New Issue of myCornwall out now!

Our new December/January issue is out now! Available in shops, or via subscription, we’ve got a wealth of content for you to explore in the upcoming months!

Following the excitement of the Rio Olympics, we catch up with Penzance-born gold medallist Helen Glover as she discusses her wedding, her love for her hometown and her favourite spots to relax in our beautiful county!

Our latest issue also delves into the mysterious and fascinating world of Cornwall’s smuggling empire. With this illegal trade being one of the most profitable sources of commerce during the 18th century, we reveal the inner workings of this frankly dangerous activity, along with how smuggling has developed during the years.

With Christmas fast approaching, we also showcase the best in festive gifts for all those last-minute buyers. Featuring fantastic local brands like B Skincare, Misty and Boo and She Sells Sea Shells, there are gift ideas for every age.

Also, if you want to become the hostess with the mostess this party season, try some of delicious Cornish cocktails! Straight from the county’s best spirit makers, beer brewers and wine makers, there plenty of flavours to tempt every palette.

Our December/January is bursting full of festive cheer, intriguing articles and delightful content that will appeal to everyone.

Click here for our latest issue.


Call for Art: Lizard Art Spring Fair

Calling all artists!

Now in its fourth year, and going strength to strength, artists working in Cornwall are invited to submit their work for the Lizard Art Spring Fair, held at Stableyard Gallery at Trelowarren.

Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces of work to be considered, and application forms can be downloaded from:

Application must be completed by Wednesday 8th February, and any selected artwork must be handed in to the gallery on Saturday 25th February.

The exhibition will run from Sunday 5th March-26th March, and is working proudly with the Truro-based iSight Cornwall charity.

Janet Judge, chair of Lizard Art, said: “The show has gone from strength to strength. Last year we received some outstanding quality artwork, making it a difficult process whittling down the entries to a manageable amount that we could exhibit. We are hoping to go even further this year and hope to give the viewer a varied and exciting exhibition”

Any further queries should be emailed to:



Miracle Theatre Presents Cinderella – Theatre Review

Despite Christmas being over, the very English unique world of the pantomime infiltrates the subconsciousness of everyone who has seen one. Just before Christmas, we were invited to see the opening night of Miracle Theatre’s production of Cinderella in the beautiful location of Falmouth’s Princess Pavilions. Upon arrival, we were presented with a glass of the Polgoon Vineyard’s limited edition glass of their Strawberry Aval fizz, which certainly added a touch of sparkle to the evening’s festivities.

When it comes to pantomimes, there is a challenge on how to retell a very familiar story and make it different. However, Miracle managed to do with a interesting twist on giving the story, but also a glimpse into the humorous back stage antics through the use of some hilarious stunts and translucent material.  I found this particularly enjoyable as it added another dimension to the action, and give the audience another thing to watch when scenery was being altered between acts. cinderella
With well done drama, humour and suspense, it thrilled the whole audience. Also, with slightly risque jokes it appealed to the adults, yet never felt too grown-up or unsuitable for the younger viewers. Highlights were the hilariously executed stepsisters (with brilliant new names; Anesthesia and Euthanasia), the charming and very down-to-earth character of Ratty, and the hapless Prince Fairly Charming.

In all of their productions, Miracle Theatre always put their own lovable spins on the tales they tell. There’s always a slight undercurrent of anarchy, magic and quirkiness which makes them appeal to all audiences. Despite the festive period over, we know that Miracle will be back over the summer for bigger and wackier plays.

Check out their website and social media links to keep up to date.

Miracle’s Facebook

Miracle’s Twitter

 Miracle’s Website 


Image credit – Miracle Theatre, Photos by Kirstin Prisk.

Top Things to Do – January

Top Ten Things to Do is sponsored by Carbis Bay Holidays 


With the manic period of Christmas and New Years over, January is a month to recoup, re-energise and reinvigorate yourself. But fear not, there is plenty going on in Cornwall to keep you entertained for the month. So get exploring!

1: Cornwall’s Regimental Museum 

Saturday 14th January – 10am to 4pm

Experience living history of the Waterloo era at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum inside Bodmin’s Historic Army Keep.  Meet the soldiers of the 32nd Regiment of Foot as they recreate garrison life of the early 1800s.  See their musket drill and musket-firing displays.  A memorial volley will be fired at 12noon to mark 207 years since the death of Sir John Moore, founder of the Light Infantry.  Warming refreshments available.  Visit for full details.



