For those of you that are staying in Cornwall this summer, here is a short guide of things you can do if you have some spare time and cash!
1. EDEN SESSIONS AT THE EDEN PROJECT
This years Eden Sessions line up is not one to be missed! Sadly Jessie J has sold out but there is still time to buy tickets to see the Kaiser Chiefs (Sat 29th June), Sigur Ros (Sun 30th June) and The XX (Tue 2nd July). Arena tickets for the day cost a mere £30 which isn’t too expensive for those of you that are living on a budget and it’s guaranteed to be worth your money! Here at Flex we will be covering the Eden Sessions, so keep an eye out for our reviews very soon!
2. MINACK THEATRE, PORTHCURNO, PENZANCE
Why not take a trip to Penzance to see a play at Cornwall’s very own ‘theatre under the stars’. Situated on a cliff with stunning views of Porthcurno Bay it’s no wonder the Minack Theatre is the most famous cliff theatre in Britain. This summer they are showing Shakespeare’s famous love story, Anthony and Cleopatra, Wuthering Heights, Anne Boleyn and many more. Ticket prices range from £8-£9.50. Check out their website for more listings and prices, www.minack.com.
3. BOARDMASTERS, FISTRAL BEACH & WATERGATE BAY, NEWQUAY
7th – 11th August sees the return of Cornwall’s music and surf festival – Boardmasters. The music arena, set at Watergate Bay, has a line up that is too good to miss. Acts such as The Vaccines, Basement Jaxx, Ben Howard, Everything Everything will be playing this year along with plenty more. At Fistral Beach you will be able to find the surf, skate and BMX events as well as a retail village. Weekend tickets that include camping are £109, day tickets are £39 and there is still chance for you to buy them online!
4. COASTAL WALK
This summer why not take advantage of living in one of the most beautiful places in Britain by going a coastal walk. A route from St. Keverne to Porthoustock is around 4 miles and would take you approximately 5 and a half hours – sounds like a trek, but it would be worth it to see the views of Falmouth bay at it’s best.
5. FALMOUTH’S SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL
Falmouth’s Sea Shanty festival will be celebrating it’s 10th year anniversary on the 14th-16th June! There will be 39 different performance groups taking part in the festival over 20 venues around Falmouth. It’s a charitable festival and all proceedings will be going to the RNLI. They have promised that it’s going to be a great weekend, so why not check it out. To find out more about the event visit, http://www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk/.
6. WATER SPORTS
The options of what sports you can do in the sea are endless. If you’re not already a sea swimming enthusiast, then stick on a wetsuit and take advantage of living right next to the world’s biggest swimming pool. There are other water sports you could try such as, surfing, body boarding, water skiing or you could go and see the Wesup guys down on Gylly beach and learn how to paddleboard! Falmouth also has various places along the harbour where you can hire out boats and kayaks for the day at cheap prices if you fancy being on the water rather than in it.
The great thing about living in a county that is notorious for holidaymaking is that there are plenty of cheap campsites. When the weather is nice grab your friends and head outdoors for the evening. Be sure to take a BBQ.
8. BEACH EXPLORING
As soon as the weather gets sunny Gylly gets crowded, so to avoid that sea of students and tourists you could go and explore new beaches along the Cornish coast. If you drive or know someone who does why don’t you go on a mini road trip to a new beach. Simply pick a destination on a map and drive to it. If you don’t have access to a car , don’t worry, you could always just follow the coastal path until you turn up at somewhere you haven’t been before.
9. TREBAH GARDEN, MAWNAN SMITH
Trebah Garden situated in Mawnan Smith is stunning all year round, but especially in the summer. It’s just down the road from Falmouth so you don’t need to travel far to get completely submersed in to a sub-tropical paradise that is rated among 80 of the finest garden’s in the world. They also have there own secluded beach on the Helford River. The cost of entry for students is £7.50, you can find out more about Trebah Garden here: http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/.
10. HEALEY’S CORNISH CYDER FARM, PENHALLOW
If you’re a fan of Cornish cider then you should go and quench your thirst at Healey’s Cyder Farm for free this summer. The farm is just outside of Truro in Penhallow, so it isn’t too far away from Falmouth. As well as sampling the ciders you can learn how it’s made, pet the farm animals or just simply just sit in the sun and enjoy and pint of cider.
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