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Porthcurno beach voted best in the South West

It won't be a surprise to those people who know Porthcurno, to hear that it has been voted as the best beach in the South West in the Sunday Times. What you can't see is that the article goes on to mention the Beach Cafe (under new ownership from 2017) - well worth a visit when you are next down for their superb crab sandwiches and other treats!

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Two properties still available for Whitsun

Beachcomber, Porthcurno, sleeps 5

Treeve Moor Cottage, Sennen, sleeps 4

See availability page

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Open Studios runs from 19 May through to the 28th. 

Artists across Cornwall throw open their studio doors to the public for nine days. Visitors can tour undiscovered corners of the county, exploring unusual studios spaces from remote cottages and chapels to beachside galleries and historic buildings. It’s an opportunity to meet the creators behind truly distinct finds including sculpture, glasswork, ceramic, painting and textiles.

For details of all the participating artists across Cornwall, or to book your place in a workshop, visit

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Some of the best beach cafes in the area

Rock Pool Cafe, Mousehole - hot chocolate served in a copper mug, delicious cream teas, crab sandwiches and more. 

Chapel Rock Cafe, Marazion - dog friendly, views of St. Michael's Mount

Carbis Bay Beach Club - an ideal place to sample some food, sip a cocktail or have a coffee right by the water's edge

A snapshot of some of the events taking place in the area:

Return of the Man Engine (the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain) 31 March at Geevor tin mine

Easter Egg hunt at Paradise Park Hayle 30 March to 15 April

Family day out at St. Michael's Mount 30 March to 15 April

Explosive Easter (the little ones can have fun being scientists) at Flambards 24 March to 15 April

Titanic exhibition, Pirate School and Treasure Island Play Zone at the National Maritime Museum from 31 March

Made in Cornwall Easter Fair, Lemon Quay, Truro 20 to 31 March

Trereife Easter Food and Craft Fair, near Penzance

The Railway Children performed at the Minack Theatre 3 to 14 April

Do get in touch if you would like to book a few days away over Easter


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The Man Engine returns to Geevor Tin Mine on 31st March and to Heartlands in Camborne the following day.  The afternoon sessions begin at 2pm and the evening sessions, complete with white-hot pyrotechnics, begin at 8.30pm.  Tickets can be purchased here

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Trewidden Garden, near Penzance, is a splendid Cornish spring garden.  It re-opens on 25 February and most years they are able to claim the first magnolia blooms in the country.  There is availability in the area in properties sleeping 2 - 8.  Do get in touch if you would like a quote for a few days away.

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To add to my portfolio of properties in Zodiac House in Porthcurno, I now have a second one-bedroom property available from May 2018.  The apartment is on the ground floo - it's spacious with a patio, two parking spaces, wifi and within easy walking distance from the beach and Minack Theatre. The Half Deck has been named after a deck on a sailing ship, as a nod to the owners marine career.  Do get in touch if you would like to book.

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Sunday 27 August is Sennen Cove Lifeboat Day

The shop will be open from 1000 and from 1200 visitors will be able to go up to the crew room and talk to the crew.  There will be two demonstration launches - one at 1330 and the other at 1500, operational requirements permitting

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Last minute availability in school holidays

Carn Scathe, Porthgwarra, sleeps 8, stunning sea views, cancellation for w/c 22 July, reduced to £1727.

Cara, Porthcurno, sleeps 4, fabulous sea views, 18 August £1317 and 25 August £1319

Sundowner, Porthcurno, sleeps 6, large garden, 25 August £1170

Treeve Moor Cottage, Sennen, sleeps 4, large garden 26 August £948

Top Deck, Porthcurno, sleeps 4, 19 August & 26 August £879 per week

Crest of the Wave, Porthcurno, sleeps 6, large garden, 21 July £1074


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Golowan Festival, Penzance

A week long celebration of midsummer with the main event, Mazey Day, taking place on Saturday 24 June with the first parade starting at 1000.  Quay Fair Day is on Sunday 25 June. Plenty going on to interest both children and adults.

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St. Ives Gin Festival

Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by 120 different gins from around the world! Whilst you take time to let that wonderful news sink in... make a note of the date and venue and ...GET YOURSELF A TICKET!

