Cornish Gifts

Carefree Summer Beach Days and Barbecues

21st July 2022

Beach gear and Cornish food for sun-filled times

We’ve had some sizzling hot summer days here in the UK recently, and if you’re like us at Shop Cornish, you’ll have been dreaming of escaping to the coast for a refreshing sea swim and the cooling sea breeze.

In the spirit of summer, we’ve handpicked a selection of our best-loved Cornish beach gear, as well as some of the finest Cornish food & drink for sunny barbecues. Whether you’re visiting one of Cornwall’s stunning beaches this season, or you plan to holiday elsewhere, these Cornish goodies are sure to make your summer one to remember.

Beach kit for an endless summer

Pack up all your beach essentials in a roomy Big Blue Tote Bag from luxury Cornish homeware brand, Budeful. This cotton canvas bag measures 440 x 380mm and features a ‘cheeky’ surfer boys graphic – that’s sure to raise a few smiles!

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Inspired by Cornish sunsets, Atlantic Blankets’ Sunset Stripe Recycled Cotton Blanket makes a perfect beach or picnic blanket. Summery yellow stripes bring a feel-good factor and cloud-soft recycled cotton makes sunbathing simply heavenly.

Sunset blanket - Cornish Gifts

If you have a little family member that needs to keep snug if the clouds pay a visit Coastal Baby’s adorable Merino beanie hats are designed in coastal style with a super snug fit to protect toddlers while out and about. 

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Stay hydrated on hot days with a Whale’s Tail Drinks Bottle from Cornish Magpie. This hard-wearing, 400ml bottle comes with two interchangeable stoppers and has a charming blue and white, nautical design.

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Every beach lover needs a Poppy Treffry Mini Dry Mat. This versatile little square comes in 6 pretty designs (Wildflowers is featured here) and has so many uses. Made from 100% organic, unbleached cotton and backed with waterproof, oeko-tex certified polyester – these dry mats can be used to avoid a damp bottom on wet sand, to stand on while you dry your toes, or even as a little picnic mat for one.

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Fine Cornish food to barbeque

Impress family and friends with a BBQ Fish Box from The Cornish Fish Co. Generously filled with sustainable fresh fish and shellfish, this box contains everything from tiger prawns to lemon sole. Your barbecues are about to get seriously delicious!

BBQ Fish Box Cornish Food

For that farmers’ market vibe, pick up a Barbeque Pack from The Primrose Herd. Think pork and apple burgers, award-winning sausages, and the tastiest ribs. Shop online or visit the Primrose Herd butchery in Truro. You can also find a list of stockists on The Primrose Herd website.

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Myjer BBQ Sauce from Cornish Chillies is a welcome change from ketchup. Handmade in Cornwall with 100% Cornish chillies, bourbon, and coffee – this spicy sauce will hot up your summer.

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Scrumptious beach snacks

For a fuss-free bite, smother crusty bread or crackers with Cornish Blue Pâté with Fig – from the award-winning Cornish Cheese Co. Produced on a farm on Bodmin Moor, this flavoursome blend of mild blue cheese and juicy figs will make your mouth water!

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When you or the kids fancy a sweet treat, a Fruit, Seeds and Nuts Flapjack from The Cornish Flapjack Shack will hit the spot. (There’s something fun about saying this company’s name isn’t there!) Soft, gooey flapjacks are filled with a perfect mix of dried fruit, jams, seeds, and nuts – and hand baked for that special artisan flavour. It’s been said that you can taste and smell the difference in every bite…see what you think…

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Ditch the cling film and wrap your beach snacks in an Eco Sandwich Wrap from Caitilin’s Handmade Cornish Textiles. We’ve featured the summery, Tropical Leaf Design, but you’ll have a hard time choosing between the 23 fun prints. Each wrap is handmade in a small studio by the sea in Cornwall – and has a wipe-clean oilcloth outer layer with a certified food-safe liner. Simply hand wash in warm water when you get home from the beach.

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Sunset drinks

Wash all that tasty Cornish food down with a can of refreshing craft beer from St Ives Brewery. Check out their Meor IPA 4.8%, Porth Pilsner 4.4%, Alba IPA 5.2%, and Hella Pale Ale 4.2%. Throw a New Beers Mixed Case of 12 or 24 into the cool box and surprise friends with a colourful can.

St Ives Brewery - Cornish Gifts

Cider drinkers will appreciate Haywood Farm’s Traditional Cornish Cider that’s produced in the village of St Mabyn in North Cornwall. Apples are grown, pressed, and fermented with great care and passion – all on the same farm – just as they have been doing there for centuries. Available online or from stockists throughout Cornwall – this Cornish cider is perfectly paired with barbecued pork.

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For the ultimate summer celebration by the ocean, seek out Tregida Seafood’s Bubbly and Smoked Salmon Hamper. Give your beach trip a luxury edge with a bottle of Camel Valley Brut and a few slices of ‘Taste of the West’ winning smoked salmon. Relax and raise a glass!

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Camel Valley - Cornish Gifts

We hope this has got you in the mood for sweet summer days.

Visit shopcornish.com to discover more from Cornwall’s prize makers and producers.