The South West of England is a beautiful and diverse region which has been popular as a holiday destination for centuries. Whatever ingredients make up your perfect holiday you will be certain to find them here, with something to keep every member of the family entertained. South West holidays can be enjoyed at any time of year, the stunning beaches and landscapes are just as breathtaking in winter as they are at the height of summer, and many family attractions are open all year round. For those that have yet to experience the delights of this lovely part of the world, here are a few highlights to whet your appetite…

Cornwall is the most westerly county in the South West, situated on a peninsula surrounded by 300 miles of magnificent coastline. Cornwall is famous for its’ spectacular beaches and pounding surf which provides a natural playground for all types of water sports. The county is full of history just waiting to be explored and amongst the beautiful countryside you will find great walking trails and dramatic Bodmin Moor with its’ prehistoric remains and fascinating legends. West Cornwall has a thriving art scene inspired by the stunning scenery, and in recent years it has established a reputation for food excellence with celebrity chef owned restaurants and award winning local produce. There are attractions and theme parks for children of all ages, one of the most famous being the inspirational Eden Project which is as educational as it is fun.

Next door to Cornwall is Devon, the only county in the UK that has two separate coastlines and two national parks. Much like its’ neighbour Cornwall, Devon’s beaches are renowned for their surfing and water sports, particularly in the north of the county. Mid Devon is home to the most tranquil countryside and the imposing granite tors of Dartmoor National Park, a favourite with walkers of all abilities. East Devon is home to the county’s capital, the cathedral city of Exeter with its’ Roman ruins and medieval underground passages. South Devon is full of quaint fishing villages and harbour towns with glorious coastal views and delicious seafood.

Somerset is well known for being the setting for Glastonbury Festival, Europe’s largest music festival, but this county’s appeal stretches much further than this with a wide variety of attractions set amongst rambling countryside and bustling coastal resorts. No visit would be complete without sampling Somerset’s famous cider and cheese – the village of Cheddar gave the world cheddar cheese and still produces it today.

The county of Dorset has inspired writers and poets for centuries as any Jane Austen or Thomas Hardy fan will know. Dorset’s coastline makes up part of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first World Heritage Site, and Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The traditional seaside resort of Weymouth harks back to holidays of days gone by with donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows. Despite its’ relatively small size Dorset has plenty of attractions to offer including Abbotsbury Swannery, the only place in the world where you can walk through the heart of a colony of nesting swans.