5 Things to do in South West England this summer

South West England has a wealth of great resorts and tourist attractions all the family can enjoy this summer.

1.       St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island located about 366 metres off the coast of Cornwall. When the tide is out the island can be reached on foot via a man-made causeway. The highest point of the island, offering panoramic views of Mount’s Bay, is crowned with a medieval castle which has been home to successive generations of the St Aubyn family. Legend has it that a giant named Cormoran once roamed the island and his stone heart is embedded in one of the cobbled streets. The name of the island reflects its spiritual roots, for it is here where fisherman saw a vision of the Archangel St Michael in the year 495.

2.       Iford Arts Festival

From the 8th of June to the 10th of August the city of Bath will be hosting the internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival. The exquisite Peto Garden of Iford Manor (6 miles outside Bath) will offer a range of performances guaranteed to pique the fancy of cultured festival-goers, including cloister concerts, opera and picnic proms. Please view this website for more details.

3.       Train journey from Exeter to Newton Abbot

The train line from Exeter to Newton Abbot in South Devon is one of the most picturesque in the country. The line, which opened in 1843, offers fantastic views of the South Devon coast. It runs alongside 13 miles of water in total, including parts of the rivers Exe and Teign.

4.       Siblyback Lake Country Park

For active outdoorsy types Cornwall offers the Siblyback Lake Country Park. Here visitors can go rowing on the lake, surrounded by the dramatic Bodmin Moor. The Outdoor+ Active Centre provides canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and trout fishing. It offers courses for beginners as well as self-launch for the more experienced. The park also has a campsite on the water’s edge for those who wish to spend a weekend there.

5.       Plymouth Race Week

If you’re into sailing be sure to get to Plymouth Race Week this summer. The event takes place between the 4th of July and the 7th of July. The main attraction will of course be the racing, but the shoreside entertainment also promises to be spectacular. There will be a race village on the Barbican offering food, live entertainment, trade-stands and daily prize-giveaways. There will also be an open-air market consisting of maritime-themed stalls.

How to get around

Trains are always a viable option for travelling around South West England. However, for flexibility it might be better to take a car, especially if you plan to go camping. There are multiple car hire services in the region, but if you choose this option be sure to shop around and compare car hire excess insurance to save money on your holiday.