It’s coming up to Valentine’s day and I thought I’d share some ideas for a great Cornish date!
A few weeks ago I asked on Instagram if people had any posts they’d like to see on The Cornish Life, and ‘things to do for couples’ came up a couple of times. And very coincidentally, it happens to be the exact right time of year to be talking about these things, because it’s Valentine’s day this week!
Whether you celebrate Valentine’s or not, having a few ideas up your sleeve for a cute date or day out with your significant other is always useful. So below are a few of my favourite Cornwall days out ideas to do as a couple…
Go to a workshop together
Whether it’s a foraging workshop, cookery class, woodwork or something more arty, spending the day learning a new skill together makes for a great experience and a memory you’ll never forget.
- Philleigh Way cookery school do a great range of cooking school days
- I’ve been on a couple of foraging courses at Fat Hen and loved it!
- You can find loads of local craft workshops on Craft Courses, like this print-making one
Spend a day at the spa
Spend some quality time together by indulging in a relaxing spa day and maybe even a luxurious treatment like a couples’ massage? There are plenty of spas in Cornwall that range in their prices, but below are my fave:
- The ultimate luxury spa day at The Scarlet
- Total relaxation and quality treatments at St Michaels Hotel & Spa
- Sensory spa garden experience at Bedruthan Hotel & Spa
Take a picnic to the cliffs
There’s nothing I love more when the weather gets warmer than bundling up some tasty snacks and heading to my favourite cliff path areas to have a delicious picnic looking out to see. My fave spots include:
Go on a scenic coastal drive
If the weather is not so good, or it’s just not quite warm enough to be easting outside just yet, why not head out in the car for a scenic drive around the coast of Cornwall. You can check out the views, and stop off at car parks or lay-bys along the way to have your ‘indoor car picnic’.
A day trip to St. Mawes & The Roseland
Alex and I had a spare day off before Christmas and decided we would tick off a Cornwall bucket list item and get the ferry from Falmouth with the dogs over to St. Mawes on the Roseland. I think the dogs quite liked the boat ride (and they definitely enjoyed our coast walk once we got there), plus we ended up having delicious pasties on the beach too. Such a perfect day!
Visit some gardens
There are so many stunning gardens to choose from in Cornwall, which make the perfect tranquil date with your loved one. Stroll around hand-in-hand (maybe bring a picnic… can you tell I love food?), or they always have the BEST cafes at these places too! I would recommned:
- Trying the fun hedge maze and walking down to the beach at Glendurgan
- Getting some culture at the artist’s haven, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Try a feast night
If you’re feeling sociable, heading to a feast night is a great way to meet people who are like-minded (aka FOOD-LOVING!) and have a good laugh and a chat over tasty dinner and usually plenty of wine too!
- The Hidden Hut have famous feast nights which I am yet to experience but hoping to soon!
- Bedruthan Hotel do regular fire & feast nights throughout the season
- Knightor Winery do an excellent feast night and have a few coming up in February
Go for a paddle
Have you ever tried paddleboarding? If not I’d highly recommend giving it a try! WeSUP Falmouth offer training sessions, board hire and even some day out activities at Gylly Beach, and it’s honestly so much fun. On a calm day, it’s not super difficult, so anyone can really do it, but it’s so nice to relax on the water and explore the coast.
- Check out my experiences paddleboarding
Take the leap with a coasteering day
One of the most fun things Alex and I did last year was spend the day coasteering with Cornish Wave on their adventure weekend. The whole two days were so much fun but this was definitely a highlight! It sounds scary but anyone can do it (there were 6 year olds and 60 year olds doing it!) and you’ll definitely remember it.
- Read about our coasteering adventures
Hunt for the best hot chocolate
I’m going to have to do a future post about where all the best hot chocolates are in Cornwall, because there are so many great spots! Some of the best dates just involve going for a lovely long coast walk or heading the beach, then warming up with a delicious creamy hot chocolate afterwards (with ALL the toppings!). Below are just a handful of ideas…
Go to an outdoor cinema
Okay I haven’t done this yet but I’ve seen so many events for outdoor cinemas popping up on Facebook and I’m super excited to try on this year! Below are a few that are coming up…
Head to a Gin Festival
The Penventon have a gin & jazz night each year, but there are also plenty of full gin festivals popping up everywhere around Cornwall too. Check these out:
- Penventon Gin & Jazz evening
- Cornwall Gin Fest in Truro
- Cornish Gin & Drinks at The Alverton
- Secret Gin Garden at Scorrier House
Is there anything you would add to the list?
Featured photo of hands by Olivia Bossert