June is our favourite time of year in Cornwall. Warm weather, long sunny days, lack of crowds and loads of events make this month a particularly special time to visit the county. If you’re thinking of visiting but not sure when, maybe some of these reasons will be enough to tempt you down to Cornwall this June.
While we can never totally rely on the British weather, June is often one of the best months to visit. It’s generally warmer with many more hours of sunshine, thanks to the long hours of daylight. It’s the perfect month for getting out and about and exploring all that Cornwall has to offer. Just remember to pack a raincoat just in case!
There’s no denying that Cornwall can get a little too busy during the main school holidays from mid-July to the end of August. During last year’s hot spell, tourism chiefs were even advising people to stay away from some holiday hotspots! You won’t have this problem in June. There will be plenty of other visitors around but it won’t be packed out. You’ll find loads of space to spread out and enjoy the Cornish beaches. Our favourite local beaches are Harlyn, Constantine and Porthcothan Bay.
The summer season really hots up in June with plenty of exciting events to keep everyone entertained. The Royal Cornwall Show (6-8 June) is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. It’s largely an agricultural show with the added appeal of arena displays and entertainment, fun fair and wonderful food and drink stands. For a musical treat visit the Sea Shanty Festival (16-18 June) in Falmouth, where Cornish singers will be joined by international groups at this annual celebration of the sea.
For artistic inspiration head to the Charles Causley Festival (2-9 June) for a programme of events in memory of Cornwall’s best loved poet, including talks by renowned writers and artists, and music from the likes of Seth Lakeman. There’s also the Great Estate Festival (31 May – 2 June) headlined by James if you’re here for the first weekend in June.
June is also a very good month for wildlife watching. At this time of year there’s a bounty of birdlife to see all around Cornwall, especially on the coast. It is the best time of year to see Puffins on the cliffs around the Rumps and Mouls island near Polzeath.
There’s also a better chance of spotting sunfish, dolphins and basking sharks in June. Hop on board a wildlife boat trip from Padstow to increase your likelihood of spotting these beautiful marine creatures.
With good weather and long days, June is also the perfect period to walk sections of the South West Coast Path. While must-see coastal hotspots such as Bedruthan Steps and Land’s End attract coach loads of visitors, you can walk for miles on other stretches of the trail and only see a handful of people, if any. You can also find some peaceful moments on the Camel Trail which can become overrun with families at other times of year.
To see Cornwall in colour, come in June. The landscape is at its greenest and the hedgerows are lit up with the last of the spring flowers. The county’s garden attractions also come into bloom with wonderful displays of summer flowers. June is the best time to explore the outdoor gardens at the Eden Project with its meadow of Cornish wildflowers, large beds of purple lavender and bright exotic Kniphofia, also known as red-hot pokers.
June is also a treat for the tastebuds with an abundance of seasonal produce to bring to the table. Pop to the nearest farm shop for asparagus, courgettes and Cornish new potatoes; go strawberry or raspberry picking; or visit a fishmonger for local mackerel, brill, monkfish, turbot or lobster. If you prefer eating out, most local restaurants will use fresh, seasonal produce in their meals.
Another compelling reason to visit Cornwall in June is the wider choice of available accommodation options. Hotels, cottages and holiday parks are often booked out for much of July and August. Come a month earlier and get your pick of the bunch at cheaper prices than in high summer.
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