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9 of the top Cornwall activities for group holidays

Sarah P 19 February 2021

Are you making plans for a big group holiday in Cornwall? Whether you’re organising a big family reunion, a long overdue catch-up with friends or a celebration such as a milestone birthday or hen or stag party, you’ve picked a fabulous destination for it! 

Cornwall is a beautiful county famed for its picturesque coastline, world-renowned beaches, water sports and famous attractions. Believe us when we say, we know how difficult it can be to keep everyone happy on a group holiday, but with a great choice of Cornwall activities and days out up your sleeve, you’ll certainly be off to a splendid start.  

Quaff your favourite tipple on a Cornish tour and tasting

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If there’s one thing you’ll find plenty of in Cornwall, it’s food and drink! Two things that are essential to any kind of holiday, and a passion for many. Adult groups will particularly enjoy touring Cornwall’s very best vineyards, breweries, and distilleries, quaffing wine at lunchtime, sampling gin in the afternoon and tasting beer and cider before dinner! Pick up a few bottles to take away with you and continue the tastings back at your holiday accommodation. One of the best Cornwall activities for hen and stag parties, you will find a plethora of group tours and tastings at Cornwall’s very best boozy establishments.

Cornwall’s vineyards, breweries and distilleries: 

Take on a water sport adventure along the Cornish coastline

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Cornwall has long been a destination that has drawn surfers from far and wide, from beginners to those who compete in international competitions. With over 200 beaches and the steady swell of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s not difficult to see why. In addition to surfing, some of the best Cornwall activities take place on the water. Why not try paddleboarding, kayaking or, if you’re a thrill-seeker, you could scramble across rock faces and leap from cliffs on a coasteering adventure! There are a multitude of expert water sport and Cornwall activity providers who offer group expeditions, lessons, and experiences for a range of ages and abilities. So, whether you’re planning an adventurous hen or stag party, or you want to try something new with the family, book a water sport adventure that you’ll always remember:

Water sport providers in Cornwall:

Rainy day activities in Cornwall 

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While Cornwall does get its fair share of fine weather, it’s always worth having a few rainy-day activities in mind too! Conveniently, much of Cornwall’s heritage lies beneath the ground in an subterranean world of slate and tin mines. These unique and incredibly well-preserved mines and caverns not only offer a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s mining history through guided tours and intriguing museum displays, but they cater to adults and children alike! The younger members of your group will love the thrill of descending below ground and following in the footsteps of Cornish miners. With an array of interactive displays and fun ways to learn, they’re sure to stay engaged and interested as you enjoy this family-friendly activity in Cornwall.  

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Seek out the best kids' activities in Cornwall

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A destination popular with families, it goes without saying that you’ll find plenty of attractions and days out geared towards children of all ages in Cornwall. If you’re planning a family holiday in Cornwall, you’ll no doubt want to ensure your days are filled with things that everyone will love. You’ll find a fantastic choice of theme parks, family attractions, farm parks, animal sanctuaries and adventure to keep little ones entertained. If it’s the smiles on your children’s faces that really make the holiday memorable, then we know the perfect kids' activities in Cornwall to try!  

Attractions and kids' activities in Cornwall:

Go wildlife watching on a boat trip or sea safari

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One of the best Cornwall activities for multi-generational family holidays, there’s no doubt every member of your group will love an adventure along Cornwall’s coastline to spot dolphins, seals and maybe even whales. With a range of diverse habitats, there are lots of places in Cornwall where you might be lucky enough to spot the giants of the deep. The question is, how do you know where to go? Fortunately, there are an array of wildlife spotting trips run by professionals who know just where to look for these marvellous creatures! While you might not be lucky every time, under the expert guidance of a Cornish local, you’ll be in with a far better chance!

Wildlife-watching tour providers in Cornwall:

See a theatre show with a difference at the Minack Theatre

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Do you love getting dressed up and heading to the theatre? Well, Cornwall offers a theatre experience with a difference! The unique open-air Minack Theatre is carved into the granite cliffs above a gully, with impressive views of Porthcurno Bay. Set within a swathe of subtropical gardens, it really is a sight to behold. Throughout the summer, the theatre presents a schedule of drama, musical and opera performances against one of the most dramatic backdrops in Cornwall. Gather your group and book your spot on one of the fantastic performances for one of the most unique Cornwall activities you can enjoy together.

Other cultural hot spots in Cornwall

Visit the world-famous Eden Project

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Whether this is your first visit to Cornwall or you’re a fan of the area, you’ve probably heard of the Eden Project, but have you ever visited before? The world-famous attraction is a favourite among adults and children alike, making it a solid day out for families. With many spectacular indoor attractions, it’s one you can add to your list of rainy-day activities in Cornwall too! Explore the rainforest biome, take a stroll along an Eden trail, discover hidden gems in the outdoor gardens, marvel at the magnificent sculptures, head around the world through a plethora of gardens and, if you’re feeling brave, fly above the attraction on a zip wire. Complete with cafes, restaurants, and gift shops, it’s sure to be an all-round favourite among our list of top Cornwall activities.

Other garden attractions in Cornwall

Outdoor activities at Adrenalin Quarry

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 This unique and thrilling attraction is jam-packed with a variety of activities that are suitable for everyone but are designed to provide unforgettable fun for groups. The perfect Cornwall activity for hens and stags, or a fun day out for families, we guarantee you’ll be talking about Adrenalin Quarry long after your group holiday in Cornwall. The outdoor activities on offer range from extreme sports such as cliff jumping, the UK’s longest zip wire and hovercraft powering around the quarry, to high ropes, go-karting and open water swimming! Let’s not forget the hilarious fun to be had taking part in 'Wipeout' at the Aqua Park. If you’re planning a hen or stag party, you might just have found the perfect combination of adventure and comedy all rolled into one!

More adrenaline pursuits in Cornwall

Relish a fine-dining experience in Padstow

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If sampling delicious local produce in elegant restaurants sounds like one of the must Cornwall activities on our list, then allow us to tempt you. For a touch of class, extravagance and fantastic food, Cornwall offers a plethora of celebrity eateries and Michelin-starred restaurants. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or not, treat yourselves to a touch of class, extravagance, and fantastic food in one of Cornwall’s fabulous celebrity eateries and Michelin-starred restaurants. You’ll be blown away by Rick Stein’s offering of not one, but three glamorous establishments in Padstow. Choose from the laid-back feel of his fish & chips shop or relaxed lunches at Rick Stein’s Café to the glitz and glamour of Seafood Restaurant where your tastebuds will be tantalised with platters of oysters and langoustines – all caught locally off the Cornish coast.

More Michelin star and celebrity chef restaurants in Cornwall:

To inspire your group holiday in Cornwall

With so many Cornwall activities to fill your group holiday in Cornwall, you can book your getaway in the confidence that there will be plenty of activities to fill your days. Get to know the area a little better with our complete guide to Cornwall and see some of our favourite large houses in Cornwall, handpicked for their wow-factor.

Looking for more group activities for your group holiday in Cornwall? Peruse our selection of guides that cover some great ideas for a range of big holidays and special occasions:


Book a large house in Cornwall 

Without further ado, snap up your dream large house in Cornwall and start looking forward to your special group or family holiday. Our large cottages in Cornwall range from rural farmhouses and stylish barn conversions to seaside apartments and coastal escapes. Browse the collection and book your group holiday in Cornwall today.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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