The first time I visited Newlyn was back in 1999 when I spent a week in Cornwall visiting a close uni friend during the Solar Eclipse. I stayed at her home in Newlyn, a cute little fishing village just outside Penzance.
As with so many of my trips to Cornwall, the journey down from Bedfordshire involved horrendous weather & heavy traffic. I’d set out in my little Peugeout 106 one Friday night after work, the first time I’d driven to Cornwall and I was alone. It was wet, it was dark and in the days before Sat Nav, I got completely lost. I remember arriving in Newlyn in the early hours of Saturday morning, my friend was beside herself with worry. It says something about how traumatic the journey was, as the memory has stayed with me all these years.
I spent the week travelling around the area in my little 106 visiting beaches, discovering hidden coves, the weather was gorgeous. And lo and behold, on the day of the eclipse, the skies were overcast and heavy with thick cloud cover. We couldn’t see a thing, all we could hear was the noisy blades from the helicopters rising high into the atmosphere desperately searching for sight of the eclipse.
When we holidayed in the area this year, I wanted to revisit Newlyn and was pleased to see that it was still a thriving village with lots of lovely shops, eateries and galleries and even a new picture house.
Here’s my round up of 5 reasons to visit Newlyn:
1.Pop to the harbour to marvel at the amazing array of fishing boats, commercial trawlers other vessels. Don’t let it’s size fool you. Newlyn is one the largest fishing ports in the UK.
2. Try some of the best food & drink the area has to offer. Have a spot of lunch or tea & cake at Duke Street Cafe, indulge in the world’s best ice cream from Jelberts or taste the best freshly caught seafood at Mackerel Sky Sea Food Bar
3. Newlyn has a long association with fine artists and the village has a number of galleries. From jewellery & ceramics to glass you could easily lose a few hours (and a few ££) mooching around the many galleries in the village.
4. Catch a movie at the Newlyn Filmhouse, an absolute lifesaver when you’re camping and heavens open. The Filmhouse is a lovely little cinema with 2 screens and a ‘no rustling policy’ – for maximum enjoyment – food is not permitted in the screens. But there is a good food offer to enjoy outside screening halls, from hot drinks to snacks and more.
5. Stock up on supplies. For your basics there is a Co-op just opposite the harbour area but if you’re after a few indulgent treats to break up the monotony of your campsite BBQ’s then visit the Little Greengrocery or Newlyn Cheese & Charcuterie or even a take away pizza from the Italian Kitchen
A beautiful stop off point between Penzance and Land’s End and great place to indulge in good food or stock up on supplies, do makes sure a visit to Newlyn is on your list if you’re visiting the area.
Some other places you might like to visit if you’re in the area: