No matter what your age, writing a bucket list for 2019 and using the new year to tick off each completed challenge will make you feel re-energized and more youthful than ever before. Setting yourself new challenges will give you a renewed lust for life and is markedly less stressful than the tradition of ‘giving up’, which many people attempt at this time of the year. Satiating your thirst for adventure is proven to soothe the soul and clear your mind, leaving you more prepared and able to cope with what life throws at you!
There’s no need to book a foreign holiday to make yourself feel invigorated – a stay at our beautiful clifftop accommodation is just what the doctor ordered. Cornwall has a bevy of experiences to excite those wishing to fulfill their bucket list 2019, just take a look at these 10 favourites to act as inspiration for when you’re here on your next Cornish holiday…
10 Things for Your Cornish Bucket List 2019
1) Finally Learn How to Surf
You’ve often wondered what it feels like to stand atop a surfboard riding the crest of a wave and be one at nature, so why not make this year the year you actually do it!? Due to our enviable location, we are just a short hop away from Bude’s best surfing beaches and our coastline is a magnet for swell. We have close links with Bude surf life-saving club and will happily advise guests on surf conditions and book them in for a surf lesson. You never know, it might change your life and provide you with a new passion! At the very least, the mighty Atlantic will invigorate you and make you feel amazing (whatever the season!).
2) Climb Brown Willy
If your aim is to get fitter in 2019 then treadmills are good for raising the heartbeat, but they tend to be somewhat lacking in inspirational views and heart-stirring scenery. Come to Cornwall instead and raise your heartbeat whilst experiencing some of the South West’s finest landmarks. The curiously named Brown Willy (from the Cornish “Bronn Wennili”, meaning “hill of swallows”) is the highest point in Cornwall and a walk to the top will provide breathtaking views (on a clear day!) and definitely blow the cobwebs away. Based in the heart of Bodmin Moor just 22 miles from Trevigue, Brown Willy sits proudly at 1,378 feet above sea level and is an epic way to get fit this year. Once you’ve ticked that off your Cornish bucket list 2019 and if climbing is your thing, why not tackle Bosigran – a world-famous granite cliff on the Penwith peninsula, attracting thousands of rock climbers each year of all standards.
3) Go Shark and Dolphin Spotting
If there’s one most outstanding feature of Cornwall it would have to be the majestic Atlantic ocean which surrounds us, along with the beautiful creatures which live in, on and around it. If you’ve never been up close to a whale, dolphin or shark then a wildlife spotting safari is one for the bucket list 2019, provided by Padstow Sea Life Safari. Along with these ‘stars’ of the sea, you can also see sunfish, basking sharks, puffins, seals, guillemots and so much more. Not only will being up close and personal to nature fill you with awe, but it will likely give you a sense of perspective which can ease stress. Watch your worries melt away across the ocean out to sea…
4) Rub Shoulders with the Stars
The landscape in Cornwall is so beautiful, so filled with history and so iconic that it is regularly used as a filming location for TV and film. Charlestown in mid-Cornwall is an unspoiled, purpose-built harbour from the Georgian period which still boasts many features from that time, complete with its very own collection of Tallships! It has been used for filming blockbusters such as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland as well as being one of the locations for popular TV show Poldark, to name but a few. James Bond film Die Another Day was filmed at Holywell Bay on the North Coast, whilst nearby Port Isaac is still the location for TV’s drama Doc Marten. Even the Beatles came to Cornwall to film Magical Mystery Tour in 1967 so head to Newquay’s Towan Beach if you want to tread where Lennon, Harrison et al once stood.
We don’t want to recommend that you get caught (literally!) with your pants down, but when done carefully and responsibly, wild swimming in Cornwall is one of the best ways to get the heart racing and inject some excitement into your life. Since Roman and Greek days, swimming or bathing in freshwater has been highly rated for its innumerable healthful attributes. That deep intake of breath as you submerge your body in crystal clear freshwater is a surefire way to reawaken your soul and never fails to get the pulse racing. You’ve never felt escapism and freedom like it until you feel the salt water on your skin or the tickle of a fish as it swims upriver past your bare toes. Give it a try whilst here in Cornwall and tick it off your bucket list for 2019.
