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Boardmasters

Published on 06/08/2018 15:47

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

The event is a combination of live music and surfing/skateboarding competitions in and around the town of Newquay. The festival has a heritage that goes back to 1981 and a current capacity of 50,000.

The majority of the music performances take place to the north of Newquay near Watergate Bay. The Men's Pro 5 Star WQS surf competition takes place on Fistral Beach where a skate ramp is built for the BMX and Skateboard competitions.Other sporting events include The Women's Open, WSL Men's Longboard, WSL Women's Longboard, Boys/Girls Pro Junior and Under 12's.

The event is owned and managed by Vision Nine Group.

This year's line up headliners include The Chemical Brothers, George Ezra and Rag n Bone Man - plus many many more, for the full line up check out their website

If the surfing side is more your thing, simply head down to Fistral beach to catch all the action, wander on to the sand and watch the pros battle it out for the Boardmasters trophy. Whilst you’re there, dip into the Beach Bar, chill out alongside DJs and live bands playing throughout the day, pull up a barrel on the decking as you watch the pro surf comps with a Soul Arch in hand, immerse yourself in talks & workshops or jump into the Beach Sessions as the sun goes down. Twist and turn your way through the bustling surf village at Fistral which showcases a wealth of local artisans and curated brands to suit your every need; from hand-made gems to the latest must-have surf apparel.​ See you at the beach… 

There are shuttle buses that run between the music ad the surf sites, camping is available but all must be booked in advance.

Information and ticket availability 

 

Creation Fest

Published on 31/07/2018 15:55

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

South West’s Premier Skate, Music and Faith Festival Returns To The Royal Cornwall Showground

 Creation Fest returns for its seventeenth year this year with a week of celebration, exploration and discovery at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre in Wadebridge, North Cornwall from the 4th to the 10th of August 2018. The free, fun family music, skate and faith festival will once again host seven days of live music from well-known and up-and-coming artists, plus speakers from around the world, who will get festival goers thinking and reflecting on life’s big questions.

Festival Coordinator Sarah Yardley says "The festival is an opportunity to gather together all ages and people from all over the world to learn about faith while enjoying incredible live music and a whole host of adventures and activities. We are proud to be a free-to-attend festival and want to create an event that welcomes all to celebrate life this summer. Music, skating, circus acts, sports and activities in the Cornish countryside are all free of charge.” 

Once again, the South West’s largest indoor skate park will be returning to the festival, complete with pro skaters and daily demos to wow the crowds. The Adventure Zone will include a surf rodeo, a giant slip ‘n’ slide, a bungee run and  more.

Alongside this, the Fitness Factory will be offering daily Crossfit sessions for all levels of fitness. There will be live comedy, graffiti events, fireworks, a silent disco and a huge variety of workshops, talks and seminars to stimulate and inspire.

Come for a day or camp for the week. Bring your friends, family or youth group and enjoy everything that Creation Fest has to offer. Music, skating, circus acts, sports and activities, all set in the glorious Cornish countryside, free of charge.

For more information or to see the full programme : www.creationfest.org.uk

King Arthur's Cornwall

Published on 24/07/2018 14:48

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Discover the land where the legends of King Arthur were born in North Cornwall.

You can embark on a mythical quest unearthing the recognisable landscapes, full of magic and mystery, and follow in the footsteps of the imaginative Arthurian tale.

The tale of King Arthur is world famous, with the stories about Camelot, Guinevere and Excalibur being retold across the world for centuries – Guy Ritchie’s latest film 'King Arthur – Legend of the Sword' is just one adaption of the story, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, David Beckham and Eric Bana.  

Watch the trailer for King Arthur, Legend of the Sword trailer on YouTube. 

This films adaption of the King Arthur tale isn’t set in the Legends' Cornish roots – but as legends go – it is sure to be a blockbuster.  

