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Burns Night Celebration Saturday 27th January 2018

Saturday 27th January 2018
Burns Night celebration –  dancing led by Bodmin Scottish Dancers – caller Val Dawson
at the Waterside, The Old Coach Road, Lanivet Bodmin PL30 5JJ
starts at 7.30pm – tickets  £20 include supper – available from Lanivet Post Office or 01208 832064
In aid of Lanivet Parish and Sport and Recreational Trust.
Please Support this fun evening.

St Piran’s Day 5th March 2018

St Piran’s Day is the national day of Cornwall, held on 5 March every year. The day is named after one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Saint Piran, who is also the patron saint of tin miners.
It’s pasty day for sure and a pint to go with it!
Cornwall SHOUT sponsored by St Austell Brewery seems to be taking off with traditional Cornish songs being sung in hostelries county wide and The Cornish Anthem ‘Trelawny ‘ being sung at 2100 by everyone with a voice left.


A good sword and a trusty hand!
  A merry heart and true!
King James's men shall understand
  What Cornish lads can do!

And have they fixed the where and when?
  And shall Trelawny die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
  Will know the reason why!

And shall Trelawny live?
    And shall Trelawny die?
  Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
    Will know the reason why!

Out spake their Captain brave and bold:
  A merry wight was he:
'If London Tower were Michael's hold,
  We'd set Trelawny free!

'We'll cross the Tamar, land to land:
  The Severn is no stay:
With "one and all," and hand in hand;
  And who shall bid us nay?

  And shall Trelawny live? , etc.

'And when we come to London Wall,
  A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth!  come forth! ye cowards all:
  Here's men as good as you.

'Trelawny he's in keep and hold;
  Trelawny he may die:
But twenty thousand Cornish bold
  Will know the reason why!'

  And shall Trelawny live? , etc.

Spring at Caerhays Castle – Gardens open from February 2018

Home to a National Magnolia Collection, the gardens here at Caerhays are a spring-time wonderland for visitors.

The 120 acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed Grade II*. The origins of this historically important collection of Chinese plants can be traced back to the work of the great plant hunters Ernest Wilson (1876 – 1930) and George Forrest (1873 – 1932).

As Caerhays is a spectacular spring garden, public opening is normally from February to the beginning of June. Groups are welcome throughout the year, with prior booking.

There are structured walks around the garden giving views over the estate and grounds, the lake, and out to sea. Guided tours of the gardens by the head gardeners are available and usually last around 1½- 2 hours.  These must be prebooked.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens on leads.

Spring Lunches at The Vean

We are delighted to announce 4 dates for our popular spring lunches at the Vean.  Perfect lunch date with friends or business colleagues.

Friday 23rd March
Friday 6th April
Friday 4th May
Friday 8th June

2 courses – £24
3 courses – £32
Sample menu to follow shortly.

Enjoy free entry to the Caerhays Gardens when you lunch at The Vean.

To book please contact Luke or Nicky at the Vean on 01872 500025

Heligan Shop Sale and Soup Month Until end of January 2018

Heligan Shop Sale


This January and February the Heligan shop will be holding its super sale! With lots of items 50% off…

Come along and choose from a range of discounted items, from Christmas decorations, jewellery, to ornaments and books.

The sale will run from Boxing day to the end of February.

All you need to bring is your shopping bags and you will be sure to fill them.

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum opens 15th January 2018

Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum opens 15th January 2018

With 1933 items on display and the story of China Clay from 1745 onwards this museum shows history processes and uses of this substance known locally as ‘White Gold’

With viewing over a  local working china clay pit you’ll appreciate how this once labour intensive industry has been modernised and how it transformed the Cornish landscape and prosperity.

From your daily ablutions like teeth cleaning, your breakfast bowls, coffee mugs, dinner plates and porcelain, interior décor wall colour painting and decorating, daily paper, pills and potions and even nappies and incontinent pads. We take this commodity so much for granted in our every day.

Nature trails and event days throughout the year.

Local year passes we believe are available until the end of January 2018

Xtreme Eden 20th and 21st January 2018

The Eden project always has additional attractions throughout the year this winter sees

Xtreme Eden  on 20th and 21st January 2018

Promised are displays of jaw dropping stunts and tricks with BMXing, Beatboxing and Breakdancing skills being demonstrated by three times Guiness World Breaking Record Breaker Matti Hemmings

Caradon Monthly Walk Padstow Circular Wednesday 7th February 2018

Padstow Circular with Sticks and Wellies


Date: Wednesday 7th February


Time: 10.00 am for prompt 10.30am start;  


A circular walk of around 5.3 miles from Padstow to Little Petherick and back along the Camel Trail which, experience in January suggests, might be easier if you bring your sticks and wellies.


Place: Grid Ref (OS Explorer 107) – SW922752 , Post Code PL28 8DA   Opposite the Lobster Hatchery


Parking: Railway Pay and Display at the bottom of Station Road. Winter Prices £1 for 4 hours, £2 for 12 hours 



Padstow is easy to find from the A39 or the A389 from Bodmin, coming into the town on the A389 or the B3276 then find your way down to the water via Station Road.


Toilet Facilities: There are Council run Toilets by the Car Park


Dogs: Well-behaved dogs and owners are welcome, as usual. It’s possible that some of the sheep seen on the recce will have lambed by the date of the walk so care must be taken and there may be horses. 


Refreshments : There are no cream teas or bacon sandwiches available on the way round so it’s best to bring something from home to munch on. There are any number of eateries in Padstow itself, some you may even have heard of. 


Walk Information: Leaving the Car Park we turn inland alongside the Camel before turning by Dennis Cove and up towards the monument on Dennis Hill. We then travel through fields and woodland alongside Little Petherick Creek until we reach the village and church before turning back along the other side of the water to rejoin the Camel Trail before the bridge and back home.


Distance/difficulty/hazards: Under 5.5 miles but it is very up and down, there are slippery paths and tree roots to negotiate and, if my notes are to be believed, around fifteen stiles, BUT they are all sound and simple except one. AND at one point we are walking along beside the creek where the path can be very muddy and slippery.


Clothing:  It’s February in Cornwall so come prepared. I wore Wellies and had one stick, I wish I had had two as I slipped in several places. 


Walk Leader: Martin Wilson 01579371243 

Pencarrow Snowdrop Sundays 11th & 18th Feb 2018

Snowdrop Sundays 11th & 18th Feb 2018

The Pencarrow Snowdrop Sundays are on the 11th and 18th Feb 2018. Entrance by donation, 10am – 4pm. The Peacock Cafe will be open for refreshments and dogs are welcome in the gardens.

The 11th is in aid of the dog charity Last Chance Hotel and the 18th is for Blood Bikes, who carry vital supplies of blood where it’s needed