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The CORNWALL PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST have introduced a new system for people to use when accessing urgent (not emergency care) by contacting 111 first either online or by telephone rather than just presenting at a unit.
This is helping is to direct people to the most appropriate service and also ensure that we continue to maintain social distancing in our waiting rooms as part of our response to COVID-19. We’re also encouraging people to contact their own GP surgery whenever possible.
If you need urgent - but not emergency - NHS care in Cornwall, contact NHS 111.
Just contact NHS 111 by phone or online at any time of day or night, to find out where you should go and when.
If needed, expert clinicians will arrange for you to be seen at the Emergency Department (ED) or at our range of other treatment units. Please don’t just turn up, as you may be directed elsewhere or have to wait longer.
This is a new way of accessing urgent care in Cornwall, to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible during the pandemic. It will help the NHS manage the flow of patients when capacity in waiting rooms is much smaller than before, to maintain distancing and reduce the risk of infection.
It means you will get the right treatment, more quickly - and probably closer to home as well.
And if you’re a visitor to Cornwall, you don’t need to look up details of NHS services if you need urgent treatment – just phone 111 or go online at: www.111.nhs.uk/
For the latest MIU opening and waiting times please click www.cornwallft.nhs.uk/services/minor-injury-units/miu-waiting-times/
On holiday in Cornwall? If you are unwell and need to see a doctor, please contact your own GP practice. Practices up and down the country are offering video appointments which mean we can see patients safely and quickly during the pandemic.
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We hope to bring you information on what the new normal will be looking like in and around Perranporth. With ideas about whats on virtually or otherwise, including days out in your social bubbles as well as other general information as we get it.
Non- essential shops are beginning to open with all social distancing and hygiene measures in place, here is a list of retailers currently open, help support the small businesses in Perranporth.
Non Essential Shops
Wheal Leisure carpark - charges apply from 9am - 5pm
Beach Carpark - charges apply at all times, there is a two hour limited stay
On street - St Pirans Road parking bays are coned off for socical distancing measures
There are currently no public toilets open in Perranporth, this is under review and we will let you know as soon as the local council plan to re-open them
Please Note Individual Opening Time And Days may vary so please check before travelling to Perranporth.
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Update from Visit Cornwall
Given the fast-moving situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and especially the Prime Minister’s orders to close all holiday accommodation, tourism businesses are coping with events completely outside their control whilst facing an avalanche of cancellations and refund requests.
We have tremendous sympathy for our visitors who have had their holidays and breaks in Cornwall cancelled as a result of the current crisis. We feel for them, as we know they have been looking forward to enjoying the wonderful food and drink, the beaches, coast path and beautiful gardens and so much more. We will miss them and are looking forward to seeing them later in the year and we fully understand their worries and concerns regarding their deposits and booking payments and everyone is trying their best to resolve matters as quickly as possible.
Cornwall is a responsible tourism destination, and as such we are keen to support the safety of both those living here and the visitors who we welcome every year. We ask for your patience and understanding at this time.
The following links should be used for further information on specific areas relating to COVID-19.
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St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and celebrations start for St Pirans Day on or around the 5th March.
“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”
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
ALL OVER KERNOW AND BEYOND
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
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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.
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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, 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.
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
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.
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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!
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
by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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
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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.
Cocktails and Canapes – Free Buffet from 8pm, cocktail specials all night plus your favourite floor fillers to dance the night away
“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.
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
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!
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
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.
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"
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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
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 www.korukayaking.co.uk/Koru-shop