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Five reasons to stay in… April

April is just around the corner, and there’s heaps happening at Watergate Bay and around Cornwall as the days get warmer and longer. Here’s our pick of the bunch. PS. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward on Monday 30 March.

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Bodyboarding lessons

April onwards

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New on cards at The Extreme Academy for 2015 is body boarding, a sport which is thought to more accessible than surfing and often yields quicker rewards. It’s one of the best ways to learn how to catch waves, have loads of fun and progress on to stand up surfing.

Porthleven Food and Music Festival

24-26 April

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Well worth adventuring to the south coast of Cornwall for. The theme for this year’s Portheleven Food and Music Festival is street food, so you can enjoy Spanish churros for breakfast, Japanese sushi for lunch and Filipino adobo pork for supper. Cooking demonstrations from our own executive chef Neil Haydock among others, including Antony Worrall Thompson and Rick and Jack Stein, will also join over 90 food and craft stalls surrounding the traditional harbour.

Legend of the Bay

18/19 April

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Legend of the Bay returns to Watergate Bay for a second year and another dose of adrenaline – a unique event combining the disciplines of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and kitesurfing. Riders can enter in each individual sport, or compete for the coveted ‘Legend of the Bay’ title, awarded to the person with the highest combined score from both disciplines.

Outsid’er – St Agnes Outdoor Festival

10-12 April

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A quirky weekend celebration showcasing the unique coast and countryside around St Agnes. Locals and visitors alike are invited to get involved with a feast of activities during Outsid’er, including foraged food walks, campfire cooking, rock pool rambling and sand sculpting competitions.

Tregothnan open weekend

11-12 April

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One of the largest historic gardens in Cornwall, and the first place in England to grow and produce its own tea, Tregothnan is opening its doors to the public for one weekend only for a charity open day. With more than 100 acres to explore there’ll be plenty of peace and quiet among secluded groves along the banks of the river Fal. You’ll also find the word’s biggest rhododendrons with 40 foot crescendos of full flower.

Book your stay online or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.

Pancake Flip cocktail

Our bar team in Zacry’s has been inspired by the February sunshine and plenty of pancakes for breakfast to come up with a Shrove Tuesday special cocktail: the Pancake Flip.

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Serves one

Ingredients

35ml white rum
35ml Limoncello
20ml sugar syrup
½ egg white
160ml Procecco

Method

Combine all the ingredients together and shake the above vigorously over ice.
Pour into a Martini glass and top up with Prosecco and serve.

Malted lemon pancakes

Just in the nick of time for pancake day. The Beach Hut’s malted lemon pancakes with lemon curd and blueberries is a popular dish on The Beach Hut brunch menu, served every Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

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An indulgent pancake that you can easily make at home for Shrove Tuesday on 17 February.

Ingredients

2 eggs
100g caster sugar
200g self raising flour
1 tbsp Ovaltine malted drink
Zest of 1 lemon
Milk for consistency
Knob of butter for greasing
Good quality lemon curd
Blueberries

Method

In a large bowl crack the 2 eggs and beat together, then whisk in the caster sugar for at least a minute.

Add the sifted flour, Ovaltine and lemon zest and whisk until smooth.

The mix will be quite thick and sticking to the whisk, start to add milk a little at a time keeping the mix smooth until it’s the consistency of thick cream.

Heat a non stick frying pan and grease with a little butter.

Take a ladle of the mix and pour into the pan, keep the heat moderate and wait for bubbles and pits to appear on the surface before turning, leave for 30 seconds before taking out of the pan and serving.

Stack high and serve with lemon curd and blueberries.

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Serving suggestions

Sugar and lemon juice is the classic but here are some others to try;

– Berries and clotted cream
– Dry cured streaky bacon, maple syrup and bananas
– Salted caramel sauce and vanilla crème fraiche

Legend of the Bay 2015

Opening this year’s packed-out event calendar is Legend of the Bay – back for a second year. Launched in 2013 ‘Legend’ brings together stand-up paddle boarders (SUP) and kitesurfers for one big weekend. This year it’s being held on 18 & 19 April, at Watergate Bay.

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As a collaboration between the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA) and judging by the list of those competing, it’s shaping up to be a really exciting event.

