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13 Unforgettably romantic things to do in Cornwall

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Cornwall’s scenic beauty and tangible mysticism make the ancient Kingdom of Kernow the perfect destination for any couple that wants quality time together – whatever the time of year. With an abundance of romantic things to do in Cornwall, for couples of all ages, you can create magical memories that you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. Take in Cornwall’s stunning views, visit the Minack theatre, and enjoy a coastal path walk, there’s an abundance of romantic options to choose from that will fill you with date ideas.

1. Watch the sunset together

Enjoying the deep amber glow of a fading sunset is one of life’s most romantic pleasures. In Cornwall, perching on the tip of dramatic headland with the ocean before you and the sun slowly sinking below the horizon is an ethereal experience, almost as if you’re teetering on the very edge of the world. Towan Headland is on the clifftop above Newquay’s stunning Fistral Beach, providing a unique vantage point to drink in a glorious Cornish sunset. On a balmy summer’s evening, you can enjoy nature’s glory from the comfort of the sand. And on cool, crisp winter’s afternoons, you can still delight in the dusky hues from the warmth of one of The Headland’s award-winning restaurants.

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2. Share a revitalising massage

Holidays are for relaxation, and there’s no better way to unwind and connect with your loved one than to share a massage. At The Headland, our couples spa treatments are an indulgence for the senses. You can enjoy a 55-minute full body massage together in your own private treatment room, providing quality time for you to connect with each other, while reaping the benefits of a personalised massage. Contact us to enquire about our spa day five star experience.

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3. Absorb the majesty of the night sky

Lying under a blanket of stars, hand in hand, marvelling at the majesty of the Milky Way is among the most romantic experiences you can enjoy with your partner. Cornwall is perfect for this otherworldly experience, with some of the UK’s finest stargazing sites dotted along the coastline. The sites are so good, in fact, that St Agnes and Bedruthan have been accredited with Dark Sky Discovery status, and both are within easy reach of The Headland. On a clear night, a sublime view is guaranteed. Star gazing could possibly be one of the most romantic things to do in Cornwall.

Siblyback Lake, which also has Dark Sky Landscape status, runs a stargazing evening in February with Caradon Observatory. At this event, you can help map the night sky by counting the stars in the Orion constellation. Find out more at SW Lakes Trust.

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4. Step back in time in unspoilt coastal villages

A romantic holiday in Cornwall isn’t complete without a gentle saunter through the narrow-cobbled streets of the county’s fishing villages. In places like Mousehole, Polperro and Mevagissey, it’s almost as if time has stood still. A leisurely stroll in any of these sea view harbourside havens will bring you face-to-face with traditions that refuse to be overwhelmed by modern life. Cornwall’s villages are the ideal antidote to the stresses of day-to-day living and they offer you the opportunity to connect with centuries-old customs.

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5. Indulge in a luxury romantic meal

Often dubbed the UK’s foodie capital, Cornwall is renowned for its abundance of fresh food from land and sea. A romantic dinner for two is more than just a chance to spend time together; it’s an excuse to delve into the mouth-watering dishes inspired by the epic Cornish landscape. And there’s no better spot to sample the Cornish delights than at the AA rosette-winning Samphire Restaurant, where local produce is the key to culinary success. At this award-winning restaurant, you’re guaranteed an indulgent meal that’s irresistibly tasty and wholly nutritious.

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6. Make a proposal

Cornwall’s beautifully unique landscape is the perfect backdrop for a memorable marriage proposal. It’s little surprise that the county is one of the UK’s most popular places to pop the question, with an almost endless choice of romantic locations to choose. From St Michael’s Mount to the River Fowey, from Lanhydrock House to Tintagel Castle, and even Lanyon Quoit by night, Cornwall is teeming with unforgettable places to offer your hand in marriage.

The Headland has a range of 5-star accommodation in Cornwall to make your proposal even more special. From our opulently-furnished best hotel rooms to our luxurious holiday cottages – how could you say no?

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7. Go surfing!

An adrenalin-fuelled sport is a great way for a couple to spend time together. Whether you’re both keen surfers or you simply want to learn, Cornwall offers some of the UK’s best wave-riding experiences. With the full force of the Atlantic Ocean unleashed, the beaches at Fistral, Watergate Bay, Perranporth, Polzeath and Porthtowan are among the finest surfing spots on offer. Here at The Headland, we offer a range of private and group surf lessons.

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8. Take the dog for a walk

If your pet dog is a non-negotiable part of coupledom, there’s no reason why an extra four legs should prevent you from enjoying a romantic experience in Cornwall! The coastline is simply ideal for canine friends to exercise and, at The Headland, you’re more than welcome to bring your dog during your stay. Our proximity to Fistral Beach, which is a dog-friendly zone, means there are ample walks on your doorstep. So whatever the weather, you and your partner can take advantage of the stunning seascapes and give your pet a much-needed run at the same time.

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9. Wander the legendary castle of King Arthur

Cornwall is infused with myths and legends, and the dramatic fort at Tintagel is a door into the ancient story of King Arthur. Perched impossibly on a promontory high above the sea, the castle is reputedly the birthplace of the famous king. Whether the castle is bathed in sunshine or pummeled by wind and rain, it offers a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s rich mythical traditions and folklore.

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10. Learn a new creative skill

Taking part in a new venture is a great way to connect as a couple, especially if you’re both beginners! You’ll find a variety of workshops and courses in Cornwall, from cookery and printing to glass-painting and jewellery-making. Not only will you feel that you’ve achieved something together, you’ll (hopefully) have a memento to take home afterwards, as well as lots of happy memories!

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11. Share a picnic on the cliffs

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most romantic, especially in summer when the air is warm and a gentle sea breeze fans the coastline. A picnic with your loved one is easy to prepare and gives you the chance to do little more than eat, chat and laugh, making it a thoroughly relaxing experience. For a cliff-top view of the ocean, head to Basset’s Cove, Porthcurno or Wheal Coates, the perfect backdrops for a romantic picnic for two.


12. Take the car for a coastline spin

A drive along the scenic coastline is an enjoyable alternative if the weather is poor – there’s something magical about Cornwall in the wind and rain as nature unleashes its fury – and you can enjoy each other’s company without getting cold and wet. No two routes are the same, and there are numerous laybys and viewing points where you can pause to soak up your surroundings and enjoy a bite to eat. For a little helping hand, Cornwall Services provide a nice suggestion for various scenic routes here.

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13. Take a gentle stroll around some gardens

Peace and tranquillity is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of life at home, and Cornwall is blessed with a variety of gardens that you can explore together. Trebah, Lamorran and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are amongst the finest, with every season offering something new. Even if you’re not an avid gardener, you can’t help but be inspired by the riot of colour that arrives in spring and autumn, while long lazy summer days are custom-made for couples.

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Start planning your romantic getaway now

Cornwall is simply overflowing with unforgettable romantic experiences for couples to enjoy. There’s no better place to spend quality time together, while savouring a rest away from the stresses of modern life.

The Headland is the ideal luxurious hideaway for a break with your loved one. So if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day, contact The Headland now, and surprise your partner with a truly unforgettable escape in Cornwall.

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