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Getting Married in Cornwall?

Published on 12/01/2018 14:20

by Emma (comments: 0)

If you are lucky enough to be getting married in 2018. Why not take a look at tying the knot in Cornwall? We have such beautiful landscape and scenery here there really is something to appeal to everyone. Whether you are just looking at a very small exclusive wedding or something more extravagant!

Beach Wedding

Perranporth, well we may be a bit biased with this one as we love Perranporth! The beach is stunning and if you are looking at having photos taken on the beach. Then Perranporth is the perfect location, The Seiners and The Watering Hole are right on the beach. If you're looking for accommodation from the whole family to stay in too then Duchy Holidays offer a wide selection of properties in the area. There are even some including hot tubs, so why not treat yourself it is your wedding after all! Take a look at Crowjy Kernewek!

Countryside Wedding

If getting married in a converted barn is more appealing to you then why not consider Nancarrow Farm. These beautifully renovated barns are set in the idyllic countryside area on the outskirts of Truro. It's really is a beautiful setting making for some fantastic photo opportunities. The venue is a licenced to carry out weddings however there are local churches nearby too. There is accommodation also available which sleeps up to 18 guests.

Castle Wedding

St Mawes Castle and Pendennis Castle are equally stunning locations if you are looking for a romantic wedding set in a castle. They both offer truly unique settings, St Mawes castle is located in a beautifully kept banked garden which leads down to the sea. It also has the opportunity for a Marquee.

Pendennis Castle is also set in a beautiful location with stunning sea views. If you are interested in looking at the castle dressed for a wedding. then why not visit on Sunday 29th April between 11am and 3 pm as they open the doors for their wedding showcase.

Tipi Wedding

Cornish Tipi Weddings located in a beautiful countryside location in mature woodlands. If a more natural themed wedding or festival inspired one is what you're looking for, check out their website. The setting is just beautiful with lake views and they can accommodate for weddings of all sizes. Even better why not take a holiday while you're here as they have pitches and Tipis for guests and can help with booking local B&B's and cottages nearby.

Biome Wedding

Now if you fancy something truly unusual then why not consider tying the knot at the Eden Project? Now this is wedding that really is unique and can only be found in Cornwall. They have some great options for your ceremony and reception including the use of the Biomes! This is a great option if you are looking for a more sustainable option for your wedding as this is at the heart of the Eden Projects ethos.

Period House

If you are looking for a more Jane Austin themed wedding then why not take a look at Scorrier House. The grand stairway is a beautiful period feature not to mention the well-kept historic gardens. They also have accommodation in what was previously the stables, for the main wedding party to stay in.

Hotels

Cornwall has so many beautiful hotels with stunning views it really is hard to narrow them down. Though here are our favourites!

The Headland Hotel (Newquay)- This hotel is located on a private cliff top overlooking stunning sea views.

Penmorvah Manor (Falmouth)- A beautiful country house nestled in woodland gardens and only a mile from Maenporth Beach.

The Alverton (Truro)- This hotel offers a romantic and elegant setting with beautifully manicured gardens.

Carbis Bay Hotel (St Ives)- Stunning sea views overlooking Carbis Bay

Rose in Vale (Mithian)- A Georgian period Hotel set in a Cornish wooded valley, nestled into 10 acres of landscaped lawns.

 

 

Thinking About A Short Break ?

Published on 05/01/2018 15:35

by Liz (comments: 0)

Christmas seems a distant memory already and January looms endlessly ahead. Why not  give yourself something to look forward to and book a short break away or a romantic weekend for Valentines ? Take a look a look at latest accommodation offers  or let us know what type of accommodation you're looking for and we will send you details of offers and ideas.

Cornwall has so much to offer even at this time of year, in fact the beautiful dramatic skies can be awe inspiring even with the storms we have had lately.  They certainly make for glorious walks and cosy pub lunches in front of a roaring log fire. 

