Perranporth is a favourite destination for families looking for their ideal family holiday. The beach at Perranporth seems to go on forever with three miles of golden sand on which to play and explore. The beach backs on to dunes on one side, and up onto cliffs and the coast path towards St Agnes on the other, with wonderful walks in either direction. The beach also has many rock pools to play in, with the tidal pool at Chapel Rock a safe place for children to swim. The beach is a favourite for surfers and is life-guarded all through the summer months. It has easy access from the town – so very good for small children and older people, it is even possible to hire a specialised beach wheelchair.
Things to do
Perranporth has lots of things to see and do. Surf lessons are available on the beach with providers such as Perranporth Surf School, or for something a little gentler, there is a boating lake in the village and lovely gardens to explore. There is also a bowling green, and an 18-hole Perranporth Golf Course many think is one of the finest in the county. Evening horse rides along the beach are very popular, and for a real high – why not take a leisure flight and see the whole area from the air?
And for extra excitement why not visit Perranporth in September for the annual Triathlon and junior Aquathon organised by the Perranporth Surf Lifesaving club?
In the quieter months Perranporth still has lots to offer. With easy access to the lovely coast path, the walks to St Agnes to the West and Holywell Bay towards Newquay are stunning and popular favourites with locals and visitors. Wildlife is abundant and you might even see dolphins!
Food & Drink
Perranporth offers a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants, so you'll be sure to find something to suit every taste! From tasty street food, to classic Cornish pasties, fish and chips and cream teas. Perranporth is home to several mouthwatering ice cream parlours and bakeries. You'll find vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options too. Head to Chrissy's Tea Room for a gluten free cream tea or try Berryman's for a vegan pasty!
Perranporth is home to the famous pub on the beach, the Watering Hole. Overlooking the beach is coffee and cocktail bar, Alcatraz and fabulous fine dining restaurant, The Summer House. With several pubs in the village, two Indian restaurants, a Thai takeaway, Italian restaurant and pizzeria, you'll be spoilt for choice!
Did you know?
Perranporth takes it’s name from St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall who landed at Perranporth having floated on a millstone all the way from Ireland!. St Piran’s Day is on 5th March and is celebrated every year with a processional play across the dunes.
Perranporth was the home of Poldark author, Winston Graham. Graham penned his famous novels whilst living here in the village. You'll find a stone memorial bench on the cliffs, overlooking the beach, where one of his former homes once stood. Graham was inspired by the breathtaking scenery and Cornish life here in Perranporth, and you'll find the original Poldark locations of Wheal Leisure and Nampara right here in the village.
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