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    Ideas for Fun Days out In Cornwall, UK   by Sean Revell

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    Cornwall has a long, rich history that includes Celtic worship sites, quaint villages that are nestled into the landscape and castles that lay strewn across the countryside. This storied land attracts travelers from around the world to enjoy its heritage and culture. There's a spark of adventure that awaits those on holiday who come here to appreciate the scenic beauty. But, there's more to Cornwall than a beautiful landscape. Below, we'll give you a few ideas that you can use to enjoy fun days out in Cornwall during your next visit.

    Going To the Theatre
    Remarkably etched into the cliffs of Cornwall in the 1930's, Minack Theatre, Porthcurno offers open air theatre from May through September. You can enjoy professional stage work during the day or experience the stage illuminated by the stars during the evening. If you're visiting with children, this can be a fun experience for your entire family.

    What Is The Eden Project?

    The massive biodomes on display at the Eden Project house an extraordinary collection of tropical vegetation. These are, in effect, the largest greenhouses on the planet and are home to rainforests, wild plants and crops that flourish under the domes. You and your family can observe workshops that describe the importance of preserving nature as our world continues to evolve.

    Appreciating Modern Art

    Though modern art can be an acquired taste for many people, those who relish the opportunity to learn of new artists and their pieces will delight in visiting the Tate at St Ives. It's located directly above a sprawling beach and features exhibits and galleries that present collections of paintings, sculptures and archive material devoted to the pursuit of modern art.

    St. Michel's Mount, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
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    Getting Wet

    When you're ready to leave the theatre, biodomes and art behind, you'll have a range of fun, wet activities to enjoy in Cornwall. You can sail or surf along the gorgeous coasts. Or, join a few of the local fishermen on their outings. If you need something with a faster pace, consider wakeboarding or kite surfing. It's an opportunity to feel your adrenaline rush while you immerse yourself in Cornwall's beautiful waters.
    Zennor, Near St. Ives, Cornwall, England, UK
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    Walking and Cycling

    Cornwall is also home to many of the most picturesque walking trails in the world. For example, the South West Coast Path National Trail provides over 600 miles of coastal trails to explore. Or, you can rent a bike and explore the serene lanes by the shores or throughout the countryside.

    There are dozens of opportunities for you and your family to enjoy fun days out in Cornwall. From the theatre to modern art and from massive biodomes at the Eden Project to activities that will have your pulse racing, Cornwall offers the chance to relax and enjoy one of the most scenic places on earth. It's time for you to experience Cornwall.

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    About the Author  -  This article was written on behalf of Isles of Scilly Travel, Days out in Cornwall and Day Trip in Cornwall.

    Cornish Travel Hotspots   by Tuks Engineer and Ashley Gilmour

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    It was a gentleman called Geoffrey of Monmouth who in 1150 started the legendary belief that the little town of Tintagel was the birthplace of the great King Arthur. This belief has been attached to Tintagel ever since, and indeed visitors still flock here still to catch a glimpse of the place where King Arthur may have been born. The remains of Tintagel Castle are quite spectacular - set upon the steep cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It's believed that King Arthur was born here while Merlin stood famously in a cave beneath the castle. This is Merlin's Cave and visitors can view it when the tide is not high. Aside from these ancient remains Tintagel has a 14th Century Post Office that represents an interesting side-visit for travellers. After you're done visiting the castle and post office, the town has a sleuth of tea rooms, pubs and souvenir shops to cater for the many visitors who come (mostly in summer).

