Things to do…Just for fun!

05.09.2018

Things to do…Just for fun!

Picnic at Gorran Haven Beach

There are plenty of stunning places to chill out and enjoy a picnic together. If you love being at the beach, head to Gorran Haven, throw down a rug on the sand and enjoy the calm, coastal views. There’s a big car park close to the beach and if you haven’t filled up on the contents of your own picnic hamper, there’s plenty of charming little shops nearby selling snacks and refreshments.

Watch the Sunset at Polkerris

There’s nothing more romantic than watching a sunset together. When the weather’s been beautiful during the day, you’re sure to be treated to a spectacular sunset. Head to Polkerris Beach and watch the sky turn a palette of warm oranges and yellows as it goes down. There’s a private car park a few minutes walk from the beach as well as a pub and restaurant.

Or Better Yet, Be Really Adventurous and Watch the Sunrise!

There’s something incredibly magical about watching a sunrise and there’s no one better than to witness the dawn of a new day than with your beloved. For spectacular views of it happening, head to the Gribbin near Fowey. The elevated position is sure to give you a great platform. You’ll probably get some cracking pictures too, so don’t forget your camera!

Try Something New

It’s always good to push your boundaries and try something new. Why not give stand up paddle boarding a go? Or maybe kayaking? There are plenty of places to rent equipment from Fowey, Polkerris and across to Pentewan.

Brewery Visitor Centre

Why not head to St Austell Brewery’s Visitor Centre at their HQ on Trevarthian Road and discover the secrets behind some of the county’s favourite tipples.

Learn the history and heritage of the Brewery with their interactive tour, explore the Small Batch Brewery and of course sample some of the Brewery’s delicious beers. Click here for more details.

Enjoy An Award Winning Ice Cream At Tall Ships Creamery, Charlestown

Who needs an excuse to eat ice cream! Pay a visit to historic Charlestown and head for Tall Ships Creamery, home to a mouth-watering selection of ice creams and sorbets made lovingly by hand.

Their adorable little shop, that looks over the Harbour’s tall ships, was once a weighbridge used for weighing commodities like China Clay and metals. Today it has been transformed into an Aladdin’s cave of sweet treats.

Renowned for some of the tastiest flavours around, it’s not just us locals that rave about Tall Ships Creamery. A number of their products have been awarded Taste of the West and Great British Taste awards.

Check these winners out for yourself whether you fancy being adventurous and sampling Ginger and Pear or Caramel and Cornish Sea Salt, or prefer something more classic like Cornish Vanilla Gold.

Top 10 Family Days Out

05.09.2018

Top 10 Family Days Out

Check out our guide below for 10 great things to do as a family.

1. Go Crabbing In Fowey

A fun activity for both young and old, Fowey is renowned for its great crabbing spots. For the best, head to Albert Quay Steps, the slipway on Passage Street or the riverfront at Caffa Mill.

There’s no need for a hook, simply tie on some bacon rind, drop your line into the water and wait! It shouldn’t take too long for the crabs – most commonly The Shore Crab – to take the bait.

If you want to keep your catch in a bucket for little while to look at, make sure you only put a few in at a time and place them in the shade – they don’t like bright sunlight.

Once you’re finished your crabbing session, remember to carefully put the crabs back into the water.

2. Step Back In Time And Let Imaginations Run Wild At Restormel Castle

Standing proudly one mile north of Lostwithiel, why not pay a visit to Restormel Castle. Let children’s imaginations run wild as they explore the ancient castle and its beautiful grounds.

Dating back to the 11th Century, the castle was built by the Normans, making it one of the oldest motte-and-bailey castles in the West Country. Its 13th Century circular shell-keep has done a brilliant job of enclosing the principal rooms in good condition.

Once there, make sure you read all about the Castle’s fascinating life and really bring history alive! As well as learning about who lived there and the military action it saw, be sure to keep an eye out for some spectacular wildlife and birds – the grounds are a well known haven for it.

Entry is free if you’re an English Heritage member and it’s open from April 1st through to October 31st. There is parking and toilet facilities, as well as plenty of places to enjoy a picnic.

3. Hunt Down The Heligan Sculptures

Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan and challenge your children to find the attraction’s famous sculptures. Set within some 60 acres of traditionally managed woodland, The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady are just waiting to be discovered. Pick up the garden’s Woodland Walk and see who can find them first! For younger children why not make them an ‘I-spy’ print out with pictures of the sculptures to help them hunt them down.

There are plenty more things to explore, discover and enjoy whilst you’re at Heligan. For more information on the attraction, click here.

