There’s so much to see and do around Cornwall, from spectacular vantage points, to theme parks, wildlife attractions to horticultural spectacles – you’ll never be short of things to do!
With temperatures rising and the school holidays just around the corner, we thought we’d share just some of our favourite attractions to visit within an hour of us here at Crantock Bay Apartments.
The Eden Project
Spanning 35 acres, the stunning global gardens at the Eden Project offer an unforgettable experience to visitors. Explore the two spectacular biomes which house the largest rainforest in captivity as well as Mediterranean landscapes home to a wide range of exotic plants. Add to that the vibrant gardens outside, a variety of fantastic eateries and fascinating exhibitions and you can be sure of a great day out.
The Screech Owl Sanctuary
A haven for sick and injured owls, the Screech Owl Sanctuary houses one of the largest collections of owls in the south west, with over 40 species from all over the world. The perfect place to learn about these beautiful birds, you’ll even have the unique opportunity to meet a number that are hand-tame. Other animals at the sanctuary include emus, meerkats, alpacas, pygmy goats and Shetland ponies.
Explore the cold, dark cells that were once home to the jail’s prisoners and get an idea of the lonely lives they led as hard labour and hunger awaited them each day. Steeped in both social and architectural history, visitors can wander through the depths of the jail where you’ll find creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. You’ll even find the only working execution pit in the country, which was discovered during renovations in 2005.
One of the most popular places to visit in Cornwall, taking a trip to Bedruthan Steps during your time in the county is a must. Look out over the huge rock stacks and enjoy the spectacular views out to sea, before heading off on one of the many walks or trails in the area – the perfect way to explore this stretch of the spectacular north Cornwall coast.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Previously lost beneath a tangle of weeds for decades, it was in 1990 that the derelict gardens were discovered by Tim Smit and John Willis – starting the restoration process that still continues to this day.
As a visitor, step back in time and explore one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK. Over 200 acres are now a paradise and well worth a visit.
Camel Creek Adventure Park
The perfect day out with the kids, you’ll find a great range of wild rides, new attractions and masses of indoor entertainment at this all-weather theme park. Younger children will love the Safari Train, whilst older kids will enjoy the various rides available. For the horse lovers out there don’t miss the opportunity to meet the Shires who call the park home.
Once a luxurious retreat for its medieval owners, Restormel Castle stands amid beautiful countryside, enjoying spectacular views across the valley of the River Fowey. Make your way around the castle and you’ll find hints of its opulent past, from the high windows and large fireplaces to the Great Hall that would have once been used for large gatherings. Take a walk around the inside of the keep and you’ll be able to imagine castle life bustling below you.
Healey’s Cyder Farm
For anyone with a love of cider, a trip to Healey’s Cyder Farm is a must! As award-winning makers of ciders, wines, spirits and preserves, you’ll find plenty of fantastic food and drink to sample – as well as lots of other family fun. Don’t miss the guided tour which will take you through the press house, jam factory, museum, distillery, and cellars, ending up with an aerial view of the cider production halls. The kids will also love taking a tractor ride through the beautiful orchards.
Ready to meet over 1,000 of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals? From lions to songbirds, meerkats to snakes you’ll find plenty of amazing species at Cornwall’s biggest zoo. During your visit you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy exciting keeper talks, activity trails, the Dragon maze and much more.
Blue Reef Aquarium
Taking visitors on a journey from the Cornish coasts to the exotic seas, the Blue Reef Aquarium has 40 naturally-themed habitats to see, housing a variety of fascinating creatures. These range from those you’d find in a Cornish rockpool, to Black Tip Reef Sharks – and even a Giant Pacific Octopus. With daily events and feeding to watch – visitors can come and go from the aquarium as they please with their day pass, allowing you to pop back to watch the events you don’t want to miss.
Cornwall boasts a wide range of dog friendly beaches and spectacular coastal paths – some of which are right on our doorstep at Crantock Bay. It really is a great choice of holiday destination for those looking to get away with their four-legged friend.
A number of the beaches in the county implement a seasonal dog ban from Easter through to the end of September, however many do welcome them throughout the seasons. We’ve put a list together of our favourite year-round dog friendly beaches below.
