Discover Mevagissey 2018

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SPOTLIGHT ON... The famous Seascan AS SEEN IN A RosamundE Pilcher FEATURE FILM


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DID YOU KNOW? The name ‘Mevagissey’ is a combination of the names of two Irish saints - St Meva and St Issey - joined by the word ‘ag’ which is Cornish for ‘and’.

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Hello and welcome to the 2018 edition of Discover Mevagissey. Dating back to 1313, we are a little fishing village with a big heart, and our old-fashioned narrow streets are brimming with shops to explore, cafes to relax in and restaurants to whet your appetite. Our fishing heritage plays a big part of life here and you will find many eateries that offer local dishes using freshly caught fish from local fisherman who have landed their catch from in and around the magnificent twin harbour. With many places to visit, including Mevagissey's museum and aquarium (which you can find out more about on page 6), we are the perfect choice for families, couples, or retired visitors, and there are plenty of dogfriendly beaches nearby if your furry friend is coming too! The unique charm here will make your visit truly memorable, and we look forward to joining you as you Discover Mevagissey.

04. My Mevagissey & useful information 06. Five of our favourite things to do 08. Historical facts 10. Get active in Mevagissey 12. M ap of Mevagissey 14. Mevagissey Feast Week 17. W elcome aboard! Spotlight on Seascan 21. A wealth of knowledge at Hurley Books 22. Five of our favourite amazing views

Luxury, boutique B&B or exclusive use Self-Catering Mesmerising, conversation stopping 180 degree uninterrupted sea views out to Eddystone Lighthouse

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Located a mere 7 minute stroll into Mevagissey the 14th century working fishing and also situated right on the SW Coast path for extraordinary coastal walks



We ask local business owners what Mevagissey means to them

Richard Jellard Owner OF THE Wheelhouse Restaurant & Guest House Mevagissey is a dream location for me. The working fishing harbour takes me back to my early days as a crab fisherman and with our exceptional location I see the boats arriving every day. Mevagissey means tradition, hard work and fresh fish daily, there is never a dull moment in this vibrant village.


INFORMATION Mevagissey is full of childhood memories for me. Sunday trips with my grandparents, and granny Sylvia who my shop is named after. Having a business in such a wonderful place is inspiring and motivating. We have been welcomed by locals and visitors alike, and I love Mevagissey!

Karen DAVIES - OWNER OF SYLVIA’S EMPORIUM AT THE LOFT ROSE & Mikou - OwnerS OF SHE SELLS Ice cream parlour/crêperie & gift shop Having a dog and being a business owner, Mevagissey has become our perfect home. Mevagissey is situated right on the coastal path with some of the best walks we have ever encountered. Stunning sea views, beautiful countryside, a proper working fishing harbour and a firm and proud community are just a few things that make our Meva! 4 DISCOVER MEVAGISSEY

Tourist Information 01726 842200 Emergency Services - 999 Non-Emergency Services - 101 Doctors Surgery 01726 843701 St Austell Community Hospital 01726 873000 Treliske General Hospital 01872 250000 Boots Pharmacy 01726 842349 Taxi services Star Cars 01726 66636 Mevagissey Cars 07513 774529 At sea Harbour Master 01726 843305 / 07486 471931 Train & Plane The nearest train station is St Austell The nearest airport is Newquay Car parks Willow Car & Coach Park - PL26 6SB Sunny Corner (long stay) - PL26 6ST Church Street (short stay) - PL26 6SP Harbour Car Park - PL26 6QQ Doctors Surgery Car Park - PL26 6UE

Cornwall's favourite south coast ferry journey

Mevagissey to Fowey Passenger Ferry

Combine a visit to two of Cornwall’s most picturesque and contrasting ports with a return ferry trip across St Austell Bay between Fowey and Mevagissey Adult £8 one-way £14 return // Child £4 one-way £7 return // Cycles £8 Well-behaved dogs go free Tickets are purchased on board and cannot be paid for in advance

07977 203394


Mevagissey is a small village with a lot to give, and these simple ideas will ensure you get to experience it in a unique way that you will never forget.

Museum Boasting three floors of exhibits, learn about the intriguing past of life in the village at the Mevagissey Museum. The local fishing scene still plays a prominent role in the village today, and a visit to the museum will show you how it has evolved over the years.

Gorran Haven Beach This safe-for-swimming beach is perfect for families, and is dog friendly too! Though they must be kept on a lead between Easter and September. Car parking is available as well as toilets, a beach cafe and a pub. The beach is accessible on foot from Mevagissey using the South West Coast Path.


Aquarium Housed in the old RNLI Lifeboat House, Mevagissey Aquarium has been a top place to visit since the 1950s. On your trip to the aquarium you can expect to find various species of local marine wildlife and find out more about them. It is free to enter the aquarium however donations are always appreciated to continue maintaining the premises for future generations.

