Summer Holidays in Cornwall
Cornwall is the ideal place for spending your summer holidays with stunning beaches, beautiful scenery and tonnes of activities for young and all alike. The Ayr Holiday Park based here in sunny St Ives is the perfect base camp to start your Cornish expeditions!
The first area that can make or break a holiday is the food. Cream teas (jam on first if you’re wondering) and pasties are our specialities and there are award winning examples of both everywhere you look. Cornish clotted cream is a must as part of a traditional cream tea. They can be found in every town but if you’d like a tea with a view why not try The Godolfin Arms in Marazion which over looks St Michaels Mount. While there why not take a trip across the water to take a look around the historical island. If the tide is out you can walk across to the mount but don’t panic if th tide comes in while you re over there – a fun water taxi can always bring you back again.
A Cornish pasty is essential and there are many local artisan producers across the county. Many of them are award winning – in fact the International Pasty Championships are held at the brilliant Eden Project every year. The Eden Project is a fantastic day out for all the family. Be transported to the Mediterranean or the rain forest via the giant biodomes, learn about the natural world we share or explore the gardens and outside walkways and learn about how our natural environment helps us and what we can do in return to look after it for generations to come.
Check Out The Cornish Gardens
There are many gardens and houses to explore through the National Trust here in Cornwall. The Lost Gardens of Heligan for example are some of the most famous are diverse gardens in the country, a perfect place to relax or explore for the whole family. For those keen to find out more about the history of the are head to King Edward Mine near Redruth to learn more about our mining and the men who mined tin in Cornwall for generations. Ruins of engine houses from these mines can be seen all over the country and make for beautiful reminder of the past. A darker element of history is Bodmin Jail where you can come face to face with pirates and smuggler and find out about the unusual variety of items smuggled in along the Cornish coast line many, many years ago as well as the men who were tied and punished for their crimes.
For those that enjoy a little imagination with their history Tintagel Castle can not be missed. Learn the exciting legend of King Arthur, discover the dark ages, walk down to the hidden beach, cross the foot bridge to the castle ruins on Tintagel Island and make up your own mind where history and legend may or may not meet.
For the animal lover in the group we have Newquay Zoo, the Sea Life Aquarium, Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Owl and Bird of Pray Sanctuaries and Paradise Park and JungleBarn. All of these location are the perfect combination of entertaining, educational and hand on so young and old can enjoy getting to know more about the animals we share the planet with and, most importantly, how to look after them. Gweek Seal Sanctuary often have pup release days and beach cleans that the public can attend and support too. Paradise Park and JungleBarn is also a great rainy day attraction with lots of animal to see, close encounters, penguin feeding, gardens and daily shows there is so much to do. The JungleBarn indoor play centre has soft play, a ball fountain, toddler zone and giant slides will both entertain and exhaust the littlest members of your family.
Amazing Cornish Beaches
Other than the pasty Cornwall is probably most famous for it’s beaches. Miles and miles of unspoilt white sand against the beautiful clear blue seas make for stunning places to spend the day – sand castles and ice creams in the summer or maybe a windy walk wrapped up in the winter. Many of our beaches have blue flag awards for cleanliness and during the summer most have lifeguards keeping swimmers, surfers and beach goers safe. For the more adventurous there are surf schools at most beaches, Shore Surf Schools are at a number of beaches including Godrevy and Gwithian has the Academy of Surfing. Both beaches are on the north coast and benefit from the stunning Atlantic ocean. Ocean Sports Centre at Carbis Bay also offer Stand Up Paddle boarding, canoes and kayaks for hire. They also offer fantastic safari experience where their guides will help you explore some of the most iconic coastal locations. If you’d like to enjoy the water in a more relaxing, less hands on manor there are many boat trips along the Helford Estuary. There is also a ferry from Truro to Falmouth offering an unusual view of the section coast line often unseen.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Cornwall and hope you enjoy your visit.