The virus put life on hold but there’s still a summer full of fun to be had with these coronavirus safe attractions in Cornwall.

The lockdown is lifting, the summer holidays are coming and we’re all in need of a break. But, where to go and what to do? How about one of these coronavirus safe attractions in Cornwall?

So far, 2020 has been a year like no other. The coronavirus pandemic has posed challenges for everyone across the country. Whether you’ve been working from home, homeschooling, socially distancing in your workplace or placed on furlough, we’ve all had to make adjustments. 

But, as the lockdown restrictions begin to be eased, and a sense of normality begins to return to our day to day lives, it’s time to start thinking about how to spend your summer. 

And, what better way to celebrate the start of summer and the lockdown restrictions lifting than a coastal family escape to beautiful Cornwall?

The wide, open expanses of coastline, secluded woodland walks and secret coves make Cornwall an ideal place to spend a socially distanced holiday this summer. And, with many of the county’s attractions reopening with safety precautions in place, there are plenty of fantastic coronavirus safe attractions in Cornwall.

We’ve found some of the best attractions across the country that are open and operating with precautions in place, so you can enjoy coronavirus safe attractions in Cornwall this summer. 

Read on to see which fantastic attractions are open and what safety precautions and social distancing measures are in effect to keep your family safe from coronavirus this summer. 

Carbis Bay Holidays’ top 10 attractions in Cornwall with coronavirus safety precautions:

  1. Go Surfing with St Ives Surf School – St Ives
  2. Try a Segway with Cornwall Segway – Newquay
  3. Take a Bike Ride with Bridge Bike Hire – Wadebridge
  4. Paddle Board – Carbis Bay
  5. Set Sail – Carbis Bay
  6. Flambards Theme Park – Helston
  7. Camel Creek Adventure Park – Wadebridge
  8. Explore Henry the 8th’s Castle at Pendennis – Falmouth
  9. Visit a Castle on an Island at St Michael’s Mount – Marazion
  10. Experience Outdoor Theatre at the Minack – Porthcurno

Outdoor Activities for Families in Cornwall with coronavirus safety precautions

There’s no better place to socially distance than the great outdoors. And in Cornwall, we’ve got plenty of coronavirus safe outdoor activities suitable for the whole family. From sea swimming to surfing, cycling to segway tours, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy on a family day out in Cornwall.

Coronavirus safe attractions Cornwall - surf lessons

1. Surf School, St Ives

Why not learn to surf in Cornwall as a family for a great day out this summer?

St Ives Surf School are back open and taking bookings for coasteering, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and kayaking lessons this summer. 

The team of experienced surf instructors have made adjustments to their practices to make sure every surf, kayak, coasteering and stand up paddleboarding lesson is as safe as possible for students. 

With so many watersports activities on offer at St Ives Surf School, there’s certainly something to keep the whole family happy on a great coronavirus safe day out in Cornwall. 

See our ‘Local’s Guide to Surfing in St Ives’ for more 

2. Cornwall Segway, Newquay

If you are a family who prefers dry land, try Cornwall’s very own, unique segway tour experience.

To make sure everyone stays safe during their segway experience, Cornwall Segway has limited group size to 5 participants and are asking all visitors to observe social distancing rules when they visit the centre. 

They’ve also provided hand sanitiser for anyone who needs it and state on their website that, where possible, visitors should bring their own helmets; although there are helmets available to borrow. 

3. Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge

There’s nothing quite like a family bike ride to bring everyone together for the day. Grab your comfiest shoes and pedal your way along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. 

Bridge Bike Hire is currently open and working with reduced staff numbers to limit the risk of exposure for staff and customers. You’ll need to book and pay in advance when you hire out bikes for the family this summer. 

Coronavirus safe attractions Cornwall - Bike Ride

4. Explore the Bay by Paddleboard, Carbis Bay

Born from a passion for watersports, the Ocean Sports Centre encourages all ages and abilities to cast off from Carbis Bay and explore beyond the beach.

The centre is reopening on the 15th of July ready for a summer of socially distanced, ocean sports fun!

Ocean Sports Centre are operating with new guidelines in place to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors including:

  • Limiting lessons to a one-to-one basis or small group (maximum six people)
  • Restricting tours to SUP and kayak only
  • Maintaining two metres social distancing even in the water
  • Thoroughly sanitising all equipment between users

All activities and equipment hire will need to be prebooked digitally as the centre is now operating on a paperless basis. 

Coronavirus safe attractions Cornwall - Paddleboarding

5. See the Shores from a Whole New Perspective, St Ives

Get your sea legs ready! St Ives Boats are back open from the 4th of July ready for a summer full of tours around the bay. 

