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Magical Mystery Tours

Published on 20/03/2017 16:04

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We are pleased to announce that we will once again be ticket agents for the magical mystery coach tours.  Starting again at Easter (exact date to be confirmed)

The Doc Martin Tour

We take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  On this fantastic tour you will visit the most the beautiful programme locations of this entertaining programme.  Including Portwenn (Port Isaac) and Tintagel and Boscastle.

Poldark Tours

Visit the stunning locations where the filming of this great TV series takes place. 

Tuesday Tour - Newquay to Lands End, visits the mine, Nampara Valley, Porthcurno. Great scenery and stunning cliff locations.

Thursday Tour - Takes you to Charlestown, Bodmin jail, Bodmin Moor and Nampara House location.

Other tours include

  • St Ives - Marazion
  • Penzance to Mousehole
  • Minack theatre - Lands End
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Looe and Polperro

If you are interested in any of these tours, please pop into our office in Perranporth and we can check availability and arrange pick up for you. 

 

St Pirans Day Celebrations

Published on 28/02/2017 16:44

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St Piran’s Day Celebrations

 

28th February 2017

Here in Perranporth we know how to celebrate St Piran’s Day! Take a look at our local what’s on guide and get involved in the festivities!

St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall, banished from Ireland by a jealous king in the 5th Century AD and thrown out to sea with a millstone tied to his foot to drown, only to survive the ordeal and float down to Cornwall where he eventually landed right here at Perranporth beach (we take our name “Perran” from him). He made himself at home here, establishing the Oratory, having quite a few pints and then discovering tin, which lead to Cornwall for a while being one of the wealthiest regions in the world.

Sunday 5th March 2017

The annual St Piran Play is a traditional promenade play starting at Piran Point (up at Perran Sands) at 2pm, lasting around 90 minutes, with scenes taking place at The Oratory and Old Church. Free parking is available at Perran Sands and it is free to take park in the march. All ages are welcome. Bring your St Pirans flag to wave!

Then head in to the village where the Tywarnhayle Pub are putting on a Cakey Tea, pasties and delicious Cornish specialities including Stargazey Pie. A local choir will be performing traditional Cornish songs and sea shanties to mark the occasion. Just mind you don’t end up “as drunk as a Perraner”!

 

Lappa Valley Opens For Winter Weekends

Published on 03/02/2017 16:42

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LAPPA VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY WILL BE OPENING AGAIN THIS SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY FOR WINTER WEEKENDS.

JUST £6 PER PERSON AND UNDER 3's COME FREE

LAPPA VALLEY WILL BE OPEN DAILY THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY HALF TERM, 11th - 19th FEBRUARY FROM 10.30 am
   

February Half Term

Published on 01/02/2017 16:24

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February Family Activities

February half term is fast approaching, and as usual, there’s loads going on in Cornwall to entertain locals and visitors to the county! 

StoryFest at The Eden Project

Sat 11 – Sat 19 February 2017

Included in the usual Eden admission price, StoryFest is a children’s book festival taking place over half term. Daily shows by theatre company the Imagination Seekers are inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, there are interactive story sessions, a big book exchange, and hands-on craft workshops and games. Eden will also be hosting some very special guests from the world of children’s books. For more information visit the Eden Project website.

 

Eden Escape: Alien Rescue

Selected dates from 14 January – 19 February 2017

Also on at The Eden Project this winter is a completely immersive experience, Eden’s exciting new live escape room game! Great fun for families with older children (for ages 8+), the game is for teams of three to five people. Your mission is to rescue a dying alien before the time runs out: teams have 45 minutes to work together and solve a variety of mind-boggling mysteries and challenges, save the alien species, and gain their way out of the locked room!

Price: from £15 - £20 per person. Booking is essential. Click here for more info and to book.

 

National Trust

There are some simply stunning National Trust properties and gardens in Cornwall, from Trelissick’s landscaped gardens and beautiful woodland to Trerice’s historic Elizabethan Manor House, there’s so much to explore and enjoy in the county. And many of the National Trust properties are putting on special events and activities over half term including a Children’s Garden Trail at Lanydrock. Take a look at the National Trust website for all planned events throughout Cornwall in February.

 

 

Terrific Tudors at Pendennis Castle

From 13 – 17 February you can experience Terrific Tudors at Pendennis Castle: step back in time and imagine how life was over 400 years ago in the impressive Tudor fort of Pendennis in Falmouth. Visit the English Heritage website for more information. 

