The kids have broken up from school, the temperatures are warm, the sun’s out and the sky’s blue – it might be time to grab a beach towel or three and head to the coast. Before you do, be sure to plan your week so you get the most out of everything Cornwall has to offer this Summer with our comprehensive list of the best things to do in Cornwall in August.
10 things to do in Cornwall this August
1. A day at the beach
No Cornish holiday is complete without a day on the sand, paddling in the sea, building sandcastles and relaxing with a good book.
There are plenty of great beaches nearby, including the 3-mile stretch of golden sand at Perranporth and the impressive surf conditions at the world-famous Fistral Beach in Newquay.
2. Dinosaurs at Eden, St Austell
Cornwall’s premier attraction travels back in time this Summer to the time of the dinosaurs, with a prehistoric invasion promising plenty of excitement for the whole family.
Come face to face with moving live dinosaurs, discover fascinating facts about these amazing creatures and hone your archaeology skills in the dig pit.
3. National Marine Week
The first week of August is National Marine Week, with loads going on around Cornwall’s coast to give you the chance to get up close and personal with the region’s sealife.
Surf with dolphins in West Cornwall, look out for rare birds along the coastline and see what other sealife you can discover.
4. Playfest, Truro
Taking place on 3rd and 4th of August, this two-day event is a celebration of play with bouncy castles, circus skills workshops, music, dance and craft activities.
Entry is free with a small fee charged for some activities – click the post above for more details.
5. A walk along the coast
Whether you’re lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins playing around a pleasure boat, a basking shark feeding in the deep waters of the Atlantic or some spectacular waves crashing onto rocks, Cornwall’s coast never fails to disapppoint.
There are over 400 miles of coastline to explore from the rugged drama of the north coast to the calmer more sheltered shores of the south.
6. Falmouth Week 2016
Originally a sailing event, this annual festival is a celebration of all things nautical.
Expect a host of sailing boats, impressive cycle displays, a bustling arts market and plenty of fun activities for all ages during the event, from Friday 5th August to Sunday 14th August.
7. Fireworks at Flambards, Helston
Flambards Theme Park is one of Cornwall’s main attractions, with adrenaline-fuelled rides, eye-opening exhibitions and entertainment throughout the park.
Make it a night to remember and stay for the spectacular fireworks display from 9pm on Wednesday 12th, 19th and 26th August.
8. Boardmasters, Newquay
This iconic surf and music festival in Newquay has gone from strength to strength over the years, offering a packed programme of live music, great food and watersports.
Headlining in 2016 are Chase & Status, James Bay and Kaiser Chiefs so buy your tickets in advance and enjoy live music in the most beautiful coastal setting.
9. Cornish food
Sample some of Cornwall’s award-winning food and drink during your visit.
Try dishes served by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Nathan Outlaw, or keep it simple and taste some of the locally caught fish with chips eaten out of the paper in Padstow.
10. Trereife Summer Festival, Penzance
See inside the historic Trereife House near Penzance in West Cornwall, and take a ride in a horse and carriage to view the estate during this colourful festival.
The Fair includes craft demonstrations, a variety of children’s activities, fine food stalls, story-telling, magic show and live music.
If you’ve been inspired with our list of things to do in Cornwall in August and you haven’t yet booked your accommodation, check out the latest offers available at Monkey Tree Holiday Park, book online or call the reception team on 01872 572032.