Things to Do

West Cornwall has a huge choice of things to do for all the family, read our Guide to find out more.

Whether you are an art lover and wish to visit galleries, a water sports fanatic and are dying to try something new or you wish to learn about Cornwall’s heritage, there is something for everyone. We have compiled a list of things to do while on holiday in the Zennor area of Cornwall but check out our other Area Guides for loads more ideas for things to do in St Ives, Carbis Bay and the rest of Cornwall.



Leaving from Penzance harbour, choose between fishing trips, 2-hour wildlife boat trips to 6-hour trips on the water to find pelagic seabirds in their natural habitats; Mermaid Pleasure Trips will look after you!

Go mackerel fishing and catch your own delicious, nutritious fish whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Choose a 4-hour deep sea trip where half-day should be ample time to catch some fish or go for the whole day and relax while enjoying some serious sea fishing.

Their 3-hour wildlife cruise includes going via Lamorna Cove to The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno where the calm seas normally mean spotting a pod of dolphins, a whale, or a basking shark around late summer.

Visit their website for more information or call them on 07901 731201



The UK’s first geothermal pool is in Penzance found at the Jubilee Pool Lido. Relax, unwind and enjoy the incredible views of the sea and St Michael’s Mount in their pool of seawater heated up to 35 degrees naturally by their very own geothermal well.

The Jubilee Pool is the largest and most celebrated seawater pool in the UK. It is triangular in shape with the longest length being 98m and the widest part of the pool being 56m. It has a learner pool in one corner and a stupendous geothermal pool in another. As with other coastal lidos across the UK, Jubilee Pool is designed as a seawater pool with no mechanical filtration and minimal chemical treatment. The quality of the pool water is scientifically tested to ensure it meets the required health and safety standards. The Jubilee Pool Café is open indoors and out with their takeaway hatch open on the top terrace offering our seasonal picnic by the pool menu, fresh Yallah coffee and local tray bakes from St Ives Bakery. Visit on Feel Good Friday and book in with Rachel Lorente for a relaxing holistic therapy massage. Bliss!

So, if you fancy a dip in seawater but not so keen on being in open water, we highly recommend a dip at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance.

Visit their website for more information or call them on 01736 369224



A great way to pass a few hours with your friends and family when the weather takes a turn and sunbathing is scuppered!

Do you have what it takes to escape? It’s a game of mental strength with clues and puzzles designed to really make you think yourself outside the box! Choose from the ‘Family Business’ game suitable for families with children aged 12 or older and save a kidnapped father from being ‘terminated’ or ‘The secrets aboard the Jolly Roger’ game where you are transported back to the 18th Century and your mission is to find where the smugglers have hidden the ship…

Each of the games has a difficulty rating of 4 out of 5 but the Jolly Roger came can be made easier for younger members of your crew if you contact them in advance.

Visit their website for more information and to book your game



Hands-on foraging experiences with Rachel Lambert, an established wild food guide (since 2007) and award-winning author on foraging and cooking.

Join public foraging courses or book a bespoke, private foraging walk and expect a professional, yet informal, fun, educational experience that will leave you seeing, tasting and appreciating the landscape and coastline in a new way. Rachel is known for her passionate and inclusive approach, enabling people from all walks of life to gain skills and confidence in foraging for their own wild ingredients.

Superb Wild Food and Seaweed Foraging Courses in Cornwall.

(Please note, we have placed Rachel’s address as Orange Roofs’ address due to not wishing to share her home address! Courses are run from locations such as Gwithian, Cape Cornwall and Perranuthnoe)

Visit Rachel’s website for more information

Cornwall Swimming Horses offer a bespoke hacking experience for experienced riders or the sheer joy of swimming with horses for riders of all abilities.

Experienced horse riders can enjoy a 1-2-1 beach ride or moorland hack or join a small group of 4 at most. The difference between Cornwall’s Swimming Horse to other local riding schools is that they define ‘experienced rider’ as someone who is comfortable and confident when riding horses that are independent thinkers, rather than ‘nose to tail’ horses. You don’t need to be a Grand Prix dressage rider or compete at BE100 events, you simply need to have a relaxed approach to riding and an ability to communicate easily, clearly and safely with your mount in open spaces. You don’t need to be speed freaks, but if you are, they cater for that too! Please note all their horses are very forward going and need to be ridden. They don’t just take passengers.

Take it a step further and join your horse for some sea swimming from Marazion beach. This is an expertly organised activity which we thoroughly recommend, even for beginners!

