The myriad of languages and people that have lived in Cornwall has left us with a somewhat baffling array of place-names. The county is renowned for some of the strangest names in England, so here we've pulled together some that we know about. Have we left one out? Do you disagree? Leave a comment below!
The Cornish are really quite an enterprising bunch. For a county so rural, it is always impressive to read of the contributions to industry, technology and science made by inhabitants of the county. In this blog post, we’ve collected 9 of the greatest inventions and discoveries made by Cornish folk. If we’ve missed something that deserves a mention, let us know in the comments below.
To many Cornish folk, fairings are as much a part of the local food heritage as pasties and clotted cream. In this blog post, we share our tried and tested recipe for these delicious Cornish biscuits.
Over a couple of centuries, Bude has turned from a barren 'furzey down' to a thriving, award-winning coastal resort. Many of you will already be familiar with its charms, but how many of these 12 fascinating Bude facts did you already know? If you know any others, let us know in the comments below!
As the buzz of the festive period wears off, we have the chance to plan the year ahead. There is plenty to look forward to this year, so we've collected a few dates worth putting in your diary. If we're missed a great event, let us know in the comments below! Have a great year!
In a county as picturesque as Cornwall, it's not easy to pick out the best photo opportunities... but we like a challenge! Of course, many of our chosen spots make for a great walk to blow off those cobwebs or shed those Christmas calories, but this list is really for the photographers amongst you. So charge your batteries, find that memory card, and explore our 8 fantastic photo opportunities in North Cornwall:
If you fancy feeling festive then North Cornwall and Devon have plenty to offer you! Carols and concerts, steam trains and shopping, magic and Morris dancing, and even a barbecue! What will you be getting up to? Let us know in the comments if we've missed a great event!
Of course, many great films and TV shows have been set and shot in our wonderful county. But can we surprise you with a few familiar names that spent their formative years here? We've collected 10 famous people who you might not have known were either born or raised in Cornwall. Did we miss someone? Let us know in the comments!
We all love Cornwall don't we, and what better way to pay homage to the beautiful county than giving your next pet a truly Cornish name? One of my terriers is called Jago, from the Cornish for James. However, if you're looking for something a bit more descriptive, check out our 50 fantastic Cornish names for your next pet (or even child)! Do you have a favourite? Let us know on the social media!
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"!
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.
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.
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!