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!
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.
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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.
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.
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
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?
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!
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!)
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!
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.
by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)
We all know that Glastonbury is taking a break for 2018 however we have picked our favourite festivals in Cornwall for you to come and visit us instead!
This is a relatively new festival on the scene though over the past few years it has brought in several big-name acts. Last year Tunes in the Dunes featured, Clean Bandit, Jamie Lawson, Louisa Johnson and Cornwall's very own Daisy Clark. The festival takes place on Perranporth Beach.
If you're looking to stay locally and would prefer the luxury of staying in a property rather than camping, why not take a look through the selection of properties Duchy Holidays have to offer. Many are within walking distance to the beach.
This is located in the Port Eliot Estate and is a very unique festival capturing a magical combination of books, food, music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, wildlife and water.
This festival is based across two locations, at Fistral Beach there are the BMX/Skate and surf competitions along with retail village. Fistral Beach is also where the Beach sessions take place. It really is a relaxing vibe here with live music, waves, sun and sand.
Located at Healey's Cider farm what more can you want than a weekend filled with great music and Healey's famous Rattler Cider. This relatively new festival already offers a diverse variety of music and includes a BBC Music Introducing Stage for the upcoming talent.
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It’s five weeks already since Christmas and we are fast approaching the February Half term! If your planning on a visit to Cornwall, there is still plenty of time to
Book a break away and there is a lot to do in and around Perranporth to keep your whole family occupied.
Take a look at Visit Cornwall’s Top Ten Favourites:
There are activities galore at Cornwall’s National Trust estates this February half-term; snowdrops are the star of the show at Trelissick and it’s time to play I Spy at Glendurgan, while over at Lanhydrock why not wander down through the woods to the river or hire a bike and go off and explore?. Down at Godolphin there will be a week of storytelling walks. At Cotehele there's bushcraft for the kids and an apple grafting weekend for the adults. Mini gardeners should get down to Trengwainton where there will be free seed-planting. Phew, it’s going to be a busy week!
Join Newquay Zoo this February half term for the launch of ‘Nearby nature 2018’, a celebration of all things native.
There will be trails, activities and more… Have a Creepy Encounter, 2pm daily outside the tropical house or come and watch our animals go wild for some tasty treats throughout half term.
Attention! Join us for a packed day of action and soldier training. Shape up before you ship out and be put through your paces in commando training. Step back to the time of the Second World War and face the Drill Sergeant. Sign up to the training camp and see if you have what it takes to conquer the obstacle course...
Bring your tribe to Eden this half term for intrepid adventures and behind-the-scenes fun based on Early Man, the latest adventure by the creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit. Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy to save their home.
Come along to Eden and grab your map and go on an exciting quest to find your own Schnoolkel coin – the currency used in the film. You’ll journey along a timeline of civilizations, learning about their discoveries and what gifts they passed on to the next generation.
Or discover your inner cave dweller inside our incredible Cave. Enter through the stone tunnel and get stuck into drawing your own cave art onto the walls.
Elsewhere inside the Cave, you’ll discover the tricks of the trade of how the film was made,and watch some behind-the-scenes footage and film clips. Within another cave, glistening with bronze nuggets, you’ll be able to get involved in an archaeological dig, using brushes to uncover replica tools and artifacts from the Stone Age.
Get your skates on too for February half-term is your last chance to catch the Eden Ice Rink before it packs up for another year!
Join Paradise Park over February half-term for their Little Pirates and Fairies fancy dress week. Complete the family-fun quiz trail and quiz and claim your delicious sweet treat prize. Plus don’t miss the chance to meet Long John Tredinnick and his loyal band of parrots, walk the rope bridge, climb the nets, fly down the slides and keep and eye out for free flying macaws!
Telegraph Museum Porthcurno offers a surprising and inspiring visit time and time again. Porthcurno’s golden sandy beach hides an amazing secret. Beneath your feet, messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables since 1870, making Porthcurno one of the most connected places on the planet and a hub of global communications, even today.Press Morse code keys. Watch lights flashing. Hear dot-dash-dotting. Lose yourself in a whistle-stop timeline of dynamic discovery. Go underground in secret World War Two tunnels.
Frenchman’s Creek is a peaceful and stunning inlet off the Helford River which offers a rich array of sights from the kayak. The Koru adventure starts from Budock Vean Hotel private beach where we head towards the Helford Passage passing sailing boats and banks of ancient oak forest. Paddling across the The Helford we enter Frenchman’s Creek, the inspiration for Daphne du Marier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’. The serene surroundings on calm waters are amazing with shipwrecks and secluded beaches situated on the creek. A great day out for the family in the Cornish springtime!
Get creative and have some fabulous holiday fun at Tate Create. Play, make and get creative this half term in there Art Zone. Explore light in the dark den, get ripping and sticking making modern art collages or chill out together in the relaxation area.
Great Fun for all the family. Test your wits with this amazing new escape room in Bodmin. You are 'locked' in a room and have 60 minutes to get out by finding clues, solving puzzles and working together logically as a team! Can you escape? Booking in advance is necessary.
