We offer a range of activities on site for all abilities to ensure you have a great holiday, including kayaking, tennis, golf and boat trips. We can put you in touch with local providers who offer horseriding, boat hire, surfing, paddleboarding, fishing, boat hire and skippered sailing. Some activities are available all year, some are from Easter to October only, please check before booking to make sure you are not disappointed.

Childrens Sailing Course

Helford River Children's Sailing Trust offer 4 session courses - Monday-Thursday - for local and visiting children. All abilities are catered for, and the courses are for children aged 8 - 14. Morning and afternoon options are available and discounts of up to 20% are available when booking up to 4 places. Find out more and where to book at 

Shore Fishing

A guided shore fishing experience aimed at those people who wish to experience sea angling from the Cornish coast. Let Cornwall Fishing Adventures be your guide. Your bait and tackle is all provided for you. Call 07851 626 781 to book or for more information. Justin and Tony, your local guides, have been friends for many years and and are both passionate about sharing the magic of the Cornish waters. Please bear in mind the shoreline terrain can often be rocky and slippery and may not be for everyone in terms of accessibility. Sensible footwear is a must!

Boat trips

Scenic 1.5 hr cruise along the Helford River. Watch for egrets, herons, cormorants & the elusive Kingfisher while you pass Helford Passage, Ferryboat Inn & valley gardens of Trebah & Glendurgan. Explore Helford Village, Frenchman's Creek & Polwheveral Creek and Port Navas village. £20 adults & £15 children. £200 private hire. £230 Champagne Cruise Private Charter. Contact Reception  or visit - 0794 102 7732 (call to check winter dates as the boat is usually layed up Dec/Jan/Feb) 

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Guided Walks

We work with three local walking guides who can collect you and take you out on day walks from the hotel to explore the South West Coast Path and inland footpaths. Explore Poldark country and discover a wealth of flora and fauna. We recommend:

Steve Crummay of Explore In Cornwall - call 07929 065510 or 01736 740234
Paul Simmons of Walk it Cornwall - call 07714 084644 or 01209 860186
Kelly Bennett of Walk Kernow Nordic Walking - call  07540 478 919


Koru adventures start from our foreshore, heading towards Helford Passage, passing sailing boats and ancient oak forest. Paddle across the river to Frenchman's Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's novel. The serene surroundings on calm waters are amazing with shipwrecks and secluded beaches. On sunny days there is an opportunity to swim in the soft waters of the creek, before paddling back to Budock Vean. Cost: £40 per person and £5 for wetsuit hire if needed. Pre-booking essential to avoid disappointment - call 0779 4321 827

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Horse Riding

Bosvathick Riding Stables offer riding for all. Set on a 92 acre farm, Bosvathick has 50 horses and ponies, 30 of are owned and are used for lessons and escorted hacking. They have a selection of horses and ponies for all ages and abilities of rider.Lessons are held in a purpose-built arena, taught by BHS qualified staff. Alternatively, you may ride out with experienced and friendly escorts, along fields, lanes and woodland. Call 01326 340367

River and Sea Fishing

Catering for groups and individuals, The Blue Pointer works out of the Helford with pick-ups available just down the road at Helford Passage. An Aquastar 33′, the Blue Pointer is a heavy built boat and very seaworthy.Her greater draught makes for a very safe vessel with high sides and handrails so that fishers feel well enclosed and not in danger of falling in - particularly important for smaller fisherpeople! Call 07814 191921or visit Blue Pointer's website. 

Classic car hire

Why not combine your stay at Budock Vean with an unforgettable experience of driving an iconic convertible Morgan sports car? If you are tempted, this rather special experience is available from Perranwell Garage, the main Morgan dealer in Cornwall (based just outside Truro) who hire out 2 or 4 seater Morgans from one day or more, subject to availability and conditions. Contact them on 01872 863037 or visit

A K Wildlife Cruises

Join us in search of some of the fantastic marine wildlife to be found around Falmouth, such as seabirds, dolphins, seals and basking sharks! Our 3, 4 and 7 hour wildlife cruises are a superb way to see the spectacular coastline and surrounding waters, and are popular with all ages. Groups discounts of eight or more are available on request. Head to for more info. 

Tree Meadow Trout Fishery

Near Hayle, this fishery consists of two lakes - 3 acres and 1 acre - which are spring fed and give a quality of water clarity not often seen in this part of the country. Both lakes carry a good head of fish, stocking on an "as and when needed" basis, but there are never less than 120 fish per acre. Rainbows and Browns are stocked in both lakes. Call 01736 850899

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