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holidays in cornwall are so popular - should you follow the trend?

Summer is coming up and you are desperately looking for somewhere to go on holiday that both you and your children will enjoy. Panic sets in at the thought of busy airports and jellyfish stings in foreign climates. That's it – a UK holiday it is then!
Everyone has their own idea of the perfect UK holiday, Cornwall seems to be the most popular choice for many, so will it appeal to you & your family? Upon arrival in Cornwall, it is like a huge breath of fresh air. Nothing could feel further away from the hectic pace of everyday family life. Just what you want from a relaxing family holiday (yes, I did just say relaxing!). Providing the best of both worlds for adults and children, choosing to go to Cornwall on holiday could be your best decision yet. So, how do I tempt you….

Think of Cornwall, then think of the beach!

The activities on offer provide a world of adventure straight from the pages of an Enid Blyton book. Beaches, treasure trails, farms and adventure sports. Coming from right in the centre of the UK (i.e. as far from the coast as possible) Cornwall offers my children the type of adventures they wouldn't otherwise experience at home. Going to the beach, even if it is hardly Copacabana beach, is the highlight of the trip for the kids. Water sports and rock pooling are also a major part of life along the coast – "Mummy, let's go surfing" are oddly words I never thought I would hear from my son's mouth.
Everything is an adventure, and the best part about it is that, as only true explorers will know, adventures can be found everywhere and anywhere and don't have to cost the earth. In fact, we all know that many of the best adventures are free.
Beaches, beaches, I've never seen so many beautiful beaches. Stop once in a while and take some time at the beach. My children could spend hours at the beach, so could yours. Lay down your blanket and delve into a good book whilst your children bury themselves in sand or should I say, bury you in the sand which for some reason always appeals more! Play catch me if you can with the tide, football, tag, hit a ball around, snorkel, make sandcastles... shall I go on?

Where should you visit with the family whilst on holiday in Cornwall?

I have come up with a few ideas that might appeal to you, but believe me when I say this is just scratching the surface of what is on offer:
  • The Eden Project, St Austell: a huge expansive park of plants and people. The two large iconic Biomes and outdoor landscape contain plants from around the world and you can discover plants that we rely on for food, clothing and medicine. Strictly speaking, this is probably more for adults, but when we went the kids had a great time & we didn't want to miss the experience. However take a great pair of walking shoes as it is most certainly a bit of a hike, particularly for little legs.
  • Polperro Model Village: something that is more for the kids with 7 different stories of legends and myths from Cornish folklore, plus you could be lucky enough to meet Merlin the Wizard. There is also a railway ride & a model village to enjoy.
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell: again, one more for the adults but I couldn't talk about Cornwall without including it. Get set to discover & explore these famous gardens – the kids can run around whilst you soak in the beauty.
  • Hidden valley Discovery Park, Launceston: a unique park with daring Crystal challenges, miniature & ride on trains, the mysterious secret fountain and a maze – not to mention forest walks & lakes.
  • Treasure Trails in both Padstow & St Ives: rather than just wandering aimlessly around why not give the kids the map & get them to direct you around the trails of discovery – yes, you might end up in the wrong place & a little bit lost, but isn't that part of the fun?
  • Tintagel Castle: nothing get beat its stunning location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It is a magical place & legend says it was the birth place of King Arthur. You could always attend one of the many outdoor performances that are staged throughout the summer period.
  • Newquay Zoo: some may say that any visit to Cornwall is not complete without visiting this award winning zoo. Meet the penguins, creepy crawlies and big cats on this big day out.
  • Crealy Adventure Park, Tredinnick: voted "Best Cornwall Family Attraction" with rides, indoor play, adventures & the new reptile house.
  • Flambards Experience, Helston: theme park with some of the best thrills to be had in Cornwall but don't worry, the kids will hold your hand and get you through it! When it rains, you can go indoors & watch the entertainment during peak periods, or see the highly acclaimed exhibitions.

Rainy day activities in Cornwall

What if it rains? Admittedly, the majority of Cornwall's jewel attractions are outside activities, but if it were to rain, no need to despair. Indoor play centres, museums, ten pin bowling and more, is all within the rainy day capabilities. On the other hand, even when the weather is downright dreary, it doesn't necessarily affect your children's enjoyment of the outside activities, maybe just limits them slightly.
  • Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum: if you have boys like I do, nothing will appeal more than the stories of smugglers & tales of shipwrecks off the Cornwall coast over the past 300 years.
  • Pendennis Castle, Falmouth: perfectly designed for kids, letting them explore the sights, sounds & smells of life as a soldier or a prisoner during the First or Second World Wars or even during the Tudor times.
  • Poldark Mine: explore underground to get away from the rain? Guided mine tours or evening ghost tours available for the older ones. Plus the children can join in with panning for gold, a quiz or just head straight for the play area.
  • Kidzworld Indoor Play, St Austell: the ultimate in indoor play with around 54,000 square feet to play in. As a bonus, there are no height restrictions to stop the kids in their tracks, or should I say stop the adults from joining in?
  • Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle: one of Cornwall's most popular museums with the world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts.
  • National Maritime Museum, Falmouth: again, I had to include this one so if boats appeal then this is for you. There are around 140 different types of boats on display.

So have I managed to tempt you to visit Cornwall for your next holiday?

I was trying to think of a way to best sum Cornwall up, and this is probably the best way I can do so – there is a certain carefree lifestyle and freedom of mind that Cornwall gives to the soul. I so wanted my children to experience that…even just for a little while. So give Cornwall a chance, you will love it and so will your children.

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Article By Lucilla Paull

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