 

 

Show Me Show Me at Hall for Cornwall

CBeebies’ favourite double act is coming to town!

Chris and Pui from popular children’s TV show ‘Show Me Show Me’ are bringing their stage show to Truro’s Hall for Cornwall on Monday 13th February with a morning show at 11 a.m. and a second show at 2 p.m.

All the favourite characters will be there including Incy Wincy, Old MacDonald and Twinkle, and of course the toys: Tom, Momo, Teddington, Stuffy and Miss Mouse. With songs, comedy sketches, and plenty of opportunity for audience participation, this is a family show to appeal to younger children.

Tickets cost £13 per person or a Family Pack for £44. Visit here for more info and to book.

 

Pup Season at The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

As the leading Seal Rescue Centre in Europe and the only one in Cornwall, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary take in and rehabilitate rescued seal pups over the winter. The team provide round-the-clock care to get the pups back to full health so they can be released back into the wild in the spring, and so February is the perfect time to visit the sanctuary, when the pools will be full of seal pups!

Find out more about The Cornish Seal Sanctuary here.

Thinking about your Sunday Roast?

Published on 03/12/2016 16:16

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What better than on a winter Sunday afternoon to enjoy the luxury of having your Sunday Roast cooked for you, while you sit and have a drink by the fire.

There are lots of options to choose from in and around Perranporth, here are some suggestions for you to enjoy

  • The Pavillion Boatshed (Perranporth)- serves from 12pm - 3pm serving a traditional Sunday Roast with a choice of meats with HUGE yorkshire puddings
  • The Perranporth Inn - Sunday Roast 12pm -3.30 pm Rib of Beef, Leg of Lamb, Breast of Turkey, all the trimmings, dogs are welcome here.
  • The Tywarnhayle Inn - (Perranporth)- offer a Sunday Carvery from 12pm - 6pm, help yourself to their selection of meats and vegetables, 3 different size options available.  Dogs are welcomme here. 
  • The New Inn - (Goonhavern) serve A traditional Sunday menu from 12pm until they run out. 
  • Bolingey Inn - Serves a trditional roast from 12pm, a selection of meats served with plenty of veg and a selection of desserts. Dogs are welcome here
  • Driftwood Spas (St Agnes) - Sunday roast is served between 12pm - 2.30pm. Plenty to choose from and dogs are also welcome here.

To avoid disappointment always call ahead as we know most of these are very popular so you will need to book your table.  Enjoy !!

 

Perranporth Christmas Market

Published on 15/11/2016 15:42

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We are very proud to announce that Perranporth is hosting it's very own Christmas Market on Sunday 18th December at 11am - 8pm.   Local volunteers, organisers and businesses are dedicating their time and rescources to put together what will be a fantastic community event for all to enjoy.

The festive open-air market will run the length of Perranporth' main high street starting at Rileys garage and finishing at Chapman's butchers.

What better way to start your Christmas celebrations, than taking in the atmosphere whilst browsing the stalls, with the background sound of Christmas carols and the smell of chestnuts roasting. 

The road will obviously be closed for the day, but there will be free parking at the Beach car park and as always at this time of year parking is also free at Wheal Leisure car park.

  • Live music and local choirs

  • Craft stalls

  • Our very own Seaside Santa

  • Chrismas gifts

  • Food and drink

If you are interested in participating: 

For stalls contact Gem - marketstallbooking@gmail.com

For food stalls contact Lee- foodmarketstallbooking@gmail.com

To perform at the event contact Loz - iseeme@me.com

So make sure you put this date in your diary, and we look forward to seeing you there!!

Proceeds will go to support local charities and the Christmas lights

Halloween

Published on 14/10/2016 15:46

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Lots and Lots of things happening in Cornwall to scare your little monsters this Halloween, have a spooky and spectacular time!

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Heligan Halloween

St Austell 22 - 30 October

Enjoy these magnificent gardens and give the little ones a treat by creeping down their Halloween trail through the woods. You will stumble upon spooky ‘going’s on’ that may give you a fright, or a delight! Listen to enchanted tales by the fire or get crafty with the team and make your own willow wand, herbal sleep pillows or shadow puppet and then try the puppet out in their Shadow Puppet Theatre.

All activities free with garden admission fees

Newquay Zoo, Zoo Boo Halloween Week

22 - 31 October

Spooktacular fun for all the family with a ghoulish ghost hunt, face painting, make and take art, spooky storytime and creep crawly encounters. Normal admission prices apply.

