10 Things to include in your 2015 West Cornwall holiday plans
Posted on Jan 16, 2015
There’s no shortage of things to do, places to see and eateries to indulge in West Cornwall; so we’ve put together a shortlist of ten of our favourite places to visit during the Spring and Summer months:
1) The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
The most famous open-air theatre in Britain and possibly in the world; from above, the theatre looks as though wandering Greeks from two thousand years ago have carved a theatre into the rugged granite cliffs of West Cornwall.
Recommendation: The theatre is still active; grab a rug, cosy-up on a mild August night and enjoy William Shakespeare’s, King Lear.
2) Clay Quay, Porthleven
A sleek and stylish restaurant situated on the beautiful harbour of fishing town, Porthleven. The Clay Quay Bar & Restaurant combines unique tapas/large sharing dishes, using local produce with a trendy and relaxed vibe.
Recommendation: Takumi Steak, Soft Shelled Crab, Baba Ganoush, Grilled Mackerel with Soy Sauce & Ginger, Scotch Egg with Runny Yolk tapas sharers – all sublime!
3) Mazey Day, Penzance
If it’s a party you’re looking for, then Penzance has got the answer! Mazey Day can be considered the jewel in the crown of Penzance’s Golowan Festival. Street parades, live local music, fun fair, bars and restaurants at capacity until the early hours – the town really comes to life!
Recommended: Be sure to catch the morning Mazey Day parades; as children proudly showcase their school’s large whicker/papier-mâchè creations, to the sound of beating drums, blowing-whistles and the hustle and bustle of party-goers.
4) Land’s End
Combine natural beauty, history/heritage and family fun at the westernmost point of Cornwall and England. 2015 is an exciting year to visit Land’s End – with the arrival of a brand new attraction in the form of Aardman presents: The Shaun The Sheep Experience, as well as a brand new animated film in The 4D Film Experience.
Recommended: Book your attractions tickets online and save 10% on the on-the-day price
5) Philps’ Pasties, Hayle
No visit to Cornwall is complete without a traditional Cornish pasty gracing your lips. “Who makes the best pasty?” has been an on-going debate throughout the county, although we’re adamant Philps’ are a serious contender; the buoyant family-run business have been hand-making pasties since 1958 and they’re as delicious now, as they were then.
Recommended: Feeling hungry? Order a ‘large steak’ pasty – but bring a trailer, they’re absolutely massive.
6) The First & Last Inn, Sennen
Famous not only for its unique location and awesome selection of local ales; The First & Last is also renowned for its notorious reputation as the head quarters of smugglers and wreckers since the 17th century.
Recommended: Make sure you visit Annie’s Well at The First & Last – a channel that is thought to be an old smuggler’s tunnel, now covered by glass and left for all to see.
7) Porthminster Beach, St Ives
The sheltered Porthminster beach boasts just under half a mile of golden sands with a crystal clear sea – ideal for a relaxed family day, a beach BBQ with your partner or even killing an hour launching a Frisbee to-and-fro.
Recommended: Arrive before 11am if you’re visiting during July & August to ensure you get a great spot to pitch up – it can get incredibly busy.
8) Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen
Surfing has become synonymous with Cornwall and what better place to try your hand at it than in the clear blue seas of Sennen Cove. The Surf Centre offers beginner, improver and advanced surf coaching for all surfers; the enthusiastic team are all qualified ASI coaches and Beach Lifeguards.
Recommended: Warm up after your surf with a hot chocolate at The Beach Restaurant/Café directly above the Surfing Centre.
9) The Godolphin Arms, Marazion
The Godolphin has been receiving rave reviews since its new and exciting renovation. Not only does it boast a clean, modern redesign but also one of the best backdrops in Cornwall, overlooking St Michael’s Mount.
Recommended: Grab yourself a pint of the local cloudy Cyder – Cornish Rattler; brewed just over 20 miles away in Truro.
10) Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval
The Sculpture Gardens offers a naturalistic, Arcadian space blending the elements of landscape, planting and art – creating a magnificent place to lose yourself for a couple of hours.
Recommended: Ask the knowledgeable staff about the inspiration and history behind the gardens, as well as the art that lies within!