From classic summer bucket and spade holidays on the beach to winter wave watching or soaking up the spectacular displays of colour in the county’s gardens during the spring, Cornwall is the perfect destination for holidays all year round. And whether you’re looking for a traditional family holiday or a short break with a group of friends, there are plenty of options to choose from.

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Here’s a run-down of the reasons why Cornwall’s one of the top British holiday destinations year on year.

1. Beaches

The impressive surf beaches of the north coast, pretty sandy coves and safe havens for swimming, the unspoilt and relatively undiscovered beaches of Roseland… Need we say more?

2. Walking

Walking the South West Coast Path is a wonderful way to explore Cornwall’s magnificent coastline. Networks of footpaths cross the county, taking in some of its intriguing mining heritage and beautiful views.

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3.Outdoor pursuits

Cornwall is just made for outdoor pursuits, with almost every activity you can think of (and maybe a few you haven’t!) Take advantage of the rich natural playground and go surfing, cycling, kayaking, sailing, horse riding – or whatever else takes your fancy. And with excellent local companies such as Active-8 who can arrange everything for you, it really couldn’t be easier to plan your outdoor adventures.

4. Food

If you’re looking for great food, then Cornwall’s the ideal place to indulge your tastebuds. From Michelin-starred restaurants to relaxed, family-friendly dining and sumptuous seafood, you’ll find something to whet your appetite. And who can resist a traditional Cornish pasty or a cream tea in the sunshine on holiday?
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5. Festivals

There’s a festival for every interest and every season in Cornwall. Head to the coast for seafood and seafaring festivals, celebrate the winter solstice at the Montol festival in Penzance or rub shoulders with some of the literature world’s finest at Port Eliot. Find out more about what’s on when on the Visit Cornwall website.

6. Gardens

Cornwall’s glorious gardens really come into their own in spring, although they’re delightful at any time of the year.

7. Heritage

Cornwall’s history which is evident everywhere you go, and there are plenty of ways to get closer to it. Walk or cycle the Mineral Tramways trails, visit one of the excellent museums (such as the National Maritime Museum Cornwall or Heartlands) or explore one of the historic National Trust properties.

8. Attractions

Treat yourself to an open-air performance at the Minack Theatre, walk across the causeway to explore St Michael’s Mount or visit the Eden Project.

9. Art

Follow in the footsteps of some of the UK’s greatest artists and beat a path down to St Ives. With galleries galore, pretty winding streets and spectacular views, you’re sure to be inspired.
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10. Wildlife

From bird-watching to seal-spotting, Cornwall is a great place to get a closer to nature. Step off the beaten track and explore on foot, by kayak or boat. You could even opt for a wildlife cruise for the opportunity to see dolphins, seals and whales.

Are you ready plan your holiday in Cornwall yet? For more ideas about where to go and what to do, take a look at our blog.