Picture magnificent forests and rolling green hills surrounding sleepy villages that lead down to beautiful stretches of sandy beaches, secluded coves and the seductive calm of turquoise waters. This is Cornwall in the summer. If this is your kind of holiday, look no further.
What you may not realise is that over the summer months the streets of Cornwall come alive with colour, creativity and the excitement of a multitude of festivals and family days out.
Whether you crave tranquillity or adventure, beachside relaxation or outdoor action, here are 5 reasons to make Cornwall your destination for a family summer holiday.
1. Get active this summer
If you have a budding sportsman in the family, then Cornwall is the place to be. This year is the biannual ‘Get Active Truro’ festival from 15 – 19 August, with the entire length of Lemon Quay transformed into an activity zone of fun, free taster sessions covering a variety of sports for every age group and a chance to try something new.
Head a little further south and join in with ZestiFAL from 23- 27 July, Falmouth’s own celebration of healthy lifestyles. Try a spot of Zumba or grab your poles for some Nordic walking. With a giant tennis court, cycle races through the streets and plenty of healthy juices and foods to taste, this could inspire the whole family to get up and go.
2. A fantasy adventure
Join literary stars on the Bowling Green, watch a fashion show with a difference in the Wardrobe Department , and enjoy a magical four days of food, music, art, comedy and literature, at the lightly eccentric Port Eliot Festival between 28 and 31 July. There really is something for everyone as you explore the grounds of this glorious stately home, splash in the river and estuary, explore ancient woodland and generally be inspired and surprised, no matter what your age.
3. Sandcastles and ice cream
Ask any child and they’ll tell you that the best type of holiday involves sunshine, ice creams and the chance to build the biggest and best sandcastle on the beach. Visit the bustling seaside town of Looe for the Carnival Week from 24 - 30 July and enter the Children’s Sand Modelling Competition to show off the family talents. Join in the Floral Dance, enter the children into the Mini Fun Run and don’t forget your net for some Rock Pooling. This traditional festival is definitely one the children cannot miss.
4. Anchors aweigh
After cream teas and pasties, Cornwall is, perhaps, best known for its amazing sailing and water activities. Throughout the summer there are numerous sailing events, from races for the more experienced sailor to a gentler day for the whole family.
Charlestown Regatta Week, from 30 July to 5 August, has plenty to entice and challenge you. Sign up for the family friendly Triathlon event to kick off the week, and don’t forget to start planning your entry to the Raft Race. Enter into the Knobbly Knees Competition, explore the Georgian harbour and meet the famous local film stars – the resident fleet of sailing ships which featured in last year’s TV adaptation of Poldark – before settling back to listen to the live bands at the Regatta Rocks music event.
5. A festival of nature
Cornwall has an abundance of beautiful open spaces, where children can enjoy the freedom to explore the forests, climb trees and discover the beauty of the natural world. Stay in a woodland cabin at Deerpark in south-east Cornwall and learn Bush Skills, discover bats and moths on a Twilight Walk or become a Geology Rockhound with the Forest Ranger.
Book your cabin now and you’ll find yourself perfectly located for a magical summer of festivals and events in Cornwall.