10 Reasons to book a holiday in Cornwall this Summer

With just a few weeks to go until the Summer Holidays many of us are now looking at where they will spend their break… Home??? Abroad???

Here are 10 reasons why a Staycation in Cornwall is your best choice this Summer…..

1: Beaches

Cornwall has over 400 beaches, with 14 beaches in Newquay alone.

Stunning golden sands, crystal clear blue seas, with comparisons of California or the Caribbean, and World class surf breaks, Cornwall’s beaches rival destinations oversees.

With many beaches patrolled by the RNLI, Cornwall offers a safe environment to enjoy a swim, try out the fantastic watersports on offer, or take a boat trip.

Simple pleasures, such as buying fishing nets, buckets and spades from the local shops, enjoying a picnic (our luxury hampers are nice!) and watching the sunset will make memories forever.

            

 2: Cuisine

Cornwall is England’s Cuisine Capital, with it’s produce shipped all over the world.

Home to World famous restaurants and celebrity chefs, Cornwall has 1000’s of restaurants, cafes and deli’s to enjoy.

Nothing beats a piping hot Traditional Cornish Pasty overlooking the sea, and of course, England’s favourite Fish and Chips tastes all the better when the fish is freshly caught and enjoyed on the beach. Afternoon Teas have raged into fashion, with Cornish Clotted Cream, and Jam playing it’s famous role (always Jam first!!)

Locally caught seafood from Newquay Harbour offers delicious fresh Lobster, Crab, Oysters and Mussels, to name just a few- you don’t have to travel abroad to try something new!

Cornwall is also home to many fine wineries and breweries- Skinners, and St Austell Brewery are producing first class ales and beers, while wineries such as Camel Valley are winning International awards for their wines.

   

3: Travel

Hands down a tank of fuel is cheaper than flights for the family, and with children having to pay for a seat from the age of 2 on most airlines, suddenly many families become priced out when looking at travelling abroad. With rail options, and Cornwall Airport’s range of domestic flights at affordable rates from Manchester, Edinborough, London Gatwick, and Dublin, you can be in Cornwall within an hour.

Listening to “Are we there yet” from the backseat, packing snacks, arguing with the sat nav, and finally arriving right outside your hotel form part of the holiday and family memories.

                                                                                                                                            

 4: Places to visit

With so many places to visit during your stay, the only thing to do is research and prioritise, the World famous Eden Project is an absolute must for first time visitors.

There are also 100’s of theme parks and family friendly days out ensure that little ones are catered for rain or shine, with discounted entry booklets available in our hotel, the hard part will be deciding where to visit.

Tate St Ives, The Minack Theatre, Land’s End, and Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro offer stunning exhibitions and live performances for a family friendly arts and culture fix.

5: Events

Cornwall has a packed programme of events planned this Summer, from music festivals to food and sailing.

Why not team up your summer holiday with Boardmasters Festival in August (check out our photo below by Tim Borrow!) with Headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and Jamiroqui, and at the beach, live surfing, skateboarding and surf village packed with stalls (look out for our Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar stall!) and bars just a short stroll away from our hotel, this event is for all the family and is not to be missed.  Day tickets are available, so that you can enjoy all the music and events and be home to your luxury sea view room within 15 minutes.

For the foodies there are weekly Farmers Markets all over Cornwall and various famous food festivals, including the famous Rock Oyster Festival in July, and Newlyn Fish Festival in August.

Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week is one of Britain’s Premier Sailing Events, with spectacular firework displays, gig racing, live music, and an appearance from the red arrows.

 6: Watersports

Fancy riding on a banana boat? Hiring a speedboat? A coasteering lesson? Surf lesson? Stand up paddle boarding?

Kayaking, Kayak fishing, White Water Rafting, Power Kiting, Jet-skiing. The list is endless, and all available in Cornwall, just steps away from our Hotel.

7: Accessible for all

Travelling in your own vehicle can be the easiest, and least stressful way for families with members who have disabilities. Being able to travel with everything they need, parking outside the entrance to their accommodation, and avoiding long waits, queues, and vast airports can be worth so much.

With full disabled access, and our facilities on ground floor, the Atlantic Hotel can accommodate any guest’s requests, and are happy to make any arrangements necessary in the interest of our customer’s comfort.

