Blogs for December 2017

Eden Project Sleep Out helps to provide vital shelter for homeless people in Cornwall this winter

Posted on Friday 22nd December, 2017

Eden Project Sleep Out helps to provide vital shelter for homeless people in Cornwall this winter

A winter centre for homeless people re-opened in Truro this week partly paid for by donations raised at the Sleep Out event held at the Eden Project last month.

Nearly £9,000 was raised for the Cornwall-based homelessness charity St Petroc’s Society by participants at the Sleep Out on November 9. This was the fourth year running Eden has hosted a Sleep Out.

Around 100 fund-raisers slept outdoors in front of the Biomes as part of a nationwide event organised by the End Youth Homelessness campaign (EYH), a national partnership of grassroots charities and companies.

The sum has helped enable St Petroc’s to start its Cold Weather Provision programme, meaning that for the next two months people who would otherwise be sleeping out in the cold can bed down on the floor of  the St Petroc’s Resource Centre in Truro.

The next step for St Petroc’s is to try to find permanent accommodation for people it takes into the centre. Last year 59 people accessed the winter service, of which 42 were then accommodated.

Judith Dumbrell, Director of Finance at St Petroc’s, said: “For homeless people these are the coldest, hardest months of the year.

“Our service relies upon the generosity of the local community for which we are truly grateful. The money raised at Sleep Out makes a real difference.”

Judith added: “Any donations of warm clothing, shoes, toiletries, or sleeping bags can be dropped into our Resource Centres in Truro or Penzance.”

Jess Rawlings, Project Manager of Sleep Out at Eden, said: “Thanks again to all who took part in the event. It is good to know that the funds raised are helping to make a real difference for the homeless people being helped by St Petroc’s right now and through the winter.”

Next year’s Sleep Out at Eden will take place on November 15, 2018.

To find out more about St Petroc’s, go to

Herbert the adorable hand-reared Palm Cockatoo at Paradise Park

Posted on Friday 22nd December, 2017

Herbert the adorable hand-reared Palm Cockatoo at Paradise Park

An adorable Palm Cockatoo chick is being hand-reared at Paradise Park in Hayle, and charming the Keepers who are caring for him.

Leanne Gilbert and Sarah-Jayne Cooke took on the responsibility of raising the chick. Leanne explains “Herbert’s parents have produced an egg several times in the past two years but always broken them before they got a chance to hatch. This time we saw that the pair were having some squabbles and likely to crush the shell so we stepped in and took the egg to an incubator.”

The tiny but demanding chick hatched successfully! These cockatoos take a long time to raise and the Keepers have been hand-rearing Herbert for nearly three months now.

See a video clip of Herbert having lunch here

Herbert being hand-fed and weighed in the early days of his development.

Leanne continues, “Soon Herbert will move over to solid food but at present, he is fed what is called ‘Witches Brew’. A blended mix of carrot, apple, broccoli, macadamia nuts, smooth peanut butter and macaw formula. Palm Cockatoos are the largest member of the cockatoo family so Herbert still has quite a bit of growing to do. He is already showing interest in chewing carrot sticks.”

This species of cockatoo is slow to reproduce as just one egg is laid at a time and the chick is in the nest for at least 80 days and then stays with its parents for about a year. Although rarely seen in aviaries, in the wild they have a large range and are thought to be quite common in remote areas of New Guinea, although rare around settlements. The unusual patch of bare skin on their cheeks blushes bright red when they call to a mate or defend their territory which makes them very expressive.

Find out more about Paradise Park here

Facebook Prize Draw

Posted on Monday 18th December, 2017

Facebook Prize Draw


Holiday planning for 2018 can get off to a great start with this fantastic prize draw for a family ticket to one of our ‘Best Days Out Cornwall’ Attractions.

YOU CHOOSE from the attractions featured on from theme parks, heritage, wildlife, art, country houses, gardens and many more. Which one would you like to visit?

You MUST be a fan of our Facebook page to enter. Just follow this link to go to the Facebook post, and ‘like’ and ‘comment’ to be in with a chance of winning. The prize draw will close at midnight on 31st December 2017 and the winner will be chosen at random.

The family ticket is valid for 2 adults and 2 children for a visit to one of the attractions of your choice during normal opening hours in 2018.

For full rules of entry please click here.

Good luck everyone :)


Santa, his Elf and Dina visit Children in Hospital

Posted on Thursday 14th December, 2017

Santa, his Elf and Dina visit Children in Hospital

The Royal Cornwall Hospital’s youngest patients received a festive surprise visit from Santa, his Elf ‘Snowflake’ and ‘Dina the Dinosaur’ courtesy of Camel Creek Adventure Park on Friday 8th December.

Dina was greeted with high fives and lots of hugs, whilst Santa and Snowflake made their way around the wards to bring Christmas cheer to many children and their families.

Gill Caddy who is a play specialist at the hospital commented “The visit by Dina, Father Christmas and his helper Snowflake helped lift everyone's spirits; children, parents and staff. It's always a pleasure to welcome the Camel Creek team who are so good at helping to make hospitalization a more enjoyable experience.”  

“We visit the children at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at least twice a year and Christmas is particularly rewarding for those who attend.  One little girl called Jess, who had been taken down to the operating theatre had left Santa a lovely drawing.  Her present was left on her bed ready for her return and Santa, Snowflake and Dina all left little messages for her.  Being a mother of three, I know how difficult it is having a child in hospital – especially at Christmas. The parents were exceptionally thankful to us before we left and it’s great to know that we can bring smiles to those who might not be feeling as festive as they should be.” said Nicola Langridge, Marketing Manager at Camel Creek.

Santa will be visiting Camel Creek Adventure Park on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.

For more information about going along to see him, visit their website:

National Maritime Museum announce a new 2018 major exhibition

Posted on Friday 1st December, 2017

National Maritime Museum announce a new 2018 major exhibition

National Maritime Museum are proud to announce a major new exhibition, TITANIC STORIES, which will examine the stories of the Titanic’s momentous sinking on 15 April 1912, re-appraising many of the myths, controversies and assumptions that still linger around one of the most well-known historic events of the 20th century.

Working in collaboration with private collectors from overseas and national museums in the UK, ‘Titanic Stories’ presents rare and never-seen-before objects and items, as well as retelling the personal stories of many of the survivors, victims and descendants of the Titanic disaster, including those from Cornwall.

8th March 2018 to 7th January 2019

Image credit: (c) Claes-Göran Wetterholm

Find out more here

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