The attraction is open all year round, except Christmas Day and there are parking, toilet and café facilities available. Entry prices apply.

4. Take On The ‘Children’s Challenge’ In Lostwithiel

A free activity that helps you discover snippets of the town’s history and what is has to offer to locals and visitors today.

The challenge will take you on a trail of discovery to the town’s museum, the town bridge, war memorial and railway station, among many others.

If it’s nice weather, why not pack a picnic and pick a spot to refuel along the river, or choose to enjoy lunch in one of the many town’s eateries.

You can find a downloadable PDF of the Children’s Challenge here – don’t forget to take a pen and paper!

5. Build Sandcastles At Caerhays Beach

When the sun makes an appearance, why not head down to Caerhays Beach – also known as Porthluney – and get sandcastle building.

With its large expanse of golden sand, you’ll have plenty of room to get creative with your castles.

There’s a large, chargeable car park very close to the beach and dogs are required to be kept on a lead. There’s also a popular café and beach side shop nearby offering tasty refreshments.

If your sandcastle game is strong, but you fancy a different beach, check out our beach guide, click here.

6. Delve Into The Mystery Of Roche Rock

Get your walking shoes on and head to Roche to discover the mysterious Chapel at Roche Rock.

Arguably the village’s most well-known feature, the chapel was dedicated to St Michael in 1409. It has two storeys – a chapel above and a room below. It has been a ruin for at least 250 years but no one truly knows who lived there and why, so it’s a great chance for children to use their imaginations and come up with a thrilling story.

You can walk around the rock and up to the castle. Once there, there’s a ladder to the room and then a second ladder to the higher level. This is done at your own risk – make sure you take care when exploring. Due to this rocky ground underfoot, this won’t be suitable for prams of wheelchairs.

On-street parking is available throughout the village and there is an information board at the beginning of the path, with plenty of information about the area as well as various myths about why the structure was built!

7. Get Adventurous And Try Something New At Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre

Well known locally for hosting school camps – Porthpean Outdoor Centre also offers jam-packed multi activity days on weekends and throughout school holidays for families and group bookings.

From £35pp, you can choose from climbing, archery, high ropes, mountain biking, problem solving, bushcraft, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and coasteering – plenty to keep your family entertained!

For more information visit their website here.

8. Get Out On The Water

We’re lucky enough to have some of the country’s most beautiful coastline, so make incredible memories and see St Austell like never before.

There are dozens of companies across the wider Bay area that hire out equipment to get you out at sea. From self-drive boats and guided trips to kayak, banana boat, canoe and stand-up paddle board hire – there is something for everyone to enjoy together as a family.

Businesses offering such hire can be found right across the Bay, from Fowey and Golant, to Polkerris and St Austell.

9. Get Hands On At Wheal Martyn

Capture your children’s imaginations and help them discover the area’s heritage with a visit to Wheal Martyn.

As well as giant waterwheels, vintage trucks, a train and adventure play area, there are tons of hands on exhibits at this attraction.

The indoor interactive centre features a making and drawing area, dressing up and voice recordings and film footage that give you your very own virtual tour into a working pit. Meanwhile outdoors, there’s a trail that takes you around a Victorian clay works, crib hut and flat-rod tunnel.

There are also quizzes to do along the way, as well as a Wheal Martyn teddy bear hunt and the chance for youngsters to wear a hard hat during their visit.

Wheal Martyn is £9.75 per adult and £5 for children, Under 5s go free. Family tickets are available. The best part is if you buy a full price ticket, you then get in free for a whole year.

There is parking on site, as well as a café and gift shop. For more information visit their website here.

10. Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Why not transform your family into a team of spies and take on the Spy Mission Treasure Trail!

Available to either purchase for £6.99 and download online, or have it posted to you, this trail starts at Holy Trinity Church in the town centre, follows the bed of an old branch railway line, passes through Trenance Valley viaduct, the Carlyon Farm China Clay dry, finishing at the Wheal Martyn Museum.

You’ll need to work together to solve clues as you make your way along the specified trail route. Once you’ve got all the clues you can then crack the code and complete the mission!

The route includes both walking and cycling and should take around one-and-a-half hours to complete. Click here for more details

St Dennis & Nanpean

04.09.2018

St Dennis & Nanpean

Just a few miles from St Austell town, St Dennis and Nanpean are villages that have grown over many years.

From just a few settlements both have become an area with an ever-growing population with growing families and generations of locals alike.

The area is not short of history and heritage with place and road names that featured in the Domesday Book still in existence. One thing to look out for, stop and appreciate is St Denys Parish Church, which can be found at the top of Carne Hill, on the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It is believed the name ‘Denys’ stems from the word ‘Dinas’ which is Cornish for hill fort.

