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Coastguards Retreat is a self catering holiday accommodation that sleeps 2 and is located in Hayle, South West England. This property does not allow pets. Prices range from £257 to £637 per week. Local to Uny Lelant, Saint Erth, Phillack, Carbis Bay
Coastguards Retreat is a comfortable semi-detached studio-style holiday apartment, perfect for couples. Conveniently located on a main road next door to the owner and close to the famous surfing beach at Gwithian and Godrevy Lighthouse with golden sands that stretch for 3 miles. St Ives is 15 minutes’ drive with its pretty harbour and winding streets, four glorious beaches, the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum. Take the train from St Erth along the estuary or the drive from St Ives to West Penwith, voted one of the most spectacular in Europe. Enjoy Tehiddy Country Park with 250 acres of woodland, lakes and cycle trails. Visit Lands End, Penzance, the open-air Minack Theatre or Marazion with St Michaels Mount. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.
3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double (5ft) bed and shower area. Kitchen. Separate toilet.
Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (Sky, entertainment). DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.
Situated on the harbour head in the fishing port of Porthleven, and recently recognised by Michelin and the AA, Kota specialises in organic local fish dishes and many of the meals come with a Asian twist.
With views of the harbour, al fresco dining is possible all year round, enjoy your meal under the large heated patio umbrella, or snuggle up under one of the fleece blankets. Harbour View offers a wide choice of regularly updated menus in a contemporary setting.
The dining philosophy is to provide guests with the very best dining experience. Menus are simple — based on fresh seasonal produce, as much as possible sourced from the local area.
Although dating from the 13th century, the inn was named after the ship sent to Tahiti to capture the mutineers of Captain Bligh's Bounty. Take afternoon tea at the end of the pontoon, or sit under beamed ceilings for an evening meal of tasty, locally sourced food.
The Ole Ale House is much more than a pub, it is an entertainment venue and foodies heaven. This traditional pub is ideally located in the heart of Truro making is easy to locate where you will be met with a warm and friendly welcome. They serve a diverse variety of ales, craft ciders, speciality beers and lagers, there is something to appeal to all palates accompained by complimentary monkey nuts. The chefs are all River Cottage trained and using the best of locally sourced produce they have created an unusual menu that has so much to offer with delicious home-cooked heart warming dishes, tasty sharing platters and delectable snacks, all perfectly cooked and well presented. The service is friendly and efficient and the prices are very reasonable for the quality you receive. Food is served each day from middy to 2.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 9.00pm. On a Friday night you will find a band playing, they can be local acts or come from further afield. They hold a number of events throughout the year that include beer and food matching classes, chef talks and producer evenings in addition to guest brewers who explain their brewing processes followed by tasting at their Beer School tasting nights. Open daily from 11.00am to late each night with longer opening hours on a Saturday. The Ole Ale House is a great local, a friendly and traditional pub with a lively atmosphere and great food and drinks, should not be missed.
A delightful Fish Restaurant situated in the fishing village of Mevagissey. Specialising in high quality locally caught fish.
Paradise Park is an award winning park that is located on the edge of Hayle. Owing to its protected location it offers the ideal environment for the tropical wildlife and plants to thrive here. The park is friendly and welcoming and is home to a wealth of attractions and activities for all the family to enjoy as well as serving as a Conservation project. The Jungle Barn indoor play centre offers hours of fun. There are lots of exotic and rare and unusual birds and animals here, many having being rescued, they are well cared for and appear to be happy. The free bird shows are entertaining and exciting with the birds getting close to you. In addition there are lots of daily events such as feeding time, displays and talks there is something for everyone. The kids farm is great and you can get close to, touch and even feed the animals, there are two play areas, a train and much more. The gardens are beautiful and there is lots of stunning and colourful plants that emit lovely aromas, with lots of benches to sit on, providing a nice relaxed environment. Staff are friendly and will happily answer any questions you have. The Otter Pool Cafe is warm and welcoming and offers a nice selection of drinks, hot and cold dishes and snacks, at reasonable prices. The Gift Shop offers a nice choice of gifts and related souvenirs that are also reasonably priced and there is something to suit all budgets. Paradise park does a great job, it is well kept and very clean and the animals appear to be happy, prices are very reasonable for all that is on offer here, there is something for everyone and makes for a great family day out, highly recommended.
This recreational park was once part of a wealthy mining family's estate. It now hosts a variety of facilities including an orienteering course, BBQ area and events field. There are numerous walks around the park and its lake.
Located inside the Flora Centre, this luxurious, modern single screen cinema may not always show the very latest films, but there's always a selection of recent films as well as bargain shows for family films.
Take advantage of a meal deal in the restaurant before watching a movie at the Savoy, the UK's oldest continuous running cinema. Opened in November 1912, it is now a very modern 3 screen operation with Dolby surround sound.
Head to Flambards for a fun day out for all the family. With a theme park with many rides and attractions, magicians, popular children's TV show guests such as Peppa Pig, exhibitions and the Victorian Village you'll find lots to see and do.
A visit to the seal sanctuary in picturesque Helston estuary makes a fantastic family day out. In addition to grey and common seals, they also house fur seals and Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions as well as other rescued sea creatures such as dolphins.
