Bracken Jelier Editor, Real Places Magazine @BrackenJelier
Welcome to Real Cornwall Magazine
Cornwall’s News Bites
Staycations in the West Country
Cornwall’s Camel Trail
Wych Elm Yurts
The Tanner’s Mackerel Recipe
This month we were delighted to have been invited to the opening of the brand new Farm Shop at Jamaica Inn - a real treasure chest of all things Cornish! We were also very excited to have been able to stay at brand new Wych Elm Yurts and meet Jane and Glenn as they start their Cornish business which we KNOW will be a huge success! We hope you enjoy this issue and all it has to offer.
Find out more: www.enjoytruro.co.uk/whatson
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have been making their annual visit, celebrating local food and drink and the region’s success as a hub of stage and screen talent, as well as recognising the excellent environmental and charitable work taking place across the South West. Their Royal Highnesses began the day by visiting a farmers’ market, where they browsed stalls and saw the range of local food and drink on offer, met Cornwall-based charities, including Seafood Cornwall Training, which supports The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get into Programme’, and Farm Cornwall, which is funded by The Prince’s Countryside Fund. They also visited the Minack Theatre and watched a little Shakespeare being performed. Plus The Duke of Cornwall officially opened the outdoor Jubilee Pool in Penzance.
By Royal Appointment
More info: www.newquayvoice.co.uk/news
The new Barrowfields cycle path, Newquay, was officially opened this month in a special event organised by Cornwall Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans. The ‘bling your bike – sparkle your scooter’ competition, was held to mark the unveiling, which was judged by Mayor Carl Leadbetter. The new cycle path at Barrowfields opened recently to make it easier for people cycling, walking and using pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobile scooters to get around the area. The path is also a traffic-free alternative for cyclists travelling along Narrowcliff and provides a safer, more attractive route between St Columb Minor and the town centre.
On Yer Bike!
More info: www.princeofwales.gov.uk
The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car team is putting the interactive model of the rocket car on show at The Royal Cornwall Museum from August 3rd. Bloodhound will complete some low-speed drives along the runway at Newquay Cornwall Airport, using just the Eurofighter engine in June 2017. Cornwall is in fact the only place in the country where this testing will take place and this unique relationship is why the exhibition's being held at one of the county's main attractions. Once the car reaches up to about 200mph (320km/h) in its tests at Newquay it will allow engineers to sign off all electrical and software control systems. This exhibition will give visitors a taste of the thrilling experience!
To enter - www.enjoytruro.co.uk
Are you a writer, or do you enjoy writing? A prize of £2000 is being offered for essays of non-fiction between 6000-8000 words on any aspect of Cornwall’s past in any period, including prehistory. There will also be two runner up prizes of £250 each and the winning essay will be considered for publication in the 2017 RIC Journal. The Cardew-Rendle History Prize is still open for entries until the end of this month - so you have just got time to enter!
Could Your Written Words Win?
To enter - www.southwestchef.co.uk
There is still time to enter the South West Chef of the Year 2016 Competition - even if you are not a professional - but just a great home cook! If you are a Professional Chef working as Sous/Pastry Chef or above, a Young Professional Chef working in any position up to and including Junior Sous Chef (aged 19-24), a Student/Apprentice Chef at college or in an apprenticeship (aged 16-19), or even a Home Cook - never having worked or trained in the catering industry (aged 16+), then you could earn recognition for your skills just by taking part in South West Chef of the Year – even if you don’t win! Many previous winners and finalists have gone on to enjoy very successful careers. This is your chance to demonstrate your culinary talents to a prestigious judging panel. But you need to enter by August the 1st.
Cook up a Storm!
Dartmoor is a magical moor for any holiday and The Bird Box offers ultimate romance! Accommodation is built into the trees and the shabby chic décor is stunning. Couples will love the views from the bedroom, its bijou balcony and luxurious hot tub.
Who’d have thought a converted quarry house could look so chic? Camel Quarry House utilises slate, wood, concrete, and glass, with stunning surroundings too. It even has a hot tub, media room and gym! It’s also just down the road from Rick Stein’s famous fish restaurant in Padstow.
Ever stayed in a yurt? A converted piggery? In a quarry house? Give your staycation the WOW factor this year! These Devon and Cornwall self-catering properties are not your average quaint cottage. You can even live like you’re in a fairytale in a tent in the trees or converted bird box… yes, really!
Rustic, cosy, room for two and a glass roof – what could be better? This stunning, romantic cabin is perfectly titled: after a lovely walk in the hills of Devon, in Holcombe Rogus, you can retire to the wooden A-framed accommodation and gaze at the stars.
