The best sights in Cornwall

Posted on 03rd August 2014

Cornwall is a beautiful and stunning county that boasts glorious beaches, dramatic scenery and a number of attractions that pull in millions of holidaymakers every year.

There are a number of Cornwall attractions that just have to be visited during a vacation in the county, but one thing that Cornwall is renowned for is its beautiful sights and scenery.

So if you are staying in one of the great value Cornwall coastal cottages and you and your family are nature lovers in search of some of the best sights in the county, then follow this guide of where to go this summer.

Golitha Falls

If you get out your Cornwall map and search the southeast section of Bodmin Moor you will find the village of St Cleer.

Just over a mile from St Cleer is the beautiful Golitha Falls, which is a collection of booming waterfalls.

The area is renowned by many locals as the prettiest spot on Bodmin Moor, with the area not only home to some beautiful waterfalls, but pretty woodlands as well.

You are able to swim in the waterfall’s pools, but if you have children you should keep a close eye on them as the rocks can get very slippery.

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St Michael’s Mount at sunset

Cornwall attractions don’t come much bigger than St Michael’s Mount as it is one of THE places to visit in Cornwall.

If you want to escape the hordes of people that visit St Michael’s Mount during the day, then you should head to the area before sunset.

By doing this on a nice day, you and your family or friends will also get to see the sun set over the waters of Mount’s Bay – a real spectacle that will make you want to come back the next evening.

If the tide is out, you should look to walk across the cobbled causeway that links St Michael’s Mount to the small Cornish town of Marazion.

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St Ives beaches

There are plenty of coastal holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall and if you are staying in one of the holiday cottages near St Ives then you just have to visit this seaside resort.

There are plenty of things to do in St Ives, such as visit the Tate St Ives or walk around the town’s cobbled streets, but one of the best pastimes to enjoy is to sit down with a portion of the town’s famous fish and chips, looking out over the St Ives beaches.

One of the best sights in the county is the view when looking out from St Ives at the surrounding coastline and over the town’s beaches – it really is beautiful.

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 Geevor Tin Mine

The Geevor Tin Mine is one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall as not only does the tin mine, which shutdown in 1990, offer visitors an insight into the life of miners in Cornwall, it also gives visitors great views of the Cornish coastline and countryside.

The image of Geevor Tin Mine in the sunshine with the sea in the background really is just like seeing a postcard of Cornwall.

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The Cornish picnic survival guide

Posted on 18th June 2014

Few summer activities are as enjoyable as the family picnic, particularly when it is spend soaking up the summer sun on the coast of Cornwall.

With the southern county offering some incredible views and the best of the British weather, few places offer such a perfect picnic location.

From where to go to what to pack this guide will help you make the most of self-catering holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall, with plenty of inspiration for a family picnic to remember. 

Where to go

With so many beautiful picnic hotspots and fantastic views to be had in Cornwall it may be difficult to decide where to go for your picnic, particularly if you’re visiting on holiday and don’t know the area all that well. Here are just a few of the best picnic spots in this wide and picturesque landscape:

  • Polly Joke, Newquay

Polly Joke beach in Newquay is a great choice for a picnic. Just round the corner from the hustle and bustle of popular surfing location Fistral Beach in Newquay, it offers all the fun without so much of the noise.

  • Kynance Cove, Lizard

This spectacular location was voted the best picnic spot on the south west coast path, as nominated by Layla Astley from The National Trust. Its fantastic views of turquoise waters and the sandy beach make it a clear choice for coastal picnics for the whole family to enjoy, with plenty of space for the kids to run about.

  • St Agnes Head

Next up is St Agnes Head in north Cornwall, which was also in the running for the best picnic spot on the south west coast path. This beautiful spot it owned by the National Trust and is a great place for both people and dolphin watching as it is alive with activity from both.

  • Rosemullion Head

A south Cornwall entry for the south west coast path best picnic spot competition, Rosemullion Head is popular for its secluded coves that offer the perfect protection from the elements- and seagulls- when it comes to eating your picnic food.

