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 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.
Love is in the air! With its stunning coastline, moors and ancient forests, North Cornwall is a great place to woo your significant other. To celebrate Valentine's day, in this post we've collected 5 of our favourite romantic spots in the area for you to enjoy. (Don't worry - they also make great attractions for single visitors and full families!) Have we missed your favourite? Let us know on social media or add it to the comments below.
Everyone knows you can get a fantastic cream tea in Cornwall (see our blog post here for ideas), but what about those of us who need a good coffee to get us going in the morning? More and more cafés seem to be investing in coffee machines and staff training these days, but we've chosen 5 independent cafes around North Cornwall that have taken it one step further. Forget Costa and Starbucks - for a very special caffeine hit, call in to one of these great coffee shops and prepare to be impressed. Do you have a different recommendation? Drop it into the comments below.
North Cornwall and Devon are peppered with excellent places to eat, from good pub grub to trendy bistros. But where do you go if you really want to celebrate something special? We've collected our favourite fine dining options within reach of North Cornwall. Most are a bit of a drive away and of course none of these come cheap, but these restaurants feature as some of the very best in the South-West. They are roughly in order of our preference, but that's just splitting hairs - you are guaranteed an incredible meal at any of these fine establishments! If we have missed yours, leave it in the comments below.
It’s not surprising that in the homeland of cream teas there is such a great range of cafés that serve them. All our guests get a free cream tea at our cottages, but they also finish their breaks singing the praises of various Cornish cafés. At these fantastic venues you won’t find shop-bought scones being defrosted in the microwave. Instead, home-made treats, superior service, and often stunning views set these apart. Here, we’ve arduously compiled our best ten from a huge list of strong contenders - we couldn't choose our favourites among this list, so we've ordered them roughly from South to North. If we’ve missed your top pick, please add it to the comments below.
Cornwall is blessed with some of the finest local produce of any region in the UK, and what better way to celebrate it than at one of our great food festivals? Many of events include some great edibles, but here are 5 festivals still to come this Summer that focus on food! If we missed your favourite, add it to the comments below.
One of the joys of living in a rural area is the fresh produce available from local farms. Many corner shops and supermarkets are getting better at stocking local produce, and of course the farmer’s markets at Bude and Launceston are well worth a visit, but still the best bet for those of us wanting easy regular access to great food with a low carbon footprint is always going to be the farm shops. We’ve rounded up the ones we know of in the area. If we’ve missed your favourite, let us know in the comments below.
Feeling peckish? Fancy something something fancy but nothing too formal? The area of North Cornwall and Devon is peppered with great options for eating out, from simple pub grub to first-class fine dining. If you're looking for a special meal out without the formality, here are fantastic 5 local bistros and gastro-pubs - booking ahead is advised. We couldn't possibly list all the great venues or even choose between our 5, but if you'd like to mention your favourite, drop it into the comments below.