This is a grounded treehouse with original décor and an amazing location! Jack Sparrow’s Treehouse sits on a hilltop with stunning views of Falmouth Bay, with easy access to the walks in and around Lizard Peninsula. Owner Jonathan Melville Smith is an artist and builder who seeks a sense of “other-worldliness” in his creations – and it shows.
About the Author - Suzi Dixon was born in Freedom Fields hospital in Plymouth then followed her navy father to Scotland, Bath, America and beyond. She studied in Bournemouth then worked for the Western Daily Press and Daily Telegraph before becoming freelance. Her family is based in St Ann’s Chapel near Kingsbridge in South Devon and the West Country is still her favourite place to live and work.
Faithful is a converted fishing boat made over in the finest shabby chic furnishings to provide a plush getaway for two. It’s a static mooring so no sailing experience required! It’s in Dartmouth so explore the town’s pubs and shops by day and watch sunset with sea views from bow by night. You even get access to the Dart Marina Spa and gym as part of your stay.
Fursdon Cottage is part of one of Devon’s oldest family homes with gardens private to the cottage and larger gardens at the manor house open to the public. There are ponies, sheep and chickens for the little ones to see and plenty of outdoor space (and swings) for playtime.
Don’t be put off by the title! This is the ultimate farm conversion – a piggery transformed into the height of luxury. There are even his ‘n’ hers reclaimed roll-top baths out on the decking! Forget hot tubs: relax in the bubbles with a glass of bubbly and enjoy views of the Devon countryside around Tedburn St Mary.
For a night under canvas with all the comforts of self-catering (plus a few luxuries like a hot tub!), how about a break away in a yurt. For those who like the idea of camping but just can’t be without their little luxuries, head to Dartmoor in Devon.
Of course, a UK staycation is not weather-proof – so why not book a break in a cute cottage with an indoor pool? Sleeping up to five, Bartridge Cottage in Umberleigh is ideal for couples or families. It’s in Tarka Country, made famous by Henry Williamson, author of Tarka The Otter.
Head to Bodmin to stay in a stunning, pre-erected tent in a magical location, dubbed Canopy & Stars. The compact mid-air bedroom has two single beds but that’s not the only space you get – you also have 20 private acres to explore at your leisure, just you and the wildlife. After a long hike, sleep in a circular pod hanging three metres off the ground.
What’s more, supporting independently owned businesses in turn supports the local community. With exchange rates not in our favour, and a heatwave on the horizon, it pays to stay local – but you don’t have to compromise on those magical memories.
If the name ‘Wych Elm’ doesn’t do enough to inspire enthusiasm, our photographs should. For this ‘break away from it all’ is truly that; last week we spent the most gloriously secluded night tucked away in a meadow of wild grass and butterflies, under ‘posh canvas’ and a most wonderfully starry sky.
Owners Glenn and Jane have embraced the love, peace, quiet and tranquility of this beautiful part of Cornwall and generously created a way for us to share in it too and make memories to last a lifetime.
Each brightly coloured hand-constructed yurt has a wood burning stove, two futons, floor cushions, a little table with a visitors book and lighter, shelves, candles, fairy lights, coat hooks set on the walls to keep your clothes tidy, cutlery, jam jar glasses (a favourite with the children), crockery, a stove top kettle for use on the wood burning stove and glasses. Outside is a fire pit with a tripod over the top for cooking, and a bench table for alfresco dining on those long summer evenings.
The yurts are lovely to look at - but not so lovely to put up apparently. As with most camping trips, the tent erection was a relationship maker or breaker for the adventurous couple. Jane recounted the struggle that they had constructing the first one, Jane up a ladder with ropes in her hands, Glenn attempting to hold the entire thing up on his own, and a distinct lack of a few posts to enable the whole thing to stay upright. Well, it’s been completed now - and looks wonderful (and very secure!).
There is no light pollution at Wych Elm, so on a clear night the stars look amazing. Jane said that they can often look up into the sky and count shooting stars or study the milky way - but our night sky was filled with the bright light of a full moon, so we weren’t quite so lucky.
We were delighted to find that we were able to book for just one night- even in peak season. However - we can guarantee that after staying one night, you’ll definitely wish you had booked two! We booked our stay through airbnb for a one-off charge of only £63 for the night.
Our evening was one of delightful simplicity, some good food that we brought with us, cooked over the fire pit and eaten in the evening light whilst bats and birds soared and dipped above our heads. A candlelit chat tucked into our beds warmed by the wood burning stove - and the soft glow of the twinkling solar firelights against the emerald green canvas. A great night’s sleep that was broken in the morning by the entirely unobtrusive sound of birdsong and a cup of tea boiled on the top of the stove at dawn. It really couldn’t have been more perfect.
