A staycation is the perfect excuse to see your home country in a completely different light. It’s all too easy to forget the wonders of our local surroundings while getting caught up in work and life in general. We’ve looked at some very British things to enjoy during a holiday or break in Cornwall.
Savour a Cornish Cream Tea
Friendly rivalry between Cornwall and its neighbour Devon over which of the two serves the best afternoon hinges not on ingredients (both feature scones, fruity jam and clotted cream, along with a pot of tea) but on the way they are put together. In Cornwall, you add the jam first, in Devon the cream. The Kitchen by the Beach our newly refurbished restaurant, serves a delicious traditional Cornish Cream Tea using Rodda’s clotted cream from Scorrier just half an hour away and Boddingtons Strawberry Jam from Mevagissey 45 minutes away. For an extra touch of decadence, you can add a class of prosecco…
Hit the Beaches
Mile upon mile of of glorious Cornwall coastline ranges from stunning sandy beaches to charming little coves and creeks with rock-pools perfect for crabbing and shrimping. The Park is just a short stroll from the sand – the beach in question being award-winning Magwan Porth. Dog-friendly year-round, it combines a lovely sandy expanse with rock-pools and activities including surf tuition.
Try Some Water Sports
Cornwall is the place to learn new skills out on the water or to improve your current level, whether your bag is surfing lessons withKingsurf, body-boarding, sailing, coastereering or a whole array of other activities. Just ask our friendly staff for recommendations as to the best local providers.
Tour Some Gardens
With its own mild micro-climate, Cornwall is blessed with many gorgeous gardens that are the delight of plant-lovers but also make for great family days out. Try Trebah with its private beach, adventure areas and children’s trails, Trevarno with its vintage toy museum and woodland play space, Glendurgan with its maze and the Lost Gardens of Heligan with their sculpture-dotted woodland pathways and farm.
Visit Some Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions
Epicentre of Cornwall’s thriving cultural scene is St Ives, with its branch of the Tate and its Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden. But there’s plenty to see in the rest of Cornwall, whether it’s art or history you seek, from the National Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle in Falmouth to the ecological visitor attraction of the Eden Project.
Take a Boat Ride
Heading out on the water is a must when visiting Cornwall. The best place for boat-trips is Falmouth, with tours of the bay and year-round ferries over to St Mawes with its castle or up the Malpas river to Truro. There are also trips from Marazion to the atmospheric tidal island of St Michael’s Mount.
Eat by the Sea
Whether you fancy pasties, fish and chips, crab sandwiches or farm-made ice cream, Cornwall is full of lovely beach cafés serving wonderful local produce, including St Ives; award-winning Porthminster Café. Don’t miss other regional treats at The Kitchen by the Beach, including Fowey mussels, Newlyn haddock and Davidstow cheddar.