From June to September the seas around Cornwall are home to hundreds of Basking sharks. They are best seen from one of the Basking shark watching boats that work out of Penzance.
Imaginative exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, textiles and jewellery, many of which follow a theme that links us to our environment, are held from Easter to the end of October.
A 200 seat theatre and cinema space, three art galleries and large educational space. It offers a regular programme of films, live theatre including dramas, musicals, ballet, pantomimes, bands and groups.
This year round entertainment venue has something for everyone. Enjoy some live music on the patio overlooking the gardens or even a flamenco lesson. If you're lucky, you may catch one of the main events throughout the year including the Real Ale festival where you can enjoy many a drink in the bar. There's also a cafe.
A wave machine which brings the thrill of the ocean indoors and a river ride which sweeps you along at an exciting speed are just two of the exciting features at this fun pool.
From Go Karts to an 18 hole Pitch and Putt course, Holywell Bay is a great day out for all the family.
What could be more wonderful than theatre under the stars with the ocean as a backdrop? Built in the style of Roman amphitheatres, the Minnack hosts a wide variety of shows, see website for details. (Dogs are not allowed at performances, daytime visits only)
Enjoy exhilarating fun around our 1.2km outdoor track at speeds of up to 70mph. Fun for all the family with different carts for different ages ranging from 3+.
Bring your camera because you will want to capture the scene found at Porthminster Beach! This exquisite outdoor location features a crescent shaped stretch of fine sandy beach. The golden grains are complemented by a beautiful azure coast line and a view of the Godrevy Lighthouse. It's everything a traveller could want and more!
Porthmeor Beach offers an outstanding view that will take your breath away! You'll love relaxing by the seashore as you enjoy the area known as the "jewel of the South West." Sandy beaches and fresh air make this popular destination well worth the visit. Don't forget to stop off for a bite to eat while you explore!
A rocky beach that is great for walks set in a splendid harbour. Stroll around the boats before heading onto the cliff tops and walk to Chynhalls Point or head north to Lowland Point.
Perranporth Beach is one of the finest beaches in Cornwall, and is popular for a variety of activities including, swimming, sailing, snorkelling, surfing and much more. It is a wide beach extending to about three miles of soft golden sand, offering ample space for beach games and the waters are a beautiful clear blue. There are rock pools to explore and the sand dunes are perfect for clambering along as well as providing a natural habitat for a wealth of local wildlife, also caves and caverns just waiting to be explored. Owing to the vastness of the beach it never feels too busy even on those days when it is. It is located close to the town and is easily accessible from here. There is also a beach cafe, The Watering Hole, that serves a good choice of beverages and snacks, they are open during the busy summer months. When the tide is out it is possible to walk along the beach to Ligger Point. Perranport Beach is clean and well patrolled, with a lifeguard in the summer months, it is close to many amenities, a beautiful beach that offers the perfect family day out, with something for everyone, not to be missed if you are in the area.
A great place to take the family, safe, secluded with a good Inn nearby. Make some sandcastles, go for a walk or sit back and admire the scenery.
A wide and popular sandy beach on the outskirts of Falmouth, that is also a favourite location for watersports enthusiasts. In the summer the beach is populated by the town's sun worshippers.
Located between the Helford River and Falmouth, the beach is nicely sheltered with low cliffs making it popular with sun seekers and swimmers. Learn to dive or try your hand at windsurfing! If you're not much of a water sports enthusiast go for a walk along the impressive cliffs to Rosemullion Head.
Watched over by Pendennis Castle, this charming south facing beach is a real hidden gem. Why not take a picnic and soak up the sun with the family for the day? Explore the local rock pools and do a spot of crabbing.
Cadgwith is actually two small beaches separated by a small narrow headland known as the Todden. Known as Little Cove, one is the 'pleasure' beach and the second is a working beach, usually full of at least 10 or so fishing boats.
Against a dramatic cliff backdrop, turquoise waters make Kynance Cove the ideal beach for swimmers. Popular since Victorian times, it is now owned by the National Trust who conserve its natural beauty and keep it safe.
An interesting and somewhat unusual beach with a fascinating church at its northern side. It is situated on the Lizard Peninsula near Helston and has a golf course to its east. Explore some other coves whilst there and go for a wander around the church.
Gorgeous glistening blue water and a pleasant salty sea breeze await at Fistral Beach! This gorgeous setting is an example of seaside paradise. Dive right in by booking a surf lesson or check out the event calendar to see what's on during your visit. Test your skills with coasteering and much more!
Tolcarne Beach is a lovely little piece of paradise complete with luxurious accommodations and the glistening beauty of Mother Nature. Pale sandy beaches and gently lapping surf create relaxing atmosphere so you can kick back and enjoy. All around are towering cliffs of sheer stone and green vegetation, providing a wall of privacy surrounding the beach.
When sitting on the beach isn't enough, there's always Asylum Entertainment! This exciting opportunity will give you tonnes to do during your stay. Book fast paced activities like body Zorbing, bumper balls or have a great time with Beach Sumo. There is much to do along Newquay and Asylum Entertainment is ready to bring it all to you!
A walk recommended by the National Trust, this trail includes areas particularly good for seeing wildlife, viewing the spectacular scenery and for visiting places of historical interest. Ranked easy to moderate at about 3 miles, this is a great route to do at a leisurely pace soaking up the amazing scenery as you go.
