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Travel in style: your Cornwall holiday kit list

Hello heatwave! Live your best staycation life. We round up the essential ingredients for a fuss-free, fabulous Cornwall holiday – with lots of options from cool local businesses.

Under my umbrella

Live your chicest beach life with this beautiful parasol from new Cornish brand, Rae the Label. Incorporating natural cotton fringing, Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and recycled poly cotton canvas, Rae umbrellas are the ultimate beach accessory.


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Dress down

Blending 50% linen and organic cotton, this fabric is equal parts cooling and soft and just the thing for a day at the beach – practical enough for a bit of walking or climbing over rocks in search of the perfect picnic spot, but smart enough with chic stripes that you can head straight to the bar for a cooling drink afterwards – and, sustainable too, thanks to Newquay based Celtic & Co’s continued mission to bring down the impact production has on the planet.


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In the know

Obvs turn to Muddy first, but, we accept we haven’t covered it all (yet)! Matt Newbury and Sophie Pierce put this guide together to wild swimming walks and it’s a handy guide indeed. (I own it). In fact, hear from them in person too, as they are on an author tour this month – from 21 – 23 July they will be visiting St Endellion and Muddy Award winning bookshop The Edge of the World in Penzance. But, pick up the book along with an excellent selection of plastic-free picnic bits at Muddy Award winning The Byre in Launceston.


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Specs Appeal

Big Winnie is a style that wants to be seen. With its wide rods, its powerful frame and the rounded glasses, it frames the face – at a great price from Padstow’s Aloft Shop, these sunnies from Danish brand A Kjaerbede are both stylish and will block out the high UV at the coast.


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Board Life

Forget cheap plastic bodyboards which break after two waves and clog up landfill. Get the real Cornish wooden deal – a Dick Peace bellyboard, handcrafted from sustainable materials in Newquay using traditional methods and finished in pretty much any colour you can think of.


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Towel down

Those are my beach towels and six years on they still look as good. Super easy to pack, quick to dry and stylish on a hook in your bathroom, these Ebb and Flow hamman towels are just what you need for your beach hols. They’ve since added more styles and the candy pink stripes are firmly on my wish list (and, they’ve opened up a bricks and mortar store in Penzance for some proper in person shopping too!)


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Life’s a beach (blanket)

We love this woollen picnic blanket with waterproof base and use it everywhere we go including the beach. Made by Newquay based Atlantic Blankets, it comes complete with the leather carrying handle.

From £140

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Nautical but nice

Waft about in the ocean safely knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet. Davy J is a sustainable swimwear brands, using recycled fishing nets and production waste that’s found floating in our oceans. It’s bikinis and one pieces are an investment, but the classic, super-flattering styles will last for years. We’re obsessed with high waisted mix and match bikinis and the cross back suits.

From £60

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Get Carried Away

The time has come to ditch that crumpled IKEA bag you’ve been using (just me?) and feast your eyes on these. Originally designed and purposed to carry wetsuits and kit easily after a surf, they are durable, quick-drying and easy to wipe down when the kids drop a half eaten ice-lolly in it. Also handmade in Bude, Cornwall.


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Rain never stops play

It might be a heatwave this week, but anyone who spends any time in Cornwall knows that whatever the forecast you need a rain coat in your beach bag alongside your bikini… the best are made by St Agnes brand Finisterre. We like the Rainbird which is lightweight, fully waterproof and made from recycled (GRS certified) polyester which is FC-free. As they say, light on your back (or bag), light on the planet, if a little heavy on the wallet.


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Read all about it

As you can’t pack Muddy and take it to read unless you also take your phone, switch off with the next best thing with our pick of the beach reads – Cornwall themed, obvs.

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