Previous Events
Spit Beach Action Day (PL24 Event)
Sunday, 8th April 2018
Venue: Spit Beach
Time: 11:00 - 15:00

PL24 Community Association supported by Friends of Par Beach and Your Shore Beach Rangers,  are holding an Action Day at Spit Beach on Sunday, 8th April.

The day will include a Litter Pick, Beach Art, and Rock Pooling and is designed to engage people about the oceans, coastlines and fantastic beaches on our doorstep.


Easter Fun Trail
Sunday, 1st April 2018
Venue: FoPB Beach Hut opposite Milos Restaurant
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am.

Come and join Friends of Par Beach for some fun exploring the beach and Local Nature Reserve and, at the end, all children receive a chocolate suprise.

All children must bring at least one adult!

Meet: FoPB Beach Hut opposite Milos Restaurant. (Please do not park in Milo's spaces)

Cost: Free to FoPB Members (Please bring your membership card). £1 for each non-members child*...

Bring: Sensible footwear and clothing

This is a family event, under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult; well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Contact:  Use our contact us page if you have any queries or questions.

...* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be more cost effective than paying for the event on the day if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page where you are now able to join online.


March Work Party
Sunday, 25th March 2018
Venue: FoPB Beach Hut opposite Milos Restaurant
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

The March Work Party will consist or clearing invasive species (Rosa Rugosa) from the secondary dunes.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish, they will be essential.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring Jan on 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.


Spring Beach Clean
Sunday, 4th March 2018
Venue: FoPB Beach Hut opposite Milos Restaurant
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our Spring Beach Clean and Litter Pick in conjunction with Clean Cornwall and Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘The Great British Spring Clean’, also in support of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) 'Big Spring Beach Clean'.

PLEASE PARK IN THE CAR PARKS (No Charge), BUT NOT IN MILO’S CAR PARK AND NOT ON THE GRASS.

Meet us at our Beach Hut opposite Milos restaurant at any time between 10:30hrs and 12:00noon. Here you will be able to register and we will give you litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open.

Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

If you have any queries please use the Contact Us page on our website or call Phil on 01726 817396.


February Work Party
Sunday, 25th February 2018
Venue: Western End - Gate to Orchid Field
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

MAKING THE ACCESS PATH ACCESSIBLE.

Following the success of widening the ‘Access Path’ between the Western Car Park and the Orchid Field in November last year, we will be extending that effort by working on the path between the Orchid Field and Haul Road.

It is essential that this path is wide enough to allow two wheelchairs to pass.

Please wear suitable clothing for weather and conditions. We have a good stock of gloves, but you are welcome bring your own.

We shall be using a variety of tools including spades, sickles, secateurs and shears.

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website and use the title of this event in the subject field.

Concerned about weather on the day or have any other queries please ring Jan on 01726 810026

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.


St Andrew’s Pond Local Nature Reserve
Thursday, 15th February 2018
Venue: St Andrew’s Pond Car Park
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

There will be a volunteer day organised by the Ranger responsible for the reserve on Thursday 15th February between 10am and 3pm
We will be cutting back woody vegetation between the cycle route and wet woodland to let light in to increase diversity and adding wild flower plants to the meadow
Meet at 10am in the car park by the pond
Tools will be supplied. Wear old clothes and strong boots. Bring food and a drink.
Hot drink and biscuits will be supplied
For more info or to let us know you are coming either email jheskett@cormacltd.co.uk or call 07973 813843

Click here to view the poster.


Love Your Beach Day
Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Venue: Par Beach - Eastern End off Main Car Park
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: Free
  • LOVE YOUR BEACH
  • BEACH ART EVENT
  • FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Inspired by the Your Shore Beach Rangers and their support of the new 3 Bays group with a Love Your Beach Day on Wednesday 14th February (which is half term) we plan is to hold a Beach Art Event with the specific theme of Valentine's Day.

In addition, weather permitting, there will be some activities, sponsored by Kernow Youth (Fourways) and PL24 Community Association.

Look for our blue Gazeebo at the Eastern end of the beach off the Main car park.

This is a fun family day where you Feel the Love!


January Work Party
Sunday, 28th January 2018
Venue: FoPB Beach Hut opposite Milos Restaurant
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

The January work party will be tackling invasive species.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring Jan on 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.


Passage for Par | Call for Participants
Thursday, 11th January 2018

Choreographer Rosemary Lee is looking for women to perform in a new outdoor dance-work created for Par Beach. She is looking for women over the age of 21 who have some movement or dance background and would relish the opportunity to work outdoors in all weather on a performance that requires concentration, poise and stamina.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application deadline: Thursday 11 January 2018

Selection workshops: Saturday 27 / Sunday 28 January 2018

Rehearsals: Saturday 19 May – Sunday 20 May 2018

                  Monday 11 June – Thursday 21 June 2018

Performances: 22 – 24 June 2018 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Passage For Par Application Form

Par Initial Call Out

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Download  information pack and  application form below or contact christina@dancerepublic2.com / t. 07432 577933

‘Passage for Par’ will be presented as part of the Groundwork season of international contemporary art across Cornwall in 2018 and has been commissioned by Groundwork and Dance Republic 2.

Par beach, near St Austell, is an expansive sandy beach flanked on one side by the green fields of the Gribbin headland and on the other by the industrial landscape of the man-made port and buildings relating to the china clay industry.

Rosemary Lee is a choreographer who has created a range of work over the last 30 years, from large-scale site-specific works and solo works to video installations and short films. Regardless of their scale, these projects have an intimate quality and often explore our relationship with our environment.

Download  information pack and  application form below or contact christina@dancerepublic2.com / t. 07432 577933

Passage for Par Application Form

Passage for Par Information Pack


November Work Party
Sunday, 26th November 2017
Venue: Western Car Park of Par Beach Local Nature Reserve
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

MAKING THE ACCESS PATH ACCESSIBLE.

Cormac made a good job of clearing the main dunes path and some of the cross-paths a few weeks ago, but the work did not include what is known as the ‘Access Path’ that was opened 5 years ago to enable disabled people to access more of the Local Nature Reserve and the beach.

It is essential that this path is wide enough to allow two wheelchairs to pass.

Please wear suitable clothing for weather and conditions. We have a good stock of gloves, but you are welcome bring your own.

We shall be using a variety of tools including spades, sickles, secateurs and shears.

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website and use the title of this event in the subject field.

Concerned about weather on the day or have any other queries please ring Jan on 01726 810026

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.