This 11 mile long-distance footpath and cycle trail links the historic mining harbours of Portreath in the North and Devoran in the South. The trail is mostly off-road and should take about five hours to walk. You can hire bikes at Bissoe, Nancekuke or Portreath.
Starting at Land's End the route passes through Penzance, Hayle, Cambourne and Redruth. Near Truro, you can opt to head south to Mevagissey, St Austell and The Eden Project or continue on to Bodmin.
A great traffic free and largely level route that is perfect for family outings. At just under 3 miles long, it is an easy and delightful trail to explore.
Gwinear Pitch and Putt is located in an idyllic location in Reawla within in ten acres of beautiful countryside. This short 18 hole course is well designed and well maintained and has lovely landscaping. It is an excellent pitch and putt course with defined tees, interesting holes, fast fairways, semi rough and rough and the greens are through, it is more like a golf course. The course is challenging but fun. There is no need to book or take along any equipment everything is supplied here. Prices are very reasonable adults play for £7 and children up to 14 are only £4 for a round. There is a nice clubhouse cafe that is welcoming and cosy, where you can relax after a round and enjoy the hospitality and delicious range of hot and cold dishes, snacks and beverages that are all made using local Cornish produce and are real value for money. There is also a nice terrace area for those nice sunny days. They are open From February through to October from 10.00am until dusk each day. Gwinear Pitch and Putt offers a fun and enjoyable round of golf within a beautiful location, excellent hospitality, customer service and prices too, a real gem, highly recommended.
Hayle Golf Range is located in the beautiful location of Hayle within stunning Cornwall countryside. It is a friendly and welcoming centre and the staff are great, professional, amicable and helpful. It has nineteen fully lit, all weather bays offering a safe and protected area to practise your swing and drive. It comes with targets to test your accuracy as well as distance markers. Next to the range is a 12-hole course with a selection of holes that range in length offering the ideal environment to test your skills. The course is scenic, the greens are in good condition, holes are mostly par 3 or 4 but there are a few 5's and it offers challenges to golfers of all abilities. They provide all equipment so you don't need to take anything along. Other facilities available here are a fully-equipped training suite, state of the art indoor golf simulator, pro shop and a new addition is the Croquet Golf course, mini golf with a croquet twist, it offers a fun activity that all the family can play and enjoy. They are open daily from 9.30am, closing times vary but, full details are on the website. The prices are very reasonable and offer great value. Hayle Golf Range offers everything a golfer could need on one site, long opening hours, great prices and lovely scenery a wonderful spot to visit to hone your golfing skills or enjoy a short game.
Another way to explore the countryside and beaches of Cornwall is on horseback — a mode of transport ideally suited to the tranquillity and beauty of the area.
Built upon a traditional bathing spot at the Battery Rocks near the harbour at Penzance, and cleverly designed to cope with the full ferocity of the Cornish seas, the pool makes a very pleasant spot for a swim.
You and your family can have the time of your lives, safe in the knowledge that the expertise and enthusiasm of the school's fully qualified staff will get you cruising on clean Atlantic waves and feeling the rush that only surfing can bring.
This 18-hole course commands spectacular views over the ocean. A very well drained truly natural course, it's a par 70 challenge with cliff tops, dry stone walls and an ancient mine shaft to negotiate.
The Cornwall dive sites used for scuba diving feature flourishing aquatic life as well as U-boat wreckage from World War I. A fascinating way to spend the day. Come and see for yourself a whole new world under the water.
Camel Trekking is an activity you might not expect to find in Cornwall. Featured on the BBC Country file show, camel trekking can be fun for all the family, and involves a walk into the Cornish Downs.
Imagine galloping on the beach ... With a range of horses to suit your height, weight and capability, and friendly instructors to help you along the way, riding is a wonderful way to see the countryside and coast.
If you love to get out and move then you must check out the Extreme Academy! This sports school offers land and water based activities. The adrenaline-pumping menu includes surfing, kite surfing, wave skiing, hand planing, stand up paddle surfing, traction kiting and extreme day packages. Visitors should contact the academy prior to visiting to book their exciting excursion!
Explore Cornwall's stunning coastline aboard personal jet skis with Cornwall Waverunner Safaris
With commanding views over the stunning St Michael's Mount, this beautiful marshland has Cornwall's largest reedbed. There are over 250 species of bird and more than 500 plant varieties to be found on the site.
In winter, many birds flock to this reservoir including wigeon, coot, tufted duck, poachard and Canada geese. In the spring, a large number of sand martins, house martins and swallows frequent the area.
Part of the Fal Estuary, The area known as the Carrick Roads is so deep it regularly attracts great numbers of sea-going birds in the winter. Looe beach near Feoch seems to offer the best access for viewing one of the largest flocks of wintering Black Neck Grebes in the UK
Designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, Rame Head's local habitat provides a haven for many species, especially insects and birds — the Peregrine Falcon can now be seen along with many other birds of prey.
The most southerly peninsula in England, the Lizard has high cliffs making it a popular area for gannet watching. During times of migration, it is also a good place to see swallows, swifts, warblers and flycatchers. In the winter months turnstones and purple sandpipers often come up to the shoreline, and in spring oystercatchers can also be found.
