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elCome to Cornwall – where the memories you have from your childhood are being experienced for the first time by a new generation of holidaymakers. For that is what Cornwall is all about – memories. Memories of golden sandy beaches, hot sunny days, buckets and spades, the sea crashing in and at the end of the day, the most glorious evening skies as the sun sets down behind the Atlantic horizon. Memories of ice cream dripping down your fingers in the hot sun, piers, promenades, cream teas and lush countryside full of tiny quaint villages and communities. Cornwall is a land of classic, timeless beauty which is why we all love to go there. Skyscraper cliffs of rock soaring into the sky, magical landscapes and a rich history of seafaring, smuggling and tin, all waiting for you to discover. Of course, all those traditions and ways that made Cornwall such a tourist hotspot in the first place are still there and as strongly promoted as ever. But the great thing about Cornwall is the way it has maintained that old, timeless quality while keeping up with modern progress. So you’ll have your cream tea but later enjoy a Michelin-starred meal at one of the great worldrenowned restaurants that have emerged across the county.

Your day on the beach will be everything it was but you’ll go back to a hotel with every home comfort and modern facility you’d be expect on a luxury holiday anywhere in the world. This great county, with its welcoming local people and laid-back lifestyle, is waiting to be

rediscovered by a new generation. Once they’ve tasted it, they’ll be back for more in years to come, just like so many people are. Travel links mean it couldn’t be easier to get here. Most UK local airports can have you here in under an hour and rail services are the best they’ve ever been.


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Exclusive Interview: Cornwall’s celebrated chef and TV personality Rick Stein, whose name has become synonymous with the county of Cornwall

St Michael’s island castle stands proud off the coast of Penzance – and the inspiration for some of the county’s finest landscape artists

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Travelling here by car is now so much easier, too. That fabulous holiday you had in Cornwall as a child is still there – but bigger and better. So why not relive those memories and come back to Cornwall this year. We’re ready to give you another memory that will last forever . . .


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A TeAM of boatbuilders will spend all this summer recreating the oldest boat ever found in western europe – live in front of thousands of visitors to Cornwall’s national Maritime Museum in Flamouth. Shipwright Brian Cumby will lead the restoration of the prehistoric giant canoe-like vessel dating back to around 2,000BC. And visitors to the museum will be able to watch the work taking place and even get involved themselves. The project, organised by the University of Exeter aims to unlock the secrets of Cornwall’s Bronze Age boatbuilding past. Brian has been studying what tools the Bronze Age builders would have used and aims to adopt their techniques, too, as the project is as much about learning how the boat was made as e actual boat itself. 2012BC Cornwall and the Sea in the Bronze Age workshops and exhibitions run from April 13 to September 30.

HEAD FOR THE FLAME CornWALL is gearing up to celebrate the historic arrival of the olympic Flame at rnAS Culdrose on the evening of May 18. Thousands of visitors expected to attend and up to a billion people from across the world to watch on TV as it leaves Land’s End the following morning on the start of its 8,000 mile journey around the UK. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience so why not travel to Land’s End or one of the towns along the route to watch the torch go past. The route follows Newlyn, Penzance, Marazion, Rosudgeon, Ashton, Breage, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Stephen, Trewoon, St Austell, the Eden Project, Stenalees, Bugle, Lanivet, Bodmin, Liskeard and Saltash.

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he eden Project at bodelva, near St Austell, has opened a new exciting Saturday club for more adventurous kids. The Kids Rock club offers young people the chance to reach new heights by scaling Bodelva’s new rock-face each Saturday morning. The classes, which are suitable for those aged seven to 16, start at 9:30am in the Visitor Centre

and go on until 11:30am. Sessions are designed to help participants build their skills and confidence, while working towards a qualification awarded by the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme. Whether keen climbers or absolute beginners, children and teenagers can get to grips with the basics of rock climbing on the Climbing Wall high above the Biomes.

They can also have a go at the new Bouldering Wall, which offers problem-solving challenges to climbers of all abilities as well as the experience of outdoor climbing without the need for ropes and safety equipment. The club, which runs every Saturday until November 3, costs £7 a session. To book a place, contact the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972 or email

Step out in Cornwall with your MP3 player freSh air, striking Cornish scenery and quality family time - healthy, holiday fun with an educational twist. A series of interactive walks within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site have been brought to life in a series of downloadable MP3 audio trails. Visitors to Cornwall and west Devon can now enjoy exploring some of the areas that played a part in the region’s industrial heyday. The World Heritage Site status recognises the importance of Cornish mining’s historic landscapes, on a global scale. Cornish miners and engineers developed technologies which transformed mining worldwide. The site contains over 200 iconic Cornish engine houses (the largest concentration of such monuments anywhere in the world). But Cornish mining is about far more than mine sites – the mining industry impacted on all aspects of life. Many Cornish towns and villages were either transformed by a growing industrial population or newly built to house them. They reveal their history in the rows of distinctive terraced cottages, shops,

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chapels and substantial public buildings. Today you’ll find plenty of great cafés, pubs, restaurants, art galleries and museums. Begin your journey to the soul of Cornwall via the 10 unique, diverse areas that form the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Free, fun and easy to use; the audio trails are the perfect way to get out and explore the fascinating history and sights of the real Cornwall. The trails are available to download at www. and include the following areas: geevor to levAnt: the mines under the Sea botAllACk: Count house & Coast trevArno eStAte: the gunpowder Plot the greAt flAt lode: the basset mines at South Wheal frances tAviStoCk toWn: the duke of bedford’s grand Plan For more on the Cornish Mining World Heritage Sites, go to

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ith everything going up in price, going on holiday can be an expensive business. Accommodation, dining, attractions, activities; they all cost money but you can’t really go on holiday and do nothing so how can you make good savings? Well, if you come on holiday or on business to Cornwall you can now make substantial savings across the county with a discount card called the Cornwall Pass.

So what is it and how does it work? The Cornwall Pass is a discount card that enables you to enjoy savings at a host of attractions, activities, historic sites and gardens, restaurants, accommodation, shops and taxis across Cornwall. It is available to both visitors and residents

covers up to five people so it is ideal for couples, families or groups of friends and offers you savings of up to £250 a week or more for around £1 a day or less. If you are a visitor you can purchase one for the duration of your stay - a 7-Day Cornwall Pass for £7.00 or 14-Day Cornwall Pass for £10.00 - and if you are a frequent visitor to Cornwall or a resident, you can purchase a 12-month Cornwall Pass for just £20.00. Remember, each Pass covers up to 5 people. To use your Cornwall Pass, all you have to do is go to a participating business, show them your Pass and receive your discount. It is as simple as that. There are no restrictions on how many times you can use it or where. As long as the business is participating in the scheme, you will save money.

how do you know if a business is participating in the scheme? When you purchase your Cornwall Pass, you’ll get a free booklet that lists all the businesses participating in the scheme. They are listed by business type and their listing includes, their name, address, contact information including website address and information on the discounts they provide to Cornwall Pass holders.

You can also find the list at along with their location via Google Maps so you will always know where they are.

So how much money can you save? The minimum discount level is 10%, however many businesses offer even more and you can easily make savings of £40 a day and over £200 per week or more.

So how do you purchase your Cornwall Pass? You can purchase your Cornwall Pass directly from www.cornwalltouristpass. com using a secure on-line purchasing system with your debit/credit card either before your visit or when you arrive in Cornwall. You can also purchase it from a number of Holiday Parks and accommodation providers in Cornwall or from any of Rowe’s Bakery outlets which are spread across the county. So if you’re coming to Cornwall whether on holiday or business purchased your Cornwall Pass now and get more of Cornwall for less!

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ention Cornwall to most folk, and chances are the first thing they’ll say back is the name of

rick Sten. The celebrated chef, who rose to fame on TV with his programmes on seafood cookery in the 80s, is synonymous with the county – after all, it’s through him that a lot of people in the UK and abroad have been introduced to Cornwall. And his easy-going yet intensely passionate style perfectly mirrors the character of his beloved county – that life is for living and appreciating. Take your time to live every minute – that’s at the core of the Cornish way, and Rick’s way. Rick was born and raised in Oxfordshire, but his love of Cornwall comes from many long, hot summer holidays spent there with his family who eventually moved to Padstow in the early Seventies. He now divides his time between Padstow and Sydney, Australia. Rick and his Australian wife Sarah are

the guiding lights of “Rick Stein at Bannisters” at Mollymook on the South Coast of New South Wales, His now world-famous Seafood Restaurant in Middle Street, Padstow, is a mecca for diners but he also runs the Cornish Arms pub in the town, St Petroc’s Bistro in New Street as well as Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips in South Quay. He also has The Seafood Bar and a Fish & Chips outlet in Falmouth. He also operates his Seafood School in Padstow, where members of the public can sign up for short courses designed to teach them all aspects of seafood cookery. See the website Seafood-School for details of courses. Here in an exclusive interview with Cornwall Tourism Magazine, Rick reveals his passion for Cornwall and his love of the Cornish traditions that have fashioned the county’s character for thousands of years.

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CTM: When you’re not on your culinary travels, you divide your time between Cornwall and Sydney. What is it you miss most about Cornwall when you’re in Australia? RS: I think I’m very lucky in that when I get back to England Cornwall it’s the best place in the world to be and when I get off the plane in Australia, Sydney is the best place. I simply switch off, however, I’d love grilled Cornish sea bass when in Sydney. CTM: What inspired your passion for Cornwall and cookery? RS: In brief, childhood holidays. I lived the first 18 years of my life in Oxfordshire but it was the long summer holidays in Cornwall that were the highlight of the year and memories of lovely fresh fish, crab and lobsters. CTM: Cornwall is famed for its independent character – giving it a unique feel. Do you feel this fierce sense of identity when you’re there? RS: Indeed I do funnily enough, only yesterday evening I was driving from Padstow to our pub The Cornish Arms in St Merryn just as the sun was setting and thinking this really doesn’t feel like England.

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eXClusive interview RS: It’s extraordinary to me how strongly so many people feel about Cornwall, it’s almost like it’s some lotus land where people don’t really grow old and die and thus in childhood the sun was always shining and the sea was always blue and the pink thrift was always out on the cliff tops. CTM: When you opened your first restaurant in Padstow how different was Cornwall then to what it is today – in terms of both the way of life and the influx of tourists. RS: I opened the restaurant in 1975 at a time when the visitors came to Cornwall at Easter and then only for about 16 weeks in the summer and Padstow was very much more a tight knit fishing community in those days an American journalist friend of mine described it as ‘plug ugly’ which upset me considerably. Some 30 years later I reminded him and he said ‘it’s not plug ugly now’. What he meant was that there was not a lot of money around in the early ‘70’s and the paintwork was peeling. CTM: What made you settle in Padstow? RS: My family moved to Padstow in 1965 when my father retired. CTM: Away from the restaurants, what is your favourite way to relax?

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riCk’S son Jack is carrying on the family tradition by rising through the ranks to become a senior member of the team at the Seafood restaurant. Here he shares an exclusive recipe with Cornwall Tourism Magazine readers.

pAn FrieD herrinG FiLLeTS, hoT piCKLeD SLAW AnD FrieD CAperS Serves 2 as a starter inGreDienTS 4 herring fillets 100 ml rice wine or white wine vinegar 25 ml water ½ tsp dashi granules (optional) 1 tbsp vegetable oil 50 g carrot, finely sliced 25g shallot, finely sliced 2 juniper berries 2 black peppercorns 1 star anise A sprig of thyme Small pinch of chilli Knob of butter 1 tsp capers A few springs of chervil Salt to taste

Jack Stein MeThoD Salt the flesh side of the herring and leave for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, create the pickling liquid by combining the vinegar, water and dashi granules in a pan and warm gently over a low heat. Wash the salt off the herring and lay it on a plate, skin side up and pour over the pickling

RS: I’m somewhat ashamed to say I don’t have a hobby because my favourite way to relax is cooking. But I love swimming too.

liquid, so that it covers the flesh side but does not completely submerges the fillets. Leave to pickle for 10 minutes, then remove from the pickling liquid and pat dry, reserving the liquid. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan and fry the capers until crispy, leave to dry on kitchen paper. For the slaw, cut the carrot and shallot into thin strips and place in a pan with the juniper berries, peppercorns, star anise, thyme, chilli and a good pinch of salt. Pour the reserved pickling liquid over the slaw, bring to the boil and take off the heat. Take the herring fillets and fry them skin side down on a moderate heat for 1 & ½ - 2 minutes, add a knob of butter to finish. Once cooked assemble with some of the warm pickled slaw, the fillets of herring, capers and a few sprigs of chervil. Deglaze the pan with some of the pickling liquor, reduce briefly, and use to sauce the plate.

