New Issue of myCornwall out now!

Our new October/November issue is now available in shops or via subscription, and we’ve got Poldark secrets, delicious food and a wealth of content for you to explore in the upcoming months. 

Following the second series of Poldark airing, we’ve got behind the scenes photos that will tease fans and followers across the county. With nearly 5.2 million people watching the first episode of Season 2, we delve into the world of this season, give background information on author Winston Graham, along with our predictions for what will happen in the upcoming episodes.

Our latest issue is also accompanied with our beautiful Cornish Christmas Gift Guide, giving you the best insight into the festive season. With Christmas light switch-ons, places to go late-night shopping and whats on through the county, it’s the definitive guide to accompany you through the forthcoming months.

We also take a scenic roadtrip to the beautiful Lostwithiel, immersing ourselves in this unique town and showcase the very best that this not-so-secret gem has to offer.

With autumn drawing in, we give our traditional Top 10 things to do, featuring Halloween nights at Heligan, the North Cornwall Book Festival and special events at The Eden Project. We also offer up our Newquay Food Revolution, offering a smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes to try in the surfing hospot.

Also, with an interview with Man Booker longlister Wyl Menmuir, historical exhibitions and fascinating articles focussing on our shifting shoreline and coastal issues, our October/November issue is bursting with colour, intrigue and articles that will appeal to everyone.

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FREE – Cornish Christmas Gift Guide

 

Our 2016 Cornish Christmas Gift Guide is out! A range of affordable gifts from food and drink to jewellery and clothing can be discovered in this handy guide, published and distributed across Cornwall.

There’s also a special Isles of Scilly section for those looking for something from the beloved archipelago – all available to order online.

Not to mention, we also include a selection of great Christmas events for you and the family to enjoy. From Meet Santa’s to light switch-ons and festive markets around Cornwall – there’s bound to be something near you!

Download the Guide for free and keep an eye out for the hard copy version in various retailers, restaurants and cafe’s across the county.

11 Festive Cornish Christmas Markets

‘Tis the season to shop! Lucky for us, Cornwall this Christmas is bustling with festive markets absolutely brimming with mulled wine, mince pies and that little something special for this year’s Christmas stockings. So pass up the stuffy indoor department store for these magical Cornish markets.

 

Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th December

One of the UK’s largest Christmas festivals, attracting over 40,000 visitors each year, the Padstow Christmas Festival brings together chefs, local food producers and crafts-folk to celebrate Christmas in Padstow’s captivating waterside setting. This weekend is jam-packed with family entertainment, including fireworks, a lantern parade, Santa fun run, live music, chef demonstrations, Christmas workshops and more. An absolute must for foodies.

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Photographer: James Ram

Fowey Christmas Market

Fowey

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th December

The beautiful seaside town of Fowey, for its 11th year, will be hosting a weekend of festivities for their annual Christmas Market. Go on a seasonal shopping spree inside the marquees filled with an eclectic range of Cornish gifts, pay a visit to Father Christmas and witness the wonderful lantern procession.

 

Looe Gets Festive

Looe

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th December

Welcome in the festive season with a whole weekend of events in Looe. Christmas lights, lanterns and paper sculptures on the 4th, Santa and his friends arrive on the 5th and on the 6th massed Santas will be racing from West to East Looe in a rush of red and white. Also, enjoy the Quayside Christmas market in West Looe.

 

Krowji Open Studios

Redruth

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December

Krowji, a creative arts space based in Redruth, and home to the myCornwall offices, will be opening its doors to visitors for its annual Open Studios. Get a sneak peak at the work of some of Cornwall’s most creative people and shop for this year’s Christmas present in this fantastic celebration of Cornish arts and culture.

 

Helston Christmas Craft Fayre

Helston

Saturday 3th – Sunday 4th December

Flambards will be hosting its first Christmas Craft Fayre this year featuring around 50 crafters and businesses and their wares. Set within the cobbled streets of the indoor Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz, shop the festival stalls and get a picture with Father Christmas and his elves.

