You have probably heard of Cornish chickens or delicious Cornish pasties, but how much do you know about their place of origin? Yes, they are from Cornwall. In case you don’t know very much about this ceremonial county, this post will fill in the blanks for the next few minutes.
However, here’s a tip, when visiting Cornwall, come with a large appetite!
History and Heritage
The coastal county of Cornwall is a unitary authority area of England, which means it is responsible for providing all local government services within its districts. It is bordered by the Celtic sea and the English Channel on the north and west, and south respectively.
The name, “Cornwall” is derivative of two ancient demonyms from different cultural languages. “Corn” which is from the local Bythonic tribe the Cornoviimeaning ‘people of the peninsula’ and “Cornov-ium” which translates to ‘fort of the Cornovii’.
The current history of Cornwall began with the reoccupation of Britain following the last Ice Age. The county, like all parts of Britain in the South of the Firth of Forth, was occupied by the Celtic Britons who had special cultural ties to nearby Wales and Brittany.
But enough of the history, what makes this picturesque county tick?
The meat-stuffed pasties, sea breezes from Atlantic coves, walkable granite moors, South West Coast Path sandy beaches and wild-flowery clifftops are just some of what Cornwall has to offer. If you are a sky-gazer, prepare for lots of sky and plenty of attractions, day-out and family trips that allow you take advantage of the weather.
You can see why England’s South West and its quaint harbour towns have inspired the influx of celebrity chefs. Do you have a flair for gardening? Cornwall is green-strewn. Its lush gardens are reminiscent of Victorian stately estates and make up today’s modern biomes. The parks are to-die-for!
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Explore Corwall: Places to Visit
So far, we have talked about sandy beaches, cyclable coastlines and talented chefs with magical hands, but where are they located?
Located half-way between Padstow and Newquay of the rocky coast of North Cornwall, MagwanPorth gives visitors a stunning view of the west-facing beach, an amazing walkway and a surfing haven.
Enjoy an interesting day at the beach with lots of activities to do, from cave exploring to body boarding and low tide rock pooling. If you don’t know how, you can learn surfing from a local surf school and enjoy building sand castles.
If you like, you can sample from the pub or café or fish restaurants in the area. Nature lovers can explore MagwanPorth along its remarkable coastal walkpaths, including the lovely South West Coastal Path. And if you up for it, a cycle the famed Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge. It’s only 5 miles away, so no worries.
Looe is a seaside town that entertains visitors all year round and is still an active fishing port. If you start off early enough, you can head down to the quay and watch fish being auctioned. You may decide to get some for yourself.
The town is well-known for its food, and the many eateries have earned acclaim for their fabulous menus. From simple fish and chips by the river to gourmet menus in fancy restaurants perched on a hilltop, and overlooking the quay. In addition, Looe offers a museum that attracts visitors all year round.
Explore iconic attractions, and discover treasure hidden by generations past. Cornwall is a county brimming with surprises for tourists who are spoiling for adventure. Few harbour towns are quite as quaint.
- Mawes Castle
This South Coast castle is one of the best-preserved coastal artillery fortresses belonging to Henry VIII. It is also arguably, the most extravagantly decorated of all of them. It is one of the chain of forts constructed between 1539 and 1545 to resist possible invasion from Catholic-ruled Spain and France.
- Cornish Market World
Stepping away (temporarily) from historic landmarks, the Cornish Market World is a “One Stop Shop” where you can acquire almost anything and everything that is relevant in Cornwall. On weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) it is open 9am to 5pm. You can do it as part of your decision to support native and small businesses. There’s something nice for everyone.
- Camel Creek Adventure park
Looking for a family friendly park that suits your needs? Somewhere to keep the children busy while you rest or read a book? Camel Creek Adventure, settled snuggly in 111 acres of Cornish countryside is you sure bet. With a treasure trove of family-friendly rides, large play area and not-so-accidental animal encounters. Best way to bond with the kids.
