Visitor Attractions

Although we want you to make the most of the festival and Calstock, we thought we’d give you an idea of some of the visitor attractions within an hour’s drive in case you wanted to extend your stay! These are not paid advertisements, just a variety of places we enjoy.

cotehele house

Cotehele House and Gardens

Cotehele is a National Trust property built in Tudor times and the house boasts a superb collection of tapestries, armour and furniture. There are extensive gardens which contain a medieval dovecote, a 17th century tower, apple and cherry orchards and a shop and cafe. Even if you are not a National Trust member you can walk to Cotehele Quay where there is a pub/tea house. (Walk from Calstock quay about 40 minutes; some uphill.)

Kit Hill

About 4 miles from Calstock Kit Hill is a fantastic rugged viewpoint around 1,000 feet above sea level and on a clear day you can spot Eddystone Lighthouse, just under 40 miles away. Kit Hill was given to the people of Cornwall in 1985 to celebrate the birth of Prince William. It is is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.

Tamar Valley Donkey Park

If you have a soft spot for donkeys you’ll find the donkey sanctuary (a registered charity) just 3 miles from Calstock; you can even adopt one to remind you of your visit! You can also have the chance to ‘take a donkey for a walk’.

They also have goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs that you can feed and generally make a fuss of, an indoor play area, a café and a shop.

Donkey Park

eden project

Eden Project

You’ve probably heard of the Eden Project which deserves more than a quick visit and we don’t want you to spend too much time away from the music; however . . . . As well as being a visitor attraction where giant domes house plants from around the world, it runs a variety of environmental projects throughout the world, hosts a considerable number of educational initiatives and contributes to research. It boasts the “largest rainforest in captivity”, stunning gardens and a variety of events. Be warned if you go in the tropical dome, you’ll need to peel off your coats and woolly jumpers.

Calstock Walks

We have mentioned that the National Trust property of Cotehele is approximately a 40 minute walk from Calstock. Coming out of the village shop, Levine’s, go right and you will see the Limekiln Art Gallery on your left. Do not take the slipway which leads to the quay or the main road out of the village, but the road in between which is signposted to Cotehele. Follow this road along the river until you see a track to your left signposted Cotehele. After climbing up into the woods, you will come to a fork, signposted Cothele Quay to the left and Cotehele House to the right.

Alternatively, before the Cotehele turning, you will see Calstock Boatyard on your left and a footpath to your right into Higher Kelly. Follow this track and you will get some fantastic views of the valley. Just take one of the tracks to the left back down to the valley and turn left to return to the village.

Mining Heritage Walk

For those who are interested in the area’s mining heritage, coming out of the shop go left and pass the Boot Inn on your right.

After a few minutes you will come to a fork in the road; take the right fork. Keep on to the end where will you see a footpath off to your right which takes you along the river and back to the village. If you fork left you will come to Okel Tor Reserve.

The mines here had their heyday in the latter part of the 19th century and produced copper, lead, tin and arsenic and you will see ruined mineshafts on your walk. The walk within the reserve is signposted. Alternatively, instead of turning right into Okel Tor, if you stay left and do a u-turn at the end of the track, you will cross the railway line and come to St. Andrew’s Church.

The road opposite, Church Road, takes you back into the village.

tin mine


If you fancy a slightly more ethereal walk a bit further afield, Calstock is less than half an hour’s drive from Dartmoor. Mist and mystery, tors and valleys, wild ponies and sheep, bogs and the beast of Dartmoor – it’s all out there. It inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles and just read what Steven Spielberg said, “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor”

rame head

Beaches and Walks

So you won’t be swimming in the sea but Cornwall and beaches go together like – well, scones and clotted cream. And some of the most spectacular walks in the county are clifftop walks. Within an hour’s drive is Rame Head with jaw-dropping vistas, huge stretches of sandy beach and the quaint village of Cawsand with its colour-washed cottages and narrow streets.

If you fancy something a little less wild, 40 minutes away is the fishing town of Looe with its beautiful bay and independent shops, a delightful stretch of the coast path and some great fish restaurants. And if you’re tempted by that scenic train ride from Calstock to Plymouth, walk through the city to Plymouth Hoe and along to The Barbican where Sir Francis Drake set out to circumnavigate the earth in the Golden Hind. You’ll find a good selection of pubs and restaurants overlooking the water.