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What’s On: July 2018

- The Minack in July                                                                                1st July – 31st July

One of the world’s most stunning open-air theatres has plenty on show in July:

-          The Cherry Orchard: 2th - 6th

-          On The Razzle: 9th - 13th   

-          Candide: 16th - 20th

-          A Servant To Two Masters: 23th - 27th

-          Alice: July 30th - Aug 3th

For more information on the performances above please visit the Minack’s official website


- 100: Unearth                                                                                        3rd July – 22nd July

A gripping and chilling outdoor promenade performance, at the Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey. 100: Unearth looks at the devastation and aftermath of the first world war. Tuesdays through to Saturdays the show starts at 7.30pm. On Sundays it’s a 6.30pm start time.


- Merlin Family Fun Run at Trelissick                                                                   8th July

Starting at the National Trust Treslissick House, this is an off-road run around private parkland where you’ll enjoy some fantastic views of the stunning River Fal. The event is open to anyone who wishes to Walk, Jog or Run 1.5km or 3km and fancy dress is encouraged!


- Rock Oyster Festival                                                                    6th July - 7th July

North Cornwall’s favourite festival is located at Roskear Farm, near Wadebridge. Set on the famous Camel trail, Rock Oyster is easily accessible by cycle and to encourage this eco-friendly transport the organisers will donate £1 for every bike ridden to the event. Amusements include a variety of music and entertainment acts and of course scrumptious locally sourced seafood!


- Tropical Pressure Festival                                                               13th July – 15th July

An exhilarating and inspiring three-day event Embracing the cultures of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. The Tropical Pressure festival in Porthtowan overlooks the fabulous Sea of Cornwall’s north coast, including attractions such as continental food, dance, live music and culture.


- Stithians Show                                                                                                        16th July

Hosted at the largest Showground between Truro and Helston, the annual Stithians agriculture show has encompassed a vast array of animal shows, equestrian demonstrations and craft and cookery competitions in the domestic marquee, as well as performances from local bands, choirs and dance acts. Not to mention the fairground too!


- Space Exhibition at the Eden Project                                     21st July - September

Fascinated by the wonders of Space? Then from 21st of July onwards the home of Cornwall’s iconic biomes is the place for you…

It’s an all new space adventure, where you get to be a tourist in the farthest reaches of our galaxy, and enjoy out of this world experiences. Launch into an intergalactic mission, and return a fully-fledged space explorer. Maybe you’ll have some strange tales of alien encounters to share when you’re done.


- Cambourne Show                                                                                    21st July

Much Like Stithians Agricultural show, Cambourne’s annual show is well known for its animal displays, craft tents/competitions and fun fairs.


- Port Elliot Festival                                                                             26th July – 29th July

A Celebration of musicians, writers, comedians, performers and creative minds at one the most beautiful locations in the country. Whether you’re after some poetry or some good old fashion rock & roll, Port Elliot has you covered.


- ZestiFAL                                                                                                27th July – 29th July

2018 Marks the 4th anniversary of the most energetic event Falmouth can offer. Inviting the whole public to get stuck in, ZestiFAL showcases a variety of activities and sports across the three days including Zumba, rowing, climbing, dance fitness, mountain biking, skateboarding, parkour and dance.






Why Cornwall is the best place to visit in May & June!


 - Cornwall is wonderful out of season - just imagine; the usual school holiday tourists aren’t in Cornwall yet and so the place is much quieter, the locals are enjoying the weather and it’s a jolly atmosphere allround.


- The weather is amazing (well usually, nothing is for certain in Cornwall)!  You’d be surprised though Cornwall usually has its best weather in May and June, whether you want a relaxing beach holiday, a jam packed energetic family adventure or prefer to walk and see the historic towns and scenery it’s the perfect time to visit.


Sea Shanty Festival    

- There are wonderful events, The St Ives food and Drink festival, Fal river festival, The Royal Cornwall show, Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival and several Music festivals to name just a few. Here you can find ut about some of the best events in the county: Falmouth and Further Afield  


- The Bluebells!


Trebah Gardens     

- The Local gardens are at their best, Cornwall has some of the most beautiful gardens in the country and there are many to choose from usually in full bloom during May and June.


- The beaches are quieter so plenty of room in and out of the water, so it’s a great time to learn to surf, paddle board, kayak, and sail etc


Whatever you decide to do with your precious holiday time we hope you enjoy it. 





