As the UK’s most popular holiday destination, Cornwall does tend to get very busy in the summer. There is an annual scramble for the best holiday destinations, especially those situated near the beach. This increased demand inevitably leads to high prices as holiday companies turn on their peak season rates for accommodation. This means families on a budget can often get priced out of a Cornish summer holiday. However, don’t give up just yet. With some preparation and careful planning you can still have an affordable summer holiday in Cornwall.
In this blog post we share some tips and suggestions for taking a family summer holiday in Cornwall without breaking the bank.
Tip 1 - Choose Self-Catering over Hotels or B&Bs
Hotels and bed and breakfasts are fantastic options for luxury and quality service but they will set you back quite a bit, especially in peak season. Serviced accommodation is great if you can afford it but the cost is generally out of reach for most families. When you break down the bill for a weekly rental of a self catering holiday home or cottage, you’ll find that the cost per person per night is generally a lot lower. And of course, the bigger the family the more you will save. What’s more you will have the comfort of your own space and freedom to come and go as you please. Plus you will have a fully equipped kitchen in which to prepare meals, so you can save a fortune by not eating out for lunch and dinner each day.
Tip 2: Book Direct With a Local Accommodation Provider
Local accommodation providers have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to availability for summer holiday properties. They know the holiday homes and cottages they represent inside and out and can help you find the perfect property for your budget. You won’t get this local knowledge and service with intermediaries such as Owners Direct or Airbnb. Plus you can save money by booking direct, as you will not be subject to a customer service charge like you will get with the big online travel agents.
Tip 3: Ask if You Can Spread Payments
Another big advantage to choosing a local accommodation provider is that they tend to be much more flexible on payment terms and dates. You’re not expected to fork out big payments on precise dates. At Duchy Holidays, for instance, we are happy to take payments in instalments to suit individual needs, such as working around paydays.
Tip 4: Research & Book Local Attractions in Advance
Once you have booked your accommodation you will want to start researching the activities you want to do and attractions you’d like to visit while staying in Cornwall. Many tourism companies offer discounts for online or advance bookings. Some attractions also offer multiple days entry for the price of one, including Camel Creek Adventure Park where the ticket price includes free return for up to 7 days. At the Eden Project the price of admission includes access for a whole year.
Tip 5: Make the Most of Free Activities
You don’t have to spend money on holiday to have a good time. Cornwall’s biggest assets are its beaches and outdoor scenery. Take the time to explore the county on foot or or on bike. The South West Coast Path is a spectacular trail with sections to suit all ages and abilities. There are also plenty of cycle trails to explore, ranging from moderate to extreme. Of course, you could just chill out on the beach - it’s totally free!
Tip 6: Look Out for Discount Vouchers
Many attractions, activity providers and restaurants offer discount vouchers to incentivise people to visit. Sometimes, the local newspapers offer special offers. But the best place to pick up these discount vouchers is at the a local Tourist Information Centre, such as the Perranporth TIC operated by Duchy Holidays. These centres always have voucher booklets available and can advise you on special offers direct from local attractions. Booking Eden Project tickets at Perranporth TIC, for example, will save you 15% on the cost of admission.
With these tips, you could potentially save yourself a lot of money on the cost of a Cornish family holiday. With a little planning and research you can make the annual summer break a lot more affordable and maximise your enjoyment of your time together in Cornwall. For further information and advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Duchy Holidays.