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On a budget: free things to do with the family…

Some things to do that won’t cost you a single penny. Read on for our guide...


Insider ideas on what to do on a rainy day in Cornwall

Ok, we admit it. The sun doesn’t always shine in Cornwall. But a little bit of mist and drizzle (or mizzle as we say in Cornwall) needn’t stop you having a brilliant time. Here's a collection of ideas posted on our Facebook page by visitors and locals.


Summer in Cornwall

So many people have fond memories of childhood summer holidays spent in Cornwall that they keep coming back year after year sharing their love of the county with their children and grandchildren. And who can blame them? Still very much unspoilt, the landscape of Cornwall remains as beautiful now as it ever was and if you’ve dreamt of taking a dip in the ocean surrounded by stunning scenery, watching unforgettable sunsets while sitting high on cliffs or simply eating fish and chips by a bustling harbour then this is what summers in Cornwall are all about. Add to that world class contemporary food, plenty of water sports the county has become famous for, plus a vibrant arts and music scene, and Cornwall cleverly combines all that was good in the past with all that’s simply brilliant now. One day you can be quietly building a sandcastle on the beach with the kids and the next putting on a wetsuit and learning how to windsurf. Or you can spend the morning browsing the local art shops in west Cornwall and then try your hand at learning how to paint the Cornish landscape in the afternoon. Spend a late evening at a rock concert then the next day tackle the high peaks of the moor to blow away the cobwebs. The choice of summer fun is endless, and it’s at this time of year you can discover some local traditions too by taking part in the umpteen vibrant carnivals, regattas and festivals that take place all over Cornwall. It’s a great chance to join in, put on costume and take part in the parade or watch the blindingly bright sails of yachts and schooners as they race on the water. At food festivals work your way around the stalls sampling all that’s great about Cornish produce and for a real bit of summer magic, catch a male voice choir or brass band performing on the quayside as the sun sets.

Summer holidays

It’s summer, school’s out and Cornwall steps up a gear. So if you’re looking for lazy days by the sea rock pooling, crabbing and building sandcastles then Cornwall does that or if you’re more about action packed adventure breaks and gung-ho surfing weekends then you’ll find those too. In fact whatever you and the kids are into this summer, in Cornwall you’re going to find exactly what you’re after. So let’s make a list. Zip wires, abseiling and kite surfing for the intrepid teenagers and zoos and farm parks with lions and cuddly lambs for the youngsters, maybe throw in a bit of gentle belly boarding for good measure. Then there’s there are lots of gardens, stately homes and castles that have a whole summer program of exciting things to do ranging from den building, circus skills and mock battles to bread making, plant discovery trails and bug hunts. Now let’s not forget the natural side of things either. If your little darlings are more used to adventure via an Xbox then it really won’t take them long to forget cyberspace and engage with Cornwall’s spectacular landscape. Rounders on the beach, sliding down sand dunes, running through the surf, spotting foxes, pheasants, cows, pigs and sheep, cycling along muddy trails, watching lobsters being landed on the quay, trekking on horseback over the moors -to be honest, as a family you’re going to have an awful lot of fun! And what if it rains? Don’t worry, you’ll find there is plenty to do undercover in Cornwall, too. Play barns, indoor swimming pools, bowling, aquariums.. you might even have heard we’ve got a tropical jungle undercover, too! Or you could simple grab a beach tent, some red hot pasties, a thermos and find yourself a bit of sand and just huddle up and watch the drizzle …real happy family memories guaranteed!

For the walkers….

Here are five (grade: moderate) South West Coast path walks to try this Summer…. From our friends at South West Coast Path

Three sides of the Lizard 3.9 miles (6.3 km)


A circular walk from The Lizard Village Green around the rugged tip of The Lizard peninsula, passing the most southerly point on the mainland. The route follows undulating high cliffs, while remaining fairly moderate underfoot with a network of paths radiating like spokes leading off the Coast Path back to the village, making it easy to shorten or lengthen this walk. One such extension is well worth the effort if you continue on the Coast Path past Lizard Point to the picturesque Kynance Cove – recently crowned the best picnic spot on the South West Coast Path. Read more…

St Agnes – Beacon on the coast 6.3 miles (10.1 km)


The walk is based in the old mining village of St Agnes. It climbs to the top of St Agnes Beacon, a prominent landmark with outstanding views, and then descends to the coast at the little cove of Chapel Porth. It then follows the Coast Path around the promontory of St Agnes Head to the beach at Trevaunance Cove, from where it returns inland to St Agnes. This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome.

