Falmouth Week 2014 will see 450 yachts taking part in the south west’s largest sailing event and Visit Falmouth are pleased to be a sponsor.
Starting with a fleet of 150 Falmouth Classics racing will begin out in the pretty Carrick Roads and Falmouth bay. Not only are these some of the oldest and most beautiful yachts in the world but with the backdrop of green fields, St Anthony’s head and two magnificent Castles even if you aren’t a great lover of sailing then the view will be enough to captivate you.
Racing continues with seven days of racing to include the larger super yachts of the Bay Fleet and the smaller yachts including Falmouth working boats, Dayboats, cabin yachts and many more in the Carrick Fleet.
The traditional long Champagne Race for the Bay Fleet takes place out in the bay with each class receiving a bottle of champagne after at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.
Shore side entertainment is equally exciting with the famous Falmouth Marine Band and Carnival, Music on Event Square, including Toyah and East17, the popular and entertaining Dragon boats and of course the spectacular Red Arrows and grand firework display.
To top it all off we are set to have a beautiful dry hot summer! Ready to Visit Falmouth? Take a look at available accommodation including, hotels, guest houses, self-catering and campsite’s right here
For a full list of events follow this link to the Falmouth Week Website.
We know you all probably already have lots of great reasons to Visit Falmouth but just in case you want one or two more then here we go.
Falmouth Festivals & Events, with so many throughout the year it often feels like one big carnival. This constant flow of entertainment and celebration means that whenever you Visit Falmouth there will always be something to do. From sailing regatta’s including the, Pendennis Cup, Falmouth Week and Tall Ships. Just three events that see our beautiful bay decorated in Classic Yachts, Super Yachts and in 2014 the most breath-taking and spectacular of them all the Tall Ships. But, look behind all this and see the other side of Falmouth, the busy working side of Falmouth. Tuggs, lifeboats, coastguards and ferries are always out there on the water busy going about their daily routines and working tirelessly to make these events possible and safe. If you get chance take ten minutes to watch our tugs, their skippers are among some of the best sailor’s on the water today. Watching the skill and tight turns these little powerhouses need to manoeuvre craft ten times their own size is truly captivating and will often have you watching through your fingers!
There are festivities to celebrate the towns wealth of creativity, heritage and of course miles of coastline and spectacular gardens. The town has a long history of creativity that can always be researched through our Art Gallery and one of the towns oldest buildings the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic and of course we are lucky to be home to many talented Falmouth University students. If you arrive during Splash Festival, (20 – 28th Sept), you will be treated to award winning drama, poetry, literature, music and dance from local and international artists, authors, poets, actors, dancers and musicians.
Our Spring festival gives you the chance to look closely at our coastline through rock-pooling days, guided walks and trips on and off the water. Along with these days there are always experienced wildlife exploration teams ready to take you on fascinating and informative day trips. Dolphins, basking sharks, seals and a whole host of beautiful sea birds live alongside us here in Falmouth.
There are festivals to celebrate the towns history as one of the leading ports for communication during the days of the Packet Ships, a port ready for battle as forces joined together in preparation for D-Day and of course the pirate tales are never far away, Falmouth was even once home to one of the most fearless and famous lady pirates too! Beer is also covered in our busy event calendar after all who didn’t sing a shanty, set sail or raid a ship without a tankard of grog or two?
If you aren’t looking for festivals and you just want to soak up the Sun and yes we wont lie even the rain occasionally, you can amble along the sea-front and watch life on the beaches and water or you can enjoy our many attractions from the award winning National Maritime Museum to the historic Pendennis Castle. Or you may wish to stroll through the town and enjoy the shops and architecture and dine at one of many delicious restaurants.
The list of reasons to Visit Falmouth is endless! What do you enjoy when you are here?
If you are looking for a great accommodation guide with a free-to-book service we have that right here for you at www.visitfalmouth.com
The 4th Pendennis Cup will take place in Falmouth in just nine days. Organised by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club the fleet of Superyacht’s will take part in four days racing between the 26th & 31st May.
Up to 15 superyachts are expected to take part including the 2012 Cup winner, 138ft Gaff Schooner, ‘Mariette of 1915′.
Great places to see the Superyachts
Events Square Falmouth – Each morning the yacht’s will leave Falmouth Marina at 9.30am. So grabbing a bite to eat and a coffee on the Square could make for a good start to the days race viewing. This is also the base for the Race Office where you can pick up race schedules, check the conditions, follow the results and there will also be a screen showing the previous days racing.
Pendennis Point - Racing takes place from 12pm* out in the waters between the Northern Roseland Peninsula, ‘Gull Rock’, and the Southern Lizard Peninsula, ‘The Manacles’. Possibly the best vantage point to see these spectacular yachts in full sail as they leave the deep water of Falmouth and head out to sea. There is usually a refreshment van parked on the point. Be warned parking is limited but the walk up to the point is worth taking.
Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase Beach & Swanpool Beach – If you aren’t fortunate enough to be out on the water, then the best place to be is on the beach. On a clear day it is possible to see for miles from all of our beaches but a good pair of field glasses would be an advantage.
* Racing will start at 11am on the 31st to ensure everyone gets to see …..
The Red Arrows (crowd goes wild! Who doesn’t get excited by the Red Arrows?)
As if the prospect of seeing some of the worlds most beautiful and perfectly crafted superyachts competing off the coast of Falmouth wasn’t exciting enough, the Red Arrows will be arriving over Falmouth at 3.30pm 31st May. What a Finale!
Where will you be watching?
Are you planning to Visit Falmouth for the Pendennis Cup 2014? Then you will be pleased to hear we have added a new FREE to book system to our website. So now you can arrange your trip to Falmouth all in one place. www.visitfalmouth.com
To celebrate the exciting launch of our new booking system, Visit Falmouth has teamed up with the Falmouth based, Ak Wildlife Cruises, to bring you the chance to WIN two, ‘Wildlife Experience’, tickets.
Join the welcoming and knowledgeable Wildlife team aboard their cruiser, ‘Free Spirit’ and spend four hours exploring our fascinating coast and then later further out offshore. You will have the opportunity to search for Seals, Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and a multitude of beautiful coastal birds. TAKE YOUR CAMERA!
So, how do you win this fabulous prize? Well that’s simple, just share your favourite Falmouth holiday snap with us on Facebook and the photo with the most likes and comments on May 10th will win!
How to Enter
1. Pick your favourite Falmouth Holiday Photo. Was it a day on the beach, at a festival, a boat trip or just a great snap shot with a great view? So long as it’s Falmouth you can enter it.
2. Post the photo to our Visit Falmouth Facebook Page <<HERE>>. We will then pop it into our competition album for all our facebook friends, and yours, to decide if it is THE winning snap shot by liking and commenting on it.
3. Send us a private message via Facebook with your email address.
4. Remember to tell everyone it’s there to like and comment on.
5. We will notify the winner by email.
6. Good Luck!
A huge thank you and shout out to Ak Wildlife Cruises for this wonderful prize!Rules 1. Not open to members of Visit Falmouth or their family. 2. Entrants must be 18 or over. 3. No nudity or offensive content. 4. Permission must be sort where there are people other than you present in the image. 5. Visit Falmouth reserve the right to remove any image they deem to be offensive or inappropriate. 6. Winner will be notified by email so please make sure you private message the Visit Falmouth Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VisitFalmouth with it. 7. The Winner will need to provide a postal address in order to receive the winning tickets. 8. Visit Falmouth’s decision is final. 9. Facebook is in no way involved in or responsible for the running of or the results of this competition.
Visit Falmouth are pleased to announce the launch of our new commission free booking facility.
Now when you come to our online hub of all things Falmouth you can explore all the great events, places to visit, history and walks. Take a look at all the wonderful accommodation options, check availability and now book without ever leaving the site.
What’s even more exciting is, because the system is commission free our accommodation providers aren’t forced to put up their prices to cover the loss per booking they often incur with other bigger Online Travel Agents. So, you the guest can be certain the price you pay is the most competitive and with no hidden costs. Plus, when you book through Visit Falmouth.com you are supporting the local economy and ensuring there are more and more great things happening each year for you to come back and enjoy.
…….and to celebrate we have teamed up with the popular wildlife cruise team AK Wildlife cruises to offer you the chance to WIN one of their exciting and beautiful wildlife cruises. Find out how you can take part <<HERE>>
Join the Oyster men and the local community as they come together to celebrate the last weekend of, ‘Oyster Season’, in their very own seafood harvest festival.
28th – 30th March 2014
Sample native oysters and seafood prepared by a host of popular chefs, enjoy a meal or try a little bit of everything. Then why not take a boat trip and join the Oyster men out on the water and experience a glimpse into their working day.
The festival takes place over two locations, Flushing Quay and across the harbour at Prince of Wales Pier. Enjoy markets, music, food and take the chance to sample a few drops of the craft beer, ‘Penny Comequick’, brewed especially for the Oyster season by the popular Skinners Brewery.
Are you planning to Visit Falmouth for the Oyster Festival? Take a look at our list of Accommodation providers at www.visitfalmouth.com
If you are wondering – How Can I Get To Cornwall With No Trains Running? Then you will be pleased to learn - First Great Western ARE running a full schedule between Paddington and Penzance but with bus replacement between Exeter and Plymouth
However, this bus replacement will add an additional 60 – 80 minutes to journey times so please consider this when booking your tickets.
