Something that lockdown made even clearer to me is how lucky I am to live in this little slice of Cornwall. During the spring of 2020 I found much serenity in my daily walks by the coast. Many moments of joy were experienced down by the lapping water, seeking natural treasures in the rock pools and spotting brave and beautiful marine life.
Although Falmouth’s idyllic setting sparked lots of inspiration and made me feel extremely grateful to be living a lockdown life in my handsome bubble, I very much missed the liveliness of the working town and artistic community.
Since the reopening of retail stores and eateries, and the safe return of events and holidays, Falmouth has seen a surge in creative entrepreneurship and an enthusiastic boom in new businesses. For those who haven’t visited in a while, it may be difficult to know where the very best places are to eat, drink and spend time. I think it’s true that locals know all of the top spots and as a result, it’s always a good idea to ask them for their itinerary.
To help introduce some of Falmouth’s fabulous new businesses and advise any excited but time-constrained visitors where to head, I’ve created a weekend itinerary with my favourite things to do and places to visit.
Wild Swimming or Beach Yoga
Being beside the water as the sun rises and invites a kaleidoscope of colour onto the ocean must be one of the finest ways to begin a day. There’s something about the cool sand and the still water that helps promise a good weekend ahead. Heading for a wild swim at Maenporth Beach or taking a beach Yoga class with St Michaels Resort is my go-to on a Saturday morning.
Breakfast at Solskinn
After an active start, there’s nothing more delightful than indulging in breakfast with good coffee in a refreshing space. A trip to tucked-away Solkinn is where lovers of Scandinavian decor, delicious coffee and fabulous fare will find their home. Green from the abundance of potted ferns and hanging plants, here you will find the perfect place for a botanical breakfast.
With bellies full and energies replenished, a leisurely stroll through Falmouth town promises to inspire. Walk along the cobbled streets past vibrant art galleries and independent shops, and pop into Botanical Atelier to say hello and browse our most recent products.
Verdant Seafood Bar
Spend your afternoon or evening in this hidden gem. This one is for those who love fish tapas and hoppy brews. Tucked away down one of Falmouth’s lovely side streets, Verdant Seafood Bar is a crowd-funded, fish-focused tapas bar, celebrating a range of yummy local beer with hoppy IPAs. I love popping her for a drink after my workday at Botanical Atelier, it feels like a real treat.
When in Falmouth, it would be a shame to miss out on water activities. For seekers of waves and decent surf, the North Coast of Cornwall is where you’ll find the most joy, but for those who prefer calmer seas and a more mindful experience, paddleboarding on the South Coast is a must-try. Friendly and based on central Gylly Beach, the WeSUP team (We Stand Up Paddleboard) have paddled all over the world and use their unrivalled experience to offer sensational guided SUP tours and experiences in and around the beautiful waterways of Falmouth.
Castle Beach Cafe for food and rock pooling
A short stroll up the road will lead you to one of my favourite beaches for rock pooling. I have spent many happy hours at Castle Beach discovering new seaweeds and indulging in a hot drink at the welcoming Castle Beach Cafe. Recently under new ownership, I recommend keeping an eye on this cafe as they have a few exciting collaborations on the horizon. Pop here post-paddle for a sweet treat or a cup of something steaming.
Coastal Walking around Pendennis Point
A trip to Falmouth wouldn’t be complete without a coastal walk to take in the one-of-a-kind views. One of my favourite paths takes you from Castle Beach and up to Pendennis Point, where you’ll spy St Anthony’s Lighthouse and the sparkling town of St Mawes. Meander past the castle through wooded trails and out to a clearing which offers magnificent views of Pendennis Docks. There’s something quite awe-inspiring about seeing the huge ships up close and taking in Falmouth town from a fresh angle. From here you can spot the large houses of Flushing on the opposite bank as well as the lived-in layers of Falmouth town, with its pastel-coloured houses and period properties.