£1 entry, free parking.

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Nadelik – A Cornish Christmas

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th December, 11am-4pm

Enjoy Christmas the Cornish way at Pendennis Castle with fireside tales, traditional dancing, mulled wine, mince pies, carol singing and crafts in the castle Keep.

Adults £7.50, concession £6.80, children £4.50

 

Truro Victorian Christmas Market

Truro

Tuesday 13th – Sunday 18th December

This six day market brings Truro’s centre alive each Christmas, with traders, producers and exhibitors. Enter the food hall, with quality meat, cheese, chocolates, preserves, liquers, ales, and the Arts, Crafts and Gifts Hall for unique jewellery, clothing, art, pottery, books and more. Get to know the traders, their process of production and buy a present to put underneath this year’s Christmas tree.

Find out more about the event and opening times here.

 

Outlaw Christmas Market

Falmouth

Thursday 8th – Saturday 11th December

Following a successful first year, Outlaw Christmas Market returns to the centre of Falmouth this December, showcasing the very best craft, gift and food & drinks producers from Cornwall and beyond. The market is a perfect place to pick up unique Christmas gifts and see the wealth of skilful designers and makers in Cornwall, listen to live music and take a bite of delicious street food. There will be late night shopping on the Thursday and a Santa Fun Run on Saturday beginning and ending on the Moor.

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Photographer: Mike Newman

Wadebridge Christmas Weekend

Wadebridge

Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December

Two days of Christmas shopping and fun in the Cornish town of Wadebridge! Expect craft markets, Santa arriving by steam train, a samba band, choirs, town brass band, rides and fireworks. More info here.

 

Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair

Penryn

Saturday 12th, 10am-6pm – Sunday 13th December, 11am-4pm

The Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair is over 30 stalls inside and outside selling unique Christmas gifts and locally-made crafts, as well as food and drink from Miss Peapod’s Café and the Alpine Bar.

 

Heartlands Christmas Market Weekend

Redruth

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th December, 11am-4pm

Visit the Heartlands in Redruth for a weekend of local crafts and produce set in the stunning surroundings of Heartlands. There will be 50 stalls for you to peruse as well as refreshments, children’s entertainment and activities.

Free entry and parking.

 

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Featured photo Copyright James Ram

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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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To book, please contact

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

Carbis Bay

St Ives

Cornwall

TR26 2NP

 

Tel: (0)1736 795311

Email: info@carbisbayhotel.co.uk

Website: http://www.carbisbayhotel.co.uk 

 

 

The 10 Best Hidden Star-Gazing Spots!

Cornwall, with very little light pollution, miles of uninterrupted countryside and exposed coastlines, is one of the best places in Britain to sit back and look up a the night’s sky. Head to any of the places listed below on a clear night for a perfect evening of stargazing.

1. Rinsey Cliff

Between Porthleven and Penzance

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its geological interest, Rinsey Cliff lies off the main A394, just east of Praa Sands. With a southerly aspect and no artificial lights Rinsey Cliff is a stunning location to start our stargazing list. View the stars from the car park, or 500 metres down at the engine house platform.

rinsey cliff stargazing

Philip Male, Flickr

2. Godolphin Hill, Godolphin

Great Work car park, on the Godolphin Estate, Helston

A conical shaped hill, this is a 360 degree view with no artifical lights in sight. The path to the hill is rocky, approximately 750 metres from the car park, and the hill is home to some red Devon cattle so keep your dog on a lead.

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3. Trelissick Park, Trelissick Garden

Trelissick Gardens car park, near Truro

On a clean crisp winter’s night Trelissick Park, situated at the head of the Fal estuary with panoramic views of the whole area, is the perfect place to spot a constellation or two.

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Martin Bridgen, Flickr

4. The North Cliffs between Godrevy and Portreath

High atop the North Cliffs that overlook the  vast stretches of golden beaches make for the perfect place to settle down for an evening of stargazing across the ocean. There are several car parks along the B3301 that are all suitable for a bit of stargazing.

