If you are planning on being here in Cornwall for May half term then you need to make sure you tick off the ‘to-do’ list. There is so much to see and do with your family here in Cornwall that it helps to be organised, so your precious time is best used to capture the perfect holiday moments.
Our home is particularly beautiful, with all manner of things to do and places to see, but some are Cornish ‘institutions’ and are more ‘must-haves’ than ‘nice ideas’.
The Cornish pasty
A hackneyed pastime of the highest order, but a tasty one at that. You simply cannot come to Cornwall without indulging in a perfect pastry parcel, lovingly baked and crimped at the hands of a true Cornishman (or maid!). The pasty is of such importance that the Eden Project hosts the Pasty World Championships in March of each year! You could even do a little research and find out which bakery won at the 2016 event and track one down during your stay.
Be beside the sea
Walk the coast path or feel the sand between your toes; the choice is yours. There are so many beaches and nearly 300 miles of Cornish coast path, so you really are pretty spoilt here in Cornwall. We recommend finding you own, quieter, slice of solitude. Get off the beaten track and you’ll find so many well-guarded secrets to share with your family. Feel free to ask us where we like to go, you might just find your perfect beach!
A Cream Tea
Jam first. Always jam first, heavily accompanied with plenty of fresh, local clotted cream. Cornwall is full of incredible local cafes and tea rooms where you can enjoy a quintessential afternoon tea. Here at Gwel an Mor we have The Terrace Restaurant, where we can serve up a fine afternoon tea. We use local jam and Rodda’s clotted cream, all washed down with internationally acclaimed Cornish tea from the Tregothnan estate. If you want to venture further afield you can check out guides from our friends at Cornwall Food and Drink, who can recommend Cornwall’s finest purveyors of scones, jam and clotted cream.
Get all ‘Poldark’
Ross and Demelza have captivated not only the rest of the UK, but are now showcasing the beauty of Cornwall to audiences as far afield as the USA and Japan! If you’re on holiday in Cornwall you have to seek out some inspirational locations, maybe even try your hand at a spot of scything (weather depending). Here at Gwel an Mor we can offer Poldark tours, to make sure you don’t miss anything. The cast and crew stayed here during the filming of series two, so you might even be staying in Ross or Demelza’s temporary home!
Here are the leading actors, relaxing in their lodge.
Fish and chip supper
A pretty pleasing end to a day of exploring in Cornwall. There are many beautiful fishing villages around the county, many of which have more than one fish and chip shop. There is very little that comes close to such fresh, locally caught fish – you just have to make sure you protect your dinner from the ever present seagulls!