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Koru Kayaking

Published on 10/12/2019 11:42

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Are you planning your next years holiday and looking for inspiration for what to do to keep the family busy?  Have you ever tried kayaking?  Kayaking in Cornwall is a wonderful way to have a family adventure and explore the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Koru offer two guided tours:

The North Coast Kayak Adventure from Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes which is half way between Newquay and St Ives. Affectionately named Poldark Country this coastline was the inspiration for Winston Graham’s Poldark series 

Or the Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure launches from the private beach of the Budock Vean Hotel near Falmouth and the creek was the inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s famous novel.

You can also buy Gift Vouchers for a Koru Kayak Adventures along the St Agnes Coastline or Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek. For a great Christmas gift take a look at their 2020 Wall Calendars with photos taken from the water either of the St Agnes Coastline or Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek these can be purchased at their website shop www.korukayaking.co.uk/Koru-shop

 

 

Cornish Woodland Walks

Published on 03/12/2019 15:14

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Ladock Woods

Quite often we talk about the beautiful beaches and stunning cliff walks in Cornwall, but we mustn’t forget that we are also surrounded by charming countryside, with some of the most splendid woodland walks in the country.  I am sure that we all have childhood memories of walks in the wood, whether it was collecting leaves, conkers, insects or flowers, that lovely musky smell of this darkened secret sanctuary is always a magical experience to treasure. Of course, this is free on tap entertainment for all including your four legged friend; just pull on your walking boots or wellingtons and begin your adventure:

Here are some of the favourites for you to enjoy:

Trelissick Woodland Walk - Truro

Trelissick Gardens is run by the National Trust, and although dogs are not allowed inside the main gardens, they are very welcome in the parkland around the area. The Woodland Walk is  a particularly lovely three mile circuit which takes you from the main car park, down the hill to the edge of the Fal estuary, then along the river bank, through beautiful dappled woodland and past the King Harry Ferry slipway before continuing further into the secret and tranquil creeks tucked away in the estuary. At the fork in the path, you can continue on around Roundwood quay, or take the left path which takes you back up to the main road. Cross carefully at the top, then turn left just past the lodge and in a few minutes you will be back at the car park.

Dog friendly cafe: Crofters at Trelissick has dog biscuits, bowls and seating.

Tehidy Woods - Camborne

With over 9 miles of pathways and 250 acres of woodland, there is no set route we'd advise you to take through these woodlands, just enjoy exploring. The woodland is the largest in West Cornwall and is run by Cornwall Council. Things to watch out for include: The dancing tree: a beautiful ancient tree with a twisted trunk which makes it seem as though it is twirling. The given garden: a little flower garden which contains plants donated by visitors. The South West Coast Path between Portreath and Godrevy is also accessible from the woods, but again, the cliffs are steep so be careful with dogs and don't head out there if it is very windy!

Dog friendly cafe: There is a lovely cafe at the South Tehidy entrance. You need to sit outside with your dog, but the food is lovely. On rainy days, The Bassett Arms, Portreath is cosy and dog friendly.

Lanhydrock - Bodmin 

The wooded estate around the main gardens and house of the National Trust's Lanhydrock is a haven for dogs and their walkers. From Respryn car park or the main car park new the house, you can set out on walks along the River Fowey and around the managed woodland of the estate. Dogs are not allowed in the main gardens. You can pick up trail maps for walks at the reception, cafe and shop.

Dog friendly cafe:  Dogs are welcome at the Stable Cafe and you can buy homemade dog treats there as well as human snacks and drink.

Cardinham Woods - Bodmin

Near Bodmin, this is another much loved woodland area, and this is run by the Forestry Commission. There are several marked walks through the woods, ranging from the easy Ladyvale walk to more challenging paths. The woods with their babbling streams are beautiful especially at this time of year.

Dog friendly cafe: Woods Cafe which offers freshly baked cakes and Tregothnan tea, home grown in Cornwall, is very dog friendly.

