Blogs for November 2016

Have yourself a very Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock

Posted on Wednesday 30th November, 2016

Have yourself a very Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock

This December you can step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock. The Victorian Agar-Robartes family spent every winter at Lanhydrock, so the National Trust team have transformed the house to show the family and their staff preparing for Christmas day.

The Victorians revived old traditions of decorating homes with greenery and singing carols. They invented new ones, like crackers, decorating a Christmas tree and sending Christmas cards. You’ll find all these traditions and more celebrated inside Lanhydrock house, which has been beautifully decorated and atmospherically lit for the festive season.

The kitchens are filled with atmosphere and activity. Puddings, mince pies and decorations are being made, and Christmas boxes are put together here, filled with food and gifts for the tenants and workers on the estate.

In the bedrooms you’ll see that even Lady Robartes struggled with the timeless problem of ‘what-to-wear’, and the halls and dining room show the splendour of Christmas entertaining, with towering trees and festive decorations.

The magic isn’t confined to the house, as there’s plenty of sparkle outside too. Baubles, popularised by the Victorians, are used in the garden to brighten bare trees and fill flower beds with the colours of the roses that bloom here in the summer.

Children can let off steam following a new Christmas trail in the garden and Father Christmas will be flying in too, meeting children in the morning room in the house.

“We’ve transformed selected rooms in the house to create an upstairs, downstairs Victorian Christmas, with hustle and bustle downstairs in the kitchens and the results of all this hard work is shown in the beautifully decorated family rooms.”, says Visitor Experience Manager, Richard Levy.

There are plenty of beautiful places for a stroll in the garden and the estate is the perfect setting for winter walks and bike rides. There’s festive food waiting to warm you up in the cafes and restaurant, and there are some wonderful gifts in our shop in the old music room. 

Lanhydrock is open 1 December 2016 – 2nd January 2017, 11am – 4pm, every day except Christmas Day. Selected rooms are open in the house and a reduced winter admission fee applies, while members are free.

Father Christmas is here from 17-24 December, £5 per child. Pre-booking is essential for Father Christmas visits, and tickets can be bought through our website or by calling 0344 249 1895.

Visit or call 01208 265950 for more details.

All photographs copyright ©NationalTrust


Santa's Grotto at Paradise Park

Posted on Friday 25th November, 2016

Santa's Grotto at Paradise Park

The perfect way to start your family Christmas and make your child’s Christmas extra special, is with a visit to see Santa in his magical grotto at Paradise Park.

Director Alison Hales comments “Santa makes his first appearances on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December from 12noon to 2pm. It is just £4.95 each child and this includes a gift. Plus if you are visiting Santa, you can also claim discount entry to the Park and JungleBarn.”

The full list of dates are, weekends 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th then from 17th right through to the 24th December 2016!

Other dates for playgroups can be arranged. Please call the shop between 10am and 3pm on 01736 751023 to arrange.

The Gift Shop has lots of unusual gift ideas so take advantage of the FREE parking and browse the wonderful array of goodies. Plus gift entry tickets and Season Tickets, which make great Christmas presents, can also be purchased in the shop.

To top it all off you can enjoy tasty turkey and cranberry sauce hot panini rolls, and other snacks and treats, which will be available in the Otter Pool Cafe.


Eden brings together sustainability leaders at Festival of Hope

Posted on Monday 21st November, 2016

Eden brings together sustainability leaders at Festival of Hope

Entrepreneurs, innovators and campaigners are among those who will be sharing the latest in sustainability at the Eden Project’s Festival of Hope on Sunday, November 27.

The Festival of Hope – Inspiring Sustainability will feature talks, music, art and exhibits. Among the speakers will be Eden's Co-founder Tim Smit, Surfers Against Sewage's Hugo Tagholm, Professor Tony Allan, the man behind the ingenious 'virtual water' concept, and inspiring individuals from ethical companies such as the award-winning tea makers Pukka Herbs and outdoors lifestyle retailer Surfdome who sell a skateboard made from recycled fishing nets (see picture).

Eden’s official partner Renault will also be on hand offering a chance to test drive one of their fleet of electric vehicles.

First held last year to mark the start of the climate negotiations in Paris (COP21), the event sets out to prove that a sustainable lifestyle and low-carbon future is one filled with optimism, great designs and clever innovations. 

