5 things to do in Cornwall for couples

5 things to do in Cornwall for couples  – Holiday experiences too good to waste on the kids…

Cornwall’s not only about the kids – so pack away those thoughts of buckets and spades and start thinking about your own extraordinary visit. There are some truly amazing days out to be found with a myriad of experts across the county. A world of wonder awaits you beyond the call of the ‘attractions’, so we took a look at a few things to do  in Cornwall for couples that will put the zest into your Holiday.

things to do in cornwall for couples: Rick Stein's cookery class

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Rick Stein’s School

Cornwall is on the rise as a culinary hotspot – celebrity chefs rub shoulders with Michelin starred restaurants, so why not brush up on your own skills by signing up for a cookery masterclass?

Where else would you start this journey than at Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant?  With hundreds of miles of coastline, fresh fish and seafood is always on the menu.

So if you want to learn how to cook like the pros there are half day courses available to introduce you to the tricks of the trade.  But its not just seafood Stein’s is passionate about – you can also sign up for day course in Indian curries or street food, Far Eastern cuisine, Italian dishes or Spanish tapas to name just a few.

For those with a sweet tooth they also offer courses in patisserie and bakery.

Of course you might want to sample some of Rick’s food yourself and you’ll find his restaurants in Padstow, Falmouth and Porthleven – don’t forget to book your table.

Rick Steins’ cookery courses start from £95.

Wildwalks – Food Foraging 

This is definitely a favourite on our list of things to do in Cornwall for couples. If you wanted to combine a love of the outdoors with your love of food then why not give food foraging a try?  With such an abundance of stunning coast and countryside you’ll learn, during a gentle two mile walk, how we’re never very far from some amazing wild foods.

Lead by forging guru Rachel Lambert, the half day courses introduce you to the seasonal foods all around us.  Discover how to identify plants from smell, texture and even taste and you’ll soon come away from the course with your eyes wide open and a desire to get cooking – naturally!

With recipe suggestions along the way what wonders will you find amongst the hedgerows?

Rachel has been seen talking about wild food on shows including This Morning ITV, in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, The Ecologist, The Daily Express and more, she is also the author of Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Seasonal and varied courses take place across Cornwall and start from £35 per adult.


Things to do in Cornwall for couples: Wild food walk

Tresco April 2011(c) Adam White Photography

Koru – Sea kayaking

With such dramatic coastline all around us what better way to see it than from the water?  Explore truly breathtaking scenery and the drama of the rugged cliffs by sea kayak on a tour with Koru. Ideal for anyone looking for sporty things to do in Cornwall for couples.

Offering a number of tours from Frenchman’s Creek on the south coast to paddling the beauty of the north coast, Koru can even introduce you to the hidden world of Poldark.

Poldark’s Cornwall takes you on an expedition along the shores of Perranporth and St Agnes and looks at the way mining has shaped this incredible landscape, both on land and by sea.

The area is part of the World Heritage Cornish Mining site, which denotes its cultural significance for Cornwall.  Your Koru guide will show you wonders that can be found such as colourful cliffs and spacious caverns carved out during the mining era as well as secluded beaches.

Wildlife lovers are also in for a treat as tours frequently see bird colonies on the cliffs and playful seals tagging along.  If you are really lucky you might also get a sighting of dolphins or basking sharks.  It’s a truly magical way to see Cornwall.

All tours are weather dependant but run frequently throughout the year offering a new experience each season.

See korukayaking.co.uk/north-coast/

Things to do in Cornrwall for Couples - Sea Kayaking

Photograph by Kuru

Cornish Birds of Prey – Falconry 

Over at Cornish Birds of Prey, just outside of Wadebridge you can spend the day marvelling at majestic birds of prey at the wildlife park. But for something that little bit special why not treat yourself to a Falconry experience?

As experiences go you’d be hard pushed to find something as exhilarating yet as gentle as Falconry. It is all on offer here from a one hour handling course to a half day indulgence.

Whether you have a passion for hawks and falcons or an obsession with owls there is nothing quite like being so close to such beautiful and powerful birds. Offered as one to one sessions, or with a friend the hands-on experience sees you learn about the birds and their habits before flying them yourself.

If you really catch the bug Cornish Birds of Prey also offer a five day Falconry course teaching you all you need to know about owning your own bird.

A day like this is sure to set your heart a flutter!


Cornish Riding Holidays – Beach Riding At Gwithian

If you’ve watched Poldark on the TV you can’t have failed to see Ross galloping up and down the coastal path on an almost weekly basis.  There must be a reason for it!  The answer?  It’s jolly good fun.

Cornish Riding Holidays over at Wheal Buller near Redruth offer you the chance to saddle up and feel the wind in your hair and you canter along the beach at Gwithian (or trot, or plod even -whatever speed you want!).

Three miles of traffic-free golden sands await – what could be more invigorating or rejuvenating!  Let the stresses and strains of modern life drift away into the sea as your horse splashes through the waves and enjoy those crisp spring days.

If you are planning a summer visit, then don’t miss the chance to swim with horses – a truly unique experience at Carn Marth Lake. Take the horses for a hack from Wheal Buller overlooking the magical Carn Brea through the bracken and heath to Carn Marth (a former quarry) where you can slide the life jackets off and slip into the water. Booking fills up fast so don’t leave it too late.


For more things to do in Cornwall for couples, take a look at our “Days out” pages.