Recipe: © Jack Stein Image: © Robert Sroga

CTM: Which Cornwall dish for you sums up the county in terms of local ingredients and flavours. RS: The Cornish pasty and it’s heartening to note how much Cornish pasties have improved in the last 20 years. CTM: Obviously your success on TV in the 90s caused a huge spike in the popularity of both seafood and Cornwall. You must be excited to have been able to have such an influence on people’s tastes and to have put Cornwall so firmly on the culinary map. RS: That’s very nice of you to say but I think it was more a case of a growing interest generally in regional cooking and produce, we 10

all began to realise that Britain was not a culinary desert after all, I was just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. CTM: How important is it to you to keep the traditions of Cornwall food and cookery alive? Are there up and coming chefs who share your passion - anyone in particular we should look out for

in the future coming through the ranks at your restaurants? RS: The recent recognition of Cornish pasties as a regional speciality which must now come from the county to earn the name Cornish is testimony to the strength of some the local dishes. I’m really encouraged by the way a number of local chefs,

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most notably Nathan Outlaw, build their whole menu around Cornish produce and on this note that my son Jack who’s now very influential on our choice of dishes on the menu is a great advocate of ‘local’ and has just opened a development kitchen to look at interesting ways of presenting local produce and dishes.

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ne memory most of us treasure is a childhood holiday spent with a bucket and spade on a beach, paddling in the sea. There’s nothing quite like walking down to the beach on a hot summer’s day. The smell of the sea, the sea breeze, the crashing of the waves as they reach ashore. Timeless memories. Here is an A-Z of towns with some of the best beaches the county has to offer.


Summerleaze beach Summerleaze is a wide, sandy beach that is sheltered by the impressive breakwater, making it particularly popular with families. Another gem is the sea pool nestled at the foot of the cliffs. Crooklets beach Crooklets is at the north side of Bude and can be reached by a short walk over the Summerleaze Down, or down the hill from the town centre.

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priest’s Cove Priest’s Cove is to the west of Cape Cornwall. It is a tiny fishing cove dominated by cliffs. The Cape and cove were donated to the National Trust by the Heinz food company in the 1980s. progo A small, pretty much unknown beach with interesting rock arch, close to the end of the Cot Valley.

Rocky, sandy beach suitable for sunbathing. porth nanven A local treasure nestling in Cot Valley is an idyllic spot to get away from it all. At low tide a sandy, secluded cove is exposed.


Gyllyngvase beach Falmouth’s largest beach is a fine crescent of sand popular with families. There is disabled access and dogs are banned during the summer. The deeper points on the reef edge are full of squat lobsters and crabs. Meanporth beach An attractive east-facing beach of sand, set between small headlands, which give good shelter. The beach gently slopes and has shallow water which is great for children. Swanpool beach A great beach which has quite a reputation for watersports. You

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Gwithian Sands can hire kit and get tuition for a range of activities including sailing, surfing, coasteering, windsurfing and kayaking. Castle beach A small shingle beach at high tide but plenty of interesting rock pools to be found at low tide.


hayle Towans This expanse of beach is what makes up most of the three miles. At low tide all the Hayle beaches join up. Gwithian This section of beach is an excellent place to come for the day with the family although it is very exposed. During the summer it is worth noting that care must be taken when swimming as there could be rip currents. Godrevy The Hayles beaches end at Godrevy Point, with the view out to sea dominated by the Godrevy lighthouse which was the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s novel To The Lighthouse.

The Lizard

Kynance Cove A very popular and scenic cove revealing lovely golden sand at low tide. One of the most

beautiful coves in Cornwall. Church Cove beach A small but popular beach reached via a long country lane leading off the A3083 from the centre of Lizard town. The beach is great for rock pools and gullies and the cove is excellent for snorkelers and divers. Cadgwith Cove A small shingle beach set in the heart of a quaint village with a small fleet of crabbing boats still operating from the harbour.


polurrian Cove beach The main beach which holidaymakers tend to use and which is popular with surfers.


St Georges Cove To the north of the town and accessible by the coast path is a beautiful beach that stretches from St Georges Cove to Harbour Cove and Hawkers Cove.


portheras Cove Portheras is located on one of the wildest stretches of Cornish coast between Pendeen and Morvah and is an ideal spot for some sealwatching as well as bathing.

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battery rock beach Battery Rock is right by the art deco open air swimming pool, which is open to the public for a small charge. Heading towards Newlyn you then get to Promenade Beach, then on to Wherrytown (also known as Tolcarne) beach.


porth Joke (or polly Joke) Porth Joke Beach (known locally as Polly Joke) lies between the headlands of Kelsey Head and Pentire Point West. holywell bay A large sandy beach, thought ideal for families, offering great views across Perran Bay to Perranporth in the distance. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins.

Port Isaac

polzeath One of the best surfing beaches in North Cornwall, four miles from the village. port Gaverne Neighbouring Port Gaverne developed in the 19th century as a slate, coal, limestone handling port where shipbuilding also took place - the large buildings have all been converted into holiday accommodation.


Chapel porth The beach at Chapel Porth is renowned for its great surf. At low tide the white sands stretch on to the next beach at Porthtowan.

Newquay and Surrounds Crantock beach A beautiful expanse of golden beach with good surf, popular with families because of its sheltered bathing. Fistral beach Newquay’s iconic beach, quite simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. Home to the Ripcurl Boardmasters, Europe’s largest surf, skate and music festival, its wild. Tolcarne beach One of a quartet of town centre beaches, the others being Great Western, Harbour and Towan. Situated at the Northern end porthtowan Small village with an excellent white sandy beach ideal for families and which is popular with swimmers and surfers alike.

Praa Sands Between Helston and Penzance, Praa Sands boasts one of the finest beaches n the UK and is popular with families, surfers, bathers.

St Ives

porthgwidden beach Porthgwidden Beach is the smallest beach in the town of St. Mawgan Porth

of the bay and flanked by high cliffs. Great Western beach A sheltered beach with the high cliffs popular with novice surfers. harbour beach Situated within the harbour walls, the smallest of the town beaches is a sheltered, calm beach with no surf, ideal for parents with young children.

Watergate bay At low tide the beach at Watergate Bay becomes a vast expanse of unbroken golden sand backed by high cliffs.

Lusty Glaze This hidden gem is a lot more than just a beach. Lusty Glaze is a privately-run beach open to the public which has a unique leisure and training centre to

Whipsiderry beach A sheltered cove next to the Porth headland. The beach has a number of large caves exposed at low tide but beware – it’s completely submerged at high tide.

Ives. It lies just to the east of the ‘island’ and is a favourite with families. porthmeor Popular surfing and bodyboarding beach, with a surf school located on the beach, which is north facing and overlooked by the Tate Gallery. harbour beach Located in the centre of the town the beach is popular with families. It’s at its best at low tide when a large expanse of sand is exposed. porthminster beach The beach is the longest in St Ives at half a mile. The sea is generally calm and a good place to take the kids for a swim.

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Mother ivey’s bay Mother Ivey’s Bay is a picturesque and pleasant sandy beach. The nearest parking is at Harlyn Bay (to the east), which then involves a 15 to 20 minute walk along the coast path. Trevone bay Trevone Bay is located between Padstow and Harlyn Bay. The


enhance your seaside experience. Surrounded by high cliffs, this sheltered little suntrap has a good expanse of golden sand and is safe for bathing and good for surfing.

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village of Trevone has two beaches, a sandy beach which is ideal for those lazy days by the sea. harlyn bay Harlyn Bay is an excellent beach for all manor of seaside activities. The bay is excellent for surfing, swimming and sunbathing. Constantine bay and boobie’s bay Two stunning beaches, both crescents of soft golden sand that form one long beach at low tide. Treyarnon bay Treyarnon Bay is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a clean beach which, at low tide, reveals a large area of golden sand. porthcothan bay Porthcothan is a lovely sandy bay with a small stream, running across a fine golden sandy beach, which is sheltered by sand dunes and craggy headlands.


Trebarwith Strand A long stretch of sandy beach with plenty of rock pools just south of Tintagel, popular with surfers.

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ornWAll’S only city – truro – is dominated by its magnificent modern cathedral and its three spires. Well, when we say modern, we mean relatively modern. in cathedral terms, it’s a youngster. it was only completed just over a hundred years ago in 1910 having taken 30 years to build. the three spires which pierce the truro skyline even have names – victoria, edward and Alexandra. individual features of the cathedral include the heavily carved bishop’s throne; the choir stalls; the large font and the windows which were designed in sequence - starting at the west end and finishing with the great east window. there is always loads going on at the cathedral but this year there are a series of special events to mark the Queen’s diamond Jubilee, the highlight of which is a very special dinner event.

SPArkle under the SPire This celebratory dinner to mark the Queen’s Jubilee has a special menu created by celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver’s team at his Fifteen Cornwall restaurant, located in Watergate Bay on the north coast. Head chef at Fifteen Cornwall, Andy Appleton, will also be ably assisted by students of Cornwall College. The dinner takes place on May 25

and applications for tickets need to be in quickly as places are going fast. Proceeds from the dinner will go to Inspire Cornwall, the cathedral’s development project which is constantly looking to restore and improve facilities. The current project is to restore the Old Cathedral School and create a multiuse music, arts and creative centre open to the whole community. For more info email Lindy Skitch:

The Cathedral Shop has a full range of gifts and souvenirs and the Cathedral Restaurant serves delicious freshly cooked snacks and meals with views over the Cathedral Green. Friday Lunchtime Organ Recitals take place at 1.10pm from March through to October with some of the best organists in the country playing the famous Father Willis Organ.

the City of truro Truro stands at the top of the Fal Estuary, linked to Falmouth by ferry services along the Carrick Roads waterway. It became fashionable during the 1800s and was quickly established as the hub of county society. It’s a city of great elegance and charm, its style harking back to the days when people liked to show off their wealth by building grander and more aesthetic houses than anyone else. As a result the town’s Georgian terraces with their ornate craftsmanship are the equal of anything similar cities such as Bath has to offer. The best examples are to be found in Lemon Street built in the 1790s, and Walsingham Place, erected 20 years later. There has been a settlement at Truro for centuries. It is thought it began life as a Celtic village, and then became a Norman settlement in the 12th century when a castle was built high on the hill where the Crown Courts now stand. Truro has always been a bustling port. Vessels would moor up at Lemon Quay, but nowadays this is has been developed as a fully-covered multi-use public space. It houses the city’s indoor market, plenty of big name stores and is the venue for a wide variety of arts events.

the king hArry ferry The King Harry Ferry is an iconic part of Cornwall’s history. Established in 1888, it connects Truro, St Mawes and Falmouth. One of only five chain ferries in England, it departs every 20 minutes from each side, seven days a week and the ferry is a key transport link for visitors and locals alike.

The King Harry Ferry offers its passengers the chance to avoid miles of congested roads and once aboard you can get out and enjoy the slow river crossing which takes in one of Cornwall’s deepest and most beautiful rivers – the River Fal. There has been a ferry operating here for more than 500 years since it was established by charter. The ferry bridge crosses King Harry’s Reach which is part of the Pilgrims’ Way to St Michael’s Mount and is named after King Henry VI, the Lancastrian King.

royAl CornWAll muSeum The museum’s varied collection covers all aspects of Cornwall’s history, culture and environment. Treasures include a 5000-year-old jade axe and a 2500-yearold Egyptian Mummy, the internationally famous Rashleigh mineral collection with over 1200 beautiful specimens on display and a fine art gallery offering something for everyone. It is open Tuesday-Saturday. For a full programme of lectures, exhibitions and family activities visit

truro for kidS Truro has plenty to offer in the way of stuff to keep the kids happy. From the end of July to the beginning of September daily activities take place at the Hendra play area behind Victoria Gardens, from Bouncy Castles to Punch & Judy provided by Truro City Council. For older children there is the Hendra Skate Park opened in 2009 and Boscawen Park is a large open space beside the river with tennis courts, cricket and football pitches as well as a children’s play area. Opposite the park is the duck pond popular with local children.