If you are unfamiliar with Cornwall, Wych Elm Yurts is only a short walk from the South West coastal path that runs from Coverack to Kennack Sands and on to Cadgwith, The Lizard and the incredible Kynance Cove. It also takes you to the wonderful secluded Lankidden Cove where, on a summers evening you could be lucky enough to see seals and even dolphins! We were able to travel with our kayak for this particular trip, and whilst we enjoyed the crystal clear waters of the Cornish coastline - we were paid a visit by a handsome seal. A real highlight for the children - and the grown-ups too.
Particularly surprising was the lovingly restored and converted horse box which holds the showers, toilet and washing up area. When you are inside it - its almost easy to believe you are in a nice hotel! It is finished to a high standard with two lovely enclosed shower pods. The loo is a composting toilet - but Jane gave us and the children a quick ‘guided-tour’ and explained how to use it - simple, easy and great for the environment. Eco-responsibility and a touch of luxury all rolled into one horse-box!
But this is no rough-it and love-it location. Quite the opposite in fact. Their two spacious but cosy yurts are set in two acres where children and pets are can enjoy carefree time. But the inside of the yurts are anything but ‘rough’! They are 6 metres in diameter and - as we found out - that equals space big enough for the children to cartwheel in. They are known for being the tents that put the ‘glam’ into ‘glamping’ - and for only £63 for the entire night, we were delighted with the level of glam that greeted us!
No phone, no tv, no ipads, no laptop, no work. Just us, the children, a few delicious treats, a wood-burner and a barbecue. An opportunity to reconnect with the important things in life. Bliss.
Now where did I put the bike lock keys? I know it was somewhere safe, on the key hook? Too obvious. In the drawer of junk? No, but I did find the special necklace my husband gave me (so brownie points there) but alas no keys. Upon closer inspection of the bikes, I realised we hadn’t actually locked them together, just individually around the handlebars. So with no keys found, we would just have to take the bikes as they were. With me proudly wearing my newly found jewellery and the bikes wearing their equally eye-catching attire; bike lock necklaces of rides gone by. Now where did I put the pump? Bike riding is a fantastic way to exercise the children and also the dog without them actually realising it is work. The west country is abundant with cycle paths, winding their way along the coast and through the stunning countryside. When you get there the rewards are plentiful, with breathtaking scenery and fantastic eateries, which is always a bonus in my book. But getting there isn’t always easy. Firstly there is the bike rack…so many straps it seems to take forever. By the time they are all in place it feels like time to go home again. And there is all the ‘gubbins’ for that just-in-case moment; puncture repair sets, spanners and first aid kits. I think this type of organisation is best illustrated by looking at the sort of families who always take spare bags to keep the bike seats dry compared with those who suffer with wet bottoms. We sadly are the soggy second.
What is it about the moment the sun comes out? We suddenly decide we are ‘outdoorsy’ people. We dust off the cobwebs from the surf and boogie boards, we dig out the wetsuits and shake off last year’s sand, we find that old canoe in the garage that seems to have got splattered in paint and we empty the shed to find the bikes that we swore we’d keep using after last year’s one big adventure around the village. We take pictures, we celebrate our ‘active family’ on Facebook, we congratulate ourselves on being ‘so fit’ and then….? We put them away for another year. This time mum of three, Kate Trewartha-Wyatt, hot on the heels of her Caravanning Adventure featured in last month’s issue, decided to dust off the family - and the bikes. But this time, it’s the start of something greater. A new family hobby - a new fresh start to get fit. Isn’t it?
We headed for Cornwall’s Camel Trail www.sustrans.org.uk a beautiful cycle path snaking it’s way from Wenford bridge, to Bodmin and Wadebridge, ending up at picturesque Padstow. It’s full length is just over seventeen miles, but you can shorten this by joining it at different locations en route, which is what we did starting at Wadebridge. This should have been a relatively straight forward journey for us, but as the sat nav had decided to take the day off and stay home on the kitchen cabinet, we took a bit of a detour, via what seemed like Aberdeen! Eventually we were there and by means of a congratulation, we treated ourselves to lunch at the Wood and Green Cafe www.facebook.com/woodandgreencafe just alongside the cycle path in Wadebridge. This a rustic, earthy sort of cafe, with a simple outlook and a great menu. Catering for a variety of tastes and offering options for both vegan or gluten free diners, so we could easily please everyone in our family. The cakes alone made the visit a success for me, I almost forgot about the exercise ahead of us.
It wasn’t long before the obligatory chips (which did get dive bombed by seagulls) and a glass of wine completed a memorable day. With our slightly sunburnt noses and our happy disposition there was just one thing left…who was going to tell the children we have to cycle all the way back to the car again?
