Visit Padstow

The historic fishing village of Padstow is in itself a beautiful day out. Wander the winding streets lined with quaint cottages, browse the many locally owned shops and treat yourself to a delicious Cornish pasty or a classic fish and chips. Also home to famous Rick Stein, you'll find a collection of his eateries and his cosy cocktail bar Ruby's in the town. There's plenty to do, explore and experience, including cycling the Camel Trail to Wadebridge along the sparkling Camel Estuary, putting your way around the mini golf course at Greens of Padstow (does any other mini golf course boast such glorious views?!), take to the water with the Camel Ski School in Rock, go dolphin spotting with the crew at Sealife Safaris or learn about marine conservation at the National Lobster Hatchery.

 

Beach Days at The 7 Bays

Summer (or winter!) holidays in Cornwall aren't complete without ice creams, surfing and sandcastles. We are lucky to be based less than a 10 minute drive away from the closest beach, and are within easy reach of each of The 7 Bays; a collection of neighbouring beaches, all beauti-fully unique and loved by generations of families. Try surfing at Constantine, Booby's or Harlyn with locally run schools Harlyn Surf School, Waves Surf School or Constantine Bay Surf School. Splash in the waves at Porthcothan and Mawgan Porth and grab a pasty or an ice-cream from Porthcothan Bay Stores or Cornish Fresh at Mawgies. The stunning sea pools at family favourites Treyarnon and Trevone are perfect for little ones taking their first dip in the ocean and dogs needing a cool off (but watch out for the dog ban on the sandy beach at Trevone from Easter until October), plus we love grabbing a SUP from Trevone Bay Stores and paddle boarding between the pretty coves and caves. If you don't fancy lying around and working on your sun tan, the best thing to do is tackle the South West Coast Path, a trail that wraps the entire coast of Cornwall and Devon - the views, wildlife and peaceful atmosphere is unrivalled.

 

Days Out for Everyone

Our diverse county offers so many things to do and see, whatever your age or interest. The Eden Project is a great place to learn about nature and different environments, and is super interactive and ever changing. Warm up on cold days in the tropical biome, ice skate at Christmas time and spend summer nights dancing at the Eden Sessions.

For beautiful buildings, timeless gardens and perfectly Instagramable scenes head to any one of the stunning National Trust houses and gardens, or take a wander through the gorgeous Lost Gardens of Heligan. Picture perfect Port Isaac is the tiny town that you'll recognise from the Fisherman's Friends movie (you can hear them sing every Sunday on the platt during the summer) and the classic Doc Marten series.

For something a little different head to the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek to meet the resident rescue pups and seals, or if you like all things spooky and supernatural you'll find the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle utterly fascinating and like nothing you'll have seen before. Bigger kids and grown ups can get their adrenaline fix at the Lusty Glaze Adventure Centre on their clifftop zip wire or zoom across the bay via jet ski, and the skaters in the family will definitely want to head to the famous indoor skate park at Mount Hawke.

 

Keep Kids Happy

Long car journeys stop the second you arrive, meaning no more shouts of 'are we there yet?' or 'I'm bored!' Stress-free family holidays are what we're all about, and with so many kids play parks and centres nearby, you'll be able to keep little monkeys entertained all day. Only a 10 minute car ride away is Camel Creek Adventure Park, that was recently voted Best Cornwall Family Attraction. Kids will love the log flume, the Dragon's Den and meeting the meerkats! For animal obsessed children there's no place better than classic farm parks such as Springfield's and DairyLand, where you can ride the ponies, feed the lambs and get to know all the resident farm animals. For something a little more exotic, head to Newquay Zoo or the Blue Reef Aquarium, where the stunning turtles and roaring lions are a sight to behold. Older ones will love the St. Eval Kart Circuit (also only a 10 minute drive) and don't despair on rainy days as there are plenty of indoor play centres all over the county, plus Better Leisure swimming pools in Wadebridge, Bodmin and Newquay.

We've also collaborated with lots of other Cornish attractions this year - so for discounts and of-fers, make sure you ask one of our team for more fun things to do - our knowledgeable staff love helping you get the most out of your Cornish holiday.