SAS Autumn Beach Clean
Sunday, 29th October 2017
Venue: Par Beach main car park.
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon.

The 23rd - 29th October is Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean week. In recognition of this, Councillor Jordan Rowse is organising a Beach Clean for Par Beach on Sunday, 29th October, between 10:00am and 12:00 noon. Friends of Par Beach are supporting him in this endeavour.

Look for the blue FoPB Flag on the raised grass area in the corner of the Main Car Park. Here you will be able to register and get your litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open.

Thanks must go to Cornwall Council who have again agreed to relax parking charges for the period of the Beach Clean. If you want to stay longer you will need to get a ticket.

Bring gloves if you have some and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

If you have any queries please use the Contact Us page on the website, please put the event name in the subject box.


October Work Party - Otter Holt and Reed Path
Sunday, 29th October 2017
Venue: Wetland Area, Par Beach Local Nature Reserve
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

UPDATE: Conditions are looking good, but, WELLIES are a must for the Otter Holt part of the exercise!

We’ll try again! We couldn’t carry out this work in September as the water level was too high. The contractor has been on site and it is ready for us to do our bit to build an OTTER HOLT in the wetland area of the Local Nature Reserve. We shall use wood from the coppicing to build the holts and the pile of chippings will be used to improve the path that leads into the reeds.

If the wet water level rises again we may. Instead, have to clear the encroaching Sea Buckthorn on the main dunes path and the sand ramp from the Main Car Park.

Meet: opposite the hut/barrier 200 metres down the Beach Access Road. Parking may be available in The Ship car park.

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm, come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Please wear suitable clothing for weather and conditions. Wellington Boots and gloves will be essential on this occasion. We have a good stock of gloves, but you are welcome bring your own.

We shall be bringing hand saws, slashers, secateurs and loppers for you to use

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website and use the title of this event in the subject field.

Concerned about weather on the day or have any other queries please ring Jan on 01726 810026

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Please keep an eye on this page as details can sometimes change.

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Autumn Quiz Night
Tuesday, 24th October 2017
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: Start at 7:30pm - Doors open at 7:15pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our popular Quiz Nights on the evening of Tuesday October 24th.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special  in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter

Maximum 6 per table – no age restrictions

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee and squash.

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It’s a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is recommended to book a table with Jules on 01726 812700. If you are on your own or there are not enough to form your own team you can still book a place(s) to join a mixed table.

For further information ring Jules or use the Contact Us page on our website, please put 'Autumn Quiz' in the subject.

Click here to see the poster to download or to share etc.

Please keep an eye on this page as details can sometimes change.


Friends of Par Beach's 8th Annual General Meeting
Friday, 6th October 2017

Friends of Par Beach will be holding their 8th Annual General Meeting at Gott Hall on Friday 6th October at 7:30pm.

19.30 Annual General Meeting

c20.00 Illustrated talk by David and Karen from Encounter Cornwall, who run wildlife trips on the Fowey Estuary

c20.45 Meet and Greet with wine, tea, coffee and nibbles

ALL are welcome, but only members may speak and vote at the AGM, so please bring your membership card.

if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page putting AGM in the subject


Autumn Beach Clean
Sunday, 1st October 2017
Venue: Par Beach and associated area
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our Autumn Beach Clean and Litter Pick in conjunction with Clean Cornwall, Keep Britain Tidy and and Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) on Sunday October 1st.

Will we be able to beat the amazing 110 people that came to last year's event!!!

Come and join us at our blue FoPB Gazebo between 10:30 and 12:30 on the raised grass area near the Main Car Park. Here you will be able to register and we will give you litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open.

Thanks must go to Cornwall Council who have again agreed to relax parking charges for the period of the Beach Clean. If you want to stay longer you will need to get a ticket.

Bring gloves if you have some and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

If you have any queries please use the Contact Us page, please put the event name in the subject box, on our website or call Mike on 01726 816454

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


September Work Party
Sunday, 24th September 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

The first working party of the 2017-18 season, is an exciting project to build an OTTER HOLT in the wetland area of the Local Nature Reserve. We shall use materials from the long-overdue coppicing, rejuvenating the wetland. Much of the tops of trees coppiced will be chipped and we shall be moving most of it to improve the path that leads into the reeds.

If the wet weather prevents our contractor from carrying out work beforeSunday we shall clear the Reed Path using secateurs, shears, bow saws, and sickles. We shall bring our tools, but do feel free to bring your own.

Meet opposite the hut/barrier 200 metres down the Beach Access Road. Parking may be available in The Ship car park

Wellington Boots and gloves will be essential. We have a good stock of gloves, but you are welcome bring your own.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website and use the title of this event in the subject field.

Concerned about weather on the day or have any other queries please ring Mike on 01726 816454.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Please keep an eye on this page as details can sometimes change.

Click here for the poster to view, share or print to display somewhere.


Bat Walk with Carol Williams around Par Beach Local Nature Reserve
Saturday, 26th August 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free to FoPB members & children 12 & under. £2 for non-members

FoPB are holding another of our very popular Evening Bat Walks with Carol Williams, a leading bat expert. Come and see the different species of bats that feed around the beach area and find out more about these often misunderstood little creatures.

The event will start with an introduction to the bats that can be found around Cornwall and Carol will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Bat detectors will be available but if you have access to one please bring it along with you.

This is a family event, under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult; well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

This is a wheelchair friendly event

Meet: Meet by our new Beach Hub opposite Milos at 8pm. For those who will be using Sat Navs the postcode is PL24 2AS.

Cost: Free to FoPB Members, £2 for non-members (children under 12 free)*. Please bring your membership card.

Bring: Sensible footwear and clothing

Contact:  John Page on our contact us page or 01726 814430 for further info or if you have any questions.

To see the event poster to print, share or even just to look at click here

* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be cheaper than paying for the event on the night if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page where you are now able to join online.

Donations to ‘Cornwall Bat Aid’ will be most welcome.  To see more about them on Facebook click here, it is a public page so you don't need to have a Facebook account to see it. If you want the day to day stories by one of the bats at the bat hospital in Truro look at Nancy Noctule's FB page.

Please keep an eye on this page as details can sometimes change.


Family Beach Art Competition
Sunday, 9th July 2017
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 10:30am to 1:00pm (judging at 12 noon)

As part of Par Carnival Week, Friends of Par Beach and PL24 Community Association are holding a Family Beach Art Competition.

No rules just come along and have fun in the sun. Bring whatever tools you think will be useful. Use materials found on the beach to enhance your creation. Be imaginative!

