Whether you grew up making memories in Cornwall with your mum and dad or you’ve yet to discover this unique part of the country, there’s no place quite like it. With a landscape that’s inspired novelists, artists and even starred in the new series of Poldark, a holiday in Cornwall is all about nature at its most beautiful and doing what you love.
If you’ve been following Poldark’s adventures so far then you’ll be no stranger to the jutting headlands, the windswept cliffs and the sun-dappled heather that graces the peace and quiet of the moors. And all we can say is that no matter which part of the county you head for you’ll find its unspoilt beauty stops you in your tracks time and again.
Choose from whitewashed harbour towns where life is all about the catch of the day (such as Padstow and Looe), the ever-energetic Newquay with its wide sandy beaches and laidback surfing lifestyle and the solitude of the countryside on Bodmin…there’s a corner of Cornwall to suit every kind of holiday.
What’s a stay in the West Country without a day on the beach? Cornwall has more sandy coves and popular beaches than you can shake a spade at, and with a coast that stretches for more than 250 blissful miles it’s the perfect spot for a family break by the sea. The region has an impressive 6 Blue Flag beaches to its name, but half the fun can be finding the ones off the beaten track and escaping the crowds during your visit too.
Now don’t be put off by this next bit if you’re about as familiar with a surf board as you are with a unicycle…the main beaches are dotted with professional surf schools that welcome people of all ages and all abilities to get on a board and surf like a local. They even promise to have you stood up on it within two hours of learning.
What is it about sea air for making the whole party ravenous? Well, diet or no diet, Cornwall folk love a hearty meal, and that means plenty of restaurants boasting the fresh catch of the day and a view you’ll remember for a long time to come. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay offers fine dining with a view, and Rock Stein’s Padstow empire means there’s plenty of opportunity to dine in style during a stay.
Now for those all-important kid-entertaining family attractions. Where to start? There’s the good old Eden Project with its brand new zip wire and imposing rainforest biomes, then there’s the so-cute-it-hurts Cornish Seal Sanctuary, and the inspiring Minack Theatre.
Lands End makes for plenty of family fun, and if you’re a fan of King Arthur then make sure you call in at the romantic ruin that keeps the legend alive – Tintagel. Newquay Zoo’s a great day out at any time of year, and on the National Trust front you’ve got gems like Lanhydrock House and Antony House, where Tim Burton filmed Alice in Wonderland.