Whether it’s going to be a Cornish Christmas for the whole family or a quick escape to charge your batteries prior to the big day, December is a magical time…Continue reading
Cornwall has everything from fairy tale castles and ancient fishing villages to the futuristic biomes of The Eden Project. Our luxury self-catering accommodation in St Ives is in the perfect spot to explore all that Cornwall has to offer. There’s plenty to do including festivals, live music and theatres, so here are just a few ideas:
First opening in 2000, the world-famous biomes of the Eden Project house plants from all over the world from all different climates. Worth seeing for this reason alone Eden also has a zip wire and giant swing along with an ice skating rink in the winter and outdoor music concerts in the summer.
As the tide goes out in Marazion it reveals a winding stone causeway leading up to the stunning medieval castle perched on top of St Michael’s Mount. The causeway completely disappears at high tide, and the only way to get across is by ferry. Don’t forget to check the tide times before you go.
Built in the 1930’s this remarkable stone amphitheatre is cut into the cliffs at Porthcurno. With arguably the most beautiful coastal view in the country it’s worth the £4.50 entry just to admire the view. Visit their website for the programme of performances.
Ideal for families with younger children, Paradise Park is based in Hayle, just a few miles from St Ives. It’s a wonderful local wildlife sanctuary now with a ‘JungleBarn’ Indoor Play Centre. If you do go, make sure to see the parrots, they’re great!
Just a forty minute drive away from our luxury accommodation you will find the tiny fishing village of Mousehole. Situated on the south coast this quaint little village is just few miles beyond Newlyn and is famous for its traditional ‘Stargazey pie’ and Christmas lights display.
The Helford River
Just below the vibrant, university town of Falmouth you will find the Helford river. Filled with lush, green estuaries teaming with wildlife, pubs on the water and grand estate gardens this is the perfect spot to visit with the whole family.
This short, four-mile line is famously described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in Europe, offering beautiful views of St Ives Bay.
Isles of Scilly
A stunning archipelago of unspoilt islands only 28 miles from Land’s End. You can head over to the Scilly Isles for a day trip via Skybus or Ferry. Visit their website for more information.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cornwall is known for its wonderful, tropical gardens, but the most famous and possibly the most exciting is the Lost Gardens of Heligan. It was even voted the Nation’s Favourite Garden by BBC Gardeners World. Need we say more? For more gardens to explore click here.
Cornwall’s oceans are full of lively marine life as well as ancient shipwrecks. If diving is your thing, visit Driving Cornwall for information on dive sites, centres, schools, boat charters and shops.
Surrounded by some of the best paragliding countryside in Europe, Cloud 9 provide high-quality instruction with the best equipment available today. They have their own private tow site and access to superb hill training facilities enabling them to make the most of the Cornish weather. Training days and tandem flights are on offer, and with the stunning local beaches and amazing views, this is a great place to learn to fly.
Specialised Charters on Obsession provide trips for fishing, photography or sightseeing. It operates on the Lizard Peninsula and in the Falmouth Bay area. The boat can accommodate a maximum of two passengers, so personal attention from the skipper is assured at all times.
For more information about any of these attractions please do give us a call! Whilst you’re staying at our St Ives accommodation feel free to pop into the office and we will help you in any way we can.