So if any of you lovely lot follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve recently been on a staycation here in the UK and two weeks ago I took a family holiday in the beautiful county of Cornwall. We stayed in a cottage right in the heart of St Ives, a famous fishing village that is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Britain.
Set around a stunning harbour, St Ives boasts a number of long sandy beaches, a historic pier and many independent shops, restaurants and bars. We’ve been coming to Cornwall as a family almost every year since I was born and it’s always felt like a home from home; I’m completely in love with the area and it’s somewhere I could never tire of!
Our first few days were spent in relaxation mode, as we know St Ives so well there isn’t really anywhere we haven’t explored! We were lucky enough to have fantastic warm sunny weather 5 out of the 7 days we were there, so most of our time was spent sunbathing on the beach or paddling in the sea. At times we often looked across the bay and it was as if we were abroad, it was beautiful and made me realise you can still have a wonderful holiday in our home country especially when you get the right weather!
St Ives, Porthmeor and Porthgwidden are the most popular beaches in the vicinity, each with long stretches of sand and plenty of rockpools to search for hidden sealife! A couple of them are dog friendly beaches which our little westie Cassie enjoyed enormously, especially when running around with all the other canines!
On the Tuesday we caught the train from St Ives to the nearby town of Penzance and spent the day looking round the shops and checking out the local cafes. Penzance is full of high street stores and local independent cafes, restaurants and pubs. Although not located on a beach, the harbour offers scenic views towards the famous St Michael’s Mount near the marazion. The weather was a little cooler on this day so it was a good day to head out of St Ives, the train journey was lovely and the views across to sea between the different stops were truly beautiful.
On the Thursday we drove to my favourite destination in Cornwall, the beautiful Lands End which is quite literally the point where England ends and is met by the Atlantic ocean. Lands end is the westernmost point in Cornwall and tourists have been visiting the site for over 200 years. With miles of ocean as far as the eye can see, the views from every angle are truly amazing, I’ve stood near the cliff edges so many times since I was a child and looking out to sea it feels like you really are standing on the edge of the world its incredible!
Besides marvelling at the picturesque landscape, if you’re looking for a fun filled day out then Lands End has other attractions on offer, including The Lost World, a Jurassic interactive 4D cinema experience, kids cartoon exhibition which change annually and the original Cornish farmstead, Greeb Farm, which dates back to the Victorian era.
Don’t forget to have that all important photo taken underneath the official Land’s End sign as a souvenir from your visit- you can personalise the sign to see how far away you are from home! Prices start from £9.95 for a professional 7×5 mounted photo which is posted out to your home address within two weeks. The signpost marks the start/finishing point of the epic Lands End to John O’Groats 874 mile journey which people take part in from all over the world. From the most Southerly point of England to the most Northern point of Scotland, the trek is renowned globally and is on many people’s bucket lists for very good reason!
On our way back from Lands End to St Ives we stopped for a late lunch at The First and Last Inn, a famous pub in nearby Sennen, brimming with local history. As the name suggests, the Inn is the first public house as you come into England, and the last one before you leave. Inside in the bar area is the famous Annies Well, a real life old well with a story on the wall beside it. Legend has it that one of the old landladies, Annie George, traded with smugglers back in the 1800s and, when locals found out about her betrayal, they left her out on a stake on the beach where she was drowned to death by the tide coming in. The Inn is eerily dark and looking down at the well is such a spooky experience! There is so much history to take in and the pub is famous for links to the old fishing tales and smugglers shipwrecks.
For the rest of our holiday we enjoyed spending time in St Ives, eating out every night in their fantastic choice of restaurants and relaxing on the beaches. As kids we loved the harbour amusements and still enjoyed going back in last week for a few games on the classic 2p machines.. hours of fun! It was my dads birthday on our last night and so we treated him to a lobster dinner in The Beachouse Restaurant on Wharf Road. Complete with a sea view from our table we couldn’t have picked a better place to spend our last night!
We then ventured to The Rum & Crab Shack, a local fisherman style bar that specialises in, yep you guessed it, rum and crab! We just had drinks at the venue but the food looked brilliant and the lobsters were huge! The views overlooked the harbour and it was a picture perfect place to enjoy a drink and watch the tide come in!
Overall we had a fantastic summer holiday in Cornwall, we were very lucky with the weather which enhanced our trip, but we would have had a brilliant time regardless as we can never get enough of the place!
I hope youve enjoyed reading about my family holiday and seeing my photo snaps. Have you ever been to Cornwall or had a different UK staycation recently? I’d love to hear your experiences!
Love Jess x