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St Pirans Day Celebrations

Published on 25/02/2020 11:27

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and celebrations start for St Pirans Day on or around the 5th March.

St Pirans Trust

“St Piran was born in Ireland in the 6th century. He was renowned for his miraculous deeds, but a group of tribal kings grew afraid of his powers and jealous of his influence.  They put a millstone around his neck and threw him off the top of a high cliff into the sea.  As Piran fell, lightening and thunder raged, but as he reached the sea the storm ceased and the Irish watched St Piran float on the millstone towards the Cornish shore.

After many days at sea, he safely landed on the beach that bears his name today – Perranporth.  He built his chapel in what is today a large expanse of sand dunes and it is said that his first converts were a fox, a badger and a boar.  The Cornish people flocked to see him as news of his teaching spread”

Here’s Visit Cornwall’s whats on guide of St Pirans Day celebrations:

Perranporth – St Pirans Play -Join in the celebration of Perranporths annual St Piran day play and big celebration across the dunes to the oratory and the old church.  Starting at Perran Sands Holiday Park where the Surf Bay restaurant and bar will be open for carvery and snacks from 12 noon. 
Raffidy Dummitz, a local barmy Cornish band will play in the bar and then lead the way from there to the oratory at 2pm.

Perranporth - The Tywarnhayle Inn, celebrate Cornwall's National Day and Saint Piran! The Bryher’s Boys & Local Vocalz will be here from 8pm. Formed out of several local vocal groups in 2017 - they have sung all over West Cornwall with their unique mix of Traditional Songs, Shanties and shaggy dog stories! Thursday 5th March

Perranporth  - The Bolingey Troyl Band will be running a ceili at the Upper Deck Pub from 7.45pm  Thursday 5th March

St Just in Penwith - St Piran’s Day Concert. 7pm - 9pm at St. Just MIners' Chapel TR19 7HS  Saturday 29th February

Bodmin -  St Piran's day Parade from 11am in town centre, Thursday 5th March 

Falmouth   Procession and Furry Dance from the Moor, starts 10am till 11.40. All are welcome to join in or line the streets to watch.  Thursday 5th March

Launceston  St Piran’s Day Celebrations. 6pm to 11pm. Starts at Launceston Castle then down to the Bell Inn about 7pm for an evening of celebrating with music and dancing. Thursday 5th March

Penzance  St Piran-In-Penwith Concert at St John’s Hall, Penzance. Children’s choir and guests, Penzance Guizers. 7pm Wednesday 4th March

Penzance    St Piran Furry. Processional dance and music complete with local dignitaries, starting at 10.15am in Causewayhead, Penzance, ending at St John’s Hall, Penzance for a drink and saffron buns. Please come and wave a flag and join in singing Trelawny!  Thursday 5th March

Truro  St Piran's Day Parade, city centre Thursday 5th March  More details to follow

Truro  St Piran's Day Cornish Folk Festival at The Alverton Hotel: Thursday 5th March. Celebrate St Piran’s Day in the Cornish capital, surrounded by local talents, ‘ansome ales, pasties and saffron buns. Experience the mind-blowing acoustics in The Great Hall and take part in the Trelawny Shout at 9pm, more details here 

Truro St Piran's Night at the Cathedral: Friday 6th March. A silent disco with bar and food in aid of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity, more details here

Perranporth  At 6pm St. Piran will arrive on the beach and will be piped onto the Green opposite the car park where other performances and festivities will take place. Friday 6th March

Redruth St Pirans Day Community Festival: Sat 7th March. more details here

Truro  Nos Lowen with Skillywidden: Sat 7th March. Enjoy an evening of wild Celtic dance music with the best band of their type in Cornwall today. Details here

St Austell  Celebrate Cornwall’s Patron Saint. Market stalls from 11 till 3 with all things Cornish. Family Fun, Music and a Parade at 1.30pm. More details to follow. Saturday 7th March

Newquay  There's a week long programme of events starting on 28th Feb and including everything from Ceilidhs to a golf competition. Full details here

Perranporth  The main Perranporth St. Piran’s parade will take place on the Dunes interspersed with the traditional St. Piran’s play. Further details to follow Sunday 8th March


Thursday 5th March at 9pm – Trelawny Shout!

