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.
Two of the factors that make the West Country such a wonderful place to visit are the local dialect and the mysterious folklore. This week, we're sharing an old poem from a Victorian poet from Devon that combines the two. "There's piskies up to Dartymoor, an' tidden gude yew zay there bain't"!
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.
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.
If you're lucky enough to be in North Cornwall this May Bank holiday (and not at work!) then you have some great options within reach. Whether you want to let down your hair and dance through the streets, or quietly investigate ancient books, there is something for everyone in our 9 Great May Day events round-up. If we've missed an event, let us know on social media or in the comments below.
It wasn’t so long ago that the only place in the country (or even the world) where you could buy clotted cream was the West Country. These days of course, companies are shipping the beautiful stuff to supermarkets nationwide. However, if you’re ever in short supply, did you realise you can make it at home? In this blog post, we reveal 2 super easy ways of making clotted cream.
England is renowned for its quirky and quaint place-names, but Cornwall, with its extra language, has some real oddities. In this blog post, we explore the origins of some of North Cornwall and Devon’s place-names. If there’s a particular name that you can’t fathom, let us know on social media and we’ll do some digging for you.
The Easter holidays are nearly upon us, and as usual the area has come up trumps when it comes to springtime events. From circus antics to ancient antiques, concerts to craft days, and chocolate eggs galore, North Cornwall and Devon have something the whole family can enjoy. Have we missed your Easter event? Let us know on social media or the comments below.
Last week, we named the highest points in Cornwall, but when it comes to altitude, there’s no denying it – Devon takes the prize in the South-west. In fact, nearly half of all the tors on Dartmoor are higher than the very highest point in Cornwall. The moor is well-loved by walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, partly because unlike many National Parks so much of it is public access land. It has a bewitching mix of bogs, woodland, and ancient monuments, but is best known for its rocky tors, 5 of which are the highest points in the county.
Here in the rural upper reaches of the Tamar Valley we are very proud of our distinctive wildlife. Last year we were pleased to be part of an initiative from the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project through which we borrowed a bat detector. The results were more than a little surprising!
To celebrate the forthcoming Oscars, we have collected 6 great films that have made the most of the Westcountry, listed roughly in order of critical reception. There are hundreds of other films that feature the area in a few scenes, but here are those that go that bit further. Have we missed your favourite? Let us know on social media or in the comments below.
February is a great time to visit the Tamar Valley. Not only are you treated to early Spring flowers, but you can enjoy the wonderful selection of half-term activities laid on by local attractions. Most venues are holding some sort of special events, but here are a handful of dates that look particularly fun. Have we missed one? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!