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Fish Whisperers and Scales at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Three poets and a musician celebrate birth, death and everything in between. Join Alan Bleakley, Mike Lay, Mike Adams and Frankie Davies on Friday 26th January 2018 from 6.30-10.30pm for a night of poetry and music.

6.30-7.00pm Welcome drink
7.00-8.00 Food
8.00-9.00 Poetry
9.00-9.30 Dessert and music (dancing)
9.30-10.30 Frankie

Tickets are limited: book now! £20 per head to include food and a welcome drink contact: restaurant@benatsennen.com

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Annual Sennen Surf Comp 20th – 22nd October What’s On!

Yo Homies, Surf’s up! Here’s all that’s happening at this year’s premier surfing event!

We’ve included a veterans and longboard comp division for the first time this year alongside our youth tag team and open classes.

Friday Night
Registration at the Old Success Inn (beer and pasties)

Saturday
Youth tag team and veterans 45+

8.30 am -bacon Sandwiches in Surf Den Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove for the contestants
9.30 am – restaurant opens for coffee
12 pm – Surf Den opens bar and pizza
12pm – lunch
3.30pm – DJ in Surf Den
5 – 5.30pm – award ceremony

Sunday

Longboard and open divisions

8.00am registration at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove
8.30am bacon sandwich
12pm – surf Den opens bar and pizza
3.30pm – DJ in Surf Den
5 – 5.30 award ceremony

Please contact Dave on dave.muir1@btinternet.com for entries. All entries must be completed by 15th October.

Tag team £20 per team (4 surfers)
Longboard, veteran and open £15.00 each
(incudes coffee and bacon sandwich)

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Surf’s Up!

Annual Sennen Surf Competition
21st -22nd October 2017
Sennen Cove
Now in it’s 3rd year, the annual Sennen Surfing Competition has grown and this year we will be working in partnership with four other local businesses, Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn and Smart Surf School to bring you a true community Surf Competition for Sennen. Featuring classes for all from the seasonal visitor to the seasoned pro.
The two-day event will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water and compete in a variety of classes. The first day of competiton will see classes for juniors and veterans ( 45+ ) and a specific class for longboard riders. The second day will see the Open event for all comers culminating in the award of the Ashley Moffatt memorial trophy to the best Open competiton surfer. The trophy is awarded in memory of Ashley Moffatt, a popular young Sennen surfer, instructor and member of the life boat crew who was tragically killed.
Cash and / or prizes will be on offer for all classes to reward the best surfers in each event.
In addition to the action on the water there will be social events each evening for everyone to attend with The Old Success pub holding an event to kick things off with a prize giving with music, resident DJ Samiad and prize giving on the Sunday with pizza.
2017 reflection
The Sennen Surf Comp was initiated as a Sennen community event which began in 2015. The aim has always been to bring together everyone who has enjoyed the beach and waves over the summer. With surf comp classes for everyone the event is designed to be inclusive and open to all whether local or visitor.
The standard of surfing in the Open competition has always been of an exceptional standard. Previous Open winners are Seb Smart and Sam Bleakley.
Welcoming The Old Success as a sponsor this year widens the event to make it a true Sennen wide competition, open to all with everyone welcome. Come and celebrate the wonderful natural beach here at Sennen and show us your skills perfected on the water over the summer!
David Muir, Sennen Surfing Centre said “it’s been an extremely hectic summer, which is now widing down this half term event marks the end of the end of the busy beach and the start of the autumn winter season. This year we welcome back our partners from Sennen, without them we could not make this event happen and look forward to welcoming The Old Success Inn. It’s a fun, family friendly day, with great surfing, food and drink in the most relaxing surroundings

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Plastic in our Oceans

We are passionate about our wonderful beach here in Sennen, the beautiful Cornish coast and the health of our seas. Making sure the environment is safe and clean for us all to enjoy is something we all care about. Sea plastic is an increasing problem. It’s unsightly and posses a real threat to marine life. We are keen to do our bit by using plastic responsibly and cutting it out where we can and we’ve been raising awareness through our blogs. Plastic is useful, cheap and works brilliantly but if it’s thrown in the sea or left on the beach then plastic is not so fantastic.

