Brian's Lemon Drizzle cake


Our lovely Breakfast Chef Brian, one of the most popular 'features' of our hotel in Penzance 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!

Dog Holidays in Cornwall

At The Abbey Hotel, Penzance we absolutely love dogs and to be honest it seems that thanks to a cheeky sausage at breakfast, the dogs love us! When planning a trip away it's good know that you can bring your best friend with you and when it comes to doggy holidays, there's no better place than Cornwall.

We've got miles and miles of long sandy beaches, acres of rugged moorland, loads of dog friendly pubs and restaurants and plenty of accommodation where you'll find your canine chum is more than welcome. So there's no need to pack the pooch away in a kennel, let him or her get a real taste of the outdoor life on an active dog friendly holiday in Cornwall.

Celebration of the History of Penzance 29th March - 7th June

One of our most popular local attractions in Penzance is the much acclaimed Penlee House which is currently showing an exhibition that celebrates Penzance's 400th anniversary as it gained its Charter of Incorporation in May 1614.

"Explore the changing face of Penzance with view to it's fascinating history. The key figure is Penzance -born Humpry Davy (international renowned scientist & inventor), also using paintings, photographs and artefacts to tell the history. Including more less well known figures who are central to the towns history and quirky facets of our fascinating municipality, from its earliest origins to significant events in Living memory."

Find out more at their website: or call on 01736 363 625.

Supplier Feature: Oliver's Olives

We pride ourselves as being one of the finest boutique hotels in Cornwall and as part of the high standards we maintain we make sure that we try and source the best local produce from local suppliers. Oliver's fall in that category as a small but excellent home run business that 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 ry some for yourself connect with them on Facebook.

Places to visit in Cornwall - St Michael's Mount

One of the great things about staying at The Abbey Hotel is our location as it provides a great base to get out and explore the beautiful West Penwith countryside. Top of the list is the magnificent St Michael's Mount. Home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, sophisicated rocky island - with the oldest buildings dating from the 12th century. Gorgeous subtropical terraced garden to view while enjoying the spectacular view of Mount's Bay.

Depending on the tide times pathway to walk to the beautiful island other wise small boat rides across. All information about tide times can be found on their website:

Things to do in Cornwall - Helston Flora Day

What’s it all about?

The origins of this famous celebration dance are more than likely pre-Christian and connected to ancient spring festivals that take place all over Europe. Nowadays the festival’s original purpose of ushering in a prosperous harvest expresses itself in a lively, colourful celebration that involves the whole town. A great family day out.

What happens?

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. Not long after the Hal-an-Tow, a boisterous mummers’ play featuring scenes of St George slaying the Dragon begins cheered on by a crowd dressed in Lincoln green and Elizabethan robes. The children of the town dance at 10.00am wearing flowers and lily of the valley and at midday the formal dance of the day begins with men wearing morning dress and the ladies decked out in magnificent ball gowns and hats that could be the envy of Ascot. To round off the day of dancing, the Evening Dance starts from the Guildhall at 5pm.

How can you take part?

You'll probably have to park outside the town and walk in as thousands of visitors pack the streets all day to watch the dances. During the day the main street and down towards the boating lake buzzes with many stalls selling local souvenirs, Cornish crafts and food and a big fairground and there's a carnival atmosphere from dawn to well into the night.

Taking part in the dancing is by invitation only by applying to the Flora Day Association. The event is held every year on May 8th unless that day falls on a Sunday or Monday, when it is held on the preceding Saturday.

Did you know?

The Flora Dance melody, played during the celebrations every year by Helston Town Band, is said to date back to a pre-Christian times. Put to words in 1911 by London born composer Katie Moss, the lyrics are allegedly based on a true incident when, whilst visiting Helston Floral Day, Moss was grabbed by a stranger who enticed her to join in the dancing.

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Activities & Attractions In Penzance - Golowan Festival & Mazey Day (June 20th to 29th)

As one of the few Boutique Hotels in Penzance you'll find us just off historic Chapel St, right in the heart of the wonderful The Golowan Festival - named for Gol Jowan in the Cornish language meaning "Feast of John" - is a recent revival of an ancient festival celebrated in years gone by to mark the arrival of Midsummer.

