Top Five picks for the Summer Holidays
Take part in a Rockpool Ramble
We believe Cornwall has the best beaches in the UK, and they really are a great place to spend the summer. But if you get tired of building sandcastles, body-boarding or burying dad up to his neck, why not go and explore the rockpools?
Each pool is a mini world where crabs and starfish linger under rocks and seaweed. 100s of brightly coloured shells are home to winkles and whelks of all shapes and sizes and while underwater, the anemones are as beautiful as any plant growing in your garden.
But before you head off over the rocks, a little bit of advice.
- · Wear sensible footwear that won’t slip on the rocks and won’t spoil if you get them wet.
- · Don’t use a net, just use your hands
- · Don’t leave any creatures out of the water, always take a container full of seawater to put them in and make sure they go back at the end.
Better still, join one of the organised events run by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust throughout the summer.
Visit a Museum or a Gallery
The sun shines all summer in Cornwall, but there are still a few days when even the most bronzed Adonis craves some culture. Luckily there are museums and galleries all over the county, from small village based ones to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. Many have special exhibitions on throughout the summer and activities for the children. For more information check out our museums webpage.
Take a Train ride
You’ve driven all the way down here, managed to find a parking space close to where you are staying and vowed you’re not going to move the car till you go home. OK, but what about exploring the area?
Cornwall has a good public transport system with bus routes to most towns and villages, it also has a great little network of branch line railways, all feeding off the mainline that runs down through the county from Plymouth (that’s in Devon) to Penzance.
And these are not just ordinary branch lines, they are some of the most scenic in the country. Take the train from St Erth to St Ives, trundling along beside the crystal clear waters of St Ives Bay, or the quirky Looe Valley Line, where the train stops at possibly the quietest station in England before reversing down the valley to Looe.
OK, so how can you mention summer in Cornwall and not mention surfing? You can’t. We think we have some of the best surfing beaches in the UK, from Bude in the north all the way down to Sennen in the far west. The south coast beaches tend to be sparser in surfing spots, but there are still some places that draw crowds when the winds in the right direction, including Whitsand Bay in the east.
Experienced surfers know the best places to catch the waves, but if you’re new to the sport, please follow advice and only go in when a beach has lifeguards on duty and only then between the correct flags. Better still join one of the many surf schools that operate up and down the coast and learn how to do it properly.
Open Air Theatre
When you’ve spent a day on the beach, soaking up the sun’s rays, what could be a better way to end the day, than by taking in a show? With the sun setting, there’s nothing can beat sitting at the Minack Theatre watching the actors performing on the stage below you, with the deep blue sea as a backdrop, you might even get to see a basking shark!
The same could be said of Penlee Park Open Air Theatre in Penzance, though your unlikely to see basking sharks! A programme of shows runs through the summer months in this wonderful garden setting. Around the county other outdoor venues will be used by touring companies from Restormel Castle, near Lostwithiel to Trebah Gardens near Falmouth.
The internationally acclaimed Wildworks theatre company will be returning to Cornwall this year with a production of Wolf’s Child at Trelowarren near Helston, whilst Rogue Theatre will once again be lurking deep in Tehidy Woods…
So, if you are lucky enough to be coming to Cornwall this summer, make sure you get to do at least one of our top five tips… and if you have any you think should have made the list, please post them on Facebook.