Judging by Amanda Hoskin (local artist) www.amandahoskin.co.uk

Time: Start at 10:30am with judging at 12 noon

Place: Top of the beach by the seat at the Eastern End, look out for our flag and blue gazebo

For up to date info on Par Carnival keep an eye on their website http://www.parcarnival.org.uk/ they can also be followed on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/parcarnival/?fref=ts

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Please keep an eye on this page as details can sometimes change.


Wildflower Walk - Part 2 Summer
Sunday, 25th June 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Cost: Free to FoPB Members and children under 12, £2 for non-members.

Join us for part 2 (summer) of our Wildflower Walks, a walk along the beach and through the dunes and Local Nature Reserve to look at the variety of flora to be found and how it fits into the habitat.

The event will start at 10:30am and will finish approximatly 12:30pm.

Cost: Free to FoPB members and children aged 12 and under (bring your membership card). £2 for non-members aged 12 and over*.

Meeting Point: Opposite Milos, look out for our flag

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the prevailing weather.

* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be cheaper than paying for the event at the time if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page where you are now able to join online.

If you have any queries please use the Contact Us page on our website or call Phil on 01726 817396.

Click here to download the poster to view or share

Please keep an eye on this page as details can sometimes change.


Summer Work Party - Contol of Rosa Rugosa Appearing in the new Dunes
Sunday, 18th June 2017
Venue: Par Beach Dunes
Time: 10:30am to 3pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding a summer work party in order to help control the rosa rugosa that is appearing on the new dune system that is beginning to develp at the top of the beach. We are making this a longer session than our winter ones so those that would like to help us out can stay for all or part of the time to suit themselves. Depending on how well we get on with this one we may well hold another one later on.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring any or all of the following if you can: hand fork, garden fork, spade & secateurs. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

If you are coming for the whole session please bring your own packed lunch. There will be a 30 minute lunch break at some point during the procedings.

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

Meet at the site for the Friends of Par Beach's Beach Hut opposite Milos, look out for our flag.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website or call Phil on 01726 817396

Concerned about weather? Ring Phil on on 01726 817396 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments of tea or coffee for those taking part.

Click here to see our poster or download to share or print

Please keep an eye on this page or our Facebook group as details can sometimes change


Spring Quiz Night
Tuesday, 25th April 2017
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our very popular Quiz Nights on Tuesday 25th April at the Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. This event will help to raise funds for forthcoming projects that are in the pipeline, purchasing and equipping our beach hut is one of them

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special  in the ‘heads and tails’ game only £1 to enter

6 per table – no age restriction

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee or squash

All welcome, whether you are just one person or booking a table for 6

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It’s a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is recommended to book a table with Richard on 01726 816258 after April 3rd. If you are on your own you can still book a place to join a mixed table

If you have any queries please use our Contact Us Page or call John on 01726 814430

Click here to view the poster, you can then download to spread the word as you wish



Spring Wildflower Wander
Sunday, 16th April 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free to FoPB members & children 12 & under. £2 for non-members

Join us for our part 1 (Spring) 'wildflower wander', a wander around the western end of Par Beach Local Nature Reserve to look at the variety of flora to be found at this time of year.

The event will start at 10:30am and will finish approximatly 12:30pm.

Cost: Free to FoPB members and children aged 12 and under (bring your membership card). £2 for non-members aged 12 and over*.

Meeting Point: At the sculpture at the end of the Beach Road

Under 16s must be with a responsible adult.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the prevailing weather.

* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be cheaper than paying for the event at the time if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page where you are now able to join online.

If you have any queries please use the Contact Us page on our website or call Phil on 01726 817396.

Click here to download the poster to view or share

 


March Work Party - Clearing back the Edges of the Main Dunes Path
Sunday, 26th March 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

This is the last of our winter season of work parties and we will be clearing back the edges of the main dunes path to make it more accessible.

Meet in the western car park at the end of the access road. PLEASE NOTE: parking charges will apply (commences 15th March)

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit. As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

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Beach Clean & Litter Pick
Sunday, 5th March 2017
Venue: Par Beach (meet on the grass area opposite the childrens' play area)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our Spring Litter Pick in conjunction with Clean Cornwall and Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘The Great British Spring Clean’ that is being between 3rd – 5th March along with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).

Will we be able to beat the amazing 110 that came along last time!!

Meet us on the grass area opposite the old play area next to Milos where will we will have our blue gazebo at any time between 10:30hrs and 12:00noon. Here you will be able to register and we will give you litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open.

Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

If you have any queries please use the Contact Us page on our website or call Phil on 01726 817396

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


February Work Party - Clearing Sycamore Saplings
Sunday, 26th February 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

The February work party will consist of clearing sycamore saplings from the back path at the eastern end of the Local Nature Reserve.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers or secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet in the car parking area to the rear of the Indian Resturant near the start of the beach access road

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.

 


January Work Party - Bramble Digging
Sunday, 22nd January 2017
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

The January work party will consist of bramble digging in a clearing created last winter.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers & secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet by the sculpture by the accees road towards the western car park

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


“A call to Arms!” Urgent Winter Beach Clearance
Sunday, 8th January 2017
Venue: Par Beach (meet on the grass area opposite the childrens' play area)
Time: 11am to 1pm

Due to the fact that there has been quite a bit of marine debris washed up onto the beach over the last few weeks Friends of Par Beach have decided to hold a short notice beach clean on Sunday 8th January. Some community spirited people have been dragging up some of the debris to the top of the beach above the tide line. We need to move it to the bins at the car parks so that Biffa (was Cory) can get their vehicle close by to load up and take it away.

We would love to see as many as can make it, if you prefer you can come along for part of the time we will be there.

We will supply litter pickers, bags and hoops for the smaller items.

Time: 11am to 1pm

Meet: at the grass area almost opposite the children's play area just past Milos. Look out for our flag.

Bring: Suitable clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions and gloves if you have any. We do have some that we can provide but these are in limited numbers.

Click here to see the poster for the event


Cormac Ranger Volunteer Day
Friday, 9th December 2016
Venue: Par Beach (meet in the car park by the toilets)
Time: 10am to 3pm

This is a work party organised by Jenny Heskett our Cormac Ranger responsible for the site. We are asking for help in removing the  invasive rosa rugosa from the fore dune system before it gets established and smothers the native flora. A start was made at our last work Party on the

Meet in Car Park by toilets.

Hot drinks available but bring lunch and drinks.

