24 hours in Cornwall: the locals’ secrets from Perranporth to Watergate Bay

Boardmasters isn’t like other festivals.  With a combination of beach sessions and live music, it has that unique holiday atmosphere you don’t get elsewhere – plus it provides a great chance to explore the surrounding coastline and discover new places. Cornwall is home to far more than just Boardmasters. From jagged cliffs and white sandy beaches to pasties, good cyder and, of course, British surfing.

Newquay alone attracts those who crave sun, surf and partying during the summer months. There’s a core local collective who know exactly where the best places to eat/drink/hang out are. Who better to keep you informed than Cornwall’s longest-standing cyder producers, Healey’s?

As a Cornish born-and-bred family, we’ve compiled a 24-hour guide to our perfect day in North Cornwall, stretching from the Boardmasters hub at Watergate Bay to the sandy dunes of Perranporth.

Image above: Sam Lamiroy, owner of Lamiroy Surf Academy, surfing Droskyn, Perranporth. He will be at Boardmasters 2013 doing some signing sessions with his sponsor O'Neill
ABOVE: Sam Lamiroy, owner of Lamiroy Surf Academy, surfing Droskyn, Perranporth. He will be at Boardmasters 2013 doing some signing sessions with his sponsor O’Neill.

10.30am  Start the morning off at a leisurely pace and pop along to the Merrymoor Inn at Mawgan Porth for a cooked breakfast.

11.15am  Book onto an adrenaline-packed coasteering session with Go Coasteering. Clamber over Cornwall’s craggy cliffs, and dive into the frothy Atlantic. You might be lucky enough to spot a dolphin on the way.

12.30pm – If you get a chance post-cliff jumping, treat yourself to a traditional ice-cream on Lusty Glaze beach and catch a few rays as the waves roll in.

1.30pm – You’ll have worked up an appetite so head over to The Bowgie Inn at Crantock for lunch. Homemade steak and kidney pie, cheesy nachos or crab cakes with chilli dip are all on offer. They serve food all day during the school holidays – plus the view from the terrace is fantastic.

2.30pm – Make your way to Healey’s Cyder Farm in Penhallow for a guided tractor tour around the leafy 20-acre orchard. It’s a great chance to see how we make our famous Rattler cyder, plus catch a sneak peak at Cornwall’s only whisky distillery. Sample a few cyder tasters and buy a jar of delicious strawberry and chilli preserve to take home.

3.30pm – There’s nothing better than a late afternoon surf to cap off a day in Cornwall. Hire a surfboard from Bathsheba Surf. You can keep it until the next day, giving you enough time to get out back and catch one of those peeling waves. If you fancy a lesson, try Lamiroy Surf Academy who run their afternoon sessions between 1.30 and 4.30pm daily. They cater for everyone – from beginners to improvers looking to work on their technique. Make sure you phone ahead to book.

7.00pm – The best place to watch the sunset is from The Watering Hole on Perranporth beach, the oldest and only bar on the beach in the UK. Sit back with a cold pint of Rattler Original and dig into one of their gourmet burgers or juicy sirloin steaks.

10.30pm – For a good night out, head back to Newquay where clubs and bars will be pumping bass into the early hours. Start off at The Central to meet up with friends; Monday nights are always buzzing at The Chy Bar, or you’re always guaranteed a good night at surf-themed Fistral Beach Bar. For those that want to dance the night away, you can shake your moves at Berties nightclub.

Image by Mike Searle.