Fish & Chips on the harbour wall Sitting in a restaurant definitely has its perks, but there’s nothing like enjoying a portion of Cornish fish and chips in the fresh sea air. So, find a good spot on the harbour and dig in but watch out for hungry seagulls!


More than 30 model trains make their way through intricate and detailed exhibits at Mevagissey's World of Model Railways. Be amazed at the different landscapes each train chugs through, including a seaside setting and alpine winter. They also have a shop selling a range of models that suit beginners and experts alike. Open from the end of March until the end of September from 10am - 5pm. | 01726 842457








• Stunning coastal views from the hotel • Beautiful sun terrace serving cream teas and snacks • Situated on the South West Coast Path

Tel: +44 (0)1726 843453

Image courtesy of Mevagissey Museum

HISTORICAL FACTS A collection of facts about Mevagissey you may not have known • T he Old Watch House built on Island Quay helped to catch local fishermen engaging in smuggling activities.

FOR ALL THOSE INNER PIGGY NEEDS Pre packed meats and cheeses with a plethora of great accompaniments of pickles, chutneys, jams, relish and much more! Proudly stocking the finest Cornish produce where possible, along with some interesting national and international fayre

• I n front of the Old Watch House you can find the remains of a Napoleonic cannon, which is now used as a mooring post. • T here are nine holes in the harbour wall by the gap known as the ‘Quay Door’ which were used by the Home Guard in World War II for their rifles. • M evagissey only had one inner harbour until the late 1880s when two outer piers were built. • T here is a lighthouse on the West Quay which is believed to be the first one in the country to be powered by electricity from the Mevagissey Electricity Company. • M evagissey was one of the first villages in the country to have its own electric generating station, and one of the first villages in Cornwall to benefit from electricity. • T he Lifeboat House was built in 1887 and closed in 1937 due to the creation of motor lifeboats. It is now home to Mevagissey Aquarium. • M ost buildings around the harbour were linked to fishing and boat building until the 1950s when shops and restaurants began to emerge due to increasing tourism. • J ohn Wesley first tried to preach at Mevagissey but was pelted with rotten eggs, household waste and fish! • S chool Hill was used as the main access to Mevagissey before the new road into the village was built in the 1920. Carts and wagons would have to use a 'drag shoe' on the way down as a brake!

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• M evagissey used to have its own bank founded by Philip Ball in 1807, however it closed in 1824 which made life difficult for the villagers. The debt to the people was repaid by Philip’s son Timothy who was the local doctor and helped the people of Mevagissey through the cholera epidemic of 1849.


ICE CREAM | CREPES SUNDAES | MIlkShAkES CoffEE | GIftS hARBoUR VIEWS East Quay, Mevagissey Pl26 6QQ 01726 843009 |

Image by Sofie Michelle Photography

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GET ACTIVE in Mevagissey WALKING Boasting a fabulous coastal location, you’ll find so many picturesque walks around the coast that begin in Mevagissey. A suggested route is Mevagissey to the beautiful Portmellon Cove. This circular walk takes you through West Bodrugan Wood nature reserve to the quiet tranquil Portmellon Cove, then back around Mevagissey harbour past the aquarium. For a more challenging coastal route, try Mevagissey to Heligan and the Prehistoric Tin Stream. Starting in Mevagissey, you will travel inland past the Lost Gardens of Heligan before heading back along the coast through Pentewan Valley. Discover these routes and more at

FOOTBALL GOLF Try something new and exciting with a trip to Cornwall Football Golf. Instead of a putter and golf ball, you use your feet and a football, with the aim of getting the football into the hole as you would in a game of golf. With obstacles in your path along the way, this makes a great day out for all ages. | 01726 68952 10 DISCOVER MEVAGISSEY

CYCLING Get on your bike and take in the lovely Cornish countryside! You’ll find many cycle trails around Mevagissey including the Pentewan Trail and the Clay Trails which can take you to places such as the Eden Project, Charlestown and St Austell. Bikes can be hired from Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire | 01726 844242

SWIMMING A swim in the sea on a visit to Cornwall is always a must! While not all beaches are safe for swimming, you’ll find many that are. The nearby Gorran Haven Beach is safe for swimming and is dog friendly too, though be aware that this beach is not lifeguarded.

WATERSPORTS From surfing to powerboating, paddleboarding to windsurfing, there are plenty of beaches near to Mevagissey that offer watersport activities and a day of action-packed fun! Don’t worry if you’ve never tried them before, as there are qualified instructors on hand to teach you the ropes and ensure your safety.

