Summer 2020 is looking a little different to most years with social distancing measures in place, attractions and restaurants restricting visitor numbers and staycations in demand due to travel restrictions. Luckily, Devon and Cornwall make the perfect staycation locations, so if you’re planning your next trip to the South West, we’ve found some things you can still enjoy safely this summer!
Visit an outdoor cinema
Outdoor cinemas are popping up everywhere this summer and they are the perfect way to enjoy the magic of cinema whilst social distancing. Thanks to The Open Air Cinema, you can take the family to watch a film at some fantastic locations in Devon and Cornwall this summer, including Powderham Castle, Dartmoor Zoo, Pendennis Castle and lots of lovely beaches. Visit their website to find out what’s on and where, then look forward to watching your favourite film under the stars!
Support a local zoo
After being closed to the public for much of the year, it’s more important than ever to pay a visit and support the work of local zoos to help them get back on their feet. Paignton Zoo and Newquay Zoo are run by Wild Planet Trust who worked extremely hard to ensure new safety measures were in place before reopening, ensuring visitors have a safe and enjoyable trip to the zoo. Don’t forget that you now need to pre book your tickets as visitor numbers are limited, so be sure to plan ahead if you have an upcoming holiday.
Pick your own produce
Many local farm shops are encouraging visitors to pick their own produce, from fresh fruit and veg to flowers, it’s a great way to teach little ones where their food comes from as well as the importance of getting their five-a-day! Some farm shops even allow you to pick your own flowers and create a beautiful bouquet, making a fun day out for children and a bright and colourful treat to take home at the end of the day. There are plenty of farm shops offering this in Devon and Cornwall, but Darts Farm and Trevaskis Farm are a couple of our favourites.
Discover local history
Devon and Cornwall are both rich in history and home to plenty of English Heritage sites, explore the history of both to discover how they came to be the places you know today. From admiring the beautiful Exeter Cathedral, fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast or even visiting the oldest gin distillery in the world; Plymouth Gin - there’s so much to learn about Devon. Discover Cornwall’s fishing heritage at one of many quaint fishing villages or how life was for Cornish miners at a local tin-mine, if you’re feeling brave, you could even visit Cornwall’s most famous smugglers inn, the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor - at over 270 years old, it’s believed to be haunted with strange occurrences plentiful!
Whether you’re strolling along the South West Coast path, climbing Tors on Dartmoor or Bodmin Moor, or even walking alpacas (we promise you can do this!), it goes without saying that the South West is best enjoyed outdoors. It’s also home to some of the very best locations for enjoying all kinds of watersports, from surfing and kayaking to stand up paddle boarding - the best part is, you don’t even need to own your own kit, there are plenty of places to hire everything you’ll need for whichever outdoor activity you fancy trying!
Of course the South West is a popular for summer staycations, but Devon and Cornwall can be enjoyed come rain or shine and a trip to either will often be quieter and cheaper after the busy summer months. Explore our website to start planning your next trip to the South West!