Now there isn’t a more welcome sight than an ice cream van when the children are flagging and want a break. The Treats On Trikes stall www.goforich.co.uk, next to a particularly lovely spot on the estuary didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t actually a van but it was full of great grub provided by two lovely chaps and their pedal power. We had a positive picnic extravaganza, with ice creams, flapjacks and cakes, all washed down with a lovely cuppa tea. We were halfway to Padstow and the sun was shining.
One of the landmarks of the old railway line is the iron bridge over the Petherick Creek. As I stopped to photograph it, I heard a man tell his children that sometimes you can still hear a train whistle blow, as if a ghost train was still using the bridge. I obviously did an obligatory whistle as I past them, but I think they were more frightened of me accidentally running into them, than by any approaching train.
Tummys full and bike helmets on all but the teenage girls, we were ready to go. The girls had flatly refused and with this being a flat path away from traffic I had weakly accepted defeat. With a ting-a-ling on the bell we set off on our eleven Mile round trip. The Camel trail never fails to impress, it is such a pleasure to pootle along the lovely flat path with the breeze blowing through your hair. It was originally two railways, which closed with the last train leaving the station in the early eighties. It provides a smooth, easy going path with enough distractions to keep the children on their bikes and off their mobiles, except for the obligatory selfies and with Camel estuary as a backdrop who can blame them. Now stopping and starting for photos or just to catch your breathe can be a problem on this sometimes busy trail. This quandary became a painful reality for my six year old and my teenage daughter. A sudden squeal of brakes, then crash bang wallop, we had a tangled heap of limbs on the floor. This resulted in an amended view about the importance of bike helmets and a wish for the aforementioned first aid kit. But a quick brush down, them a big hug and we were on our way again.
We finally reached Padstow, a fishing village rich in history and now rich in visitors, as thousands flock to it’s unique atmosphere every summer. It is a Rick Stein strong hold and with his seal of approval and his numerous eateries, he attracts visitors in the same way the smell of his fish and chip bar does the passing tourist. There are also many other great places to eat and drink, I was pleased to observe a champagne bar, but I’ll save that gem for a trip down with the girls.
Kate Trewartha-Wyatt is a freelance writer and photographer living in Tavistock, Devon with her three children, Daisy, Kitty and Jemima, her husband Matt, her mum Jenny and their dog Wilson. She can be contacted by emailing email@example.com
For years there have been stories of paranormal activity at Jamaica Inn. Many people staying have reported strange incidents occurring usually at night. Popular TV programme ‘Most Haunted’ featured Jamaica Inn in what they said was one of the spookiest episodes they had ever recorded! If you are brave enough, you can join in one of their ghost hunts – but it is not for the faint-hearted!
In 1778 the Inn was extended to include a coach house, stables and a tack room, creating the L-shaped main part of the building as it is today.
In 2015 Allen invested over £1 million in building a huge new kitchen big enough for a planned 250-person function suite.
It is said that smugglers used the Inn to hide their contraband and that dark and mysterious ‘goings-on’ took place behind those shuttered windows. In fact, tradition says that half the brandy and a quarter of all tea once smuggled into the UK was landed along the Cornish and Devon coasts and much of it made its way through the hands of smugglers hiding out in Cornwall’s Jamaica Inn!
The beautifully built and sympathetically designed shop has been inspired by local demand as the nearest supermarkets are over 11 miles away in Bodmin, Launceston and Liskeard! Owner Allen has made his vision a reality and believes that it is providing locals and visitors alike with something very special.
The novel was made into the film ‘Jamaica Inn’ in 1939 by Alfred Hitchcock and in 1983 Jane Seymour starred in a TV film. ‘Jamaica Inn’ was again dramatised in a major 3-part series by the BBC shown in April 2014.
Locals will no longer have to travel over 11 miles to a supermarket and many visitors who stop at the Inn are on their way to their rented cottage or caravan and can stock up with numerous Cornish goodies. The Shop will also be able to supply local hotels and holiday homes with quality Cornish produce.
Bodmin Moor is the setting for many a wild tale and romantic novel - but none so much as the 19th Century bodice-ripper, Jamaica Inn, written by Daphne Du Maurier and published in 1936. The young author was inspired to write her novel after she and a friend became lost in fog whilst riding on the moors, and were lead back by their horses to safety at the Inn. During the time spent recovering from her ordeal, the local rector is said to have entertained her with ghost stories and tales of smuggling!
Relive the smugglers’ experience at the Smugglers Museum; one of the finest and most extensive collections of smuggling artefacts in the UK.
Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a Marple or Poirot? Well here’s your chance! Every month Jamaica Inn plays host to a Murder Mystery. An evening of entertainment where a team of professional actors act out a murder for you to solve over a delicious three course dinner. Prizes are given to three detectives who successfully guess the murderer. Each month the crime is different.
In 2014 the Inn was sold to its present owner Allen Jackson for over £2 million after the sale sparked interest from as far afield as America, Canada and Australia.
In 2016, this month, Jamaica Inn opens its very own Farm Shop - and despite popular belief that the Inn got its name from a considerable trade in smuggled Caribbean rum, this new shop will only be stocking local produce!
The historic Inn has continued to evolve centuries later and now, still a resting place for weary travellers, it will provide more sustenance than those gnarly smugglers could ever dream of! Tea, brandy, chocolate, olives, sea salt, seaweed, pasties, beer, mead and pies and other Cornish goodies will be enticing visitors to the old oak doors of a brand new Farm Shop opened this month.
“We decided to breathe further life into this historic location and obtained planning permission in December 2015. The shop has been tastefully designed using local labour and locally sourced materials. The walls are built with local stone and the low wooden beams and timber clad surfaces have been crafted only a few miles away. Furthermore, my key assistant for the whole project, Sammy Wheeler, has gone to great lengths to stock the very best local produce with over 90% from Cornwall from over 40 local producers’’.
In reality it was built in 1750 as a coaching inn – the 18th century equivalent of a modern day service station for weary travellers. Using the turnpike between Launceston and Bodmin, they would stay at the Inn after crossing the wild and treacherous moor.
Next winter, the next stage of Allen Jackson’s plans for the Inn is to start building 16 more bedrooms and a large circular function suite with amazing views over the wild and beautiful Bodmin Moor. It will be perfect for weddings, corporate and live music events and, as it will accommodate up to 250 people, it will become one of the largest venues in Cornwall.
She described the nocturnal activities of a smuggling ring based at the now celebrated inn, portraying a hidden world as a place of tense excitement and claustrophobia, of real peril and thrill. Later du Maurier went on to spend a long period at the Inn, furthering her love of the location.
Enjoy ‘The History of Jamaica Inn’, an educational and historical film show that recounts many of the myths and legends associated with the Inn, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years.
What’s special to you about Devon and Cornwall?
Our passion for food comes from early childhood memories. We are originally from Kent, and with Bramley apple orchards and strawberry fields right on our doorstep, “scrumping “ was one of our favourite activities when we were kids!
The key to customer satisfaction is a varied and fresh menu that offers good value for money – and, of course, attentive service with a smile!
The inspiration for new dishes comes from the vast variety of stunning local produce available to us here in the West Country, and seasonal availability plays a central role in the kinds of dishes we are likely to be found whipping up! Our restaurants have always been based on a team effort, and collectively, we are always coming up with a constant stream of new ideas.
Seared fillets of mackerel with lemon and rosemary butter and new potato crostini
Can you share a recipe with us? We would love to learn to cook like you!
You are only as good as your last meal, so ensuring that your guests have a memorable experience has always been our aim. Mistakes can and do happen, and the most important thing is to be given the chance to rectify it there and then.
What’s next for Chris and James?
Put potatoes in boiling salted water and cook until just soft, drain and set aside. Heat a chargrill pan on stove. Brush bread with olive oil and cook both sides until crisp, remove and then rub all over with garlic clove. Soften butter, add the zest and juice of ½ lemon and chopped rosemary and set aside. Take the potatoes, leave their skins on, and chop into 1 cm chunks, add shallot, mayo and chives and season. Heat a non-stick frying pan on stove and add a splash of olive oil. Score and season mackerel fillets and place in pan skin side down: cook for 2 minutes then turn and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add lemon and rosemary butter. To assemble: Place warm garlic crostini on a plate, spoon over potato salad, lay over the top the mackerel fillets and spoon warm lemon and rosemary butter over and around, serve.
I honestly don’t think that there is anything that we would change at all. It’s always been a rollercoaster ride, and that’s what keeps us fresh and alert.
Where did your passion for food come from?
What is the key to ‘satisfying a customer’?
How do you find inspiration to create new dishes?
We do try and switch off when we eat out, but in all honesty, it can be difficult!
Do you ever get to enjoy eating out – or is it a busman’s holiday?
What makes a good or bad experience when dining out?
If you could step back in time, what would you do differently?
Looe is a stunning little fishing village with a stunning coastline and equally stunning fish! It’s a beautiful part of the country, and an asset to us all.
Devon and Cornwall are two of the UK’s most unspoilt counties. For us, it’s a larder on the doorstep, and offers a great way of life with stunning coastlines and a rich heritage.
