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Friday, 22 November 2013


The Christmas lights in Mousehole are a stunning sight, with floating displays of lights in the harbour and around the streets that are filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food. You’ll see a fantastic display of sea serpents, fishing boats and whales colourfully lighting up one of Cornwall’s most welcoming harbours. Centrepiece is the millennium Celtic cross on St Clement Island, powered ever so greenly by a wind generator. The village is ablaze with colour whilst the lights are on and to really appreciate the displays, walk around the narrow streets and follow the winding strings of lanterns as they disappear around the corner into yet another street barely wide enough to walk through.

The 2013 ‘switch-on’ will be held on Saturday 14th December at 7.30 pm. There will be an open-air Carolaire service at the entrance to the North Quay. The ‘Carolaire Choir’, comprising of the Mousehole Male Voice Choir, Members of the Mousehole Methodist Church and friends from the community together with the Pendeen Silver Band, will lead the community singing.

The lights will then be on each evening between 5pm and 11pm (approximately) until Saturday 4 January 2013 (With the exception of 19th Dec, when the lights will be dimmed between 8-9pm).

This year the lights are celebrating their 50th year. The Christmas lights were started in 1963 by Mousehole-based artist, Joan Gillchrest. A string of coloured bulbs were put along both quays to make the village a bit brighter at Christmas time. The largest set piece is the 'Merry Christmas / Happy New Year' which is approximately 160ft (50m) long x 20ft (6m) high and contains nearly 1000 bulbs.


Friday, 30 August 2013

WEST CORNWALL - on the edge of time.

A large part the land here was once an island, and even though nowadays joined to the mainland, a feeling of individuality remains. Heathland covers the granite outcrops and the area is scattered with remnants of an incredibly ancient heritage. As you slip off the edge of the map into rocky gorges where tiny fishing villages face a wild ocean it's as if you have slipped off the edge of time where Cornwall reveals its most individual and captivating side.

You'll find: smugglers' coves, show stopping beaches, historic mining settlements, surf spots, boat trips, harbour towns, dramatic coastal scenery, The Minack Theatre, St. Michael's Mount, and The Lizard.


Monday, 5 August 2013


We hope you enjoy this short film about Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance, West Cornwall. Penlee House is the only Cornish public gallery specialising in the Newlyn School of artists (c.1880 - c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Frank Bramley, Walter Langley and Laura Knight. This school is featured in the romantic film Summer in February, released in June this year.

Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall's archaeology and social history, and offers an excellent café and shop.

Make sure you visit this summer!


Wednesday, 12 June 2013


...and if you think these beaches are great...

...wait until you see Sennen Cove, Porthcurno, Pedn Vounder, Porth Chapel, Nanjizal, Portheras, Gwenver...


Friday, 31 May 2013


This short film shows off one of Penzance’s hidden gems – the Jubilee Pool is one of the few remaining 1930s art-deco lidos in the country. Jutting out into Mount’s Bay on the seafront of Penzance, with superb views to the left across to St Michael’s Mount and to the right the fishing villages of Newlyn and Mousehole, the Jubilee Pool has to be one of the best places to swim in the open air - not just in Cornwall - but in the entire country.


Saturday, 27 April 2013

Time to get gardening...!

A snapshop of the diversity of Cornwall's magnificent gardens, from the world famous - the Lost Gardens of Heligan, to the hidden gems (hence the name) Hidden Valley Gardens. 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 all year round.

Get gardening!


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Summer in February?...we'd settle for summer in August!

Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) stars in a true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists' colony in Cornwall.

The Newlyn School of artists flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the film focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain's most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate. True - and deeply moving - the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War.


Friday, 5 April 2013

Friday, 22 March 2013


A couple of good contacts for visitors this season:

Explore In Cornwall run by Steve Crummay will host guided wildlife walks almost any time, any where to suit you. With one of Cornwall's leading naturalists as your guide, Explore in Cornwall will get you away from the crowds and well-worn tourist trails. You will be able to experience the iconic wildlife, ancient landscapes and hidden wonders you won’t find in the usual guide books whilst in the company of one of Cornwall’s leading wildlife experts. Cornwall has some of the best wildlife, landscape, scenery and coast in Britain, recognised by Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves and the Special Areas of Conservation.

Call 01736 740234 or 07929 065510

And when you're ready to relax with rod and line then Dave Williams of Drift Reservoir is your man. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Drift is a 65 acre clear water trout fishery 2 miles west of Penzance and just 200 metres from the main A30 to Lands End. Depths vary greatly around the reservoir, a deep area close to the dam contrasts with a shallow wooded area at the opposite end to the dam. Rainbow and Wild Brown trout are stocked monthly with fish averaging between 1 and 3 lbs. For some variation Arctic Char were introduced a few years ago, but these have proved difficult to catch….will you be the first! Current fishery records: 8lb 3oz Rainbow, 9lb 11oz wild Brown.

Call 01736 786613 or 07976 184109

Happy days!


