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Visit the real Poldark country

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The popular BBC1 show, Poldark, returns to our screens this Sunday, 10th June at 9pm.  The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most spectacular rugged landscapes, stunning beaches and historic buildings.

If it’s just too tempting and you feel the yearn to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, firstly call our friendly team to help you find the perfect base for your break, then read on for our handy list of beautiful filming locations and must-see attractions to visit during your holiday.


Botallack Mine – Wheal Owles, on the Tin Coast, near St Just

The abandoned buildings, owned by the National Trust, were the perfect location for the Poldark family mines. The ruined engines houses, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, are set on the side on the cliff with breath-taking views.

Read more at the National Trust website/Botallack.


Charlestown Harbour, St Austell

Built in 1792 by Charles Rashleigh, Charlestown is still a working harbour for china clay exports. Now privately owned the port has been used in well over one hundred shows and films. It’s just like stepping back in time as you walk along the flagstones and explore the 1939 Tall Ship “Kajsamaoor”.

Read more at Charlestown Port



Wheal Coates, St Agnes Head

Wheal Coates Engine House is perched on the side of the cliff at St Agnes over looking Chapel Porth. This is Poldark country at its best with purple heather, yellow gorse and miles of ocean.

Visit Wheal Coates’ National Trust website


Bodmin Moor

A great place to stop on your way to Falmouth. Used as the location for Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, and the dramatic horseback scenes.

Read all the Poldark filming locations at the BBC website.




Poldark Tin Mine, Wendron, Helston

Although the Poldark Mine has not featured in the current series it was seen by millions all over the world when it featured in in the original BBC drama in 1970s. The only complete tin mine open for underground guided tours for a real atmosphere of times gone by.

Opening times and prices are available on the Poldark Mine website.


Kitchens where meals and memories are made

October 3, 2017 No Comments

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and we couldn’t agree more.

It’s always exciting to experience local restaurants on holiday and Cornwall has its fair share of the best, from country pubs with roaring fires, fine dining and stunning beach front cafes.

Yet, there is still something very special about the whole family preparing, cooking and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal together and it seems so much more fun to cook on holiday.

If you’re planning a large group-getaway or a romantic couples retreat, here’s a selection of our holiday homes with kitchens that make cooking a special occasion.

When you’ve found your perfect holiday home we recommend talking to The Cornish Food Box Company. They have hundreds of Cornish products including fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy which they will pack and deliver direct to your door.

Eat. Drink. Enjoy!

Perfect for large groups:

Calamansac East Wing


East Wing sleeps up to 11 people and the glorious open plan kitchen with granite worktops, two electric cookers and hobs plus two dishwashers is the perfect room for entertaining. After a delicious home cooked meal head into the playroom for fun and games, including two RS Barcelona Ping-Pong tables, piano, library, games, indoor swing and comfortable seating area.

Nancenoy Farmhouse


New to our portfolio in 2017, Nancenoy Farmhouse is a beautiful country cottage full of charm and character which extends to the kitchen. Sleeping 7 people it has a traditional Aga and log burner for the winter months along with big comfy sofas and a Nespresso coffee machine… bliss.

The Coach House


Originally build in 1904 as a coach house and stables, The Coach House is now a stunning, contemporary home in an idyllic position within The Trerose Estate. Perfect for up to 8 people the kitchen is a vast room with solid wood cupboards, two under counter fridges and two ovens, the perfect place to feed a crowd.

Grown-up Getaways:

Kerensa an Mor

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Another new property to the portfolio in 2017. The no expense spared interior of Kerensa an Mor exudes a feel of calmness and quality. The spacious kitchen with AGA and separate cooker and hob will appeal to keen cooks while everyone will enjoy dining on the sunny terrace.

Seventh Heaven

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With open vaulted ceilings and quirky interior the state of the art kitchen has breath-taking sea views of Falmouth Harbour. The kitchen is high-tech with black gloss units and wonderfully capacious drawers. Perfect for two couples.

Pumpkin Cottage

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Picturesque charm with a modern powder blue electric AGA in a large open plan kitchen/dining room, just perfect for a family get together. Pumpkin Cottage offers everything you need from your holiday home.


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Don’t be fooled by the elegant outer façade of this Edwardian period property. The interior is surprisingly contemporary, spacious with underfloor heating throughout. The quality of the fixtures and fittings are second to none.


