The Real Poldark? – Find Out The Man Behind the Tricorn Hat!

With just over a month to go until Poldark comes back onto our screens, and I know I’m not alone when I say I can’t wait for our dashing Cornish man of action to be throwing himself around Cornish cliffs, and smoldering out through the television screens. With not much revealed about this eagerly anticipated second seasons, many questions have risen up. How will Poldark and Demelza cope through their grief? Will Poldark go shirtless again? Are Ross and George Warleggen ever going to become friends? Will Poldark go shirtless again?

Here at myCornwall, we know how popular the main character is. But the real question is, was Ross Poldark real? Is he entirely a work or fiction, or is there more?

The answer comes in the figure of Richard Hussey Vivian. Cornishman, Battle of Waterloo veteran and Truro politician.

Although Winston Graham, author of the Poldark series, did reference Richard Hussey Vivian in his notes, there is little in the way of proof that Ross was properly inspired by Vivian. However, there are similarities, as Dr. Jayne Wackett, curator of the now-finished Royal Cornwall Museum exhibition (The Campaign Trail: Sir Hussey Vivian = From Waterloo to Westminster) explains.

‘Like many great characters from fiction, we can see parallels to people from real life, whether it’s intentional or not. There are certain similarities between Ross Poldark and Richard Hussey Vivian, starting with the fact that they were both strong Cornishmen’.

But who was this military figure? myCornwall delves into the world and history of Sir Hussey Vivian, and gives you all the facts so you can decide whether he was Poldark’s real inspiration.

Life and Early Military Conquests.

Born in Truro in 1775, Vivian was educated in Cornwall before continuing his education in Harrow, London. His family, who had lived in Cornwall for many generations, were wealthy. His father owned a successful copper smelting and mining business, and it was assumed Vivian would continue the business. However, Vivian decided the military was more his forte, and within a manner of months, Vivian had purchased the rank of lieutenant in the 54th Regiment of Foot (a commonplace practice for men of a wealthy family during this time). His military career grew from strength to strength during the years, and Vivian led campaigns in Spain to great success and his valour was highly respected by both his men and the military establishment.

The Battle of Waterloo

One of the most famous battles in British history, the Battle of Waterloo was the climax of fighting that began two days earlier. Vivian played an important part in the battle when he led the sixth cavalry in charges that helped decimate the French forces and led Napoleon’s defeat. Vivian was then mentioned in dispatches and received several more awards.

Back to Cornwall and Political Reforms.

After returning to Cornwall a hero for his military career, Vivian saw that Cornwall needed a reform due to the industrial revolution, and how the voters were primarily made up of the wealthy. Becoming a local Member of Parliament was what Vivian needed to become. However After losing initially, Vivian started a campaign for election in a very modern way. By taking out advertisements, giving speeches to a wider public and making the general population feel included in the vote (even though they still weren’t allowed), Vivian represented a modern man. He grew in confidence as a politician, and a year before his death, he became the First Lord of Truro.

So what do you think? Pure coincidence? Or something more. Tweet us or visit our Facebook page to get a conversation going.



My Cornish Days Out – Truro Adventure.

Feature image credit – Tim Green via Flickr.

Truro is the biggest county town and capital of Cornwall, and home to biggest variety of shops and the county’s only cathedral, so it draws shopping and workers from all around. Recently, I spent a day in an entire day in the city and soaked up the sights, ate in different places and ventured to the green spaces, in a day that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Breakfast – The Truro Loungeimage1

I started my morning off by having breakfast in The Lounge. As Cornwall’s first Lounge, the restaurant has been significantly popular due to its good tasting food, varied drinks menu and cheerful interior. The Truro Lounge also features a cleverly covered sun-terrace, so you can enjoy your food and drink without risk of seagulls joining you for the meal. The brunch menu is served throughout the day, so if you fancied a Full English (Lounge) breakfast for dinner, its entirely possible. This time, I chose a large coffee, triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes with an assortment of fruit and freshly squeezed breakfast. Despite having to a slight wait, the breakfast was plenty, delicious and for just over ten pounds, I was pleased of the value.

After breakfast, I felt I needed some peaceful enlightenment, so heading down into the heart of Truro, I decided to take a peek into the cathedral.

Call – 01872 264378

12 Princes Street,

The CathedralIMG_0449

Truro’s The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an Anglican church located in the very heart of Truro. Built in Gothic Revival style between 1880-1910, and with its distinctive three spires (one of three cathedrals with such a unique feature in the UK), the cathedral towers of the skyline of Truro and makes for a remarkable image. Recently, the cathedral played a curious addition in the art world. Controversial artist Imran Qureshi staged his latest piece within the cathedral, which not only split opinion of the art world, but within the city too.

