Come to Falmouth for the beaches, stay for the lovely jumble of cobbled lanes and family seaside fun
Sunny Days vs Rainy Days
Gyllyngvase beach for bodyboarding and rockjumping, rain or shine. Elemental UK run all-age watersports activities here. On a sunny day, we love Flicka Donkey Sanctuary – they do a mean cream tea – and the South West Coast Path to Nansidwell Beach with its glorious views.
FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL
Book now for this much-loved festival, which runs from 12–15 October. Four days of feasting, cooking demos from top chefs, live music, boat races, craft stalls for the kids and the Grand Oyster Parade. falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk
RICK STEIN’S FISH
Live it up in this trendy seafood eaterie, or opt for the takeaway menu and watch the sun set on the beach with fish and chips, battered oysters or the chef ’s favourite – seafood curry – in hand. rickstein.com
Explore one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal fortresses. Take a free guided castle tour and explore the Discovery Centre. See the spectacular views from the roof or go underground on the Battery Tour. The cafe has seasonal Cornish dishes with a fun Tudor twist. english-heritage.org.uk
Calling itself the ‘shop of wonder’, this gorgeous kids’ boutique is packed with eco-loving clothes, toys and gifts from the likes of Little Green Radicals and Janod. littlenelly.co.uk
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Set in a swanky new building, there’s a serious amount of stuff to see. Explore all things nautical. Don’t miss the pool with fans to sail model boats, the Lookout Tower and the underwater windows. nmmc.co.uk
on the move
BUY: A six-bed detached house with sea views will set you back £1.2 million. New four-bed townhouses start from around £525k.
SCHOOLS: Truro Prep School (co-ed, 3–18) will see them right through their school days, or opt for the town centre Ofsted-rated Good St Francis C of E Primary School.