Universally Accessible:

Calamansac Sail Loft


Guest comfort is paramount at The Sail Loft. If you have a mobility impairment this is the house for you. Equally if you are completely able bodied and looking for a five star retreat close to the sailing waters of the Helford River, two private beaches and fifty acres of meadow garden and woodland then this is also the place for you.

The kitchen is fully accessible, u-shaped with Corian work tops and a NEFF ‘slip and slide’ fan oven. The worktop and sink are capable of being lowered and raised to suit the user’s preference.

The Sail Loft really does cater for your every need.


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Cottages with an Aga

March 16, 2016 No Comments

They’re not really about cooking, are they? They’re about lifestyle – welly clad youngsters drying socks on the handles, dog baskets nestled against their edges and as a grandiose conversation piece at the centre of the kitchen. There’s nothing like the charm of an Aga.

Cornish Holiday Cottages knows that it’s great to have a new gadget to play with on holiday and for families that seem to spend their time congregating in the kitchen, rather than the lounge there’s no better gadget than an Aga. But the first time I lived in a house with an Aga I was so scared of its hulking iron that for weeks we lived off microwave meals. They’re actually easier to use as a conventional oven, all the knobs have gone for a start. Not only that but everything that came out of it was utterly delectable. The deep, thick walls of the double ovens produced an incredibly unctuous pork shoulder and the spongiest of cakes.

Like any converts, we were evangelical and bored our friends rigid with tales of roast chickens, the fluffiest of jacket potatoes and trancendent toast.
It is the most straightforward, responsive, forgiving cooker you will ever use. Just think of the Aga as a normal cooker, with two hot plates and four ovens, which just happen to be on constantly, with the ovens set at constant temperatures suitable for all types of cooking.

If you enjoy slow-cooked food, just leave your favourite dish in the appropriate oven, head off for a long coastal walk, visit a country garden, an atmospheric ruin or a bustling market town and when you return…perfection. And the kitchen will have a cosiness that no electric fan oven or gas burner can even hold a candle to.


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Primrose Cottage
Primrose really puts the cottage into Cornish Holiday Cottages. There are so many features that set this old cottage apart it’s hard to know where to start. Positioned at the end of a lane you’ll not be interrupted in your peaceful idyll. An outside shower takes the fuss out of dog washing and wetsuit rinsing, whilst the low beamed ceilings and vintage furnishings create a provincial cosiness inside. The kitchen is full of vibrant colours, one wall dominated by a large granite hearth, and built into the hearth is its Aga.


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Inhabiting one of the best spots on the Helford river, Ridifarne has the country kitchen. From the farmhouse dining table and rustic fittings to the Aga itself (which is infact a new electric Aga) it has an informal feel at odds with the spectacular gardens and estuary vista. A cottage perfect for a large family holiday.



At the end of Tolver’s kitchen perches a high shelf laden with pots and pans dangling from hooks. Along with the shining black Electric Everhot they create an image straight out of Country Living. With views onto Restronguet Creek, the village of Feock within walking distance and Falmouth and Truro both within 15 minutes drive, Trolver is well situated for exploring Cornwall.

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Nestled in the kitchen the Aga really is the heart of the home here at Selangor. The open plan kitchen/dining means cooking your meals here can be quite sociable. On the Helford River it’s just a 5 minute stroll down to Helford Passage beach.

St Piran: The Patron Saint of Tin Miners

March 4, 2016 No Comments

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St Piran washed up on the shores of Cornwall in the 6th Century, having been thrown from the cliffs of Ireland with a millstone round his neck. According to the legend, his miraculous deeds caused tribal elders to become jealous of his powers and influence, the solution being to throw him from the highest cliff into the sea. Lightning shattered the sky and thunder roared as he fell. But as he reached the sea all grew calm and they watched St Piran float happily towards Cornwall.

After days at sea, St Piran was eventually washed ashore at Perranporth, Perran being an alternative spelling of Piran. Immediately, he began to gather disciples to him and built an oratory in the dunes overlooking the beach. It’s said that his first disciples were a boar, a fox and a badger, but soon people came from all around to listen to him preach.

St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and it is from his banner that we have taken the Cornish flag. The white on black colouring links to the tale of St Piran rediscovering tin. A black stone he had used on his fire issued forth a silver liquid and hooray, St Piran invented tin mining (in reality, the Cornish had been mining tin before this time). So the white cross came to represent tin and the black background the ore from which it came.

