From coastal walks and surf schools to Michelin-starred restaurants, take a look at our suggestions for things to do in north Cornwall.
Whether you want an exciting seaside adventure or a leisurely bike ride with the family, north Cornwall has plenty to offer.
Our coastline is blessed with some of the most beautiful cliffs and beaches in the British Isles, great for summer swimming and winter walks.
Discover The Lost Gardens of Heligan, watch a play on the cliffs of Porthcurno or explore the Cornish rainforest at the Eden Project.
With outstanding local breweries, Camel Valley wines and numerous restaurants run by world-renowned chefs, north Cornwall is a haven for food and drink lovers.
Winter, spring, summer, or autumn, bringing your dog to Cornwall is a great adventure. Beaches provide a great place for walking and swimming (for both humans and dogs), and with more than 400 miles of coastline around Cornwall, we’re certainly not short of them.
With three-quarters of our holiday homes at Highcliffe being pet-friendly, it’s important for our dog-owning guests to know about the fantastic beaches locally to us which are dog-friendly all year round. Here are some of our favourites close by.
Great food is something that many families look forward to when coming on holiday to Cornwall. At Highcliffe, we are well-positioned on the north coast with easy access to many Cornish foodie destinations.
We’ve highlighted some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Polzeath below, as well as some just a short drive (or ferry ride) away in Rock and Padstow. With dedicated children’s menus and a fun, relaxed atmosphere - eating out with the kids in one of these restaurants and cafés in north Cornwall is all part of the holiday experience.
The rugged north Cornish coastline boasts beautiful scenery throughout the year, and is a destination loved by many humans and their dogs. From strolling the South West Coast Path, to running around on the sandy beaches, it’s easy to work up an appetite.
Luckily, there are plenty of relaxed, dog-friendly places to head to for food and to quench your thirst. Here are some of the many great Cornish pubs and restaurants nearby which will welcome your dog all year round.
At Highcliffe, we love seeing multi-generational groups arrive for an unforgettable family holiday in Cornwall.
We’re fortunate enough to have a large selection of cottages, meaning the whole family can stay together, or, if they’d prefer, grandma and grandad can have their own space in a separate cottage.
North Cornwall has something for everyone, regardless of age. Here we’ve outlined some of our favourite local activities which anyone can get involved with, and for each idea, we’ve also offered a more tranquil option if that suits you more.
You don’t need a pool to enjoy a refreshing swim whilst on holiday in north Cornwall. Wild swimming here is as natural as swimming gets - enjoyed in the fresh waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Not only is it great for cooling off from the summer heat, but it is also known to have many health benefits, including lowering stress levels and enhancing happiness - always good for a relaxing holiday.
Here’s a list of our favourite places to go wild swimming in north Cornwall, with many off the beaten track for a sense of adventure.
A holiday in Polzeath means you’ll be staying at the intersection between land, river and sea, and basing your next Cornish holiday in the Polzeath area means an abundance of unique flora and fauna is waiting right on your doorstep for you to discover.
Taking stock of the natural world around can be an exciting and fulfilling experience, and a wildlife-spotting or foraging expedition can also be a great family-friendly activity, keeping the kids entertained and satisfying their wild curiosity.
We’ve put together this quick start guide containing some of the most interesting plants and animals around Highcliffe to get you out and identifying right away.
Staying in our Polzeath holiday cottages during the off-season is a great way to escape to Cornwall and avoid the large crowds that gather throughout the summer months. With many of us needing a chance to get away, come rain or shine, a self-catering holiday in Polzeath is a safe way for you to stay in your bubble and break out of the lockdown blues.
To inspire your next stay in one of our coastal cottages in Polzeath, we’ve put together a short itinerary for a three day break, packed with things we love to do during the quieter periods.
Checked the forecast for your upcoming holiday, only too see that you’re soon to be greeted by some rainy days in Polzeath?
Aside from sheltering in your snuggly Highcliffe cottage, to help keep the family busy, and to make the most of your Cornish escape, we’ve put together some of our favourite things to do when the weather is less than perfect for your holiday in Polzeath.