If you have been in Cornwall this summer, there is no hiding it; the county has seen some of the wettest weather on record in 100 years. But do not fret because it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! We wouldn’t exactly call ourselves hardy holidaymakers but we still managed to have a very nice time in Cornwall this summer. The county still has a whole heap of things to offer, whether the sun’s shining or not, so get out there and see what Cornwall has in store for you…
The Eden Project near St Austell is a brilliant place to head to if the weather doesn’t hold out, as there is so much to do there undercover. Visit the world’s largest indoor rainforest, climb high in the canopy and see how chocolate is grown. And there is the Mediterranean biome where you can see lemon trees, olive groves and grape vines, as well as a colourful array of other plants and flowers. Next take in The Core, Eden’s very own indoor education centre, with loads of hands on exhibits and interactive fun to be had. You can learn about ecosystems, evolution and climate change and keep the whole family entertained for hours. Eden also has a great café with fresh, healthy food, with as much locally sourced as possible.
One to Eleven for Kids, in Helston is a great spot if the weather is not so good. Here kids can really have a good roll around at this safe and fun soft play centre. They have slides, ball pits, tunnels for climbing through, as well as stuff for the littler ones in the babies and tots area. And don’t worry parents are not forgotten; there is seating placed in good view of the kiddies play area, where a full range of refreshments and snacks are available. Kids entry is £6.25, with under 12mths going free and for a parent/guardian entry is £1.95. And the good news is you can stay for as long as you like.
How about being brave and doing what the locals do and going for surf? A bit of rain doesn’t have to stop this and in fact the water temperature can often feel warmer, when the air temperature is a little cooler. We love surfing in the rain as the raindrops hit the water. You’re going to get wet anyway right?! Check out one of the many Surf schools around the county and make sure you get their advice that conditions are suitable first.
Even if the weather isn’t summery you can still get the taste of summer and there really is no better way to do this than with a cream tea. There’s nothing more scrumptious than a freshly baked scone, slathered with Cornish clotted cream and yummy homemade jam. Here are our favourite places in the county to get one:
Fowey Hall, Fowey – The inspiration for Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows. This Georgian inspired house is magnificent and will give you plenty to look at if the rain keeps falling.
The Falmouth Hotel, Falmouth – Enjoy a cream tea in this splendid Victorian hotel, with views out towards Pendennis castle and the sea.
Trenance Cottage Tea Rooms, Newquay – This is a romantic little spot, perfect for the nostalgic at heart. Great cream teas and a lovely atmosphere make this a sure fire way to warm a drizzly afternoon.
There are lots of luxury self-catering cottages in Cornwall, which make a great option for accommodation. And if the weather turns don’t forget the simple pleasure of snuggling up with family and friends on a rainy afternoon and playing board games indoors. It gives you that feeling of cosiness that will take you back to summer holidays as a child. So don’t despair, come rain or shine, there is still heaps to do in Cornwall. It just takes a little bit of determination and you can still have the best holiday ever.
This post was bought to you by Latitude 50, providers of holiday accommodation in North Cornwall.
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