The ancient fishing village of Gorran Haven, once busy and thriving, was more important to the Cornish fisherman than Mevagissey. Nowadays however, the village and its residents enjoy a much slower pace of life. Visitors to the village can expect a relaxed and restful holiday, enjoying time on the beautiful sandy cove, kayaking along the shores and enjoying handmade food at The Little Mermaid Beach Café.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing break or a family-friendly holiday, the small village of Gorran Haven has more to offer than it may at first appear. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on the sheltered sands of the cove, ramble along the coast path or Kayak across the crystal clear waters, you’re sure to happily fill your time.
Kayaks and stand up paddle boards can be hired at Gorran Haven, so there’s no need to travel far to collect your equipment. Paddle west for an hour or so and you’ll find Vault beach, a long stretch of shingle sand. Alternatively, a relaxed 45 minute paddle east will lead you to the picturesque Portmellon, where you can stop for a bite to eat at The Rising Sun pub.
There are walks aplenty from the village of Gorran Haven. For a short walk, you can take the coastal path from the village to Vault beach and back, in around half an hour. For those looking for a longer walk, continue along the coastal path from Vault beach past Dodman Point, until you reach Hemmick Point. This route then returns inland via Penare Farm, Treveague and down into the valley to Gorran Haven. For the more adventurous, instead of returning to Gorran Haven at Hemmick Point, the coastal path can be followed all the way to St Mawes! Alternatively, the coastal path can be taken east to Mevagissey, or further onwards to Charlestown.
Of course, if you choose to stay in Gorran Haven, then you simply must explore the quaint village, enjoy locally sourced food at the Mermaid Beach Café and spend time enjoying the picturesque cove.
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A festival of light delights the crowds who line the streets to see a parade of giant handmade lanterns. All manner of samba, brass and pipe bands process alongside, accompanied by flamboyant dancers. Further outdoor music performances take place throught the evening and there are many a food and drink stall at which to pick up a tasty snack or warming drink.
31st January 2018
Falmouth town and its community will be celebrating spring with a range of events and activities throughout the week. The town will be painted yellow with daffodils and decorations; spring clean days will see the beaches and towns tidied up; a half-marathon will take plcae in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care; free games and fitness activities will be held on the Moor and Events Square will host a food and craft market. Whenever you choose to visit throughout the week, you're sure to find something to entertain you!
22nd March - 2nd April 2018
Held at Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel, the 107th edition of the Cornwall Spring Flower Show is a real treat for gardening enthusiasts. The two day event features show gardens, competitive classes and horticultural stands. Enjoy the fabulous displays, pick up plants for your own garden and ask the experts for some tips and advice!
7th-8th April 2018
An ancient annual event, Helston Flora Day includes craft stalls and traditional dances throughout the day, where crowds line the streets to watch the procession.
8th May 2018
Celebrating the life and works of this renowned author, the Du Maurier community festival in Fowey has grown into a popular annual event.
12th - 19th May 2018
A ten day festival celebrating life on River Fal. The not-for-profit event encorporates music and drama, arts and heritage, gig racing, swimming and lots more.
25th May - 3rd June 2018
Polperro holds an annual 9 day festival with a craft fayre, live music, comedy nights and a procession. The festival is completely free to attend so make sure you visit to experience Polperro at its best.
16th - 24th June 2018
The Falmouth Sea Shanty was founded and is organised by Falmouth Shout. Sea Shanty events aim to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall as a whole and are thoroughly enjoyable.
22nd - 24th June 2018
Celebrated since the early 1800s, the Stihtains Show is a fine agricultural event showcasing animals, arts and crafts, food and drink, music and more. Don't miss the Countryside Area and Exhibition Ring.
16th July 2018
Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week is one of the largest sailing regatta's in the south west with more than 300 yachts racing over eight days.There is also a full events line-up which includes entertainment in Falmouth's Events Square and offsite activities such as outdoor film screenings and Red Arrow displays.
10th - 19th August 2018
Celebrate the start of the Oyster season at Falmouth's Events Square. Get involved with food demonstrations, browse local craft stalls and taste some spectacular seafood!
11th - 14th October 2017
The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival has over 100 inspiring walks for all ages and abilities and aims to get people exploring the River Fal and enjoy the brilliant Autumnal colour in the area.
October 2018 TBC
Always a popular event, the Beer Festival takes places annually at the Princess Pavillions. Admission includes a commemorative festival glass and offers over 250 cask ales, 100 ciders and perries, fruit wines and bottled beers.
October 2018 TBC