St Agnes & Beyond

There is something special about St. Agnes!  Yes, it is on the stunning North Cornwall coast, yes, it is a World Heritage site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but it is more than this.  We think it’s a little bit magical!  It’s been called ‘Neverland’ by the locals as people don’t seem to grow old there and it is steeped in history and legend.  The myth of the Giant Bolster is celebrated every year in the Bolster Pageant which is one of the many festivals held in St. Agnes every year.  Reminders of the towns mining heritage are everywhere and the landscape is peppered with the ruins of the old wheals.

The village is home to a busy, thriving community all year round and you will get a friendly welcome wherever you go.  There are lots of independent shops, some small artist’s studios and some great places to eat and drink.  And of course there is Poldark!  Some of the scenes are filmed up on St. Agnes Head so keep your eyes peeled for dashing Captain Poldark and beautiful Demelza when you’re walking the South West Coast Path!

Festivals

There is always something going on in St. Agnes but some of the must see events include:

The Bolster Pageant
The legend of the Giant Bolster is commemorated each May Bank Holiday with a procession to St. Agnes Beacon.  Expect lots of drumming and a giant puppet!

St. Agnes Carnival
The St. Agnes carnival takes place on the first weekend in August and is a lively affair with a parade, fancy dress, live music, dancing and general merriment!  The parade route goes straight past the Cornstore so it’s a perfect viewing point to watch all the fun.

Outside’r
The Outside’r festival takes place in April and is a celebration of the great outdoors.  There are events for everyone from homebodies venturing out for the first time to hardened adrenaline junkies.  It’s a have-a-go weekend with star-gazing, sand-drawing, and skating taking their place alongside more traditional outdoor activities like surfing, kayaking and coasteering.

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Eating and Drinking

St Agnes is a great location for places to eat with plenty of choice and most of it in walking distance.  Whether you’re interested in some good quality pub grub or a special Cornish seafood supper, you’re in the right place.  Here are some of our favourites:

Driftwood Spars
The Driftwood Spars is perfectly situated near the beach at the end of the road to Trevaunance Cove.  It’s a proper pub selling Cornish beers and some good pub grub.  There is also a seafood bistro called ‘Fitty Pysk’ with some great views over the beach.  A great place for live music too.

Lewsey Lou’s Fish and Chips
Owned by England rugby international Josh Lewsey and Louise Treseder, the landlady of the Driftwood Spars pub, this is a high-quality seafood takeaway.  Only using freshly caught daily produce, the menu includes traditional fish and chips through to grilled fish with salsa verde and new potatoes.  The Driftwood Spars brewery is also situated next door.

Schooners Bistro
Locally sourced food with a great view situated right on the beach.  Perfect for coffee and cake on a blustery morning or cosy meal in the evening.

The Taphouse
Our favourite place to eat in St. Agnes and only over the road from the Old Cornstore.  Choose from some great seafood specials or just a huge plate of Nachos.  The vibrant colours and surfing theme make this a lively family friendly place for lunch or an evening meal.

Blue Bar, Porthtowan:
The Blue Bar in Porthtowan is a short drive away and is set right on the beach.  They don’t take bookings and it is very popular even out of season so get there early!  We have seen many spectacular sunsets from here watching the kids play on the beach while we enjoy a chilled glass of wine.

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Self-Catering

If you decide to stay in you can grab a takeaway from The Cornish Pizza Company at the end of Vicarage Road.   They make fantastic thin and crispy pizzas.  The ‘Wheal Treasure’ is our current favourite.  To complete your meal they also sell Healey’s ‘Rattler’ Cornish Cyder and Callestick Clotted Cream Ice Creams – both from the village where we live!  The St. Agnes Bakery is famous for its pasties (with some unusual fillings) and sausage rolls – a queue on a Saturday morning is a common sight!  With two good butchers selling excellent steaks and local seafood, two small green grocers and a couple of mini supermarkets you can find everything you need to rustle up a feast!

Beyond St. Agnes

Cornwall is a foodie heaven.  Check out some of these places if you have time!

  • Ben Tunnicliffe at Sennen Cove
  • Nathan Outlaw in Rock and Port Isaac
  • The Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick Beach
  • Nancarrow Farm near Zelah for feast nights
  • Sams on the Beach at Polkerris
  • Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen at Watergate Bay
  • Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow
  • Rick Stein in Padstow

Beaches

There are so many fantastic beaches to visit in Cornwall and St Agnes is perfectly situated to visit some of the best award winning beaches in the country.  According to the Times, Cornwall has over 25% of the top 50 beaches in the UK.  If you like surfing and golden sandy beaches you are in the perfect spot!  Here are some of the closest and we think, the best!

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes
The nearest beach is beautiful Trevaunance Cove whic