Tickets include:

GIN Cotton Bag 
Gin Bible
Gin Glass
Gin Sampling Card
Trade Stands
Talks & Presentations from some of the finest Gin producers
Cocktail Demos
Make your own Gin Distillery
Live Entertainment
Indoor Garden Party Atmosphere...and so much more!!!

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Bargains in June!

I have several properties with availability in June - they sleep 2-8 and are located in Porthcurno, Porthgwarra and Sennen.  Prices have been reduced by 20% - see the availability page.  Do get in touch if you would like to book anything.

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Artists will open their doors to the public for nine days.  2017 will be the thirteenth year of Open Studios Cornwall and the biggest yet – with 293 artists, craftsmen and designers involved, many of them based in West Cornwall.  See the website for locations and opening hours.

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Save the Date for St. Ives Food Festival

13 and 14 May, taking place on Porthminster Beach, this year's event promises even more culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local beverages and food.  There will be a fantastic range of activities and entertainment which promises fun for all the family.

Tickets on the gate are £3 for a single day pass or £5 for a 2 day weekend pass.  Free for children under 12.  Tickets for Saturday include entry to the Saturday evening music session, acts to be announced.

On Saturday there is a stand up paddle boarding event at 3.30pm


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Porthleven Food Festival

This event attracted over 30,000 visitors last year - a weekend in the middle of spring filled with Cornish food, beer and bands … what’s not to like?

Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats from over 150 exhibitors with a huge range of street food to enjoy whilst you browse. On the Saturday the chef’s theatre will host cookery demonstrations from 8 chefs, including Antony Worral Thompson, Jack Stein and Ben Prior.

This year’s event has an Under the Sea theme, celebrating the close connection between Porthleven and the sea.  On Sunday the Shipyard Tent hosts baking and dessert demonstrations which will also follow the theme, so look out for some outlandish marine creations.

Daytime and evening live music will range from classical to country and rock to reggae with lots of local bands and some international acts.

Entry to the main food festival is free, but tickets are required for the evening entertainment.

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Tate Gallery St. Ives re-opens

The gallery has re-opened after a refurbishment project during which the gallery shut its doors for 18 months.

The gallery, which sits on the golden sands of Porthmeor Beach, Cornwall, and is just round the corner from the house once occupied by sculptor Barbara Hepworth, was due to be shut for only six months.

However, problems with the gallery building – which first opened in 1993 – kept it shut for an extra year.  The re-opening marks the first phase of the gallery’s vast expansion project. In the autumn, a new 500 sq metres gallery extension built into the rocks behind the original building will finally open its doors.

The exhibition opening the gallery is twofold. On display in the large curved gallery, which looks out over the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the largest sea paintings by British artist Jessica Warboys.

In the newly refurbished galleries, another exhibition explores 100 years of studio pottery and brings together contemporary British ceramists including Jesse Wine and Aaron Angell, with works from Cornwall, Japan, the US west coast and the UK.

Link to video showing scope of refurbishment and extension project


A fresh attempt at a Guinness World Record challenge will come ashore in Penzance on 27 August at 4pm as the town looks to top its gathering of pirates recorded three years ago.

In 2014, more than 14,000 people flocked to the town in a bid to beat the world record set by Hastings the previous year. Sadly, the official count (and recount) showed they were 77 pirates short of the record.

However figures have since shown the organisers actually sold 14,849 wristbands on the day, which would have beaten the record for the greatest number of pirates in one place by 618 - if only they had been in place when the count took place.

Three years later, the town is ready to try again and organisers have put together a weekend programme of activities, re-enactments, a funfair and entertainment.  If you are holidaying in the area do go along and help to win the challenge.  You can find out more from the website  - you will need to comply with the "what to wear" criteria which will influence your packing!

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Lots of interesting things happening at the Minack Theatre in April.  From 4-13 and 11-13 they are performing Goodnight Mister Tom.  From April 15-17 the British Theatre Academy, along witht he Minack Youth Theatre, are performing "Best of British" - in honour of Dame Vera Lynn's 100th birthday

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Don't miss the Man Engine as it travels through Cornwall

This is the UK's largest ever mechanical puppet built to mark the tenth anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape being added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.  It's the same height as a double decker bus when in its "crawling mode" but almost three times that height when stood up.

The puppet is travelling throughout Cornwall over the next week or so - to see where it's going, and when, go to the Man Engine website.  It will be in Penzance at 5pm on Friday 5th August.




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