As we move into autumn here in Cornwall the weather tends to get a little wetter. It’s not a problem though, as there really is plenty to do on holiday in Cornwall regardless of whether it rains on not. Here at Gwel an Mor we know a thing or two about keeping families and other halves entertained when the weather doesn’t play ball, so here are our top ten things to do when faced with ‘liquid’ sunshine!
Eden Project – When the rain is falling the world renowned biomes at the Eden Project make perfect sense. You’ll be both dry and warm in the tropical and Mediterranean domes, exploring plant life and learning about the world around us. It’s perfect for adults and children and provides a full day out.
National Trust – There are numerous National Trust properties near our home in Portreath. Try the enchanting Godolphin House and warm up with tea and cake in the piggery cafe. Travel a little further to Lanhydrock House and spend a few hours taking in this magnificent house.
An aquarium – You can visit Blue Reef in Newquay or travel a little further to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Both are excellent options to get up close and learn about the world below the sea. Take in expert talks and tours and enjoy being underwater but not wet!
Walk the coast – There is no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing! Wrap up in warm clothes and head out on the many miles of Cornish coast path. Take in breath-taking views and reward yourself with lunch in a warming pub!
Embrace the water – If you are going to get wet anyway why not jump in the sea and try your hand at surfing? The water remains at its warmest till mid-October, so you have no excuses but to jump right in and ride the waves!
Catch a film – Head to a cinema and watch a film. There are cinemas near to us in Redruth and Truro as well as Penzance and Newlyn. Alternatively, you head to the Hall for Cornwall for a spot of theatrical entertainment and catch a show.
Take refuge in a kitchen – Cornwall is well-known as a destination for food lovers, so make sure you take advantage of it. Around the county are various places you can learn to cook new dishes, from Rick Stein’s in Padstow to Philleigh Way on the Roseland Peninsula. Take home your new skills and impress family and friends.
Paint a picture – St Ives is just 25 minutes drive from Gwel an Mor and known for its heritage in art. Home to Barbara Hepworth, the Tate Gallery and numerous other artists workshops, studios and galleries it is a haven for those interested in art of all forms. St Ives is also home to various schools such as the St Ives School of Painting, or you could travel further West to the Newlyn School of Art.
Spoil yourself – Head to a spa or a restaurant and treat yourself to some of life’s luxuries. We have the Wellbeing Spa here at Gwel an Mor or the Terrace Restaurant for gastronomic requirements! Alternatively, try some of Cornwall and the UK’s finest restaurants.
Relax indoors – Stay in the comfort of your own home (or rented luxury lodge!) and enjoy a good film or book. Play games with the family and sit down to a family lunch or dinner. If you’re staying with us you could brave the elements for a dip in your own hot tub, or stay snug in front of your log burning stove!
We have recently completed and opened Base Camp, an indoor facility with soft play and Clip’n’Climb climbing walls, perfect for those less than perfect days in Cornwall.