Thursday, 20 July 2017

10 Reasons to Visit Cornwall

Hey all,

Before moving to St. Ives over 8 years ago, I had been going to Cornwall for holidays for over 10 years with my family.

Including Bude, Polzeath and Padstow, we have been all over Cornwall as a family. By far, our Cornish holidays will always be my favourite type. We made tons of memories including treasure hunts, boat trips and attempting to surf.

St. Ives has been named as the top resort in the UK and its not hard to see why.

So here are 10 reasons why you need to visit Cornwall, not that you need any!





1. Beaches -

I am putting it out there, in Cornwall we have the best beaches in the UK. I will not budge on this, I strongly believe you will not get better.

There are plenty for you to choose from, in a country surrounded by a beautiful coastline. There is something for everyone, you can be in the centre of St. Ives for example and relax on Porthmeor or you can get away from the hustle and bustle and go to Porth Kidney Sands.

Whether you are learning how to surf, enjoying a family day together or having a BBQ, you have a great view to gawp at.

My Top 5 Beaches

1. Porth Kidney Sands - Lelant

2. Gwithian Beach

3. Sennen Cove

4. Polzeath

5. Perranporth

With over 400 beaches in Cornwall to choose from, you aren't stuck for choice!




2. Family Friendly

Cornwall is the perfect place for a family holiday, I believe no matter how old you get or children get Cornwall is the place to be with family.

I always think how amazing it would be to do another family trip in Cornwall, even though I live here. I always did everything I possibly could on these holidays when I was younger and never took it for granted.

Every October my family and another that we have known for over 20 years always went to Polzeath, it is a cute little village with a few shops and an amazing beach. You feel completely isolated (in a good way) and away from any stress.

There are coastal paths, pubs, a campsite and shops. All you need in a tiny village for a family holiday.

When all the kids were younger we would all have Pirate nicknames, obviously because Cornwall is known for their pirates. We would all do a treasure hunt, one for the kids and some of the adults would have some too.

I always look back at it fondly, so I recommend to do that so kids can get involved with the culture when you visit Cornwall.



3. Food

I have been missing food in Cornwall for over a YEAR now and Cornwall has a great selection of places to eat. From seafood restaurants to a good burger bar, there is a lot of variety. you can't visit Cornwall and not try fish and chips and a good pasty!

I do not lie seafood so I can't recommend any seafood restaurants.

However here are a few that I love and recommend you go to if you are ever in St Ives.

Becks Fish and Chips  - easily the best fish and chips restaurant in St. Ives. Kind of a given when you visit Cornwall to visit. Battered Sausage and chips is my favourite by a mile.

Gwithian Sunset Surf - I have been coming to Gwithian beach for 8 years and we came across this amazing beach café. The most incredible ocean view and menu. Go for breakfast they are amazing and the Super Duper Hot Chocolate!

Godolphin Arms - I came here last year with my mum before I moved to Barcelona and had some great cakes. Another great view of St. Michael Mount and a beaut lunch menu. The burgers were incredible and the desserts looked so delicious!

Birdies Bistro - I live right near Birdies Bistro. It is on the outskirts of Lelant and Hayle, so if you do not want to go into the busy town of St Ives or Penzance this is a beautiful retreat. Fab hot chocolate also! Soon they are going to be open in the evenings on certain days!








4. Beautiful Cites

The coastline is obviously the main attraction in Cornwall. I believe some of the smaller towns and cities are very underrated when you visit Cornwall.

Sometimes it is nice to have a break from the beaches!

My Top 5 Cities

Falmouth

Truro

Polzeath

St. Ives and Padstow





5. St Ives

I admit it, I am very biased when it comes to St. Ives. Although I live here, it is such a beautiful city and there is a reason why it is called the top resort in UK.

Beaches? There are 2 great beaches, Porthmeor and Porthminster, both are right in the centre of town and nearby to beachside cafes.

You have the beautiful harbour where you can go on boat rides and have a drink in one of the many harbour side cafe's and pubs.

For those who love art there is the Tate Museum.

Overall a great place to have a family holiday and quick day out.





6. Friendly People

I am not just saying this because I live here, but the local people are so friendly. You will always walk down the street when you visit Cornwall and have someone say "hello" to you.

We make sure that everyone feels welcome in our county.

Lets call it the Cornish charm!



7. Surfing 

Me and my family have had so many Cornish holidays, and each time we surf. When I say surf, I must clarify... we ATTEMPT to surf! If that fails, we just get on our bodyboards and just ride the waves.

Whatever your level it is a fun time to bond with your family and have a few laughs, and try to get a photo of yourself riding a way.

Best places to surf?










8. Coastal Walks

If you really want to make the most of the Cornish countryside and get in deep into the beach and greenery, I suggest you go on coastal walk. So you can really visit Cornwall, grab your walking boots and go take some great snaps of your travels.

My two favourites are the coastal route through to St. Ives and the one around Falmouth.




9. Things To Do

As well as the beaches and the restaurants there are plenty of things for you to do when you visit Cornwall.

Minack Theatre - is a beautiful outdoor theatre with the most incredible view located right on the coast with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Adults tickets cost £5 and children under 16, £2.50, under 12, 50p and under 2 it is free. For that price you can visit Cornwall on a budget!

Eden Project - simply stunning, that is the only word that I can describe for Cornwall's Oasis. Perfect for the family, and it is the largest indoor rainforest in the world!

Retallack Resort - You all would have heard of Total Wipeout right? The assault course surrounded by water, now you can do it yourself in Cornwall. With a selection of zip-wires and water sports, it is something or everyone to enjoy.





10. Hotels

There are some incredible hotels to stay in when you visit Cornwall.

Now I haven't stayed in a hotel in Cornwall as I live here, but I have heard some great reviews about these hotels. Think great views, service and location!

Here are my 3 favourite beautiful hotels across Cornwall!

St. Moritz Hotel - A beautiful hotel and villas which have a great location to the beach in Wadebridge. There are also Spa treatments and Restaurants. They also have a gab Instagram page with some beautiful photos!

Boskerris Hotel Carbis Bay - If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle in St. Ives, I recommend this modern and stylish hotel. With incredible views from the terrace and spa treatments you would be silly to say no!

St. Michaels Hotel Falmouth - I have been to this beautiful hotel for a wedding reception when I played in a band. It is STUNN-ING. I have never been to such a beautiful place. Incredible views and in a fantastic location, you would be silly not to consider it!




So there we have it, 10 reasons why you should visit Cornwall. It is such a beautiful part of the UK and should be considered if you don't want to go abroad this summer.

Whether you want to go for a weekend trip or a 2 week break, there are plenty of cities and things to do in this stunning destination.

If you want some more recommendations about Cornwall, give me an email at blondiewanderlust@outlook.com

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