Each summer, Cornwall is inundated with eager visitors excited to experience its sparkling blue waters and luscious countryside. The little slice of paradise is situated in the South West of England. It is overflowing with places to visit, action-packed activities and all the delicious local delicacies to keep your energy up throughout your stay!
With around 400 miles of coastline to explore, it is hard to know where to begin when planning family-friendly holidays in Cornwall! To help you out, this general guide can advise on which experiences to look out for no matter where you are in the county.
Make the Most of the Food
There are many nutritious and delicious treats to experience in Cornwall. For something a little more unique, try and track down a place for cream tea. For an authentic experience, make sure to apply the jam first, then the cream, as this is the Cornish way! This is the opposite of a typical Devon cream tea which is the cream and then jam!
Another delicacy you must try when in the county is the geographically-named Cornish pasty! It is unlikely you will go far in Cornwall and not come across a pasty shop! Brimming with beef, potato, turnip/swede and onion, this baked dish is sure to satisfy any hungry stomach.
Walk Until You Can’t
Cornwall is a walker’s dream. After completing one walk, you will be eager for more and soon one week here won’t feel like enough time to explore all the places you want to.
The county offers a broad range of walks for all abilities including more substantial hikes for those experienced and dedicated walkers. Many of the trails line the stunning coastline, and you can complete as much or as little as you want. There are also plenty of family-friendly walks across the county. Some recommended family walks include:
- Cardinham Woods.
- The ‘taster walk’ on Bissoe Trail.
- Pentewan Trail, which explores the river and is complete with a beach close to the village.
A leisurely hike is a lovely way to spend the day during warmer weather, and taking a little picnic to keep the smallest satisfied is a useful addition.
Explore the Beaches
One of the main attractions of Cornwall is its stunning coastline. Never more than a 20-minute journey to the seaside, Cornwall is scattered with beautiful sandy beaches, sheltered bays and mysterious coves. There are so many beach locations to choose from; you will no doubt fall in love with at least one that you will want to return to time and time again!
Some family-friendly beaches you may enjoy include:
- Watergate Bay
Learn to Surf
With the huge range of beaches comes the exciting opportunity to try many watersports! One of the most challenging but enjoyable ones is surfing. A sport that all ages can try, it is a fantastic way to bond as a family. You never know, it may spark a new family tradition!
Cornwall has plenty of reputable surf schools across its coast, meaning you can always take up a lesson to get you started.
Discover the Sea Life
There are plenty of opportunities to view sea life while in Cornwall. The area is home to some incredible species including dolphins, seals and even basking sharks! To see these beautiful animals, many reported sightings have occurred at Land’s End, as well as other areas of Cornwall.
If you aren’t fortunate to see one at Land’s End, there are plenty of other beautiful coastal animals to cast your eyes on here, including a whole host of birds such as Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Guillemots.
Cornwall also hosts many fantastic sea life facilities including the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay and the Sealife Safari in Padstow.
Watch a Sunset
It doesn’t matter how many you have seen or where in the world you are, an unforgettable part of any holiday is witnessing a glorious sunset. With a beach never too far away, Cornwall is the best place to locate a good one.
Whether you spend the day at the beach or decide to do an evening walk, it is always worth the wait.
For some inspiration on where to see the best sunsets, consider these locations:
- Bassets Cove
- St Michael’s Mount
- Land’s End
- Bedruthan Steps
Remember to take your camera with you to take some incredible pictures for beautiful reminders after your holiday!
Hopefully, my general guide has informed you about the beautiful sights and fun experiences to expect on a trip to Cornwall! What will be on your bucket list for your next visit to the stunning county?