 

Eden Project: Halloweden

St Austell 22 - 30 October

This much-loved annual spook-tacular invites all the family to get involved in a web of magical craft activities and dares them to be scared. Go on a mystical journey through the world-famous Biomes on a quest to brew up a special positive potion. Visit the Wishcraft Tent complete with its very own Tunnel of Terrors and gallery of craftily-carved pumpkins.

There'll also be plenty of tasty treats in the cafes and restaurants and a good bone-shaking disco, the Little Monsters' Ball on Saturday October 29. Deck out in fancy dress for a spooky evening of fang-tastic fun. Eden’s ice rink will also be opening from Saturday October 15, with skating slots available throughout the Halloweden period and beyond.

 

Godolphin House: Halloween Happenings

Helston 22 October until 31 October,10am - 5pm

This Halloween there’ll be lots of tricks and treats for everyone at Godolphin. Prepare to be scared with tales of ghosts that have haunted the estate in spooky storytelling around the grounds. Transform into a ghoulish ghost or menacing monster with Halloween face painting and made your own bat box to welcome your very own winged-friend.

 

Trengwainton Garden: Pumpkin Fun Day

Penzance 23 October, 11am

No tricks, just treats! Join in the pumpkin games and try your hand at pumpkin carving, then feast on pumpkin dishes in the tea-room.  The ultimate day for pumpkin fans.

 

Cotehele: Freak Week Saltash 24 - 30 October

Get set for lots of freaky happenings at National Trust Cotehele. The mill will be treated to a spooky makeover with a children’s Halloween trail and ghoulish baking while spirit hunters will be challenged to take a self-guided tour of the house – watch out, you may discover sinister presences lurking! Down at the Quay during half-term there will be daily spooky crafts, including monster making and pumpkin carving.

Flambards: Tricks & Treats Firework Spectacular

Helston 28 October, 8pm with Halloween entertainment throughout the day

Families can enjoy spine-tingling rides and a spooky pumpkin trail in the creepy Victorian Village throughout the day and watch fireworks light up the sky in the evening. The epic display starts at 8pm. This will be Flambards biggest display of the season!

Headlining the night are Flava and the Big Dance Company. On stage the talented crews will be performing their super skilled moves, and showcasing their own brand of hip hop cool. Whilst entertainment will be running throughout the day in the lead up to the fireworks spectacular, on-stage from 6pm will be one of Cornwall’s finest live bands ‘Broken Down’ to get the crowd ready.

Flambards is open every day from 10am during October Half Term (Saturday 24 October – Friday 30 October).

 

Pendennis Castle

Shiver me timbers - 24 - 28 October - 11am-5pm

Discover terrifying tales of Pendennis’ piratical past and embark on a bone chilling quest to find a buccaneers ill-gotten gains. Frightfully good fun this Halloween half term.

 

Halloween Spooky Tours, 27 & 28 October

Family Tours at 5.30pm & 6.30pm. Adult Tour at 7.30pm.

A terrifying treat just for Halloween! Join us on an eerie evening tour for an after-hours journey back into Falmouth’s fearsome past. Meet our spine-tingling storytellers and discover tales of ghostly apparitions, dastardly deeds, and ghoulish goings-on. Not for the faint hearted!

 

Trerice: Ghostly Goings on

22 - 30 October

Become a ghost detective and see what you discover; there are lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Experience the eerie silent house tours, daily from 3 pm. Event is free, but normal house admission prices apply. Pirate’s Quest: half-term Halloween and evening scare event

Newquay October 22 - 29 October - Spooky Story telling and treasure hunting for all the family

28 October - SCARE Experience

Horror fans are in for a treat as the caves and coves inside Pirate’s Quest will be transformed into a diseased pirate port for an exclusive one night only experience. Undead rogues of the sea will roam the port, creating Newquay’s only fully immersive, walk-through SCARE experience (booking advisable, 14+ years only)

 

Camel Creek Adventure Park: Creepy week

Wadebridge 22 - 29 October

October half term is brilliant at Cornwall's Camel Creek Adventure Park. Join them for creepy week this  autumn which will be fun for all the family.