If you would like to visit some attractions whilst in Cornwall here is a selection of our recommendations to make the most of your stay at this time of year:

Bodmin Jail

This all year round attraction makes a great escape from the weather.  Visitors can wander through the depths of the jail, over six levels, and browse creative exhibits depicting penal life in Victorian Cornwall. Be sure to visit the Execution Shed; a fully restored, 4.5 mtr deep, Victorian hanging pit. This is the only hanging pit in the UK and the site of the last man executed in Cornwall.

Jail Visit  9.30am – 6pm

Tea Room & Gift Shop  9.30am – 6pm

Restaurant  Noon – 9pm

Dog Friendly Attraction

 

Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Situated on Towan Beach in the centre of Newquay, opposite the famous island, the Newquay Blue Reef Aquarium is a stunning all year round visit. 

Open daily from 10am 
Last Admission: 
March - October 5pm
November - February 4pm 

 

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Lappa Valley Steam Railway will be opening for Winter Weekends once again! Visitors will enjoy a steam ride into the leisure park where they can enjoy all of the attractions on offer for the heavily discounted price of just £6 per person.

Open weekends from 10:30am on 4 February until 18 March 2018. Trains will run every 40 minutes from 11:10.

Camel Trail Wenford - Padstow

Whether you like to walk, run or cycle "The Camel Trail" is an 18 mile largely traffic free, surfaced and virtually level multi use trail which provides access to the beautiful Cornish countryside along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Even at this time of year it can make for an enjoyable day out. If the full length seems daunting, you can do it in stages. Our favourite is from Wadebride to Padstow (approx 5 miles) where you can enjoy local fish and chips (even Rick Steins) before you turn around and make your way back. 

Cost: Free

Bike Hire: is available at Padstow, Wadebridge, Bodmin and Wendfordbridge. (Only licensed providers are permitted to hire bikes for the Trail, please check your hirer is licensed).

 

Getting Active in Cornwall

Published on 29/12/2017 14:36

by Emma (comments: 0)

The best alternative ways to get active in Cornwall this New Year

Have you made your New Year's resolution yet? Probably one of the most common ones after over indulging over the festive period is "I'll join the gym or get fit in the New Year"

Many of us join the gym with good intentions, but let's be honest for most of us it's pretty hard to get ourselves motivated at the gym. You're not the only one don't worry! 

We have created a list of fun activities which will help you get fit this year!

Trampolining

Probably not something that springs to mind (excuse the pun) when you think of getting fit. However this is great for your body and does actually help build your stamina and fitness. 

Jump4- has a great trampolining facility. Don't be fooled this isn't just bouncing up and down, there is a foam pit, walk the wall and cardio wall facilities too. 

Horse Riding

Many people believe the horse does all the work, however this is far from the truth! Riding help to improve your core strength and tone your legs. Plus if you help to muck out the stables too this is a great work out.

Reen Manor, Trenance and Wheal Buller Riding Stables offer lessons for beginners and the more experienced riders. Wheal Buller have an indoor sand school so if you are not keen on getting damp outside then at least you are still able to keep riding. Soon the days will be getting longer and you can't beat a nice beach hack to enjoy the sunshine.

Kayaking/ Paddle Boarding 

Waters ports are becoming increasingly popular and Cornwall is the perfect place to try them! 

Loe Beach Watersports- If its your first time giving paddle boarding or kayaking a go then Loe Beach may be the place to try this. It's located between Truro and Falmouth however the water here is really family friendly and perfect for beginners. You can paddle round to the Punch Bowl and Ladle pub which doesn't take long and may be stop off to enjoy a refreshment before paddling back.

Surfing

This is such a popular sport here in Cornwall and don't let the cooler weather in the winter months put you off as the sea temperature stays warmer here during the winter in Cornwall. This website shows the current sea temperatures.

Perranpoth Surf School-make it easy to learn to surf, they have excellent instructors which cater to the needs of each individual whether you're beginner or looking to improve your skills. You can even hire your wetsuits and surfboards from them. 

