7 fun things to do in Cornwall this August

August is the perfect time to recharge your batteries, lower your heart rate and totally relax before the seasons change and the temperatures begin to cool.

There are so many fantastic things to do in Cornwall this August that we could barely contain them all in just one article, but hopefully we've picked the best ones here to inspire you for your next Summer holiday.

7. Spend the whole day on the beach

That moment when you kick your sandals off and step onto the soft white sand for the first time on holiday is one you'll remember long after you get home and unpack.

children spending day on the beach

Make this year the one where you spend an entire day on the beach, building sandcastles, walking along the shore in the shallow waters as the waves gently lap against your legs and dining al fresco in the beachside restaurant.

Treyarnon Bay has a small cafe just 50 metres from the beach where you can enjoy a glass of something over lunch.

6. Watch the boats during Falmouth week

Falmouth Week is a huge sailing regatta that takes place in the seaside port every August, this year from 10-19 August.

Falmouth week sailing boat

As well as the sailing, there's also a carnival, a display by the Red Arrows, a mouth-watering Summer market featuring award-winning Cornish produce, and loads of activities to join in.

Don't miss live performances this year Leo Sayer, The Worzels, plus tribute act Fleetwood Bac and an 80s/90s extravaganza.

5. Sit in a classic car

Who doesn't want to be like Lady Penelope? We may not have our own Parker but we can get a taste of the chauffeur lifestyle at the annual Classic Car Show, hosted in the impressive grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park on Sunday 5 August.

classic car show Mount Edgcumbe 2016

Get up close to 500 rare and beautiful American, classic and kit cars, and browse the many stalls availabile throughout the show.

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is also a beautiful estate, with miles of forest trails, a stunning historic house and gardens dating back to the 16th Century.

4. Have a barbecue

Food tastes better when it's been cooked on the barbecue so plan ahead and make time for a barbecue on the beach this Summer.

barbecue on the beach

It's not just kebabs, burgers and sausages.... don't forget fruit when you're firing up the grill - watermelon, pineapple and peaches are all delicious when lightly grilled on the barbecue.

Safety first:

Most local councils are happy for you to barbecue on the beach, but take extra care as the sand gets dangerously hot beneath the barbecue. Never throw your barbecue away in a bin on the beach, always take your rubbish away with you, and be sure to put it out with water when you're finished to make sure it's 100% cool and safe.

3. Journey through space at Eden

Visit Cornwall's famous Eden Project this Summer and you'll travel out of this world to a whole new galaxy.

space exhibition at Eden 2018

Its annual exhibition this year features space, with a mission to Mars, an extraterrestrial tour guide, and extreme activities including mini-golf on Mercury and moon-buggy driving.

Take a sneak peek at what to expect with this teaser video showing what happened last year....

2. Ride Shotgun with George Ezra on the beach

It has the atmosphere of Glastonbury with none of the mud; Boardmasters is the biggest and best music festival in the county, featuring live performances from loads of stars including George Ezra, Years & Years, Tom Walker, and the Fun Lovin' Criminals.

boardmasters 2018 website

Lily Allen, Feeder, Catfish & The Bottlemen and even Idris Elba (yes, that Idris Elba) will be performing throughout the four-day festival.

Book a day ticket and make sure you catch the artist of your choice, either on the main stage or at one of the intimate evening beachside gigs.

There is also the surfing of course, as well as the surfing village which rises up among the dunes offering an eclectic range of souvenirs, gifts and memorabilia.

The event runs from 8-12 August 2018.

It's opens the door to some of the most breath-taking views available in Cornwall, and it's completely free to explore. The South West coast path is over 600 miles long, covering the entire perimeter of the county.

south west coast path

Join wherever you like - Harlyn Bay, Padstow, Polzeath or Pentire Point -the coastpath runs right past your holiday home at Ocean Blue Cornwall, so you don't even need to drive.

While walking, look out for dolphins playing in the bay, tuck into a picnic overlooking the vast expanse of the Atlantic ocean, or just walk until you find a small fishing village where you can enjoy lunch in one of the local cafes or restaurants.

So what have we missed? August is the perfect time to visit Cornwall, to indulge in some Cornish ice-cream, some freshly caught seafood and some clean sea air.

Hope to see you here soon.

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