2: Eden Project – Science Weekends

Throughout January.

Venture up to The Eden Project this month and experience the explosive experiments, compelling tales and journeys that make up the Eden Project’s WOW! Science Weekends in January. Each themed weekend will be quirky, fun and packed full of exciting scientific discoveries for all the family.

From space travel, a journey into microbes and inspirational talks, these weekends will inspire the next generation, and promise to make science come alive for all who visit it.

These weekends are part of ‘Invisible Worlds’, a new permanent exhibition opening at Eden in spring 2018. All activities are included with the normal Eden admission. These weekends are fun for all ages, but recommended for ages seven and above.

3: Hall for Cornwall – Circus of Horrors.

11th January.

As the only circus act that reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary with its latest incarnation, The Never-Ending Nightmare. With age recommendations of 16+, this show promises to showcase an amazing mix of brave, bizarre and beautiful acts, which are all woven into an Alice in Horror Land Story.  coh-image-2


4: Surf Cinema Season -Sipping Jetstreams – St. Ives

20-21 January

A photogenic discovery into everything surf and sea related, situated in the iconic ocean surrounded venue.

Kicking off the Surf Cinema Season, we visit the Taylor Steele classic which explores a two year voyage and love story with the sea, from different coastlines around the world.

Tickets include a free slice of pizza kindly donated from the St Ives Pizza Company. Information and prices available here.


5: Healing Light Festival – Redruth

28th-29th January

Perfect for the entire family, this event is a mystical and fun-filled day out. With a wide variety of stalls showcasing all types of jewellery, art, photography and clothing, The Healing Light Festival also has a practical smorgasbord of complementary therapists. With live music, talks and workshops, this event also helps raise money for worthwhile local charities.

6: Heligan Soup Month

Throughout January.

Heligan’s  very popular Soup Month is back! With a a dedicated soup menu being devised, and delicious and free concoctions being made everyday, there is nothing better to sit back on a cold winter’s day and warm your cockles in front of the fire. Served daily, with a delicious cheese scone or freshly baked roll.


7: From The Jam with Bruce Foxton.

26th January

Returning back to Cornwall by popular demand, this popular trio return back to Falmouth for their 40th anniversary tour. Expect a night of hit-after-hit, as From the Jam get the crowd moving with songs like a Town Called Malice, Going Underground and The Modern World. Not a night to miss.

Get tickets here.



8: Aladdin by RAMPS – Redruth.

11-15th January

January season is still primetime for good pantomimes, and following the success of their 2016 Christmas spectacle of Snow White, RAMPS (Redruth Amateur Musical and Pantomime Society) are back with their tale of Aladdin. With spectacular costumes, plenty of comedic appeal and live music, this is the perfect thing for families of all ages.


9: Beach Cleans Across the County.

Throughout January.

With summer coming, get yourself down to your local beaches and give them some much needed TLC after the winter months. With Fistral Beach’s starting on 15th January, then Porthtowan and Chapel Porth later in the month, check out your local beach and get involved.




10: Pup Season at The Seal Sanctuary.

Throughout January.

Want to see some gorgeous sea pups this January? With this wonderful charity rescuing over 60+ pups over the year, and reaching heights between September-February, this would be perfect time of year to take yourself over to the sanctuary and read about the seal’s individual stories, and see their rehabilitation progress.



The BEST places to stay in Cornwall – Camping/Glamping Edition.

You don’t have to be from across the Tamar to enjoy the hospitality of Cornwall and its people. As a local, you can easily enjoy a much needed break that is less than a hour away from home. Cornwall’s location provides for a milder climate than other parts of the British Isles, and with December drawing to a close soon, and spring fast arriving, there is a practical smorgasbord of places to visit. The latest choice for the would-be visitor are the fabulous camping/caravan grounds that you will find scattered across tehidy-camper-van-on-pitchour beautiful county.

The demand for more of a luxurious approach to camping has led to locations offering ‘glamping’, or wild camping pitches. There has also been a rise in some fabulous landscaping for those staying in mobile holiday homes, motorhomes or touring caravans. This means that for modern camping sites is now an affordable luxury, with many of these locations being a superb alternative to bricks and mortar.

