Well, it's certainly been a funny old year so far! If you're heading for a staycation in Cornwall, then enjoy the top picks of our favourite locations and activities that are perfect for enjoying a Covid secure day out.
Head to the Beach
We're incredibly lucky to have two of Cornwall's finest beaches right on our doorstep: Crantock and Fistral. Fistral is a mecca for surfers, due to the consistency and quality of the surf. The beach is also a great place to bodyboard, paddle or relax on a sunny day. At low tide, Crantock beach is a vast sandy expanse surrounded by impressive dunes. Great for dog walkers or a gentle stroll enjoying the view.
The South West Coast Path
If it's a walk you're after, then you can't go wrong with the South West Coast Path. Starting in Minehead and ending 819km later in Poole the path provides a perfect vantage point to enjoy miles of unspoilt natural scenes. From craggy cliffs to sandy beaches and with a host of wildlife to spot including seals and dolphins the path is a real jewel in the crown of the South West. An excellent place to start is the National Trust owned Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps, just 8 miles from the Pentire Hotel.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project has been delighting and educating vast numbers of visitors since it opened its doors almost 20 years ago. The extensive botanical gardens feature iconic geodesic domes creating tropical conditions that allow a diverse range of flora and fauna to flourish. The Eden Project is open with minimal numbers (pre-booking is a must) giving visitors a unique chance to experience this attraction without the usual crowds.
If it's a family day you're after Newquay Zoo, just a short hop from the hotel is a great option. Pre-booking is essential as limited tickets are available to ensure safe social distancing. The Zoo and wildlife park have a great range of creatures great and small from lions to lemurs, red pandas to penguins and everything in between. There's a strong focus on conservation and education, making this an excellent place for young ones to discover, learn and blow off steam.
St Ives Tate
The picturesque town of St Ives is a famous and beloved Cornish location with sandy beaches, panoramic views and exquisite scenery. Attracting artists and art lovers since J M W Turner and the marine artist Henry Moore first popularised the town in the mid-1800s, the Tate St Ives has become one of the South West's top art destinations. With stunning views over Porthmeor beach and out to the Atlantic the gallery showcases some of the best-loved British artworks of the 20th Century alongside a regularly changing programme of contemporary exhibitions, book early to avoid disappointment.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
A fantastic location for keen horticulturalists, the restoration of Heligan's lost gardens needs to be seen to be believed. Heligan lay unloved and overgrown until a chance discovery 30 years ago started a truly remarkable journey that now places Heligan as one of the finest gardens in England. Whether you enjoy the acres of ancient pastures, hay meadows and woodlands on the working estate or explore the jungle and pleasure grounds in the gardens, there's so much to do and discover when you visit.