Sweetpea & Betty - A breath of fresh air With the wonderful range of furniture on sale at Sweetpea and betty full of timeless class and style, you are sure to draw inspiration and want to create wonderful pieces like these for yourself. Well, you can! Sweetpea & Betty not only sell furniture and items that evoke memories of a chic and stylish age of design, they also give you the skill to make your own unique pieces. With all the hustle and bustle of modern life a

half-day spent at a Sweetpea & Betty up cycling (that’s recycling by improving) and furniture painting workshop is sure to bring out your creative side. This innovative workshop shows you the basic technique to rejuvenate the tired furniture in your home and give it that chic designer look which won’t break the bank or your back. Up-cycling means taking something bound for the skip and turning it into a chic new item with much added value.

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There’s no need to bring your furniture with you – just all your ideas and plans! The workshops are suitable for beginners, including teenagers with an interest in art, interior design and painting. The workshops are small and intimate so you can be assured of individual attention to help bring out the best of your creative side. So if you fancy turning your trash into treasure or finding the perfect feature piece for your home give Mary and Tricia at Sweetpea & Betty a visit, or call on 01326 211246.

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VERY year the literary world flocks to Cornwall to celebrate the life and works of its most famous author, Daphne du Maurier. And star names and celebrities join the public in honouring the author of such classics as Jamaica Inn, Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek, who spent much of her life in Fowey and the surrounding area. This year, the festival is honoured this year by having THREE knights of the realm in attendance. The Togmeister himself, Sir Terry Wogan will be coming to discuss his life and career in broadcasting. Sir Terry makes few public appearances of this kind and is sure to be one of the Festival’s most popular guests. And Sir Trevor MacDonald, a broadcasting “national institution”, will be talking about his life as one-time anchorman for News at Ten and maker of many acclaimed television documentaries.

Lastly, former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, who has recently published his new book Silver, the authorised sequel to Treasure Island, will talk about the challenge of writing a sequel to a much-loved book and reading from his books of poetry and autobiography. Eighties pop icon Nik Kershaw is also making an appearance and comedian and novelist Julian Clary will be joining the line-up to talk about his new book, Briefs Encountered. It’s a ghost story about Noel Coward and is Julian’s third novel. The 2012 Festival begins with a schools concert, featuring children from Fowey Community College, Fowey Primary School and Lostwithiel School and ends with a special day of events at the University of Exeter’s Tremough Campus, Penryn. Tickets are already on sale so book early to avoid disappointment. For more info, visit:

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About Daphne du Maurier The celebrated author of such classic novels as Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek and the House on the Strand was born in London but is forever associated with the Cornish coastal town of Fowey. Her parents had a holiday home (now called Ferryside) at Bodinnick just outside Fowey and she wrote her first novel The Loving Spirit there in 1931. She moved to Fowey permanently in 1943 with her husband Major Tommy Browning and their three children, taking up the lease on a house called Menabilly, which became the inspiration for the house of Manderley in Rebecca. When the lease ran out in 1969, Daphne – now a widow of a four years – moved to another property about a mile from Menbilly called Kilmarth.

The homes are now the focus of pilgrimages by many Du Maurier fans and Fowey holds an annual arts festival in her honour. The Festival is held every year in Fowey and St. Austell Bay during May. A local initiative with the full support of the Du Maurier family, it celebrates the life and works of the internationally renowned author and the association of her work with the County of Cornwall and Fowey in particular. A ‘Festival Village’ in the grounds of Fowey Hall provides the focus of activity as well as hosting the main events in the 600 seat Festival Marquee and the smaller Du Maurier Theatre.

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orCe 10 storm, zero visibility, 40ft waves, someone needs rescuing. it’s time to go to work. Search and Rescue, the new blockbuster exhibition from National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, invites you to enter the world of the rescue services where ordinary people lead extraordinary lives, risking their life to save yours. It’s just one of several major events at the place in 2012. This award-winning museum not



2012 wouldn’t be the same without an olympic exhibition. opening on May 2 is our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold, an exhibition celebrating our british olympic and paralympic sailing heritage – the only exhibition in Cornwall approved by London organising Committee of the olympic Games. With hands-on activities every school holiday, talks, lectures, workshops, rotating events and exhibitions, there’s so much happening, don’t miss your chance for a visit. You’ll find more than you might expect.

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only has 15 galleries, over five floors beautifully installed at the exhibition illustrating the past, present and future of At the heart of the exhibition is an interactive this island nation but also offers a number of coastguard operations room. Put yourself stunning exhibitions. in the coastguard hot seat, make the life or The Search and Rescue exhibition takes you death decision to bring in the right service for on an interactive, stimulating and emotive the rescue and begin your journey through journey into the role of the maritime rescue the incredible work and lives of services, celebrating the work ViSiTinG TiMeS the coastguard rescue, air and sea of the RNLI, Royal Navy, Royal Open daily 10am-5pm, rescue teams. Air Force, HM Coastguard and seven days a week. Closed You can also get up close to other organisations. Christmas Day & Boxing Day one of the Royal National Lifeboat Exhibits of epic proportions T: 01326 313388 F: 01326 Institution (RNLI) Atlantic 75 inshore include a 70ft Sea King 317878 E: enquiries@nmmc. lifeboats and see a fascinating helicopter, kindly loaned by the assembly of the charity’s collection MOD, one of the Museum’s 2012 priCeS boxes spanning 150 years. most ambitious installations. Adults £10.50, Children (0-5) Take to the beach and become Uniquely painted in the free, (6-15) £7.20, Senior a virtual lifeguard, climb aboard a colours of both the Royal Navy (60+) £8.50, Family (2 adults quad bike and take action to make and RAF Search and Rescue and up to 3 children) £29.50. sure the swimmers and surfers (SAR) services (red and grey one Groups receive discount on are between the right flags. See side and yellow on the other) it groups of 10+ real seaside rescues and listen to offers you the rare opportunity Pay once and get in FREE for accounts from volunteer crewmen to climb inside, without having a full 12 months! and women. to be rescued.



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he rugged coast at the far reaches of Cornwall sees nature at its most powerful – the great swell of the Atlantic, the soaring cliffs and the lush green countryside. No wonder it has attracted artists and romantics for centuries. As the railways opened up Cornwall to the rest of the UK, so many important Victorian artists ventured west to Cornwall and were captivated by its clean air, dazzling light and stunning landscapes.

The island – a family home DOWN the years, St Michael’s has been a trading post, a monastery, a fort and a castle. Today it is the home of the St Aubyn family, who have lived here since the 17th Century. They arrived in 1647 when the island’s original Aubyn, Col. John St Aubyn, was appointed Governor of the Mount following its surrender to Parliamentarian forces at the end of the Civil War. Twelve years later, he bought it and it became his private home. And so it stayed in the family for hundreds of years, handed down from generation to generation, until in 1954 Francis St Aubyn gave it to the National Trust in return for a 999-year lease so his family could continue to live there for as long into the future as anyone dared look.

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The Newlyn School, based in Newlyn, near Penzance in Mount’s Bay, was an art community founded by artists who settled here mostly from the dreary smog-filled streets of London, and for whom this natural landscape was a revelation. You can follow in their footsteps this summer as the new Newlyn School of Art is teaming up with St Michael’s Mount to provide two one-day art courses in the dramatic surroundings of the ramparts, gardens and harbour of the iconic island. The first one day course will be held on Sunday May 27 2012 and will be taught by local artist Maggie O’Brien. Maggie is a very experienced teacher of short courses having regularly taken painting groups to the Scilly Isles and as far afield as India. The second day will be held on Sunday September 9 2012 and taught by celebrated Marazionbased artist Neil Pinkett who has become well known for his coastal landscape paintings from

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around Britain. Neil was born in St Just, Cornwall, and has lived in the county most of his life. Neil has become one of the foremost local landscape painters with his unmistakable impressionistic style. Using watercolour and a range of drawing materials over the course of the day each artist will encourage students to free up their art practice whilst exploring the wonderful surroundings of St Michael’s Mount. With lots of one to one tuition over the day Neil and Maggie will encourage close observation of a range of subjects on the Mount. St Michael’s Mount has been depicted many times by artists through the centuries perhaps none more famous than JMW Turner who visited Penwith on a number of occasions during the 1820s and 1830s recording the magical island in Mount’s Bay in several watercolours of the time. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to create your own depiction of St Michael’s Mount under the expert tuition of one of Cornwall’s renowned artists.

Queen’S DiAMonD JubiLee biG LunCh piCniC June 3 The annual Big Lunch where communities are encouraged to come together and have lunch with their neighbours and get to know them better is being staged this year to coincide with the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. pirATe DAY August 27 A day of swash-buckling surprises, sea-faring adventures as well as tales from the deep with our very own storyteller of the West, Mark Harandon. Come along and search for the treasures of the Mount and be rewarded with bountiful treasures when you seek out Captain Keith. Fun for all the family including a bouncy castle, facepainting, live music, entertainment and storytelling. FeSTiVAL oF SporT September 14-16 The UK’s first Festival of Sport Cornwall sees competitors of all abilities participate in a combination of triathlon, cycling, off road Enduro, open water swimming and beach runs. There will be live music (from the Pirate FM music stage), beach sports and much more festival fun including St Austell Brewery beer tents and catering by staff and chefs from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant in Watergate Bay.

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Tamar Valley & Tavistock Caradon Mining District Luxulyan Valley & Charlestown St Agnes Mining District Gwennap, Kennall Vale and Perran Foundry Camborne & Redruth Mining District Wendron Mining District Port of Hayle Tregonning and Trewavas Mining District St Just Mining District

One World Heritage Site - Ten Areas ST JUST – MINING DISTRICT Botallack Count House Built during the 1860s at the height of the mining boom, the Count House stands near the Crowns Mine. It’s where the miners collected their pay. New: WHS Audio Trail. Geevor Tin Mine Located between St Ives and Land’s End, the mine is one of the largest preserved mine sites in Britain. Geevor’s collections and guides bring the story of Cornwall’s rich industrial past to life. New: Extension of the underground tour and a new WHS exhibition and audio trail. Levant On its dramatic clifftop, the surviving buildings and ruins offer a window onto another world where men and women toiled to extract the riches of the earth from beneath the crashing waves.

Discover the extraordinary story of how mining changed Cornwall’s landscape and people forever. Listed here are many of the attractions within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. WENDRON Poldark Mine Provides a fascinating view of tin mining and the Cornish overseas. A real 18th century tin mine and Heritage Museum. New: Museum redisplay and a Cornish Miners overseas exhibition, a new audio visual facility and improvements to public areas, restoration to a winding engine, refurbishment of the beam engine, improvements to the underground experience.



Hayle Taking its name from heyl, the Cornish word for estuary, the town’s proximity to the mining centres of Redruth and Camborne made this town one of the most important mining ports and steam engine manufacturing centres in the world.

Wheal Martyn Set in 26 acres of woodland walks, nestled in the historic Ruddle Valley within two former clay works, Wheal Martyn gives a fascinating insight into Cornwall’s important billion pound china clay mining industry. New: Interpretation and displays.

St Erth and Hayle Foundry Walk Visitors can park by the church adjacent to the bridge over the River Hayle at St Erth. Follow the path to the river and continue along the riverside path to the RSPB Sanctuary at Ryan’s Field. A beautiful walk that is well worth a visit. For more information please visit

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GWENNAP Gwennap Pit An impressive open air amphitheatre made famous by Methodist founder John Wesley. Its acoustic properties are perfect for performances. New: Interpretation and signage.

Cornish Studies Library The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth holds over 30,000 volumes covering Cornish geography, industries, customs and highlights Cornwall’s mining heritage. East Pool Mine (National Trust) At the very heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site sit two great beam engines, originally powered by highpressure steam boilers introduced by local hero Richard Trevithick. New: Film about Cornish Mining. Heartlands The £35million project is transforming 19 acres of mining land into a unique cultural space. A free interpretation centre is situated around the Old Robinson Shaft at Pool. King Edward Mine Specialising in the history of Cornish mining. New: Winder and compressor house (commended in the Cornwall Buildings Group awards), new interpretation about Holmans’ engineering, and an audio visual/ lecture room. The Mineral Tramways cycle trail is nearby. Mineral Tramways Whether you choose to cycle, walk or ride, this 37 mile network of trails, centred around Camborne and Redruth, provides mainly level, trafficfree access to one of Cornwall’s historic mining regions. New: WHS Audio Trail at South Wheal Frances.

Royal Cornwall Museum Discover Cornwall’s unique culture from the past to present. Explore minerals, archaeology and history along with Newlyn School paintings.

ST AGNES St Agnes Museum The museum tells the story of St Agnes from mining to fishing. Highlights: Portraits by John and Edward Opie and the Whitworth Collection depicting five generations of village doctors from one family. New: Major gallery refit with new display cases, interpretation and improvements to public access.

