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14 REASONS TO VISIT CORNWALL THIS SUMMER

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Cornwall isn’t just one of the most beautiful places in Britain: when the sun’s shining, it’s one of the best in the world. Make the most of a trip to the ends of the UK with redspottedhanky.com’s guide to its hottest spots.

Don’t forget to enter our Cornish cottage holiday competition. You could win a voucher for a Cornish cottage, from holidaycottages.co.uk, and £200 worth of train travel!

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Lost Gardens of Heligan

From suspended rope bridges to secret doors, there really is something for everyone at Heligan. The UK’s most mysterious estate fell into epic disrepair at the beginning of the 20th century. Now, its restored gardens are a spectacular – and sometimes spooky – sight. Do you dare to unravel the mystery of the locked room?

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Surfing at Harlyn Surf School

Once you’ve been bitten by the surfing bug, you won’t want to do anything else! Catch your first waves at Harlyn Surf School, whose outstanding instructors know just how to get you up and riding. All equipment is provided, and lessons are tailored to your experience level.

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Eating at the Fish House – Newquay

Fistral Beach’s Fish House has been creating quite a stir since opening in mid 2014. Paul and Elise Harwood’s joint venture has been featured in the Sunday Express, and you’ll find some of the spectacular fish recipes they whip up in the Saltwater Kitchen Cookbook. Plus they get the best views in Newquay. Book a table, and eat like royalty.

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National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery’s mission is simple: put lobsters back into Britain’s fragile marine ecology. Its tourist attraction in Padstow offers awesome educational visits for families and anyone with an interest in the rich diversity of coastal life in the UK. Worldwide, the Hatchery’s lobster research is relied on for vital information. Visit, support, and learn.

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Proper coast walking with Kernow Coasteering

Forget a quiet amble along the coast path – proper coast walking is known as “coasteering”, and it involves getting seriously wet! Scramble, jump, swim and climb around the beautiful coastline of St Ives, Penzance and Cornwall at large with the expert boys and girls of Kernow Coasteering. They’ll have you exploring caves, conquering cliffs and mastering boulder jumps in no time.

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Stand up paddleboarding at Global Boarders Surf School

Once the exclusive pastime of Hawaiian “water men”, stand up paddleboarding or SUP’ing is now a global phenomenon. It’s great because you don’t need waves to do it, and there’s no tricky transition between paddling your board and standing up. For the ultimate adventure trip and full body workout, check out the courses on offer from the good folk at Global Boarders.

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National Maritime Museum – Falmouth

Quaint holiday and uni town Falmouth is home to some spectacular architecture. The extraordinary design of the National Maritime Museum is up there with the best buildings in town, managing to combine an old shipping shed with a lighthouse while making the whole thing look like an art gallery. Inside, you’ll find fun-filled and fascinating interactive displays, curios and just about anything else a sea buff could wish for.

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Go for it on an Extreme Day – Watergate Bay

Not sure whether you want to surf, power kite or play volleyball? Do it all, with an adrenaline-fuelled Extreme Day hosted by the Extreme Academy! You get to choose what sports float your boat on the day, and can stick to one activity or try them all.

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See a performance at the Minack Theatre

Cornwall’s legendary Minack Theatre is hewn into the rocky coast just 10 miles from Land’s End. Originally a family-owned space used to host performances by local companies, the open-air Minack now plays host to companies from all over the world. Its season runs from May to September: catching a play against the rugged backdrop of the Atlantic is a must.

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See the baby zebras at Newquay Zoo

Newquay Zoo has been celebrating recently: its first ever baby zebra was born on Wednesday June 17, 2015. Take the family along to see the new arrival, and make sure you see the meerkats too. Kids who love slithery things will be all over the Toad Hall exhibit, which is packed with snakes, frogs and other things that go “hop” in the night!

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A great pint and a good scare at Jamaica Inn – Bodmin Moor

Bodmin’s legendary smuggler’s tavern is probably the only pub in the world to have a novel named after it! Daphne du Maurier, who also wrote The Birds, penned Jamaica Inn in its honour: a tale of bloodthirsty wreckers and stormy Cornish nights. By day, you can check out the Museum of Smuggling here. After the sun goes down, watch out for the Inn’s famous ghostly residents…

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Eden Project – near St Austell

The Eden Project’s iconic bio-domes are synonymous with forward-thinking conservation. Visit the site in summer to experience a tropical landscape, a Mediterranean climate and the plants of the temperate regions, kept in stable environments thanks to the Project’s innovative design and construction. As well as all the eco-education on offer, the sunny months see plenty of gigs. This year, you could see Paloma Faith, Motorhead or Spandau Ballet.

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Go By Cycle

Cornwall is perfect for cyclists. Whether you’re in training, or just up for a spot of leisurely touring, the accommodating staff at Go By Cycle deliver perfectly specced machines to wherever you are. You can choose anything, from a basic day bike to a Genesis road bike. Book your machines in advance from Go By Cycle, and they’ll deliver them to your train station.

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Geevor Tin Mine

Missing your fix of Captain Ross Poldark and his washboard abs? You can get the next best thing at Geevor’s mines, which supplied many of the tools used by the sultry field hands in the TV series. While you’re here, take the chance to go underground and try your hand at panning for gems – whatever you find, you’re allowed to keep! Educational and brilliant, Geevor is also situated in some of the most spectacular country in Cornwall.

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