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What's new in Cornwall in 2015

9th January 2015 Print

2015 is set to be an exciting year for Cornwall with some great new openings in the pipeline. Here's just a taste of what the year ahead has in store.


Padstow Townshouse, Padstow opening spring 2015

Chef Paul Ainsworth from Michelin-starred restaurant Number 6 is to open his first accommodation offering. The property previously known as The Tregea Hotel will be relaunching in 2015 as the Padstow Townhouse and will feature six high-end luxury rooms in the heart of Padstow, a north Cornish harbour town on the edge of the Camel Estuary. Paul and his wife Emma own the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 on Middle Street, and Rojano's in the Square, a family-friendly Italian inspired restaurant. 

The Base, Bude opening April 2015

Having already opened Tommy Jacks and Hebasca, the Hebaca Group are working their magic on The Base (previously Hartland Hotel). Their third hotel in Bude in as many years, the Hebasca Group are quickly upping the design credentials of this north Cornwall seaside town. The Base will complement the design-led flair of the other revamped hotels and will specialise in weddings and functions.

Atlantic House, Polzeath opening winter 2015

Simply put, Atlantic House will be a beautiful 14 bedroom coastal family hotel and terrace.Only 50 yards from one of the UK's premier surfing beaches, this super stylish hotel will have an elegant restaurant serving delicious locally sourced food in a relaxed Italian-style. Guests will be able to enjoy their meal while watching the sun set over the surf and cliffs, and take advantage of the everything-is-possible concierge service.


With stunning views over Harlyn Bay in north Cornwall, Pentyak is a large house sleeping up to 14 people, new for 2015.

The property is owned by a family with children and it has been designed to work perfectly for multi-generational holidays. It features a stair slide, sunken trampoline and custom-built tree house.

The Headland Hotel, Newquay

Big plans are afoot at The Headland Hotel in Newquay. Fresh from the opening of their five bubble rated Spa and four of the self-catering cottages are going from five-star to VIP. Expect hot-tubs, bbqs, bigger and better outdoor terrace areas, and large plasma wall mounted TVs in all bedrooms and living areas. The Terrace brassie is also getting the wow treatment and will be glowing in refurbished splendour by January 2015.

Gwel an Mor, Portreath

A busy 2015 is on the cards for the award winning Gwel an Mor resort near the coastal village of Portreath. By Easter there will be 20 properties in the Residence development of eco-lodges. Boasting contemporary design features, masses of added features such as private hot tubs and underfloor heating, these luxury holiday homes by the sea each have individual flair and full use of the resorts facilities. The Terrace restaurant is also being treated to a makeover and the onsite Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre will be welcoming yet more guests of the furry, scaly and prickly variety.

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate phase one completed August 2014, due to complete full regeneration 2017

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Britain's only hotel and spa on its own Blue Flag beach, is undergoing a significant multi-million pound beachfront Regeneration Project due for completion in 2017. £5 million has already been invested and the hotel now boasts the addition of a Beach Club & Spa complete with waterfront restaurant, ocean vitality pool, outdoor hot tubs and sauna pod, champagne bar and a range of spa and leisure activities all overlooking the bay.


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw opening spring 2015

The two Michelin star fining dining Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is on the move. After five years at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock it is relocating to the fishing village of Port Issac where it will sit within the spacious, modern building currently known as The Edge. It will complement the one Michelin star Outlaw's Fish Kitchen also in Port Isaac while Outlaw's at St Enodoc Hotel will remain open for hotel guests and non-residents.


Sean the Sheep comes to Land's End opening February 2015

Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit and friends are moving to Land's End. The 'Shaun the Sheep Experience' will see the famous Land's End signpost rebranded 'Lamb's End' with original sets, models and characters from the BAFTA and Academy award-winning productions. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Mossy Bottom Farm, discover the sheer mayhem of the Naughty Pig's Sty and try to cure Shirley the Sheep's hiccups.

