What's new in Cornwall for 2016

2016 is already shaping up to be a goodie with lots of new openings on the cards. Here’s a sneak peak into what we’ve got to look forward to in the year ahead. 

Padstow Townhouse, Padstow

Chef Paul Ainsworth, owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Number 6 threw open the doors to Padstow Townhouse in December following a year of incredible restoration. The 18th century Grade 2 listed townhouse sits in the heart of Padstow and features six high-end luxury suites, beautiful interiors, impeccable service and a kitchen pantry full of amazing food for guests to enjoy during their stay. With the suite names including Bon Bon and Toffee Apple we think it sounds just delicious and predict a rush of bookings for 2016.


St Tudy Inn accommodation, nr Bodmin

Since taking the helm of the St Tudy Inn near Bodmin a year ago, chef Emily Scott has created a destination pub that everyone is talking about and things are about the hot up with the addition of guest accommodation. From Spring 2016 enjoy the renowned food and drink and traditional Cornish welcome before retreating to one of the four the light and stylish double rooms. 


Atlantic House, Polzeath

Summer 2016 will see the opening of Atlantic House, a beautiful 14 bedroom coastal family hotel and terrace in Polzeath. Only 50 yards from one of the UK’s premier surfing beaches, this super stylish hotel will have an elegant restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious locally sourced food in a relaxed Italian-style while watching the sun set over the surf and cliffs. With an anything-is-possible concierge service this is one to watch out for. 


Little White Alice

Hidden in the heart of the Cornish countryside, Little White Alice is a unique private complex offering 5 Star Gold luxury but sustainable holidays in two beautifully furnished green cottages and 2 eco arks. New for 2016 will be a Wild Spa area complete with a wood burning sauna, a wood burning hot tub, a meditation pool and a small sanctuary building which could be used for massage, meditation, yoga. Bliss!


Things to do

Urban Survivor, Falmouth

It’s time to flex those muscles for 28th February will see Falmouth host an urban obstacle race in partnership with renowned Cornish based adventure company, Tuff Enuff. This is the first event of its kind in the South West and crazy competitors will run, climb and crawl past some of Falmouth’s most famous landmarks including the renowned Jacob’s Ladder and all 111 of its steps! There’s also a version for children with the tough factor on 27th February.


RAW holidays with Hallagenna Riding

Enjoying one outdoor pursuit at a time is so last year! In 2016 you can combine horse riding with walking on a RAW Holiday with Hallagenna Riding. Over three days energetic and experienced riders are invited to join expert guides for treks across Bodmin Moor, including the popular Poldark Trail which takes in some of the recent filming locations. They’ll then spend two days on foot with guided walks taking in the likes of Tintagel and the Camel Trail. 

Hallagenna’s spacious converted stable cottages provide every comfort after a day in the saddle or out waking. Prices start from £750 per person during the off-peak season on a half board basis. Price includes evening transport to enjoy the local eateries nearby.


SailadayEco adventure therapy retreats at sea for therapeutic and restorative experiences

Seeking to achieve mindfulness, improve your emotional relationships or boost self- and body-confidence? An adventure therapy retreat at sea off the coast of Cornwall could be for you. 

On this brand new personal growth experience from SailadayEco you will be taken through tailored exercises, including blind helming and zen sailing to enhance your connection with the environment. There will also be plenty of time for meditation and reflection and you will be treated to basic sailing tuition as well as the best of organic Cornish food. 

Open to individuals, families or small groups of up to 4 guests. From £525 per person for 3 day retreat and from £850 for 5 day retreat, including full board and guide.


The Cookery Weekend at The Vean

Perfect your pastry skills within the beautiful setting if The Vean at Caerhays on an exclusive cookery weekend from March 11 to 13. With in-house head  chef Nicky Jones as your guide master basic and advanced skills in pastry before whipping up a variety of pastry delights, including savoury tart, hazelnut praline and bakewell tart. Save us a slice!

£400 per person, includes two nights' luxury five-star accommodation and meals plus entrance to the magnificent Caerhays Castle gardens. 


Walk it Cornwall, Falmouth

Guided walk experts, Walk it Cornwall, have masterminded a brand new Maritime Trail around the historic quays, open ways and streets of Falmouth. Join them to discover tales of cannibalism, piracy, Packet ships and more. Or if you’re looking for something a little more energetic sign up for the new 7 night walking break with 5 days of walking taking in both iconic and hidden gems along the South West Coast Path. 


Chypons Art Breaks - Cornish spring garden watercolour painting

The Cornish gardens are famous for their spring flowers offering a stunning display of daffodils, narcissi, camellias and magnolias.  Join Chypons Farm in St Ives for a new 3 day introductory course in expressive painting using watercolour, finding inspiration in the spring blooms of local gardens.

First course 19 – 21 March staying at Chypon Farm’s 4 star rated cottages and tuition with Sara Samuelsson, http://www.sarasamuelsson.co.uk/.

Course fee £140, accommodation from £228.


Getting here 

The sky is the limit for Cornwall Airport Newquay with improved services and new routes

There’s good news for fans of the popular Gatwick to Newquay Flybe service – it’s about to get bigger and better.  From April a new 118 seat Embraer jet will be introduced on the route to offer improved reliability, increased capacity and reduced journey times, as well as greater passenger comfort!

Flybe are also launching new summer flights from Aberdeen and Doncaster Sheffield to Newquay with Flybe making Cornwall easier and quicker to get to from the North than ever before.

We’re also looking forward to bidding Ryanair a big hello when they return to Cornwall Airport Newquay from 3rd April with two new twice-weekly services from Frankfurt Hahn and Alicante. 


Night Riviera Sleeper Service gets a refresh

The popular Night Riviera Sleeper service which runs between London and Penzance - one of only two sleeper services in the UK – is on the cusp of a complete overhaul as part of First Great Western’s rebrand to Great Western Railway. As well as being among the first trains to trail blaze the new Great western Railway livery, the new sleeper trains will boast shiny new interiors, improved cabins, and space for bicycles and surfboards. We hear they will also include a cocktail bar a late night tipple before bed!


Star appeal

Portholland and Porthluney Beach on the Caerhays Estate star in Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children’ – due for release December 2016

With Samuel L Jackson, Eva Green and Chris O'Dowd on the bill, as well as an Oscar-winning director, this 20th Century Fox film based on the best-selling US children’s book by Ransom Riggs, is a top release for 2016. It’s set to hit cinema screens in December 2016 and will showcase the small coastal hamlet of Portholland and Porthluney beach on the Caerhays Estate on the south coast of Cornwall - they were both transformed into a Welsh village for filming!

Visit Caerhays Estate to experience the 140 acre woodland gardens which are home to a National Magnolia Collection and a stunning display of spring flowers. Stay in one of the 8 luxurious and individual properties or at the The Vean, a five-star luxury bed and breakfast.


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