    St Ives
    This magical little corner of Cornwall offers wonderful, sandy beaches, narrow cobbled streets and a delightful harbour area - an absolute joy for those wanting to discover "Classic Old England". St Ives also has very strong historical ties to the arts community - and testament to this can be found at the Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden. Just a few of the famous 20th century artists from St Ives include Barbara Hepworth, John Wells and Ben Nicholson. Those interested in art will also want to check out the Tate St Ives museum. Art aside there's plenty for the general tourist too - fine, sandy beaches and a myriad of wonderful shops and restaurants makes this a first class destination for those wanting to see the very best that Cornwall has to offer. As you would expect, the good stretches of beach here makes it another popular location for surfers, Porthmeor being the pick of the bunch. 
    St. Ives, Cornwall, England
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    Other good beaches in St Ives include Porthgwidden, Porth Kidney Sands, Windasea and Porthminster. St Ives is a good base for a Cornwall holiday - there are lots of accommodation options to suit the budgets of all holidaymakers.
    Graveyard Next to St. Ives Church, St. Ives, Cornwall, England
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    In South West Cornwall is the town of Penzance - like St Ives, Penzance also has a reputation for having been an artists haven (in the 19th century) and still boasts an interesting art gallery. The climate in Penzance is wonderfully mild - you'll see palm trees and other sub-tropical plant life in the beautiful Morrab Gardens (well worth a visit). It's also possible to catch views of St Michaels Mount from this busy harbour town. There are some nice shops and restaurants near the harbour and some other points of interest in Penzance include the Penlee House Gallery & Museum and the Trinity House National Lighthouse Centre. Also worth a look is the interesting 19th century building that is Egyptian House.

    There is no shortage of affordable lodging if you're looking to stay for a night or two in Penzance - there are many bed & breakfasts and Cottages in Cornwall offering a fair stay for reasonable fees or you could stay in one or two of the higher end places such as the Abbey hotel.

    Some two miles from Penzance is the pretty village of Mousehole - Many believe it to be one of the most attractive fishing villages to be found anywhere in Cornwall. One of the famous (if eccentric) dishes that mousehole is famous for is "Stargazy Pie" - a fish pie made with whole fish (and the heads sticking out of the pastry). Also very close to Penzance is Newlyn - a little town that (aside from being a pleasant fishing port) is known best for art. Newlyn started to be a hub for artists towards the late 18th century and it was a little later that the Newlyn School of Art was opened.

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    About the Author  -  If you are interested in visiting any of the places mentioned in this article, why not stay in a Holiday Cottage Cornwall with West Cornwall Cottage Holidays  This article was written by Tuks Engineer and modified by Ashley Gilmour on behalf of West Cornwall Cottage Holidays


    Estuary View Falmouth (Ref: 60386)
    Self catering apartment in falmouth, United Kingdom
    Luxury 2 bed 2 bath apartment with sea views in Falmouth, Cornwall. Fantastic location, 1 min walk to town, patio overlooking the water for alfresco dining. No 8 Estuary View is the ground floor 2 bedroom flat of a beautiful, listed period building in a great location for the town centre minutes away from all the action, restaurants, maritime museum, bars and beaches. The property has been refurbished to a very high standard, contemporary and yet cosy with fastidious attention to detail. Light and airy with a seaside atmosphere this is beach chic at its best! Ideal for a family break or romantic get away for couples.  Sleeps 5.
    Maple Cottage, Combe Martin (Ref: 64433)
    Self catering village house in Combe Martin, United Kingdom
    This cottage like terraced house is extremely well designed to provide maximum comfort for up to four people. Both of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and comfortable pocket sprung beds. There is a downstairs toilet and the kitchen is very well equipped for all catering needs. The lounge has two comfortable leather two seater sofas and a dining table. The patio just outside is a sun trap and is adorned with an attractive patio table, chairs and parasol. Guests have free use of the gas barbeque with gas provided. For entertainment there is a 26" HD ready LCD TV with a digital tuner and freeview, along with a panasonic DVD player and recorder and iPod speakers with integrated radio.  Sleeps 4.
    Polscoe Cottage (Ref: 47958)
    Self catering cottage in Sheviock., United Kingdom
    Beautiful 600 year old cottage set in large tranquil garden close to nearby beaches, golf clubs and country walks. Ideal for the perfect family holiday.  Polscoe Cottage is a lovely four bedroomed cottage located in Sheviock in the relatively unspoilt, beautiful and quiet corner of S.E. Cornwall. It is set in a large rambling garden with off road parking just five minutes drive from the beach, golf course and local shops.  Polscoe is situated in what is also known as the Rame Peninsular where you will also find Whitsand Bay - a 3 mile stretch of sandy beach, which is popular for surfing, Polperro, Portwinkle, Looe, Kingsand and Cawsand - all lovely typical seaside fishing towns, Rame Head and the National Trust sites Mount Edgcumbe and Antony House.  Sleeps 10.
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