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Welcome to Pentewan


Holidays in Pentewan

Pentewan is a small coastal village located on the South coast of Cornwall, at the mouth of the St Austell River. Once responsible for shipping a third of Cornwall’s china clay from its harbour, the village is now popular for its large sandy beach. With a range of facilities available at Pentewan beach, it’s the perfect location for a family holiday.

Nestled into the south coast, with a sandy beach stretching half a mile, Pentewan is the perfect spot for a family holiday. Just behind the beach, you’ll find facilities including parking, toilets, cafes and water sports equipment hire from Cornwall Watersports. Within the village itself is a popular pub, a trendy restaurant, a café and shop. 

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Pentewan is a great beach for finding sea glass!

Pentewan Sands

At the heart of Pentewan is its beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that has brought visitors to the village for decades. This privately owned beach faces east into St Austell Bay and is generally sheltered from the wind and swell. Whilst the beach does not have lifeguards, though lifesaving equipment is available, in the summer months buoys are used to zone off a safe swimming area. Though the beach is backed by a large holiday park, the park provides public facilities and keeps the beach well-maintained. 

Things to do near Pentewan

Cornwall Watersports

Home to Cornwall Watersports, a large watersports activity centre, Pentewan beach is the perfect place to try your hand at a range of water based activities. You can book lessons or hire equipment for the following activities: kayaking, windsurfing, paddle boarding, water-skiing and wakeboarding. In addition, you can have a go at a banana or sombrero ride if you fancy a little more speed!

The Eden Project

Just 5 miles from Pentewan is The Eden Project, famous for its vast biomes, one tropical and one Mediterranean. Take the opportunity to visit this special landmark and experience the tropical plants, wildlife and exhibits for yourself. 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Located just over 2 miles away from Pentewan, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are well worth a visit. This once lost garden is now a nature-lover's dream, filled with exotic plants, wildlife and even a jungle, complete with the longest Burmese rope bridge in Britain. 

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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.

TBC 2024

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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. 

TBC 2024

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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! 

TBC 2024

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.

TBC 2024

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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Walks around Pentewan

There are plenty of walking routes in and around Pentewan, offering the chance to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

South West Coast Path: follow the South West Coast Path south towards Mevagissey, the charming fishing village, and continue onwards to Gorran Haven, a beautiful unspoilt cove. Follow the South West Coast Path north to Charlestown, famous for it’s appearance in BBC’s adaptation of Poldark. 

Pentewan Valley Trail: follow the trail from Pentewan along the old railway line to St Austell. Running close to the riverbank, the old railway once carried china clay from the hills in St Austell to the old harbour in Pentewan. 


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