Remember that feeling when your holiday begins?

Retallack Resort lodges in the trees We all remember the feeling we get when it’s time to set off on our well-deserved holiday. Whether it’s as you set off on your travels or that moment you arrive at your destination the start of an adventure helps build a feeling of relaxation and excitement.
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Wake-boarding returns to Retallack beach style

wakeboarding park retallack resort cornwallIt’s early afternoon just one day before the launch party for Retallack’s Wake Park and there’s a hive of activity around the lake. Wake-boarding isn’t new to the resort but it’s safe to say this time around we are going bigger, better and creating a far more exciting experience for everyone who cares to visit for the day or those who are staying in one of our lodges.
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Cheese, nettles and the next generation chefs

Cornish YargThe Green Room Restaurant’s Head Chef James Nathan continued his Food Supplier visits around Cornwall this week by visiting the home of Cornish Yarg but this time there was a little more to find out about thanks to an event organised by the Chefs’ Forum…

On many of my food journeys around Cornwall I encourage my own chefs to attend to get a feel of just why having good, local, produce makes a difference to the dishes we serve at the Green Room.
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What will you discover in Cornwall?

Mousehole, Cornwall

Tread the paths followed by centuries of Cornish fisherman

For the happy holiday maker who seeks a break away from everyday life the draw of the sea, and let’s admit it Cornwall has its fair share of coast, is understandable for so many, however exploring the county to its fullest will undoubtedly create the perfect holiday experience.
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Green Room Restaurant’s Head Chef James Nathan explores Cornwall’s food growers

James Nathan and local Oysters

James Nathan shares his local food provider stories

In this modern world of mass food production and consumption it can be easy to forget the importance of local farming activities which not only provide us with high quality and local fresh food but equally come with a great sense of pride from the often traditional methods they use.
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Dance your socks off as Padstow’s May Day heralds summer

Held on May 1st, May Day (or ‘Obby ‘Oss Day as it is known outside of Padstow) is one of the biggest dates in Padstow’s Town calendar, with an expected 30,000 people visiting the festival, the quaint seaside town will be bursting at the seams. 

The annual May 1st celebration is a centuries’ old tradition, involving music and dancing through the streets, heralding the arrival of summer. Dancers dress in white with their costumes decorated with colourful ribbons, moving around the streets singing the traditional May song.

The town is a beautiful sight, decorated with flags, flowers and greenery throughout. Shops and cafés embrace the event and join in with all the fun.

Around the harbour there are craft and gift shops, bookshops, grocers, newsagents, leather workshops, a home-made fudge shop and lots more. Padstow is still a working fishing port though, catching and selling the best quality seafood Cornwall can offer. 

Much like Padstow Christmas festival, there is a number of food stands around the event, and this year, our very own James Nathan will be performing a cookery demonstration to festival goers. The cooking will showcase the delicious seafood-inspired dishes we serve in the Green Room restaurant here on the resort.

The event is free, so get down there early and be sure to use the park and ride service available. For more information visit

Winter Wonderland returns this Christmas!

We are excited to announce that Winter Wonderland will be returning this Christmas!

Join us once again in our glittering Winter Wonderland and soak up the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a magical journey weaving your way through our Winter Wonderland trail; enter into Father Christmas’ office, see what treats Mrs Claus is cooking up in the kitchen and get a sneak peek into what the Elves get up to in their workshop, all finished off by visiting Santa at his grotto!

Children will adore our fabulous synthetic ice rink and our winter themed soft play, perfect for little ones who are not quite ready to get their skates on. And whilst your little ones tire themselves out, indulge in a steaming mug of hot chocolate, sit back, relax and soak up the Christmas spirit!

Open from Saturday 29th November until Sunday 6th January, Winter Wonderland is free to enter with the following charges applying;
Skating Prices:
Family pass: £15. Adults: £4 per person. Children: £4 per person.
Tickets to see Santa:
£8 per child or £15 for two children. One parent may accompany children with tickets for free.


