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Exploring the Helford #Part3


Helford Village is situated on the south bank of the river. It may be peaceful today but at one time this village was bustling with a thriving trade in Rum, Tobacco and lace, in fact trade was so good a customs house was built and of course the port was a regular haunt for pirates and smugglers.

Walking around the village it is easy to see how authors and artists have had their imaginations turned on by it’s history, scenery and architecture.

The best way to arrive at the village is via the Helford ferry, this will offer you the chance to take in the wonder of the river. The passenger ferry runs from the Ferryboat Inn at the Helford Passage.

Alternatively you can arrive by car and park in the Helford Village Car-Park. The journey takes around 45 minutes from Falmouth.


What are your favourite places around the Helford?

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Exploring the Helford #Part2


The story goes that shipwrecked Normans, driven to the shore of Gillan Creek in the C12th, vowed to St Anthony that if they were saved they would build a church in his name. The church was built, using fine grained granite not found in Cornwall but found in Normandy and so gives credibility to the story.

One of five parishes that makes up that part of the Lizard Penninsula known as, ‘Meneage’, translated as, ‘the land of monks’. Gillan Creek sits under the headland of, ‘Dennis Head’, where ancient entrenchments possibly dating back to Celtic days can still be seen. Dennis can be correctly pronounced as, ‘Dinas‘, meaning fortress and it was this fortress and entrenchments that were occupied by Royalists during the Civil War. Along with Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and St Michaels mount in Marizion the Dendis Fort was one of the last in Cornwall to be surrendered to Sir Thomas Fairfax in 1646.

The Parish FEAST held on the Sunday nearest to the 26th of December each year is known as, ‘Piggy Feast’, as the emblem of St Anthony is the pig. All children born in the parish are called, ‘St Anthony Pigs’.

Look for the old, ‘whipping post’, alongside the church and the chain where the old stocks used to stand.

You can also hire boats, kayaks and motor boats from Sailaway boat hire and there is a beautiful well stocked shore side shop serving delicious ice-creams!

Start your walk by parking in the Helford Car-Park @ TR12 6JX, walk on down through the woodland, around the headland of St Dennis and on to St Anthony in Meneage. The walk is around 5 miles, part narrow road, track paths with moderate but not too steep climbs.

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If you missed Exploring the Helford #Part1 you can find it >>HERE<<

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Red Arrows Falmouth 2015

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Exploring the Helford #Part1


Grebe Beach is a pretty shingle beach that can be the perfect resting spot during a number of stunning coastal walks around the Helford. If you prefer to arrive by car and spend the day here you can park above at the National Trust, Bosveal Car-Park, (Grid Ref – SW775275).

Follow the path down through the woods to the road and turn right, there is no footpath here so be aware of traffic. Walking down the hill look to your left for the footpath that will lead you down to the beach. Unfortunately it is a steep path but the view on the way down more than makes up for your effort.

The lack of swell is perfect for children, kayaking and snorkelling, Cuttlefish and Thornback Ray are often easily spotted, but please be aware that there is no safety equipment or lifeguards here and there is a strong current as you move farther out into the river.

If you arrive at the end of August you can enjoy the Durgan Regatta, (Sunday August 23rd), this incorporates Grebe & Durgan beach just around the corner. A brilliant day full of land and sea races and boats available to hire from the beach. Games, competitions, BBQ and stalls.

Alongside Grebe is the extremely pretty hamlet of Durgan, or, ‘Dowrgeun’, the Cornish for, ‘otter’. Many of the cottages including the old school are now owned by the National Trust along with Glendurgan Garden, situated above the hamlet.

History Snippet

Durgan was once the home of Captain George Vancouver (1757 – 1798), although it is hard to imagine him ever having time to spend here.  Vancouver was appointed  by Captain Cook to join him on his second voyage as a midshipman aboard Cooks ship, Resolution and again for his third voyage aboard, Discovery. It was Vancouver and the crew of Discovery that were recorded as the first to land on present day British Columbia. Vancouver’s travels, battles and discoveries resulted in the naming of several hundred places many of these still remain, including Vancouver Island. You can find out more about his fascinating life here …. Captain George Vancouver.

Have you been to Grebe? What did you think?



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Kimberley Park Falmouth

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Kimberley Park in the heart of Falmouth dates back to the C19th when the Earl of Kimberley leased the park to the Town. Over the years the park has seen several additions and changes most recently the addition of the … Continue reading

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Visit Falmouth Guests Get a Treat


Next time you Visit Falmouth and stay at any of our listed accommodation you can enjoy some great discounts thanks to four of our popular local attractions.



IMAGE CREDIT – National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall – This is a fantastic group, individual or family attraction with lots of hands on things to see and do. This year you can enjoy the new, ‘Viking Voyagers’, exhibition with 10% off entry to Guests of Visit Falmouth member Hotels, Guesthouses, Self-Catering cottages and apartments, Lodges and Caravan/Caravan Parks.




IMAGE CREDIT – National Trust Glendurgan Garden

The National Trust – Glendurgan Garden – Is a truly wonderful day out and one that always leaves you wanting to return. Get lost in the maze, discover stunning subtropical flowers and plants, play in the woodland play area and wander down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan by the water. Visit Falmouth guests receive 20% off admission.




IMAGE CREDIT – Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens – Another stunning garden full of colour and magic. Trails to follow, nooks and crannies to explore, fish to marvel at, and a play area to tackle and Trebah has it’s very own secluded beach too. £8 admission for Visit Falmouth guest for 2015.






IMAGE CREDIT – Pendennis Castle

English Heritage – The Castles of Pendennis & St Mawes – Discover the role both castles have played in protecting Cornwall during times of war. Experience a taste of how it would have sounded during times of attack in the Pendennis gun deck, catch a ferry across the water and explore St Mawes Castle. Or just relax and enjoy the stunning back drop of Falmouth bay. 10% Discount on admission for guests of Visit Falmouth accommodation.


So when you Visit Falmouth remember to ask your accommodation provider for your voucher before you set off for a wonderful day exploring.


NB- Terms and Conditions apply please see discount vouchers for more information
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Visit Falmouth at Falmouth University Jobs Fair


Falmouth District Hoteliers Association, Visit Falmouth, will be on hand at this years Jobs Fair on Wednesday February 18th. Hosted by University Falmouth at the, Penryn Compass, located on the Penryn campus.

Shaun, (FDHA Chair), and Jenny, (San Remo Proprietor), will be on hand all day to talk to students about the vacancies on offer with accommodation providers in the Falmouth area. This is also the perfect opportunity to get a look at our new accommodation guide and find out why Visit Falmouth is the perfect one stop website for all your visiting friends and relatives.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Rainy Day in Falmouth


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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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