These FREE events will give you the chance to help the environment and learn more about local species, biodiversity and the shores around us.
Newquay, famously known for its beaches, is in need of a clean up to protect our local wildlife and beautiful coastlines. With litter being brought in by the tide and visitors to the beaches it has never been more important to help clean up our sands and learn a little on the way.
By helping us with our coastal clean ups, you could also be in with a chance of winning a penguin experience for two at Newquay Zoo. Simply book onto a beach clean with us to enter!*
Locations and Times:
Saturday 22nd June – Porth Beach, Newquay, Time 13:00 until 16:00 approx.
Saturday 21st September – Towan Beach, Newquay, Time 13:00 until 16:00 approx.
A busy 2018 at Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) saw a number of new routes announced, including the much anticipated link into an international hub, London Heathrow; StobartAir adding London Southend (under the Flybe franchise) to its portfolio of routes; and a new airline partner, Scandinavian flag carrier, SAS, introducing a new link to Copenhagen. There was also an increase in passenger numbers in the winter months with Ryanair extending its popular Alicante service to a year-round operation as well as technological advances in both the passenger check-in process and onsite car parks.
The year ended on a high with passenger numbers up 20% year-on-year in November and 7.3% in December compared with 2017. 450,000 passengers used the Airport with projections for overall passenger growth by the end of the financial year meaning a 5th consecutive year of growth.
Last year saw the Airport make some exciting announcements for both new and existing customers. New charter holiday provider Superbreak announced short breaks to Iceland (Q1 2019) which was enthusiastically received by customers. This continued with Ryanair’s extension of the Alicante summer route becoming year-round, offering a much demanded winter sun destination from Newquay.
Eurowings added to the Airport’s strong German portfolio with new routes, improving the connections for European tourists, an added bonus for many local businesses. This growth within the Eurowings offering gave Scandinavian airline SAS the confidence to announce a new Copenhagen route, bringing the opportunity for further inbound tourism into Cornwall from the Danish and wider Scandinavian market.
Managing Director Al Titterington comments: “We’ve had some fantastic new routes announced over the last year. The Copenhagen route has already proved popular with the Danish market, with flight dates being extended before the first flight has even landed!”
“With our German routes already bringing new visitors into Cornwall, it is hoped that we see this replicated with Scandinavian customers and will continue to grow the international passengers keen to see more of our beautiful county. With our new connection to London Heathrow starting in March this year, we hope that we will see far more tourists from further afield, such as the USA and Asia, who can now easily connect to Cornwall via Heathrow.” Continued…Read full original article…
We now know when Cornwall’s new geothermal heated spa will open but what will it consist of exactly?
Penzance’s iconic open air sea pool Jubilee Pool will become the UK’s first geothermal heated spa by Easter 2019.
The boss of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, the company which has been drilling holes into the earth below the famous Jubilee Pool to tap into the earth’s natural heat, has confirmed the opening date of the attraction after years of planning.
The largest naturist holiday park in Cornwall is up for sale.
Southleigh Manor holiday park at St Columb Major, near Newquay, has been brought to the market.
The holiday business, where being in the buff is de rigueur, could be yours to own for a cool £1.1 million after owners Bob and Kathy Prescott decided to throw in the towel and enjoy a well-earned retirement.
The pair, who have been running the bare-all holiday park for 18 years, said they made up their mind to sell the site following the recent birth of their grandson, Harry.
Mr Prescott, now 69, said: “We’ve always liked Cornwall ever since coming down here on holidays. We came here to the park 19 years ago and the people who had it were struggling.
“After a conversation we ended up buying up the place. It turned out to be a very expensive holiday but we’ve done well out of it. But with my wife not being in the best of health and the birth of our grandson, we feel it’s time to enjoy our retirement and take it easy a bit more.”
Mr Prescott said that while there have been a few expressions of interest for the site already – which he could not divulge – he is not sure whether any new owners will want to keep the business au naturel as it currently is. Continued…Read full original article…
When: 31st July – 11th August 2018 Where: West Northwood Farm, St Neot, PL14 6QN Cost: FREE!
Bodmin Moor is now a sparsely populated wilderness, but it was once a hub of civilisation. The moors are peppered with the remains of Bronze Age life, from stone circles, to burial mounds.
But while some of the signs of a successful Bronze Age population are obvious, many of the most important clues can only be recovered through careful, archaeological excavation.
Where did people live? What did they eat? What was life really like for them? And most importantly, how do archaeologists find the answers?
