Angling for a weekend break

Fishing, the perfect past time to combine lots of relaxation and excitement.

For the enthusiastic angler, this weekend suggestion combines everything you need for the perfect break.

Let’s start with the two-acre fishing lakes, expertly stocked with a range of popular fish, plus two more one acre lakes similarly filled with top-quality quarry. These lakes are set amid meadows and woodland in 56 acres of picturesque and peaceful Cornish countryside, just five miles from some of Cornwall’s finest coastline. Oh, and did I mention, they’re free to use! Be still my beating heart!

So, just as you’re thinking life can’t get any better, let’s throw in a fab outdoor pool and play areas to keep the kids and other-half contented while you head off with your rod. Plus, of course, you’re in one of Britain’s sunniest regions, so chances are, the weather will be decent, too.

OK, I won’t torment you any longer, the venue for this peach of a weekend is Meadow Lakes Holiday Park, five miles south west of St Austell, just off the A390.

The four lakes hold various combinations of carp, perch, rudd, roach, bream and tench. There are eels, too, and the biggest recorded catch was a 26lb Ghost Carp, so there’s plenty to challenge even the seasoned angler.

This is a super-relaxed setting, but some rules do apply: you’ll need a valid national rod licence and a park permit must also be obtained from reception. Barbless hooks have to be used, and you must not use boilies, nuts or cat food. Night fishing is not allowed, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Fancy a change from lake fishing? Pop down the road to Mevagissey and take a fishing trip with Captain Chris Gill aboard Aquila (

Make your stay better

Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Gweek TR12 6UG.


Price: General admission £10.85

At Cornwall’s only seal sanctuary and rescue centre you’ll meet the charity’s seal and sea lion ‘guests’ and hear all their individual stories. The sanctuary is also home penguins, fun-loving otters, and lots of other farm animals and sea creatures. The 42-acre centre also boasts a woodland quiz trail, café and two gift shops!

13 September to 15 September, 2019

Newquay Fish Festival

Newquay Harbour, South Quay Hill TR7 1HT


Newquay on Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast, voted one of the nation’s favourite seaside towns, in the prestigious Which? Holiday Survey, hosts a fabulously fishy festival each September. Top chef demos, live music and entertainments, plus great seafood and drinks, are the order of the weekend.

St Mawes, Truro TR2 5AG

T: 01326 270440


There’s lots to see in this area, just a few miles south west of Meadow Lakes, including great beaches The Roseland Visitor Centre, St Mawes Castle and, according to Sir John Betjeman, ‘the most beautiful churchyard on earth’ at St Just in Roseland Church (TR2 5JD).

Places of Interest

  • Tintagel Castle

    Castle Road, Tintagel PL34 0HE
    T 01840 770328
    Price Adult £9.50, Child £5.70, Conc £8.60
    Note: The castle is reopening in summer 2019 following the rebuilding of a footbridge

  • Pinetum Gardens

    Holmbush Rd, Holmbush, St Austell PL25 3RQ
    T 01726 73500
    Price Adult £12, Children (11-15) £6, U11s Free, Family 2+2 £30