If you’re taking a break from the daily grind and heading off for a few days or even longer, Cornwall is an excellent choice. Whether you benefit from good weather or not, you’ll still find lots to do in this charming part of the UK.
If you’re travelling by car, don’t forget to make sure that you have breakdown cover in place. Without it, an accident or breakdown could be costly and inconvenient (and nobody wants to be stuck on a winding Cornish B-road with no hope in sight).
Cornwall in the Rain
If you’ve arrived in Cornwall only to find that it’s mizzling, don’t despair. You can still have a great holiday.
Oasis Fun Pools is a great place to visit, especially if you want to entertain your kids. It is located in Hendra Holiday Park in Newquay. It has both indoor and outdoor pools, so you can enjoy the slides, fountains and waterfalls inside if the weather isn’t good and venture outside when the sun is shining. The pools are open from 10am to 6pm between April and November. When you’ve built up a bit of an appetite from all that swimming, you can head to the on-site restaurant to refuel.
If you’re looking for another fun dining experience that children and adults will both enjoy, try Newlyn Meadery. It’s a converted 1920s cinema with a medieval décor, a great menu and no cutlery – be prepared to get messy! It’s popular amongst both locals and ‘emmits’ (tourists to you) so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Porfell Wildlife Park, North Cornwall, is also a good place for the children. It is an exotic animal sanctuary with more than 250 animals from around the world. You’ll get the chance to feed the animals and learn all about them.
Cornwall in the Sunshine
When the sun is shining, Cornwall really comes into its own. Long Rock Beach on the Penwith peninsula is a beautiful part of the coastline and is the perfect place for making sandcastles, enjoying a picnic or even taking a dip in the sea. Walk along the coastal path from Penzance, take in the stunning views of St Michael’s Mount and Mounts Bay, before stopping for a spot of lunch at the Godolphin in the old market town of Marazion.
If you fancy exploring further, head to St. Mawes, where you can travel by kayak, water taxi or even take mini cruises. St. Mawes is open between April and October from 9am until 6 pm.
Cornwall isn’t just about sandy beaches and sparkling seas however – Colliford Lake is also a beautiful area to visit, where you can enjoy moorland trails, picnic areas and lakeside walks. There are no water sports allowed on the lake, so this is the place to go if you are looking for a bit of peace and quiet. A popular activity here is fly-fishing for brown trout.
Whatever the weather, you’ll find that there is plenty to do and see in Cornwall. It’s an ideal destination for a family holiday.