A Bronze Age village has been recently discovered at West Northwood Farm, on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor, near St Neot.
With distant views to the sea, the settlement contains at least 7 roundhouses. This year, DigVentures is leading an excavation along with St Neot Local Historians. Together, our aim is to recover traces of life from two of the round houses.
Never done archaeology before? Great! Tried it before and want to do it again? Brilliant!
Register to join the dig, and you’ll get to learn hands-on about archaeology, and help unearth the secrets of Bronze Age life, while taking part in a real excavation…
You can join the dig for a day, a weekend, the full two weeks, or any number of days in between
Everyone who takes part in the excavation will get to:
Dig alongside our friendly team of archaeologists
Learn hands-on how archaeological discoveries are made
Record any discoveries you make using our online app
Learn how to do archaeological drawings
Make a real contribution to our understanding of Bronze Age life in Cornwall!
Always wanted to try archaeology? This is your chance!
A huge multi-million pound waterside development is making Cornwall ‘look like Benidorm’, it has been claimed.
New images of the building work at the beach area at Carbis Bay have been posted online, provoking a backlash amongst furious locals.
The 125-acre estate, which is already home to the luxury Carbis Bay Hotel, a range of self-catering properties, a privately-owned 25-acre Blue Flag beach, two restaurants and award-winning spa facilities, will soon welcome eight luxury beach lodges and a new 15,185 sq ft multi-use venue to the collection.
Hotel bosses said the new complex overlooking one of Cornwall ‘s most beautiful beaches and stretches of coastline would create up to 60 jobs for the local economy.
The two and three-storey beach lodges with rooftop or beach gardens and hot tubs are expected to be ready for guests in July, followed by completion of the ocean suites, an extensive events venue and dining and retail facilities towards the end of 2018. Continued…Read full original article…
Crantock Beach in Cornwall has long been a hit with visitors for its sandy shores and swimming-friendly waters.
However, the far side of the beach is home to a host of small caves hidden amongst the rocks that you could easily miss if you didn’t know to look out for them – and they hold an intriguing secret.
The caves are only accessible during the low tide, but those who make the trip will discover a series of intricate carvings that have become the stuff of local legend.
Etched into the walls are carvings of the outline of a horse, the close-up of a woman’s face, and a pretty love poem that reads, “Mar not my face by let me be/Secure in this lone cavern by the sea/Let the wild waves around me roar/Kissing my lips for evermore”. Continued…Read full original article…
All of Cornwall’s beaches have made the grade against tough bathing water quality standards, according to figures published by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Of the 142 designated bathing waters assessed in Devon and Cornwall just three in Devon have been rated as ‘poor’ under new standards introduced in 2015, which are twice as tough as in previous years.
In Falmouth, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool were rated excellent with Maenporth coming in as good while Church Cove, Coverack, Kennack Sands, Poldhu, Polurrian Cove, Porthleven and Praa Sands were also all rated as excellent. Continued…Read full original article…
Mud runners are invited to test their skill, strength and endurance in Cornwall’s toughest new mud run – The Retallack Rampage.
Held on November18 at Retallack Resort, competitors can take on the 7.5km course or challenge themselves to the 15km course.
With more than 40 obstacles to overcome (as well as mud and water), the courses promise tests of climbing and strength with the High Walls and tests of co-ordination with the Hot Stepper. Continued…Read full original article…
Rescuers had to squeeze through an “hourglass” gap to get to a man who was stuck in an old mineshaft.
Andrew Williams from Wales fell 50ft (15m) down a disused mineshaft in Cornwall and suffered serious injuries say police.
The 51-year-old walker was airlifted to hospital after the fall in the Cot Valley near St Just in Cornwall.
About 50 rescuers took six hours to bring the man to safety through the narrow constriction in the mine. Cont…Read full original article…
David Gillham is a man who has been searching for the truth about UFOs for more than 20 years after spotting something he couldn’t explain in the skies above his Truro home.
He was so intrigued by the unusual sight that he started to look into other sightings around the local area, made contact with Army and RAF bases and even started a weekly meet-up for like-minded people to share their experiences.
At its peak, the group had 100 attendees all interested in mysterious activity over Cornwall.
While the group stopped many years ago, Mr Gillham has been inviting “open-minded people” from across the county and farther afield to attend the annual convention hosted by the Cornwall UFO Research Group (Cuforg).
