Make 2019 a year to remember and be inspired with our Cornish bucket list with a North coast twist.
Party on the island
Floating in the middle of the Camel Estuary and enjoying 360° views of the beautiful surrounding coastline is North Cornwall's best kept secret - The Island. Here you can enjoy a relaxed family BBQ and try your hand at Camel Ski School's full range of activities including wakeboarding, paddle boarding, wake surfing, kayaking, and water skiing. It's the perfect place for a celebration with a twist.
Relax in a hot tub under the stars
Sink in to the bubbling water of the hot tub at Dry Creek House and relax under the nights sky with just the sound of the wind rustling through the trees and the waves crashing in the distance. This architect designed house is a stylish sanctuary overlooking Polzeath beach, it's the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Cycle along the Camel Trail
Hire a bike in nearby Wadebridge and set off along the Camel Trail toward the bustling harbour town of Padstow. The Trail itself is a disused railway line and the (mainly flat) route hugs the Camel River as it meanders towards the mouth of the estuary. Bikes can be hired from Bridge Bike Hire in Wadebridge or Padstow Cycle Hire in Padstow.
A holiday is the perfect opportunity to roll out your matt and take time to unwind and rejuvenate with some yoga. At Parker's Place you can practice your sun salutations on the spacious deck whilst taking in the gorgeous views across Polzeath beach and breathing in the fresh sea-salted air. If you want some expert guidance Amy at Next Wave Yoga provides one to one or group lessons and will come to you.
Learn to ride a wave
Polzeath beach is one of the safest and most reliable surf spots in Cornwall. If your New Year's resolution is to finally master the art of surfing be sure to book a lesson with one of the excellent surf schools such as Wavehunters or George's Surf School. Whether you have never tried it before or are just looking to perfect your style, a lesson from a surf school can help you achieve your goal.
Stay on location
Settled in a sheltered valley, Port Isaac is a traditional Cornish fishing village with sloping streets and cosy cottages. It's easy to see why this picturesque fishing village on the rugged North Cornish coast has been chosen to provide the backdrop to the popular television series Doc Martin and more recently the Fisherman's Friends film. Stay on location in Port Isaac and experience for yourself the narrow streets and dramatic scenery.
Discover Cornwall's marine life
Climb on board a Wavehunters Sea Safari and experience the magic of seeing dolphins and sharks in their natural habitat. The trip takes in Daymer Bay, Polzeath beach, The Rumps, Pentire Head and Puffin Island. Depending on the time of year you can expect to see Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Puffins, Gannets and many other varieties of seabirds.
Stay in Cornwall's best self-catering property
Find out for yourself why Carn Mar was recently awarded Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year at the Cornwall Tourism Awards. With panoramic sea views and direct beach access this stunning property is the ultimate beach house. Book a stay in 2019 and experience this peaceful coastal refuge where you can escape from everyday life and experience your own slice of Cornish heaven.
Dine in the finest restaurants
In Padstow long established celebrity chef Rick Stein has been joined by Paul Ainsworth whose one Michelin starred restaurant - Paul Ainsworth at No6 is not to be missed. In Port Isaac Nathan Outlaw has the Fish Kitchen a one Michelin starred tapas style seafood restaurant housed in a 15th century fishermans cottage. He also has his flagship two Michelin starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw perched at the top of the village, serving a seafood tasting menu with the rugged cliffs of North Cornwall forming the backdrop.
Cornwall is full of unique and challenging sporting events, this year challenge yourself to a coastal run or sea swim whilst taking in the beautiful Cornish countryside. Each year the Padstow to Rock Swim, a one-mile open water swim that starts in Padstow and finishes across the water in Rock raises money for Marie Curie. At the Eden Project their marathon and cycling sportive takes in a scenic multi-terrain course and finishes with a pasty and a pint.