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Things to do with Toddlers in Cornwall

Published on 12/09/2022 15:10

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

A little guide to our favourite spots to visit with younger children.
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Perranporth Beach


Our favourite beach to explore with children. With 5 miles of golden sandy beach there is lots of room to run and explore. There is even a sea pool in Chapel Rock which is the perfect place for a swim.


Crantock Beach/ The Ganel


If Rock pooling or crabbing is something you would love to do with your children this is the spot you need to visit at low tide. When the tide is out it creates lots of smaller pools. Perfect for toddlers to play in. In the larger ones you will find little fish and creatures which stay until the tide returns again.


Paradise Park


This is a wonderful place for children to explore the exotic birds and animals. They do regular shows so you can feed the penguins and what then birds fly and preform. There is even a jungle barn play area which is the perfect place to tire little ones out.



Tehidy Woods


This is a free of charge woodland area which is lovely to visit in autumn when the leaves are falling. There is a pond where you can feed the duck and the very brave and squirrels which come right too you for food! A great place to let little ones run and explore.



Blue Reef Aquarium


If you're looking for something to do on a rainy day this is a great place to visit. With so many species of fish to look at children are sure to enjoy the day out!


Dairyland Farm Park


Many children love farm animals, why not visit Dairyland Farm Park. They have a play area too which is always a favourite to explore.


Newquay Zoo


If zoo animals are a favourite then Newquay Zoo is a must. It's a lovely walk round and a good way to entertain them with all the different animals. There is also an adventure outdoor play area too.


Our Favourite Ice Creams

Published on 13/06/2022 15:07

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

Top 5 places to buy an ice cream

Callestick Farm Ice Cream

With 30 awarded flavours Callestick Ice cream needs no introduction. If you're looking for a trip away from the beach they have a lovely little Cafe offering delicious ice cream, sorbets and desserts. They have a lovely kids play area too, so you can sit back and enjoy your ice cream while the children play and entertain themselves. They are located not far from Healeys Cider Farm, which is great if you are planning on getting some Rattler whilst you're on holiday.

Perran Dairy

Located on the main street in Perranporth, Perran Dairy is definitely the place to visit if you're looking for an ice cream. They have a delicious array of homemade flavours and desserts. The hardest decision being which one to go for!
Gwella Dairy
This is delicious ice cream made from a small Jersey hear of cows. It's just so creamy! They aren't very close to Perran but if you are exploring Cornwall and they're nearby it's definitely worth a visit. Even in the rain as they have a small soft play area for children too.


A very popular ice cream throughout Cornwall. If you visit their farm you can see them milking the cows if you time it right! They also have lots of animals you can look at while you enjoy your scrumptious ice cream.

Moomaid of Zennor

A delicious ice cream which really is worth the travelling if you are exploring Cornwall further afield. The perfect stop if you are walking the coast path too.


Celebrating The Queens Platinum Jubilee

Published on 07/05/2022 15:33

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Duchy Holidays

The Celebrations for the Queens Jubilee is a much needed celebration for all to enjoy.  There is certainly a lot happening in Cornwall, from Big Jubilee lunches to Barn dances, there is something to suit everyone. Take a look at whats happening in and around Cornwall.

Where to stay in Perranporth

If you are planning on celebrating the Platinum jubilee in Perranporth and you need accommodation, look no further than Duchy Holidays, who have special breaks available for the long weekend.


The Parish Council in conjunction with the Rotary Club are planning a series of events to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 
On Thursday 2nd June at 2pm a special proclamation will be delivered in the centre of Perranporth to formally announce the Jubilee.
In the evening on that day we will join the Nation in lighting a celebration beacon at sundown and you are welcome to join us to watch this at Droskyn sundial from 9pm.
On Sunday 5th June we will be hosting a series BIG Jubilee Picnics throughout the parish. These will be held in Rose, Goonhavern and Perranporth and will take place from 1pm-5pm. We hope to have music, games, competitions and more!
Throughout the Jubilee weekend we will also be running a Treasure Trail competition from the library on Ponsmere Road where prizes can be won for completing the trail 


Thursday 2nd June

2pm – Town Centre - Town Crier to undertake the Proclamation announcing the lighting of the beacon that evening.

