With small coastal villages, historic industrial parishes and areas boasting unrivalled countryside views, each community across the wider St Austell Bay has something unique and special to offer.


Check out our area guides below for information on many of the areas in and around St Austell. With plenty to do right on our doorstep, grab a friend or the family and get exploring – there’s always more to discover.


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Posted: 9 months ago

Just a few miles from St Austell town, St Dennis and Nanpean are villages that have grown over many years from just a few settlements to become an area with a ever-growing population with growing families and generations of locals alike.


The area is not short of history and heritage with place and road names that featured in the Domesday Book still in existence. One thing to look out for, stop and appreciate is St Denys Parish Church, which can be found at the top of Carne Hill, on the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It is believed the name ‘Denys’ stems from the word ‘Dinas’ which is Cornish for hill fort. 


The China Clay industry has played a massive part of the villages’ industry and by the mid-20th Century, it provided employment for many of those living in the areas.


Today the communities in both St Dennis and Nanpean remain thriving, with, between them, a village band, football clubs, schools, WI, Old Cornwall Society, carnival events, among many others.


There are plenty of community events happening throughout the year – do you run one of these? Tell us about them – as well as more about life in St Dennis and Nanpean – and we’ll add them to the site. Simply email info@staustell.co.uk with the details.


Posted: 10 months ago

Built and developed in late 1700 and early 1800, Charlestown is still a working port and has developed as a centre for tall ships and traditional sailing vessels over the past 20 years.


Although it receives much more footfall these days thanks to social media and better advertising it is still bypassed by many visitors and locals alike as it is not on the way to anywhere. Its easily accessed however via the Mount Charles roundabout and clearly sign posted.


Charlestown has long been a natural film set and has featured in too many films to mention, it was shortlisted along with the its resident tall ships for the original “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie and has hosted many of the Hollywood greats. Although it has recently changed hands the filming continues regularly and most recently some scenes for “Poldark” were set in the Port.


The Shipwreck and Heritage Centre is well worth a visit and is inexpensive lying on the North side of the harbour and the Greek Trireme berthed permanently on the hard up by the roundabout is hard to miss and a left over from the film “Jason and the Argonauts” and “Odyssey”.


During the summer months, there is so much going on in Charlestown, an amazing choice of eateries and bars, antique shops and art galleries. If none of these are for you then there are the amazing beaches, north and south and although not golden sanded, they are rugged, with great views out over St Austell bay.


During the winter months it’s a great place for an afternoon out and on a nice day there is nothing better than a tea party on one of its beaches, an hour or two beach combing or treat yourself to lunch in one of the various pubs. Some very beautiful tall ships use Charlestown as a winter maintenance port and is the permanent home to the Brig “Phoenix”  a star in her own right having most recently been at the centre of the Moby Dick movie “Heart of the Sea”


There is a good-sized car park at the top of the village and it can be a great jumping off point for the coast path heading west out via the small fort on the headland it’s well worth. 


Go and take a look for yourself - you wont regret it I assure you .


*Written by Capt Paul Kersey


Posted: 11 months ago

Par and St Blazey


The large, but relatively quiet villages of Par and St Blazey enjoy a great location. Just a stones throw from St Austell town, within minutes of a number of beaches and with its ever increasing sense of community spirit and togetherness, makes the area a great place to call home.


With its local amenities and good schools, it’s no wonder parents choose to raise children here and as a result, you’ll find a host of locals who have stayed put for generations.


Live in Par and St Blazey and looking for something to do? Then look no further, with clubs ranging from Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, Girl Guides of all ages, a youth centre, Army Cadets, Air Cadets, football team, pub darts teams, athletic club, quilters, knitters and the active Friends of Par Beach, there’s truly something for everyone to get stuck in with.


With community initiatives in the area such as Par Bay Big Local and Par Community Association, there is plenty of opportunities to get involved with projects and activities to help further improve the area and its community feel.


Just one of those initiatives is the Glencliffe Community Garden that can be found on Eastcliffe Road, not too far from the Spar shop. This fantastic community project is open 8am until 8pm and features various plants and herbs which residents can help care for and purchase. You can even take a few herbs for free to add to your cooking! There’s plenty of space to sit and relax and enjoy all the garden has to offer. Well worth paying a visit if you’re passing to appreciate the amount of love and dedication, from young and old alike, that has gone into the garden.


 And of course, who could forget the mammoth effort to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest cream tea party in 2015. Hundreds of people turned out to support the event and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon in the sun – testament to the growing community spirit in the area. This year’s effort saw around 7,000 pom poms made to break the record for the most number in a garland.


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Posted: 13months ago

Just minutes from the centre of St Austell and a few miles from the coast, St Stephen is ideally located for young families and older people alike to call home, as well as those nearby to get involved with one of the village’s many clubs.


