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New Look Perranporth

Published on 10/12/2018 10:49

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

While Perranporth’s expansive sandy beach and exceptional Atlantic swell are constant, some exciting developments in the past year have meant a changing landscape for Perranporth’s high street, bringing an aspirational and upmarket touch to our surfy seaside village.

With many new homes in the village and increasing numbers of people holidaying in Perranporth, the high street is attracting ever more discerning shoppers and is moving with the times.


The highly anticipated new beachside development The Dunes was completed this summer. Standing on the site of the old Ponsmere Hotel, which had occupied the position since the 1920s, The Dunes is a striking new collection of luxury apartments and houses within seconds of the golden sand, many enjoying sweeping coastal views from their balconies and wall-to-wall windows. Stylishly designed and furnished for the utmost comfort, the properties are fitted with all mod cons (and indulgent extras), and all the apartments benefit from at least one allocated parking space.

View from 9 The Dunes
The Summer House

New Café and Restaurant

Just around the corner from The Dunes, overlooking the three-mile beach, the new bar and café Alcatraz and fine dining restaurant The Summer House stand proud upon the rocks with views across the beach to Chapel Rock and out to the shimmering sea. With a stylish interior, and perfectly positioned balcony from which to watch the sunset, Alcatraz serves a range of soft drinks, smoothies, alcoholic drinks and cocktails, and a tempting selection of light bites.

For a delicious three course dinner or lunchtime tapas with a view, The Summer House is open from 11 a.m. daily and offers a seasonally changing menu and extensive wine list. Built into the cliffs above Alcatraz the restaurant is beautifully decorated, with a nod to the decadence of the art deco period. Huge folding doors open to the large balcony for al fresco dining and to make the most of the outstanding views.

Perranporth High Street

It’s not just the seafront where changes can be seen… Perranporth high street now boasts a number of new additions, including elegant lifestyle shop and gallery Far and Wild. Displaying a curated mix of art, craft, homeware and clothing in a gallery space, Far and Wild promotes unique products from local makers alongside international brands, with a focus on craftmanship and sustainability. Beautifully dressed for Christmas, the shopfront has recently been decorated with swathes of foliage and twinkling lights to draw the customers in.

Another new shop to have opened in the last few months is Healey’s cyder shop on the high street. Offering tasters of award winning cyders, the shop is proving popular! Part of the parade of shops that used to originally be Austin Healey’s garage and workshop, the Healey family are now making the most of the prime high street location to promote their ever burgeoning cyder business.

Meanwhile, Perranporth’s popular pre-loved boutique Seathrift is expanding and will be moving into new premises at the beginning of December. Now based on the little cut-through on the way to the beach (the lane between Camel estate agents and Perran Bay nursing home), Seathrift is bound to attract ever more customers to browse their wide range of pre-loved clothing, with a high footfall passing their door.

Far and Wild
Duchy Holidays new premises

Duchy Holidays and the Tourist Information Centre

Duchy Holidays is also proud to announce a move to larger premises. Now located on Wheal Leisure, opposite the car park and just round the corner from Jaipur Indian restaurant, the new offices are spacious, bright and modern, to accommodate a growing team and flourishing business, now into its 25th year. The Tourist Information Centre is also housed in the new location, with a new-look bespoke space dedicated entirely to Tourist Information. Pop in to take a look next time you’re passing!

Open All Year

Perranporth benefits from a year-round thriving community and as such many shops continue to trade throughout the year. Added to which holiday makers and day-trippers love to visit Perranporth whatever the season to enjoy the vast dog-friendly beach, many delectable cafes and restaurants and bustling high street. Only 13 miles from Newquay airport, and eight miles from Truro train station (with direct links to London), Perranporth is well placed and easily accessible for people wanting a short break or winter holiday.

Duchy Holidays offer a choice of more than 130 self-catering properties in the Perranporth area and can help you find your ideal holiday accommodation. With a wide range of dog-friendly options available, we offer luxury contemporary properties with outstanding sea views, beachside apartments, romantic rural retreats and cosy Cornish cottages, the majority of which are within easy walking distance of Perranporth’s beach, shops and bars.

Looking for Inspiration

Published on 03/12/2018 14:48

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Find inspirational ideas and suggestions for a great experience in Cornwall:

Video gallery
Soar over Cornwall with a Visit Cornwall fantastic aerial videos or find out top tips on visiting your favourite locations and more. 

Inspirational blogs
From monthly kids and family diaries to top 10 places to pick up the best Cornish pasty. Cornwall offers something for everyone and we have all the inspiration you;ll need right here.

About Cornwall
Here you will find all you need to know about visiting Cornwall and what our beautiful county is all about.

Kids love Cornwall
There’s oodles of family-friendly places to stay, eat and have fun in Cornwall, discovering them starts here. 