This year there is a challenge to gain maximum voices singing Trelawny. Open to all from dawn to dusk! Keep looking here for more venue details here


Valentines Day Specials

Published on 04/02/2020 11:14

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

If you're planning to get down on one knee (ladies too as it’s a Leap Year) or just want a romantic dinner for two, here's some inspiration from Cornwall, which we believe is one of the most romantic places in the world!

Valentine's Day 2020 is just over a week away so start planning now to avoid disappointment.

The Seiners Arms – Perranporth

A beautifully set table with a view of the ocean and a locally sourced a la carte menu. Ladies you receive single red rose on arrival with your booking and a cupids arrow cocktail on arrival.

Advance bookings only.

Sands Resort – Porth, Near Newquay

Spoil your loved one with our Valentine’s Day Twilight Session including a 90-minute Moroccan Spa Experience and a 5-course dinner.

Start your spa session at either 4.15 or 6 pm, chill out in the hot tub and barrel heat room in the Moroccan indoor garden and get treated to cake, fresh mint tea and a glass of Cava served in our stunning Moroccan lounge.

After your Moroccan Spa Experience make your way to our sea view restaurant to enjoy your romantic dinner.

Book the Valentine’s Day Twilight Session for £99 per couple. Pre-booking essential.

Bowgie Inn - Crantock

With a special Menu including a complimentary glass of Cornish Sunset on arrival and Chocolates, bring your favourite person to The Bowgie Inn at Crantock, nr Newquay for just £20 per person. With a 7oz Rib Eye Steak and Chocolate Brownie on the menu, be warned, your other half may be adoring their dinner more than their Valentine!

Silks Bistro - Newquay

Silks Bistro & Champagne Bar at The Arlantic Hotel, Newquay will be serving “Love Themed” Afternoon Teas throughout Valentine’s week, (12th-18th Feb)  a perfect daytime delight for two, and seeing as it’s Half Term, Silks will add an extra layer of children’s favourite finger sandwiches, sweet treats and cakes for up to 2 children, for no extra cost when two adults purchase Afternoon Tea.

The Alverton Manor - Truro

Available for one night only, enjoy a romantic four-course menu under a candlelit setting at The Alverton. After a glass of fizz and canapes on arrival, head chef Simon George’s dreamy Valentine’s menu will feature plenty of delicious options, from a ham hock and pea tartlet starter to a pork tenderloin main and for dessert, a mango and passionfruit parfait. With recommended wine pairings already taken care of, this comes highly recommended.

Call 01872 276633 to book a table.


Booking is essential


Why not make a romantic weekend of it and book an apartment with an ocean view? For more details take a look at what's on offer at Duchy Holidays.


Cycling Cornwall

Published on 27/01/2020 12:25

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Imagine cycling along River Camel enjoying the outstanding natural beauty, stopping for a family picnic then onwards to enjoy the bustling village life of Padstow. If you love cycling then what better way to explore Cornwall than on two wheels. There is a fabulous choice of cycle trails and tracks all around Cornwall offering  the cyclist a great variety of cycling from quiet country lanes, which meander through picturesque villages and ancient harbours, to more challenging off-road routes which explore the depths of the Cornish countryside.

Not able to bring bikes with you and want the freedom of cycle hire for the duration of your stay, then Aggie cycles based in St Agnes offer a range bike hire, including trailers, child seats, tag alongs and electric!

