MY FAVOURITES THINGS TO DO IN WEST PENWITH WHEN FRIENDS COME DOWN TO VISIT
http://www.marinediscovery.co.uk” A really fantastic catamaran trip for all ages along the coast from Penzance to Lands End, small group, really knowledgeable guides and respectful of wildlife. You can do this in the morning or afternoon (takes about 3 hours) and, depending on the tides, spend the other half of the day visiting
www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk Walk across the causeway at low tide to St Michael’s’ Mount the focal point of Mounts Bay. See the beautiful subtropical gardens and stop for a cream tea.
http://www.minack.com Book to see a play at the spectacular Minack theatre, overlooking the sea at Porthcurno. To be honest, it doesn’t matter what’s on, it’s such a wonderful experience. You can take along a picnic to eat during the show, either matinee or evening performances.
http://www.newlynfilmhouse.com Excellent new cinema with 2 screens, a great bar and cafe in Newlyn. Perfect for a rainy day or to catch up on the latest films.
http://www.geevor.com Very informative if you are interested in tin mining and if not, they do excellent homemade pasties in the cafe (very popular with locals!), you can eat in but they’re great to take away and head for a walk down to the Cot Valley or take the dogs to http://www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/west-cornwall/gwenver.htm – a brilliant year round dog beach with parking or head back towards Zennor with the pasties and the dogs and turn off the coast road towards Penzance at the Gurnards Head pub and walk up onto the moors to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Maidens_stone_row and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodrifty (bronze age settlement).
http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum Stunning garden and sculptures! Definitely worth a trip to see St Ives’s beautiful beaches. Follow with drinks and tapas at http://www.porthmeor-beach.co.uk/cafe on the eponymous beach or for a special occasion, book for dinner at http://porthminstercafe.co.uk. Or try an amazing sourdough pizza on the beach at the really cool http://www.westbeachbakery.com who are also great for tea and a flapjack, it’s a bit different and very close to the water at high tide. There are lots of places for Cornish cream teas, ice cream, fish and chips and a pint on the harbour, or a handmade chocolates, whatever you fancy, St Ives’ bustling streets will provide a complete Cornish seaside experience!
http://sennensurfingcentre.com Learn to surf on one of the best surfing beaches in the UK! Good day out for the whole family. Wetsuits and boards provided. Good little cafe with takeaway beach food. Watch the sunset from the terrace of the larger http://benatsennen.com