Archives for April 4, 2019

The beautiful village of St Merryn in Padstow is well known for its beauty, splendour, and history. We here at Rock Inn are very proud of the local heritage and want to show our guests the most that Padstow and Rock have to offer. That is why we have put together this little guide to the beautiful bays surrounding St Merryn and what they have to offer. If you have any suggestions you think we should know about, let us know.

  • Trevone Bay

Trevone Bay Beach, Trevone, Padstow PL28 8QT

Trevone Bay Beach is a firm favourite with families of all ages. The area is a stunning natural beauty with lots to offer. There are natural rock pools which are great for exploring and splashing about. If you fancy something on a bigger scale, the waves are great for surfers of all abilities and experience. However, caution must always be taken due to the strong rip current at times. During the summer months, there is an RNLI Lifeguard present. During this time there is also a seasonal dog ban in place. There are two large car parks situated near the bay with refreshment and public toilet facilities on the beach. Trevone Bay is also disability friendly. For more information, check out Visit Cornwall.

Google Reviews of Trevone Bay

  • Harlyn Bay

Harlyn Bay Beach, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SQ

Harlyn Bay Beach is considered one of the safest and family friendly beaches in Cornwall. There are lots of activities for all the family to get stuck into from surfing and sea kayaking to stand up paddleboarding. The Harlyn Bay Surf School has been described by the Sunday Times Newspaper as ‘the best on the North Cornish coast’, so you know you’re in for a great time with them. There are RNLI Lifeguards present during the summer months and dogs are allowed all year round. There is a nearby car park and public toilets available. There are also shops with refreshments available too. For more information, take a look at Visit Cornwall.

Harlyn Bay Wikipedia Page 

  • Booby’s Bay

Booby’s Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SH

Booby’s Bay is a beautiful little spot adjoined to Constantine Bay. However, it only becomes accessible at low tide when golden sands are revealed along with the ribs of a German WWI shipwreck. Great rock pools are also exposed to explore, although due to the choppy and rocky nature of the bay, it’s not recommended for little children. Booby’s bay is a great spot for ramblers, with a National Trust walk. There are no facilities at Booby’s Bay such as public toilets, refreshments or parking, these can be found nearby at Constantine Bay. However, there is an RNLI lifeguard patrol in the summer months. For more information, check out National Trust.

Booby’s Bay Reviews 

  • Constantine Bay

Constantine Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8JH

Constantine Bay was recommended by the Marine conservation society Good Beach Guide in 2015 for the excellent water quality. The water quality is routinely checked and approved by DEFRA. Constantine Bay is also regarded as one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall amongst the more advanced surfers. The bay is more suitable for more experienced surfers due to hidden rocks and dangers. The beach is disability friendly with easy access and disabled toilets available. Parking is limited, however, there is suitable parking at Treyarnon Bay. Constantine Bay is dog-friendly all year round and is great for fun and games with the family. For more information, check out Visit Cornwall.

Wikipedia Page for Constantine Bay

  • Treyarnon Bay

Treyarnon Bay, Padstow, Cornwall, TR8 4BU

Treyarnon Bay is a beautiful beach that is famous for being clean and safe. It is surrounded by low cliffs and is backed by sand dunes. The stunning expanse of fine sand exposed at low water will show plenty of nooks and rock pools for discovering different sea life. Treyarnon Bay is great for families with small children due to the wide space and low water. There is also an amazing natural swimming pool for you to enjoy. There are refreshment facilities available as well as public toilets. For more information, check out Visit Cornwall.

Treyarnon Bay Tripadvisor Reviews 

  • Porthcothan Bay

Porthcothan Bay Beach, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8LW

Porthcothan Bay is a stunning vast bay that is fantastic for families of all ages. Low water and spacious sands are perfect for little children to play and sun lovers to bathe, with adequate sun protection lotion of course. Porthcothan Bay is famous for its beautiful scenery and it’s obvious to see why. The gorgeous colour of the water is contrasted with the amazing colours of rock and greenery. RNLI Lifeguards are present daily during the summer months, and dogs are welcome all year round. Parking is available across the road from the beach with public toilets and beach shop available. For more information, check out Visit Cornwall.

Porthcothan Bay Beach Visit Cornwall Review 

  • Mother Ivey’s Bay

Mother Ivey’s Bay, Trevose Head, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SL

This small, yet beautiful bay is a little sandy stretch tucked away behind Trevose Head. Situated next to a holiday park, you might expect the beach to be crammed with holiday goers. However, due to the lack of parking and more complex access, it can be rather quiet. Dogs are allowed all year, although there is no lifeguard cover. Make sure to know the tide times as to not get into any difficulty. For more information, check out Visit Cornwall.

