Families who are seeking an idyllic, but local and easily accessible, holiday need look no further than Cornwall for inspiration. So-called ‘staycations’ are becoming increasingly popular with those who are trying to reduce costs and have a cheap break whist keeping the whole family entertained. They also have the advantage of being environmentally friendly and suitable for those who lack foreign language skills or are uncomfortable with flying. Cornwall often enjoys the best weather in the UK, and has some of the most picturesque beaches and countryside in Northern Europe. From sandy coves to family farms, there’s always something to do in Cornwall and fun holidays can stay within even the tightest of budgets. Some of the cheapest options are self catering or camping breaks; with many of the well-known camping resorts offering package deals for families with children. Low cost apartments are also a good choice for families, as the option to self cater can save on costly food bills. Another great alternative is to look for a cheap all inclusive or half board option in order to minimise the costs of eating out.
Many accommodation sites now allow online booking, and some even have special offers for families who place their deposit online. The best deals are usually early booking or late discounts, and these can provide families with the opportunity to take advantage of some serious bargains. The dramatic coastline of Cornwall attracts many families for their holidays; but the wilderness of Bodmin Moor and inland villages are also worthy of exploration. Due to the lack of a need for flights or transfers, holidays in Cornwall can often be more accessible for families with young children, and visitors can bring their own cars.
One of the most exciting and authentic places to stay is a working farm – and these can often provide great value for families. Children will enjoy the opportunities to see animals up close and everyone will enjoy the chance to sample tasty local and in-season produce! Smaller campsites are often run from working family farms, and this can be a fantastic chance to engage children in exploring the natural world. Many farms will allow children to pet and even feed certain animals, and some Cornish farms have their own cafés serving locally-produced dishes including the famous Cornish ice cream and pasties.
If you’re looking to stay in a little more luxury, there are many fine hotels in Cornwall which offer all the facilities residents would expect from high-class residencies. Out of season, these can be very reasonably priced and many offer large discounts and deals for short breaks or extended stays. The internet is a great resource to find bargain breaks in Cornwall, with many resorts now offering their own websites and online promotional deals.
Families have been holidaying in Cornwall for hundreds of years and the region has developed excellent facilities to keep children and families entertained throughout their visit. From theme parks to petting zoos, marine parks to exploring stately homes – there are events to please all visitors. Alongside the blue flag beaches and unspoilt moorland, Cornwall has some of the most beautiful natural experiences in the UK. Wild countryside and craggy cliffs characterise the Cornish landscape, and have proved to be an enormous attraction for photographers and artists from throughout the world.
Cornwall is a great place to stay active, particularly if you’re a fan of surfing. The beach at Newquay is infamous for its laid back attitude and world class surf. Local instructors are able to assist those who would like to learn, or just improve their technique. Water sports of all varieties are popular along the coastlines of Cornwall and there are chances for visitors to get involved with sailing, windsurfing, diving, swimming, jet skiing and kayaking. These activities can be surprisingly affordable and will help to tire out the younger guests whilst keeping them entertained!
On land, there are many top golf courses, including some designed by the top names in the golfing world, as well as professional instructors available locally for reasonable rates. Some of the world’s top golfers have played on the region’s greens, and with affordable day rates; golfing is accessible for all visitors to Cornwall. If golf’s not your passion – or you’ve lost your other half to their love of golf, there’s also the choice to see the local scenery from horseback, whilst cycling or on foot. Guided tours are available, and there are many free walks and trails available to suit all activity levels and ages. A family holiday in Cornwall can be as active or as relaxing as you’d like; with many activities able to be tailored to suit the needs of guests.