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Hangout with your Hound

Hangout with your Hound

There is no better season to spend quality time with your four-legged friend than in summer.

With beautiful beaches, gorgeous gardens and wondrous woods right on our doorstep, there is an endless array of activities and places of interest right here on our Cornish doorsteps! But when the beaches are busy and parks are jam-packed, we search for the pawfect spot to enjoy some quality outdoor time with our furry friends.

Here at Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love showcasing the best of what Cornwall has to offer. From cute cafes, pawfect pubs and National Trust treasures, here’s a list of our top hangouts for you and your happy hound to enjoy in this stunning summer season.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

Lost Gardens of Heligan - Hotel and Lodges in Cornwall Trenython Manor

For all your botanical lovers out there, this is the trip for you. With over 200 acres of glorious gardens to explore, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a vast wonderland of flora and fauna to excite the imagination.

What makes the gardens special this time of year, is the plethora of beauty that surrounds the grounds. They have planted 15 acres of wildflowers for you and your pooch to lose yourselves within. With dogs welcome all-year round, immerse yourselves on a sub-tropical adventure through bamboo tunnels, run under majestic tree ferns and explore giant rhubarb and bananas whilst keeping an eye and (sniffer) out for rare breeds of wildlife and ancient woodlands.

Open all seasons, whether you plan to visit in the buzz of mid-summer or the tranquillity of mid-winter, you and your dog are guaranteed a unique experience.

Please be aware that dogs are not permitted to enter the Heligan Tearoom or Stewardry, and entrance fees are £14.50 for adults and £6.50 for children.

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Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

A sea lion swims in for a closer look at Cornish Seal Sanctuary curator Tamara Cooper

Did you know you can enjoy gazing at other glorious animals whilst being in the company of your own magnificent creature? The Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek is completely dog-friendly and open to the public seven days a week. Home to a range of marine wildlife, from otters to penguins, seals to sea lions, this conservation centre puts its inhabitants right at the heart of its centre.

With over 40 acres of land to enjoy, including woodlands, there is lots of sights and smells to excite your dog at the Sanctuary. With multiple dog bowls located around the site and free degradable doggy bags to keep the place clean, the sanctuary is definitely a place to visit with your four-legged friends. You can even pick up some homemade dog treats in the on-site shop too! Better still, the on-site land train that tours the sanctuary also welcomes dogs; perfect for a pooch who's tired out! 

Best price for tickets online at £10.45 and with your furry friend’s entry free of charge, visiting the sanctuary promises to be a day out to remember.

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The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Located on an all-year round dog-friendly beach, an afternoon at The Watering Hole is a must see for any dog lover who love a drink with a view. With an excellent selection of food and drink, if you're in need of a pit stop after a summer stroll on the beach, then The Watering Hole is a must for you.

What makes The Watering Hole so special is the range of events held each and every month. From live music to comedy nights, a day or night at The Watering Hole is never the same, and promises to be a pub you and your pooch will want to visit time and time again.

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The Springer Spaniel, Launceston

Sunday Lunch: The Springer Spaniel – Family Friendly Magazine

What’s more dog-friendly, than naming your pub after a beautiful breed of canine? The Springer Spaniel promises a cosy environment, fantastic food and a warm welcome for you and your four-legged friend!

Gaining the best reputations for food and ale in the area, the Springer Spaniel has received its own fair share of awards and accolades. Serving local produce showcasing the best of what the Southwest has to offer, if it’s a great pub you need then this is one for you!

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Trevaskis Farm, Hayle

Pick Your Own - Picture of Trevaskis Farm, Hayle - Tripadvisor

With fruit picking paramount throughout the summer season, this dog-adoring destination is an idyllic location for you and your furry friend. With their on-site restaurant cooking some of the best dishes in West Cornwall (we highly recommend the Trevaskis Breakfast) featuring ingredients straight from their farm, their food is delicious beyond belief.

For those with a sweet tooth, Trevaskis are renowned for their gigantic dessert portions, serving everything from giant chocolate eclairs to colossal cheesecakes.

As our furry friends are permitted to explore the grounds, you and your family are free to fruit pick to your hearts content as you bask in the beauty of the best British produce right here in the heart of West Cornwall.

Plan your trip here -

With a range of scenic spots to explore with your canine companion, grab your lead, your bag and your four-legged friend and really see the best of what Cornwall has to offer this summer season.

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