Large, spacious flat pitches with lovely toilets & showers Direct access to the Pentewen Cycle Trail Welcoming couples families, children and dogs Pentewan, PL26 6DL

01726 843687

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Mevagissey Feast Week or ‘The Feast of St Peter’ has been celebrated since 1754, and to this day it is still well-attended and enjoyed just as much as it was back then. Held at the end of June, this week-long event is loved and enjoyed by both locals and visitors every year. It is the charm of the traditional mixed with the thrill of the contemporary that makes this event one to be a part of year after year, and there are so many activities to join in with throughout the week. From fishing to sports, dancing to exhibitions, there is something to suit all ages, abilities and interests - and most activities are free! Food also plays a big part in the festival, especially local fish dishes due to Mevagissey’s fishing heritage and past. You will always find something new and delicious to try.

DID YOU KNOW? Mevagissey Feast Week was first held in December, however the date was changed to June due to clashes with busy fishing periods. 14 DISCOVER MEVAGISSEY

At the end of the week, people line the streets to watch the fun and colourful carnival pass through the village. Many local businesses taking part, providing entertainment, music and dancing for everyone to enjoy. The very end of Feast Week is marked with a fantastic firework display, and then it is time to go home and wait to do it all again the next year! The 2018 Feast Week takes place from 24th - 30th June. For more information visit

Accommodation NEWLY REFURBISHED FOR 2018 Our accommodation provides comfortable en-suite double rooms with harbour and sea views plus 2 delightful fisherman’s cottages where children and pets are welcome.

Fresh Cornish Seafood & Fare with incredible views All our seafood is sourced from the local fisherman along the Cornish coast and all our meats from the glorious Cornish countryside that surrounds us. Our dishes are prepared fresh to order and definitely worth the wait, even on our busiest days!

Call us on 01726 339029 to book

Net Loft Restaurant Our upstairs restaurant has been refurbished and will make the perfect venue for private dining, wedding receptions & afternoon tea parties

Seafood Restaurant West Wharf, Mevagissey, Cornwall PL26 6UJ 01726 339029 |

River Valley Holiday Park

An established and reputable taxi firm based in St Austell, Star Cars is the taxi service of choice for all of your travel requirements.

With over 18 years’ of experience you can expect to receive a friendly, reliable and prompt service. Private Hire

Air & SeaPort Transfers

Advanced Booking Only

County Tours

01726 66636

Situated on the edge of the Kingswood and just 2 miles from the beach. Our family run holiday park with 40 static caravans and 45 level spacious pitches and an indoor swimming pool for you to enjoy. Cycle from the park along the off road trail to Pentewan, Heligan Gardens and Mevagissey.

01726 73533

World of Model Railways Mevagissey

Opening Times: Spring / Summer 25th March to 30th September Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct / Nov / Dec Sats & Suns Oct half term & Christmas 12 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Well-behaved dogs are welcome! Access for wheelchairs & pushchairs

Last entries are ½ hour before closing time!


Meadow Street, Mevagissey SatNav: PL26 6SB Use the village car parks & find us behind the King’s Arms Tel: 07724 133312

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aboard! Seascan’s origins hail from Scotland. Built in 1962, this boat's working life was spent off the West Coast of Scotland and Irish Sea. Constructed from larch planking on oak frames and powered by a Gardner engine, she is now moored at Mevagissey in all her beauty offering a variety of excursions from short cruises around Mevagissey Bay to private charters for your special event. In the summer of 2017, she starred in a Rosamunde Pilcher production filmed in Mevagissey and around Cornwall under her screen name ‘Lizben’. A trip on Seascan offers a unique experience aboard a converted fishing trawler whether as a family or a group event. She can carry 12 passengers and meets all safety requirements. Contact Seas The Day Charters for a day out on the ocean that you won’t forget. 07728 890150



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Situated on a magnificent stretch of coastline and offering amazing unrivalled sea views 1 and 2 bedrooms available. Dogs by prior arrangement at ÂŁ5 p.n 1 parking space per apartment in our on site car park Within a five minute walk to the picturesque harbour of Mevagissey

01726 842406 | Polkirt Hill Mevagissey PL26 6UX


Townhouse in the centre of Mevagissey This beautifully furnished grade 2 listed town house is located in the heart of Mevagissey. Completely self-contained, modern and fully equipped to a high standard. Sleeps 6 + travel cot in 3 bedrooms all with TV. Large family bathroom. Kitchen/Diner ,Separate Living Room . Free WiFi throughout. This centrally located house also benefits from a enclosed secluded garden space with views over the village and beyond - Just paces from the harbour includes 1 car parking space in the main carpark

Imagine crazy golf but using a football instead!

Gin O’Clock Cottage Family & Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage Mevagissey ~ Cornwall

Open 7 days a week and suitable for all ages from 5 - 80 yrs old. Situated in St Austell just 5 mins from the Eden Project. Have fun navigating through, under, over and around obstacles set in beautiful surroundings with two 18 hole courses.

