Our favourite new ventures coming to Cornwall in 2020
Fine dining, open air swimming and a night at the theatre
2020 is set to be a wonderful year for Cornwall, with several upcoming attractions and experiences on the horizon. Delicious restaurants, a geothermal pool and a new and improved theatre are just three reasons why this year is set to be so special.
Let us inspire your next Cornish escape with our top six must-visits, perfect for interweaving into your holiday itinerary.
Where to stay? The Mouse House
Cornwall’s first ever geothermal sea water pool will be taking shape in the form of Penzance’s Jubilee Pool this year. Boasting a harbourside location and sea views, this triangular shaped open air lido is architecturally unique, with an exotic art deco theme running throughout. Holding environmental values at its core, geothermal energy and sustainable heat pumps will warm the natural seawater.
With all day wristbands from as little as £3.50 for children, take a trip to West Cornwall for a unique day on the coast. If you tire of the pool, head to Penzance’s town centre to browse retro furniture stores, quaint independent bookshops and grab a bite to eat at Tolcarne Inn or The Shore. If you have time, pop into Exchange for an exclusive exhibition or Cornwall Contemporary for a taste of local and experimental artistic talent.
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Where to stay? The Hideaways
The Grade II-listed Harlyn House near Padstow is one of The Pig’s latest projects. As with every Pig establishment, the kitchen-garden is at the heart, with most ingredients grown onsite. A love for local produce has led to the promise of a 25-mile-menu –so if it can’t be foraged or homegrown, they’ll reach out to independent farmers and local producers within a 25 mile radius. As such, the menu promises to be simple, fresh and quintessentially Cornish.
Characterised by a quirky yet traditional feel and stacks of Cornish charm, The Pig offers authenticity at every turn, from the private dining room to the wine store. With five acres of gardens on your doorstep and far reaching sea views, experience a true taste of Cornwall with a lazy lunch or celebratory evening meal. Our concierge team can even arrange your taxi home.
Where to stay? Tamarisk
This September, the Tour of Britain is coming to Cornwall. The Grand Départ will see cyclists travel a 170-kilometre route through the Cornish countryside, passing through popular Cornish cities, towns, villages and tourist attractions. Starting in Penzance and finishing in Bodmin, participants can enjoy the sights of St Ives, Newquay and the Eden Project along the way.
With the Cornish sunshine often in full force in September, spectate from the side lines in between beach visits, countryside walks and ice cream stops.
Where to stay? Doyden
North Cornwall’s famous Bodmin Jail is currently undertaking a dramatic £8.5m development, due to reopen in May. Hoping to heighten visitor’s senses, the historical site will take you on an immersive experience in the form of a ‘dark walk.’
Let your imagination run wild as you experience what life was like in the 18th and 19th century, with bounds of entertainment and education along the way. Listen to tales of the Bodmin Beast and Cornwall’s ghostly past, while the latest technology and theatrical effects bring the experience to life.
The former head chef of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Andy Appleton and his partner Lyndsey started something new in 2016 with the opening of Appleton’s at the Vineyard in Trevibban Mill. A wonderful atmosphere, delicious menu and popular demand soon led to Appleton’s outgrowing its venue, which led to the final leap of faith this March. From a working vineyard to Fowey’s vibrant streets, Appleton’s Bar and Restaurant’s new home will soon be opening its doors.
Taking rustic, Italian dishes and injecting a contemporary twist, Andy crafts unique menus that marry the best of Italian and Cornish cuisine together on a plate, enlisting local produce along the way. With a dog-friendly policy from breakfast through to dinner, no dog-sitter will be needed.
Where to stay? Beachcombers
After a year and a half since its closure, Hall for Cornwall is due to reopen in autumn after a radical transformation. Playing host to a myriad of West End musicals, ballet and bands, it’s safe to say that the theatre’s return to Truro’s centre is highly anticipated amongst locals and visitors alike. In a bid to embody their values and ambition in everything they do, a £21.6m development is in the works to bring a bigger slice of creativity to this corner of the county.
With warmer welcomes reflected in the sleek interiors, bars and cafés, Hall for Cornwall keep the customer at the core of their values. What’s more, sightlines, acoustics and the intimate theatre atmosphere are all going to be given a revamp in the three-tiered theatre to improve audience experience, so keep your eyes peeled for the reopening and explore the new look!
From traditional beachside homes to hidden hideaways by the sea, browse our beach houses here to find the perfect base for your 2020 Cornish escape. Let our in-house concierge team take care of the details and fill your holiday itinerary with something new.