Updated: Sep 16, 2020
2020 is the year of UK summer staycations with so many questions and rules around travelling abroad so we wanted to share some of our favourite UK destinations starting with Cornwall. If you want to feeling of being on a Mediterranean Island without leaving the country then this is the place to head to this summer think beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque harbour villages, towering cliffs and seaside resorts.
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Lands End - Is literally that, it represents both the starting and ending points of the longest journey in Great Britain,Land's End to John O'Groats. Today it is very made for tourists with shops and cafe's but it has some amazing walks and views that are unmissable. Entry is free, you do have to pay to park and you can spend as much or as little as you wish once inside.
Tintagel Castle - For a magical day out this is a fantastic setting, located on Cornwall's stunning north coast. A Cornish castle with links to the stories of King Arthur you can wander among the castle ruins, soak up the natural beauty and wildlife and head down to sea level to stroll along the sandy beach and venture into Merlin's Cave.
Surf Lesson's - Cornwall is very well known for surfing as it has beaches with the ideal waves. If like us you are novice to surfing why not book onto a surf lesson? Learn all the basics to get you going.
The Eden Project - A intriguing place, but, and a fun and family-friendly day out. Explore its tropical biomes and find out find out where tea, rubber and sugar come from. set in a crater the size of 30 football pitches you can travel the world to the simulated environments of tropical destinations.
Where To Stay
We love to stay in Rock, a small fishing village just opposite Padstow with a beautiful beach. We love it here it is really convenient to get around to other places, there are lots of things to do locally and we also love getting the boat over to Padstow for the day. We prefer a holiday cottage over a hotel when we visit Cornwall but you can find hundreds of hotel rooms or houses for rental.
As with most UK holidays I would dress for comfort, you want a comfy pair of shoes for all the walking, I would also pack some swim wear for the beach!
When to visit
Temperatures vary greatly in Cornwall, the best time to visit is during the spring/summer months, May - August when temperatures range from 15-30 degrees and sun is more likely than rain, July and August are the school holidays so accommodation is pricier. Winter can get very cold and drop to below freezing so wrap up warm if you are planning to visit at this time.
Flying to Cornwall
This is all dependant on your location, there is an airport in Newquay which will get you to Cornwall from most other UK airports and also a couple of international destinations too. I have done both; Drive and Plane If you are doing a staycation then driving is the obvious choice... pack the car up and go. If you are coming from abroad or don't have much luggage and want to get there quickly then look into flights.
Food & drink
Cornwall is known for a few specialities, Cornish pasties, cornish fudge, cornish ice cream and the cream tea! all are a must when in Cornwall there is absolutely no diets allowed once you have crossed the border!
If you are travelling in a group and childcare allows I would highly recommend looking into a wine tour and tasting at Camel Valley. They make some of the most amazing sparkling wines (the rose is my personal favourite) The wines they make are so good they even have a special wine they make for the Royal family and another that Raymond Blanc sells in his restaurants. It is a small family run business set in amazing grounds its a lovely girls afternoon out.