Stand-up paddle surfing has been described as a cross between canoeing and surfing, where riders stand on a large surfboard and use a paddle to steer, turn and propel themselves through the water. If you’ve visited the beach in the last few years, its likely that you will have seen them in action out in the surf or flat water.

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The kitesurf element focusses on wave-riding skills, with competitors using powerful kites to pull them into the waves to complete airs, turns and tricks.

Competitors can enter either individual competitions in their favoured sport – a wave jam kitesurf event, or a SUP surf competition – or they can challenge for the coveted title of ‘Legend of the Bay’, which will be awarded to the competitor with the highest combined score from both disciplines.

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In 2013, Watergate Bay veteran and former Extreme Academy instructor, Dom Moore took the title in a fierce competition and perfect conditions, with over 40 competitors. The disciplines cover every angle, when its windy the kites are up, when it’s calm the SUP’s are out. A great event for spectators.

Skill and focus will be needed by anyone who hopes to steal the crown from Dom. He’s been wearing it for two years so it fits pretty well. Definitely an event not to be missed.

You can learn to kitesurf and stand-up paddle board with the Extreme Academy.

50 things to do before you’re 11 & 3/4

What better way to explore the outdoors and the shoreline around Watergate Bay than with the National Trust’s ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾‘. A great activity for all the family to dip in and out of.

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There’s nothing like the fresh air and fun in the outdoors, especially on the beach. That’s why we’re championing the National Trust’s popular campaign to get children engaged with the world around them. It’s all about exercise, exploration, creating memories and getting mucky.

We’ve already picked out a few from the adventurer, discover, ranger, tracker and explorer sections. Take a look and see what else you can tick off, explore your wild side (and you don’t even have to be under 12 years)…

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Fly a kite

Where? On the two miles of sandy beach in front of the hotel. If you are feeling really adventurous you could even take a traction kite lesson with the Extreme Academy

Jump over waves

Where? In the Atlantic Ocean, you can’t miss it!

Go on a walk barefoot

Where? On the beach with sand between your toes!

Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

Where? There’s loads to choose from at low tide. You should be able to spot a few crabs and star fish, but please leave them where they are.

Go swimming in the sea

Where? Depending on the time of year you visit will depend on whether it’s with or without a wet suit. The Extreme Academy has full technical wetsuit hire for summer and winter hire so you wont be cold.

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www.50things.org.uk

ParkRun UK – Lanhydrock 5km #GetfitWGB

There are so many ways to get active at Watergate Bay and in and around Cornwall, we’re spoilt for choice. But there’s one thing we’re all into at the moment – ParkRun UK.

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It’s quickly becoming a weekend institution. Every Saturday at 9am, thousands of you all around the country grab your trainers and head to the nearest park to run, jog or walk 5km. Young or old, ability is irrelevant and everyone is welcome. It’s free, it’s safe, it’s timed and it’s easy to enter online.

At Watergate Bay, our nearest run is at Lanhydrock, near Bodmin – a 30 minute drive, but it’s well worth it. It’s apparently the second most challenging ParkRun (but also one of the most beautiful) in the country due to the stretching climes towards the end. The run will take you through the Lanhydrock National Trust estate, into the woods and past the river Fowey at Respryn before heading back up the drive to the Victorian house.

And we have no shame is saying that we reward ourselves at the end with coffee and cake at the National Trust cafe.

We love ParkRun and many of our staff take part regularly, so you may see some familiar faces.

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ParkRun UK in numbers

39,301 – the number of events in the UK
Around 612,020 runners have taken part
On average, each athlete has taken part in 9.8 runs
Runners have covered a total distance of 29,979,835 km
The total run time for every runner amounts to 310 years, 225 days, 17 hours, 18 minutes and 34 seconds

www.parkrun.org.uk

Get fit in 2015: yoga #GetfitWGB

After being skeptical for years, we’re now complete yoga converts. Here’s the reasons why we’re feeling much better physically and mentally, all thanks to yoga.

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It’s true that we’ve been guilty of dismissing yoga in the past as hardly being exercise at all. But after trying all sorts of gym classes and techniques to get fit and take a break out of the daily stresses of life, nothing works its magic quite like yoga.

An ancient form of exercise originating in India around 5,000 years ago, yoga moves through a series of body postures while focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost your physical and mental wellbeing. At Watergate Bay, we run two yoga classes a week that are open to non-residents and hotel guests alike. We also offer free classes once a week to staff.