St Newlyn East and Lappa Valley

The walk meanders through the village via the pub and church then descends Metha Road to the Lappa Valley. The route follows the stream up the valley alongside the ochre-stained riverbed and past East Wheal Rose and the edge of Newlyn Downs to reach the source of the stream on Penhallow Moor. Footpaths crossing the trackbed of the old Perranporth railway lead back to Station Road to complete the circular route. Dog friendly with styles for easy access,

Helford and Fishermans Creek

The walk begins at Helford after passing through the village follows the valley from Penarvon to a tiny chapel before descending to Frenchman's Creek. The route follows a path along the length of the creek and to Withan Quay on the other side before reaching Kestle Barton. The final stretch is along the valley through Under Wood.

 Ladock Wood

The walk passes through St Enoder Wood and then follows small lanes to Trendeal. From here a bridleway leads to the ruins of Bessigga and a footpath leads past the holy well to Ladock Church. After passing the pub at Ladock the final stretch is along a footpath leading back into Ladock Wood.

 

For more Cornish woodland walks - check out iwalkcornwall 

Five of The Best Hot Chocolates On Offer

Published on 26/11/2019 16:15

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

When it comes to Winter in Cornwall, hot chocolate is up there with Cornish pasties and cream teas as one of our most favourite hot treats.

There is nothing better than after a walk along the beach, when feeling windswept and jaded, sitting in front of a glowing fire and enjoying the delights of a delicious steaming mug of hot chocolate, soft whipped cream and sweet marshmallows.

You can’t come to Cornwall in the Winter and not try a hot chocolate at least once, here are our top 5 favourite spots to enjoy yours:

Alcatraz - Perranporth

Located under the Summer House restaurant is the relatively new Alcatraz, converted from a surf shack selling bodyboards and wetsuit, this spot now boasts the most amazing views acroos the beach and horizon.  Early evening brings red sky sunsets and guls on flight to bring you into the boat like feel of Alcatraz. Sip away on your delicious hot chocolate with this amazing back drop.

 Bowgie Inn Crantock

The Bowgie Inn in Crantock is a distinctive pink pub sat on the West Pentire headland overlooking Crantock beach.  The views are breath taking and on a bright Winters day why not tuck in to your hot chocolate with a piece of their warm chocolate fudge cake. Sheer bliss after exploring the rock pool and cliff walks.

 The Beach Hut – Watergate Bay

First sights of Watergate Bay’s beautiful beach appear approaching the brow of the hill into the bay.  The Beach hut is nestled into the cliffs and is family and dog friendly. The Extreme Hot Chocolate, which comes topped with cream, marshmallows and chocolate buttons. Savour this wonderful mug of delights whilst watching the swell of the ocean and listening to the crash of the white waves.

 The Watering Hole – Perranporth

Boasting the title of being the only pub on the beach in the UK, it is easily found on Perranporth Beach with it’s distinctive green canope. Even though this pub hosts the major Tunes in the Dunes Festival and many top acts during the season.  They still make way for the many dog walkers with their delicious “The Works” hot chocolate. Two blazing fires to sit by and enjoy the stunning view of the sea Chapel Rock. If you want to relish your stay in Perranporth, take at the look at the new development of luxury apartments called The Dunes , they stand proud above the beach.

Driftwood Spars – St Agnes

Escape to the Driftwood Spars, a traditional Cornish pub nestled in the heart of the stunningly iconic Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes.What could be a better reward after a long walk along the cliff path than to enjoy a hot chocolate made with giant chocolate buttons, delicious, rich and creamy.

Christmas Markets and Fairs

Published on 19/11/2019 10:49

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

With Halloween and Guy Fawkes behind us, we turn our attention to Christmas. With just 5 weeks untilthe big event many of us are thinking about presents, decorations and Christmas trees.