The China Clay industry has played a massive part of the villages’ industry and by the mid-20th Century, it provided employment for many of those living in the areas.

Today the communities in both St Dennis and Nanpean remain thriving, with, between them, a village band, football clubs, schools, WI, Old Cornwall Society, carnival events, among many others.

There are plenty of community events happening throughout the year – do you run one of these? Tell us about them – as well as more about life in St Dennis and Nanpean – and we’ll add them to the site. Simply email [email protected] with the details.

Gorran Haven & Gorran Churchtown

04.09.2018

Gorran Haven & Gorran Churchtown

Known for its stunning stretch of coastline and popular beaches, expect to find a friendly and active community in the parish of St Goran.

The parish includes the villages of Gorran Haven and Gorran Churchtown and boasts an incredibly vibrant community, with a great mix of old families that have lived in the area for hundreds of years and newer residents who love the parish just as much.

If you live nearby and are looking to get active or join a hobby club then you’re spoilt for choice with groups offering activities like, cricket, football, snooker and gig rowing, art groups, parish history society, film club, the Old Cornwall Society plus much more

 

Activities and Events

Many community activities centre around Gorran Haven beach, with a fantastic yearly gig regatta, harbour society gala day, street market and regular popular events at the Memorial Village Hall. The village hall organise the highly popular New Year’s Eve fireworks off the quay and the rowing club organise the New Year’s Day swim for charity.

Gorran Churchtown has a very well supported Old School Room, and has recently been renovated. Here they hold regular community events, such as coffee and cake every Monday.

 

Community

Meanwhile, the community strongly supports local services such as St.Goran Community Bus, a monthly parish magazine, the Parish Council, the pre school and playing field. The playing field includes a tennis court, football field and community room. The cricket club has a very strong reputation and proud history where the bar is welcoming to everyone on Saturdays. The Cricket fete in August is a big event for locals and visitors.

The Local churches of St.Just, St.Goran and the Haven Church are in well attendance and very active in the local community. The Haven Church runs a Friday night youth club for local children and all the sports clubs run youth teams, so whatever your age, there’s plenty to get involved in.

 

Local Business

Local businesses also play a big part in the village. The Barley Sheaf pub and Gorran Shop are popular with residents and visitors alike and Cakebreads’ shop and bar is open all year round in Gorran Haven, providing everything from stamps to cakes and pints. Other village highlights include the village hairdressers The Chop Shop, The Llawnroc Hotel, The Haven fish and chip shop as well as seasonal eateries the Coast Path Café, Mermaid and Harbours Reach.

Fowey

04.09.2018

Fowey

Discover something new in Fowey.

Whether you live in Fowey or visit at the weekend with family or friends, there is always a chance to discover something new.

Nautical

Step off the quay to admire Fowey’s beauty from the water and experience one of the town’s many nautical offerings. From boat and kayak hire to sailing tuition and private voyages, there are plenty of opportunities to try something new.

Strolling Around

A stroll along the town’s charismatic winding roads, paths and alleyways will reveal a host of landmarks and locations you might have previously missed like, St Catherine’s Point, The Tristan Stone, the Lifeboat Station and Palace House (not open to the public) to name just a few.

Festivals and Regatta

Fowey’s Festival of Arts and Literature, organised by the du Maurier Festival Society is a great chance to revel in readings, literature debates, musical performances and many more activities.

Arguably the biggest event in the town’s calendar is the Royal Regatta. The week-long event is loved by thousands of visitors, and adored by locals alike. Full of events for all ages. The town comes alive with parades, fireworks, live music, competitions and races, as well as the more traditional sailing activities.

Community

There’s no slowing down as the festive period approaches. As a year-round destination, Fowey puts on a show in early December and hosts a weekend of food, drink, entertainment and the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts at their Christmas Market. The community have got behind this event since its first year in 2005 and now is a firm favourite in the town’s calendar.

Alongside all of this, there are plenty more things to get involved with and enjoy. You can find fun bingo nights, quiz nights and charity fundraisers throughout the year, as well as a massive choice of shops, bakeries, cafes, pubs and restaurants to indulge in.

Lostwithiel

04.09.2018

Lostwithiel

Famous for its abundance of antique shops, Lostwithiel promises there is much more to discover in this hidden treasure…

Boasting charming narrow roads and ancient buildings, Lostwithiel was once the capital of Cornwall and locals remain immensely proud of their history and heritage.

