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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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Summertime at Trengwainton, Penzance

Visit this sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs.  Experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mount's Bay.  If you love the sunshine, warm yourself on Trengwainton's Terrace with its wide sea views or, if it's shade you are after, the garden has lots of cool, tree-lined paths that are perfect for walking you and your dog.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St. Ives

Discover the magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth.  It offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists.  You can see sculptures in bronze, stone and wood along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Gulval, Penzance

In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is an evolving programme of high quality contemporary art installations - don't miss The Restless Temple

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Here is the inside scoop on where to get the best ice cream in West Cornwall

Roskilly's Organic Farm, Lizard peninsula.  More than 30 delicious flavours - try the Cream Tea flavour.  Stroll through the meadows, meet the animals and if you time it right catch the Jersey cows being milked.

Callestick Farm - a small herd of Friesian cows live the life of luxury here.  26 flavours.  Watch what they get up to from the farm viewing gallery.

Jelberts, on the seafront at Newlyn.  One for ice cream purists - there is a choice of flavours - vanilla, vanilla, or yes you guessed it, vanilla. 

Mr B's ice cream parlour, Hayle - more choice than you could ever dream of.  The flavours are ever changing - pistachio, marshmallow, gingerbread, wild cherry, cinnamon....

Moomaid of Zennor - made on the farm at Tremedda.  Over 30 flavours.  Try it with a view, from the Moomaid Parlours in St. Ives and Porthtowan.

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Made famous as the spot where Poldark took a dip in the crystal clear waters, while watched from the clifftops by Demelza, Porthgwarra is a peaceful cove.  You can expect to be joined by a variety of birdlife and at this time of the year will be treated to a colourful display of wildflowers.  There are some stunning walks along the coastal path from Porthgwarra - pack a picnic or enjoy a pasty from the small cafe.  Carn Scathe is located in a stunning position, right down in the Cove - it sleeps 8 in one twin and three doubles, two bathrooms, garden, wifi.  There is availability in June and July.

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"Open Studios" celebrates Cornwall's wealth of creative talent and runs from 28 May to 5 June.  There are 138 studios in West Cornwall alone which are opening their doors to the public.  Look out for the Cornwall Open Studios sign with the orange O as you travel around.

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St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, May 14 and 15 - some of the finest food and drink producers and chefs in Cornwall gathering together on Porthminster Beach - a range of activities and entertainment for all the family including cookery demonstrations from local chefs including Jack Stein.


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May is a month when Cornwall celebrates the iconic bluebell.  A single bluebell is diminutive, en masse they take your breath away, often growing so close together they transform the woodland floor into a dazzling carpet of shimmering blue.  Here are some suggestions of where to visit:

Enys Gardens, near Penryn.  Within the 30 acre gardens lie the open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breathtaking.

Tehidy Country Park, Camborne.  The largest area of woodland in West Cornwall with nine miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods, together with a cafe and picnic area. 

Penrose Estate, Helston.  The National Trust Penrose Estate is a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool. 

Godolphin House & Garden, Helston.  Boasts a beautiful path taking visitors through its winding bluebell wood.

Glendurgan Gardens, Falmouth. A superb tropical garden - wander through to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River and walk beside the carpets of bluebells amongst fragrant rhododendrons

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The Poldark stories of Winston Graham first enthralled readers in the 1940's before being brought to a new audience through the BBC television drama in the 1970's.  The original programme made international stars of the principal leads, Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees and the new series is currently doing the same for Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.

The film crews have been down here in Cornwall again this September filming the next series - in the immediate area they were filming in Penberth (a new location), Porthgwarra, Porthcurno and Botallack.

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They have left out Porthcurno from this list!



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School holidays availability in the 5 flats in Mercury House, Porthcurno.  Available from 25 July through to the end of September. 

Flat 1 sleeps 4 in one double and one twin, Flat 2 sleeps 5 in one double and one triple, Flat 3 sleeps 2 in one twin, Flat 4 sleeps 3 in one family room with king size bed and single bed, Flat 5 sleeps 6 in two doubles and one twin.

