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Rainy Day in Falmouth


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Many people come to Cornwall and Falmouth all year round partly because we are lucky to experience even the mildest winters, although it’s hard to believe when you see us locals stomping across the beach with hoods pulled down over our eyes and mittens pulled up to our elbows, the point is though, we are still on the beach!

Of course Falmouth isn’t just about the beach and we wouldn’t expect everyone to head there particularly on wet and windy days. So we thought we would suggest 3 things to do on a wet & windy day in Falmouth!

1. Spend a couple of hours exploring the award winning National Maritime Museum on Events Square.

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Image Credit – National Maritime Museum

For a second year the museum won silver in the  British Travel UK Heritage Attraction category 2014 and as someone who has visited this museum on many occasions it is not surprising. With a full calendar of events, exhibitions and fascinating talks that run alongside the regular maritime features, this is a museum you can come back to more than once during your stay.  Explore and interact with the museum, climb to the top of the look out tower to take in the breath taking views and then continue enjoying these views at the Waterside cafe.

2. Visit The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, ‘The Poly’, Falmouth, where you can enjoy movies, exhibitions, festivals, workshops and talks. One of our oldest buildings and societies established over 175 years ago continues to be a hub of innovation and culture. It’s central location makes it a perfect stop off as part of your visit to the Town centre.

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The Poly

3. Spend an evening at the Princess Pavilion, dine in the popular garden room before enjoying the entertainment! The stunning backdrop of Falmouth bay, magical bandstand, long Victorian green house and children’s play area make this a beautiful place to unwind at the end of busy day exploring the Town. If you visit during the day or early evening even if it’s raining it is worth wandering down to the old shell grotto’s, part of the beautiful Gyllngdune gardens that the Pavilion is nestled in.

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The Pretty Band Stand at Princess Pavilion

Of course now I have written this the sun has come out and the sea and sand are calling me back to the beach. It is winter in Falmouth but still beautiful and still so many things to enjoy whatever the weather!

Where do you like to visit when it rains in Falmouth?

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The Visit Falmouth Best Bits of 2014


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As 2014 steadily draws to a close we look back on some of the reasons we have to celebrate the year.

For the Visit Falmouth team, (Falmouth District Hoteliers Association), our biggest highlight has been reaching our 75th year.  When it was formed back in 1939 at the outset of WW2, it is hard to picture people heading anywhere on their, ‘holidays’, we can only imagine that this was a time when accommodation providers worked hard together to provide a safe and warm place for the many refugees sent to Falmouth for safe keeping.

Today the association continues to support local accommodation providers and tourism in Falmouth. Our biggest achievement this year has been the inclusion of a Free-To-Book system on our website giving our members and you the visitor a cost effective and easy to use direct booking platform.

Over the years there have been many changes and challenges. Our recent celebration at the award winning National Maritime Museum gave our lovely Chair Shaun Davie, the opportunity to share his hopes for the future and the importance of working together.

‘For future tourism here in Falmouth I see many challenges as a result of limited funding from central government and with that diminishing support from organisations such as Visit Cornwall. I feel a growing importance to strengthen our own local association to build on the successes we have achieved and learn together particularly in the constantly changing techniques in marketing. Joining forces with other private organizations such as Fal River whom run our local visitor information centre is a good example of this as together we can support each other. Also BIDs whom work extremely hard on promoting our town and the many events they organise.’

Above all it is the continued support of our many visitors who choose to stay at guest houses, hotels and camp sites here in Falmouth each year that help the work of the FDHA to continue. Many of our visitors return year on year helping to make Falmouth a wonderful town to visit full of welcoming, friendly people. Of course we are hugely blessed to have some of the most stunning landscapes, beaches and historic points of interest but being able to share these with our visitors makes our work worthwhile.

So from all of us at the Falmouth District Hoteliers Association & Visit Falmouth thank you for another wonderful New Year and we wish you all the very best for 2015.

Now for some of the best bits we have found for 2014……..

Did you visit Falmouth in 2014? What are your best memories?

