Top 3 things to do in Cornwall this June

Posted on 10th June 2014

An article on the Cornwall Life website has listed its top six activities to do in Cornwall in June, but here we pick the best three that feature in their list.

Heritage Transport Festival

There are an array of superb holiday cottages to rent in Cornwall and there are many around the Bodmin area, which this month will be hosting a festival about transport. The festival, taking place on 14th-15th June, will display artefacts from old modes of transport such as a steam and heritage diesel locomotive.

Explore Penwith

Another great activity to do in June that features in the Cornwall Life article is to discover Penwith. Old ruins can be found across Penwith and visitors can get up close and personal to ancient ruins that include stone circles, Celtic crosses, tombs, hill forts and holy wells.

Cornwall Summer Bear Fair

If you are down in Cornwall on a family holiday with young children then the Summer Bear Fair is a must-visit. Hundreds of old and new teddy bears will be on show at the Community Centre in Lostwithiel on 22nd June.

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Royal Cornwall Show set to attract a strong crowd

Posted on 04th June 2014

This year’s Royal Cornwall Show at the Wadebridge showground starts this week and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

The three-day event, which starts on Thursday 5th June, is in its 221st year and with fine weather expected, organisers are predicting large crowds to turn out for the event.

Holidaymakers staying in pretty Cornwall coastal cottages and farmers from across the South West of England are all set to descend on Wadebridge. This year, visitors can potentially get a glimpse of the Countess of Wessex, who is this year’s royal guest and will be attending the first two days of the show.

The early statistics suggest that this year could be the biggest ever show as the number of cattle entries has risen by 96 this year, with 614 stalls booked. The 1,173 entries of sheep is also the second highest number of entries since the show began.

Christopher Riddle, RCCA secretary, said: “Pre-show tickets and membership sales have been very strong indeed which is very encouraging.”

To find out what else the Royal Cornwall Show has to offer, click here.

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Royal to visit Royal Cornwall Show

Posted on 23rd May 2014

It has been revealed that the Countess of Wessex is set to visit this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.

Sophie, who is the wife of Prince Edward, will be at the showground in Wadebridge on the first two days of the event from June 5th-6th.

The Countess’ visit will include giving out awards to competition winners at the show as well as attending various other presentations.

The visit will be the Countess of Wessex’s first to the Royal Cornwall Show and organisers are expecting her visit to attract even more people to the popular event.

This could mean that nearby luxurious Cornwall coastal cottages and hotels could be fully-booked during the event, so attendees are being advised to book accommodation soon.

Colonel Edward Bolitho, who is the show’s Deputy President, will be showing Her Royal Highness around the showground and he is personally looking forward to this year’s Royal Cornwall Show.

He added, “It is up there with the best and is still a farming show – one that attracts large numbers of non-farmers as well.”

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Eden Project to host chocolate festival

Posted on 06th April 2014

The Eden Project is hosting a festival celebrating chocolate this Easter and will have a number of events and activities for visitors to enjoy.

The festival, which is taking place from April 5th-21st, is set to attract a number of visitors staying in luxury Cornwall coastal cottages as well as locals.

The festival called Chocolate Unwrapped will give visitors the opportunity to make chocolate, meet a number of experts from the chocolate industry and see an exhibition that looks at the history of chocolate, which dates back to the 17th century.

Experts such as Martin Chiffers, the master chocolatier and former chef at London’s Savoy Hotel, Aneesh Popat, who makes water ganache using no cream or butter, and Jim Campbell of Hasslacher’s, who makes gourmet Columbian hot chocolate, will all be giving talks at the festival.

Kate Francis, Eden’s production coordinator, said: “Easter is probably the most chocolatey time of the year and our Chocolate Unwrapped festival celebrates this fascinating, wonderful food.”

Find out more about the festival here.

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Bodmin central to St Piran’s Day celebrations

Posted on 14th March 2014

The recent St Piran’s Day celebrations brought plenty of music and colour to Cornwall, and Bodmin was central to proceedings.

Bodmin welcomed hundreds of visitors to the town last week as it put on a parade as well as dances and speeches for the event.

People staying in Cornish holiday cottages to rent and locals living in Bodmin came out in force to celebrate the patron saint of tin miners.

Organisers of events across the town have said that 380 schoolchildren took part in the parade through this year, which is a record number.

Bodmin has been a central part of St Piran’s Day celebrations for the past 15 years and the number of participants in the event has continued to increase annually.

Bodmin’s Mayoress, Marion Stubbs, said, “All the children were fantastic and very well behaved; it really was a wonderful day.”

Organisers of the event are already expecting next year’s celebrations to be even bigger and better than 2014’s.

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Hundreds come to Hayle for windsurfing competition

Posted on 10th February 2014

Hundreds of people visited Hayle to catch a glimpse of the world’s best windsurfers as they competed in the Red Bull Storm Chase at Gwithian.

Visitors staying in coastal cottages in Cornwall and locals from the Hayle area descended on Gwithian and were treated to competitors riding 35 foot waves and performing tricks in wind speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

The competition was the last leg of a three-legged competition that saw the ten best storm surfers participate in the event.

The previous two legs were in Ireland and Tasmania, but the Cornish event was regarded by windsurfers and judges alike as the toughest.

Head judge, Duncan Coombs, says, “The end of the final Mission here in Cornwall, what an epic way to end it. The beauty of the Red Bull Storm Chase concept is that you’re always going to get optimum conditions – especially with such a late call based on a good forecast to mobilise.”

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