A guide to South West holiday resorts

Forget the Cancun, Costa Del Sol or The Canaries this summer, there is plenty to see and do in the South West of the UK. We love Cornwall and Devon because of the lovely beaches, great countryside and the fact it’s a lot cheaper and less hassle when you don’t have to book flights. Whether you love walking, like chilling on the beach or want to be a bit more active there is something for everyone in this, the warmest region of the UK. So if you are still planning your summer holiday, consider some of the following locations.


Mount’s Bay and its beach is one of the major draws of Penzance. It’s picture postcard beauty has visitors coming back year after year with dramatic cliffs, coves, incredible sandy beaches and clear seas for all to see. There are also other quaint villages and towns to visit in and around the Land’s End peninsula.


The harbour town of Illfracombe is a jewel in the South West’s crown. Visitors love the laid back atmosphere and quirky charms. There is also plenty to do for the whole family with a great museum, aquarium and fishing, surfing and horse riding opportunities. There are also the fascinating tunnel beaches which were hand carved nearly 200 years ago and make for a fun day out as well as an educational activity. There’s plenty to get from this ‘curious coastal charm’.  

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Typically quiet and relaxed, Bude in Cornwall also has all the elements that holiday-makers love; pristine beaches, wild countryside to go walking in and vibrant town to explore. There is a friendliness to Bude which makes for a great atmosphere in the town. 


Newquay attracts a variety of people from hen do’s to family holiday-makers. Families love the vast sandy beaches, it was in fact, voted one of the top ten best beaches destinations by visitors of Trip Advisor. Surfing is another primary attraction to Newquay, there are plenty of surf schools for all skill levels and quite reliable waves. Away from the coast, there is also go-karting, golf and Segway fun for the whole family.

Brean Sands

The Pontins at Brean Sands is a great location for a family holidays. Holiday provider UK Breakaways run regular trips to the resort. It is a holiday for those who are looking for traditional family fun and has plenty of activities for the kids and adults at a reasonable price.


Exmouth in Devon is a little bit easier to get to than some of the more westerly locations in Cornwall. The town has a wealth of watersports, boasts some of the enchanting Jurassic Coast and sit on the edge of the formidable River Exe.


The National Park at Dartmoor makes for a great family holiday especially if there are keen ramblers amongst you. Director Steven Spielberg who filmed Warhorse on Dartmoor is a big fan of the region saying: such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor … And, with two-and-a-half-weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface’.


 So there you have it plenty of incredible places to choose from down in the South West, get your holiday booked today and enjoy this special area of the country.



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