With this is mind we would like to share with you some of the upcoming Christmas Markets and fairs, in and around the local area. These always get us in the festive mood, taking us back to our childhood with the twinkling lights and the smell of chestnuts roasting.

 

Healeys Christmas Markets

Healeys Cider Farm : every weekend from 16th November 2019 until 22nd December 2019. 

From arts, crafts, food and plenty of Cornish cyder, the markets are set against the beautiful backdrop of a working farm. 

A family experience you won't find anywhere else with cobbled courtyards lit with magical lights, freshly cut Christmas trees, choirs, carols singers, farm animals, tractor rides, Sunday roasts and mulled cyder.

 

Charlestown Christmas[nbsp]Markets -  November 23rd - 24th 2019    11am - 4pm

 This market is in the  beautiful village of Charlestown 

Charlestown Christmas Market has two locations - the main venue is at Penrice Academy where some 100 traders will be selling a vast range of food, drinks and crafts in the comfort of the large sports hall, drama studio and gymnasium.  This venue is guaranteed to be warm and dry, and with its plentiful car parking, provides us with the perfect venue for the superb range of gift items.

 The other location we are using is in the grounds of The Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown. There will be around 16 traders located in the marquee, selling a wide range of local food, drink and crafts. The Rashleigh Arms will also be putting on some special events of their own, and there will be singing and other live music at both venues throughout the weekend.  There are 2 children's rides located at Penrice Academy, as well as 3 outdoor caterers.

 Both venues will have live entertainment all weekend. If you love to hear choirs, Charlestown is the place to be.

 

Newquay Christmas Market  - 29th November - 1st December.

Newquay, there will be three days of festive loveliness for all to enjoy.

There will be a Christmas Market, Live Music, Santa’s Grotto, Lantern Parade and Light Switch On followed by fireworks and much more…!

Newquay Town Council presents... Newquay at Christmas!

This year's Christmas event is set to be bigger and better than ever before, taking place across 3 days from 29th November - 1st December. There will be a licensed bar, food stalls, live music, and exciting entertainment (to be announced). The big man himself will also be making an appearance in his grotto with his elves!

Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair: Truro  - 27 Nov 2019 to 1 Dec 2019

Hand crafted wall hangings, jigsaw puzzles, candles, pottery, calendars, clothing, treasure trails for the children, handmade chocolates, preserves and local ales are just some of the goods which will be available at this year’s Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair.

This impressive selection of Cornish crafts and food will be on display in Truro when the Piazza plays host to the annual Christmas ‘Made in Cornwall’ fair where every product on sale has a little extra added value as it is guaranteed as being Made in Cornwall.

The popular Christmas Fair offers the chance for members of the public to buy great Cornish gifts and food for Christmas.   Just under a hundred of the finest local artisans, artists and food and drink producers will be exhibiting at the highly acclaimed annual fair.

If you’re having problems organising Christmas and are looking for something that little bit different for your friends and family, then look no further! There is something at the fair to suit all pockets - the only trouble you might have is choosing from the wonderful selection of goodies on offer!

Fowey Christmas Market – 6th - 8th December

Fowey Christmas Market is one of Cornwall’s most well-known Christmas events with a rich history of providing 10,000 visitors with quality locally produced food and drink and festive gifts across the town & leisure centre.

We carefully hand pick all our traders, so you can look forward to finding an extensive collection of handmade, locally produced gifts, arts and craft as well as some of the regions finest locally produced food and beverages.

Not only that but there is a host of fantastic boutique shops selling a wide range of high quality jewellery, clothes, gifts and unique items. Furthermore, there is a wealth of outstanding coffee shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants laden with festivities to enjoy.

For more information on all events in and around Perranporth, take a look at our EVENTS CALENDER

Get Crafting!