The installation has been cleared away now, and the Cathedral is back to its former grandeur. With pointed arches in typical Gothic Revival style, yet with modern building techniques, the Cathedral is built to stay. Open Monday-Saturday from 7.30-5pm and 12-4 on Sunday (dependent on services), the Cathedral is entirely free to visit, but a suggested donation of £5 is encouraged. The Cathedral also features a restaurant, toilets, a gift shop and disabled access in and out of the building, The Cathedral is so iconic and imposing against the landscape, it’s almost impossible to miss.

14 St Mary’s Street,
TR1 2AF.

Tel: 01872 276782

The Royal Cornwall Museum

After this rather spiritual journey, I took myself down to the Royal Cornwall Museum which is located on River Street. The museum, set up in 1818 as the Royal Institution of Cornwall, promotes excellence in Cornish culture and Cornwall’s unusual relationship with the rest of the world. Currently, the museum is host to various exhibitions such as Poldark’s Trail, All Monsters Great and Small, and artist Tony Foster’s watercolour adventure through the county. The museum is perfect for families who want to get to know Cornwall and its unique culture better, along with seeing fascinating historical artefacts.

The museum is currently open Monday-Saturday (10am to 4.45pm) and soon will be open all Sunday’s throughout August. The museum also charges £5.50 for a day pass, but under 16s go free.

Call – 01872 272205

Royal Cornwall Museum,
River Street,

Lunch – Country CafeIMG_3179

After quite a filling morning, I found myself peckish for a light lunch. As the weather was so glorious, I stepped out of the museum and took myself across the road and into the Country Cafe. The Country Cafe is primarily a takeaway sandwich and salad bar, but also features a delightful upstairs and outdoors seating area. The sandwiches are all made to order, and with homemade fillings and fairly large portions, they are brilliant prices. Also, with takeaway hot and cold drinks, you can get your fill with food and drinks. The cafe also offers a delivery service around town for lunches.

Call – 01872 242568

Country Cafe Truro Facebook Page

20 River Street

Victoria Gardens

IMG_3182 (1)Tucked behind River Street, Victoria Gardens was officially opened to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1898. With a steep south-facing garden, equipped with meandering paths and bursting with flora and fauna, the gardens are very popular with residents of the city who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle. The gardens also feature a bandstand that plays host to numerous bands over the summer months. Sitting in this green space really makes you feel as though the city has disappeared, yet the spires of the Cathedral still provide an excellent backdrop.

Truro Shopping

As the capital of Cornwall, Truro has one of the widest and largest diversity of shops in the county. Along with plenty of winding streets and cobbled alleys, Truro’s vibrant centre is centered around the connecting network of Pydar Street, Boscawen Street and Lemon Quay. Also, with a variety of hight street retailers that have put their only Cornish-branch outlets in this city, it has become the place for people to do seasonal shopping. My favourite places to go is the two storey high Waterstones, Preloved Boutique – a shop that specialises in pre-owned clothes from various retailers – and the diverse area of Pannier Market, where local businesses mix greengrocers, butchers, picture framing and electronic goods in a eclectic manner. With such a diverse number of high-street chains alongside local businesses, Truro offers the best of both worlds for consumers.


Image credit – The Baking Bird

Afternoon Tea – The Baking Bird.

Fancy a pick-me-up? TheBaking Bird in Truro is a sweet little cakeshop/bakery located just a stone throws away from the Cathedral. Located in a Grade II listed building, The Baking Bird has been delighting customers everyday with its reasonable prices, vast selection of cakes, and offers speciality and bespoke mail-order cakes to be created for any celebration. I love the interior, with the comfortable and bright sofas and chandeliers offering a cosy break away from the city, and the staff have always been lovely and accommodating to any dietary requirement.

Call – 01872 277849

The Baking Bird Facebook Page

The Birdhouse Cakery,

2 Old Bridge Street



Dinner – Piero’s Ristorante and Pizzeria. 

There are plenty of places to eat in Truro. From high-end and expensive eateries, down to family run establisments, Truro is home to a variety of good food. Also, with theatre nights coming from the Hall for Cornwall, Truro offers plenty of pre-show treats and post-show delights. One of my particular favourite spots is Piero’s Ristorante and Pizzeria. Just a short walk from the railway station, and with ample parking around, Piero’s is located centrally and offers a range of delicious Italian meals. From pizzas to pastas, and with a good selection of wine and alcohol, Piero’s still has that traditional vibe of good homemade food, a small team running the establishment and a connection to each customer they serve, Piero’s will guarantee to tingle your tastebuds. A varied takeaway menu is also an option, and ‘happy hours’ run everyday.

Call – 01872 222279

Piero’s Facebook Page

Kenwyn St,



So that’s my Truro adventure. If you like what you’ve read, or have any suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me via our twitter page.

The Ultimate in Dog-Friendly Days Out!

Feature image credit – Mark Turner via Flickr.

Following on from our 5 Great Dog Friendly Beaches, we knew that dog friendly holidays are on the rise. So, we thought, why stop there? When beaches become too hot and crowded, sometimes you need a little diversity for your days out, and as Cornwall is full of fun activities, we did our research and found out the best places to take our canine companions this summer.