Potager is a new organic garden displaying an informal mix of herbaceous planting accentuated with vegetables and fruit. Visit this little oasis tucked away with mature trees and a tranquil environment. Play some games, relax, have a go at tennis, read a good book or enjoy some delicious homemade cakes.
Tender trees and plants flourish at Enys, one of the oldest gardens in Cornwall. Robert de Enys lived here during the reign of Edward I, and in 1709, the garden was noted for its fine planting. Today's garden is based on the designs of 1833.
A delightful valley garden set above the Helford River; Glendurgan provides a warm and sheltered setting for exotic trees, flowers and shrubs. There's also a laurel maze and a 'Giant's Stride' maypole.
Set in a Cornish valley this sub-tropical garden offers a year round experience to visitors.
A very English country garden with herbaceous borders and many areas dedicated to different colours of plants. A series of 'garden-rooms' surround the Georgian house. The plants sold here are all grown at Bosvigo and include many hard-to-find species.
The micro-climate in which Bosahan Garden is situated allows for a mixture of plants from both hemispheres. Look out for rhododendrons, magnolias, exotic palm groves and Maidenhair trees. Take a walk through this lovely setting.
The family home to the Tremayne family for over 400 years, this remarkable setting holds a great deal of intrigue and mystery. At the turn of the century decline had set in very rapidly and the gardens were neglected. A storm in 1990 revealed them once again and captured the imagination of those that discovered them. Ties to the 19th century as well as the First World War were found and the daunting task of restoration was begun. Well worth a visit. (Dogs allowed between October and March)
Shore Surf School is a mobile surf school but run their lessons from mainly from St Ives Bay Holiday Park or from the stunning location of Godrevy. It is run by highly trained and qualified instructors with a passion for surfing which, comes across in their teaching, making it a fun, and enjoyable experience. They cater to all levels from beginners through to those who are experienced, who can benefit from the advanced training sessions. Lessons are safe and relaxed and the instructors are patient and encouraging with you. You can arrange private lessons or go along with a group, numbers are kept small so everyone gets sufficient attention and instruction. They also take care of everything and can arrange a pick up for you taking you to the beach and home again. Additionally they provide all equipment which, is well maintained and included in the price. With their expert tuition it wont be long until you are standing on your board and surfing the waves and the confidence is growing, a real satisfying and fun activity. Shore Surf School offers professional and well organised lessons, prices are very reasonable and offer great value, an activity that all ages and abilities can get involved with and is fun as well.
Godrevy Head is located at the far end of St Ives Bay. The coastline here is breathtaking and the area is so tranquil and peaceful. It offers the opportunity to see a seal colony that reside here in the cove, they often come onto the beach to stretch out and bask in the sunshine, make sure to take along a pair of binoculars to get the best views of them. It also offers lovely walks along the cliff tops, the sand or amongst the dunes. Children will love searching out stones and shells, or examining the rock pools. It is also home to lots of different species of birds and gorgeous wild flowers. Just off the coast is the lighthouse that served as inspiration for Virginia Woolf. It can get busy as it is a very popular spot especially during the summer months. There is a nice cafe on site serving a good choice of beverages and snacks, cakes as well as hot and cold dishes, that are all freshly prepared and are great value, it has a nice outdoor seating area for those warm days. On nice days an ice cream van visits the area. Godrevy Head is a simply stunning spot and offers the best views, walks and wildlife and it can be enjoyed whatever the weather and makes for a great day out for everyone.
The charming Boathouse Theatre offers a unique entertainment experience that is often overlooked. This performing arts venue hosts a number of engaging shows. See vibrantly designed puppets as they tell tales of adventure, excitement and much more! This is one family-friendly attraction that no visitor to St. Ives should miss!
The Kidz R Us theatre in St. Ives was founded in 1993 by members of the St. Ives Operatic Society. It originally provided a one off performance for charity purposes. After seeing tremendous success, Kidz R Us has gone on to become a local staple in entertainment. More than 50 musicals have been put on since the organisation came to be.
Cornish Fishing is a well established and family run business that is based in Falmouth where they offer a choice of sea related activities, including fishing trips, diving expeditions and more. You can choose from half day to full day or even longer adventures. They are dedicated and committed to providing an excellent service to their customers. The boat is in excellent condition, well maintained and contains all the latest technology, fishing and safety equipment. It is very comfortable with lots of space and you are well looked after and supplied with plenty of hot drinks throughout the day. Nigel and his wife are really friendly and immediately put you at ease, additionally they are very knowledgeable about the local area and will happily impart this knowledge with you. They cater to all level of fishing and diving parties and can provide tuition and training if required, you get lots of tips and pointers to help you. They also know all of the best fishing and diving spots off the coast of Cornwall, you will be amazed by all the species of fish and shark that are found in the warm waters here. Cornish Fishing offer a professional, well organised and truly excellent experience whatever you do with them, you are assured a fantastic and memorable time.
