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Truro City of Lights 2014

October 17, 2014 No Comments

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We’re not far now from this year’s City of Lights festival in Truro, where has time gone!

The wonderful hand made lanterns are paraded through the town, made by local schools, groups and businesses. It also marks the turning on of the city’s Christmas lights. There will be a market and lots of delicious street food to try!

This years theme is ‘Heroes’ so we’re all very excited to see what is produced. Highlights from last year must be T-Rex and the ballerina. The parade takes place on the 19th of November and starts at the earlier time of 6.30pm for 2014.

For more information visit their website.

Tall Ships Festival begins!

August 29, 2014 No Comments

A beautiful afternoon for the start of the Tall Ship Festival here in Falmouth, Emily went down with her children (6&4) to explore some ships at the docks.

Rogue Theatre’s Wild Woodland Summer Ball

August 21, 2014 No Comments

photo 5 Rogue Theatre use the beautiful setting of Tehidy Woods for exciting interactive performances, perfect for any age!With storytelling, dance, music, craft, face painting and acrobatics, all in the setting of the beautiful trees.

It’s only £7.50 per person and under 3’s go free. You’ve got until November 2nd to catch a performance so don’t miss out!

See Rogue Theatre’s website

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Falmouth Carnival

August 11, 2014 No Comments

A few photo’s from the Falmouth Carnival on Saturday, a brilliant atmosphere despite the heavens opening!

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Port Navas Regatta – 2014

July 28, 2014 No Comments

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This wonderful regatta is about family and neighbours, it is about appreciating the beautiful setting of Port Navas creek and about having fun in the most charming way. Bunting and vintage flags adorn the houses and boats on the creek. Children and adults line the banks of the quay, crabbing and cheering the participants of the Father & Son rowing race on. Dogs mingle about hoping for the odd crust to drop. The heat is challenging but there’s plenty of ice-cream and cool drinks to thirst your quench. Friends, old and new, sit chatting, enjoying a Cornish cream tea. Mrs Green of Calamansac looks slightly embarrassed about her impressive haul won on the Tombola stall. I have no such luck, but I leave with a big smile on my face, that not everything changes, particularly those things that were perfect then and now.

See Port Navas cottages

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The Hidden Hut – Feast Night

July 16, 2014 No Comments

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The Hidden Hut on the Roseland is famous for it’s feast nights. Locally sourced food cooked in the open air by the beach, what is not to like?

I (Becca) managed to get some tickets for the Seafood Bouillabaisse event on Sunday. We got there for 7pm, at the published start time, but it was clear that people had been camping out for a while! We didn’t get seats at a table but set up our picnic blankets in the evening sunshine. The food smelled mouthwateringly good. It is bring your own drinks, cutlery and plates and in our case picnic blankets. If sitting on the floor is not your thing, then it is worth arriving early.

The food was delicious and I got to sample both the vegetarian and fish options. For afters they had a selection of cakes for sale, we greedily bought ours in anticipation before the main and then barely had space left to eat them! All in all, a wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food and a glorious setting.

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I would recommend one of these evenings to anyone, although I did really enjoy the lunch I had there earlier on in the year so don’t panic if you can’t get tickets for a feast night.

The Hidden Hut is around a 45 minute drive from Falmouth or Helford using the King Harry Ferry to cross to The Roseland in Feock.

For more info about the cafe or the feast nights visit The Hidden Hut website.

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Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay

July 7, 2014 No Comments


This weekend was the annual ‘Polo on the Beach’ at Watergate Bay on the north coast of Cornwall.

A free event with activities for all ages, from ‘welly wanging’ with Joules, to Land Rover Experience. A brilliant location to see the horses and there was even a flash mob in the middle!

Read more about the event here.

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The Red Arrows at Gyllyngvase Beach

June 9, 2014 No Comments

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Every year the Red Arrows visit Falmouth in August as part of Falmouth week. However this year we are lucky enough to be graced with their presence twice in one year! In Falmouth week the streets of the town are lined with people, and being built into the hillside great views can be had from all over the town. This time however the event took place at the beach as part of the finale of The Pendennis Cup (which brings lots of beautiful yachts to the area for a week of racing). The Red Arrows kicked off their season in style over Gyllyngvase beach, doing their incredible stunts over the lined up boats in the water. A great day had by all, we’re just glad the sun stayed out!

Thanks to The Pendennis Cup and The Red Arrows.


Helston Flora Day

May 13, 2014 No Comments

The market town of Helston lies midway between Falmouth and Penzance.  For hundreds of years the locals (present and past) have celebrated the wonderful tradition of Flora Day.  Held this year on Thursday May 8th it is a festival celebrating the arrival of Spring. The houses and shops are decorated with floral and greenery arrangements.

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Dancing starts at 7am led by Helston Town Bank with the ‘Early morning dance’, followed by the children’s dance starting at 9.40am – this year 1200 children danced all dressed in white.  My favourite dance commences at midday where the ladies dress in full length evening gowns and the men wear morning suits with top hats and tails and last of the day is the evening dance at 5pm.

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At 8am the pageant of Hal-An-Tow takes place with its enacting of historical and mythical themes.

The dances are accompanied by the town’s bands playing ‘The Floral Dance’, the dancers move through the streets, shops, houses and gardens, watched by a town overflowing with spectators from near and far.

Last Thursday the drizzle didn’t really dampen the fantastic atmosphere but did prevent me from taking the best photos so with a couple of photos taken on the day I have added a photo of the exhibition at Helston Museum of knitted characters representing the day’s dances – knitted by local people (including myself)

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If you enjoy a carnival why not book your holiday to coincide with May 8th next year, phone the Cornish Holiday Cottages office for more information.  Next year’s holiday can be provisionally reserved now.

Have you been to Flora Day? Then add your comments to this blog.

Poldhu Easter Rubber Duck Race

April 24, 2014 No Comments


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Wet weather didn’t deter families attending the annual Easter Duck Race held on the beach at Poldhu Cove near Mullion on Easter Day.

Ducks could be purchased for a £1 each and were then raced in heats down the beach.  In total £714 was raised for the Children’s Hospice South West.

Lots of fun and lots of prizes.