CARADON Liskeard Museum Linking the past, present and future of the area through displays and resources for visitors. Foresters Hall, where the museum is housed, was originally built as a banking hall in the 1850s. Minions Heritage Centre Housed in the houseman’s engine house. There’s a new exhibition and lighting. New: Brand new heritage centre.

TREGONNING & TREWAVAS MINING DISTRICT Godolphin This beautiful location is managed by the National Trust. The garden is largely unchanged since the 16th century. The Godolphin family made their wealth from the local tin mining industry. New: A new reception building.

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TAMAR VALLEY AND TAVISTOCK Cotehele A wonderfully preserved Tudor house situated deep within the Tamar Valley. Outside, the ‘Valley Garden’ is home to a medieval stewpond and dovecote and the Upper Garden and orchards. Cotehele Quay Cotehele Quay is the home of the restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock and is gateway to a wider estate. The Discovery Centre tells the story of the Tamar Valley. Kit Hill With more than 400 acres of heathland to explore, Kit Hill Country Park shows how humans have worked minerals on marginal upland since the stone age. Located in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Morwellham Quay Costumed guides reveal what life was like in the heart of the Tamar Valley; learn about rope-making, find out what school was like for the Victorians, or come along to the Harbour Master’s tour. Tavistock and Tavistock Museum This west Devon town has been a monastery town, a market town and a mining town. New: Exhibition cases and extension of the museum, Tavistock Town Audio Trail.

Major events

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BRITISH KITE SURFING COURSE RACING - WATERGATE BAY Part of the Wavejam series with up to 30 competitors in each two-lap race. Attracts Britain’s best kite-surfers.


BOSCASTLE WALKING WEEK - BOSCASTLE Local guides give walking tours with routes for all ages and abilities.


PADSTOW MAY DAY PADSTOW The biggest day in Padstow’s calendar attracts tens of thousands of visitors. The town is decorated by locals with flags and flowers and the grand Obby Oss parade takes place through the streets.


ST AGNES BOLSTER FESTIVAL - ST AGNES A celebration of Cornish music and art dedicated to the Cornish legend of a giant called Bolster.


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ENGLISH NATIONAL SURF CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWQUAY Up-and-coming surfers battle against established champions at the home of UK surfing.

RUN TO THE SUN FESTIVAL - NEWQUAY Surf meets music meets ... lots of VW Campervans. Three nights of live entertainment with a real rock festival feel to it. BUDE AND STRATTON FOLK FESTIVAL - BUDE Loads of folk concerts and special events dotted around the town and nearby Stratton.



BUDE MOTOR CLASSIC - BUDE Bude Motor Club’s annual show at the Rugby Ground features classic and vintage cars from all over the county and further afield.

JULY 6-8

PADSTOW VINTAGE RALLY - PADSTOW Steam engines large and small plus live entertainment, a beer tent and a funfair.


AUGUST 10 ST ENDELLION SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL PORT ISAAC A symphony orchestra and choir present a series of concerts from Brahms to Broadway.


CORNWALL FOLK FESTIVAL - WADEBRIDGE Now in its fourth decade, the festival presents three days of top folk music and fun.


JUNE 1-4


ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW - WADEBRIDGE Cornwall’s showcase since 1793 and a real celebration of rural life. Livestock exhibitions, the famous flower tent, showjumping and much much more.

BOARDMASTERS SURF, SKATE + MUSIC FESTIVAL - NEWQUAY Top surf action including the ASP World Tour plus a great music line-up playing two stages in the town.


BUDE CARNIVAL - BUDE Delightful carnival procession followed by a fair in the Castle grounds, raising money for local charities.

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WIGGLE CORNWALL TOR - BODMIN With nearly 1,000 riders last year, this great event is a great sporting challenge for all you semi-serious cyclists out there. Challenging rides across some breathtaking coastal scenery.

MAY 1-5

LAUNCESTON STEAM AND VINTAGE RALLY LAUNCESTON Huge traction engines rub shoulders with classic cars, shire horses and a host of traditional fairground attractions.


CHARLES CAUSLEY FESTIVAL - LAUNCESTON Celebrating the life of the town’s most famous literary figure.

JUNE 15-17

WHITEFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL - CALLINGTON Who needs Hyde Park? – Whiteford’s got it all, Big Band Friday, Proms Saturday and Chill out Sunday. A truly memorable 3 day music spectacular.

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SALTASH REGATTA AND WATERSIDE FESTIVAL - SALTASH A great day of traditional Cornish gig-racing. Over 150 teams compete in boats that used to be the mainstay of the local fishing industry.


LISKEARD AGRICULTURAL SHOW LISKEARD One of the biggest agricultural shows in the south west, featuring all shapes and sizes of farm animals including rare breeds and dog show.


GUNNISLAKE FESTIVAL - GUNNISLAKE Annual community celebration featuring exhibitions, competitions and musical entertainment.


PENTILLIE FESTIVAL OF SPEED - SALTASH A celebration of performance cars old and new in the spectacular setting of Pentillie Castle.

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TREREIFE EASTER FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR PENZANCE Inspiring tours of Trereife House, local chef’s demonstrations, a delectable selection of locally produced food and drink, exquisite art and crafts to browse and buy, children’s Easter Egg Hunt and live music performances.


CITY - TRURO Arts events staged at venues – indoor and outdoor – all across Truro.

MAY 4-18

JP MORGAN FINN FESTIVAL FALMOUTH Two-week sailing spectacular, including the Finn British Open Championships and the Finn Gold Cup.


South Cornwall

DAPHNE DU MAURIER FESTIVAL - FOWEY Star names and local figures celebrate the life of the great novelist with talks, guided tours and stage shows.


PORT ELIOT DOG FESTIVAL - SALTASH A fun day out for the family with loads of dog-related fun events and plenty of food stalls and activities.

JUNE 1-10

FAL RIVER FESTIVAL - FALMOUTH, TRURO, ROSELAND With over 150 events, including a fish festival, gig racing, swimming and wildlife walks.


FALMOUTH SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL FALMOUTH Celebrating Falmouth’s seafaring past with concerts of traditional fishermen’s songs


TREVITHICK DAY CAMBORNE A great day out for the whole family – a great display of steam-powered vehicles plus model exhibitions and fairground rides.


POLPERRO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL POLPERRO This colourful village carnival and crafts fair has something for all ages.


KING EDWARD MINE OPEN DAY - CAMBORNE Free entry to the museum, activities for children, demonstrations, vintage tractors, model railway exhibition and musical entertainment.


CORNWALL SUMMER BEAR FAIR LOSTWITHIEL Over 45 stands of teddies old and new plus a teddy hospital for those urgent repairs.

MAY 5-12

ST IVES LITERATURE FESTIVAL - ST IVES Book launches, readings, live music, comedy acts and writing workshops.

JULY 5-8

CORNISH CRICKET FESTIVAL TRURO Truro Cricket Club plays host to some top class professional cricket.


BOCONNOC STEAM FAIR - LOSTWITHIEL Old-fashioned steam extravaganza held in the grounds of the Boconnoc Estate.


LOOE CARNIVAL WEEK - LOOE The highlight of Looe Lions’ calendar with a week of family events to appeal to everyone.

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PORTHLEVEN FOOD FESTIVAL - HELSTON Food festival showcasing the very best of Cornish food and produce plus live bands, buskers, dancers and performance artists.

ST IVES MAY DAY - ST IVES Parades, traditional Cornish dancing and music to mark the end of winter.


HELSTON FLORA DAY HELSTON The event that gave us Sir Terry Wogan’s Floral dance. The revelry starts at 7am.


ST IVES FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL - ST IVES A celebration of local food and produce, showcasing local chefs and food experts.


MURDOCH DAY REDRUTH The town celebrates its most famous son, inventor William Murdch, with a day

of community music and entertainment.


GOLOWAN FESTIVAL - PENZANCE Community celebration of the Feast of St John with local, international and national artists performing.


GOLOWAN MARITIME FESTIVAL - PENZANCE Traditional boat festival, part of Golowan Festival.

JULY 6-8

MOUSEHOLE SEA SALTS AND SAIL FESTIVAL MOUSEHOLE Traditional maritime craft displays and seafood cookery demos.


SITHIANS AGRICULTURAL SHOW - SITHIANS Thousands of visitors flock to this celebrated show with musical entertainment, animal displays including rare breeds and a dog show plus food courts, stalls and a fairground.


MARAZION CARNIVAL MARAZION Live music, dancers, Punch & Judy, a barbecue, cream teas and loads of stalls to browse round.


PENZANCE LITERARY FESTIVAL - PENZANCE Talks by best-selling writers, literary forums and writing workshops.


TREREIFE SUMMER FESTIVAL - PENZANCE This year’s highlight is the appearance of the Cornwall air ambulance and members of the public will see the helicopter close up and learn about its vital work.


GOLDSITHNEY CHARTER FAIR - PENZANCE Morris dancing, battling knights, Cornish wrestling, food stalls and live music.


WEST OF ENGLAND STEAM RALLY - TRURO Awesome displays from road rollers, ploughing engines, heavy haulage road locomotives and agricultural traction engines.

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VER since the 1970s, Port Isaac has fancied itself as a bit of a celebrity. Well, it is stunningly beautiful, charismatic and with a quirky individual character that sets it apart from the rest. So maybe stardom was guaranteed. Its first turn in the TV spotlight came in 40 years ago with the Cornish telly blockbuster Poldark. But its more recent reincarnation as Portwenn, the fictional Cornish setting from the highly popular ITV series Doc Martin that it’s probably most famous. Business has boomed since the Martin Clunes tale of a doctor out of his comfort zone among the pleasant, laidback folk of his new home. 28

You’ll recognise many of the locations for the programme as you wander round the beautiful streets down to the harbour. Port Isaac has other credentials, though. It was also featured in the 2000 comedy film Saving Grace with Brenda Blethyn and is also the home of the latest “pop” group to take the music charts by storm – sea shanty harmony group The Fisherman’s Friends, who still sing every Friday night during the summer on the Platt in the Old Harbour despite having signed a £1million album deal with Universal Records. Most of the old centre of the village consists of 18th. and 19th. century cottages, many officially listed as of architectural or historic importance, along narrow

alleys and ‘opes’ winding down steep hillsides. To the south is St Endellion, the district now firmly established in the political history of our nation as the inspiration for one of the forenames of Prime Minister David Cameron’s daughter Florence Rose Endellion,, who was born while he and his wife Samantha were holidaying there in 2010. Port Quin lies about two

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miles to the west of Port Isaac and gives a real insight into old Cornwall and the sometimes fragile existence people in remote communities used to endure. Carruan livestock farm just outside Polzeath is open to the public and has its own restaurant (you can’t get fewer food miles than that when you dine out!) The aim at Carruan is to show you how they farm, and there are tours on the tractor & trailer, plus outdoor and indoor play areas and an area where you can get to know the farm animals personally! There is also a farm shop so you can try some of the locally produced meat and other produce from the farm.

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Boscastle nestles in a scenic rocky inlet on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall. Visitors usually head for the harbour but there is far more to discover in this unique place. Boscastle Pottery was established in 1967 by

Tintagel is best known for its connection with King Arthur and its many shops, inns and houses reflect this with Arthurian connotations in their names. The dramatic setting of the legend is unsurpassed with the Castle Ruins spanning from the mainland to the Island and the panoramic rugged coast line of north Cornwall. A short walk along the cliff brings you to Tintagel Castle and Merlin’s Cave. Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west. Joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land, Tintagel Island faces the full force of the Atlantic. On the mainland itself, the remains of the medieval castle represent only one phase in a long history of occupation. Even before Richard, Earl of Cornwall, built his castle in 1233, Tintagel was already associated in legend as the place where King Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon was seduced by his mother Queen Igraine. Indeed Richard’s castle was probably deliberately built to reinforce his connections with Arthur and the ancient rulers of Cornwall. The remains of the 13th century castle are breathtaking. Steep stone steps, stout walls and rugged windswept cliff edges encircle the great hall, where Richard, Earl of Cornwall, once feasted.

