Perranporth on the North Cornwall Coast is around 8 miles south of Newquay and 4 miles north of St Agnes. Cornish capital Truro is just 8 miles away, making Perranporth a great base for exploring and touring. Three miles of beautiful golden sands at Perranporth are popular with surfers and families and the rugged coastline offers spectacular coastal walking opportunities. The coast and countryside around Perranporth was an inspiration for Winston Graham, author of The Poldark novels.
The beach is accessible with ample free parking adjacent and the pretty village is spread around the beach, with a selection of restaurants and shops lining the busy St Pirans Road. A tourist information centre is also here with lots of local information on beaches, walking, attractions and transport links. A country market where you can purchase local produce takes place all year round every Friday, and you can take a tour of the Perranzabuloe Museum exploring local social and industrial mining heritage.
Numerous land and water based activities are available in the area. A natural open air sea water pool is exposed on the beach at low tide, and several surf schools are located next to the beach offering beginner and advanced surfing and body boarding lessons. Kite-surfing is popular on the beach, or try a spot of fishing on Gwinear Pools situated along the A390 between Newquay and Perranporth. A horse riding stables is also here offering half day rides along Perranporth’s golden sands. Perranporth is famously home to one of Cornwall’s best coastal golf links perched high up on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Accommodation includes a wide choice of family friendly holiday parks, quality B&Bs, hotels, hostels and self-catering cottages and lodges.
Beach & Surfing
Perranporth beach is one of Cornwall’s most spectacular, popular with beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers, and a little quieter than Newquay, offering 3 miles of spectacular golden sands. One of the UK’s oldest surfing clubs is located here in Perranporth. Spectacular Perran or Ligger Bay at the northern end of Penhale Sands gets the full force of Atlantic rollers making it prime Cornwall surfing territory. Waves have been know to reach up to 6 foot at Perranporth. Surf Schools offer lessons for all abilities from families to the experienced. Coasteering, kite surfing and power kiting are all popular.
Celtic History & St Piran’s Day
Perranporth has a significant place within Cornish culture as the Cornish saint of miners St Piran and the ancient myths that surround him originate from here. The black cross on white background on the Cornish flag has links with St Piran supposedly lighting a fire on Perranporth beach, and tin bubbling up in the shape of a cross – hence the black cross and white background design of the Cornish flag. St Piran’s Day is celebrated annually on the 5th March and is given due attention by the residents of Perranporth with pilgrimages to the Oratory and Perran’s Round accompanied by the band and a crowd of residents and visitors. Sites of key interest in and around the village include the Oratory building of St Piran on the beach, and Perran’s Round, the Medieval Playing Place or Plen-an-gwary which started life as an Iron Age Fort and is now a protected site.
St Piran’s Round Iron Age Fort
Perran’s Round or St Piran’s Round was originally an Iron Age farmstead settlement, but was adopted in the Medieval period as a play area or Plen-an-gwary. It’s been a popular site for religious ceremonies since Medieval times and has been described as Britain’s oldest theatre. Many denominations and groups have performed on this site, including Celtic, Druid, Methodist and Catholic ceremonies.
Lowender Peran Celtic Festival
The Lowender Peran Celtic Festival held in Perranporth at the end of October annually is one of Cornwall’s top Celtic festivals. The festival programme features Celtic concerts, Ceilidh dances and dance displays, workshops and explorations of the Cornish Language, pipers, a Celtic Craft Market, street dancing, costumed pageant, theatre, storytelling and general workshops on dialect and the Cornish Language. The festival is a superb event, and an introduction to ancient Cornish heritage and Celtic traditions.