Bucket Loads of Fun by Bus!

There’s literally buckets loads of fun to be had this summer when you hop on board.

Cornwall has so much to offer, and much of it is just a bus ride away. You’ll find lots of ideas right here for some great days out by bus. You can head to a beach or attraction for a big day out, or sample a scenic route and take in the sights. Whatever you fancy you’ll be saving money, helping to reduce congestion, and supporting our communities to stay greener and cleaner.

So do the right thing this summer… and have bucket loads of fun by bus.

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Attractions

Flambards

Alight at Sainsburys for Flambards
Redruth – The Lizard, via Helston, Mullion (34)
Fallmouth – Constantine – Helston (35)

Truro – St Keverne, via Stithians, Porkellis and Helston (36)
Penzance – Marazion –  Porthleven – Helston – Penryn – Falmouth (U4) – Closest stop Tesco
Helston  – Camborne, via Sithney, Townshend and Leedstown (39)

Routes: 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, U4
Go Cornwall Bus, Cornwall by Kernow, OTS

Flambards bursting with excitement!

If you fancy some excitement with all the fun of the fair, then Flambards is the place to be. There’s something for everyone, with rides for the little ones and for the big ones too. One of the newest rides is ‘Sky-Force’. This ‘white-knuckle’ experience takes you 25 metres above the ground, and exerts a force of up to 3G all while you’re spinning a full 360 degrees!

There’s a fabulous Victorian Village to visit too, it will take you back to a bygone era where you will experience the shops, the smells and everyday life back in the 1800s. There’s also an exhibition called Britain in the Blitz an opportunity to learn more about the challenges people faced during war time.

Head to flambards.co.uk for opening times, booking and prices.

Hayle Towans Beach

Penzance to Truros
St Ives, Carbis Bay, Hayle, Gwithian (Sunseeker)
St Ives, Hayle, Carbis Bay (T1/T2)

Route: Sunseeker Coaster, T1/T2
Runs up to every 20/30 mins
Cornwall by Kernow

A beachcomber’s paradise

Whether you want to walk, chill and relax, or take a dip, this fantastic 3-mile stretch of broad sandy beach is an absolute must this summer. The dunes sweep north-east from the Hayle estuary to Gwithian, it is popular with surfers, sand yachts and kite buggies. ‘Towans’ is Cornish for dunes, and they make for a truly beautiful landscape.
Bring a picnic and make a day of it, or spend a few hours beachcombing, whatever you choose to do it’s a very special place that you’ll want to visit time and time again.

Mousehole Harbour

Penzance – Mousehole, via Jubilee Pool or Alexandra Road

Route: The Mousehole
Runs up to every 15 mins
Cornwall by Kernow

A smugglers’ delight!

Mousehole is a small, beautiful harbour situated on the west side of Penzance Bay just seven miles east of Land’s End. It’s a great place to enjoy an ice cream and watch the world go by. You can explore the village’s winding streets and narrow lanes, taking yourself back to the days when Mousehole was at the centre of the smuggling trade.

The harbour and village is steeped in history, having almost been completely destroyed shortly after the sinking of the Spanish Armada.

There’s lots of places to eat, or even have an afternoon tea. There are also guided walks of the village. Due to its size and popularity it’s always best to take the bus, and you’re in the know, so hop on board to Mousehole!

Eden Project

St Austell – Lostwithiel or Luxulyan

Route: 28, 31
4 trips a day
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The beauty of Eden

Eden is a place where everyone will find something to delight them! Its ethos is about protecting our planet, fighting climate change and biodiversity loss. Eden believes that ‘every action helps, however small’.

There’s an enormous indoor rainforest to explore displaying lush landscapes from across the globe, as well as outdoor gardens with over 20 plant-based exhibits. There are gardens for play, creativity, fruit, veg, flowers, health and wellbeing.

Don’t miss the Tunnel of Love which looks to inspire visitors and helps give the best tips for being planet-friendly in your everyday life, as well as how to go about making positive changes for the planet.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous there’s England’s fastest zip wire, an aerial assault course and a giant swing, these are all run by Hangloose (operated as a separate company to Eden).

Head to edenproject.com for prices, booking and opening times.

Newquay Zoo

Falmouth – Newquay, via Penryn, Truro, Perranporth  (U1, U1A)
Fowey – Newquay, via Par, St Austell, Hendra Holiday Park (25)
Truro – Newquay via Shortlanesend, St Newlyn East, Cubert, Holywell Bay, Crantock (85)
Redruth – Newquay, via Blackwater, Goonhavern (88)
Truro – Newquay, via Mitchell – Quintrell Downs – Hendra Holiday Park (93)

Route: U1, U1A, 25, 85, 88, 93
Cornwall by Kernow, Go Cornwall Bus

Get inspired at the Zoo

There are loads of buses that can take you straight to the heart of all the animal action at Newquay Zoo, home to over 130 species of some of the world’s most endangered animals.
You’ll learn things you never knew, and get to see incredible wildlife close up! By visiting you’ll also be helping to support all the great work the Zoo is doing to help conserve species and habitats.

There’s lots of places to grab some lunch or a quick snack, and there’s plenty of outdoor play areas too. At the last count there were 855 animals to come and meet!

The Zoo recommends you allow up to 3 hours for your visit.

Check online for opening times, booking and special events and activities newquayzoo.org.uk

St Mawes Castle

Truro to St Mawes, via Probus, Tregony and Portscatho

Route: 50
9 trips a day
Go Cornwall Bus

A Tudor treasure

St Mawes Castle is heaped in history and is one of Henry VIII’s best-preserved coastal artillery fortresses. It was constructed between 1539 and 1545, built to defend against the invasion from the French and the Spanish. It was one of the most elaborately decorated castles and you can still see Latin inscriptions supporting and praising the King. There are amazing views from the top of the castle keep, and on a more sinister note you can see the ‘oubliette’ which was a pit where prisoners were placed alive and then forgotten.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the grounds too, which reach all the way down to the Fal estuary.

Search ‘St Mawes Castle English Heritage‘ for opening times, booking and prices.

Tintagel Castle

Newquay – Bude

Route: 95
Runs every 2 hours
Cornwall by Kernow, Go Cornwall Bus

Become part of the myth at Tintagel

The incredible Tintagel Castle on our coast is surrounded in myth and legend, so grab your sword and shield and head out to re-live its dramatic past. Linked with the legend of King Arthur this castle and landscape has inspired generations of artists and writers.

You can walk across the awesome award winning footbridge, admire the amazing views and clifftops, and if you want to get up close with nature head to Merlin’s Cave where you can kick off your shoes and socks and get exploring the rock pools.

Search ‘Tintagel Castle English Heritage‘ for opening times, booking and prices.

Trelissick Gardens

Truro – Feock (493)

Route: 493
Runs up to every 2 hours (doesn’t run on Sunday)
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So much to do at Trelissick

Spend a lovely day exploring Trelissick Gardens, it brings together diverse countryside surrounded by the River Fal with a historic park, woodland, Iron Age fort and 18th-century quay.

It’s set on its own peninsula, with panoramic views over the Fal estuary.

The house is open seasonally too, where you can take the opportunity to learn the history of the families that once called Trelissick home.

Whether you want to a climb a hill, watch the wildlife on the river bank or visit one of the biggest second hand book shops owned by the National Trust, it’s all aboard to Trelissick!

There’s also many events and activities throughout the summer. To check for opening times and booking information head to nationaltrust.org.uk