Cornwall is an established and well-loved holiday destination, with many smart holidaymakers making the journey to enjoy its stunning scenery and relaxed atmosphere again and again.
Transport links with the rest of the country are now much improved – the easiest way of getting to Cornwall is by taking the train and perhaps hiring a car once you are there as the rail journey from the rest of the country takes you along one of Britain’s most beautiful stretches of railway. And of course you can begin to relax even sooner on a train than behind the wheel of a car.
There are heaps of great places to stay, from B&B’s in Falmouth, to holiday cottages in Port Isaac, to designer hotels in Fowey, to luxury Polzeath cottages. And these all range from the simple and humble to the more exclusive, luxury end of the market. Check out your options online.
You couldn’t say you’ve been to Cornwall and not had a go at surfing! So why not hire boards and wetsuits from one of the many shops on the coast, or alternatively sign up with a surf school, who will provide all of this along with top quality tuition. Surfing is a really great way to keep fit and its brilliant fun too, so its no wonder all the celebrities are doing it! Fistral beach in Newquay is a good spot to head for, and if you haven’t tried it before don’t worry there will be lots of other beginners too, but if this is the case we do recommend going with a teacher to make sure you keep safe.
Arts & Culture
Visit the Tate St Ives and go and see the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden too. Both of these world class galleries are within easy walking distance of one another and should be seen if you are in the area. The Tate is home to a permanent collection of stunning art, from painting, to sculpture and ceramics and it also hosts regularly changing exhibitions. This will give you a great flavour of Cornish culture on your weekend visit and hopefully you will be able to avoid the crowds that you see in the capital and other big cities!
Have lunch at Rick Steins Cornish Arms, in St Merryn, just outside Padstow. They do traditional British Pub fare, all of which is home cooked and as many of the ingredients are sourced from the local area as possible. The Crab Salad is delicious there and the Ploughman’s lunch is good too as it comes with a variety of yummy Cornish cheeses.
Treat yourselves to Cocktails with a view at the St Moritz Hotel over looking the Camel Estuary. This modern building, with luxury facilities will make you feel every inch the pampered and taken care of.
And of course there is so much more that Cornwall has to offer that you’ll probably want to return for longer than a weekend!