To note – unless specified below, these places are dog friendly, but dogs must remain on leads. Owners are respectfully asked to keep dogs under control, and clean up if necessary.

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Image credit – Robert Linsdell via Flickr.

Tintagel Castle – Tintagel Island.

With a vast and rich history stretching back millennia, Tintagel Castle is a fun and historical day out for the family. Open from 10am – 6pm until the 1st October 2016, Tintagel Castle is steeped in history surrounding magic, King Arthur and Merlin.

Pendennis Castle – Falmouth.

As one of the finest examples of Henry VIII coastal fortresses, Pendennis Castle is another family-fun day out. Also, with a hugely popular jousting tournament every summer,  the castle and its grounds make for a fascinating exploration. Dogs are also allowed inside the buildings.

Trengwaiten Gardens – Penzance

Situated near Madron in Penzance, Trengwainton 25 acres of sheltered garden and exotic plants. With a tearoom, second-hand bookshops and unrivalled sea views of Mounts Bay, Trengwainton is a little paradise amongst the hustle and bustle of surrounding towns.

Tim Parkinson - Flickr

Image credit – Tim Parkinson via Flickr.

Eden Project – St Austell

Explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the world-renowned Eden Project this summer. With unique biomes playing host to different climate zones, ecosystems and plant life, the Eden Project are hot on education and conservation around the world. Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed in the biomes, but there are miles of paths that wind through the Outdoor Gardens.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Mevagissey

Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s once beautiful gardens were lost under a sea of tangles and briars. However, after loving restoration, they’ve been transformed into a working production garden and pleasure ground, and have become one of Cornwall’s most popular visitor attractions. Dog waste bins are located around the gardens, but unfortunately dogs aren’t allowed in the Heligan Tearoom and Stewardry.

Pencarrow – Bodmin

With a history and a family stretching back to the Elizabethan times, Pencarrow House is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture that is still privately occupied by the Molesworth-St Aubuyn family. With gardens, woodland – in which dogs are allowed off the lead –  and fruit orchards, dogs are very welcome in this estate, and with designated shady spots, dog water bowls and even a complimentary dog treat waiting for your pooch at the Gift Shop, this estate is sure to be a firm favourite.

Mather93 - Flickr

Image credit – Mather93 via Flickr.

Tehidy County Park – Camborne

With over 9 miles of walks and 250 acres of woodland, Tehidy Park is perfect for a family trip out. With tearooms, a variety of designated walks and carparks at different entrances, Tehidy is perfect for summer picnics or family strolls. The majority of routes are suited to dogs, with only a few off bounds, and dogs are allowed off lead but still under owner’s control.

Seal Sanctuary – Gweek.

Set within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Beauty, Gweek’s Seal Sanctuary is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall, and provides a lifetime home for some of the sick, injured or orphaned seals that are washed up on the Cornish coastline. Brilliant for younger children, and fans of animal conservation, this sanctuary is also incredibly dog friendly, and has been named by Cesar Dog Food as being a top dog friendly attraction.

Prideaux Place – Padstow

Stunning grounds, and an equally beautiful house makes up the Prideux Estate. With stunning Gothic-inspired architecture, a licenced tearooms and a vast history stretching back fourteen generations of the same family Prideux Place is not to be missed. Popular television adaptations of Winston Graham’s Poldark and Rosamunde Pilcher’s novels have also been filmed on the estate.

Idless Woods – Truro

On the outskirts of Truro, Idless Woods is a large mixed woodland that has become very popular for dog-walking. Dogs are allowed off-lead in this woodland, and with a stream and fresh running water, it is perfect for a summer’s walk. Also, with an abundance of wildlife, bluebells in the spring and a variety of flora and fauna, this wood attracts all nature fans and outdoor sports activities.

You Won’t Believe The 8 Most Unusual Pasty Flavours and Fillings!

Featured image credit: Rhyanna Adkins.


If there’s one thing synonymous with Cornwall and Cornish life, then it is a good old traditional pasty. Over the years, the pasty has filled the stomachs of millions of people worldwide, and it has become a staple for any tourist who is lucky enough to visit our beautiful corner of the world. However, despite the Cornish pasty being regarded a national dish of sorts, there have been different varieties and flavours springing up all across the Duchy, and here at myCornwall, we thought it was time to delve into the weird and wonderful world of pasty flavours, and give you our top 8 most unusual fillings.


The Veggie Power Power – Rowes Cornish Bakers.

Winner of the Pirate FM Design Yer’ Own Pasty Competition 2016, the newest addition to the Rowes family consists of a smorgasbord of vegetables to tempt your tastebuds. With spinach, feta and  butternut squash, this pasty was voted by the Cornish public, and is sure to entrance fans from around the duchy.


