Penzance is packed full of things to do with all the family whatever the weather, so much so that it can be hard to decide. Why not follow our advice and read on for our suggestions for planning the perfect long weekend in Penzance;
Arriving on a Friday evening? Drop off your bags and head down to The Waterside Meadery to sample some ‘Pirate Food’ With low lighting and a rustic medieval décor the food Is served on wooden plates by waitresses dressed as serving wenches (and eaten with your fingers in true medieval style of course!)
The kids will be enthralled by the lanterns and pirate style artefacts that adorn the walls and ceilings and for the adults why not sample our famous Cornish Mead wine… careful though it’s not for the faint hearted!
Portions are plentiful with a range of starters mains and desserts and the restaurant is nestled on the Harbour providing the perfect setting to end your evening with a pleasant stroll.
Only here for the weekend? Saturday is the perfect day to explore the wide range of shops that Penzance has to offer. There’s something for everyone with popular high street retailers among quirky independent outlets selling everything from books (check out Edge of The World Bookshop on Market Jew Street, an independent bookshop stocking the newest titles as well as quirky finds and local titles. They also have a great range of stationary and gifts so if you’re looking for souvenirs to take home this is a great place to shop) to jewellery (Harbour Crystals in Causewayhead stocks beautiful handmade pieces at affordable prices as well as a range of candles, incense, healing crystals and gifts)
If you’re visiting for the weekend Saturday is definitely the day for shopping, please bear in mind that most of our local shops are run by sole traders so many are closed on Sundays (giving business owners a well earned rest and time to enjoy our beautiful surroundings too)
Worked up an appetite with all that shopping? Book a table for Dinner at Blacks of Chapel Street. Children are welcome and there is an extensive menu cooked using fresh Cornish Produce. We recommend the Spiced Fish Chowder; a fresh mixture of white and smoked fish dusted with mild spices and served with freshly baked bread. Situated on Chapel Street (A street steeped in history where the news of Lord Nelson’s death was first announced) Blacks boasts an impressive glass front perfect for watching the world go by, they also have extensive wine and cocktail lists … it is the weekend after all!
Sunday is the day for exploring the beautiful coast that surrounds Penzance. Stroll along our famous promenade with idyllic views of Mounts Bay and follow it to the neighbouring fishing village of Newlyn. A working fishing port, Newlyn is rapidly growing in popularity with a range of quirky galleries selling local art, restaurants and even a cinema Newlyn Filmhouse (a recently converted fish merchants in the centre of the village.) The kids will love watching the boats land with their catch in Newlyn Harbour and pop into Stevensons Fish; a stone’s throw from the harbour where Stevenson’s own fleet of boats land their catch you can pick up the ingredients for the perfect Cornish fish supper.
On your way back to Penzance no visit to Newlyn is complete without a stop off at Jelberts Ice cream. Don’t be deterred by the queue that’s usually formed outside (when you taste its wares you’ll soon see why!) This little shop has gained national recognition and is owned by the parents of Olympic Gold Rower Helen Glover…. We definitely think they’re ice cream is medal worthy too!
Enjoy your ice creams on Newlyn Green, a serene spot a stone’s throw from the sea, there’s even a play park next door for the kids to enjoy…. That’s if they have an energy left after a fun filled trip to Penzance!