Camel trail

The Camel Trail cycle route was created on a 17 mile stretch of disused railway track that was originally the Atlantic Express Rail Route from London to the West country. The line was an extremely scenic route as it approached Padstow, running along the edge of the River Camel Estuary between Wadebridge and Padstow. Popular with bird watchers and nature lovers.  Running from Bodmin to Wadebridge then onto Padstow, you can join at any point.  This is a lovely flat trail with no inclines – the whole perfect for those that have recently mastered two wheels or for grown-ups carrying precious loads. 

There is bike hire available from each stop, and some offer free onsite parking if you hire more than two bikes.

Pentewan Valley

The trail follows the old Pentewan railway between St Austell and Pentewan on the South Coast. There is a variety of routes that can also be enjoyed from Pentewan Sands, including Mevagissey, Charlestown, St Austell, The Clay Trails, Heligan Gardens and The Eden project.  The cycle hire is open from March to November and there is free onsite parking.

Coast to Coast Trail

Another of the Mineral Tramways trails, this runs from Portreath on the north Cornwall coast to the former port of Devoran between Truro and Falmouth. Running for 14 miles along a mainly traffic free, mixed surface, cycle trail, it follows the route of The Portreath Tramroad and the Redruth and Chacewater railway line, both built to transport goods in and out of Cornwall's industrial heartland during the 1800s.

It's not the flattest trail in the world, but the scenery makes up for the hills. Bissoe Bike hire and café is available for all your needs and there is on-site parking

 Goss Moor Trail

Goss Moor, once a motorist’s nightmare, has been transformed into a cyclists dream. The former bottleneck has become an easy going 12km circular cycle trail which gives access to the Goss Moor National Nature Reserve where an outstanding range of rare plants and animals thrive in abundance. And being mostly flat and off-road, cyclists can concentrate on spotting what’s around them rather than what their feet are doing. Cycle Hire available at the start and free onsite parking.

 Lanhydrock Bike Trail

Based around the estate of the National Trust Lanhydrock House,  this fantastic bike trail offers a variety of trails for all abilities. The gentlest ride takes you deep into little explored woodland on the estate. Suitable for families and beginners the trail is wide, well surfaced and has no challenging technical features. This trail is also suitable for trailers, tagalongs and disability bikes. If the kids have any energy left after their bike ride they can blow off even more steam in the new adventure playground which is located near the Park Café and the car park.  Parking is free to National Trust members

 The Cornish Way

For the more experienced cyclist who isn't phased by road cycling, you can cycle from Land’s End all the way to Bude on the National Cycle Route No 3 (also known as the Cornish Way). Starting off with visits to Mousehole, Penzance and Marazion, this route then heads through Cornwall’s industrial heartland to arrive in Truro. Here the route splits and Route 3 forms the southern option, crossing the River Fal on the King Harry Ferry and taking in Mevagissey, St. Austell and the Eden Project.

The other option is to head to Newquay and onto Padstow where you pick up the Camel Trial to Bodmin where the two routes convene. The Cornish Way then climbs up onto Bodmin Moor, passes Camelford and hits the coast for the final stretch into Bude.


Plastic Free Perranporth

Published on 14/01/2020 14:10

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Perranporth officially became the second place in Cornwall and the fifth place in the whole of the UK to achieve the Plastic Free Coastline status.

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) which is responsible for the scheme that encourages communities to loose single use plastics, confirmed that Perranporth had fulfilled all of the criteria necessary to gain the title.

The issues of plastic littering beaches and poising a danger to birds and marine wildlife has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years.  In Cornwall, the impact of our lifestyles on the environment is more apparent than elsewhere with our extensive beaches. One particular issues is single-use plastics such as water bottles, which are one of the most common finds on beaches.

Leading the fight in Cornwall is the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage, which has led a hugely successful campaign to raise awareness over plastics,  based in the Wheal Kitty Workshops at  St Agnes, the group is the driving force behind the Plastic Free Communities campaign.

Perranporth’s Plastic Free Farmers Market is held in the Memorial Hall on the first Sunday of every month. With 20+ stalls of fresh local produce, delicious bakes, wonderful flowers, fab reusables, beautiful conservation art, a market cafe with live music and lots of tips on how to rid your lives of pointless plastic!