Lighting of the Beacon

Location: Huers Hut

8.00pm – concert performance – Newquay Male Voice Choir 
9.35pm – Pipers perform ‘Diu Regnare’ - Nigel Warmington 
9.40pm – Buglers and cornet players to play ‘Majesty’ - Newquay Town Band 
9.45pm – Town crier to announce lighting of beacon. 
9.45pm – Choir to perform ‘Song for Commonwealth’ - TBC 
9.45pm – Lighting of the beacon.

Sunday 5th June 

12.00pm - The Big Jubilee Lunch on the Killacourt

A place for the community to bring their own picnic lunch and enjoy live music and garden games.
•  Live music on the bandstand. 
• Garden games on the grass.
• Marquee on the grass with tables and chairs. 
• Decorations Union Jack flags & bunting.
•Tables will be set up for children to do colourings of the jubilee crown and other fun activities.

St Ives

Throughout St Ives Parish there are a number of events taking place to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from the 2 – 5 June 2022.

Name: The St Ives Scarecrow Competition – entries submitted by 1st June

Location: St Ives and surrounding areas

Entrants create a Scarecrow representing a decade of her Majesty’s reign. The competition is open to all local residents and businesses. Entries cost £3 online.

Thursday 2nd June
Name: Jubilee CAMEO (come and meet each other) Fore Street Methodist Church (FSMC) Refreshments served, All welcome.
Time: 11am-3pm
Donations in aid of food bank

Friday 3rd June
Name: Jubilee Concert with St.Ives Community Choir in aid of the Edward Hain Appeal
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Fore Street Methodist Church
Admission: Donations

Sunday 5th June
8.30am – 11pm: All Day Big Lunch (St Ives BID and Wharf Road Businesses)
Location: Wharf Road
Details: Come down and celebrate together, bring your own picnic or sample the delights of the local restaurants

Name: Jubilee Commemorative Service
Time: 10.30am- 11.45am
Venue: Fore Street Methodist Church
Led by Rev Dr Robert Amess
Commemorative gifts

11am: St Ia Church Service & Afternoon Tea
10pm: St Ives BID Fireworks


Thursday 2 June 2022
Beacon Lighting Events – from 9pm with beacon being lit at 9.15pm. 
Location 1: Stile Field, Padstow (near the war memorial); and
Location 2: Trevone Green (near the beach)

With the grateful help and support of Gas Shack, the Town Council has been able to put in place two Beacon Lighting events on the evening of Thursday 2 June.  It’s a long tradition in our country to light beacons for royal occasions and many will be lit on Thursday 2 June to celebrate. You are welcome to join in the celebrations to kick start the celebratory Bank Holiday weekend at either location, where the beacons will be lit, along with us all raising our voices and singing the National Anthem.

Friday 3 June 2022
Shop Window Competition  

Which shop window do you think dressed to impress!
Padstow Town Centre shops are being invited to decorate their shop windows,  no formal entry required but a small judging panel from the Town Council will award one lucky shop window a winner!

Family Party from 3pm – with family disco 5pm-8pm
Location: Padstow Social Club

Padstow Social Club have arranging a family ‘street’ party where you are invited to bring a plate and join in the celebrations. The Social Club will provided soft drinks teas/coffees – followed by family disco 5pm until 8pm.

Saturday 4 June 2022
Family Fun Day – 1pm-5pm
Location: Wheal Jubilee Parc (please note there will be no parking available on site)

The Town Council with the wonderful help from the Nadelik Lowen volunteers are arranging a family fun day. Bring a picnic, blanket and enjoy the music, children crafts, games, face painting and activities. Bringing people together to celebrate the Queen who has been our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth for 70 years.

We will also be running a competition for children on the day and  invite children to come in royal/Queen themed fancy dress where one will be crowned the winner!

Well Parc Marquee & Gardens – 6pm  
Location: Well Parc, Trevone

A night of celebration with live music provided by ‘The Friday Night Band’ and an All Eras Disco. Bar and hog roast.

Live Music from 8.30pm
Location: Padstow Social Club

Live music with Gary Burley will be playing at the Social Club from 8.30pm and all are welcome.

Sunday 5 June
The Big Lunch – noon onwards
Location: Well Parc, Trevone

Bring your own picnic or dishes can be bought from Cornish Field Kitchens. Dress to Impress. Live music by Cataclews. Children – Royal theme fancy dress and ‘Old fashion’ games. Decorate flag competition, face paint, tombola, raffle and more.

