Seeing as it’s St Piran’s Day, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to update my list of Cornish favourites. Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite places to eat, drink and be merry.
A place I keep going back to is Trevaskis Farm – great for a wander with the kiddo to look at the animals, epic roast dinners and the most incredible desserts. Seriously, sometimes it takes me three attempts. They also do a fun pumpkin patch which Jenson loves.
Land’s End is good for a family day out. It has a park, farm, restaurant, 4D cinema and attractions.
Paradise Park is one of my absolute favourites because you can buy a cheap return ticket and pop back anytime before the end of the season. It’s mostly outdoors but also has a soft play area which is open all year.
Newquay Zoo and Blue Reef Aquarium are great to do together in one day. If you’ve got a bird phobia, be warned that there are peacocks who wander around like they own the place.
If you like your walks along the beach, Gwithian Towans is great for dogs and there’s an awesome pub for a post-walk treat.
You can keep your Sennens, your Praa Sands and your Perranporths, I grew up on Longrock beach. With a river for the little ones to play in and views of St Michael’s Mount, sometimes it pays to stay more local.
There are few things better than a lazy morning followed by a tasty brunch and The Front Room knows their brunch. I’m a sucker for the pancakes with bacon – and an extra sausage.
Mousehole is one of my favourite places, particularly at the quieter times of year. You can paddle in the harbour, stroll around the village and indulge in some tasty cake with a view at the Rock Pool Cafe.
If you’re looking for a more nerdy treat, head to Curiouser Creations Cupcake Cafe in Redruth. It’s a bookworm’s dream – and the cakes are pretty delish too.
Fancy a night’s stay? St Michael’s Hotel & Spa in Falmouth is pretty luxurious – and you can have breakfast in bed.
In need of a spa day? You can’t beat St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa – indulge in an afternoon tea after your treatments for the ultimate pamper day.
Can you tell I have a soft spot for afternoon teas? Why not do a tour of Cornwall, sampling various cream teas? Dolly’s in Falmouth is pretty epic.
Of course, I can’t not mention The Eden Project. I’ve been meaning to go for the last few Christmases as it looks super magical. It’s also great for gigs – I saw Snow Patrol a few years back (OK, probably over a decade ago) and it’s such an awesome venue. Next time we’re there we really need to try the pizzas.
Where’s your favourite place in Cornwall?