Beach Cleans

SAS and Plastic Free Perranporth organise regular beach cleans, often involving local schools, businesses and organisations. Collecting obvious plastic and nurdles which are small pieces of plastic used to manufacture plastic products that marine life can mistake for food. For dates and to get involved, keep up to date with Keep Britian Tidy.

Water Refill Stations 

The plastic-free revolution, being spear-headed from Cornwall, is starting to grip the nation and businesses offering free water is one of the effects of this. More than 200 businesses across the Duchy are now offering free water to anyone who wants it. The City to Sea Refill App will give you a full list of where you can take your bottle for refilling. 

Perranporth Tourist Information and Duchy Holidays will refill your bottle with chilled filtered water. The idea is that by filling up an existing bottle, you avoid purchasing those naughty single-use plastics that everyone should be avoiding.

If you would like to do your bit whilst in Cornwall, SAS have put together some ideas to help you have a Plastic Free Holiday


Treat Yourself To A Luxury Spa

Published on 07/01/2020 10:32

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Headland Hotel Spa Days

So here we are in the longest month of the year, Christmas and New Year seem a distant memory as this gloomy month looms ahead. Diets, exercise and fasts seem to be the name of the game with a reminder at every turn. 

But why not start the year feeling relaxed and rejuvenated? We think that this is the perfect time to indulge yourself in a short break to Cornwall and take advantage of all the special early season Spa offers:

The Headland Hotel - Newquay

The Headland Hotel is in a breathtaking location in Newquay, with stylish interior leading out to a rugged landscape and foaming Atlantic breakers. It's Cornwall's only 'Five Bubble' rated spa hotel and offers relaxing spa days on the beautiful north coast. Enjoy the heated pool with a jet stream and bubble seats, Swedish sauna, Cornish salt steam room, aromatherapy showers and hot tub, not to mention the extensive list of treatments.

Watergate Bay Hotel - Watergate
With secluded spaces, wide-open ocean views, quiet places, and invigorating treatments there’s something for everyone and every mood at Watergate Bay Hotel. With three cosy treatment rooms, guests can enjoy a full range of simple treatments from a list or choose ‘Freestyle’ options allowing you to combine treatments and to decide what you need, where you need it and how long you need it for. 

Bedruthan Spa

Spectacular sea views, a deep and luxurious spa pool and the cleansing benefits of a cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room and lavender caldarium together make Bedruthan one of the most restorative luxury spa break locations in the UK

Crantock Bay Spa

Crantock Bay Spa offers ‘Made for Life’ by Spiezia Organics treatments, Combining 100% organic products and mindful, complimentary therapy techniques, our treatments create a balanced flow for the conscious and sub- conscious mind and body.

Fistral Spa

Situated on the evocative North Coast of Cornwall, Fistral Spa has been purposefully designed to nurture and nourish mind, body and spirit and offer the perfect spa break. Our hotel spa is the premier health and beauty spa in Newquay, Cornwall offering unrival

The Scarlet Spa

The Scarlet Spa is all about you and how you would like to feel. We have combined traditional Ayurvedic wisdom with a Cornish twist to offer you a spa experience that will help you regain a sense of equilibrium and vitality.

Ocean Breeze & Moroccan Spa

Ocean Breeze Spa at Sands Hotel is a leading holistic health and beauty spa near Newquay. The team of therapists offer range of treatments that will help you relax, unwind and refresh on your spa day.  


After you have indulged in your treatment and relaxed sipping your infused tea, what better than to return to Perranporth to the perfect base for you Cornish retreat. Take a look at these  January Accommodation Special Offers



Bringing in The New Year

Published on 17/12/2019 12:07

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Cornwall's reputation as a thriving top UK holiday destination goes without saying, but it continues to be a favourite UK destination for New Year’s Eve celebrations.  The perfect place to see the 2020 in with an abundance of different options, each place celebrating in it's own unique style.


