Blogs for March 2018

Camel Creek offering reduced prices this season

Posted on Wednesday 28th March, 2018

Camel Creek offering reduced prices this season

Camel Creek Adventure Park is now open with reduced prices for the 2018 season.

With a more intimate new look and feel, Camel Creek makes preliminary preparations for the much-anticipated Resort development. There will be plenty of surprises for families this Easter and beyond as more character days have been added to ensure the Adventure Park remains Cornwall’s premier family day out.

As well as a diverse spectrum of rides and attractions for younger children there are also a variety of larger thrill rides for older children including the newly named Vertigo, Morgawr and the sensational 5D Sim Theatre. Camel Creek Adventure Park is the place to come rain or shine as there are more indoor spaces than at any other theme park in Cornwall with 60,000 square feet of exciting undercover attractions. 

This Easter sees the return of the immensely popular and not-to-be-missed ‘Character Days’ with Peppa Pig and Titan the Robot visiting on the 3rd and 10th April respectively.

Park visitors will see something special on the Animal front too – our Meerkats have had babies and there are some new ponies on their way…

With more fun packed into the coming season than ever before and even better prices for 2018, Camel Creek Adventure Park is certainly the place to be from this Easter and throughout the summer

Book at www.camelcreek.co.uk and save 10% this Easter holiday.

 

CATA supports the Clean Up the County campaign

Posted on Friday 16th March, 2018

CATA supports the Clean Up the County campaign

Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions and Devon Association of Tourist Attractions, representing many of the peninsula’s attractions, have been working together and been out in force recently on an annual ‘Clean up the County’ South West campaign.

They have joined forces to get Devon and Cornwall clean and tidy and ready for Easter and the influx of all the incoming visitors. This is the fourth year that the ‘Clean Up the County’ campaign has taken place in Devon and the first for Cornwall.

Sadly, litter and rubbish remains a thorny issue and can still be seen strewn across the South West’s roadsides, verges and hedgerows, which continues to blight our landscape and is not a welcoming sight for our visitors.

Each year during the campaign, many of Devon's top visitor attractions take matters into their own hands and send their staff out on litter picking duties around their attractions to clean up the roadsides and raise awareness to the ongoing problem. As the campaign strengthened over time, they have been joined by many other Devon tourism businesses who continue to support the campaign.   

This year the campaign has intensified still further and has moved to become a South West clean-up campaign thanks to the support of their Cornwall counterparts, members of the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions. With several of Cornwall’s best visitor attractions eager to support the campaign and work together to get Cornwall litter free ready for the start of the season.

Chris Murray, Chairman of the Devon Association, said: “It’s great to see so many of Devon and Cornwall’s top visitor attractions joining forces and working together to take part in the annual ‘Clean Up the County’ campaign across the South West. After the ravages of Winter and the plague of un-binned rubbish, we continue to see that the South West still has a serious litter problem. Everyone who lives in Devon and Cornwall needs to do their bit before it makes an impact on our economy and enjoyment of our beautiful counties.

Emma Abbot, Chairman of the Cornwall Association of Tourist Attractions said: “We are really pleased to be able to support the ‘Clean up the County’ Campaign. We live in a beautiful part of the world and are happy to work together to keep it that way. It’s important to treat the environment around us with respect and care, and several of our members are playing their part. We are happy to work with Devon to make sure we take care of the South West.”

If you see any unusual figures on the highways and byways of Devon and Cornwall, don’t be alarmed, it’s probably only the visitor attraction’s mascots, joining the campaign and doing their bit to help spruce up the South West ready for the spring time crop of visitors. 

 

Camel Creek Adventure Park helps Cornwall Air Ambulance to continue flying

Posted on Thursday 15th March, 2018

Camel Creek Adventure Park helps Cornwall Air Ambulance to continue flying

Camel Creek Adventure Park have raised over £1500 to support Cornwall Air Ambulance so they can care for those in need around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Camel Creek Team fundraised throughout 2017 with there customers to help support the Cornish Charity with a selection of fundraising activities from colourful events to having collection tins around the park and selling the charities wristbands.

