Visit Carbis Bay, the unassuming Cornish village chosen by Boris Johnson to host the G7 summit


BORIS JOHNSON has invited six of his fellow world leaders for a summer trip to the Cornish seaside.

The sleepy village of Carbis Bay near St Ives has been chosen to host the G7 summit in June, when the Prime Minister is expected to meet US President Joe Biden for the first time.

Carbis Bay near St Ives has been chosen to host the G7 summit in June

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Carbis Bay near St Ives has been chosen to host the G7 summit in JuneCredit: Alamy
The turquoise waters surrounding the 4-star Carbis Bay Hotel are sure to impress our foreign guests

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The turquoise waters surrounding the 4-star Carbis Bay Hotel are sure to impress our foreign guestsCredit: Kirstin Prisk Ltd
Carbis Bay is expected to be the destination where the Prime Minister meets US President Joe Biden for the first time

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Carbis Bay is expected to be the destination where the Prime Minister meets US President Joe Biden for the first timeCredit: AFP or licensors

Its turquoise waters are sure to wow the assembled premiers, from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, when they meet at the £200-a-night 4-star Carbis Bay Hotel.

Thanks to this publicity boost, little Carbis Bay, with a population of 2,000, is a likely holiday hotspot this summer. So if you fancy a trip, to enjoy its blue-flag sandy beach, now may be the time to book.

To help you, and Biden and Co, plan a fun trip, Jacob Lewis has your Carbis Bay holiday guide . . . 

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The beautiful Blue Flag beach should be a hit with even the most worldly of leaders.

As for your kids, they will love the beach, too. It rarely has any surf to speak of so is perfect for little ones wanting to splash and swim or just cool off.

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A short walk along the east side of the beach at low tide will bring you to Porth Kidney

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A short walk along the east side of the beach at low tide will bring you to Porth KidneyCredit: Alamy
Roam Cornwall’s Surf and Yoga classes are another big draw of Carbis Bay

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Roam Cornwall’s Surf and Yoga classes are another big draw of Carbis BayCredit: Alamy

A short walk along the east side of the beach at low tide will bring you to Porth Kidney and an RSPB bird sanctuary.

And with coffee and cake included, Roam Cornwall’s Surf and Yoga classes are another big draw.

Each Saturday from 9am, classes include yoga from instructor Kirsty followed by surfing with an experienced coach at a nearby beach, for £18 per person. Wetsuit and board hire is an extra £7 per person, all surf abilities welcome. See roamcornwall.com.

Or get your hands dirty with a sculpture class, ten minutes’ walk from Carbis Bay train station. Local sculptor Sara, who has worked in the film industry, now offers classes from a cosy local studio.

Try your hand at creating a lifelike figure from models, photographs and drawings, while learning techniques such as hollowing and texturing. Classes are from £75 per person, at airbnb.co.uk.

Stay

A five-minute drive inland from Carbis Bay is a peaceful woodland overlooking the golden sands of the famous St Ives Bay.

Wildflower Wood, at Beersheba Farm, offers glamping pods where guests can enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style.

Seafield is a semi- detached coastal self-catering stay with great sea views

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Seafield is a semi- detached coastal self-catering stay with great sea views

Each Landpod, sleeping four adults, or a group of up to five including kids, has two double beds and upholstered bench-seating that can be used as a single child’s bed. They have off-grid LED lighting and USB charge points, and roll-back roofs to reveal the stars. Three nights in a Landpod is from £195, at beersheba.co.uk.

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Skyes Cottages have a variety of self-catering options in Carbis Bay — including Seafield, a semi- detached coastal self-catering with great sea views.

It sleeps six and guests can watch the waves from the open-plan living room with patio, or from the master bedroom with Juliet balcony. Seven nights costs from £749, at sykescottages.co.uk.

Shop

Buy some Japandi crockery from the Leach Pottery in St Ives.

The brand is inspired by Japanese pottery — founded over a century ago by British master potter Bernard Leach who lived in Japan. See leachpottery.com.

Leach Pottery in St Ives specialises in Japandi crockery

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Leach Pottery in St Ives specialises in Japandi crockeryCredit: ©2013 Matthew Tyas, All Rights Reserved.

Also, pop into St Ives Liquor Co. for a some choice tipples. St Ives Original Gin is flavoured with locally foraged ingredients including vanilla-scented gorse buds and briney bladder-wrack seaweed.

The eco-friendly brand also recently opened all-day gastro bar The Searoom at St Ives Bay.

Eat

Named Cornwall’s Restaurant of the Year in 2019, Una Kitchen, in Carbis Bay, serves superb Mediterranean food, wood- fired pizzas, coffee, cake and cocktails.

Led by chef Glenn Gatland, signature dishes include wood-roasted Cornish sea bream with pea-and-lemon risotto. See unastives .co.uk/una-kitchen.

Una Kitchen was named Cornwall’s Restaurant of the Year in 2019

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Una Kitchen was named Cornwall’s Restaurant of the Year in 2019

Or the Bean Inn offers delicious meat-free meals from around the world and has a reputation as one of the best veggie restaurants in Cornwall. Check it out at thebeaninn.co.uk.

Stroll

Walk to St Ives along a two-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path which tracks above one of the nation’s most picturesque rail lines.

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The Barbara Hepworth Museum makes a fascinating visit

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The Barbara Hepworth Museum makes a fascinating visitCredit: Rikard Osterlund

With views over St Ives Bay, you pass prehistoric field systems, a Celtic saint’s medieval chapel and a fishermen’s lookout hut, as well as shipwrecks. Walk back or take the train.

Perfect for a stroll away from the beaches, guests can now visit the home, studio and garden — in a Covid-proofed one-way system, of course — where sculptor Barbara Hepworth lived until her death in 1975.

The Barbara Hepworth Museum And Sculpture Garden is owned by Tate, who also have a gallery in St Ives. Tickets from £6 at tate.org.uk.

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