It is anticipated that the bus replacement will be operational for 6 weeks, but this is subject to further inspections to the track by Network Rail and further weather conditions.
The sleeper service is suspended until 28 February 2014.
So we WILL see you in Falmouth after all! Safe Journey everyone.
The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Regatta 2014 – 28th – 31st August. Could there be a better time to imagine Falmouth as the hub of local and international news and information, when piracy and war were part of the tapestry of the towns day to day lives?
In 1688 the Post Office declared the port of Falmouth the perfect base for its fleet of mail ships. For over 150 years the sight of sail’s and crafted wooden ships out in the harbour and carrick roads became common place. Goods, passengers, news and bullion were regularly dispatched aboard a Falmouth Packet ship to a great many destinations including the Mediterranean, Brazil, the West Indies, North America and as far afield as Australia. Next to London Falmouth was the second most important center of information and news in the British Empire.
Imagine a time when the streets were filled with the cries of mutiny. The bellowing voices of angry sailors as Customs officers confiscated their personal goods to the tune of Christopher Saverland as he read the Riot Act. Were they legitimate goods or were they, as officials believed, smuggled contraband, ‘perks’?
As you sit on Gyllngvase, Swanpool or Castle Beach overlooked by one of the towns oldest surviving buildings, Pendennis Castle, imagine a time when the bay was filled with canon fire as navy fleets defended the town and Packet ships protected their cargo and crew, (not something we imagine our postal service doing today). Packet ships are believed to have engaged in some 32 battles during the Napoleonic war. In recognition of such great bravery a granite obelisk was erected on Falmouth Moor in 1896 and remains today as a memorial to the gallantry of the Packet crews.
John Bull, possibly the most famous Packet commander, was well known for his fierce temper and loud booming voice and the ships under his command are recorded as engaging in the most battles. In 1810 a French raider within sight of Pendennnis Castle bid a hasty retreat when Captain Bull cried, ‘Now, my lads there is Pendennis and there are your homes!’ This was followed by a cannon down the deck of the Fench ship, no wonder they retreated. The captains house remains a little way up from Swanpool lake. Marlborough House, named after the second of his ships to carry the name, is now a private residence but is still perfectly visible from the road and is worth the stroll up the short hill.
At it’s peak the Falmouth Packet Fleet totalled 39 ships, it is reported that over 35 ships have registered to take part in this years regatta. Although they are coming from all over the world this number alone will make the vision in the harbour and bay a near perfect picture of the Falmouth Packet Fleet in a 1827 Falmouth.
Will you Visit Falmouth for this years spectacular Tall Ships Regatta? Were you here in 2008? Where will you stay?
Are you looking for a great walk away from the coast and full of history? Would you like to find hobbits, fairies, ghosts, gunpowder mills and nature? Ok, so perhaps the hobbit’s, fairies and ghosts are largely dependent on your imagination, but we can promise you will find the intriguing remains of the Kennall Gunpowder Company works.
At the peak of productivity in the mid nineteenth century Kennall Vale gunpowder works were producing 4-5 thousand barrels of quality gunpowder a year. Employing 50 men and supplying both the local and international mining industry meant the huge wheels and cogs in the mills rarely stopped turning.
Gunpowder, heavy machinery housed in mills that look precariously built into the hillside and next to no concrete, ‘Health & Safety’, guidelines create the ideal recipe for disaster.
The first ever fatalities recorded at the works were in February 1826 when Elizabeth Rutter delivered some roast potatoes to the workers at The Mixing House. The hot potatoes combined with the igniting dough this house produced caused an explosion that killed Elizabeth and one of the workers.
Probably the most cited and most terrific explosion to happen at the works occurred a little after 8am one May Monday in 1838. William Dunstan was preparing for work in the presshouse when a spark triggered an explosion that could be heard for miles. As a result 5 mills blew up in quick succession, the roof of one was said to have landed a mile away. Sadly William Dunstan lost his life and co-worker James Paddy who was delivering to the presshouse at the time was seriously injured.
As gelignite and dynamite grew in preference the demand for gunpowder declined until the factory was forced to close in 1910.
For a time a granite quarry was in operation in the woods with the granite being used as memorials during the first world war and in the creation of viaducts across Cornwall.
Today the 20 acre site is managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and is home to several species of wildlife including the interesting Dipper that nests along the river bank. Several mills, cogs, steps and leet’s remain giving the explorer huge amounts to stimulate the imagination.
The perfect time to visit this fascinating trail through time and nature is during the winter months. The river is at it’s most dramatic and the sun peeps through the trees just enough to cast a magical twinkle on the damp mosses and ferns.
A more detailed account of the vale and it’s history can be downloaded at the Cornish Mining Heritage website.