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Say Hello To Festival Season!!

Mon 15 May 2017

It’s almost June and that can mean only one thing! It’s time to pack up your camping gear, wellies and sleeping bag. Grab your rain mac and your sparkles because festival season is officially upon us!!!

Here is our guide to the biggest and best Cornish festivals that you want to be a part of this summer!

The Masked Ball, Porthleven: Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May

A spectacular bi-annual themed party that is set on the cliff tops of Porthleven is this year excited to present ‘a voyage through the underworld’ a new area for 2017.

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Arrive at the portal after dusk and take a journey through dark tunnels transporting you into iconic venues and the legendary parties that happen within their walls! Take a step back in time to the Chicago blues club in the 40s or a Brixton squat in the 80s; wherever you choose to dance the night away it’s sure to be a hit!

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And don’t panic yet! All the traditional venues such as the grand ballroom and the terrace are back with a bang!

Image credit: The Masked Ball

The Great Estate, Scorrier House: Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June

Now, this is one we are really excited about and actually, have tickets for! Located in the family run Scorrier House in Redruth are presenting for the first year ‘The Great Estate’ – The most rambunctious garden fete.  

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From major headline acts including Craig Charles, The Electric Swing Circus, Echo and the Bunnymen just to name a few to camel racing, secret gin gardens, a woodland silent disco. 

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Enjoy Cornish wrestling, Burlesque and so much more over the weekend it is one event not to miss.

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Grab your tickets now before they jump up to the last tier.

Image credit: The Great Estate Facebook

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth: Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June

Founded in 2003 The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival aim to raise money for the RNLI and to preserve and promote the maritime heritage of the area.

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2017 will see the 150th anniversary of the RNLI in Falmouth with an open day at the RNLI station on the Saturday.

The Shanty Festival now takes place at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, the synergy of Classic Boats and Sea Shanties produces an event which provides an ideal opportunity to bring the Town and the Sailing scene closer together.

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Described as the largest free festival of maritime music on the planet, the three-day event kicks off on Friday evening with singing on Custom House Quay and in Events Square, continuing at several other venues in town until late! It’s a great way to soak up the true atmosphere of Falmouth’s seafaring past and you’ll find it hard to stop your feet tapping along to the infectious rhythms.

image credits: Anisha Sharma and Dark Sunrise via Flickr

Rock Oyster Festival, Rock: Friday 7th July to Saturday 8th

Not all of Cornwall’s festivals are just about the music! The Rock Oyster Festival is a midsummer celebration of food, music, and art, visitors to the festival eat their way through thousands of Cornish oysters in highlighting the county’s rich seafood traditions.

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As well as the ever-present oysters there is a whole host of live music, circus acts, endless kids’ entertainment, alternative performing arts, and a shopping bazaar.

This year the festival has moved to the Padstow side of the Estuary and since it is located right next to the Camel Trail and you can cycle this year and help raise money as they will donate £1 to charity.

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For every bike that gets ridden to the festival! There will even be a bike best-dressed competition, so get out those handlebar streamers and jazz up those wheels… it’s for a good cause!

Image credit: Rock Oyster Festival Facebook

Boardmasters, Newquay & Watergate Bay: Wednesday 9th Aug to Sunday 13th Aug

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We certain had canned heat in our heels when we heard the one and only Jamiroquai was headlining the weekend fun up at Boardmasters this year and we can’t wait to throw some serious shapes, but the party starts mid-week down at Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach where it all kicks off with the surfing, biking, and beach sessions before it all kicks off up at Watergate Bay for a whole weekend of F.U.N

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With over 100 acts set to line the 8 stages, stunning scenery, sunsets with Nando’s Cock o’Van serving up some serious chicken & tunes, what more would you want from a festival!

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Image credit: Boardmasters Festival

Looe Music Festival, Looe: Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October

Fall in love with Looe as you spend three days of fun in this magical location as it brings the last of the summer festivals to our shores.

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Looe Music Festival takes place in the heart of town with the main stages on the beach and around the bustling harbour. 

Wherever you look there are amazing views, intoxicating music, side streets to explore, and pubs to lose a day in as the festival pops-up from nowhere and transforms the beach and the streets, giving locals & visitors from all over the world a chance to mingle and enjoy the show.

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Acts this year include the Happy Monday’s, Cornwall ‘YouTube’ sensation Daisy Clark, the Undertones and we know you are going to want to Shout! As loud as you can to Lulu.

