Before we moved to Cornwall we came here on holiday regularly. Although Cornwall is beautiful at any time of the year and in any weather, June was always one of my favourite months for visiting this gorgeous county.  And here’s why:

  1. It’s quieter than July and August. The school holidays and ensuing mass exodus to the West Country hasn’t started.  There are plenty of tourists around giving the county a nice holiday buzz but you don’t have to queue to get into a beach car park or fight for a space on a crowded beach.  It’s a perfect time to visit with toddlers and pre-schoolers who can enjoy splashing around in the shallows without hordes of teenagers barrelling past them on boogie boards!

 

  1. The weather can be wonderful. Although nothing in life can be guaranteed, the sun is just as likely to shine on Cornwall in June as in July or August.  Some of the best weather we’ve had on holiday in Cornwall has been in June.  The sun is strong at this time of the year so when it breaks through the clouds it’s blissful!
  2. There is a lot going on. All the attractions are open and everything is ready for the season ahead.  Cornwall has festivals and events all year round and June is no exception.  Some highlights are:
  • Fal River Festival 30th May to 5th June 2016

 A celebration of life on the River Fal with everything from music and literature to gig racing and swimming.  Listen to jazz in St. Mawes harbour or watch a film screened on a ferry offshore while trying some fresh Cornish seafood.  This one is definitely on our list of things to do next month.

  • Royal Cornwall Show 9th to 11th June 2016

This is the big one! Everything to do with life in Cornwall is here – music, livestock, food, Cornish heritage, the Air Ambulance, steam fair – you name it and it’s probably here.  This was an early introduction to Cornwall when we moved here last year and it was a big hit with the whole family.  We’ve already got our tickets for this year!

  • Golowan Festival 17th to 26th June 2016

Outlawed in the 1890’s because of fire risk from blazing tar barrels this Penzance festival was revived in 1991 with some small Health and Safety improvements!  Events include a fireworks display on the prom, Mazey Day, spectacular parades through the streets and a host of street entertainment.

  1. June is a wonderful month for wildlife in Cornwall. This year is looking like a great year for Basking Sharks and they have already been seen in Falmouth Bay, Mounts Bay and all around the South West coast.  A humpback whale was also seen in Mounts Bay last weekend so it’s a great time to book a boat trip and get out on the water.  Even if you don’t see a whale you are very likely to see seals and lots of sea birds.  You might even be lucky enough to see dolphins or porpoises.  There have been lots of sightings in the last few weeks and there are plenty of good boating companies who know where to take visitors to maximise their chances of seeing some great wildlife.
  1. June is a great month to walk the South West Coastal Path. The spring weather is just right for walking – not too hot or too cold.  There are plenty of wonderful places to stay along the path and plenty of good pubs to fuel your onward journey.  The clifftop flowers such as thrift and sea squill are all coming into bloom making the path look beautiful from whatever angle you are looking.

Oh, and one last thing, it’s cheaper than July and August! So, what are you waiting for?  Come and visit us next month!