Cornwall holiday parks are among the most popular on the BreakFree website. We asked JULIA HUGHES of Visit Cornwall to tell us what we should look forward to in 2015.
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Hello Julia. Tell us, what’s new in Cornwall for 2015?
From Vikings to Shaun the Sheep, Cornwall’s attractions have got lots of new additions in the pipeline for the year ahead. In March the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (www.nmmc.co.uk) will be unveiling its epic new exhibition which will explore the seafaring prowess of the iconic Viking age, while over at Land’s End (www.landsend-landmark.co.uk/home) Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit and their friends will be settling into their new home on England’s most south-westerly point. There will be a chance to visit the original sets and see the models and characters, and little ones can pop into Mossy Bottom Farm!
What are you most excited about in 2015?
I’ve got the bank holiday weekend of 22-24 May earmarked in my diary for Tunes in Dunes (www.tunesinthedunes.co.uk). Taking place on the shores of Perranporth it is brand new for 2015 and with a backdrop of scenic cliffs and sand dunes is set to be a music festival with model credentials.
We love eccentric events. Are there any coming up in Cornwall?
There’s no shortage of weird and wonderful events in Cornwall (www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on) but one of the craziest has got to be the Big Bale Push (www.balepush.co.uk/Home.aspx) which takes place in the village of Crantock near Newquay on 11 September! Teams of four must push a proper job BIG straw bale – standing 4’6″ and weighing 420 lbs – around the village and with heats for different ages everyone can get involved in the action. It’s all in the name of charity with a roster of local good causes benefiting from the quirky event.
Where’s your favourite Cornwall beach, and why?
My favourite beach changes with the season but Porthcurno beach in west Cornwall is always a winner. It sits beneath the Minack Theatre and with golden sands and turquoise waters gives far-flung spots around the world a run for their money.
If there is one food or drink we should try in Cornwall, what should it be, and why?
A glass of Camel Valley Brut (www.camelvalley.com) is really special. Produced on sun drenched slopes in north Cornwall it has a fruity fizz which is unrivalled – perfect for adding a touch of chic to picnics.
We have three nights in Cornwall, what should we do?
To get a taste of both coasts I would suggest spending a night each in Padstow, St Ives and Fowey. Days could be spent exploring the areas between each town and I would definitely recommend calling into the Eden Project and making a pit-stop in Watergate Bay to try out Fifteen Cornwall; whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s one of my fave restaurants!
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Cornwall in 2015?
Cornwall is set to take a star turn in the spotlight in 2015 when it appears on BBC One as the setting for the much anticipated Poldark re-adaptation. When the original series aired in the 70s it enjoyed Dowton Abbey esque success so it’s fair to say that we’re more than a little excited about the forthcoming series – and we’re not alone. New Poldark experiences are popping up across Cornwall and drawing on links with the plot and film locations. Keep an eye on the Visit Cornwall blog for more Poldark news as the broadcast dates are announced: www.visitcornwall.com/about-cornwall/blogging-cornwall
- Vikings © National Maritime Museum, Cornwall
- Padstow © Adam Gibbard
- Picnic © Matt Jessop
- Porthcurno Beach © Adam Gibbard