10 Reasons to Discover Cornwall This Summer – Plus a 10% Early-booking Discount
Our two lovely hotels in Cornwall, Fowey Hall and the Polurrian Bay, are perfectly placed for exploring this most delightful of British regions. They've also become very popular with the ‘bonus break’ set – parents who take full advantage of the school holidays by not only booking an annual summer trip abroad but also a ‘bonus holiday’ in the UK. Cornwall is perfect for the kind of British holidays many parents experienced while growing up, giving them a sense of nostalgia and a chance to share childhood memories with their offspring.
Here are our top reasons to come to Britain's much-loved south-west corner this summer.
• It has some of the best beaches in the country – Fistral in Newquay, Porthminster in St Ives and Perranporth Beach were all placed in the top 10 in the UK in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards 2017. There's also any number of quaint harbours to explore, including Polperro, Mousehole and Falmouth.
• The star-gazing is spectacular – most nights you can see the Milky Way.
• The food is out of this world. Think local produce including spanking-fresh seafood and specialities ranging from classic Cornish pasties to some of the best home-made ice cream you'll ever taste (try Callestick, Roskillys and Kellys), plus cream teas to die for (just remember: jam first, then cream!). The drink is fantastic, too. Sample local beers such as Sharp’s, Skinners, St Austell, Atlantic and Spingo, and visit Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm and Camel Valley Vineyard to taste their wares.
• There are more fabulous attractions than you could do justice to in a lifetime, from dramatic castles and stunning National Trust properties to gorgeous gardens including the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden and the 'global garden' of the Eden Project. For families, fantastic days out include the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Newquay Zoo and the Blue Reef Aquarium. Lesser-known but fascinating sights include Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station and former pits and tin mines.
• The walking is stupendous, especially along the South West Coast Path with its bright wildflowers blooming against a backdrop of cliffs and shimmering sea.
• Culture vultures will be in heaven, whether it's at the open-air Minack Theatre perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic or at the Tate St Ives, reopening in bigger form in 2017.
• Poldark fans can tour a whole array of filming locations.
• There's something to tempt the most active of visitors, including surfing tuition, horse-riding, cycling (especially along the famous Camel Trail), and kayaking, canoeing and coasteering (try Encounter Cornwall and Lizard Adventures).
• It's a dog-friendly destination, with a vast number of pubs and restaurants and some beaches welcoming canine companions.
• Cornwall even has its own fairies known as piskies, with high moorlands the best place to spot them!