Visitors will be able to meet those who have made sustainability their business and are driving positive change, for example, the people behind the edible bottle Ooho!, diving gear business Fourth Element making swimwear from recycled fishing nets and Toast Ale who produce ale while addressing the issue of food waste.

Marine conservationists and campaigners will be on hand to help attendees get involved in making a difference, including Fathoms FreeSurfers Against Sewage, 2minute Beach Clean, and Cal Major, the intrepid paddle-boarder from Paddle Against Plastic. 

There will also be a chance to meet Eden's own catalysts of change, from the Big Lunch Extras community programme and the HotHouse business leadership courses. Film-makers and artists will be sharing their work as well, including climate change photographer Ashley Cooper from Global Warming Images and Chouette Films, with a special screening of 'Aghbalou: The source of water'.

For foodies, Eden has invited sustainable harvesters The Cornish Seaweed Company, food and health ambassadors from The Crunch 2016, and Cornish Edible Insects with their incredible selection of crunchy critters.

Amelie Trolle, Eden’s Sustainability Manager, said: “We want to show people that sustainability is driving innovation and that there are lots of people and positive developments out there already making a difference. That gives us hope for the future. The Festival of Hope celebrates this and nudges everyone to get involved in a big or small way and find ways to live a bit more sustainably.”

The Festival of Hope takes place in the Core Building at Eden on Sunday, November 27, from 11am to 6pm. Talks start on the hour every hour from 11am onwards. It is free to attend with a standard Eden admission ticket or Annual or Local Pass and there is no need to register. 

For more information and for the full programme go to


Quadrupole Win for Camel Creek Adventure Park

Posted on Wednesday 16th November, 2016

This year there have been record levels of Primary Times readers voting for their favourite local family friendly places and people in Primary Times’ Reader Star Awards.

Parents of children aged 4 to 11 across Cornwall were asked to complete a survey that appeared in this family friendly magazine that has a distribution of 41,000 copies to primary schools in Cornwall. Many families also cast nominations online via the Primary Times website –

The answers reveal an honest reflection of where people prefer to spend their free time, and provide a vital snapshot of what’s popular with local families.

Camel Creek Adventure Park was chosen as the Primary Times Reader Star Award Overall Winner in Cornwall.

This is a great result for this new all-weather family attraction that also happened to score highly across a large number of different categories demonstrating its ability to resonate with the needs of local families.  Readers are impressed with the extensive range of rides and facilities, variety of children’s activities and overall appearance of this enormously popular attraction.

Amongst winning the Primary Times Reader Star Award Overall Winner in Cornwall, the popular Adventure Park also won: Favourite Craft Activity Provider, Favourite Family Attraction and Favourite Outdoor Play Activity Centre.

General Manager Simon Townsend said: “We’re really happy to win this award again, it really means a lot to everyone at Camel Creek Adventure Park, especially after re-branding, and because this has been voted for by our guests.

We will continue to improve our adventure park every year and hope to be awarded these accolades again”


Eden unveils spectacular new plans for its on-site hotel

Posted on Tuesday 15th November, 2016

Eden unveils spectacular new plans for its on-site hotel

New plans for an £8.5 million, 109-bedroom hotel at the Eden Project have been submitted to Cornwall Council.

The hotel has been designed to blend into the countryside and have high standards of accessibility, energy-efficiency and sustainability. Its striking, unconventional design features prominent timber poles, cladding the outside of its two blocks.

If the plans are approved, Eden would like to start construction in late 2017 and open the hotel in April 2018.

Since Eden was opened in 2001, the project has always aspired to having an on-site hotel.

Eden originally received planning permission for a hotel in June 2015. Following advice from hotel experts, a revised design was submitted in May 2016 with additional facilities.

This revised application was withdrawn following public comments about the visual impact and scale of the proposals. A new design was developed in order to address the concerns of visual impact and scale.

The hotel accommodation is designed to support existing projects and partners and also future developments at Eden, as well as provide accommodation for visitors to big events, such as the Eden Sessions series of summer concerts.

It would have classrooms in it to support Eden’s educational programmes, including its apprenticeship scheme and degree-level courses.

The footprint of the building is comparable to the previously-approved scheme, and although the building is taller at the northern end of the scheme, this is located in a less visible part of the site.