Live Music from 4pm   
Location: Padstow Social Club

Padstow Social Club will be serving their Sunday Carvery from 12 noon (booking advisable 01841 532337) and then from 4pm until 7pm live music from An-Dew


This year, Her Majesty The Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne and this  momentous occasion will be celebrated with a series of global events.

Falmouth will be hosting a number of different activities to mark this auspicious occasion over the Jubilee weekend, 4 – 5 June 2022. Here’s a taster of what will be taking place:


Beacon Lighting at Pendennis Castle.

There is a long and unbroken tradition in the UK of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons and this Platinum Jubilee is no exception! Pendennis Castle will be hosting the beacon lighting on Thursday 2nd June to officially start the Jubilee celebrations.


Mayor’s Jubilee Parade Through Town – Leaving The Moor at 12.30pm and ending at Events Square. All welcome.

Tea Party at The Princess Pavilion – Starting at 2.30pm

This event is ticketed and will be open to 250 people on a first come, first serve basis. The event is hosted by The Mayor and attendees will receive a cream tea followed by dancing with live music from The Nighthawks who’ll be playing traditional 1940s style music.


Falmouth Street Party – Starting at 1pm in Market Street

Come and join in the fun at this traditional style street party! Taking place along the length of Market Street, there’ll be a sea of Union Jacks along with entertainment and fun Jubilee party crowns. The event is predominantly for children and their parents/guardians and is free to attend. Catering will be a mix of bring your own picnic, with some food provided. Please note, we can not cater for specific allergies.


Jubilee Picnic in The Park – Hosted by Source FM, Kimberley Park

Why not bring your picnic and come and listen to some live music in Kimberley Park to round off the Jubilee weekend. Thank you to Source FM for hosting this afternoon.

This page will be regularly updated with event information leading up to the Jubilee weekend.



Wine Tasting and Tours

Published on 05/05/2022 15:47

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Visit Cornwall
Camel Valley Vineyard

Well the sun came out for a few days in April and we all hoped summer was on its way. Suddenly we were all thinking about BBQ’s and G&Ts, sitting outside, eating al fresco….

So, to get us in the mood for when summer finally gets here, here’s Visit Cornwall’s guide to summer drinks.

Camel Valley Wine

This award-winning vineyard, just outside Bodmin, produces red, white and sparkling wines that are ranked amongst the best in the UK. These are no ordinary wines, they have been served at state banquets at Buckingham Palace and are available on first class British Airways flights. 

Try them for yourselves on a tour of the vineyard or book a grand tour with tastings.

 More Information HERE

Knightor Vineyard

Based in the clay country near to the Eden Project, Knightors vines grow on Cornwall’s south coast, some on the Roseland and some east of Looe. Their wines are a great match for the wonderful seafood that abounds in Cornwall. And if you are looking for something a little different, why not try Knightors vermouth?

 Delightfully Cornish from start to finish; the vermouths are aromatic and full of bold flavours created from only the finest grapes and a carefully crafted recipe of complex herbs and spices.

More information HERE

Polgoon Vineyard

John and Kim Coulson, transformed Polgoon Vineyard from a rundown farm on the edge of Penzance into a flourishing vineyard and orchard where they not only produce and grow the vines but now also have a shop and deli where you can attend tours and tastings. They have also diversified their range to include some unique sparkling products, a Sparkling Aval (Cornish for apple), and an Elderflower Sparkling wine that they also produce for River Cottage.

More information HERE

Trevibban Mill

Trevibban Mill is a working vineyard and winery a stone’s throw from the picturesque harbour town of Padstow. Historically the home of a miller and his family, the land is now covered in vines and apple trees and is certified Organic by the Soil Association.

At the centre of the vineyard is a striking contemporary building which houses a state of the art winery and cellar. From the south facing terrace you can enjoy magnificent views of St Issey Valley and soak up the scents and sounds of the wild flower garden, all while sipping on estate made, award winning wines.

More information HERE

 Colwith Farm Distillery

Colwith Farm is a 200 acre family owned farm located between Lostwithiel and Fowey. In 2014 they began developing Cornwall’s first potato vodka, Aval Dor, using Colwith Farm King Edward potatoes. In 2015 they used the vodka to produce Stafford’s Gin along with botanicals foraged on the farm. This was followed by Fowey River Gin in 2016, made in collaboration with Haye Farm Cider.