The King Arthur Trail, Cornwall

Come to Cornwall to encounter King’s Arthur’s true country, where you can escape across the rocky path to the mystical and eerie Tintagel Castle which is owned by English Heritage, and then continue onto King Arthur's Great Halls; onto Bossiney, St. Nectan's Glen, Rocky Valley; and then to the site of the final battle field at Slaughterbridge. 

You can continue your epic journey even further, and visit the medieval market town of Camelford (a reputed site of Camelot), and then onto King Arthur's Down and Hall on Bodmin Moor and then finally visit Dozmary Pool where King Arthur’s sword ‘Excalibur’ is reputed to lie.

Other Arthurian connections include Castle Dore and the Tristan Stone near the harbour town of Fowey. 

You can learn more about the Arthurian legend and you can also come and explore the King Arthur Trail in Cornwall, which is available to download as The Avalon App, available in both Android and Apple online app stores.

See the King Arthur Cornwall Tour Map provided by The Arthurian Centre.

Blog and photo credit Visit Cornwall

Beneath the map you can plan your trip with details about Accommodation, Things To Do and Places To Eat and Drink in North Cornwall.

Poldark Tours

Published on 03/07/2018 16:30

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Magical Mystery Tours (MMT) have two coach tours per week that take you to see all the locations of the infamous Poldark serious.  Based on the historical novels writen by Graham Winston in Perranporth, the main character, Ross Poldark, is a British Army officer who returns to his home in Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War only to find that his fiancée Elizabeth Chynoweth believed him dead and is about to marry his cousin Francis Poldark. Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family's derelict copper mines. After several years, he marries Demelza Carne, a poor servant girl, and is gradually reconciled to the loss of Elizabeth's love. capture the romance of these novels by taking a tour to some of the film locations.

The first tour runs on a Tuesday and travels from Newquay to Lands End are, visiting the mines, Nampara Valley and Porthcurno. 

The second tour runs on a Thursday and travels to Charlestown, Bodmin Jail, Bodmin House and Nampara House. 

Adult charge is £28pp and children up to the age of 16 charge is £18pp, babies and young children are charged at the same price as they are taking up a seat, if a car seat is required it will need ot be supplied by the customer.

Other tours:

Tuesday – St Mawes, Porthscatho, St Just In Roseland

Thursday – St Ives, Marazion, St Michaels Mount

Friday - Looe and Polperro

Saturday – Minack Theatre, Penzance, Mousehole, Lands End, Lizard, Mullion, Kynance Cove

Doc Martin Tour  operates Tues, Wed, Fri and Sun

Stops offs – Port Quinn, Port Isaac, Tintagel, Boscastle

Private Tours

The private tours are up to 4 people in a black Mercedes estate car. The tours can be the standard ones that are already in operation or customers can choose their own route and stop off destinations, with a pick-up time of 9.30am – end of tour at 5pm. These tours start at £150 depending on the route and destinations.

To book any of the tours, pop into our office or call on 01872 572971 and we can check availability and get you booked on to your favourite.

Crantock Beach to CBay

Published on 21/06/2018 15:13

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

We are blessed with Cornwall being such a beautiful place. What better way to enjoy the Cornish coastline than walking, admiring the stunning views and the landscape. If you are looking for a walk that’s not too long then Crantock to CBay may be the walk for you.


The best part is that its dog friendly too! On a sunny day the views are just incredible, the walk begins at Crantock beach carpark. (It’s a national trust carpark). On the left-hand side of the carpark there is a small wooden gate which leads up some steps this is the start of the walk heading up towards the dunes. Once over the dunes continue along the coastal path at the edge of the fields and through the gate. You’ll head through a narrow path and come to a bridge. Once you have crossed this you’re not far from CBay! Once you’re in the open grassy area you’re there!


CBay has a lovely menu and if you’re looking for somewhere to sit and admire the stunning views then this is the place for you! They have a great selection of scrumptious cakes and meals these come highly recommended!