Cornwall Beaches Guide to Mother Ivey’s Bay

Make sure you pop into the Rock Inn on your excursions for a hearty, filling, quality tasting dinner. Make a reservation for our locally famous evening service from 6 pm. Call 01208 863498 to book a table or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.

A Guide to North Cornwall Markets/Farmers Markets

As a family-run business in the heart of our community using fresh local produce, we know the importance of shopping from and supporting the local economy. That is why we have put together a small guide to some of the best Markets and Farmers Markets nearby. If you have any ideas that we’ve missed, make sure to tell us.

  • Wadebridge Country Market

When: Every Thursday 8.45am-12.30pm

Where: Town Hall, Wadebridge, PL27 7AQ

Wadebridge Country Market is a traditional co-operative scheme. Stallholders and traders share responsibilities such as setting up in the morning and packing away in the afternoon. They also share tables and the running of the market. There is a variety fresh, local, and home-made produce available, such as baked goods, preserves, eggs, honey, crafts, plants, vegetables, meat, flowers and more. Wadebridge Country Market has a great local reputation for having quality items from quality sellers. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

  • Bodmin Farmers Market

When: Every 3rd Saturday of the Month 10.00am-14.00pm

Where: Bodmin Nursery, PL30 5JU

Held in the beautiful location of Bodmin Plant Nursery surrounded by mother nature, Bodmin Farmers Market is a food lover’s dream. The open indoor space creates a wonderfully intimate experience that can sometimes get lost in bigger market hustle and bustle. You’ll be able to find plenty of locally sourced and produced products such as meats, cheeses, baked goods, and preserves. Free parking is available. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

  • Tavistock Farmers Market

When: Every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturday of each month 9.00am-13.30pm

Where: Bedford Square, Tavistock, PL19 0AL

The award-winning Tavistock Market is held in the thriving and bustling town square, surrounded by beautiful architecture. The market itself is full of bountiful goods and produce from local farmers, growers and producers. Everything you see will be from the local area, made and grown by hand. Tavistock Market has received the ‘Gold’ award from Taste of the West 2016, an award they have been given for the second year running. They are also named as Devon Life’s ‘Best Farmers’ Market’. Parking is available all day for £2 in most council car parks. For more information, visit their website.

  • Pendeen Car Boot Sale at Stratton

When: Every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday between April and the end of October 13.20pm-17.00pm

Where: Bude, A39, Stratton, Bude EX23 9AA

Pendeen Car Boot Sale at Stratton has been dubbed by some of the locals as the “best ‘boot in Cornwall”. After taking a look at their Facebook page and reviews, it’s easy to see why. A team of volunteers organised the events every year, with one of their main goals being to raise money for their chosen charities. Since being founded in 2003, they have managed to raise a whopping £110,654. With so much variety from sellers, and great refreshment and toilet facilities, Pendeen Car Boot Sale at Stratton is a great day out for all the family. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

  • Hayle Car Boot Sale

When: Every Sunday from April 1st, 2018 from 8:00 am

Where: Hayle RFC, Marsh Lane, Hayle, TR27 4PS

Hayle Car Boot sale is held at the Hayle Rugby Football Club. The great space allows for Hayle Car Boot sale to one of the biggest around. With such great variety of sellers and stallholders, you are certain to find a few bargains that catch your eye. There are great refreshment facilities available with all sorts of tastes to choose from. It’s no wonder that people from all over the country come back again and again. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Top Tips

Here are some super top tips to make the most of your trip.

  • Big bags and small change. Always be prepared to provide your own bags, the stronger the better especially after you’ve bought a couple of kilos of potatoes. Not only is it better for the environment, it’ll save you the dreaded moment of finding the bag has split and the onions have fallen out. Take a small purse full of change. A good guide is to have £20 in £1 coins. Leave the cards at home where they’re safe.
  • Know your seasons. The best fresh produce is the ones that are in season. The taste is fresher, the colour seems brighter, and the prices are cheaper. It is best to do your research before you go and to make a plan. This way you’ll know how much of something you’ll need, what to do with it, and buying things you’ll just end up wasting. If you’re unsure of how to cook something, ask the seller. They should be able to give you lots of inspiration.
  • Be early or go late. There are pros and cons of going either early to a market or turning up late. If you show up early you will have the first pick of all the best deals and products on offer. However, if you show up late you’re more likely to get a better price but less quality. All the best looking and interesting products are gone and the trader wants to sell as much as they can before they pack up for the day.

After you’ve spent the day bargain hunting you’re going to need a hearty, filling, quality tasting dinner to finish the day. Make a reservation for our locally famous evening service from 6 pm. Call 01208 863498 to book a table or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.

There are a million and one things to do and see in Cornwall, it can often seem overwhelming. That’s why we here at The Rock Inn have put together a handy guide on the top ten things to do in Cornwall.

