Monday, September 3, 2018

Cornwall and why it has a special place in our hearts

Cornwall always has a piece of my heart, we got engaged  in St Mawes , and married there and have made hundreds of family memories  on holiday  there. And it looks  like we are not the only ones that  love the home of the best pasties EVER! This year alone tourism  there has doubled and we could  definitely tell , the tiny narrow roads were packed, Falmouth  beach was pretty much bursting at every point and there were queue's everywhere BUT we still loved every minute  of our holiday. Now the school holidays have  finished Cornwall will return to it's  much  more peaceful ways ( if you can, visiting outside peak times is amazing) But as we sit and  reminisce and decide what area of Cornwall we want  to explore next  summer, I thought  I would  let you know  our most favourite  spots in no particular  order:

1. St Mawes: First it has to be the ferry  trip from Falmouth  to St Mawes - £27 for a family return ticket. It takes approximately 30 minutes  to cross and gives  you some of the most stunning views of pendennis castle and st mawes castle.  St Mawes is a true little treasure trove and even though  it is a small place you can easily lose your self there for the day (especially  if you spend  it day dreaming  about being rich enough to live there). The beach  is a pebble beach so good sandals are a necessity, it is amazing for crabbing, seashell finding and exploring the coast when the tide is out. You can hire a boat, take part in water sports such as paddle boarding or have a go at sailing and if your brave  enough just go for a swim. There is St Mawes castle that you can look round and I really recommend going to the top of the tower to look at the view, it is out of this world!. There  is a lovely fish and chip restaurant (albeit rather pricey). There are some beautiful  picnic areas we especially like a little  secret corner just opposite the ships inn. And then there are some  nice quaint shops to have a browse through. Just a word of warning  public toilets  are 20p!!!

2.Falmouth: There  is so much to offer in falmouth that you are unlikely to cover it all in one trip. My highlights are the National  Maritime museum which has a great little underwater observatory that the kids loved, pendennis castle and  the beach. There is nothing better than getting a pasty and  sitting on the beach watching the  waves. And a handy tip is to wait until 10 mins before the pasty bakeries close and all the pasties, cakes and scones are reduced !!!

3. Porthluney Cove Beach: This is one of our  favourite  beaches. It holds  special  memories as we first visited just after we were engaged. It also holds some fabulous  events such as: movie under the star nights, pizza oven  nights and beach parties.  The cafe on site is  great and sells a range of drinks  and food. There are toilets located a short walk from the beach. The car park is  a reasonable  price and very close to the beach.And when you have  finished with  the beach Caerhays Castle is  just round the corner and a wonder in itself.

4. The Minnack Theatre: Wow, the views  are spectacular  and breath  taking. You feel as though  you have  been transported to the Caribbean. The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. They provide  a program of drama, comedy, music  and theatre. The price  is incredibly reasonable  Adult £5, 15 & under £2.50, 11 & under 50p and Under 2 FREE and to top it off at the end don't forget to ask for your readmission voucher allowing you to return for free within  the year. There is the Telegraph Museum, nestled in Porthcurno Valley right next to the Minnack Theatre where you can become an explorer for the day, send and decode Morse code messages, go underground in World War 2 tunnels, and get hands on with science. And if that's  not enough all Minnack customers  get 20% off their entrance ticket.

5. Porthcurno Beach: Porthcurno’s golden sandy beach and azure blue waters hide a special  secret. Right beneath your feet, messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables since 1870. This is a truly special place.

6.Lands End: One of Britain's most magnificent landmarks it is an icon in itself. And besides the stunning scenery are the attractions ranging from a farm,park, 4d cinema and much more.  Prices are: Adult £12.60, Children £9 and under 4 go free (Yay). They often in the high season  have a firework display at night and is worth staying for. The first and last inn is a must stop. And if you really want to make a weekend stay there is plenty of on site accommodation . The Land's End Hotel and Penwith studios  provide  luxury and charm and has a beautiful Restaurant opposite called the Land's  End Restaurant. But if you are like us and have kids that don't  like to sit, there are plenty of more casual  food options. There are some quaint shops on site offering a vast range from clothing, Souvenirs, toys and food.

7. St Michael's Mount: You really can't  visit Cornwall  and not visit this spectacular place at least once . It is a small tidal island located off Mount's Bay and when the tide is out  you can walk across the causeway to the island and it is so worth doing this for the amazing scenery, atmosphere and treasures from the sea you find along the way. When the tide is in you can experience  a quick boat journey across ( beware it is pricey for the length it takes at £4 an adult and £2 a child  return). If like us you are national trust members the entrance is free to the castle and gardens. There is plenty to explore but beware the paths are steep and cobbled and you cannot get a pushchair up them. 

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There are so many spectacular places to go in Cornwall you really need to explore and try them to find your own favourite  corner of this beautiful place. 


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