Among the events was an extravagant Colour Run which saw the adventure park customers walk, jog or run around the park covered in a rainbow of coloured powder paint.

General Manager of Camel Creek Adventure Park; Simon Townsend said “The team here at Camel Creek are absolutely delighted to have raised such a great sum for an amazing cause.  The Cornwall Air Ambulance is very close to everyone’s hearts and a very much needed service for the people of Cornwall, that we have been proud to support.”

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust added: "We are very grateful to Camel Creek Adventure Park for their support as Charity of the Year partner in 2017. Every day the Cornwall Air Ambulance attends an average of 2-3 missions, and these missions are only possible because of the generosity of the people and businesses in Cornwall who fund their local air ambulance. Thank you. We look forward to working with Camel Creek Adventure Park again in the future."

 

Dove with pink head hatched at Newquay Zoo

Posted on Wednesday 14th March, 2018

Dove with pink head hatched at Newquay Zoo

Keepers at Newquay Zoo are celebrating – over a dove with a pink head. This the first hand reared pink-headed fruit-dove to fledge at the Cornish animal charity.

Hatched on Tuesday 30th January, the youngster is adjusting well to life outside of the shell – though at this stage it doesn’t actually have a pink head.

Only one other wildlife park in the country keeps the species. The latest addition to the bird collection hatched after an incubation period of 20 days; after spending time in an incubator, cared for by keepers, the dove has now fledged and will be introduced to the Gems of the Jungle exhibit in the next few months.

The hatchling has been raised on a diet of special formula, with round-the-clock care from the zoo’s keeping team. Once the fledgling is able to feed itself unassisted it will be transferred into the walk-through aviary with the 30 other species housed there.

In the wild, this species is found at high altitudes on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Bali and Java. These colourful doves live within restricted forest areas, building flimsy nests in trees 1000-2200m above sea level. Pink-headed fruit-doves are shy and inconspicuous birds, seen singularly or in pairs, although flocks may congregate at favoured fruit trees.

Senior bird keeper, Gary Ward, commented: ‘We are really excited to have bred this species - this is the first hand-reared chick of this species we have fledged here and we’re really pleased with its progress. This hatchling has been putting on several grams a day, which is really positive, and although the chick doesn’t currently have a pink head, this will come through after its first shed of feathers.’

Gems of the Jungle has been created to highlight the issues around the illegal trade of Asian songbirds. 

 

New bridge at Trelissick re-opens thanks to generous donations

Posted on Tuesday 13th March, 2018

New bridge at Trelissick re-opens thanks to generous donations

After a successful fundraising campaign a new bridge has been installed at Trelissick garden which means it can remain whole for generations to come. Visitors are now able to cross the bridge to enjoy parts of the garden that have been closed the past few weeks.

Split in two by the B3289 (the road to the King Harry Ferry), National Trust’s Trelissick garden is incomplete without a bridge spanning this gap. Historically there has been a walkway in place to link the garden since 1821. The bridge that had been in place for the last thirty years was in poor condition and in need of replacement. During January this bridge was removed and a new, beautifully crafted bridge has taken its place. A fundraising campaign was launched in October last year to help raise funds needed to secure the replacement bridge. Thanks to donations from many generous individuals and local groups, the new bridge is now in place.

The new bridge is a stunning feature for the garden, designed and hand built by local green oak craftsman Tom Beer. The bridge’s elegant curved design perfectly captures the spirit of Trelissick with its winding garden and rolling countryside. A closer look at its craftsmanship reveals subtle echoes of Trelissick’s historic character seen in the design of the estate’s gates and doorways. Now the bridge will become part of the garden’s history to be appreciated by generations to come.

