Millions of visitors choose Cornwall each year as their vacation of choice, to enjoy its miles of sandy beaches, stunning scenery and relaxed atmosphere. But many of us lucky enough to live in Cornwall are guilty of overlooking this desired holiday location for our own summer holiday. The right ‘holiday at home’ doesn’t just save you money on flights, it allows you to rediscover your homeland and seek out the exciting and enriching experiences happening on your doorstep. So whether you are a Cornish resident and want to discover places you never knew existed, or are from further afield and want to see for yourself why we love Cornwall so much, here are 10 incredible ideas for your dream holiday.
1. All About the Adventure: Sea Kayaking Expedition
Destination: Falmouth, and around Cornwall
Accommodation: Wild Camping
For the thrill seekers, fitness fanatics and lovers of the ocean, on this five-day expedition you will kayak around the Cornish coast, find spectacular hidden coves and caves and discover great wild camping locations along the way. Your adventure leader will help you to improve your paddling technique, teach you the art of food foraging and set you up with some essential camp craft skills. If you’re looking for a challenge and want to see Cornwall from a whole new perspective, this one’s for you.
2. City Break: Capture Culture & Shop Till You Drop
Accommodation: The Alverton
Although Truro is a small city, it’s packed with excellent places to eat and wine bars where you can toast cocktails after a day of browsing the diverse selection of shops. Meander through the Georgian streets absorbing the impressive architecture, book a show at the Hall for Cornwall and stop for a lecture at the Royal Cornwall Museum. Truro Festival (27th March – 5th April) is well worth timing your break with, celebrating arts, culture and music, expect intimate theatre shows, unmissable exhibitions and dozens of free events to throw yourselves into. www.enjoytruro.co.uk
3. Art Break: Immerse Yourself
Destination: Carbis Bay
Accommodation: Chy-an-Kerris. This beautiful house was once the home of renowned local sculptor Barbara Hepworth and artist Ben Nicholson.
With magical views, Carbis Bay Beach on your doorstep and the art-hub town of St Ives just a stone’s throw away, this is the ultimate destination for any arty break in Cornwall. Be inspired by your surroundings, visit the enormous collection of galleries and enjoy a little history at the Barbara Hepworth Museum. Make sure you head to an event at St Ives Art Club, book a course at St Ives School of Painting and admire one of the incredible exhibitions at Penwith Galleries.
4. Escape the Rat Race: No Mobiles Allowed
Destination: The Isles of Scilly
Accommodation: Star Castle Hotel (St Mary’s)
These magical islands offer an escape from everyday life and are the perfect excuse to leave your mobile phones at home and spend quality time with your partner or family. Explore the gardens and nature trails, relax on the beaches, book a sea safari and lose yourself in the beauty that surrounds you. There are quite a few festivals on the islands throughout the year, Walk Scilly in the spring is one of our favourites.
For more info www.visitislesofscilly.com
5. Family Fun Holiday: Run Wild
Destination: South West Lakes Trust, Tamar Lakes Country Park, Bude
Accommodation: Camping (in a tent of one of the park’s snazzy camping pods)
Sometimes it’s wonderful to arrive at your holiday destination, put down your car keys and know that everything your family needs for a fantastic break is right there. With exhilarating water-sports, cycling routes, fishing, children’s play areas, a nature reserve and enough activities to excite and exhaust everyone from the little ones to the big (adult) kids, enjoy your time bonding, learning new skills and make lasting memories with the ones that you love.
6. New Foodie Favourite: Eat, Sleep, Eat, Repeat
Accommodation: Saclara Cottage
Enjoy a secluded patio overlooking the sea, a wood burning stove to sit next to with a hot chocolate and a quaint kitchen to whip up some midnight feasts.
Explore the vibrant town’s enticing 20+ places to eat, from its swanky restaurants (Kota, Blue Haze) to spectacular fish and chip shops, every turn will have your tummies rumbling. Don’t miss the tasty treats at Porthleven Harbour Market (Tue, Thurs & Sun from Easter to the end of October) and burn off all those extra calories (if you must) with a wander along the coastal path.
7. Recharge & Re-Energise: A Little Luxury
Destination: Wadebridge, Cornwall
Accommodation: St Moritz Hotel
If you struggle to find time to relax and unwind, a weekend at St Mortiz might be just what you need. Visit in the winter and as well as indulging in mood enhancing treatments in the spa, you can explore the dynamic Cornish coastline and beautiful beaches. If you’re on a romantic break, be sure to treat yourselves to a massage side by side in the spa’s double room and then watch the sunset go down from your balcony, it’ll leave you both feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
8. A Party Break: A Location to Celebrate
Destination: Whistand Bay
Accommodation: Beach House Cornwall
Instead of visiting a party town, bring your favourite people to this beautiful house in Whitsand Bay. Complete with an outdoor hot tub, a games room den (with gadgets to keep you entertained for hours) and plenty to do in the surrounding areas (if you decide to leave the house!), here you can have endless fun with the people you care about. If you fancy some fresh air after all of the celebrations, go surfing and coasteering with Adventure Bay or get the feel for two wheel travel with a Segway Adventure.
9. The Wild Card: Cool & Quirky
Destination: Rezare, Launceston
Accommodation: The Duchess Wagon at Spring Park Quirky Holidays
Step back in time by staying in this beautiful 1940s showman’s wagon, nestled in its own private garden complete with hot tub and a quirky wooden bathroom lit at night with twinkling fairy lights. Head along to a craft Cowslips workshop, venture to the top of Kitts Hill for spectacular views, cross the border for a trip to Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre and enjoy hearty, warming meals in the local pub just a short walk away.
10. Feel Good Factor: The Voluntary Experience
Destination: Monkey Sanctuary, Looe
Accommodation: Shared Accommodation in the Sanctuary House
Created for animal lovers who want to get stuck in, the Monkey Sanctuary provides volunteers with a chance to become part of the community and share the commitment of caring for the resident monkeys. Whether you want to stay for a few weeks, or a few months, this is a great experience for independent travellers (you must be 18+) who have a love of nature and want to learn more about primates. You will clean the enclosures, learn to collect wild leaves, prepare food, hear talks from the keepers and make enrichment items for the monkeys.
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