Published on 04/11/2019 14:11

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Is your early Winter Break in Perranporth your chance to escape and have some me time before the Christmas festivities and organisation start? Perhaps you are looking forward to being able to catch up on your reading and actually finish that book or watch a film that you’ve been longing to see. Or are you dreaming of long windswept walks on the beach, followed by a hot chocolate and cosy toes in front of a roaring fire, it all sounds so appealing.

Have you ever wanted to indulge your creative side and try that craft you always thought you’d be good at? There are so many day courses you can choose from in Cornwall, from wood turning to soap making, here are our favourite suggestions:

Don White Woodturning Experience - Bude

There is 500sq.ft of fully equipped workshop space with full dust extraction to all machinery. The “Hands-On” course is structured to cover basic principles but is also flexible enough to be tailored to individual requirements.

Click here for more information on times and prices

 

One day fused glass course – Bude

Go and enjoy the joy of creating your own piece of fused glass where you will learn to safely cut glass and explore an exciting assortment of coloured and accessory glass including frit and stringers as well as copper inclusions and dichroic glass.
You will be making a light catcher and a glass picture or a pair of coasters.

Click here for more information on times and price

Potters Wheal throwing – Devoran

Throwing courses will take you through the full process from clay preparation, throwing techniques and decorating. Courses offer a unique opportunity for you to learn in a very small group in the inspirational setting of Waters Edge, right on the foreshore of Penpol Creek.

Click here for more information on times and prices

Cornwall natural soap making workshop – Falmouth

Learn the ancient art & science of natural soap-making in Cornwall.

*Note: actual length of session will depend on number of people attending, it might be a bit shorter if there are fewer people!

Due to the costs involved, tickets are non-refundable.

Make your very own natural, nourishing soap using only the finest botanical ingredients. Our 2-3 hour beginners workshop will teach you all you need to know to craft your own recipes, and you'll leave with 5-6 bars of your own custom soap to use yourself or give as gifts!

Click here for more information on times and prices

 

Silver charms workshop – Bodmin

Design and make your own silver charm pendant. Using simple jewellery techniques you will learn about how to work with silver, sawing, annealing, soldering and hammering to create your own unique pieces. You will also learn how to finish and polish your pendant.

 

Click here for more information on times and prices

 

Weaving Without a Loom – St Ives

During this one day workshop students will learn how to create a card loom and prepare it for weaving. They will then learn how to weave a bag in one piece using this card loom.

Click here for more information on times and prices

 

Printmaking workshops – Camborne

Have you always wanted to make your own prints but didn't know where to start?
We have a range of full day courses designed for complete beginners and those wanting a refresher.

Click here for more information on times and prices

Floral Creation workshops – Bedruthan Steps

Run by Kerry from Rarecreation grows beautiful flowers in her garden just a stones’ throw away from us in St Eval. Join her for one of the creative evening workshops creating either a floral crown, flower arranging and festive flower and driftwood creations. Perfect for green-fingered crafters looking for a unique workshop.

Click here for more information on other workshops times and prices

 

Candle Making - St Ives 

Create beautiful and unique candles, by casting wax into sand molds, then decorate with beach finds such as shells, sea glass or pebbles.
Learn about different wax types, safe working methods, correct wicks and how to colour and fragrance with essential oils.
We will be using eco soya pillar wax - The finished candles have a light sand crust and are ideal for indoors or outdoors.
You will have time to make about 3 candles of varying sizes.

For more information, times and prices click here

 

If you haven’t booked your accommodation, take a look at these special offers from our Sponsors Duchy Holidays; including luxury apartments, cosy Cornish cottages and contempary houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fireworks and Bonfires In Cornwall

Published on 28/10/2019 15:02

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Bonfire night is one of those childhood treats that you forever hold dear. From hot chocolate to apple bobbing, guy fawkes and catherine wheels, whether your an adult or child we all love the magestic sights and sound of the displays.

Discover where to celebrate Bonfire night with our complete guide to firework displays in Cornwall.