Sunday, 17 March 2013


Went to the start of the Electric Car Rally in Truro this morning. The rally started from Lemon Quay and routed via the King Harry Ferry and on through the Roseland Peninsula to finish at The Cornwall Hotel and Spa in St Austell.


Great vehicles and rapid charging is the future! Thanks to Cornwall companies eco-drive and Hawkins Motors for the event.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

I'm no Usain Bolt...but...

...couldn't resist this photograph from @sfastcornwall

Over 125,000 businesses and homes across Cornwall are now able to order fibre optic broadband, taking coverage over the 50% mark. Camelford, St Gennys and Pendeen are among the most recent areas to be enabled.

Nigel Ashcroft MBE, Superfast Cornwall Programme Director, said, “This is a momentous milestone for Superfast Cornwall. I’m proud and excited to say we’re on track in making Cornwall one of the best connected places in the world.”

The North Cornwall village of Blisland has also recently been enabled, with average speeds increasing dramatically since fibre broadband became available. The community celebrated with a public event at what is believed to be North Cornwall’s first “superfast internet café.” North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson and local Cornwall Councillor Mick Martin were among those who joined the festivities.

At St Buryan we are in the first phase of fibre rollout so hopefully by this summer you will all enjoy the benefit of Superfast Broadband when using the free wi-fi at Lower Treave - BLISS!


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A short and colourful life....

19 February 2013

Dear Norman Bliss

Thank you for taking the time to report to us details of a bird ring you found. Information about this bird and its movements is given below. If you notice any errors in the information, please return it (or a copy) with your corrections, so we can update our records.
Ringing Scheme: London

Ring Number: LE40221

Species of bird: Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major

It was found on 24-Dec-2012 at Crows-an-Wra, Cornwall OS Map reference SW3827, co-ordinates 0deg 5min N 5deg 40min W.
It was found 64 days after it was ringed, 5 km from the ringing site, direction NNE.

The Ringing Team: This bird was ringed by K A Wilson as age 1st year , sex female on 21-Oct-2012 at Nanjizal, Land's End, Cornwall OS Map reference SW3523, co-ordinates 50deg 3min N 5deg 42min W.

Bird Ringing in Britain and Ireland is organised by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). Each year over 900,000 birds are ringed in Britain & Ireland, by over 2,500 highly trained bird ringers, most of whom are volunteers. Ringing began over 100 years ago to study the movements of birds. While it continues to generate information about movements, it also allows us to study how many young birds leave the nest and survive to breed as adults, as well as how many adults live from year to year and how many birds disperse to different breeding sites. Collection of this information helps us to understand why bird populations increase or decline - vital information for conservation. After over a hundred years of bird ringing in Britain & Ireland there is still much more to learn!

Bird ringers are highly trained volunteers who follow a careful training process that can take several years to ensure that they have the necessary skills to catch and ring birds while ensuring that the birds welfare is always the most important consideration. The Ringing Scheme is managed by a professional team at the BTO under the direction of a Ringing Committee. The BTO is authorised to issue permits on behalf of the government conservation agencies.

Thanks again for reporting this bird and contributing to the work of the Ringing Scheme. If you would like to find out more about ringing and the BTO, you will find much more information at

With best wishes

The Ringing Team


Monday, 18 February 2013

...and if this doesn't cheer you up...Blue Grass...

...with Flats and Sharps

The boys from Penzance done good!


Hope, Springs, Eternal

After a beautiful weekend of digging, mowing and pruning, the park is back looking lovely are all the gardens of Cornwall.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Hevva! Hevva!...

Hevva! was the cry that echoed from cliff-tops as the great pilchard shoals were sighted, ‘a stain of red, purple and silver in the water’. This was the call of the ‘huer’, summoning fishermen to their boats in the bountiful days of the Cornish fishing industry.

Well, Hevva might be the cry again at Lower Treave this year as we were talking to Elaine @StevensonNewlyn today about bringing fresh fish to the park ready for your barbecues or packed for the journey home. Who knows, they might even come up one evening and show us how to cook it!

Stevensons have been fishing from Newlyn for over one hundred years, catching many species of fresh local fish. They have their own fleet of boats, two fresh fish shops, a wholesale/export side and are now expanding their fish by courier (next day delivery service) anywhere in the country by web site or phone. Campers at Lower Treave can visit their shops and collect their fish packed in a leak proof poly box with ice. Barbecues when camping are the 'go to' cooking method and when possible they always stock Bass, Mackerel, Red Mullet, Monkfish Scallops, Prawns and Hake ready for the grill. They can also supply freshly cooked shellfish.If demand is there, they can come to the site with fresh fish to sell direct or deliver orders which have been phoned through to the shop.

Full details of Stevenson Newlyn are here.


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Here it is....

Sennen Cove Christmas Swim 2012

Four hundred swimmers. Nine point seven degrees sea temperature. Several sprouts short of a good Christmas lunch.

Videography - Nic Bliss

Stills - Julie Garton

25 December 2012