John Lanyon, Head Gardener at Trelissick, is thoroughly pleased with the new bridge, saying: ‘It was designed to be elegant and functional to cater to the needs of the garden and its visitors, but at its heart is a traditional carpentry skill which we are proud to support. The finishing touches in its design add class and character that couldn’t be achieved any other way. We’re humbled that we were able to successfully put the new bridge in place thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we couldn’t have done it without them’

It is thanks to donors that the fundraising target of £50,000 has been met and exceeded. The fundraising campaign has attracted donations from individuals from near and far, from Feock to the United States of America.  A significant donation has come from a local lady in recognition of her late husband, John Aldridge who was a master craftsman and bridge builder himself.

The garden is the ideal place to wash away the winter blues with its optimistic displays of daffodils already heralding warmer times to come. Visitors can now venture across the bridge to Carcaddon to see other incredible blooms that follow as the seasons change. The Trelissick team certainly have a spring in their step now this important project has been successfully completed.

To see the progress of the entire project from start to finish visit: bit.ly/TKbridgeproject

Photograph: ©National Trust/Tom Longman Boswood. 

 

Newquay Zoo welcomes locals to visit for half price!

Posted on Monday 5th March, 2018

Newquay Zoo welcomes locals to visit for half price!

The weekend of 10th and 11th March is ‘Locals half price weekend’ at Newquay Zoo. The weekend will give Cornish residents the opportunity to visit the zoo for half price ahead of the summer season.

By presenting proof of address, locals can get in for half price, explore the charity zoo, see some amazing animals and learn about the vital conservation work taking place there.

The opportunity is open to everyone from Penzance to Plymouth – any residents with a TR or PL postcode can take advantage if they show a utility bill with proof of residency. Tickets can be purchased at the admissions desk over the weekend but are even cheaper online.

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the charity that runs Newquay Zoo, Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay, supports conservation projects in the UK and overseas.

Its flagship project is called Selamatkan Yaki (“Save the Yaki”), which works with the Critically Endangered Sulawesi black crested macaque (known locally as Yaki) on the island of Sulawesi. The zoo will run a number of talks and feeds throughout the day that will allow visitors to learn more about these special animals.

Marketing Coordinator Rebecca Blake commented: "We look forward to welcoming everyone at the weekend - we have lots of interesting animals to discover. All you need to do to get your half-price tickets is bring proof of residency, or go online. It’s going to be a fantastic couple of days!" Newquay Zoo is a registered charity. For more information go to www.newquayzoo.org.uk or ring 01637 873342.

 

Beast from the East makes way for the Best of the West as Eden Project host World Pasty Championships

Posted on Monday 5th March, 2018

Beast from the East makes way for the Best of the West as Eden Project host World Pasty Championships

Pasty makers from across the globe defied a week of extreme weather to descend on Cornwall’s Eden Project today (Saturday March 3) for the seventh annual World Pasty Championships.

More than 200 pasties were entered into the competition, the highest number in the history of this grand celebration of Cornwall’s foodie gift to the world. The event was the finale of the first-ever Cornish Pasty Week.

Among the big winners was the Pure Pasty Co., based in Vienna, Virginia in the Washington DC suburbs, who were victorious in the Open Savoury Company category with a barbecue chicken pasty made with sweet potato, zucchini, red pepper, corn and pineapple.

Boss Mike “the Pasty” Burgess attended the championships for the second year running, this time accompanied by his bakery manager Jennifer Swanston, who is originally from New York City.

Cheshire-born Mike, who opened his bakery in 2010, said: “We are ecstatic with the win – over the moon. The winning pasty is a real team effort – an American fusion.”

Jennifer added: “What a few days! I’ve seen a rare Cornish snowstorm, been to the Eden Project Biomes and now we have won a World Pasty Championships trophy to take home with us. It’s absolutely surprising and fantastic.”

