If you are looking for a holiday in Britain there is no better place than the sunny shores of Cornwall, but sometimes it can feel like you and half of the country are all holidaying here at once. Here are some tips for making the most of your holiday and pulling it off as a pseudo-local.
Most obviously try to plan your holiday outside of the school holidays. May and June provide the lasting beauty of spring and temperatures to rival that of July and August. Not to mention May time is festival time with The Masked Ball and Porthleven food festival being at the top of the list. September and October offer a complete change of colour scheme - go exploring in forests of gold and orange and sip hot chocolate on the beach. Soak up the rays of Indian summers or cuddle up in cosy coast-side pubs while the storm rages outside.
However, the season of newly-weds-and-nearly-deads is not always possible for busy families. In order to avoid the summertime crowds in the midsts of August start by skipping out on the popular locations. Instead of St. Ives, visit Sennen or Zennor. Instead of Newquay pop into Padstow. Explore the far reaches of the South Coast of Cornwall and leave everyone else near the border. Next, scrap the holiday-maker routine. Get out of the house before 10am and enjoy the mornings almost crowd-free. Shy away from weekend changeovers, Saturdays are the busiest day of the week for all hospitality businesses. Avoid the chaos by planning mid-week arrivals and departures. Most importantly talk to locals. Ask your waiter where their favourite beach is, ask the shopkeeper where to get the best pasties, ask the family next to you where the best place is to take the kids.