7 places to have a microgap in Cornwall


Take a break from that busy lifestyle and set your sights on a microgap trip in Cornwall. These seven experiences will create unforgettable memories, and can easily fit into a long weekend trip to South West England.
Day 1 of 3

Penzance and St Ives

Get back to the good life with Fat Hen
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Go one up from the farmer’s market by foraging for your tea in West Cornwall’s wild landscapes. Uncover your inner Bear Grylls as you comb the beach for seaweed, rummage through hedgerows for berries and fungi and pluck seasonal herbs and veg from unspoilt pastures.

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Fat Hen has events running throughout the year, led by a seasoned forager who will show you how to search for food safely and legally. Choose from a gourmet weekend which includes an evening feast packed with wild ingredients or one of many day courses.

Learn to paint in St Ives
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St Ives



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Channel your inner Monet or Warhol with a painting course in Cornwall’s artistic enclave. Perch on the rocks at Porthmeor Beach, just a stone’s skim away from the studio and capture the changing colours and mood of the sea through the medium of paint. There’s a wide range of courses to choose from, with many taking place away from the workshop on the beach or around town.

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With 80 years’ experience under their belt, St Ives School of Painting knows more than a thing or two about bringing out your arty side. Classes range from two to five days and cater for both beginners and experts.

Stay in a campervan on the cliffs
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Swap the double bed for a campervan with an epic view, chosen by you. There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of crashing waves and fresh country air. Just be sure to scout out a beach café the night before and you’re all set for the day ahead.

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Camptoo has a vast range of privately-owned camper vans and caravans you can hire from locations across the country. Just book up your perfect motor, pick it up and head off to discover those hidden spots away from the beaten track.

Day 2 of 3

Trenance and Padstow

Spa at the Scarlet Hotel
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Nothing helps you switch off more than spa break, especially when it’s somewhere like Scarlet Hotel with its privileged position overlooking the bright blue Cornish sea. Meadow gardens, clifftop hot tubs, an Ayurvedic-inspired spa and a chic terrace looking over the sea will all help you find your zen.

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This luxe-eco hotel has a number of spa packages to choose from, including spa breaks ranging from two to four nights with candlelit dinners and spa massages - plus yoga and wellness retreats. If you’re looking for something cheaper, there are also day passes available.

Swot up at Rick Stein's Cookery School
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Spend a day learning to cook with the school’s talented chefs, who come with kitchen experience from some of the UK’s best restaurants. Book yourself onto the school's most popular course ‘Fish and Shellfish’ or if you're a fan of far-flung flavours, there a number of other classes covering dishes from India, Italy and the Far East.

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Despite his acclaim for seafood there are plenty of options for vegetarian cooking at Rick Stein’s school as well. And, if you cannot bare to leave your furry companion behind on your micrograp, there are dog-friendly rooms and plenty of beach walks nearby.

Keep calm at Kudhva
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Wash your cares away, quite literally, with a daring dip in Kudhva’s reservoir, an unspoilt pocket of nature tucked away in the countryside. This is one of many digital detox experiences available at this off-grid campsite with its other-worldy hideouts including tree-suspended tents and Sci-Fi-esque pods known as Kudhvas - Cornish for cosy in case you were wondering.

The shelters provided by Kudhva are all built in harmony with their surroundings. Whilst you’re getting away from it all make sure you take the opportunity to have a go at rock climbing on some of the craggy formations or ask Louise for a specially-guided swimming tour of the reservoir.

Day 3 of 3

Port Isaac

Plunge into coasteering
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Port Isaac



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If you yearn for the buzz of adrenaline then strap up and take a leap in to that Cornish turquoise sea. Organised by the team at Cornish Rock Tors, you can head for an adventure by climbing, swimming and discovering hidden caves along the North Cornish coast.

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Seasoned thrill seeker or not, there are coasteering routes for all abilities. During your three-hour experience, all equipment and wetsuits will be provided, you just need to bring along a swimsuit, a towel and those nerves of steel.

21 Nov 2019(last updated)