What to pack

As for the picnic food itself Cornwall offers plenty of help in this area too. Picnic Cornwall, a coffee shop and deli in Falmouth, not only offer great cakes and coffees to enjoy on a walk around the area but they also provide Cornish visitors with some great picnics and hampers that they can order online. From the great Cornish pasty to cream teas, their ‘Click & Collect Picnic’ pages make picnicking easy with quality hand-prepared food- all you have to do is choose- which might be harder than it sounds with such delights as the Cream Tea with Cornish Fizz Picnic Hamper and the Quintessentially Cornish Picnic Hamper to choose from!

Around the corner in Porthleven is another fantastic picnic service, Gourmet Picnics, who pride themselves on their locally and ethically sourced produce for families who want a real taste of Cornwall. With a team of top chefs making picnics freshly to order, there will be no more soggy sandwich picnic memories for you.

When to go

While summer may seem an obvious time to book in your family picnic in Cornwall, National Picnic Week in June is encouraging even more families to roll out the picnic mat. The week provides people with the perfect excuse to swap picnic ideas and tips and get out and enjoy one of summer’s best British traditions. 2014 sees National Picnic Week sponsored by Pom-Bear, as shown in this great video, and has seen the likes of Fearne Cotton, Jamie Oliver and Peter Andre showing their support on Twitter. So let picnic week inspire you to book a holiday to Cornwall and enjoy some quality family picnicking time- the sun won’t be around for long!

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Cornwall among 3 best European holidays

Posted on 17th June 2014

According to a study by Lonely Planet the South West is one of the top-ten must-see places to visit in Europe.

The research said that the Westcountry had moorlands, coastline and a variety of sandy beaches that matched other popular holiday destinations from across the globe.

This is a massive boost to the Westcountry and Cornwall, especially as it comes just as the summer holiday season begins, which is expected to see thousands of people stay in hotels and pretty holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall.

The list by the Lonely Planet’s travel experts said that Greece claimed the number one spot with Ljubljana in Slovenia in second, followed by the South West of England.

Italy, Viking Denmark, Seville, the Outer Hebrides, Plzen, Stavanger in Norway and Toulouse also featured high up in the list.

When describing the South West in the report it says, “Imagine yourself motoring through the romantic English countryside, stopping in charming villages, gawping at castles, and staying in the quaintest guesthouses and B&Bs this side of Downton Abbey.”

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5 Top Zoos and Wildlife Parks in Cornwall

Posted on 27th May 2014

For a change from a day at the beach, why not head to one of these fantastic family attractions around Cornwall for a day out the kids will love! If you’re planning a holiday this summer, make sure to check out one of the lovely holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall from our collection.

Newquay Zoo

 

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 One of Cornwall’s top visitor attractions, Newquay Zoo is open all year round and always has an exciting calendar of events and animal experiences to try. The zoo has a large collection of different animals and it’s the only place in Cornwall where you can see lions! There is also a farm area, a tropical house and a very interesting exhibit about the native species of Britain.

Newquay Zoo is very family friendly, with baby changing facilities and bottle warming in the Café Lemur, which offers a menu full of delicious and healthy meals that kids will love. The café even offers a barbecue during the summer on selected days. The zoo is also fully accessible for buggies and wheelchair users and assistance dogs are welcome.

The Monkey Sanctuary

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 This charitable organisation protects the inhabitants of the park and uses the money from visitors to fund monkey conservation worldwide. It’s a fantastic day out for all ages, where you can see a range of different species of monkey, which have all been rescued from across the UK and the international pet trade. There are also beautiful wildlife gardens to explore where you will be able to spot other types of wildlife such as newts, frogs, birds and butterflies.

For refreshment and a bite to eat you can visit the Tree Top café, which offers a delicious range of vegetarian meals and homemade cakes. Baby changing facilities are available and some of the sanctuary is accessible for buggies and wheelchairs, but unfortunately, not all of it.