Eden executive director David Harland said: “We have always aspired to have a hotel at Eden and this is the culmination of years of work towards that aim.

“We feel that hotel accommodation at Eden would not only give an attractive option to our day visitors, but also increases Eden’s appeal as a venue for weddings, conferences and events. This is part of our plan to enhance the year-round sustainability of Eden’s business.”

David added: “The hotel would be a striking building, built to high environmental standards. We are very pleased with this design and are grateful to our neighbours for their input into the plans, helping us ensure the building has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.”

The accommodation has been split into two blocks to reduce its visual impact. Local stone cladding would be used at the lower level of the buildings, and locally-sourced timber poles are designed to set the main accommodation blocks into the surrounding landscape.

The location is near Eden’s Plum car park, and would boast easy access to the Eden site as well as local footpaths and cycle routes.

Existing features in the area, including old trees and stone walls, would be incorporated into the design of the grounds. New features, including a meadow and orchard, would be planted around the hotel.

Eden has monitored its direct economic impact on the region from its beginnings. Research shows that more than 18 million people who have visited since it opened in 2001 have spent more than £1.7 billion within Cornwall, contributing greatly to the wider economy.

The hotel, Eden says, would be a great asset in sustaining business all year round and unlocking the potential of the wider estate beyond the world-famous Biomes.


FREE PRIZE DRAW to win tickets to the EDEN PROJECT and an Ice Skating Session!

Posted on Friday 11th November, 2016

FREE PRIZE DRAW to win tickets to the EDEN PROJECT and an Ice Skating Session!

This November we have a fantastic free prize draw running on our Facebook page for tickets to the Eden Project plus and Ice Skating Session!

You need to be a fan of our Facebook page to enter, and you can just ‘comment’ and ‘like’ the post to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Please click here to go to the post FACEBOOK PRIZE DRAW LINK

The prize draw will close at midnight on 25th November 2016. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the Facebook page within two days of the closing date.

The prize is valid for 2 adults and 2 children and includes entry to the Eden Project plus ice skating to be used by 1st February 2017.

For full rules of entry please click here:

Keep Warm this Winter at Camel Creek Adventure Park!

Posted on Friday 11th November, 2016

Keep Warm this Winter at Camel Creek Adventure Park!

Due to high demand, Camel Creek Adventure Park, near Wadebridge is extending its popular rides and attractions over the winter season!

The popular children’s destination will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Weekends until 5th February with additional days leading up towards Christmas.

For just £6.95 each, guests can revel in the fun and excitement of: Dragon’s Kingdom Indoor Play Centre, Meerkat Magic, Wave Rider, the Kiddies Carousel, Camel Creek Construction Sand Pit and the Shire Horse Stables. This winter, the park is also keeping open the 5D Super Sim Theatre, Treasure Island, Buccaneer Battles, Twister Tower & Triple Tubes, Demon Drop & Adventure Bridges and Pets Corner.

For more information please visit

Christmas Tidings from Trerice - National Trust

Posted on Thursday 10th November, 2016

Christmas Tidings from Trerice - National Trust

Warm yourself by the fire as you wait to visit our Green Father Christmas, be transported back to your childhood in the North Chamber and visit the Barn to be dazzled by the stars.

Green Father Christmas

Quickly becoming a permenant Christmas fixture at Trerice don't miss the opportunity to see our traditional Father Christmas every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 18 December.

Enchant your children with this festive favourite as he tells stories from Christmas past, set within a beautiful backdrop of one of our Tudor rooms,11.30am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.15pm.  All children will then take home a present.

All tickets are available from reception on arrival for the times above, Adults £2.50 and Children £3.50 each.  (Normal admission charges apply)


Unleash your creative side and join the craft sessions running every Saturday and Sunday in November, make a beeswax candle or woven snowflake to decorate your home.

Back by popular demand, Trerice plaster decorations. Come and create your own slice of Trerice for your Christmas tree Saturdays and Sundays in December.


Enjoy a cup of tea and mince pie under the carpet of golden stars in the Barn, while listening to traditional carols from the Trerice choir and two local choirs, Newquay Coral Society and The Perraners each Saturday and Sunday 2-4pm from 3 to 18 December.

