The ingredients of a happy holiday

Sunday 24 March 2024

Make the most of your coastal adventure and keep the whole family entertained from dawn until dusk.

The ‘Great British Holiday’ has changed a lot over the years and, most would agree, that’s no bad thing… Although many of us look back at family trips fondly (maybe through rose-tinted glasses?), the days of damp, draughty caravans, soggy sandwiches and uninspiring on-site ‘entertainment’ are long gone, and we expect a lot more from our hard-earned getaways.  

For as long as the British have partaken in seaside vacations, Cornwall has been a prime destination, with its picture-postcard fishing villages, sweeping, sandy beaches and glorious views, not to mention the county’s fascinating history. Any child lucky enough to be a part of a family trip to Cornwall can’t help but brim with eager anticipation when the sparkling ocean first comes into view, and can hardly contain their excitement as the buckets and spades are packed ready for the day’s adventures. Often the beach is all you need to keep everyone entertained for the duration of your stay, but sometimes your fellow travellers yearn for something more adventurous than sandcastles and splashing. And this is where the old-fashioned, traditional holiday used to fall a little short…a host of options were not available for entertainment beyond playing in the sand and shimmering rockpools.

Luckily, whether you’re travelling solo, with friends, loved ones or with a rowdy rabble of children, the options for exploring the coastline, getting the heart racing and maybe even grabbing an adrenaline fix, are endless and all of them can be booked in advance or, if there are spaces, on the day. From exploring the nearby caves and coves by kayak, learning to surf, or finding your inner peace with guided mindfulness sessions there is something to satisfy people of all ages and physical abilities, so when sunbathing and ice creams aren’t quite hitting the spot, get yourself and your family booked into an adventure! Of course, you can venture beyond the beach and explore everything that the Lizard Peninsula has to offer too, for some inspiration on this see our blogs Explore the Lizard Peninsula and Discover the South West Coast Path.

Below is a list of activities that can be booked either via our reception desk, or directly through the providers. Just click on the links for more information:


Want to get into open water swimming? This class is for you, we make it easy for you to get in the water and start swimming outdoors!



Choose from three-hour guided trips on the sea from Cagdwith Cove on the Lizard, or Hayle harbour for a more sheltered two-hour trip on the estuary.



Gracefully glide through clear seas to explore our local coves using your own power. The top-quality sit-on-top kayaks are very stable and suitable for all ability levels. You are provided with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet.



Learn to surf when you stay with us with expert tuition from champion surfer Dan Joel! Lessons are offered throughout the year every day (weather permitting, of course!) and suit all levels from complete beginner to competent surfer.



Coasteering is the ultimate coastal experience, guaranteed to get the pulse racing and to expand your comfort zone!



If you are interested in meditation, and how it can support you in being more grounded and peaceful, yet energised, come and join our Tuesday class.



Suitable for complete beginners and those who want a refresher or confidence builder.



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