Child Friendly Holidays Ideas

Published on 23/04/2018 15:33

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

We all know that the criteria when searching for a holiday changes when you have children. When you may have previously looked for a relaxing weekend break away in a quite location and now you are looking for an area to stay with great activities for children to keep them happy.

Well we think that Perranporth might have just what you're looking for. If you're looking for a few suggestions of things to do then look no further! We are here to give you are ideas for child friendly activities which look Amazing!! 

Surfing/ Body Boarding- Older children will love to try their hand at surfing with experienced surf schools offering lots of help and advice too. If they're not quite old enough to surf body boarding is a great alternative. It's brilliant fun and you can hire body boards or purchase them cheaply within Perranporth.

Crazy Golf or Pitch and Putt- Holywell Bay fun park have a fantastic crazy golf course it's so much fun! It will defiantly bring out the competitive side in your family members! If you fancy making more of a day or it why not try the Pitch and Putt? Perfect activity for a sunny day!

Cycling/ Bmx- If you have older children that are getting to the age that they like to spend more time without mum and dad then The Track at Portreath is a great way to get them out and using up their excess energy! It's suitable for mountain bikes, BMX’s and balance bikes. There is a range of Trails (dirt courses), Jumps and Park obstacles, including Foam Pit that will suit every level of ability, ranging from our beginners to the technical and complex. For ages 2 years up there really is a trail for everyone.

Bissoe trail- If you fancy a more leisurely cycle then why not take the whole family along the Bissoe trail? You can hire bikes there. Most of it runs along old tram ways and mining heritage. 

Paradise Park- Hayle- This is a brilliant way to get up close and personal with the birds you can even feed the Lorikeets and penguins! It's great for young children and older alike that are interested in animals as there are lots to see here including red squirrels and red panda's. 

If you are looking for somewhere family friendly to stay with lots of activities to keep the children busy, we recommend Perran View Holiday Park. It is tucked away between Perranporth and St.Agnes, just a short drive to the beaches.

It has many family-friendly facilities including an indoor pool, playground, live entertainment and lovely views across the rolling Cornish hills. 

From mid-March to the end of October Perran View Holiday Village guests have use of the free indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and crazy golf. There's also a children's play area, tennis courts and family entertainment in the clubhouse. An onsite launderette, shop, bars, restaurant and take away make for a hassle-free holiday.  

Only ten minutes' drive from the amenities, shops, cafes and beaches of Perranporth to the north and St Agnes to the south, Trevellas is ideally placed on the north coast to explore the rest that Cornwall has to offer: nine miles to the cathedral city of Truro; and Padstow, St Ives and Falmouth are all within an easy 40 minute drive.

Wifi is available in the lobby area.

Dog Friendly Cornwall- Trelissick

Published on 09/04/2018 14:05

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

Trelissick has over 300 acres of countryside to enjoy

Trelissick is a National Trust property located in over 300 acres of countryside. The best part being the grounds are dog friendly, what better way to enjoy these stunning views and idyllic landscape than with man's best friend. 

The walk begins with open fields overlooking the Fal Estuary, a great place to get the first burst of energy out of the way. With plenty of space for throwing the ball you won't have to worry about finding space to do this! As you continue down towards the beach area this is a great place for your dog to enjoy the water, whether they just love a quick dip of some more time to catch their ball and enjoy the open space. why not take some time here and have a picnic on the beach? It's a lovely secluded spot to soak up the sunshine.

If you continue into the woodland area this beautiful woodland track, you can take in the maritime views and beautiful oak woods. There is the option to do a few different walks here whether you do a shorter one, or that doubles back on itself, or the longest one which is a complete circuit of the area. 

There are great opportunities to take some lovely photos on the walk. With lots of benches along the way if you would prefer to take things a little slower and enjoy the beautiful views. After your walk why not enjoy one of their Callestick Farm ice creams or head in to their tea room for a coffee and some of their delicious cakes they have on offer?

If we have talked you into exploring Cornwall with your best friend then why not take a look at some of our property suggestions below?