6) Experience Wild and Wonderful Theatrical Experiences
Here in Cornwall we do things a little bit differently, you’ll learn that as soon as you get here. Imagine a theatre carved into the rockface with the moon and stars providing the stage spotlight… or a theatre set deep in the woods where the audience can enjoy an immersive evening of culture and wonder…or a theatre set in an Asylum! You can experience it all in Cornwall. Tick this one of your bucket list for 2019 and you’ll never look at theatre in quite the same way again.
7) Spot the ‘Greenflash’ at Sunset
The almost mythical ‘greenflash’ is indeed a real phenomenon and one which you definitely need to tick off your bucket list for 2019 whilst here on holiday in Cornwall. The ‘greenflash’ is what happens at a certain moment during the sun setting where the fiery sun is just about to dip beneath the horizon line but seems to flash green for a split second. Greenflashes occur because the Earth’s atmosphere can cause the light from the sun to separate out into different colours, causing this magical effect. If you haven’t seen a greenflash before, then Crackington Haven is one of the best places to watch the sun go down in Cornwall.
8) Walk, Walk then Walk Some More…
Cornwall is a bountiful heaven for walkers. The scenery, the terrain and the range of walks available is simply incredible and brings walkers back to the region time and time again. If you’ve ever dreamed of tackling all (!) or some of the 298 miles of dramatic Cornish coastline on foot, then why not set off on a coastal path walk right from your doorstep here at Trevigue? Looking for something longer? Then the South West coast path is the longest national trail in Britain at 630 miles; starting in Somerset and looping through Cornwall before wending its way back to Dorset, you can experience lots of this beautiful walk through Cornwall and dissect it into manageable chunks according to your ability. Cornwall has its fair share of other inland walks too- why not try the Saints’ Way which starts at Padstow and passes through a rich and varied landscape of valleys, woodlands, pastures and moors before ending at Fowey on the south coast. Whatever your level or experience, Cornwall has a walk for you. What better way to explore this beautiful county than on foot? Tick a walking holiday off your bucket list this year, you’ll be glad you did.
9) Learn to Fly (Yes Really)
Whilst staying here at Trevigue why not tick ‘learning to fly’ off your bucket list for 2019? Nearby Bodmin airfield offers flight experiences where you can take control of a light aircraft and fly over Cornwall taking in the sights from a unique birds’ eye perspective! You will be given a quick briefing on the aircraft and the areas you can fly during your allotted time meaning that each flight is bespoke to suit you. If you would rather let the wind be your guide then why not try flying in a hot air balloon for a relaxing airborne experience- from the sky you could fly over Beacon Hill, Bodmin Moor, historic country houses, medieval castles and numerous places of interest. If you’ve always dreamed of flying up in the clouds by balloon then why not try it whilst on holiday here in Cornwall?
10) Get Green-Fingered
Cornwall has some of the most amazing gardens in the UK so be sure to tick a visit to one of Cornwall’s iconic gardens whilst staying here at Trevigue. From woodland gardens to landscaped parkland to sub-tropical glades there is something of interest to even the most serious horticulturalist. With unique gardens ranging from the wild and mystical Lost Gardens of Heligan (which were named the Best UK Leisure and Heritage Attraction in the prestigious British Travel Awards last year), to the world’s largest tropical greenhouse at the world-famous Eden Project, you will be spoilt for choice. Trebah gardens is rated as one of the top 80 gardens in the world thanks to its bounty of sub-tropical and exotic species imported by Quaker polymath Charles Fox. If you prefer art to plants then there’s also a garden for you- the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden is a peaceful oasis of art and nature away from the crowds in the bustling town of St Ives and definitely one for the bucket list 2019.
So there we go, our pick of 10 best things to do whilst here in Cornwall staying at Trevigue! If you’d like to book your next stay or enquire about availability then please do get in touch. We can’t wait to offer you a warm Cornish welcome….