Hayle is a peaceful coastal community in West Cornwall, located away from the hustle and bustle of nearby St. Ives at the mouth of Hayle River where it flows into St. Ives Bay. The town has its own three mile stretch of sand known as Hayle Towans with brilliant swells for surfing and fine sand for sunbathing and sandcastle building. The sands are backed by sand dunes beyond which lie shops and houses including a choice of lovely Cornish holiday cottages, many converted from old fishermen’s homes. The name Hayle means ‘estuary’ and sailing and rowing is popular along the estuary. There is also a busy harbour filled with gorgeous Cornish yachts and motor-boats.

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Further inland you can find Paradise Park, a tropical bird garden that has since acquired otters, pandas, squirrels and the rare Cornish Chough. It’s perfect for a sunny day out to wander around this ‘Fun Farm’, and, when the sun isn’t shining, retire to the newly built Jungle Barn indoor play centre where the children can run wild. There’s also Jeepers Karting for another fantastic day out with the family. Boasting two circuits and a multitude of karts to choose from, Jeepers is an impressive site and not to be missed.

For a more relaxed day enjoy a wander round some of the Cornwall’s best art galleries including The Tate St. Ives or the Newlyn in Penzance, while the smaller galleries and artists studios in St. Ives, St. Just and St. Agnes are also worth visiting. With such stunning scenery as inspiration, much of the art is outstanding and definitely worth a purchase or two as a holiday memento.