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New Attractions In Cornwall For 2023

With most events and activities over the past 3 years being postponed or toned down, it's no surprise that people are eager to return to normality here in Cornwall. A colourful variety of attractions will be available to the public in 2023.

St Piran’s Day 2023

St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall, and also the patron saint of tinners due to his discovering the properties of tin and leading the Cornish people to have a prosperous future. This event is celebrated all over Cornwall, but the biggest gathering has to be the march at Perranporth Beach. St Piran is renowned for his drinking, which is reflected perfectly in the celebration’s singing, dancing and all-around partying. There are several events leading up to the 5th of March, some being up to a week before during perrantide.

Cornish Hurling

Hurling is a tough, rugby-like game that takes place all over Cornwall and thoroughly celebrates Cornish culture to the fullest. It involves a silver-coated wooden ball, 2 goals, and a game boundary of an entire parish. The biggest event is in St Columb Major on the 21st of February. With the game being an hour long, it's no surprise that after it is over, both teams put the game aside and share a gallon jug of beer with the silver ball submerged in it, called the ‘silver beer’.

Obby Oss 2023

Celebrating the Celtic festival of Beltane and the approach of summer, this colourful event takes place in the streets and harbour of Padstow. The wholly Cornish festival starts at 10 am on the 1st of May, and ends at midnight by singing the traditional Padstow ditty, the ‘May Song’. Locals dress up in white outfits with bluebells and ribbons and parade 2 red and blue stylised horses in elaborate masks, called ‘Osses’ With thousands already set to go see the festival this year, will you join them?

Fowey Festival 2023 (Daphne du Maurier Festival)

This is the primary cultural and literary festival in Cornwall, with many authors, poets and songwriters planning to come to the festival this year. This is located in several venues across the southern coastal town of Fowey. It is home to the Fowey Art Trail, the biggest art event Fowey has ever hosted. You follow the trail to see arts and crafts exhibitions around the town. 

Last year’s event features the literary giant, Micheal Morpurgo along with other talks, performances and events.

Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show 2023

This show is enjoyed by celebrities, royalty, locals and people all around the country. It is held between the 8th and 10th of June in the town of Wadebridge. Many different animals are proudly on display at the festival, such as cows, pigs, sheep and more. The pinnacle of the show, the grand cattle parade, is viewed by thousands. Trade stands can be found around the venue selling amazing food locally produced in Cornwall, along with award-winning honey and beeswax products aiming to get another award this year.


The Best Water And Theme Parks In Cornwall

Whether you are a thrill seeker, or you are looking for a fun day out for the family, in this blog post, we will talk about all of the best water and theme parks for you to go to whilst you’re in Cornwall. 

Oasis Fun Pools

Located in Newquay, this swim zone will quench your thirst for a good swim, mixed with a thrill. Oasis Fun Pools have three different water flumes, ranging from a gentle slide for all the family to enjoy, to a more thrilling ride. The other two flumes include the “aqua whizz flume” for those with a need for speed. If that's not exciting enough for you, then why not have a go at the superflume, which is a whopping 265ft high! As well as these flumes, they also have a river rapid ride and a giant tap feature. 

Since the park is open from 11 am - 6 pm, you may get a bit peckish, but not to worry! Oasis fun pools have many different food options available to you, as well as a full bar. The Terrace Bar and Restaurant is open from 8 am, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you fancy a takeaway option, then you could visit Mario’s Pizzeria or the Fish and Chip Shop. 

Camel Creek

Camel Creek in Helston is the perfect theme park for all the family, with rides for both kids and adults, as well as many different animals to go and see. Camel Creek has some amazing rides to keep the kids busy including their “wave rider” swinging chairs, and Swampy’s Drop, which is a free fall ride, but for the little ones. Of course, no theme park would be complete without the teacups, or in this case “Dinas Dancing Flowers.”

There are also multiple options for those of you out there who prefer coasters and more thrilling rides, then the Thunder Canyon area of the park is perfect for you. “Air Bender” is a family coaster with plenty of drops and turns to keep you wanting more.  I mentioned “Swampy’s Drop” earlier as a kid's attraction, well for you big kids out there, Camel Creek has Vertigo, which is a 50ft free-fall drop, taking you from the sky to the ground in just seconds. 

Hidden Valley 

This unique park is full of puzzles, mazes and mystery. Located in Launceston, this theme park is perfect for brainiacs and those that love a fun challenge. Their puzzle trails are suitable for any age, with ones available for the kids, and more difficult ones for the adults to get their brains going, not to mention the beautiful scenery throughout the park.

Another attraction at the Hidden Valley is Tremuddlewick, a miniature village filled with surprises. You will often find the house doors shaking from the electricity produced by the unpredictable windmill in the village. Another great attraction here is the Forbidden Mansion. Filled with twisty hallways and upside-down floors, the mansion is sure to produce some great laughs. 

One of the things that the puzzle park is known for is its famous maze. The Maze is created from over 4,000 beech trees and if you manage to make it to the middle, then you will reach the treehouse and will be able to look over the whole of the park. Hidden Valley truly is one of those places where you can make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Retallack Aqua Park 

If you love watersports, then Retallack Aqua Park has everything you could possibly want. Start your day off with their Flow rider, Cornwall's only year-round surfing wave.  Everyone aged 8 and above can have a go at this, even if you have no previous surfing experience. This is also a great option for those of you who don’t fancy going into the great big sea for your first surfing experience. 

You can also have a go at wakeboarding at the park. They have recently built a brand new wake station, along with two kickers and a slider. They provide all the safety equipment and they also have many fantastic instructors on hand to help you out along your way. If you are new to the sport then the instructors can show you along your way and you will soon be a pro. 

The biggest attraction at Retallack water park is its inflatable water course. This watercourse is available to anyone aged 6 years and over. It is a great activity for birthday parties, hen and stag do’s, and a great team building exercise. Bounce your way through the course and feel safe knowing that lifeguards are on hand in case anything goes wrong.