The sleepy Cornish towns and villages spark back into life when the party goers descend and welcome the interruption to their Winter Hibernation.  We just love the fancy dress, fireworks and festivities.





Perranporth is no exception and has now become one of THE destinations in the UK for a mammoth New Year’s Eve party. With the backdrop of our beautiful beach and our wonderful pubs and eateries, what better place than to bring in the New Year than right here with us. Start the evening sipping a cocktail at Alcatraz watching the waves come in, then get your party mood on and choose from the wonderful choice of celebrations happening all around the village!

Here’s our go to guide for Perranporth and a few of our favourites around Cornwall, don’t forget to book your accommodation asap as it fills very quickly.


The Deck

Cocktails and Canapes – Free Buffet from 8pm, cocktail specials all night plus your favourite floor fillers to dance the night away

Free Entry

The Perranporth Inn

 “Ab Fab Meets Only Fools & Horses”. So, get your glad rags out, come as Del Boy, Patsy or even Grandad or Bubbles, don’t forget Trigger and his Broom. It’s going to be “Absolutely Fabulous”
Music is by the brilliant DJ Lady C. Free Entry Open until 2am.

The Seiners Arms

Hosting their Fancy Dress party with the theme “The Year You were born”, so dress up as a character, politician, film star, rock star etc etc, that was famous during the year you were born. They will be giving out cash prizes for the best costume.  DJ Dancing – Free Entry/ Free Nibbles 8pm – late

The Tywarnhayle Inn

New Years Eve Banquet

5 courses, champagne and entertainment for only £40 per person.  Smart Dress/Black tie.  Book in advance 6.45pm onwards

Fill your boots!

The Watering Hole

Offering "An Apres Ski" feast with bratwursts, crepes & everything you would expect on the slopes. Music will start from 8pm and finish at 4am with a the very lively Oompah Brass band playing some incredible covers getting you in the mood.

Eton Messy will then be taking you right the way to 4am.

This is a party not to be missed. It's the only time of the year they go until 4am through the whole year & this promises to be the best one yet. Tickets available – only £20 per person

St Ives

Turn up in regular clothing and you’ll be the odd one out! It’s a tradition for adults and kids alike to pick (or make) a costume and join in the impromptu parade that swarms Fore Street and the harbour. And people take it seriously because there is pride at stake! In the past New Year’s fancy dress has included everything from Oompa Loompas to luminous jellyfish, over-sized (and over-fed) seagulls and large family groups dressed as The Incredibles


Immerse yourself in the vibrant character of Newquay town. The evening starts early with all the children out parading in their weird and wonderful fancy - dress outfits.  The carnival party atmosphere is just wonderful with everyone full of community spirit.

After 7pm makes way for the adults and there are some serious fancy dressers in Newquay, don’t go in half hearted! If you turn up in your normal going out gear prepare to feel the odd one out.  Partygoers congregate for the Midnight welcome in, at Central square, and the sound of "Auld lang syne" can be heard for miles, afterwhich  the party continues well into the early hours.

If you fancy going out of town to Quintrell Downs for some live music to rock the New Year Inn – the young up and coming band “Off The Lights” will be bringing the house down at The Quintrell Inn. Book tickets in advance.


In keeping with Cornwall's carnival atmosphere, the people of Looe also love a party at New Year. Fancy dress is considered a must – prepare to look very out of place if wearing normal clothes – and the party spreads through the whole town. It's not only the revellers who dress up - the town's buildings and even the boats on the harbour are adorned with cheery lights to help brighten up the occasion. Unlike other events in Cornwall, Looe has two firework displays, one at 6pm and one at midnight. This really gets the party started, but this also allows families to be more involved as little children can take in the firework show earlier rather than waiting around to midnight.