With Cornwall’s fantastic array of sites and improved transport routes, many sites are within driving distance to famous destinations for the tourist. From famous surving beaches such as Sennen in Penwith, or Fistral Beach in Newquay, you’re spoilt for choice.

There is also always plenty of fabulous fishing villages, delectable restaurants and menus to try out and endless entertainment for any ages wherever you are in the duchy.

For those with children, many of these camping sites also have on-site swimming pools, children’s clubs and other facilities that will keep them thoroughly entertained.

Check out the following camping and caravanning websites for all necessary information about places to stay:


Porth Beach Holiday Park

Carlyon Bay Touring Park

Tehidy Holiday Park

Summer Valley Touring Park

Dolbeare Park Caravan and Camping

Newperran Holiday Park

Globe Vale Caravan and Camping

Hendra Holiday Park


Dear Readers…

Having been the editor of My Cornwall for the last five years, and a freelance contributor before that, I have decided to stand down to make room for new projects, leaving the way clear for someone to inherit the post. It has been an extremely fascinating, educational and enjoyable time covering the politics, heritage, arts and more of Cornwall and its people. The magazine has grown into one of the best of its kind thanks to the hard work of the various individuals that have been part of the My Cornwall team over the years.


I would also like to say a big thank you to the readers, writers, photographers and organisations that have contributed to the publication during my editorship, without you there would be no My Cornwall.

It just remains for me to say…

Oll an Gwella (All the best),

Mark Pugh
November 2011 – July 2016


Mark Pugh can be contacted by email at:

myCornwall meets Olympian Helen Glover

2016 has been quite the year for Penzance-born Olympic rower, Helen Glover.

Having grown up and educated amongst an ambitiously athletic family, the seeds for Helen’s success as a national, and internationally renowned champion were sown early. With a host of awards and recognitions under her belt, including a World Champion title for 2013, 2014 and 2015, it was her gold medal in London 2012 that secured her a space in the limelight. As the first gold medal for Team GB during the Games, Helen became the nation’s sweetheart and Penzance was decked out in celebrations as she came home. However, things just kept getting bigger and better as time went on.

After an unbelievable success this year after winning gold at Rio’s Summer Olympic Games, Helen was paraded through Cornwall as a local hero. And after her wedding on the Cornish coast to TV naturalist and adventurer Steve Backshall, it seems that this Cornish star hasn’t stopped yet. Thankfully, myCornwall’s Alice Dempsey managed to grab a moment with Helen to check in and see how things were going.

Read this exclusive interview in the latest issue of myCornwall magazine. Our December/January issue is bigger and better than ever, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it!


Richard Lander – Truro’s Own Indiana Jones.

If you take a walk around Truro these days, from most parts of the city you’ll be able to see a tall, towering column standing proud amongst the spires and rooftops. Atop this column is weatherbeaten effigy of Richard Lander, one of Cornwall’s most famous sons. This lasting memorial to this brave and inspirational explorer doesn’t tell the whole story of Lander’s achievements.

In the latest issue of myCornwall, we discover the man behind the statue. After leaving home aged nine in search of adventure, tracing the course of the River Niger to its delta and attacks from native tribes, Lander is an explorer that has not only secured his place in the consciousness of Victorian exploration, but has also helped boost Truro as a capital city.

Be sure to pick your copy of the Dec/Jan issue up now! Available in shops or via subscription.

Top 8 of the BEST Gastro Pubs you HAVE to TRY!

With winter finally upon us, there is a distinct need to cosy up in front of a roaring fire, eat delicious food and keep warm. Across the county, gastro pubs and inns combine the beauty of pub food with fine dining experiences, all awaiting your custom. So, dig in and get exploring our best-loved Gastro Restaurants.

1: Old School Bar and Kitchen – Mount Hawkephoto1of1-12

Located in a recently refurbished school building in the heart of the village, this family-run business is focussed on providing service in a wonderful setting. As an award-winning establishment, this gastro pub is dedicated in serving innovative, high quality food which is created from locally sourced produce.

Old School Bar & Kitchen
Mount Hawke
Cornwall, TR4 8BA

01209 891609


2: Plume of Feathers – Mitchell

img_0953 The Plume of Feathers serves up seasonal and locally sourced food for the freshest pub grub you could want. Offering the best of both worlds from the contemporary, cool restaurant settings from the conservatory or traditional and cosy with the original beamed ceilings: just think superb quality food.

