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Ten things to do when staying at Watergate Bay

What's it to be? Will you stride out onto the coast path, dive in for a surf, or swim in the view from Swim Club? To help you plan your next visit, here are our top ten things to do when you stay at Watergate Bay.

The Living Space - restaurant - meat antipasti sharing plates

1. Eat and drink

Choose from four different restaurants, Cubs coffee on sea lane and beach food take away options. 

Swim Club At Watergate Bay Hotel

2. Swim Club

A 25-metre ocean-view swimming pool, cardio room, cliff-top hot tub and Finnish sauna. Treatments with land&water products and an elevated decked terrace with views across Watergate Bay. 

View out of the ocean room window to the sea view and crashing waves beyond

3. Ocean room 

Probably one of the most photographed windows in Cornwall, the ocean room is our guest lounge located in Swim Club. Ideal for quiet contemplation, coffee and cake from the ocean room cafe, or relaxing after a swim. 

Time for you

Time for you, the view and a favourite read. Roaring fires for when it's cold outside, areas flooded with light during brighter times. Watch the surfers from the armchairs and sink into the sofas as the sun dips. 

Ocean room cafe

Serving coffee, cakes, snacks, juices and alcoholic drinks, the cafe is on hand for that glass of wine in the hot tub or hot chocolate by the fire. 

Board games and libraries

Choose from our selection of board games and books, or bring your own to play and read against the backdrop of the waves.

Sunsets and fires

Find a cosy corner as the sun dips below the horizon, colours of the sunset fill the space as the stars scatter the sky.

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Ocean room

A surfer rides a wave

4. Wavehunters at the Extreme Academy surf school

Surfing, paddle boarding, yoga clasess the list goes on. Wavehunters surf school is located on the beach with wet suits and equipment to hire, and instructors catering for all abilities and ages (lessons for those aged 7yrs and up). 

Get active

Surf lessons - Wavehunters - Lineup

Surf lessons

An introduction to surf lesson is aimed at those with little or no experience of surfing. With instructors on hand to teach you the basics, you'll be standing up in no time.

Surf Board Storage

Outdoor shower and board storage

Outdoor showers are on tap as you make your way back to the hotel, a wet suit drying room and board rack means you can dry your wetsuits and store your boards closer to the sand.

Holly - Wavehunters - Tree pose - Yoga - Beach

Yoga on the beach

Beach fitness and beach yoga sessions take place on the sand. Classes range from high tempo intervals, cardio and resistance, through to rewarding and revitalising yoga and core.

The Gruffalo sits at the table for afternoon tea in Kids' Zone

5. Kids' Zone

Games rooms, playrooms, an outdoor playground. Get crafty, unwind with storytime, movie nights and beach games. 

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Kids' Zone Games Room

Kids' Zone

A dedicated playroom for younger children. Table tennis, table football, cinema room and PlayStation are found in the games room.

Kids' Zone Beach School - Marshmallows

Beach school

From firepit cookery and bushcraft to imagination and storytelling, our forest school inspired coastal sessions run throughout the summer months.

Kids Zone Supervised Sessions Babysitting Families

Supervised sessions

Supervised sessions with the Kids' Zone are available for those aged 6mnths - 2 yrs and 3 - 7 yrs during term time. During the school holidays, XA Club also runs for those aged 8-12 years.

Father and son enjoying a walk at dusk on the beach

6. Beach rambling

Perfect the art of beach rambling by exploring the 2 mile stretch of beach at low tide. Rockpools and caves scatter the shoreline. Endless opportunities for rediscovering your child-like curiosity. 

Discover treasures at the far end of the beach, what lies in our rockpools, in our seas, which birds call our cliffs home, sandcastles and the simple pleasure of flying a kite. Click 'read more' to discover the art of beach rambling at Watergate Bay. 

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Walkers on the coast path

7. Walks

Located on the south-west coast path, you can easily explore the area from the hotel. 

Watergate Bay Beach Coast Path (1)

Beach and coastal path circular

Timing for this walk is critical, it's best to do the beach section of the walk an hour or so before low tide. Depending on the timings, you can choose to walk south along the beach for 1.5 miles (turn left once you reach the beach) or head straight out of the hotel entrance, across the car park and onto the coast path.

Mawgan Porth Beach Walks

To Mawgan Porth

Heading north out of the hotel, pick up the coastal path to reach Mawgan Porth. Choose to take the bus back, head back along the coastal path, or head inland along the valley cutting back across fields before dropping into Trevarrian and ending at the hotel.

Cardingham Woods 10 Best Walks In Cornwall

Coastal paths and woodland walks

Our walking guide is packed with route options, links and detailed information on local and further afield walks, including woodland options for windier days. 

View of the Eden Project

8. Further afield 

Our things to do in Cornwall blog is full of ideas for both walking, cycling, swimming, nearby gardens, attractions, museums and many more. 

Things to do in Cornwall

Sunset on the deck at Restaurant Emily Scott overlooking the sea

9. Sunsets

Watergate Bay hotel faces the sunsets year-round, the changing colours of the sky as the sun dips are always a special moment. There's no better place with many of our beaches facing west. 

A barbecue on the beach at Watergate Bay

10. Barbeque on the sand

At Watergate Bay you can barbeque all year round, in fact it's thought of as one of the best barbecue spots in the UK

Barbecue at Watergate Bay

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