Cornish Riding Holidays are a warm and welcoming family run equestrian centre located in the centre of the stunning Cornish countryside in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Their prime location means that the very best trails and treks are on their doorstep. They cater to all riding abilities from complete beginners right through to experienced riders. In addition they also offer riding lessons throughout the year, as well as hacking. They offer a choice of riding options with adult holidays and children's holidays, both include lots of riding opportunities, including, western, side saddle and bareback riding as well as taking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. You can take along your own horse or use one of theirs, their horses are particularly well behaved and all have lovely temperaments, and you are paired with a suitable horse. Staff are lovely too, so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and supportive with new or nervous riders. The stables themselves are superb and well kept. All equipment is available here and again it is well maintained. Cornish Riding Holidays offer an unparalleled opportunity to stay and ride in some of the most fabulous scenery around on some of the most gorgeous horses, the holidays are both interesting and entertaining and you are never bored, you are constantly kept busy and entertained throughout, a particular highlight is riding along the beautiful golden sandy beaches in the morning sunlight, a real thrill.
Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre is located in a lovely spot in the beautiful countryside of Redruth. It offers so much in the way of animal experiences and interaction, it is a unique and unrivalled experience. Available are a choice of wildlife activities including, a wildlife experience which, is a woodland safari where you will get to meet lots of local wildlife, there is an opportunity to feed a range of animals, rock pooling a fun and classic seaside pastime but with a difference, falconry gives you the opportunity to meet a selection of amazing birds of prey or the night walk where you get a different perspective on wildlife and see exactly who is awake whilst we sleep. In addition to the wonderful range of experiences they offer the farm is also committed to conservation and sustainability and they aim to pass these values on explaining their importance on the future of our world and the planet. All talks are given by Gary who is committed, passionate and enthusiastic and he relays information and facts in a fun and engaging way, that holds everyone's attention. You are given a little safety talk first as obviously the animals are wild and need to be respected before venturing out into the farm area. The staff throughout are really friendly, and totally dedicated to wildlife and their passion and devotion is easily seen. The animals are all so well looked after and cared for here. Children will be amazed at how close you get to a range of different animals and will love the intimate interaction here. Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre is a top class facility it opens your eyes to the wildlife around you and how amazing it is, a visit will keep the whole family captivated and the children will be talking about the experience for a long time afterwards, worth every penny.
The 7th Rise offer an alternative outdoor experience, if you have ever considered or thought about getting back to basics and learning how to survive in the wilderness then look no further. 7th Rise are based in a magical setting amongst the trees in stunning surroundings next to the River Fal in Cornwall, it even has its own beach and the area provides all that is needed to teach you the techniques needed to survive in the wilderness. All modern day devices are left behind no watches, phones or electrical devices permitted, it is a complete digital detox. They offer training in outdoor skills, using a variety of traditional techniques including knife skills, shooting, canoeing, foraging, fishing and bush craft and wild food cookery using ancient techniques but in a modern way. Instructors are highly qualified, experienced and passionate about the outdoors and are keen to share their experiences and knowledge. Their courses are very different to anything else about, both exciting and captivating and you come away with new skills and an appreciation for the earth and nature. The course runs over a weekend and you will have plenty of laughs and stories around the campfire; a completely detoxing and recharging experience. They do offer bespoke courses where you can choose what skills and activities you want to get involved in. This is a completely unique wildlife adventure and is the perfect activity with a friend, as a couple or in a group. The 7th Rise offers a rich learning experience that is both engaging and invaluable you are assured a fantastic time in the stress free and relaxed setting and will want to return.
The ATV Centre offers you the opportunity to take part in a fun sport that is growing in popularity. They have the biggest selection of Quads and one of the best circuits around, the track extends to over a mile with long runs, jumps, tight corners and banked corners. They provide all the equipment which, is well maintained and clean, you are advised to wear long sleeve trousers and tops and closed shoes for your own safety. The staff are very friendly and helpful, they are all highly trained and professional. Before commencing you are given full tuition and a safety briefing. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced rider there is a quad and circuit to suit you. It is an activity that all the family or a group can take part in, there are particular quads for those aged six upwards. The ATV Centre offers a safe and controlled environment to enjoy this exciting and thrilling sport in an very organised environment. There are benches at the side or on the footbridge where you can observe the riders or take some photos. The centre is open daily throughout the year and offers excellent value for money, highly recommended if you are looking for a fun and exciting activity.
Cornish Parachute Club is a family run skydive centre located on the cliffs at Perranporth, being unique as it is the only coastal drop zone in the UK. Their prime location offers the best views around and the added bonus is your drop zone is on the beach. They cater to everyone offering a choice of one off tandem skydives through to becoming a fully qualified jumper. Skydiving is the ultimate adrenalin rush you cant get any better. The instructors are highly trained and qualified and give clear and concise instructions on everything from safety through to the equipment. They are really friendly, very patient and encouraging and will ease any nerves you may have. They supply all equipment which, is well maintained so all you have to take along is yourself. After your instructions you are taken in a plane to an altitude of 10,000 feet where you make your jump and it is time to sit back and enjoy the ride. Once the initial terror subsides you get to experience the most wonderful feeling of tranquillity and see the most wondrous scenery below you. A thoroughly exhilarating and memorable experience and something that everyone should try. If you are just spectating or waiting around to jump there is a nice cafe that is warm and cosy and serves a good choice of beverages and hot and cold dishes, all well priced. You can take home a remainder of your day with a DVD and photos, a great memento. Cornish Parachute Club offers an unrivalled experience, from location, instructors and overall experience, they are faultless, cant recommend enough.