Little Rock- Sleeps 4-Quiet hillside location with sea view, just 10 minutes walk from Perranporth beach. Outside there is a small decked area with garden furniture. Private parking for one car.

Stone's Throw- Sleeps 6- Seaside Villa just 50m from the beach, parking included for one car.

Skylarks- Sleeps 8- Holiday park location with swimming pool bar and entertainment

Foxbury- Sleeps 8- Situated at the top of Perranporth with beautiful countryside views, it has a decked garden with parking for 2 cars on the drive.

The Hideaway- Sleeps 9-Quiet location with enclosed garden garden just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Perranporth.

 

Easter Hunt Perranporth

Published on 10/03/2018 14:52

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

Do you like an Easter egg hunt? Something for all the family to enjoy! Well if you’re visiting us over Easter you’re in luck!

We are running an activity throughout Perranporth, in conjunction with our sponsors Duchy Holidays. Have you heard about the rock decorating activity that has been getting everyone in the UK involved? Well if you haven’t already, here is your chance to get involved.

Loveontherocksuk are a Facebook page where people can share their rock finds. This free activity has people all over the UK taking part decorating, hiding and finding painted pebbles around the country. Check them out on Facebook if you would like to see what it’s all about!

For Easter we have decorated around 50 pebbles, if you find them bring them into our office in exchange for a chocolate Easter treat. Then you can keep or rehide your pebbles. Or even take it home with you and hide somewhere else in the country.

We will keep regular updates on our Facebook page with our pebbles when we hide them and with those of you that pop back into our office with them. Don’t forget to share the love on our social media pages #duchyholidays #perranporthinfo

Chocolate treats running over the Easter weekend 30th March- 2nd April during our office opening hours, no more than 3 chocolates per child and they must be supervised by an adult over 18 when collecting their chocolates from the office.

Our Mother's Day Top Ten

Published on 05/03/2018 13:48

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Mother’s Day is our opportunity to say thank you to all the lovely ladies out there who do a fantastically selfless job each day, whether the lady in question is your Mum, sister, Step Mum, Grandmother, Auntie or other special lady, remember not all super heroes wear Capes…

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation.

So how can we spoil our Mums this year? There are lots of options available in Cornwall, most involving food, alcohol and pampering. What are they trying to say?  

Here are our favourite top ten:

  • If you’re looking to buy a special bouquet, then you need look no further than Perranporth.  Floral Fancies have a beautiful range of flowers and arrangements, make sure you get your order in early, if you have a special request.

  • Chiquito’s near Truro are offering bottomless bubbles - The Tex-Mex restaurant is offering endless prosecco for mums – what an offer! All you have to do is go online and print off a voucher. They are also offering 50% off mains and all-you-can-eat tortillas. Head here for more details and to download

  • Watergate Bay Elements  understand how special your Mum is to you, so they have put together a list of their favorite gift ideas. This Mother’s Day treat her to a little piece of Watergate Bay.  Designed to give the sense of active relaxation you get from being in the Great British outdoors and a good walk on the beach, invigorating the skin and stimulating the senses. Think grapefruit, lime, peppermint and orange; chamomile, frankincense, clove & geranium. Prices start from £15 per bottle. Order now for Sunday 11th March

  • Healeys Cider Farm - Spring is on the way and Healeys will be celebrating in sparkling style this year, serving Healey’s Gold Cyder with its much-loved Sunday roast or Cornish afternoon teas, this Mother’s Day. The Old Botterly Restaurant will be serving Sunday roasts with Healeys Gold Cyder for mum and grannies who deserve a refreshing tipple on one of the most important days of the year

  • If you fancy going somewhere a bit different why not take your Mum to Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor.  Treat the important lady in your life to a traditional Sunday roast lunch at our Mothers' Day Carvery and we'll give Mum a posy of flowers!  01566 86250 to book your table.