In June 2018 they will open their own distillery to the public and you will be able to do a tour seeing how the spirits are produced from plough to bottle, followed by sampling in the bar.

More information HERE

St Austell Brewery

Find out about the history and heritage of the Brewery on an interactive tour, including digital and physical displays and Walter’s Walk where you can take a stroll down memory lane and see how how things used to be done at the Brewery.

 Find out how the Brewery and its people played their part in the war efforts, take in the carefully reconstructed Cooper’s yard and get your hands on some of our oldest equipment and machinery from the days of steam brewing.

Explore the Small Batch Brewery and sample some of our delicious beers with our Brewing Ambassadors, plus enjoy a pint of St Austell beer at the Hicks bar or take a bottle home.

More information HERE

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

A family-run farm located deep in the heart of Cornwall, near Newquay. They have been making the most of apples for over 30 years, and are now proud makers of an array of award-winning ciders, wines, spirits and preserves.

It’s free entry to the farm, free parking and, of course, free samples of our range of ciders, wines, juices, and jams, all of which are produced on the farm. To get the most of your day out, join a guided tour where you will be taken on a journey through the press house, jam factory, museum, distillery, and cellars, before climbing our cider vat and enjoying an aerial view of our modern cider production halls.

More information HERE

But of course, visiting all these venues is no fun if you have to drive… So we have an answer to this problem.

Cornish Wine Tours

Cornish Wine Tours are the first providers of their kind offering full and half day tours around the beautiful Cornish countryside visiting the award-winning vineyards and wineries. A day of wine tasting without the hassle of driving, means you can sit back and relax and take in the sights while Cornish Wine Tours chauffeur you for the day from vineyard to vineyard.

 If a full day of indulgence is your thing, then join a tour and visit three vineyards, enjoy a taste sensation at each with various wines to taste and then finish with a delicious three-course course lunch.  This is the ultimate day out for a wine lover! If time isn’t on your side then a half day tour is a trimmed down version of the above, and instead we will visit two vineyards and have a light tapas style lunch.

More Information HERE


A stay to enjoy the best of Cornwall

Published on 25/04/2022 11:44

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

Stunning Sea views to relaxing countryside breaks
Beside the Dunes (C9)

From stunning Sea views to relaxing countryside breaks we couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy our beautiful Cornish scenery.
From evening strolls along the warm golden sands to sipping a chilled glass of bubbly and taking in the breath-taking views and refreshing sea air.

Casa Nizz

If you're looking for stunning sea views and an impressive spot for photo opportunities Casa Nizz is the property for you. It's elevated position allows you to enjoy the refreshing sea air whilst indulging the spectacular sea views.

The Rosery

The epitome of elegance and indulgence this beautiful countryside property is the place to stay if you are looking for the ultimate place to unwind. Enjoy evenings relaxing in its beautiful roll top bath sipping a glass of bubbly.


A peaceful secluded cottage with a fragrant established garden. The beautiful wisteria draped along the front of the cottage is stunning and a nod to times gone by, ever more popular since Bridgerton became popular.

1 Waves

Encapsulating sea views and beautifully furnished. It's just moments from the beach and high street the perfect space for a refreshing family holiday.

Beside the Dunes (C9)

You couldn't be closer to the beach, the perfect spot for a relaxing family holiday or couples alike. Its level walk just moments from the beach means there is more time to immerse yourself in your beautiful surroundings.


Staying Safe At The Beach

Published on 21/04/2022 15:25

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)


Daily 9 April – 30 October
Patrol times 10am-6pm


Latest from the RNLI regarding beach safety and COVID-19

As you enjoy the natural environment there are dangers to be aware of especially while you spend time around the coast.

Cornwall Council Beach Safety Advice

Surfers, swimmers and all watersports enthusiasts should observe the advice of RNLI Lifeguards and carefully read notices at the beach entrances.

Please note that RNLI Lifeguard cover is only provided at just over 20 selected beaches in Cornwall and at only at peak seasons.

The RNLI provide the following advice:

• Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
• Swim between the red and yellow flags
• Never swim alone
• Know your beach safety flags
• Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
• If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
• If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard
• Find out about the beach you’re going to before you visit
• Check tide times before you go
•Read and obey local hazard signs

For more information visit

Tides and currents
When on the beach be aware of the tide times, especially high tide, as you might get caught off-guard unable return the way you came and face the dangers of rocks, cliffs and strong underwater 'rip' currents.