Callestick Farm is situated in the centre of Cornwall, amongst some stunning countryside and where there is plenty of fresh clean air. It is a family run farm and they have being producing their delicious and wholly natural award winning ice cream for the past twenty five years. Using their own pure, wholesome milk and local cream together with a premier fruits and confectionery they produce a range of tempting and luscious ice creams that you will not be able to resist. During your visit to the farm you can not only see them making their scrumptious ice creams but a collection of farm and more unusual animals who live here as well as play in the play area, set in a courtyard location there are places for you to sit and observe as the children play around. There is a roomy tearoom and shop here that serves a tasty range of wholesome snacks, light lunches, cream teas as well as a good selection of beverages and not forgetting the tastiest and delicious ice cream around. The shop is well stocked with a nice range of local foods and crafts for sale. Callestick Farm is a traditional family farm that offers a nice escape from the bustle amongst the peace and tranquillity of its beautiful surroundings. A great place for a few hours visit with the added bonus of a delicious ice cream, can't be beaten.
Mobius Kite School is located in Perranporth, a lovely beach here in Cornwall, it is the perfect location owing to the all the space around. They offer you the opportunity to learn how to kite surf, they run a choice of courses from introductory courses right through to experienced riders, people of all abilities can learn this thrilling adventure sport. Kite Surfing is a fabulous experience and gives a real sense of freedom, you work with the power of the water and wind to glide across the water or surf the waves and even do tricks. Instructors are highly trained and professional and you will find them to be extremely friendly, patient and encouraging. They supply all equipment and gear which, is included in the price. The equipment is the latest and is well maintained. Kite Surfing is not the easiest sport to learn but, the sense of achievement once you get going is fabulous, you feel exhilarated and it is great fun. Mobius Kite School offer a thoroughly comprehensive introduction to kite surfing, just the right balance of theory and practise, lessons are fun and tiring but totally worth all the effort, highly recommended and something that everyone should try, you wont be disappointed, and prices are excellent value too.
Mobius Bike Trails are located in Perranporth a beautiful and scenic region of Cornwall. The bike trails are excellent and all equipment needed is provided, including puncture repair kits and pumps, so your experience is not spoiled by the unexpected. There are a number of different trails catering to all abilities, from disused railways through to steep tracks, that are challenging and strenuous. All trails take in the lovely scenery of the region, a number of trails take you past the disused tin mines, through old quarries, woods and much more . You get lots of information on the local area as you travel around. The equipment is excellent the bikes are sturdy and well maintained. Guides are fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable and informative and introduce you to the very best of the Cornwall countryside, you will see some beautiful scenery and can absorb the peace and tranquillity of the area. Mobius Bike Trails offer a wonderful alternative to seeing the very best of the Cornish countryside with experienced guides, prices are excellent and represent real value for money as you gain so much from your time with them.
Ticket to Ride Surf School offer surf lessons in two locations along the gorgeous Cornwall coast, Perranport and Newquay, both are excellent locations benefiting from the lovely waters and gorgeous local scenery. They cater to all abilities from complete novices to experienced surfers. They also offer lessons in Stand Up Paddling the latest and fastest growing sport around at the moment. You can hire all surf gear and equipment from them so you don't need to take anything along. The equipment is clean and well maintained. The instructors are highly trained and qualified and you will find them to be friendly, patient and encouraging. Lessons are well organised and structured, you start with basic safety skills, then learn how to stand on the board whilst on the sands and then you move to the water and it isn't long before you are standing on your board and and doing a number of tricks in the water. It is a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. A fun activity whilst doing exercise and you don't even realise it, you might even find a hidden talent. Ticket to Ride Surf School has excellent instructors, well structured lessons and their prices are great value, it is a fabulous experience and one that should not be missed.
Perranporth Surf School is located on one of the best beaches in Cornwall that offers some of the best and safest surfing around. It is a wide beach and offers plenty of space to enjoy this sport, and has a variety of waves. They cater to all ages and abilities from complete beginners through to experienced surfers. The instructors are all experienced and highly trained, as well as being friendly, patient, enthusiastic and encouraging. Lessons are the right balance between being fun and informative and instructions are clear and concise. Surfing is an exhilarating and energetic sport that is fun and one of the best workouts around. With the benefit of Perranporth Surf School it is not long before you are standing on your board and catching a few small waves, a fantastic feeling of accomplishment. They provide all equipment so you only need to take yourself along, equipment is in excellent condition and well maintained. Perranporth Surf School are the complete package, organised and professional lessons, friendly and highly trained instructors who give amazing tuition and offer excellent value for money, highly recommended.
Reen Manor Riding Stables are located in close proximity to Perranporth, a beautiful area along the north Cornish cast. They offer a number of ride and trek options, including one along the gorgeous sandy beach at Perranporth, across the sandy dunes or along a number of safe bridleways, as well as pub rides, they range in duration and difficulty, there is one to suit everyone. They cater to all ages and abilities and have horses available to suit all riders. The stables are clean and well kept. The horses are well cared for, well behaved and have lovely temperaments. Staff are lovely, really friendly, helpful, patient and confident. All rides are accompanied by an experienced riding personnel, they will ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment from your ride. They also offer riding lessons again catering from complete beginners to to riders who want to improve their skills, there are full facilities are at the stables. All equipment is provided so it is not necessary to take anything along. Reen Manor Riding Stables take you through some of the very best scenery in Cornwall, their horses are delightful and the staff are fabulous, no hesitation in recommending them, whether you are a beginner or a keen horse rider you will have a wonderful time.