National Seal Sanctuary

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 This is the only sanctuary of its kind in Cornwall and during a visit you can learn about the dramatic rescues of stray, sick or injured seals and sea lion pups found along the Cornwall coastline. You can meet all the resident seals of the sanctuary during your visit as well as otters, penguins, goats, and sheep. The sanctuary is set in a beautiful riverside location along the banks of the Helston River; there are woodland trails to wander through and some beautiful picnic spots to stop and have a rest in.

Paradise Park

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 This is a fantastic all weather attraction that will delight children of all ages. The indoor Jungle Barn play area is perfect for tiny tots to clamber around in, with ball pools, slides and a special play area for toddlers. Outside, there are more than 650 birds to spot, from bright pink flamingos, colourful parrots, rare birds and local birds, like the Cornish chough.

Throughout the day there is an array of events and feeding times where children can get close to and learn about the different birds.

There is also a farm area with goats, sheep, guinea pigs, and rabbits that visitors can feed and pet. Walking through the park, you‘ll also be able to spot the red pandas, red squirrels, and otters in their enclosures and learn about their important conservation schemes.

Blue Reef Aquarium

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 This is a great rainy day activity as all of the wonderful wildlife is in an indoor underwater enclosure. The animals in the enclosure range from huge sharks and a giant octopus to graceful sea turtles and tiny Caiman crocodiles. The aquarium provides many hands-on animal encounters, where visitors can feed and touch the animals while learning about the important conservation work the aquarium provides.

National Maritime Museum adds 3D models to collection

Posted on 05th May 2014

A new partnership between the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and Le Port-Musée in Britanny has seen a number of 3D models added to both museum’s collections.

Visitors staying in the number of popular Cornwall coastal cottages in and around the south of the county will now be able to see a number of 3D models of key boats from Cornwall’s rich maritime history at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

The Laser Scanning Maritime project, which was created as a result of a £49,000 European fund, means that both museums can now show-off 3D models of boats from years gone by, which previously had no information or photographs.

Andy Wyke, boat collection manager at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, said, “The project was conceived out of a need to satisfy a lack of 3D digital recording and documentation for maritime heritage preservation, specifically boats for which there were either no plans or a lack of recorded information.”

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Rope bridge attraction opens in Cornwall

Posted on 17th April 2014

A new 100-foot rope bridge, which is the biggest rope bridge in the UK, has opened at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

The bridge has been described by visitors as like a scene from I’m A Celebrity or one of the Indiana Jones films – a daring challenge for the brave!

The crossing was made from over a mile of polyhemp rope and is hoped to draw in holidaymakers staying in holiday apartments to rent in Cornwall over the Easter holidays.

The new attraction at the Lost Gardens of Heligan only lets 10 people at a time cross the bridge for safety reasons, but visitors will not be disappointed as the rope bridge is suspended 22 feet above a jungle floor, as well as offering those brave enough to cross some stunning views.

Marketing manager of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Lorna Tremayne, adds, “Since we opened the bridge up to visitors there has been a terrific reaction. We wanted something in keeping with the jungle experience and this really delivers.”

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Cornwall attraction celebrates birth of miniature llama

Posted on 13th April 2014

A popular animal attraction in Cornwall has welcomed its first baby miniature llama of the season, with the arrival of the tiny bundle likely to cause quite the storm with future visitors.

Weighing just 15lbs and standing around the size of a small coffee table, the miniature llama named ‘JJ’ safely arrived a fortnight ago at Llama Lland Llittle Llamas with help from owners Tom and Julie Tripp.

Based in Shortlanesend near Truro, the fact that’s its home to the only flock of miniature Llamas in the UK means that it benefits from many visitors throughout the year.

Named after two German farm helpers, Judith and Jacqueline, the baby – or cria – already sports a full body of fluffy hair and has been described as having a pleasant temperament. The owners are expecting this to be the first of many arrivals, offering all the more reason to visit the attraction while staying in one of the coastal cottages in Cornwall nearby.