 

Paradise Park: Halloween Disco

Hayle 28 October, 3-6pm

Costumes at the ready, Paradise Park in Hayle is hosting a spooky Halloween Disco with loads of JungleBarn fun and prizes for the best dressed. Refuel with spooky food and homemade pumpkin soup! For prices visit the web site

 

Royal Cornwall Museum

24 - 29 October 2016

Design & Build An Air Powered Rocket Car. Have fun on the race track when you design and build an air powered model rocket car. Make decisions about its size and shape, its wheels and how to secure the rocket that will power it! For budding artists or engineers who prefer drawing then you’ll have the chance to create your very own technical drawing of the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car!

Virtual Reality. Use our special 3D goggles to see all around the cockpit of the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car and experience the thrill as it reaches 1000mph.

 

If you’re looking for Halloween activities then join their ‘Make & Take’ drop in sessions on Monday to Thursday during the week from 10.30am – 12.30pm, and make your monster mask or scary spider.

Family backpacks and free family trails are available with FREE badge all week. Activities are suitable for children 5 years and older. Children under 8 must be supervised by an adult.

Under 16’s free, normal adult admission prices apply.  For more details visit the website here

Ice-Scream Special - Ghostly Tours, Lizard Heritage Centre, LighthouseOctober, 20th/25th/26th/27th at 5 pm (4:30 arrival) to 6 pm.

The ghostly tales tours are reports taken from lighthouses around the world and include two Lizard mysteries. Build your Treleavens Ice Cream sundae - Award-winning Chocolate that is to die for! The ghostly tales tour is as well as all our usual fun such as: building giant lighthouses, pumping the foghorn and tracking ships live. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing view.

Visit our new temporary exhibition and learn how Trinity House keeps mariners safe at sea with our new Illustrated A to Z!

Children are very welcome, but they must be at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided.

 The only lighthouse in Cornwall open to the public. The ghostly tales tour runs October 20th/25th/26th/27th at 5 pm (4:30 arrival) to 6 pm.

 Tickets are a spooky £13 each with a less scary discount rate of £10 for international lighthouse passport holders.

 Booking highly recommended as spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. Tel: 01326 290 202

October Half Term

Published on 08/10/2016 15:17

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What’s On in Cornwall – October Half Term

It only feels like the children have just gone back to school after the long lazy summer, but as the leaves begin to turn orange,already we are thinking about their next holiday.

Cornwall is a wonderful place to spend the autumn half term holiday. Wrap up warm for a windswept walk along the beach, treat the kids to hot chocolate (cream and marshmallows essential!) then head back to your Cornish holiday cottage and cosy up in front of the log burner for the night – perfection!

And with so many fantastic family attractions down here it won’t be hard to plan days out to keep little ones entertained. Here’s our run-down of what’s on in Cornwall this October half term, packed full of fun Halloween themed events and activities to enjoy:

Halloween

The Eden Project always puts on a good show for Halloween and this year’s set to be no different! Children can get involved with magical craft activities, spooky storytelling and discover pop-up performances and shows. There’s also the ever popular glittering ice rink and the Little Monsters’ Ball on 29 October.

Dairyland Farmworld

Dairyland is a great day out, with tractor rides, nature trails and daily milking to name but a few activities! Plus, this half term there will be free craft activities and pumpkin carving to celebrate Halloween.

The Owlman of Mawnan Spooky Night Walk

Visit Trebah Garden if you dare on 28 and 29 October for an eerie night-time walk through the garden with storytellers and performances to discover the story of the terrifying Cornish Owlman. Pre-booking essential.

Halloween Week at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

A favourite with young families, this week sees the addition of a spooky trail with prizes, colouring competition and a prize for the best costume each day, an ideal way for little ones to enjoy some non-scary Halloween fun!

Newquay Zombie Crawl

A spooktacular fancy dress parade through the town for children ages 5-16, with live entertainers, face painters, music and much more.  Saturday 29 October at 1:30pm.

So be sure to pack those creepy costumes and frightening face-paints for this year’s half term holiday!

If you're thinking about a break, there is still some availability in lovely accommadation in and around Perranporth.

Respect The Sea

Published on 26/08/2016 15:53

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Following recent events throughout Cornwall, we would just like to remind you whilst enjoying your holiday and the lovely weather to take care in the sea. 

This Guide from "Ocean Today" will help if in the unfortunate event you do get caught in a Rip Current

A rip current is a narrow, fast-moving channel of water that starts near the beach and extends offshore through the line of breaking waves.

If you do get caught in a rip current, the best thing you can do is stay calm. It's not going to pull you underwater, it's just going to pull you away from shore.