During the warmer months of the year from Spring through until Autumn there are dangers from over-exposure to the sun resulting in sun-stroke, sunburn and long term risks of skin disease. Suitable sun protection creams should be used and when sunbathing be aware of the added risks of dehydration. Extra care is required for babies and small children. 

Cliff-top walks
Popular coastal paths and headland walks present great opportunities for walking and enjoying the scenery. However there is always danger from coastal erosion, falling rocks and from the risks of falling over the cliff edges. The South West Coast Path is maintained to reduce these risks but every care should be taken especially in poor visibility. The Coastguard service should be alerted in the event of danger to life - call 999 and ask for Coastguard or Ambulance as required.


Check out our accessibility information guide for people with disabilities and special needs.

Red and yellow flags

Red and yellow flags indicate the area patrolled by lifeguards. These are the safe areas to swim, bodyboard and use inflatables.

Black and white chequered flags

Black and white chequered flags indicate an area zoned by lifeguards for use of watercraft such as surfboards and kayaks. Never swim or bodyboard in these areas.

Orange windsock

The orange windsock indicates offshore wind conditions. You should NEVER use an inflatable when the sock is flying.

Red flag

The red flag indicates danger. NEVER enter the water when the red flag is flying, under any circumstances.

Perranporth and it’s beach is a wonderful, popular holiday destination. Every year, the number of folks using the beach seems to increase. Unfortunately, Perranporth regularly ranks as one of the beaches in the UK with the highest number of rescues and incidents involving the RNLI beach lifeguards and their support volunteers from the club.

Every year thousands of people get into real, life-threatening difficulty on our stretch of coast. They may be washed out to sea, pulled under by a strong rip current, or simply get into the water when conditions are dangerous. To ensure you and your family don’t put yourselves in danger we have compiled some simple steps you can take to stay safe on the beach. Check out this video too!

  • Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the entrance to the beach. These will help you avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.
  • When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Never swim alone.
  • If you get into trouble stick your hand in the air and shout for help.
  • If you see someone in difficulty, never attempt a rescue. Tell a lifeguard, or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.





Whats on in Cornwall This Easter

Published on 07/04/2022 14:32

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Duchy Holidays

Spring into Nature at Newquay Zoo

From March through to the end of April, Newquay Zoo are celebrating the nature on our doorstep. Some species are easy to spot, others go unnoticed, but many are threatened and need our help,  visit during Easter they will show you some of the things we can all do to help.

Throughout the Easter school holidays they will be running daily animal talks led by the rangers where you can discover amazing facts about the animals at Newquay Zoo. Plus you can take part in the fun, free and interactive nature themed activities.

Easter at the Eden Project

Come along to Eden this Easter for a day fun and games! Collect your Easter activity pack, loaded with adventures for the whole family to enjoy and get stuck into games designed to help you explore the great outdoors and witness all the beautiful signs of spring.

Pre-booking your timed entry ticket remains essential, including those with valid Membership, Locals’ Passes or Annual Passes.

Dairyland Farm Park‘s Easter Eggstravaganza

Free Easter Activities including Easter crafting, a park wide ‘Hunt the secret Easter word’ with a gift for all that solve the puzzle. Enjoy Easter storytime in the haybarn, pat a pet sessions in the Animal Ark and Bugzone in the Bowgie. Other activities include pony rides and tractor rides (£3 per ride).

Meet Peter Rabbit at Lappa Valley

Family favourite Peter Rabbit will be visiting Lappa Valley this Easter*. Go along and meet him on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April 2022.

Enjoy all of the magic of Lappa while you visit, they are the only attraction in Cornwall that transports visitors on a nostalgic steam train ride into a secret world of traditional play and family adventure. Enjoy their boating lake, indoor and outdoor adventure play, crazy golf and three railways. All in 35 acres of Cornish Countryside.

*Included in admission.

The Big Easter Sunday at Monkey Tree

Start the day at Monkey Tree Holiday Park with the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10.30am. After, enjoy a fun-filled day in Cornwall this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. With live music, soft play, bouncy castles* and much more, all right there in the park. Funky will also be making an appearance.