Chris and James opened their first restaurant “Tanners” in 1999 in Plymouth, Devon. This proved to be the start of a thriving family enterprise and led to the opening in 2006 of The “Barbican Kitchen” housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin distillery - and for this they now celebrate 10 successful years. In 2014 they expanded into Looe, Cornwall with the opening of their farm shop and butchery “Quayside Fresh” Str.EAT - their take on a street food counter. This was followed by their fish and chip shop “The Catch” in 2015 which won best newcomer in the 2016 fish and chip awards. Here they discuss their career - and why they love being based here in the Westcountry. They also share a delicious seasonal recipe with us for mackerel so that if we can’t head down to their restaurant - we can have a taste of it at home!
To mark the tenth anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape being added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership has commissioned a varied and colourful selection of events and happenings entitled Tinth.
To mark the tenth anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape being added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership has commissioned a varied and colourful selection of events and happenings entitled Tinth.
To see the Man Engine and follow his journey across Cornwall see their website www.themanengine.org.uk and their Facebook page
It is well worth a visit as the team journey through Cornwall over the next fortnight. The words that describe the event best are ‘determination’ and ‘pride’. It has been ten years since the mines were given recognition as heritage sites. This sits them in the same category as the Pyramids or the Taj Mahal, although less splendid to visit they help to create a rich history which saw the deaths of many men and created a community spirit like no other.
Just as the miners worked hard for their rewards, the crowds gathered to watch are expected to as well. Until now we have only seen the puppet crawling it’s way through the town, but in order to see it raised to its full height we all have to sing a miner’s lament. When we are loud enough the full majesty of the puppet is revealed. As it towers above us we feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The curtain is pulled back and we see the men controlling the magic. In this case miners, representing the toil of their forefathers.
The Man Engine is one of them. He rises over ten meters tall and is the largest mechanical puppet created in the UK. Even when in his crawling position, he is the height of a double decker bus! This is accompanied by a theatrical show with music and storytelling, created by a team of miners who will animate the giant throughout his travels. It will wind its way through 130 miles of Cornish countryside ending at the Geevor tin mining museum.
Giants of Men That Made The World
It’s not your usual day out in the market town of Tavistock. Nip down to get your bread and milk, only to be confronted with a giant mechanical puppet towering over the town square. But it doesn’t take long to realise that this friendly formation represents the region’s rich mining heritage. This feat of Cornish engineering has created a half man, half machine hybrid puppet to reflect the years of mining. The Man Engine has been launched in Tavistock, but then travels down through the Cornish countryside. But today I found it amongst street entertainment and musical celebrations in Tavistock’s Bedford square. A mechanical metaphor representing the region’s sincere respect for it’s industrial past’s successes and tragedies.
by Kate Trewartha-Wyatt
Devon and Cornwall’s rich underground inheritance has carved the shape of our landscape and funded much of its architecture. Mining was often the only definition of employment in many areas and without the underground riches of tin, zinc, copper, arsenic and silver, the South West would have faced an even greater level of financial uncertainty. Kate Trewartha-Wyatt went along to meet a gentle giant who is hammering home the past to help educate future generations.
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Outside there are two garages and the lawned grounds extend into tiers
Red Cove, offered to the market for the first time in fifty years, is the very last property situated on the Cliffside at Mawgan Porth overlooking the beach with the most incredible views out to sea, giving a wide uninterrupted vista facing the ocean.
urrently comprising versatile accommodation which is used as a main house and annexe, the property could be adjusted to suit a variety of requirements and there is significant potential for redevelopment and improvement of Red Cove offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire arguably one of the finest sites in Mawgan Porth with views that take your breath away. The original part of the building includes six bedrooms, three reception rooms and two bathrooms. Most rooms enjoy the wonderful views over the beach and out to sea. With access both internally and via a separate external entrance is the annexe which includes three bedrooms, again with most rooms enjoying the views. Outside there are two garages and the lawned grounds extend into tiers with the bottom tier providing the direct beach access.
Direct access leads directly down to the stunning sandy beach just a few yards away
The views extend across the ocean to Pentire Point in the distance. From the garden you can access the coastal footpath which leads directly down to the stunning sandy beach just a few yards away. Mawgan Porth is a coastal resort famous for its beautiful surfing beach and lovely cliff and country walks. There is a local shop and Inn for everyday needs, and the harbour town of Padstow is approximately 7 miles away. It is 2 miles from the charming village of St Mawgan with its famous 13th century church and ‘olde worlde’ pub. For more extensive shopping facilities, Newquay is within a 5 mile drive.
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A beautifully presented three bedroom family home enjoying the most delightful views across the Carrick Roads towards Falmouth.
The south-facing nature of the property together with the large picture windows within the property captures the exceptional views across the Carrick Roads towards Falmouth.