The convention aims to help people learn more about the different theories that could explain unidentified flying objects, share their own stories and find out more about the many sightings reported to Cuforg every year. Cont…Read full original article…
Are you fed up of cooking large meals every night or dread the thought of ending up on a cringe-worthy first date?
Cornwall’s older generation has provided insight into the things that their younger counterparts can look forward to leaving behind in later life.
Over-60s from across the county have been quizzed in a national research study aimed at “busting myths and negative perceptions” of growing older – and it’s thrown up more than a few benefits. Cont…Read full original article…
Murders and missing person enquiries are always disturbing, even more so when the police are unable to get to the bottom of them and there remain more questions than answers.
Some of the killings were brutal, almost unimaginable in their depravity and the crimes horrified communities and stumped police — leaving questions that lingered for decades afterward, as years passed without a police arrest or even a credible suspect.
It has been announced that wacky and wonderful World Belly Board Championships will return to Cornwall next year.
The much-loved competition, hosted for 13 years by the National Trust, will return in 2018 after a two-year hiatus and will now be organised and hosted by one of the original co-founders and the RNLI.
The trust said it was handing the event over in order to focus further resources on nature conservation and habitat management work, predominantly to improve the key coastal sites it protects. Cont…Read full original article…
Sitting at an altitude of 2,700m, Real del Monte in the Mexican state of Hidalgo is a pretty colonial-era town. But with its silver mining heritage, architecture and meat pasties, it is also home to a little slice of Cornwall, southwest England.
The surrounding silver mines produced more than half the silver produced during the 300 years of Spanish rule between 1521 and 1821. But the mines were in bad condition when they were sold in 1824 to a group of English investors.
The investors formed the Company of the Gentlemen Adventurers in the Mines of Real del Monte, and recruited more than 130 miners and engineers who had been working in tin mines in Cornwall. When they arrived a year later in Veracruz, some never got any further, falling victim to an outbreak of yellow fever. It took the others more than a year to reach Real del Monte, hauling their Cornish steam engines with the help of donkeys through marshes and rainforests. The famous engines were used to drain the underground water in the Cornish mines and would do the same job in Mexico. Cont…Read full original article…
Located in the most southwest of England, I set off on foot as I hitchhiked my way across the county, and what I discovered will forever stay in my memory.
Cornwall is a beautiful, with a wild heather landscape that’s filled with fauna and an abundance of flora, not to forget to mention its comfortable climate. I started my journey from the eastern part of the Cornish peninsula.
It didn’t take long for the one of Cornish locals to stop their car along the roadside to assist me with my journey. My general experience with the residents was that all were openly friendly, welcoming and had a permenent smile on their face. For me it wasn’t hard to wonder why they were in such good spirits, because there’s a power present in the nature and landscape of Cornwall that absorbs you in a positive energy. Cont…Read full original article…
ASK most Cornish people whether or not Cornwall is a county and if they know its history they will tell you that it’s a whole lot bigger than that.
The men of Cornwall once marched on London in armed revolt, albeit several centuries ago, and nowadays many Cornish people would like to see greater autonomy for their land. Cornwall is also now recognised as a “minority” with its own language and status by the UK Government.
It also has a split nationalist movement and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is not the only national party leader in the UK to worry about the word “national” in its title.
The Cornish National Party that was founded in 1975 to promote the idea of self-determination for the people of Cornwall has suffered in the past from being linked in people’s minds to the British National Party. After all, the CNP is only one letter away from the BNP. Cont…Read full original article…
Friday dawn cloudy and a little drizzly but it was still pleasant to be able to step out of the tent without feeling the need to put any clothes on. Breakfast was taken on the tent porch and consisted of cup of coffee for me and tea for her.
Raiding the cool we lit up the portable gas cooker and had crispy bacon sandwiches with plenty of pepper then it was a case of what to do for the day as it had turned a little bit chilly. After the normal “well what do you want to do” word exchange we decided to my great delight that we would visit a garden that unroll 25 years ago was very much hidden by decades of decay and neglect.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Cornish: Lowarth Helygen, meaning “willow tree garden”), near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque style with areas of different character and in different design styles. Cont…Read full original article…
Do you know your Brown Willy from your Carn Brea? Would you be able to confidently list the proper ingredients in a pasty?
How about Cornwall’s history – do you know why our flag looks how it does?
We’ve created 20 questions that are the Cornish equivalent of the infamous UK Citizenship Test. Also known as the “Life in the UK” test, the citizenship test is one of the criteria for becoming a British citizen or settling here in the UK. Cont…Read full original article…