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Free things to do outdoors this Winter

For further information for the activities that you can do in your area please see the links below




Pastow | Wadebridge | Bodmin | Liskeard | Looe | Camelford | Launceston | Bude | Saltash | Torpoint

Scrub & Spuds  - Near Port Isaac 

12th January 2019 10am - 3pm (booking essential)

Spend a few hours on the coast helping National Trust rangers cut back gorse and blackthorn scrub to encourage wildlife at this valuable coastal habitat. We'll cook up a complimentary jacket potato lunch on the bonfire.

Bikelights: Flying Circus - Wadebridge 

Saturday 26th January 2019 from 18:45 

Now in our fifth year, this hugely successful community spectacle is expected to be bigger and better than ever – with 700 plus bikes and a host of newly commissioned artists bikes on the theme of Flying Circus – featuring elephants, flying trapeze, fire sculptures and magnificent illuminated creations of all shapes and sizes.

Kids for a quid - February Half Term at Bodmin Railway - Bodmin 

Sun 17th February, 2019 — Sun 24th February, 2019 | 9:30am-4:30pm

Spectacular steam, and kids travel for just £1 over half term!

Scrub & Spuds at Pentire Head  - Nr Polzeath 

20th February 2019 10am - 3pm 

Spend a day out in the fresh air and play a part in the National Trust's important conversation work. Help the local ranger team clear scrub and as a small thank you for your efforts, enjoy a complimentary jacket spud baked on the bonfire.

Crooklets Saturday Beach Clean - Bude

First Saturday of each month.

Help protect our local beach and protect our oceans. Just turn up! All equipment is provided. Under 18's to be accompanied please.  

Woodland walk through Luxulyan Valley - Luxulyan

Luxulyan PL24 2RZ

Take a walk through the woodland at Luxulyan valley which is also home to the huge Treffry viaduct.

Tintagel – King Arthur and the slate coast - Tintagel

Tintagel PL34 0AJ

5 mile walk on the cliffs which then follows a series of tracks along the coast to the cove of Trebarwith Strand.

Cardinham Woods – Bodmin

There are four way marked walking trails to follow and many other paths weave their way through the 650 acres of scenic woodland. The woods are home to buzzards, dippers, kingfishers and deer. Otters also inhabit the stream here. Why not bring a picnic and relax by the river as children paddle and make dams, or make use of the free BBQs there. Induldge yourself with a cream tea at the Woods cafe where there is a great play area alongside to keep the youngsters amused.

Priory Park - Bodmin

Priory Park Bodmin has a large play area with a range of equipment including slides, swings, roundabout, multiplay units, roundabout and more. Public conveniences and carpark adjacent.

Tamar Lakes Country Park - Bude

An off-road trail connects Upper and Lower Tamar Lake, spot kingfishers, butterflies, herons, dragonflies or even an deer as you venture through the borders of Cornwall and Devon. There’s plenty of open spaces to let your children play freely and our new play area is the perfect place to let them run off steam.

Siblyback Lake - Bodmin Moor

Visit Siblyback Lake, located on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Surrounded by moorland and dramatic tors, this impressive lakeside location offers a great day out for families in Cornwall.

Wacker Quay - Torpoint

A gem within the Tamar Valley AONB, Wacker Quay provides stunning views and free public access to the River Lynher.

Camel Trail - Padstow


The trail is suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and wheel-chair users and falls into three main sections:

  • Padstow to Wadebridge - 5.5 Miles (8.8Km)
  • Wadebridge to Bodmin (Boscarne) - 5.75 Miles (9.25Km)
  • Bodmin to Wenfordbridge - 6.25 Miles (10.1 Km)

St Nectan's Glen - Tintagel

Experience St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks. Accompanied by two additional waterfalls and a beautiful woodland walk. Free entry, but there is a small fee to visit the waterfall.



Penryn | Falmouth | St Agnes | Truro | Perranporth | St Austell | The Clays | Newquay | Lostwithiel

North Helford Beach Cleans - Falmouth 

Sunday 20th January 2019 from 10am - 12noon & Sunday 3rd March 2019 from 10am - 12noon  

Meeting Point - Bosveal National Trust Car Park.  We meet seasonally on a Sunday morning to carry out beach cleans in the North Helford countryside.  Gloves, bags and litter-pickers are provided.  All you need to bring is your enthusiasm to help for a couple of hours. We end our beach cleans with a hot/cold drink in the Fish Cellar in Durgan village.

