As the golden hour of 2018 approaches, there is something exquisitely wonderful about wandering through the towns and villages of Cornwall at this time of year. The pubs are filled with music, the streets are festooned with lights, and there’s a pleasant thrum of busy activity as everyone prepares for the holidays. Then, as we enter into the New Year, there is admittedly a slight lull in energy, but it’s a perfect time to relax, refresh and explore.
In this issue we take a look at Cornwall’s past through the eyes of the photographers that have captured it. From the first glimpses of Cornwall through the Victorian era of Luminaries, highlighted in a new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery, to an archive of postcards and images from the last century available on Cornish Memory, an organisation dedicated to bringing Cornwall’s history to a digital age.
And, you may have read about it many times before, but we’ve taken the iconic town of St Ives and given it the myCornwall treatment by discovering the best off the beaten track activities, eateries and exhibits to check out during the rainy cold days (when walking through the cobbled streets isn’t as fun). From open drawing classes, to cheese and charcuterie delights, we hope to make your next visit to St Ives completely unique.
Then, as it’s the festive season, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t talk about gifts to give and food to feast on. This edition is packed with locally grafted products, from doggie themed presents courtesy of our columnist and creator of Dog Friendly Cornwall, Viki Carpenter to creative delights at Circa 21. For the foodies, we’ve delved into Cornwall’s rum revolution, exploring the process’ of Rathlee Distilling Co. and looking at the amazing Cornish rums you can pick up this winter to enjoy by the fire. With bistro goodness at the Penventon Park Hotel in our Meet the Chef and a list of 10 fantastic places to enjoy good coffee and cake, we’re saving the heathy eating resolutions for February (definitely February…).
Finally, it’s been a wonderful year of art, food, Cornish living and positive change. From waging war on plastic to promoting local shopping, there are more and more people helping make Cornwall a creative and clean place. We hope to see the new year of 2019 in by continuing to tell the stories of these amazing people and we thank everyone who has helped make our magazines better and better this year.
Oll an gwella,
(All the best)
The myCornwall Team.
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