Crantock 1.7 miles (2.7 km)


A short walk offering beautiful views over a tranquil estuary and the sweeping Atlantic coast, as well as the chance to explore the pretty coastal village of Crantock. The sound of bird song along this part of the walk on a summer’s evening is something to behold!

Gribbin Head and the Saint’s Way 6.6 miles (10.6 km)


A fascinating walk with historical and literary associations as well as spectacular views. The route is gently undulating along the cliff tops, with moderately steep climbs, one of which can be slippery underfoot when wet.

From 28th July to 3rd August it’s Charlestown Regatta week when you’ll get great views of the sailing events on this walk.

A twirl of the Cape 4.8 miles (7.7 km)


This walk starts and finishes in the old mining town of St Just. It passes through an area once heavily mined for tin and copper, passing a number of historic mining sites, and then along the coast to the major landmark of Cape Cornwall. It then continues along the coast, past the sub-tropical Cot Valley with its wonderfully mild microclimate and stream running into the sea at Porth Nanven Cove, before heading inland and returning to St Just. This walk is particularly good for dogs as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome.

Spotlight on…

Every month we highlight 2 destinations in Cornwall you may not be so familiar with…


Narrow streets and steep valley sides lead down to the centre of old Mevagissey where the distinctive twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch of skate, lobster, plaice and sole. In typical picture postcard style, pubs, cafes, galleries and shops cluster around the harbour walls and line the pretty streets.

Named after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey, the village dates back to at least 1313 and during the 1800s Mevagissey prospered on the back of the abundant source of pilchards out to sea. Around the maze of streets you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants and there is nothing more sublimely Cornish than tucking into some local scallops or mackerel and ending the evening with a walk along the harbour wall with lights of the village twinkling on the water.

Nearby are The Lost Gardens of Heligan which underwent a famous restoration after decades of neglect and now brims with an amazing array of sub- tropical flowers, trees and plants and the Pentewan trail, an easy-going 5 mile round trip from the beach at Pentewan to the village of London Apprentice and back. The trail runs along the bed of an old narrow gauge railway which once took clay and tin ore to the harbour at Pentewan until it silted up and the railway ceased operation in 1916.



Located just inland on the Camel River estuary and once famous as a centre for wool production, Wadebridge is a lively hub of the north coast. It’s the starting point for a popular stretch of the Camel Cycle Trail and provides a welcome stop off point for visitors heading for the area’s famous big surf and beaches. Here you’ll find all you need for a picnic, tonight’s dinner or something chic for the beach as the streets are full of independent shops and boutiques. The Royal Cornwall Show, the county’s biggest agricultural jamboree takes place just outside Wadebridge in June and a popular folk festival is held in the town annually.

The Camel Trail is one of Cornwall’s biggest draws and ranks as one of most successful recreational multi-use trails in the UK. Eighteen miles of trails run over moors and through woodland from Wadebridge to Bodmin and down to the sea at Padstow. There are plenty of places to hire bikes at the start of the trail.


Cornwall Wildlife Watch - August wildlife to see from Cornwall Wildlife Trust

The clouded yellow butterfly(Colias croceus) is an annual, if irregular migrant species which visits Cornwall each year from southern Europe. The first migrants of this species usually reach Cornwall in May or June, and these will produce their first ‘British’ broods in August, swelling numbers in the county this month. These butterflies cannot survive the British winter, however, and so most will head back south at the end of the summer.