Mike and Jennifer were one of a number of contestants from North America, a contingent that also included 2017 Cornish Pasty Professional winner Gerry Ramier, from St. Catherine's in Ontario, Canada, and 2016 Pasty Ambassador Matt Grant, from Ottawa, Canada, who travelled with his Canadian colleague Lauren Trick.

A group of pasty enthusiasts from Bristol who have entered the competition every year it has been running were awarded the prestigious Pasty Ambassador award. This was the first time the award has been given to a group rather than an individual.

The group includes Don McKeever, who is the most decorated pasty-maker in the history of the World Pasty Championships with three wins and one second place to his name. This year, the group was smaller than usual due to the poor weather in the run up to the competition, but Don and a handful of others made it to Cornwall.

Don said: “It’s a huge surprise to be named pasty ambassadors. We’ve worked hard over the years and we really enjoy the event. It’s really nice for the whole group to get the recognition this year. The guys who couldn’t make it will be delighted and we’ll share the trophy round during the course of the year.

“The World Pasty Championships are a fantastic occasion and Eden still put on a great show despite the weather. We always feel very welcome and it keeps us coming back every year.”

Vanessa Farr, another member of the Bristol pasty crew, who won the Cornish Pasty Amateur title in 2017, said: “It’s brilliant to win this award because we love coming here.

“It’s great that Eden appreciates our support and we really appreciate the opportunity to come down to Cornwall and take part in the competition. Being ambassadors is a big responsibility, we’re going to have to eat more pasties!”

Gillian Francis from St Cleer, near Liskeard in Cornwall, won the coveted Cornish Pasty Amateur category and came third in the Open Savoury Amateur category despite only learning to crimp two weeks ago.

The mum-of-three, who is a teaching assistant at St Cleer Primary School, said: "I've been testing out my pasties on my three sons for years but didn't know how to crimp properly so I had to ask my next-door neighbour to teach me a few weeks ago.

"This is the first time I've entered the World Pasty Championships and I’m absolutely overwhelmed and shocked to win. I thought my boys were playing a joke on me!"

Eden Project spokesman David Rowe said: “There was a great spirit today at our seventh World Pasty Championships. The pasty bakers made heroic efforts to be here despite everything the weather could throw at them this week.

“Huge thanks to our friends from the Cornish Pasty Association for helping us deliver the event as fitting end of the first-ever Cornish Pasty Week.”

As well as the pasty competition, Eden put on a fabulous day’s entertainment in the stage area. Britpop legends Dodgy, Cornwall-based 3 Daft Monkeys and legendary Redruth rappers Hedluv + Passman headed the music bill.

Eden partners with industry body the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) to deliver the Championships.

The full list of winners is:

Open Savoury Junior

First - Jodie Heath, 12, from Bodmin with a Cornish smoked seafood pasty

Second - Imogen Hawkins, nine, from Wadebridge with a chicken pasty

Third - Naomi Hawkins, 7, from Wadebridge with a gammon pasty

Cornish Pasty Junior

First - Summer Lovejoy, nine, from Plymouth

Second - Jodie Heath, 12, from Bodmin

Third - Rhys Heath, 15, from Bodmin

Open Savoury Company

First –The Pure Pasty Co. with a BBQ chicken pasty

Second - Warrens Bakery with a vegan yellow Thai pasty

Third - The Cornish Bakery with a Cornish smoked haddock pasty

Cornish Pasty Company

First - Proper Cornish Ltd.

Second - Cornish Premier Pasties

Third - The Cornish Bakery

Open Savoury Professional

First -Luisa Ead from Padstow with a winner winner chicken dinner pasty

Yvonne Hollyoak from Bodmin with a broccoli and cauliflower cheese pasty

Abbi Flower from Bristol with a Moroccan Chickpea Pasty

Cornish Pasty Professional

First - Danny O'Flynn from Trevone

Second - Chris Bartolini from Millbrook

Third - Yvonne Hollyoak from Bodmin

Open Savoury Amateur

First - Glyn Meredith from Porthleven with a skirt, cheese, peppers, paprika, garlic and coriander pasty.