Cornish Beaches Where Dogs Are Banned This Summer

Tue 11 April 2017

It’s that time of the year again where the visitors flock from far and wide to visit our beautiful sandy shores, but dog lovers beware! 

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There are 80 beaches in Cornwall that will have a dog ban enforced during the tourist season which begins this weekend (Easter) It is important to remember that there are a further seven beaches where dogs are simply banned at all times.

It is also worth noting that breaking the ban will cost you a £80 fixed penalty fine. 

Remember, Guide dogs are allowed on beaches even where dog bans are in place.

Here are the 57 beaches with the seasonal ban

Cadgwith Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Carbis Bay - The first Sunday before Easter to September 30th - morning dog walks between 5am and 8am are allowed

Carlyon Bay - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Castle Beach, Falmouth - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Cawsand Bay - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Chapel Porth - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Crackington Haven - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Crooklets, Bude - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Godrevy - May 1st to September 30th - 8am - 7pm

Gunwalloe Cove, Church Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th- 7am - 7pm

Gwithian - Easter Sunday to September 30th between Ceres Rock and Red River

Gyllyngvase - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Hayle Towans - May 1st to September 30th - 8am - 7pm - between Hayle River and Black Cliffs

Hendra , Praa Sands - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Kenidjack, St Just - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Kennack Sands - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am to 7pm

Kynance Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Lizard Church Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Lusty Glaze Beach - June 1st to September 1st

Maenporth - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Marazion - May 1st to September 30th - from 8am until 7pm

Pentewan Sands - February 1st to first Sunday in November

Perranuthnoe (Perran Sands) - May 1st to 30th September - 8am - 7pm

Peter’s Point, Hayle - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Poldhu Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Polkerris - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Polcare Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Polurrian Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Polzeath - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthmellon - July 1st to September 30th

Porth Beach - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porth Chapel, Land’s End - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthpean Beach - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthcurno - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthglaze Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthgwarra - Easter Day to September 30th - 8am - 7pm

Porthgwidden St Ives - First Sunday before Easter to September 30th

Porthleven - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Porthmeor, St Ives - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Porthminster, St Ives – The first Sunday before Easter to September 30th

Porthpean - Easter Day to September 30th

Porthtowan - Easter Day to September 30th

Porthzennor Cove - Easter Day to September 30th

Portreath - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Portwrinkle  -Easter Sunday to September 30th

Portscatho - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Praa Sands - Easter Sunday to September 30th - 7am - 7pm

Readymoney Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Sennen Cove - Easter Sunday to September 30th

St Ives Harbour Beach – The first Sunday before Easter to September 30th - 8am - 7pm

St. Mawes - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Swanpool - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Tolcarne Beach - May 1st to September 30th

Tregardock Beach - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Trevone Bay - Easter Sunday to September 30th

Widemouth Bay north side - Easter Sunday to September 30th

But the news isn’t all bad! 

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There are 76 beaches when your four-legged friend is free to run, jump, explore and swim for the whole year. (Unless they are required to be on a lead at certain times of the year, which is clearly noted)

Benoath Cove

Boobys Beach

Bossiney Haven

Constantine Bay

Coverack (but dogs must be on leads from June 1 to August 31)

Crantock

Daymer Bay

Deadmans Cove

Downderry

Duckpool Beach

Eastern Green

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Freathy

Gorran Haven

Great Western Beach, Newquay

Grebe Beach

Greenaway Beach

Gwynver beach

Durgan

Hannafore Looe

Harlyn Bay

Helford Passage Beach

Hemmick Beach

Holywell Bay

Kingsand Beach

Lamorna Cove

Lankidden Cove

Lantic Bay

Longrock Beach

Mawgan Porth

Mevagissey - Polstreath

Mexico Towans

Mother Iveys Bay

Northcott Mouth

Nanjizel Cove

Padstow

Par

Pendower Beach

Pendower - Carne Beach

Penzance

Perranporth (dogs must be kept on leads between July and August, 9am - 5pm)

Plaidy Looe

Polgwidden Cove

Polpeor

Polridmouth Beach

Porth Joke

Porth Sawsen

Porthallock

Porthbeor

Porthcothan

Porthcurnick

Porth Kidney (Lelant)

Porthluney Cove

Portholland Beach

Portheras Cove

Port Isaac

Portloe

Portscatho

Priests Cove

Rinsey Head

Rock

Sandymouth Beach, Bude

Seaton

Sharrow Beach, Torpoint

St. Antonys Head

Summerleaze, Bude (though dogs must be kept on a lead from 10am to 6pm May 21st -September 30th)