Did you know?

  • 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year.
  • 300 million tonnes of plastic is being produced every year, half of which is for ‘single use’ applications – like drinking straws.
  • Plastic production accounts for 8% of the world’s oil reserves.

Plastic takes years and years to break down and does so into smaller and smaller bits – or microbeads which can be digested. Fish and shellfish are consuming these microbeads and chemicals, which potentially enter the food chain.

Here in Sennen we no longer serve single use plastic straws with drinks. You can help do your bit too by picking up discarded plastic and rubbish from the beach when you visit.

Plastic – not always fantastic.

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3rd Annual Sennen Surf Contest 21 – 22 October – Join in the fun!

The annual fun, family-friendly surf contest is returning to Sennen Cove for its third year this October, as we partner with four other local businesses to host this exciting event and make it a Sennen event for all.

 

Ben and the team are working with Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn and Smart Surf School to plan the two -day event on 21st and 22nd October, which will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water and compete in a variety of classes.

 

The first day of competition will end with an evening event at the Old Success Inn and the second day evening event will happen here in our Surf Den with the prize giving finale.

 

Saturday will involve the junior tag team and veterans (+45) open event.  Sunday will feature the longboard event and the senior open with cash prizes at stake.

 

Join in the fun and contact us, Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop, The Old Success Inn, Smart Surf School for more information and to sign up and join in.

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Plastic not so Fantastic

Plastic washed up on our coast is obvious and clearly visible. Sadly the plastic pollution is there.

For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics has continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 per cent increase over 2012.

Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. That’s why we like it and buy plastic goods. However, some of those qualities can be harmful. Durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials are polluting our oceans and seas and are entering the food chain as they break down and are consumed by marine life. And of course, we see the evidence on our lovely beaches.

Take a walk along our fabulous beach here in Sennen and back and keep an eye open and you’ll be amazed at the amount of discarded and washed up sea plastic.

Plastic straws are one of top polluters on our beaches that take years to break down. Used only once they remain a threat to marine life and the ecosystem for many years.

Saying no to the plastic straw in your drink is only a small thing but makes a huge difference.

So join us in disposing of rubbish responsibly and say no to the plastic straw.

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On Our Doorstep

What lies around us here in Sennen Cove can simply be described as stunning. Every day we get to enjoy this magical place.  The most beautiful coastline and the ever changing sunsets which are joy to behold. Whether it’s taking a stroll along the beach or the coastal path, wave jumping, surfing, or enjoying a drink the world is a better place. Simple pleasures. Discover the world of wonderful Sennen today!

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Local Surfer Making Waves in National Competitions

Sennen is a mecca for surf enthusiasts from all over the UK. Its position in the heart of Cornwall and at the foot of the country means Sennen is blessed with some of the cleanest and most consistent ocean swell in the UK.

There is some great local surf talent on show every day on the beach and so it’s so great to be able to celebrate when one of our own does so well on a wider stage.
George Carpenter is a local surfer now making waves on a national scale. At the age of just 16 finishing 2nd in the Under 18’s category at the English National Surf Championships in Perrenporth at the start of May. This great result puts George firmly on the national stage and makes him eligible for the national team.
With surfing officially an Olympic sport for 2020, tantalizingly this means George will be in his prime when Tokyo 2020 rolls around and surfing makes its high profile debut.
George hit the waves when he was just 8 but started properly when 10. Now in his 3rd season, he has been building towards this great result finishing in the British Nationals last season with a strong 5th place.

Next up is the Surfaced Pro competition this weekend ( 3,4th June ) at Watergate Bay Cornwall – the first leg of the UK Pro Tour followed by the unique and exciting Pro Night Surf Event at Fistral Beach on the 16th and 17th of June.
Depending on how George fares in these two events he may then travel all the way to Thurso in Scotland for the final event in October with an aim of toping the UK table in the Under 18’s category.