The clouded yellow can be found almost anywhere, in fields, gardens or waste ground. It is almost always associated, however, with fields of clover (Trifolium sp) or Lucerne (Medicago sativa) or other similar flower-rich habitats. They are best looked for in coastal areas later in the month when, if conditions allow, large numbers may be seen emigrating back towards the continent, perhaps somewhere like our Penlee Battery Nature Reserve: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/penlee

This month may also bring the leatherback turtle(Dermochelys coriacea) to our shores. Cornish sightings of the leatherback turtle are thought to be due to a deliberate seasonal migration, with most of sightings being recorded between August and October. These incredible creatures, often growing to over two metres in length, breed on tropical beaches but deliberately migrate thousands of miles to feed on the abundance of jellyfish supported by our colder waters - indeed, significant numbers of jellyfish have been sighted in Cornish waters recently.

Leatherback turtles are critically endangered and are threatened not only by accidental entanglement in fishing gear, but also by ingesting marine litter such as plastic carrier bags and balloons, probably mistaking them for jellyfish; as such, its vital that we learn more about the movements of these amazing animals. Best looked for on warm, calm days from along or above the coastline, maybe from somewhere like our nature reserve at Ropehaven Cliffs: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/ropehaven.

The heath lobelia(Lobelia urens) is a very rare plant in Cornwall, and indeed more widely across the UK, where it is only found on a few sites across southern Britain. Heath lobelia is a fairly tall plant, growing up to 50cm in height, with beautiful blue flowers that open in open spikes during July and August. These delicate flowers are only about half an inch long.

The heath lobelia favours low-lying terrain, often along valley bottoms, especially where the soils are seasonally water-logged. A Red Data Book species, the wet heathland at our Redlake Cottage Meadows Nature Reserve is therefore managed with this plant specifically in mind. Redlake is in fact the only place in Cornwall where this plant is found. You can read more about this fantastic nature reserve here: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/redlake

5 of the best...castles

Pendennis Castle

Applauded as one of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII, Pendennis Castle has a rich history with spine-chilling stories of war, conflict and invasion. From Tudor beginnings the castle has survived through countless battles fulfilling the non-enviable task of protecting not only Falmouth but the whole country from attack. Today, its mission is a lot simpler, to entertain and educate - but action is still at the heart of this impressive castle. As you step over the drawbridge and through the castle walls you’ll find yourself thrown back in time and reliving moments from history, whether it’s a Second World War enemy attack or the sights and sounds of a Tudor gun room.

Mon – Sun, 10am to 6pm (4pm Saturdays) 01326 316594


St Mawes Castle

The pretty sister to Pendennis, St Mawes Castle is another example of Henry VIIIs fine handiwork. Elaborately adorned with embellishments and built in a charming clover-leaf shape it is one of the best preserved fortresses owing much to the lack of development after its 16th Century completion. But behind its beauty lies a deadly strength as being built to house heavy ‘sinking ship’ guns it worked in partnership with Pendennis on the other side of the Fal Estuary to guard the important anchorage of Carrick Roads.

Sun – Fri, 10am to 6pm 01326 270526


Tintagel Castle

Shrouded in myths and legends and famed for its Arthurian connections, Tintagel Castle is a place to suspend disbelief and surrender to the magical setting. Explore Merlin’s Cave which is believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur and with steady feet and eyes looking skyward climb the narrow steps carved into the cliff side to Tintagel Island, joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land. Here the gaunt remains of the medieval castle are speckled with hints of a colourful past and a long history of occupation which stretches as far back as the Romans. The breathtaking views from Tintagel Castle’s spectacular location are worth a visit alone.

Mon – Sun, 10am to 6pm 01840 770328


Restormel Castle

Situated in an amazing position beside the Fowey River and with fantastic views, Restormel Castle in Lostwithiel has, by castle standards, led a relatively quiet life. The first castle on the site is thought to have been built in wood by the Normans in 1100 but was later replaced by a stone construction in the 13th Century and is now applauded as being the best example of a shell keep in the country. With a moat and thick circular walls the shell hid an imposing residence, so impressive that its position as a status symbol seems more probable than a fortress. With wealth and opulence high on the agenda the only action the castle saw was during the Civil War when the castle was already well on its descent to ruins.

