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Cornwall offers a unique charm in every season with spring, in particular, providing the perfect balance of mild days, beautiful sights and fewer crowds - it’s a perfect May half-term holiday destination. Just in case you still need convincing that this NEEDS to be your next holiday haven, here are just a handful of the fantastic things this beautiful county has to offer you…
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Starting out with one of Cornwall’s top attractions, The Eden Project. According to the folk at the Eden Project, their largest biome is the Rainforest Biome, measuring in at a whopping 50 metres high, 110 metres wide and 240 metres long. That's big enough to house the Tower of London and is the same height as eleven double-decker buses! The biome is home to 100,000 different species of plant, including banana and coffee crops, as well as a variety of spices and tropical ferns. With plenty of activities for the kids during half term and summer holidays, it’s a great place to learn and have fun doing so. Plus, the array of food outlets and interactive exhibits mean you can make a full day of it.
Aside from the Eden Project, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Cornwall, from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and The Lost Gardens of Heligan to Newquay Zoo as well as fascinating history and 12 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty!
Another favourite for visitors to Cornwall is the fantastic range of coastal walks available on the South West Coast Path. There is an impressive 431 km of coast path to explore which stretches from Minehead in Somerset, around the Devon and Cornwall coasts to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The South West Coast Path website advises it would take over 30 days to walk it all in one go, so most hikers take it on a few miles at a time! It's also a challenging walk; the total height climbed has been measured at 114,931ft, higher than Mount Everest! Even so, we’d certainly recommend trying to tackle even a small stretch of the path as it really is beautiful.
Visitors to Cornwall may find the Cornish Way cycle trails more leisurely with over 288 km to ride and enjoy. Why not take in the Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge? It's a flat, scenic route and there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic or ice cream! You can find many other fantastic routes in our guide to the best walking holidays in Cornwall.
As well as its fantastic countryside, Cornwall is also known for its folklore and the story of the giant, Cormoran, is well known by locals. It is believed that Cormoran built St Michael's Mount with the help of his wife Cormelian, and from there he raided cattle from the villagers on the mainland. He appears in the stories of Jack the Giant Killer, and as legend dictates, he was killed after falling into an enormous pit that Jack dug.
If you’re interested in folklore, Cornwall is definitely the place to be, with tales of giants, mermaids and piskies aplenty!
A visit to Cornwall wouldn't be complete without a day at one of the county's stunning beaches, after all there is 697 km of coastline to discover! With more than 200 beaches to choose from, including a plethora of family and dog-friendly options, you’re spoilt for choice in this county. A day at the beach doesn't have to break the bank either. Take along frisbees or beach cricket, pack up some yummy goodies to eat and spend the day creating fantastic family memories to last a lifetime.
Most of Cornwall's better known beaches are patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn to surf or body board at the local water sports schools. Cornwall is very well known for its surf culture and there's nowhere more surf-oriented than the relaxed town of Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall. If you're lucky enough to be there at a time when the "Cribbar" is rolling in, you must check it out. Waves can reach over 30 feet and only the best and bravest surfers will even attempt it. If you want to see the hidden gems of the area, have a read of ‘The best secret beaches and coves in Cornwall’.
As well as a trip to the beach, a break in Cornwall isn't the same without the taste of a traditional Cornish pasty. They're called an "Oggy" in the Cornish language and the largest one ever made weighed in at an impressive 728 kg! A National Pasty Making Championship is held at the Eden Project every year, where you can watch the master makers produce the perfect pasty, or book yourself into a pasty making class.
Pasties aside, there are an estimated 75,000 cows in Cornwall at any one time, which is lucky with so many ice creams and cream teas being consumed! And amongst all the other customs of a holiday in Cornwall, the cream tea is an absolute must. Rodda's clotted cream is always a firm favourite, the only debate lies in jam first or cream first? In Cornwall, they opt for jam first, whilst in Devon, it's always cream first. Did you know that Rodda's make enough cream every day to outweigh eight rugby teams?
But they aren’t the only fine foods that define this destination, you’ll want to check out our Cornwall food guide to get a taste of the other delicacies.
Ultimately, the memories you make on a holiday to Cornwall are the kind that will stay with you for many years to come. With the perfect balance of action-packed days out, serene sights and a laid-back way of life, you can simply pick the activities that meet your personality and build your very own family adventure!
So, what are you waiting for? Whether on a family holiday or a romantic getaway, come and enjoy everything that Cornwall has to offer. Browse our collection of May half-term cottages today and find your dream home-from-home. We also have some more tips on how to holiday the right way.
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