Wear strong boots and old clothes, if you have gauntlet type glove or small garden digging tools please can you bring them along.

Under 16’s to be accompanied

Booking: There is no need to book but to say you are coming to give jenny some idea of expected numbers or for more information contact jheskett@cormacltd.co.uk or call Jenny Heskett on 07973 813843

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November - Clearing Invasive Species on Foreshore
Sunday, 27th November 2016
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

The November work party will consist or clearing invasive species from the foreshore.

Meeting Point: Meet at the car park by the toilets opposite the pond.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring a spade, loppers, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring Jan on 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

To see a preview of other work parties for this coming season click here


Autumn Quiz Night
Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our popular Quiz Nights.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter.

Up to 6 per table – no age restriction.

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee or soft drink.

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It’s a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is recommended, but not necessary, to book a place or a table please call Richard on 01726 816258. If you are on your own you can still book a place to join a mixed table.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


October Work Party - Clearing Reed Bed Path
Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Venue: Par Beach Local nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Our second work party of the season on Sunday October 23rd will consist of clearing the reed path near the bridge over Polmear Stream, at the eastern end.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet at the FoPB boards that should be easily visible by the entrance to the path close to the bridge and sluice gates for Polmear stream. Please note car parking charges still apply if you are coming by car. This will be the last work party of the year before the charges are relaxed for the winter season.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit. As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


Friends of Par Beach & OPAL Project, Fungi and Lichens in the Nature Reserve
Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free

Friends of Par Beach have again joined forces with the Opal Project and will be holding a Fungi and Lichen Survey event. This is aimed at children and is a family event.

Under the guidance of Dr Owen Smith from Plymouth University discover more about the incredible variety of fungi and lichens that can be seen on Par Sands Local Nature Reserve at this time of year. He will guide you through OPAL’s Explore Nature pack to identify fungi and lichens and explain how local air quality impacts on our natural environment.

To learn more about the OPAL Project see their website http://www.opalexplorenature.org/

This is a free event for all and there is no need to book.

Meet by the statue at the western end of the beach access road. Please note car parking charges still apply.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the prevailing weather, it may be wet underfoot so sensible footwear is recommended.

If you have any questions please contact us using our Contact Us page or call Phil on 01726 817396.

There is a growing feeling, partly initiated by the National Trust that a child who hasn't had the opportunity to get out into the natural environment to build dens, interact with the local flora and fauna etc is missing out on a great deal in their development and this event would be great opportunity for them.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.


September Work Party - Annual Orchid Field Makover
Sunday, 25th September 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

This, our first work party of the 2016/2017 season will commence with our annual Orchid Field makover.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite one if you wish.

Park at the western car park (by the docks) and walk back to the FoPB boards that should be easily visible by the statue and gate to the Orchid Fields. Please note car parking charges still apply.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to view.

To see a preview of other work parties for this coming season click here


Friends of Par Beach AGM
Tuesday, 20th September 2016
Venue: Gott Hall, Par Green, Par, PL24 2AF
Time: 7:30pm

Friends of Par beach will be holding our AGM on Tuesday 20th September.

Join us for a glass of wine (there will be tea and coffee as well) and a finger buffet preceded by a short AGM and followed by a talk and Q&A session with Natalie Gibb, a Your Shore Beach Ranger with Cornwall Wildlife Trust who will tell us about the new Beach Ranger project that started this year.


September Beach Clean & Litter Pick
Sunday, 18th September 2016
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 11am to 1pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our September Litter Pick and Beach Clean to support Clean Cornwall's twice yearly September campaign.

Join us at any time between 11am and 1pm in the main car park where we will provide litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open. Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

Meet in the Beach Main Car Park, look out for our blue gazebo. Cornwall Council have very kindy agreed to waive parking charges until the end of the litter pick. If you wish to stay longer you will need to purchase a parking ticket.

For further information please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

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Par Beach Fish Fayre
Sunday, 28th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach Old Play Area (next to Milos)
Time: 12noon to 4pm
Cost: Free

The first Fish Fayre held on Par Beach, a collaboration between Par Bay Sustainable Fish Project, Friends of Par Beach and PL24 Community Association, will be held from 12noon to 4.00pm on Sunday 28th August. The idea for the Fish Fayre is to showcase locally available fish and shellfish and to encourage more people to eat more varied seasonal fish more often.

A varied programme and attractions to appeal to all ages has been devised for local people and visitors alike to have fun, learn about preparing and cooking fish and shellfish and provide a place to learn from many groups and organisation who are working with Cornish fish.                                                     

There will be interesting stalls, a bouncy castle, a scavenger hunt, children's activity table and two marquees, one for useful information and talks and the other, cookery demonstrations.                            

We will be opening the cookery with – ‘How to Hypnotise a Lobster’ with Felicity Sylvester the name behind the Par Bay Sustainable Fish Project. Felicity was on the television showing Valentine Warner how to do this on his ‘What to eat now- more please!’ BBC cookery programme.

Various cookery demonstrations will also show seasonal family fish recipes that will be available to taste. Recipe leaflets will be available.

Everyone welcome………. Free Entry to the Old Play Area next to Milos Bistro behind Par Beach, plenty of parking and please note normal car parking charges will apply.

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Bat Walk around Par Beach Nature Reserve with Carol Williams
Saturday, 27th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free to FoPB members & children 12 & under. £2 for non-members

FoPB are delighted to announce that we have been able to organise another Evening Bat Walk with Carol Williams, a leading bat expert. Come and see the different species of bats that feed around the beach area and find out more about these often misunderstood little creatures.

The event will start with an introduction to the bats that can be found around Cornwall and Carol will be able to answer any questions you may have.

This is a family event, under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult; well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

This is a wheelchair friendly event

Cost:        Free to FoPB Members*, £2 for non-members (children under 12 free), bring your membership card.

Bring:       Sensible footwear and clothing

Contact:  John Page on our contact us page or 01726 814430 for further info or if you have any questions.

To see the event poster to print, share or even just to look at click here

* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be cheaper than paying for the event on the night if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page, for details and where you can now join online.

Please wear sensible footwear and clothing. Do bring a bat detector if you have or have access to one. It is anticipated that there will be about four people that we know of who will come with detectors.

Donations to ‘Bat Aid’ will be most welcome. If you want to see them on Facebook click here, to see info on the work they do in helping sick and injured bats found in Cornwall, it is a public page so you shouldn't need to have a Facebook account to see it. If you want the day to day stories look at Nancy Noctule's FB page. Sadly Norman has passed away but a friend of his has taken over running his page.

