Why you should visit North Cornwall this Summer

With summer fast approaching, North Cornwall’s cultural richness and natural beauty are an enduring draw that never tires. Add in a plethora of incredible events, ranging from enchanting festivals to exhilarating outdoor adventures, and you have the perfect mix for an amazing escape...

With summer fast approaching, North Cornwall’s cultural richness and natural beauty are an enduring draw that never tires. Add in a plethora of incredible events, ranging from enchanting festivals to exhilarating outdoor adventures, and you have the perfect mix for an amazing escape to the country’s favourite staycation destination. Here’s a glimpse of what’s waiting you in this picturesque corner of England.

Festival Fun

If you are a festival lover, Cornwall is the place for you. Throughout the year there are dozens of exciting festivals. Come the summer these hit overdrive. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Rock Oyster Festival

Dates: 25th – 28th July 

Savour the flavours of North Cornwall at the Rock Oyster Festival, a culinary extravaganza celebrating the region’s finest seafood, artisan produce, live music, and so much more. Nestled on the banks of the Camel Estuary, this family-friendly event offers a feast for the senses, with cooking demonstrations, food stalls, and activities for all ages. Indulge in delectable dishes crafted by local chefs and raise a toast to the bountiful harvest of the sea. Located at Dinham House in Wadebridge, only 45 minutes from our luxury holiday cottages, lodges, and soon to arrive villas. 

Cornwall Folk Festival

Dates: 22nd – 26th August 

Embark on a journey into the heart of Cornwall’s folk music scene at the Cornwall Folk Festival. Located in Wadebridge, you’ll discover melodies steeped in tradition resonating through the streets of this charming market town. With a line-up featuring many of the country’s finest folk musicians, this festival celebrates the enduring legacy of Celtic music over the August bank holiday weekend. Join the festivities and let the music stir your soul.

Coastal Walks and Wildlife Watching

If you prefer to be engulfed by the serenity of nature you won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of opportunities to embark on an immersive journey of discovery along North Cornwall’s rugged coastline, where towering cliffs and secluded coves beckon adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. Traverse the dog-friendly South West Coast Path or explore hidden gems such as Kellan Head or Merlin’s Cave, where every step unveils a new vista of breathtaking beauty. 

For avid birdwatchers, there are an abundance of sites to keep you busy during your stay. Just 45 minutes away from Bude, you can explore the miles of peace and quiet on Bodmin Moor which offers a mixture of grassland, woodland, lakes, rivers, and rocky tors. Delve into the delights of birdwatching with Buzzards, Ravens, Peregrin Falcons, Kestrels, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Golden Plovers, and Great Grey Strikes calling your name.

Or for keen hikers, why not experience the great outdoors with a guided hiking adventure with IM Hiking. No matter your ability level or age, you can absorb the breathtaking landscapes with an expert guide who will lead you through scenic trails, challenging terrains, and hidden spots you wouldn’t have thought to explore. Check out their website for more information. 

Enjoy Beautiful Bude

When you stay at Whalesborough, you don’t have to travel far to get the most out of your stay. Check out some of the events happening right on our doorstep this summer.

Bude Farmer’s and Craft Market

Dates: Every Friday, 10am – 3pm, through to the end of September. 

Embrace the spirit of community and local produce at the Bude Farmers’ Market. Held weekly throughout the summer months, this market showcases the best of Cornwall’s culinary delights. Browse through stalls filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, artisan cheeses, baked goods, and handcrafted goods while enjoying live music and a wonderfully friendly atmosphere. 

Outdoor Concerts at The Castle Lawn

Dates: April – October 

Experience the magic of live music against the backdrop of Bude’s historic landmarks at The Castle. Throughout the summer, The Castle hosts a series of outdoor concerts featuring talented musicians from various genres. From folk and jazz to rock and classical, there’s a concert to suit every musical taste. Pack a picnic, gather your friends, and unwind amidst the enchanting ambience of this unique venue. 

Something for the kids 

With so many families travelling to Cornwall during the summer you may be wondering how to keep the little ones entertained. Well, wonder no longer. Here are our top picks:

Easiglide Bude Segway Experience 

Looking for a unique and thrilling way to explore the picturesque coastal town of Bude? The Easiglide Bude Segway Experience will be just what you are looking for. Suitable for children (7+) all the way up to grandparents, this experience offers awesome fun for the whole family. You’ll be accompanied by an instructor who will show you the ropes and lead you on a Segway session lasting anywhere between 45 minutes – 1 hour. Take in the glorious scenery from stunning sea views to rolling countryside in a truly unforgettable manner. You can check out their website for more information and to book your session here. 

The Venue Bude

Raining during your stay? No problem! Regardless of the weather, you can count on The Venue Bude to provide a whole day of entertainment. With ten lanes of ten-pin bowling, four floors of soft play, and plenty of food and refreshments on offer, you can arrive knowing you are in good hands. For parents with younger children, there’s a separate toddlers’ area with a padded slide, ball pool, boat swing, and interactive animal noises, as well as a tiny tots padded play-pit. Check out their website for more information and don’t forget to pre-book your day.


Dog-friendly days out  

North Cornwall is not just a haven for human adventures; it’s also a paradise for our four-legged friends. From sandy beaches and coastal walks to charming villages and dog-friendly attractions, there are plenty of options for dog-friendly days out in Cornwall. Here’s our pick to set those tails wagging!

Northcott Mouth

This hidden gem is nestled along the rugged coastline of North Cornwall, just over 10 minutes from Bude. This picturesque beach is renowned for its natural beauty, unspoiled surroundings, and sense of tranquillity, making it a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike. What’s more, this beach is dog-friendly all year round! All you are asked is to keep dogs under control, particularly around grazing livestock and cliff edges. The car park is open from dawn until dusk, giving you plenty of time to explore. Looking for a place to eat? The Rustic Tea Garden is just a short stroll away and is a fantastic spot for cake, tea, coffee, ice cream, and more. 

Black Rock Beach 

Dogs are welcomed all year round at this stunning beach located on the southern edge of Widemouth Bay. Enjoy hours of family fun with plenty of relaxation and adventure on offer. Soak up the sun, build sandcastles, stroll along the shoreline, explore the treasures lurking in the many rockpools during low tide, or go for a surf! This beach has many useful facilities such as toilets, a large car park, seasonal RNLI Lifeguards (daily from 18th May – 29th September, 10am – 6pm) and a beach café. 

What’s not to love?

From lively festivals to serene coastal escapes, North Cornwall beckons with a treasure trove of summer delights. So, pack your bags, embrace the sunshine, and embark on an unforgettable adventure in one of England’s most sought-after locations. Whether you’re seeking excitement, relaxation, or simply a change of scenery, North Cornwall has something special in store for everyone this summer.

Interested in owning your own luxurious corner of Cornwall?

If owning an eco-villa appeals, look no further. Our villas feature wildflower roofs, exposed timber cladding, traditional Cornish stonework, private decking, al-fresco dining areas, large, enclosed gardens, and stunning countryside views. With an earning potential of £80,000 a year, you get the best of both worlds: an amazing holiday home for you and your loved ones, and an income generator for generations to come.   

With just three luxury eco-villa plots left, now’s the time to 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 buy one of three remaining villas plots, we’ll give you your money back on your visit, however long you 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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