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Winter In Cornwall

Published on 22/10/2021 10:54

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Duchy Holidays

Cornwall is often thought of as a summer destination, but there’s also plenty to enjoy in the winter, including quiet beaches for invigorating coastal walks, cosy pubs from which to storm-watch, and the newly refurbished Cornwall Playhouse in Truro, for those who love a show.

Take a Trip to the Theatre

Treat yourself to dinner and a show in Cornwall’s beautiful cathedral city of Truro. The city centre Hall for Cornwall theatre closed in June 2018 for a massive £21.6 million refurbishment development. Due to re-open its doors in summer 2020, unfortunately the pandemic set this deadline back, but now, with the auditorium renamed Cornwall Playhouse and the whole building renovated and updated, they will be hosting cultural events again from autumn 2021.

The theatre now seats 300 more people than before, there is a new café and bar, improved accessibility, and the grand entrance of this lovely heritage building has been restored. Upcoming shows include Fisherman’s Friends, Cinderella, We Will Rock You, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Enjoy a Winters Walk

There’s something so wonderful about a wintry walk. Wrap up and step out into the fresh sea air for an invigorating stroll along the shoreline or coast path to feel refreshed, revitalised and clear-headed. Afterwards warm up with a coffee in a coastal café or in your sea-view self-catering apartment, where you can continue to enjoy the views in warmth and comfort!

Alternatively, why not explore some of Cornwall’s gorgeous countryside? There are beautiful walks and woodland creatures in Tehidy Woods, a variety of cycle trails for all abilities at Cardinham Woods, and stunning woodland walks down through the Trelissick estate along the banks of the River Fal to Roundwood Quay.

Storm-Watch from a Beachside Pub

Cosy up in a coastal inn to enjoy the elements… through the window! There are many warm and welcoming beachside pubs to choose from, and here are just some of our favourites.

Seiners on the beachfront in Perranporth has a friendly and traditional ambiance, cosy banquette seating and welcomes dogs. Alcatraz cocktail and coffee bar enjoys an elevated position above Perranporth beach with incredible views across Perranporth beach to Chapel Rock and the Atlantic Ocean.

In Newquay, Lewinnick Lodge occupies a spectacular location on the Pentire Peninsula with outstanding views. A boutique hotel and contemporary restaurant, you can also simply enjoy a warming drink while enjoying that wonderful view. The Beach Bar in Lusty Glaze is an adventure to get to in itself, down 133 steps to the secluded cove in which it’s nestled. Visitors are greeted by two roaring log burners, a well-stocked bar, and breathtaking views.

Get a Buzz from a Winter’s Swim

If you’re part of the growing number of people who enjoy wild swimming all year round, then a dip in one of Cornwall’s tidal pools, even in the winter months, may appeal to you, and is a safer option than braving the waves when you don’t know the area. There is a lovely tidal pool at the back of Chapel Rock on Perranporth beach, and pools at Porthtowan and Portreath beaches too, all of which are accessible at low tide. Please ensure you know how to enjoy cold water swimming safely, the best ways to warm up afterwards, and always swim with a friend, not alone.

The Jubilee Pool in Penzance is the UK’s largest art deco sea water lido and now has a geothermally heated pool too – the first of its kind in the UK. Bathe in natural salt water that has been naturally heated to between 30 – 35 degrees by the lido’s own geothermal well. Visit their website to book a slot for a warmer winter outdoor swimming experience!

If you like the sound of taking a winter break in Cornwall, Duchy Holidays have a wide range of self-catering properties available. Choose from Cornish countryside cottages with log burners to curl up in front of after a wintry walk, and beachside apartments with exceptional sea views from which to watch the waves.

Halloween in Cornwall

Published on 14/10/2021 16:12

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Halloween in Cornwall 2021


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!

Flambards - Helston

Families can take to the cobbled streets of Flambards’ Victorian Village this half-term and hunt high and low through the 50 different sets and scenes to complete the spooky pumpkin trail quiz. Successfully completed trails can be exchanged for wickedly wonderful chocolate treats. On your eerie adventure, immerse yourself in perfectly-preserved shops filled with thousands of 19th-century artefacts, as you are transported back in time.

