The Atlantic Hotel’s guide to May Day

May Day (Obby Oss Day)- May 1st

Some 30,000 people descend on the world famous fishing port, Padstow on 1st May for May Day or  Obby Oss Day, find out what the fuss is all about with our guide to Padstow’s biggest day of the year, and with a great offer on a  luxury 2 night stay, why not book a special Bank Holiday break at The Atlantic Hotel……

May Day is known to be the oldest dance festival in the country and is said to be traced back to the early 1800’s and is a celebration of spring (and rumours of an ancient fertility festival which some believe to this day!)

Padstow is decorated with flags and flowers. Padstow residents dress in white with their loyalties made known with a red or blue ribbon (the Old Oss is red)

From 8am the streets are filled with children, with their homemade Obby Oss’s ready to display. The blue Oss makes its first appearance from its stable at around 10am, followed by the old Red Oss at 11am. Both Osses dance through the streets and are prodded by Teasers and followed by their parade of supporters dancing around the Oss and the Mayers singing, drumming and playing accordion’s through the streets, the Osses finally dance around the Maypole and head back to their stables before dark.

What to expect:

Tens of thousands of people, with an unbeatable Cornish atmosphere!

Lots of cheer! The official celebrations start at midnight, so expect packed pubs and gardens with lots of drinking and toasting!

Unstoppable dancing The Cornish revellers have waited all year for this special day and nothing will stop them dancing, the only thing to do is join in!

Once in a lifetime photo opportunities – A sea of thousands of people dressed in white, the backdrop of the beautiful harbour and the glittering sea, and colourful flags and flowers waving in the wind is a once in a lifetime opportunity- bringing your camera is a must!

A scenic journey to Pastow  The journey itself from Newquay to Padstow is beautiful, winding along the famous Watergate Bay, past beautiful fields home to Boardmasters Festival in August, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, following the coastline through to Padstow- there are so many photo opportunities, the short 25 minute journey to Padstow may take a while!

Book your Bank Holiday break today and stay in 4 star luxury, with full use of our indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, and a full English Breakfast both mornings from just £360* for 2 nights

*based on 30th April – 2nd May in a Superior room- subject to availability

Our Celebrity Guest- Austin Armacost

We welcomed Celebrity Big Brother runner up and ALLSTAR Austin Armacost on our VIP Spa Package this month.

Read our exclusive interview on his first impression of Cornwall, his thoughts on our Hotel, and his 2017 plans……

Austin, We hear this has been your first visit to Cornwall, what do you think?

I found it beautiful even though it was a bit of a foggy day. The fresh sea air blew through the windows and rejuvenated me every couple of minutes. Listening to the sea gulls outside the window also just added to the coastal ambiance. The people were also extremely friendly, inviting, and entertaining. 

You certainly deserve a VIP Spa break after such a busy start to the year- what made you choose the Atlantic Hotel?

First and foremost was the price. I am always nervous about finding a “package deal” that seems to have everything you need with an incredible price. However, the Atlantic went above and beyond in all aspects (food, treatment, facilities) and I thought what a wonderful weekend getaway. The Atlantic is much more than just a hotel & spa… You can truly spend the entire day on the property with so many amenities at your fingertips.

As part of your Spa package, you enjoyed lunch in our AA Rosette Restaurant, Silks- what did you order?

We started with the oysters and followed with the belly pork and sea bass pasta. Everything was hot, tasty, and done with it’s own twist. The champagne and wine selection was impressive. The dining room itself also offered a view everywhere you turned and so much natural light. I enjoyed several cocktails throughout the day sitting in different parts of the dining room / bar area. 

We hope our Spa treatment left you relaxed and refreshed, what was the best bit?

I had a full body massage and enjoyed every second and every inch of it. She was calming and relaxing herself and that helped me to relax. Also getting a massage while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is something I had never done, PRICELESS! Then taking a dip into to the pool and jacuzzi truly helped me get into a “zen zone.” 

Any exciting plans for the year ahead we should know about?

Unfortunately in my business (television) we aren’t always aloud to discuss upcoming projects but you will be seeing me on television again soon. I also am singing with a new film agent in London so may be on the big screen here in the UK sooner than later. In my personal life, my partner and I are headed to America in a few days for him to meet my family for the first time. 

*Big thanks to the entire staff as it was lovely from check in to check out, well done team Atlantic!

Our VIP Spa Break is available until 7th April 2017
Family picnic

The Atlantic Hotel Staff’s Easter Escape suggestions

Family picnic

The Easter Holidays are approaching…….We know! Kids off again? Haven’t they just had Half Term? Christmas wasn’t that long ago! So, the kids will be off for nearly 3 weeks, and you need to book time off work and have a break away!

You can tick off your Family Bucket List, and make memories to treasure forever with a stay in Cornwall.

Here are a few suggestions from the people who know Cornwall the best- The Atlantic Hotel Staff!

Cath- General Manager:  “Visit the World famous Eden Project and brave family members can fly on England’s longest and fastest zip wire, plummet at 50mph from 65ft over a cliff edge on a giant swing, or take a leap of faith from a 12-metre platform!” Younger family members, or the less daring can enjoy Eden’s beautiful gardens, biomes, and wonderful cafe! Come back in time for a drink on our terrace to relax, or take a swim in our sea view pool before dinner.”

Esther – Marketing: “Wiggle into wetsuits and take a surf lesson with our approved Surf School, and find out who’s the top wave rider in the family! Or simply pick up some fishing nets and buckets and spades from the little shops in Newquay Town and head to the beach for some rockpooling and sandcastle making! You can order a range of picnic hampers at The Atlantic Hotel and make a day of it!”

Debbie – Reception: “St Michael’s Mount, although a little drive away is wonderful! Check the tide times with us at reception and plan your day so that you can arrive when the tide is out and walk to the famous historical island and ancient castle, after a magical day you can get the ferry back.

David- Maintenance: Photography is a passion of mine! Our hotel is set in 10 acres of it’s own private headland and offers wonderful coastal walks, suitable for all the family right on our doorstep! Get your cameras ready, and set off on adventure, see who can capture the best shot of the day, and be sure to look out for dolphins in the bay. Head back to the hotel and pick the winning photo over a frothy hot chocolate or something cold!

Dean- Head Chef: Easter Sunday Lunch in our AA Rosette awarded Bistro is the main event! I have created a delicious 3 course Sunday Lunch, with an Easter twist! Enjoy locally sourced meats served at your table on our silver trolley, and team this with one of our delicious local wines. Our Easter Sunday Lunch is to be enjoyed at your leisure, a real celebration of good food, good wines, and indulgence!  While the grown ups are busy relaxing, the kids can go and have fun on the Easter Egg hunt, organised by our staff around the grounds, and our ballroom will be open with giant board games, and an Easter film for the kids to enjoy.

After all these activities, you are sure to have worn the kids out, and yourselves! Rest assured- our King size beds, and memory foam mattresses in our luxurious sea view rooms will be ready to sink into at the end of your day, giving you all the best nights sleep.

Kids go free this Easter, so find out more here, and start planning your trip to the coast!

http://atlantichotelnewquay.co.uk/specialbreaks/easter-escape-by-the-sea-kids-go-free/

 

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