Legendary Places to Visit in Cornwall
October 05th, 2020
Packed full of mystical stories and mythical figures, Cornwall embodies many beautiful and legendary locations. It’s not hard to imagine why these fantastic fairy tales and legends emerged, with such atmospheric scenery throughout the county!
We provide the ultimate locations for family-friendly holidays in Cornwall offer a sense of mystery and wonder to your Cornish holiday!
If you are seeking mystery and magic, Tintagel should be at the top of your list. If you are familiar with the Legend of King Arthur, you will no doubt know about the beautiful coastal village of Tintagel.
Though small in size, Tintagel flourishes with legendary sites, its most famous being the striking Tintagel Castle that stands on a nearby island, overlooking the turquoise sea beneath.
Partly ruined, the castle beautifully blends into the rugged cliff edge and is believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur himself.
Don’t forget to look at the magnificent King Arthur sculpture, which poses gallantly on the headland in front of the Atlantic Ocean.
Once you’ve been captivated by the castle, head to the beach underneath and venture into Merlin’s Cave at low tide.
*Advanced booking is essential to visit the castle. Due to its location, Tintagel Castle can sometimes temporarily close depending on weather conditions.
St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount makes for a wonderful day out as a family. The atmospheric site is situated on an island just off Marazion. The journey to the island is a highlight in itself, as you carefully walk over the stone causeway from the mainland at low tide, or take a boat during high tide.
The mount is the scenic setting from the fairy-tale story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
The story goes that Jack, a village boy from Marazion, tricked the giant into falling into a pit he created halfway up the mound which the giant initially used to steal farmer’s flocks for food.
Once the giant fell into the hole, Jack filled it to trap him. There is a heart-shaped stone placed there that is rumoured to beat!
*During times of social distancing, it is essential that all bookings to St Michael’s Mount castle are made in advance. Tickets to the garden and the castle are to be purchased separately.
Bodmin Moor is the setting for many mysterious stories and legendary tales.
Dating to the latter part of the 20th century, it is the suspected home of the Bodmin Moor Beast.
The ‘beast’ was reportedly a significantly large cat which surfaced in papers at numerous points. Bodmin Moor boasts a stunning and vast landscape featuring lakes, tors and forests which are sure to get your own creativity flowing!
The Hurler Stones
Also home to the area is The Hurler Stones. The three-stone circles are predicted to come from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age and perfectly accentuate the wild and spellbinding backdrop of the moor.
They are thought to be produced for ceremonial reasons as well as observing stellar and solar alignments. However, their existence also derives from a legend which accompanies them. Each stone is thought to be the bodies of petrified Cornish men who were caught hurling on the Sabbath!
In 1876, fishermen in Falmouth Bay supposedly caught an unusual sea creature not known to man in their nets. The mysterious creature was named Morgawr, which translates to ‘The Sea Giant’.
Pendennis Castle is recommended to be the perfect viewing spot to gaze at the bay and watch out for the monster!
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Easter Egg Hunts in Cornwall 2018
March 19th, 2018
While it may still be snowy outside, Easter is on its way very soon! If you’re thinking of taking a family trip to Cornwall over the holidays then going on a hunt for some chocolate eggs while you are there is an absolute must! To help you on your way to a truly egg-citing time, we have compiled some of the best Easter egg related activities on offer in Cornwall this year!
A lovely family day out is on offer here from Paradise Park, with excitement for all the family. Primarily a wildlife sanctuary, the park has a number of species, including red pandas, penguins, donkeys and otters, as well as a vast number of different birds. With plenty of play spaces and gorgeous gardens to explore, there is so much to do here. Join the Easter Egg Hunt from the 30th March to 15th April and start your search for the clues along the trail. If you discover the answers, then there could be some mini chocolatey egg treats heading your way! There won’t just be chocolate eggs here though, as the tiny spring hatchlings are popping out at the moment and cheeping their way into springtime!
Cadbury Egg Hunt at Trelissick
From the 30th March to 15th April, the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is heading to Trelissick. Grab a trail sheet as you enter the gardens and go in search of the clues hidden in nature. As well as gaining a chocolate egg, this hunt will give you the chance to enjoy all of the gorgeous spring blooms that are bursting into life around the Trelissick gardens.
Egg hunts are an Easter holiday staple, and the Eden Project certainly hasn’t disappointed! Go searching for the golden eggs hidden throughout the grounds at Eden as part of their Easter holiday eggstravaganza. Also on offer is the incredible spring maze and the giant plant-themed inflatable challenge, making for an action-packed family day out.
Easter Sunday sees Ferdi the Flambards Fox lead the way for the Big Easter Egg Quiz Trail. The park’s mascot will help you to find and follow the clues to discover the chocolate egg treats waiting for the successful Easter explorers! Flambards will be open throughout the Easter holiday for you to enjoy all of the rides, entertainment and attractions that they have to offer. As well as the Easter egg hunt, there will be an ‘Explosive Easter’ event, bringing some science to the park. Running from the 31st of March to April 8th, a number of exciting experiments will be exploding in the lab, and young scientists are encouraged to have a go at making their own gunge!
Calling all brave adventurers! Dragon eggs are missing in King Arthur’s castle, and your help is needed to locate them! Accept the quest, and you’ll be on the hunt for some clues that may well lead you to a chocolatey reward!
Each year Truro City Council hosts an Easter Egg Hunt for all children under 12 at the Victoria Gardens. With three age group categories for clues, each child who solves the puzzles will receive a free Crème Egg, as well as being entered into a prize draw for the coveted big Easter eggs. Following the chocolatey challenge, there will be a free bouncy castle, as well as refreshments. The egg hunt will commence at 9.30am on Saturday March 31st.
To make your getaway even sweeter than these chocolate eggs, we are currently offering 30% off Easter holidays when booked online! Take a look at our child-friendly cottages in Cornwall to get you started with the Easter fun!