Last month we spent a weekend in one of our favourite places on earth, Perranporth. This is the second year we’ve gone down for the Tunes in the Dunes music festival that’s held on the beach there (the first year we went we actually got engaged there). And if you’ve never been to Perranporth, it absolutely needs to be on your bucket list!
It’s a small seaside town in Cornwall, and if you’re anything like us and love being by the sea, you’ll love it there. Perranporth has one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.
We visit Perranporth at least twice a year – but more than that when we can! Danny’s family in particular have a lot of memories there and have been visiting for years. So it really is a place that is close to our hearts.
We always stay at the same campsite, and at this point it feels like a second home. We can’t wait for the first time we can take our new van there! But this weekend we had our usual set up (with additional bunting and fairy lights).
We LOVE camping! It’s another part of what makes this place so special to us. There are hotels and hostels for those who don’t fancy roughing it out in a tent. But for us there’s nothing better than sitting round a campsite, drinking beer and enjoying good company. The simpler, the better.
Tunes in the Dunes festival
The reason for our weekend away was Tunes in the Dunes festival. A relatively small festival that only began a few years back.
We originally bought our tickets to see UB40 who were headlining on the Saturday night. But there were a number of great acts playing across the weekend. On the Friday night we sat on the beach and watched The Skints and Protoje, which was an amazing way to kick off the weekend.
The highlights of Saturday (other than the sunshine) were The Wurzles and UB40. If you’ve never seen (or heard of) The Wurzles, they are Cornwall’s answer to the Rolling Stones… sort of! The average age of the members is about 70, but they’re so funny. You might have heard there chart topping hit ‘I’ve got a brand new combine harvester’.
And to close the weekend, we sat in our little beach tent on Sunday night and ate Chinese food, listening listened to the unique voice of Jake Bugg. Although the festival does tend to make the town busier than we like it, the atmosphere is so buzzy and the organisers put a lot of effort into the event.
And to top it all off, because it’s held on the beach, it’s all about being environmentally friendly! No plastic cups and certainly no mess left behind at the end.
Here’s why everyone should visit Perranporth
1. The beautiful beach
As I said, the beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, but more than that, it is so well looked after! Every morning the locals are out cleaning any rubbish from the sand. But to be honest, everyone is so respectful there is very rarely much rubbish left behind any way! And if you love to surf, this is definitely the place to do it.
2. The Watering Hole
And when you visit the beach, you’re never far from your next pint! The Watering Hole is a beach bar on the dunes. They host some great events and often have live music there in the evening. Plus, you can sit on the sand and watch the gorgeous sunset.
3. The clifftop walks
There are a number of clifftop walks you can do, but we like to make the four mile walk to St Agnes. On a sunny day the sea is beautiful and clear – but definitely take some good walking shoes! And when you reach Agnes there are a number of small pubs and bakeries where you can stop and grab a bite (or a beer!). And if you don’t fancy the long walk back, it’s just a 14 minutes bus ride back to Perranporth.
4. The DOGS
If you’re a dog lover like we are you’ll be in heaven in Perranporth. Everywhere is dog friendly, which means if you have pups of your own, you can pretty much take them everywhere with you. Plus you get to see so many dogs running about the beach and in the town. And everyone (dogs included) is so friendly.
5. The quaint seaside town
The town itself is pretty small. There’s gift shops, boutiques, surf shacks and charity shops along the main street, with a few restaurants and pubs in between. We’ve been there so many times but we still spend hours browsing the same tick-tack shops and never get bored of them!
If it’s a small British seaside town you’re after – this is the place to go! We can’t express how much this wonderful town means to us. If you’re ever in the area and get the chance, it’s an absolute must! Even better, spend a whole weekend there camping, surfing and relaxing on the beach!