Low Tide Adventures
Experience west cornwall
A three-day itinerary designed to inspire small groups / fully independent travellers (FIT) to enjoy the wild beauty of the Penzance area.
This example itinerary begins with a visit to Marazion and one of the most photographed landmarks in Cornwall, before following the coast around the bay to Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole.
The ancient market town of Marazion is most famous for St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island with a castle that sits in Mount’s Bay. It’s an absolute must-see for anyone travelling to the West Cornwall area. Within walking distance, there is a new site-specific artwork to explore, as well as galleries, shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants.
Causeway & Castle
St Michael’s Mount
On a crisp and bright day, St Michael’s Mount is a sight to behold. At low tide, the causeway is revealed – and this is your entry point to the famous landmark. The castle is open to visitors daily during the summer, but only on selected dates from the 1st November-31st March. Find out more about group bookings and plan your visit here.
Facilities: Shop, café, art gallery
Parking: Find out more here
Site-specific artwork in Marazion
Beneath the waves at Mount’s Bay lies Cornwall’s largest submerged forest. To bring this secret landscape to life, local artist Emma Smith has created a site-specific artwork, ‘Gwelen’. To find her wooden ‘seeing sticks’, join the section of the South West Coast Path that connects Marazion and Penzance. Your clients can learn more about this unique installation thanks to its accompanying podcast, which introduces Emma Smith and her work.
Facilities: Café nearby
Booking: Free activity
Two: Penzance Area
Penzance is a vibrant harbour town with a rich cultural heritage. It’s also home to the UK’s largest seawater lido and a town centre bustling with exceptional restaurants, cosy cafés and an array of vintage and antique shops. Plus, it’s a fantastic base from which to explore West Cornwall’s wilder side, which is where day two of this itinerary begins.
Jubilee Pool, Penzance
With its striking art deco style, the Jubilee Pool is the largest seawater lido in the UK. Thanks to its geothermal section, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy the benefits of a saltwater dip without the chill. Completed in 2020, this warmer section of the pool is heated to 30-35°C by a geothermal well. Call to arrange a booking for your group.
Lido & Lunch: Invite your clients to enjoy the unique experience of a geothermal swim followed by lunch at the poolside café overlooking Mount’s Bay. Contact Richard James at Jubilee Pool to find out more. Facilities: Café, changing facilities, toilets Booking information: +44 (0)1736 369224
Three: Newlyn & Mousehole
The final day of this itinerary is an opportunity to learn more about life by the coast. You could begin in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole with a guided tour, before exploring Newlyn, a town that remains the beating heart of the Cornish fishing industry today.
Guided walking tour
Mousehole Heritage Walks
Groups will love exploring the charming village of Mousehole and learning about its history. Mousehole local Elaine can show your clients around, guiding them to the key landmarks, such as the Fitzroy Barometer, and sharing local stories and folklore.
Facilities: Cafés, pubs and shops nearby.
Booking information: Find out more and arrange your tour here.
A taste of Cornish life
Explore the fishing town of Newlyn
From its bustling fish market to the traditional granite cottages and the brightly coloured boats bobbing around in the harbour, there’s so much about Newlyn that feels quintessentially Cornish. The town has also become a hub for artists and makers, so there are plenty of galleries and unique shops for your clients to explore too. You’ll find further information on the Newlyn Harbour website.
Facilities: Cafés, restaurants and pubs
Booking information: Free activity
If you’ve been inspired to recommend an off-season adventure to your clients, please contact the experience providers directly to book.
Many of the activities in this itinerary are accessible. However, we advise that you contact the venue or experience provider in advance to confirm. You can also find information about accessible venues through Access Cornwall.
We’re hoping to make every stay as sustainable as possible. Find out more here.
This sample travel trade itinerary has been curated by the EXPERIENCE West Cornwall team and was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. You will need to contact the venue or provider directly to confirm any seasonal opening details and to book the experience.