover the mystical village of Tintagel. Its stunning location on the rugged north Cornish coast provides spectacular views and its beautiful beach cafe and fascinating ruins make for the perfect day trip. Steeped in history and legend, it is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur - visit Merlin's Cave immediately underneath the ruins for some incredible photo opportunities! Those of you heading North should also consider Boscastle, a sleepy village (particularly famous for flooding) with interesting stores - including a witches museum... And Port Isaac, another small fishing village, made popular as the starring location for ITV's Doc Martin!
Planning your Day Trip - What to Do?
Why not plan ahead and visit the world-famous Eden Project - only 20 mins away - or the stunning fishing village of Mevagissey and hire out a boat for the day. St Michael's Mount, on the south coast, will make for an unforgettable day trip to the Manor House on a remote island - well worth the drive!
We often find the best memories come from those unplanned days, so why not jump in the car or on the bus and see where your fancy takes you - the entire county is yours to explore! You can reach almost anywhere in Cornwall in under an hour from Sun Haven Valley by car, and whichever way you turn you won't be disappointed.
A mile away from Sun Haven Valley is Merlin Golf Club, with views over the Atlantic from the hilltop fairways to enhance your day. Suitable for beginners and experienced golfers alike, the facilities include an 8-bay driving range, a clubhouse and gift shop. For a little variety Treloy Golf Club is 4 miles away to the South and Trevose Golf Club 6 miles to the North.
With the South West Coastal Path
just 3/4 mile from our doorstep, there is no excuse not to experience
the country's most spectacular coastal scenery. Catch the bus towards either
Padstow or Newquay, and the journey back offers an easy coastal walk back
with incomparable and breathtaking views. We can also supply details of circular
routes, for those wishing to explore the countryside and woodland further
The Lakes of Mawgan Porth Pools are on the edge of the Sun Haven Valley Park and offer both a "specimen" lake and a larger well-stocked lake (1.5 acre) with 46 pegs to fish for mirror & common carp, tench & bream. Adapted for accessibility, the Pools cater for all fishing and physical abilities with a wide wooden platfrom encircling the lake. Regular competitions are held here so try and get in more than once, but if you're looking for a selection of fisheries during your stay, we are within a few miles of Porth Lakes. For more information on Fishing, see our fishing in cornwall page.
For more ideas on attractions and plans for days out see our attractions