When we think of Cornwall images of those tasty Cornish pasties, the absolutely stunning countryside and breezy beach fronts complete with surfers spring to mind, but this popular county on the south coast of England has much more to offer. Throughout the year there are a variety of events and activities to keep the whole family happy and multiple attractions to make your stay memorable. With the mildest climate in England and the most sunniest days you can visit Cornwall during any of the 4 seasons and still enjoy a fantastic break or holiday. With so many great things to do in Cornwall you will never be bored – Here is our run down of the best attractions, places to eat, places to stay and more.
The Eden Project near St Austell is a great family fun day out in any weather. Not only is this complex of domes an amazing sight, you can find literally thousands of plants and interesting things to see and do. Each of the domes has a different environment, all using sustainable features for water and power, even the visitor toilets are eco friendly. Education is a key part of the work of the staff at the Eden Project, which has won many awards. Since opening to the public in 2001 the Eden Project has also hosted many musical stars, seasonal specials and even a world record breaking attempt.
Found close to Penzance is the Geevor Tin Mine, rated one of the top 10 attractions in Cornwall; this mine is full of history, opportunities to explore and learn plus fun activities that will be unforgettable. Have a go at mineral panning, take a tour of the tin mine and see the conditions the miners worked in or spend the day exploring this 2 acre site with friends. You can follow a nature trail made into the cliff side to see how mining affected the local wildlife or just take in the stunning views.
For an unusual day out head to the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, not only does this museum hold the largest collection of witchcraft related items in the world, it is also interesting, amusing and comes highly recommended. Beware though that younger family members or those who scare easily may find the museum unsuitable. For the less brave a visit to the Hidden Valley Discovery Park is sure to be a hit – with a railway, hobbit house, play areas, a detective trail and forbidden mansion, plus a cosy tea room and a fun maze among it’s attractions there is something for everyone at Hidden Valley.
Accommodation in Cornwall ranges from 5 star luxury to comfortable bed and breakfasts and small hotels. Finding somewhere to stay is easy, whatever your budget may be. For comfort and a touch of style Country View Cottages have 30 self catering cottages for you to choose from in idyllic locations that are close to everything you could need or want to see across Cornwall. If you are booking a last minute break Late Lettings can help with all of your Cornwall accommodation queries and bargain breaks. Both companies offer a great service and provide excellent choices for all of your short break or family holiday needs.
Christmas time is great for visiting Cornwall, you will find a heady mix of tradition, cheerful people, bargain shopping and attractions that make the festive season extra special. One popular event is the Trereife Christmas Fair which brings together shopping, designer crafts and the chance to help others with the BBC Children in Need appeal. Christmas fun activities for all of the family can be found at Mousehole Harbour, with the most impressive lights that you will ever see, bringing the harbour to life. This year is extra special as it marks 50 years since the lights at Mousehole Harbour first started, so go along and join in with the fun.
Food and eating out in Cornwall is a mix of traditional fayre and top class restaurants. For seafood fans The Wheel House Restaurant in Falmouth is highly acclaimed and serves fresh seafood caught locally, in fact the food is so good that is is advisable to book a table in advance to avoid any disappointment. Mr B’s Ice cream Parlour is great for both kids and adults alike – with a large list of flavours from family favourites to the more exotic such as damson plum pie ice cream. Let your taste buds go wild with these wonderful Cornish fresh ice creams. The Dining Room restaurant at Rock, in Cornwall, is known for it’s fine foods, warm welcome and tasteful décor. A family run business that prides itself in serving you high quality dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is also available for private hire and has an extensive wine list.
Come along to Cornwall and experience the holiday of your dreams, this fantastic coastal county is everything it promises to be and much more. That’s why over 5 million people visit Cornwall each year.