Perranporth: Friday 8th November from 6pm

The Seiners Arms in Perranporth put on a fantastic display and it all starts at 6pm with a free children’s disco with the display from 7:30pm.  The bar is open and the barbecue going.

This is a charity event and all funds raised go to the West Cornwall Search and Rescue.

St Agnes: Tuesday 5th November from 5pm

Driftwood Spars Join us at The Drifty for our favourite night of the year!  Children's entertainment, a giant bonfire, fireworks, great food and drink!

 Watergate Bay: Saturday 2nd November from 6pm

WAX is once again putting on NEWQUAY'S BIGGEST EVER FIREWORKS DISPLAY this year!

On Saturday the 2nd of November, Watergate Bay will be lit up by an amazing fireworks display, even bigger than last year!

The event is a non-profit community event, hosted by WAX. There will be collections for local organisations, raffles, music and stands selling hot drinks & food.

 Newquay: Tuesday November 5th   from 7pm

Newquay Town Council is delighted to announce that there will be a FREE fireworks display on Tuesday 5th November at 7pm, as part of our enduring commitment to the residents and visitors of Newquay.

Spectators are advised to make their way to their favourite vantage point in Newquay with a view of the Harbour, to see the sky light up over the bay.

Newquay: Tuesday November 5th  From 7:30pm

Fireworks are coming back to Newquay Sports Centre this November 5th! This will be a FREE event raising money for Newquay Hornets Junior Rugby. 

Lappa Valley, nr Newquay: Saturday 2nd November, time 7.30pm

A whole weekend of celebrations marking the end of the season with fireworks and a steam extravaganza on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November. There will be a collection of full size and miniature traction engines, fairground organs, every available railway locomotive in use at Lappa Valley plus visiting steam engines on the railways!

Saturday's firework display will be at 7.30pm. All visitors need to be onsite by 7pm for safety. Our usual admission prices apply during the day. Our fireworks evening costs just £5. If you pay for a day ticket, you can stay on site in Lappa Valley or return for the fireworks at no extra cost - or arrive from 5pm onwards for the fireworks evening and pay just £5. 

Flambards, Helston:  Wednesday 23rd October, time 7.30pm

Halloween Tricks & Treats Firework Spectacular. Enjoy a full day out at Flambards followed by our Firework Spectacular in the evening. Rides & Attractions close 30/60 minutes before firework display. Last admission 6pm, firework display 7.30pm.

Flambards, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA

Tremorvah Playing Fields, Truro: Tuesday 5th November, time from 5pm

Annual bonfire and firework display with glow sticks, sparklers, hot food and refreshments.

Tremorvah, Bodmin Road, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1BN

Bude: Friday 1st November, from 6pm.

Bude Rugby Club is the place to be for Bonfire Night!!  Starting with a Guy Fawkes Competition at 6pm before lighting of the Bonfire, followed by another brilliant Fireworks Display at 7pm. The Bar will be open, and we will have a BBQ as well.

Bude Rugby Club, Bencoolen Meadow, Bude, EX23 8QG

Cripplesease, Nr St Ives: Tuesday 5th November, from 6.30pm

A fun night to celebrate Guy Fawkes with fireworks and bonfire. Bring your own Guys along for burning, there’s a prize for the best.

The Engine Inn, Cripplesease, Nancledra, St Ives TR20 8NF

Falmouth: Tuesday 5th November, from 6pm

The event is organised by Falmouth Firefighters and sees thousands of pounds worth of fireworks light up the sky amongst a great atmosphere of fairground rides, music, entertainment & food stalls. There’ll be hotdogs, burgers, hog roast, and the club bar will be open for other refreshments and children’s fair ride.

Entry fee is £4 adults and £2 children (children must be accompanied by an adult), with proceeds supporting great local causes.

No parking is available on site, apart from disabled parking, so walking might be the best route! 