Walk the South West Coast Path

We don't mean all in one go! However, if you are lucky enough to live nearby you could walk sections at the weekends or while you are visiting us on holiday. The Cornish coast really is beautiful and this is the perfect way to admire its beauty. Plus, it's a great way to keep fit while enjoying the incredible landscape.

Cycling

This is a brilliant way to keep fit, the Camel Trail and Bissoe Trail are popular cycling trails. Although if you  like more adrenaline sports why not have a go at BMX.  The Track is brilliant for learning tricks and jumps. If your more into indoor BMX and a traditional skatepark then Mount Hawke is worth a visit too. 

Orienteering

These activities run regularily and they are a great day out for the family too. There are competitions which run with a choice of shorter or longer routes. If you would like to get some practice in before entering a competition, Tehidy Woods and Idless Woods have the markers permenantly in place. You can print off previous routes used in competitions to use yourselves.

Dancing

Dancing is a great way to reduce stress and increase strength and muscle tone. Newquay Jive offer modern jive dancing, it's great fun and there is no need to book in advance. Its great for beginners as you don't need to bring a partner either!

Yoga

This improves your flexibility and helps to build muscle tone. Lime House is an excellent location they offer a wide range of yoga classes from beginners to more experienced levels. 

 

 

New Years Eve

Published on 19/12/2017 15:49

by Liz (comments: 0)

Party in Perranporth!!

If you're looking for somewhere to see the New Year in with style then look no further. It is all happening right here in Perranporth  As one of the top Cornish destinations and renowned for it's music scene Perranporth is the place to be to have your New Year celebrations. 

Do you a fancy a walk on the beach on New Year's Day?  There is still time to book yourself a little break away at Duchy Holidays , they have perfect pretty cottages or modern beach apartments, take your pick!

Seiners Arms 

Seiners have a "Pantomime and Fairy Tale" Fancy Dress theme, so whether you want to be Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan, there is plenty of scope with this magical theme.  There will be cash prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd place with the MIGHTY DJ Prince banging out some belting tunes till the early hours! Free Entry.

 

Perranporth Inn

The Perranporth Inn are seeing the New Year Inn with a "Britain in the Blitz" fancy dress theme. So Run for Shelter this New Year's Eve! In this 1940s fancy dress it's time to show your country support! Get on your soldiers costume or show everyone how wartime pin up fancy dress is done!  By order of the war office, you are requested to make your way to their secret air raid shelter for the blitz party!  Alcoholic provisions will be plentiful.  Free entry 

The Watering Hole

Party at the Hole in their 1920’s themed party. They are going all out this year! Champagne reception, with a walk down the carpet to travel back to the Roaring Twenties! Their chefs will have prepared you a 1920’s themed menu.  
If you’re struggling with ideas for attire think The Great Gatsby, Peaky Blinders or good old fashioned speak easy gangsters. Tickets are now available on for sale on their website

 

The Tywarnhayle Inn

If you fancy something a little more low key, then look no further the the Tywarnhayle Inn. They are putting on a 7 course Banquet fit for a king! Tickets are selling fast so don't miss out.  Give them a call and get booked in now! 

If you are looking for Fancy Dress inspiration pop into Seathrift Preloved Boutique, they have a selection of women's fancy dress outfits, shoes  and accessories all geared to the pubs themes.

Our Top 10 Cornish Produce

Published on 14/12/2017 10:53

by Emma (comments: 0)

Whether you're looking for something to take back for your family after a stay here in Cornwall or you would like to sample some of our great Cornish culture while you're here. We have made our top list of produce we think you should try during your stay here in Cornwall.

1- Cornish Cream Tea

Scones have become almost synonymous with Cornwall and it's important you have your cream tea the "Proper" way! We mean jam first followed with lashings of Cornish Clotted Cream. It's important to construct your cream tea the right way, so here is a guide to the Cornish etiquette when having a cream tea.

