It’s summer. Cornwall is bustling with excited families and couples exploring the wonderful sites and attractions on offer. With the sun shining and time on your side it can be difficult to fit everything you want to do into your holiday in Cornwall. Here are a few of our favourites and essentials for August in Cornwall.
BBQ – Either on the beach, or at your rented accommodation (we can provide you with a BBQ at Gwel an Mor) it is essential that you make the most of the fine weather to cook outside. Throw some burgers and sausages over an open flame and liberally apply ketchup and relish, voila, the taste of the Great British summer!
Food Festival – For those of you with an appetite for Cornwall’s finest food and drink there are always food festivals and farmers markets to get your fill. On August 13th you can enjoy the Padstow Beer and Seafood Festival, where you’ll find excellent producers of food and craft ales and more. You could always visit a vineyard for a wine tasting tour whilst you are in Cornwall, a glass of wine is certainly an ideal way to cool down!
Ice Cream – A seaside holiday is not complete without an ice cream or two. Here in Cornwall you are never far away from an ice cream van, parlour or cafe selling handmade Cornish ice cream. Near to Gwel an Mor you can try Mr B’s in Hayle, Jelberts in Newlyn or enjoy Roskilly’s ice cream right here at The Terrace.
Fish and Chips – A Cornish rite of passage. Freshly landed fish and perfect crispy yet fluffy chip-shop chips served with mushy peas (or whichever side takes your fancy) whilst sat on a picture-perfect harbour side. When in Cornwall you have to eat fish, and it is always best served with fish.
An attraction – Throughout the summer the main attractions such as Flambards, Eden Project and Newquay Zoo will have extra entertainment for kids. Make the most of these great attractions and dedicate a day to the children. (The above fish and chips and ice cream make an excellent after attraction menu!) Alternatively, you can enjoy climbing and soft play right here at Gwel an Mor at Base Camp, Cornwall’s newest indoor play facility.
Find your personal nivana – There are nearly 400 beaches and coves here in Cornwall. This August head off the beaten track and find a quiet, hidden gem to share with your loved ones. Ask around or do a little research before you arrive in Cornwall. Groundwork is always rewarded with perfect sand and turquoise waters for cooling off!
Find your sea legs – You have to get out on the water on your holiday in Cornwall. You’re spoilt for choices of vessel and levels of activity too. Try surfing or stand-up paddle boarding with our partners Ebo Adventure, hire a motor boat in St Ives or book a discovery cruise from Falmouth.
Stretch your legs – Over 300 miles of coast path mean that you’ll never be short of scenic views and perfect picnic spots. Have a look at our walks leaflet here at Gwel an Mor, or use the South West Coast Path website to plan a few days of exploration. Reward your efforts with a drink in a beer garden with a view of the sea!
Take up building – What is a Cornish holiday without a sandcastle? Every family holiday deserves some time dedicating to building something on the beach. Elect for traditional bucket shaped sand-castles, or the old dam in a stream or go extreme and build something Brunel would be proud of. Cornwall’s engineering heritage is world renowned, so add to it whilst you are here!