Blogs for March 2017

Five super cute piglets at Paradise Park!

Posted on Thursday 30th March, 2017

Five super cute piglets at Paradise Park!

Five gorgeous little piglets have arrived at Paradise Park in time for the Easter holidays to the delight of staff and visitors!

Director Nick Reynolds comments “Our sow, ‘Ginger’, is a rather hairy Gloucester Old Spot, and she has five little piglets. Their dad is a Tamworth cross Cornish Black, with four of the piglets showing their spotty heritage and one pure black. The piglets are just a week old, and the whole family are doing well in their Fun Farm paddock.”

All three types of pig are ancient breeds, with Gloucester Old Spots known for having a gentle nature and good maternal instincts. Tamworths are hardy, bristly and red-haired and Large Blacks are lop-eared, productive and known for their placid temperaments.

This Easter the Fun Farm is one of the many highlights, along with the start of the summer flying displays, the Easter Egg Hunt, Penguin photocalls, close encounters and much more!

For all the latest news and daily events please visit the Paradise Park website or follow onFacebook or Twitter.


Things to do and What’s On this Easter at the Top Attractions throughout Cornwall!

Posted on Tuesday 21st March, 2017

You are spoilt for choice this Easter Holidays, with a wonderful selection of activities, events and things to do at the ‘Best Days Out Cornwall’ Top Attractions!

There are plenty of sparkles from Geevor Tin Mine, with different events each day of the week, including Poldark Days and ‘Be a Miner for A Day. The Minack are offering fairies, monsters, shipwrecks and romance on a magical island with ‘Tempest in a Teacup’ on the 7th April among many other performances during Easter.

Travel back in time and enjoy the Easter Eggstravaganza on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s Premier Steam Railway. Join the crew at Newquay’s Pirate’s Quest and help in the mission to locate the Golden Egg!

Catch up with all your all your favourite birds and animals at Paradise Park, and claim your mini egg on the Easter trail, plus daily events with some close encounters. At Flambards in Helston Enjoy rides and attractions suitable for all the family, whatever the weather!

Join the staff at the Screech Owl Sanctuary to celebrate their 27th successful year on the 2nd April! Families are invited to revel in the golden egg hunt at Camel Creek for a cracking Easter! Take a train ride at Lappa Valley with the Easter Bunny, or try the duck racing with prizes and an Easter quiz trail.

These and more are detailed on the our events page here


Science in focus at the Eden Project as Wellcome Image Awards exhibition opens

Posted on Tuesday 14th March, 2017

Science in focus at the Eden Project as Wellcome Image Awards exhibition opens

The Eden Project will be hosting an exhibition of some of the most remarkable and striking scientific images of the past year, starting on Thursday (March 16).

The exhibition of the shortlisted images for the twentieth annual Wellcome Image Awards opens on the day after the winner of the prestigious prize is announced.

Showcasing the best in science image making, this year’s awards include a broader range of cutting-edge artistic and scientific techniques than ever before.  From photography and illustration to super-resolution microscopy and medical scans, the images use a variety of methods to capture the imagination and bring complex concepts to life.

This year’s images include a beautiful illustration of Nobel laureate and neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, a glimpse at the intricate system of blood vessels inside an African Grey Parrot and a fascinating visualisation of Twitter conversations about breast cancer.

The images will be on display in Eden’s Core building until July 16, 2017.

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “We’re very pleased to be hosting work from the remarkable Wellcome Image Awards at Eden again. This year’s images are some of the most vibrant, striking and thought-provoking we have seen so far and we are proud to help showcase some of the groundbreaking scientific work that has happened in the last year.”

Fergus Walsh, BBC Medical Correspondent and a member of the judging panel, said: “The Wellcome Image Awards continuously uncovers striking images that open up a world of science often hidden to the naked eye. There is a spectacular array of images here which will draw the public in, make them wonder and make them ask questions about things they’ve never even imagined.”

Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images and chair of the judging panel, said: “It’s now 20 years since the first Wellcome Image Awards and we continue to be surprised and delighted by the range of extraordinary images we receive each year. We are thrilled that they will be displayed across the UK and abroad so that people can come and explore the stories behind these stunning images.”