Roger Irving Little who has since been joined by his son, Tim. It is situated in the Old Bakery and specialises in Mocha ware. The Museum of Witchcraft in located in the Harbour at Boscastle, and houses the world’s

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Due to the geography of the local area, access to the castle is via at least 100 steep steps. Surfaces in the castle include grass, gravel, cobbles and flagstones. The island element of the site is a natural Cornish headland which includes several cliffs. Parts of the castle can be viewed from Glebe Cliff - the National Trust has set aside an area beside the church for this purpose. A Land Rover service (April - October) can take visually impaired and disabled people to the exhibition and shop (additional charge). No need to book, except for large groups - please contact the site in advance.

largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia. It was opened in 1951 by occult expert Cecil Williamson, a Devon man with a lifetime of experience in witchcraft both here and in Africa. It’s open all year round. The site of Bottreaux Castle at the top end of the village dates back to 1100 AD, and the views over Boscastle are magnificent. The castle, from which Boscastle gained its name, has sadly vanished but it is said that much of the village was built from its stone. Indeed there are stone windows in the famous Wellington Hotel in the village that are reputed to have come from the Castle. A tiny opening and a road near here takes you down past Minster church through a valley to Lesnewth and St. Juliot’s Church, which is where the novelist Thomas Hardy met the love of his life Emma while working as an architect on the church tower.

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The natural beauty of the area around Padstow will thrill you – its rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, quiet coves and fabulous walks. But there is much more to do and see. At the centre of all

activity is the harbour. Brass band concerts are held regularly, visiting entertainers often perform on the quayside, fishing and pleasure trips depart from there and much social activity

is conducted from the harbourside cafes, restaurants and pubs. Treat yourself to a wreck, reef or bottom fishing trip or a fun-forall-the family mackerel trip out in the bay. Or try a high powered speedboat trip or more leisurely cruise aboard the Jubilee Queen for

a trip along the fabulous coastline. The Padstow Town Museum lets you step back in time and discover the history of Padstow through its Obby Oss, Railway and Lifeboat displays. The Museum is open from Easter to the end of October and is run by volunteers. Summerleaze Beach


This charming sea-side town with its friendly and welcoming atmosphere provides everything the locals and visitors need. As the town centre of Bude has evolved over a couple of centuries, you will find a rather interesting mix of buildings, some dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, whilst others have a Georgian, Edwardian or Victorian character.


Surfing’s what Bude is famous for and it has a thriving surfing community. The most popular on the Bude coast for the best waves are Widemouth Bay to the south, and north to Duckpool, Sandymouth and Northcott beaches. In the town itself, Crooklets and Summerleaze both face west, swells up to about eight feet. Bude’s beaches are perfect for families to

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explore at low tide. A basic crabbing line, fishing net and bucket will cost just a few pounds – even the Bude Tourist Information Centre sells them. Whilst you are crabbing, you will come across a whole host of wildlife – Shore crabs, Dog and Cat fish, colourful Sea Urchins, Common and Sand Starfish, Edible Crab, Shrimps and all sorts of shellfish such as Cockles and Mussels.

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St Merryn

The parish and village of St Merryn includes more than five miles of coastline, with some of the most dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches in Cornwall. St Merryn’s village motto of ‘Seven Bays for Seven Days’ comes from the seven beaches within the parish of Trevone Bay, Harlyn Bay, Mother Iveys Bay, Boobies Bay, Constantine Bay, Treyarnon Bay and Porthcothan Bay all of which offer something a little different from safe family bathing to great surf for learners or the more experienced. There are always things going on in St Merryn and during the main season events such as the St Merryn Carnival, the Great Atlantic Raft Race and the St Merryn Vintage Steam Rally.


The Camel Trail

This bustling market town, which thrives alongside the ebb and flow of the River Camel, offers a wide variety of things to see and do for all tastes and ages. Take a walk around the town and you’ll find there’s a surprise around every corner. From the tiniest shops to the biggest store, they offer something special and with personal service to boot. Take a stroll down Molesworth Street. You can relax as you browse or just sit and watch the world go by in this pedestrianised boulevard style area.

Widemoulth Bay

Crackington Haven

Dominated by truly majestic cliffs, this is a wonderful, but small beach, with hundreds of rock pools teaming with wildlife. It offers quite a stretch of golden sand with the tide out, and has facilities such as car park, pub, café and public toilets. Lifeguard cover is provided in July and August. No dogs are allowed.

Widemouth Bay is very popular with bathers and surfers alike. Although it looks like one huge beach, stretching across almost 1.5 miles, it is actually divided into the North and South Beach (also called Black Rock) by a natural barrier of rock. Widemouth offers fantastic conditions to learn surfing or body-boarding, which is why many of the local surf schools have their base there. A big car park, public toilets and beach café are available. Lifeguard cover is provided from the beginning of May until the end of September (North Beach). Cover on Black Rock is from the middle of May until the end of September. Dogs are welcome on Black Rock beach.

St Mellion The jewel in the crown for the many people who visit Cornwall for its golf. There are two courses at St Mellion – the Old Course and the later Jack Nicklaus-designed course, added in 1988. It is home to the English Open and used to host the Benson & Hedges International in the 1990s. The resort is set in 450 acres of the most breathtaking scenery and the lodges and hotel accommodation provide a luxurious base from which to explore the whole county. Cornwall Tourism Magazine in association with

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odmin Moor and the Tamar Valley form some of the most beautiful landscape in all Cornwall. It’s an area full of fascinating towns, villages and important historical sites waiting to be explored.


Altarnun is an attractive village that nestles in a sheltered valley on the north-eastern edge of Bodmin Moor, just off of the A30. It has a picturesque “bridge over stream” postcard look, and the village is dominated by the tower of the 15th Century church of St Nonna’s, which was known as ‘The Cathedral of the Moor’.


A favourite haunt of much-loved Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, who first discovered it as a boy when he regularly used to cycle here from Daymer Bay.


Bodmin Town

Bodmin is a former county town of Cornwall and is the only Cornish town to be mentioned in the Domesday Book. It dates back to the 6th Century when St Petroc founded a monastic settlement on the site. Bodmin’s rich history is on show when you visit the town today from the interesting shop fronts in Fore Street to St Petroc’s Church, there is plenty to give you a taste of what Bodmin was like in the past. To go a little deeper into Bodmin’s history take one of the “Town Trails” - the Visitor Information Centre has a range of different ones available to buy either in advance of your visit or from the Information Centre shop when you arrive. The Centre also has some free trails like the Bodmin Well Trail which gives a fascinating tour around the town taking in all the ancient holy wells dotted around.

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Fowey and the Fowey Estuary The Port of Fowey – known the world over as the spiritual home of novelist Daphne Du Maurier - has been of great maritime importance for centuries. The town is situated at the mouth of the River Fowey, with a large, deep-water harbour

providing safe anchorage for the large number of merchant ships collecting china clay, timber and other exports. During the summer they’re by a mass of leisure boats and sailing yachts for the Fowey Regatta. It is held during August and is the highlight of the

The historic former market town of Camelford makes an ideal touring centre - it is only a few miles from the surfing beaches of North Cornwall and the natural beauty and ancient sites of Bodmin Moor. The town is the crossing point over the River Camel and in former days was an important market town. Legend has it that King Arthur fought a battle at nearby Slaughter Bridge. Camelford is an integral part of the legend of King Arthur and the Arthurian Centre tells that story. Set in 20 acres surrounding the alleged site of King Arthur’s Stone, this is the place where Arthur and Mordred met for the first time. The massive exhibition room tells the whole story in a series of superb artefacts and displays. town’s year with events on and off the water. Fowey offers loads for the visitor to enjoy - charming streets with fascinating shops, river and coastal walks, sailing, river cruises - and a wide selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.

China Clay Country Park

Set in 26 acres of woodland in the historic Ruddle Valley on the outskirts of St Austell, the China Clay Country Park provides a fascinating day out for all the family. The Park, now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, is set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits and provides visitors with a fascinating insight into china clay - how it was mined, what is was used for and what it meant for the families who lived in the area. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Daphne Du Maurier The celebrated author of such classic novels as Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman’s Creek and the House on the Strand was born in London but is forever associated with the Cornish coastal town of Fowey. Her parents had a holiday home (now called Ferryside) at Bodinnick just outside Fowey and she wrote her first novel The Loving Spirit there in 1931. She moved to Fowey permanently in 1943 with her husband Major Tommy Browning and their three children, taking up the lease on a house called Menabilly, which became the inspiration for the house of Manderley in Rebecca.

When the lease ran out in 1969, Daphne – now a widow of a four years – moved to another property about a mile from Menbilly called Kilmarth. The homes are now the focus of pilgrimages by many Du Maurier fans and Fowey holds an annual arts festival in her honour. The Festival is held every year in Fowey and St. Austell Bay during May. A local initiative with the full support of the Du Maurier family, it celebrates the life and works of the internationally renowned author and the association of her work with the County of Cornwall and Fowey in particular.

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A ‘Festival Village’ in the grounds of Fowey Hall provides the focus of activity as well as hosting the main events in the 600 seat Festival Marquee and the smaller Du Maurier Theatre. This year the festival takes place from May 9-20.

The Eden Project Probably the most famous set of greenhouses in the world, the Eden Project has become one of Cornwall’s most iconic landmarks in a very short space of time. The Project is now over 10 years old and is the brainchild of Tim Smit, the man behind the restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The three main giant Biomes – each with its own ecosystem – are sited in a former china clay pit at Bodelva, near St Austell, Cornwall. There’s the Outdoor Biome, the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome. You can get up close and personal now in the Rainforest Biome by taking a trip to the top of the rainforest canopy where you get an amazing bird’s eye view of the whole Biome. This jungle canopy is that last high frontier usually only seen by the most intrepid of explorers and scientists. Extra charges apply to go up to the Lookout and the money raised will go towards the Eden Project’s educational programmes supporting rainforests. The Eden Project’s awardwinning £15 million education centre, The Core, was opened by the Queen in June 2006. Curious kids can find out where tea, rubber and sugar come from, and travel the world to the simulated environments of tropical destinations.

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farthest views in Cornwall. It’s This is the place to go to for the ding at nearly 1,000 feet above the county’s highest village stan 360 degree views of the county. sea level and gives you fantastic is named after the rock The village pub, The Cheesewring the village. A bronze e abov hill formation at the top of the to as the Hurlers and rred refe is by near s age set of stone circle South Phoenix Mine has been one of the engine houses of the tage Centre. converted into The Minions Heri

This picturesque village has a lovely sandy beach, with the spectacular, 400-foot high Dodman Point as its backdrop. Always a favourite destination for families, Gorran Haven is surrounded by acres of land cared for by the National Trust - ensuring its conservation for future generations. From Gorran Haven, there’s easy access to the cliff and coastal path leading around to Vault Beach - a long strip of sand, secluded and rarely busy - and on to Porthluney or Caerhays Beach. The gateway to the Roseland Peninsula, Tregony, is a short distance inland but, for many 36

coast path walkers, it’s Gorran Haven that signals the start of the Roseland as they enjoy the creeks, coves and beaches on their way down to St Mawes.

Glynn Valley The section of the Fowey Valley between Liskeard and Bodmin is an area of great beauty, taking in the villages of Doublebois, Two Waters Foot and Dobwalls along the south side of the St Neot Downs. The valley is the route of both the A38 trunk road and the railway line built in 1859. A highlight of the valley are the on eight stone viaducts along the stretch of railway line.

The Victorians were passionate about their gardening, especially so in the mild climate of Cornwall, and created many fine gardens with exotic plants newly discovered and brought back from South-east Asia; camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons. None more so than at Heligan, where the mild climate encouraged these exotic plants to flourish. During the early and mid20th Century, the gardens at Heligan were gradually abandoned and fell into disarray. In 1990, they were famously rediscovered and brought back to life, recreating the Victorian splendour, enhancing the wildlife and the Home Farm. They offer magnificent views across Mevagissey Bay and beyond.


Launceston, just off the main A30 at the eastern end of Cornwall, is quintessentially Cornish, with its Georgian houses, intricately carved church, narrow streets and market square. It is a town known as the Gateway to Cornwall – a place steeped in history, surrounded by rolling countryside, ideally situated to explore North Cornwall, its dramatic coastline and fascinating heritage.

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Liskeard is a bustling market town dating back to the Norman Conquest. The town lies above the valley of the River Looe, 14 miles west of the Tamar river. Visitors can get a real feel for the town and its history by taking one of the many town trails organised from the Tourist Information Centre. A new heritage trail has recently been introduced and there is also a “Henry Rice Trail” highlighting more than 100 buildings in Liskeard designed by the prominent architect. Visitors will enjoy browsing the narrow streets and traffic-free lanes of the town centre. There is a good range of restaurants, cafes and pubs in the town and the surrounding villages, and a wide range of quality accommodation is also available in the locality. Leisure facilities are available at Lux Park, providing a swimming pool and indoor sports and fitness centre as well as an all-weather floodlit football and hockey pitch.

