Life is most certainly for living in Cornwall. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs, the deep blue Atlantic Ocean and endless golden sandy beaches, it’s impossible not to embrace Cornwall’s natural playground, powered by the elements.
Plunge into the Atlantic on a wild swimming adventure – from tidal pools to secret coves, there are plenty of places for an endorphin-fuelled sea dip and Newquay has a brilliantly welcoming wild swimming crew that you can join at any time.
Stand-up paddle boarding
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), an H20 trend amongst celebs, will take you on your own easy-peasy seafaring adventure as you glide along admiring spectacular views hidden from land-dwellers, explore hidden smugglers caves, encountering marine life and dozing grey seals.
Inspired by the sounds of the early morning swell on your doorstep, early surfing ‘dawnies’, accompanied by the rising Cornish sun, are an energising way to begin your day on the North coast.
Contact www.surfsanctuary.co.uk to set up private sessions, timed to your convenience.
The Headland Hotel and Spa
The Headland Hotel and Spa is Cornwall’s only ‘Five Bubble’ rated spa hotel and offers relaxing spa days overlooking the sea. With signature treatments from new Cornish organic skincare range ‘Afyna’ and a new Cornish seaweed bath experience, the Headland’s treatments aren’t just about having something done to you, it’s a fully participatory experience.
There can be little better than fresh air dining, wherever you are in the world. However our ultimate recipe involves a big, bold dash of sea air, jaw dropping views, a destination location, stunning design and some of the best chefs in the world – particularly when it comes to fish.
Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
“I have never seen a better seaside setting for a restaurant – I am well chuffed,” Jamie Oliver exclaimed when he opened the doors to Fifteen Cornwall on Watergate Bay. Almost a decade later this is still one of the finest locations for world-class cuisine bang on the beach.
Sam’s On The Beach
Sam’s On The Beach, Nr Fowey
Perfectly embracing barefoot beach life, Sam’s is the sort of restaurant where you can come straight out of the ocean and tuck into some seriously good Cornish seafood.
Porthgwidden Beach Café
Porthgwidden Beach Café, St Ives
Listen to the beat of the ocean while dining beside a white-sand cove at this lesser-known little sister of the eminent Porthminster Café. Peer out to Godrevy Lighthouse from a window seat, or soak up divine scenery from the beachside terrace.
Sandbar, Praa Sands
True to its name, a trail of sand follows punters from the beach into this trendy bar overlooking one of the south coast’s most popular surf breaks. As well as panoramic sea views and a beachside decking, its pulling points include a Med-style menu and live music.
Luxury living and beachside action isn’t just for grown-ups; Cornwall’s brimming with big adventures for little people. Imagine your kids staring up at towering mussel-clad rock stacks, peering down at starfish in crystal-clear rock pools and jumping over foaming waves…
Fistral Rangers club is an amazing way for Little Vertos to learn beach safety and get to grips with all the other creatures that inhabit our sands and coast.
Bodyboarding is a really cool and easy way for little people to start surfing and gain confidence in the sea. One of the country’s best bodyboarders, Rob Barber runs a bodyboarding school providing lessons for beginners or those wanting to improve their riding. He’ll take little ones or whole families out for private lessons. It’s rad!
Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium
On rainy days, the underwater kingdoms at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium are just like diving into the Finding Nemo film set. Your little ones will come face-to-face with all sorts of sea life from clown fish to a giant octopus. And you can all walk through an underwater tunnel beneath stingrays, reef sharks and turtles.
Finally, you’ve got to walk through the hot and sticky rainforest biome at the Eden Project. Banana trees, jungle huts and all sorts of lush tropical plants plus an annually refreshed, super kid friendly educational programme that really rocks!
Cornwall isn’t all about donning your flip-flops and hitting the beach. There’s a smorgasbord of vibrant events celebrating music, art and maritime heritage.
Polo On The Beach
26 – 28 June 2015
Surfers make way for horses, as polo and champagne-fuelled celebrations come to one of Cornwall’s top surf beaches. With a champagne bar and sizzling beach cuisine, this isn’t just for high-flying equestrian types.
Rock Oyster Festival
11 July 2015
You don’t have to love oysters to love this laid-back festival for foodies and music fans overlooking the Camel Estuary.
Port Eliot Festival
30 July – 2 August
Rub shoulders with literary stars and rock stars in a sprawling estate on the banks of the River Tamar. Spark your imagination, meet foodie wizards or dance till dawn in the high tops – Cornwall’s coolest festival is quirky, fun and creative.
Newlyn Fish Festival
There’s a few fish festivals dotted around Cornwall’s coastline, but this is the whopper of them all. Sample sumptuous seafood and witness quirky events from fishy family trails and punting competitions to ‘The Great Cornish Fish Off’ between catering students.