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Christmas In Falmouth


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How many of us have a tradition at Christmas? The one or two things we do each year that we look forward to? It may be a family tradition or a cultural tradition. Over the years many Christmas traditions have faded away, many others are adapted or altered to suit trends or even the pocket, and with more and more people moving around the globe many traditions have been introduced into towns, villages and families.

Cornwall is well known for being the home of many festivals and many of these surround Cornish tradition including , Nadelik, (Christmas). The, ‘Montol’, festival is still very much part of the community in Penzance and involves chalking a figure, (traditionally a man), on a block, (log), and lighting it. This symbolises saying farewell to the old and welcomes in the new.

Many Cornish homes still hang the, Cornish Christmas Bunch, or, Bush. This is hung from the ceiling on December 21st. Arches of evergreens were often seen through towns and villages decorating the shops and streets and Illuminating clock towers has long been a tradition, not as you may think , just an extra vantage point for the more contemporary lights we recognise today. ‘Mousehole’, is famous for it’s lights and has attracted thousands of visitors since 1963. One light, a fish, represents another Mousehole tradition, the, ‘Stargazy Pie’, that is paraded through the town on December 23rd along with lanterns. This pays tribute to Tom Bowcock, a C16th fisherman, who risked  treacherous seas to bring the starving village fish for Christmas.

The tradition of, ‘Guise Dancing’, is another event that takes place during the festive season and one that has certainly been adopted and adapted here in Falmouth. Traditionally it involved wearing gentlemen’s hand me downs and masks and parading through the town entertaining spectators with music, dance and singing. Dressing up and dancing through the town is a familiar sight in Falmouth that has become well known for it’s many carnivals and Christmas is no exception with the, ‘Christmas Carnival’, taking place on December 6th.

One of our most popular and most endearing signs and true sound of Christmas is the arrival of the, ‘Harmony Choir’, to the town on, Christmas Eve. A tradition that has taken place for over 100 years and brings together choirs from across the County.

Falmouth is a truly lovely town at Christmas, full of festive events and traditions, its location makes it the perfect place to stay if you want to explore Cornwall and the many great, Nadelik, traditions across the County.

More information on all the festive celebrations across the town can be found  by clicking <<HERE>>

For Now We Will Leave You With The,

Harmony Choir

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Reasons To Visit Falmouth


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We have been flicking through our snap book for the last year and picking our favourite pics. Which is your favourite picture of Falmouth? Or do you have one of your own? We are always happy to see them over on our Facebook page.

There are still more great events heading our way and more great photo’s so watch this space for more wonderful reasons to Visit Falmouth.

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Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014


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We may have had a few heavy downpours over the last few days but when it has broken out from a curtain of clouds the sun has certainly shone. The crowds have poured into the town to see the crews preparing their magnificent ships for the Tall Ships Regatta 2014. For many the excitement of an opportunity to see beyond the gets of the historic docks has been an additional bonus.

All too soon Sunday will be upon us and the final day of celebrations as we see the sails raised and the regatta begin. But where will be the best place to see the splendour?

If the weather is fine of course any one of our beautiful beach’s, Castle Beach, Gyllyngvase, or; Swanpool will offer a perfect vantage point along with their cafe’s boasting tasty menu’s and extensive choice of ice-creams. If you want to get a closer look then anywhere along the headland around Pendennis point and perhaps the perfect backdrop would be created with a visit to the castle. Please be aware the headland will get very busy and we strongly advise you walk up and not drive.

Wherever you choose to watch the start of this spectacular regatta cast your imagination to a time when this sight would have been common place, when Falmouth was a leading communications hub second to London, and news and information was carried to and from the port by Packet Ships.

Where will you watch?

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Falmouth Carnival 2014


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Falmouth Week 2014


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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.

 #LoveFalmouth Working Boats … from Liz George on Vimeo.

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.

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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.

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Reasons to Visit Falmouth


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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!

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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

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The Pendennis Cup 2014 – In Falmouth


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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′.

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2012 Cup Winner – Mariette of 1915
Image Courtesy of – www.yachtsinternational.com

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!

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 Where will you be watching?

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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

 

 

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Visit Falmouth’s Ak Wildlife Cruises Competition


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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!

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All images – © ak_wildlife_cruises

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.
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