For more information visit their website or call them on 07460 865167



Cornwall Underground Adventures is Cornwall’s, and the south of England’s, only provider of authentic mine exploration. Join them on a caving adventure into Cornwall’s industrial past and explore the hidden world created by the Cornish miners long ago.

This is an authentic exploration with no frills or fixed lights, venturing deep underground to explore abandoned tin mines left exactly as they were when the miners downed their tools and hundred, or more, years ago. Mining is an integral part of Cornwall’s history and heritage, and the only way to really experience this is to venture underground and see the underground spaces carved underneath Cornwall for yourself. Using mines near St. Just, Cornwall Underground Adventures are within easy reach of St. Ives and the other popular holiday resorts in west Cornwall. Don’t leave Cornwall until you have experienced this unique adventure for yourself.

View their website for more information or call them on 07734 343954 or 07596 174479



Polgoon is dedicated to producing a range of artisan Cornish wines, ciders and juices on the family-run vineyard and orchard in Penzance, Cornwall.

You can visit Polgoon for tours and tastings throughout the year and their shop is always open. All of their wines, ciders and juices are certified vegan and can be ordered online.

Polgoon is a slice of vineyard heaven just a short distance from the coastline of Newlyn and Penzance. At Polgoon, award-winning sparkling wine and delicious ciders are produced and sold on-site as well as opening up their vineyards for tours and tasting between April and September.

Believe it or not when you visit Polgoon, it used to be a run-down flower farm in Penzance and on following some advice from Bob Lindo at Camel Valley, the owners of Polgoon (Newlyn fisherman and his wife) decided to plant vines and create their own Cornish vineyard. Today they have a wide range of sparkling and still wines, ciders and juices sold across the UK and in their Taste Of The West, Gold medal-winning shop which is packed full of local Cornish products.

The guided vineyard tour will provide you with a fascinating insight into the activities of a working Cornish vineyard and orchard. The Sparkling Wine tour teaches the fascinating world of Sparkling wine, from growing to producing and then tasting it or perhaps try their self-guided vineyard tours run which run daily until the end of September.

This is one for the whole family as there are many delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to try and then buy!

Opening Hours: March to December Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm, January & February Monday to Saturday: 10.00am – 3pm Closed Sundays

Visit their website for more information or to book your tour



Sennen Surf Centre is right on the beach at Sennen with super friendly and welcoming instructors ready to teach complete novices to those wanting to hone their surf skills!

All lessons require the teaching of techniques on the beach before you get in the water. At Sennen Surf Centre, how much time you spend on the beach depends on your experience. Their best tip is to embrace the shoreside learning: if the coach can give you that info on the beach, the time you do spend in the water will be better spent. So be patient, listen to the instruction on the beach and soon you’ll be up surfing and riding your best wave!

You can choose from single lessons to 5-day courses or 1-2-1 tuition. Beginners will be taught the basics on the shore before heading into the sea for some fun (and hilarity!). Improvers can be coached on improving technique, and style, making sure each ride counts. Intermediate surfers are taught by their senior instructors who are on hand with professional advice, tips and support. 1-2-1 lessons can also be arranged for this same tuition.

Visit their website for more information or call them on 01736 871561



Enjoy the thrill of snorkelling with blue sharks off the coast of Penzance!

Available between June to October, experience a unique and unforgettable wildlife journey just 10-20 miles offshore leaving Albert Pier in Penzance. Swim with blue sharks and feel supported in the knowledge that an experienced team are there for your and the sharks’ welfare.

For more information, visit their website or call Vicky on 07966 080802



Seeking an adventure while on holiday to Cornwall? Cornish Adventures can give you just that!

Choose between kayaking, surfing or coasteering and their experienced instructors and guides can expertly look after you and your loved ones while you see the Cornish coast from a different perspective. All equipment and safety clothing are provided as well as experienced guides with excellent tuition.

Visit their website for information or call 01208 622012



Located in Lelant and overlooking St Ives Bay and Hayle Estuary, the views from this 18-hole golf course are superb.

The coastal railway track runs alongside the course and the links land gives perfect golfing all year round. Porthkidney beach is also at the foot of the golf course offering 4km of beautiful white sand and crystal clear seawater. West Cornwall Golf Course has a restaurant and a relaxing bar for an after round drink. Their pro shop is fully stocked and offers one to one and group coaching.

They are also proud to be the home of ‘Long’ Jim Barnes, a 4-time major winner and in more recent times of Walker Cup players, Philip Rowe (1999) and Harry Hall (2019).

Visit their website or call them on 01736 753401