Reasons to visit Cornwall this summer

Date Posted: 15/06/2017

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With Britain expecting one of the hottest summers yet, what better reason to visit some of its beautiful coastline. After a Travelodge ‘staycation’ report revealed that Cornwall is still the top destination among British holidaymakers, it feels apt to highlight what makes Cornwall so great.

Explore the countryside

Cornwall is known for its stunning coastline, however it is also home to stretches of greenery and woodland that goes on for miles, making it an idyllic and scenic location for those groups who enjoy walking, even with different skill levels. Bodmin Moor is a great example of what seems like infinite grassland. With many scenic routes and walking trails, walkers are always likely to come across something new and exciting.

Hidden Valley Gardens, is an option for groups with a horticultural interest. Tucked away in a valley in St Austell, this three acre garden showcases a diverse range of colourful florals. The Japanese Garden in the Vale of Lanherne features a Water Garden, a Stroll Garden and a Zen Garden, for visitors to get a feel for the different kind of gardens around the world.

At one with nature

With a wealth of countryside it is no surprise that Cornwall is home to a multitude of wildlife. Whether it’s bird of prey you’re interested in, or perhaps you fancy a chance at spotting the mythical ‘Beast of Bodmin’, a visit comes hand-in-hand with nature. Of course there are plenty of attractions for groups of animal lovers too, such as Newquay Zoo and Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary. If you’re interested in seals you can also visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to learn more about the adorable mammals or visit the Screech Owl Sanctuary for close encounters with the fascinating birds.

Bodmin

Pictured: A wooded walk near Bodmin Photo credit Visit Britain and Adam Gibbard

Food, glorious food

If food is your thing then Cornwall is ideal, besides who can beat a traditional fish and chip supper by the seaside? Why not visit Cornwall during The Great Cornish Food Festival, taking place from 22nd to 24th September. During this event groups can watch live demonstrations and sample some tasty treats. 

It’d be rude to visit Cornwall and not have afternoon tea in a café overlooking the sea; just make sure you eat your scone the Cornish way – jam first then clotted cream!

Visits to Padstow can include plenty of fresh homemade ice cream, but it is also home to the Rick Stein restaurant in which those interested in learning new seafood recipes can arrange masterclasses. 

Step back in time

The history of Cornwall goes back centuries and also has links to the legendary albeit mythical King Arthur and Camelot. For those history fanatics among the groups, Cornwall is a great location for stepping back in time. If its castles that strike your interest groups can visit Tintagel Castle which has special catering options through English Heritage and Pendennis Castle which tells fascinating wall stories. If you’re intrigued by historic crime, a visit to Bodmin Gaol should not be missed as you can see the old gaol and the cells which held prisoners year ago and find out about their gruesome and tragic tales.

Beside the sea

Of course we couldn’t write about Cornwall without mentioning its glorious beaches. If you’re after golden sand, Bude, Rock and St Ives all offer a good place to throw down you beach towel. If it’s waves and water sports you’re after then there is no place better than Newquay as the waves are famously large. Or if you’re more inclined to enjoy a more peaceful area, the beach cove of Tintagel offers great tranquillity.

Newquay

Pictured: Newquay beach. Photo credit Visit Britain and Adam Gibbard.

Take a tour

If your group want to see the iconic sights and have a guide, GO Tours does a London to Cornwall tour which will take you on a coach and point out the key locations and the history that goes with them.

Groups can also go on various boat trips in Cornwall through operators such as Cormorant Cruising, which takes up to 12 passengers around the bay to spot dolphins and sea birds. Alternatively there are larger boats you can go on such as the Enterprise Boat which can hold up to 120 passengers and can take you to different maritime locations.

There are countless things for groups to do when visiting Cornwall, the aforementioned being only a few. With the summer promising a lot of sun, why not consider taking your group to explore the wonderful county of Cornwall?

For more information visit: www.visitcornwall.com.

Staycation report from Travelodge. Visit travelodge.co.uk for more information.

Lead image: Padstow Harbour. Photo credit Visit Brtiain and Adam Gibbard.

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