Things to do in St Austell this summer

Cornwall has always been a hot spot for visitors especially during the summer months. The glorious sandy shorelines, quaint harbour villages and interesting attractions make it one of the best places to enjoy a family break. St Austell is a great location to experience all of this and more with fantastic access to the whole region. So, if you’re planning a getaway to Cornwall’s southern coast and in particular a stay in the beautiful town of St Austell, check out these exciting things to do on your holiday this summer.

things to do in st austell

The Eden Project

Possibly one of the town’s most well-known attractions and a highlight of anyone’s stay in the region is visiting the spectacular Eden Project. This world-famous attraction has plenty to see and do whilst hosting a range of exhibitions and events during the summer months. The theme for summer 2017 takes you on a Journey into Space which uncovers the wonders of the universe in a presentation of extra-terrestrial plant displays and interactive adventures.

The Clay Trails

If you fancy exploring Cornwall’s captivating landscape, head to the Clay Trails for a unique experience. Discover this fascinating area by foot, bicycle or horseback and travel through the dramatic and interesting clay mining spots to learn of the industrial history that encompasses the region. Why not pack a picnic and head to the Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park and visit the museum for a fun packed day out?

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Cornwall is scattered with heritage sites each boasting an enchanting experience for all ages. Whilst staying in St Austell why not visit the spectacular and historic Gardens of Heligan for an insight into the tales of this once hidden location. Discovered by chance and restored to its former glory, wander over 200 acres of winding pathways, sub-tropical plant life and ancient woodlands. There is plenty to see during your visit and in the spring and summer months the gardens come alive with vibrant colour and sensational scents.

Explore your surroundings

Staying in St Austell offers you a gateway to the beauty of the south coast. Nearby towns and villages offer a variety of experiences to complement your stay. Just a short drive away you’ll find the harbour spot of Fowey, known for its charming shops and eateries or perhaps take a trip to Mevagissey and enjoy a boat trip along the shoreline. If you love the series Poldark, Charlestown is another must-see destination, where you can spot a well-known filming location and the famous Tall Ships.