If you want to experience the most picturesque side of England, Cornwall is the place to go. With rolling hills, fine sandy beaches, and still-sleepy coastal villages, Cornwall promises to be the perfect budget holiday destination. It’s the perfect rural retreat, a haven for surfers both old and new, and a favourite party destination especially during the warm months of summer. Here’s how to enjoy a great and inexpensive weekend in Cornwall.

Towan Beach in Newquay in Cornwall

Day One

Always start your journey in Newquay as it already connects almost all of the other popular destinations in this part of the British Isles. It’s also home to some of Britain’s best and most famous beaches whether it is for surfing or swimming. The town itself offers plenty of opportunities to partake in rich Cornish traditions while also shopping for the best treats and trinkets to bring back home. The clubbing scene is exceptionally fun and exciting especially during school break as students and backpackers pack the many clubs and bars of the town from June to September.

Hit the beach anytime, even if the weather seems like not cooperating. You’d simply miss a lot of Cornwall if you don’t. Start the morning Fistral beach and learn a thing or two about surfing or simply hit the waves if you’re already that skilled. If you want a swim in gentler waters, Towan beach is the place to go. Then fill your heart with the delicious goodness of Cornish pasty.

Once you’re done with the pasty, take a 1 to 1.5-mile walk towards Crantock while being mesmerised by the beauty of the craggy cliffs with the pristine blue waters of Cornwall providing a marvellous backdrop. Ride a dinghy and hit a secluded beach before exploring an old Norman church and its immediate environs. Before heading back to Newquay, make sure to try Old Albion’s authentic ale and hearty fish and chips. Cap the night with the clubs and bars of Newquay before hitting the sack at any of Newquay’s inexpensive backpackers’ hostels and inns.

Day Two

On your second day, hop onto a Greyhound and discover the Georgian buildings that line the cobbled streets of Truro. It may not have the volume of tourists as in Newquay, but it definitely has more shops and more locals to interact with and learn more about Cornish way of life. Don’t miss the Cornish cream tea especially with a dollop of Cornish clotted cream. Visit the tri-spire Truro Cathedral and head out to the Royal Cornwall Museum for its largest array of natural historical artefacts, industrial arts, and ethnological pieces. Don’t miss the kooky specialty shops as well as independent boutiques that dot Lemon Quay. Before heading back home, make sure to drop by and dine at The French Bistro and enjoy their ratatouille with goat cheese or chicken casserole.

There are some great websites to help you plan a visit and book accommodation in Cornwall. Spending a day or two in Cornwall need not be expensive. By starting in Newquay, you can head out to Truro or some other Cornish towns for a great and inexpensive weekend holiday.