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Non FoPB Event - PL24 Community Association Classic Car Rally
Sunday, 14th August 2016
Venue: Cornish Market World Events Field
Time: 10am to 3:30pm
Cost: Adults £3.50 & Child £1

Friends of Par Beach are supporting our friends at PL24 Community Association.

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OPAL - The Big Bug Hunt
Saturday, 13th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach Orchid Field
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 30th July to Saturday August 13th August

Friends of Par Beach have joined forces with the Opal Project and will be holding a Bug Count Survey event. This is aimed at children and is a family event. We will be holding this on and around the Orchid Field at the western end of the Beach Local Nature Reserve. Friends of Par Beach believe it is important to connect children with nature and this event is one our initiatives in achieving this.

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Meet by the statue/gate to Orchid Field and Slipway towards the end of the beach access road

The OPAL website is worth a look too: http://www.opalexplorenature.org/. There is a large amount of info about the project with photos, photographs and videos.There are various newsletters from this organisation available in PDF format.

There is a growing feeling, partly initiated by the National Trust a few years ago that a child who hasn't had the opportunity to get out into the natural environment to build dens etc. and interact with the local flora and fauna etc is missing out on a great deal in their development and this event would be great opportunity to further this ideal.

Booking: FoPB request that you book your place please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

Dogs welcome but must be kept under control on a lead.

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FoPB/Cornwall Wildlife Trust – Family Strandline Search
Friday, 5th August 2016
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Cost: Free

Friends of Par Beach are hosting Cornwall Wildlife Trust on a Strandline Search on Par Beach as part of their Wildlife Trust Marine Week and the CWT are holding events all over Cornwall, see their events page for details.This is a free Family event for all the family searching for interesting things at the high tide line with Natalie Gibb from Cornwall Wildlife Trust with the newly formed Your Shore Beach Rangers.

Meet: Par Beach Car Park by the access gate to the beach alongside the stream.

Cost: Free.

Bring: Sensible footware and clothing for the prevailing weather plus sun screen and hats if sunny. Gloves are advised.

Weather: May be cancelled if steady rain is expected. Check with Phil on 01726 817396 before 10am on the day if you are uncertain.

Click here to see the event poster to print and display somewhere for us, share with your friends or just to look at.


Family Beach Art Competition
Sunday, 10th July 2016
Venue: Par Beach, Eastern End
Time: 11am with judging at 12:30pm

PLease note slight change to timings previously advised

As part of Par Carnival Week Friends of Par Beach and Par Community Association are holding a Family Beach Art Competition to follow on from the Children's Treasure Hunt.

No rules just come along and have fun in the sun. Bring whatever tools you think will be useful. Use natural materials to enhance your creation. Be imaginative.

Judging by Amanda Hoskin (local artist) www.amandahoskin.co.uk

Time: Start at 11am with judging from 12:30pm

Place: Top of the beach at the Eastern End, look out for our flag and blue gazebo

Click here to see a poster for this event to print, share or just to look at......

For up to date info on Par Carnival keep an eye on their website http://www.parcarnival.org.uk/ they can also be followed on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/parcarnival/?fref=ts


Non FoPB Event - PL24 Community Association 2016's Big Lunch
Sunday, 12th June 2016
Venue: Sweets Grill, off St Andrews Road (by the Fishing Lakes)
Time: 11:30am to 3:30pm

On Sunday 12th June a supporter of FoPB, PL24 Community Association will be hosting their annual  BIG Lunch, 11:30am to 3.30pm (not as BIG as the Big Lunch Big Cream Tea last year!!) It will be held at Sweets Grill, Par (between Par Station and St Andrews Road duck pond).

Come and join us for this community event, bring the family for a fun time.  There will be stalls and games, a bouncy castle and music.  Tea and coffee will be available and everyone is asked to bring food to share at the table, also chairs if you can. The aim is to bring the community together and to celebrate the Queen's official birthday. 

We hope to see you there!

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Non FoPB Event - Friends of the Fowey Estuary Talk – Water Quality in St Austell Bay
Tuesday, 10th May 2016
Venue: Trenython Manor, Tywardreath
Time: 7pm
Cost: FotFE Members free, non-members £2.50

Our friends 'Friends of the Fowey Estuary are putting on a talk 'Water Quality in St Austell Bay' by Becky Hughes, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group & Gary Rawle owner of Westcountry Mussels, one of the mussel farms in St Austell Bay

Date: Tuesday 10th May
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Trenython Manor Hotel, Castledore Rd, Tywardreath, PL24 2TS
Cost: FotFE Members free, non members £2.50

Friends of the Fowey Estuary website www.friendsofthefowey.org.uk

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Pinnock Tunnel Trip (Non FoPB Event)
Sunday, 24th April 2016
Time: First trip 12 noon
Cost: Adults £5, Children £2.50

Non FoPB Event

Our friend and supporting group PL24 Community Association (formerly Par Community Association) is holding another session of their trips through the Pinnock Tunnel. Pinnock Tunnel was originally on the line from St Blazey to Lostwithiel via Fowey and is the longest tunnel in Cornwall at just over a mile long.

Please book early to secure your place, this is a popular event!

Click here to see the poster for all information regarding booking details etc.


Spring Quiz Night
Tuesday, 19th April 2016
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our popular Quiz Nights.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter.

Up to 6 per table – no age restriction.

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers cocktail pasty, tea, coffee or squash.

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It’s a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is essential to book a table with Jules on 812700. If you are on your own you can still book a place to join a mixed table.

Click here to view the poster, you can then download to spread the word as you wish.


Sandy Hill School Big Spring Beach Clean
Saturday, 16th April 2016
Venue: Par Beach
Time: 10am to 12:30pm

Sandy Hill School are carrying out a Big Spring Beach Clean on Par Beach on Saturday 16th April. Everyone is welcome to come and help the children. It is heartening to see that communities are taking more and more interest in their surroundings, especially the children who are our future. This event is fully supported by Friends of Par Beach.

This event is timed to coincide with the Big Spring Beach Clean, which is an event promoted by Surfers Against Sewage from the 11th to 17th April. http://www.sas.org.uk/…/big-spring-beach-clean-are-you-rea…/

Meet at the blue Friends of Par Beach gazebo that will be located in the main car park to collect your litter pickers, bags and hoops.

