Flybe will recommence its direct flight service from Newcastle to Newquay in Cornwall next week.
The route, which is returning from May 23, from Newcastle International Airport will provide the most direct, convenient access for visitors from the North East to discover the delights of Cornwall.
Here, we round up the top ten list of things to see and do in Cornwall this summer:
Meet Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit at Land’s End - www.landsend-landmark.co.uk
The ‘Shaun the Sheep Experience,’ which opened this year, sees the famous Land’s End signpost rebranded ‘Lamb’s End.’ As well as original sets, models and characters from the BAFTA and Academy award-winning productions, there is also an opportunity for visitors to star in a real Shaun the Sheep scene using green-screen technology.
The ultimate taste of Cornwall: enjoy a new dining experience at Nathan Outlaw’s new restaurant – www.nathan-outlaw.com
The world-renowned two-star Michelin chef Nathan Outlaw has recently opened a new restaurant in Port Isaac on the north coast of Cornwall. The spacious and modern restaurant offers diners the chance to enjoy the culinary delights that have made Nathan Outlaw one of the most celebrated fish chefs in the UK.
Indulge in Cornish seafood at the Rock Oyster Festival - www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk
The annual Rock Oyster Festival is held overlooking the stunning Camel Estuary near Wadebridge on July 10-11. An exciting mix of food, music and art, visitors can eat their way through thousands of Cornish oysters and can even camp on site.
Experience world-class classical music in a beautiful church venue - www.endellionfestivals.org.uk
Located near Port Isaac (where ITV’s Doc Martin was filmed), the church of St Endelienta becomes concert venue for some of the most prestigious soloists and musicians in the UK from July 28 – August 7. More than a dozen concerts take place during the festival in the unique surroundings of the church, featuring choirs, orchestras, string quartets and opera stars.
See the Fleet Air Arm take flight at RNAS Culdrose Air Day - www.royalnavy.mod.uk/rnasculdroseairday
This event on July 30 offers a chance to see behind the scenes of Cornwall’s working military Naval Air Station, the very same base HRH Prince William trained at in 2010. As well as taking in awesome jet and helicopter flying displays, visitors can meet heroic aircrew, get close to state-of-the art aircraft and learn all about life in the Royal Navy.
Stay at Padstow’s newest accommodation: Padstow Townhouse - www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk
Acclaimed chef Paul Ainsworth, founder of the Michelin-starred restaurant Number 6 in Padstow, will be celebrating the opening of his first accommodation this spring. The Padstow Townhouse will feature six luxurious rooms in the heart of Padstow.
Take a trip back in time at a Grand Medieval Joust - www.english-heritage.org.uk/grand-medieval-joust
On selected dates in August at Falmouth’s beautiful Pendennis Castle overlooking the sea, visitors can enjoy the thrills, spills and pageantry of a bygone era. There will be plenty to keep the family entertained, with falconry displays, medieval music and dance and even entertainment from the castle jester.
Get your surf on at Boardmasters Festival in Newquay in August – www.boardmasters.co.uk
A brilliant combination of beach sports and live music, Boardmasters Festival takes place August 5-9. This year’s live music offering includes Bastille and Faithless. Alongside the tunes, there will be the annual international surf competitions at Fistral Beach – one of the UK’s best surfing beaches.
Dance the night away at Falmouth Week in August – www.src.falmouthweek.co.uk
Falmouth Week (August 5-16) is an annual sailing and yachting regatta, and now the largest of its kind in the south west. With plenty of shoreside events, including live music, family games, art galleries and even a display from the Red Arrows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Celebrate the Cornish sea in August at the Newlyn Fish Festival - www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk
Set in one of Cornwall’s most distinctive fishing ports, the Newlyn Fish Festival takes place on the August bank holiday – August 31. Now in its 26th year, it’s a favourite event with locals and visitors alike and packed with fish cooking demos, live entertainment and even a seafood auction.
Malcolm Bell, chief executive, Visit Cornwall, said: “From the peninsula location almost surrounded by sea, to the characterful culture bursting with local cuisine, community passion and huge diversity, Cornwall’s uniqueness shines through.
“Whether it’s to relax, get active or explore, there’s an experience in every corner and thanks to a mild climate and beautiful views Cornwall has become the favourite UK holiday destination.
“The route to Newquay makes visiting the county easier than ever and we look forward to welcoming visitors this summer.”