Easter Fun At Wheal Martyn

Embrace the spring and join the Easter egg hunt through the grounds and win a prize. Get crafty and creative with Easter bunny or chick painting, or brighten up your garden with a bug or bird house. There will be fantasy eggs to create, or try your hand at basket weaving and make your own Easter bonnet.

There is a small charge of £1 to £3.50 to pay for the cost of materials. No need to book, just drop in. All ages welcome.

If you’re looking for a last-minute Easter holiday in Cornwall, look no further. Browse our latest availability here, to see our range of coastal self-catering holiday accommodation in Cornwall, or call us on 01872 572971.

The Retreat

Published on 03/03/2022 16:49

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Located in a peaceful part of Perranporth within an historic old building, The Retreat is a cosy get-away for two (plus a small four legged friend!), less than ten minutes' walk to Perranporth's shops, restaurants, bars, and spectacular three-mile sandy beach

Perfect for a couple looking for a beach break, but with the benefits of a quiet countryside location, The Retreat provides a restful get away with both rural and coastal walks nearby.

Dogs are charged at £35 per week, per pet

  • Apartment
  • Bed linen included
  • Coastal
  • Countryside views
  • Electricity not included
  • First Floor
  • Rural
  • Shortbreaks available
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

For availability and prices CLICK HERE





Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

Published on 20/01/2022 16:39

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Visit Cornwall
Enjoying the view at The Headland Spa Newquay

Visit Cornwall and relax.... It's not all surfing and long walks, we also have some great spas, ideal for the winter months when it might not be as nice outside as we hoped for...

The Headland Hotel Spa (Newquay)

Where is it? Located on The head land of Newquay with panoramic view of Fistral Beach

What's it like? The Headland Spa starts to work its magic as soon as you arrive. Before you set foot in the hotel, you’re met with dramatic coastal views and a salty fresh breeze off The Atlantic Ocean. It’s the perfect setting for restoring your sense of balance and wellbeing, and letting yourself unwind, with the help of some expert pampering. Cornwall's award winning spa is the perfect setting to reset and recharge with meticulously designed features, luxurious low lit treatment rooms, sea views from the spa lounge, beautiful pristine pools and friendly staff to guide you through your perfect day.

Signature treatment: All of their Signature Treatments are expertly designed with you in mind. Offering head to toe pampering and relaxation and using a unique White Jade Massage Wave Stone for a multitude of benefits and deeper massage. Enjoy an hours use of the thermal journey included when booking one of our unique signature treatments to ensure ultimate relaxation.

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 Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa

Where is it? Newquay, overlooking the titular stretch of sand. 

What’s it like? Stylish interiors and jaw-dropping ocean views over the Atlantic Ocean, perfect for wild Cornish adventures or romantic getaways. Adults only. 

Signature treatment: Gaia natural skincare products were created especially for the Fistral and its sister hotel spas. Inspired by Gaia, the ancient Greek goddess who personified the Earth, they are handmade in Britain using organic ingredients and traditional production methods. Relieve deep muscle tension with a hot stone massage, using warm volcanic stones, therapeutic and specially blended Gaia oils in Awakening, Balancing or Calming. 

Added bonus: Live entertainment is popular here – look out for regular DJ and Sax evenings.

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 St Moritz Spa & Hotel

Where is it? In the ‘culinary triangle’ in between exclusive Rock, postcard-pretty Port-Isaac and the gastro-hot-spot Padstow. 

What’s it like? A luxury hotel inspired by Miami, with suites, apartments, penthouses and villas. On the doorstep: dramatic coastline, secret coves, green fields and sweeping beaches.

Signature treatment: St Moritz is proud to have the UK’s only Cowshed Spa outside the Soho House properties. Treatments range from speedy quick-fixes to full body massages, body scrubs, facials, waxing and nail maintenance. St Moritz also offers science-based aesthetic skin care brand SkinCeuticals and Jennifer Young skincare for people receiving treatment for cancer.

Added bonus: St Enodoc Golf Club is close by. Play a round, visit the tiny church in its grounds, and look out for the grave of former Poet Laureate John Betjeman. 

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 Una St Ives

 Where is it? Carbis Bay made famous by this year’s G7 summit. 

What’s it like? Tucked away in the countryside, far from the hustle and bustle, all modern architecture with lodges and villas to let and own, and an award-winning restaurant. 

Signature treatment: A full range of Elemis treatments, including the nutrient-rich Thousand Flower Detox Wrap with deeply nourishing Green Tea Balm. There are also options for men, and even a couple of cute mini-treatments for the kids. 