Cornwall Council have very kindly agreed to relax car park charges in the main car park until 1pm on the day of the litter pick. Friends of Par Beach would like to thank Cornwall Council and Doug Scrafton, our County Councillor, for their efforts in achieving this concession. Please note: If you intend to stay after 1pm you will need to purchase a ticket from 1pm onwards.

Click here to see a poster


March Work Party
Sunday, 20th March 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, Meet at the Western Car Park at the very end of the Access Road
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

The March work party will consist of carrying out maintenance of the Sustrans Path at the western end of the Beach Nature Reserve. The Sustrans Path goes from the western path (middle of Par Green) crossing the China Clay Road, bearing right and going to the left of the conifers. When it meets the track leading to the old slip go left to reach the sculpture

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet at the sculpture by the entrance to the Orchid Field at the end of the Beach Access Road.
 
Please note the car parking charges will be in force from the 15th March.
 
Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.
 
For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.
 
Concerned about weather? Ring Jan on 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.
 
As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.
 
To see our poster for printing off to post somewhere or just to look at click here
 
This is the last of the 2015/16 season maintenance work and Friends of Par Beach thank all who have contributed their time, especially Jan Phillips who organises them.

Beach Clean & Litter Pick
Sunday, 13th March 2016
Venue: Par Beach and Local Nature Reserve
Time: 11am to 1pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding our Spring Litter Pick to support Clean Cornwall's ‘Spring Clean’ week.

Join us at any time between 11am and 1pm in the main car park where we will provide litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold your bag open. Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

Meet in the Beach Main Car Park, look out for our blue gazebo. There will be no charge for using the car park as charging for 2016 season starts on March 15th.

Free hot drink voucher for all participants courtesy of Park Leisure!

For further information please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

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Winter Bird Walk with Mark Whittaker
Sunday, 28th February 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, meet in car park opposite the pond
Time: 10:30am

WE HAVE JUST HEARD THAT DUE TO UNFORSEEN CURCUMSTANCES WE WILL HAVE TO POSTPONE TO ANOTHER DATE AS MARK WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE 28TH. WILL ADVISE NEW DATE ASAP.....

Morning walk around the Par Beach Local Nature Reserve (LNR) to look for wintering birds with Mark Whittaker. Some of you may have seen Mark's wonderful pictures of birds around Par Beach Nature Reserve. You will also get the chance to see where we placed some of the 13 birdboxes that were put together by some of the children from Tywardreath School. Signs of birds being interested in them have been seen already this year! This is an ideal meeting for beginners.

This is a family event, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Meet: at the car park opposite the pond. Look out for our flag.

Cost: Free to FoBP members (bring your membership card) and 12 and under therwise £2

Please wear appropriate clothing and bring binoculars if you have them.

For info or to check if it is still going ahead if weather looks bad please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use the contact us page

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February Work Party
Sunday, 21st February 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature reserve, main car par park by the sand ramp to the beach
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: Nothing at all!

The Sea Buckthorn has been encroaching on the Main Dunes Path at the Eastern end of the site and needs managing. We may take the opportunity of widening this section of the path

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish, sea buckthorn can have sharp thorns.

Meet at the main car par park by the sand ramp to the beach. Please note car parking is free during the winter months!!

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster


January Work Party
Sunday, 17th January 2016
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, Meet by the gate/statue at the entrance to the Orchid Field towards the end of the Access Road
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: There isn't any!

The January work party will be bramble and invasive species clearing in the Orchid Field at the western end of the Nature Reserve.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet by the gate/statue at the entrance to the Orchid Field towards the end of the access road. Please note car parking is now free!!

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather please ring Phil on 01726 817396 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster that you can print, download share or whatever.


December Work Party
Sunday, 13th December 2015
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, Meet at the Western Car Park at the very end of the Access Road
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: Nothing!

It’s gorse bashing time again! Completion of another glade does, by experience, not only helps butterflies, but encourages wildflower species to reappear.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite one if you wish.

Hopefully the weather will be suitable for burning what we cut, so bring a potato if you fancy it for lunch!

Park at the western car park (by the docks) and walk back to the FoPB boards that should be easily visible. Please note car parking is now free!!

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster for downloading/sharing/putting up somewhere for us etc.


November Work Party
Sunday, 15th November 2015
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, Meet at the entrance to the reed path by the sluices opposite the old Parking Attendant’s hut
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: None!

In February 2010, Friends of Par Beach’s very first Working Party tackled the clearance of the Reed Path and it has become an annual event ever since. As well as doing useful work it is a social event, so why not come along and get stuck in.  

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can. We have some protective gloves but bring your favourite ones if you wish.

Meet by the entrance to the reed path by the sluices opposite the old Parking Attendant’s hut. Please note car parking is now free!!

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00am and 9.30am on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster, you can download to share, print give it to friends etc etc........


Autumn Quiz Evening
Tuesday, 10th November 2015
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £4 per person

We are holding another of our very popular Quiz Nights on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at the Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. Friends of Par Beach, are going to run it ourselves again. All will be the same and we we hope to draw a full house for this very popular evening.

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special  in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter

6 per table – no age restriction

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers small pasty and tea/coffee/squash.

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It should be a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is essential to book a table with Jules on 01726 812700. At the time of booking you will have the choice of ordering a meat or vegetarian pasty. If you are on your own or don't make up enough to fill a table of 6 you can still book a place to join a mixed table.

Click here to view the poster, you can then download to spread the word as you wish.


Friends of Par Beach & OPAL Project, Fungi and Lichens in the Nature Reserve
Sunday, 25th October 2015
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve, meet by the staute at the western end of the beach road
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: Free!!

Friends of Par Beach have joined forces with the Opal Project and will be holding a Fungi and Lichen Survey event. This is aimed at children and is a family event.

Discover more about the incredible variety of fungi and lichens that can be seen on Par Sands Local Nature Reserve at this time of year. Dr Owen Smith will guide you through OPAL’s Explore Nature pack to identify fungi and lichens and explain how local air quality impacts on our natural environment.

To learn more about the OPAL Project see their website http://www.opalexplorenature.org/

This is a free event for all, but, as places are limited, you should register with Phil Gadd on 01726 817396.

Well behaved dogs on leads please (and owners!) most welcome

Meet by the statue at the far end of the beach road

Please wear appropriate clothing for the prevailing weather, it may be wet underfoot so sensible footware is recommended.

There is a growing feeling, partly initiated by the National Trust that a child who hasn't had the opportunity to get out into the natural environment to build dens, interact with the local flora and fauna etc is missing out on a great deal in their development and this event would be great opportunity for them.

