Ten things to do when staying at Watergate Bay

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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 (1)

1. Eat and drink

Choose from four different restaurants, Cubs coffee on sea lane and street food in the beach car park. 

Click 'read more' to explore eating and drinking options within Watergate Bay.

The Beach Hut

Walk off the sand and straight to your table at Watergate Bay's original beachside hang-out, The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut at sunset

The Living Space 

Elevated views across the Bay and located in the hotel, The Living Space is open for lunch, dinner, light bites or just a drink. 

The Living Space


Evening dining with a changing menu to match the seasons inspired by local produce. Expect classic dishes with a contemporary Cornish twist in the hotel restaurant, Zacry's.

Emily Scott Food

Emily Scott Food is focused on simple, seasonal and beautiful menus. Inspired by nature and her love for bringing people around a table. 

Emily Scott Food

Street food by the beach

From Cubs Coffee, pizza trucks and pop-up cocktail bars, to beach snacks. Various beach food pop-ups throughout the summer. 

Cubs Coffee

Looking to explore further? Ten best restaurants on the north coast of Cornwall.

Swim Club Swimming Pool

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. 

Click 'read more' to explore our Swim Club. 

25-metre infinity pool

Floor to ceiling glass on two sides and views out towards the Atlantic give the sense of an endless blue. Explore Swim Club to discover more.

Swimming pool at Watergate Bay

Outdoor hot-tub

Our cliff-top Canadian hot tub can be found on the terrace just below the pool, with views out to sea and across the Bay. Watch the surfers from the deck, sit back with a drink and listen to the sounds of the ocean.

Canadian hot tub

Finnish sauna

After a dip in the outdoor hot tub, relax in the sauna and soak up the panoramic view of the beach. Our Finnish dry sauna is naturally filled with the smell of fresh birch, find out the health benefits with 16 reasons to use a sauna.

Finnish sauna

Treat yourself

Take time out for a treatment, a massage, body scrub, or facial? Give your hands and feet some pampering with a manicure, pedicure or land&water works including soaks, scrubs and arm and leg massages. 

Treatment in Swim Club

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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. 

Explore the ocean room areas, library and cafe, click 'read more'.

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. 

The ocean room

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. 

sunset in the ocean room cafe

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. Explore our bookshelves with the ocean room library.

Library in the ocean room

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,

sunset in the ocean room

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4. Wavehunters at the Extreme Academy surf school

Surfing, paddle boarding, yoga clasess the list goes on. Wavehunters at the Extreme Academy 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). 

Click 'read more' to explore Extreme Academy, board storage and wet suit drying areas. 

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. Book a surf lesson on the Extreme Academy website. 

Surf lessons with the Extreme Academy

It's not all about surfing at the Extreme Academy, depending on the conditions a range of other sports are also available. SUP safaris and snorkel trips take place on calmer days. When the wind picks up, the kitesurfers come out to play. No matter the surf conditions, bodyboarding is suitable for everyone and never fails to bring a smile. Or, perhaps try the ancient art of riding waves without a board with hand planing. More details on the Extreme Academy website. 

Kitesurfers playing in the wavesOutdoor showers, wetsuit and board storage

Outdoor showers are on tap as you make your way back to the hotel, a wet suit drying room means you don't have to decorate your bathroom with hanging neoprene. If you choose to bring your own surfboard, then you'll make good use of our secure board storage area.

Outdoor shower

Family Entertainment Holidays Watergate Bay

5. Kids' Zone

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

Explore our children's areas and activities, click 'read more'.


Packed full of toys, arts and craft areas and quiet corners for storytelling, our dedicated playroom for younger children is suited to a variety of activities. 

Playroom in the kids' zone

Games room

Table tennis, table football, pool table, PlayStations and an arcade machine. Entertainment for rainy days. 

Outdoor playground

If you can tear them away from the beach, then another sort of outdoor playground is located just behind Kids' Zone. 

Outdoor playground

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 runs for those aged 8-12 years. Take a look at our families page for more details. 

Watergate Bay 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. 

Heading north

At low tide the two-mile beach opens up, a walk to the north end is rich with rewards. It's not on the way to anywhere in particular but is full of large interconnected rock pools, caves and coves. At low tide clean North Atlantic mussel beds are revealed on the rocks, see if you can spot starfish and crabs in the pools too. Read more about the north end of the beach and what you can find in Heading north

Heading north

A guide to our tides

'Waiting for the push', the changing moods of Watergate Bay, finding space and solitude. Learn about tidal clues, springs and neaps and tidal safety at the Bay. Read our guide to coastal tides. 

Clattering in the sky

The towering cliffs framing Watergate Bay are home to many types of birds. Recently, a couple of rare Cornish choughs were sighted. But it's the Jackdaws cry that is the most familiar sound, a colony or 'clattering' have made their permanent home here. Find out more with our article on Jackdaws and see if you can spot them on your next bach ramble. 


Spotters guide

Spot sea anemone amongst the rock pools, black and white guillemot colonies clinging to the cliffs, shoals of shimmering mackerel in the shallows, spider crabs, sunfish and dolphins with our SUP spotters guide

Simple pleasures

The simple pleasure of building a sandcastle is often forgotten, drawing lines in the sand, beachcombing for sea glass and treasure hunting are appealing in the nature of their simplicity. To learn more about the Bay, take a look at our blog for more inspiring stories. 

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7. Walks

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

Explore circular routes from the hotel steps, or hike further afield, click 'read more' to discover the local area, or visit our walking blog

A circular walk along the beach and coast path

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. See our walking guide for details. 

Watergate Bay beach at low tide

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. View our walking blog for a detailed guide. 

Mawgan Porth beach

Southwest coast path 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. 

Read our walking guide

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


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. Grab a seat on the sand, or watch from the Living Space deck. 


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. Read our recipes and tips for ideas on how best to BBQ at Watergate bay. 

Barbecue at Watergate Bay