Lemon Street Market is a fabulous indoor market that is located in the heart of Truro and is home to a diverse collection of shops, that have an organic, natural, health or renewable theme, a restaurant, cafe and gallery. It is a lovely spot that is lively and bustling with a cosmopolitan feel, you can stroll around soaking up the atmosphere or stop for a bite to eat at the Explorers Restaurant and enjoy a tasty dish from their diverse contemporary menu; where possible ingredients are sourced locally and all food is cooked fresh. You will find the staff to be friendly and the service is very good and the prices are also very good, really reasonable. The Lander Gallery is home to a wonderful collection of Cornish art that blends classic and contemporary art in the one space, all pieces have a Cornish influence resulting in some stunning works of art. It is a lovely bright, contemporary space that is spacious and all pieces are well displayed. Lemon Street Market offers an unrivalled specialist shopping experience as well as being a great place to just hang out.
Skinners Brewery is a relatively new family owned brewers to the Cornwall region but they have already firmly established themselves as distinguished brewers and received a number of awards to reflect this. Their award winning ales are produced here using locally grown barley and other local ingredients and traditional methods to produce their fine ales. They are located in the gorgeous city of Truro and you can take a guided tour of the brewery to see first hand the processes involved in producing their ales, you see a short DVD presentation and then get shown around the site, you can taste the hops as well as seeing the brewing process. The staff are excellent, friendly, animated and knowledgeable they make the tour interesting, humorous and informative. There is a visitor centre where you can relax and enjoy a sample of some of their award winning ales in a traditional pub setting. Skinners Brewery is a fantastic brewery tour, one of the best around and should not be missed even if you are not an ale connoisseur.
Check out the hottest movies during your visit to Newquay! The Lighthouse Cinema offers affordable admission prices as well as a diverse selection of the most recent releases and much more! Whether you love action flicks, comedies, kid's movies, dramas or horror, you will find it at this popular Newquat entertainment venue.
Poppy Cottage Garden is located in the centre of the stunning Roseland Peninsula, the grounds extend to about one acre and provide a riot of colour all through the year. The planting is arranged into a series of rooms, being individual small gardens that are planted with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and exotic plants, that have all been strategically placed, the lawns are immaculate and there are some water features too. The gardens are predominantly colour themed and it is a truly beautiful sight when they are in full bloom and the fragrances that fill the air are delightful. There are plenty of places for you to sit and enjoy the different aspects of the gardens whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of home-made cake. You will also find a small orchard here with some unusual ducks and chickens that roam around, they are not at all like the ones you normally see. In addition there is a small nursery are with a wide variety of herbaceous plants for sale, excellent quality and well established plants all clearly labelled. The gardens are open most days except Friday and Saturday and there is an entrance charge of £3.50 per person, children are free. The owner is very friendly and really knowledgeable about plants and very hospitable too. Poppy Cottage Garden are delightful gardens with stunning planning and offers plenty of ideas if you are a keen gardener, as well as a lovely escape from the bustle amongst the peace and tranquillity of these gorgeous gardens.
This quaint Cornish fishing village is very popular with visitors. It's home to celebrity chef Rick Stein who has a number of restaurants here - attractions in their own right. The famous cycle path 'The Camel Trail' runs into Padstow and makes for a great day out.
An exciting collection awaits at the New Millennium Gallery! This fascinating venue houses a wide range of inspiring exhibits that will captivate the eye and the mind. See work created by Simon Bassett, Onya McCausland, Tim Shaw, Naomi Frears, Kate Walters, David Whittaker, Carlos Zapata, David Kemp and many others!
Tate is a fascinating place managed by fascinating people. This unique organisation manages the national collection of British art that dates as far back as the 1500s as well as collections in contemporary and international modern art. The project list is diverse and includes everything from learning and research to conservation efforts.
The St. Ives Museum in Cornwall is the perfect place to learn more about the thriving community of Downlong. Even the building is rich in local history, having once served as a Pilchard curing cellar. It later went on to become a Bible Christian chapel before taking on the more mundane tasks of laundry and cinema. Today it operates as an independent museum.
The Wills Lane Gallery presents a beautiful collection of fine art pieces that showcase the creativity and individuality of the human mind. The medium varies, with some exhibits featuring everything from pearls and metal to watercolour, sculpture, photographs, ceramics and drawings. This gallery showcases many skilled artists in the area of contemporary fine art.