To see the poster where you can view, save to your own computer or share amongst your friends click here


Work Party, Saplings TLC & Sycamore Management
Sunday, 18th October 2015
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve. Meet by the gate to the Orchid Field and slipway at the western end
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Friends of Par Beach are holding their first work party on Sunday 18th October, the first of the coming Autumn/Winter season.

Meet by the gate to the Orchid Field and slipway. This is straight on towards the end of the access road as the road bears round to the left to the western car park where you can park if coming by car.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather, conditions underfoot and work in hand (safety footwear would be best if you have any) and bring loppers, shears, secateurs if you can.

Come for the whole morning or drop in to suit.

Under 18s must be with a responsible adult.

For further info or if you have any questions please use the Contact Us page on our website.

Concerned about weather? Ring 01726 810026 between 9.00 and 9.30 on the day.

As an incentive there will hopefully be the usual refreshments for those taking part.

Click here to see the poster, you can download to share, print give it to friends etc etc........


Friends of Par Beach 6th Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, 22nd September 2015
Venue: Gott Hall, Par Green, Par. PL24 2AF
Time: 7:30pm

Meet the FoPB committee and other members on Tuesday 22nd September for a glass of wine,cup of tea/coffee, nibbles and an exchange of ideas related to Par Beach.

We shall meet at The Gott Hall, Par Green, PL24 2AF at 19.30 (7.30pm), when the 6th Annual General Meeting will precede an informal discussion led by Jolyon Sharpe (Countryside Officer, Cornwall Council) on the proposal to put more beach huts on Par Beach. Ask questions and give your opinion.


Beach Clean/Litter Pick
Saturday, 19th September 2015
Venue: Par Beach Main Car Park ( look out for our gazebo)
Time: 11am to 1pm
Cost: Free!!

Friends of Par Beach will be holding another litter pick in conjunction with Clean Cornwall week and the Marine Conservation Society's 'Great British Beach Beach Clean'.

Join us at any time between 11am and 1pm in the main car park. Look for our distinctive blue gazebo near the entrance to the main car where you can register and be issued with litter pickers, bags and hoops to hold you bag open. Bring gloves and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather.

Friends of Par Beach would like to thank the following for their support:

Cornwall Council have again very kindly agreed to waive the car parking charges for the duration of the litter pick.

Park Leisure have again very kindly offers to provide free tea/coffee/drink to those taking part.

We would also like to thank Keep Britain Tidy 'Beach Care' especially Neil Hembrow for donating litter pickers and hoops to add to our collection which will go a long way to enable the local community to help to look after our own environment.

For further information please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page

Click here to see the event poster, you can download it, print it or share it.......... Help sread the word!


Bat Walk around Par Beach Nature Reserve with Carol Williams
Thursday, 27th August 2015
Venue: Par Beach Local Nature Reserve, Meet by the Par Sands Holiday Park office, PL24 2AS
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free to FoPB members & children 12 & under. £2 for non-members. Remember to bring your membership card with you

FoPB are delighted to announce that we have been able to organise another Evening Bat Walk with Carol Williams, a leading bat expert. Come and see the different species of bats that feed around the beach area and find out more about these often misunderstood little creatures.

The event will start with an introduction to the bats that can be found around Cornwall and Carol will be able to answer any questions you may have.

This is a family event, under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult; well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

This is a wheelchair friendly event

Cost: Free to FoPB Members*, £2 for non-members (children under 12 free), bring your membership card.

Bring: Sensible footwear and clothing

Contact:  John Page on our contact us page or 01726 814430 for further info or if you have any questions.

To see the event poster to print, share or even just to look at click here

* If not a member of FoPB, You can join at the event, it is inexpensive and could be cheaper than paying for the event on the night if joining as a family. Full details on our membership page where you are now able to join online.

Please wear sensible footwear and clothing. Do bring a bat detector if you have or have access to one. 

Donations to ‘Bat Aid’ will be most welcome. Click here to see their website and info on the work they do in helping sick and injured bats found in Cornwall. If you want to see them on Facebook click here, it is a public page so you don't need to have a Facebook account to see it. If you want the day to day stories look at Norman Noctule's FB page. Sadly Norman passed away earlier this year but a friend of his has taken over running his page.


Friends of Par Beach Big Bug Hunt (rescheduled from the one cancelled on 26th July)
Saturday, 15th August 2015
Venue: Par Beach Nature Reserve. Meet by the gate to the Orchid Field and slipway at the western end
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: Free!

Friends of Par Beach have joined forces with Owen Smith from the Opal Project and will be holding a Bug Count Survey event. This is aimed at children and is a family event. We will be holding this on and in the vicinity the Orchid Field at the western end of the Beach Local Nature Reserve.

This event is rescheduled from the one cancelled on 29th July because of wet weather.

As spaces are limited to 20 places/families booking is essential so if want to join in the fun please call Phil on 01726 817396 or use our contact us page putting 'Bug Hunt' in the Subject field.

Meet: Par Beach Nature Reserve. Meet by the gate to the Orchid Field and slipway at the western end

Date/Time: Sunday Sunday 15th August, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Bring: Appropriate clothing for the weather on the day and hats and sunblock cream if sunny.

Weather: if it looks like being wet please call Phil on 01726 817396.

Well behaved dogs welcome but must be kept under control on a lead.

Click here to see the event poster for printing, sharing or even just to look at.

We have scheduled in another OPAL event for 25th October 'Fungi and Lichens in the Nature Reserve'. Full details will be published when finalised.

If these are a success we will be looking at holding more events of this nature in the future. OPAL run various survey events that we could organise, e.g. Tree Health Surveys, Soil and Earthworm Surveys, Air Surveys and Water Surveys.

The OPAL website is worth a look to find out more about the project and what it does http://www.opalexplorenature.org/aboutopal There is quite a lot of info about the organisation on this site, can you find the picture of Owen Smith?

There is a growing feeling, partly initiated by the National Trust that a child who hasn't had the opportunity to get out into the natural environment to build dens, interact with the local flora and fauna etc is missing out on a great deal and this would be great opportunity to develop this.


Non FoPB Event - Friends of the Fowey Estuary Rockpool Event
Friday, 31st July 2015
Venue: Spit Beach, Par

Friends of the Fowey Estuary are holding a rockpooling event on Spit Beach near Par Harbour.

More details when available........... watch this space!!


