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There's no denying that Cornwall took a battering during the recent winter storms. However, this is a county that is made of stern stuff, and, contrary to some of the more hyperbolic reporting, was never shut for business. The worst of the damage was concentrated in just a couple of localised areas, and the A30 stated open throughout the crisis. Repair work to the transport infrastructure is already nearing completion, and it is anticipated that the train line that connects London to Penzance will be back up and running on the 4th April. The affected part of the route - between Plymouth and Exeter - is at any rate covered by a rail replacement bus service, so is still perfectly accessible.

It was the south side of the county that sustained the worst damage, but as an Atlantic Coast, the problems, while unprecedented, were quickly assessed and proficiently dealt with. The county is most definitely open for business, and the more people that visit over the coming months the better. Spring and early summer is a perfect time to visit this beautiful corner of the UK, and as a bonus, will help to boost the tourist economy which has sustained such a blow during the last few months.

Cornwall has long been a Mecca for walkers, with its mile upon mile of beautiful coastal paths. Easter is a great time for families to visit, to explore the rock pool and coves along the pretty coast lined, and take part in one of the masses of family friendly activities held in the county at this time of year.

The Eden Project is the perfect pace to head to on a rainy day. From April 5th - 25th the venue will be hosting a fabulous chocolate festival, recounting the history of the humble cocoa bean, and visitors will follow a trail through the many attractions within the dome. The event will also include chocolatier demonstrations from adults, and delicious chocolate making activities for the kids.

Another great Easter holiday destination is The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth. Here, children of all ages will be delighted by the fantastic interactive 'Smuggler's Den' exhibition (open April 5th - 21st), where they can hunt for hidden contraband, meet the captain and listen to his tales of smuggling on the high seas, and even learn how to construct a flintlock gun.

On a sunny spring day, head to the banks of the Belford River where you will find the delightful Trebah gardens - a very child friendly, sub-tropical destination. Easter highlights include a 'funny Bunny trail' for younger children, that follows a path through the brightly coloured rhododendrons and lush camellias, imparting lots of fascinating facts about rabbits along the way.

Cornwall’s Crealy Adventure Park is a firm favourite amongst those in the know. Packed full of exciting rides, it also has a variety of animals to visit and pet. Suitable for kids of all ages, this theme park is set in beautiful surroundings, and provides good value fun for all the family.

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