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Tim Green, Flickr

5. Tintagel and the surrounding cliffs

Known for its history, this site is also famous for its commanding views across the coast, making it ideal for a great view of a clear night’s sky. One of the best spots is behind the Camelot Castle Hotel.

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Marion CW, Flickr

6. Carnewas/Bedruthan Steps

One of the most iconic coastlines in Cornwall, the North coast’s Bedruthan Steps at Carnewas is a stunning spot for stargazing on a cloudless evening. There are many spots your can stop along the coast for a great vantage point along the South West coastal path.

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Robert Pittman, Flickr

7. The Cheesering, near Minions

The Cheesewring has absolutely breathtaking views all across Bodmin Moor. It is a great place to go on a walk, for sunsets and of course, stargazing. Make sure to take a torch with you as the trip up to the cheesewring is steep, rocky, and with high drops so take care when heading back down the hill.

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Derek Winterburn, Flickr

8. Collifford Lake

Part of Bodmin Moor Widlife Park.

Less than a mile from the A30 and not far from our previous spot, Colliford Lake is a tranquil and peaceful location with views across the green countryside of Bodmin Moor.

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Markles55, Flickr

9. Wheal Busy, near Chacewater

Between Redruth and Truro

Previously known as Chaecwater Mine, Wheal Busy is now a part of the Cornwall and West Devon Landscape World Heritage Site. A rugged and beautifully Cornish place to stop at night and, simply, look up.

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Tristan Barratt, Flickr

10. The Lizard Point

It is understandable why the most southerly point of the UK is ideal for stargazing, with its impressive views out to sea.

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Nana B Agei, Flickr

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5 of the most Dramatic Storm-Watching Spots!

The thrill of Mother Nature’s raw power is a sight to behold on Cornwall’s dramatic coastline; possibly the best location for storm watching location in the UK. Exposed to the thousands of miles of Atlantic ocean, when a storm hits the swells are charged with a powerful strength that slams with an incredible force against the cliffs, beaches and sea walls of the Cornish coast. If you want to experience the exhilaration of storm watching, be sure to wrap up warm, do so at your own risk and find a safe vantage point for you to witness Cornwall’s enthralling and dramatic winter beauty.

 

1. Porthleven

Exposed to the Atlantic with a southwest facing coastline, the historic fishing village of Porthleven is possibly the most impressive storm watching spot on our list. Often reported in national newspapers, big winter swells cause huge waves to crash down on this town, causing monstrously exciting, and dangerous, sea activity.

2. Bedruthan Steps

One of the most iconic sights along the Cornish coast, Bedruthan steps and its rugged rocks have been carved by many storms over thousands of years. Stand atop Carnewas cliffs on a stormy day and witness the force of nature pound down on the North Cornish coastline.

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Zen Whisk, Flickr

3. Sennen

At the tail end of Cornwall, Sennen at Land’s End understandably offers a breathtaking spot to witness nature’s power as gale force winds create huge waves against the coast. See the action from the Lookout above Sennen Cove.

4. Porthcurno

Whether it’s drenched in sunshine or in the midst of winter storms, Porthcurno is a dramatic destination. During the winter months, the once calm deep blue seas transform into an angry force as severe gales lash against Logan Rock.

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Toby Charlton-Taylor, Flickr

5. Mullion Cove

Mullion Cove’s picturesque harbour gives storm watchers an awe-inspiring view, watch as the sea climbs its stone walls.

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Top 10 Things to Do – November Special.

This November is going to be an extravaganza of events in Cornwall. We’ve handpicked a select 10, so you can get into the festive mood with carnivals and fairs, or enjoy evenings out watching live music and celebrated films.

Your only guide necessary for the month of November.

Helston Museum – The War at Sea and In the Air Exhibition – 1st-14th November

An exciting exhibition by the Helston World War 1 Project. Learn how Cornishmen played a part in WW1 conflicts, both in the air and at sea.

