From traditional cream teas and the much-loved Cornish pasty, to stunning coastlines and BBC filming locations, there are many reasons to celebrate the beautiful county of Cornwall. One of the most popular UK summer spots, not only does the tourist destination welcome four million visitors annually, it is also home to two of our holiday parks.
Situated on the coast, Perran Sands, Perranporth and Riviere Sands, Hayle have views to rival some of Britain’s best landscapes. From surf schools and paddle boarding, to sand sculptures and treasure hunts, the activities never stop at our south west parks, but there’s so much more to see and do…
Check out 5 of the top attractions that Cornwall has to offer:
The Eden Project
Less than an hour away from either of the two parks, The Eden Project is a tourist attraction known by consumers up and down the UK. Nestled in a huge crater, the educational charity aims to connect visitors with the living world and is home to the largest rainforest in captivity, striking contemporary gardens and a host of exhibitions. What’s more the grounds are also home to Britain’s longest and fastest zipline. Starting 100m above the ground and reaching up to 60mph, it’s not for the faint hearted!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
One of the UK’s favourite botanical gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were created in the 19th century by the Cornish Tremayne family and still form part of the Heligan estate today. Now 200 acres of wildlife, the gardens were awakened in 1990 following years of neglect. From ‘productive gardens’ to ‘pleasure grounds’ or the ‘jungle’ this magical secret garden has plenty to keep you entertained on a dry, sunny day.
The Minack Theatre
When you think of an open-air theatre, you don’t necessarily associate stunning seaside views with it; the Minack Theatre is different. Carved into a large lump of rock at the edge of the sea, this theatre offers a truly spectacular setting to watch a whole host of entertainment. With drama, musicals, opera and more – the Minack Theatre has it all.
St Michael’s Mount
Situated just off the south coast of Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount is a small rocky island which was previously home to the St Aubyn family. In addition to stunning coastal views, this tiny island has a castle, chapel and a selection of beautiful gardens to explore. It’s worth remembering that the island is only reachable when the tide is low, so be sure to time your trip correctly.
Located just a short walk from the centre of St Ives, Porthminster Beach received a Blue Flag award in 2019 and is a family favourite. With glorious views across to Godrevy Lighthouse and a mini 18-hold golf course, there’s something to keep all family members entertained.
And what would a trip to Cornwall be if you didn’t sample some of the local classics? Be sure to keep an eye out on your travels for quaint tea rooms and authentic pasty shops – there’s plenty about. After all, it would be rude not to!
For more information on our south western parks or to book at holiday at Perran Sands or Riviere Sands visit www.haven.com