Why not join the friendly community in one of the many clubs and organisations based in the village. With St Stephen-in-Brannel Bowling Club, St Austell Boxing Club and Brannel Cricket, Netball, Trampoline and Volleyball clubs all operating in the village, there is plenty to get involved in if you fancy getting more active in your spare time.


There’s also the popular St Stephen Pantomime Company who host annual productions to entertain villagers.


It’s in August that the village really comes alive when it hosts the annual Carnival and Feast Week. A bursting programme of events ensures there is plenty of opportunity for all sections of the community to try something new, fun or active, with the week culminating with the carnival parade.


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Posted: 13months ago

Famous for its abundance of antique shops, Lostwithiel promises there is much more to discover in this “hidden treasure”.


Boasting charming narrow roads and ancient buildings, Lostwithiel was once the capital of Cornwall and locals remain immensely proud of their history and heritage.


Although no longer a capital, the town still enjoys a bustling and thriving community, where even on a weekday you’ll find the town alive with people paying a visit to the bakery, deli, butchers and pleasant shops selling delightful gifts, artwork, clothing, jewellery and of course, antiques.


Embraced by locals as Cornwall’s hidden treasure, you’ll find a friendly and active community in Lostwithiel, keen to share its beauty with you.


Information boards are scattered across the town detailing fascinating snippets into the town’s historic features. The church, dedicated in honour of St Bartholomew and founded in the 13th century, the medieval bridge and Restormel Castle are just some of the attractions waiting to be discovered. The town even has its own museum which houses an interesting collection of exhibits, donated by locals.


Whether it’s browsing the shops, taking a walk riverside, learning something new or hunting a rare treasure at the regular antiques and collectors markets there is something to suit all ages and moods. The town also hosts indoor car boot sales, craft fairs and produce markets, as well as being home to LostFest, Lostwithiel Beer Festival, Lostwithiel Carnival Week and Sing Along the River.


Those living in the town or nearby looking for something new to try won’t be disappointed. With a community association, U3A group, environment group, twinning association, various sporting clubs and groups for younger members of the community, there is plenty to get involved in.


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Posted: 13months ago

Known for its stunning stretch of coastline and popular beaches, expect to find a friendly and active community in the parish of St Goran.


The parish includes the villages of Gorran Haven and Gorran Churchtown and boasts an incredibly vibrant community, with a great mix of old families that have lived in the area for hundreds of years and newer residents who love the parish just as much.


If you live nearby and are looking to get active or join a hobby club you’re spoilt for choice with groups offering everything from cricket, football, snooker and gig rowing, to art groups, parish history society, film club and the Old Cornwall Society.


Many community activities centre around Gorran Haven beach, with a fantastic yearly gig regatta, harbour society gala day, street market and regular popular events at the Memorial Village Hall. The village hall organise the highly popular New Year's Eve fireworks off the quay and the rowing club organises the New Year's Day swim to raise funds for charity.


Gorran Churchtown has a very well supported Old School Room, which has recently been renovated and  holds regular community events, such as coffee and cake every Monday.  


Meanwhile, the community strongly supports local services such as St.Goran Community Bus, a monthly parish magazine, the Parish Council, the pre school and playing field. The playing field includes a tennis court, football field and community room. The cricket club has a very strong reputation and proud history and the bar is welcoming to everyone on Saturdays. The Cricket fete in August has always been a big event for locals and visitors. The Local churches of St.Just, St.Goran and the Haven Church are well attended and very active in the local community. The Haven Church runs a Friday night youth club for local children and all the sports clubs run youth teams – so whatever your age, there’s plenty to get involved in.


Local businesses also play a big part in the village. The Barley Sheaf pub and Gorran Shop are popular with residents and visitors alike and Cakebreads shop and bar is open all year round in Gorran Haven, providing everything from stamps to cakes and pints. Other village highlights include the village’s hairdressers The Chop Shop, The Llawnroc Hotel, The Haven fish and chip shop as well as seasonal eateries the Coast Path Café, Mermaid and Harbours Reach.


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Posted: 13months ago

Lying at the heart of the legacy left by the China Clay industry, Bugle, Penwithick and Stenalees all enjoy a traditional Cornish village feel mixed with an ever-growing modern community.


Located just a stonesthrow from the amenities of St Austell and its coastline, yet just a few minutes from the A30, make Bugle, Penwithick and Stenalees ideal homes for those needing to travel for work or people seeking a quieter alternative to the busy St Austell area.


With a handful of shops, hairdressers, community halls, takeways and other amenities between them, residents don’t need to travel far for their essentials.


