Warmer weather is on its way and we all know the benefits of foresight when it comes to planning your holiday.
There are some things on the coast that will greet you in every age, no matter the time of year or the day of the week. Fresh air, sublime views, iconic sights, delicious food and the endless show of the shore, folding in and falling back with that same calming, rhythmic effect every day.
But summer 2018? It’s going to be special… Add sun, blue skies, smiles and laughter populating the beaches and towns; the warmer water and longer days set aside in your calendar for nothing but relaxation, fun and family bonding.
Then add some of this…
The Great Estate Festival | 1-3 June 2018
They consider themselves “the most rambunctious Garden Féte” and it’s clear to see why. You only have to visit their website (which is, by the way, beautifully designed and very informative) to get an idea of what this show has in store for you. Think vintage curiosities, hot air balloons, music, food, comedy, hot tubs, a circus… the list goes on. After the success of their sellout debut they’re raring for more and you’d be mad to miss it. Weekend tickets from £40. www.greatestatefestival.co.uk
Golowan / Mazey Day | 23-24 June 2018
Cornish for ‘the feast of St John’, Golowan brings together some very old traditions, brought to life again and promising endless fun for all the family. Fiery barrel rolling made the Victorians think twice about continuing the festival due to health and safety risks, but nowadays it’s thriving better than ever. The main event starts on ‘Mazey Day’, with stalls, a lot of Celtic and other music, carnival processions and much more. www.cornwalls.co.uk/events/golowan.htm
Boardmasters | August 2018
This four-day annual event is famous for the simple reason that Newquay is the surfing capital of England and this is the place to see some of the best surfers – and musical acts – in the world come together for good times, good tunes, camping, partying and competitive skateboarding and surfing. There’s lots to do in and around Newquay, but this really is what the town is known for. Tickets range from between £150-200 for adults and £2 for children (when bought with adult tickets). www.boardmasters.co.uk
Summer Fest | August 2018
This weekend arts and crafts festival had a very successful debut. Bringing together vintage clothes, handmade jewellery and more alongside hours of distractions: from martial arts displays to live music. Next year will no doubt be just as impressive, with maybe even more surprises in store for all ages. Make sure to keep an eye on their website for further details. www.outsetcornwall.co.uk/info-hub/events/summerfest
The Eden Project | All year 2018
It’s only fitting that we end with one of the most impressive places in the whole country, somewhere that you really cannot neglect when visiting the South West. The Eden Project has been around for a while now and ever since its opening has been stunning visitors with its sheer enormity and the extent of its features. Walk through rainforests, unimaginable gardens and unbeatable exhibitions. Throughout the year the Eden Project has a plethora of events on and next summer will surely be the best time to see it in all its glory. Guided tours from £65. www.edenproject.com