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Welcome to Maenporth


Holidays in Maenporth

A picturesque coastal hamlet, Maenporth is surrounded by stunning natural beauty and is home to a secluded, sandy cove nestled between rocky outcrops. It's the perfect seaside spot for relaxing on the sand, and taking a dip in the crystal-clear seas. Calm waters are a paddleboarder's dream and keen ramblers will love to explore the surrounding cliff paths taking in the breathtaking views of the coastline. Nature enthusiasts can meander through lush greenery, offering glimpses of local flora and fauna. A tranquil corner of South Cornwall, Maenporth is a serene coastal destination, whilst the bustling town of Falmouth is just a short drive away.

With a beach cafe and watersports right on the sand, this delightful cove has everything you need. Embark on a breathtaking paddleboard adventure around the bay discovering the beauty of the South Cornwall coast. Our self-catering holiday cottages in Maenporth provide a relaxing retreat where you can soak in the scenery. The vibrant harbour town of Falmouth and its renowned gardens, bustling shops, welcoming pubs, and variety of restaurants are just a short drive away.

Top tip

Tuck into a Cornish ice-cream from Life's A Beach cafe!

Beaches in Maenporth

Stay in Maenporth and you'll find plenty of beaches to choose from; from the sandy cove in the heart of the village to the nearby shoreline that create Falmouth's beautiful coastline.

Maenporth beach – A secluded beach that is home to still waters, soft sand, watersports, and a delightful seaside cafe, perfect for a family beach days. Surrounded by stunning coast paths boasting breathtaking views across Falmouth Bay.

Swanpool beach – A short drive from Maenporth, Swanpool is another scenic cove, where you'll find pretty scenery, a beachside cafe and action-packed watersports for a fun-filled beach day for everyone. 

Gyllyngvase beach – A little further around the Falmouth coastline, is Gylly beach, perhaps Falmouth’s most popular beach, Gylly beach is home to everything you could want from a hazy day in the sand, offering the perfect conditions for paddleboarding and sea swimming. A beachside café and restaurant serves up delicious treats from breakfast to dinner, as well as those all important ice-creams!

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Stithians Show

Celebrated since the early 1800s, the Stihtains Show is a fine agricultural event showcasing animals, arts and crafts, food and drink, music and more. This year's events will be virtual, so you can watch and interact online!

15th July 2024

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Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair

Browse an impressive selection of Cornish crafts and delicious food on the Piazza in Truro. It's a great place to find special Christmas gifts for loved ones with plenty of choice from local artisans, artists and food and drink producers.

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Truro Winter Gift Fayre

Find the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest at Truro's Winter Gift Fayre. You can expect to find luxury food and drink, festive decorations and gorgeous gifts, with more than 80 stalls from local South West producers.

TBC 2024

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Roseland Festival

Held on the Roseland Pensinsula, this wonderful festival offers a diverse programme of events, including music, history, films, art, walks, talks and photography. With so many activities and events, there's something for everyone. 

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Mevagissey Shanty Festival

The Mevagissey Shanty Festival showcases shanty and accapella groups from all over the UK. The event begins at 7pm on the Friday and will continue on the Saturday at 11am. The main stage at Mevagissey Activity Centre also features a Cornish beer festival.

11th - 13th October 2024

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Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week

Falmouth Week is one of the largest sailing regatta's in the south west with more than 300 yachts racing over eight days. The full events line-up includes entertainment in Falmouth's Events Square and offsite activities such as outdoor film screenings and Red Arrow displays.

9th - 17th August 2024

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Helston Flora Day

An ancient annual event, Helston Flora Day features traditional dances throughout the day, where crowds line the streets to watch the procession. In addition, visitors can enjoy craft, food and drinks stalls, as well as a large fairground.

8th May 2024

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Eden Project Winter Festival

Winter is perhaps the most magical time to visit the Eden Project. Not only can you explore the biomes, there's also the opportunity to go ice-skating, watch live storytelling and meet Father Christmas! 

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Eden Sessions

A truly magical experience in Eden's natural amphitheatre. Upcoming performers include Ben Howard, Mcgly, Snow Patrol, The Script, Idles, My Chemical Romance, Lionel Richie and Bryan Adams. Tickets also include a daytime pass to the Eden Project.

12th June - 13th July 2024

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Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature is a celebration of the arts featuring world class authors, speakers and musicians.