Adding to the traditional Cornish feel of the area is the hugely popular West of England Bandsmen’s Festival, formerly known as Bugle Band Contest. Created in the early 1900s, it is thought around 6,000 people attended the first contest.


It quickly established itself as a hotly-contested competition complete with a Royal Trophy, which is awarded to the Championship Section winners. Held every June, it is well worth going along and experiencing this event and the unique atmosphere it creates.


If live music is your bag then pop along to The Bugle Inn who regularly host live music at the weekends


This area is also a great place to if you want to get outdoors and enjoy a change of scenery. Whether walking with your four-legged friends, with friends or by yourself, there is a chance to hop on many public footpaths, as well as picking up a designated clay trail that takes you through to the Eden Project and gives you the opportunity to utilise other trails on the network, all offering spectacular views.


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Posted: 13months ago

Fowey is undeniably beautiful and thanks to its active community and stunning scenery, there is always something to get involved in.


The historical town is a haven for water loving locals and its friendliness means newcomers are always welcome. Step off the quay and admire Fowey’s beauty from the water by experiencing one of the town’s many nautical offerings. From boat and kayak hire to sailing tuition and private voyages, there are plenty of opportunities to try something new.


Whether you live in Fowey or visit at the weekend with family or friends, there is always a chance to discover something new. A stroll along the town’s charismatic winding roads, paths and alleyways will reveal a host of landmarks and locations you might have previously missed. St Catherine’s Point, The Tristan Stone, the Lifeboat Station and Palace House (not open to the public) are just a few.


Fowey’s Festival of Arts and Literature, organised by the du Maurier Festival Society is always a great chance to revel in readings, literature debates, musical performances and many more activities and remains an event locals and visitors alike enjoy.


Arguably the biggest event in the town’s calendar is the Royal Regatta. The week-long event is loved by visitors, but adored by locals. The jam-packed week is enjoyed by thousands of people with dozens of events lined up for all ages. The town comes alive with parades, fireworks, live music, competitions and races, as well as the more traditional sailing activities.  


There’s no slowing down as the festive period approaches. As a year-round destination, Fowey puts on a show in early December and hosts a weekend of food, drink, entertainment and the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts at their Christmas Market. The community have got behind this event since its first year in 2005 and now is a firm favourite in the town’s calendar.


But alongside all of this, there are still plenty more things to get involved with and enjoy. You can find fun bingo nights, quiz nights and charity fundraisers throughout the year, as well as a massive choice of shops, bakeries, cafes, pubs and restaurants to indulge in.


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Posted: 13months ago

The residents here are big on community and there is plenty to get involved with whether you live in the village or nearby.


You can expect to find plenty of community spirit in Roche, with scores of clubs and organisations pitching in to make the village a vibrant place to live.


Members of Roche and District Lions Club are ready to serve, helping those in need. The club are well known for transporting Father Christmas around the Clay areas during the festive period. Meanwhile Thursday mornings see a group of friendly ladies meet in the Methodist Chapel Hall for craft, coffee and cake, and there is plenty for the younger generation to enjoy with active Rainbow, Brownie and Guides groups  as well as Junior Brass Band.


You could even bag yourself some new skills with a visit to Roche. Formed around 20 years ago, a group called Learn from Each Other meet fortnightly to share and pass on their skills to others. Over the years, members have shown each other how to cross stitch, knit, the art of tapestry, crochet and decoupage among many others.


For the more active, Roche enjoys 22 public footpaths to explore and one resident even holds free community fitness workouts every Saturday, look out for Clay Country Fitness. For the older exercise enthusiast, group Roche Second Wind is on hand to help with balance and mobility with their gentle exercise classes for the over 50s, held in the Victory Hall each Tuesday morning.


Arguably the village’s most well known feature is Roche Rock and Chapel. Rising sharply from the ground, the chapel was dedicated to St Michael in 1409. It has two storeys, a chapel above and a room below. While it is known it has been a ruin for at least 250 years, it is not known how lived there and why.


There are various myths and legends surrounding this intriguing and unique structure, but whatever its history, for many it remains something often driven by, but never explored. Grab your walking boots and get exploring. Take time to explore the area and soak up the atmosphere as the sun is setting, or enjpy the phenomenal view on a clear day. 


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Partly cloudy. Low 6C.

Wednesday Night


Some clouds. Low 6C. Winds W at 25 to 40 km/h.



Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 11C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Thursday Night


Cloudy with periods of rain. Low 7C. Winds SSE at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near 25mm. Locally heavier rainfall possible.



A steady rain in the morning. Showers continuing in the afternoon. High around 10C. Winds NNE at 25 to 40 km/h. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around 6mm.

Friday Night


Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later at night. Low around 5C. Winds NNW at 15 to 30 km/h.



A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 11C. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Mainly cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low near 5C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h.

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