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Living in Carlyon Bay: The local area guide

Surrounded by low cliffs, rugged scenery, and sand, Carlyon Bay is just one of the fantastic beach areas near St Austell, in Cornwall. The Bay boasts not one, but three fantastic beaches – all of which have soft golden sand.

The three beaches, Crinnis, Shorthorn, and Polgaver, divide the Bay into three distinct areas, and the middle beach – Polgaver – has been identified as a site of national importance by The Cornish Wildlife Trust.

The beaches play a huge role in the look and feel of Carlyon Bay today and have been popular over the last 100 years or so. Carlyon Bay was the site of the New Cornish Riviera Lido between 1920 and the Second World War, and after the war it became known as the Cornish Leisure World.

At the moment, there’s plenty going on in and around the area with the development of the prestigious Carlyon Beach. However, even though the long south facing bay of sand is currently being re-developed, the beach is still accessible.

Carlyon Beach is set to bring restaurants, cafes and shops to the area in its new beachside development. There will be 511 homes built on the beach in total – with the first phase of developments being released in 2016.


The 2011 census identified a population of 1,431 in Carlyon Bay – with a large proportion of the population being retired. The people here, as a whole, are older than the national average, and almost 62% of residents over the age of 16 are married or in a registered same sex civil partnership.

The majority of those of working age are in employment and there’s only around a 3% unemployment rate in the Cornwall area. The job titles held amongst the community are impressive too, with the most common occupations being in managerial, senior or director roles, or in professional roles.


Compared to the national average, the number of students in Carlyon Bay is very small. Despite this, the region has its own primary school, which has received great ratings from Ofsted. Charlestown Primary School was assessed as ‘good’ in all areas in its latest Ofsted report in 2012. It was also given a rating of ‘good’ in overall effectiveness, and particular attention was given to the good teaching.

Other primary schools nearby include Bishop Bronescombe C of E School, Sandy Hill Academy, and Mount Charles School.

For children aged 11 plus, secondary school options include Penrice Academy and Poltair School – both of which are a short bus ride or drive away. For those that wish to continue to further education, Cornwall College is a great option.


Carlyon Bay is just a few miles from the A30. From Bodmin, you can take the A391 to St Austell and follow the signposts to Carlyon Bay.

The local train station to Carlyon Bay is Par – just a twenty minute walk away or a five minute drive. There are regular trains to and from Par to London, Birmingham and Bristol.

Alternatively, for travel in and around the area, you could hop on a local bus. Direct bus routes include travel to St Austell and Newquay – just two of Cornwall’s hotspots.

Newquay airport is easily accessible too if you’re planning to travel further afield.

Amenities and shopping

You can pick up all your groceries in one of the nearby towns, just a couple of miles away. There’s a Tesco and an Asda in St Austell, plus a Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s in Bodmin.

For all your high street shopping needs, White River Place is the place to go and is home to a fantastic range of shops. It also boasts restaurants, leisure facilities and a cinema, and can be reached within a few minutes by car.

In the long-term, the shopping landscape and amenities here may change due to the development of Carlyon Beach. The development is set to include shops, cafes, restaurants and a spa, as well as food festivals and theatre by the ocean.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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