Although no longer a capital, the town enjoys a bustling and thriving community, where even on a weekday you’ll find the town alive with people paying a visit to the bakery, deli, butchers and pleasant shops selling delightful gifts, artwork, clothing, jewellery and of course, antiques.

Embraced by locals as Cornwall’s hidden treasure, you’ll find a friendly and active community in Lostwithiel, keen to share its beauty with you.

Information boards are scattered across the town detailing fascinating snippets into the town’s historic features. The church, dedicated in honour of St Bartholomew and founded in the 13th century. The medieval bridge and Restormel Castle are just some of the attractions waiting to be discovered. The town has its own museum housing an interesting collection of exhibits, donated by locals.

Whether it’s browsing the shops, taking a walk riverside, learning something new or hunting a rare treasure at the regular antiques and collectors markets, there is something to suit all ages and moods. The town also hosts indoor car boot sales, craft fairs and produce markets, and is home to LostFest, Lostwithiel Beer Festival, Lostwithiel Carnival Week and Sing Along the River.

If you are living in the town or nearby and looking for something new to try, you will not be disappointed. With a community association, U3A group, environment group, twinning association, various sporting clubs and groups for younger members of the community, there is plenty to get involved in.

Charlestown

04.09.2018

Charlestown

Transport yourself back in time by visiting the delightful Georgian harbour village of Charlestown.

Built and developed in late 1700 and early 1800, Charlestown is still a working port and has developed as a centre for tall ships and traditional sailing vessels over the past 20 years.

Charlestown has long been a natural film set and has featured in many films. It was shortlisted along with its resident tall ships for the original “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie and has hosted many of the Hollywood greats. Having recently changed hands the filming continues regularly and most recently some scenes for “Poldark” were set in the Port.

The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre is well worth a visit and is inexpensive lying on the North side of the harbour. The Greek Trireme berthed permanently on the hard up by the roundabout is hard to miss and is a left over from the film “Jason and the Argonauts” and “Odyssey”.

During the summer months, there is so much going on in Charlestown, an amazing choice of eateries and bars, antique shops and art galleries. If none of these are for you then there are the amazing beaches, north and south and although not golden sanded, they are rugged, with great views over St Austell bay.

During the winter months it’s a great place for an afternoon out and on a nice day there is nothing better than a tea party on one of its beaches, an hour or two beach combing or treat yourself to lunch in one of the various pubs. Some very beautiful tall ships use Charlestown as a winter maintenance port and is the winter home to the Brig “Phoenix” a star in her own right having most recently been at the centre of the Moby Dick movie “Heart of the Sea”

There is a good-sized car park at the top of the village and it can be a great jumping off point for the coast path heading west out via the small fort on the headland it’s well worth.

It receives much more footfall these days with thanks to social media and better advertising, although is still bypassed by many visitors and locals alike as it is not on the way to anywhere. Its easily accessed via Mount Charles roundabout and clearly sign posted.

Go and take a look for yourself – you wont regret it I assure you .

*Written by Capt. Paul Kersey

Mevagissey

04.09.2018

Mevagissey

You might think you already know everything about Mevagissey. But look a little closer and you will find an incredibly active community working all year round.

With a wonderful mix of families that have lived in the village for generations and newer residents keen to get involved, Mevagissey has a great sense of togetherness. Fiercely proud of their working and  growing fishing industry, the ocean sets the tone for much of the food on the restaurant’s menus, the produce sold and the theme of gifts in the shops.

Stepping away from the stunning scenery of the harbour, there is always plenty for all ages to get involved with. Those in the area wanting to try their hand at something new can choose from clubs and groups offering gig rowing, bowls, football, darts and snooker among many others, not to mention the bursting programme at the Jubilee Hall. Meanwhile, the Kings Arms has undergone a refurbishment and events and specialised classes are run from the pub – and a group of positively minded residents and supporters have formed a Community Action Group to brighten up areas that need a bit of extra attention.

The village is also home to Mevagissey Feast Week which sees a programme of events bringing the whole community and hundreds of visitors together. With a host of exciting exhibitions, demonstrations, live music sessions and have-a-go events, there is something to bring a smile to your face.

Proving that Mevagissey is a destination for locals and visitors alike all year round, the village have their very own Community Advent Calendar. Based on a Swedish concept, a programme of events is put together from 1st December through to Christmas Eve and each day a door opens to reveal what’s on that day, with many events free for all to enjoy.

As you might expect, fresh seafood dominates menus in Mevagissey, but all tastes are catered for thanks to the vast choice of eateries on offer whether you’re looking for somewhere to dine in, something to snack on whilst taking in the view or enjoy something sweet. There is even ample shopping opportunity with a mix of national brands and local sellers.


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