So you've booked a few days away for a short break in Cornwall. After turning on the out of office you're ready to hit the coast! Here's how we like to spend a few days by the sea.
Arrive, check in and it's time to chill out. Head to the local pub for some homemade pub grub in a traditional Cornish Inn, or cook up a feast and make yourself at home in your holiday cottage or apartment (how about arriving to a fridge, packed full of local, fresh Cornish produce and treats? Check out the Cornish Food Box Company who will deliver a tasty food box, direct to your fridge). How about letting someone else do the hard work for you, and getting a takeaway delivered while you put your feet up and watch the sun go down. You're spoilt for choice in Perranporth with thai, chinese, indian and fish & chips all in the village!
Saturday morning and you’re waking up in Cornwall!
Book yourself in for a surfing lesson and experience the thrill of riding the waves. With surf schools on most beaches, you’ll find one for you. Experienced instructors will teach you water safety and surf skills, and you’ll be up and riding in no time! Perranporth is home to two surf schools Perranporth Surf School and Ticket to Ride. If surfing isn't your thing, then hire a bodyboard or paddle board (depending on the conditions) and hit the water!
Lunch time calls for a seaside classic, fish & chips. After a morning in the waves, you’ll have earned it. And why not wash it down with a pint of Cornish rattler, a local cider produced just up the road at Healeys Cyder Farm. With fish and chips from the village and a bar on the beach, you'll have that proper Cornish seaside feeling!
An afternoon exploring the coastal paths and shorelines of Cornwall, is an afternoon well spent. Take in the fresh sea air, admire the breath-taking scenery and reconnect with nature. Try the south west coast path from Perranporth, towards Holywell Bay or St.Agnes. If you prefer, stay close to shore, along the miles of golden sandy beaches. Make sure you check tide times before heading out, you can pick up a map from the local tourist information centre to help find your way. A walk to St.Agnes gets our vote, as you'll be rewarded with when you arrive with lots of great places to eat and drink in the pretty village and picturesque cove.
After the coast, why not amble back through the town, picking up a souvenir or two. Whether it’s a Cornwall fridge magnet or a piece of Cornish art – there’s something for everyone. From seaside nik-nak shops to coastal homewares, art, surf gear and beach clothing, and tasty Cornish food stores.
A treat is in store after all that walking, with a tasty hot chocolate and a classic Cornish cream tea, with jam first of course!! Or if you’d prefer an ice cream, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Perranporth. We recommend trying the infamous hedgehog ice cream from Chapel Porth, if your walk has taken you a little further afield.
Stock up on a selection of Cornish fayre and head back, put your feet up and relax in your holiday home. Or watch the sun go down with a drink in hand, at a beachside bar! There is nothing quite like watching the sun go down over Chapel Rock (an iconic rock situated on Perranporth beach). Try the Watering Hole or Seiners for uninterrupted, awe-inspiring views.
Sunday morning, hearty breakfasts at home or in a local café get you set up for the day, before heading off to explore one (or two) of Cornwall’s wonderful beaches or attractions – here’s a few of our fave spots to visit.
Lost Gardens of Heligan – Experience the lost gardens, over 200 acres a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and garden romantic.
Eden Project – just a short drive away, the Eden Project is home to the world famous tropical and Mediterranean biomes. Explore the lush gardens and fascinating exhibits.
St.Agnes and Trevaunance Cove – take an amble through the lovely Cornish village of St.Agnes, pick up a coffee at the Sorting Office, a pasty in St.Agnes Bakery, browse coastal homeware and gifts in Churchtown Arts, stop in the pub for a Cornish cider… then make your way to Trevaunance Cove where you’ll find a picturesque beach, surrounded by majestic cliffs. Plus you’ll find delicious food and drink from many independent eateries, whatever you fancy.
Newquay Harbour – a walk across Newquay Harbour and adjacent beaches offers lovely views, a spot of seal watching (the Harbour is home to a resident grey seal, Sammy) and great places to eat and drink are dotted along the way. A hive of activity, you’ll see working fishing boats and watersports galore (whatever the sea is doing) and find the famous house on the island.
The Gannel Estuary & Crantock Beach – head to Pentire Headland and walk down to the Gannel, when the tide’s out you can stroll along the sandy expanse to Crantock Beach. When the tide’s in, hop on the ferry boat across the water. The estuary offers an other-worldly escape, with coastal wildlife, incredible views and nature at its finest…
Sunday evenings were made for roast dinners and cosy Cornish pubs. Stop by one of our many village pubs (try our favourite locals, the Bolingey Inn or Miners Arms) for homemade feasts and Cornish ales. Or if you’d prefer a local gin, Cornwall is bursting with artisan gin makers so it’d be rude not to! We recommend Tarquins and tonic, with a twist of grapefruit. The Waterfront has a wide selection of local gins for you to discover!
Monday morning, time to check out. But not before a final walk along the beach and picking up a treat or two to take home. Cornish fudge, a pasty or two, a cream tea to go? Then set off feeling refreshed, revived and with magical memories to last a lifetime…