Five walks with breathtaking views chosen from our friends at The South West Coast Path. Breathe in the freshness of the sea, listen to the waves breaking on the shoreline and take in the panoramic views of outstanding natural beauty along the Cornish coastline.
Cliff Road Car Park, Perranporth - TR6 0DR Cliff Road Car Park, Perranporth
Take a short stroll through the silent remnants of what was once one of Cornwall's busiest mining areas. In summer this is a riot of colour, with blazing gorse bushes and banks of vivid heather, wildflowers dotted between them and the mineral-stained cliffs startlingly red against the blue sea. In places the stony path passes close to high cliffs.
A circular walk with spectacular views of Rosemullion Head, secluded coves and the beautiful Helford estuary, where wild garlic and bluebells grow in abundance along its banks at this time of the year.
Kelsey Head is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a wide range of habitats, the most extensive being the sand dune system and the maritime grassland. Watch out for seals around The Chick and check out the prehistoric cliff castle on the headland.
From magical Lamorna Cove this walk follows the South West Coast Path to St Loy's where in the spring the stunted oak and sycamore coastal woodland is bright with wildflowers. Going back, enjoy walking through ancient fields passing stone crosses and standing stones.
Have a fantastic half term adventure at Eden Project running from the 16th - 24th February, pick up your passport and collect stamps
from all four corners of the globe – all in one day out in Cornwall. All free with a normal Eden admission ticket, which can be purchased at a reduced rate from our new visitor centre at Wheal Leisure House.
Arctic story including meeting a polar bear!
Times: 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
Venue: Dome Tent, Arena
Join the Eden Storytellers and learn about the mysteries of the Arctic and listen to an old Inuit story about a polar bear.
Thursday last week dark clouds descended over Perranporth, the heavens openend and the large waterfilled snowflakes began to fall. Earlier that day it has rained heavily and although we were dubious as to whether the sea salted wet ground would allow it purchase, it stuck non the less and it wasn't long until the beach, green and high street were covered under a white shimmering blanket.
Whilst other parts of the country continue to function normally under such circumstanses, the rarity of this occurance in Cornwall seems to grind us all to a halt. Schools were hurridly emptied of the loud, excitable students around the County, with buses and cars abandoned at the side of the road, causing more chaos and confsuion than was probably necessary.
The sand dunes became the playground for the rest of the day, with adults and children alike whizzing down the banks on boogie boards, trays, and bascially anything that was flat and slippery.
The very next day most of Perranporth was back to normality, albeit it was icy cold and the chill of the wind biting, it was as if it hadn't happened, the only remnants of the snow were the odd melting sideways snow man and the treacherous ice on the pavements.
In complete contrast, today is balmy, the temperatures have reached ten degrees, the sun is beautifully warm and it feels positively Spring like. Some of the shop owners are out painting, cleaning and preparing, which is always a sign that the new season is upon us.
Whether we will have another sprinkling due before the Winter is out is not yet known, but rest assured that we will we will always endeavor to be here and provide a service for our visitors, whether rain, snow or shine. One of our staff members even came into work on a tractor last week....... Only in Cornwall.
WE HAVE MOVED
Published on 21/01/2019 16:23
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
New Tourist Information Premises
For those of you who don't know we have now moved to a much larger premises within central Perranporth. Located on Wheal Leisure within easy access to the carpark, we are on the lane leading into St Pirans Road.
Through sponsorship through Duchy Holidays, our new visitor centre at Wheal Leisure House offers an excellent open facility for visitors to access the many leaflets, maps and visitor guides to make their holiday experience the best it can be. Friendly staff are at hand to help and recommend places to visit, sights to see and help with accommodation and local events information. We are also ticket agents for Eden Project, Fal River Tours and Magical Mystery Tours.
Take a look at the article featured in the current " Business Cornwall" blog post.
Holiday company expands into new premises
Cornish holiday company Duchy Holidays is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a move into a new office to accommodate its growing business needs.
The Perranporth-based company has this week moved into larger premises in Wheal Leisure House, just off the high street of the popular Cornish holiday town.
The building will allow the continued growth of the holiday letting agency which promotes over 150 self-catering houses, cottages and apartments in and around Perranporth and St Agnes on the north Cornwall coast.