Our chefs and waiting staff are allergen trained, and can adapt our extensive menu accordingly, we are dog friendly, with allocated rooms for dogs, and we allow guide dogs in all areas of the hotel.

 8: Cost

The cost of staycation can be far cheaper than a holiday abroad, without the costs of flights per person, airport parking, etc, booking a break on your doorstep is often much cheaper for families.

With the Sterling at now 1.15 vs the Euro*, gone are the days when you would make double on your cash exchange.

No standing in queues to change your currency, no desperately trying to work out how something costs in £’s, all the little added stresses taken away!

By holidaying in the UK you are actively helping the British Economy and supporting the British Tourism industry.

 9: Wildlife

Cornwall is rich with natural wildlife, and offers a wonderful opportunity to educate, and enjoy nature with your children.

Go Dolphin spotting on a boat trip from Newquay’s Harbour, just minutes away from our hotel, and take snaps of sea birds, sun fish and hope to see pods of dolphins jumping in and out the water.

Rockpooling is fun for all ages with crabs, shrimps, starfish, and lots of species of little fish to catch.

Cornish Seagulls often a little too friendly (hold onto your Patsy with a firm grip!) are an iconic image of Cornwall, and waking to the gulls calling in the mornings will stay with you long after your holiday is over.

 10: Accommodation

 Voted “Modern Luxury Hotel of the Year 2016” the Atlantic Hotel offers 4 star luxury, with first class facilities.

As soon as you arrive at our private headland the panoramic ocean views will leave you stunned, everywhere you turn, you can see the sea, and our Art Deco theme, with black and white marble flooring, sweeping staircases, and twinkling chandeliers rival any luxury accommodation World wide.

With a friendly welcome from our reception team, who will personally give you a tour and take you to your sea view room, the Atlantic Hotel is family friendly without compromise, with children’s menus, leisure facilities and friendly staff on hand to help, this is the perfect break for all the family.

Our last suggestion is to book soon- we see Summer sell out every year, and we would love to welcome you.

Call our reservation team today and discuss your family needs, and book your 4 star luxury break on 01637 872244

The Atlantic Hotel’s guide to May Day

May Day (Obby Oss Day)- May 1st

Some 30,000 people descend on the world famous fishing port, Padstow on 1st May for May Day or  Obby Oss Day, find out what the fuss is all about with our guide to Padstow’s biggest day of the year, and with a great offer on a  luxury 2 night stay, why not book a special Bank Holiday break at The Atlantic Hotel……

May Day is known to be the oldest dance festival in the country and is said to be traced back to the early 1800’s and is a celebration of spring (and rumours of an ancient fertility festival which some believe to this day!)

Padstow is decorated with flags and flowers. Padstow residents dress in white with their loyalties made known with a red or blue ribbon (the Old Oss is red)

From 8am the streets are filled with children, with their homemade Obby Oss’s ready to display. The blue Oss makes its first appearance from its stable at around 10am, followed by the old Red Oss at 11am. Both Osses dance through the streets and are prodded by Teasers and followed by their parade of supporters dancing around the Oss and the Mayers singing, drumming and playing accordion’s through the streets, the Osses finally dance around the Maypole and head back to their stables before dark.

What to expect:

Tens of thousands of people, with an unbeatable Cornish atmosphere!

Lots of cheer! The official celebrations start at midnight, so expect packed pubs and gardens with lots of drinking and toasting!

Unstoppable dancing The Cornish revellers have waited all year for this special day and nothing will stop them dancing, the only thing to do is join in!

Once in a lifetime photo opportunities – A sea of thousands of people dressed in white, the backdrop of the beautiful harbour and the glittering sea, and colourful flags and flowers waving in the wind is a once in a lifetime opportunity- bringing your camera is a must!

A scenic journey to Pastow  The journey itself from Newquay to Padstow is beautiful, winding along the famous Watergate Bay, past beautiful fields home to Boardmasters Festival in August, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, following the coastline through to Padstow- there are so many photo opportunities, the short 25 minute journey to Padstow may take a while!

Book your Bank Holiday break today and stay in 4 star luxury, with full use of our indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, and a full English Breakfast both mornings from just £360* for 2 nights

*based on 30th April – 2nd May in a Superior room- subject to availability