Saddle up and take on a trek or if your more experienced a ride in the sand dunes and on Perranporth Beach The stables are based very near Perranporth on the north Cornish coast. They offer a number of different types of rides including our most popular and beautiful beach ride which is accessed along the extensive dunes above the beach and numerous safe bridleways.
by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)
If you are lucky enough to be getting married in 2018. Why not take a look at tying the knot in Cornwall? We have such beautiful landscape and scenery here there really is something to appeal to everyone. Whether you are just looking at a very small exclusive wedding or something more extravagant!
Perranporth, well we may be a bit biased with this one as we love Perranporth! The beach is stunning and if you are looking at having photos taken on the beach. Then Perranporth is the perfect location, The Seiners and The Watering Hole are right on the beach. If you're looking for accommodation from the whole family to stay in too then Duchy Holidays offer a wide selection of properties in the area. There are even some including hot tubs, so why not treat yourself it is your wedding after all! Take a look at Crowjy Kernewek!
If getting married in a converted barn is more appealing to you then why not consider Nancarrow Farm. These beautifully renovated barns are set in the idyllic countryside area on the outskirts of Truro. It's really is a beautiful setting making for some fantastic photo opportunities. The venue is a licenced to carry out weddings however there are local churches nearby too. There is accommodation also available which sleeps up to 18 guests.
St Mawes Castle and Pendennis Castle are equally stunning locations if you are looking for a romantic wedding set in a castle. They both offer truly unique settings, St Mawes castle is located in a beautifully kept banked garden which leads down to the sea. It also has the opportunity for a Marquee.
Pendennis Castle is also set in a beautiful location with stunning sea views. If you are interested in looking at the castle dressed for a wedding. then why not visit on Sunday 29th April between 11am and 3 pm as they open the doors for their wedding showcase.
Cornish Tipi Weddings located in a beautiful countryside location in mature woodlands. If a more natural themed wedding or festival inspired one is what you're looking for, check out their website. The setting is just beautiful with lake views and they can accommodate for weddings of all sizes. Even better why not take a holiday while you're here as they have pitches and Tipis for guests and can help with booking local B&B's and cottages nearby.
Now if you fancy something truly unusual then why not consider tying the knot at the Eden Project? Now this is wedding that really is unique and can only be found in Cornwall. They have some great options for your ceremony and reception including the use of the Biomes! This is a great option if you are looking for a more sustainable option for your wedding as this is at the heart of the Eden Projects ethos.
If you are looking for a more Jane Austin themed wedding then why not take a look at Scorrier House. The grand stairway is a beautiful period feature not to mention the well-kept historic gardens. They also have accommodation in what was previously the stables, for the main wedding party to stay in.
Cornwall has so many beautiful hotels with stunning views it really is hard to narrow them down. Though here are our favourites!
The Headland Hotel (Newquay)- This hotel is located on a private cliff top overlooking stunning sea views.
Penmorvah Manor (Falmouth)- A beautiful country house nestled in woodland gardens and only a mile from Maenporth Beach.
The Alverton (Truro)- This hotel offers a romantic and elegant setting with beautifully manicured gardens.
Carbis Bay Hotel (St Ives)- Stunning sea views overlooking Carbis Bay
Rose in Vale (Mithian)- A Georgian period Hotel set in a Cornish wooded valley, nestled into 10 acres of landscaped lawns.
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
Christmas seems a distant memory already and January looms endlessly ahead. Why not give yourself something to look forward to and book a short break away or a romantic weekend for Valentines ? Take a look a look at latest accommodation offers or let us know what type of accommodation you're looking for and we will send you details of offers and ideas.
Cornwall has so much to offer even at this time of year, in fact the beautiful dramatic skies can be awe inspiring even with the storms we have had lately. They certainly make for glorious walks and cosy pub lunches in front of a roaring log fire.
If you would like to visit some attractions whilst in Cornwall here is a selection of our recommendations to make the most of your stay at this time of year:
This all year round attraction makes a great escape from the weather. Visitors can wander through the depths of the jail, over six levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5 mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall.
Jail Visit 9.30am – 6pm
Tea Room & Gift Shop 9.30am – 6pm
Restaurant Noon – 9pm
Dog Friendly Attraction
Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous island, the Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning all year round visit.
Open daily from 10am
March - October 5pm
November - February 4pm
Lappa Valley Steam Railway will be opening for Winter Weekends once again! Visitors will enjoy a steam ride into the leisure park where they can enjoy all of the attractions on offer for the heavily discounted price of just £6 per person.
Open weekends from 10:30am on 4 February until 18 March 2018. Trains will run every 40 minutes from 11:10.
Whether you like to walk, run or cycle "The Camel Trail" is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Even at this time of year it can make for an enjoyable day out. If the full length seems daunting, you can do it in stages. Our favourite is from Wadebride to Padstow (approx 5 miles) where you can enjoy local fish and chips (even Rick Steins) before you turn around and make your way back.
Bike Hire: is available at Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge. (Only licensed providers are permitted to hire bikes for the Trail, please check your hirer is licensed).