The Plume of Feathers

(01872) 510 3873


The Fox’s Revenge – Summercourt verity-westcott

Ten minutes from Newquay, and fifteen from Truro, The Fox’s Revenge is new to Cornwall’s foodie scene and definitely won’t disappoint. Serving a delectable Sunday roast, as well as a host of other classic dishes, this pub is one to watch out for!

The Fox’s Revenge,
Carvynick Farm

01872 510544



For the rest of this fabulous foodie feature, get the December/January issue NOW! Available in shops/via subscription. Pick up your copy of myCornwall today! 


Light Up For Winter – Emporium of Illumination.

With winter drawing in, there is nothing better than closing the curtains and getting your home all lit up for the festive season. Here at myCornwall, we love all home-grown talent, and in our last issue of the magazine, we touched upon the fabulous design company, ‘Emporium of Illumination’; a bespoke hand-made lampshade business that has grown from humble beginnings in Helston to become a very profitable and popular small business.

So, here is the designer and creator, Kirsty Jones, answering some of our questions about her company and showcasing some of her best designs.

Hi Kirsty, thank you so much for being part of our Online Feature.

So, how did you come up with the idea of Emporium of Illumination?

shadyladyIn 2013, I had, what seemed like an endless journey trying to find the perfect illumination. I searched everywhere and I failed to find a lampshade that I really LOVED and that was within my price range. I have always adored fabric and so I thought; I will make a lampshade myself which is exactly what I did! The adventure that followed was incredible; I was asked by a friend to take some lampshade samples to his wife, when I mentioned that I had started to make them. At the time she owned a vintage store and was interested in adorning her vintage lamp bases with handmade, bespoke lampshades. I took a sample set to show her and as I took one out of the bag, a lady walking past her shop, ran in and literally bought it out of my hand. I knew then that I had a business idea that could really work. Within 3 months I was part time in the “day job” and 6 months after that I became a full time illuminologist! Emporium of Illumination was born!

Did you have any previous textile/fashion experience?

None at all! But I have always loved design, fabric and hunting for treasures from a time gone by. I love mid-century design and I get very excited about Scandinavian patterns and fabrics. I have been lucky to travel to lots of parts of the world and whenever I do I always go in search of new (and old!) fabrics to add to the Emporium of Illumination gang! I have also had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of emporiumofillumination4designers, such as Rachel Cave, to develop exclusive fabric collections. I have learned so much from these experiences which I hope to build upon in 2017!

What made you decide on lampshades?

When I established Emporium of Illumination I was unaware of any other businesses, based within Cornwall, that were exclusively offering handmade, bespoke lampshades as their only product line. From the endless search that I and lots of my friends seemed to be having for the “perfect illumination” I knew that there was a gap in the market that I was determined to illuminate! I love the versatility of lighting and the endless possibilities that creating handmade, bespoke lampshades can offer an interior space. A well-made and designed lampshade is a relatively inexpensive way to change how a room looks and feels.

How difficult is it to create your beautiful designs? Is it time-consuming?

I am asked this question all of the time. The time to make a lampshade varies according to the size and the fabric that I am using, as well as how close the deadline for the commission or show is! It is my full time job and so I don’t find it difficult but I am a self-confessed perfectionist and so I take time to quality assure each and every lampshade that I make before I am happy to add the Emporium of Illumination tag to it!

Do you a have strict criteria over the fabric you use?

I prefer to use organic cotton to make my lampshades from as this lends itself so perfectly to being made into an illumination. I tend to avoid any fabric that has any elasticity within it or is too heavy as I am unable to produce the quality finish that Emporium of Illumination has become associated with! See I told you I was a perfectionist!

What’s your favourite design of lampshade?emporiumofillumination

This changes on a day to day basis but I have some favourites for different reasons. For example, “Larkspur” is a fabric that was produced by Alexander Henry and it was the first fabric that I ever sourced from overseas and so to me it signifies the start of the Emporium of Illumination adventure. I love the work of an American pattern designer called Jenn Ski! Anything that has been created by Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler or Peter Hall is mid-century heaven for me! I am also a HUGE fan of Liberty fabrics and I find it very hard to resist their temptation whenever I visit the store!

What is your proudest business moment?

