How to swim like a mermaid

With its mild climate and some of Britain's most fantastic beaches, Cornwall is understandably one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations.

Located on the far west coast of Britain, Cornwall boasts almost 300 miles of coastline.  From the dramatic landscape and plunging cliffs of the North coast, to the more sheltered picturesque fishing harbours of the South coast, there is something for everyone.

And here’s why we think you should come and visit this year:

Learn to be a mermaid!!

Learn to swim effortlessly underwater like a mermaid at Britain’s first mermaid swimming course, launching in Newquay in May. With one or three day courses available, prices include hire of a tail!

‘Poldark’ is filmed here

Fans of the latest BBC drama series ‘Poldark’ starring Aiden Turner as the swarthy Ross Poldark, are flocking to Cornwall to explore its various film locations, including Charlestown, Bodmin Moor and Porthqwarra Cove.

Explore The Eden Project

Come and see for yourself a huge array of plants collected from across the world, housed in incredible artificial bio domes.

Eat some of the best fish and chips in Padstow

Stein’s Fish & Chips offers the freshest fish coated in homemade batter, with homemade mushy peas, tartare sauce and even curry sauce! Eat in or wander down to the harbour with a takeaway and soak up the views across the Camel Estuary…

Sculpture spotting in St Ives

Stroll around the picturesque seaside town of St Ives and visit Trewyn Studio, home to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, to see works by one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists in their natural habitat.

The Minak Theatre, Cornwall

Experience open air theatre with spectacular views out to sea

Visit the cliffside Minack Theatre, Cornwall's world famous open-air theatre, with its panoramic sea views, where this season’s productions from May to September include ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’; ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘King Lear.’

South West Coastal Path

England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail, you’ll need a few weeks to walk your way round the whole of this incredible 630 mile trail.

But if you can only spare a day or two, it’s still well worth the effort for the heritage, wildlife, geology and stunning scenery.

Coasteer around the coastline

Not for the faint hearted, coasteering is the new way to explore Cornwall’s 300 miles of coastline up close – expect to jump, climb, traverse, scramble and freefall your way across challenging terrain – all in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet!

Mermaid images courtesy of Al Scarlett Photography.

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