Polmanter is an ideal location to explore West Cornwall. The beautiful sandy beaches of St Ives are within walking distance but incase you get tired of building sandcastles and lazing on the beach, below is a list of local points of interest and other things to do during your stay in West Cornwall.
Craft Workshops (4 miles away)
Hidden away in Hayle; Threads is a creative sanctuary where people can meet, learn, relax & chat. This little oasis of textile heaven, holds craft workshops for people of all abilities as well as childrens’ workshops in the school holidays and regulary at the weekends. Go along to learn a new skill or re-visit a lost hobby. Visit www.threadscornwall.co.uk for a full list of workshops.
Eden Project(40 miles away) Trek through the world’s largest indoor rainforest, pass waterfalls and plantations. Enjoy the mediteranean without leaving Cornwall or catch the land train around the outside gardens. www.edenproject.com
Fishing (Within 1 mile) Scenic boat trips and sea fishing trips go from St Ives Harbour and Penzance. Coarse fishing is also located close by at Amalwhidden Farm.
Flambards (18 miles away) is fun for all the family. Experience Britain in the Blitz, The War and Aviation Galleries, a Huge Victorian Village alongside theme park rides, undercover soft play and an indoor science playground. Discount vouchers can be found in Reception at Polmanter. www.flambards.co.uk
Geevor Tin Mine (11 miles away) Between Lands end and St Ives is the largest preserved mining history site in the country. Go underground and find out what a days work was like in a real 19th century mine, on the surface see the mining machinery and enjoy the amazing coastal views. www.geevor.com
Golf (Within 2 miles) There are many options for playing golf in West Cornwall if our small putting green isn’t enough for you. Tregenna Castle has an 18 hole Academy course, West Cornwall Golf Club at Lelant should satisfy any keen golfers with it’s spectacular views www.westcornwallgolfclub.co.uk or further down the North Coast is Cape Cornwall Golf Club www.capecornwallgolfclub.co.uk .
The Great Gardens of Cornwall www.greatgardensofcornwall.co.uk Scattered all over Cornwall these beautiful gardens house the most exciting, rare plants and trees in the British Isles.
Horse Riding (Within 1 mile) There are 2 horse riding schools close to Polmanter, Penhalwyn Trekking Centre which is located in our village of Halsetown and Old Mill Stables under 3 miles away in Lelant Downs.
Learn To Surf ( From1.5 miles away) Porthmeor Beach in St Ives and Gwithian Sands in Hayle are the most popular beaches in the area to learn to surf. These beaches will have surf schools with boards and wetsuits to hire. http://globalboarders.com/
Minack Theatre (16 miles by car) Cornwall’s unique open-air theatre built into the cliffside at Porthcurno is a must see when visiting West Cornwall. Take along your supper, a hot flask or a bottle of wine and watch performances as the sun sets and you may even spot a dolphin or two. www.minack.com
St Michael’s Mount (Under 8 miles drive away) Go by boat or foot and discover a fairy tale castle on a small island situated just off the shore at Marazion. Wander sub tropical gardens and enjoy beautiful sea views from the castle turrets. After all the adventure treat yourself to a traditional cream tea or cornish pasty at the Island Cafe. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Paradise Park (7 miles drive away) See beautiful rare parrots, toucans, flamingos, owls and kookaburras. Have your photograph taken with a penguin and watch the otters feed. Meet mini donkeys, pygmy goats and rabbits at the fun farm, and if you still have any energy left have fun in the indoor jungle barn with the giant slides, challenging soft play and the toddler’s zone. www.paradisepark.org.uk
Tate St Ives (under 2 miles away) Situated over looking Porthmeor Beach in the centre of St Ives, Tate St Ives was opened in 1993 to celebrate the artists who lived and worked in the town throughout the twentieth century. Many famous names like Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo helped St Ives to become internationally recognised as a centre of modern art. www.tate.org.uk/stives
Walking West Cornwall has some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. Walking our rugged coastline will transport you away from the busy fishing towns to a peaceful world of your own. The South West Coastal Path gives walkers access to almost the entire cornish coast. Popular coastal walks in the area include : St Ives to Zennor, Sennen Cove to Lands End, Carbis Bay to St Ives. We also have a selection of circular walks from Polmanter available in Reception free of charge.
Cycling Cornwall is notorious for being full of hills so is not always easy to get around by bike, however there are dedicated cycle tracks throughout the county where you can have a pleasant cycle without facing any daunting hills.
Marazion to Newlyn – Begin at St Michaels Mount and join the cycle track along the sea front. Portreath to Devoran takes you from coast to coast in a few hours along a flat old mining trail.