Book Lovers' Love Holidays To Cornwall
Deciding what to pack for holiday reading can be only the start of a book lover’s visit to Cornwall. With its incredibly varied scenery, from picture postcard fishing village to windswept moorland, from breathtaking coast-paths to lush valley gardens, romantic Cornwall has long been both an inspiration and a haven for writers and to this day the sense that it’s a world apart from the rest of the UK means it continues to attract novelists and poets. This rich heritage can help make your holiday narrative a lot more exciting than the standard bucket-and-spade affair.
Perhaps the work of John Betjeman, Daphne du Maurier, Charles Causley or Rosamond Pilcher is the very reason why you’re coming, in which case you’ll need no encouragement to seek out the places associated with them and their work.
Perhaps you’ve simply read a book set down here and want to visit the scenes on foot that have enthralled you in your armchair; you won’t be the first fan to go walking in search of Ross Poldark or the Second Mrs DeWynter.
If encounters with living authors are your thing, you’re coming to a county with a succession of fantastic (and weather-proof!) book festivals from early Spring to late Autumn. Often including delicious food and great music, to encourage you to linger all day and evening, these will give you a chance to discover the work of writers at work in Cornwall today and to encounter famous authors who, like you, are seizing the chance of a trip to the far west. Most of them also include writing workshops where you can spend a few hours learning skills first-hand from an established author.
Or maybe writing the next Cornish bestseller is the last thing on your mind, and you simply want to know how far your holiday cottage is from the nearest independent bookshop?
Whatever your bookish needs, we hope the Book Lovers' Festivals give you a wealth of inspiration for turning your trip to Cornwall into a visit to a book lover’s paradise.