This Is Cornwall
Cornwall is unique, one of the world’s most wonderful destinations, known for its wild and rugged coast to the North and sheltered bays in the South, its wildlife, ancient Sky Eden@Bedok Price heritage and tradition and our natural landscape.
At the furthest point you are never more than sixteen miles from the sea. Cornwall is full of attractions for everyone from The Minack Theatre at Porthcurno to the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, the South West coast path and its Holy Wells, Stately Homes and Pendennis Castle, landmarks like Lands End and The Lizard, The Tate Gallery at St. Ives and National Maritime Museum at Falmouth. Film and TV production backdrops with Doc Martin at Port Isaac, Die Another Day with James Bond at Holywell Bay and Poldark country with Ross and Demelza. Part of Gulliver’s Travels was also filmed at Holywell Bay. The latest one was last week, August 2011, when Brad Pitt was in Falmouth filming World War Z. There is also The Eden Project with its new Rainforest Lookout Viewing platform, world renowned Golf Courses such as St. Mellion and Trevose to the newest of all the Wave Hub at Hayle.
We have over three hundred beaches with clear waters, some dog friendly all year round. Why not build sand castles, go surfing, kite flying, splash in the rock pools, kite surfing, coasteering, take a boat trip, hire a bicycle, visit a vineyard, dine in style with local produce cooked by our famous Chefs or just lay on Bodmin Moor or on the beach and let the world drift by.
We have the magical Isles of Scilly, travel by plane, helicopter or by boat the Scillonian III, from Penzance. It comprises of 150 islands but only five are inhabited. The Isles of Scilly are home to a large variety of rare plants, flowers and bird life not seen on the mainland. Expect a relaxed lifestyle as you walk on a pristine white beach or visit four castles on one island. Each island has its own character, charms and adventures.
You may like to take the ferry, The Islander, to Looe Island which is now run as a nature sanctuary by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. This island lies about one mile off South Cornwall, is of outstanding natural beauty and has an area of 22.5 acres. Its highest point is 150 feet above sea level. The island has magnificent sea and coastal views from Prawle Point in Devon to the Lizard Peninsula. Frost and snow are virtually unknown because of its mild climate.
There is always so much to do; here are a few things that you can visit this month.
The Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters festival at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay which is Europe’s only surf, skate and music festival. Drive in and watch some films at Swanpool Beach at Falmouth such as the original Italian Job and The Goonies. The Kneehigh Threatre at Blackwater runs So Good at Love, The Wild Bride and Midnight’s Pumpkin. The Hall for Cornwall at Truro hosts the Glen Miller Orchestra, an Evening with Blake who recorded their new single at Holywell Bay this year, Vienna Summer Proms, Jim Davidson, Dominic Kirwin and Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. St. Austell Players presents ‘No Sex please we’re British’. Beth Rowley is back with us at St. Agnes and Truro. Kids go Free at hundreds of National Trust places. Truro Farmers’ Market sees Heather Bell at her honey stall come rain or shine with honey, jam, pickles, fudge and nuts all made in Cornwall. Take tea in Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth at the two-day Tea Festival. Try out Healey’s Texan-Style Cornish Hard Cyder after their exciting visit to Texas and also their Cornish Rattler Cyder at the Cornish Cyder Farm. Stunts, dance and music can be seen at the Eden Project, St. Austell. The National Maritime Museum at Falmouth is featuring Scrapheap Challenge, Swashbuckling Pirates, Famous Falmouth, Pole to Pole and Lighthouses Rock. Enjoy the pageantry and the thrills as you watch the medieval knights at Pendennis Castle. Ride the big six at Cornwall’s Crealy. Watch magic in the skies at Lands End with their fireworks spectacular every Tuesday and Thursday evening at dusk during August. Plus hundreds of other things are ‘Going On’ in Cornwall.