Summer Holidays in Cornwall

Think of summer holidays in Cornwall and you probably imagine buckets and spades, paddling in the waves, ice cream on the beach and fish and chips for tea. However, if you book a luxury holiday cottage in St Ives you’ll experience a stylish summer break in Cornwall that exceeds all your expectations. As well as quintessential beach life, you can hit the waves with expert surfers, dine on sumptuous seafood, browse world-class galleries and strike out along the cliff tops through World Heritage Mining Sites. With so much to do you’ll need to take some time out to simply kickback on the pearly sands lapped by cobalt water.

St Ives beaches have always been a crowd puller, and there really is nowhere better to spend your summer holidays than basking in the sunshine on one of the sandy bays lapped by shimmering turquoise sea. Hangout with the seals on Porthminster, join the surfers on Porthmeor, or picnic on Porthgwidden and see if you can spot dolphins playing in the bay. Seasonal lifeguards and a plethora of water sports outfits ensure that beach life is fun-packed and safe for the whole family.

If you want to escape the bucket-and-spade brigades you don’t have to go far: stroll along the South West Coast Path over staggering cliffs carpeted with sea pinks and gorse, and you’ll soon come across deserted coves where seals and seabirds outnumber the visitors. Or take time out in traditional pubs nestled in seaside villages – from DH Lawrence’s much-loved Zennor, to picturesque Mousehole that was dubbed ‘the loveliest village in Cornwall’ by Dylan Thomas.

Whenever you take your summer break in Cornwall, you’ll find plenty of revelry going on in the buzzing town of St Ives. From the Raft Race and Lifeboat Day to the annual biathlon, Food and Drink festival and the St Ives September Festival, there are plenty of events to celebrate the region’s heady mix of art, culture, food and sporting prowess.

On the brink of the wild western tip of the county yet within easy reach of Truro and North Cornwall, St Ives is the ideal summer holiday destination from where you can explore Cornwall’s world-class attractions – from the Minack Theatre to the Eden Project. However, don’t overlook what’s right on your doorstep: you don’t even have to hop in the car to get to the Tate St Ives, Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, or go rock-pooling and swimming on those sublime beaches that make summer breaks in Cornwall so special.

  • Warm, azure ocean and white sandy beaches within a stones throw.
  • A wealth of family friendly restaurants in St Ives and some superb locations for beach picnics and barbecues.
  • Blue Flag award winning beaches, great for beach games and exploring other activities.
  • Outdoor swimming off the beach and in tidal pools.
  • A wide selection of activities for family adventures in St Ives.
  • A variety of local events take place around St Ives during the summer holidays.

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      Gwel an Mor, St Ives, Cornwall

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