Winter Mask Making Workshop - Wheal Martyn St Austell 

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February from 10am 

Get up close to nature this February Half Term and make your very own winter inspired mask. Discover Wheal Martyn’s Nature Reserve on a scavenger hunt and pick your favourite nature items to decorate your mask with. Then pick up your free mask template from reception and get creative in our ‘Make and Take’ station. This activity is suitable for children of all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. This drop-in activity is free of charge

Community Beach Clean (Pendower) - Pendower Beach nr Veryan 

Free Event.  Booking not required.  We meet in the afternoon on the first Monday each month.  Gloves, bags and litter-pickers provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to help out for an hour or so. 

Community Beach Clean (Porthcurnick) - Portscatho, Truro

First Monday of each month  

Gloves, bags and litter-pickers provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to help out for an hour or so.

Monthly Hemmick Beach Clean - St Austell  

First Saturday of each month 

Help us keep Hemmick beach beautiful.  Can you spare half an hour or so to help us keep Hemmick beach looking beautiful, and safer for wildlife?  Gloves, bags and litter pickers provided.  Children welcome with supervising adult. 

Stargazing at Trerice - Newquay TR8 4PG

9th March 2019 6pm - 9pm 

Tick off one of your #50things and take a look at the night sky above Trerice. With displays, talks and telescopes Kernow Astronomers will guide you through our amazing Cornish skies (if clear).  Children are welcome accompanied by an adult.   Booking not needed.  Free event.

Boscawen Park - Truro

Great park for all ages. Toddler swings, big swings, lots of climbing apparatus & netting, mock pirate ship, wooden posts for walking along, masses of green space for picnics

Malpas to Tresillian walk - Truro 

Follow the path out of Malpas, following the river, heading towards St Clement. Pass through this charming village, keep following the river to Treslillian.

Clay Trails - St Austell 

Five mostly off-road, dog friendly Clay Trails in spectacular rural scenery near St Austell and ideal for walking, cycling or horse-riding.

Fistral Beach - Newquay 

Overlooked by the imposing grandeur of the Headland Hotel, the beach is bookended by two headlands that funnel in powerful, hollow waves which regularly reach heights of between 6 and 8 feet. On shore there are plenty of opportunities to book surf lessons or hire gear and a complex of cafes, takeaways and shops is located on the beach.

Lerryn - Lerryn, Near Lostwithiel 

Lerryn is a picturesque village divided by a large river, used by locals for kayaking, which can be crossed at low tide. There is a shop and a woodland perfect for a long stroll. 

Padstow and Stepper Point Walk - Padstow

A 6 mile headland walk along the South West Coast Path giving far-reaching views over the mouth of the River Camel and the Doom Bar, where mermaids wait to lure sailors to disaster! Features include sandy beaches, secluded coves, holy wells, a daymark towerand some stunning rock formations.

Trevose Head - Padstow

The magnificent headland of Trevose juts out into the ocean and offers far reaching views, wonderful wildlife and a diverse landscape. 

Pentewan Trail - St Austell 

Enjoy wild flowers, wooded countryside and fine views on this route which takes you along a flat, former railway line to the beach and harbour at Pentewan.

Come and Visit the Donkeys and Horses at The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary - Penryn 

All year round - please visit link for days and times - Penryn TR10 9JB

Entry to the sanctuary is free, but we would be extremely grateful for a donation



Penzance | St Ives | Hayle | Helston | Redruth | Pool | Camborne

Free Village and Harbour Tour at St Michaels Mount - Marazion

Daily - St Michaels Mount TR17 0HS

Tours at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. From digging into the history of the village and harbour life, to the conservation of the castle, connect with the island and its stories through daily guided tours of island life. 

Heartlands Adventure Playground - Pool nr Redruth 

October 10am – 6.30pm and November to January 10am – 4pm (open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) Heartlands, Pool, Redruth TR15 3QY

There are subterranean tunnels, a shipwrecked boat to climb and possibly declare mutiny upon, and funnel slides to hurtle down. Come rain or shine, it’ll be hard to prise any child from 1 – 13yrs out of this playscape.

Gwennap Pit - St Day

Gwennap Pit is an open air amphitheatre, near Redruth in Cornwall, made famous by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Possibly a hollow created by mining activities, it has remarkable acoustic properties.

