So where are the best places to visit?
The best of the best things to do (in our humble opinion)
Our stunning location of Praa Sands means you’re spoilt for choice with things to do nearby. There are miles of coastal footpaths to explore and plenty of secret places just on the doorstep.
The biggest secret of all is for those of you that like Praa Sands beach but want to find somewhere a little more secluded, are you ready?
Go into Praa Sands and turn just down from the post office cafe, park up and make your way to the Rinsey end of the beach. A slice of heaven will be waiting for you.
In Cornwall, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to a good pasty. There are great pasty shops all over. As a Cornish family, we’ve even tried our hand at a homemade pasty over the years but nothing comes close to our top pasty provider.
The only place we get excited about is Gear Farm in St Martin. Head out past Helston to enjoy a flaky steak with melt-in-the-mouth pastry and an ample amount of meat and veg. Ansum!
Best place to go for a cream tea
Another one of those things that you have to do when you visit Cornwall. We hope you’ll approach it the Cornish (best) way which is jam first, then cream. It’s a rule.
We love The Twisted Currant Tea Room in the picturesque harbour town of Porthleven. Their cream teas and afternoon teas are extremely tasty! Booking in advance is recommended as they are incredibly popular.
The best pubs near Praa Sands were incredibly hard to choose. There are several within a 5 minute drive that welcome families.
The three places to eat we always return to are The Sandbar, Henlys in Helston and The Godolphin in Marazion.
The Sandbar is a short walk from the campsite, is set right on the beach and serves lovely food. They have regular live music nights.
Henlys is a cocktail bar and restaurant with Cornish inspired menu. If you’re looking for somewhere special for dinner, this is one of our favourites.
The Godolphin in Marazion boasts a glorious view towards St Michael’s Mount and across Mount’s Bay. Family friendly and well-placed for lunch on a busy day out, we regularly return.
Best ice cream
A little further afield (but worth the journey) is Roskilly’s farm. It’s around a 35 minute car journey from the campsite over towards St Keverne.
The famous Roskilly’s ice cream is made on site, you can meet the cows at the working farm and they do lovely lunches too.
Flambards Theme Park
It really is the best day of the week, if you want a day out, which is only a 15/20 minute drive from our campsite, this place is for you. It has got something for everyone, from rides for not only the kids of all ages, but for adults as well. To the captivating Victorian village, which transports you back to an age of years gone by, with its sights, sounds and smells! Not to mention the section dedicated to Britain in the blitz where history comes alive.
The Minack Theatre
I’m not sure where to start with this absolutely stunning place. A theatre cut out of the rugged Cornish cliffs which stages some of the most loved shows and performers. The acoustics are brilliant and the experience is something you don’t want to miss. You can visit to just check out this amazing setting and look at its wonder in all its glory or actually buy tickets to go and watch one of the amazing shows. It’s definitely one of, if not the biggest gem in Cornwall’s gorgeous county!
There are many other attractions to explore near Praa Sands. Some other ideas for places to visit are:
- The historic St Michael’s Mount – go to Marazion and walk along the causeway or catch a boat to the island.
- Land’s End – the most south-westerly point in Britain.
- The Lizard Point – the most southerly point in England, there is some beautiful walks, stunning scenery and yummy food in the area to sample.
- Kynance Cove – A stunning beach the other side of Helston, heading towards the lizard. You wont know if you are in Cornwall or the Caribbean.
- St Ives – A 30 minutes drive from us which is famous for its unique shops, beautiful beaches nearby and so much to see and do. (careful though with your chips and ice cream, those seagulls love to ‘share’ with you!!)
Our campsite it well-placed for visiting a number of popular Cornwall towns.
Porthleven is a short car journey to the east of the campsite. It’s an iconic harbour town that features in many of the storm images of Cornwall. On a sunnier day, it’s a lovely place to wander around the shops and occasional markets that take place there. The Porthleven Food Festival is a wonderful spring event where you can buy local produce, see chef demonstrations and enjoy all things Cornwall food.
Helston is a short car journey to the east of the campsite and has a number of boutique shops and pretty cafes. You can also find fish and chips and excellent burgers here! The boating lake is a pretty spot for a picnic and there’s plenty of room for children to run around.
Penzance is to the west of the campsite, beyond Marazion and St Michael’s Mount. Here you’ll find a good high street with plenty of opportunities for shopping. You might also like to take a dip in the open-air Jubilee Pool. The pool features a cold salt-water section and a geo-thermal heated section, it’s best to book a ticket before you visit.