Winter Escapes | Looking beyond lockdown

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Fancy an escape once lockdown has lifted? A chance to unwind, to reset and to rest? We are very much keeping our fingers crossed that we will be allowed to welcome you to our home again soon. We know just how important having the space to breathe and a change of scenery is right now and we are really looking forward to welcoming guests again when it is safe to do so.

So, throughout December, January and February, we are offering a super duper special deal of three nights for the price of two.

You’ll also receive a bumper bounty of bubbles, luxury biscuits, hot chocolate and marshmallows.

All you have to do is book direct with us. We still have a couple of dates available in December and availability in January and February.

In the event that lockdown continues, we can either offer you a full refund or reschedule your trip to a later date (please note, the rescheduled trip must be taken within a year of the original booking and depending on the dates there may be a price difference). 

*All bookings need to be made direct and must be booked by 15th December. The 3FOR2 offer is valid for stays between 3 December – 28 February excluding school holidays and subject to availability. 

A few of our favourite things in September

The Cornish weather has certainly shown its wild side these past few weeks and although the summer sun has started to retreat and the leaves have begun to turn, there’s still a wealth of things to do and enjoy in Cornwall this month.

A Different Way of Seeing

At the Falmouth Art Gallery there is a wonderful exhibition called A Different Way of Seeing that explores the notion that everyone experiences art differently. 

Open Studios Cornwall

Over this week 29th August – 6th September, over 200 studios across Cornwall will open their doors with special social distancing measures in place. From painters to potters, from illustrators to textile artists, you can take a peek behind the studio doors of an array of artists and makers across Cornwall. 

Hippo Campus | Where we learn

This exhibition explores where, how and from whom we learn. Bringing together a range of artists and spanning many mediums it looks at alternative learning, unschooling and much more. The exhibition runs until 19th September at the Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange. 

Royal Cornwall Museum

The Royal Cornwall Museum will be reopening from 12th September, full to brim with treasures from Cornish history and showcases Cornish life and culture across the years. It’s a lovely little museum with a fab cafe and art shop next door.

Jubilee Pool 

The first geothermal lido has opened at the Jubilee Pool down in Penzance and we simply cannot wait to go and try it. Heated to 35 degrees by its own geothermal well. Make sure you check online for opening times and book your spot.

A few of our favourite things in August

As everyone across the country adjusts to this different way of living, shopping locally and supporting small businesses has never been so important. Here’s our monthly round-up for some local attractions and some of our favourite places to visit in Cornwall for August.

Minack Theatre

One of my fondest childhood memories of living in Cornwall is going to the Minack Theatre, cut out of the cliffs and with the sea as a backdrop, it is an unbelievable experience. The Theatre has reopened but make sure you plan and book your visit. There are a number of events that they are running over the summer, including Storytelling Sessions for little ones and a number of theatrical productions.

St Michael’s Mount

Rising from the horizon, St Michael’s Mount is an iconic Cornish attraction. A family home for centuries, it is an island of myths and legends and a fun day out for all the family. You will need to pre-book your visit and time it with the tide.

Trebah Gardens

Trebah Gardens have now reopened, the magical botanical gardens are a real treat. From Rhododendron Valley to Koi Pool, from the Bamboozle Maze to Hydrangea Valley, the gardens are a beautiful sub-tropical paradise. Be sure to book your tickets.

New Yard Restaurant 

Located on the Trelowarren Estate, New Yard Restaurant offers a fantastic dining experience, with creative and innovative menus and the warmest reception in beautiful surroundings. Over the summer they are offering evening meals, make sure you book your spot in advance.

Street food on the beach 

A fantastic pop-up venue in Newquay, the Boathouse is open everyday with a selection of food trucks and vendors. So whether you want a waffle or some beautiful bundt cakes, mexican or pizza. Be sure to check out their facebook page for the latest line-ups and menus. 

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum has now reopened in Falmouth and their current exhibition Monsters of the Deep explores the myths, legends and stories of the deepest depths of the ocean. All visits should be pre-booked and you can book your slot online.

Rogue Theatre Wonder Walks

The award-winning Cornish Theatre Company, Rogue Theatre returns this summer to Tehidy Woods, North Cliff with a fantastic new immersive theatrical experience. Wonder Walks will lead you on a wild trail through the woods with a series of wonderful stories and magical happenings on the way. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and pre-book your ticket now.

