5 top places the G7 Summit 2021 leaders should visit in Cornwall


Posted by Ruth on 19th January 2021

Cornwall is often visited by people from all over the globe looking to make the most of everything it has to offer – and it seems some of the world’s most powerful leaders are no different!

The 47th G7 Summit is being held at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in June, with the Carbis Bay Estate being the main venue, although the sparkling seaside resort of St Ives nearby will also provide support. The leaders of the UK, the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan – as well as representatives from other countries – will gather here for the G7 Summit 2021 to discuss global issues; among the attendees, of course, will be the new US President, Joe Biden.

St Ives

And while it’s likely the group will be busy debating key matters such as climate change, coronavirus and global capital, here’s hoping they fit in some sightseeing too, as this is one of the best places to stay in Cornwall.

Boris Johnson has described Carbis Bay as the “perfect location” – and we couldn’t agree more. So, if the seven premiers have a little free time during their visit to Cornwall, here are five must-visit Cornish attractions we think they should add to their itinerary.

St Ives galleries

See some art

As some of the most influential leaders in the world, we’d expect the G7 leaders to know a thing or two about culture, so they might want to while away an afternoon at the many galleries in nearby St Ives.

They’ll be spoilt for choice, with the Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Leach Pottery and numerous other commercial galleries to choose from, where they can acquaint themselves with some of Cornwall’s most prolific creators.


Catch a wave

Cornwall is famous as the surf capital of the UK, and the coastline around Carbis Bay is blessed with some of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, including Porthminster, Porthmeor and Carbis Bay itself! So, what better way to get to know this stunning landscape than by surfing the waves?

Maybe Joe Biden will have taken some tips from Hawaii-born Barack Obama and can show everyone else a thing or two, or perhaps the group will be looking for some surf lessons from one of the many surf schools in the area. Either way, we can’t think of a better way to spend half a day in Cornwall.

Cornwall food

Sample some local produce

We’re sure that the G7 leaders will have had some delicious food in their time, whether at state banquets, fancy events or even inaugurations. But Cornwall can cater for all palettes, including presidents’ tastes, with its range of fantastic places to eat and drink.

St Ives itself boasts four establishments that have earned their places in the Michelin Guide, serving everything from modern cuisine to seafood made with the finest local produce. And no visit to Cornwall is complete without a pasty or cream tea – although it should be included in the premiers’ briefing that the local etiquette is jam first, then cream, to avoid a diplomatic incident.

St Ives to Zennor walk

Take in the sights

With the leaders coming from such diverse locations – such as the forests of Akita Prefecture in Japan and the gothic architecture in Amiens, France – they’ll be familiar with many beautiful settings. But Cornwall’s landscape really is a sight to behold, and the area around Carbis Bay offers some of the best coastal walks where the G7 contingent can truly soak it all up.

One of the most beautiful walks that the leaders might want to take is from St Ives to Zennor, where they can take in the dramatic cliffs and sparkling sea that makes this area so alluring, as well as spotting seals and maybe even whales!

Boat trip

Come face to face with local creatures

If the global attention of the summit has become too much, our leaders might want to escape it all for a little while. One of the best ways to get some much-needed peace and quiet, as well as soak up the scenic views a little more, is to take a boat trip out to Seal Island.

This little outcrop is 3.5 miles west of St Ives and gets its name from the large colony of Atlantic grey seals that call it home. As well as these delightful sea creatures, the premiers could also be in with a chance of spotting sharks, dolphins and even whales, making it one of the best wildlife-spotting trips in the UK, and a fantastic way of closing out an unforgettable trip to Carbis Bay.

Cornwall holidays

Of course, the G7 Leaders' Summit 2021 only runs for three days, and that’s not nearly enough time to explore everything Cornwall has to offer. So, if you’re thinking of following in the footsteps of the G7 leaders and visiting Cornwall this year, find out even more great places to visit and things to do in Cornwall, or click the button below to browse our collection of beautiful Cornish cottages.

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