Pendennis Castle

A new event for the calendar this year is the Falmouth New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Sponsored by the Royal Duchy Hotel and Brend Hotels and hosted by Pendennis Castle, the display will be the perfect way to welcome in the new year. You can view the display from various locations along the seafront at midnight. Please note the castle will not be open to the public in the evening, it is just the launch area.


Wherever you choose to be on New years Eve, we are sure it will be one to remember - wishing you all the best time and "A Happy New Year"



Koru Kayaking

Published on 10/12/2019 11:42

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Are you planning your next years holiday and looking for inspiration for what to do to keep the family busy?  Have you ever tried kayaking?  Kayaking in Cornwall is a wonderful way to have a family adventure and explore the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Koru offer two guided tours:

The North Coast Kayak Adventure from Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes which is half way between Newquay and St Ives. Affectionately named Poldark Country this coastline was the inspiration for Winston Graham’s Poldark series 

Or the Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure launches from the private beach of the Budock Vean Hotel near Falmouth and the creek was the inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s famous novel.

You can also buy Gift Vouchers for a Koru Kayak Adventures along the St Agnes Coastline or Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek. For a great Christmas gift take a look at their 2020 Wall Calendars with photos taken from the water either of the St Agnes Coastline or Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek these can be purchased at their website shop



Cornish Woodland Walks

Published on 03/12/2019 15:14

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Ladock Woods

Quite often we talk about the beautiful beaches and stunning cliff walks in Cornwall, but we mustn’t forget that we are also surrounded by charming countryside, with some of the most splendid woodland walks in the country.  I am sure that we all have childhood memories of walks in the wood, whether it was collecting leaves, conkers, insects or flowers, that lovely musky smell of this darkened secret sanctuary is always a magical experience to treasure. Of course, this is free on tap entertainment for all including your four legged friend; just pull on your walking boots or wellingtons and begin your adventure:

Here are some of the favourites for you to enjoy:

Trelissick Woodland Walk - Truro

Trelissick Gardens is run by the National Trust, and although dogs are not allowed inside the main gardens, they are very welcome in the parkland around the area. The Woodland Walk is  a particularly lovely three mile circuit which takes you from the main car park, down the hill to the edge of the Fal estuary, then along the river bank, through beautiful dappled woodland and past the King Harry Ferry slipway before continuing further into the secret and tranquil creeks tucked away in the estuary. At the fork in the path, you can continue on around Roundwood quay, or take the left path which takes you back up to the main road. Cross carefully at the top, then turn left just past the lodge and in a few minutes you will be back at the car park.

Dog friendly cafe: Crofters at Trelissick has dog biscuits, bowls and seating.

Tehidy Woods - Camborne

With over 9 miles of pathways and 250 acres of woodland, there is no set route we'd advise you to take through these woodlands, just enjoy exploring. The woodland is the largest in West Cornwall and is run by Cornwall Council. Things to watch out for include: The dancing tree: a beautiful ancient tree with a twisted trunk which makes it seem as though it is twirling. The given garden: a little flower garden which contains plants donated by visitors. The South West Coast Path between Portreath and Godrevy is also accessible from the woods, but again, the cliffs are steep so be careful with dogs and don't head out there if it is very windy!

Dog friendly cafe: There is a lovely cafe at the South Tehidy entrance. You need to sit outside with your dog, but the food is lovely. On rainy days, The Bassett Arms, Portreath is cosy and dog friendly.

Lanhydrock - Bodmin 

The wooded estate around the main gardens and house of the National Trust's Lanhydrock is a haven for dogs and their walkers. From Respryn car park or the main car park new the house, you can set out on walks along the River Fowey and around the managed woodland of the estate. Dogs are not allowed in the main gardens. You can pick up trail maps for walks at the reception, cafe and shop.

Dog friendly cafe:  Dogs are welcome at the Stable Cafe and you can buy homemade dog treats there as well as human snacks and drink.

