If you’re planning on a family holiday within the UK, you’re probably going to be a little spoilt for choice. You have the seaside fun of the many coastal resorts, such as Scarborough, Skegness, Blackpool etc, with the Punch & Judy UK seaside traditions, or you can head south west and enjoy a British coastal area with a slight difference – my personal favourite.
Now, Devon and Cornwall are just as enjoyable as beach holidays, but the difference is this – the scenery is more dramatic, the outdoor sporting opportunities are more plentiful, and the holiday you experience will have a more continental vibe.
I’ve been to most of the big-named coastal resorts around the country and my favourite will always be a choice between St Ives and Newquay, both of which are great options for a family holiday destination.
Why? Well, check out these reasons to your left for why you should be choosing Devon and Cornwall, according to Blue Chip Holidays, and I’d agree with all of them. Every single one of these reasons is a deal breaker in its own right, and many of them just aren’t available anywhere else in the country.
For keeping the kids happy, you’ll find countless activities, not least surfing. Newquay is world famous in surfing circles, but you don’t have to start off big, and you can learn your skills at one of the many surf schools around the area. A day on a Cornish or Devon beach will be exactly what you picture of a family holiday, with sandcastles, ice creams, sunbathing, and splashing in the surf.
Of course, it’s not all water-related, because you can head off to some of the more historic and cultural areas around the region, such as Land’s End, or Tintagel, where the myth of King Arthur comes alive; the kids will love exploring the legend of the Knights of the Round Table.
There are many camp sites and holiday parks around this part of the country, and many of them are aimed towards family fun, with waterparks, entertainment, and trips on offer. If you prefer to head off on your own steam however, visit Torquay and dodge the seagulls, or visit the animals at Paignton Zoo, perhaps grab a cream tea in St Ives, or jump in a battered camper van and explore this beautiful area in your own time.
However you choose to explore beautiful Devon and Cornwall, there really is nowhere else in the country quite like it, and like most people who do head in this direction, it probably won’t be your last time!