Hop aboard for a family-friendly boat tour and see the bay from a new angle as you zoom around Carbis Bay, Godrevy Lighthouse or Hell’s Mouth. And for any budding Attenborough’s among your family, why not head out on a tour around Seal Island to see how many seals you can find lounging on the shores!

You never know what you might encounter out to sea around Cornwall – from pods of dolphins to seals, basking sharks and sunfish.

Coronavirus safe attractions Cornwall - St Ives boat

Cornwall Theme Parks and Attractions for a Family Day Out with coronavirus safety precautions

What kid doesn’t want to spend a hair raising day out at a theme park with their family?! Cornwall offers a range of themed days out for toddlers to teenagers and even something for the grandparents. 

We’ve got lots of theme parks to choose from down here in Cornwall, and this summer they’re open with new measures in place so you can enjoy a coronavirus safe family day out. 

6. Flambards Theme Park, Helston 

Reopening from the 18th of July, Flambards Theme Park will be operating at reduced capacity to ensure the safety of their visitors this summer. Visitors will need to book their tickets in advance when visiting Flambards this summer.

Known as ‘the best day of the week’, Flambards has got a wide range of attractions that will be sure to keep the whole family entertained including the Balloon Race, the Pirate Ship, the Hornet Rollercoaster and the Log Flume. 

You can also spend the day travelling back in time and explore the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz which is both fun and educational. And, if a typical Cornish mizzle strikes, the indoor play area, 1-11 is ideal for sheltering from a shower while keeping the fun flowing.

7. Camel Creek Adventure Park, Wadebridge

Another great Cornish attraction reopening on the 4th of July is Camel Creek Adventure Park. With a reduced capacity and social distancing measures in place, Camel Creek is a great option for a coronavirus safe family day out in Cornwall. 

Visitors to the adventure park will need to book their tickets in advance while the park runs on reduced capacity. 

Enjoy a day out in North Cornwall and experience Swampy’s super slides, Shire horse stables and The Ultimate Wave Rider. 

Historical and Educational Days out in Cornwall

For a more educational, but still just as entertaining family day out in Cornwall, why not visit one of the many fantastic historical sites dotted around the county?

Some of Cornwall’s most historical attractions have made adjustments to reopen this summer so that you can experience a coronavirus safe family day out. 

8. Pendennis Castle, Falmouth 

Built by Henry VIII to defend Falmouth’s estuary against attack, the historic Pendennis Castle is reopening from the 4th of July for visitors this summer. 

The castle is running at reduced capacity this summer so you’ll need to book tickets in advance to avoid missing out on the chance to see this Tudor castle up close and personal. 

Learn all about weapons of war in the well-preserved 16th-century fortress and, keep your eyes peeled for one of the many ghosts said to haunt the ancient castle!

If you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny day, the castle has a large grassy area perfect for picnics to top off your historical family day out.

Coronavirus safe attractions Cornwall - Pendennis Castle

See our 9 Ancient Castles to Explore in Cornwall’ for more

9. St Michael’s Mount, Longrock

Famous for its cobbled causeway that’s only visible at low tide, the historical St Michael’s Mount is reopening to visitors this summer. 

While the castle remains closed, the stunning gardens on the Mount are open for visitors to enjoy while the tide is low enough to cross the causeway; roughly 4-hours a day. 

A stroll through the stunning tropical gardens is a fantastic way to spend a coronavirus safe family day out in Cornwall. Why not pack a picnic to sit and enjoy on the sprawling lawns of the Mount?

And sealife loving kids will be enthralled by the abundance of creatures lurking around the rockpools of the mount. 

10. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

While there might not be any performances put on in the near future, there’s still plenty to enjoy at the world-famous Minack Theatre

Reopening for the summer from the 10th of July, the historic theatre carved into the granite cliffside is open for visitors to explore the gardens, stages and seating areas. 

With breathtaking views over the waters towards Porthcurno beach and a rich history to uncover, a trip to the Minack has plenty to offer. 

Visitors will need to book tickets in advance for entrance to the theatre this summer where social distancing measures and increased sanitation procedures are in place. 

Coronavirus safe attractions Cornwall - Minack Theatre

These attractions are just the tip of the iceberg of what Cornwall has to offer visitors this summer. Wherever you choose to visit during your stay in the county, be sure to keep to the social distancing guidelines and be considerate of others and you’re sure to have a fantastic Cornish summer holiday to remember. 


At Carbis Bay Holidays we’ve reopened all our coastal self-catering cottages for the summer and are working hard to look after the health and safety of our guests and staff. Our properties have always been cleaned to a high standard, but we are stepping up our practices in line with government guidance.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Cornwall in safety this summer!

By: Tony Townsend On:6th July 2020
Categories:Blog,Holiday Ideas,Things to Do,Uncategorised

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