As well as bringing early Christianity to the Cornish and being a worker of miracles, St Piran was known to enjoy a few drinks. Yet, despite this implication of alcoholism, he lived to the ripe old age of 206 and only met his end falling head first into a well. If drink was involved in his death, time has erased all evidence.

In 1835 the oratory at Perranporth was excavated and in 1843 a new alter built with a slab inscribed ‘Sanctus Piranus’. But being exposed to the windswept conditions of the dunes, the walls began to warp and break apart, so a concrete preserving structure was erected around the chapel.

The oratory remained a shrine for much of the 20th Century, but due to lack of funding and damage, the decision was taken to rebury the structure in 1980, so St Piran’s works were once again committed to the dunes. But now the oratory has surfaced again and is accessible to the public.

St Piran’s Day is celebrated across Cornwall tomorrow, on the 5th of March. In Falmouth a St Piran’s Day parade will take place from 10.00am to 11.40am featuring brass bands, the Furry Dance and Cornish story telling.

Over in Redruth they will be holding a St Piran’s Day Festival from 11.00 to 3.00pm, featuring live music, tin panning, craft fairs and photography exhibitions in the Cornish Studies Library.

In Truro there will be a St Piran’s market along with entertainment from Cornish performers. In the evening there will be a St Piran’s concert, which I’m sure will feature the comedy of Kernow king and a liberal amount of Trelawny singing. Tickets are £10 and include a bowl of that very Cornish dish: chili.

On the Sunday the annual St Piran’s play takes place in the dunes of Perranporth. The play produced by the St Piran Trust, takes place in Perranporth crossing the dunes to St Piran’s Cross. Hundreds of people gather, generally dressed in black, white and gold, the colours of Cornwall, carrying the Cornish Flag.

You can take part in this celebration of Cornwall’s distinct identity by joining the spectators who walk over the dunes and watch the play acted out in three parts. Dozens of actors and musicians portray the stages of St Piran’s life from his birth in Ireland, his arrival in Cornwall, his miraculous discovery of tin and his Christian ministry in Kernow.





Restaurant Review – Rick Stein’s, Porthleven

February 19, 2016 No Comments


It’s the tail end of Hurricane Imogen when we venture down to Porthleven to celebrate a family wedding anniversary. And what’s a better way to celebrate such an occasion than heading down Rick Stein Porthleven? The latest addition to his Cornish Empire.


As we drive over the brow of the hill, undulating mountains of water blow in from the – a key reminder of the power of the ocean. Porthleven is the perfect place to sit and watch the elements battle it out. Maybe that’s why it features so heavily in the national newspapers at this time of year.

Rick Stein’s is set in the old white walled China Clay Building on the edge of the harbour and it’s a fantastic spot for a restaurant. As we approach, the outside is bathed in a bright blue light which looks a little out of place with the old stone harbour and more in keeping with an 80s cocktail bar. Entering the building, the first thing you see is the open kitchen, great if you’re the sort that likes to take a sneak peek at your food being prepared.

Having hung our coats up we enter the bar area, which is decked out with wooden barrels, quirky vintage light fittings and a smidgen more blue lighting. There’s also a painting of a naked surfer on the wall. It’s more than a little out of place.

The menu looks great. We know what to expect from Rick Stein by now: a mixture of British and Spanish dishes with the occasional safely Asian dish thrown in.

Sardines with an oat crumb


To start with there are Mounts Bay grilled sardines with an oat crumb which have a salty succulence paired with a mellowing oat crumb. I go for the classic fish soup with lashings of parmesan and a generous helping of crisp croutons. But the winner in the first course stakes goes to the fried calamari. Unlike the battered and bread crumbed varieties that are all the rage, these are served naked and on a bed of salad that’s very South East Asian in flavour: sweet, spicy and nutty all at the same time.

Fish and Chips


Into the main course, I opt for the boring; fish and chips. I know, I know, but there’s just something about a batter that’s truly crisp, the cod steaming away inside, with beef dripping chips and generous helpings of mushy peas and homemade tartar sauce. Sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple. Two of us have the Indonesian seafood curry. One telling us it’s quite spicy, the other that it’s a tad mild. It must be just right then. We also have the Gnocchi con Granseola, a Venetian dish pairing the gnocchi with spider crab and an Eastern Europe spiced sauce. I try and sample everything from everyone’s plate, all in the name of research, but not everyone is willing to part with their food.

