A beautiful working harbour, surrounded by sandy beaches and home to the famous Tate Art Gallery. This area has a strong artistic heritage, with St Ives attracting many sculptors and ceramists. Located on Porthmeor Beach the Tate has a visitor centre and a mix of performance art and media. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture garden is also worth a visit. The pretty cobbled streets are packed with independent shops and cafes, and the town museum has interesting historical collections.
The bay railway line is a scenic route; the station is just a short walk from the town centre and is ideal for visiting the nearby villages of St Erth, Carbis Bay and Lelant. The Harbour Beach is perfect for families and safe bathing, on the other side of the headland is Porthmeor Beach which is popular for surfing. From the harbour you can book a pleasure boat or a fishing trip, you can also ride out to Seal Island near Zennor which has a colony of Grey Seals.
This town is ideal to use a base for exploring the west coast of Cornwall; highlights of the area include the Minack Theatre, Penzance, Mousehole, St Michaels Mount and Lands End. In nearby Hayle is Paradise Park which is a great family day out, with hundreds of exotic animals and birds. There are scheduled daily events to take part in, feeding talks and flying displays. Flambards amusement park also had a great variety of rides and soft play areas. Indoors is an impressive recreated Victorian village and a Blitz street.
Cornwall is the most western part of the South West of England and is a very popular holiday destination with its array of golden sand beaches and dramatic cliff top scenery. The Cornish peninsular is bordered by sea, north, south and west with just one (land based) entrance and exit route over the eastern border to Devon. Traditionally fishing, mining and agriculture were the mainstays of the local economy but tourism has since replaced these. Cornwall boasts thousands of acres of un-spoilt moorland protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty. All year round, the 630 miles of coastal walks (preserved in part by the National Trust and Duchy of Cornwall), are enjoyed by walkers of all ages. Cornwall is known for its mild climate giving rise to the plethora of botanical & specialist gardens like the Eden project, Trelissick and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. By escaping to Cornwall you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the many contrasts that draw visitors year after year. From the picturesque fishing villages steeped in history to the iconic Eden Project, looking to the future. Survey the changing landscape from moorland to the dramatic & varied Cornish coastline. Sample the freshest gourmet offerings from the abundance of local produce or simply find a quiet spot and unwind with a Cornish clotted cream ice-cream! Wherever you choose to hang up your boots, you will never be far from the sea.
England’s peninsula incorporates the counties of Cornwall and Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol. This region is mostly rural so is perfect to escape the everyday hustle and bustle, whether relaxing with the family by the seaside or exploring the wild moors and rugged coastline. The area boasts hundreds of beautiful sandy bays to choose from and fantastic surfing opportunities. The historic cities of Exeter, Bath and Gloucester are definitely worth a visit, and with transport links all the way down to Penzance even the famous Lands End and remote Isles of Scilly can be reached.