Everyone is unanimous in voting Cornwall as one of the top three holiday destinations in England but, for most people, it is a bit of a trek getting there so you must get everything right and leave nothing to chance.
To get the most out of holidays in Cornwall, you need to be prepared for the occasional wet or dull day. You need to plan a few visits to some of the must-see locations without wearing yourself out and you need to make sure that you sample some of the very best local food and drink. In between all that, enjoy surfing and bathing on some of the best beaches in Europe and take some bracing cliff top walks with scenery to take your breath away.
So let’s start with your accommodation. The county is all about the coastline and what many families opt for is a farm holiday that combines all the novelty of living on a working farm with just a short walk or drive to the seaside. This way you can enjoy a combination of everything that is best in Cornwall.
Agriculture is the thing the Cornish do when they are not entertaining holidaymakers and, if you stay in some of the well-appointed farmhouse accommodation, you and your children will be able to experience day-to-day life on a busy farm, seeing how livestock is husbanded, how crops are grown and how milk and eggs are collected. Most farmers see this as part and parcel of providing activity-based family holidays in Cornwall for people who live in urban areas. You will find that many have everything from heated swimming pools to spacious indoor play areas for those poor weather days.
It won’t take long for you to discover the delights of Cornish food and drink. If you enjoy a tipple, local beers like St. Austell HSB, Doom Bar, and the notorious Rattler cider are worth the journey on their own while you also need to sample local delicacies like the famous pasties and clotted cream teas. Fresh fish and locally caught crab and lobster are another must. Look out for Rick Stein’s reasonably priced fish and chip restaurants in places like Padstow and Falmouth.
No family holiday in Cornwall would be complete without exploring a traditional fishing village. Mevagissey is probably the best of the remaining working harbors. It is also just a short walk to the fascinating Lost Gardens of Heligan and only a mile or two to the Eden Project.
As for wide sandy beaches, these are mainly on the North Coast. Locals particularly favor those around the Camel River estuary with Polzeath being especially popular. Other secrets include Watergate Bay near Newquay and Widemouth near Bude.