Traveling to Cornwall for a family holiday is one of those ‘typically British holiday experiences’ that is a bucket list experience. Sometimes the trip to Cornwall can feel like a long drive, depending on where in the country you’re starting, but it’s simply worth the effort! It makes for a great family activity as the beach provides hours of free entertainment for the kids. But there’s so much to Cornwall than just the beach, keep reading to learn my top tips for a family holiday in Cornwall.
- Think About When to Go
You’re going to want to have at least a few days of blue skis while you’re in Cornwall to really make the most of the beach. The problem with wanting the best weather, is that you’re likely to have a bunch of people thinking the exact same thing. Because Cornwall is such a popular destination, the roads can often be very busy, and so for that reason I’d suggest being open to traveling in the shoulder seasons and avoiding the peak summer months. It can be hard to find great accomodation in Cornwall, as it often books up well in advance, so you may want to consider the option to book cheap caravans in Cornwall.
2. Choose Your Rainy Day Activities
The great thing about Cornwall is while most people go for the beach, there’s so much more to do and see there, that you’ll never be bored even if the weather is not in your favour. It can be a good idea to pick and choose some activities you’ll do if things are a little chillier than you were hoping for. Pirate Quest Adventure Golf is a fun indoor activity that the whole family is sure to love. National Maritime Museum Cornwall offers hands on experiences and interactive exhibits to learn more about the sea and surrounding areas. You can even visit the famous Tintagel Castle, once home to King Arthur.
3. Be Realistic About Driving Times
If you’re driving to Cornwall, you’ll do yourself a disservice if you’re too ambitious about driving times. It takes time to get there, especially if you’re traveling on a weekend or holiday. Be sure to add in plenty of time for bathroom breaks, snack breaks, and even some time to stretch your legs along the way. If you’re traveling with kids it may be worth thinking about entertainment ideas for them in the car, so they’re content and you’re not faced with the ‘are we there yet?’ on repeat. If you don’t have a tablet for them, it can be worth seeing if you can loan one from a friend to make the trip more manageable!
Traveling to Cornwall for a holiday is such a fun way to create special memories as a family. Cornwall has so much to offer, no matter the weather and time of year. Hopefully these tips will allow you to make the most of your next Cornwall holiday.