The Wellcome Image Awards were established in 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work. Over the last 20 years as science and technology has progressed, the awards have embraced new styles and pushed the boundaries of science image making.

The 22 winning images were chosen by nine judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on March 15, 2017 where the overall winner will also be revealed.

This is the second year that the Julie Dorrington Award for outstanding photography in a clinical environment will also be awarded. Named after one of the founders of the Wellcome Images clinical collection, this Award honours Julie’s contribution to Wellcome and to the clinical photography profession and the service it provides to medicine and medical education.

Access to the Wellcome Image Awards exhibition is included in Eden Project admission. For more information, see

To see the full selection of winning Wellcome Image Awards pictures, see

IMAGE: Cat skin and blood supply (credit: David Linstead).

A polarised light micrograph of a section of cat skin, showing hairs, whiskers and their blood supply. This sample is from a Victorian microscope slide. Blood vessels were injected with a red dye called carmine dye (here appearing black) in order to visualise the capillaries in the tissue, a newly developed technique at the time. This image is a composite made up of 44 individual images stitched together to produce a final image 12 mm in width.

Here, fine hairs (yellow), thicker whisker (yellow) and blood vessels (black) are all visible. Whiskers, unlike normal hair, are touch receptors, each containing a sensory organ called a proprioceptor. When a cat’s whiskers touch something, or feel vibrations in the air from a moving object, signals are sent from them to the brain to provide spatial awareness. Whiskers are therefore both a valuable hunting and survival tool.

Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops - the Weather Maker is coming to Eden’s Rainforest

Posted on Friday 10th March, 2017

Tropical rainstorms and a wobbly rope bridge in the cloudy treetops - the Weather Maker is coming to Eden’s Rainforest

Visitors to the Eden Project will have a chance to trek across an aerial rope bridge, shelter from tropical rain and travel through clouds when a thrilling new rainforest walkway opens this month (March 18).

The Weather Maker is the latest phase of the Rainforest Canopy Walkway and will enable everyone to explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest from the treetops.

Construction of the unique development in the Rainforest Biome is nearing completion and will be officially opened on Saturday, March 18, with a weekend of exciting activities including aerial acrobatics.

The Weather Maker will enable visitors to explore the canopy’s hidden secrets, experience how rainforests affect weather and regulate the climate and see why the conservation of the world’s rainforests is vital for all of our futures.

It has been developed with academic support from the Met Office and University of Exeter and includes:

  • A wobbly Canopy Rope Bridge stretching 23 metres across the canopy between two of the tallest trees in the 50 metre-high Biome.
  • A fully-accessible Cloud Bridge where visitors can travel through swirling rainforest clouds and get a sense of how they reflect sunlight and help cool the planet.
  • A Rain Shack where visitors can shelter from a tropical rain storm and discover how rainforests make rain.
  • A Rainforest Research Camp displaying the latest research from scientists at the University of Exeter who are working in the tropics exploring links between climate change and rainforests.
  • The Climate Platform which will feature an installation that explores the relationships between the atmosphere and the climate.
  • Interactive exhibits include the transpiration tree where visitors can pump water upwards to see how it travels through the tree and into the sky to form clouds.  

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “Fifteen years after opening, our forest has grown sufficiently to take our visitors into the treetops.

“From on high, visitors will be able to explore the forest’s hidden secrets and discover how the world’s hot, steamy rainforests help to regulate the climate.

“You’ll be able to cross our high-level canopy rope bridge, travel through heat-reflecting clouds and shelter from tropical rain.

“We’ll also be showing you how you can get involved and support projects or take actions to conserve the forest. Conserving forests will help regulate our climate.”

Dr Ted Feldpausch, Tropical Forest Ecologist at the University of Exeter, said: “The Eden Project continues to innovate to educate and to bring experiences from tropical rainforests to the public. 

“From drought, to fire, to forest-climate interactions, the Eden Project communicates important properties and issues facing rain forests in ways that are engaging and sometimes downright torrential.”

