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Cornwall in the West Country

Many years ago Cornwall’s industry revolved around the fishing and mining (mainly tin) community.  Unfortunately the mining has finished now and the fish stocks are not what they where hence tourism is the main source for the Cornish economy.

"On the sunny southern coast of Cornwall England possesses a Riviera which is today defying foreign rivals, and enabling vast numbers of English men and womEn to enjoy, during the winter months as well as in summer time, the advantages of a climate which it was once believed could only be found either on the shores of the Mediterranean or in still more distant Madeira.  In the summer and autumn months the Cornish coast enjoys the full benefit of the refreshing breezes coming from the “broad Atlantic”."

The holiday review above comes from a 1920's brochure but is probably even more true today, what with staycations and predictions of climate change.

There is no such thing as a “dull holiday” in Cornwall, which possesses such resorts as Newquay, Falmouth, St Ives, and Penzance, where every form of sport will be found in abundance, and where those who are responsible for the prosperity of the localities spare no pains to provide such attractions as are best calculated to increase their popularity and add to the enjoyment of visitors.  For the sea angler the Cornish coast provides fine sport, and for the surfer too.

Cornwall is Ideal for family holiday parties as there are excellent bathing beaches all around. If you like to bathe nude then you will be glad to know Cornwall also offers a selection of nudist beaches.

Both coasts of Cornwall are of course highly inviting, the north being more breathtaking with its tall cliffs, wide beaches and harbours. The south is mainly more flat, but still has its high spots, estuaries, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. The countryside excursions are quite delightful towards the coasts, and if you plan your routes, you can almost avoid main roads.

There are excellent road, rail and air links that make it so easy to get to Cornwall.

On this page we have added places of interest and some locations we feel would be of interest to you and you family.


Newquay has become one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country.  The bathing beach, or rather beaches, consist of several miles of sandy coves, enclosed by tall cliffs, and separated at high water by rocky bluffs.  The climate is distinguished by phenomenal dryness.  The air is exceptionally bracing, and the bathing excellent.  For surfboarding, Newquay, facing as it does the broad Atlantic, is without a rival in England and is know as the "Surfing Capital of Britain". This is a launch pad for a huge amount of other watersports for both champions and, with a huge choice of surf schools, for the beginner.
The walks and drives in the neighbourhood, as well as the historical associations of many of  the places within easy reach, including Crantock, St Mawgan, Bedruthan Steps, St Eval, St Columb and Watergate Bay are very popular.  The views from the cliffs are breathtaking and whilst walking you get an exhilarating sense of freedom.   Watergate Bay is a stretch of sand extending for about two miles and it’s an unreal experience, when the tide permits, to explore the small landlocked bays and the awesome caverns in the area.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has set up the famous Fifteen Cornwall restaurant located just above the beach close to The Watergate Bay Hotel. 

If you are looking for campsites and caravan parks there are many within easy reach.

But if you want a quiet chilled out holiday I wouldn’t advise Newquay! The nightlife is acclaimed for it’s Stag and Hen parties, and is packed full of people painting the town red.  The clubs DJ line up is always good and there are many trendy bars in the area so if you are wanting to let your hair down then Newquay is the place to be!

Land’s End

Land’s End is the most westerly point of England, and the most southerly point of Great Britain  is Lizard Point a few miles away.

The name comes up quite often as it is used in defining the length of Britain when walks or races are done for charitable events which take place between Land’s End and John o’Groats in Scotland.  Ian Bothan did his first ever walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats in 1985 and has raised millions for charities ever since.

Land’s End is one of the main tourist attractions in Cornwall the panoramic sea views are simply breathtaking and there are various things to do for you and your family.  Many people get their photo taken by the memorable Lands End sign post or the First and Last House.  There is also a gallery full of painting by local artist of the natural beauty of Cornwall – it’s an absolute must see!

If you like shopping then you wont be disappointed as there are many shops in Land’s End such as souvenirs, clothes , gifts etc

If you are looking to stay in Land’s End there is a variety of accommodation for the tourist ranging from Superior Hotels, self catering cottages or good quality hostels nearby. I would advise to book in advance as Land’s End is a massive tourist spot and is busy throughout the year.


Porthcurno is a small village in the parish of St Levan it’s location is about 9 miles from Penzance and 3 miles from Land’s End.  Porthcurno is a great holiday destination due to it’s sandy coved beach and clear blue sea.  The coastline and cliffs near Porthcurno are officially Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty they are enjoyed by  many walkers using many of the public footpaths available to them.

If the weather happens to go cloudy there is a museum of submarine telegraphy you could go and visit  The museum has displays showing the history of submarine cable-laying ships and telegraphy, and has a variety of still-working equipment.

Another reason tourists go to Porthcurno is to go and see the magnificent outdoor amphitheatre - that being the Minack Theatre and what a theatre it is! It’s as if  the Romans built it,  you would never have guessed it was built in the Twentieth Century by a lady called Rowena Cade. The first production took place in 1932 and has been a success ever since. The theatre has the sea as the backdrop and is truly spectacular with the simple stage and the terraced seating set into the granite cliffs. Truly Magical.

It is open during the summer period every year and always ends in with proms at the Minack in September.

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