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Published on 20/08/2021 16:53

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Visit Cornwall

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What's new in Perranporth

Published on 12/08/2021 16:18

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Duchy Holidays

The high street in Perranporth has undergone some exciting changes in the past year, with many new businesses springing up, adding extra interest and renewed variety to the village’s independent shops.

The Baking Post

A new bakery with a fresh and modern appeal. The Baking Post makes delectable freshly baked cakes and pastries, temptingly displayed in their window each day. There are often gluten free and vegan options available, so everyone can treat themselves!

All You Can Eco

Next door to The Baking Post, All You Can Eco, a refill store, is now open for all your store cupboard needs. Take along your own container (or purchase one instore), and fill your bags and jars with flour, rice, pasta and much more, without the waste and pollution of unnecessary packaging. Plus find lots of lovely ethical and Cornish gifts and crafts.


Located at The Yard (just a little past Pickwick’s in the centre of the village), Sprout offers delicious vegan and vegetarian takeaway options such as nutrious hotpots, Sri Lankan dals and African inspired stews. There are also amazing vegan and gluten free cakes and speciality coffees. All served up with friendly service and a smile!

The Hub

A new café has opened on the high street! The Hub is a spacious café, great if you have a pushchair, also offering comfy sofas for relaxed get togethers with friends. Enjoy fresh coffee and cakes, paninis and rolls. Dog friendly and open seven days a week.

Ramen and Rice

Serving delicious noodle soups, satay and curries, from a funky silver airstream van, Ramen and Rice are the solution to your ‘what’s for dinner’ worries. Open Monday to Saturday from 5 pm, you can find them on St Pirans Road, at the back entrance to the beach (opposite the Texaco garage).

Beanz Cornwall

Now located between The Deck and the Co-op in the heart of the village, Beanz coffee van is open 10am – 4pm for takeaways or to sit at their little outdoor seating area. Freshly brewed coffees, delicious snack bowls, and iced coffee in the summer, we recommend a visit.

No. 4 Bistro

Opposite the beach car park, set back from the road, No. 4 has taken over from Willow and is a beachside pet-friendly restaurant, great for both proper meals, or a cup of coffee with friends. With friendly service and a mouth-watering menu including delicious burgers and mussels and chips.

Hello Gorgeous

A new women’s clothing boutique selling affordable quality high street fashion and the latest trends. Expect a warm welcome when you pop in for a browse.

Livingstone St Ives

The sophisticated art gallery and interiors shop Far and Wild has been renamed Livingstone St Ives (remaining under the same ownership), to match its sister shop on the south coast. Still offering beautiful furniture, regularly changing art exhibitions, and interesting and unusual books and gifts.

Atlantic Blankets

Situated on the walkway from the high street to the beach, Atlantic Blankets’ shop will draw you in with their beautiful displays of gorgeous wool blankets. Designed in Cornwall and made sustainably in the British Isles, the blankets are soft, warm, stylish and comforting. Pop in for a browse and to find your favourite colour combination.


Welcome Back To Perranporth

Published on 06/05/2021 15:32

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

As with much of the Cornish business community, many of those within Perranporth are hugely dependent on the tourism trade. Even many of those that weren’t closed by Government lockdown have found themselves negatively impacted over the last year.

But they have all stayed busy. The many eateries have offered takeaways, making and delivering boxes of veg or boxes of pasties or staying open so that people could still grab a pint of milk, many businesses have found ways to keep going.

We have seen businesses close, but already in their place new initiatives are taking place, the hardship of the last year has not dampened our community spirit and we have supported one another to get through.

Like businesses across the UK, pubs, restaurants and accommodation providers have had to reconfigure their entire business model to understand how they can reopen safely. Everyone has worked so hard to make sure that everything is as safe as possible for customers, staff and the community.

Staying safe

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still present in Cornwall and the rest of the UK, we all have to play our part in managing, mitigating and reducing this threat, so….

•     Please make sure you continue to follow social distancing wherever you are, ideally stay 2m away from other people in all settings (except your household contacts). If you do need to get closer, please always maintain 1m+ social distance and take extra precautions like never talking to people face to face, wear face coverings indoors, in crowded situations, on public transport and wash your hands frequently.

•     Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

•     Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough, or sneeze, put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

•     Try to limit the number of people you see.

•     Have face coverings with you so you can use public transport easily. Make sure you pack lots of hand sanitizer and use it frequently.

 Please CLICK HERE for latest Government Guidance.

Eden Project Reopening

Published on 15/03/2021 12:28

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)


The Eden Project is planning to reopen on 17 May 2021, subject to the latest Government guidance. Timed entry tickets for 17 May onwards will be available to pre-book from mid-April. Read the FAQs . The online shop remains open.


Visiting with confidence

We've introduced a wide range of new measures to make sure that the safety, health and wellbeing of all staff and visitors remains top priority. 

Time slots for all visitors  

To help maintain effective social distancing by staggering entries we’ve introduced timed ticketing slots for all visitors.

Every visitor will need to reserve a time slot for their visit, including those who are admitted for free. We’ll unfortunately have to turn away any visitors who don't book themselves a timed slot in advance, or who arrive outside of their timeslot. The great news is that, once here, you can stay all day.



NHS Advice If Unwell When On Holiday

Published on 07/08/2020 15:39

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

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:

For the latest MIU opening and waiting times please click  

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.


The New Normal Guide to Facilities In Perranporth

Published on 20/06/2020 15:04

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

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

  • Sama Sama
  • Bathsheba Surf
  • Higgins gift and beach shop 
  • Coastal Surf
  • Atlantic Blankets
  • Noize
  • Piran Surf
  • Velvet Crystal
  • Cornish Range
  • Far & Wild Gallery
  • Beach Hut
  • Rebeccas gift and sweet shop
  • Cargoes Clothes shop
  • Shore things 
  • Happy Daze
  • Parade Stores

Essential Shops

  • Both Co-ops
  • Chapmans Butchers
  • Post office
  • Bodyline
  • St Clement vets (now located next door to the Perranporth Inn)
  • Launderette
  • Boot Chemist
  • Berrymans bakery
  • Premier Grocery store


  • Pickwicks Fish and chips
  • Perranporth kebab and pizza
  • Masala Indian
  • Jai Pur Indian
  • Mei Kitchen Chinese
  • Browns Fish and Chipes
  • Haddocks End Fish and Chips
  • Stepping Stones Cafe
  • Cornish Pantry 
  • Dolphin Cafe
  • Alcatraz
  • The Wateringhole
  • Pizza 37
  • Black Flag Brewery


  • Perran Dairy
  • Pavillion Ice
  • Parade stores


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.

Covid -19 Updates

Published on 14/04/2020 16:23

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

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.


Government guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK

Advice from the NHS on protecting yourself from COVID-19





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.