Things to do on holiday in Cornwall
Perranporth is set across three miles of golden sands and is famous for its surf, stunning coastal footpath that boasts beautiful views and being the only beach in the UK with a bar on it! All this and only seven miles away from the cathedral city of Truro makes it an accessible town with everything that’s great about Cornwall. You can spend the day surfing, sunbathing, playing golf or even riding horses on the beach, whatever floats your boat – which reminds us, there’s even a boating lake for when the open sea becomes too much!
Eat and drink
The Coffee House, Perranporth - Situated in the same building as Around Kernow Holidays, The Coffee House opened when A K Holidays moved offices on 1st March 2016. Open 7 days a week from 09:00, all year round serving hot and cold food, cakes, light lunches a variety of tea and barista coffee. The coffee is regarded by many as the best in the area!
The Watering Hole – As mentioned previously, The Watering Hole is the only bar in the UK that sits on a beach, even after its recent scrape with Mother Nature! The bar and restaurant has menus catered to the season and in summer you’re likely to catch a BBQ or two there along with some great live music.
Willow Bistro – Willow is a family run licensed café/bistro located just seconds from the beach in Perranporth serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Their prices are competitive while the menu is designed to serve quality meals that range from light snacks to fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. Local suppliers are used when possible. Evening bookings are welcome.
Planet Ice – You know what it’s like in summer, boiling hot and you need some ice cream in your life, Planet Ice takes that need and raises it to the next level. The flavours are adventurous and fun while the ingredients are all supplied by local producers.
The Green Parrot – The Green Parrot is a Wetherspoon’s pub, and a very nice one at that. It welcomes dogs and has a great outside area. Like all Wetherspoon’s pubs it does what it says on the tin and offers great value for money, which is sometimes needed when on holiday with the family
Beaches – Perranporth is a beach that stretches to three miles when the tide goes out, from Droskyn Point all the way down to Penhale Sands where you’ll find rock pools to search for little creatures and even a tidal pool at Chapel Rock. Dogs are allowed on the beach between 10am and 5pm provided they are on a lead. Polly Joke Beach is another beach where dogs are allowed and it’s two beaches up from Perranporth and one down from Crantock. It’s a little out the way and doesn’t boast many facilities but if you want a nice beach that’s less crowded then Polly Joke is the one! Holywell Bay sits snugly between Perranporth and Polly Joke and six miles west of Newquay. The beach is three miles long, dog friendly and has disabled facilities and access.
Coastal Walks – All around Cornwall you’ll find amazing coastal walks that can go on for as long or as little as you like. The South West Coast Path runs around the whole of the county, and you can pick it up in Perranporth and enjoy a scenic walk to St Agnes of 3.5 miles. As well as the natural beauty of the coastline you get the added bonus of experiencing Cornwall’s mining heritage, birdlife and wild flowers. For an easier walk, try Perran Sands to Perranporth, a similar distance but with easier terrain. For more on the South West Coast Path - click here.
Droskyn Sundial – This is a great spot to catch a sunset whilst also checking out a bit of manmade beauty too. The clock sits next to some amphitheatre style seats, ideal for taking up some fish and chips and a drink and taking in the beautiful sunset that the Atlantic has to offer!
There’s a wealth of activities to choose from in and around Perranporth, perfect for all you sporty types out there! Perranporth Surf School is a great place to start if you want to fully immerse yourself into the Cornish culture. The larger your group, the cheaper the cost is per person. Reen Manor offer a host of horse rides and treks including a two hour beach trek across the dunes and the beach of Perranporth. If you prefer something not so high-octane then Perran Tennis Club boasts six grass courts and three floodlit hard courts. Drop down another level on the octane-chart and enjoy Perranporth Golf Club, one of Cornwall’s finest golf courses with fantastic panoramic views of the coast. Head slightly further afield and down the coast to St Agnes for Koru Kayaking. Kayak trips range from two hours to full days where you’ll take in some of the amazing sites that the Cornish coastline has to offer.
Rainy days in Cornwall
The British weather can be unpredictable at the best of times, so it’s good to have a few ideas of what you can do when the heavens open onto the Duchy. The Eden Project is a little outdoors but a lot indoors and the biomes and the education centre can be enjoyed for hours whilst you remain dry. The grounds also have a café, restaurant and a coffee house for refuelling at any point throughout the day. For more natural beauty but with an oceanic twist, The Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay is perfect for a rainy day, with sharks, octopus, underwater tunnels and plenty more to occupy the kids (and the adults!). Head towards Portreath for Treasure Park, it has a whole host of activities from jewellery painting to panning for gold, while Bombadingas nearby in Pool is a pirate-themed soft play area for under nines. Adults can enjoy a tea or coffee while the kids get swashbucklin’ on the apparatus!
Obviously, the beach is a great choice but if you’ve got children or a mind that needs a bit more stimulating, Cornwall has plenty of outdoor attractions. Paradise Park in Hayle has an array of exotic birds and shows throughout the day as well as kids play areas and an on-site café. Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm can be found in Penhallow Truro, where the famous Rattler is produced! Heartlands is a FREE visitor attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway in Cornwall. Nestled just off the A30 in Pool, near Redruth in the former mining heart of Cornwall, there are 19 acres of eclectic fun to explore.
Flambards is Cornwall’s premium theme park with rides and attractions for all the family. There’s also indoor exhibitions including life-size Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz to enjoy.