10th - 18th May 2024

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International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth

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.

14th - 16th June 2024

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Falmouth Oyster Festival

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!

10th - 13th October 2024

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Truro City of Lights

Enjoy a festival of light as giant handmade lanterns are paraded through the streets along to an array of music and flamboyant dancers. Craft and food stalls line the streets; pick up a tasty snack or warming drink while doing some Christmas shopping.

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Tregothnan Charity Garden Opening

On this special weekend, Tregothnan will open its private gardens to the public. These secluded gardens have diverse trees and rare collections of flowers and plants. There are more than 100 acres of gardens to explore, featuring ancient camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. 

21st April 2024

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Fowey Royal Regatta

The Fowey Royal Regatta includes sailing contests, a carnival, the crowning of the Fowey Queen, a pasty eating contest, and as per tradition, a giant pasty which is shared out among the community. 

18th - 24th August 2024

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Fowey Christmas Market

Head to Fowey for a weekend of festivities! Get your Christmas shopping underway with over 100 local traders selling high quality food, drink and crafts, while enjoying some live music and entertainment.

TBC 2024

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Mevagissey Feast Week

Celebrated since 1754, Mevagissey Feast Week is a celebration of food, music, dance and more. With a host of colourful events being held throughout the week, this is a festival not to be missed!

23rd June - 29th July 2024

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Charlestown Regatta

Enjoy a week of live music, watersports, competitions, pasty-making, children's sports, raft races and a carnival, all with the backdrop of the famous Georgian harbour in Charlestown

20th July - 26th August 2024

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Charlestown Christmas Market

Located at Penrice Academy, Charlestown Christmas Market hosts 100 Cornish traders, showcasing some of the best food, drinks and crafts in Cornwall, alongside live entertainment. With plenty of parking and an inside venue, it's perfect for some Christmas shopping. 

TBC 2024

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Looe Raft Race

This fun event is organised by Looe Boat Owners Association in support of Looe RNLI. Enjoy the fun by making and entering your own raft, or just come and cheer everyone on. 

16th June 2024

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Things to do in Maenporth

There's so much to see and do in and around Maenporth, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning family days out! 


With South Cornwall’s microclimate and sheltered bay, the waters around Maenporth are known for being consistently calm, perfect for trying our the many watersports on offer. Try your hand at everything from kayaking to SUPing, swimming and snorkeling as you swap dry land for the thrill of the Cornish waters. Mix it up and head around to one of Falmouth's beautiful beaches where you can carry on with you ocean adventures.


After a shopping trip in Falmouth, you’ll want all highstreets to be lined with cobbles and decorated with colourful bunting – it really does set the scene for a vibrant day out! Falmouth’s shops themselves vary from big names like FatFace and Ann’s Cottage to more niche shops from intriguing antiques to everything Cornwall – perfect for your holiday memento. Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to want to check out Roly’s Fudge Pantry – it’s to die for!


A holiday in Maenporth wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Pendennis Castle and the National Maritime Museum – two of the town’s top cultural attractions. Both dive into the history of Falmouth and Cornwall with a definite nautical theme, with Pendennis Castle looking more at defence and the museum exploring the wider culture of life by the sea.

Boat Trips

When you get bored of hard ground beneath your feet, head to Falmouth and set sail up the Fal estuary or along to the Helford river on one of many fantastic boat trips that vary from party boats to sea safaris to meals on keels (sorry, boat puns are a mandatory here).



River walks, coastal strolls and countryside ambles… there’s no limit to what your feet can discover with the many breath-taking walks in and around Falmouth. From Maenporth you are moment from the South West Coast Path for unbeatable coastal views or head further along the coast and take your walk riverside for an idyllic escape to nature. Falmouth’s also home to an impressive collection of gardens, each with their own intriguing collection of paths to explore.

Getting around

When you're staying in Maenporth, the beach, beach cafe and coast path are just a stroll away. To explore further afield, hop in the car and take a short drive into Falmouth. There's also the opportunity for a car-free holiday in Cornwall, with Falmouth's numerous public transport options. Catch the bus or train for connections with the rest of Cornwall or leave dry land behind as you hop aboard a ferry to St Mawes or Truro. Of course, if you fancy visiting via car, you’ll find plenty of parking at one of the town’s many car parks or you can use the park and ride service.

Stay in Maenporth

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