Free Admission – From 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday

Cornwall Film Festival – 2nd-13th November – Falmouth Poly Cinema and Newlyn Arthouse.

From galas to premieres, the Cornwall Film Festival highlights cinema from every corner of the globe. This November we will be returning bigger than ever for a celebration of outstanding cinematic talent.

All the details online at www.cornwallfilmfestival.comCFF_square_boundaries_logo

 

The Sons of Pitches Acapella Group – 12th November – Princess Pavilions, Falmouth

A multi-award winning British vocal group combining solos, harmonies and beatboxing to a stunning effect. Crowned winners of the 2015 The Naked Choir TV Series, use acapella and innovative pop covers to entrall audiences.

Tickets from £22.50

Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival – 12th-13th November – Falmouth Hotel

With readings and workshops with some of the UK’s most celebrate poets, The Cornwall Contemprary Poetry Festival also features open-mic events, poetry slams and discussions.

See the website for ticket prices and a full programme of events.

https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/

 

Macmillan Christmas Fair– 16-17th November – Eden Project

Journey down to the jungle of Eden to enjoy a Christmas Fair in support of Macmillan Cancer Support this November. With lovely gift stalls and amazing foodie produces to choose from you’re bound to find something for friends and family, or even yourself!

http://www.cornwallmacmillanchristmasfair.co.uk/
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Chinese State Circus – 17-18th November

The internationally acclaimed Chinese State circus returns to Truro with a brand new production. With acrobats, jugglers and aerial artistes, they thrill all audiences and all ages.

Prices starting at £17.

Christmas Winter Fair – 19th November – Royal Cornwall Showground

The Cornish Winter Fair combines intriguing competitive livestock, produce, cookery and craft classes with a fantastic selection of quality craft and Cornish food and drink stands, perfect to kick off your Christmas shopping.

St Austell Torchlight Carnival – 19th November

Fast becoming an annual highlight in Cornwall’s festive calander, St Austell’s Torchlight Carnival is an all-day event of music, dance and stalls, culminating with the glittering Torchlight procession in the evening.

Procession leaves John Keay House at 6pm.
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Truro City of Lights – 23rd November

As one of the most popular nights in Truro, and really invoking the wintery spirit, Truro City of Lights is a night to remember. With a procession, music, dance and local school involvement, this festival is one to enjoy with the family.

St Austell Brewery Celtic Festival – 26th November

As the biggest party of the year for ale lovers across the county, this festival shows the true taste of the South West beers. Set in the ancient cellars of the Brewery itself, people come far and wide for sample over 130 different ales, stouts and lagers.

From 11am to 11pm.

 

Find out the BEST 11 of Cornish Coffee Hotspots!

Coffee, it can be as simple as adding hot water, or as complex as decorative froth and pumpkin-spiced syrups, either way we love it and we’ve rounded up eleven of the best coffee shops in Cornwall for you to visit on those quiet afternoons.

These coffee shops are listed in no particular order, we recommend them all!

1) The Sorting Office, St Agnes

Originally occupied as a sorting office since 1902, this interesting building in the heart of St Agnes has been transformed into a stylish and characterful coffeehouse. The interior design pays homage to The Sorting Office’s history with a slight postal theme combined with some seriously cool industrial chic. As well as offering locally sourced artisan coffee, expect freshly baked cakes and pastries alongside other nutritious and delicious goodies.

www.facebook.com/thesortingoffice

2) Bellinis Italian Café, Bude

Bellinis Italian Café serve their signature Rainforest certified house coffee “Blend 24” on a daily basis alongside a regularly changing guest coffee as well as a Swiss water decaf coffee. This place is all quality products and an informal and relaxed atmosphere. There are no fancy gimmicks, just good coffee served exactly how you like it. If you’re a syrup fan, they stock a range of about 20 flavours from vanilla and hazelnut to pumpkin spice and Eggnog!

www.cafebellinis.co.uk

www.facebook.com/cafebellinis

3) Jam Records, Falmouth

Combining all of our favourite things, Jam Records is the place to go to peruse CDs, DVDs, books and vinyls while sampling some exceptional coffee, roasted by Hands-On Coffee in Wadebridge. Bob is in charge of meeting and greeting (he might be a dog but he has some seriously good social skills) and if he could work a phone, we’re told he would handle the social media too. This cool, independent coffee bar and record shop has been open since 2003 and like a good wine – or an incredible track, it just seems to get better and better with time.

www.jamrecords.co.uk

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Half-Term Events in Cornwall – Our Top 10 Picks.