Falmouth Cricket Club, Trescobeas Rd Falmouth TR11 4JB

Tencreek Holiday Park, Looe: 2nd November 7.30pm

The fireworks begin at 7.30pm and entry is £5 for adults, with kids and under 16s free. Not only can you enjoy a fantastic fireworks show but your little ones can also meet Deano the Dolphin, Sparky The Sharky and enjoy Kids Funtime after the main display. PLUS there’s top cabaret performances!
Non-residents are welcome.

Free parking on site

Pentewan: Friday 31st October, from 7pm

A fantastic explosion of fireworks at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park as part of their October half term celebrations. All ages are welcomed at the event which will be held in support of Cornwall Hospice Care.  The event will take place from 7pm with fireworks starting around 8pm - the admission price is £1.00 per adult and £1.00 per child (admission price includes parking) with proceeds going to Cornwall Hospice Care.  Food, entertainment and refreshments will be available from the Seahorse Club throughout the night.

Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6BT

 

 

Weddings Near Perranporth

Published on 21/10/2019 11:24

by Emma Bennetts (comments: 0)

If you are lucky enough to be wedding planning, but looking for some inspiration. 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.

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 available for guests. This 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 Hotel (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.

Trick Or Treat

Published on 15/10/2019 15:44

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

This is where Cornish myths and legends such as King Arthur and his court and Jack the Giant Killer originated. It is also unsurprising that being surrounded by sea and with many coves and hidden inlets, in an economy bolstered by piracy and reliant on fishing, that there are many tales of the sea including enchanting mermaids and ghostly galleons. Cornwall’s other livelihood, tin mining, also gave rise to its fair share of superstitions.

If you fancy something a little spookier than trick-or-treat this Halloween we’ve got the perfect hair-raising experiences. Get ready for ghosts, ghouls and bloodcurdling screams!

Bodmin Jail - Bodmin

Prisons aren’t the most welcoming of places at the best of times but when they are positioned on the edge of the Bodmin Moor and have a long and character-filled past, the chill factor hits overdrive. Paranormal experiences are commonplace here and it’s little wonder; 50 public hangings took place at Bodmin Jail between 1785 and 1909 and many more prisoners were subjected to misery and despair in its crowded cells. 

Their paranormal jail tour allows you to explore the depths of Bodmin Jail and learn about the prisoners who lived and died behind its crumbling walls. Along with a look into the history of the Jail, you will find out about past sightings within the jail, which include orbs, strange shadows and sudden drops in temperature. You might even catch a glimpse of the restless spirits roaming the jail.

Or go for the full After Dark experience and spend the night walking around the dark, damp jail after a three course meal.  It can be a frightening experience. Eerie footsteps, rattling keys and dragging noises are often heard and ghostly figures are seen roaming the balconies. Dare you enter after dark?

 

Old Post Office, Tintagel

For a treat of tricks throuout October half-term, use a UV torch to uncover the spooky symbols hidden in the dark places of the Old Post Office and solve the puzzle to win yourself a bag of ghastly goodies.

 

Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle

The museums 2018 exhibition “Dew of Heaven, objects of Ritual Magic” is open until October 31st.  The exhibition looks at ritual magic through objects in the Museum’s collection focusing on objects we have which have given the exhibition a distinct emphasis on Aleister Crowley.

 

Pendennis Castle - Falmouth

As Henry VIII's handiwork to protect the Carrick Roads from invasion by France and Spain, Pendennis Castle was born amongst misery, hatred and violence – it’s little wonder then that more than a few ghostly guests linger in the shadows as a chilling reminder of the castle's colourful past. For a tantalising glimpse into the life that once was cross the drawbridge as darkness falls for an adult-only tour especially for Halloween.

Tiptoe around the dark and eerie rooms and hear tales of deadly deeds and strange happenings – you may be one of the lucky (or rather unlucky) ones to hear the piercing screams of a kitchen maid who fell to her death while carrying a tray of food. Creepy!

