At long last the sun is shining and with the long school summer holidays approaching fast, now is the time to start planning your getaway. And what better destination than Cornwall, which is quintessentially English; think traditional cream teas, superb surfing spots and miles of pristine family-friendly beaches. Here is our pick of the top 5 activities this summer;
You’ll spot the lunar-esque biomes of the Eden Project before you get there. Containing plants from around the world, the Eden Project has outdoor gardens and round domes (biomes) that provide a home to plants from different regions around the globe. The entire project exists for studying the relationship between humans and plants and for creating a greater awareness for the needs of the natural environment. The biomes vary in size and represent specific types of environments, such as the hot and humid tropical rainforest and the temperate Mediterranean. Located near the town of St. Austell, the Eden project in now in its tenth year and offers a serene atmosphere to watch birds and other wildlife.
The natural and dramatic coastal landscape at Land’s End is a great day out for all the family. The most southerly point of land in the British Isles, Land’s End is most famously connected with John O'Groats, the most northerly point on the UK mainland in Scotland. The Land’s End to John O'Groats journey spans 603 miles and as the longest route in mainland UK is often undertaken for charity fund raising journeys and challenges. This is a popular spot and the coastal caravan parks put your family in the heart of the Cornish countryside. Visitors can take a gentle stroll along the cliff-side paths overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Explore the coastline to the east exploring the hidden coves, caves and bays carved into the rocks. And keep your eyes peeled for basking sharks and dolphins that often appear along the coast during the summer.
Kids will love exploring the site of Tintagel Castle, which is well-known as the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. The castle dates back to 500 AD, and it was likely built originally for a king that served under the Roman Empire. Visitors can walk on the island and see the ruins as well as stroll along a path following the coast around this historic National Trust site. The water is a beautiful teal, and the scenic views of the water and the island that is an English Heritage property is mesmerizing. The archaeological ruins are on both the mainland and on the island.
Tate St Ives
A modern art museum and gallery, Tate St Ives is one of four Tate Galleries at different locations around the UK. The museum offers guided tours to provide a valuable insight into the various works of art and the artists that created them. Or grab a map browse independently at your leisure. This year is the gallery’s 20th anniversary and there is a packed summer schedule of events, exhibitions and displays. Don’t miss the Art Base workshops for kids, printing on fabric workshop and tours of Barbara Hepworth's sub-tropical gardens.
St. Michael's Mount
An island castle that is still inhabited, visitors are welcomed to take self-guided tours of St. Michael's Mount. Exploring inside and around the grounds of this tidal island is an amazing experience. From the car parking area near the shore on the mainland, visitors can cross on the causeway or on the sand at low tide. The hill on which the castle stands is a challenging incline. Great lookouts and views for photos are everywhere near and around the historic castle. Grab your camera and capture the citadel at different angles as well as photograph the island and surrounding scenery.