Stuck for things to do in Cornwall with children? Give your kids, grandkids, younger brother or sister, a day they’ll remember at some of these adventure playgrounds and fun places in Cornwall.

1. Geevor Tin Mine

See where the tin was mined, where the tin ore was processed in the mill and go underground into the tunnels and imagine what it would have been like to work there 200 years ago. If you’re feeling lucky, have a go at ‘gold’ and gem panning and keep what you find!

www.geevor.com

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Geevor Tin Mine

2. Levant Mine and Beam Engine

With its evocative sounds and smells, it is a thrilling experience for young and old alike to see this old engine in action. Try your hand at the work of a bal-maiden or bal-boy on the copper dressing floors or pick up one of the explorer packs and discover wildlife on the cliffs.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/levant-mine

 

3. Cornish Seal Sanctuary

A group of adorable seals and other water-dwelling creatures await you in Gweek, at the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. Providing a lifeline for sick and injured seal pups, spend the day at the site and meet all the residents living at the sanctuary.

www.visitsealife.com/gweek

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Cornish Seal Sanctuary

4. Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

Little adventurers love the museum’s free Explorer Backpacks, with everything they need to discover secret tunnels, hands-on exhibitions and interactive science. Througout the summer there are also trails, dressing up, story sessions and creative ‘make & take’ activities.

www.porthcurno.org.uk

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Telegraph Museum, image by Nick Hubbard/Flickr

5. Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Appreciate your picturesque surroundings on a mile-long trip on a miniature steam locomotive taking you to the East Wheal Rose, where you will find more railways, a fabulous wooded valley to explore with a boating lake, a brick path maze and crazy golf

www.lappavalley.co.uk

 

6. Crealy

Do you dare to ride the brand new Wave Rider, soak your opponent in the Downpour Derby, pedal around the park on the four-wheeled Berg bikes and get close to the crocodiles and leafcutter ants in Croc Corner? With thrill rides, character days, hundreds of animals and acres of outdoor play, imaginations can run wild at Crealy!

www.crealy.co.uk

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Cornwall’s Crealy Wave Rider

7. Flambards

Experience a dizzying spin on the Hornet rollercoaster, check out the amazing view at the top of SkayRaker and get wet on the Canyon River log flume, plus journey back in time to the sights and smells of a victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz.

www.flambards.co.uk 

 

8. Carnglaze Caverns

Grab a quiz from the Ticket Office and go on a self-guided undergronud tour to learn how this slate mine was worked and excavated by hand. Descend a flight of 60 steps taking you about 150m into the hillside and to the Underground Lake with its crystal clear turquoise water, why not shout and listen to the cave shout back?

www.carnglaze.com

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Carnglaze Caverns, image by Janelle Baker

9.Trethorne Leisure Park

Fire soft balls in the Jolly Rogers ball blast arena, whizz down the astra slide, become captain of a paddle boat and dare yourself on the bungee run, adventure climbing frame and aerial glide at Trethorne Leisure Park!

www.threthorneleisure.com

 

10. Land’s End

Will you accept Merlin’s terrifying challenge in Arthur’s Quest? Prepare yourself to cross the Gorge of Fire and discover plenty of spine-chilling surprises as you seek the terrible lair of the dragon. Then navigate the coastal paths and watch out for sun-bathing seals on Longships Lighthouse and the decommissioned helicopter.

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The Best 9 Things to Do on a Rainy Day!

