Blogs for January 2017

Out of this world - Travel to space from Falmouth!

Posted on Monday 30th January, 2017

Out of this world - Travel to space from Falmouth!

Plan your mission to space this February Half - Term. If you fancy getting up close to our planets, there’s going to be an actual space portal in Falmouth. 

Join the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and voyage through space with Space Odyssey Planetarium.

There are sessions for infants pitched particularly for 3/4/5 year olds who will find out about the Sun and the planets, Astronaut George's adventures in the Solar System, Time Peake’s mission aboard the International Space Station, the skies tonight and key moments in the history of space exploration.

Sessions for Juniors explore Tim Peake's mission aboard the International Space Station, Earth's place in the solar system & in the Galaxy, the skies tonight, key moments in the history of space exploration.

Plan your mission:
Visit for dates and times
Advance booking is essential for the Planetarium.

Price: £3.50 per session in addition to your Museum entry.

Advance booking will open on Wednesday 1 February 2017


In the craft making centre:

Daily: Saturday 11 February – Sunday 19 February

Make Your Own:

Solar system mobiles

Nebular jars

Bicarb rockets

Cartesian divers - land your space craft on the moon


Science of the Sea - Thursday 16 February 2017 Science of the Sea with University of Exeter - marine themed talks, craft making and more with some brilliant marine experts.


Cornwall's Telegraph Museum Gets New Exhibition Award Of £130.000

Posted on Monday 30th January, 2017

Cornwall's Telegraph Museum Gets New Exhibition Award Of £130.000

One of Cornwall's most important heritage attractions is to benefit from a new round of funding just announced jointly by the Government and a major grant-giving foundation.

The Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno has been awarded £130,000 under the scheme known as the DCMS/Wolfson Museum Improvement Fund. 

Tim Cooke, Director of the Telegraph Museum, said: "This award will allow us to build upon the fabulous £3 million refurbishment programme completed in 2014 by improving the way we tell the astonishing story of the secret World War Two Tunnels at Porthcurno while also showcasing how contemporary Cornwall connects the whole of the UK with the wider world today via its network of fibre optic cable.

"We are delighted to receive this further support from the DCMS/Wolfson Fund and look forward to delivering an even more engaging and purposeful experience for visitors in the future."

The Telegraph Museum holds internationally-important collections and tells the story of transformational communications networks between Cornwall and the rest of the world from 1870 until the present day. Its collections hold 'Designated' status from Arts Council England. The Museum attracts support from the Vodafone Foundation' Arts Council England via Cornwall Museums Partnership and Cornwall Council.

Announcing details of the awards Matt Hancock MP, Minister Digital and Culture at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport: "We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country."

Commenting on the £4 million of awards across England, Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: "This is a wonderful example of how a charity and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to government for matching our funding. The awards demonstrate the richness and variety of the country's museum collections."

In 2014 the Telegraph Museum completed a successful £3 million investment programme which greatly improved visitor experience, exhibition displays and created a new learning and archive centre. That project also attracted support from the DCMS/Wolfson Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund was a major supporter of the improvement scheme. Other funders included with the Clore Duffield Foundation, Cornwall Council, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Garfield Weston Foundation and SubOptic.

The Museum's secret tunnels were created in 1941 to protect the vital telegraph operation from German attack. Bombs were dropped on Porthcurno by the Luftwaffe and one of the unexploded devices is on display at the Museum.

The Telegraph Museum is currently open across the winter season on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays between 11am and 4.30pm. From April 1st until the end of October it will be open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm. 

More info here  Telegraph Museum Porthcurno


Discount Afternoon Play in the JungleBarn

Posted on Wednesday 18th January, 2017

Discount Afternoon Play in the JungleBarn

Discount Afternoon Play Time is from 3pm to 6pm and costs just £4.99 per child, and £3.99 per adult. This offer is valid until 31st March 2017.

During the winter it gets too dark to look around the Park in the late afternoon (main Park closes at 3pm), but you can still come in to the JungleBarn to play and take advantage of the facilities with plenty of seating, newspapers and the snack bar.

And remember to buy a Return Ticket for just £3.50 which is valid for your next visit before 31st March 2017. In fact you can save money and keep buying the Return Tickets each time you visit all through until our winter season ends on 31st March 2017. If you want to visit regularly you may find it even cheaper to buy a Season Ticket with unlimited entry all year.

