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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