Cornwall with a difference

For most people, a holiday to Cornwall revolves around the beach and with its mild temperature and more than 200 gorgeous beaches it's easy to see why this is the case.  But if you're bored of life on the beach and are looking for a Cornish break to feed your imagination then look no further.  Here's our pick of the best alternative holidays Cornwall has to offer.

Get creative

Let your creative side out with a short break in Cornwall.  A holiday is the perfect excuse to spend time on your favourite hobbies or perhaps discover a new one and arty types will be well suited to a Cornish holiday.  St Ives on the northern coast has long attracted artists thanks to its special light and gorgeous surroundings.  The Leach Pottery was founded in 1920 and almost 100 years later continues to produce globally influential pieces.  The Tate opened a branch in St Ives in 1993 and looks after the studio and garden of the town's most famous daughter, Barbara Hepworth.  Wander the cobbled streets packed with galleries displaying the work of local artists past and present or perhaps you too will be inspired to pick up a paintbrush.

Lace up your walking boots

While keen walkers might not automatically think of Cornwall as the destination for a walking holiday, the south west region is in fact ideal for those wanting to get out into the great outdoors.  The South West Coast Path stretches for some 300 miles around Cornwall and there are plenty of walks whether you're looking for a gentle amble or something more challenging.  The coastal path also gives you the best opportunity to spot whales and dolphins and discover tiny rocky inlets which give Cornwall its distinctive coastline.  Head further inland and Cornwall won't disappoint those on a walking holiday either with the ruggedly beautiful Bodmin Moor at the region's core.  Scale Cornwall's twin peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy and discover Bronze Age-standing stones dotted across the Moor.  Visit sykescottages.co.uk to find excellent self-catering accommodation across Cornwall.

Culture fest

On the surface Cornwall may be very similar to neighbouring Devon, but look a little closer and you'll see remnants of life centuries past in Cornwall today.  A holiday in Cornwall is perfect for history buffs looking to get to know this radically different part of the UK.  Tin mining was a large part of Cornish life for decades and even gave rise to the much-loved Cornish pasty.  The Cornish landscape is punctuated by mining infrastructure; discover the industry with an exciting underground tour at Poldark or Geevor Mine.  Smuggling was rife on the Cornish coast during the 18th century with illicit alcohol, tea and sugar reaching Britain through Cornish ports.  Visit the smuggling museum in pretty Polperro and discover the tiny inlets along the coastal path to Looe which allowed smuggling to thrive.  The sea is equally important to other aspects of Cornish life too; sample the catch of the day at restaurants across the region or for a raucous taste of life in Cornwall, head to the annual Sea Shanty Festival held in Falmouth.  Why not make your way to Cornwall for a fantastic but very different holiday?

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