Dogs love Cornwall
With dog friendly beaches, miles of coastal footpaths and acres of natural moorland perfect for walkies, Cornwall’s a pretty exciting place if you’ve got a wet nose and a wagging tail.


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Perranzabuloe Museum in Perranporth

Published on 26/11/2018 14:21

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Situated on Ponsmere Road, Perranporth Museum is a must visit for those interested in History and artifacts.

The museum which is open from March - October offers an insight into the social and industrial past of Perranporth and the surrounding villages. 

The Perranzabuloe Museum Trust was established in 1986 to preserve the history of the parish with a display in the Oddfellows Hall in Perranporth.  In 2004, the Trust was able to purchase this historic building and develop a research area together with larger storage facilities and workrooms.

Their collection includes objects, maps and photographs and provides an insight into the life and history of our parish from its earliest beginnings, the arrival of St. Piran, the growth of fishing, farming and mining, through to the tourist destination it has become today. Each year they produce special exhibitions allowing them to share new acquisitions or examine local themes, events and culture in more depth.

Perranzabuloe Museum has won the Cornwall Heritage Award for Audience Initiative for the project called Heritage on the Beach. 

Find out about two of the most prominent personalities associated with the area:

Donald Healey CBE was the creator of one of Britain's most iconic sports , Donald Healey, is remembered 25 years after his death where he was born and died.

Winston Graham the infamous author of the Poldark series was President of Perranzabuloe Museum until his death in 2003.

Opening Times 

Easter to October

Weekdays 10.30 - 4.30

Saturdays 11.00 - 13.00

Other times by arrangement


Flying to Cornwall

Published on 19/11/2018 15:08

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Start your day in your busy office in London and end it walking on the beach in Perranporth. Step on board one of the many direct flights that bring you straight to the Cornish Riviera. 

Cornwall, Newquay Airport is just a few miles outside of Newquay at St Mawgan, this is approx 13 miles from Perranporth, and less than half an hour drive. With UK flights now available from Ireland, Scotland, Manchester, Birmingham,  Liverpool and London this is a convenient hassle free way to travel down to Cornwall and an easy start to your holiday.

With a large taxi rank, car hire and buses available, onward travel is not a problem, making it an easy option for a short break or weekend away. For more information and flight times and days click here for more details.

Start planning your Cornish adventure, as it could literally be only a a few hours away!

For all of your accommodation needs check out the latest offers here

Pages Of The Sea

Published on 12/11/2018 11:41

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Communities gathered on the beaches around the UK to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left the shores, never to return. The programme of events on beaches across the UK was announced as part of Danny Boyle’s Armistice Day commission.Here on Perraporth beach the potrait of Archie Jewell appeared as if from nowhere out of the sand. 

Archibald ‘Archie’ Jewell survived the sinking of the Titanic, only to perish in the sinking of a hospital ship in 1917. He was born at 34 King Street, Bude, Cornwall, the son of John – also a sailor – and Elizabeth Jewell, the youngest brother of Clara, John Henry, Ernest W., Albert Richard, Elizabeth and Orlando. His mother died in childbirth on 9 April 1891.

He first went to sea aged around 15 and married Bessie Heard, also a Bude native, living with her in Southampton, Hampshire. He signed on with the Titanic in 1912 as a lookout and was in his berth when the liner struck an iceberg and was one of the first people to evacuate the ship in lifeboats. Members of Archie’s family believe he also survived the sinking of Titanic’s sister ship Britannic in 1916, used as a hospital ship until she hit a mine.

Records show that Archie had left the White Star line to work as an able seaman on the passenger steamship SS Donegal, itself requisitioned as a hospital ship during the war. The craft survived one encounter with a German U-boat on 1 March 1917, but the next month was torpedoed in the English Channel. Archie died along with 10 other crew and 29 wounded servicemen.

Hall for Cornwall delivered a specally created performance alongside an interactive installation created by local artists. Hundreds of visitors descended into Perranporth to join together and pay their respects and mark 100 years since the end ogf the 1st World War. 





Christmas in Perranporth

Published on 09/11/2018 11:26

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

We just love the festive season, a chance to enjoy spending time with family and friends. We think Perranporth is the perfect place to do this too! Whether you'd love a large property to accommodate the whole family for a get together or a small property for a romatic couples break to enjoy the festivities. Perranporth has plenty to offer.

Why not book onto one of the Christmas party nights if you are arriving in the run up to Christmas? The Seiners Arms, Tywarnhale and The Summer House all have excellent menus to chose from! Plus no washing up at the end of the night, what could be better!

If you're more about cosy nights in. We can't imagine anything better than snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket enjoying the warmth from the crackling fire and watching some of our favourite Christmas movies.

Are you feeling brave? How about taking the Boxing day dip on Perranporth beach. There are no wetsuits allowed so make sure you have plenty of layers for after!