There'll also be an opportunity for people to star in a real Shaun the Sheep scene using green screen technology and to meet other characters including Wallace and Gromit and Morph.

Viking Voyagers at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth March 2015

The Vikings are coming! On 20 March 2015, National Maritime Museum Cornwall opens an epic new exhibition exploring the seafaring prowess of the iconic Viking age.

The two year exhibition has secured internationally and nationally historically significant artefacts, on loan for the first time in the South West, from a number of partners including the British Museum, National Museum of Ireland, National Museum of Denmark and Manx Heritage. Many of the objects have never been on display outside of their country of origin before.

A climb-aboard 14m Viking trading boat will feature alongside a 6m Viking rowing boat surrounded by a wealth of Viking antiquities and riches including jewellery, clothing, armoury, toys and games, a slave collar, coins, grave goods and many other artefacts from museums across Northern Europe. Vikings as warriors of the sea, how they used the seas to grow their empire, their camps and boatbuilding and their legacy today, are all explored and at the heart of the exhibition is the spirit that the Vikings success was due to their ships and seafaring skills.

Five new attractions at Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park

Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park in north Cornwall is set for a big year in 2015 as it opens five brand new attractions. 

Aimed at children aged 3 to 13 years, the Cornish park will be introducing meerkats, a large 'chair-o-plane' style ride, leaf-cutter ants, BERG Bikes and Downpour Derby, a water game for all the family.

Cornwall's Crealy has recently been voted as the best family attraction in Cornwall by readers of Primary Times.


Brand new daffodil and magnolia cultivars due to bloom in March 2015

Spring comes early in Cornwall and in 2015 it brings with it brand new cultivars of daffodils and magnolia.  The new type of daffodil was discovered in the grounds of Pentille Castle set high above the River Tamar in the autumn of 2014 and has been named 'Narcissus pseudo narcissus Pentillie Duke' in honour of Chris Duke, Pentillie's head Gardener for over 30 years. It is due to flower in March when further along the south Cornish coast at the Grade II Listed gardens of Caerhays, a brand new Hybrid Magnolia named 'Caerhays Splendour' will also be bursting into bloom. The beautiful dark pink magnolia joins Caarhays Magnolia collection which boasts over 600 varieties and was awarded National Collection status in 2011.

Pentillie Castle's gardens will also be open to visitors in 2015 on: Sunday 15th March (Mothering Sunday); Easter Monday 6th April and Bank Holiday Monday 4th May.  Spring B&B Breaks at Pentillie Castle

Caerhays Gardens will be open from Monday 16th February until Sunday 21st June 2015. RHS recommended lecture National Magnolia Collection on Friday 13th March 2015

Gourmet cycling tour of West Cornwall

Cycling tour operator Cornish Cycle Tours has introduced a new route covering west Cornwall. The West Cornwall Tour route takes in food hotspots at St Ives, Marazion and Porthleven, the site of Rick Stein's newest restaurant.

Cornish Cycle Tours provides cycle hire, day-by-day guides, accommodation and luggage transfers so all cyclists needs to think about is the day of cycling ahead.

Poldark March tbc

Cornwall is set to take a star turn in the spotlight in 2015 when it appears on BBC One as the setting for the much anticipated Poldark re-adaptation. When the original series aired in the 70s it enjoyed Dowton Abbey esque success so it's fair to say that we're more than a little excited about the forthcoming series – and we're not alone. New Poldark experiences are popping up across Cornwall and drawing on links with the plot and film locations. In the coming year  saddle up and experience Bodmin Moor on horseback with the brand new 'Poldark Trail' from Hallagenna Riding and Cottage Holidays, or see the mining landscape from a new perspective with Koru Kayaking's Poldark Tour. Keep an eye on the Visit Cornwall blog for more Poldark news as the broadcast dates are announced.


In February The Lost Gardens of Heligan are celebrating 25 years since the gardens were discovered

10th anniversary of the Fal River Festival from 22 to 31 May with over 150 events on and around the river

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