During the summer George is down at Sennen riding the fabulous clean swell we all enjoy and is one of the team of great instructors teaching on the beach. George is following in some fine footsteps and with many previous competition winners in the water every day at Sennen. Your surf instructor could be a current or previous national champion!
Congratulations George on a fine result in the English Nationals. At Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove we’ll all be routing for you this summer in the Pro events and who knows, maybe we’ll have another local hero to cheer in Tokyo 2020 to follow in the footsteps of the great Helen Glover from Newlyn in London 2012. Go George!

Follow George via his social media:
Instagram:  georgecarpenter1
Facebook: George Carpenter

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Jump on Board, a One of a Kind Surf Bar Top at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Quality craftsmanship are two words we would use to the sum up the bar top in our Surf Den. If you haven’t seen it yet, then the bar itself is worth a visit. The bar top is styled with resin art – just like one of Jackson Higgs’s from Bluff Longboards truly unique traditional surfboards, and this bar top was constructed using the same traditional construction techniques and is simply quite amazing.

Jackson explains his inspiration to build the bar top came from: “Resin art is personally one of my favourite parts of building surfboards, hence the amount of Bluff longboards standing out in the lineup. Maintaining control of the bleeds, the swirls and the vibrant colours is so incredibly satisfying. Ben Tunnicliffe is also a fan of some of my more wacky creations, so I was delighted when he, Nigel and Kinga commissioned me for definitely one of the largest projects I have ever undertaken! My favourite part of the finished bar is introducing resin art to people who aren’t necessarily surfers, people who are unaware that such an incredible art form exists within the surfboard industry. Then watching their jaws drop when it is incorporated into a drinking establishment”.

Jackson himself is a true inspiration, he makes every single longboard from start to finish.  Shaping, glassing, sanding and polishing.  Jackson uses exclusively traditional materials and construction methods, clocking up a huge amount of working hours in the process, the true old-school way.  Therefore it’s not surprising that it took Jackson 55 ½ hours to build the bar top to his obsessively perfect standards

Jackson describes the technique used to build the bar “The bar top is built by laminating marine plywood with the traditional double 6+6oz porcher cloth with tinted polyester resin, followed by a sanding coat and gloss coat which was wets anded and polished up to a mirror finish. Put simply, it was a huge, truly unique labour of love that would be impossible to replicate exactly. The glossy surface and the metallic flake glistens in the sun and placing a nice gin and tonic down on it just looks like something out of a James Bond film”.

Jackson has already been re-commissioned for another similar project. He’s keeping quiet about this one but something tells me that it will be equally as spectacular. This up-and-coming resin artist is clearly buzzing on the endless possibilities which are all derived from his surfing background, and accompanied with his infectious enthusiasm, we wish him every success with this very exciting new venture.

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A New Den for Ben

Our friends at Business Cornwall called it a “New Den for Ben”, and on Saturday 29th April just in time for summer, the team unveiled the new Den. An outdoor bar which coincided with the release of ‘Head Launcher’, an exclusive ale produced for the restaurant by Skinners Brewery.

Guests enjoyed a fantastic afternoon basking in the sun while enjoying resident DJ Samiad, eating freshly baked pizza cooked perfectly by our Head Chef Adam, and sampling a selection of drinks including the new ale ‘Head Launcher’. ‘Head Launcher’ was inspired by the Sennen Cove Lifeboat which plays a massive part in our local community.

The Den brings the outside in. The bar top itself is styled as resin art – exactly like a surf board by local board shaper and builder Jackson Higgs of Bluff Longboards http://blufflongboards.co.uk/ and constructed using surf board construction techniques and it’s simply quite amazing. The Den has been crafted carefully and has been a labour of love for all those involved.

We are so delighted with our new Den, and want to thank all those involved in making the Den possible and to our staff who worked hard in making this launch happen. A true team effort.

The Surf Den opens on May 5th. Please see our Opening Times for full details. We look forward to seeing you there.