Cardinham Woods - Bodmin

Near Bodmin, this is another much loved woodland area, and this is run by the Forestry Commission. There are several marked walks through the woods, ranging from the easy Ladyvale walk to more challenging paths. The woods with their babbling streams are beautiful especially at this time of year.

Dog friendly cafe: Woods Cafe which offers freshly baked cakes and Tregothnan tea, home grown in Cornwall, is very dog friendly.

St Newlyn East and Lappa Valley

The walk meanders through the village via the pub and church then descends Metha Road to the Lappa Valley. The route follows the stream up the valley alongside the ochre-stained riverbed and past East Wheal Rose and the edge of Newlyn Downs to reach the source of the stream on Penhallow Moor. Footpaths crossing the trackbed of the old Perranporth railway lead back to Station Road to complete the circular route. Dog friendly with styles for easy access,

Helford and Fishermans Creek

The walk begins at Helford after passing through the village follows the valley from Penarvon to a tiny chapel before descending to Frenchman's Creek. The route follows a path along the length of the creek and to Withan Quay on the other side before reaching Kestle Barton. The final stretch is along the valley through Under Wood.

 Ladock Wood

The walk passes through St Enoder Wood and then follows small lanes to Trendeal. From here a bridleway leads to the ruins of Bessigga and a footpath leads past the holy well to Ladock Church. After passing the pub at Ladock the final stretch is along a footpath leading back into Ladock Wood.


For more Cornish woodland walks - check out iwalkcornwall 

Five of The Best Hot Chocolates On Offer

Published on 26/11/2019 16:15

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

When it comes to Winter in Cornwall, hot chocolate is up there with Cornish pasties and cream teas as one of our most favourite hot treats.

There is nothing better than after a walk along the beach, when feeling windswept and jaded, sitting in front of a glowing fire and enjoying the delights of a delicious steaming mug of hot chocolate, soft whipped cream and sweet marshmallows.

You can’t come to Cornwall in the Winter and not try a hot chocolate at least once, here are our top 5 favourite spots to enjoy yours:

Alcatraz - Perranporth

Located under the Summer House restaurant is the relatively new Alcatraz, converted from a surf shack selling bodyboards and wetsuit, this spot now boasts the most amazing views acroos the beach and horizon.  Early evening brings red sky sunsets and guls on flight to bring you into the boat like feel of Alcatraz. Sip away on your delicious hot chocolate with this amazing back drop.

 Bowgie Inn Crantock

The Bowgie Inn in Crantock is a distinctive pink pub sat on the West Pentire headland overlooking Crantock beach.  The views are breath taking and on a bright Winters day why not tuck in to your hot chocolate with a piece of their warm chocolate fudge cake. Sheer bliss after exploring the rock pool and cliff walks.

 The Beach Hut – Watergate Bay

First sights of Watergate Bay’s beautiful beach appear approaching the brow of the hill into the bay.  The Beach hut is nestled into the cliffs and is family and dog friendly. The Extreme Hot Chocolate, which comes topped with cream, marshmallows and chocolate buttons. Savour this wonderful mug of delights whilst watching the swell of the ocean and listening to the crash of the white waves.

 The Watering Hole – Perranporth

Boasting the title of being the only pub on the beach in the UK, it is easily found on Perranporth Beach with it’s distinctive green canope. Even though this pub hosts the major Tunes in the Dunes Festival and many top acts during the season.  They still make way for the many dog walkers with their delicious “The Works” hot chocolate. Two blazing fires to sit by and enjoy the stunning view of the sea Chapel Rock. If you want to relish your stay in Perranporth, take at the look at the new development of luxury apartments called The Dunes , they stand proud above the beach.

Driftwood Spars – St Agnes

Escape to the Driftwood Spars, a traditional Cornish pub nestled in the heart of the stunningly iconic Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes.What could be a better reward after a long walk along the cliff path than to enjoy a hot chocolate made with giant chocolate buttons, delicious, rich and creamy.

