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Reasons Why Cornwall Is the Dream Destination
for a Family Holiday

With its breathtaking coastal scenery, and idyllic beaches; nothing beats a family holiday in Cornwall. If you want to build the kind of treasured seaside memories for your children, then Cornwall, winner of the best holiday county for the fourth year of the 2012 British Travel Awards, has it all. If you were wondering where to take your family on a fun vacation? Then Cornwall is the answer to that! There’s much to do in Cornwall, from enjoying the seaside to spending your nights in holiday cottages Cornwall, this place has a lot to offer.

Beautiful Blue Flag beaches

If you are on a seaside holiday with lots of sand and crystal blue waters, Cornwall boasts five globally known Blue Flag beaches.

From Porthmeor's golden sand expanse on the western side of the famous coastal refuge of St. Ives to the northwest facing Porthtowan Cove, which is suitable for surfers and commercial castle builders, these beaches have been rewarded for their outstanding consistency of water, beach amenities and safety standards. In addition, the humid, summery environment of Cornwall lends itself well to long fun-filled days at the beach.

Sailing, fishing and swimming

If your family loves anything in and out of the sea, family vacations in Cornwall are perfect. Cornwall is a mecca for aquatic lovers, where there are plenty of water sports to check out for beginners and professionals.

If you want to catch a few waves, Cornwall has some of the finest surfing conditions in Europe. Look no farther than the Widemouth Bay on the north coast, which has plenty for all, like gentle waves for beginners, or anyone searching for a high-octane trip, the nearby Black Rock has peaks that can exceed ten feet.

If you want to experience the breeze in your sails, Cornwall has a year-round sailing program.

Charter a boat to traverse the breathtaking Cornish coastline, learn how to sail a dinghy or, if you like to sit down and see everyone else do some hard work, choose a viewing point and settle in to see one of Cornwall's stunning sailing regattas.

There are many races during the year, from Falmouth's celebrated Regatta Week in August, where 450 yachts and dinghies of all sizes meet, to the exciting gig rowing regattas held by independent racing clubs. There are tons of events throughout the sailing to keep kids amused, including rock pooling sessions, carnivals and evening firework shows.

Fab Family Days Out

Cornwall is still alive with family-friendly events. As well as trying your hand on sailing, kayaking and hiking, North Cornwall is host to the mystical Tintagel Castle, the mythical birthplace of King Arthur. Whist South Cornwall is host to the world-famous Eden Project-a major center of eco-friendly stuff to do-including botanical gardens, live music, arts & crafts.

Although of course, family vacations in Cornwall will not be complete without a daring pirate adventure. Cornwall's rugged shore was a paradise for smugglers. Get the children's imaginations whirling with a directed tour of their dark maritime caverns or sample some live swashbuckling action at Newquay's Buccaneer Bay.

Family feasts

Much of Cornwall's sea and seaside restaurants specialize in newly captured seafood and shellfish along with locally sourced organic foods, vegetables and cheeses.

There is something to fit every palate, from fine dining-including two Michelin Star restaurants-ideal for a dream family vacation in Cornwall-to typical food, like everyone's choice, classic fish and chips. You can also capture and serve a fish dinner of your own.

Idyllic family accommodation

One of the great aspects about family vacations in Cornwall is where you lie your head after an energetic day outside.

Cornwall has a broad variety of holiday accommodations, from cliff top hotels and B&Bs providing breathtaking views of the bays, luxurious self-catering cottages where you can spend a pleasant home-from-home experience. If you want to be at one with Cornwall's landscape and nature, just pitch up to one of Cornwall's several caravan and camp sites. Or why not sleep under the stars in your own typical Mongolian yurt or Roman caravan for a unique camping experience?

Beautiful sceneries in every weather

Being surrounded by the water, Cornwall gets a little bit weakened by the elements. Luckily, this just contributes to the splendor. If the hurricane reaches Cornwall, it is typically a spectacular sight, with waves higher than the cliffs slamming through towns, surfers trying tirelessly to grab the surge of the year and winds so strong that they are blowing the sea into hysteria. But when the sun shines, it seems like heaven, with the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets second to none.

The Night Sky

Some areas in Cornwell have been given the most beautiful Night Sky status. This ensures that these places are clear enough from light pollution to stargaze with the naked eye. St Agnes Head to the north coast is one of the best places in the world where you can lay back on a blanket watching for shooting stars, with the sound of the waves.

Subtropical atmosphere

The Gulf Stream flows right around Cornwall, carrying humid air and tropical vibrations. Palm trees flourish in this region of the country, as do plants and flowers from all over Asia and the forest. Walk through gardens of huge bamboo and hibiscus trees, see pineapples rising and jump into the sea without the need for a wetsuit.


Cornwall is popular for surfing for a really good cause. Fistral, Sennen, and Perranporth are some of the more popular places, but there are hidden breaks all over the place that need some local experience and some strong arm power to paddle around cliffs and rocks. There are numerous surf comps in the summer and a cult of cold water surfers sliding into the cooler times of the year into the winter wetsuits.


Cornwall is covered by the sea, but undoubtedly there is a wealth of new fish coming out of the kitchen and being traded up and down in the county markets. More likely than not, the fish you served at the restaurant was captured that day. Because of this it nearly always tastes like the finest fish you have ever eaten.

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