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Hayle Town

Sited on the North Coast of Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, Hayle is a thriving town with lots to interest all ages. Miles of golden sand and dunes stretching as far as the eye can see make this a superb place for a beach holiday. The surf is often good with plenty of opportunities for surf equipment hire and tuition. No trip to Hayle would be complete without a walk to the beach, or along the King George V Memorial Walk, a beautifully planted promenade along the river. In summer Hayle also has an outdoor swimming pool, which is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Hayle is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site - a fascinating town for industrial heritage and birthplace of Richard Trevithick’s steam engine. Hayle Heritage Center houses a free exhibition that enables visitors to learn about the history of Hayle.

Feeding the finches in the free flying aviary at Paradise Park Bird watchers flock to the Hayle Estuary and ten minutes walk from the station brings you to Paradise Park, home to the World Parrot Trust, with its exotic birds, children’s play barn, fun farm, otters and penguins and onsite pub that brews its own beer the Bird in Hand.

With nine pubs, ten restaurants, seven cafes and nine takeaways you can be confident of plenty of choice when eating out, and Hayle also has a good selection of specialist food shops and supermarkets should you prefer to cook your own. We of course have our favourites places to eat out. We have recently had a very pleasant meal at The Terrace on Commercial Road, and The Cornish Arms, which also specialises in cocktails. We all enjoy a roast dinner at the White Hart Hotel, while the children campaign to have ice cream at the award-winning Mr B’s Ice Cream Parlour. We've had great fish and chips from both fish and chip shops and the Thai takeaway is recommended. The jury is out as to whether Philps or Hampsons do the best pasties in Cornwall, but both are excellent and within easy walking distance of Harvey. If you’re wanting a lively scene with internet access and live music on Fridays through the summer then Salt is the place to be. However places come and go faster than we can update this page, so this list is far from comprehensive. For more ideas of places to eat, please visit our food and drink page.

Do visit The Old Foundry Chapel, a converted chapel close to Harvey and packed with character shops, including a specialist Cornish bookshop, craft haberdashery, a wonderful old fashioned stall selling all sorts of miscellania including tin toys, books, records, games, bottles and gardening tools, a secondhand surf shop, antique camera shop, retro clothes stall and several other independent sellers. Walk along Penppol Terrace towards Commercial Road for more independent shops, including our daughter Poppy’s favourite Lucy Kemp Jewellery

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Hayle has retained all those small, individual character full shops that every small town used to have before the chain stores arrived, so at the bottom of the short hill below the carriage there is a Spar, florist, baker, butcher, farm shop, old fashioned toy shop, cycle shop and more. Hayle is a long thin town with the shopping areas divided into three; Foundry Square, which is nearby the carriage and also has a large Asda on the harbour opposite. Copperhouse, a fifteen minute walk away, also sports a good surf shop as well as more boutique clothes stores and an excellent play park. With such an array of local traders, we have never needed to go beyond Copperhouse, but if you continue to the very East of Hayle beyond Lidl you will come to where the big names have landed in an out of town shopping complex.

Just around the bay and visible from Hayle is the famous artistic centre of St Ives with its famous Tate Modern gallery, and its thriving artistic community.

For more images of Hayle take a look at our Fabulous Hayle board on Pinterest. We also recommend buying the book Churks, Clingy and Doodle Dashers, which is available from Hayle Heritage Centre.

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Some Holiday Ideas Close to Hayle

For loads more ideas please visit our EXPLORE page.

Welcome to Hayle Please visit the EXPLORE page for more ideas.

Events in and around Hayle

June - Golowan Festival of Cornish Culture - including Mazey Day and culminating with Sea and Sail Day.
July - Lafrowda Festival, St Just - showcase for musical, dance and theatre talent in the local community.
August - Hayle Fest - Processions, bands and lots going on in the first weekend of August.
September - St Ives September Festival - Last year's festival featured nearly 200 events.

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The pictures below were taken by Kernow Dream Photography and some of them appeared in Vintage Life magazine in 2016.


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