Things to do

Things to do in Porthtowan and around the County.

On this page you will find those ‘things to do links’. These will lead you to many local businesses who are striving to make our environment an interesting and exciting place to visit. There are so many activities in the county to cater for the whole family from the Cinema, Bowling or a trip down Poldark mine!

It’s raining, what can we do?

How many times have you heard this from the children? See our short list or click on the link below for more ideas of what do I do if it’s  raining?

Things to do in Truro City.

Regal Cinema Redruth.01209 216278. Art Deco main screen and waiter service for screen 7 (stairway to 7!!). Daily showings. Reviewed in the Observer by Cinema critic Mark Kermode.

Plaza Cinema Truro. 01872 272894

Truro Farmers Markets (Weds and Sat)

Carn Brea Leisure Centre. Pool, track, gymnasiums and massage rooms. 01209 717766

Ten Pin Bowling. Truro 01872 261628

Things to do at Porthtowan Beach

The Blue Bar.

Simply the most popular brasserie/bar in the area. Suitable for families, couples, surfers, walkers, wedding parties too. Choose a bay window to watch the sun set or shelter from a storm with a hot chocolate.

Tris Surf Shop.

Surfing being possibly the main sport and interest of many of the holiday makers who visit our fantastic beach. Tris Surf Shop has catered for local surfers and holiday makers for years. If you just need a block of wax, a wetsuit or lessons with a surfboardboard here’s the place to come. Happy and laid back surfer style service.

Seasmiths Fish and Chips

Seasmiths Fish + Chips is a small Cornish business in the heart of Porthtowan, a fabulous coastal community. We have kept things simple and produce well-sourced, well-cooked delicious fish and chips. Our menu reflects the best of what Cornwall, and our fish merchants, have to offer. You’ll find lightly battered and sustainably caught cod and haddock alongside local varieties that Cornish day boat fishermen have landed. All made even better with a selection of fresh sauces, made by us each day, and home-made pickles.

Our Instagram (@seasmiths_) and Facebook page (Seasmiths Fish and Chips) is often the best way to see our menu and opening times, or our website (

The Unicorn on the Beach

The newest bar in the village has already earned its place with an impressive menu and keen team of staff. Also offering some live music, quiz nights in a relaxing environment.

The Blue Gym
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Taking our water use awareness to a new level, inspiring health and wellbeing and right on our doorstep. Surfing, swimming, kayaking and all with the support of healthcare professionals.

Pure Blue Surf Academy

Since 2004. Pure Blue Surf Academy delivers professional surf tuition for locals and tourists, it is proud to be developing the grass roots of surfing within the local community.

Moomaids Ice Cream Parlour. 

Ice Cream….enough said!!

Things to do nearby.

Koru Kayaking

Guided kayaking in the sea or river. No experience required to take part. All equipment provided.

Otter Surfboards

Hand crafted, wooden surfboards. Find them at Mt Pleasant Eco Park Porthtowan.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Rosehill works with the wildlife trust directly and offers local walk pamphlets which are sold for a small fee. The proceeds go to the trust as do any small phone charges which are also donated to the trust via the charity box.

The Treleigh Arms.

A very traditional public house and restaurant with traditional surroundings and friendly atmosphere and there is a great chef who uses local produce for well prepared dishes.

The Bike Barn

Located about 1 mile from us, the Elm Farm/Bike Barn is located on the mineral tramways that were used to transport tin and copper to the ports at Portreath and Devoran on the north and south coasts. Being old rail links the terrain is generally flat! You can drive and leave your car there or cycle up the hill from you lodge and down to the Barn. You can hire bikes, get spares or just get advice.

Mount Hawke Skate Park

Into skateboards and BMX? A great indoor and outdoor area to show off your skills.

Annie B.
Annie b. is an artist and illustrator painting from the heart using meditation, angels and nature as her inspiration. Oracle cards, calendars, spiritual portraits, prints and cards available.

I Love Cornwall

Officially linked with Visit Cornwall this website offers many interesting things to do on your holiday.

Goonbell Riding Centre
Situated on the outskirts of St Agnes, Goonbell can offer most of your riding requirements. Call Goonbell on 01872 552063

Cornwall Gold Centre

Cornwall Gold is a unique visitor experience set amidst the tin mining landscape of Cornwall. Share a unique and special story which explores the smelting and crafting of exquisite Cornish jewellery from tin extracted at the Tolgus Tin Mill on-site.

The hand crafted Tolgus jewellery forms just part of Cornwall’s largest collection of jewellery and reflects the talents of Cornish designers and the natural, timeless beauty of Cornwall. Talk with jewellery technicians and take a look behind the scenes at the smelting process and the history of tin production on site, the last of its type in Cornwall. Learn about the fascinating story of pearls, select your own oyster and browse through England’s largest collection of classic and contemporary pearls.

Ideally placed to cater for a range of ages and family interests, children can enjoy a number of activities including the chance to create a personalised cuddly bear, hand painted pottery and pan for precious gems.

For refreshments, sample tasty local cuisine at the Cornish Pantry Restaurant.

There is Free and ample parking, with free admission experience and there is simply nothing else like it in Cornwall!

Visit a Mine!

See our Heritage page for a trip down a Cornish mine.

Poldark Mine