Meanwhile on 27th October don't miss the Flambards Halloween Fireworks Spectacular! 

Pendennis Castle - Falmouth

Head to Pendennis Castle for a fantastical day out this Halloween half-term. Explore the brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Plus, come along in frightful fancy dress and snap a picture to enter their competition on social media. It’s going to be a really wizard day out!

Halloweden - Eden Project

Go on a magical and mysterious journey around the Eden Project this October half-term. See the award-winning Bakehouse Factory's bespoke show, created especially for Eden and based around their fabulous 3m tall owl, taking place daily in the Citrus Grove, plus there's the beautiful owls from the Screech Owl Sanctuary.

Get the whole family involved solving creepy clues in a special puzzle trail, developed in partnership with Eureka Escape, and don't forget to book your spot on the potion making experience and create your perfect potions, made with a touch of magic and sealed for you to take home and treasure. 

Monsters of the Deep - Falmouth

This wonderful exhibition takes you down into the dark murky depths of the ocean to discover the monsters that lurk beneath. Are there krakens with tentacles two miles long and giant sharks as big as skyscrapers? What strange beasts did the mariners of old see that inspired the old myths and legends?  Are you brave enough to meet the menacing  mermaid or the giant sea spider? Plus this Halloween the nights are drawing in and the shadows and silhouettes are taking over.... be afraid, be very afraid..

Paradise Park - Hayle

Looking for kids Halloween fun in Cornwall? Paradise Park’s Spooktacular Creepy Halloween HalfTerm is the perfect place to bring the kids for a fun-filled spooky adventure and wonderful wildlife! Brave a creepy crawly wildlife encounters, learn some eerie fascinating facts on the Halloween Pumpkin Trail, spot the extraordinary Pesquet’s Parrot (also known as Dracula parrot) and much much more...  We dare you to get in to the spirit of things and go in Halloween fancy dress!!! 

Bodmin Jail - Bodmin 

As darkness falls and the jail attraction is at its most creepy, those with a taste for adrenaline can test their nerve with a choice of four devilish twilight experiences - exclusively for adults. The spooky line-up includes everything from ghost tours and scary movies, to all-night paranormal journeys with Bodmin Jail’s very own Paranormal Manager delivering a variety of spiritual techniques. Come daytime families with children can brave the brand-new Dark Walk experience, which combines state-of-the-art technology with Cornwall’s most haunting histories to deliver a truly immersive and interactive Halloween treat. 

Halloweek at Camel Creek - Wadebridge

It’s already been a strange year, but things are about to get stranger at Camel Creek as they open for the Half Term with many Spooktacular attractions, interactive experiences and spooky encounters planned for this year, but the question is – will you dare visit?

This year you can expect, brand new scare zones, Trick or Treat, will you dare knock? The Bug Ball, plus much more!

Shipwreck Treasure Museum - Charlestown

Tunnel of Lights: Arctic Adventure will transform more than 100 metres of tunnels beneath the award-winning attraction into a polar themed wonderland, illuminated with thousands of lights, designed to allow imaginations to run wild. The immersive experience will see visitors encounter shipwrecks frozen in time, follow the footsteps of adventurers through a world of ice, discover frozen waterfalls, giant icebergs and ice caves. The tunnels will be filled with an atmospheric arctic soundscape and guests will also encounter a snow fall.

 Halloween Disco at Jungle Jacks - Newquay

Head down to Jungle Jack's on Wednesday 31st October from 5pm - 7pm for their Halloween Disco Party! There will be a live DJ and party games! Win prizes for best fancy dress!Tickets are just £8.50 (adults free) and includes a meal (burger/hotdog and chips) and free 'spooky juice' (unlimited squash). This is a ticket only event - tickets are available from Jungle Jack's from 1st October.