Here’s 10 reasons why we became converts:

1. Improves your flexibility – you’ll notice an improvement after a few weeks and that aches and pains start to disappear

2. Perfects your posture – learning how to stand and sit correctly can also reduce fatigue

3. Prevents cartilage and joint problems – we’ve had fewer injuries from other sports such as running

4. Increases blood flow – improving your circulation gets more oxygen to your cells and organs which helps the body function better as a result

5. Boosts immunity – many people claim to fall ill less frequently since practicing yoga. This is down to the drainage of lymph glands

6. It’s a cardiovascular workout – although less vigorous than other forms of exercise, dynamic yoga does raise your heart beat

7. Makes you happier – consistent yoga practice can help ease depression and anxiety

8. Helps you to focus – yoga is all about focusing on the present and studies have found it can improve reaction time and memory

9. Improves your balance – all the better for surfing and as we grow older

10. Founds healthy lifestyle – yoga can often be the founding principle behind life changes including being more active, eating less and improving peace of mind.

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Did you know?

According to a recent group of scientists from the US and Netherlands, yoga could be as effective at combating heart disease as traditional aerobic exercise, providing the same benefits in reducing heart disease as biking or brisk walking.

Yoga classes are available to non-residents as well as guests of the hotel.

Tuesday: 10:30am & Friday: 10:30am (1 hour classes)

To book please contact the reservations team on 01637 861237, or email swimclub@watergatebay.co.uk

Five reasons to stay in… February

It may be the shortest month of the year but don’t let February fool you. There’s lots on at Watergate Bay and Cornwall during the month – here’s our top five pick-of-the-bunch things to enjoy.

1. St Ives feast and hurling the silver ball – Monday 9 February

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It may look an awful lot like quidditch but the game of Hurling the Silver ball is more akin to an old form of Rugby. The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition celebrating the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia, near Porthmeor Beach, in 1434. Following the mayor’s civic procession from the church, participants must win the ball from one another and return it to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall at the stroke of midday. Take a ring side seat near Porthmeor beach as the battle commences.

More information can be found online.

2. The World Pasty Championships at Eden – Saturday 28 February

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We’ve all got our favourite Cornish pasty, but only the best crimpers in the world make it to the ‘Olympics of the Oggy’ held at the Eden Project. The event will celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe as well as some more unusual varieties – and professionals and amateurs are all invited to compete. The acclaimed eight-man folk group from Port Isaac, The Fisherman’s Friends, are also set to top the bill this year.

Visit the Eden Project online for more details.

3.See daffodils in bloom

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With it’s temperate climate, Cornwall is one of the best places in the world to grow daffodils and narcissi. The daffodil flowering season in Cornwall can last for seven months – weather dependent – from November to May, with the main picking-period between January and April. It’s not hard to spot these brilliant fields of gold around the county so make sure to stop for a great photo opportunity.

4. The Woman in Black at The Hall for Cornwall – Monday 2-Saturday 7 February

The original story from Susan Hill, The Woman in Black, has been thrilling readers, cinema goers and theatre audiences alike for more than a quarter of a century. Now the theatrical exploration of terror comes to Truro and is suitable for children aged 11 and over.

For more information and to book, plus for other events during February, visit the Hall for Cornwall website.

5. Valentines Day by the sea

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Take a romantic stroll on the beach at Watergate Bay followed by food worth savouring and sharing as close as you can get to the sea – at The Beach Hut. Expect double rib of beef with béarnaise sauce and sweet potato fries, spatchcock free range chicken with winter panzanella, and whole sea bass with sag alloo.

Call our reservations team on 01637 861295 to book your table.

Book your stay online or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.

Plan your spring & summer holiday in Cornwall

The days are slowly getting longer and we’re already dreaming about blue skies and warmer weather. Now’s the time to plan your holiday, so here’s our top reasons to stay during spring and summer.

Spring

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Fifteen spring fayre
Saturday 14 March

Bringing together local suppliers and growers to celebrate the spring harvest, the spring fayre will feature a great lineup of stall holders. Expect chef demonstrations whipping up a storm and possibly some tasty samples and treats.

