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Cornwall Part 2

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the first part on Cornwall.

Things to do:

Minack Theatre is an outdoor theatre that was built by hand into the side of cliff which looks over the sea. The theatre includes a museum and offers tours when there are no performances

Some of the festivals to look out for are St.Endellion’s Easter Festival, a world-class classical music festival and around the same time the Cornwall Spring Flower Show (31st March – 1st April) at Boconnoc near Lostwithiel which includes everything for the garden, with displays, competitions, gifts and exhibits. Then in May, see the Lost Fest parades, exhibitions, and music and art events at Lostwithiel. St Ives’ September Festival celebrates the town’s artistic heritage, whilst at Newquay, the Cornwall Film Festival (8th – 11th November) celebrates Cornish and international filmmaking with events at the Lighthouse Cinema.

Follow the Coast Path that runs all the way round the Cornish coast for 258 miles. Land’s End is the extreme westerly point on the mainland of England where you can admire the Atlantic waves crashing on the beaches and on a clear day see across to the Scilly Isles.

Getting around:

Many of Cornwall’s coastal towns are linked to the main railway system by smaller, scenic branch lines. Cornwall has an extensive network of bus services run by First Devon and Cornwall and Western Greyhound. Ride Cornwall is a one-day unlimited travel ticket for use of trains and most bus services within Cornwall.

by top Cornish chefs. The December Primestock Show is when the quay is filled with cattle and sheep.

Eating out:

Newquay Meadery in Penzance is in a converted 1920’s cinema and is popular as a value for money restaurant that particularly welcomes families and children.

Famous chef Rick Stein has his home at Padstow, so where better to try his wonderful fish dishes than at one of his four seafood restaurants in Padstow or his fish and chip shop in Falmouth.

Accommodation:

For affordable B&B close to the beach, the coastal path, and famous Bedruthan Steps, try Efflins’ Farmhouse. Near to both, you’re spoilt for choice whether to dine at Jamie Oliver’s ‘15’ at Watergate Bay or at one of Rick Stein’s restaurants at Padstow.

If you fancy something a little grander, there are several hotels that used to be manor houses scattered across Cornwall. For example, the Rose-in-Vale hotel was a Georgian country house and can be found in a secluded wooded valley just outside Mithian on the north Cornish coast.

Cornwall

A popular holiday destination, there’s more to Cornwall than just clotted cream, smuggling and King Arthur.

Where to go:

Cornwall’s only city Truro has a wonderful Gothic revival cathedral. Wth its three soaring spires and the grandest stained glass project in the world, it is a unique ‘church within a church’.

Celebrate Cornwall’s maritime heritage at Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum.  For modern art, Tate St Ives is one of the four Tate Galleries in the UK. Also in St Ives, the Eden Project’s world’s largest greenhouse is where two gigantic conservatories contain a rainforest and fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California.

St. Michael’s Mount is a fairytale island with its ancient harbour, church and medieval castle that you can reach on foot along the causeway or go by ferry at high tide.

Visit 13th century Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur and seat of the kings of Cornwall. Earl Richard of Cornwall built the medieval castle but excavations reveal how a Cornish royal seat existed here 400-700AD.  King Arthur’s Hall in Bodmin Moor is a monument of fifty-six stones arranged in a rectangle with a bank of earth around them. Beware the legendary Beast of Bodmin, a phantom-wild cat that haunts and stalks at night…

Shopping

Truro is Cornwall’s shopping capital, with Lemon Quay having a reputation for some of the finest markets in Cornwall. Antique collectors should head for Truro’s famous flea markets. Arts and crafts are showcased at the ‘Made in Cornwall’ fairs, whilst the annual ‘Cornwall Food and Drink Festival’ is a three-day event celebrating quality produce and cuisine with cookery demonstrations

National Trust Holiday Cottages: The perfect cottage holiday

National Trust Holiday Cottages offer a wide variety of cottages, farmhouses and even lighthouses where you can spend a long weekend or even up to three weeks enjoying some of the best sights that the United Kingdom has to offer. The accommodation covers nearly every corner of the country and whether it’s a romantic break or a family affair, there is something that would suit every occasion. Here are a few cottages worth checking out:

The romantic weekend away: Cornwall

Penhaligon’s: This cute thatched-cottage with wooden beams and a fireplace is nestled away in a secluded area, yet remains close to the vibrant Towan Beach and delightful Porth Creek.

Triggabrowne Cottage: As a former farmer workers’ cottage it has a large garden, panoramic views and easy access to walks along the coast and in the countryside.

The family holiday: Norfolk

Watermill Apartment: A spectacularly converted watermill with high ceilings that is within close reach of many family-orientated activities and day outs such as Hunstanton pier and Holkham beach.

2 Horsey Barns: This beautiful open plan barn offers families the chance to spot nearby wildlife as well as visit the nearby stunning coast.

The Lighthouse: Devon

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage: It goes without saying that this unique cottage accommodating up to 10 people boasts striking views of the sea and a series of hairpin roads winding through the National Trust moorland. If you are lucky there is even the possibility to spot dolphins and porpoises!

Some places are very popular so need to be booked in advance ahead of time. Others may start unusually in the middle of the week and it’s always worth checking ‘Important Information’ to find out about accessibility and further features of the property. Finally make sure to also check out ‘Special Offers’ for discounts and ‘Last Minute Offers’ for a spontaneous getaway. Take a look for yourself at National Trust Holiday Cottages.