The beauty of Cornwall is finding the hideaway places
Things To Do
Visit one of Cornwall’s best-loved – and most endearing – attractions, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek. The rescue centre provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups that have been discovered around Britain’s coast. Meet the residents, including Grey and Common Seals, Sealions, plus otters and Humbolt penguins.
Take a literary tour of Cornwall to discover the many landscapes, towns, villages and coastlines that have inspired generations of writers, from DH Lawrence and Charles Causley to Sir John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier. It will take you the length and breadth of the county.
No visit to Cornwall is complete without a trip to the Eden Project near St Austell. The giant bubble greenhouses offer more than just a day’s entertainment with the chance to really learn something about climate and the environment. No wonder it won the Best UK Leisure Attraction at the British Travel Awards 2013.
Fancy a pint? Cornwall has a plethora of decent breweries from the ‘mighty’ St Austell Brewery to microbreweries fermenting barrels in the back of a pub. Enjoy a scenic Rail Ale Trail, where you can relax on old branch lines across the county delivering you to a number of traditional pubs along the way. No driving required!
Go back in time to discover Cornwall’s past as a major mining district at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Key mining attractions to visit across the county include Geevor Tin Mine, Poldark and Levant mines, Cotehele Mill, Morwellham Quay, Heartlands and Godolphin House.
When To Visit
Cornwall’s peak season, particularly for camping, is May to September. That means late March/April – when you can see Cornish daffodil fields in bloom – and late September/October can be great months to visit; the roads and major tourist attractions are all quieter.
Cornwall knows how to party, so you’ll always find something going on to tempt you to the county, whether it’s the summer sailing events, the springtime garden shows or the festivals of light to brighten the long, dark days of winter.
Who doesn’t like a good, traditional Cornish pasty? To find the very best, head to the World Pasty Championships in February, or for garden mania, Cornwall’s annual Spring Flower Show, which takes place at Lostwithiel in March. The Royal Cornwall Show, the county’s agricultural showcase, is held every June at the county showground, Wadebridge.
You can put one foot in front of another with the Boscastle Walking Week to explore the minutiae of this north coast village in April, sing along at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival in June, or watch battle commence in the final week of August and beginning of September as the County Pilot Gig Championships get underway, a major event in the Cornish cultural calendar.
Finally, the Cornwall Film Festival, celebrating Cornish film-making, offers several premieres throughout November.
Cornwall’s main artery, which runs down the spine of the county, is the A30. Connecting with junction 31 of the M5 at Exeter, it travels through Devon and the entire length of Cornwall, finishing at Land’s End. Most of the route is dual carriageway to Camborne.
There are several service stations on the A30 for stopping points, including the Cornish Gateway, near Bodmin (the largest of all the service stations in Cornwall), which opened in summer 2014. Exeter Services at junction 30 of the M5 also has larger parking facilities for motorhomes, just prior to accessing the A30.