Added bonus: Spend the day in St Ives, soaking up culture at the Tate and countless other galleries. 

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The Residence At Bolenna

Calma - Yoga and Sensory Suite

Where is it? Perranporth

What’s it like?  At Calma we provide private and group yoga classes in the following disciplines: Yin, Restorative, Trauma informed yoga, Yoga for Cancer relief and Children’s Yoga.

We also provide sports and therapeutic massage, sound therapy sessions, all provided by our in-house yoga teacher as well as guest therapists.

Signature treatment: 

Calma also boasts a six-person hot tub for exclusive, Covid-safe use for individuals, private groups or families within their aromatic sensory garden.

Bridal showers and wedding parties catered for.

Day spa sessions available including lunch or afternoon tea.

Added bonus: The Sunday roasts are out of this world. Stuff yourself, then walk it off at nearby along the sands of Perranporth Beach.

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The Bedruthan 

Where is it? Mawgan Porth

What’s it like? A Scandi-inspired retreat with funky interiors, on a windswept Cornish clifftop. Family friendly, including a soft-play area; visit sister eco-hotel The Scarlet for a child-free experience. 

Signature treatment: Try the Sensory Spa Garden, a Nordic Thermal playground with seven stages at different temperatures, from toasty sauna to icy cold drench shower. Alternatively, try an Ayurvedic treatment, or a guided meditation session.

Added bonus: The Sunday roasts are out of this world. Stuff yourself, then walk it off at nearby Carnewas, home to Bedruthan Steps rock formation.

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 Fowey Hall

Where is it? Fowey

What’s it like? A Victorian coastal manor house built by Charles Hanson: successful businessman, Bodmin MP and later Lord Mayor of London. Eminent guests have included Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind In The Willows. 

Signature treatment: The spa boasts a comprehensive menu of Elemis treatments for women and men, including the Garden of England Rose Restore massage, lavishly hydrating with a delicately scented trio of rose, camelina and poppy seed oils.

Added bonus: This is a family hotel, with 90-minutes free childcare each day, baby monitoring in all rooms and a Sunday breakfast club that sees the children whisked away by friendly nannies while you snuggle under the duvet with your partner, a coffee and the newspapers. Heaven!

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St Michael’s Resort

Where is it? Slap bang next to Gylly Beach, Falmouth, a stone’s throw from town. 

What’s it like? Set in sub-tropical gardens, this luxurious south-facing beachside hotel is all about Cornish wellness. Light and airy rooms are decorated in contemporary Cornish hues, with deep beds, crisp cotton sheets, and powerful showers. 

Signature treatment: Hebridean skincare brand Ishga draws upon the life-giving power of the sea, combining hand-harvested seaweed with pure spring water to release 86 vitamins and minerals. The Marine detox and relax treatment uses the purest seaweed gel to detoxify your skin, while a hot stone or poultice massage allows the treatment to work at a deeper level, working to eliminate toxins, reduce cellulite, boost energy and improve skin tone.

Added bonus: The Hydrothermal Experience is something to behold, featuring the largest spa-hydrotherapy pool in the South West (heated to a comfortable 35C), an outdoor barrel sauna with views across Falmouth Bay and the world’s only Cornish sea salt steam room. Restorative bliss.

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 The Nare Hotel

Where is it? Tucked away on the Roseland peninsula.

What's it like? The Nare is considered by many to be the most comfortable hotel in the West Country. The Five Star rated hotel maintains a feeling of unstuffy elegance and is somewhere to relax and unwind away from the cares of the world. Enjoy afternoon cream tea, read the papers and snooze in a comfy sofa before dining in style in one of the hotel’s two sea view restaurants.

Signature treatment: Dermalogica is the skin care system researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute. Known worldwide as the professionals' choice, Dermalogica is founded on the no-nonsense principle that good skin care is easily achieved with high quality products and sensible straight forward advice.

Added bonus: The postcard pretty village of Veryan lies a mile inland from The Nare. Veryan has an array of quaint and quintessentially Cornish cottages that hark back to a bygone era, including five round houses built in the early nineteenth century by the local vicar.

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Nothing beats a hot chocolate after a Winter beach walk

Published on 30/12/2021 16:10

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Five of The Best Hot Chocolates On Offer 

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.