Things to do in February in Cornwall

Half-term ideas

With the tail end of Storm Ciara heading out of Cornwall, we’re taking a breather in between this wild and windy weather to look at all the amazing things to do in Cornwall during half term next week! From the beautiful Radical Botany art exhibition at the Eden Project, through to the Love Nature week of wildlife fun at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, there is something for everyone.

Superhero Wildlife Quiz

Head to Paradise Park near Hayle during half-term to find out who can fly underwater, which animals can juggle and many more superhero animals.

Tate Create: Toy Circus

Let your imagination and creatitivity loose in this wonderful Naum Gabo inspired workshop at the Tate St Ives. Take your creations away with you or stay and play with your newly made toys.

Rooms Designed for a Woman | A film by Emily Speed

Also showing at the Tate is a fabulous film and installation by Emily Speed, exploring and reflecting upon the fact that buildings have traditionally been built for men.

Love Nature at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Immerse yourself and your senses in The Lost Garden of Heligan’s wonderful Love Nature week. From sensory trails to wildlife spotting activities, find out about the biodiversity of huge array of wildlife inhabitants at Heligan.

Brilliant Birds Trail at Lanhydrock

Can you tell a sparrow from a swallow? Do you know what the best time of day to hear a bird call is? And what on earth do owls eat? Pop along to the Brilliant Birds trail around the Lanhydrock garden this February half-term to find out.

Potager Garden Feast Night

Join the team at Potager Garden for a wonderful three course Japanese feast on 28th February, but hurry there’s only a few tickets left.

Watchful Mary Open Air Pizza & Sprout Spoken Event

Head to Watchful Mary’s on Watergate Bay for their Open Air Pizza, keep an eye on their Instagram for further details. Also taking place at Watchful Mary’s on 27 February is Sprout Spoken, an open mic night of poetry and storytelling.

Nature Bugs Half Term Special at Potager Garden

Join the amazing Nature Bugs at Potager Garden for a half term special making seed bombs and other fantastic spring crafts. Make sure you book in advance.

Things to do in January in Cornwall

As we emerge from the depths of Christmas, take down our decorations and look to the year ahead, we’ve put together a little list of the not to be missed events and things to do in Cornwall this month. From ice-skating at the Eden Project to visiting Falmouth Art Gallery for their newest exhibition, here’s some hints and tips of what to do in Cornwall this month.

Images: Falmouth Art Gallery, Eden Project, Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Eden Project Ice-Skating

The Christmas spirit doesn’t need to disappear once the decorations have been taken down, in fact you can still experience the delight and joy of a winter wonderland at the Eden Project as the Ice Rink is still in place until 23rd February.

A Sharp Pencil

Pop along to the Falmouth Art Gallery to visit an exhibition of A Sharp Pencil, inspired by the works of Patrick Woodroffe, it is a celebration of all forms of drawing. The exhibition will run from 25 January – 21 March.

Unbounded at the Eden Project

Showcasing the work of 15 artists who are either working in or deeply connected to Cornwall, Unbounded is a contemporary art exhibition exploring the multiple and diverse layers of Cornwall’s social and environmental landscapes. Catch it now until 26th January

The Healing Light Festival

Head to Heartlands from 25 – 26 January for the Healing Light Festival, a two day showcase for Cornish based therapists, including healing, reiki, herbal medicine, no hands massage, bach flower remedies, hopi ear candles, sound healing, crystal healing, reflexology, psychotherapy, and many more.

Celebrating Work and Play Exhibition

Delving into the archives of Penlee House’s photographic collection, this exhibition brings together 130 photographs of people at work and play. A delightful snapshot into the everyday, ordinary moments.

Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow-Trail at Cardinham Woods

Take your little ones on an adventure into Cardinham Woods to help Shaun the Sheep find Lu-La the lost alien get home. Download the free app before you go and pick up a trail pack whilst your there.

Wildlife Watch

Pop along to the wonderful Five Acres Reserve to join the Wildlife Watch team and the fantastic Prickles and Paws hedgehog rescue team to learn all about hedgehogs on Saturday 18 January.