Chocolate pavé


The dessert menu calls shortly after and there’s are some interesting selections to make. I go for a popcorn panna cotta with caramel shards. It’s texture is creamy, but even without the crunchy texture you associate with popcorn, the buttery flavour shines through. We also opt for the chocolate pavé, salted caramel ice cream and chocolate sauce. It’s a rich, gooey treat that goes down well with everyone.


As we leave, we’re once again bathed in the techno glow of the blue lighting. A reminder or the odd décor. But don’t let that put you off. The food has that unmistakable Stein’s quality to it – from the fish and chips through to the gnocchi – and gets the Cornish Holiday Cottages seal of approval.

Hot Chocolate Spots in Cornwall

February 17, 2016 No Comments


It’s hot chocolate season. It’s a thing. Admittedly one we’ve probably just made up, but it’s a thing none the less. Actually, it’s far more likely that we’ve just read it somewhere, while thinking about (I wouldn’t call reading about hot chocolate research) what to put in this post.

Cornish Holiday Cottages believe that hot chocolate season perfectly defines those wintery days out with the dog, children or significant other (yes, in that order of preference) and that lust for warmth that is finally sated only by wrapping your fingers around a mug of hot, brown liquid. It doesn’t necessarily have to be hot chocolate. One of the establishments on the list specialises in coffee. And we mean specialises.

Either way, we love spending time on the coastal paths at this time of year, listening to the waves tear at the coast below and watching the dogs chasing each other up and down the beach. We’re even a little bit fond of the tip of your nose getting a cold and the mist formed by our breathing.

We’ll hold our hands up now: this list is in no way definitive. We would love to be able to devote our life to creating a success criteria and travelling round the county sampling hot chocolates. But alas… So here we have just a few of our favourite spots to enjoy a hot chocolate with lashes of cream and marshmallows. In some cases, they even go that extra mile and add some special extras. So picture yourself all rosey cheeked from a brisk Cornish day out, a steaming white mug in your hand, bringing the feeling back into your chilly fingers.

Poldhu Beach Cafe
I grew up exploring the Lizard coastline and my memories of Poldhu Beach Cafe were of a tiny shack selling chips in trays, Cornettos and distinctly average hot drinks. I don’t know when, but sometime between then and now, it has transformed into a fantastic beach-side establishment. Their hot chocolates come served with a generous helping of cream and crunchy, chocolatey bits. There are loads of different topping variations to choose from. (that’s them in the picture)

Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe
With its glass framed terrace, Gylly Beach Cafe is a great place to wrap up warm and people watch from. Not only is the hot chocolate amazing, but they have a plethora of teas and cakes too. Hot chocolate season is the best time to visit too, because it gets extremely busy in the summer months and you can be waiting for ages for your drinks.

Godrevy Beach Cafe
Over on the north coast, this wooden lodge sits in a National Trust car park. Godrevy and Gwithian Beach stretch for miles into the distance and it’s great for dune walking and rock pooling. The cafe has a good line in creamy, hot drinks and a raised balcony allowing you to peer over the dunes and onto the beach. The cafe is as green as they come too. All waste is recycled, including their biodegradable take away packaging.

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan
This is the ultimate surfer hangout. The coastal path above the cafe is also one of the best places to see the sun set. It’s the picturesque north coast at its best. One word of warning though – Porthtowan sand gets everywhere.

The Wateringhole, Perranporth
I think I’m right in saying The Wateringhole is the only Cornish bar that’s built right on the beach. And what a beach: it’s wide and expansive with giant islands of rock perched on the shore line, surrounded by water at high tide. The hot chocolates themselves come served in tall mugs with a mountain of cream, marshmallows and a biscuit straw so you can slurp down your tasty beverage without disturbing its peaks.

Swanpool Beach Cafe
I wasn’t going to mention Swanpool Beach Cafe, but I’ve just been reminded of the perfect reason to add it to the list. They’re luxury hot chocolates come with what I can only describe as a chocolate lollipop. Either that or a swizzle stick. For that extra chocolate hit dip it in, let it melt and… you get the idea.

Now, were cheating here. Espressini isn’t on the beach. It’s on a hill in Falmouth. But it deserves to be on any list of hot beverages for their passion and dedication to coffee. Espressini founder Rupert and his staff can wax lyrical about different coffee blends for hours. It’s beautiful. On wet weather days when your looking for something to do, soaking up the atmosphere in Espressini is a fantastic option.

