In the 19th century this market town was the hub of the mining industry, and today many of the historic commercial buildings remain such as the Victorian Theatre and the Mining Exchange. Nearby beaches include Porthtowan, Chapel Porth and just 10 minutes away is the pretty coastal village of Portreath. No stay in the area is complete without popping by the Cornwall Gold centre, on site are 18 acres of gardens, a jewellery workshop and fun childrens activities such as Pick a Pearl and The Bear Works. You can also watch the tin streaming process at the Tolgus Tin Mill. Other nearby points of interest include Wheal Peevor and Gwennap Pit.
Stithians Lake is popular for windsurfing and sailing, there are a range of water sports available with qualified instructors to hand. Another great day for all the family is Heartlands, with indoor play areas and botanical gardens. This World Heritage Site is also the key gateway to other mining sites such as Poldark Mine, East Pool Mine and Geevor.
The visitor centre at Alma Place has interesting records of the parish and local heritage, the Tregellas tapestries are also a lovely display of culture and Cornish history. The Moseley Toy and Train Museum has hundreds of operational models and vintage trains. There is a skating rink locally, a pirate themed soft play area and laser tag arena in case of a rainy day.
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.