And finally, here we are. The annual six weeks of summer, full of fun, flavours and free time, followed by four weeks of scenery, serenity and seclusion during September.
What better destination than Cornwall to take a summer holiday. With the long drawn out days, there is a certain atmosphere to the Cornish summer that is difficult to describe. The air smells fresh and fragrant, the sea looks inviting and the colours in the Cornish hedgerows are breathtaking!
Not on everyone’s bucket list like the pyramids or the Taj Mahal, but actually regarded as one of the fifty places you must see before you die. Botallack’s mines, engine houses and The Count House are not just for industrial archaeology buffs, but are on one of Cornwall’s most dramatic coastal paths and, for some reason best understood by artists and photographers, form the most stunning vista in the early morning light or a sunset. Parking nearby is plentiful, which is very unusual for a Cornish “secret spot”!
Fresh air, gentle exercise and free food – the appeal of a bit of wild food foraging is apparent. Put aside images of crawling through the undergrowth stalking prey, or fighting with the denizens of the briny deep for one’s supper; Cornwall’s horn of plenty is literally brimming with fruit, vegetables, herbs and shellfish, all at our feet for the picking. But one of the challenges of gathering nature’s bounty is how to figure out what’s what. Picking the wrong leaves could make a mess of a lovely recipe at best, or even give everyone a tummy ache. And how sure are we that we’ve selected and cooked the mussels correctly? Luckily, Cornwall has some excellent foraging practitioners who can offer professional advice on finding, gathering and preparing the county’s plentiful provender! With these providers, you can be assured that your food is fresh, in season and foraged in a sustainable manner. Invest in one such day out here, and you’ll know everything you need to in order to gather free food in the future.
Mevagissey is a magical village that’s highly regarded as a picture postcard tourist destination, but what are the fun things to do there? Described by some as “a drinking village with a fishing problem”, this very traditional Cornish port hides some more unusual attractions in its harbour frontage and in the narrow alleyways filled with the usual art galleries and gift shops.
Like June, July in Cornwall is consistently warm, often dry, but not usually hot. The UK school summer holidays start here, somewhere around the middle of the month, but teenagers who are doing exams will finish school a bit earlier, so expect the visitor numbers to ramp up from the beginning of the month. Booking early for travel and accommodation is recommended.
Luxury and the masses don’t ordinarily go hand in hand. Yet Cornwall welcomes both. Despite Cornwall’s popularity as a holiday destination, there is something here for every taste and budget. Luxury holiday cottages top the bill of accommodation in Cornwall in their provision of privacy, comfort, space, design and experience.
Here in Cornwall, we are rather fond of our harbours. This is not without good reason. Our rich marine heritage was built upon the many ports and refuges, natural or otherwise, that allowed boats to come and go, and enabled fishing, trade and tourism to thrive in this charming county which majors, let’s face it, in coastline.
Summer starts in June – oddly, perhaps, because the official day is the summer solstice (the 21st usually) which is the longest day of the year already! But the fact is, everything keeps warming up with the sun on it, so by the time June comes along we are only just getting into the swing of things. The fact that the solstice is called Midsummer’s Day is a bit of a mystery. But we like that.