Seiners Arms - Perranporth

Halloween fancy dress party
October 30th 2021
Children's party 6-7pm
Adults party 8-late
£100 top prize for best fancy dress
Children's games and prizes
Free buffet, Cocktails, DJ spoonz
Free entry

Five Natural Wonders Of Cornwall

Published on 30/09/2021 15:49

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Bedruthan Steps:



Australia has the Twelve Apostles, Orkney has the Old Man of Hoy, here in Cornwall we have Bedruthan Steps. Coastal erosion has created the sea stacks and they are linked to the legend of the giant Bedruthan, who used the stacks as stepping stones.

The five main stacks all have a name, from north to south they are Queen Bess, Samaritan Island, Redcove Island, Pendarves Island, and Carnewas Island. Sadly, at the present time access to the beach is unavailable due to rock falls making the stairway unsafe, but visitors can still walk along the cliff top and get superb views of the stacks, but do be careful and don’t go to near the edge.

More Info HERE


The Cheesewring:


Full Moon behind the Cheesewring


A different type of ‘stack’ can be found on Bodmin Moor, one created over millions of years by the wind and the rain. You will find similar rock formations on many hills and tors in Cornwall, but nowhere are they as epic in shape as the one to the north of Minions.

Perched on the edge of a quarry, The Cheesewring takes its name from the process used to create cider by pressing bags of apples, also known as cheeses. In Victorian times it was a popular destination for outings, with old photographs showing groups of people standing on top of the stack, something only skilled rock climbers who should attempt to do.

More info HERE


Fal Estuary:


Enterprise Boats on the Fal River


Six main rivers and countless streams flow out to sea between Pendennis Point and St Antony Head in an area known as the Carrick Roads. Falmouth is said to have one of the largest, deepest harbours in the World, and the tide flows inland over 12 miles as far as Truro and Tresillian. At one time both of these places would have been important ports, but over the years the rivers have silted up and they are now only reachable on high tides.

Most of the rivers flowing inland are flanked by ancient woodland, growing on step sided banks. Here and there small communities have sprung up, many now very desirable places to live with yacht marinas and riverside pubs, but in other parts the magic and solitude still remains, a tranquil mixture of greenery and water.

The best way of exploring the river and estuary is on an Enterprise Boats tour. More info HERE


Goss Moor: 


Goss Moor


Situated in a broad flat, valley basin in the centre of Cornwall, many people drive across it on the A30 not even realizing what a special area it is. Containing areas of both dry and wet heathland, mire, fen and open water, it provides a diverse mix of wildlife habitats, home to some of Cornwall rarest species.

29 species of butterfly have been recorded at the reserve, including the marsh fritillary, plus 18 species of dragonflies and damselflies. Dormice can be found here and otters are nocturnal visitors, as are roe deer, which can be seen at dawn and dusk as they venture out to graze. With over 70 species of birds nesting on the site as well, it really is one of Cornwall’s top natural wonders.

You can explore the area by bike or on foot on the Goss Moor Trail. More info HERE 


Lizard Peninsula: 


Kynance Cove


The most southerly part of mainland Britain is also one of the most interesting geologically. The rocks that make up the peninsula are totally different to those found in other parts of Cornwall and have more in common with the highlands and islands of Scotland. This creates a landscape rich in flora and fauna and a stunning coastline of rocky islands and caves. At Lizard Point you can look out onto rocks formed 200 million years before the ones you are standing on, which themselves are 350 million years old and were once part of the ocean’s floor.

Popular beauty spots such as Kynance Cove and the Lizard Point itself attract large numbers of visitors, but venture inland onto Goonhilly Downs and the stunning heathland provides an opportunity to enjoy nature at its very best, you may even spot the rare Cornish heather. It occurs virtually nowhere else in the UK but thrives here.

More info HERE


Most of Cornwall's wonderful coast and countryside is classed as Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) to find out more about them, click HERe

Blog Credit: Visit Cornwall

Looking For Inspiration

Published on 20/08/2021 16:53

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Blog Author Visit Cornwall

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

Video gallery
Soar over Cornwall with one of our 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.


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