Cornwall is well known as one of England’s most renowned holiday destinations but it’s also becoming known as an excellent place for people to move to. Combine the excellent beaches and good weather (for the UK, anyway) and you’ve got a recipe for a place that’s not just a brilliant spot to spend a couple of weeks, but also a lovely area to call home. Here are eight fantastic reasons to relocate to Cornwall.
Cornwall was the first area of the country to trial superfast broadband and now more than 92 per cent of the people and businesses in the region can be connected to incredible internet speeds. That figure means Cornwall is better connected than London, which makes it a brilliant place for media professionals and creatives to work and live.
Of course Cornwall is famous for having some of the most stunning beaches in the UK, but you might be surprised by the scale of it. Cornwall has more than 250 miles of beautiful coastline with everything from picturesque coves to sandy stretches. Porthminster Beach is a large beach of fine golden sand that is very popular with families. Watergate Bay is a lovely spot for water sports, while over at Porthcurno you have the opportunity to go out and spot the enormous (but harmless) basking sharks.
Cornwall puts a real emphasis on the environment and sustainability. Wildlife and nature are an enormous part of everyday life here – people genuinely want to make a difference to the environment. If you’re interesting in becoming a part of a cleaner, greener planet, you’ll be in good company here. Whether it is villages getting together to organise beach cleans or the conservation work from charities, it’s east to get involved.
There is definitely an entrepreneurial spirit in Cornwall – the region has a very high rate of start-up businesses. Interestingly, businesses here also have the highest survival rate beyond three years in the UK. Perhaps this is partly down to the aforementioned faster broadband, but Cornwall also has plenty of business networks and support available. If you’ve ever thought about starting up your own company and working for yourself, this could be the perfect place to do it.
Price of property
Yes, Cornwall does have some very expensive areas, but actually compared to many parts of the UK, house prices here are very affordable even in lovely locations. You can get more for your money here than in much of the South East so it can be a very good move from a financial perspective – that’s before you even get into the lifestyle here.
A friendly community
There is a brilliant sense of community in Cornwall – people here are very friendly and neighbourly. That makes it a lovely place to live and bring up a family. The slower pace of life here means you can relax and enjoy a great work-life balance. As we’ve discussed, businesses here also tend to do very well and that may be because there is a strong sense that people should be supported.
You probably think you’ve tried Cornish pasties. But unless it was officially baked in Cornwall it doesn’t count – the pasty has geographically protected status. A real Cornish pasty is a thing of beauty, but it’s not the only aspect of Cornish cuisine that will get your mouth watering. World class chefs like Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth call Cornwall home, and there is a range of exceptional restaurants too.
Cornwall has a wonderful selection of cultural activities. Kneehigh and Miracle are renowned theatre companies and the open-air Minack Theatre close to Porthcurno Beach needs to be experienced. It’s well worth visiting in the National Maritime Museum or for something unusual, how about the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle?
If you’re interesting in seeing impressive artworks, the town of St Ives is known for its galleries. You could also head to the Falmouth Art Gallery.
Article provided by Sara Bryant, an independent content writer working alongside a selection of companies including Hocking Associates, who were consulted over this post.