The huge JungleBarn includes fun activities like the Astro Slide, rope bridge, climbing, funny mirrors and a ball pool toddlers area. Lots to exhaust the liveliest of children (and adults!).

Children's After School Meal Deal - running until 31st March 2017


Available on School Days from 3pm, last orders at 4.45pm.

Small meal plus a carton of apple or orange drink.

  • Home made Macaroni Cheese
  • Half a Baked Potato with Cheese and Baked Beans
  • Cheese and Tomato Pizza
  • Home made Spaghetti Bolognese

For more information please visit the website


WIN a FAMILY TICKET for a visit to BLUE REEF AQUARIUM in Newquay!

Posted on Monday 9th January, 2017

WIN a FAMILY TICKET for a visit to BLUE REEF AQUARIUM in Newquay!

The family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children for a visit in 2017 and you can enter on our FACEBOOK PAGE here

This prize draw is open to fans of the BEST DAYS OUT CORNWALL Facebook page.

The prize draw will close at midnight on 22nd January 2017. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the FAcebook page within two days of the closing date.

For full rules of entry please click here:

Good luck :)


Staff at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium are carrying out their annual census throughout January and are asking visitors to get involved in its own version of a fishy stocktake. Find out more here

Open every day from 10am, last admissions/entry at 3pm (closed for 4pm). You can book your Blue Reef Aquarium tickets online here


Great Atlantic crimp-off beckons as US and Canadian bakers head for World Pasty Championships

Posted on Monday 9th January, 2017

Great Atlantic crimp-off beckons as US and Canadian bakers head for World Pasty Championships

Some of North America’s best pasty makers are heading for an exciting crimp-off at the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on March 4, 2017.

Four pasty specialists – two each from the United States and Canada – will be competing to be named the world’s top pasty maker at the annual event also known as the Oscars of the Oggy.

Entries open today (December 15, 2016) and contestants can now register for the contest which has been supported by industry body the Cornish Pasty Association since 2012.

Regular categories – amateur, professional, junior and company for both Cornish and non-Cornish pasties – all return while there is a new category for gluten-free pasties, open only to amateurs.  A new Pasty Ambassador will also be named.

Gerry and Marlee Ramier from the Piskie Pie Company in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada, are making their first trip to the Championships next year. The couple recently opened their shop situated a stone’s throw from iconic Niagara Falls.

Canadian Army veteran Gerry said: “I grew up making Cornish pasties with my mum and gran, starting as early as I remember. I loved being in the kitchen with them, soaking up all their skills, so Marlee and I decided we needed to spread true pasty love to the beautiful Niagara region we are lucky enough to call home.”

Also making his World Pasty Championships debut in 2017 is Mike “The Pasty” Burgess who runs The Pure Pasty Co. in Vienna, Virginia, USA.

British-born Mike, who sells 1,500 pasties a week and supplies the British Embassy in Washington DC, said: “I love Cornwall and used to spend family vacations there when we were younger.

"When I decided to start this business I came to Cornwall to do all my research and learn from the best pasty shops. I’m particularly grateful to Chough Bakery in Padstow who took me in for a day to show me how to crimp.”

Returning for his third competition running will be 2016 World Pasty Championships Ambassador Matt Grant from The Great British Pasty and Pie Co. in Ottawa, Canada.

Matt, who delivers handmade pasties through blizzards and snowdrifts, said: “I'm super excited about the World Pasty Championships next year.

"I'm working on some recipes at the moment but as usual I won't be disclosing which pasty I will enter until the day of the event. I can't wait to get back as the Cornish people are so friendly and welcoming.”

The final member of the North American contingent is another former Pasty Ambassador and proud Cornishman turned Pennsylvania hotelier Mike Amery who has been competing since the contest's inception.

The Cornish Pasty Association has welcomed the additional international entrants. Chairman Jason Jobling said: “It’s great to see more international entries come in. We all know that wherever the Cornish went overseas, they took their pasty-making skills with them.  