Talland Bay

Tintagel

Towan Beach

Trebarwith Strand

Trefusis Beach at Flushing

Tregantle Cliff Beach (Whitsand Bay)

Tregardock

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

Treyarnon Bay

Upton Towans

Vault Beach

Watergate Bay

Wherrytown

Whipsiderry Beach

Widemouth Bay (south side) - Black Rock

Below you will find the seven beaches where dogs are banned year-round

Millendreath Beach

East Looe Beach

Crinnis Beach

Charlestown Beach

Duporth Beach

Pentewan Beach

The list was kindly updated and provided on Monday 10th April by Cornwall Live

Eggcellent & Eggciting Events to Make your Easter with us Cracking!

Wed 29 March 2017

Are you heading to stay with us this Easter?

There are many things going on throughout the county over the Easter holidays so we have summarised a few of our favourites to make things simpler for you!

A golden egg hunt, a fabulous new wobbly rope bridge in the rainforest treetops and a new Australian garden are some of the many delights awaiting visitors to the Eden Project for the Easter holidays. The home of the famous Biomes is going even more ‘egg-streme’ for Easter at Eden this year, with a whole basket full of seasonal delights.

Every day 12 fabulous golden eggs will be hidden across the Eden landscape. Finders will bring them to The Eggschange in return for a delicious prize.

In the main arena, it will be time to roll up, roll up and take part in colourful games of Eggla, Hook-a-duck and Pickled Eggs. There is Egg Scramble where teams will have two minutes to hunt for as many eggs as possible in the crazy Easter garden, full of inflatables, ball pools and more.

In another game called Slide Eggs, visitors will be able to crack an egg and throw it on target as they bounce down inflatable slides.

Nestball players will help chicks and Easter bunnies reach their comfy nests safely – all they need is an accurate throw.

The Mediterranean Biome will host live storytelling, where Eden’s amazing tale-tellers will spin wonderful yarns in the beautiful surroundings of the Citrus Grove.

Grab your discounted tickets exclusively with us and save up to 15%

Set sail for tales of dastardly deeds and discover Pendennis’ piratical past at Pendennis Castle. Join the fun and games galore throughout the Easter holidays. You’d better behave or you might end up walking the plank!

Pendennis is a great day out come rain or shine for all the family, it’s even dog-friendly too so the whole family can enjoy a day out! 

The cosy Pendennis Castle Tearoom has a tempting selection of hot and cold treats and plenty of seating inside or out, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can picnic on the grassy spaces around the castle. 

Cadbury’s famous Easter Egg hunt returns to Trelissick Gardens this Easter, and with the help of bunny, you will be delving into the fascinating history of Trelissick as you scramble the gardens for hidden clues to complete the quest!

Solve the clues and you get to enjoy some chocolatey goodness at the end before exploring the superb collection of spring flowers and exotic plants in the 30 acres of gardens on offer to explore and enjoy.

Hop on the Easter eggspress at Lappa Valley Railway and join in a whole host of whole host of Easter themed activities included in the standard admission, including train rides with the Easter Bunny, duck racing with prizes and an Easter quiz trail where all children can win a chocolate egg.

The Easter Bunny will be very busy at Lappa Valley Steam Railway laying clues on the Easter trail so visitors can win a chocolate egg as well as hopping on the 125 train to drive visitors around the Woodland railway! 

Head on over to Newquay Zoo over the Easter weekend and help pickle the penguin find where his friends are hiding in the Eggstreme Easter egg trail.

As always the price includes free entry for the next 7 days.

If you’re looking for fun things to do with the family in Cornwall over Easter, look no further than Healeys Cyder Farm! Have a day filled of fun and activities over at the farm, based near Newquay, on Sunday 16th April! 

Fun starts from 10am and have free activities to participate in as well, from face painting to an easter egg hunt, and if all that works up a sweat, why not try one of their eggcellent easter sundaes over in our new restaurant!

Ahoy! At Falmouth’s Maritime Museum kids can work on their ‘sailor craft in the age of sail’ skills with the team.

Make your own: ship in a bottle, sea chests, sea maps, and scrimshaw.

There’s lots of live entertainment too, including enthralling pirate puppet shows and “The Voyage of the Mystery” a spell-binding and truly interactive live show featuring a mix of music, story-telling, drama and role play.

Over Easter weekend there is Chocolate casting – make your own Easter chocolate shapes.

There’s also a daily Easter trail.

