“There are so many great things to do at the weekends in North Cornwall. I always love to visit the the pretty towns of Polzeath and Port Isaac. If you’re coming down for the weekend these towns are a great place to stay and they give you easy access to some of my favorite things to do in Cornwall.
One of my all time favorite things to do at the weekend is to get out and walk on the South West Coastal Path. I love the views, getting out, and just being in the lovely Cornish countryside, and even better its completely free! I have a few walks which I do but if you are new to Cornwall a good thing to do its to look at the South West Coast Path website for routes. There’s a really nice circular walk, which they have named ‘Pentirely Superb’, which takes you on a moderate 4.5 miles circuit from Polzeath. It takes you inland along some really pretty paths, before meeting the coast and leading you around the stunning Rumps Headland and on to Pentire Point. There are plenty of great vantage points along the way and a lots of refreshment stops await you once you make it back to Polzeath too. All very important when you are out and walking!
When evening arrives there there’s no shortage of things to do. For a special treat I like to head to the Minack theatre at Porthcurno. It really is not to be missed and I always make it there at least a couple of times a year. It sits in a very dramatic location on the cliffs and the theatre they put on there is always really good too. If I’m after culinary delights, I head to Padstow where any number of Rick Stein’s establishments provide you with something to talk about later. My favorite is the Seafood Restaurant, because the fish is second to none and the atmosphere is really relaxed.
If you’re coming down to Cornwall in June or July you should check out the Eden Project’s Eden Sessions. These are a series of really good music events, which take place outdoors at the Eden Project. There is a really great atmosphere and it’s a way to get the festival feeling without having to get your tent out! I always enjoy the food they do there too and every ticket gives you free access to the rest of the gardens on the day and the day after, so its really not bad value at all.
One of my most favorite ways to spend Sunday mornings is fishing for mackerel off the North Cornish coastline. There are lots of different ways to do it but we often go with Padstow based Celtic Warrior Chartered Fishing Trips. They offer a two hours mackerel trip, which suits all ages and is always great fun, for £15 per person. It’s a great opportunity to get out on the sea and to get close to nature, and you get some stunning views back towards to coast from the boat.
For me no perfect Sunday would be complete without a traditional pub roast and Cornwall has loads of lovely spots to find one. We sometimes take a drive to the South of Cornwall which is worth it because the landscape and coastline are so different from the North. I recommend one of these great spots for a roast whilst you are there: the Trengilly Wartha Inn near Constantine does great food and has extensive indoor and outdoor seating areas, the Pandora’s Inn in Mylor is a beautiful example of a traditional thatched tavern and always has a roaring fire and a big jetty area outside so you can sit and eat looking over the water and the Ferryboat Inn on the Helford Passage is a great pub which is really family friendly.
And if all this isn’t enough for you Cornwall always has more to offer, from playing on the sands at any of its many wonderful beaches, to Zorbing on Bodmin moor, to the world class windsurfing to be had at Daymer Bay and much much more.
So go on, create your own perfect weekend in North Cornwall … you’ll be wishing you could stay come Monday!”
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