"The World Pasty Championships is a terrific way to celebrate our most famous food. It is a fun day with a proper baking competition at the heart of it.”
Eden’s Head Chef Tony Trenerry said: “It is great that the World Pasty Championships has the continued support of the industry body and that the fame of the competition is spreading with new international entries rolling in.
"There’s an increasing demand for gluten-free food and our new class reflects that.”
In 2011, after a long campaign, the Cornish Pasty Association won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish Pasty which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish.

For all World Pasty Championships rules and entry details go to

Come and save an alien at Eden's first-ever escape room

Posted on Thursday 5th January, 2017

Come and save an alien at Eden's first-ever escape room

Puzzle lovers will have a chance to try one of the most perplexing team challenges ever when the Eden Project launches a live escape room January 14, 2017.

Eden Escape: Alien Rescue is an interactive game where players are locked in a room for 45 minutes and have to solve a variety of puzzles and obstacles to save an alien from extinction.

The unique immersive experience runs on selected dates from January 14 to February 19 and is ideal for puzzle and gaming fans, explorers, team builders friends and families.

Escape rooms are growing in popularity for their mind-boggling challenges that test participants' teamwork and puzzle-solving under time pressure and this is the first time Eden has introduced the experience.

Alien Rescue has been devised by one of the country's top escape room design teams Dean Rodgers and the Tom Sawyer Effect who worked on London's premier escape game Time Run and The Crystal Maze live experience.

It is supported by the Wellcome Trust and linked to the Invisible You - Human Microbiome exhibition in the Core and a new Invisible Worlds exhibition opening at Eden in 2018.

Kate Francis, Eden's Programme Producer, said: "We're really excited to be opening a live escape room at Eden.

"In Alien Rescue players have to act as scientists to work out the cure to save an alien and its species from extinction. If they fail in their mission, the alien could be lost forever and the players could be trapped.

"It's going to test your logic and teamwork and really get your adrenaline going as well as being educational and lots of fun."

Eden Escape: Alien Rescue can be played by groups of three to five people. Two groups of five can also book to play at the same time. Please call the Box Office on 01726 811972 to enquire about this.

Tickets cost between 15 and 20 and give valid day entry to Eden on the day of the game if it is between Saturday 14 January and Friday 10 February.

Bookings during February half-term between Saturday 11 February and Sunday 19 February require an Escape Room Ticket and a valid Eden admission ticket, Annual Pass, Locals' Pass or Eden Membership.

To see a YouTube video about the Eden Escape Room, click here:

Science weekends at Eden are set to wow visitors!

Posted on Thursday 5th January, 2017

Science weekends at Eden are set to wow visitors!

Explosive experiments, compelling tales and journeys through space and time are some of the attractions at the Eden Project's WOW! Science Weekends in January.

Each themed weekend will be quirky, fun and packed full of exciting scientific discoveries for all the family.

The Far-out Forces weekend (January 14-15)
will allow budding scientists to get hands-on with awesome activities and a measure of mayhem from Ministry of Science.

This is no ordinary science show - it comes with a bang and a whoosh! The Ministry of Science believes theres a scientist, engineer or inventor in everyone and this show is set to inspire the next generation.

The Amazing Space weekend (January 21-22) explores the secrets of the universe, with Universarama from the hugely-popular Squashbox Theatre.

Using silly puppets, ridiculous props, and ludicrous wigs, Professor Johnson will take wannabe astronauts on a journey through the solar system to the edges of space and time.

The Mighty Microbes weekend (January 28-29) will welcome Horrible Science's Nick Arnold to Eden to uncover the truth behind microscopic monsters. Nick will present his special Super-Funny Microbes Show, based on the bestselling books - get ready for Horrible Fun, scary stories, queasy quizzes and evil experiments.

Mike Maunder, Director of Life Sciences, said: "The WOW Science Weekends are great Eden events, a lively combination of theatre and science that can occasionally be a little naughty.

WOW weekends allow our children to interact with some of the UK's best science communicators and experience the thrill of science. We send the kids home not only happy but with a sense that science is deeply exciting and can be an important part of their futures."

These weekends are part of 'Invisible Worlds', a new permanent exhibition opening at Eden in spring 2018. All activities are included with the normal Eden admission. These weekends are fun for all ages, but recommended for ages seven and above.

In addition to this there will be community weekends throughout January that will give free entry for specific groups of people.

 For more details, check the website

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