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Fowey revealed as one of UK’s most glamorous places

Posted on 28th March 2014

Experts from the Times have this week revealed that Fowey in Cornwall is one of the top 30 most glamorous places in the whole of the UK.

The little fishing port is a popular holiday destination, with holidaymakers throughout the year exploring Fowey and its surroundings whilst staying in one of the many quality Cornwall coastal cottages that are located near the town.

But the article in the Times also revealed that Fowey is one of the best places to live in the UK and named it 25th in the list of most glamorous locations.

The experts said that Fowey is not just a typical pretty seaside resort as it offers people good value for money compared to other seaside resorts. They raved about Fowey and said, “Today the 100-year-old Royal Fowey Yacht Club is a big draw for smart sailing types.

“There are regattas all summer and literary festivals too. There are some great seafood restaurants here”, all of which provide great entertainment for those enjoying a holiday in the region.

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Where are the best beaches in Cornwall?

Posted on 10th March 2014

Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK for a reason: it boasts some of the best beaches in the world and a number of other attractions.

One of the main draws – if not the biggest of all – for holidaymakers is the county’s golden sandy beaches which offer visitors a number of coves and rock pools to explore, as well as some of the most stunning coastline in the UK.

Here, we are looking to help those of you staying in top-quality Cornwall coastal cottages to find local beaches that will leave you and the whole family feeling happy.

Porthcurno

Some beaches in Cornwall have spectacular rock formations, whilst others are great for surfing, but Porthcurno in the west of Cornwall boasts a beach that has rightly been described as ‘paradise’.

It has won countless awards and its golden sand and turquoise-coloured waters attract thousands of bathers every year.

Porthcurno’s cliffs are home to the world famous Minack Theatre, which is certainly worth a visit, and its shores often attract hoards of harmless basking sharks in the summer.

Dogs are also allowed on the beach, but only during the winter.

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Watergate Bay

Cornwall beaches don’t come more family-friendly than Watergate Bay.

Watergate Bay offers beach goers over a mile of sand that is overlooked by huge, dramatic cliffs that are home to a variety of different bird species.

The beach is also home to the Extreme Academy, which offers families a number of adrenaline-fuelled activities. Extreme Academy gives families the opportunity to learn surfing, kitesurfing, waveski, kite buggying, land boarding and mountain boarding.

There are a number of excellent restaurants that are also located close-by to Watergate Bay such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and the popular Beach Hut café and restaurant.

Summerleaze Beach

Summerleaze Beach is certainly one of the best places to visit in Cornwall as not only does it have golden sands, but it is also accompanied by the famous sea pool which is perfect for children learning to swim.

The breakwater by Summerleaze beach offers walkers great sea views and the Bude lock gates are also certainly worth a visit.

Summerleaze is often busy in the summer months as it attracts lots of surfers looking to take advantage of the beach’s great surf conditions, as well as sunbathers staying in the nearby Cornish holiday cottages to rent.

Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove in the Lizard offers visitors spectacular rock formations, large caves and stacks of red and green marble-looking rocks that burst out of the sand.

Kynance Cove is not only regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall – it is considered to be one of the prettiest in the whole world.

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Crealy voted Best Family Attraction

Posted on 25th February 2014

Crealy Adventure Park won three awards this month, including Cornwall’s Best Family Attraction for the second year in a row.

The Wadebridge-based site won the Best Family Attraction, Best Party Venue/Entertainer and the Overall Winner award at the 2014 Primary Times Reader Star Awards, organised by a free magazine for local primary schools.

Crealy is a popular destination for many people staying in affordable holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall, with thousands visiting the adventure park every year.

Crealy’s general manager, Simon Townsend, says, “This is the second consecutive year that we’ve been awarded Best Family Attraction in Cornwall and we are thrilled to have kept it up for another year.”

Crealy won the three awards after readers of the Primary Times voted for their favourite attractions in Cornwall.

The adventure park has also recently announced that it has invested £300,000 in new attractions and refurbishments and that it will be open seven days a week from the end of March.

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