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THE CORNWALL HANDBOOK

Our handbook is full of great ideas on things to see and places to go.

Wildlife watching in Cornwall

With miles upon miles of unspoilt coastline and range of diverse habitats, Cornwall is one of the best places in the British Isles to see marine mammals, sharks and seabirds from the land and sea. But with dozens of places around Cornwall’s coast where you can spot wildlife in action, where are the best locations to get up close and personal with the giants from the deep, or the best time of year to go birdwatching or seal spotting?

A Christmas brainteaser

Can you find the missing turkeys in our Christmas party scene? Most people take between three and four minutes to locate the precious poultry, so be sure to pay close attention and you just might be able to solve the puzzle in a quick time!

Christmas events in Cornwall this year

Harbourside villages illuminated in sparkling light, food festivals allowing a chance to sample some of the best food and drink around, and huge events at the region's biggest family attractions – there are plenty of Christmas events in Cornwall this year! Cornwall is a magical place all year round, but its Christmas events are always the icing on the year-shaped cake, with magical moments in every nook and cranny of the county.

A local’s guide to Mevagissey

A sleepy fishing village on the Cornish coast, Mevagissey is a peaceful retreat with a host of surprising attractions and things to do in the local area. The coast is lined with sandy beaches, quaint walks criss-cross the region and The Lost Gardens of Heligan is a must-visit during your holiday to Cornwall. Once you've investigated this beautiful village, take a look through our excellent selection of holiday cottages to find the perfect place to stay during your trip. It's a wonderful location and people return year-on-year because of the peaceful vibe, just right when you are looking for a holiday escape.

Best places in Cornwall to go in winter

A trip down to the South West out of season is not as unusual as you may think. In fact, contrary to popular belief, a lot of places stay open all year round – after all, the locals still need entertaining! The pros for venturing to Cornwall far outweigh the cons, and even if the weather is chilly, it’s (on average) warmer than anywhere else in England! Here's why you should visit this winter...

A local's guide to Port Isaac

An enchanting little village on the rugged north coast of Cornwall, Port Isaac is home to Doc Martin, the endearingly named 'squeezy belly alley' and a maze of narrow streets inviting you to explore.

A local's guide to Bude

Bude is a very successful seaside resort in North Devon. Facing out to Atlantic Ocean it has some of the best urban surf beaches in the UK. Also head out to Widemouth Bay if you love the sea.

A local's guide to Newquay

A popular surfing destination on the rugged north coast of Cornwall, Newquay is home to some fabulous sandy beaches as well as amazing coastal walking, fun family attractions and fabulous festivals.

A local’s guide to Padstow

The fishing town of Padstow is known as the foodie capital of Cornwall and has established itself as one of the region’s premiere holiday resorts. Our local's guide explains all about this charming location.

The best Christmas markets in Cornwall

The season of the traditional Christmas market can't be beaten, especially in Cornwall. The region celebrates spectacular winter festivities, and many towns host a variety of events: from festivals to markets and fairs featuring the best in locally made gifts and scrumptious food. Each location has a different experience with town and village traditions shining through each event.

A local's guide to Polruan

An ancient fishing village with a long history of boat building, Polruan is situated on the Polperro Heritage Coast. This village in South Cornwall has a distinct charm about it with many old buildings along the quay.

A local’s guide to St Ives

St Ives in West Cornwall is a beautiful cultural hub that draws artists and families alike to its sandy shores. The famous Tate Gallery sits in the centre and is surrounded by cafes and eateries sit behind the beaches.
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