- Art Holidays
Artsy? Cornwall has a lot in store for you. Leverage the serene environment and tap into your creative side. It’s no news that some of the best paintings or sketches have been done by the sea. Your foray into Cornwall’s art scene can reveal some things you never knew about your artistic side. They say that’s effect of seaside air.
- Take a night train to Cornwall
Are you a romantic looking for the next grandiose gesture to impress your significant other? Take a night train to Cornwall. It has been touted as the most romantic way to visit. The Night Riviera from Paddington to Penzance as seen and described by passengers, is one of welcoming ambience.
- Glo Spa at Treglos Hotel
After a hectic period, one of the best solutions is to book a reservation at Glo Spa at Tregols. Cornwall’s seaside atmosphere may be rewarding, but you can take it a step further by getting yourself a much-needed kneading down from well-qualified practitioners. Relax, indulge and relish the expertise of a masseuse at Glo spa.
They offer an exclusive range of specialist beauty treatments, indulge and spa breaks to make sure all muscle knots and kinks are straightened out. Cornwall does know how to pamper themselves.
Food and drinks
We mentioned Cornish foods a couple of times, well it’s about time we discussed it in detail.
Fine dining? Check. Top-ranked chefs? Check. Wholesome options? Check. You are in for a treat; Cornwall foodies take their food and drinks seriously. With options form habour-fresh seafood, to indulgent Cornish Cream Teas, and of course, the famous Cornish pasties. Everybody is promised something delicious to eat.
How would it feel to dine with your foot toe deep in sand, at a beach side report? Or in a country pub with a crackling fire? How about at a top restaurant with a specialty food named after a local superhero Paul Ainsworth or Rick Stein.
- Rich Sein Fistral
This is a casual, feel-good restaurant for those who love a bit of whimsical. You’ll also find Rick’s famous fish and chips delicious, including foods rich in flavour from the Far East and India. It is also
- Origin Coffee Roasters, Habour Head
Origin Coffee Roasters Café is situated at the harbour head Porthleven, and hold a picturesque view of the harbour. Soak in the scenery why you take a sip of one of Cornwall’s finely prepared specialty coffee. The coffee is bought on their direct trade trips.
- Portager café
If you are looking for fine cakes and delicious Cornish pastries, you’ll do well to check out Portager Café. It serves top-class breakfast and nutritious lunches. By using local organic foodstuff, the exciting food menu expands from frittatas to home-made ice cream. It offers an ideal place to chill or hang out bt the shrubbery
Festivals and Event
There’s never a dull moment at Cornwall. Immerse yourself in a lively street party; join Cornish residents at a yearly event or feeling the surging adrenalin of a sporting competition.
Food, music, literature, power walking, arts and craft, and all-round seasonal fun. Almost everything goes at Cornwall, and residents are guaranteed to have an event to commemorate it. Come and join us! Or simply lose yourself the picturesque sights around. The atmosphere is full of Cornish love too.
- Museum exhibition
The latest exhibition known as A Casket of Pearls: Twenty Years of Collecting at Penlee reveals how its amazing collection have grown since its inception 20 years ago. The museum celebrates the humanities through fine and ornate arts, social history, and archeology.
- The Cornish Arm Beer and Mussel Festival
In this county festival, more 40 types of beers and ciders are presented with delicious mussel dishes. The event attracts cooking demos and music of the Motown Pirates and The Stowes.
- Boscastle walking week
A week of walks with well-trained and highly-knowledgeable guides. Walks are open to people of all ages and strengths, just as long as they adhere to rules. Discover the amazing countryside air or the residents around the village of Boscastle. Enjoy the walking week, including the Cornish seashore, amidst streams and woods with local guide
- Falmouth spring flower show
Exhibitors and other art enthusiasts pack into the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth, Cornwall. There are going to be displays of native-grown flowers, floral engagements, sample shrubs and a photographic exhibition which will be available Falmouth Spring Flower Show.
The next time you are planning a trip to the UK, Cornwall should be the top of your list.