One of the most delightful long-distance journeys in England, it even offers the rare chance to eat in a proper dining car on some trains.Read More
In 2011 Party in the Park attracted an impressive 1,500 revellers in only it’s 3rd year! With two stages of excellent back to back entertainment from midday to midnight, Party in the Park generated rave reviews from both the press and it’s audience. Set in the idyllic surrounds of Trereife Park, a Country House Estate just outside Penzance, Party in the Park can boast of having one of the most impressive locations of any music festival.
Now in it’s 4th
year Party in the Park in association with the Studio Bar is set to go
from strength to strength with exciting bands being added over the next
few months. This event follows it’s original ethos of presenting a
showcase of the best of Cornwall’s live music scene with a total of 16
bands across several genres entertaining an eclectic crowd from all over
Cornwall on stages set under cover in large marquees. A licensed bar
and a variety food outlets as well as a free shuttle bus service running
every 20 minutes from the railway station and the ‘Greenmarket’ area of
Penzance’s shopping centre to event is sure to keep the audience in
Party in the Park is proving to be the perfect addition to the Bank Holiday Weekend and looks set to establish itself as a firm fixture on Cornwall’s music calendar.
Trereife Park is located ½ mile west of Penzance on the Lands End A30 road. Tickets are £12 on the door or £10 in advance from Hall for Cornwall 01872 262466, in Penzance from Hairforce1 01736 366000, www.2012party-in-the-park.eventbrite.com or call 07968 818664 for more info
A range of attractions will give the event the atmosphere of a traditional country fayre, with a companion dog show, heavy shire horses, a fairground organ and blacksmithing demonstrations. A range of classic cars will be on display and visitors will be welcome to browse an array of food, craft and trade stalls, while local Celtic and Cornish bands provide the soundtrack.
Other star attractions are set to be a fabulous Falconry display, a demonstration of Cornish wrestling by the Sithney Common Club, as well as the ever popular Ferret racing and a spectacular Hip Hop and Cheerleading performances by local dance troupes. The dancers will be performing on the lawn and then offering the audience a chance to join in
There’s entertainment aplenty for the children with a Fire Engine from Penzance Fire Brigade, a Majic show, and a lazar tagging track. This year a Gym Club will be giving an exhilarating performance and inviting the young and not so young to have a go and test their circus skills with balancing and juggling exercises.
Make a visit to Trereife’s Courtyard cafe for a delicious selection of homemade dishes, and a beer tent will be on hand to quench the thirst. Don’t forget to venture a little further to the view a traditional Blacksmith providing a demonstration of his skills, you can even commission a piece of work there and then to take away at the end of the event.
This enticing showcase of country treasures can be found hidden amongst the woodland, just off the A30 to Lands End. The fayre will be open from 10:30am–5pm and there is ample free parking on site. £3.50 adults, £2 Children 5 and under free.
Over the season our menu will be changing on a regular basis as head chef Toby takes inspiration from the local area. Here is a sample of our Dinner Menu to give you a 'flavour' of what's on offer.
What’s it all about?
Celebrating all things fishy in Britain’s premier fishing port where you can satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you’re likely to find anywhere and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
For fish fans, you can see one of the biggest displays of fish, watch a rolling programme of cookery demos by top local chefs and watch the Cornish Fishmonger of the Year competition. There are three music stages, plenty of boats including luggers, gigs, fishing boats, lifeboats and jet skis, a DVD show, lots of arts and crafts, the Fish Tales Tent with some of the best local story-tellers and there is plenty of fun for kids with bouncy castles, face-painting, crazy theatre and the ever-popular Fishy Trail.
How can you take part?
all happens on August Bank Holiday Monday, in and around the harbour in
Newlyn, just west of Penzance. From the A30, follow the signs to the
Newlyn Fish Festival and look out for temporary car parks. Doors open at
09:00 and close at 17:00. Admission is £5. Under 16s are free.
The Cornwall Design developed from the Design Fair first run by Hidden Art Cornwall.
Hidden Art Cornwall ran a design fair in 2006, with 65 designer-makers, growing to over 80 in 2008 with an exhibition of selected work inside Godolphin House itself called Hidden Art Curated, as well as design-led entertainment for families.
Cornwall Design Fair in association with Hidden Art
In 2009, the first Cornwall Design Fair in association with Hidden Art took place successfully at the inaugural fair at Trereife Park with 51 designer-makers. In 2011, 74 designer-makers booked in for the fair attracting more than 3,500 visitors.
Comments from exhibitors from the past three years include:
“The transition from Godolphin to Trereife was made very easy”, “A very high quality of work on show”, “It was a lovely event, well organised and well attended”.
“Thanks to all of you at Trereife for your hard work, it was a lovely weekend”, “Excellent event – well done, a lot of hard work obviously went into it”, “Great atmosphere, really enjoyed the venue and feel very positive about the contacts made at the event”, “My best Hidden Art/Cornwall event”, “On par with Country Living event held at Hampton Court”.
The Curated Design at Trereife showcased seven designer/makers work in the rooms of Trereife House and this was opened up to the public. There was a mixed exhibition of local artists in the main gallery and above the Courtyard Café was a photographic exhibition. In 2011, entertainment was provided for children as well as music and workshops and demonstrations. There were a number of specialist food outlets complimenting the menu being served by the Courtyard Café
2013 sees the return of this prestigious event to Trereife. The location has the benefit of direct access from the busy A30 Land’s End road and is situated just one mile west of Penzance.
According to The Telegraph we're one of them!
