With 2020 thankfully put firmly behind us, we can take some comfort that 2021 is bringing us a glimmer of hope, with the lockdown roadmap being followed stage by stage to allow us to live some kind of new ‘normal’ life again.
With the rule of 6/two households able to meet up outdoors, retail, personal care shops, gyms and outdoor attractions open, we are able to enjoy things that we haven’t been able to properly over the last year. Stage 3 of the plan, which will be no earlier than 17th May, will see domestic overnight stays be allowed again – which will include staycation breaks in the UK.
According to recent reports, UK holiday bookings have jumped by 300%, with Cornwall being amongst the most popular destinations for staycation bookings – and it’s not hard to see why! With stunning beaches, sub-tropical temperatures and delicious food and drink, it’s understandable that many Brits have this breathtaking destination on their ‘to visit’ list.
Travelling in the UK needs to be planned carefully, and it’s important that you keep up to date with the latest travel restrictions and Government advice. As it stands, we are looking forward to indoor hospitality and accommodation opening from May 17th 2021, but this can of course change.
If you are dreaming of a 2021 staycation, then Cornwall is a place that has so much to offer! With over 300 incredible beaches, Cornish clotted cream tea, characterful pubs, Cornish craft beers and ciders, pretty fishing villages and fresh seafood to enjoy – the reasons to visit this beautiful part of the world are endless!
Read on to find out my top 4 reasons on why you should Cornwall for a get away in Summer 2021!
Cornwall is home to so many beautiful beaches – over 300 to be precise! There are so many incredible beaches in this stretch of the country, from tropical white sands and turqoise waters to surfer’s paradise and enchanting coves, so you will be really spoilt for choice on where to go. Beaches in the north of Cornwall are known for rolling waves, dramatic cliffs and soft sandy beaches, the west is more wild and untouched and the south is calm and tranquil with sandy coves. Thanks to the slimline geography, wherever you stay in Cornwall you will never be more than 10 miles away from a beach! When I went to Cornwall in Summer 2020, I went to some really lovely beaches including Kynance Cove, Poldhu Cove, St Ives and Loe Bar, all of which were all beautiful to explore and spend time at.
2. Food and drink
Cornwall is a real foodie haven, with the freshest daily catch, local produce and the creamiest dairy products straight from the farms making their way to pubs, restaurants and streetfood stalls to create mouthwatering treats. A trip down south certainly wouldn’t be complete without tucking into a REAL Cornish pasty and a cream tea! But, how do you take your cream tea? It’s a debate that has rumbling on for years between the Devonians and the Cornish; personally, my way is the Devon way – cream first and THEN a dollop of jam on top. 🍓
Don’t forget to try a traditional cider either; take a trip to the Rattler cider press that’s just outside of Newquay, where you can see where all the magic happens!
3. Outdoor activities
Whether you’re interested in coastal walks, exploring heritage sites or want to try your hand at surfing, there’s something for everyone here. Cornwall has plenty of popular attractions to check out, including the Eden project, Land’s End Landmark Attraction, Saint Michael’s Mount and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary… the list goes on! My trip to Cornwall last year mostly included trips to different beaches, but we went on a few day trips including one to Newquay, and also Land’s End Landmark which was nice to walk around. There are plenty of iconic attractions and hidden treasures to explore in this beautiful part of the country. If you are planning on visiting Cornwall and would like to book some activities to do whilst you are there, it’s important to check individual websites before booking for the most recent and up to date Government guidelines.
4. Slow and relaxing pace
The pace and general attitude towards life in Cornwall feels relaxed and ‘slow’. There’s no hustle and bustle here like city life, which I think is one of the main reasons why Cornwall is so popular with holidaymakers and tourists. It feels really calming and therapeutic here; I think it’s something to do with being near the ocean. Researchers have found that the sound of waves alters brain patterns, which can lull you into a deeply relaxed state that helps to rejuvenate your body and mind. 🌊
Cornwall is a truly beautiful place, and there’s no where else quite like it!
If you are interested in booking a UK staycation this year, where would you like to go? It’s important to keep up to date with travel restrictions and to take precautions on any sort of travel that you are planning on doing, and to make sure that you abide by local and Government guidelines that are in place for your safety.
In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.