Call and wave for help. You want to float, and you don't want to swim back to shore against the rip current because it will just tire you out. You want to swim out of the rip, parallel to shore, along the beach and then follow breaking waves back to shore at an angle.

When you first get to the beach, the best thing you can do is swim near a lifeguard. And then if you have questions about if the conditions are hazardous or not, ask a lifeguard. And then many beaches have things like a flag system, or other forms of communication to be able to tell you if the conditions are hazardous.

But if you go to a beach without a lifeguard, when you get there, you want to make sure you know how to spot a rip current, and if you get caught in one, know how to get out. And then when you go in the water, always bring flotation.

Always let a lifeguard make a rip current rescue, because often, the people that try to make rescues themselves end up being the ones who drown. Instead, the best way to help is to throw them something that floats and immediately get a lifeguard for help.

Spotting a rip current can be difficult, and really needs some practice. But when you go to the beach, start off by staying back from the water. Rip currents are easier to see at an elevated position, like a dune line or beach access, and then look for places where waves aren't breaking, so flat spots in the line of breaking waves. And then also where there's maybe foam or sediment in the water being transported away from the beach offshore.

Before you go to the beach, always check your local beach conditions. Look at the wave forecast. If you have waves two to three feet high or greater, you could have strong rip currents. And then look to see if there's a hazardous rip current statement for your local beach. And then always check the tide as well.

So rip currents often occur at low tide, and so if you're going to the beach during a period of low tide, just be mindful that strong rip currents could occur.

People often misunderstand and think that rip currents only occur during bad-weather days at the beach but actually, you can have strong rip currents with sunny days and waves of only about two to three feet high. And the reason for that is that rip currents aren't really caused by the weather. They're caused by the waves and other factors like the tide and the shape of the bottom.

Rip currents can occur anywhere you have breaking waves, like large sandy beaches on the open ocean. But they can also occur where you have hard structures, like jetties, or piers, or even rocks jutting out into the ocean.

In terms of the tide, usually rip currents are going to occur more at low tide when you have waves breaking over the sandbar near shore. And that's the third part, the sandbars. Usually you're going to have strong rip currents where you have significant sandbar near the shore with a channel in it.

Take a look at this video 

Stay Safe!

Summer is nearly here !

Published on 11/07/2016 16:07

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We are in that lull before the main holiday season starts, and although the village is busy during the day, the beach is still relatively quiet and the streets empty out quite quickly at the end of the day. We’ve got plenty coming up over the next couple of weeks, so keep checking our “Whats’s On” guide; in the meantime, here’s a taster to whet your appetite:

Perranporth Beach Cricket 

Saturday 16th July

A charity event organised through the Watering Hole is a family fun day, with local businesses and clubs entering teams to compete to win the title. The event starts at 10.30am and runs throughout the day. Incorporate this with Billy Ocean, who will be doing an early warm up for his evening session at Bands on the Sand later on. This will be a great day for everyone

Perranporth Carnival

Saturday 23rd July marks the beginning of the busy season, and starts off with Perranporth Carnival.  A host of floats, trailers and vehicles extraordinaire, can be seen parading through the centre of Perranporth.  Local businesses, Perranporth school, sport’s clubs, children’s clubs all enter in the fun, the event has a lovely community feel about it, so come on down and enjoy the atmosphere.

Perranporth Family Day Out

Sunday 24th July

The very next day is the family fun day on Perranporth inner green, it runs from 12 – 6pm and includes music, games and activities for all the family. It Includes the King of the mini skate competition, a bouncy castle.

Scott May Dare Devil Show

If you want to keep going there also the Scott Mays Dare Devil Show, at Perranporth airfield, Trevellas, starting at 7pm. This is a fast moving, action packed show with Monster Truck destruction, Europe’s only monster ride-truck, car-crushing action from Thundertrax (a tank/monster truck hybrid), motorcycle, quad and all-terrain buggy jumps, car crashes, amazing fire stunts and much, much more. No advance tickets can be bought for this, you need to pay on the gate.

Culdrose Air Day

Thursday 28th July is Air Day it is the only day of the year when the public can step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station. You will be blown away by awesome flying displays, be able to meet the heroic Aircrew who fly our helicopters around the world, get up close to state-of-the art aircraft and learn all about life in the Royal Navy. Tickets are available in our office, they go like hotcakes so make sure you get yours early, as last year we did run out!