For the outward-bound type, look no further, watersports and hiking are in the mix here along with a great art and music scene for the culture vultures. There are English country houses and gardens aplenty and gourmets will delight in the fresh fare from the sea.

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Our guide to holidays in The West Country

For those in search of an epicurean experience head to Cornwall for bustling farmer's markets and Michelin star restaurants interspersed with the must sees along the way, such as Tintagel Island (of King Arthur renown) and the stretches of sandy beaches such as Polzeath. Check out Padstow, a working port with medieval houses painted in pretty pastel colours, and home to Rick Stein's fantastic fish and chips - and we're not just talking plain cod, oysters followed by monkfish and chips anyone? Next up are Trelissick Gardens, which have spectacular sea views, and the Lizard Peninsula.

Also visit the Eden Project, take a day trip to the Isles of Scilly, and explore the artistic heritage of Tate St Ives - home to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gallery and the St Ives Museum. Intersperse your visit with a smattering of bucket and spading on the multitude of sandy beaches, a firm family favourite is rock pooling at the tail end of the day before chomping into tasty morsels of fish and chips watching the sunset.

Don't rule out Devon during your stay. On your way back visit Watermouth Castle or Castle Drogo overlooking Dartmoor, before heading out to the moor on foot or on horseback. Visit Dartmouth castle and take a rowing boat up the River Dart keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Also discover any number of spectacular stately homes such as Buckfast, Buckland Abbey, and Powderham Castle which has been in the same family for a mere 600years!

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