Things to do locally

Restaurants, cafes and pubs

Duchy Nursery and Café, Lostwithiel

Duchy of Cornwall owned, serving fantastic lunches and traditional Cornish cream teas. Great gift shop and plant nursery all with spectacular views of the Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle.

Fitzroy, Fowey

Sister restaurant in London, set in an old bank – sharing plates and minimalist design makes this a very appealing option.

North St Kitchen, Fowey

Affiliated with Fitzroy (above) this walk-in alternative is an excellent choice for lunch by the river. Only 12-3.45pm, Tuesday- Sunday.

Fish and Chips

Take away fish and chips are available in Lostwithiel at the Country Fryer and from the Coddy Shack near Looe.

Sam’s On the Beach, Polkerris

Fantastic locally sourced produce served in truly unique surroundings of an old lifeboat house on the water’s edge overlooking Polkerris harbour and the whole of St Austell Bay.

Appleton’s, Fowey

A restaurant and bar run by Andy Appleton along with his wife Lyndsey. Serving delicious dishes with an Italian influence – their Sunday brunch and negronis come highly recommended.

The Longstore, Charlestown Harbour

Lively bistro, great steaks and seafood in a modern space just off of the historic port of Charlestown, famous for Poldark and its shipping heritage.

The Crown, Lanlivery

One of the oldest pubs in Cornwall serving traditional pub grub. 

Educational visits

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

Rediscovered and now famous garden inspired by Tim Smit. A wonderful garden giving real insight into how it was during the Victorian era. The original vegetable garden for the main house is now cultivated all year round. The Jungle area with enormous gunnera and ferns is a sight to see.

 Lanhydrock House, Bodmin

Magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants’ quarters, gardens and walks in the woods.

 The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell

This is an unforgettable and educational experience which appeals to all.

South coast beaches

The Cornish coastline is 300 miles long and worth exploring as every corner has a beautiful view. There are vast stretches of beaches and secret coves, dramatic cliffs, endless wildlife and a turquoise sea on sunny calm days. The two closest beaches to Boconnoc on the South coast are Lantivet and Lantic Bay, each a short walk from the car park.


Beautiful spot on the South coast – short walk down to a small beach and beautiful walks along the cliffs.20-minute drive from Boconnoc.

Lantic Bay, Lanteglos

Close to Lantivet, stunning views from the cliff top but worth the walk down the cliff to get to this tucked away beach, perfect for a bracing dip before watching the sun go down. Closest landmark is Lanteglos church. Ask in the office for directions.

Good beaches close to Boconnoc for children include:

Porthpean, St Austell

A small but beautiful little sandy beach. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing and snorkeling are all popular here. A slipway allows easy access to the water.


An idyllic sandy cove and coastline, fantastic watersports, some of the best walks, rock pooling and SUP.

Talland Bay

There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small. There are lots of rock pools to be discovered at low tide, little coves and beautiful natural tidal pools to swim in.

Local Activities

Adrenalin Quarry, Menheniot, Liskeard

This site boasts Britain’s longest, fastest zip wire as well as go-karting, an aqua park, a free fall cliff-top swing and axe throwing. 

Encounter Cornwall

Rent canoes and paddle down the river that inspired Kenneth Graham to write Wind in the Willows.

Horse riding – Polmartin Farm, Nr Herodsfoot

Friendly riding school five minutes’ drive from Boconnoc.

Cycle Tracks

Cycling Lanhydrock House, Lanhydrock

Series of off road cycling tracks.

Cycle the Camel Trail

Stunning bike rides along the old train line running from Bodmin to Padstow. Don’t forget to stop at Camel Valley Vineyard for a glass of their award-winning fizz.

Cardinham Woods, Bodmin

Cycling and mountain biking trails with a charming café in the woods.