See availability page for details

Crest of the Wave - new property in Porthcurno, sleeps 6

I have just taken on another new property in Porthcurno within easy walking distance of the beach.  It is a ground floor apartment which sleeps 6 in one double and two twins.  There is a large garden which faces west so it gets the afternoon sun.  There are two parking spaces, wi-fi and it accepts dogs.  There is currently availability for 11 July, 18 July and 22 August, with good availability from September onwards.  For more information and photos follow the link to Crest of the Wave.

Just taken on a new property in Zodiac House, opposite the tennis courts in Porthcurno called Aquarius.  This is a first floor apartment with 3 bedrooms - one with super kingsize bed, one with kingsize bed and one with twin beds.  There are 3 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces and wi-fi.  This has availability for this coming August and for next year.  Within easy walking distance of the beach.  Pictures and more details on the website,

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Due to cancellations I have the following availability in the school holidays:

Carn Scathe, Porthgwarra, sleeps 8 in 3 doubles and 1 twin.  Terraced house with a garden in a stunning location in the cove where Aidan Turner went swimming in Poldark!  Available for weeks commencing 25 July and 1st August @ £1745

Treeve Moor Cottage, Land's End, sleeps 4 in one double and two singles.  A detached cottage with a large garden, pets accepted.  Available for 18 July @ £802 and 15 August @ £905

Capricorn, Porthcurno, sleeps 2 in one double.  A first floor apartment very close to Porthcurno beach.  Available for 9 August and 16 August @ £633

Do get in touch if you would like to book anything, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  01736 871284, Liz

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Some of the best things to do in the coming weeks:

Forage in hedgerows - May is a particularly good time to find hedgerows laden with tasty treats.  Join Rachel Lambert on a guided walk and let your senses be opened to the abundance of edible flavours around us

Go through the keyhole with Open Studios - from pottery to painting, and screen-printing to jewellery-making you'll find people up and down the county getting stuck into arts and crafts.  From May 23 to 31 nearly 200 artists open their studio doors

Enjoy a wildflower walk - as the brilliant tapestry of wild flowers spring into bloom along the South West Coastal Path take a walk on the wild side.  From violets, primroses and bluebells, to pink thrift and white campion, sea holly, evening primrose and wild orchirds, the colours of the wildflowers framed by the blue of the ocean is a memorable view.



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Several properties still available for Friday/Saturday/Sunday this coming weekend.

Porthgwarra - Carn Scathe, sleeps 8, 3 nights £500 for 8 people, £375 for 4 people if using max 2 bedrooms

Porthcurno - Beachcomber, sleeps 5, 3 nights £300, Top Deck sleeps 4, 3 nights £288, Capricorn, sleeps 2, 3 nights £240, Surfers Paradise, sleeps 8 3 nights for 8 people £315, £275 for 4 people or less if using max 2 bedrooms


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Rumour has it that Poldark swims naked in tomorrow nights (Sunday 15 March) episode on BBC1.  The scene takes place in Porthgwarra.

If you fancy staying right down in the Cove, then Carn Scathe is the property for you.  Sleeps 8 in one twin and three doubles.


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10 Poldark Facts

1. Trerice House was Winston Graham’s inspiration for the estate that features in Poldark

2. Porthgwarra can be seen later in the series – one of my properties, Carn Scathe is located there

3. Winston Graham lived in Perranporth – you can now sit on a memorial seat at the site where he wrote the first two novels

4. Charlestown with its Grade II Listed harbour, complete with Tall Ships, is a popular film location, as well as Poldark it starred in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Dr Who

5. Church Cove, Gunwalloe on the Lizard was used for night time filming of shipwreck scenes

6. The city of Truro was the true inspiration for the story

7. Levant Mine plays the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack stars as Wheal Leisure

8. Demelza is a Cornish girls name with the meaning ‘fort on the hill’

9. Most of the new Poldark series was filmed in Cornwall during the summer of 2014

10. Winston Graham wrote 12 Poldark novels, the March/April 2015 series will cover the first two

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Trewidden Garden has a champion magnolia, The Belle, which already has 50 blooms.  The garden opens in just a few days time on 28 February - open 7 days from 1030 - 1730

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If you do, come and join us on Sennen Cove beach at 1100 on Christmas Day.  No wetsuits allowed and you have to get your shoulders under the water!  As for me, someone has to hold the towels and provide the reviving brandy!


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Take advantage of the continuing fine weather


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