Surrounding a stunning estuary and situated in west Cornwall, Hayle is steeped in history. Forming one tenth of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, a UNESCO-inscribed designation, Hayle was once an important trading port for tin and played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution.
Packed full of trails and routes, keen walkers can explore this authentically Cornish town by following the well-marked footpaths throughout the rugged countryside. Hayle’s three-mile beach also offers a beautiful backdrop to a leisurely stroll along its golden sands or an afternoon spent surfing or wind sailing.
If live music’s your thing, local pub The Smugglers Inn regularly hosts Sunday jazz afternoons as well as welcoming acoustic performances from local music scene favourites such as Mic McCreadie, Adrian O’Reilly and John Martin.
Located just four miles from Hayle town centre, Townshend Village Hall regularly hosts intimate musical performances from a variety of well-known acts, as well as giving a worthy showcase opportunity to up-and-coming performers. Multi-award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow have performed at this venue, entertaining audiences with their innovative, bold and captivating take on traditional folk music.
And if you feel like venturing further afield, film buffs should also take the nine-mile trip to The Hall for Gwinear which regularly hosts film nights in association with C Fylm, Cornwall’s dedicated film club network.
For a day of outdoor pursuits finished off with an evening of good food and a lively musical performance, a trip to Hayle is guaranteed to be memorable.