The surrounding countryside is extremely picturesque and designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The gardens lie mainly to the southern side of the property and are laid to lawn and are of generous proportions. There is a front terrace set underneath the first floor balcony with the garden enclosed at all sides by timber fencing. The village of Flushing is much sought-after, partly due no doubt to its proximity to some of the best sailing waters in the country. Flushing has a delightful community with its own primary school, church and chapel as well as a fine seafood restaurant and a pair of pubs.
The current vendors have completely modernised this 1970s property from top to bottom in recent years. Downside offers spacious living accommodation which is both light and airy due to the south-facing nature of the property. The modern kitchen / breakfast area includes a range of integrated appliances.
Downside is a truly exceptional property having been recently modernised throughout to the highest standards located within a private setting within the ever popular village of Flushing, near Falmouth.
One of the most significant architectural modern homes in Cornwall. This is the first time this award winning, attractive and eco-friendly house has been offered to the market since its design and construction by its owner and architect in 2002.
The gardens of the property are spectacular. Bordered by mature trees creating privacy from the lanes, the garden is enclosed to all sides by mature and carefully thought out planting beds.
There are several energy efficient principles incorporated into the house. Passive solar gain via the double height conservatory into the dining room, rising to the first floor. This heat is stored within the externally insulated single blockwork construction whose design increases thermal efficiency. The conservatory windows are thermostatically controlled, automatically opening to release excess heat, or closing as needed. Whole house ventilation is provided with heat recovery which reduces allergens and further reduces condensation and dust, and expels radon but is essentially a heat distribution system, keeping the whole house at an even temperature. All of these systems mean that the house burns no fossil fuel, is free from C02 emissions, and is low energy and low maintenance.
A patio to the rear of the house is ideal for entertaining having access to and from the house via the conservatory and sitting room.
Whilst the house is a grand technical achievement in architectural terms, perhaps it’s greatest attribute is that above all else it is a comfortable and welcoming family home. Large reception rooms with well thought out features make it ideal for entertaining, whilst lower ceilings in the sitting room and a well thought out kitchen create comfort when relaxing.
This proud home will be attractive to many purchasers as it has a great mix of plenty of character and modern comforts with modest running costs. Beyond the stone external elevations lies the spacious and well-appointed accommodation which is presented in excellent decorative order. The elegance and charm greet you the very moment you walk through into the welcoming reception hall.
Kingbeare House was constructed we understand at the end of the Georgian period circa 1820 and was originally part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate. In recent years it has had substantial extensions and conversions which have been added with great skill and thought to the building.
A proudly positioned five bedroom Georgian country residence enjoying unrivalled expansive views, close to the foot of Bodmin Moor.
The grounds lie predominantly at the back of the property, are open and gently sloping, laid to grass. Externally, there are many outbuildings and grounds which are a good mix of attractive gardens, lawn and five stock proof paddocks which have been recently fenced and a large stable block. This will be ideal for purchasers who have a wide variety of different breeds of animals requiring segregation. With an equestrian centre a couple of miles away, Kingbeare House would be perfect for the equestrian enthusiast.
Hawke Vale is an individual, stylish, modern dwelling in unspoilt rural setting.
A large sun deck with handrail provides superb space for outdoor living enjoying sun throughout the day and early evening with panoramic rural views.
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The rear conservatory opens to a large, raised sun-deck which takes full advantage of the panoramic rural views, yet it is private.
In all directions from the property is scenery of outstanding natural beauty, be it the rugged North Cornish and Devon coastlines with National Trust cliff scenery, surfing beaches or quaint former fishing villages. The open spaces of Bodmin Moor to the west, ideal for walking and riding and Dartmoor National Park to the east. Running southwards to the city of Plymouth is the hidden Tamar Valley steeped in 18th century mining history renowned for salmon fishing.
At the rear the property has a large conservatory overlooking farmland with distant views and at first floor level the main bedroom has a stunning balcony attracting early morning sun. The gardens are at various levels chiefly laid to lawn with Cornish hedge banking, stone walling and feature steps to entrances.
The property is of rendered elevations beneath pitched roof with natural slate cladding. Internal the layout is traditional with central hallway serving ground floor rooms and landing, feeding first floor accommodation.
There are attractive farmland views from the rear of the property from an elevated decked garden. There is off-road parking and a useful garage with adjoining garden room and shower room that would suit conversion to an annexe subject to any planning permission. The property also has gas central heating and energy efficient double glazing throughout.
This handsome property benefits from a utility room, kitchen/dining room with exposed beamed ceiling and lounge with stone fireplace, plus three double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor.