Local’s Month

Here at Retallack we are delighted to launch our very first local’s month, offering a range of activities and promotions for all you lovely Cornwall folk between the 10th and the 30th November. We are also pleased to present our local’s card so you can continue to enjoy exclusive discounts and special offers during off-peak periods throughout the year.

Retallack Local Card Front (1)

What’s on during local’s month?

The Green Room

Lunch12:00pm – 2:30pm


6:00pm – 9:30pm

Monday £5 Lunch James Nathan presents Curry Night. Curries only £10
Tuesday £5 Lunch Taxi Tuesday!!Dine and get a free taxi ride home (11th Padstow, 18th Wadebridge, 25th Newquay)
Wednesday £5 Lunch Flow and Feast! Catch a wave on the Flowrider than treat yourself to a main meal in the restaurant for only £25.
Thursday £5 Lunch 2-4-1 Tasting Menu
Friday £5 Lunch Card launch evening with acoustic music
Saturday ½ price cocktails in The Green Room
Sunday James Nathan presents a MasterChef breakfast. Served 8:00am – 10:00am Cornish Roast Dinners served from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Enjoy a free dessert with your meal.

The FlowRider

Day10:00am – 4:00pm Evening4:00pm-12:00am
Monday Week Day Flow Deal £15 New Night Rider Sessions £10 per person
Tuesday Week Day Flow Deal £15 After School Club £10 per person
Wednesday Week Day Flow Deal £15 Advance Evening: A chance to improve your skills and tricks. Stand up sessions only. £12 per person.
Thursday Week Day Flow Deal £15 Card launch evening and FlowShow. 6:00pm
Friday Week Day Flow Deal £15 Night Rider sessions £10 per person
Saturday Weekend Flow Hoodie Special 40% off Exclusive sessions only £100
Sunday Weekend Flow Hoodie Special 40% off Exclusive sessions only £100

The Retreat Spa

Day9:00pm – 5:00pm



Monday 50% off selected treatments 20 minute facial £15
Tuesday 50% off selected treatments 25% off Thalgo products
Wednesday 50% off selected treatments £3 Smoothies
Thursday 50% off selected treatments 25% off Decleor Products
Friday 50% off selected treatments 20 minute MammaMio treatment and swim: £15
Saturday Locals card collection and free advice session 20% off MammaMio products
Sunday 25% off all products 25% off all products

 Spa treatments include:

Back Neck and Shoulder Massage 25 minutes normally £30

Express Facial: 25 minutes normally £35

Shellac 50 minutes normally £25

50% off all waxing (not including Brazilian or Hollywood)

 Retallack Health & Leisure Club

Day11:00am – 4:00pm



Monday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5
Tuesday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5
Wednesday Save the baby life training (12th & 26th)
Thursday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Three epic classes for the price of two!
Friday Virtual Spinning only £2.50 Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5
Saturday 2-4-1 classes Saturday evening family swim £3
Sunday 2-4-1 classes Fitness Class with a free swim / Swim for £5

Locals Card

Locals cards will offer Cornish locals discounts throughout the year during off peak weeks. These offers include 25% off food in The Green Room, Spa Treatments, Leisure Classes and £15 Flowrider sessions. Cards can be collected on launch nights throughout November

Thursday nights at the Flowrider

Friday nights at the The Green Room

Saturdays: Spa & Health Club reception.

Bookings and Enquiries:

To book any of the offers please call the following numbers. Please always quote ‘locals’ to take advantage of our discounts and offers.

Bookings for The Green Room: 01637 882481

Bookings for The Flowrider: 01637 882511

Bookings for the Spa: 01637 882432

Bookings for the Health Club: 01637 882400

Locals Facebook page:

Locals month







We have created an exclusive Retallack Resort locals Facebook page where we will post information on offers and discounts throughout the year. Keep up to date here

Who is the offer available to?