  1. The Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall. TR19 6JU

This beautiful, man-made outdoor theatre space was built by local resident Rowena Cade and her gardener, Billy Rawlings. In the winter of 1931, Rowena and Billy hand made the theatre out of Granite boulders and earth, ready for its first performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest on August 16th 1932. The theatre is still thriving today with storytelling events, matinee performances, exhibition centres and much more. The beautiful views around is the perfect setting for soaking in some traditional culture. For more information, visit their website here.

  1. Camel Trail

4-6 S Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL

The Camel trail is 18 miles of pure joy. It is one of the country’s most loved cycle routes. The Camel Trail is built along a disused railway line, so the terrain is pretty smooth and perfect for beginner cyclists and ramblers. The Camel Trail is dog-friendly and has great public transport routes. If you don’t fancy dragging a family of bikes down to the trail, there are ample opportunities to hire bikes and accessories for the day. For more information, visit the official website here.

  1. Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HY

Cornwall is synonymous with being the home of British surfing. Fistral Beach is where the waves are at and on that beach is The Fistral Beach Complex. The complex houses the International Surfing Centre with many places to eat, drink and shop. There is also the Fistral Beach Surf Hire, where there is a huge range of different surfing and beach equipment. If you’re not familiar with the waves, you can also enrol in the Fistral Beach Surf School. If you would like more information on what’s available, visit their website here.

  1. Tintagel Castle

Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0HE

Step back in time to the mythical time of King Arthur and his legendary tales at Tintagel Castle. This beautiful and romantic setting is steeped in history, with the site being the supposed area of the conception of King Arthur. It is said that the associations around Arthur are what lead to Richard, Earl of Cornwall building the castle in the 1230s. The area itself is of significant importance for other historical events around the Dark Ages and Medieval eras also. For more information, visit the English Heritage site for more information here.

  1. Port Isaac

Port Isaac PL29 3RG

Port Isaac is the beautiful coastal village in North Cornwall famed for its picturesque views, fishing industry, and the well-known TV series, Doc Martin. You can visit the exact spot where Martin and Louisa first met and fell in love. Or you could pop by the surgery for a quick checkup? Port Isaac has so much to offer as well as the obvious tourist spots, including amazing places to eat, drink and activities. For more information, visit the website here.

  1. Eden Project

Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG

One of the most famous visitor attractions in the UK, let alone Cornwall, the Eden Project is an amazing project that brings together fun, nature and education. Opened in 2001, the Eden Project, like nature itself has sprouted and grown into life with awe-inspiring installations, plants, flowers and experiences. Eden is the ultimate family-friendly day out, with interactive activities and facilities. There are so many events and exhibitions at the Eden Project, make sure you check out what’s on via their website here.

  1. Hangloose Adventure

Eden Project, Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG

Right next door to the Eden Project, Hangloose Adventure is for the ultra-thrill seeker. There are six different hair-raising activities to get your pulses raising and your comfort zone lost. At Hangloose Adventure you can live out your stuntperson fantasies by jumping the BIG AIR Giant Airbag. Or you could experience total terror in FREEFALL, exactly what it says on the tin. Make sure you check out the terms and conditions before you go. For reasons of safety, there are strict weight and age restrictions. For more information and all details, check their website here.

  1. Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD

This quaint, independently owned museum is a perfect location to take the family to or even have a peruse by yourself. It was created back in 1960 by Cecil Williamson, after initially being founded in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1951. Although Williamson moved to Cornwall after local opposition. The museum has great exhibitions and wonders that even if you don’t believe in Witchcraft, it’ll be a great experience to see. For more information, visit their website here.

  1. Bude Sea Pool

Summerleaze Car Park, Bude, EX23 0LS

Bude Sea Pool is the perfect place for those who want to experience open swimming in a safe environment. Since being built in the 1930s for the enjoyment of the residents of Bude, the pool has provided decades of fun for all generations. The pool is filled by the tides with water straight from the Atlantic Ocean, so it is not chemically treated or warmed. As is it part natural, part man-made, the depths can vary. Bude Sea Pool is a great day out for the family, however, the safety guides have to be followed to reduce the risk of harm or injury. For more information, visit the website here.

  1. Newquay Zoo

Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2LZ – Sat nav postcode: TR7 2NN

Take the family on a worldwide adventure with Newquay Zoo. With amazing animals from across the globe, you’ll be astounded by all the different exhibits the zoo has to offer. There are over 130 species living in the zoo and lots of activities for animal lovers big and small. Why not try one the immersive animal experiences and get a taste of what it’s like to be a zookeeper? For more information and prices, check out the website here.

After you’ve spent the day doing lots of fun and fascinating things, you’re bound to need a hearty, and quality tasting dinner to finish the day. Make a reservation for our locally famous evening service from 6 pm. Call 01208 863498 to book a table or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.