Apple and Raspberry Pasty – Portreath Bakery

Although savoury pasties are the norm in most bakeries, the Portreath Bakery has expanded its range and now offers a selection of sweet pasties. With a choice between Apple and Raspberry and Apple and Cinnamon, these sweet pasties can be devoured after its savoury counterparts, or as a unusual choice for dessert.

3 The Square, Portreath, Redruth TR16 4LA


Spicy Chicken Curry – Cornish Kitchen 

Packed with a punch, this spicy chicken curry pasty is guaranteed  to be something completely different. With mango chutney, lime pickle and an assorted of spices, this curried chicken pasty will be reminiscent of your favourite takeaway.

51 Fore Street Tel: 01736 793 632


Vegan – Ann’s Pasties

Steering away from the meat-laden options, this pasty really holds its own. With fresh Cornish onion, turnip and potato all hand-cut, this pasty is not only meat-free and dairy-free, but absolutely delicious.

Image courtsey of Mike_Fleming via Flickr.

Image courtsey of Mike_Fleming via Flickr.

The Lizard Pasty Shop
Beacon Terrace
TR12 7PB

01326 290889



Chicken, Bacon, Leek and Cheese – Chough Bakery

Awarded the ‘Best Alternative Pasty’ in the 2013 British Pie Awards, this creamy pasty uses smoked bacon, locally sourced chicken, cheddar cheese and a variety of vegetables to win over legions of fans. Highly delicious, highly commended and highly addictive.

3 The Strand, Padstow

PL28 8AJ


Ultimate Breakfast Pasty – Sarah’s Pasty Shop

It’s never too early for a pasty, and at the family-run Sarah’s Pasty Shop in Lo0e, they have thought ahead of the game with their Ultimate Breakfast Pasty. Coined as a ‘fry-up in a pasty’, this pasty is stuffed with sausage meat, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, egg and flaked potato, this pasty will set you up for the morning.

6 Buller Street, East Looe, Cornwall PL13 1AS


Speciality Pasties on Order – Hampsons of Hayle.

Ever fancied a particular flavour of pasty, but can’t find it being made or sold? Then ring up or pop into Hampsons of Hayle. The award-winning butchers have created speciality pasties for customers who can’t find what they’re looking for, and with prime cuts of meat, you won’t be disappointed.

20 Chapel Terrace,


TR27 4AB

01736 752427


Gluten-Free Pasties – Cafe Cloud 


Image courtesy of Mike_Fleming via Flickr.

Trying to find a gluten-free Cornish pasty in the duchy is incredibly hard. But Cafe Cloud in Newquay offer a wide selection of homemade and delicious gluten-free pasties, savouries and cream teas, so you won’t have to deny yourself the dishes of Cornwall this time. The staff are also incredibly helpful and understanding to any dietary requirements.

However, ringing in advance for the gluten-free options is advisable to avoid disappointment.

07759 968345

54 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1LW


8 Local Bakeries in Cornwall you need to visit!

Nothing rivals the smell of a freshly baked bread in the morning, here is our pick of local Bakers to guarantee you a good start to the day:


The Little Bakehouse

Since humble beginnings just two years ago, The Little Bakehouse has had a lot to shout about. Reaching 2nd best Cornish bakery in the Muddy Stilettos awards 2016, the Launceston based bakery specialises in sour dough breads due to the many different health benefits. Come in for a coffee and a cake make with love, care and nothing artificial!

26 Church st, Launceston

01566 248029


St Ives Bakery

Easily identifiable from the tower of meringues in the window, St Ives Bakery is moments away from the bustling harbour of St Ives. The Bakery may be small but is filled to the brim with artisan breads and cakes that sell like hot cakes (pardon the pun). They also supply produce to various local cafés, shops and restaurants.

1 Fore st, St Ives

01736 798888













Quay Bakery

Stroll into Fowey town centre and be guided into Quay Bakery with the warm smell of freshly baked bread. All of their products are made from scratch, including delicious jam for your scones. Quay Bakery use traditional methods to make each loaf taste great for longer.

37 Fore St, Fowey

01736 833263


The Bosparva Bakery

Visit the Old Foundry Chapel in Hayle and you will come across a delicious new local gem, The Bosparva Bakery. With scrumptious macaroons and signature bakes such as ‘Grey tea and apricot’ bread along with over 50 different sweet and savoury products there is always something new to discover.

The Old Foundry Chapel, Hayle

07837 904 771










The Old Bakery

Perfectly placed in the heart of Cawsand and Kingsand, The Old Bakery is a café, artisan bakery and B&B with style. Originally an old On Monday nights they also make artisan takeaway pizza to order, and run sour dough baking classes throughout Spring and Autumn.

Garrett Street, Cawsand

01752 656215


Stones Bakery

Residing in Falmouth’s Old High Street, Stones Bakery is a busy hub for locals and visitors alike. From classic sourdough loaves to decadent mini chocolate and caramel tarts, the ethos here is small batches and high quality. Stones make all of their dough using a long fermenting process which naturally improves flavours, and means the bread will last longer without adding artificial preservatives. What makes this bakery so unique is the short journey each loaf makes from the kitchen at the back, to the café at the front. You can’t get much more local than that.

