Cornwall, on the south west tip of the UK, is home to the most southerly point in Britain and the most westerly point in England. Lizard Point is the southern tip of The Lizard Peninsular and the most southern point in the UK. Land’s End to the west of The Lizard is the most western point in England and is 1,249 kms from John O’ Groats, Britain’s most northerly point.
This area of outstanding natural beauty has maintained its wild character and continues to keep itself slightly separate from the rest of England. Taking its name from the original Celtic inhabitants, The Cornovii, and the Anglo Saxon word for foreigners ‘wall’, this area of the UK is like a country all of its own.
Famous for its sandy beaches and glorious summers, Cornwall makes the perfect place for UK school holidays. Although it tends to get very busy in the half term break, Newquay is still the number one destination for many families visiting Cornwall.
Newquay, like many coastal areas of Cornwall, is a haven for surfers and attracts people from all over the world to sample the Cornish waves. Surfing lessons for beginners, as well as for the more experienced, are available. There are a handful of companies offering this service and most operate through Fistral beach.
While the northern coast of Cornwall is wild and rugged, the southern coast is much calmer. Areas like Looe and Polperro have become a favourite with artists over the years, who gain inspiration from the wild open landscape and the pretty fishing villages.
For many families Cornwall holidays centre around the beach and the delicious Cornish ice-cream, but there is also a vast amount of history packed into this area. Tintagel is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and the walk up to Tintagel Castle is almost as impressive as the ruined castle which greets you at the top. St. Michael’s Mount, a former monastery which was incorporated into a Tudor castle, is a stunning excursion for visitors to the county.
Cornwall is littered with disused tin mines and other visual memories of its past. Take a trip through Bodmin Moor and onto Jamaica Inn where the darker side of Cornwall’s history comes to life. This legendary hotel was made famous by the writer Daphne Du Maurier in her novel ‘Jamaica Inn’. The Inn famously had connections with well-known smugglers and is said to be the home of a ghost or two today.
Perhaps the most popular attraction in Cornwall is The Eden Project. This hugely successful visitor centre was opened in 2001 and was built in a disused china clay mine. The Eden Project is a botanical garden on a huge scale and includes a Mediterranean biome and a rainforest biome.
Cornwall holidays continue to be an exciting choice for a half term break all year round. Miles of sandy beaches, acres of unspoilt landscape and an abundance of activities, makes Cornwall the perfect destination.
Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Offering mild weather, beautiful scenery and a friendly welcome, it is easy to see why people return to Cornwall year after year. With so many exciting activities on offer, Cornwall has something for everyone, but with only a week or two to spare, visitors will have to choose carefully. Here is a selection of some of the best days out in Cornwall.
Tate St Ives
Situated overlooking the beautiful Porthmeor beach in the fishing town of St Ives, the Tate Gallery is a must-see attraction. With several areas housing varied and ever-changing art collections, the Tate offers an interesting day out for art lovers, and has a wide programme of events throughout the year. For families, there is a ‘Super Sunday’ every month, when admission is free for children and their accompanying adult, and there are creative activities throughout the gallery for the children to take part in. The Tate also has a café serving drinks and meals, and there is a well stocked shop for souvenirs.
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Full of interactive attractions and fascinating exhibits, the Maritime Museum on Falmouth’s Discovery Quay promises a great day for all of the family. Children will love learning about life at sea and will get the chance to try their hand at launching and steering boats with the interactive displays. In the museum’s Tidal Zone, visitors can look out under the water of Falmouth Quay and find out about the sea life in the estuary. The café offers drinks, lunches and snacks.
The Eden Project
The world’s largest indoor rainforest can be found in one of the Eden Project’s huge biomes. Featuring waterfalls, amazing architecture and fantastic garden displays, a day out at the Eden Project will be one of the highlights of your trip to Cornwall. Explore the education centre for a hands-on look at the history and philosophy of the Eden Project, then take a walk around the Mediterranean biome for a taste of a warmer climate. As well as the gardens, the Eden Project also offers a year round programme of music and arts events, children’s events, and activities such as ice-skating and rock climbing.
Walking Land’s End
A drive through the wild, rugged landscape of the Penwith region of Cornwall will bring you to Land’s End. With an amazing view of crashing waves and forbidding rocks, Land’s End will create a lasting impression. The visitors centre has something to offer the whole family. Interactive exhibits conjure up the world of King Arthur, while a 4D pirate film provides full-on sensory entertainment for both adults and children alike. Greeb Farm offers children the chance to meet some farm animal and small pets, often allowing visitors to feed the animals. There are also several shops selling local crafts, clothing and foods.
Isles of Scilly
A day out on the Scilly Isles begins with a breathtaking trip over the sea, either by plane, helicopter or boat. Once you arrive on the Scilly Isles, you will immediately be captured by the beauty of this unspoilt archipelago. With a population of only 2,000 people, the Isles of Scilly offer a truly laid-back, friendly day-out. Experience some of the mildest weather in the UK while you admire the sub-tropical flowers and golden beaches, or spend some time spotting the seals that populate the islands. In October, The Isles of Scilly become a bird-watcher’s paradise, as many of the rarest birds in Europe are drawn here. And with a wide variety of bars, restaurants and cafés, the Isles of Scilly provide the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.