What better place to start than our very own local beach – Crantock. The beach sits between the Pentire and West Pentire headlands and at the southern end of the beach, the high cliffs provide shelter from the wind. The mouth of the River Gannel can be found to the north – which was once a navigable port.
Found just outside of Newquay it can be much quieter here – great for avoiding the summer crowds.
This is a beautiful unspoiled beach, found a little further from us near Padstow – fantastic for exploring rock pools. The beach is great for families with plenty of room for games, building sandcastles and dogs to run off some steam!
Another beach local to us and one of the best in Cornwall for surfing – the mile of golden sand has plenty of room for dogs and their families. Only a five-minute drive from Newquay town centre, Fistral is great for stretching legs and paws.
Perranporth is one of the best loved beaches in Cornwall – with over three miles of sand there’s plenty of room for dogs to run. It’s also great for surfing, sampling a local cider or two, beach games with the kids or just soaking up the sun.
Nestled between Crantock beach to the north and Holywell Bay to the south, Polly Joke (as it’s locally known, or Porth Joke to others) in an unspoilt sandy beach where dogs are allowed all year. There’s enough sand here on even the busiest day and is well worth the fair walk from the car park.
Another beach not far from us, Watergate Bay has miles of sand, which is guaranteed to tire out even the most energetic pooch! It’s ideal for families too. Set beneath high sheltering cliffs, it’s also close to great amenities.
This is a much-loved family beach, as well as being popular with surfers and bodyboarders. There’s a large car park a level walk away, toilets, a beach shop and refreshments available. At nearly a mile long, there’s lots of space for dogs to enjoy these golden sands too.
According to legend, the granite rocks that are dotted across the beach are stepping stones for the Giant Bedruthan – making it one of the most iconic beaches in the county. There’s lots to explore too – from hidden caves and rock pools, to the coastal footpath found above the beach. The National Trust café at the top of the cliffs is dog friendly, meaning the whole family can enjoy this spectacular spot!
We are delighted to say that we have reached the finals in the Muddy Stiletto Awards in TWO categories!
1. Crantock Bay Spa in Best Spa Day category
2. C-Bay in Best Restaurant category
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Thanks so much in advance.
Spring is a beautiful time of year in Cornwall, with flowers blooming, temperatures rising and the beaches still quiet, it’s the ideal time to get out and explore some of the fantastic walks around Cornwall.
Here are five great routes that are within 30 minutes of us here at Crantock Bay Apartments.
Crantock and The Gannel
Starting at Crantock Beach this circular route will take you along the coast path to Penpol Creek, passing through fields and woodland along the way, before you make your way down to the sand, following the estuary bed and onto the footpath that will lead you back around to Crantock.
A beautiful walk that enjoys plenty of stunning views, it is essential that you time your outing with low tide. Around 4.5 miles in length it is only around a six-minute drive from Crantock Bay.
Cubert Wildlife Walk
This walk begins at the car park in West Pentire and heads north towards the coast, starting a circular path that will take you past Porth Joke, an Iron Age fort, Holywell Beach and more – enjoying spectacular scenery as you go.
Offering fantastic displays of poppies and other wild meadow flowers during the summer, as well as magnificent coastal views, this route is well worth exploring. Around 6 miles in length, the starting point is only around a two-minute walk away from us.
Perranporth to St Agnes
A beautiful cliff top walk, this route provides a great opportunity to see some of the mining relics in the area, as well as the remnants of an old airfield that was used during the war. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a look at the cliffs below Droskyn too, which were once famous for smugglers.
Around 3.6 miles in length and around a twenty-minute drive from Crantock Bay, the path is generally flat with one steep valley climb to tackle along the way.
The perfect choice for those wishing to see the iconic stacks – known to many as the legendary rocks that the giant Bedruthan used as stepping stones – highlights of this walk include the spectacular coastal scenery, the beaches of Pentire Steps and Bedruthan, as well as the many wildflower varieties that can be enjoyed during spring and early summer.
A 4.5 mile circular route that begins and ends in the Pentire Farm car park, it is around a thirty minute drive from Crantock Bay.
Goss Moor circular trail
Moving in from the coast, around a twenty five minute drive inland will take you to Goss Moor and its circular trail. 7 miles in length, the mostly flat path winds its way around the moor, providing the perfect track for walkers, runners, cyclists and riders to enjoy the area safely. The largest surviving remnant of the mid-Cornwall moors, Goss Moor is a beautiful place to explore.