For more information please visit

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth - New exhibition: Skeleton - new sculptures inspired by old boats

Posted on Thursday 10th November, 2016

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth - New exhibition: Skeleton - new sculptures inspired by old boats

On Friday, 11 November 2016, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, opens a new sculpture exhibition by our first ever ‘artist in residence’.

Rob Johnsey, a boatbuilder and sculptor, is not only the museum’s first ‘artist in residence’ but a long serving and dedicated member of the Museum team, having volunteered for our Boat Collection team for over 10 years.

Rob is a keen sailor and once owned a traditional wooden boat. His museum voluntary work has included boat maintenance and restoration and, more recently, designing and carving the fabulous dragon figurehead for the 2015 -16 Viking exhibition entrance here in the museum.

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering and a BA in Fine Art from Falmouth University.

The exhibition is called ‘Skeleton – New sculptures inspired by old boats’ and is a solo show of new sculptural works inspired by historic boats and other forms in the Museum’s collections.

Rob works mostly in wood and has adopted a variety of styles for his pieces.

Some are inspired directly by museum exhibits such as the Coracles. Other pieces draw on broad boat themes such as clinker construction or repeated patterns of boat ribs. Sometimes he has taken the reclaimed wood from an old boat and made it into something new. He likes to contrast synthetic or mechanical forms with those from the natural world.

Boats have always been made by people but they often adopt the forms of aquatic plants or creatures and Rob’s sculptures reflect this.

The exhibition provides a tactile and visually appealing experience, and a new way to engage with historic boats from Cornwall and around the world, showcasing Rob’s skill and artistic flair with wood and 3-D forms. It also takes a look at the process of making sculpture.

All works are available for sale.

Friday 11 November 2016 - 30 April 2017




Posted on Friday 4th November, 2016


MANY CONGRATULATIONS to the attractions that won awards at last night's Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016/17

Please see the list below for our winners!l

If you would like to see a complete list of categories and winners, please click here 


Sponsored by Purple Cloud Consultancy 


Eden Project, St Austell,


Screech Owl Sanctuary, St Columb,


Sponsored by The Samphire Club


Tour at Healey's Cyder Farm, Truro,


Sponsored by Cornwall Airport Newquay


Trebah Garden, Falmouth,


Sponsored by The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company


Lanhydrock, National Trust, Bodmin,


St Michael's Mount, Marazion, 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell,


Trebah Garden, Falmouth,


Tintagel Castle, Tintagel,


Sponsored by Seymac Distribution


Screech Owl Sanctuary, St Columb,


The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow,


Lappa Valley Steam Railway & Leisure Park, St Newlyn,



Trebah Garden, Falmouth,


Sponsored by Trebah Garden in association with Cornwall Wildlife Trust


Paradise Park, Hayle,


Spectacular new laser light and sound event brings all the colours of Christmas to Eden

Posted on Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Spectacular new laser light and sound event brings all the colours of Christmas to Eden

A stunning sound and vision spectacular is to light up Christmas at the Eden Project.

Show curated by acclaimed light artist Chris Levine who led Glastonbury’s laser tribute to David Bowie.

The Eden Festival of Light and Sound will run from November 25 to December 30 at the home of the world-famous Biomes in Cornwall.

The festival features iy_project, a  new event brought to Eden by internationally-renowned light artist Chris Levine and creative partners EdenLAB.

Visitors will be able to step out on to the Eden viewing platform and gaze in awe as dramatic lasers pierce through the darkness to create a canopy of light, painting the Biomes and the plant displays with festive colours.

The Mediterranean Biome will be the stage for an enchanting undercover after-dark experience, with a beautifully-choreographed performance of music and light. Visitors will be able to stroll the pathways and experience Eden as never before.

Eden Festival of Light and Sound will run on selected evenings and include a sound treatment and live performance by top musical and vocal talents from across the South West, directed by singer-songwriter Jamie Crowe and choir leader Vicky Abbott.

The breath-taking event is the big new addition to Christmas at Eden, alongside favourites Father Christmas and his elves and the ever-popular ice rink. 

Multiple laser systems will interact in amazing ways with natural phenomena such as rain, mist, plants, trees and people - as well as na­ture-inspired architectural forms -  to create an unforgettable visual feast.

A specially-designed colour palette will incorporate red, magenta, blue, green and white light, reflecting the colours traditionally associated with Christmas.