The building previously served as a doctor’s surgery but has been extensively renovated and renamed as Wheal Leisure House or Chy Whel Leysour in Cornish.
Business owner Michelle Robertson commented: “We’re really excited about our move to larger offices, which has been specially designed for our purposes.
“While we loved our old base at Westcott House, we had seriously outgrown this small building. Our new premises will allow us to grow and provide an even better service to visitors and holiday home owners.”
The Tourist Information Centre, which Duchy Holidays operates on behalf of the town, has also moved across the road into its own dedicated space at Wheal Leisure House.
The extra space in the new building will also allow the business to offer hot desk space for local freelancers to rent on a daily, weekly, monthly or permanent basis.
Meanwhile, the old office in Westcott House will be occupied by Seathrift Preloved Boutique, a local business selling ladies pre-owned clothing, shoes and accessories.
Plan ahead for 2019
Published on 07/01/2019 12:17
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
It may be overcast and cold outside, but next spring will be here sooner than you think. It's time to start planning holidays, especially if you want to catch one of the special events going on across Cornwall throughout the year. Below is our beginners guide to What's On 2019, you can find more on Visit Cornwall What's On pages or our Whats on Calender which get updated regularly.
The next School holiday break is February half term when the schools finish on Friday 15th February. This is the perfect excuse to fit your first break of the year in and enjoy a visit down to Cornwall. Imagine looking out at the golden sands of Perranporth beach, whilst enjoying a hot chocolate from the newly appointed Alcatraz bar and café.
On March 5th, the feast day of St Piran. Musicians and dancers take to the streets in a sea of black and white to celebrate the life of Cornwall's most famous saint. According to legend, St Piran, the Patron Saint of Cornwall was washed up on the sandy shores of Cornwall at Perranporth beach. Under the order of the Irish King (who was suspicious of Pirans powers) Piran was cast to sea off the Irish Coast tied to a millstone. Piran decided to build an oratory here in Perranporth to promote Christianity and the story goes that his first disciples were a badger, a fox and a bear! The oratory is now preserved in the sand dunes at Perran Sands. St Pirans. St Piran's day (5th March) celebrations continue to grow in popularity with the annual St Piran Play on Perran Sands (usually held on the nearest Sunday) being a highlight. Hundreds of people make a pilgrimage to Perranporth and the site of the oratory every year.
It also coincides with the World Pasty Championships, which will be held at the Eden Project on March 2nd. You don't have to be Cornish to attend...but it helps!
By the start of April things are warming up and the first weekend sees the Cornwall Spring Flower Show move to its new venue at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge. Expect a riot of colour and scent and lots of ideas for planting up your garden for the summer. At the end of the month it's time to head down west for the first big food festival of the year, held around the harbour at Porthleven. Get there early, it gets busy! As it does in Padstow and Helston as they celebrate the coming of summer in early May. Smaller May Day celebrations go on in other towns around Cornwall, so keep an eye out on our what's on pages and save yourself a long drive!
The start of May will also see venues all over Cornwall fill with song as the International Male Voice Choral Festival takes place. It's one of the first of many music festivals that can be found on our What's On pages, ranging from classical concerts at St Endellion near Padstow to Sea Shantys in Falmouth. From chart topping artists appearing at Boardmasters to local folk singers at the Cornish Folk Festival in August. You will also catch music and dance at the many community festivals held throughout the summer from Polperro to St Just via Mevagissey and Bodmin. Midsummer sees the Golowan Festival take place in Penzance, with the highlight being Mazey Day when the streets are full of processions, stalls and entertainment and not forgetting Tunes In the Dunes in Perranporth, now in its fourth year with head lining acts Madness and Bananarama.
Locals and visitors alike flood every year to the Royal Cornwall Show at Wadebridge. Taking place over three days in early June, it's so much more than just an agricultural show, as is the Stithians Show in July. Lovers of the countryside will also enjoy the steam rallies dotted around the county during the summer, a chance to experience life as it used to be including all the fun of the fair. Away from the land, it's time to turn back time on the water as the biennial Looe Lugger Regatta returns with sailing vessels from as far away as France racing under full sail out in the bay.
Regattas are a big part of Cornish life in the summer and the big ones at Fowey, Falmouth and Charlestown always draw large crowds with plenty going on both on the water and off. And with literary festivals, beer festivals, fish festivals etc, etc there should be an event for everybody at some point over the year.