The Ten Best Places To Go in Cornwall

St Michael's Mount - Photo by Mike Newman
St Michael's Mount is a picturesque island just off the ancient town of Marazion. Accessible by boat or the causeway at low tide, the mount is home to a community of local people and a spectacular medieval castle, surrounded by stunning, exotic gardens that can be visited separately. It’s a wonderful day out, with fantastic views and interesting history.
 Minack Theatre
There is something magical about the Minack Theatre set on the golden cliffs near Porthcurno. The summer season of plays, musicals, and operettas runs from May to September but with fantastic gardens and stunning views you need not go to see any kind of production simply sit on the amphitheatre steps and watch the sunset.
 Lost Gardens of Heligan
After the house at Heligan was used as a convalescent home during the first world war the gardens were neglected until the family could no longer cope with their upkeep. They were brought back to their former glory by Tim Smit (of The Eden Project). Within Heligan are several gardens including four walled gardens, Japanese and Italian gardens and the ‘Jungle’ with its sub-tropical plants.
 Kennall Vale
Certainly not one of the well know Cornish attractions but Kennall Vale is a beautiful woodland with fascinating remnants of its industrial past as a gunpowder factory. Located between Redruth and Penryn, and now a nature reserve, the woods around the River Kennall are dotted with old granite ruins. There is an easy to walk trail without too many hills or steps so a wonderful peaceful walk with the water running right next to you.
 Paradise Park
Paradise Park carries out conservation work on native UK species, including the Cornish Chough, Otters, Owls, and Red Squirrels. It is also home to rare and endangered parrots, and a fun farm so this is an excellent and informative day out for any family.
 Pendennis Castle
Built by Henry VIII to defend the harbour, the castle is one of a pair with St Mawes Castle. Both have a wide round tower along with additional quarters all of which are open to the public. Pendennis is maintained by English Heritage and also features several reconstructions showing life in the castle over the ages. There is plenty to see and do whilst your there. But if you’ve had enough history there is also the Ships and Castles Leisure Centre just behind the Castle with a leisure pool and slides. 
 Kynance Cove
Kynance Cove, snuggled under towering cliffs and less than two miles from Lizard point, is one of the most-photographed coves in Cornwall. Sparkling turquoise water, pristine white sand, offshore stacks and islands and numerous interconnected caves to discover make this the explorers paradise. The National Trust have recently built a toll road and car park, making Kynance more accessible. Lifeguards patrol the beach in summer, where strong currents can make swimming dangerous.
 Camel Trail
Without a doubt this is one of the best known of Cornwall's recreational trails. Following the route of the former North Cornwall Railway there are no steep inclines along the 17 mile route, this makes it perfect of a stroll or cycle. The trail begins in Padstow before passing through Wadebridge and on to Bodmin and then to the village of Blisland on Bodmin Moor. You can join the trail from many places along the way and there are plenty of cycle bike hire shops. The scenery along the trail is stunning and there is plenty of wildlife to spot too. In Padstow itself are many different shops and attractions making this a great day out for all the family. 
 Maritime Museum
Set in the new building right on the docks is the National Maritime Museum. It has twelve galleries set over three floors and an extensive library so there’s lots for the whole family to see and do. Exhibitions cover all things nautical including the history of the boat, the port's history, weather, wildlife and more interactive displays like the boating pool with its fans to provide all the wind needed to sail model boats. The Look Out at the top of the tower offers great views over the harbour and estuary and, with binoculars and telescopes so you can see far and wide. 
 The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a collection of giant, multi-domed greenhouse, containing plants from various regions of the globe. There are hundreds for different plants and trees to see and a waterfall within one of the ‘biomes’. As well as all the plants, there is also an education/environmental centre.

A Cornish Pancake Party

Easily one of our favourite Tuesdays of the year, Shrove Tuesday, is approaching so why don’t you try some new toppings for your pancakes this year? Running with a proud and Cornish theme, we have thought of some excellent locally produced fillings for you try this Pancake Day!

A Fantastic February Find

Our blog post this week is dedicated to the magical café that is Melinsey Mill, situated on the Roseland Peninsular. They are featuring as our 'Fantastic February Find'!

Melinsey Mill is a historic 16th century water mill, although county records prove that the Mill building itself has been situated there since 1210. With a rich history of witchcraft, it’s periodic Cornish charm makes this petitecafé a popular choice with those who find it.