Experience Cornwall

Our picks of what to do, drink & eat in the South West

Food & Drink

Cornwall is full of excellent local produce and there are plenty of places that both celebrate and transform it into unforgettable food.

Our current favourites in St Ives are the lobster risotto at Alba and the Beetroot Gnocchi  at The Black Rock. In Praa Sands the Asian Fusion at Kota Kai is not to be missed and The Old Coastguard is a classic for guests in Mousehole.

For our complete list of foodie spots, click on the link below.

Food & Drink in Cornwall

Local Shops

The ultimate souvenir from Cornwall is a piece of the thriving art scene or local foodie treats to take back and enjoy at home.

You can find beautiful ceramics from the Fish Pye Pottery, crafts, jewellery, sculpture, glass works and paintings from Blue Bramble Gallery, and local delicacies from homemade chutneys to Cornish cheese from the Allotment Deli in St Ives.

If you’re keen to take some local wines and beers home, head to John’s Wines run by specialists  John and his brother. They’ll take the time to get to know you and recommend something you’ll like.

The Trevelyan Farm Shop in Penzance is perfect for guests of Little Cottage who want to stock up with local produce for their stay!

Hand painted ceramics on display in a shop in St Ives Cornwall

Fishing, Sailing, & Surfing

Things to do sailing in falmouth cornwall

No trip to the coast is complete without a little adventure on the water! If the weather’s not playing up, we highly recommend keeping a day or afternoon spare for a boat trip.

You can catch your very own mackerel with Mermaid Pleasure Trips in Penzance, take a glorious sail from Falmouth with Cornish Day Sailing, who provide nibbles and bubbles with the chance to take the helm if you want. Or you can cruise around in kayaks with St Ives Boat Rides.

Try your hand at surfing with the super fun St Ives Surf School or have a personal lesson from Dan Joel, whose surf school is hailed as one of the top 5 in the UK by The Telegraph.

 



Golf

On the edge of St Ives bay lies the West Cornwall Golf Club. This stunning seaside course was built in 1889 and still stands as one of the finest around.

Beachspoke guests can enjoy 10 pounds off a round on this wonderfully natural course with sea views.

For availability and booking please email Gareth@wcgolf.co.uk but call us first for your special discount code on 0208 740 3097.

West country golf green in Cornwall overlooking the ocean.

Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Ballooning Cornwall

For those who love the thrill of adventure and activity, we highly recommend you hop in an air balloon and soar the skies of the South West.

Aerosaurus Balloons offer a 3-4 hour ballooning experience where you’ll discover how the balloon works, prepare for take off and enjoy a flight with beautiful views along the way. On touchdown, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of Champagne before receiving your personalised flight certificate signed by your pilot.

Tickets start from £99 per person and Aerosaurus can accommodate groups of any size up to 15 in one basket. Flights take place either in the early morning, or in the evening, the times vary depending on the time of year and sunrise/sunset times.

01404 823102
www.ballooning.co.uk 

Spa & Beauty

We work with the local therapist Sarah Lund who delivers her treatments in our properties allowing you to fully unwind in the comfort of the cottage. She will bring everything with her; towels, oils, ambient music and she uses a portable massage couch that is very comfortable and secure. She is qualified in a wide range of therapies, from a firm back massage to balancing reflexology, she will provide a treatment tailored to your requirements.

Sarah Lund – 07507 518 084
Or email spa@beachspoke.com

Spa Menu

Beaches

People walking on the sandy beach in st ives

For a town of its size St Ives is blessed with an inordinate amount of beaches. There are 4 main beaches within walking distance of the town, each with a different character.

Porthmeor is perhaps the best known, facing into the Atlantic and backing on to the Tate Gallery. Porthminster is the second biggest and is conveniently located next to the train and bus stations. The Harbour beach is right in the centre of town and a great, safe family option. Porthgwidden is tucked away around the corner from all the hustle and bustle with beach huts available.

Praa Sands is hard to beat if you’re staying in Little Cottage… but we also love Perrenporth. Poldhu is good for learner surfing and Sennen is beautiful, especially at sunset!

Walking, Sightseeing & Horse Riding

Walks
Cornwall is the perfect place for strolls and brisk walks. Click for the best routes in St.Ives | Mousehole | Praa Sands

Sights
A 40-minute drive from St Ives brings you to the unique Minak open air theatre and café set on a cliff overlooking spectacular Porthcurno beach towards Logan Rock.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens‘s intertwined contemporary art installations within the exotic and sub-tropical planting are amazing.

Horse Riding
Newton Equestrian Centre  caters for all levels of riding experience from novice to the more advanced.

Stunning sunset on sandy St Ives beach in britain

Galleries, Museums & Sights

Things to do in cornwall st ives museum barbar hepworth artist tate museum sculpture garden

St Ives & Mousehole

Tate St Ives [Closed for a refurbishment until 2017]
The St Ives branch of the Tate Gallery opened its doors in 1993. At the time the building was as much of a talking point as the gallery itself, being around 3 storeys tall with its iconic circular entrance vestibule. In true Tate style, the gallery features contemporary art, but there is an emphasis on the St Ives School and artists such as Alfred Wallis.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Garden
Barbara Hepworth was one of St Ives’ most influential artists with works featured in prestigious locations around the world. The museum and gardens are where Hepworth worked from 1949 until 1975 when she was tragically killed in a fire. Her studios and gardens were opened to the public the following year with much left as it was. The gardens include many examples of here sculptures and are complemented by the subtropical plants that grow here.

Praa Sands

Mike Lacy Gallery
Mike Lacey is the owner of “Waves Gallery” in Cornwall. He produces stunning images of the ocean and waves from Cornwall and around the world.

Kestle Barton
Kestle Barton is an ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford River. Following an award-winning conservation and conversion project all the beautiful old buildings have new uses, one of the barns becoming an elegant gallery that opened in 2010.