Partial Blog credit - Visit Cornwall
Escape to The Sea This Christmas
Published on 18/12/2018 12:55
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
It’s less than a week to go until we will be exchanging beautifully wrapped presents and indulging in mountains of glorious food, the designated chef will be hovering over the oven, busying around with plates of delicacies and filling glasses. But have you thought about taking your Christmas to a new and exciting location? ….. Well it’s not too late to escape to Cornwall and take in a breath taking sea view, whilst sipping a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine.
Take a look at some of these wonderful offers still available…...
This second-floor apartment is located in the striking new development - The Dunes in Perranporth, it overlooks the beautiful huge sandy beach, out to Chapel Rock, and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean beyond. This apartment sleeps 4 with a double and a twin room. Available for only £965 for a week’s stay or £750 for a short break over Christmas and New Year.
Perranporth's new fine dining restaurant The Summerhouse, and bar and cafe Alcatraz are literally less than 30 seconds stroll from the front of the apartment building, and another few steps takes you down to the beach to feel the sand between your toes within a minute of leaving your front door.
Located just 100 metres from Perranporth's beautiful three-mile expanse of sandy beach, Trevose is a semi-detached Victorian apartment affording magnificent beach and sea views from the bedrooms and lounge. Beautifully decorated and furnished in a modern style, yet retaining the character of the old building, this is a perfect location to enjoy your Christmas or New Year break, This apartment sleeps up to 4 people, with a double and a twin bedroom. Available for only £865 for a week’s stay or £695 for a short break over Christmas or New Year
Commanding outstanding views of the sea and sand dunes, and with direct access onto the beach, Oceanside is a well presented and completely renovated first floor apartment. Set within a small development of purpose built holiday homes, the property is moments from the beach and only a couple of minutes' level walk to Perranporth's shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. This apartment sleeps up to 4 people, with a double and a twin room available. Currently available at only £615 for a weeks stay or £492 for a short break over Christmas and New Year.
Chy Morvah, meaning the House by the Sea, is a beautiful, light and spacious new-build less than ten minutes' walk to Perranporth's spectacular beach, views of which can be enjoyed from floor to ceiling windows in this fantastic high specification house. The property is perfect for a large family holiday, or two families holidaying together, and is within easy walking distance of the shops, bars, cafes and of course the beach! It sleeps up to 8 people, with two double room, a twin and a room with bunk beds. Currently available at only £1570 for a week’s stay or £1256 for a short break over Christmas and New Year
After the build up to the festive season and excitement of Christmas Day itself, there are several days of ‘downtime’ before the New Year’s celebrations get underway. This Twixmas period refers to the days betwixt Christmas and New Year when there is generally not much going on and there is a sense of limbo waiting for the next party to begin.
Traditionally this is a time for relaxing, eating and spending time snuggled up on the sofa with loved ones. However after spending several days cooped up indoors, many of us will want to get out and do something. If you’re lucky enough to be spending the post-Christmas period in Cornwall there are plenty of things to do to keep everyone entertained.
Take a Walk in the Woods
A walk in the woods is a wise choice especially if it’s blustery or damp on the beach. It is an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Cornish countryside and burn off a few excess calories. We have some lovely woods to explore in Cornwall including Tehidy Woods near Portreath and Camborne. There are miles of trails to roam, fallen trees to climb and wildlife to spot, plus a wonderful lakeside café.
Go Rock Hopping
Of course if the weather is OK, you’ll no doubt want to get out for a stroll on the beach. Kids will love rock hopping and exploring the rock pools which are exposed at low tide on most north coast beaches. Here in Perranporth the rocks underneath the cliff at Droskyn at the south end of the beach are worth exploring, otherwise head to Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes or Chapel Porth. Just keep an eye on the tide so you don’t get inadvertently soaked.
Stop for a Scenic Hot Chocolate
If you have been stuck inside for days it’s sometimes enough for a simple change of scene. So why not pop out for a scenic hot chocolate or stop by a café for a post-walk reward? You’re spoilt for choice for places to stop and sip a soothing hot drink. Some of our favourites include Alcatraz on Perranporth Beach, the Blue Bar at Porthtowan and Lusty Glaze Beach. This is a beautiful spot in Newquay where you can choose from a hot chocolate menu and then work it off by climbing the steep stairs back up to the car park.