Children will also love the Captain Bligh: Myth, Man and Mutiny exhibition, which brings to life one of the greatest small boat survival stories in history, featuring relics from the voyage and a specially built reproduction of the HMS Bounty launch, giving a very real sense of the situation of the 18 men who sailed it over 3600 nautical miles across the Pacific.

And of course there are all the usual family favourites: 15 galleries over four floors, jump aboard the boats, climb the 100 foot Look Out Tower, watch shipwrights at work in the boat building workshop, go under water in the Tidal Zone, hear ocean adventures + survival stories, learn to sail miniature boats on our waterfront boat pool.

And don’t forget if you want to just have a lazy day and enjoy your surroundings our heated swimming pools are set to re-open this weekend. 

Along with our brand new 6 seater American hot tub at Carnebo Holiday Barns, so get out and enjoy the Easter sunshine here in Cornwall.

It’s not too late to book your Easter getaway! Contact our friendly reservations team on 01637 874020 for more information and last minute discounts.

Spring Events Not To Be Missed

Fri 3 March 2017

One of the most beautiful seasons is finally upon us after what has seemed like a long drawn out winter season.

Spring is truly beautiful in Cornwall, the weather gets warmer, the evenings are getting lighter and our quaint towns and villages are still empty from the summer crowds!

So if you are looking at spending a week in Cornwall in one of our beautiful cottages or yurts here are some great ways to enjoy this wonderful season.

1st March to 6th March | St Piran’s day Celebrations | Perranporth, Falmouth, Redruth, Bodmin Moor

Celebrations throughout Cornwall will celebrate St Piran, the Patron Saint of Cornwall. See more details from our friends over at Visit Cornwall

4th March | World Pasty Championships | Eden Project

Celebrate Cornwall’s most famous dish “The Pasty” at this year’s World Pasty Championships.

Join in the fun at the Eden Project for a day of celebrations of all things Cornish, with a brilliant line-up of live music and comedy throughout the day.

17th March to 19th March | The Cornish Arms Beer and Mussel Festival | Padstow

The famous Beer & Mussel Festival at The Cornish Arms in St Merryn in returning.

 Along with some of Rick Stein’s favourite mussel dishes will be around 40 different beers and ciders, cookery demonstrations, live music, including Motown Pirates and The Stowes, RBS Six Nations rugby will be on the big screen and there will be a charity pub quiz. 

Entry is free and all the whole family is welcome to join the fun.

30th March – 17th April | Falmouth Spring Festival | Falmouth

A festival that celebrates Falmouth’s beautiful open and green spaces. With guided walks, talks and garden spring clean events with Gardeners’ Question Time and a Spring Fair.

30th March – 1st April | Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest | Mylor

A small local oyster festival with is about 20 minutes from our Tresooth Farm Barns.  

Join the local oyster men on their last weekend of the season and sample the delicious fresh seafood cooked by both local and international recognised chefs.

6th – 9th April | Trereife Food & Craft Fair | Penzance

If you’re here to explore all that Cornwall has to offer then a trip to Penzance is on the menu. Inspiring tours of Trereife House, local chef’s demonstrations, a delectable selection of locally produced food and drink, exquisite art and crafts to browse and buy, there is also a children’s Easter Egg Hunt and live music performances.

21st & 22nd March | Wavejam – British Kitesurfing Association | Newquay

An event that is all about speed, the country’s best kitesurfers will kick off the British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) season, racing across a course that runs the width of the bay over the weekend.

22nd April – 23rd April | Charity Garden Open Weekend at Tregothnan | Truro

Tregothnan will open its usually private gates to the largest, historic, botanic garden in Cornwall. Open for one weekend on the 22nd and 23rd April 2017, visitors can experience Tregothnan’s unequalled diversity of trees, rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful river Fal.

Get lost in ancient Camellias, mountainous Magnolias and the biggest Rhododendrons in the world with 40-foot crescendos of full flower. The sheer scale of the garden, over 100 acres, means that there will be plenty of peace.

Also available will be Cornish cream teas with Tregothnan tea and Kea plum jam, Salcombe Dairy ice creams, estate-reared meat cooked on a barbeque over Tregothnan charcoal, and delicious homemade lunches. Along with musical entertainment that is sure to keep visitors entertained throughout the weekend.

27th April – 1st May – Art8 Arts and Culture Festival | Newquay

Art8 is Newquay’s Arts and Culture Festival - four days bursting at the seams with events, exhibits and workshops involving film, craft, spoken word, dance, photography, theatre, music, literature and much, much more.

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