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Place’s to explore when you visit Falmouth


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While there are plenty of sights and activities to fill your visit to Falmouth, the town is also the perfect location for exploring many beautiful areas and attractions in Cornwall. Here are three more places’s to explore when you visit Falmouth.

Poldhu Cove Beach is a west facing sandy beach on the Lizard Peninsula. Managed by the National Trust and situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, this pretty beach is the perfect base for swimming, surfing and sandcastle building.

From the beach, you can take a walk up the hill to the Marconi centre and monument, to learn about the first trans-Atlantic radio signal sent in 1901. The high vantage point offers views around the coast as far as Mounts Bay and Penzance, on a clear day of course.

Surf classes are run from the beach during the Summer season and the well stocked and friendly Poldhu Beach Cafe is open for 363 days of the year.

Take the main turning from Helston to the Lizard and follow the signposts to Poldhu alternatively, you can take the 37 bus from Falmouth Moor.


Kynance Cove another west-facing beach on the Lizard Peninsula, has been the inspiration for artists, authors and photographers for many years and when you visit you will understand why. The cliff tops offer a stunning panoramic view of colours. From the pinks, blues and amber changing the sky, clear turquoise sea to the rich green landscape washed in yellow gorse. Spectacular rock formations, rugged cliffs, and stacks that glint of red and green serpentine.

When the tide is out the beach becomes a paradise of white sand and crystal clear water with every chance of seeing seals, dolphins and basking shark, (no they won’t eat you!). Kynance is a popular beach, in fact, evidence of its popularity as far back as the Victorians is reflected in the cave names, ‘The Parlour’, ‘The Drawing Room’, and ‘The Ladies Bathing Pool’.

Kynance Cove Cafe is an eco cafe and the first National Trust property to be fitted with PV tiles that generate enough electricity to make 45,550 cups of tea a year.

The car park is situated above the cove and is a bit of a trek down to the beach but the views make it an extremely pleasant walk.

As with Poldhu, exit the main road from Helston to the Lizard and follow the sign posts to Kynance.


If you are looking for a mix of retail, dining, craft and Cornish mining history then a trip to the Cornwall Gold and Tolgus Tin Mill is a good choice.

Situated among the tin mining landscape of Redruth, Cornwall Gold has something for everyone to enjoy. You can watch experienced jewellery makers as they craft exquisite pieces and then shop for your own or gifts to take home. The children will enjoy panning for gold, making their own bears, painting pottery or playing crazy golf.

You can explore the Tolgus Tin Mill, a designated heritage site and only remaining one of its kind in Cornwall. A tour of the mill will show you how tin streaming and tin ore recovered from the stream, that runs through the park is smelted on-site to create some of the beautiful Cornish jewellery you can buy on site.

After a busy morning, afternoon or day exploring all Cornwall Gold has to offer, you can relax and enjoy a meal of Cornish produce and recipes prepared by their award winning chef, Ricky Fox, at the Cornwall Pantry Restaurant.

Find Tolgus Mill, Nr Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4HN. Parking and admission are free and open all year round.


 

Have you got a favourite place you like to go to when you visit Falmouth?

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Visit the Christmas Tree Festival in Falmouth


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If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Christmas tree festival at the ‘All Saints’, church in Falmouth yet, do. For the last ten year’s the team that organise the festival have done a wonderful job of making the church the perfect place to visit over the festive season.  They also make a lovely hot chocolate and mince pie too! Sadly this looks like the last year they will be running the festival so another reason why you should take a look when you visit Falmouth.

Here is just a few of the many beautiful Christmas trees decorated by local schools, groups, organisations and businesses.

Have you seen the tree’s? Did you pick a favourite?

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Falmouth Christmas Lights 2015


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Another wonderful Christmas light switch on in Falmouth with wonderful singing and delicious food and drink. Thank you to everyone who made this such a wonderful evening despite the weather.

