If you haven’t yet discovered the beautiful county of Cornwall on the South coast of the UK, you’re missing out. Famed for its stunning coastline and thrilling surf opportunities you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s only really attractive to those who like to get wet – but there’s far more to the region than waves. Here’s a round-up of the best things to do in Cornwall on your visit:
Even if you’re not into water sports, you can’t help but be wowed by Cornwall’s shores. Discover some of the finest beaches in the south: Sennen, Godrevy, Perranporth, Marazion, Kynane and Porthcurno are just a handful worth a visit.
Cornwall is full to the brim of attractive towns and fishing villages to discover. From the charm of St Ives with its winding streets and fishermen’s cottages to the bustle of Padstow which is the main commercial centre of nearby Land’s End. Other popular destinations include; Truro, St Just, Falmouth, Fowey and Padstow.
Do you enjoy getting involved with local cultural fun? Cornwall has a selection of annual events to choose from, there’s the:
● Obby Oss festival in Padstow, which takes place every May. This originally Pagan event features dancers, musicians and folk celebrations throughout the town.
● Newyln’s Fish Festival, at which to celebrate seafood and sample the delights of the Cornish coast, and the
● Fowey Royal Regatta – one of the UK’S premier sailing events with lots to entertain non-sailors such as live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, food and drink.
The Family Attractions
Cornwall is one of the UK’s best loved family holiday destinations so is well equipped to keep your youngsters interested. There’s all day attractions like the Eden Project, with its fascinating living rainforest, or animal centres like Newquay Zoo, The Monkey Sanctuary and bird-filled Paradise Park. Themeparks are also an option with Flambards and Crealy Park both providing hours of entertainment. When the weather’s not so great, you’ll find indoor waterparks and play centres such as Water World in Newquay and Kidzworld, St Austell.
If your kind-of holiday involves overeating on local grub, Cornwall is sure to satisfy. Make sure you taste the locally caught fresh fish, in the many harbour towns. You can visit Rick Stein’s famous seafood restaurant in Padstow or head to Jamie Oliver’s beachside ‘Fifteen’ at Watergate Bay. For lunch, snack on a real Cornish pasty or stop for a cream tea the Cornish way – served with jam and then cream on top (not the other way round like the Devonians like it).
Got your camera at the ready? Cornwall has a selection of breath-taking views you’ll want to stop by along the 300-odd mile stretch of coastline. See the coves and turquoise waters of Porthcurno, the castle topped St Michael’s Mount and the famous Rumps headlands or discover the vast and desolate sight of Bodmin Moor which rolls on for some 80 square miles.