Families all over the UK are enjoying the half-term break, but research by travel deals company Travelzoo (which I’ve previously used – and rate) has found that of the third of Britons (30%) who planned to go away this week, a quarter of them (22%) admitted they would avoid Europe as a holiday destination, due to the falling value of the pound and safety concerns.
According to the research, UK breaks are on the rise as a result, with 44% of parents saying they are more likely to holiday in the UK, as they see it as the safest option for their family. This is good news for Cornwall, for when it comes to UK destinations of choice, 43% of UK parents said they would travel to Cornwall for their half-term break, as there are plenty of activities for adults and children to enjoy. A further 17% admit that the recent unrest in Europe has made them more likely to travel to Cornwall for a holiday, as they believe it’s a safe destination for them and their family. Bude was sunny (17 degrees upwards) yesterday and quite bustling, so Travelzoo may well be right. When the weather is fine, our beaches are hard to beat to be honest.
With Cornwall continuing to be a desirable destination for British tourists, Travelzoo has teamed up with Visit Cornwall to launch a new definitive guide to Cornwall and a where to stay in Cornwall guide. The interactive 101 Things to Do site allows visitors to find the best ways to spend time in Cornwall. If you’re looking for general inspiration, you can browse all 101 suggestions or alternatively, you can filter your search by categories that most appeal to you, such as ‘Eating & Drinking’, ‘Family Friendly’ or ‘Rainy-Day Rescues’. The guide is free of charge, easy to use and can be accessed on any mobile device – handy for when you’re already out and about exploring Cornwall.
Rosa Pedley, PR and Communications Manager at Visit Cornwall said: “There are so many great activities for holidaymakers to enjoy in Cornwall and we’re hopeful that the guide we’ve created with Travelzoo will help visitors make the most of their time in this beautiful county.”
Joel Brandon-Bravo, UK Managing Director at Travelzoo, added: “It has been great working with Visit Cornwall on this, as we’ve found out about some real hidden gems that Cornwall has to offer – from catching your own dinner at sea, to visiting one of the UK’s rare monkey sanctuaries – there really is something for everyone. At Travelzoo, we aim to inspire people to get up and explore the world, and it’s clear from this guide that you don’t always have to get on a plane to find your next adventure – why not start with a trip to Cornwall this half term?”
Well, it’s a bit late now, as half-term is nearly over, but Cornwall (and Bude) has a great deal going for it, so start thinking 2017, visitors! Or Christmas – come for the Christmas Day swim!
Top free things to do in further west in Cornwall this half term:
- Visit a working cider farm near Truro – Fun for all the family at Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm – tastings for the adults and quizzes for the kids!
- Look for the ‘Lady of the Lake’ on Bodmin Moor – Mysterious Dozmary Pool is said to be the resting place of King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur.
- Walk: Porthcurno to Penberth Cove – Fill your lungs with sea air as you take in the dazzling views.