Let’s be honest, it’s often raining in Cornwall. In the summer, winter, autumn and spring, the heavens have a habit of opening when we least expect it. Now that winter is coming, and the rainy days are becoming more frequent, here are some ideas for things to do when your dry weather plans have been turned upside down by an unexpected downpour.

1. Visit a National Trust House

Stay indoors and absorb Cornwall’s heritage at one of the stunning historic houses located across Cornwall. Visit Lanhydrock in Bodmin, a magnificent late Victorian country house and gardens, or Cotehele in St Dominick, the Tudor home to the Edgcumbes. Godolphin in Helston is worth a visit for its medieval gardens and Antony House in Torpoint for its fascinating family history.

2. Get wet on a woodland walk

Shove on your coat and wellies and have some fun in the mud. If the Cornish mizzle has made an unwelcome appearance, get out there and make a day of it in the woods with your family. And once you’re done getting wet and muddy, enjoy a warming cup of hot chocolate or hearty meal at a local cafe or pub. Here are our top 5 woodland trails to explore.

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 3. Hide out at a museum

Learn something new about Cornwall’s past at one of the museums across Cornwall. All year round, the NMMC in Falmouth has loads of fun exhibitions and activities happening at the museum to teach you all about Cornwall’s past at sea. The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro holds an incredible collection in natural history, art and ethnology, and Helston Museum is a treasure trove of Cornish industry and culture. If you’re feeling like something a little different, unearth the lives of witches in Boscastle at their Museum of Witchcraft, filled with witchcraft artefacts and regalia.

4. Storm Watch

If the weather really has taken a turn for the worse, embrace the tempestuous weather and storm watch along Cornwall’s coastline. Make sure to find a safe spot and do so at your own risk! Find out all the very best spots in Cornwall for storm watching here.

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5. Go to the pictures

When the heavens have opened and the skies are grey the cinema is a great way to brighten up your day. Try the Regal Theatre in Redruth, the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay and The Plaza Cinema in Truro for all the latest blockbusters. For a traditional cinema experience, visit Rebel Cinema, an independent cinema in Bude showing the latest big screen releases. Or, why not try the Cinema by the Sea in Looe, where the Looe Film Society shows world class films as well as running community events such as theatre and opera. For something a little different, The Poly in Falmouth is an independent cinema and Arts Centre showing screenings by independent producers and re-released classics, lectures and live events.

 

6. Bowl a strike

Book a lane with you friends and family and spend the day or night listening to the music of your younger years on the jukebox while showing off your bowling skills. Continue the competition in the arcades with a game of air hockey or Mario Kart, or with a pint at the pool tables. Head to Truro Bowl in Truro, Ocean Bowl in Falmouth, Ozzell Bowl in St Austell or Harlequinns in Bude. Go on, it’ll be right up your alley.

 

7. Wet your appetite

Cornwall is known for it’s delicious food, and a yummy bite to eat will lift your spirits in the drizzle. From seafood to pasties, sausages to cream teas, cheese to pies, Cornwall knows how to tickle your tastebuds. Take a look at our Food & Drink section for your ultimate guide to restaurants, cafes, top chefs and food producers in Cornwall.

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8. Get theatrical!

The theatres of Cornwall have it all, and act as a perfect escape from the wet weather. Think ballets, operas, musicals, comedians, pantomimes and plays. Hall for Cornwall in Truro is a thriving theatre showcasing national and international talent, with everything from home-grown Cornish productions to world renowned entertainers.  The Acorn in Penzance is reputed for its innovative and creative programme of original and vibrant productions, with theatre, dance, music, films, choirs, children’s theatre, community engagement and more. Or, if you are in the North of Cornwall, head to Plymouth to The Barbican for young talent and The Theatre Royal for a great lineup of well-known shows.

 

9. Be inspired at an art gallery

If the rain clouds are getting you down, visit an art gallery and feel inspired. With so many to choose from in Cornwall, find an art gallery near you and pay them a visit. Take a look at our 2015 Art Guide for a comprehensive guide to galleries in Cornwall.

 

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