28a Hist St. Falmouth,

07791 003183













The Bakery

End your morning of golf with a cake, and a coffee at The Bakery. A popular café and bakery that will meet all of your needs, whether they be sweet or savoury, hot or cold. The Bakery also offer loyalty cards so it’s well worth coming back for more!

12 Queen St, Bude

phone number


Baker Tom’s Bread

Recent winner of Muddy Stilettos award for Best Bakery, Baker Tom’s produce can be found in Truro, Wadebridge, Falmouth and at the Bakery Café and shop in Pool. They use traditional methods to bake speciality breads, pastries and cakes with organic ingredients. Baker Tom’s Bread has also just had their 10th birthday and will be running competitions to celebrate.

11 Wilson Way, Pool, Redruth

01209 218989



The Great Cornish Wine Trail

It goes without saying that Cornwall is home to some top quality wines.

Over the last twenty years, wine producing in Cornwall has sky rocketed and has managed to make itself a household name for the likes of fresh whites, delicate roses and world-class sparkling. Like America’s golden wine country in the southern sun-kissed valleys of California, Cornwall is swiftly becoming the wine country of the British Isles!

Here, we’ve selected five of the best vineyards in Cornwall that you can visit, whether it’s to explore the stunning vines, spend an evening at a tasting session, or find yourself a new favourite wine to enjoy throughout this special week.


Richard Trevithick – A man of Influence and Adventure

He was one of the world’s most influential inventors and engineers and although his creativeness is now recognised for what it was, even Google put up a little something on their web page on his birthday one year, the recognition of the man as a genius was almost certainly neglected in the past and there are still many people who don’t know the story of Richard Trevithick, one of Cornwall’s greatest sons.

The Trevithick family home as when rescued by the Trevithick Society

The Trevithick family home before being rescued by the Trevithick Society












Rise to Fame

For those of us who grew up elsewhere, Trevithick was not a name that was heard very often…it was the stories of James Watt and George Stephenson that were grilled into us as school children. At best Trevithick was a footnote if he was mentioned at all.

The use of steam to power the engines of industry and transport were attributed to Thomas Newcomen, James Watt and George Stephenson. Newcomen’s engines used atmospheric pressure rather than steam to pump water from mines from 1712. James Watt improved Newcomen’s design and patented his own ‘fire’ engine in 1769.

Trevithick had known that Watt’s invention, whilst impressive, was still very expensive and inefficient, so he set about designing and building his own. In the late 1790s, Richard Trevithick employed high-pressure steam to drive his engines, which were completely different to what had gone before. The very first Trevithick steam engines were scale models built by William West in Hayle. These steam engines had cylindrical boilers that contained the high-pressure steam.

Trevithick went on to build stationary engines that were used in the mining industry, but it wasn’t until on Christmas Eve 1801 that his genius was at its most impressive when Trevithick, who had dreamt of travel by steam for many years, rode the world’s first self-propelled vehicle up Fore Street, now known as Camborne Hill.

Trevithick's Common Road Passenger Locomotive, London 1803

An illustration of Trevithick’s Common Road Passenger Locomotive, London 1803










To The Capital

Determined to show his achievement to a wider public, Trevithick headed to London in 1803 as impressive as his creations were, they didn’t attract any buyers, which resulted in the vehicle being dismantled and the engine being put to use in a mill.

The following year Trevithick persuaded Samuel Homfray, the owner of a Welsh ironworks for whom he built steam engines, to back his claim that he could build a locomotive that would do the work of several horses. In February 1804, Trevithick’s railway engine, the first of its kind, hauled ten tons of iron and 70 people along nine and a half miles of track. This was the world’s first railway journey, beating George Stephenson’s Rocket by a quarter of a century.

In 1808, Trevithick returned to London with his last rail locomotive called ‘Catch Me Who Can’. It was a demonstration vehicle that travelled on a circular 30-metre track at speeds up to 12mph.

South American Adventure

Despite his industrious nature things were not easy for Trevithick. He nearly died from typhoid in 1810,was declared bankrupt the following year and was discharged from the bankruptcy in 1814.

Around this time, some of his engines were being exported to Peru to pump the silver mines, however, the absence of spare parts and skilled labour meant that the engines were not living up to expectations and in 1816 Trevithick left his family in Cornwall and sailed for Peru to tackle the problem.

In 1920, Trevithick joined Bolivar’s army in their fight with the Spanish. Even here his engineering skills were put to good use and he invented a short barrelled large bore rifle.

Trevithick returned home to Cornwall in October 1927 without a fortune, in fact, he was only able to afford the trip home thanks to bumping into Robert Stephenson, the son of George Stephenson, during his travels in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert paid for Trevithick’s passage home.