I have to be honest and say that I am so proud of myself for believing in myself enough to set up Emporium of Illumination and to have worked so hard to develop a profitable creative small business in just 3 years. Every day there is something that makes me think ‘well done me!’ Recently, I was in a store that stocked my illuminations and I overheard two customers saying that ‘they must be Emporium of Illumination lampshades because they are amazing!’ It is fab that my brand and the quality of my work are recognised and I appreciate this every day!

How inspirational is Cornwall in your designs?

bloom30lampCornwall is such an incredible place to be a creative business owner and designer/maker. As a community, Cornwall appreciates and values the creative entrepreneur and actively supports the independent business model. It is fabulous to live in a part of the country where there are so many people making their living from creativity. This promotes a supportive and nurturing environment which has wholeheartedly been my own experience. So many people have offered their advice and support and took a chance on Emporium of Illumination when it was an unknown and for that I will always be so grateful.

Where do you go to be creative?

I tend to head out to our amazing coastline to gain inspiration. I find that the beauty of our corner of the world is the perfect place to absorb and process my creative ideas or fine tune the development plans that I have for Emporium of Illumination.

Favourite Cornish spot?

This is so hard to narrow down as there are so many to choose from but I do love Lelant beach. It is always stunning, in any weather, at any time of year and is still fairly undiscovered by the masses!


What’s next for your business?

I am in the process of designing two bespoke lamp bases which I am SO excited about, one of which I plan to launch in a few weeks time! So watch this space!

In 2017, I plan to undertake a refresh of the branding for Emporium of Illumination and to further grow the business, through additional lighting product lines. My immediate focus, however, is the totally crazy Christmas season which is almost here……wish me luck!


Thank you Kirsty for answering our questions. Everyone at the magazine wishes you luck for the festive season and upcoming year of business!

Find Emporium of Illumation through her Etsy Shop

Or via Facebook

Kirsty will be showcasing some of her beautiful designs at the Etsy Maker’s Cornwall Christmas Fair at St Ives Guildhall on the 2nd-4th December. Head down there for some beautiful Christmas gifts/inspiration


Weekend Away – Carbis Bay Hotel

When you look at Carbis Bay Hotel, the inspiration for a romantic novel is clear to see. Hidden at the base of a wide valley, complete with stream and tree sheltered foot paths and not to mention the golden sands and wide cerulean ocean of the Carbis Bay beach. The hotel has exclusive access to this Blue Flag beach, which is mere metres from their doorstep.

The Estate itself is more than just the luxury hotel, a collection of coastal properties, two restaurants, an ocean-view spa and a boutique inn make up the impressive empire of this business and it is clear to see luxury and beach-side living is the fore front of their ethos.

dsc_6550The rooms are stylish and fresh, from bright and well decorated standards to deluxe suites with breathtaking sea views. It’s no secret that this hotel has received a host of awards this last year, from a 4 star rating by the AA and Quality in Tourism, alongside retaining its Rosette for fine-dining.

This follows a Gold award for Hotel of the Year in the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Silver at the South West Tourism Awards in the same category – basically, it’s got a pretty good reputation to precede it.

What’s makes this establishment even more alluring and perhaps what makes it such a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend away, is their spa. The C Bay Spa is an award winning world-class spa offering indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a sauna pod, a heated outdoor pool and a relaxation lounge.


Treatments have been designed with relaxation in mind, combining quality products from partner brands Aromatherapy Associates and VOYA with techniques from the highly qualified team. Ranging from facials, manicures, pedicures, makeup, waxing, complementary therapies and massages – including lava shell massages – treatments can be enjoyed in the candlelit treatment rooms or in the beachside couple’s room with stunning sea views.

There are a number of options for dining at the Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa and Estate. For fine-dining, the Sands Rosette is located within the hotel and has been awarded an AA Rosette for the last 16 years. The Beach Club Restaurant, located on the beach, offers a range of Mediterranean flavours amongst a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

And, if the delights of the land isn’t enough then Carbis Bay Hotel offer a unique experience to enjoy the delights of the famous St Ives Bay aboard their luxury yacht Sunseeker. Offering half day or full day cruises around the Cornwall, with spa treatments and dining available on board this is one of the ultimate, bespoke ways to experience the beauty this unique coastal landmark has to offer.


To book, please contact

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

Carbis Bay

St Ives


TR26 2NP


Tel: (0)1736 795311





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