Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. Renowned for its iconic coastline, historic past, and charming fishing villages, you’ll never be stuck for something to do when holidaying in this beautiful county.
From surfing and relaxing on the beach, to walking and exploring the scenic countryside, Cornwall has it all. The best thing about Cornwall is that no matter where you go, there’s always something going on.
Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve rounded up some of the best events and activities taking place in 2017 that are not to be missed.
The Minack Theatre
Just under an hour away from Mullion Holidays Park is the Minack Theatre, which is one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres. Perched on the cliffs, the theatre welcomes more than 150,000 people every year. Whether you want to watch a fantastic performance or simply explore this historical site, you won’t be disappointed.
This year, the iconic theatre is hosting a variety of shows and performances. From Shakespeare’s classics, such as Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors, to Cornwall’s International Male Voice Choir Festival and the Vicar of Dibley, there really is something for everybody.
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Are you partial to a Cornish pasty? If so, then you should definitely check out Cornucopia, which is the UK’s first Cornish Pasty Heritage Centre. Opening its doors this summer, Cornucopia will showcase the region’s finest produce and food heritage.
Under 45 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park, the highlight of this new attraction is when visitors get the chance to make a pasty for themselves. This hands-on experience makes the perfect day out for the whole family. Not only will there be demonstrations on how to make the Cornish classic, but there will also be a stage area that will host a range of events all year round.
Cornucopia is also located next to two other fantastic family attractions. Kidzworld, the award-winning Adventure Play Centre, is a great place to take the kids. From ball pools to laser-tag, there’s something for all ages. Cornish Market World is the largest indoor market in the South West, and is home to more than 60 independent traders that offer a huge range of products.
Tate St Ives
If you’re interested in art, then you’ll be pleased to know that Tate St Ives reopened this year, after undergoing a huge refurbishment. Just over 45 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park, the new Tate St Ives will have more open space for artwork, providing visitors with a more relaxing and social experience.
One of the main attractions at Tate St Ives is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which offers a fascinating insight into the work of one of Britain’s best 20th century artists. Here, you’ll see bronze, stone and wooden sculptures, alongside drawings, paintings and other historical artefacts.
A new exhibition that opened in March 2017 is The Studio and The Sea. This spectacular exhibition, by artist Jessica Warboys, uses film, performance and specially commissioned ‘Sea Paintings’, to explore myth, symbolism and the landscape. You’ll also get the chance to discover the Tate around Town Art Tours, where you can join a guided walk through St Ives, uncovering the story of the artists who once lived there.
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Newquay Fish Festival
Combining the best local seafood and fantastic entertainment, Newquay Fish Festival provides a great day out for the entire family. From the 8th to the 10th of September, a variety of delicious seafood will be showcased to visitors, celebrating the heritage and cuisine of this beautiful town.
This unique mix of Newquay’s vibrant tourist scene and traditional fishing community is taking place just under 15 minutes away from Newquay Holiday Park. Now in its fourteenth year, the festival attracts hundreds of people. Top chefs will travel from across the region to give visitors the chance to learn about, and of course taste, local seafood. As well as eating delicious food, there will also be a full programme of entertainment, including dancers, singers, bands, arts and crafts.
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Port Eliot Dog Festival
If you’re taking your four-legged friend on holiday with you this year, then the Port Eliot Dog Festival and Whippet Tea Party, on the 6th May, will make a great day out for the whole family.
Last year, nearly one thousand people and their dogs attended the festival, and this year there are expected to be even more! Just over 15 minutes from Looe Bay Holiday Park, this doggy day out is held on the beautiful grounds of Port Eliot, the stately home of the Earl and Countess of St Germans. Set in gorgeous gardens, with plenty of heritage, the surroundings will take your breath away.
There will be plenty of activities for your dogs to take part in, such as the popular ‘Dog Who Looks Most Like their Owner’ competition. The annual Roo and Lark’s Whippet Tea Party is also a favourite amongst our furry friends, where dogs will get the chance to tuck into lunch and canapés. For the owners, there’ll be an array of delicious food stalls, plus live entertainment and plenty of other activities to keep you and the kids entertained. Every year, the proceeds of the Dog Festival go to the Children’s Hospice South West Charity, meaning you can have a fantastic day out whilst raising money for a great cause.
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