Professor Richard Betts, Climate Scientist at the University of Exeter and the Met Office, said: “Once again the team at Eden have done a stunning job. Not only can visitors enjoy a unique perspective on the forest from above, they can also learn about the vital scientific research into rainforests and climate.”

The Weather Maker will be complemented by a new planting scheme featuring colourful bromeliads – epiphytic plants which grow on trees, stumps and branches in the tropics. Bromeliads are especially adapted to thrive in the rainforest by anchoring themselves into the canopy and catching rainwater in their rosette-shaped leaves, supporting wildlife such as frogs, lizards and salamanders.

This latest stage of the Canopy Walkway has been designed and delivered by Blue Forest, Tate Harmer Architects, John Grimes Partnership, Ward Williams Associates, Ease and the Eden Project Rainforest Canopy Walkway project team.

The Canopy Walkway highlights the importance and wonder of rainforests. The first phase, completed in 2013, includes paths set in the cliff face and stretching out through the rainforest. It introduces visitors to those who live and work in the forest, from indigenous and tribal peoples to canopy scientists. 

Near to the roof of the Biome there is also an aerial Rainforest Lookout, opened in 2010, which gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the tropical canopy.

The Canopy Walkway has been supported by a number of educational and scientific foundations and individuals, including the Garfield Weston Foundation, Bunzl plc, The Kirby Laing Foundation and donors to the Eddie George Memorial Appeal as well as donations from Eden Project Members and visitors.

The Rainforest Canopy Walkway Weather Maker will be open to visitors from March 18 and all activities are included in the price of admission.

See full details of ticket prices on For a video of the Rain Shack, see


Top South West Attractions in Devon and Cornwall working together!

Posted on Wednesday 8th March, 2017

Top South West Attractions in Devon and Cornwall working together!

DATA (Devon Association of Tourist Attractions) and CATA (Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions) represent the very best in family days out!

With over 80 top quality attractions between them, you are spoilt for choice with Wildlife, Heritage, Gardens, Art, Theme Parks and many more wonderful days out.

Chairman of ‘Best Days Out Cornwall’ Emma Abbott comments “It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with our Devon counterparts and discuss some exciting new opportunities to collaborate on future ventures!”

Check the ‘Best Days Out Cornwall’ attractions here

Visit for the Top Attractions in Devon.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news, events and offers via Social Media

Facebook and Twitter for Devon Top Attractions

Facebook and Twitter for Best Days Out Cornwall

Photograph: From Left, Jognathan Bray, Vice Chair CATA,  Trebah Garden, Emma Abbot, Chair CATA,  Eden Project, Dick Wood, Vice Chair, South Devon Railway, Anne Blackman, Data Marketing, Chris Murray, Data Chairman, Pennywell Farm


Membership and Marketing Co-ordinator - Job Vacancy

Posted on Wednesday 8th March, 2017

Membership and Marketing Co-ordinator - Job Vacancy

Membership and Marketing Co-ordinator - Job Vacancy

About Us

"The Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions"

You may be more familiar with our marketing brand "Best Days Out Cornwall" which has an on-line presence for visitors planning a trip to Cornwall and a printed guide that is widely distributed throughout the county. Our guide targets visitors who have arrived in Cornwall and are looking for "great places to visit".

We are a friendly group of 40 quality attractions in Cornwall who are determined to:-

  • Raise and maintain the standards of member attractions for the benefit of holidaymakers, the economy of Cornwall and the members themselves.
  • Represent the interests of the tourist attraction industry and to assist individual members through collective action.
  • Facilitate, as agents, the co-operative promotion of member attractions.

In short, for over 40 years, the association has been working to improve the quality of the visitor experience in Cornwall. CATA members represent the highest standards of quality, in accordance with our widely acknowledged and long established policy and strict membership accreditation scheme.

About You

You are a great communicator (both verbally and written), confident, enthusiastic and committed to the further development of "CATA" and its brand "Best Days Out Cornwall".

You are an "Organisational Hero" who thrives on the responsibility to make a positive impact! You are versatile, self motivated and able to respond to an ever changing environment as your role expands.

