10 Reasons to visit Cornwall in August

Here are our top ten reasons to visit Cornwall this August...

The Beaches 

Polly Joke

Summer is the perfect time to see the beautiful beaches in Cornwall in all their glory. You can take a day trip to visit the popular beaches of Watergate Bay or Polzeath, perfect for a day with the family to play in the sand and sea. Or you could try to find one of the beautiful more hidden coves to escape the crowds and enjoy the white sands like Lantic Bay or Porth Joke

Fun for the Family 

Eden Project

With the summer holidays starting it means there is lots to do for families at all the major attractions. If you're visiting the Eden Project this summer you can not only see the tropical biomes but also take part in Dinosaur Uprising uncover fascinating facts about land-roaming giants, monsters from the deep and ancient creatures of the skies. You can also visit Paradise Park for the Flight of the Rainbows at this wildlife park. Find out about what is on this August at other attactions here.

Summer Gardens

Lost Gardens of Heligan

This August you can visit the many wonderful gardens in Cornwall to see the colourful landscape and the fantastic flowers that are in bloom. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are holding various events throughout August for you to enjoy. One of these is on Sunday 14th August, where you can join wild food forager Emma Gunn for a wild food walk around The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Get back to nature with an experienced forager and explore the wild side of the Heligan Estate. Find out more about what's on at the gardens this August here. 

Boardmaster Festival 


One of the most popular events of the Summer is back this August. It's the UK’s biggest surf, skate and music festival, Boardmasters has earned itself legendary status and we’ve got to agree. Watch the surf, skate and BMX action at Fistral and move to Watergate Bay for eight stages of music, rides, food stalls, bars and barrel-loads more. Acts include Kaiser Chiefs, James Bay, Craig David and more. 

The Sea and Surfing

Harlyn Bay Surfers

August is the perfect time to have fun in the sea and to try out surfing if you've never done it before. There are many surf schools in Cornwall like the St Ives Surf School. Based right in the heart of St Ives on the stunning Porthmeor Beach, St Ives Surf School offers a great selection of surf lessons; for absolute beginners, improvers or advanced surfers and groups of 1 – 30+.  There are more surf schools perfect for beginners, find out more here

South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

A great way to see Cornwall this August is to take a walk on the South West Coast Path and enjoy the stunning views in the sunshine. Cornwall boasts a 300 mile section of The South West Coast Path and the sheer variety of the Coast Path means that there are plenty of gentle stretches as well as dramatic headlands, steep coastal valleys, sheltered estuaries, busy harbours, intimate coves, moorlands and sandy beaches. Find out the top walks this summer here. 

Summer Food Delights


Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the wonderful food that Cornwall has to offer. From the best Cornish Pasty to the seaside holiday classic, fish and chips. A great place to get some fantastic fish is Rick Steins Fish in Falmouth, whose menu uses cod, haddock and local fish like hake and lemon sole. There are great restaurants and fantastic food for suit everyone find out more here

Regatta Week 

Regatta Week

Throughout August in Cornwall there are great events on including Regatta Week. This includes Falmouth Week on the 5th August, it has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shore side events. There is also Fowey Regatta Week, it is one of Britain’s premier sailing events and a fun-filled week for all the family. One of the highlights is the amazing display over the harbour by the Red Arrows who have been making an annual appearance at the regatta for over 30 years.  

Fun Day out at the Cornish Country Fair

Cornish Country Fair

On the 28th August is the Cornish Country Fair which is a fun filled family day out. You can see horses, Birds of Prey, Heavy Horse Displays, Donkey Derby, Companion Dog Display, Children's Treasure Trail, Devon & Cornwall Tug-of-War Championships and more. As well as entertainment there are marquees featuring Cornish craft & local produce as well as outside trade stands.

Enjoy a Performace at the Minack Theatre 

Minack Theatre

The Minack Theatre is Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff and set in glorious gardens overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. The summer theatre season runs from May to September presenting drama, musicals and opera in this most dramatic of settings. Day visitors can explore this world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade. In August performances vary from the Clockmacker's Daughter to Storytelling which is great for children.  

Do you know any other reasons why August is a great time to visit Cornwall? Let us know by commenting in the box below.