Locals month discounts and cards are available for all Cornish residents plus, any guests staying on site during the month of November. Proof of residency will be required on collection of a locals card.


*£5 local lunch is on selected items only which can be located on our £5 lunch menu.

* The Taxi Tuesday offer is only in selected locations and subject to availability.

*50% of selected spa treatments, please see outlined list for what is included in the offer.

*Advanced rider sessions are for riders who want to focus on standing up and have been on the ride before.

*All Leisure classes and courses are subject to availability with our current members getting first refusal.

Offers subject to change and availability
Locals card offer is only valid per person per card
Locals card only valid during term time, unless specified otherwise
Cards are not transferable nor hold any cash value


The Ultimate FlowRider Competition

We’ve had a great summer here at Retallack Resort and to say a massive thank you the FlowRider team have put together an incredible Flow package for you to win and become the ultimate FlowRider.

The fantastic prize includes:

A free flow session

A FlowRider Hoodie

An O’Neil wetsuit

FlowRider Hoodie & O'Neil wetsuit

To enter all you need to  do is share your Flowrider photos and videos on our FlowRider Facebook page. Whether it’s the ultimate wipeout, outstanding flips and tricks, selfies or family fun send us your best shot for a chance to win this brilliant prize.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Share your images on our Facebook page
  2. Each Friday our favourite images / videos will be posted onto Facebook for you to like, comment, tweet ect
  3. The winning image will be chosen by the FlowRider team after the competition closes on October 14th
  4. The winner will be announced on October 15th

You still have plenty of time to come down and work on your entries, as well as your Flow skills, just be sure to ask the permission of anyone in the photos and make sure you have checked out our t&cs.

Good Luck!!


Terms and Conditions


The “Flowrider Facebook Image/Video competition” Image Sharing Competition (the “Competition”) is open only to residents of the United Kingdom.


Participation in the Competition constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Promoter, which are final and binding.

Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


(i) The winner of the Competition will receive the following prize:

- one flow session for one person

- one O’neil wetsuit

- one Retallack FLowRider hoodie

The winners will be posted on FlowRider Facebook page on the 15th October 2014, by giving details ‘Last name and initial’, with a prompt to contact The Flowrider Team via Facebook by Message facility. Full  details on how to claim will then be provided.

All prizes are non-transferable.

The flow session is NOT an exclusive session and is subject to availability

The winner cannot obtain cash or other substitution in lieu of any prize.

The winner is strictly prohibited from selling the prize to a third party.

The Promoter shall not be liable in any way for any dispute which may arise in connection with the allocation of prizes.


The Competition runs from [ 12:00pm ] on [ 15 September 2014] until [11.59am] on [14 October 2014 ] (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.


The information you provide will only be used to contact you if you have won.

The Promoter does not accept responsibility for network, computer, hardware or software failures  of any kind, which may restrict or delay the sending or receipt of your entry. Entries must not be  sent in through agents or third parties.

Entries that are incomplete, illegible or incorrect will be rejected.

Participants must have the permission of the people in the photograph to share and publish these.

Images of children under the age of 16 must have parental consent to share and publish these

Images shares and published must be of a tasteful nature


To participate, visit the FlowRider page on Facebook: [] and post and share images taken at the FlowRider Cornwall. Once you submit a correct entry you will automatically be entered into the Prize Draw to the Competition.


At the end of the Entry Period the Promoter will select the winners. The winner will be selected based on who is deemed to have the ‘best’ image. Likes, shares and comments will be taken into consideration.

The Promoter will notify the winner by Facebook message within one (1) day of the drawing.

If the Promoter is unable to contact the winner within one (1) week or if that potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the prize will be forfeited and, at  the Promoter’s discretion, an alternative winner will be selected using the same selection process.