Lugger’s Cove Sharrow Point is the site of a small cave excavated by hand in 1874 by a hermit called Lugger, who inscribed verses on the ceiling to relieve his boredom. Lugger’s Cave is sadly fenced off to the public but you can still peer in and get a feel for the place.

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Golitha Falls

golitha nature reserve is a famous beauty spot on the southern edge of the Moor, an area of woodland occupying a steep-sided valley gorge, with the river fowey flowing through it in a series of spectacular cascades. To view the wildflowers of the area, it is best to visit the site between April and July, however the River Fowey and the waterfalls can be enjoyed at any time of year. Some 30 species of breeding birds have been recorded at the site including buzzard, dipper, nuthatch and treecreeper and is also renowned as a Mecca for moth fans. There are 83 moth species supported on the site as well as several rare species of butterfly. The reserve is three miles north west of Liskeard, a mile and a bit west of the village of St Cleer.

Mevagissey Harbour


Mevagissey’s narrow streets and steep valley sides lead to the harbour at the centre of the village. The distinctive, twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats bringing back their catch of skate, lobster, plaice, mackerel and sole.



The small picturesque fishing village of Portloe consists of a cluster of cottages set in terraces on the hillside above a tiny harbour, which is much favoured by artists and photographers, and although a few new dwellings have been built in recent years, is completely unspoilt. Although it is a small village, Portloe has a pub and a hotel. For the energetic, there are superb cliff walks leading to and from the village, and safe bathing from the nearby beaches of Carne, Pendower and Portholland.

Pentewan harbour is no longer in use – it was silted up at the end of the first world war. it has been separated fromthe sea by the beach and is now filled with fresh water. Heading inland from the village, many walkers and hikers like to experience the three-mile Pentewan Valley Walk to the 18th Century village with the odd name of London Apprentice. The route – through stunning areas of woodland – roughly follows the track of an old narrow gauge railway line which was used to transport china clay from the inland mines to the coast.

The Ringarounds

and the Carne Beacon near the road leading to Carne beach are two ancient earthworks, the ringarounds, a fortified encampment of the iron Age, and Carne beacon, a bronze Age burial mound, which is one of the largest in the country. The ringarounds is believed by some archaeologists to be the site of a timber castle known locally as veryan Castle.

Looe Harbour


The historic twin towns of east and west looe on either side of the river looe provide all you could ask of a holiday in Cornwall - safe beaches, quality accommodation, a wide choice of restaurants, excellent walking routes, fishing trips and a whole variety of outdoor activities to

enjoy. The two towns are joined by a bridge across the river built in 1853. It is more than a century ago now that people first started to discover the charms of East and West Looe, then just small fishing communities hidden away in the

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picturesque river valley. The harbour is still a thriving fishing port and an essential part of any visit is to get down to the harbour and watch the fleet bring its catches in. At low tide a rocky reef is uncovered called Looe Island or St. George’s Island by locals.

Boat trips leave from Looe to explore the caves and birdlife of the island. For a couple of days a year when the tide is especially low it can be reached on foot but you need an expert guide to take you across to avoid getting into trouble when the tide comes back in.

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Whitsand Bay

whitsand bay runs from rame head in the east to Portwinkle in the west. it is characterised by sheer, high cliffs, dramatic scenery and long stretches of sandy beaches. The South west Coast Path runs the length of the bay. Rame Head is a conical hill with the ruins of a 14th-century chapel dedicated to St Michael on top and it overlooks the bay. It is a popular haunt of birdwatchers with many species of warbler and bunting to be seen as well as Black Redstart, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Firecrest.

St Austell

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St. Austell is a bustling market town often referred to as the capital of the Cornish Alps. The ethereal white mini-mountains, the spoil heaps of the china-clay industry lend an eerie atmosphere to the landscape. William Cookworthy discovered the clay in 1755, and with the opening of the pits to mine the clay St. Austell’s population and prosperity soon began to grow. Kaolin, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of porcelain, had previously only been found in northern China. Today Cornwall still exports clay, which is also used to produce paint, paper and in some medicines. At the historic core of the town is the fine Holy Trinity Parish Church and opposite, the Italianstyle facade of the Market House.

St breward Parish Church is situated at the northern end of the village and is dedicated to St branwalader (or brueredus). it is a substantial building of the norman period to which a south aisle and western tower were added in the 15th century (these additions are of granite). it was restored in the 19th century, and only parts of the norman north arcade remain. The village is also home to the two highest tors of Bodmin – Roughtor, which is actually an extinct volcano, and Brown Willy. Stone from St Breward’s De lank Quarry has been used for some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks – the Eddystone and Beachy Head lighthouses and Tower Bridge across the Thames by the Tower. One of the start points for the western cycleway on the Camel Trail but offering plenty of other outdoor acticities including pony trekking and fishing.

one of the most attractive villages on the roseland Peninsula, veryan has a number of thatched cottages, and a particular feature are the five white round-houses, circular cottages with gothic windows and thatched roofs surmounted by a cross, built in the early 19th century by the vicar, Jeremiah Trist. it is said that the houses were built in a circular fashion to eliminate any corners where the devil might hide. The coastline south east of

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Access the southern part of the moor via one of the area’s prettiest villages, allowing time to stop and look at the amazing stained glass windows of the 15th century church on the way. There’s plenty to see - visit the village pottery and Carnglaze Caverns nearby and have a leisurely stroll through the northwood water gardens.


Tregrehan Gardens Tregrehan has been home to the Carlyon family since 1565. The gardens reflect Jovey Carlyon’s passion for trees during the late 19th Century with many towering examples dominating the gardens. The 20-acre garden with its magnificent victorian glasshouse is at its best in late spring.

Veryan from Portholland to Nare Head forms the western half of the sweep of Veryan Bay. Nare Head rises in places to a height of 300 feet, and forms a natural division between Veryan and Gerrrans Bay. It is owned by the National Trust. Half a mile off shore lies Gull Rock, the scene of past ship wrecks, which rises to well over 200 feet above the sea. The spectacular cliffs of this coast include such rocky points as the Jacka, Manare Point and Blouth Point.

Polperro in Polperro it is easy to step back in time in what is a largely unspoilt fishing village, clinging to steep hillsides around a small harbour. like its neighbour looe, it offers plenty of places to eat and relax and has a good selection of hotels and b&bs. The museum tells the story of fishing and smuggling whilst the model village and land of legend takes you into another world. Polperro is also a haunt of artists

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and there are several galleries dotted around the village. It has its own arts and music festival in June, which includes the crowning of the mock mayor and parades through the narrow streets. Boat trips are available from the harbour and there are excellent coastal walks west along Chapel Cliff or up the eastern side of valley through Brent towards Talland Bay.

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AlMouTh loves messing about on the river. Its rich maritime heritage is peppered with the names of legendary seafarers and even today it’s better to get around the area by boat taxi than by car - certainly as far as many of the major landmarks and attractions in the Fal Estuary and up Carrick Roads to Truro are concerned. For the energetic among you, there are lots of opportunities to have a day’s sailing yourself, or perhaps joining a crew for the day as they head off round the harbour in one of the larger yachts in the quayside. The adventurous paddler can even go kayaking and canoeing in the harbour and along the coast accompanied and supervised by an accredited instructor. Always book these activities with organisations recommended, recognised and approved by the local tourist office. On land, Falmouth and its surrounding area also boast plenty of coastal walks and cycle paths along the dramatic clifftops. Falmouth is linked to St Mawes by passenger ferry which runs all year round. And during the summer months you also get over to Place from St Mawes via a short boat trip. Place is on the remote St Anthony headland, enabling visitors to see the small church behind Place Manor and the St Anthony Lighthouse.

Falmouth Oyster Festival 2012 the Fal estuary is home to the last remaining fleet of oyster fishermen in cornwall and every october they celebrate the start of the oyster harvest season with a four-day festival and fete. it takes place this year from october 11-14. it is packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, there are oysters, seafood, wine and local ale to sample along with children’s shell painting, entertainment in the form of sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition, a Falmouth Working Boat race and marquees brimming with cornish produce.

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The largest village on the lizard with shops, inns, cafes and restaurants, craft shops and art galleries. Mullion Cove is protected by the national Trust and has a pretty working harbour, protected from the winter gales that rage across Mount’s bay by two stout sea walls.


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St Mawes

St Mawes, at the southern end of the roseland Peninsula, was an important port in medieval times and is now a picturesque harbour with a small fishing fleet. It is protected by the best preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses in this area, St Mawes Castle. The village remains a centre for a range of watersports

Gweek This little village, about three miles from helston, is home to one of three national Seal Sanctuaries (the other two are in Scotland and norfolk). The Gweek Sanctuary was founded in 1958, when Ken Jones found a baby seal washed up on the beach near his home in St Agnes. For many years Ken ran the rescue centre from his home where he built a small pool to help in the rehabilitation of seals and oiled birds. Over the years he became more renowned for his work and he was soon dealing with more and more sick and injured seals every year. So in 1975 the Seal Sanctuary moved to bigger premises at Gweek where Ken slowly built up the sanctuary to what it is today. The Sanctuary now has wonderful facilities including nursery pools, convalescence and resident pools as well as a specially designed hospital with isolation pools and treatment areas. In addition to the Grey and Common Seals, the sanctuary is home to Fur Seals and Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions. It also provides a much-needed haven for a variety of other animals, such as otters, penguins, sheep, ponies and goats. Occasionally their facilities and expertise are called

activities and offers two fine sandy beaches. In St Mawes you will find a range of pubs, cafes and restaurants, and some interesting shops and galleries. The mild climate sustains some unusual flora and fauna and Gull Rock, off Nare Head, is home

to one of the largest seabird breeding colonies on the South Coast of England. Throughout the Roseland there is a wide range of places to eat and drink, with flower covered pubs and cream tea cottages.

The Lizard Peninsula lizard Point is the most southerly tip of britain. The area as a whole is renowned for craggy cliff scenery, wooded vales and windswept downs, unspoilt fishing villages and beaches. Running from Gweek in the east to Loe Bar and the Penrose

upon to aid in the rescue of other marine creatures such as Dolphins and Turtles. The sanctuary is open all year round from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the summer so check the website www.


fans of Sir Terry wogan’s 1980s chart hit The floral dance must include a visit to helston on their Cornish wishlist as this is the song’s spiritual home. Every year at the beginning of May the Flora Day Carnival takes place in the town and thousands flock to the many attractions laid on as the Helston Town Band tours the streets playing the famous song.

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Estate in the west, almost half of it is out of bounds as it belongs to the Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station. The area is home of the most spectacular scenery and geology of Cornwall. Serpentine stone – a marble-like rock used locally to make ornaments – is unique

Mylor one of the most enchanting villages on the creeks of the river fal, it’s hard to believe now that 200 years ago this quaint little place was a crucuial shipyard, the most westerly naval dockyard in the uk, and home to some of the nation’s great warships down the ages. The village still has sailing at its heart, but these days it’s a lot more leisurely and much less aggressive. Mylor Yacht Harbour is at the junction of Mylor Creek, the River Fal and Carrick Roads and has a marina with 400 berths.

to this part of Cornwall and is actually part of the earth’s mantle, forced up to the surface when continents collided millions of years ago. Lizard Town itself is a great base from which to explore the peninsula – Lizard Point is an easy walk away.

falmouth’s status as having the third largest natural harbour in the world came about as a result of massive climate at the end of the last ice Age. As global warming melted the world’s ice, the sea level rose dramatically and created the huge inlet. The Carrick Roads were also formed at the same time, a massive waterway created when the ice melt flooded a huge river valley. The result is a deep, wide water channel which is navigable all the way up to Truro. This natural phenomenon has led to Carrick Roads becoming one of the UK’s most important wildlife sites, particularly for wintering seabirds.

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enzance – which gets its name from the Cornish for “holy headland” – dates back to early Christian settlers 1200 years ago and is the unofficial capital of the land’s end peninsula.