Mon – Sun, 10am to 6pm 01208 872687


Launceston Castle

Thought to be one the first castles in Cornwall, the early Launceston Castle was built in 1067 and as well as being the administrative centre for the Earls of Cornwall was bestowed with the important duty of guarding the main route into Cornwall. As it passed through the hands of different Earls the castle went through many transformations; its wooden defences were upgraded to a circular stone keep and Richard, the Earl of Cornwall, added a tower. But as the stature of Launceston lessened so too did the castle fortunes. First came the move of the Earloms administration to Lostwithiel following Richard’s death and later the move of the seat of county government to Bodmin. With a turn as a prison it housed the harsh confinement of George Fox, founder of the Quakers, but was left to ruins and the final buildings demolished in the 1800s. Visitors today can trace 1000 years of incredible history in the display exhibition and discover finds from site excavations.

Mon – Sun, 10am to 6pm 01566 772365


From Tremadart House ...

At Tremadart House we are just 4 miles from the historic fishing port of Looe , with its quaint streets, sandy beach, rock pools, diving, sailing, boating and much more. You can also sample many varieties of Cornish Pasty, catch crabs by the quayside or watch the fishing boats return with their catch and unload. Looe is also an important centre for shark angling in Britain . Boats can be chartered for this or for mackerel fishing, if you prefer. You can also have a great day out with a range of self-drive boats or organised boat trips in both Looe and around the Fowey river.

Tremadart Bed and Breakfast, Looe Cornwall
There are plenty of Coastal Walks in this area of Cornwall . One is Looe to Polperro, along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Cornwall . When you arrive in Polperro you can enjoy a drink or lunch at one of the “locals” and then amble around the quaint harbour, visit the galleries or the miniature version of Polperro.
Tremadart Bed and Breakfast, Looe Cornwall

The Eden Project, which is a “must”, is only a 40 minute drive away http://www.edenproject.com/. This is an amazing project, combining different gardens of the world “under one roof”.

Tremadart Bed and Breakfast, Looe Cornwall
A 35 minute drive will take you to Plymouth . There you will find Plymouth ’s National Marine Aquarium, with its glass tunnel ensuring you get a close up view of the sharks – to see the action go at feeding time!
Tremadart Bed and Breakfast, Looe Cornwall

The Monkey Sanctuary, just along the coast from Looe towards Seaton, has been the home to a colony of woolly monkeys since 1964. Originally, its aim was to provide a home for monkeys rescued from isolated lives in zoos or as pets and allow them to live as naturally as possible. The Sanctuary has received world-wide recognition as the first place where monkeys have survived and bred successfully in captivity.

Tremadart Bed and Breakfast, Looe Cornwall

Diving - Sites within 10 miles

HMS Scylla in Whitsand Bay is England ’s first artificial reef. She was a type 21 frigate and was sunk on 27 March 2004 . She offers the opportunity to explore an intact wreck at a relatively shallow depth.

Jame Egan Layne in Whitsand Bay . This wreck is reportedly getting better and better and the marine life is prolific. This site is particularly good for night diving and there is always the chance of a free swimming conger eel or a lobster out on the prowl. What was she? An American liberty ship, torpedoed in 1945.

Whitsand Bay Divers – This Dive Centre is situated in Whitsand Bay , approximately 3 nautical miles from HMS Scylla.

Tremadart Bed and Breakfast, Looe Cornwall

The National Trust and other well known Gardens

The National Trust has been protecting the countryside and historic buildings and their gardens for more than a century. Gardens in our area include:

Anthony House - overlooking the Tamar Estuary

Caerhays Castle Gardens, St Austell

Lost Gardens of Heligon, Pentewan, St Austell - a must for garden lovers

Lanhydrock House - famous for its magnolias

Trelissick - open all year

Trewithen – situated between St Austell and Truro

Tremadart Country House Bed and Breakfast, Tremadart Lane, Duloe, Cornwall PL14 4PE - tel 01503 262766 or +44 1503 262766 from abroad