This is a home-based role with the opportunity to hot desk at The Eden Project and possibly other visitor attractions within the group if a nearer location is preferable.

Your Role Summarised

The Membership and Marketing Co-ordinator ensures the efficient administration of the association, provides support to the chair and vice chair and implements the decisions made by the exec committee. It's not all desk based though! We will also need you to hop in your car and head-up our annual inspections, as well as attend all meetings of the association and its exec committee.

This is a part-time role working an average of 12hrs per week, reporting into the CATA chair.

You will have the potential to grow your role and in return for increasing revenues and productivity may be offered more hours per week in the future.


You will be rewarded with a generous hourly rate between £12 and £15 dependant on experience

Your Key Responsibilities:


Responsible for all day-to-day correspondence, requests for information and communication including:-

  • Working hand in glove with our social media officer to help deliver marketing campaigns, ensure members maintain their website pages; plus providing all information they may require to swiftly answer enquiries
  • Liaising with printers and designers to obtain quotes, organise schedules and ensure all file specifications are met and understood by our members
  • Communications with CATA Chairman, Officers and Members – all queries, every day!
  • Engage with PR companies and media representatives
  • Build and maintain relationships with distributors of our printed guide
  • Welcome prospective members and promote member benefits
  • Mentor prospective members to help them achieve memberships standards


  • Make all arrangements for all general meetings, committee meetings and any special events and social occasions to include the Cornwall Tourism Awards
  • To minute all meetings as appropriate & distribute to all members digitally
  • Timely distribution of information to member with regard to meetings, information sharing and any other related information
  • Create and oversee the marketing plan/schedule with our social media officer to ensure deadlines are met
  • Management of the annual inspection schedule and building appropriate inspection teams
  • Management of the distribution of guides inspections at member attractions
  • Management of contact and members data bases
  • Maintain and improve filing systems allowing information to be easily accessed by the Chair and Vice Chair in the secretary's absence
  • All administration duties must be consistently up to date and readily available to the chair
  • Annually check all member websites re the Best Days Out Cornwall Logo, to ensure it is displayed and links through to the CATA website and follow up with members where this is not the case

The successful candidate will also need to carry out any other reasonable request or duty from the executive committee or members to support the association as and when necessary.

Away from the desk but usually in county

The Membership and Marketing Co-ordinator’s duties include attending the following:-

  • All General Meetings, Executive Committee meetings and special meetings of the Association. There are minimum of 4 general meetings and a minimum of 4 executive committee meetings annually
  • All inspections of new applicants and members seeking re-appointment
  • All other meetings as deemed appropriate by the CATA officers & Members.

Making the job your own

Explore new and potential income streams

Expand membership

Over see and introduce new initiatives and promotions

Please submit your CV and cover letter to Emma Abbott, Chairman of CATA at by 22nd March 2017. Interviews will be held at the Eden Project week commencing 27th March 2017


Win a Family Ticket to one of our Gardens or Country House Attractions

Posted on Tuesday 7th March, 2017

Win a Family Ticket to one of our Gardens or Country House Attractions

We have a FAMILY TICKET to visit one of our fantastic Gardens and Country House attractions up for grabs on our Facebook page here!

All you have to do is like and comment on the post to be in with a chance of winning the family ticket.

The prize draw is open to fans of our Facebook Page page and will close at midnight on 16th March. The winner will be chosen at random.

The family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children for a visit in 2017.

The winner will be asked to pick which one of our 9 Gardens and Country House attractions they would like to visit. See below.

COTEHELE a Tudor home of the Edgcumbe family with mediaeval origins, with original furniture, armour, rich hangings and tapestries. Large estate with miles of riverside and woodland walks.

GLENDURGAN lose yourself in the three valleys, full of fun, natural beauty, amazing plants and explore the famous cherry laurel maze.

LANHYDROCK is superbly set in 450 acres of woods and parkland running down to the Fowey river and encircled by formal and woodland gardens, lovely in all seasons.

PENCARROW a Georgian house with 50 acres of Grade 2* Listed Gardens, must be one of Cornwall's finest stately homes.

ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT discover legend, myth and over a thousand years of history.  Enjoy the thrill of getting there by walking the cobbled causeway or when the tide is in, boat hop to the island.

TREBAH a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Discover the magic of this beautiful valley garden with over four miles of footpaths.

TRELISSIK a tranquil varied garden in fabulous position, with a superb collection of tender and exotic plants.

TRENGWAINTON GARDEN discover where the spirit of the Plant Hunters lives on with winding, wooded paths, wide open spaces and plants from around the world.

TRERICE a delightful small Elizabethan manor house, an architectural gem hidden away from the world in a web of narrow lanes and still somehow caught in the spirit of its age.

For full rules of entry please click here:

St Pirans Local Offer and Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Posted on Friday 3rd March, 2017

St Pirans Local Offer and Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

To celebrate the Cornish holiday, Cornwall locals can enjoy discounted entry to Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March.

All entry ticket prices will be just £7.50 for this weekend only, to anyone living in Cornwall.*

Just show your proof of address to the admissions desk when purchasing your ticket.

Visitors can explore the local wildlife found in our local shores in the Cornish Waters zone which displays creatures such as European Sea Bass, Grey Mullet and the Cuckoo Wrasse.

Youngsters can learn all about the rockpools of our Cornish beaches with the daily 10:30am and 3:30pm Rockpool Encounters. The aquariums team of aquarists will be giving special talks and interactive demonstrations involving various starfish, anemone and crab species.

Blue Reef displays supervisor Lara Heaney said: “A lot of local people are not aware how interesting and colourful the UK coastal species are and its great to be able to share this and what better time than St Pirans day”.

After getting to know all about our local habitants, visitors can enjoy the marine life of the exotic waters from the Amazonian displays to the tropical ocean tunnel. There is also a brand new Where in the World trail for the public to take part in and have a chance to win a free family pass.

Species like the Cuckoo Wrasse are one of many colourful fish found in out UK shores. The Wrasse have the ability to change their colours during breeding season and can grow up to 40cm in length. They can be found in rocky shores at a depth of 2 to 200 metres.

*(T+C’s apply. Excludes online tickets. On the door price only)



Easter Egg Hunt at Paradise Park

Posted on Friday 3rd March, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at Paradise Park

Claim your mini egg treat when you complete the Easter Egg Hunt at Paradise Park this April!

It’s a great time to make a visit and catch up with all your favourite birds and animals.  And if there’s one place you are guaranteed to find plenty of eggs this Easter, it’s Paradise Park. Whether it is of the chocolate kind, or spring hatchlings popping out everywhere!

Bring the family for an eggtastic time as you hunt around the Park spotting clues along the way – you might even spot some dinosaur eggs! Complete the trail, find the answers to our questions and claim your free mini egg treat.

Easter sees the beginning of the Eagles of Paradise Display and the Free Flying Bird Show, giving you the chance to get up close and see macaws, owls and eagles flying just above your head!

And if you have energy to burn then there is no better place than the huge indoor JungleBarn with giant slides, suspended rope bridge, lots of climbing and sliding and toddlers zone with ball fountain.

The Otter Pool Cafe offers light lunches including homemade specials, local pasties, a wonderful selection of homemade cakes and Cornish cream teas.

And if one day is not enough, then there are great value Return Tickets at just £3.99 available for your next visit this season.

For all the latest news follow on Facebook (ParadiseParkCornwall) or Twitter (@CornishParadise).



Camel Creek is hard to beat this Easter!

Posted on Friday 3rd March, 2017

Camel Creek is hard to beat this Easter!

Camel Creek is hard to beat this Easter, egg-specially with free Easter egg for every child over the Easter Weekend* (14th-17th April).

Families are invited to take part in a cracking day out at Camel Creek during the Easter Holidays and take advantage of the ‘7 Day of Fun for the Price of 1’… EGG-CITING!

Easter is the time for family fun and indulging in lots of chocolate and we have it covered. Revel in the golden egg hunt with a chance to WIN FAMILY MEMBERSHIP* and an Easter surprise, or spring into action with the Camel Creek Easter trail including popular gifts to enjoy.