• A short level walk from the harbour • Cosy woodburner • Refurbished to a high standard • Three Bedrooms (sleeps 6)

07769 940660

Trenowah Road St Austell PL25 3GD

01726 68952


To book your trip on the refurbished

Call Chris on

01726 884054 or 07738 051010

Sylvias Emporium AT THE LOFT

Mevagissey Holiday Cottages


We are a long-established family-run agency located in Mevagissey, offering an excellent, personal service to guests.


01726 339606

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Treveor Farm Campsite 47 spacious well maintained, grass and hard standing pitches, all with electric hook ups. Recently renovated showerblock and childrens play area. Based on a working dairy farm. 1 mile from the nearest beach and 3 others all within walking distance.

01726 842387 |

The properties we offer sleep from 2 to 9, with several of the cottages welcoming well-behaved dogs. 01726 842525

Dreaming of


Dreaming of Cornwall has three fabulous apartments. Our three bed property is right by the harbour above the fabulous Hurley Books. For a quieter setting we have two apartments in the Pentewan valley with the benefit of a shared indoor heated swimming pool. All three are beautifully furnished and every consideration has been thought of.

Have a look and get in touch

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KNOWLEDGE Step aside Amazon, roll over Waterstones, here comes Hurley Books! Beginning life when Amazon first opened its market place 12 years ago, owners of Hurley Books, Liz and Steve, quickly spotted that this was an area they could thrive in. Being an English student at the time, Steve sold paperbacks at his local market to help with costs, while Liz was a librarian and used to tracking down hard to find books. As the business grew, both left their jobs and opened a small shop. Originally in St Austell, they then moved to Charlestown until finally they found a place they could call their own in Mevagissey. Since then, the business has grown and today they stock a wide selection and equal split of new, used and well-loved books. You may not always find the obvious bestsellers or the new releases, but instead a curious selection of books you didn’t know you were looking for. There is also a next day delivery service, so if you are looking for a particular book they can track it down for you and order it in.

As well as books, you’ll find a good range of ephemera. Last year Steve branched into his love of vinyl, and they now have a large collection of LPs and singles. The majority are second hand and in excellent condition, but they stock new pressings too. Last year Liz and Steve took on the Tourist Information Centre, which was a perfect fit due to their extensive knowledge of Mevagissey and the help they give to tourists that come visiting. In their own words, “Mevagissey is a wonderful community and it's lovely to be able to help the people that want to come and share it with us.” Hurley Books can be found alongside the Tourist Information Centre at 3 Jetty Street, Mevagissey PL26 6UH 01726 842200 DISCOVER MEVAGISSEY 21



You may think that views in Cornwall only ever consist of the coast, but there are many different ways to see our beautiful county. The following locations showcase some of the best spots in and around Mevagissey.

Mevagissey Bay Hotel

With stunning views of the Cornish coast, a stay at the Mevagissey Bay Hotel is a true delight. Situated just quarter of a mile from the main village, it’s the perfect location to explore Mevagissey and the surrounding area. Imagine relaxing on a patio just outside your room, glass of wine in hand with a panoramic sea view, listening to the sound of the sea. 01726 843453 |

With views of the beautiful Cornish countryside all around, a stay at Little Winnick Touring Park is a real treat. Located on the banks of the River Winnick, you are near to the beach, local pub and in walking distance to Mevagissey. Little Winnick also has direct access to the Pentewan Cycle Trail, so it’s the perfect choice to stay for a biking holiday. 01726 843687 |

Image by Sofie Michelle Photography

Little Winnick

She Sells Whether you are staying as a B&B guest or enjoying exclusive use for self-catering, you will be blown away with the 180 degree sea view at Pebble House. Just a short walk to Mevagissey, you are also on the doorstep of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Trail.

Situated right on Mevagissey’s picturesque harbour, you can enjoy some delicious food and drink as you watch the world go by at She Sells. Specialising in traditional French crêpes, you’ll also find a big selection of ice creams along with some lovely Cornish gifts to buy for loved ones. Dogs are also welcome, so they can enjoy the view too!

01726 844466 |

01726 843503



Seaview Gorran Haven really is an idyllic place to stay with so much to do. If you are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and relax and enjoy the great outdoors, then Seaview could be your perfect location. 01726 843425 | 22 DISCOVER DISCOVER MEVAGISSEY Mevagissey


on the beautiful South Cornwall Coast

NEW LUXURY HOLIDAY HOME DEVELOPMENT COMING SOON IN 2018 • Full 12 month holiday season • 5* Visit England graded park • Free highspeed WiFi throughout the park • Heated outdoor swimming pool • Large games area • Dog friendly park TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOLIDAY HOME OWNERSHIP

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