11 reasons to visit the beach in winter

February 11, 2016 1 Comment

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In winter the beach becomes a completely different environment. It becomes a great empty playground for those who enjoy cool winds and long walks. You may not be up for a swim but many of the joys of the coast are even better over the winter months, due to the lack of crowds. There are loads of reasons the winter beach is the best beach: these are just the first ones that came to mind here at Cornish Holiday Cottages..

1. The heavy winter surf
There’s nothing like the fearsome roll of the waves in the winter months. The giant swells of Porthleven during stormy weather are one of nature’s greatest spectacles, safe from a vantage point high up on the beach you can see the waves crashing over the pier and sea wall.. It’s a simply stunning experience.

2. The beach is deserted
The beach in winter means no fighting for a good spot on the sand, no sunglasses, no sunburn…it’s a completely different experience. And the best part? More often than not you have a whole stretch of beach to yourselves, so your children can run wild and you can see where they are from any vantage point.

3. Go shell collecting.
When the beach is deserted of people and the waves have been pulling up shells from the the depths of the shoreline, there’s a huge variety of new shells and sea debris to discover. Children will come back with vast swathes of potential artefacts for beachy art projects.

4. The perfect photo opportunity
You can take some amazing photos of the family. It will be less crowded and easier to take some really nice landscape shots. Kids and dogs have space to be themselves and the fact that you are one of the few people on the beach will mean that your photos are not full of sunbathers turning lobster red.

5. Drink a hot chocolate
Sitting outside a beach cafe, your hands curled around the warmth of a cream topped hot chocolate is one of the simple pleasures in life. After a windswept coastal walk.

6. Enjoy the view, eating fish and chips
Just like the warming sensation of a hot chocolate, steaming hot fish and chips are best enjoyed perched on the sand dunes, accompanied by the roar of the ocean. If it’s too cold, they’re just as great munched down inside the car, still watching the beach.

7. Beachcombing
Everything natural on the beach tells a story – so this is a great way to entertain children on a winter weekend, helping them to uncover the secrets of these botanical playgrounds, and understand more about our island’s marine heritage.

8. Getting windswept
The wind is perfect for blowing the cobwebs away after a luxurious lunch. But it’s also great for kite flying. Inevitably though, someone is bound to get wet if they get too near the surf, so bring a spare pair of clothes.

8. Birdwatching
The lack of humans also attracts types of wildlife that rarely risk the crowded beaches of summer. So maybe bring the binoculars.

10. A winter picnic
Wrap up warm, bring a flask of hot chocolate and maybe a portable BBQ to have an unseasonable hot dog. Remember to pack a blanket with a waterproof backing though.

11. Let the dog run free
A lot of beaches don’t allow dogs on them during the summer months, so winter is their time to roam free. Your dog will love running up and down the vast expanses of sand, darting in and out of the surf. It’s play time.

Living On The Beach

February 9, 2016 1 Comment


There are many perks to Cornish living, but none are as evocative as the pull of the ocean. People travel here, move here or stay here to be as close to the beach as possible. And for most, even those of us that live here, we get the opportunity to actually plonk our houses within a stone’s throw of the beach. And there’s nothing like having the beach on your doorstep.

Even as we write this, in the post-Christmas wait for spring, we still love the beach. Wrapping up and taking a stroll along a deserted beach is a uniquely invigorating experience.

There’s no excuse to be bored either. Ever. The beach is an adventure playground for children and even if you’re just sitting on the beach, that’s a perfectly fine way of whiling away the hours.

Living by the beach awakens all the senses: there’s nothing like the sound of lapping waves. As you’re lying in bed with the window open, the reassuring sound will soothe you to sleep, it’ll be there to accompany you as you have a lazy morning coffee and it’ll be a soothing soundtrack to reading a novel in the afternoon. There’s also no better smell than fresh, salty sea air. It’s air that has been cleansed by miles of ocean, instead of towns, cities and A roads. And even if you stayed with us for a month or more, you’d never get tired of the sunsets and sunrises painting the sky different shades of pink, purple and orange, or of looking at the deep blue sea melt into the horizon.

Our cottages are all self-catering. It seems a bizarre thing to mention in a post about the beach, but what better kitchen to have than the beach itself. Every day can be a barbeque day, and with a little creativity, you can still get those greens in.

