With its vast sandy dog-friendly beach, great surf breaks, and thriving village community, Perranporth is a beautiful seaside resort on the north Cornish coast. The high street is full of independent shops and businesses, welcoming pubs, cafes and restaurants, and there’s even a bar right down on the beach – the only one in the UK!
The coastline around Perranporth is spectacular, and can be fully appreciated from stunning walks along the south west coast path to Holywell Bay and Newquay to the north and St Agnes to the south. Perranporth is an ideal location from which to explore the rest of Cornwall: only nine miles to both the beautiful beaches of Newquay, and Cornwall’s lovely cathedral city of Truro.
The Eden Project, restaurants of Padstow, art of St Ives, and marine heritage of Falmouth are all within an easy 40-minute drive, or for those preferring to stay locally, there are numerous attractions and places of interest close to Perranporth. Families can enjoy days out at nearby Healeys Cyder Farm, Callestick Ice Cream Farm, Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Dairyland and National Trust houses and their impressive sub-tropical gardens.
Perranporth also has a boating lake, children’s play park and tennis courts, in addition to the three miles of sandy playground, dunes, caves and rockpools to explore!
For those who love the water there’s no end of fun to be had swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, kite-surfing and kayaking from Perranporth’s lifeguarded beach. A small seawater swimming pool is built into the back of Chapel Rock on the beach, and other local sports include skydiving from the airfield, horse riding along the huge expanse of beach, a bowling club, and a Championship golf course overlooking the beach. You'll also find local surf schools and hire, so you can experience the ultimate Cornish wave-rising experience! Check out Perranporth Surf School and Ticket to Ride for lessons.
Perranporth has a rich history: it used to benefit from the tin mining and fishing industries, and Winston Graham - the author of the Poldark series of books - lived here and drew inspiration from the rugged landscape and history of the area. St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall, was said to have washed up on these shores, and the ruins of the church he built in the dunes in the 12th century can still be seen to this day. For more infomation, maps on where to go and guided walks, head to the Tourist Information Office, just off the high street.
Food and Drink
After all this sightseeing, food and drink will no doubt be high on the agenda, and Perranporth delivers in this respect! For cosy evenings in, enjoying dinner in your holiday home without the hassle of cooking it, there’s a choice of takeaways: two Indians (which are also restaurants), a Chinese, a Thai and a pizzeria.
If you fancy going out for dinner, The Waterfront bar and kitchen has delicious food (and an extensive selection of gins!) which can be enjoyed with a view. Del Mar is a lovely Italian restaurant tucked back in the village, and The Watering Hole on the beach often has live music in the evening and is one of the best places to watch the sun sink into the sea. The Seiners also offers food and is positioned on the edge of the beach with incredible views.
In the village there are a number of pubs to choose from, and several cafes serving sandwiches, coffees and cream teas. And it goes without saying that the usual seaside treats of ice-creams, fudge, proper Cornish pasties and fish and chips are also readily available! Including ice cream made especially for dogs at Pavilion Ice Cream Parlour!