Trevithick Centenary - Camborne 1933. Credit: The Cornwall Centre Collection

Trevithick Centenary – Camborne 1933
Credit: The Cornwall Centre Collection











A Legacy

During his time in South America, Trevithick’s wife Jane had brought up his six children with the help of her Harvey family whilst managing her brother’s White Hart Hotel in Hayle. It wasn’t long before Trevithick was off to London and later Kent to work as an engine and refrigeration designer. Although he spent most of his last days in Dartford in Kent, he also went to Holland to investigate the feasibility of reclaiming land using steam engines to drain the water. Subsequently, Harvey’s of Hayle built the largest steam engines in the world to pump the land Trevithick had seen.

Camborne Enys Road - Trevithick Death Centenary Run, 1933. Credit: The Cornwall Centre Collection

Camborne Enys Road – Trevithick Death Centenary Run, 1933. Credit: The Cornwall Centre Collection











Today, Richard Trevithick’s engineering legacy lives on, as the world is now powered by engines based on his designs, with most electrical power being produced by means of cylindrical steam boilers.

There are numerous books that have been written about Richard Trevithick. myCornwall recommends ‘Genius, Richard Trevithick’s Steam Engines’ and ‘The Oblivion of Richard Trevithick’ both of which are written by Phil Hosken, the former Editor of Cornish World (forerunner to myCornwall).


To find out what’s going on in this years Trevithick Day, CLICK HERE

Castles, Dungeons and Legends of Cornwall

The castles and museums of Cornwall take us back to days of old, teaching us about Cornwall’s cherished heritage. Learn about the legends that link us to those that built, fought and lived on these sites hundreds of years ago.

Pendennis Castle

Descend through the tunnels of one of Henry VIII’s finest castle fortresses at Pendennis Castle. Experience the sights and sounds of battle, and stand overlooking the coast, just as those who came under attack in the 17th century would have done hundreds of years ago. Explore the current exhibition examining the role of the castle as a part of of Fortress Falmouth during WWI.

Temporarily used for contact details: Historic England, Archive Services, The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EH, United Kingdom, Tel: 01793 414600, Email:, Website:

Restormel Castle

Restormel Castle is a 13th century circular shell-keep atop an earlier Norman mound, commanding impressive 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside and River Fowey. Visit Restormel if you are a history buff or looking for somewhere to enjoy an afternoon picnic. While visiting the castle, keep an eye out for the beautiful wildlife and birds around the site.

Tintagel Castle

Be transported back to days of old at Tintagel Castle, when knights battled and ladies swooned, discover the legend of King Arthur, and see if your budding heroes have what it takes to become a knight of the round table. The mythical and breathtaking surroundings have inspired writers and artists alike for centuries, with views across the azure coast waters through the atmospheric ruins.

Temporarily used for contact details: The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EH, United Kingdom, Tel: 01793 414600, Email:, Website:

Jaimaca Inn Smugglers Museum

The subject of one of Daphne du Maurier’s most popular novels, Jamaica Inn is full of legend, mystery, romance and according to folklore, the odd friendly spirit, and is set in one of the most evocative moorland locations within the British Isles. At the museum, learn tales of wreckers, murderers and villains and bring the stories to life by re-enacting pirate adventures on the pirate ship.



Launceston Castle

Atop a natural mound dominating the natural landscape, Launceston Castle, a 13th century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, has a colourful history as a prison. Play king of the castle by climbing to the top of the impressive tower, try on costumes and discover 1,000 years of the castle’s past in the exhibition.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Visit the NMMC to learn about Cornwall’s strong connection with the sea, which has acted as an essential lifeline and source of food to the community for centuries. The collections consist of a range of objects, boats, art and archives in support of the museum’s aim to teach people about small boats and their place in people’s lives, and the maritime heritage of Cornwall. Explore the story of the iconic culture of the Vikings, discover the hidden histories of women at sea and understand how Europe saw the world over 400 years ago at their current exhibitions.

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St Michael’s Mount

Every child loves a castle. Fire imaginations at St Michael’s Mount by practising swash-buckling skills, hunting for clues, enjoying story-telling fun and completing the entertaining castle quiz. Reach the castle walls of St Michaels’ Mount by striding the causeway or crossing by boat from the beach at Marazion.

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The Arthurian Centre

Near the market town of Camelford, the Arthurian Centre sits within 20 acres surrounding King Arthur’s Stone, dating to AD540. Walk through the fields where King Arthur and Mordred met for their very last battle, discover the legend in the exhibition room or head on a nature trail to discover the archaeological findings.

St Mawes Castle

One of the best preserved and elaborately decorated of Henry VIII’s artillery fortresses, St Mawes Castle is just across the Fal Estuary from Pendennis. Dating back to Tudor times, St Mawes is stunning inside and out. See the ‘gunners’ at rest in the gun room, look out across the sea and see where prisoners were held captive.