Rodda's Cream Tea Etiquuette-

"You'll need to split your scone in half (by breaking, not cutting), then spread your jam before dolloping some clotted cream on top. Oh, and never use whipped cream; it's utterly improper"

Places to try a Cornish Cream Tea

 

2- Clotted Cream

You can't have a cream tea without Clotted Cream! Rodda's family created Clotted Cream as we know it today, since 1890. The family tradition has been passed down generation since. They originally started production owning just 12 cows. Now they source all of their milk locally from farms with in a 30 mile radius throughout Cornwall.

3- Cornish Pasty

It's hard to resist the temptation of having one of these while you are on holiday, with so many pasty shops around. However if you haven't tried a Cornish Pasty before, you should; as here in Cornwall we make the best!

Only pasties made in Cornwall to the traditional recipe can be labelled 'Cornish Pasties' even though you are able to buy them throughout the country. A traditional Cornish pasty is shaped in a D with crimping on one side. It's made of pastry containing potato, turnip (swede), onion and beef.

Places we reccommed to try a Cornish Pasty

4- Hogs Pudding

This Cornish white pudding known as "Hogs Pudding" is somewhere between a black pudding and a sausage, you can either eat it hot or cold. A local Cornish business, Primrose Herd make their Hogs Pudding with a secret recipe of herbs, spices and the finest pork and it has multiple awards to its name.

Primrose Herd started as a small family run business selling their produce at local farmers markets. However they now offer a wide range of pork products, supplying to many of Cornwall's top restaurants.

5- Saffron Bun

Saffron is an expensive ingredient and probably not the first ingredient that would spring to mind when talking about Cornish culture. However this dates back to Cornwall's mining days. When we would have exchanged the spice for tin. This was then used to make saffron buns which are a curranty bun similar to a teacake. Baker Toms is worth a visit if you would like to try a handmade Saffron Bun.

6- Rattler

Probably one of Cornwall's most well known products, produced by Healey's Cyder Farm. This is also open to the public as a visitor attraction, where you are able to have a tour round their orchards and learn about the history or cider making. Most importantly you'll even get the chance to sample their Cornish products such as cyders, presse, jams and chutney's.

7- Tarquin's Gin

We're sure we don't have to talk you into trying this one. However if you are a gin lover then Tarquin's award-winning gin is refreshingly unique. It's a great gift to take back home too!

8- Heavy Cake

Also known as "Hevva Cake"this cake originated from the pilchard industry in Cornwall although it has since remained popular throughout the County. We recommend trying Portreath Bakeries Heavy Cake.

9- Cornish Fairings

These are a unique ginger biscuit similar to a Ginger Nut. Furniss' is now the only company in the world licenced to make The Original Cornish Fairing. These are widely available throughout Cornwall in shops and they even make gift packs for you to take back home with you.

10-Cornish Yarg

This nettle wrapped Cornish cheese is a consistent winner or many awards, even at International level. The cheese is produced exclusively by a local business Lhyner Dairies

 

 

 

Christmas Lights

Published on 01/12/2017 14:24

by Emma (comments: 0)

The 1st December is here and the festive season is commencing. With the countdown to Christmas now starting, we thought we would include our list of the best Christmas light switch on events for you to visit.

Perranporth Christmas Light Switch on and Lantern Parade- 1st December 6.30pm the procession starts at the nativity outside Perran Bay Nursing home and continues round to the Tywarnhayle Inn. 

Looe- 1st December 6.30pm there is childrens entertinment alongside the Christmas light switch on and carol service.

Angarrack- 2nd December this small village created the Twelve days of Christmas in Christmas lights form and it really is worth a visit to see this stunning display.

Saltash - 2nd December 11am- 7pm this town has turned the Christmas light switch on into a whole day of fun including tree festival, lantern parade and firework display.