Family Beach Art Competition
Sunday, 12th July 2015
Venue: Eastern end of Par Beach just below the dunes
Time: 10:30am to 1 pm (judging at 12 noon)
Cost: Free but donations to the Par Carnival Fund will be welcome

As part of the Par Carnival, Friends of Par Beach (FoPB) and Par Community Association (PCA) are holding a Family Beach Art Competition on Par Beach.

No rules as such, just come along and have fun in the sun.

Bring whatever tools you think will be useful.

Use natural materials to enhance your creation. Be imaginative!

From Main Car Park go over the sand ramp where you can register to enter at the FoPB Gazebo

If it’s hot bring plenty of drinking water & use gloves to collect materials.

More information from Phil 01726 817396 or use our Contact Us page

This event is FREE, but donations appreciated for Par Carnival Week

Click here to see the poster where you can you download it, print it for sharing or whatever..........


Par Community Association Classic Car Rally
Sunday, 28th June 2015
Venue: Haul Road, Par (adjacent to the beach)
Time: 11am to 3pm
Cost: Adults £3.50, children £1

Par Community association are holding another Classic Car Rally on June 28th. This will give owners a chance to show off their classic vehicles, whether it has 2, 3 or 4 wheels, or a chance to look at other people's pride and joy. Stalls, Barbecue and Entertainment from Ian and his barrel organ.

To see the event poster click here.

Vehicle registration form is on the PCA website home page.


Field trip to Par Sands as Follow up to the Talk at Trenython Manor on Saturday 21 March 2015
Saturday, 20th June 2015
Venue: Par Sands, Meet at the Main Car Park (seasonal charges apply)
Time: 10:30am to 1pm

This is a joint event by Friends of the Fowey Estuary, Friends of Par Beach and Friends of Luxulyan Valley and is the follow-up site visit following the talk given by George Taylor at Trenython Manor on Saturday 21 March on the geology of Par Sands.

Meet at the main car Park at Par Beach (seasonal charges for parking will apply).

PAR SAND DUNES: geology, sedimentology and an introduction to the China Clay Industry Site Visit

with George Taylor BSc, looking at the rock formations, sand dunes and how to do transects of the dunes in order to identify the different grass & plant species present should Friends of Par Beach want to carry out dune surveys at a later date. He has produced a limited number of geological maps of par beach area, along with simplified log sheets & basic rock types descriptions.

Saturday 20 June 2015 from 10.30  – 1.00

Meet at main car park at Par Beach, seasonal charges apply.

Grid ref SX087532. Post Code PL24 2AR

This is a joint event and there is free entry to members of Friends of Fowey Estuary, Friends of Par Beach and Friends of Luxulyan Valley.

Please bring suitable shoes and suitable clothing for rambling on the beach and rocks!

For further information contact Margaret Gardener at Friends of the Fowey Estuary, 01726 833780, margaretgardener@ hotmail.com (please remove intentional space after @, this is to deter e-mail harvesting by spammers)


Par Community Association's World’s Largest Cream Tea Party!
Sunday, 7th June 2015
Venue: Event Field next to Par Running Track, Moorland Road, Par
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Cost: Free!

Friends of Par Beach is supporting Par Community Association with its organisation of the Big Lunch - Big Cream Tea on Sunday 7th June. It’s going to be great fun, whether or not a world record is broken, so please do come to the Events Field by Par Running Track Fields for a free cream tea, music and entertainment.

A lot of crockery has been begged, borrowed, but not stolen in order to get tables set up, but you can help if you bring your own cup, saucer and tea plate (Guinness Book of Records terms say that they must be china)

Even, better.......... Can you spare some time on Sunday the 7th to help set up and/or clear up. Gill Butler needs lots of volunteers to donate their time to help to run this wonderful event. Please email her at parcommunity@ gmail.com (Delete space after the @, this is to deter e-mail harvesting from spammers) or phone her on 01726 813442 with offers.

Please come along to support this attempt and bring as many people as you can. The PCA are pleased to announce that some local companies are stepping forward to help sponsor the event.

You can keep up with the latest news by looking at the specially created Facebook Event page, click here to see it. Scroll down the page to see the lists of local companies and individuals that have offered help.

Please help the PCA achieve their aim in spreading the word by telling all your family and friends and let's hope the record can be broken.

Click here to see a poster for the event to look at, share, pin up somewhere........ The PCA needs as many people to come to help put Par on the map!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there..............


Friends of Par Beach at Trenython Manor
Saturday, 9th May 2015

Connect with nature and be creative together and with other families in a beautiful wooded landscape crowned by a grand Manor House, where literature, art, music and nature are entwined.

Friends of Par Beach have been invited to to be present at the Fun Weekend at Trenython Manor as part of the Fowey Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May. Members of FoPB will be there with our blue gazebo and will provide activities for children and their families together with information about us and our work on Par Beach and its Local Nature Reserve.


Par Community Association Pinnock Tunnel Trips
Sunday, 26th April 2015
Venue: Haul Road, Par (adjacent to Par Beach)
Cost: Adult - £5, Children between ages 3 & 12 - £2.50

Par Community Association are organising trips through the tunnel between Par and Fowey on the Fowey town Landtrain.

The trains are now fully booked but you are welcome to come along in case there are any cancellations or 'no shows'.

To see the poster click here


Spring Quiz Night
Tuesday, 21st April 2015
Venue: Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. PL24 2PA
Time: 19:30
Cost: £4 per person, includes a pasty and a drink

We are holding another of our very popular Quiz Nights on Tuesday 21st April at the Scout Hut, Moorland Road, Par. David Stevens who has run these popular quiz nights for us in the past has retired from running quizzes and we, Friends of Par Beach, are going to run it ourselves again using Dave's successful model. All will be the same and we we hope to draw a full house for this very popular evening. We had no complaints last time we ran it in November...........

As well as the quiz there will be a raffle for prizes and the chance to win a bottle of something special  in the ‘heads and tails’ game – just £1 to enter

6 per table – no age restriction

Charge is just £4 per person, which covers small pasty and tea/coffee/squash.

There will not be a licensed bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you wish.

It should be a fun night so, in order to avoid disappointment and to secure your pasties it is essential to book a table with Jules on 01726 812700. At the time of booking you will have the choice of ordering a meat or vegetarian pasty. If you are on your own or don't make up enough to fill a table of 6 you can still book a place to join a mixed table.

Click here to view the poster, you can then download to spread the word as you wish.



Cornwall Council Park Leisure Par Sands Friends of Par Beach are supported by
PL24 Community Association, Tesco,
Par Sands Coastal Holiday Park,
Cornwall Council Community Grant
Tesco PL24 Community Association