That’s why we at Cornish Holiday Cottages feel privileged to be able to offer you some fine self-catering holiday homes only a hop, skip and a jump from sandy shores. Below is just a sample of our Cornish beach side cottages.


Little Nest
Little Nest is a romantic cottage for two perched on the edge of Maenporth beach. Despite its generous views of the beach and its open plan living space, it is a snug and well insulated cottage, even in winter. A fantastic romantic retreat after skimming stones, rock pooling or sauntering along the coastline.


Carrick Treath
Sitting at the northern end of the Carrick Roads and boasting luxurious furnishings and ample space, Carrick Treath is perfect for large groups. If you choose the right room you can even wake with the ocean just beyond your toes. Otherwise there’s the floor to ceiling windows of the living area to admire the view of Loe Beach from.


Perched just above the beach at Helford Passage, Ridifarne is a large home that sleeps eight in its four expansive bedrooms. It’s less than a minute from a beach just perfect for launching kayaks and rowing boats from.


Chy-An-Dour and Rose Cottages 1, 2 and 3
We love being able to offer four seperate cottages in the tiny fishing hamlet of Durgan. They are all cottages that would have been owned by working fishing families who would have dragged their boats onto the shore and practically up to their front doors. Chy-An-Dour is a large, recently refurbished cottage with open beamed ceilings and plenty of character, whilst the 3 Rose Cottages, built in an L shape, all ooze old Cornish charm and are perfect for dog loving families.

Cornish Days Out: Land’s End

November 26, 2015 1 Comment


Land’s End is one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist attractions almost by default. In ancient Greek times it was referred to as ‘Belerion’ place of the sun and the phrase ‘land’s end’ itself carries an almost mythic weight. The thought of perching yourself at the edge of mainland Britain, staring off into the vastness of the ocean, knowing that the next land mass is North America is an enticing, profound one – well, it would be if it wasn’t for The Isles of Scilly being just beyond the horizon.

As a tourist destination, there’s a lot crammed onto the last few metres of Cornwall and it has certainly updated itself since the last time Cornish holiday Cottages visited.

Parking costs £5, but essentially, that’s all you are committing yourself to if you just want to walk along the clifftop, pose by the infamous Land’s End/John ‘o Groats signpost or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. There are some interesting attractions though, especially for children, and you can buy tickets for each one individually, if you want to mix and match. But Cornish Holiday Cottages and family tried them all out for you.

First up was the 4D Cinema Experience, ‘The Lost World’, a dinosaur themed experience which sees you flying with pterodactyls, outrunning carnivorous dinosaurs and being thrown around in your seat. There are also, inexplicably, bubbles descending from the ceiling. The children all loved it, almost as much as the 31 year old man who went with them. Good timing with the recent release of ‘Jurassic World’ too.

Next we headed to ‘Arthur’s Quest’, a series of interactive exhibits or maze – I’m not entirely sure what to call it – in which Brian Blessed bellows at you to save King Arthur from a dragon. This one’s definitely not for small children and it reminded me of a fair ground haunted house. At times it was macabre, at others it was humorous, but mostly it was Brian Blessed shouting. Loudly. Bloody appendages hung from the walls and ceilings, there was a hall of mirrors, a dragon and what can only be described as a dad-dancing suit of armour in vibrating chains. Our 10 year old boy couldn’t stop laughing at that one, but he was also impressed by the bloodiness of the whole thing.

As a respite from all the horror there’s The Shaun The Sheep Experience which is strictly for the younger children, although we all found ourselves engrossed in the sets from previous Wallace and Gromit films and the insight into Aardman Animations’ development that we saw.

200 metres away from the main visitors centre lies Greeb Farm, a typical Cornish coastal small holding with chickens, rabbits, calves and goats. Essentially, a small petting zoo. At certain times of day there are even opportunities to hold iguanas and other small animals. Unfortunately, not while we were there though.

For those of you heading down towards Penzance and beyond for the day, Land’s End is more than just the last piece of the mainland and is a nice place to while away a few hours. Cornish holiday Cottages recommend pairing your visit with a trip to Porthcurno beach, as we did, or heading to St Ives to mingle amongst the shops.


Trerice in November

November 2, 2015 No Comments


This weekend Debbie ventured over to Trerice near Newquay in the November sunshine (where did October go?).

Run by the National Trust from now it is only open at the weekends throughout the winter.

Read more on the website here.

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