Things to do in North Cornwall

Considering a holiday at Atlantic Bays? Looking for things to do in North Cornwall?  We’re based in an ideal location, with many accessible family activities nearby!

Sunset in Padstow harbourJust three miles down the road, situated on the beautiful and rugged North Cornwall coast, is the town of Padstow with its towering cliffs, wide sandy beaches, hidden coves and beautiful countryside. This ancient, but busy fishing port with picturesque pastel colour washed and stone cottages nestling in the narrow streets leading down to the harbour and quays. Padstow is also home to the famous Rick Stein’s restaurants, Fish and Chip Shop and Patisserie.

View from bridge looking up the Camel estuary towards PadstowFor things to do in North Cornwall, you simply have to consider the Camel Trail! You can take a walk or hire a bike in Padstow and have a leisurely ride down the very flat Camel Trail taking in the breath taking views of the Camel Estuary. In just six miles you arrive in the beautiful town of Wadebridge. This town is full of cafes, public houses and the rosette award winning restaurant The Orchard on Polmorla Road to relax after your ride. Why not stretch your legs over Annika Rice Bridge in the park and visit the war memorial. There is a wide range of craft, clothes and shoe shops for that something different as well as plenty of sports activities such as tennis, bowls and cricket makes this civilised and peaceful town worth a visit.

Take a look at the video below, which highlights just some of the many reasons to visit the beautiful town of Padstow…

Follow in the footsteps of TV stars

Looking for things to do in North Cornwall? Visit Port Issac!If you’re a fan of popular TV programmes Doc Martin and Poldark, then you’re in for a treat! Just a stone’s throw from our holiday park is the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac, which is home to Doc Martin, Martin Clunes (and perhaps better known to viewers as Portwenn). Here you can have your photo taken outside some of the well-known landmarks, such as the Doc’s house, the local school and Bert’s restaurant. But this picturesque village is so much more than just a shrine to the TV comedy drama… why not take in the local galleries and art shops, wander through the narrow cobbled streets, take a boat trip or a fishing expedition in the summer months or take a cliff top walk to nearby Port Gaverne. For Poldark fans, our holiday park is just a short distance from many of the film locations, so you can follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps! Visit nearby Porthcothan (used as Nampara Cove and the Camel Estuary was used used extensively), St Breward and Bodmin Moor (Poldark’s home), Charlestown harbour with its tall ships and St Agnes Head with its world famous cliff top engine houses.

Looking for things to do in North Cornwall? Visit Bodmin Jail!If you are feeling energetic why not continue on the Camel Trail and head towards Bodmin. Here, just at the end of the trail you will find the last County Jail in Cornwall closed in 1927, The Bodmin Jail. Walk around the cold damp cells and imagine what life was like by reading the fascinating histories of the final occupants, and visit the Naval Museum before venturing into the court yard to see the only working example of a Victorian execution shed in Britain. Whether you have a drink in the stylish bar or dine in the restaurant, this all-weather family attraction is well worth a visit.

St Merryn is just half a mile away from Atlantic Bays is the small village of St Merryn. St Merryn is host to many restaurants such as the Cornish Arms, a Rick Stein pub which caters for all tastes using fresh local ingredients. The local shops, Chip Shop and public house are just a stones throw  from the beach.