Today St Mary’s Church still dominates the harbour on the same site as the early chapels. The town is famous as a centre for yachting and the Penzance Sailing Club is known the world over in sailing circles. Many people associate Penzance with pirates thanks to Gilbert and Sullivan but the title of the operetta was meant to be ironic – at the time they wrote it, strait-laced and sedate Penzance was chosen as a kind of Victorian joke because it was the unlikeliest place to have any cutthroat scoundrels! The National Lighthouse Museum was established in 1990, and has an elaborate collection of lighthouse equipment that helps to tell the story of how an organisation, Trinity House, has built and maintained lights around the coast of England and Wales for over 400 years. There

are exhibits from a number of famous lighthouses such as the Eddystone, Longships and Lizard Point and a chance to try out operating a lighthouse yourself. Between the town centre and sea front lie the Morrab Gardens - three acres of renowned sub-tropical gardens which are home to a surprising variety of plants, shrubs and trees which thrive in the mild climate. Some of the plants grown for over a century here include magnolias, camellias, tree ferns, palm trees, and banana plants.

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Land’s End

Mainland britain’s most westerly point where 200-foot high granite cliffs gaze out across the Atlantic ocean to the distant horizon. In the foreground there’s the Longships Lighthouse, the Isles of Scilly 28 miles in the distance and beyond that – America. Though you’d need a really good telescope to see that. Land’s End itself has a hotel, exhibition halls, play areas, Greeb farm, speciality shops, craftsmen and an exhibition dedicated to all those ‘end to enders’ who cover the distance between here and John O’Groats in an often bizarre and always exhausting fashion. Meeting at Land’s End are the Northern and Southern sections of Cornish Coastal Footpath, the centrepiece of the longest continuous footpath in Britain covering the coast from Poole Harbour and Dorset to Somerset and the Bristol Channel - over 500 miles in all! Some of the most dramatic and spectacular sections of this walking challenge are to be found near to Land’s End. But care must be taken as certain sections take you right to the edge to get the full impact of the scenery.

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A working Cornish fishing harbour, which in years gone by often provided much-needed refuge for ships in distress along this stretch of coast. Midway between Porthleven and Gunwalloe is the Loe Pool,

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A short walk over the cliffs northwards from land’s end brings you to Sennen Cove, a milelong bay of golden sand, with plenty of rock pools at low tide on either side of beach. Its position on the coast just two miles from


St Just and Cape Cornwall St Just is the nearest town to land’s end and was once a thriving centre for tin mining but like other towns in the area, the loss of that industry hit hard. However, St Just survives by being a great location for birdwatching and golf, two activities which draw visitors in their thousands all year round. The three valleys of Nanquidno, Cot Valley and Kenidjack surround St Just and are famous among birdwatchers for throwing

Land’s End means Sennen Cove picks up several conflicting swells which make it an ideal place for surfing, especially at the northern end of the beach. At a higher tide this can provide a good shorebreak. There are usually a couple of good

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up rare species – especially in the spring and autmn during key migration periods. Nanquidno is a beautifully secluded and unspoilt location, with a wooded upper valley giving way to a rocky cove among rugged cliffs. Cot Valley is a lush, sub-tropical valley while Kenidjack on the other side of Cape Cornwall is another wooded upper valley that gives way to a rugged cove revealing former mine workings.

peaks in the middle of the beach off the valley but these are very much dependent on the state of the banks. For the more experienced and adventurous there is a reef about 100 metres off shore called

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the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall. The Loe was originally the estuary of the River Cober which flowed through Helston, two miles to the north, and down into the sea near Porthleven. But


the Loe Bar barrier was created during the 12th Century when violent storms created a huge shingle bank which cut the river off from the sea. Legend has it that Loe Pool is the lake into which Sir Bedivere threw King

This superb village on the coast road between land’s end and St ives is built on the backs of local tin miners who lived here in the 19th Century until the tin industry disappeared. its main attraction is the marble white lighthouse at Pendeen watch which sits above the village. Portheras Cove is located on one of the wildest stretches of

the Cowloes but surfing here can be quite hazardous and is best left to the experts. The beach does, as a result, get busy in the summer. Dogs are banned from easter to October.

Cornish coast between Pendeen and Morvah and is an ideal spot for some seal-watching as well as bathing. The beach itself is a lovely sandy cove located at the end of a shallow valley with sheer cliffs at the northern end. The Geevor Tin Mining Museum is an old tin mine which depicts the often harsh existence of Cornish tin miners. The highlight is an underground tour into Wheal Mexico, where Cornish miners toiled more than 200 years ago.


newlyn is home of the second largest fishing fleet in the country and is a great example of a modern, thriving Cornish port that grafts as hard today to earn its crust as it ever did. August Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Cornish celebration of the sea, fishing and seafood at the Newlyn Fish Festival. Highlights for 2012 at the Newlyn Art Gallery, which showcases the very best of national and international work, is a solo exhibition by German artist Katja Davar from May 5 to June 16, works by Shezad Darwood from June to September and a celebration of the work of the eccentric sculptor and performance artists Bruce Lacey from September 2012 right through to January.

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Arthur’s sword Excalibur only for the Lady of the Lake to rise up and return it to the king. There is something of a


beach on the ocean-side of Loe Bar although strong undercurrents make swimming too dangerous.

Mousehole’s walled harbour is one of the most attractive in Cornwall. Along with Marazion, Mousehole was one of the main ports of St Mount’s bay in the 16th Century before it was destroyed in a Spanish raid in 1595 and had to be rebuilt. Today it retains much of its historic charm, with narrow streets crammed with small shops, restaurants and pubs. Offshore is St Clement’s Isle, a set of rocky outrcrops in the bay which is said to have been home to a hermit many years ago. Mousehole has a good family beach and further up the coast is the cave in the cliff face which legend says gave the village its name. It is home to the famous Mousehole Bird Hospital on the Cornish Cliffs at Reginnis Hill was founded in 1928 by the Misses Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesias.

Over the years the Sanctuary has worked for bird welfare, especially so, during the Torrey Canyon disaster in the 1960s, when over 8,000 oiled sea birds passed through the Hospital. It is open to the public and admission is free, although donations are always welcome.


A sheltered cove at the head of a wooded valley, just along the coast from Mousehole, lamorna is a lot more peaceful now than when it was the centre of granite production at a nearby quarry. now it’s just a quiet harbour hamlet, ideal for a relaxing holiday. nearby is the neolithic Merry Maidens stone circle.

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St Ives

Perhaps Cornwall’s most wellknown resort, once a busy fishing port, now a relaxed and picturesque haven for holidaymakers wanting that extra bit of luxury on holiday. Everywhere is beautifully kept and presented, and there’s a real Med feel to the place. Why not lose yourself in a maze of narrow cobbled streets and alleyways bursting with galleries, craft and funky clothes shops, cafes and artists’ studios. The harbour is ringed with fine restaurants serving the best of seafood fresh from the sea. The harbour is sheltered, creating a fabulous micro-climate of warm breezes and sub-tropical plant life. The Tate Gallery building, overlooking Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, was opened in 1993 on the site of a former gasworks. It provides great light and perspective for its various displays


on the opposite side of St ives bay is hayle, a village famed for its magnificent stretch of beaches – a full three miles of sandy shores stretch from the mouth of the estuary to godrevy Point and lighthouse. This is a point of pilgrimage for many birdwatchers with many species of sea and inland birds nesting here, including wading birds, avocets and ospreys.


of paintings, sculptures and ceramics. There are five separate gallery spaces over three floors. Most of the changing exhibitions feature 20th century art from the St Ives School, offering a unique introduction to modern art. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a

Praa Sands

located in the South west of Cornwall between helston and Penzance, Praa Sands boasts one of the finest beaches to be found in the uk and is popular with families, surfers, bathers and many other groups. The village has many facilities for holiday makers including restaurants, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation, shops, sites of historical and wildlife. The village is also the site of a castle reputed to be haunted – indeed, it’s been twice visited by Yvette Fielding and medium Derek Acorah for the eerie TV series Most Haunted.

unique insight into the work of one of our most important 20th century artists. There are sculptures in bronze, stone and wood on display, both in the museum and in the sub-tropical garden, along with paintings, drawings and other archive material.

Hepworth was born in Wakefield in 1903 and studied at the Leeds School of Art. In 1939, she settled in St Ives, she built her studio. Trewyn Studios, which are now the Hepworth Museum, are where the artist lived and worked from 1949 until her tragic death in a fire in 1975.


This quaint village can claim to be the oldest town in britain, called ictis by the romans and is the nearest harbour to St Michael’s Mount. ferry and boat services depart from Marazion frequently to the island and back each day. it has an excellent beach with the Mount as the towering backdrop, and the natural conditions make it perfect for sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. West of the village is the RSPB reserve of Marazion Marsh, home to a wide variety of birds, animals and plants and scene of the famous displays by clouds of starlings at sunset.

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T’S easy to fall in love round here. Cornwall’s myths and legends – and many of its true characters down the years – have given it a romantic, ethereal quality. And just off the coast of Land’s End that romantic air continues on the Isles of Scilly. These beautiful islands are just 28 miles off the Cornish coast and provide an idyllic island sanctuary to escape to for a summer break. But more and more feel are being swept

off their fee by the islands and are choosing to get married there. Weddings on the Isles of Scilly have rocketed in recent years as rules about services and ceremonies have been relaxed. The islands have a lot going for them. The climate is great so you’re more likely to have a beautiful sunny day, the landscape will form a stunning backdrop and it’s the perfect place for a honeymoon – so you can wave your

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guests goodbye after the festivities and you’re already there! Seven venues are licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. On St Mary’s choose between the Register Office overlooking Porthcressa Beach, the historical setting of the Old Wesleyan Chapel, Juliet’s Garden Restaurant, the Star Castle Hotel or St. Mary’s Hall. Or why not opt for the beachside St Martin’s-on-the-Isle Hotel?

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The Island Hotel on Tresco is also a licensed venue. In addition, Scilly provides the little extras that make your romantic get-away even more special, including: photographs, spas, flowers, hairdressing, transport, music and great food. Your wedding and the Isles of Scilly - amatch made in heaven. For those not planning to get married on the islands, there’s load to do and it’s so easy to get there. The Isles of Scilly are only 15 minutes away by air. Such a short trip means you can pop over and back in a day or stay longer to get the most out of these idyllic little islands, just 28 miles off the Cornish coast and Land’s End. The main island is St Mary’s and it is shielded from the Atlantic by the satellite islands of St Martin’s, Tresco, Bryher and St Agnes. The five inhabited islands have a population of

about 2,000, but there are many smaller uninhabited islands and rocky islets scattered around. Activities for the visitor include sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, horse riding by the sea, painting, wildlife tours, archaeology walks, sea fishing, photography, coastal walking, cycling, diving with seals and boat trips to uninhabited islands. The islands’ maritime microclimate makes it a haven for unusual flora and fauna. Frost and snow rarely occur, which enables gardeners to import exotic species from all over the globe, making the average walk in the islands a voyage of discovery past plants from the Canaries, South Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand. The seas around the Scillies offer a home to a wonderfully diverse range of creatures including seals, dolphins, basking sharks, starfish and more exotic visitors like whales, sunfish and leatherback turtles.

how To geT There cornwall’s longest serving airline skybus “the islands’ own airline”, celebrates 25 years service. When you fly with skybus you will get bird’s eye views of the south West, and as you approach the islands your first dramatic glimpse of the isles will take your breath away. Flights only take 15 minutes and you can fly from newquay or Land’s End. A daily helicopter service to st mary’s and tresco operates monday to saturday from Penzance (20 mins). if you don’t fancy flying take the ferry from Penzance. the scillonian iii departs daily during the summer season and although it takes two hours 40 minutes, it’s a great way to travel – there’s plenty to do on board and it’s a great way to see the cornish coast from out at sea as you leave. you might also be lucky enough to catch sight of some dolphins or seals on your journey.