Gwithian Towans Beach - Hayle

Explore the sand dunes that stretch for miles and investigate the many rock pools.

Kynance Cove - The Lizard

A tidal beach for the adventurous, famous for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks

Morrab Gardens - Penzance

Morrab Gardens are a municipal garden covering 1.2 ha to the south of Penzance town centre, Cornwall. It is known for its Mediterranean and sub-tropical plants; and for housing the Morrab Library in the grounds.

Stithians Lake - Redruth

Create your own pirate adventure, take to the water on a sailing quest or let your children run freely in our pirate-themed play area. Fill your day with fun and adventure, walk our nature path or bring your bike and cycle off-road. 

Victorian Shipwreck Walk - St Ives 

A circular walk from St Ives on the ancient churchway towards Zennor and returning along the rugged coast to Porthmeor where a Victorian cargo ship and the St Ives lifeboat were both wrecked and the ship's boilers are still visible at low tide. The boilers of the Alba are visible at low tide on Porthmeor Beach

Tehidy Country Park - Camborne

Tehidy has over 9 miles (14.5km) of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a café and a picnic area.

The Great Flat Lode Trail - Camborne

The Great Flat Lode Trail is a 10.5km (6.5 miles) circular trail around Carn Brea hill

Castle Beach Clean Up - Falmouth 

Join FMC, Plastic Free Falmouth and One Bag Beach Clean for this jointly hosted beach clean of the Castle Beach and Pendennis Castle areas. Give back to your community, all whilst setting off the year on a high! Look out for our flags and banners on the day. Please bring you own bucket if you have one - See you there!



Join the world’s largest treasure hunt and get searching for hidden gems all over Cornwall. You’ll need no more than a smart phone with GPS and some eagle-eyed volunteers to help solve the clues.

Kernow Rocks! 

Go seeking for hidden painted rocks, or get creative and paint and hide others to be found! Some businesses offer free treats if you find theirs! Hidden in locations throughout Cornwall, join the facebook group for further information. 

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! - 2019 registration opens on the 12 December

Sign up for your free birdwatching pack from December 12th! 


Cool autumn nights are perfect for this, if the clouds clear the skies are beautiful. Look at apps such as Sky Map  to help you identify all the stars you see!

Have a scavenger hunt

Kids love collecting & picking things up.  There are so many things to pick up & collect along your walk pine cones, leaves, feathers, acorns, twigs etc. Take a bag with you to take home all your treasures. Visit the Woodland Trust for hundreds of downloads!

Arts and crafts outdoors

To get you started we have created a how to guide to make a bird feeder for your garden by recycling juice cartons! How to make a bird feeder for your garden 

Build a den

There’s lots of natural building material to use, sticks, fallen branches, logs, bracken and leaves. Let the kids take the lead and see what they can create. It can be surprising! You can also take some material from home, or if you go camping, bring some camping gear. A simple tarp also works wonders and can be used to keep the den dry if the ground is wet.

Watch the sunset

Wear warm clothes and find a perfect spot:

Beach, harbour, hill top, or your very own garden!


Wrap up warm and pick your favourite beach to go rockpooling and explore the shore!

Feed the ducks

Children (and adults) love feeding the ducks and there are loads of places throughout Cornwall to do it! 

Did you know?

Bread can damage their health and pollute the water they swim in - it is suggested to feed them sweetcorn, lettuce, oats, bird seeds or even peas!

Fly a kite

Take a kite to one of the many beaches in Cornwall and you can have hours of fun.

To make the most of this beautiful season, you will need:

  • A flask for homemade hot drinks! 
    - here are some great recipes for hot chocolate! (We're loving Unicorn Hot Chocolate!)

  • Hat, Gloves and Extra Layers
    - the cornish weather loves to change, so dress prepared. Lots of walks will cover both woodland and beach, so its better to have too many layers than too little!

  • Extra pairs of socks - or some big comfy boots/wellies
    - if you haven't got a good pair of walking shoes or boots, pack extra socks to keep your toes warm and dry throughout your walk.

  • Camera
    - capture all the winter memories you'll make! See if you can find a spider web, they sparkle in this season! Or maybe get the kids to throw and catch leaves, or find pinecones to decorate for christmas time!

  • … Who knows you may be able to build a snowman this winter!

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