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Top 5 Farmers’ Markets in Cornwall

In celebration of #WorldFoodDay we have picked out five excellent farmer’s markets in Cornwall to promote buying locally, supporting farmers and the economy and taking care of the environment. So why not skip the usual trip to the supermarket this week and head to one of these markets to stock your kitchen with delicious fresh local ingredients?

Head along to the pop-up Truro Street Food Fest night market this evening at Truro Piazza to try some of the best of Cornwall’s food!


1. Truro Market, Lemon Quay

Wednesdays and Saturdays every week, 9am-4pm. Pop-up market in Falmouth, The Moor, every Tuesday, 9am-2pm.

Bang in the centre of town you will find the green and white striped stalls of Truro Market on Lemon Quay. Offering something different to your traditional farmers’ market, this local market features a vast and diverse array of products, including artisan producers, cottage industries and suppliers to Cornwall’s top restaurants and chefs. From freshly baked bread to sweet honey, plump colourful fruit to creamy local cheeses, freshly made preserves to blue duck eggs, this vibrant market experience is a far cry from your regular visit to the supermarket.

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2. St Ives Farmers’ Market, The Guildhall, Street an Pol

Every Thursday, 9.30am-2pm.

Fill up your larder with high quality fruit, veg, bread and eggs, source an exciting evening meal or grab some snacks for a beachside afternoon picnic from one of the top producers at St Ives Farmers’ Market. Set up by the GULP (Great Tasting Unbeatable Local Produce) in 2008, St Ives Farmers’ Market begun with the aim of getting local people to buy local. This market has a strong ethos of supporting truly local producers (within 30 miles of St Ives) and free range and organic products. Stallholders include The Bosparva Bakery’s artisan breads, Cathy’s delicious homemade Homity Pies, Chloe’s sweet cupcake creations, Ruby June’s Indian Kitchen and many many more.

3. Helston Farmers’ Market, Old Cattle Market

First Saturday of every month, 9.30am-1pm (except January).

Delivering high quality local food and products from over 40 producers straight into your hands. A project of a volunteer-run social enterprise, South Kerrier Alliance Community Interest Company (SKA CIC), Helston Farmers’ Market aims to address the needs and aspirations of the people of South Kerrier, while raising public awareness on issues involving locally produced food, sustainable farming and land management. Expect to find delicious seasonal produce, all from within a 20 mile radius of Helston. See all of their amazing Cornish producers here.

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4. Sennen Farmers’ Market, Sennen Community Centre, Mayon Green

Every Tuesday, 9am-12pm.

A community event every Tuesday, Sennen Farmers’ Market brings local countryside dwellers together for a taste of Sennen’s best food and drink produce. Selling more than just food, Sennen market has craft stalls, plants, jewellery, books, garden tools, cards and more. Starting in 2009, this market has won the Gold Award for Taste of the West for two year’s running. It isn’t hard to see why, with its friendly atmosphere, high standard of produce and hundreds of visitors.

5. St Austell Produce Market, Market House

Every Saturday, 10am-3pm.

Get your dose of fresh food every Saturday in St Austell from their local produce market. You’ll find all you need for your kitchen, with fruit, veg, local meat, fresh fish, West Country cheeses, homemade jams and preserves, cakes and biscuits and fresh bread. The highlight of this weekly event is a hog roast, chef demonstrations and musical entertainment. Contact Alan for more details on 07974 763671.


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Cornwall’s Best Veggie Friendly Restaurants & Cafés

While most restaurants and cafés cater to vegetarians, it’s a real treat to be able to choose from a menu filled with a variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. To celebrate #WorldVegetarianDay, we’ve looked high and low across Cornwall and found the very best mouthwatering places to eat without meat.


The Apple Tree Café, Sennen

At this warm and welcoming café, half a mile from Land’s End, treat yourself to a hearty vegan and gluten free burger or a wholesome bowl of delicious stew. At The Apple Tree Café, the cosy fire, fresh bread and open plan kitchen make you feel right at home and with a permanent exhibition of local art and a sunny garden, it’s a wonderful destination for families, cyclists and walkers alike.

01736 872753

Archie Browns, Penzance & Truro

Freshly-cooked, inspired vegetarian and vegan food is what Archie Browns is best known for. Using fresh, local ingredients with the best of seasonal produce, the menu always incorporates food that is new, interesting and exciting. Whether you sample one of the famous mixed salad bowls, a hearty slice of homity pie, one of the daily specials or a healthy green juice, there is something at Archie Browns for everyone. Their health shop is gold-mine for health-nuts and evironmentalists alike, so make sure to have a browse after your healthy meal.

01872 278614

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Pea Souk, Falmouth

At Pea Souk, the emphasis is on the seasons, authentic food cultures and the integrity of the ingredients. Combining layers of intense flavours with sublime textures, their wholesome meals are sure to stimulate your tastebuds! We recommend that you try one of their mouth-watering burgers – ‘The Gertie’ is absolutely scrumptious – or one of their chunky vegetarian or vegan ‘Doorstep Sandwiches’.