The Abbey Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall
With its blue-painted Georgian Gothic façade, The Abbey stands in old Penzance, commanding views across the harbour to St Michael’s Mount (sunrise is marvellous). Step inside and enter a comforting, mildly bohemian haven created by its owner, the fabled model Jean Shrimpton, nearly 30 years ago, and now run by her son, Thaddeus. The six bedrooms and two family apartment are all entrancing, and there is the prettiest of walled gardens. The hotel also has its own restaurant, The Slipway, next door.
A short video guide to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Penzance, Cornwall. A fascinating family-friendly museum. Discover the hub of Britain's global communications in the secret WW2 tunnels.
Although it's only been open a few months, it seems that our restaurant next door, The Slipway, is starting to make an impression. We were mentioned in Sunday's Travel section of the the Sunday Times in a piece about the film 'Summer in February'. It's always nice to get accolades, but this is especially rewarding as we haven't been open long and all the hard work put in by the Slipway team is starting to pay off.
A big congratulations to (in no particular order) Jon, Gitte, Craig, Toby, Josh, Syrus, Warren, Becka, Oliver, Calypso, Lily, Lisa and everyone who's contributed so far!
The coastal waters around Cornwall provide an abundance of fresh fish and variety of seafood to tempt the palate and expertise of our chefs.Read More
Our lovely Breakfast Chef Brian has been making wonderful cakes for years and they are proving a very popular accompaniment to a pot of tea in front of the roaring fire in our Drawing Room. As well as his infamous Apple & Cinnamon and Carrot cakes, Brian is also known for Cornish Cream Tea's as well as his tempting Lemon Drizzle Cake.
I've tried them all but can't quite decide on my favourite, perhaps I need to try another piece of Lemon Drizzle Cake to be sure!
We were delighted to be featured in the latest edition of Country & Townhouse magazine. It's a fantastic publication and we're thrilled to be included. I've posted a few shots of the magazine and some information about it below.
Country & Town House is the only monthly luxury magazine to target the increasing number of affluent “double lifers” who enjoy the very best of country and city living. Country & Town House celebrates British living and luxury, covering the finest houses, interiors and antiques, arts and events, food and travel, fashion and style as well as relevant features and interviews.
Fun, fresh and informative, the magazine will bring you the very best of both worlds every month. Contributors include Adam Edwards, Alice B-B, Jo Craven, Daisy Finer, James Delingpole, Jessica Fellowes, Juliet Kinsman, Marcus Scriven, Rachel Johnson, Stephen Bayley and Thomasina Miers.
As the Minack's season begins to pick up the pace, here is a video showcasing one of the most spectacular venues in the world.
The town is decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves gathered from the surrounding countryside. Dancing begins at 7.00am with gentlemen wearing shirts and ties and the ladies in light summer dresses.Read More
In order to celebrate our fantastic new promotion where if you book for 3 nights or more, you receive a complementary day trip to The Isles of Scilly, I thought I'd post up this video just in case people had forgotten jut how magical the Islands are.
For more information on The Scilly Isles visit http://www.simplyscilly.co.uk/
What’s it all about?
May Day (or 'Obby 'Oss Day as it is known) is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar. It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into this little town on the day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots. The origins of the Obby Oss are numerous. Some say the celebration has its roots in pagan times, others that it's a rain maker, a fertility symbol, a deterrent to a possible landing by the French some centuries ago or perhaps a welcome to the summer.
Locals spend the night decorating the town’s streets with flags, flowers and greenery complete with a maypole and the following morning two "osses", one red and one blue emerge from their stables. The “osses”, swirling and dancing proceed through Padstow's streets taunted by a Teazer, who leads the dance with theatrical movements. The accompanying retinue are dressed all in white with their costumes decorated with ribbons and sprays of cowslips and bluebells. As the procession moves around the town, dancers perform a traditional gyrating dance to the sound of musicians and drummers. Last, but not least, are the followers, young and old who join the procession every year singing of the traditional May Song.
How can you take part?
It gets very busy and car parks and streets in the old town are closed to traffic. Advice is to get there early. There is a field at the top of the town near the Tesco supermarket where a park and ride service is available. You can also park in the village of Rock across the estuary and take the regular ferry across to Padstow.
Did you know?
The ‘Obby ‘Oss is the inspiration for the song "Padstow" by folk group Steeleye Span. Cowslips, bluebells, sycamore twigs and forget-me-nots are used to decorate the streets
Info: May Day takes place annually on 1st May (2nd May if the 1st falls on a Sunday).
Olivers supply a variety of exquisite marinated olives and other Mediterranean food products. Delicious large juicy olives freshly marinated using their own recipes, supplying a variety of olives from stuffed garlic or chilli to a mix of green and kalamata with citrus marinade. They also do dolmades, red pepper bells stuffed with feta cheese or pickled garlic.
We've been proud to use Oliver's superb olives for a while now, but if you'd like to try some for yourself connect with them on Facebook.
We were fortunate to be mentioned in a recent article in The Times about a new film that was shot in West Cornwall called Summer in February. It is an English drama romance, adapted from Jonathan Smith's novel of the same name.
The article is below and I have also included the trailer.
Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double) stars as AJ (Later Sir Alfred) Munnings, with Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Florence Carter-Wood and Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as Gilbert Evans, in SUMMER IN FEBRUARY, based on Jonathan Smith's novel about love and loss among a bohemian colony of artists which flourished in the wild coastal region of Cornwall before the First World War.
A snapshop of the diversity of Cornwall's magnificent gardens in Spring, from the world famous to the hidden gems, whether you're a serious horticulturalist, specialist gardener or enthusiastic amateur Cornwall's lush vegetation and colour give garden lovers a feast for the eyes.