Five reasons to visit Cornwall this summer

Posted by Simon Lockyer on 30th January 2018

cornwall, Events, Food and Drink, Active and Sports, Entertainment

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Every year, Cornwall throws up something new for visitors to the region to enjoy.

Whether it's the return of a popular surfing festival after a two-year break or a one-of-a-kind pub nestled in one of the UK's most beautiful harbour towns, there's always something new happening in and around the county.

Here are five reasons for you to visit the county in 2018:

It's easier than ever to travel to the county:

cornwall train travel

The introduction of new trains this year will help revolutionise and speed-up rail travel in Cornwall. Great Western Railway's new high-speed fleet are due to come into service during 2018, replacing existing trains on the direct service from London Paddington to Penzance.

The Hitachi trains are similar to the Japanese bullet trains, and come with the promise of more seats, more services and reduced journey times. That means you'll have no complaints when it comes to visiting the county!

There are so many fun things to do:


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From the best chip shop in the UK to pub and bookshop hybrids – Cornwall is full of wonderful delights.

Last year, the Harbour Lights in Falmouth was named the National Fish and Chip shop winner. Why not enjoy a meal by the harbour there before heading over to Beerwolf for the evening? The bookshop-and-bar hybrid also hosts quirky gigs, while it has a huge variety of unique and unusual beers to sample.

Add that to catching a show at the cliffside Minack Theatre, visiting the world-famous Eden Project, visiting the ancient Lost Gardens of Heligan, walking over low-tide to St Michael's Mount, flying down a zip wire at Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard… we're sure you'll agree there's something for everyone in Cornwall.

There are some big events already in the calendar:


When it comes to 2018 events in Cornwall, they don't get much bigger than the return of the World Bellyboard Championships this September! The event returns after a two-year hiatus, and will be hosted by one of original co-founders and the RNLI. The weekend event, this year taking place on September 1st and 2nd, is also a celebration of surfing heritage and funds raised will go towards the RNLI.

The Royal Cornwall Show is always worth a visit, too, chock-a-block full of local exhibitors, fascinating entertainment, and all that's best in Cornish food and farming. There are also a variety of spectacular fireworks events, with the likes of Land's End and St Michael's Mount both hosting fantastic, kaleidoscopic displays.

It has some of the UK's best music festivals:

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Boardmasters is fast-becoming one of the UK's biggest shindigs, and currently ranks at being the fifth biggest music festival in the land. This August, dance music megastars the Chemical Brothers headline, while Annie Mac and Craig David are also on the bill, with lots more to be announced. The surf aspect of the festivals also draws thousands of people to Newquay, with its surf contests attracting the biggest names in the surfing world.

But, when it comes to Cornish music festivals attracting the big names, that's just the tip of the iceberg! The Lusty Glaze 2018 Sundowner Sessions will see Morcheeba performing, The Charlatans headline the Great Estate Festival, and Gary Barlow, Bjork and Massive Attack will all perform for the Eden Project's Eden Sessions.

Smaller festivals include Rock Oyster Festival, Tropical Pressure Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Golowan Festival, and Leopallooza, among many others.

You can get nautical:

falmouth regatta

Many Cornwall events showcase the area's rich maritime history, with a mixture of boat races, seaside festivals and general nautical fun taking place throughout the summer.

Falmouth is a focal point of such festivities, with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, the Falmouth Classics Regatta and Falmouth Week (shown above), the largest sailing regatta in the South West, all taking place over the summer months.

Other regattas include Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival, and Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, while the Golden Globe Race will see 30 sailors set off from Falmouth, embarking on a 30,000-mile, non-stop journey, alone with no outside assistance. It's being staged to mark the 50th Anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation.

Now you're sold on a visit to Cornwall during the summer of 2018, you're going to need to find somewhere to stay! Check out our full range of accommodation.


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