Rock’s coastline is said to have inspired Enid Blyton’s stories and it’s been playing host to Britain’s gilded youth ever since. From lashings-of-ginger-beer adventures in the 1930s to on-the-lash escapades of the 21st century, the usually sleepy Rock is woken in summer by thousands in pursuit of sun, surf and shenanigans on the beaches around the Camel Estuary.

DID YOU KNOW? This is the place that launched a thousand boards when the Princes learnt to surf there in the mid-90s. It’s been the go-to spot for surfing enthusiasts, Harry-hunters and beach bums ever since.
DO SAY “I’m staying in Polzeath but come to Rock for the parties”
DON’T SAY “Didn’t they film Poldark here?”
BEST VIEW Brea Hill, overlooking Daymer Bay.
WHAT TO WEAR A wetsuit – the water rarely gets above 18°C – and your best bikini/trunks. You never know when the opportunity to strip off will arise.
DIARY DATES 10-14th August: Boardmasters is a music and surfing festival that for many is an annual pilgrimage. One significant reason to make the trip this year is Craig David, enjoying a now-standard pop star renaissance.
WHERE TO STAY If the idea of mingling with strangers gives you chills, rent a house near the coast. Round up your squad, stock up on beers, leave kit to dry by the Aga and head out to Daymer Bay for a night on the sand.
WHAT TO DRINK Doom Bar. It has local clout; it’s brewed near Rock.
FIND US 3-4 Beach Street, Rock, Cornwall