Entrants accept that, if they win a prize in this Competition the Promoter will have the right, without  additional payment or permission, to use the entrant’s name, age, town of residence and likeness for  the purposes of announcing the winner of this Competition and for related  promotional purposes.


The Promoter reserves the right to cancel or postpone the promotion.


Any disputes will be subject to the English courts in accordance with English Law.


FlowRider, Retallack Resort, Winnards Perch, Cornwall, TR9 6DE


To obtain details of the winner and runners-up, please send a stamped addressed envelope within 3 months of the Entry Period to: FlowRider, Retallack Resort, Winnards Perch, Cornwall, TR9 6DE


The Great Gardens of Cornwall

Cornwall is renowned for its glorious beaches, sensational surf sports and the finest of local produce, but it also boasts a stunning array of truly world class gardens displaying some of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants.

The most famous of these is The Eden Project, home to the world’s biggest conservatory, a rainforest canopy walkway, Britain’s biggest flower and over a million plants.

My favourite area is the warm and fragrant Mediterranean Biome, with its heady natural scents, vineyards and lush greenery. Follow the gold, mosaic path around the biome through the array of colourful poppies and lupins that are on show. The Eden project offers a truly amazing horticultural experience whether you are a seasoned professional gardener or like myself, simply an appreciator of beautiful gardens, and the biomes make the Eden project a perfect place to visit, even on the coldest and wettest of days.

Tulips at the Eden Project

As well as stunning gardens, steamy jungles and waterfalls, The Eden Project is also home to cutting-edge architecture, world-class sculptures and art, including the awe-inspiring 70-tonne granite seed sculpture located in The Core.

Not far from Eden is the internationally acclaimed Lost Gardens of Heligan offering over 200 acres of gardens including the award winning, Victorian production gardens, home to an abundance of traditional crops.

Adventure through The Jungle, rich in luxuriant foliage and exotic plants or journey through the mysterious Lost Valley and ancient woodlands, where you’ll discover The Giant’s head, Mudmaid and Grey Lady which are truly stunning horticultural masterpieces, bring your camera because you’ll definitely want to capture these weird and wonderful landmarks.

If, like me, you are a nature lover, you won’t be disappointed. Heligan home to an abundance of wildlife, visit the Horsemoor Hide interpretation centre and watch the local wildlife enjoy their natural habitat or explore the acres of land and look out for otters, owls, king fisher, bats and much more.

 Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lanhydrock, part of the National Trust has been recommended to me on numerous occasions as a great place to visit for their stunning, listed gardens. Developed in the 17th century the gardens are famed for their Magnolias; it’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, fragrant gardens and blooming borders. You also get the chance to join one of their free tours which run from March, led by their knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers and if you want to take any of the plants home with you there is a nursery garden where you can purchase these from. Lanhydrock also offers a beautiful place to cycle, bikes are available for hire if you don’t feel like taking your own and the gentle paths are suitable for all ages.


There are so many beautiful gardens to explore in Cornwall and unfortunately I can’t write about them all but one that can’t be missed is Trebah garden, a must see for all keen gardeners. A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop this is a truly magical place bursting with colour and exotic blooms. Work your way through the Bamboo maze, comprising numerous bamboo species, view Trebah’s champion trees, the largest of their kind in the country, shelter under Giant Rhubarb or take a leisurely stroll through the peaceful Hydrangea Valley, home to two acres of vibrant hydrangeas.

Trebah Gardens

Retallack Resort and Spa is conveniently located; The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock are within a 30 minute drive of the resort. With so many exquisite gardens to explore near-by, Retallack is pleased to offer our luxury garden breaks package which includes entry to The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. See here for more details or call our reservations team to book now on: 01637 882500.

Enjoy our 5* resort and full use of our facilities, take a leisurely stroll through our very own woodland walk and around Retallack’s scenic lakes, look out for local wildlife and go foraging for berries before heading to The Green Room for a well-earned gourmet meal, created by MasterChef winner James Nathan.