  • Nothing beats the setting of The Smugglers Den. Treat your mother to their Mother's Day lunch on Sunday.  They offer a special menu for the occasion, available for lunch and evening meals, priced at £23.95 per person (child's half portion £12.95).Mother's Day at The Smugglers is always very popular, so early booking is recommended.

  • The infamous Headland Hotel Spa in Newquay  -  Why not make a day of it? They offer a range of spa day packages to choose from; each feature handpicked treatments, all are dedicated to your intense relaxation. Between treatments, you are invited to take a leisurely swim in the soothing hydropool with its bubble seats, relax in the Cornish salt steam room or Swedish sauna, or luxuriate in the hot tub. Take a little Headland luxury home with you as all Spa Days now include a complimentary glass of bubbles!

  • The Bowgie Inn in Crantock - Enjoy a set 2-course lunch menu at The Bowgie for just £15.95. Choose from Beef, Turkey breast or a Veggie or Vegan Roast, all served with a Yorkshire Pudding, roast and new potatoes plus seasonal vegetables. With a choice of desserts and a Children’s Menu too – round up mum, grannies, aunties, cousins and sisters to celebrate all the amazing ladies in our lives.

  • Trebah Gardens on the Helford River - Trebah are treating Mum to a special day out. All Mums have FREE entry to the garden. Trebah Kitchen will be serving a delicious Two Course Lunch for £16.95. http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/Call for more information and tickets : 01326 252 200

  • St Eval Candles - Unique, beautifully fragranced and inspired by nature - that's their candles in a nutshell. Based as they are on a traditional working farm (the farm is mixed arable and livestock), environmental issues are very important to them. Find mum a gift from nature that's handmade with love, it's sure to make her smile. Order by March 7th for delivery in time for Mothering Sunday.

However you decide to celebrate, we wish you all a very special day!

 

 

 

Easter Half Term

Published on 26/02/2018 12:00

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

Could there be a better way to enjoy the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer than visiting Cornwall? Well we can't think of anything better- though we are slightly biased! But why not? 

Whether its just a weekend away or a whole week to enjoy the school holidays. There really are lots of activities to do while you're here in Cornwall. We have included some of our suggestions below;

Enjoy the Beaches

Cornwall is well renown for it's gorgeous beaches and a great time to enjoy the beautiful Cornish coast are during the quieter times such as Easter. Take a stroll along the coastline, build a sandcastle grab a Hot Chocolate on the beach at the Watering Hole or go for a surf!

Perranporth Easter Rock Hunt

There is a craze currently sweeping the uk of painting pebbles and hiding them for others to find, as a kind gesture to brighten their day. This is a great activity for all of the family! Over the Easter period Duchy Holidays are going to be planting a number of decorated rocks throughout Perranporth and if you're lucky enough to come across one of these then pop into their office and collect a Creme Egg! (Get hunting!)

Paradise Park

This is a brilliant place to take your children to keep them entertained this Easter. They have lots to offer and during Easter there is a brilliant easter egg hunt trail. Which involves collecting answers from around the park following the clues to the trail!

Newquay Zoo

They're also running an Easter egg trail throughout the Easter weekend. Further activities include, origami workshops, colouring competitions, face painting and inviting visitors to follow its Asia themed trail. 

Easter at Eden

Eggsplore Eden on one of their egg hunts, scramble your way through their assault course and tackle other Easter-inspired games. Plus, there will be lots of special prizes and treats to enjoy.

Trails around Cornwall

If you enjoy the trails on offer which are Easter themed there are also trails which have been set up throughout Cornwall. Most tourist informations sell these trails for a small charge but they provide a great activity to get the family outdoors! There is a spy themed trail for Perranporth.

Cycle the Camel Trail

The camel trail is a great way to get the family out. You can cycle into Padstow and have a look around too! Why not enjoy a cream tea or an ice cream whilst your're there too?

If you still haven't booked for Easter yet why not contact Duchy Holidays to find your perfect accommodation to suit you and your family.