 

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Visit Falmouth at Christmas


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If you are planning to visit Falmouth at Christmas then you are looking forward to a magical time. There are festive workshops, events, theatre, markets, late night shopping and dining to ensure your holiday is packed full of great memories. The list of things to do when you visit Falmouth is endless but to get you started here is a taster of a few to add to your itinerary.

Workshops & Activities

Lantern Making at Princess Pavilion – 29th November, 9.45am £5 per lantern

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Make your own willow withy lantern with the guidance of an experience artist. You can then take it home or if you are in Falmouth on December 3rd why not join in with the Christmas lantern parade.

 

 

Christmas Wrapping Paper making with Outlaw at Falmouth Art Gallery – 12th December, 10.30am – FREE

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Create funky wrapping paper with the clever drawing machine then take it home and give someone a special gift wrapped present this year. Outlaw workshops are very popular so BOOK NOW to avoid missing out.

 

 

 

Nordic Noel at National Maritime Museum – 19th December – 3rd January, 12 – 3.30pm – FREE with museum entrance ticket 

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Make your own festive fare including a Viking yule goat and discover interesting customs from Nordic nations, at Cornwall’s award winning maritime museum.

 

 

 

Events & Entertainment

Christmas lights switch on  & Lanter Parade – Events Square – 3rd December – 5.30pm

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Follow the beautiful lanterns and cheerful chatter as the children and local groups move through the town to the Moor in time for the Christmas lights switch on at 7pm.

If you made a lantern at the Princess Pavilion workshop why not join the parade!

 

 

 

Scrooge – a contemporary Christmas carol at Princess Pavilion – 13th December – 2pm & 5pm – £8

11340_JzDS9bA modern twist on a classic Christmas tale performed by Cornwall Dance School. Follow Evan Scrooge through a haunted  journey of greed and fame until finally he learns He can’t change the past, but can he live, love and dance in the present and change his fate for the future. BOOK NOW to avoid missing this great show.

Carols in the garden at Princess Pavilion – 16th December 7pm,  £3 to include a glass of mulled wine

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Enjoy an evening of mulled wine and festive carols with Illumination Brass in the beautiful Victorian gardens of the pavilion. BOOK NOW to reserve your place.

 

 

 

Christmas Carnival – Brewery Yard – 1pm start

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Everyone is invited to get dressed up for Christmas a join the carnival! Meeting at Brewery Yard on the high street at 12.45pm the carnival moves through the town to Events Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harmony Choir leaving from the  Watersports Centre – 24th December – 10.30am

visit_falmouth_harmony_choirFollow this 115 year old Christmas eve tradition as the Harmony Choir sings throughout the town. Leaving the Watersports centre the choir moves along the main street finishing at 1pm at the Moor. This is an event you must not miss when you visit Falmouth at Christmas.

 

 

Markets & Shopping

Late night shopping in Falmouth starts on December 3rd and continues on 10th & 17th, participating shops remain open until 8pm and includes the Christmas market at the Old Brewery Yard on the High Street.

Poly Christmas Market – 30th November – 24th December (excluding Sundays) – 10am – 7pm & 10 – 8pm on Thursdays.

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A variety of Christmas gifts, decorations and produce created by local makers and artisans all set in the historic and stunning Poly exhibition hall.

 

 

 

Outlaw Christmas Market – The Moor – 10th – 12th December 11am- 5pm & 8pm on the Thursday

visit_falmouth_outlaw_market_2015A gathering of 38 of Cornwall and Devon’s best artisan craft, food and drink producers Live music, craft demonstrations, kid’s stuff, festive food and more. The perfect place to do your Christmas shopping or get some inspiration! Did we mention the real reindeer making an appearance in the Thursday?

This is only a handful of things to do when you visit Falmouth over the Christmas period. You can find a full list by clicking…….here.

If you are looking for great holiday accommodation then don’t forget to check out our accommodation listings…..here.

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Exploring the Helford #Part3


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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


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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


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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


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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.


 

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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.

http://www.nmmc.co.uk/


 

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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.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan-garden/


 

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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.

http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/

 

 

 


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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.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/pendennis-castle/


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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