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Five things to do in west Cornwall this spring

Published on April 30, 2019
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Serene waters and plenty of outdoor activities make Marazion the perfect base for exploring the west coast.

We asked Laura Clerehugh, general manager of The Godolphin Arms, for her top five things to do around Marazion this spring

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

1. Breakfast with a view

While waiting for the causeway to open, sip morning coffee at The Godolphin Arms’ restaurant with its unparalleled views of St Michael’s Mount. Tucking into hot fluffy waffles and frothy cappuccinos will help fuel a trip across.

Tip: Restaurant window seats fill up fast, so skip the lie in for one morning to guarantee a ringside seat.

2. Take a ramble

For an easy walking route, head to Newlyn from Marazion on the South West Coast Path. Stop off at Penzance on the way, before hopping over the bridge to Newlyn. Sit by the working harbour with fish and chips – it’s likely that your lunch was caught earlier that day.

Tip: Food coma incoming? Rest your feet and catch the bus back instead.

3. High culture

Cornwall has a thriving artsy community and one of its most well-known theatres is the outdoor Minack, perched on the cliffs in Porthcurno. Performances of classic plays are complemented by beautiful views out to sea – pods of dolphins can even be spotted splashing in the ocean beyond.

Tip: For alt entertainment, see a production from Cornwall’s Rogue Theatre – previous shows have taken place in bluebell woodlands.

4. Paddle power

Adventurers will find plenty of places to explore by kayak close by. Porthgwarra Beach is a little steep, but paddle out to the left and be rewarded with a unique view looking up at the Minack Theatre. Afterwards, visit Porthgwarra Cove Cafe for pasties and coffee alfresco.

Tip: Don’t own a kayak? Head to Ocean High on Marazion Beach to hire one or book a stand-up paddleboard session.

5. Foodie paradise

Busy days on the west coast are best finished with a fabulous foodie feast. Indulge in seafood such as mussels, lobster and scallops, or enjoy The Godolphin Arms’ more casual dining options like burgers and nachos. The bar is also stocked with a selection of great wines and local beers, ciders and spirits.

Alternatively, take a short walk through Marazion to find Mount Haven Hotel and experience head chef Ross Sloan’s passion for foraged and unusual food – the Porthilly oysters with seaweed tartare are the locals’ current fave. Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, just over the road from The Godolphin Arms, is another solid find for seasonal produce and expert cooking.

Tip: If you’re going further afield, try St Ives’ Porthminster Beach Cafe and Porthmeor Beach Cafe, and The Mexico Inn in nearby Longrock.


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