01326 317583

The Canteen, Millbrook

Set in old Nissen huts with stunning views, The Canteen at Maker Heights offers something special for people who appreciate local, seasonal and freshly prepared food. Along with locally sourced meat options, wonderful vegetarian favourites include the vegetarian sharing board (which changes according to the best produce available), the Canteen nut roast on a Sunday and the vegetarian breakfast, without a processed sausage in sight!

01752 659069

The Bean Inn, St Ives

Offering diners a gourmet vegetarian experience, The Bean Inn boasts tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes using local, organic and seasonal produce whenever possible. Soak up the wonderful vibes and devour spectacular food made with passion in the restaurant gallery (an apt way to relax and unwind in this arty seaside town). The restaurant re-opens this Valentine’s Day with an updated menu, fingers crossed their potato cakes are still available!

01736 795918

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Snail’s Pace Café, Bodmin

Snail’s Pace Café is a unique off-grid solar powered café producing homemade food using local, and where possible organic and fair trade, ingredients. Offering vegetarian breakfasts and other yummy vegetarian options, they are proud to specialise in tasty veggie food.

01208 851178

Pinky Murphy’s, Fowey

Looking for somewhere relaxed and laid back? Pinky Murphy’s is for you! With the tables named after the team’s favourite artists (from Elvis to Maverick Sabre), here you can stay all day, knitting, reading or just enjoying the lovely atmosphere. The Veggie Platter is their signature dish, expect a sundried tomato and butter bean based pate, pea pesto and homemade hummus with lashings of greenery and warm bread – veggie heaven.

01726 832512

The Hub, Liskeard

Situated in The Liskerrett Centre, The Hub serves scrummy homemade food, made with fresh, quality ingredients. We recommend you try their lentil fritters, goat’s cheese pizza and sweet potato patties, all served with beautiful salads. Tuck into your meal, enjoy the cosy environment and admire the colourful artwork on the walls. Gluten free & vegan dishes are also available.

01579 340 307

The Secret Garden Café, Truro

At The Secret Garden Café, the aim is to make healthy food as tasty as possible and change preconceptions about veggie food (it’s not all bean-sprouts and lentils!). They cater for gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets and there are also options for the non-veggie/s that you have dragged along. Don’t forget to try one of their tempting cakes and balance out the virtuous veg with something naughty!

07949 293399

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The Tree Top Café, Looe

Overlooking The Monkey Sanctuary grounds, the Treetop Café serves heavenly vegetarian food, from tasty homemade pasties to yummy veggie burgers topped with a cool salsa and jalapeno peppers. This eco-friendly café endeavours to use local suppliers, fair trade products and all of the food waste from the café is composted and used in the Sanctuary gardens and orchards, which in turn helps to provide food for the monkeys.

01503 262 532

The Honey Pot, Penzance

In the centre of town in Penzance, The Honey Pot has been making visitors happy for 100 years. They pride themselves on providing delicious food for a variety of diets, with over half the menu catering for vegetarians and delicious treats available for both dairy-free diets and gluten-free diets. Try their yummy salad toppings and sandwich fillings, daily soups, or hearty jacket potatoes topped with bulgar wheat chilli, vegetable curry or mushroom with white wine and cream cheese sauce.

01736 368686

Wildebeest, Falmouth

Nominated the best vegan restaurant in the Veggie Awards 2015, Wildebeest in Falmouth is a must for vegans and vegetarians. This hip café is 100% vegan, with a diverse menu brimming with delights that vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will love. Drawing inspiration from around the world, the menu includes quesadillas, Pad Thai, noodle soups, cupcakes and cocktails.

01326 210602

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Spinacio’s, St Ives

Spinacio’s Vegetarian Restaurant uses vegetables from their garden to cook up treats for you to enjoy overlooking the stunning harbour of St Ives. Choose from their broad menu of vegetarian dishes, including beetroot, broad bean and cannelini ban pâté, chickpea and chana dal curry, and fresh gooseberry and limoncello crumble with homemade custard. For vegans they have an amazing selection of puddings, from tofu cheesecake and ice cream, chocolate cake and bonbons, and chocolate and banana cake.

01736 798818

Ohana Beach Café, Newquay

Enjoy your vegetarian meal overlooking the Atlantic ocean at Ohana Beach Café. Like the name, meaning ‘Welcome family’ in Hawaiian, the atmosphere at Ohana is friendly, relaxed and welcoming. Start the day off right with a veggie fry up, dig into a falafel and avocado sandwich at lunch, or devour their home-made loaded nachos after your long day at the beach. Their evening menu changes daily, featuring a selection of exciting vegetarian tapas.

07850 020320

Café Cinnamon, Falmouth

Vegans and vegetarians are spoilt for choice at Café Cinnamon. Their menu is full of flavour and great value, with their vegetable mezze proving to be a favourite amongst diners. They also bake delicious cakes, including scumptious gluten-free and vegan brownies, carrot cakes and macaroons!

01326 211457


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