Easter arrives late this year with Good Friday falling on 19 April. Being a moveable celebration, the date changes each year – and it all depends on the moon. Easter Sunday is calculated as the one which follows the full moon that falls after the first day of spring. This means that it could be any time between 22 March and 25 April.
Whatever the date, Easter is a great time to visit Cornwall. The county springs back into life after winter, with longer days and warmer weather – perfect for exploring.
Crantock Bay Apartments are a great base for an Easter break. Located right on the coast, with easy access to Crantock Beach and an ever-changing view out to sea. There are great on-site facilities too, including a spa, indoor swimming pool, tennis court (with an incredible view) and a newly extended café/bar/bistro.
There are lots of things to see and do over Easter near us – here are just some of our favourites:
Follow the clues around the garden at Trerice and finish your adventure with a chocolate treat at the end. National Trust properties throughout the county are hosting self-guided nature-themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts for children. The money raised will help the National Trust’s conservation work.
Enjoy an Easter-themed afternoon tea at Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm. After exploring, tuck into sweet and savoury treats inspired by the animals on the farm. Healeys delicious homemade scones also feature and are served with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and their own jam. Parking and entry to the farm is free all year round.
Join Rogue Theatre deep in the woods of Tehidy this Easter for a trail like no other – let your imagination lead you into nature’s dream and discover the wild new world of spring. Lose yourselves in the wild wood and find yourselves in even wilder tales, collect the clues and follow the Hare to the Woodland King. He’ll be waiting with more stories and a chocolate treat for everyone!
Head to the Eden Project for a fun-packed day out at their farm-themed Easter event, which includes a giant scramble course and special chocolate treats. Join the Eden Farmers to help round up their animals and learn what makes crops grow. Collect stamps to fill up your card and eggschange them for cracking prizes!
Hunt for bats, meet creepy crawlies, reptiles and owls at Bodmin Jail on their Easter Sunday family fun day. The day includes a guided tour of the jail, face painting and an egg hunt too – so those who’d prefer less of a fright will also be catered for.
Whatever you decide to see and do, we’re sure that a stay at Crantock Bay Apartments will be eggscellent!
Spring arrives early in Cornwall (earlier than the rest of the country in fact), due to its mild, sub-tropical climate. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful seasons to visit the county, when fields, hedges and gardens explode in a riot of colour.
Last year, spring was declared in Cornwall on the 26th February – the moment when six champion magnolia trees in six different Great Gardens flowered with at least 50 blooms each. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of a new season.
If last year’s date is anything to go by, in little more than a month we could already be on the countdown – so we’ve taken a look at our favourite reasons why you should visit Cornwall this spring.
Beat the crowds…
It comes as little surprise that Cornwall is at its busiest during the summer months. Whilst it’s a great time to visit, it can be a little crowded. If you’re looking to have a deserted beach to yourself, quietly explore an idyllic town or village or grab the best table in the restaurant with a sea view – a springtime visit is for you. We probably don’t need to mention that the roads are quieter too…
Go on a rambling adventure
The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long and takes in fabulous scenery. With Cornwall surrounded on three sides by water, we’re blessed with mile upon mile of paths to explore – all with jaw-dropping views. Cooler temperatures at this time of year make walking and exploring much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Explore a Great Garden
Cornwall is home to some seriously glorious gardens – including the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Trebah Garden and Caerhays Castle gardens. The latter boasts a magnificent spring woodland garden and a National Collection of Magnolias, whilst Heligan has over 200 acres to be explored. You can be assured of lots of colour during your visit!
Enjoy time with your four-legged friend
With lots of open space and golden sand to enjoy, your dog will love the chance to run free. Whilst some beaches remain dog-friendly all year round, many have a dog ban over the summer months. The spring months are a great time to explore with your dog – stopping at a dog-friendly café (such as our own C-Bay) for refreshments afterwards.
Go to a Cornish food and drink festival
Many of Cornwall’s food and drink festivals take place during the spring – offering foodies the chance to sample some of the county’s best produce, watch local chefs prepare dishes live on stage and enjoy all of the entertainment on offer. We’re very lucky that are food miles are low – meaning produce is very fresh, with fish landed the same day.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year.
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