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Legend of the Bay
Weekend of 18/19 April

Back for its second year, Legend of the Bay brings together stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and kitesurfers together for one very unique event. And judging by those that competed in last year’s event, it should be a cracker. Dom Moore, the former Extreme Academy instructor, won the 2014 title – will he scoop trophy number two?

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Falmouth Spring Festival
12 March – 29 March

Celebrating Falmouth’s open spaces, coastline and gardens, the festival also welcomes an explosion of colour, life and activity to the town – as well as some warmer spring weather (finger’s crossed). It includes a host of events including a half-marathon, a folk and cider fayre, a flower show at the Princess Pavillion, guided walks and talks and Gardener’s Question Time from BBC Radio 4.

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Outsid’er St Agnes Outdoor Festival
Friday 10 April

A quirky little celebration of the best that St Agnes’ unique coastline and countryside has to offer. It’s perfect for the whole family with a focus on getting out there, getting stuck in and doing something a little bit different. There will be a foraged food walk, campfire cooking, beach finds. sundown opera, rock pooling, rambling and sand sculpting.

Summer

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Polo of the Beach
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 June

Our biggest and most popular event held right on the sand here at Watergate Bay. Now in its ninth year, Polo on the Beach 2015 is gearing up to be the best yet. It’s a real community event and all about bringing polo to a new audience. There’s plenty of polo yes, but you’ll find other fantastic beach entertainment. And all for free!

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Eden Sessions
June and July

The natural acoustics of the Eden Project, together with its beautifully lit and distinct setting ensure that top-notch music acts are attracted to Cornwall. Elton John has been confirmed for this summer so keep an eye for future acts to be announced in the near future.

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Boardmasters Festival
5 – 9 August

Situated across two iconic locations, Boardmasters Festival is Cornwall’s biggest music and surf event. At Fistral Beach you’ll find an international surf festival with some of the best surfers in the world competing, skating, BMX, evening gigs and a host of stalls. Meanwhile, the Watergate Bay music arena – ‘arguably the world’s best view from a festival site’ – houses eight stages, bars and endless food stalls just five minutes from the beach. Rudimental are headlining this year.

This is just a small snapshot of the events taking place in Cornwall throughout summer. For more events held at Watergate Bay take a look at our online event’s calendar

Five reasons to stay in… January

We’ll let you into a little secret. January is one of the best months to see the real ‘wild’ side of Cornwall. Yes you’ll have beach to yourself but there’s also still loads to do. Here’s our top five things to do:

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1. Kurt Jackson: Line Caught and Local

Up until 25 January one of Cornwall’s most respected artists, Kurt Jackson, will be exhibiting at the National Maritime museum. Kurt is famed for his large canvas work and contemporary art which he produces from his studio in St Just drawing inspiration from the Cornish landscape.

Joining forces with the National Maritime Museum, the exhibition features a series of paintings, drawings, sculpture, supporting film footage and fishing artefacts which embracing the life and work of inshore fishermen in audio, film and handling objects. Kurt rarely exhibits so this is not to be missed.

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2. Ice skating at Eden

Fear that you’ve missed out on all the festive fun in the run up to Christmas? Fear not. The Eden Project’s renowned skating rink is running until 22 February. There are even skating penguins for those a little wobbly on their skates to hold on to. Visit their online site to find out more.

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3. Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Each year the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek expect to rehabilitate up to 60 seal pups. As most breeding activity occurs in September, January is one of the busiest months for seal pup call outs. The sanctuary’s hospital pools are often full so it’s the best time of the year to sneek a peak and them being rehabilitated and fattened up for release.

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4. On your bike

Hop on to one of the most popular recreational bike routes in the country. The Camel Trail us ab 18-mile, largely traffic free, trail which runs along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin and Wadebridge before running alongside the Camel Estuary to Padstow. It’s a great family ride and idyllically quiet this time of year – a paradise for birdwatchers. Bike hire is available at Padstow, Bodmin or Wadebridge. More information can be found on the council’s online website.

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5. Lanhydrock Park Run

Every Saturday at 9am the Lanhydrock Estate near Bodmin host a timed 5k run. Winding through a beautiful route of National Trust parkland, woods and river-side trails the Lanhydrock Park Run is perfect for elite runners as well as beginners trying to keep up with a New Year’s resolution. It’s a free event but you must register before enter. Then undo all of your hard work at the end of the race with coffee and cake at the National Trust cafe in the car park.

Book your stay online or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.