Christmas Markets and Fairs

Published on 19/11/2019 10:49

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

With Halloween and Guy Fawkes behind us, we turn our attention to Christmas. With just 5 weeks untilthe big event many of us are thinking about presents, decorations and Christmas trees.

With this is mind we would like to share with you some of the upcoming Christmas Markets and fairs, in and around the local area. These always get us in the festive mood, taking us back to our childhood with the twinkling lights and the smell of chestnuts roasting.


Healeys Christmas Markets

Healeys Cider Farm : every weekend from 16th November 2019 until 22nd December 2019. 

From arts, crafts, food and plenty of Cornish cyder, the markets are set against the beautiful backdrop of a working farm. 

A family experience you won't find anywhere else with cobbled courtyards lit with magical lights, freshly cut Christmas trees, choirs, carols singers, farm animals, tractor rides, Sunday roasts and mulled cyder.


Charlestown Christmas[nbsp]Markets -  November 23rd - 24th 2019    11am - 4pm

 This market is in the  beautiful village of Charlestown 

Charlestown Christmas Market has two locations - the main venue is at Penrice Academy where some 100 traders will be selling a vast range of food, drinks and crafts in the comfort of the large sports hall, drama studio and gymnasium.  This venue is guaranteed to be warm and dry, and with its plentiful car parking, provides us with the perfect venue for the superb range of gift items.

 The other location we are using is in the grounds of The Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown. There will be around 16 traders located in the marquee, selling a wide range of local food, drink and crafts. The Rashleigh Arms will also be putting on some special events of their own, and there will be singing and other live music at both venues throughout the weekend.  There are 2 children's rides located at Penrice Academy, as well as 3 outdoor caterers.

 Both venues will have live entertainment all weekend. If you love to hear choirs, Charlestown is the place to be.


Newquay Christmas Market  - 29th November - 1st December.

Newquay, there will be three days of festive loveliness for all to enjoy.

There will be a Christmas Market, Live Music, Santa’s Grotto, Lantern Parade and Light Switch On followed by fireworks and much more…!

Newquay Town Council presents... Newquay at Christmas!

This year's Christmas event is set to be bigger and better than ever before, taking place across 3 days from 29th November - 1st December. There will be a licensed bar, food stalls, live music, and exciting entertainment (to be announced). The big man himself will also be making an appearance in his grotto with his elves!

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair: Truro  - 27 Nov 2019 to 1 Dec 2019

Hand crafted wall hangings, jigsaw puzzles, candles, pottery, calendars, clothing, treasure trails for the children, handmade chocolates, preserves and local ales are just some of the goods which will be available at this year’s Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair.

This impressive selection of Cornish crafts and food will be on display in Truro when the Piazza plays host to the annual Christmas ‘Made in Cornwall’ fair where every product on sale has a little extra added value as it is guaranteed as being Made in Cornwall.

The popular Christmas Fair offers the chance for members of the public to buy great Cornish gifts and food for Christmas.   Just under a hundred of the finest local artisans, artists and food and drink producers will be exhibiting at the highly acclaimed annual fair.

If you’re having problems organising Christmas and are looking for something that little bit different for your friends and family, then look no further! There is something at the fair to suit all pockets - the only trouble you might have is choosing from the wonderful selection of goodies on offer!

Fowey Christmas Market – 6th - 8th December

Fowey Christmas Market is one of Cornwall’s most well-known Christmas events with a rich history of providing 10,000 visitors with quality locally produced food and drink and festive gifts across the town & leisure centre.

We carefully hand pick all our traders, so you can look forward to finding an extensive collection of handmade, locally produced gifts, arts and craft as well as some of the regions finest locally produced food and beverages.

Not only that but there is a host of fantastic boutique shops selling a wide range of high quality jewellery, clothes, gifts and unique items. Furthermore, there is a wealth of outstanding coffee shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants laden with festivities to enjoy.

For more information on all events in and around Perranporth, take a look at our EVENTS CALENDER