Brave the Icy Sea
You’ll need to be particularly brave or downright crazy to get in the sea at this time of year. It is icy cold. But a quick dip can certainly blow out the cobwebs and is supposed to have restorative effects. If you do decide to get in, take care if the surf is strong. Otherwise head to the tidal bathing pools at Perranporth, Porthtowan or Towan Beach in Newquay for a bracing dip.
See Some Christmas Lights
If you haven’t had enough of the glitzy festive spirit you could go out to see some of Cornwall’s famous Christmas lights displays. The most famous of all is in the small seaside village of Mousehole near Penzance where the harbour and fishing cottages are emblazoned each evening with festive lights. Truro also puts on a good show at Christmas and is worth a walk around in the evening to see the street lights. Or do something completely different and head to the Eden Project for its nightly illuminations and interactive light sculptures.
Go Storm Watching
Witness the power of nature as huge waves crash against the cliffs at scenic spots up and down the coast. If there’s a swell running or a stormy sea, it can be a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the coast. Good places for storm watching include Droskyn cliffs in Perranporth, Wheal Coates near St Agnes and Godrevy Head near Hayle.
Climb a Sand Dune
This can be enormous fun if you have kids. Otherwise see it as an excuse to get some exercise. There are some very high sand dunes at Penhale towards the northern end of Perranporth Beach. Clamber up to the top for great views and then run and jump down for exhilarating fun.
Take the Bikes Out for a Spin
For even more exercise you could get the family out for a bike ride. There are numerous trails to explore on two wheels in Cornwall, including the Camel Trail near Padstow, the Bissoe Trail and Cardinham Woods. Each of these trails has bike hire centres on route if you didn’t bring your own.
Go Seal Spotting
Seals are a common sight along the coast of Cornwall. There are regular visitors at Newquay Harbour and Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes. But for the best chance of spotting seals, head along to the grey seal colony at Mutton Cove at Godrevy. There are often seals you can watch from the top of the cliff whilst they bathe on the beach and play in the sea.
Cross a Rope Bridge
For some adventurous fun take a day out to explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan where there is a 100ft replica of a Burmese rope bridge across a ravine in the jungle garden. Kids, in particular, will love the challenge of crossing the rope bridge and can also tire themselves exploring the exotic plants and features in this fantastic garden attraction.
Play in Cornwall’s Cultural Playground
Billed as Britain’s first cultural playground, Heartlands in Pool near Redruth is a great family attraction where you can have fun while you learn about Cornwall’s mining heritage. This part of Cornwall was at the heart of the tin mining industry which is brought to life in interactive displays and commemorated in the diaspora garden. This free attraction also features Cornwall’s largest adventure playground.
Still haven’t booked your Christmas or New Year’s break yet? Check for availability on Duchy Holidays property search page or contact them for last-minute offers.
Blog post credit: Jane Swift Duchy Holidays
New Look Perranporth
Published on 10/12/2018 10:49
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
While Perranporth’s expansive sandy beach and exceptional Atlantic swell are constant, some exciting developments in the past year have meant a changing landscape for Perranporth’s high street, bringing an aspirational and upmarket touch to our surfy seaside village.
With many new homes in the village and increasing numbers of people holidaying in Perranporth, the high street is attracting ever more discerning shoppers and is moving with the times.
The highly anticipated new beachside development The Dunes was completed this summer. Standing on the site of the old Ponsmere Hotel, which had occupied the position since the 1920s, The Dunes is a striking new collection of luxury apartments and houses within seconds of the golden sand, many enjoying sweeping coastal views from their balconies and wall-to-wall windows. Stylishly designed and furnished for the utmost comfort, the properties are fitted with all mod cons (and indulgent extras), and all the apartments benefit from at least one allocated parking space.
View from 9 The Dunes
The Summer House
New Café and Restaurant
Just around the corner from The Dunes, overlooking the three-mile beach, the new bar and café Alcatraz and fine dining restaurant The Summer House stand proud upon the rocks with views across the beach to Chapel Rock and out to the shimmering sea. With a stylish interior, and perfectly positioned balcony from which to watch the sunset, Alcatraz serves a range of soft drinks, smoothies, alcoholic drinks and cocktails, and a tempting selection of light bites.