 

Jamaica Inn - Bodmin Moor

For a spine-tingling experience with maximum adrenaline head to Jamaica Inn, Cornwall's legendary coaching house. Standing high on Bodmin Moor this famous smuggling inn has it all; ghosts, spirits, mystery, smuggling, plotting and murder, they even host ghost nights!

You might hear the whispers of smugglers discussing their ill gotten gains or the clattering of horse’s hooves, or perhaps you’ll see the ghost of the Joss Merlyn, the villian of Daphne DuMaurier's novel. Complete the experience by taking the keys to your very own bedroom but be warned, a peaceful night’s sleep is not guaranteed!

 

Eden Project - Halloweden

Celebrate all that goes bump in the night as Eden invite you into a beautiful and mysterious world full of magical beasts and mythical creatures. Come face to face with roaming creatures as you wander around  the gardens. Venture on a spooky trail to seek out the hidden lairs and habitats where these intriguing creatures make their homes.

Explore the Beastly Bazaar, create a mysterious animal feed potion, and take away a precious amulet, an enchanted link to an animal friend. Dare to enter the Dangerous Animal Zone, open daily for the bravest (or, some would say, most foolhardy) visitor. Dare to take on a series of challenges (from the gruesome to the slimy) to uncover the antidote that could save a previous adventurer – but hurry, time is running out...
 
Credit- Visit Cornwall
 

Our Favourite Cornish Gins

Published on 23/09/2019 16:07

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Cornwall is well known for its celebrity chefs, delicious seafood, and traditional Cornish cuisine; and now it’s getting a name for its locally made beverages too. From Cornish gin to local ale and fresh fruit juices, try a tasty tipple this holiday for the full Cornish experience!

Gin

The popularity of gin continues to rise, with a plethora of different flavours and options available, including a number of gins which have been created and produced right here in Cornwall. Isobel Hudson, from The Waterfront in Perranporth, knows her Bombay from her botanicals, and offers over 50 different gins with suggestions for which tonic and accompaniments to pair them with. Here are her recommendations for Cornish gins to try this summer:

“The Tarquins range have a fabulous selection of different flavours, and one of this years’ favourites seems to be the Rhubarb and Raspberry, served with a ginger ale (good for people who don’t like tonic). We were all very excited when Trevethan brought out three new flavours for summer including Zesty Lemon, Rhubarb and Apple, and our best seller so far, Passion Fruit and Orange Blossom, which we serve with a lemon tonic and orange slices, it’s a lovely summery drink.

Also Curio have a Blueberry gin which is delicious. It tastes like blueberry, vanilla and lime but is still quite dry. We suggest pairing it with an Indian tonic and a wedge of lime. Finally, Tinkture Cornish Rose Gin is made locally by Hannah Lamiroy. She has created a good quality, organic, beautiful tasting gin and also offers refill pouches to help be environmentally friendly.”

Tonic

With all the wonderful Cornish gins now available, earlier this year a premium Cornish tonic was launched to pair with them. Navas is named after a small Cornish village called Port Navas and is made from natural botanicals and Cornish spring water. Delicious as a thirst-quencher on its own, or as a mixer to pair with spirits; it’s just the tonic.

Photo: Navas Drinks

Beer

A new micro-brewery and taproom has opened in Perranporth! Black Flag Brewery, on New Road, is now open to the public from Thursdays to Sundays. They produce a range of year-round and seasonal beers in traditional cask, keg, can and bottle, and also serve a range of other drinks. The taproom offers a chance to drink Black Flag beers at source, in the best possible condition. The award winning Driftwood Spars down at Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes also brews its own real ale which can be enjoyed in the beer garden or by a cosy wood burning stove, depending on the weather! All of the Driftwood’s own beers are gluten free.