The Easter Bunny will be making appearances throughout the day on Sunday April 16th.

We have also reinstated our ‘7 DAYS OF FUN FOR PRICE OF 1’ so you can enjoy more adventures this Easter for the same price. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance online and save up to 20% off admission.

To book your tickets visit

*whilst stocks last

**Annual membership for up to four people

Screech Owl Sanctuary become a validated Learning Destination

Posted on Thursday 2nd March, 2017

Screech Owl Sanctuary become a validated Learning Destination

Screech Owl Sanctuary are delighted to have become a validated 'Learning Destination' in Cornwall.

Carolyn Screech comments "We were nominated by two visitors to the sanctuary, for validation to the children's university. This is run with the help of Plymouth university and means we are now a validated learning destination in Cornwall. We are delighted as this is one of the aims of the sanctuary along with rescue and rehabilitation. It's helping the next generation to understand wildlife, and with their education and knowledge improve our wildlife and habitation."

Learn more about Screech Owl Sanctuary here

Eden all fired up for sixth annual World Pasty Championships, Saturday March 4

Posted on Thursday 2nd March, 2017

Eden all fired up for sixth annual World Pasty Championships, Saturday March 4

The sixth annual World Pasty Championships will be taking place at the Eden Project in Cornwall this Saturday (March 4), with competitors from across the globe competing for the coveted Oggy Oscars.

The day will be a celebration of all things pasty-related, plus a great selection of music and comedy.

Nearly 200 pasties across nine categories will be judged by a panel of around 40 judges.

Competitors include:

•    Mike “The Pasty” Burgess, who will be travelling from the outskirts of Washington DC, from where his Pure Pasty Co. supplies customers in the seat of US government with hot Cornish delicacies. Mike is a British expat, originally from Cheshire, and has lived in the US for seven years.

•    Jorge Pereira, a Chilean miner, who will be returning for the first time since he was victorious in the Open Savoury Amateur category in 2015. His wife Gail Cleverdon, who hails from Barnstable in Devon, is also entering the competition.

•    Reigning Pasty Ambassador Matt Grant, of The Great British Pasty and Pie Co. in Ottawa, Canada, who will be returning for his third consecutive championships. Matt is another UK expat with a passion for the pasty and delivers handmade oggies through fearsome Canadian snowdrifts from the back of a Land Rover.

•    Completing the contingent from the Americas are Gerry and Marlee Ramier of the Piskie Pie Company, located in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada, a short distance from the Niagara Falls. Gerry is a Canadian Army veteran with a passion for the pasty, something he inherited from his mother who lives near Redruth.

•    Other reigning champions returning this year include Cornish Pasty Junior 2016 champion Jack Fuller from Wadebridge and Camborne’s Roger Richards, who claimed the Cornish Pasty Amateur title last year.

•    World-record breaking climber Ginge Fullen, from Fort William in Scotland, will be competing for the first time this year.

•    A mother-daughter combination - Becky Penrose and her daughter Megan, 13, both from Exeter in Devon - will be entering the competition.

A fantastic entertainment line-up headed by event favourites Fisherman’s Friends, Kernow King and Mercury-nominated Kathryn Williams will provide the backdrop to the competition.

Critically-acclaimed folk artist Kathryn, who was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2000 and has 13 studio albums under her belt, will be singing tracks from her two recent albums Crown Electric and Hypoxia.

She will be collaborating onstage with her friend and solo artist Michele Stodart, who is bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter of the double-platinum-selling pop rock band The Magic Numbers.

The ever-popular Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac will be making their third appearance at the World Pasty Championships to perform their rousing shanties and Cornish folk songs.

Heading the comedy bill is top Cornish comic Kernow King who will be bringing back his anarchic brand of humour peppered with a strong pasty flavouring.

Categories are open to professional, amateur and junior pasty-makers for best Cornish pasty, open savoury and, for the first time this year, gluten-free.

The winner of the gluten-free section - which is open to amateur bakers only - will have a chance for their prize pasty to be developed into a commercial product with the help of bakery Let Them Eat, based in Saltash, Cornwall.

For more information see

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