Six fantastic reasons to discover the delights of Cornwall in 2024

Planning your next holiday destination for 2024? Here’s why you need to put Cornwall at the top of your list…

Nestled in the southwestern corner of England, Cornwall is a region renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultural scene. As we step into 2024, Cornwall beckons with a line-up of exciting events that promise to captivate visitors travelling near and far.

We delve into five of the finest Cornish events you and your family could enjoy whilst staying at Whalesborough’s luxury farm and spa resort, nestled in 450 acres of secluded Cornish countryside, just a few miles from the stunning beaches of Bude…

1. Ice Skating at the Eden Project

The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction providing an exciting and memorable day out for all members of the family. What’s more, from now until 18th February 2024, you can get your skates on and enjoy their glittering ice rink! Located just over an hour away from Whalesborough, it is well worth a visit.

There’s a range of ice-skating options available to pre-book; perfect for those who want to make the most of this wonderful wintery experience. Choose from general skating, or family-focused skating sessions for parents with young children (12 and under). For parents with toddlers, there are non-skating ice-play sessions for kids between 18 months and 5 years. All sessions are 40 minutes long.

Whilst you are there you can explore Eden’s iconic indoor biomes – home to a range of climates and ecosystems – and its outdoor gardens, which cover approximately 30 acres, showcasing plants from all over the world.

Learn how Eden is building relationships between people and the natural world to raise awareness about environmental issues, and to inspire positive action. Guaranteed to provide a fun-filled day for all ages, Eden is truly a wonderous experience, and it has great food too.

2. Port Isaac Shanty Festival

Located in the picturesque village of Port Isaac, only a 40-minute drive from Whalesborough, the Port Isaac Shanty Festival has announced its 2024 dates for April 19th – 21st.

This festival celebrates sea shanties; traditional work songs sung by sailors that have historically played a significant role in Cornwall’s maritime culture.  An integral part of the daily life of sailors of old, these shanties helped coordinate tasks, maintaining a rhythm during repetitive tasks, boosting morale during long and arduous journeys.

The lively Port Isaac sea shanty festival continues these traditions, and introduces locals and visitors to a range of new shanty acts each year.

3. LostFest

This free, one-day music festival will host street performers, local bands, and craft stalls, as well as offering food and drink. Based in Lostwithiel, just under an hour away from Whalesborough, LostFest has become a community tradition that aims to give back through donations, and by supporting local businesses.

Perfect for kids, there are plenty of attractions, including inflatable fun, and battle re-enactments, to keep youngsters entertained.

Taking place on Sunday 19th May, it’s the perfect excuse to book a stay ahead of the late May bank holiday.

4. Royal Cornwall Show

The Royal Cornwall Show is Cornwall’s biggest annual event, which will take place from 6th – 8th June 2024.

Based in Wadebridge, just over 40 minutes from Whalesborough, the Royal Cornwall Show is a celebration of Cornwall’s agricultural heritage featuring livestock competitions, displays of local produce, and demonstrations of traditional farming techniques. If you’re looking to connect with the region’s rural roots and to learn more about modern farming practices, this could be the ideal event for you.

Live entertainment includes rock, steel drum bands, and sea shanties. What’s more, the Cornwall Festival of Dance Stage will showcase almost 300 performers ranging from salsa to contemporary dance.

The activities don’t stop there, either. The Vintage Rally and Steam Fair, Flower Show, and Woodlands Area give something for everyone to enjoy.

5. North Cornwall Book Festival

After the chaos of summer, September is often considered one of the best times to visit Cornwall. Prices are down, the kids have returned to school, and the weather is still warm and often sunny.

Those with an eye on travelling to Cornwall at this time of year may be interested to discover North Cornwall’s Book Festival, which runs from September 27th – 29th.

Based in St Endellion, just under 40 minutes from Whalesborough, the festival invites guests to meet authors, to gaze upon artist exhibitions, to take part in workshops, to browse its many craft stalls, and to indulge in delicious food that can be bought at the pop-up café.

A huge success in 2023, make sure you don’t miss out on 2024’s event by joining North Cornwall Book Festival’s mailing list, which you’ll find on its website.

6. The Monster Slip & Slide Ride!

Perfect for families, groups, adults and kids alike is Bude’s Monster Slip & Slide!

Just a 6-minute drive from Whalesborough lies this mega 4-lane 360-long water slide where you can take on the fun and ride the wave on a bodyboard or inflatable rubber ring, both of which are supplied for you. Launch yourself off our Monster ramp and get yourself flying down the slippery slide! Race each other, compete as a group, have a live-action photo taken and better yet – kids age 4 and under can even slide for free! Kawabunga Bude!

Feeling peckish after all the wild fun and games? Luckily The Monster Munch Team have lots of awesome food, drinks and ice creams to keep you fuelled up whilst ready for your next ride on the Slip & Slide!

Make Whalesborough your base for a host of Cornish discoveries.

Looking for a captivating escape and unforgettable memories? Whalesborough has a host of luxury holiday cottages, barns, and even a farmhouse to choose from. Relax in style, and experience amazing spa treatments. Take in miles of coastal, countryside or canal walks. Indulge in the luxury of the on-site heated indoor pool, swim-in spa, sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi.

Interested in owning your own luxurious corner of Cornwall?

If owning an exceptional eco-villa with its own wildflower roof, exposed timber cladding, traditional Cornish stonework, private decking, an al-fresco dining area, a large, enclosed garden, stunning countryside views, and an earning potential of £80,000 a year piques your interest, why not take up our try before you buy offer?

All you need to do is book a break in one of our cottages, barns, or farmhouse, and join us for an eco-villa site tour.

If you go on to purchase one of our three remaining luxury eco-villas – ready for Spring 2024, – we’ll give you your money back on your break, however long you choose to stay.

To book a plot viewing with Whalesborough’s Head of Sales, Lee Lewis, or to arrange a try before you buy break, please call 01288 361 940.



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