Penryn- 2nd December 6.15- 9pm the switch on is at the begining of the evening with entertainment across the town till 9pm 

Mevagissey- 6pm for the Christmas light switch on however there will be entertainment and festive food and drink on the harbour from 5-7pm

Padstow- 3rd December 6pm as well as looking pretty the display has special meaning, for some of the lights represent those tragically lost. Take time to stop and reflect when you see the five candles, the angel and the tree above Rojanos Restaurant.

Coverack- 9th December 6.30pm Christmas Tree lights switch on included a lantern procession and Father Christmas in his pony drawn sleigh.

Newlyn- 15th December the harbour lights are switched on with a fireworks display too.

Mousehole-  16th December one of our most well know Christmas light switch on's

Winter At Eden

Published on 17/11/2017 14:04

by Liz (comments: 0)

Winter is fast approaching and this week we have been blessed with beautiful bright sunny days, just perfect for beach walks, the evening have been colder but what better than to cosy up to a log fire and enjoy a hot cuppa.

Eden as always pulls out all the stops at this time of year, and they have three main events to keep us all entertained

Ice Skating   

Their glittering ice rink is the only indoor rink in Cornwall  and is open until 18 February. There's something for all the family, from toddler play to adult lessons. A valid Eden admission ticket is required for all the sessions, in addition to the ticket for the relevant session. They advise skaters to arrive at the Visitor Centre at least 30 minutes prior to their booked skating slot. For additional information follow the link.

  • Price: £7 (adult), £6 (child), £24 (any combination of four adults or children)
  • Skate sessions are 40 minutes long and begin on the hour

Father Christmas

Every year Father Christmas and his elves set up camp here at the Eden Project, from 25th November right up until Christmas Eve you can book your family a special moment with the man in red.

There are letters to sort, presents to deliver, and a very important sleigh to prepare. Father Christmas is keen to meet you and your children, so they can help.

Inside the cosy tent you’ll get to see ‘behind the scenes’, including the elves’ bunkbeds, the pigeonholes full of children’s letters, and all the stockings laid out ready for the big day. After settling down for a story beside an open fire, each child can enjoy a special moment with the man in red. 

  • Tickets cost £6 per child (aged 1 year plus) and £4 per adult 
  • Tickets for November sessions of £5 per child, and £3 per adult.

Festival Of Light and Sound

A dazzling Festival of Light and Sound returns. Watch as Eden’s winter landscape is transformed with stunning new light projections, dramatic soundscapes and live music for 2017.

  • Selected dates 25 Nov–30 Dec
  • Time: 5–8pm
  • Price: free (with standard admission / Pass), no pre-booking required

Eden Admission Tickets can be purchased in our office and we actually offer a better discount than Eden themselves!! with a 15% discount of Adult, Children and Student tickets and a 10% discount of family tickets, and if you tick the gift aid box you will get an annual free pass. Too good to be true!

 

 

 

 

Where To Capture The Perfect Photo

Published on 10/11/2017 13:09

by Emma (comments: 0)

Whether you want to capture your memories from your holiday to Cornwall to share with your family or you are a more experienced photographer, looking for the perfect photo. We have made our top list of places in Cornwall we think you should visit, if you're on the search for the perfect photo, of one that sums up just how beautiful it is here!

We really are blessed with our landscape as we think it really is the most picturesque and beautiful place. Here in Perranporth we are based in a very central position which is perfect for visiting the charming sites across Cornwall.

Why not take a look at some of our suggestions below?

Kynance Cove(approx 32 miles/ 1hr 10 min from Perranporth)

This beach is renowned for being such a picturesque beach. During the summer months, the water appears vibrant turquoise. Which is a great contrast against the darker tones of the rocks and cliffs. this is one of Cornwall's most photographed places and we can understand why, with such beautiful shots of the entire landscape from the tops of the cliffs!

Tehidy Park- (approx 15 miles/ 20 mins from Perranporth)

No matter what time of year you're visiting, these woods have lots to offer. Whether you're looking for the rich autumn golden hues of fallen leaves. Or the great expanse of bluebells this place offers in spring. Not to mention how friendly the wildlife is here if you're looking at getting some great nature shots. It has the friendliest squirrels in the nature reserve area!