For a delicious three course dinner or lunchtime tapas with a view, The Summer House is open from 11 a.m. daily and offers a seasonally changing menu and extensive wine list. Built into the cliffs above Alcatraz the restaurant is beautifully decorated, with a nod to the decadence of the art deco period. Huge folding doors open to the large balcony for al fresco dining and to make the most of the outstanding views.
Perranporth High Street
It’s not just the seafront where changes can be seen… Perranporth high street now boasts a number of new additions, including elegant lifestyle shop and gallery Far and Wild. Displaying a curated mix of art, craft, homeware and clothing in a gallery space, Far and Wild promotes unique products from local makers alongside international brands, with a focus on craftmanship and sustainability. Beautifully dressed for Christmas, the shopfront has recently been decorated with swathes of foliage and twinkling lights to draw the customers in.
Another new shop to have opened in the last few months is Healey’s cyder shop on the high street. Offering tasters of award winning cyders, the shop is proving popular! Part of the parade of shops that used to originally be Austin Healey’s garage and workshop, the Healey family are now making the most of the prime high street location to promote their ever burgeoning cyder business.
Meanwhile, Perranporth’s popular pre-loved boutique Seathrift is expanding and will be moving into new premises at the beginning of December. Now based on the little cut-through on the way to the beach (the lane between Camel estate agents and Perran Bay nursing home), Seathrift is bound to attract ever more customers to browse their wide range of pre-loved clothing, with a high footfall passing their door.
Far and Wild
Duchy Holidays new premises
Duchy Holidays and the Tourist Information Centre
Duchy Holidays is also proud to announce a move to larger premises. Now located on Wheal Leisure, opposite the car park and just round the corner from Jaipur Indian restaurant, the new offices are spacious, bright and modern, to accommodate a growing team and flourishing business, now into its 25th year. The Tourist Information Centre is also housed in the new location, with a new-look bespoke space dedicated entirely to Tourist Information. Pop in to take a look next time you’re passing!
Open All Year
Perranporth benefits from a year-round thriving community and as such many shops continue to trade throughout the year. Added to which holiday makers and day-trippers love to visit Perranporth whatever the season to enjoy the vast dog-friendly beach, many delectable cafes and restaurants and bustling high street. Only 13 miles from Newquay airport, and eight miles from Truro train station (with direct links to London), Perranporth is well placed and easily accessible for people wanting a short break or winter holiday.
Duchy Holidays offer a choice of more than 130 self-catering properties in the Perranporth area and can help you find your ideal holiday accommodation. With a wide range of dog-friendly options available, we offer luxury contemporary properties with outstanding sea views, beachside apartments, romantic rural retreats and cosy Cornish cottages, the majority of which are within easy walking distance of Perranporth’s beach, shops and bars.
Looking for Inspiration
Published on 03/12/2018 14:48
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
Find inspirational ideas and suggestions for a great experience in Cornwall:
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Kids love Cornwall There’s oodles of family-friendly places to stay, eat and have fun in Cornwall, discovering them starts here.
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Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth
Published on 26/11/2018 14:21
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
Situated on Ponsmere Road, Perranporth Museum is a must visit for those interested in History and artifacts.
The museum which is open from March - October offers an insight into the social and industrial past of Perranporth and the surrounding villages.
The Perranzabuloe Museum Trust was established in 1986 to preserve the history of the parish with a display in the Oddfellows Hall in Perranporth. In 2004, the Trust was able to purchase this historic building and develop a research area together with larger storage facilities and workrooms.
Their collection includes objects, maps and photographs and provides an insight into the life and history of our parish from its earliest beginnings, the arrival of St. Piran, the growth of fishing, farming and mining, through to the tourist destination it has become today. Each year they produce special exhibitions allowing them to share new acquisitions or examine local themes, events and culture in more depth.
Perranzabuloe Museum has won the Cornwall Heritage Award for Audience Initiative for the project called Heritage on the Beach.
Find out about two of the most prominent personalities associated with the area:
Donald Healey CBE was the creator of one of Britain's most iconic sports , Donald Healey, is remembered 25 years after his death where he was born and died.
Winston Graham the infamous author of the Poldark series was President of Perranzabuloe Museum until his death in 2003.