There is an abundance of activities to find when visiting St Austell. These fun filled ideas will ensure you and the family have an unforgettable day!

Discovered by chance a quarter of a century ago, The Lost Gardens of Heligan have been restored into 200 acres of award-winning grounds. Bursting with beautiful plants and plenty of wildlife, you can truly escape for the day. There are also a range of events hosted throughout the year, from theatrical performances to historical garden tours. 

At the Cornwall Hotel. Do you deserve a day of pampering? Of course you do! And what better place than at the Cornwall Hotel’s Clearing Spa. Set in natural parkland with a view of the estate’s beautiful walled garden, it boasts everything from an infinity pool to a relaxation room. Top it all off with a visit to Laura Ashley The Tea Room, brand new for 2019.

What could be better than an afternoon sampling award-winning beers? 

Interactive brewing experience gives you the opportunity to find out more about the history of the Brewery and the 160-year-old brewing process. It’s the perfect activity come rain or shine.

Visit Cornwall’s own Victorian Clay Works, full to the brim with history. Suitable for all the family in all weather, explore the woodland and enjoy the kids’ adventure trail too! After a day spent learning, enjoy a stop at the cafe for a refresher. Pay for a ticket once at Wheal Martyn and you can return all year for free! 

Just a short walk from St Austell town centre lies Menacuddle Well. Set in a lovely wooded valley, it was dedicated to the memory of a lost son in WW1. A recommended place to visit for peace and tranquillity, you’ll find a Grade II listed baptistery, Victorian garden and ornamental pond too.

Gloriously wide and beautifully golden, Pentewan beach stretches for over half a mile and is as sandy as they come. Pentewan Sands can guarantee that every grain of sand is clean, beautiful and primed for beach games, sandcastle building or just sitting back and taking in the view. It is also the perfect swimming spot! Sandwiched between two headlands, it is blissfully sheltered and super safe for little paddlers too. 

When you’re done splashing around and fancy stretching your legs, you’ll find yourself in a good spot on Pentewan beach. Being positioned right on the South West Coast Path means there are walks in either direction from Pentewan Sands and Heligan Campsite. For a shorter option and the promise of pasties and ice creams at the end, head for Mevagissey just 2.3 miles away or strike out in the other direction and you’ll find yourself in the tiny village of Porthpean. Beyond that, you’ll come to Charlestown with its grade II listed harbour and ancient tall ships. 

Fancy a swim? In need of tiring the kids out even further? Make a beeline for The Seahorse where you’ll find everything you need from an indoor water world, to a soft play zone and amusement arcade. Sheltered under the cliffs and with stunning sea views between St Austell and Mevagissey, this fresh and vibrant leisure venue is a wonderful setting for a day out with friends and family. Please note: swimming pool use is limited to residents of Pentewan Sands Holiday Park and Heligan Campsite during Whitsun half term and peak summer dates (25 May – 1 Jun and 20 Jul – 31 Aug). For more information visit 

Ready for action? You’ve come to the right place! Cornwall Water sports offer expert sessions in everything from paddle boarding and kayaking to windsurfing and adrenaline-filled boat rides, including banana boat rides! There’s also equipment hire, and water-lovers with their own sailing or motorboat can use our professional launching services (available from mid-May to end of September). Visit

Home to some of Cornwall’s biggest attractions, including England’s longest zip-wire, Hangloose is the place to be for a day of thrills! New for 2019, don’t miss Skytrek, an amazing aerial trekking course which is great fun for all the family. Situated just by the Eden Project, experience views not only of the amazing biomes and surrounding grounds but of the coast and Cornish countryside too. 

The famous clay pits of St Austell are just waiting to be explored, and it’s not as hard as you might think! A slightly challenging route with steep inclines to face along the way, this 3.2km-long trek will have you walking up into the hills which surround the clay pits and gives magnificent views of St Austell Bay and the old china clay workings. Parking is available nearby, and the train station is only a short walk away from its start. 

Fancy trying something new? Then why not take a trip to Cornwall Football Golf. Instead of a putter and golf ball, you use your feet and a football, with the aim of getting the football into the hole as you would in a game of golf. With obstacles in your path along the way, this makes a great day out for all ages and abilities! 

Exploring Cornwall by bicycle has always been popular, and there are many routes to take in and around St Austell. The Cornish Way is a 180 mile route that runs from Land’s End to Bude, and the South Coast route conveniently runs through St Austell. Why not hop onto the route and head to Truro, where you can visit its magnificent Cathedral, and cycle past the clay pits on the way.

A Grade II* listed building which has operated as a multi-use community asset for over 170 years. This 20,000 square foot granite building currently hosts a range of niche independent shops and services. Established in 1844, 

A focal point in St Austell town centre, the church is described as ‘the jewel in St Austell’s crown’ and at the heart of the community since it was built in the 13
th-14th centuries. Well worth a visit if you haven’t been before.

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