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Holiday Planning: Cornwall

June 28, 2014

It’s just a few weeks until we go away – we finally booked something! We’re staying by Newlyn Harbour in Cornwall for a week over the period of Port Eliot Festival and Cornish Day and we’re really looking forward to it.

It’s the first time I’ve been away on holiday for 7 days since I was a child so the opportunity to explore will be embraced with both hands. We’re hiring a car so we’re not limited by public transport and I’ve already been picking up holiday staples like my backpack and seaside-esque vest from Primark pictured above to try to be prepared for all situations (I’ll be packing my waterproofs too!).

We’re opposites in so much as Chris has visited Cornwall before because he’s worked at The Minack Theatre when Ilkley Players have performed there during the summer and I’ve never been before. You may wonder why I’m blogging about it? Well, I’d really like your recommendations for places to go.

I’ve been visiting a couple of websites, noseying at photos on Instagram tagged with Cornwall and generally seeing if anything comes up in my Twitter feed but it would be ace to hear of places that people personally recommend – the places that blew them away, the places that make them proud to live nearby or the hidden gems that you might not stumble across without some direction.

Leave me your recommendations, comments and links below and I’ll have a nosey and will no doubt report back on where we’ve visited on our return. If you’d like to read some of my reviews and recommendations of places to visit in the UK, check out my Near Enough:Travel in the UK series.


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  • Reply dakegra June 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Ok. Loads to do down there. There’s Porthchapel beach and Porthcurno, where the beach sits below the Minack theatre. Great for bodyboarding. Also slightly further along is Sennen Cove on Whitesands Bay, which is also ace.

    If you’re up to the drive, then I can highly recommend the Eden Project up near St Austell. We’ve been quite a few times over the years. It’s cheaper after about 3.30pm and in the summer is open until late, so you’ll have enough time to have a good poke around. Plus your ticket is good for a year so you can come back and do a full day later if you like!

    St Ives on the north coast is also pretty to visit.

    • Reply Kay Brown June 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks for your tips – not sure I’m brave enough to bodyboard though!

      I’d quite like to visit the Eden Project to see the WEEE Man but I guess it depends on how much time we have. It sounds as though there’s loads to try and fit in.

  • Reply Amy Cate June 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I was in Cornwall earlier this year for my Mum’s wedding, and fell in love with the place all over again – I’d not been back since my early teens! St Ives is utterly lovely in the evening, and if you fancy a little more of a laid back, surfy/arty shopping atmosphere, then head to Falmouth (try and find a coconut Sex Wax candle – honest to god the best smelling thing on this planet).

    Gwithian (near Hayle) is your best chance at finding a quieter beach at this time of year. The surf is excellent, and it’s really lovely and rural – we saw a school of dolphins last time which was incredible!

    One last word of advice – avoid Land’s End at ALL costs – utterly touristy and hideous now. Minack Theatre is the kind of place where you feel like you’re standing at the edge of the world anyway, so just pop in there! ENJOY! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Kay Brown July 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks for your recommendations, I’m really hoping we see dolphins πŸ™‚

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