Free things to do in Cornwall and Devon
Beaches, walks, and forests aplenty,
Enjoy the seaside towns and cities,
Free festivals are their speciality!
Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall
The Lost Gardens of Heligan cover over 200 acres. You can walk through the jungle where there are tropical trees, colourful plants and vibrant foliage creating an exotic oasis; it’s hard to believe you’re still in Cornwall! Click here for more information
Visit St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
St Michael’s Mount is an ancient castle, that is only accessible during low tide, its remoteness adds to its appeal making it an extraordinary landmark to visit. The castle has a rich history of owners and is currently the home to the St Aubyn family, who with the National Trust, take care of its structure. Around the castle there’s a garden, church and village to explore! Make sure you plan ahead, as to visit when the tide is low. Find out more here.
Exmouth Festival, Devon
28th – 31st July 2023
Across the seaside town you can revel in the joys of a free family festival. There’s lots going on, from a silent disco, live music, free theatre, circus and dance performances, workshops and more! There’s so much going on you’ll have to plan ahead to enjoy the most of this festival. Check it out here.
British Firework Championships, Cornwall
16th – 17th August 2023
Brace yourself for a spectacular show, at this year’s Firework Championship. Alongside this phenomenal aerial display, there will be live music and a fun fair to enjoy! The prime viewing areas are Citadel and The Hoe, so you can always park up here to view the show here. Find out more.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon
Set beside the sea in the beautiful Devon countryside, this sanctuary provides a lovely home to many rescued donkeys. In the surrounding grounds there are numerous walking trails for the family to follow. No matter your age everyone will enjoy the stunning views of the countryside! Find out more.
Mevagissey Aquarium, Cornwall
Little marine lovers will enjoy looking around this fascinating aquarium, housed in an old RNLI lifeboat house and full of tanks brimming with coastal fish! You’ll get to learn all about various local species as the aquarium tries to bridge the gap between the fishing industry and the general public. Find out more.
Roskilly’s Farm, St Keverne, Cornwall
Various dates from May – September 2023
Take a look at a real, working, organic Cornish Dairy Farm this summer holiday, with an action-packed schedule you’ll have lots of free fun! Try some of their famous ice cream as well as freshly baked Gear Farm Pasties! You can even meet the hardworking maidens, there are currently 125 Jersey damsels being milked every day! Find out more here!
Killerton is a wonderful parkland which is perfect for a cycle or walk. There are two safe family cycle tracks to take around the historic park. You will see beautiful countryside views, plus get a great ‘tour’ of the estate including the House, stable blocks and chapel! Find out more.
Fistral Beach, Cornwall
Fistral is known for being one of the UK’s best surfing beaches. Situated on the north coast of Cornwall, this busy loveable beach has miles of sand and blue seas. There’s facilities available and plenty of parking, definitely well worth checking out.
Woolacombe Beach, Devon
This award winning beach is known for its clean shores, with lots of space for visitors. There’s plenty of facilities nearby to use, a must visit place whilst the sun is out. Find out more here.
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