It's here again, and even earlier this year! October half-term in the North Cornwall / Devon offers a wonderfully diverse mix of entertainment. Alongside the usual Halloween activities, you will also find everything from classical concerts to supersonic cars, bobbing apples to swimming dogs! There's scary, silly, soggy and sozzled! If we've missed an event, let us know in the comments below.
Like most regions of the UK, Cornwall has thousands of quirky dialect words and phrases, and that's not to mention the Cornish language itself. Most visitors to the area will already be familiar with many, or will be able to understand based on context. For this post, we've collected 8 of most common localisms from our part of the county. Have we missed your favourite? We’d love to know – pop a comment below.
It’s no coincidence that some of the nation’s top restaurants have emerged in Cornwall, and recently Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant in Port Isaac was named by the Michelin Guide as the best in the UK. With such amazing local produce on offer to chefs, it’s hardly surprising. At Tamar Valley Cottages we’re a big fan of ‘eating local’ and seasonal produce so here’s a round-up of our 8 favourite edibles for autumn.
Autumn is a great time to explore Cornwall with your family, so here are 6 great reasons why you might want to consider spending your October half-term holiday with us at Tamar Valley Cottages.
The nights are getting longer and the kids are back at school with the summer holidays feeling like a distant memory. Don’t worry – this autumn, the region is cooking up a fantastic array of events to look forward to within reach of North Cornwall. With Halloween and Bonfire Night, there will be many seasonal treats in store, but here are 10 other events and festivals to put in your diary.
As the third series comes to an end, there is little sign of slowing down for this new cult BBC classic. But what could possibly be in store for Poldark in a fourth series and beyond? We share a few educated thoughts (without spoilers) about the prospect of further series.
As a region known for its rural economy, you'd expect the South-West to offer some great farmers' markets. You wouldn't be wrong. In the North Cornwall and Devon area, we've pulled out eight that are worth a look for anyone seeking out great local produce and handmade gifts. If we've missed your favourite, let us know in the comments below. Markets in alphabetical order.
Young or old, animal lovers who visit our region are unlikely to be disappointed. North Cornwall has some great little attractions where wildlife is the star of the show. Monkeys and meerkats, donkeys and deer, and utterly adorable otters - read on to explore the animal attractions of the area!
Wow - what an amazing summer we have lined up for 2017! There is usually a great range of events throughout July and August but this year looks to be particularly promising. Carnivals, music festivals, concerts, model trains, cider, ice-cream, and agricultural shows galore - there really is something for everyone. What tickles your fancy? If we've forgotten an event, let us know in the comments. Have a great summer!
Recently, two national newspapers have chosen their favourite beaches in the country and happily, they are on the North Cornish coast. However, they’re about as different as they could be. Here are our thoughts on their choices, and how to choose the right beach for you.
After a long wait, the third series of BBC's Poldark is finally here. The first couple of episodes have promised us a good mix of the expected melodrama and intrigue, along with new characters and story-lines. We've compiled 5 key facts for Series 3 to whet your appetite for things to come - (no major spoilers). If you know anything we don't, let us know in the comments below!
As we now enter summer, more and more of us will be donning our bathers and heading into the bracing bite of the Atlantic. Thankfully, accidents are relatively rare, but one particular hazard remains a constant threat and sadly has taken many lives - the rip current, often known as a riptide or undertow. In this blog post, we describe what a rip current is, how to spot it, and how to escape it.
May 2017 - Once again, the South-West has excelled itself in 2017's Blue Flag awards, with nearly 1 in 5 of the nation's cleanest beaches being located in the region. Cornwall and Devon alone account for 18 of the awards but it's not just about clean water - Blue Flags are only awarded to beaches with the highest standards of water quality, safety, and beach facilities. So which beaches have made it onto the newly announced 2017 list? Read more to find out!
Local visitor attractions always put on their own events for the school holidays, but May half-term promises to be fantastic this year, with over a dozen events due to take place in the region. Two food festivals, two steam rallies, choir concerts, flowers and fayres - there'll be something for everyone! If we've missed something, let us know in the comments below.
North Cornwall and Devon are fantastic for families. There are plenty of free activities to occupy your little ones – from sandcastles and rock pools at the beach, to exploring moorland tors. However, as a treat why not take them to one of the area’s many dedicated family-friendly attractions? If we’ve missed your favourite, let us know in the comments or on social media.