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Attractions The Arthurian Centre Visitor Attraction Slaughterbridge, Cornwall. PL32 9TT 1500 yr old ‘King Arthur’ stone Arthur’s legendary last battle site. Exhibition Room. Archaeology sites. Great for all ages. 10 minutes from Tintagel and Boscastle. Tel: 01840 213947


Raze The Roof Family Attraction 30a Parkengue, Kernick Road Ind. Est., Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9EP Raze The Roof offer something for the whole family from tiny tots to adults. Kids love the mega play frame, Slides, climbing wall, ball cannons, astro glide and tiny tots explore too, in their own safe space. You can ‘laser tag’ your friends in a high tech game of hide and seek. Tel: 01326 377481


Screech Owl Sanctuary Family Attraction Goss Moor, St Columb, Newquay, Cornwall, TR9 6HP The Sanctuary offers a truly unique experience where you can see and touch owls at close proximity. There are a whole host of animals including meerkats, emus, alpacas and miniature Shetland ponies as well as falconry displays and a children’s play area. Tel: +44 (0)1726 860182


Poldark Mine Family Attraction Wendron, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0ES Poldark Mine is not just a mine. You can search the Gemsands looking for diamonds and precious stones, pan for real alluvial gold, throw a pot at the potter’s wheel, make a candle, try your hand at woodturning or just wander through the Museum. Tel: 01326 573173


National Lobster Hatchery Family Attraction South Quay, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BL The Hatchery can be found on the docks of the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Padstow. The main attraction is seeing the young lobsters growing up ready to be released and also the resident giant lobster and Edible Spider Crabs. Tel: 01841 533877


Land’s End Family Attraction Lands End, Nr Penzance Cornwall, TR19 7AA Land’s End is one of Britain’s best loved landmarks, famous for its unique location and beautiful scenery. A visit to this, the most south westerly point of mainland Britain, will provide you with a fantastic day out. Tel: 0870 458 0044


World of Model Railways Family Attraction Meadow Street, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6UL The World of Model Railways is one of Cornwall’s premier tourist attractions, with one of the best model shops in the SouthWest of England. Tel: 01726 842457

Activities St Ives Boats Visitor Activity Outside the Lifeboat Station, Wharf Road, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LF St Ives Boats provides boat trips from the harbour at St Ives, whether it be seal watching at Seal Island, trips across the bay to the famous Godrevy Lighthouse and Hell’s Mouth, a couple of hours mackerel fishing, four hours wreck fishing, bird watching or private charters to do as you wish. Tel: 07821 774178


ATV Motor Sports Centre Visitor Activity Blackwater, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 8HJ When you arrive & ride at the ATV Centre you will be quad biking on the UK ‘s largest and best outdoor ATV track. Whatever your age or experience you will be kitted up in full safety gear including elbow & knee pads, body armour, helmet, gloves and safety goggles and you will be taken to their learner circuit to be given expert tuition by experienced instructors. Kitting up and learner tuition is FREE and you only pay for your time on the main track. Tel: 01872 560753


West Cornwall Adventure Visitor Activity Portreath Beach, Portreath, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4NN See the coast in a totally unique way. West Cornwall Adventure’s highly qualified, friendly instructors provide the very best in water-based activities. Coasteering at Portreath Beach on the North Coast, with its cliffs, caves, rocks and seals, also Sea


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Kayaking, which provides the perfect way to explore a little further afield. Children’s activity days from junior lifeguard taster sessions to rock pool safaris are available for the little ones and, with their team of professionals, you can be certain your child is in the safest hands. Tel: 07837 634861 Trax & Trails Visitor Activity South Alston, Stoke Climsland, Callington, Cornwall, PL17 8LX 4x4 Off Road Driver Training specialise in off-road 4x4 driver tuition and ‘Driving Experiences’. Driving courses range from a 90-minute taster to a BORDA Part 2 professional two-day course. There’s also the Off-Road Mini Break, where you arrive in time for dinner at adjoining hotel, enjoy a Full English Breakfast then meet you instructor for your Full day Off-Road Driving Experience. In the Drive ‘n’ Shoot event, you spend the morning off-roading at our woodland site, experiencing steep ascents, descents, ruts and mud before enjoying lunch at an adjoining country hotel. Then its back on site for an afternoon of Clay Pigeon Shooting. Tel: 01579 370718


Accommodation Duchy Holidays Self-catering properties Good Quality Accommodation Over 120 properties to choose from. Short breaks available. Open all year round 01872 572971 Country View Cottages Luxury Holiday Homes Holiday Accommodation across Cornwall A collection of beautiful holiday homes and barn conversions in fabulous locations close to the coast, with outstanding facilities including outdoor heated pools, Jacuzzi and children’s play areas. Tel: 01637 874020


Higher Carthew Farm 4 Star Self-Catering Cottages Higher Carthew Farm, Wendron Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0JB Perfectly suited for couples, each of our four beautifully converted barns are all set in a secluded courtyard setting, tucked away at the end of a tree lined drive. These charming conversions are to a high standard, yet retain lots of character and many original features.

P Tel: 01209 831362 Ivy Cottage Bed and Breakfast Luxulyan, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5DW This lovely B & B welcomes you with a friendly atmosphere, well laid out gardens for relaxing and is perfectly placed to explore Cornwall. Just 2 miles from the Eden Project and near the beautiful Luxulyan Valley Ivy Cottage is also very popular with walkers as it is on the Saints Way. Tel: 01726 850796


Looe Island View Luxury Detached Holiday Home Looe Island View is a newly built 5* luxury detached holiday home set in a spectacular hillside location in Downderry. The property has wonderful panoramic sea views all the way to Looe Island and beyond which can be enjoyed from the balconies and elevated decking. Tel: 01822 611179 Trevarrian Lodge Bed and Breakfast Trevarrian, Mawgan Porth Newquay, TR8 4AQ Trevarrian Lodge is located on the coast road 4 miles north of Newquay and 8 miles south of Padstow. It sits in a pleasant rural location with the sandy beaches of Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth close at hand. Tel: 01637 860156 Quies Hotel Hotel 26 Mount Wise, Newquay, Cornwall. TR7 2BJ Alexandra, Will and family extend a warm welcome to all those choosing to holiday at The Quies Hotel. Our hotel is ideally situated for your holiday accommodation in Newquay, Cornwall being only a 2 minute walk from Newquay town centre, beaches, bus station, railway station and taxi ranks. Tel: 01637 872924 Downs Barn Farm Luxury Bed & Breakfast St Buryan, Penzance Cornwall, TR19 6DG 5-Star Gold Award bed and breakfast in West Cornwall. The ideal location for an unforgettable holiday in our relaxed surroundings you can unwind and take a break from your busy everyday lives. Enjoy the attention to detail and luxurious touches that will make your stay here something special and memorable. Tel: 01736 810295


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CORNISH SMILE AA 4 STAR SELF-CATERING ACCOMODATION Trebarvah Lane, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall. TR11 5FB AA and Taste of the West approved lovely self-catering property sleeping up to 10 in the pretty village of Constantine. Decorated to a high standard in contempory style with a lovely bright outdoor area and safe secured garden with BBQ. Four bedrooms one en-suite and additional family bathroom and downstairs toilet with wheelchair access. Parking for three cars. Tel:07733364355

delicious 3-course meal or a snack, you will find something to tantalise your taste buds on our food menu. Tel: 01736 850209


Michael Paul Holidays Luxury Holiday Accommodation Unit B3, The Old Brewery, Lodway, Pill, Bristol BS20 0DH Michael Paul Holidays specialises in the sale of personally vetted holidays in high quality holiday cottages, holiday lodges, log cabins, villas, and luxury apartments in and around some of the most beautiful coastline and countryside in the UK and Ireland. Tel: 0845 505 3250 Silver Sands Holiday Park Static Caravans, Touring and Camping Pitches Gwendreath, Helston Cornwall, TR12 7LZ Set in the dramatic and beautiful countryside of the Lizard Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Silver Sands Holiday Park is ideal for families, couples and singles alike, whether you want “away from it all” relaxation or a more active sightseeing and touring holiday in Cornwall. Tel: 01326 290 631


Dining Rosewarne Manor Restaurant Gwinear Road, Connor Downs Hayle, Cornwall,TR27 5JQ Rosewarne Manor offers superb dining with a choice of bar menu (at pub prices) and a la carte dining. On Sunday lunchtimes they offer an excellent carvery. They are passionate about using local fresh produce. Their menus reflect seasonal availability. Tel: 01209 610414 Country Skittles Restaurant Townsend, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 6ER Country Skittles is a fantastic fun-filled family venue in the heart of Cornwall. 50

Beach Restaurant Restaurant The Wharf, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1LG With fabulous panoramic views and situated in the heart of beautiful St Ives you will find the Beach restaurant. Owned and managed by the same local family since 1957 the restaurant offers first class local fish, seafood, poultry, meat and game. We are family friendly at the Beach and positively welcome children. Tel: 01736 798798


The Bay Restaurant Restaurant Britons Hill, Penzance Cornwall, TR18 3AE The Bay Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant located at the Hotel Penzance. The Bay Restaurant’s daytime Brasserie menu offers something for every meal occasion small or large to fit your appetite. Their Evening Menu is unashamedly modern English fine dining with the best quality ingredients to create imaginative, fresh delicious dishes. Tel: 01736 363117


Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar Restaurant Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3XA Serving tapas dishes from the early bird menu (for two to share) Rick says: “I suppose you could call the Seafood Bar English Tapas. Dishes are served as they are cooked; sharing is what it’s all about!” Chef Paul Ripley will be running a sort of seafood tapas menu, with such things as Scallops with Guindillo Peppers and Chorizo, Creamed Leeks and Smoked Haddock on Toast and a Cornish Fish Stew. Tel: 01841 532 700 Badger Inn Dining Pub Fore Street, Lelant, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3JT The Badger Inn is a Cornish pub of great charm and character situated at the heart of Lelant village, adjacent to Hayle estuary. It is only three miles from St.lves. In their carvery restaurant you can choose from an extensive a la carte menu featuring the best of Cornish meats and fish or sample our home-made desserts. Tel: 01736 752181


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Atlantic Restaurant Restaurant St Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2SB The Atlantic Restaurant has gained a reputation as a place to relax and enjoy tasty modern food away from the bustle of St. Ives. The modern and friendly restaurant offers great food in a hassle-free setting. It is smart but very relaxed with menus and specials board that reflect the local produce and seafood. Reservations: 01841 532700


St Petroc’s Bistro Restaurant New Street, Padstow, Cornwall Rick Stein says: “When we first opened St Petroc’s Bistro, I served ‘elbows on the table’ food like Petit Salé, Duck Confit, Navarin of Lamb and Soups laden with garlic and lentils. “Over the years the menu’s become more modern and, while I don’t want to lose the best of those dishes, I want to reintroduce some classic bistro dishes like Bayonne Ham with Celeriac Remoulade, Moules Marinière, Steak Frites and Toulouse Sausage with Lentils.” The atmosphere is bustling and lively where bold, modern paintings brighten the white walls of the bistro. Reservations: 01841 532700 Estrella Morada bar de Tapas Bar Restaurant Alexandra Road, Porth, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3NB The Estrella Morada bar de Tapas Bar is renowned for its delicious cuisine and competitive prices. It is situated in beautiful surroundings where you can peruse over the fantastic menu they have, indulging in the most appetising dishes, lovingly cooked by their resident chef on the premises. Tel: 01637 877271


Wig and Penn Dining Pub Frances Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3DP The Wig & Pen is a friendly pub serving top quality food in a relaxed environment that is situated in the heart of Truro. Head Chef Tim Robinson, who trained under Gary Rhodes and Johnnie Mountain, provides pub classics and a specials board with more adventurous dishes. Pop in for a pint, a chat and some nibbles or relax over a three course meal, the choice is yours. Tel: 01872 273028


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Granary Restaurant Sizzling Steak House and Grill St Martins, Nr Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1NZ The Bucklawren Granary Restaurant, near Looe is Cornwall’s premier Steakhouse. They are one of the finest restaurants in Looe, Cornwall and they guarantee you won’t leave hungry! The Bucklawren Granary Restaurant serves the finest locally sourced produce, freshly prepared and cooked to order. Tel: 01503 240778


The Cornish Arms Dining Pub Churchtown, St Merryn, Padstow, PL28 8ND The Cornish Arms is situated in the village of St Merryn, just outside Padstow on the beautiful North Cornwall coast. Our head chef at the Cornish, Luke Taylor, has worked for Rick for over 10 years now and is delivering a simple British pub menu which is going down well with the locals and visitors. Wheelhouse Restaurant Restaurant Lugger Hotel, The Promenade, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 4DL The Lugger Hotel located on the only promenade in Cornwall and an ideal setting for your holiday. They have a fantastic restaurant with a great atmosphere and great staff who will make you feel right at home. The restaurant is great for any occasion whether it be a la carte, pub food or carvery. Tel: 01736 363236


The Victory Inn Dining Pub Victory Hill, St Mawes, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5DQ The Victory Inn is the only traditional pub in St Mawes, enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike. Serving lunches and dinners seven days a week, the menu contains something for everyone including fresh local seafood dishes, steaks, pasta and vegetarian options plus children’s menu. Tel: 01326 270324


Rick Stein’s Café Café Restaurant Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall Our café is the sort you’d find on every street in London or Sydney. You can drop in for breakfast or a cake with a morning cappuccino, enjoy a light lunch or threecourse dinner as the relaxed informal style of the café is designed for everyday eating Reservations: 01841 532700

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