Second - Jon Lovejoy from Plymouth with a lasagne pasty

Third - Gillian Francis from St Cleer with a pork, smoked streaky bacon, paprika and red chilli pasty

Cornish Pasty Amateur

First - Gillian Francis from St Cleer

Second - Jules Curnow from Helston

Third - Emma Pugsley from London

 

Out for The Shout with St Austell Brewery

Posted on Thursday 1st March, 2018

Out for The Shout with St Austell Brewery

March 5th means just one thing -  a time to celebrate the best of Cornwall by getting together with family and friends at your local, raising pints and voices together at 9pm, singing out Trelawny with pride and raising money for local good causes to boot.

A few years back, the Cornwall Community Foundation and St Austell Brewery partnered together to create the Trelawny Shout, a new tradition to celebrate St Piran’s Day allowing local communities to get together in a show of friendship and song over a pint of beer at the pub to help raise funds for Cornish communities. Now in its fourth year, the Trelawny Shout has become the go-to event as St Piran’s Day festivities stretch into the evening.

This year’s celebrations look set to be led off by local heroes, the Fisherman’s Friends, return to Cornwall from their national tour to lead the singing of Trelawny, Song of the Western Men from their local pub, The Golden Lion Inn at Port Isaac. BBC Radio Cornwall will be there on the evening to broadcast it live, so if you can’t make it down to your local, be sure to tune in and join in in spirit.

If you can make it down to your local, choirs, shanty singers, barber shops, bands and folk groups from communities across the length and breadth of the county will be doing their bit in pubs from Lands End to Landrake, bound together by one song or ‘shout’ – the age-old Cornish term for spontaneous pub singing.

Adam Luck, Property Director at St Austell Brewery said; “We’re delighted to once again join with Cornwall Community Foundation. It has been a fantastic way to celebrate St Piran’s Day over the last few years and we look forward to once again building on this tradition and making it a truly special occasion. It’s a superb way to have fun and fund much needed projects in Cornwall and we’re happy to play our part.”

Trelawny, Song of the Western Men was penned by Robert Stephen Hawker in 1824 and is thought to be an adaption of folk songs that were sung in pubs in the county after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 when bishops were compelled to swear allegiance to King William. Seven of the bishops, supporters of James II, refused and were imprisoned for treason. Trelawny, the Bishop of Cornwall being one of them.

While there are other songs that compete for the Cornish anthem status, Trelawny, Song of the Western Men, with its uplifting message, tune and tempo has become the most popular and a natural choice.

Last year over 50 St Austell Brewery pubs received a free cask of Tribute from the Brewery to raise funds at Trelawny Shout events and over £6,000 was raised for the Cornwall Community Foundation which funds local organisations and activities across the county. This year, even more pubs are expected to come on board and even more people are expected to be raising their voices together to contribute to this truly amazing celebration of what it means to be Cornish.

So will it be 20,000 Cornish men and women in one voice at one magical hour? Get down to your local and check that they’re taking part. If they’ve not yet registered, there’s still time to get on board. Contact St Austell Brewery at marketing@staustellbrewery.co.uk to get theTrelawny Shout kit, including posters and song sheets for the night. Then get your local singers, bands and choirs together at 9pm on St Piran’s Day, March 5th.

Jane Hartley DL, Chairman of Cornwall Community Foundation, commented, “The Trelawney Shout is a great way to link an enjoyable sing and social evening with community giving and supporting the communities in Cornwall that struggle.  In 2017 Cornwall Community Foundation awarded £566,000 in total to more than 400 local projects. The Shout is an important fund-raising event in our calendar and we are very grateful to all the participating pubs and St Austell Brewery for their support.  Most of all, we encourage people to come out and celebrate St Piran’s Day in style singing our national anthem.”

 

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