If you’re planning a UK staycation this year, check out journalist Georgina Rodgers’ seven Cornwall holiday tips summer 2016
With the summer holidays glinting on the horizon, I can’t think of a better no-fly destination in the UK than Cornwall.
It’s hard not to fall in love with this pretty county; whether it’s the dramatic landscape and spectacular beaches, the flourishing arts scene, the amazing array of places to eat and drink or the activities for adrenaline junkies, you’re never short of things to do or places to see.
If you’re looking for Cornwall holiday tips summer 2016, I’ve put together seven sizzling ideas for you to consider.
Champion eco tourism at The Point at Polzeath
Considered a premier destination for environmentally friendly travellers, The Point has just celebrated its 1st anniversary (Feet on the Ground was one of the first UK travel sites to try it out).
This luxury destination features seven Scandinavian-style, bespoke holiday apartments, clad in Kebony wood, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood. I stayed in the uber-spacious three-bedroom Bailey apartment, which offered the perfect combination of comfort, space and style. Featuring upcycled furniture and local stone, it also boasted panoramic views of the spectacular Pentire Point from the floor to ceiling windows and private south-facing terrace.
The accommodation is just 15-minutes walk from surfers’ paradise and I spent many sandy and lazy days enjoying the dramatic scenery at Polzeath Beach. If sport – or more relaxation – are on your agenda, there’s a modern 18-hole golf course and health club with a swimming pool, studio classes and sauna and steam room on-site.
You don’t need to go any further than The Point’s restaurant for amazing fish and chips, either; with their famous Fizz ‘n’ Chips, where you can choose between three fish of the day and three homemade batters – and enjoy a glass of fizz with your meal.
Feast at The Hidden Hut
Located along the National Trust coastal path near Portcatho and St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula, The Hidden Hut is a café with a difference.
By day, they serve simple beach-side refreshments, including seasonal lunches, Cornish pasties and organic ice-creams, but it’s the Feast Night pop-ups that are a must-do…
These rustic, open-air affairs feature just one dish showcasing the best produce in the area – and you bring your own plates and cutlery to the party. Previous feasts have featured lobster and chips, wood-fired seafood paella and a mackerel grill.
The feast takes place on around three nights a month until October and you’ll need to book early if you want to experience this Cornish foodie fiesta.
Jump aboard at Falmouth Week
Running from 5 August to 14 August 2016, the largest sailing regatta in the south west sees over 450 yachts racing each other over eight days in the expansive waters of Falmouth Bay and Carrick Roads; many of the competitors make this part of their summer holiday.
If your sea legs won’t stand up to competitive sailing, there’s also a packed programme of shore-side activities, including a carnival, Red Arrows display, Action Sports Tour and fireworks display in Falmouth town centre.
The Moor also hosts a spectacular food and drinks festival, complete with street food, live music and top artisan food and craft makers selling their wares, while the Events Square hosts an array of activities from pink wig party ladies night, through to The Wurzels’ hog roast and cider night.
Meet a T-Rex at the Eden Project
Running from 23 July to 4 September 2016, the Eden Project is set for a prehistoric invasion of dinosaurs.
Dinosaur Uprising: Land, Sea and Air, will feature five times as many dinosaurs as last year’s Dinosaurs Unleashed, as visitors are taken on an adventure to meet all manner of reptiles – or can even turn palaeontologist in the dig-pit.
Ideal for all ages, the Eden Project also has a host of other interesting events this summer, including regular storytelling and the ever-popular Eden Sessions, a series of live music festivals. Plus, the canteen (served in part by the Eden Bakery) is a fantastic place to refuel.
Surf at Sennen Beach
Ever fancied learning to surf, or already been bitten by the surfing bug?
There are plenty of great surfing spots along the Cornish coast, including Bude, Fistral and Newquay – but for another gem of a surf spot, head to Sennen Cove on Cornwall’s south west tip.
Book a lesson at Sennen Surfing Centre, one of the longest running surf schools in the UK, where you will learn the basics of surfing skills and start enjoying the waves in a whole new way.
Drink up at Healy’s Cyder Farm
Deep in the heart of the Cornish countryside in Truro, this traditional cider brewery has been producing spirits, wines, scrumpy, preserves and ciders for over 20 years.
You can tour the production facility and learn about the art of cider-making, partake in delicious tastings and tuck into a delicious Cornish cream tea with apple scones in the tea rooms…yummy.
The Little Orchard Cider Festival also runs from September 9 to 11 and features live bands, a silent disco, camping and camping hot tubs, food traders, secret ciders walks and cider tasting.
See a show at the Minack Theatre
Minack is a unique theatre carved into the granite cliff, surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooking the glorious Porthcurno Bay.
The theatre season runs until September and this year’s packed programme includes an adaptation of Pedro Calderon de la Barca’s Life’s a Dream, running from 4 July to 8 July, and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, from 11 – 15 July.
Day visitors can also explore the theatre and visit the Rowena Cade visitor centre to learn more about the venue.
How to get to Cornwall without flying:
High speed train services run frequently from London Paddington station and there are direct trains daily from Bath and Bristol to Cornwall and its branch lines.
By car, you can drive along the M4 motorway from London, or M6 from Manchester, and then take the M5 to Exeter and onwards either to the A30 (mostly dual carriageway) or the A38 through Plymouth and Saltash into south east Cornwall.
If you’re going to Cornwall from/via North Devon, try the scenic Atlantic Highway A39 through Bude (join it from Junction 27 on the M5).
Words: Georgina Rodgers for Feet on the Ground
Images: Various/as credited