Eden's Managing Director Gordon Seabright said: "This Christmas at Eden promises to be our most enchanting yet. Festival of Light and Sound will be an unmissable new event that draws people together with beautiful music and astounding visual effects, inspiring them to feel that they are more connected to each other and the natural world."

Festival of Light and Sound is a collaboration between Eden, creative partners EdenLAB, Chris Levine and top sound artists. Previous collaborators include Antony Hegarty, Massive Attack, Jon Hopkins and Max Eastley.

Developed first at Eden as an experimental piece supported by the Arts Council, iy_project held its international premiere at Thailand's Wonderfruit Arts festival last December.

More recently iy­_project was commissioned by the organisers of this year's Glastonbury Festival in a head­line collaboration with conductor Charlie Hazlewood and his 45-piece orchestra. 

It represented Glastonbury's official tribute to the life of David Bowie and was performed to an audience of 25,000 on the Park Stage at midnight on the Saturday and broadcast live by the BBC.

Festival of Light and Sound performances can be enjoyed at any time between 5pm and 8pm on the following dates: November 25, 26, 27; December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 16-23; and December 27-30 (until 7pm on these dates). No pre-booking for the laser shows is required.

To complement the sound and light, ice and fire is the planting theme in the Mediterranean Biome this winter, with fiery hot chilli plants and ice cool winter cyclamen adding unexpected delights to the array of temperate planting.

The idea of sharing the light at Eden continues when families will have the chance to meet Father Christmas and the elves in their cosy Eden camp on selected dates between November 25 and December 24.

Children will find out how everyone can help to spread the light of Christmas cheer by settling down in front of the fire to hear a story and share a special moment with Father Christmas.

From November 25, Father Christmas performances will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 4, then daily from Friday December 9 to Saturday December 24.

Visits to meet Father Christmas cost £6 per child (under 12 months free) and £4 for adults, on top of the normal admission price.   Booking to meet Father Christmas is strongly advised through or 01726 811972.

Eden also offers a programme of relaxed performances for children with autism and sensory or communication needs who may prefer a more informal experience.


Crafts for Christmas 2016 at the Shire Hall Gallery Bodmin

Posted on Wednesday 2nd November, 2016

Crafts for Christmas 2016 at the Shire Hall Gallery Bodmin

Before you know it, Christmas will be here; and it will certainly arrive at Bodmin’s Shire Hall Gallery from Monday 14th November, as its annual Christmas exhibition opens to the public.    

This year, the gallery welcomes eleven; Cornwall based artists, the work of whom will be beautifully displayed, in what was the former public gallery - a reminder of the Shire Hall’s days as a working courtroom.  

There is something for everyone to include colourful ceramic jewellery, buttons and cute hanging decorations, handmade Christmas fabric gifts as well as scented candles and fun Christmas bunting by Karen Davies from Wadebridge.  Furthermore, you will be able to buy driftwood giftware and jewellery from Yemaya Crafts as well as lovely cards and framed images by Helen Hoyle.   And as if that wasn’t enough, Roger Jardine will have a display of his original watercolours and there will be a range of cards and photographic prints by John Worth. 

Also, you will find glass Christmas decorations, beaded handmade jewellery together with Sujati Designs clothes and accessories. 

As well as being a truly Cornish show, everything on display is both affordable and perfect for a special Christmas gift. 

The exhibition runs from Monday 14th November through until Thursday 22nd December and is open Monday to Friday from 8.45am – 2pm.  Admission to the exhibition is free of charge. 

For more information please visit

Lappa Valley Is Open Weekends This Winter

Posted on Tuesday 1st November, 2016

Lappa Valley Is Open Weekends This Winter

For the first time ever Lappa Valley Steam Railway will be opening for winter weekends!

Visitors will enjoy a steam ride into the park where they can enjoy all of the attractions on offer for the heavily discounted price of just £6 per person.

Open weekends from 5 November until 4 December and 4 February until 26 March 2017.

Trains will run every 40 minutes from 11:10. (Timetable weekends only: 11:10, 11:50, 12:30, 1:10, 1:50, 2:30, 3:10 & 3:50).

The extremely popular Santa Trains are returning selected dates in December between 10th -24th.

PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Lappa Valley will also be open throughout February half term.

Visit for full details.

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