Cornwall is a great place to live! In a recent survey over 80% of residents said they liked living there. People feel safer here than they do in other parts of the country and there is a great natural and historic environment to enjoy.
The arts are integral to Cornwall's culture and economy with a wealth of contemporary artists, musicians, performers, designers, film makers and writers all working within the county. Cornwall has a flourishing creative industries sector which has a positive economic impact.
School holidays and half term dates in Cornwall.
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THE CORNWALL AONB COVERS 958 SQ KM AND CONSISTS OF 12 SEPARATE GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS. These areas include 10 stretches of Cornish coastline, the Camel Estuary and Bodmin Moor. The 12 areas that make up the AONB are diverse and distinct in their character but have all been chosen for their special qualities. They represent Cornwall's finest landscapes.
Cornwall is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
Offering mild weather, beautiful scenery and a friendly welcome, it is easy to see why people return to Cornwall year after year. With so many exciting activities on offer, Cornwall has something for everyone, but with only a week or two to spare, visitors will have to choose carefully. Here is a selection of some of the best days out in Cornwall.
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Cornwall, on the south west tip of the UK, is home to the most southerly point in Britain and the most westerly point in England. Lizard Point is the southern tip of The Lizard Peninsular and the most southern point in the UK. Land's End to the west of The Lizard is the most western point in England and is 1,249 kms from John O' Groats, Britain's most northerly point.
This area of outstanding natural beauty has maintained its wild character and continues to keep itself slightly separate from the rest of England. Taking its name from the original Celtic inhabitants, The Cornovii, and the Anglo Saxon word for foreigners ‘wall', this area of the UK is like a country all of its own.
Famous for its sandy beaches and glorious summers, Cornwall makes the perfect place for UK school holidays. Although it tends to get very busy in the half term break, Newquay is still the number one destination for many families visiting Cornwall. Newquay, like many coastal areas of Cornwall, is a haven for surfers and attracts people from all over the world to sample the Cornish waves.
Surfing lessons for beginners, as well as for the more experienced, are available. There are a handful of companies offering this service and most operate through Fistral beach.
Cornwall as a whole boasts a unique cultural heritage that separates it from the rest of England and in addition to that, it is also home to some of the country's best beaches and plenty of fine landscape and nature. Penzance is Cornwall's western-most town and, in spite of its small size, it is a popular destination for families, couples and other tourists, particularly in the summer months.
With its generally favourable and mild climate, Penzance offers good sun, sea and sand opportunities in the summer months and the later weeks of spring. However, it is also a cultural hub of Cornwall, making it an ideal place for a long weekend break at any time of year. In Penzance, you will find impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture and in the wider area, many ancient and picturesque country villages. It takes quite a long time to get there from London and other cities in the UK, but it is definitely worth the journey!
Tate St Ives
Situated overlooking the beautiful Porthmeor beach in the fishing town of St Ives, the Tate Gallery is a must-see attraction. With several areas housing varied and ever-changing art collections, the Tate offers an interesting day out for art lovers, and has a wide programme of events throughout the year. For families, there is a ‘Super Sunday’ every month, when admission is free for children and their accompanying adult, and there are creative activities throughout the gallery for the children to take part in. The Tate also has a café serving drinks and meals, and there is a well stocked shop for souvenirs.
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Full of interactive attractions and fascinating exhibits, the Maritime Museum on Falmouth’s Discovery Quay promises a great day for all of the family. Children will love learning about life at sea and will get the chance to try their hand at launching and steering boats with the interactive displays. In the museum’s Tidal Zone, visitors can look out under the water of Falmouth Quay and find out about the sea life in the estuary. The café offers drinks, lunches and snacks.
The Eden Project
The world’s largest indoor rainforest can be found in one of the Eden Project’s huge biomes. Featuring waterfalls, amazing architecture and fantastic garden displays, a day out at the Eden Project will be one of the highlights of your trip to Cornwall. Explore the education centre for a hands-on look at the history and philosophy of the Eden Project, then take a walk around the Mediterranean biome for a taste of a warmer climate. As well as the gardens, the Eden Project also offers a year round programme of music and arts events, children’s events, and activities such as ice-skating and rock climbing.
A drive through the wild, rugged landscape of the Penwith region of Cornwall will bring you to Land’s End. With an amazing view of crashing waves and forbidding rocks, Land’s End will create a lasting impression. The visitors centre has something to offer the whole family. Interactive exhibits conjure up the world of King Arthur, while a 4D pirate film provides full-on sensory entertainment for both adults and children alike. Greeb Farm offers children the chance to meet some farm animal and small pets, often allowing visitors to feed the animals. There are also several shops selling local crafts, clothing and foods.
A day out on the Scilly Isles begins with a breathtaking trip over the sea, either by plane, helicopter or boat. Once you arrive on the Scilly Isles, you will immediately be captured by the beauty of this unspoilt archipelago. With a population of only 2,000 people, the Isles of Scilly offer a truly laid-back, friendly day-out.
Experience some of the mildest weather in the UK while you admire the sub-tropical flowers and golden beaches, or spend some time spotting the seals that populate the islands.
In October, The Isles of Scilly become a bird-watcher’s paradise, as many of the rarest birds in Europe are drawn here. And with a wide variety of bars, restaurants and cafés, the Isles of Scilly provide the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.
Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates.
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