Local Area Guides
Get wrapped up in the Cornish festive spirit by heading to one of the Duchy’s many picturesque harbours or towns, and watch them light up in a kaleidoscope of colours, with our guide to Christmas Lights switch on events in Cornwall.
With its spectacular ruby red sunsets, golden brown leaves, dark and stormy seas and deserted long sandy beaches there is no place like Cornwall in the autumn. So wrap up warm, put your boots on and head out for a walk to take in the beautiful landscapes in their glorious autumnal colours.
Here’s four of our favourite autumnal ambles:
It is no wonder why Cornwall is an inspiration for authors of all genres. A place of myth and legend the county easy purveys a sense of mystery and intrigue with its wild and windswept moorland and huge rugged cliffs with their hidden coves battered by the Atlantic rollers. The sunlit sandy beaches and bays, calm majestic blue waters and beautiful estuaries create a romantic backdrop.
It is easy to see why numerous authors have been inspired to write and set many a novel in the Duchy – here are some of our favourites:
Golfers will not be disappointed with the glorious coastal settings of many of Cornwall’s links courses.
Strung along the northern coast from Bude to Lelant you can play golf at the extremities of England with Cape Cornwall being the most westerly and Mullion the most southerly. The Cornish terrain is ideal for golf; the links courses are typically characterised by dunes, an undulating surface and a sandy soil with few water hazards and trees.
So spend the weekend driving down the fairways, missing the bunkers and putting some holes along the beautiful scenic coastline of Cornwall – you are spoilt for choice in this part of the world!
From crystal blue waters to the crashing rollers, long sandy beaches to small rocky coves, wild moorland to farmland, historic towns and buildings to new pieces of architecture, Cornwall is a haven for film directors looking to capture romantic sweeping views, beautiful coastal vistas and dramatic scenes.
Spend the weekend going behind the scenes and discovering the towns, estates, beaches and landmarks that have taken a turn in the spotlight in some of the nations favourite television programmes and films.
The number one place for alfresco dining in Cornwall without a doubt has to be the beach. With over 400 beaches you can enjoy picnics and barbecues with family and friends or spend romantic evenings for two with a hamper amongst the dunes watching the sun set over the Atlantic.
However away from the beach there are plenty of great places to dine; from intimate clifftop restaurants with large decked terraces, and less formal harbour-side and beachside restaurants, cafes and bars ideal for family gatherings and parties.
We all know Cornwall has a breath-taking coastline with beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, world famous waves and granite clifftops and now the food and drink scene isn’t just about pasty’s. Celebrity restaurants, food and drink markets and music festivals have put Cornwall firmly on the map for food and festivals.
But here are 10 pieces of trivia that you may perhaps not know about the amazingly diverse county of Cornwall:
Get caught up in a vibrant street party, sample the delights of local produce, get involved with Cornish traditions, get creative, dance all night to the latest pop and up and coming acts or feel the adrenaline of a sporting challenge.
Cornwall’s diary throughout the summer is packed with fun-filled festivals, from food, music, literature, walking, regattas, performance, arts and craft there is something to suit everyone.
As the sun sets and the crowds leave the beaches exhausted from the days adrenalin fuelled activities you may believe that Cornwall also retires for the night, this is far from the reality. After dark Cornwall has plenty to offer and has something to suit everyone, you just need to know where to find them.
A haven for ramblers, Cornwall not only boasts 300 miles of the infamous South West Coast Path but also over 2400 miles of inland paths. From gentle stretches to steep coastal valleys the paths take in Cornwall’s many diverse landscapes from long sandy beaches and dramatic headlands to sheltered estuaries and colourful moorland.
Here are some of our favourite walks in the county …
Cornwall is not all about sea and sand, the county has many other qualities and attributes that make it such a great place to live and visit all year round; from wildlife conservation centres, historic gardens to general amusement parks.
The county has many world renowned attractions such as the Tate St Ives, Eden Project and St Michaels Mount but it also has some less known gems such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Cornwall may be the most south westerly county in the UK but it is readily accessible. The county has an airport with flights to London and European destinations, a good railway network with direct routes to London, Bristol and beyond and by road the A30, the backbone of Cornwall, makes moving around the county easy and links Cornwall with Devon and the M5.
With over 300 miles of coastline you are spoilt for choice. Whether you are looking to spend summer family days building sandcastles or winter days dog walking on large expanses of golden sandy beaches or finding your own piece of paradise in hidden coves and bays, enjoy the iconic surf on the north coast or bathe in the calmer waters of the south coast there is something to suit everyone’s needs and desires.