Mazey Day on the Saturday of that weekend has always been transformed with banners and leafy decorations with street markets. At part of the celebrations children of many of the local schools in, and around, Penzance dance through the town with their theatrical pieces of art. Quay Day on the Sunday is a celebration of the harbour and Penzance's maritime history with visiting boats welcomed and many stalls and street performers around the harbour, and a fair with traditional rides and entertainment.

 Spectacular fireworks display as a finale around the Jubilee Pool on the Promenade.


On June 5th two visiting botanists from South Africa on tour from setting up at Chelsea Flower Stall. You can join them as they talk about botanical exploration and gardening with South African plants. 

''A great opportunity for those attending to learn as well as share horticultural and botanical ideas with David Gwynne-Evans and Fran Siebrits.  Their visit, part of a series of visits and talks in the UK, is to enable this meeting and talking to passionate people as well as raising awareness and funding for the conservation of South Africa's unique flora. Both are passionate about documenting and conserving flora and have started the charity to conserve nature. 

This exclusive evening provides an opportunity of learning and all proceeds from the tickets sales will be donated to South African Plant Conservation

A walk of the gardens starts at 5pm, meeting in the Lime Tree Cafe

5pm  Walk through Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens 

7pm  Illustrated talk

£10 per person for Walk & Talk - Booking essential 

The Lime Tree Cafe will be open for drinks and bar snacks (not included in the ticket prices)''

Where To Visit When Staying In Penzance - The Isles of Scilly

There are many Hotels in Penzance, but our location overlooking the harbour makes us an ideal choice if you are considering catching the Scillionain to visit the Scilly Isles. We are only a minute's walk away and they are considered by many to be 'the must see attraction' when down this way.

Although close to Cornwall, island life is a simpler, kinder and more peaceful way of life. There's a certain quality of life here, long lost to many other parts of the UK. There are five inhabited islands -- St Mary's (the largest), St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St Martin's - and countless uninhabited islands to explore. Not only are the entire Isles of Scilly an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but they are also home and workplace for just over 2,200 people.

Activities and Attractions in Cornwall - Cornish Magnolias

When staying with us, one of the oldest Penzance Hotels, make sure you don't miss Cornwall's little known spring garden's wow factor; the marvel of Cornish Magnolias in full bloom. The beautiful Magnolia campbellii flowers quickly once its winter jacket has been shed, making it a good measure for the onset of warmer weather. Cornish gardens are always a delight whatever the season, but when the magnolias are in bloom they are truly a sight to behold.

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Activities & Attractions In Cornwall - Padstow May Day (May 1st)

Although it's a bit of a journey, here at The Abbey Hotel in Penzance we like to recommend local days out that are slightly further afield. The Padstow May Day (or 'Obby 'Oss Day as it is known outside of Padstow) is the biggest day in Padstow's calendar and is one that is well worth the trip.  It is not unusual to see 30,000 people crammed into our little town.  It is a day when Padstonians from all over the world return to their roots.

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Activities & Attractions In Penzance - Wild Food Foraging

Cultivating skills & confidence through inspiring forays in nature

One of the most wonderful things about this part of Cornwall is it's beautiful scenery and exploring this rugged landscape is a fantastic way to enjoy what this unique part of the world has to offer. One way that this experience can be enhanced is by having your own private guide to introduce you to the amazing flavours found in the hedgerows, fields and coastline. Rachel is that guide and is renown for making making time fly through her accessible and absorbing approach.

In business since 2007, Wild Food Foraging offers quality Guided Walks, Cooking & Dining courses and Gourmet experiences with an emphasis on experiential learning in a fun, relaxed & informative way.

For more info please contact Rachel Lambert on 01736 331831 or 07903 412014.

Wild Food Foraging ~ Cultivating skills & confidence through inspiring forays in nature


Things to do in Cornwall

Here at The Abbey Hotel we are often asked by our guests for recommendations for things to do, well this short aerial trip around a few of the most iconic attractions such as St Michael's Mount, the Minack Theatre, Land's End, Tintagel Castle and the Eden Project will definitely provide inspiration.

Party in the Park at Trereife

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 high spirits.
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, or call 07968 818664 for more info

Trereife Country Fayre


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.


Newlyn Fish Festival

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. 

What happens?

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?

It 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.

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Cornwall Design Fair

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.

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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.