Wine

Camel Valley is Cornwall’s largest vineyard and has been producing award-winning, world-class wines since 1989. Located in Nanstallon near Bodmin, traditional vineyard practices are combined with a modern approach to wine making, and the results are exceptional still and sparkling wines. Visit for a tour of the vineyards, or to enjoy a glass of wine from the sunny terrace. Polgoon is another award-winning, family-run vineyard and orchard. Based in Penzance, all of their wines, ciders and juices are certified vegan. Tours can be booked to look around the vineyards and take a peak behind the scenes at how these wonderful wines are produced.

Cyder

Only a few miles from Perranporth, Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is an award winning cyder producer, home to Rattler Cyder, and is Cornwall’s only distillery. Now with a shop on Perranporth high street, you can pop in to sample the different cyders and buy your favourite Rattler (choose from Original, Pear, Berry and new Pineapple).

Cornish Juices

Healey’s also produce delicious juices made from freshly pressed apple juice. They don’t add any artificial colourings or flavourings, so the you know that the clean refreshing taste is all natural. Choose from Cornish Apple Juice, Elderflower Presse, Apple and Strawberry Juice, Cloudy Lemonade, and Still and Sparkling Water sourced on the farm. Cornish Country Cordials are award-winning fruit cordials made in Cornwall in small batches in the Tamar Valley, without any artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours or preservatives. Everything that goes in is 100% natural. Proper Squash! Flavours range from classic Lemon or Ginger Beer to the more exotic Hot Lime and Ginger and Pink Grapefruit. Great with still or sparkling water, or delicious added to prosecco or a G&T!

So whether you stop for a refreshing drink along a coastal walk, or sip a sundowner or two at the end of a busy day sightseeing, there’ll be a Cornish drink perfect for the occasion. Luckily many of these Cornish beverages are available to buy online, so even when you’re back home you can enjoy a glass of your favourite holiday tipple and be transported back to days by the beach, Cornish sunsets and happy holiday memories!

Blog credit: Duchy Holiday

Newquay Zoo

Published on 16/09/2019 15:47

by Liz Braiden (comments: 0)

Get Closer at Cornwall’s Biggest Zoo!
 
Meet loads of amazing species at Newquay Zoo – the only place in Cornwall to have lions. They also have beautiful songbirds, slithery snakes, scaly skinks, marvelous meerkats and tropical toucans – to name a few.

Up close animal encounters give you the chance to meet some of our most popular residents and learn all about them from their dedicated keeper. You can see carnivore feeding, and help feed the penguins and the meerkats yourself. 

A year long events programme has something for everyone, with brand new events added alongside all the firm favourites. You can also make the most of your visit to the Zoo with a totally free upgrade of your ticket, which allows you to visit for 7 days for the price of one!

As well as a large variety of unusual species, the zoo has a village farm with more familiar faces plus Toad Hall – a fascinating exhibit highlighting the threats to amphibians around the world. The Tropical House is an amazing and atmospheric exhibit where you can see skinks, poison dart frogs and loads of beautiful birds from around the world. 

Exciting keeper talks as well as activity trails, face painting, children’s play area and Dragon maze offer plenty to keep people of all abilities and ages occupied. 

Visit the Café Lemur for a varied menu and delicious food, the majority of which is locally sourced, in a unique setting overlooking lemur island. The Café is also a brilliant place for a tasty homemade cake, with relaxed sofa areas to enjoy your treat. 

As one of Cornwall’s biggest charities they receive no additional government funding and rely on the support of visitors in order to finance conservation projects – both at home and abroad.
 
"We are proud of our success with conservation breeding programmes. Our past successes include squirrel monkey babies, ring-tailed and crowned lemur babies, lynx kittens, Sulawesi crested black macaques and golden bishop chicks"
 
Gift Aid admission - Entry prices (as of April 2019)
  • Adult (16+) £15.95*
  • Child (3-15 years) £12.00*
  • Child under 3 years Free
  • Senior citizen & student £13.60* 
  • Saver Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £49.95*
 
Blog Credit - Visit Cornwall