Unique experiences to enjoy in the South West with our partners Tobooka

Days out, Family, Activity

If a cottage holiday offers an escape from the ordinary, so too should the activities you take part in whilst you enjoy that break from routine. We’ve partnered up with Tobooka, a company that can pair you with unique experiences throughout the South West to help make your stay even more memorable.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind activities that can be tailored to your party’s needs and most importantly wants, here’s our selection of the South West’s top unique experiences:


Dartmoor Photography Walk

Dartmoor Photography Walk

Explore the untamed beauty of Dartmoor with camera in hand, and professional photographer Will at your side to steer you in the direction of picture perfection. Having worked with several international brands and amassed nearly 30,000 followers on Instagram, Will can not only give you a few pointers on how to do more than just point-and-shoot, but he’ll also share some of his favourite locations to capture within the awe-inspiring Dartmoor National Park.   

BBQ Chef  

Food tends to taste better when someone else takes the responsibility of cooking, so why not treat yourselves to a flavourful experience by booking an authentic taste of Devon. Chef Paul and his team specialise in creating tasty BBQ’s using organic, locally sourced ingredients and all within the comfort of your holiday home. Better still, the team prepare, cook and do the washing up after…so no arguments over the kitchen rota either!


Surf West Cornwall

Surf West Cornwall  

Experience Cornwall like a local and book yourselves a surf lesson (or few) in one of the region’s top schools. Surf West Cornwall is based in Perranporth, one of the most popular and picturesque beaches along a stretch of coast that draws experienced surfers from across the world. Learn the art of catching a wave within some of Cornwall’s most spectacular scenery: this experience is suitable for complete beginners and those needing a refresh, or to “hone” their skills.

SUP Experience 

Fancy enjoying a tranquil activity with your family? For a peaceful experience money can buy, a family or party of four can book a 1.5-hour private SUP lesson in Hayle Harbour, which is a small working harbour that sits the opposite side of St Ives Bay. Accompanied by an experienced guide, learn a new skill with your nearest and dearest by your side, whilst taking in the breathtaking views.


Frozen Cocktail Making

Frozen Cocktail Making 

Host a truly cosmopolitan evening of entertainment and book a Frozen Cocktail Making workshop for you and your friends – all within the comfort of your holiday cottage – no designated driver needed! Start the evening in style with a glass of prosecco and let the bartender steer you through how to create tasty cocktails with the addition of liquid nitrogen; enjoy a cool couple of hours that should leave you feeling shaken and stirred up enough to whisk up a few more.

Mystical Glastonbury Tour  

Seek out adventures in the heart of England’s most mythical landscape and embark on a mysterious journey that will walk you through some of the UK’s most ancient sites and monuments. Tour guide Jeremy and his team made up of shamans, druids and medicine men and women, offer a completely different approach to explaining historic places of interest than standard guide books and tours can. Choose between two tour routes and experience three hours of utterly unique other-worldly-ness.


Bushcraft Wilderness Skills

Bushcraft Wilderness Skills

Channel Bear Grylls and become experts in the field (of sorts) of outdoor survival with Dustin and his team, who will be on hand – with fire – to help you ascertain how to get back to nature with a back-to-basics day course on everything outdoors. Learn the art of bushcrafts such as spoon carving and cordage, using natural, gathered materials, as well as fire lighting, shelter building and wild cooking.

Cotton Scarf Painting

A popular activity that offers the opportunity to get creative and messy, here you can try your hand at making a bespoke accessory to take home with you! Play with colours and techniques as well as learning about different fibres and dye’s and enjoy nibbles and refreshments whilst you make. A half-day experience suitable for up to 8 people.


Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Fire yourselves up with a turn in the specialised field sport of clay pigeon shooting, a good team-centric activity for those travelling with friends or in a group enjoying a celebratory weekend away. Try your hand at this challenging sport, and with the team’s expert tuition, you’ll be shooting down clay targets in no time.

Close-up magic  

For those planning a large gathering, Magician Grant’s mix of mingling with magic is the perfect cross-generational activity to ensure everyone feels involved in what’s going on. You will be treated to 60 minutes of pure astonishment, often with the magic happening right before your eyes and perhaps even within your own hands, with this fun and immersive experience.

For those who’ve yet to decide on their unique experience or their South West stay, have a browse of our diverse collection of holiday cottages spanning Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire; or if you’re looking for further inspiration, our guide to the South West is a great place to start planning your next UK break.

Posted by Sarah on 24th May 2019