Wheal Coates- (approx 5 miles/ 14 minutes from Perranporth)

This National Trust Tin Mine is right on the Cornish coast and is a great example of our mining heritage. This mine can make some truly outstanding photos. Based in the headland there is a great mix of colours in the landscape including the bright yellow gorse flowers. Not to mention the amazing costal backdrop of the Cornish sea!

Tintagel Castle- (approx 40 miles/1 hr 10 mins from Perranporth)

This is one of the most spectacular historical sites in Cornwall. The castle is built half on the mainland and half on the on the jagged headland. which is the setting to create quite a dramatic photo especially due to the backdrop of the beautiful sea views and rugged Cornish coast.

Holywell Bay- (approx 7.5 miles/ 16 min from Perranporth)

This beach has a lot to offer, it is a great place to capture sunset photos. But not only this it has large dunes and at low tide you are able to access the Holywell Cave too.

Bodmin Moor- Rough Tor- (approx 36 miles/ 51 mins from Perranporth)

This 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' is a great place to visit if you love walking too. The  moorland expresses our rugged Cornish views, if you head up higher there is the opportunity to achieve some great scenery shots. The large dramatic granite tors are also a great feature for some scenery shots.

St Micheal's Mount(approx 25 miles/ 38 mins from Perranporth)

Make sure you check the tide times before you visit! As you are only able to gain access at low tide. This spot can create a magical photo, the cobbles leading up to the castle on the top of the mount is a perfect setting for the fairy-tale like photos you can create here.

Polperro(approx 42 miles/ 1hr 4 mins from Perranporth)

This unspoilt fishing village has been described as an artist's paradise. Situated in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' it features beautiful cottages tucked into the steep hillsides.There are such spectacular views of land and sea here.

Padstow Harbour(25 miles/ approx 43 mins from Perranporth)

This is probably one of Cornwall's most popular visitor areas. It's an idyllic working harbour and it's the perfect place to capture charming picturesque photos of the area.

If these have inspired you to visit our beautiful county, why not take a look at the accommodation Duchy Holidays have to offer?

Tehidy and Idless Woods

Published on 24/10/2017 16:01

by Emma (comments: 0)

The days are getting shorter but that doesn't mean it's time to hibernate! There is so much to do here in cornwall. Why not get out and about to make the most of what we have!

At this time of year, the golden-brown hues of the falling leaves so crisp and crunchy underfoot why not explore some of the gorgeous woods we have to offer? Tehidy and Idless woods are great. There are so many options, if you prefer the slower pace they're lovely to take a stroll through. But why not do something a bit different and keep the whole family entertained too?

Have you tried your hand at orienteering before? This website is great and you can print off short or longer routes from previous orienteering competitions. All you need to do is follow the map and search for the posts as you walk around, some are close to the track and some you may need to search a little bit harder for. Why not turn it into a race and see who can find the posts first?

Cycling is also great fun through the woods too! If you've forgotten to bring your bikes with you then don't worry as you can hire your bikes locally too!

Don't forget these woods are dog friendly too, so they really are a family friendly great day out!

 

Bonfire Night

Published on 17/10/2017 11:49

by Emma (comments: 0)

We love this time of year, if you fancy wrapping up warm with your woolly hat and scarf and enjoying the warm glow of the bonfire? Maybe even toasting some marshmallows? Guy Fawkes Night is creeping up on us again and you might even be able to fit it a Fireworks display ahead of the 5th November. We have included our top picks below for firework displays to visit.

Perranporth Airfield- time and date to be confirmed

Flambars 25th October- last admission 6pm (fireworks at dusk)

Retallack Resort 26th October- 7pm 

Blue Bar (Porthtowan) 29th October- time to be confirmed

Probus YFC Charity Fireworks 4th November- 7.30pm

Driftwood Spars (St Agnes) 5th November- time to be confirmed

Heartlands 5th November- gates open 6pm