East Pool Mine is located at the centre of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, over two sites that are only about five hundred metres apart, where you will find here a great representation of the former and powerful mining industrial heritage of the area. The main site is East Pool mine that is home to two large beam engines that were powered by high-pressure steam boilers. They are maintained in the towering engine houses and serve as a reflection of Cornwall's days as a world renowned centre of industry, engineering and innovation. The pumping engine here is the biggest remaining Cornish beam engine in the world. The restored winding engine can be seen operating each day. The Discovery Centre offers the opportunity to watch films, see a number of interesting and informative displays and models, and there are knowledgeable guides who have an in depth knowledgeable of the history of Cornish mining and will impart the dramatic history of the area and a number of interesting stories. It is a great family and hands on attraction with special activities to entertain children, including dressing up, and they are able to interact and touch many of the exhibits. There is a small area near reception where you can get tea and coffee, also located here is a small shop that sells a nice choice of mining related items and local history books. Being an old mine there are a number of steps and uneven pathways so might not be suitable for everyone. East Pool Mine is open during the week and at certain weekend days during the year, there is a charge for entry and full details are on the Website.
At low tide you can wander over the causeway on foot to this rugged and fascinating little island, the setting for an extraordinary maritime garden first laid out in the 18th century. At high tide, it's a short boat trip away.
Wheal Peevor is an amazing ancient tin mine site located close to Redruth. The site underwent restoration to make it a safe, educational and enjoyable area for visitors. Work was needed to make the twelve mineshafts safe as well as the three Grade II listed engine houses. There is much to explore here from the three engine houses, remains of mining relics, to the network of tracks and trails that cover the site as well as a great selection of flora and fauna. As you wander around you will come across finder points and interpretation boards that provide a detailed and comprehensive history of the site. It has an interesting history playing an important role during World War One. The engine houses are predominantly ruins but you can get feel of how it would have been, the mineshafts are impressive with some shafts extending to 600ft. There is no admission charge for Wheal Peevor and it is accessible at all times. From its vantage point you get fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, and can enjoy the peacefulness of the area and the lovely walks it provides.
Enterprise Boats is a well established family business offering you boat rides that take you to see some of the most picturesque and beautiful coastlines, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are three boats in the fleet, they are all similar in specification, length and painted in the same colours with each boat taking over 120 passengers, all are excellently maintained. On board you can get a snacks and hot refreshments and there are toilet facilities as well. They offer a choice of leisurely tours that take you past iconic maritime locations, historic houses and landmarks, take you close to ocean going vessels that are anchored up on the far end of Fal, the scenery is constantly changing. All tours are accompanied by an informative and interesting running commentary from the boat's skipper. You will find the staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable and professional and they are very accommodating and happy to pass on local information on things to see and do. In addition they offer private hire for relaxing evening or day charters. Enterprise Boats offer an alternative way to see this stunning area, the tour from Truro to Falmouth take about an hour and a half. The tours are excellent value for money and there are a choice of options available, tours operate on most days during the season depending on the weather. If in the area take time to do one of these fabulous trips you won't be disappointed.
The largest preserved mining site in the UK, Geevor was, until 1900, a working tin mine. Now a museum with many surface buildings, it offers guided underground tours through 18th and 19th century workings.
Exhibiting works by major British artists such as Frank Brangwyn, Burne-Jones and Alfred Munnings, the town's art collection is one of the most important in Cornwall.
This exceptional museum is anything but dry and dusty! Local social history, tools and weapons are all enhanced by hands on interactives, audio-visual experiences, talks and exhibitions.
Truro Cathedral is an immediately recognisable landmark on the landscape, the towers can be seen for miles around, located in the centre of the city it is easy to locate this beautiful architectural building, with its many fine features. The Cathedral has a long history and incorporates part of an old church dating to at least 1259, the first stone for the current Cathedral was laid in May 1880 with work finishing in 1887. Inside a sense of peace and reflection emits from the building which is very calming. The inside is equally as stunning as the exterior having undergone considerable restoration, there are fantastic stained glass windows, spectacular woodwork and carvings, intricate plasterwork, it is so ornate and beautiful, real craftsmanship is on display here. There are guided tours operated by experienced guides who will tell you all about the intriguing history of the Cathedral, they are both friendly and knowledgeable. The Cathedral is open every day throughout the year so visiting couldn't be easier. There is no charge to enter the Cathedral but they do rely on donations and there are boxes around where a donation can be made. Another way of helping is buying one of the guidebooks which are on sale in the gift shop or perhaps a coffee from the coffee shop. Truro Cathedral is a simply stunning historic building with many wonderful features and a rich history too, it is a lovely place to walk around soaking up the tranquil atmosphere and history.
Explore 450 years of history from Tudor Times to World War II and discover the wartime secrets of the Pendennis Castle. Experience the sights and sounds of battle, garrison life and the hidden life of Cornwall's greatest fortress.
A collection from the 1830s onwards of the telegraph company records from England and around the world. The museum is located in World War II tunnels built to guard against enemy bombs and houses an incredible array of working equipment from the war years. Well worth a visit.
The history of the Gerrans Parish is represented in the heritage centre through displays depicting farming through the ages, the fishing industry, education, Domesday Book entries and much more.
The Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a train lover's dream! This attraction is not just fun, it's also an important historic landmark with significant educational value. Climb aboard one of the three miniature railways, which include the East Wheal Rose, Woodland Railway and Newly Branch Line. The area is also a lush wildlife conservation space.
Surrounding a grand castle built in 1808, and home to a National Magnolia Collection, the 100 acres of woodland gardens are a joy to behold in spring. For a special insight, join a guided tour with the Head Gardener or his assistant.
Now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the park is set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits. Discover how the china clay was mined, what it was used for and what it meant to the families who lived in the area.