A wonderful opportunity to purchase a substantial character barn conversion located on the fringe of the lovely village of Grampound Road which is situated approximately 7 miles equidistant of Truro and St Austell.
Local shopping facilities included a local store, post office, pub, cricket ground, park, and also a pre-school nursery, primary school (rated good to outstanding) which are all within level walking distance from the property. Grampound Road is situated approximately 7 miles equidistant from the Cathedral city of Truro with many amenities including shops and restaurants and St Austell, again with its many facilities. The north and south coast beaches are only 15 minutes away and the property is situated in a quiet countryside location.
The Centre Section is the largest area in the park and offers something for everyone, including driveway, wall ride, euro gap, blocks, rails, volcano, and rails! The BMX Section is a full transition section that is ideal for BMX and scooters, with a unique step up jump box, large quarter pipes, roll in, and more!
On a rainy day in Cornwall (there are only a few of these) we recommend this as a place to keep energetic youngsters out of mischief!
Over the past 80 years, the theatre has evolved into today’s professionally-equipped venue which brings the very best amateur and professional theatre to the far west of Cornwall. Rowena Cade’s unique vision is thriving, and today’s audiences continue to experience the magic of live theatre in this amazing place.
How about a unique, healthy, educational and fun pop up cookery school for children and their parents? The workshops are enjoyed by 2 to 11 year olds, parents with weaning babies and families, offering teaching, guidance and support with the vision to learn and enhance a life skill and increase food knowledge and awareness. But it also gives children and parents quality time together, greater confidence in food preparation and cooking and some delicious food to takeaway.
The Summer season sees a full programme of drama, musicals and opera, together with music, comedy and story-telling. Even when there isn’t a show, you can come and visit the theatre to wonder at its construction and setting. It welcomes over 80,000 people a year to performances and 150,000 people to look round and experience the stunning views
The Minack is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean and this month was visited by The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. The idea for the theatre was born when Rowena Cade, who lived in Minack House at the top of the cliff, decided to create a place for local drama enthusiasts to perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Over the winter of 1931 and into 1932 Rowena and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, moved endless granite boulders and earth, creating the stage and the lower terraces of the theatre, in the same place as you see them today. The first performance was in August 1932.
Little Kitchen Magicians has a fun and healthy cookery SUMMER HOLIDAY workshop for 3 to 12 year olds with cooking and an opportunity to do arts/crafts based on the workshop foodie theme. It’s all been held on Saturday 6th August.
This is one of the longest running skate parks in the country, and is contained in a purpose built ‘Dutch Barn’ style building that measures 20,000 ft sq, making it one of the largest skate parks in the UK too! If you’ve got kids that love to skate, they will love it here!
The summer season presents both professional and amateur theatre, opera, comedy and music of the highest quality from both national and local touring companies. It's a fantastic night out for anyone that lives nearby - but a great addition to evening entertainment on holiday. Check the full list of entertainment below and book your tickets.
The headliners are always backed by 100+ local, national and international acts from singer-songwriters and folk through to hip hop, indie, funk and punk.
The skate park is divided into several separate areas, with a range of other facilities available, including a Social Area with comfy seats, foosball, a pool table, and table tennis. The current set up includes 2 mini ramps, 13ft professional Vert ramp with 2 19.5ft roll ins, 6ft spine ramp, skate grindbox section, BMX rhythm section, and a large street course. The Vert ramp is a real monster (allegedly one of the largest on Europe!) and has played host to many competitions. There are 3 nice and wide transition ramps, that measure 6ft, 5ft, and 4ft, plus a Street Section geared towards skaters, with manual pads, rails, banks and blocks!
For three days in September the little town of Looe in South East Cornwall gets hit with big music, manic entertainment and a smattering of culture for good measure. The festival pops up from nowhere to transform the beach and the streets, giving locals and visitors from all over the world a chance to mingle and enjoy the show. Everywhere is the venue, everybody’s welcome to the party. With its big main beach stage looking out to sea, a whole host of brilliant acts to keep you entertained, dance holes in the sand, music around every street corner and a party with the friendliest crowds you could wish for - this is the music festival for you!
You won’t find lazy, Sunday summer grooves at Looe Music Festival. The headliners this year include Bryan Ferry, Wilko Johnson, Seth Lakeman and the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Expect an eclectic mix of high energy ‘keep you on the move’ music, delivered back-to-back from either end of the beach and around the harbour plus acts on every street corner, and in every bar and restaurant.
The Open Air Theatre in Penlee Park had its first season in the early 1950s. The Theatre seats around 300 people and, being situated in the middle of Penzance, it has ample parking, lending itself to an ever increasing audience. The theatre was little used until the late 1980s but since then, more companies have used it each year, drawn by its sylvan setting in this peaceful park.