We have added our favourite properties below

The Haven- Sleeps 6

Warwick Lodge- Sleeps 9

Chymorvah- Sleeps 8

Fishermans- Sleeps 2

Cliff Nook Sleeps 3

Seven Day a Week Winter Attractions

Published on 05/11/2018 11:28

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

7 days a week winter attractions


It’s winter; Cornwall shuts up shop, right? Pah. Winter is when Cornwall sheds its summer hustle and bustle and becomes gloriously free to roam with heaps of fun for the family, tiny queues and reduced admission prices – what’s not to love?

The doors are wide open and the warmest of welcomes awaits at these year-round attractions. And when we say year-round we mean year-round because they’re all open 7 days a week

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Hands-on activities galore, including a chance to take a journey into the Viking world. Perfect for rainy days!




Eden Project, nr St Austell

Dreaming of warmer climes? Make a beeline for the humid Tropical biome.




Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

The chilly winter sea may not be everyone’s cup of tea so head indoors to the ‘comfort’ of the shark tunnel for a slice of marine wildlife action.




Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

The performers may have packed up for the season but the beauty of the Minack Theatre and Porthcurno Bay below isn’t going anywhere.




Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Winter is pup rescue season for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary which means it’s a great time to visit to see this rehabilitation centre at its busiest. Be prepared to fall in love with these doe-eyed cuties.




Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

Pull your wellies on you’ve got 200 acres of garden history, mystery and romance to discover.




Trebah Garden, nr Falmouth

Take a frosty walk down to the private beach and warm up with some homemade soup in the café. It’s what winter days are made for!




Paradise Park and Jungle Barn, Hayle

The conservation work of this wildlife sanctuary doesn’t stop for the winter and nor does the fun. Visit for wildlife encounters and indoor fun in the Jungle Barn.




National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow

This marine conservation charity does vital work to conserve lobster stocks. See teeny tiny baby lobsters as they are given a helping hand to grow before being released into the sea and make friends with the resident giant lobsters.




Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, nr Truro

There’s nothing like a drop of Cornish Scrumpy to warm you up on a winter’s day! See it being made and say ‘hi’ to the friendly farmyard animals.




Newquay Zoo

Visited in the summer? Visit again in the winter and catch the animals showing off different behaviours with the change in seasons.





Pinetum Park, St Austell
Full of life during the colder months, the Winter Garden at Pinetum Park was created with chilly times in mind. The 3 acre individual garden is designed like a rose with paths spiralling away from the centre and is full of fragrance, colourful flowers and beautiful texture during the winter. 

Cornwall Gold, Portreath

Take a fascinating tour of Tolgus Tin Mill tour and give in to the lure of the extensive jewellery showroom. 



 Credit Visit Cornwall 

For a full list of attractions see

Trick or Treat

Published on 29/10/2018 11:12

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

With Halloween fast approching our thoughts turn to tales of ghosts and things that go bump in the night.  Cornwall is a county with a rich heritage of tales and superstitions, often celebrated and kept alive today by storytellers seen at festivals and used in plays. Reputedly Cornwall is the land which was inhabited by giants who shared it with the ‘little people’ – or pixies and fairies.

This is where Cornish myths and legends such as King Arthur and his court and Jack the Giant Killer originated. It is also unsurprising that being surrounded by sea and with many coves and hidden inlets, in an economy bolstered by piracy and reliant on fishing, that there are many tales of the sea including enchanting mermaids and ghostly galleons. Cornwall’s other livelihood, tin mining, also gave rise to its fair share of superstitions.

If you fancy something a little spookier than trick-or-treat this Halloween we’ve got the perfect hair-raising experiences. Get ready for ghosts, ghouls and bloodcurdling screams!

Bodmin Jail - Bodmin

Prisons aren’t the most welcoming of places at the best of times but when they are positioned on the edge of the Bodmin Moor and have a long and character-filled past, the chill factor hits overdrive. Paranormal experiences are commonplace here and it’s little wonder; 50 public hangings took place at Bodmin Jail between 1785 and 1909 and many more prisoners were subjected to misery and despair in its crowded cells. 

Their paranormal jail tour allows you to explore the depths of Bodmin Jail and learn about the prisoners who lived and died behind its crumbling walls. Along with a look into the history of the Jail, you will find out about past sightings within the jail, which include orbs, strange shadows and sudden drops in temperature. You might even catch a glimpse of the restless spirits roaming the jail.

Or go for the full After Dark experience and spend the night walking around the dark, damp jail after a three course meal.  It can be a frightening experience. Eerie footsteps, rattling keys and dragging noises are often heard and ghostly figures are seen roaming the balconies. Dare you enter after dark?


Old Post Office, Tintagel

For a treat of tricks throuout October half-term, use a UV torch to uncover the spooky symbols hidden in the dark places of the Old Post Office and solve the puzzle to win yourself a bag of ghastly goodies.


Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle

The museums 2018 exhibition “Dew of Heaven, objects of Ritual Magic” is open until October 31st.  The exhibition looks at ritual magic through objects in the Museum’s collection focusing on objects we have which have given the exhibition a distinct emphasis on Aleister Crowley.


Pendennis Castle - Falmouth

As Henry VIII's handiwork to protect the Carrick Roads from invasion by France and Spain, Pendennis Castle was born amongst misery, hatred and violence – it’s little wonder then that more than a few ghostly guests linger in the shadows as a chilling reminder of the castle's colourful past. For a tantalising glimpse into the life that once was cross the drawbridge as darkness falls for an adult-only tour especially for Halloween.

Tiptoe around the dark and eerie rooms and hear tales of deadly deeds and strange happenings – you may be one of the lucky (or rather unlucky) ones to hear the piercing screams of a kitchen maid who fell to her death while carrying a tray of food. Creepy!


Jamaica Inn - Bodmin Moor

For a spine-tingling experience with maximum adrenaline head to Jamaica Inn, Cornwall's legendary coaching house. Standing high on Bodmin Moor this famous smuggling inn has it all; ghosts, spirits, mystery, smuggling, plotting and murder, they even host ghost nights!

You might hear the whispers of smugglers discussing their ill gotten gains or the clattering of horse’s hooves, or perhaps you’ll see the ghost of the Joss Merlyn, the villian of Daphne DuMaurier's novel. Complete the experience by taking the keys to your very own bedroom but be warned, a peaceful night’s sleep is not guaranteed!


Eden Project - Halloweden

Celebrate all that goes bump in the night as Eden invite you into a beautiful and mysterious world full of magical beasts and mythical creatures. Come face to face with roaming creatures as you wander around  the gardens. Venture on a spooky trail to seek out the hidden lairs and habitats where these intriguing creatures make their homes.

Explore the Beastly Bazaar, create a mysterious animal feed potion, and take away a precious amulet, an enchanted link to an animal friend. Dare to enter the Dangerous Animal Zone, open daily for the bravest (or, some would say, most foolhardy) visitor. Dare to take on a series of challenges (from the gruesome to the slimy) to uncover the antidote that could save a previous adventurer – but hurry, time is running out...
Credit- Visit Cornwall

Ice Skating At Eden

Published on 22/10/2018 16:14

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Ice Skating at Eden
Their glittering ice rink is back and it’s had a makeover. Why not have a whirl in a winter wonderland - everyone is welcome, from complete novices to figure skating pros. If spectating is more your thing, you can snuggle up rink-side with a delicious hot chocolate or a tasty burger while you cheer on your family and friends.

Attend one of our 40-minute general skating sessions or choose a session to suit you.

Ice Skating Lessons
Become the next Torvill or Dean with our expert instructors. Our coaches cater to all abilities, from ages 6 years and up.

Parent and Toddler
Bring your tots (aged 18 months - 5 years) down for a special non-skating ice-play session filled with toys. The sessions last 40 minutes, and children must be accompanied by an adult (at least one adult per two children).

Chilly Juniors
Try our fun skating sessions for 6-12 year olds (with or without parents). Skaters are supported by our trained ice stewards with organised games, challenges and activities, but should be fairly competent.

School Groups
During term time, teachers can take advantage of exclusive ice-play and skating sessions for education groups, from EYFS to KS4 levels. We also have 'Infants on Ice', a non-skating ice play session exclusively for under-sevens nursery and school groups.

For more information, including pricing, a full timetable and how to book your ice skating session, visit or call 01726 811972. A valid Eden admission ticket is required which can be purchased through our office, with a 15% discount on tickets purchased on arrival.

They also welcome manual wheelchairs on our ice rink. Please call for more details.

2018 Fireworks Displays- Cornwall

Published on 12/10/2018 10:59

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

The best firework displays located in Perranporth and nearby

24th October- Flambards  Halloween Firework Spectacular. Enjoy a full day out at Flambards followed by our Firework Spectacular in the evening. 

27th October- The Heron Inn Malpas, Halloween themed fireworks display. Marquee opens at 5pm serving food and drinks. Fireworks at 7pm

3rd November- Wax Watergate Bay- Fireworks to start at 7pm

3rd November- Cubert Village Hall- Opens 6.30 bar and food available fireworks to start 7pm

4th November- Seiners Arms- 6-7pm Children's party and disco. 8pm Fireworks, hog roast BBQ and DJ

5th November- Driftwood Spars 6pm free entry

5th November- Heartlands Pool, 5pm- 10pm entertainment and fireworks display free entry

5th November- Chacewater Village Hall, gates open 6pm fireworks 7.30pm food and drink available

5th November- Falmouth Cricket Club, 6pm start Adults £4 Children £2