Welcome to Adam’s Cornwall Blog – featuring the latest news, reviews and features submitted by the Cornish business community. Cornwall is a great place to live and work, with some fantastic business opportunities. We aim to put all this together to give a voice to the business community in Cornwall. Some of the articles are ours, while others are posted by business owners or staff members themselves. We take no responsibility for the advice and opinions expressed in these articles. This site is an impartial guide to business in Cornwall. We hope you find this resource useful.
Many go on a holiday vacation to unwind and have fun. However, people go to Cornwall specifically to make wonderful memories from a wide array of experiences from tasting the famed cuisine of the region to exploring its historic mining and fishing villages and a whole lot more. Some go surfing while others prefer coasteering. For those who are still wondering what to do in the picturesque landscape of Cornwall, here are 4 Cornish experiences you can bring home.
1. The Eden Project
You don’t need to travel the world to enjoy the planet’s most exotic flora. You only need to visit The Eden Project. In fact, you can visit all year round and you’d be treated to a stunning display of fresh blooms in three different regions of the planet, beautifully encased and nurtured in state of the art biomes. Children and adults alike are treated to a variety of activities to help them appreciate better the different ecosystems in the planet. There are also restaurants and gift shops within the sprawling ecological paradise so you’ll never leave either empty-handed or feeling hungry.
2. The Culinary Empire of Padstow
Cornwall is home to some of the UK’s finest dairy farms to complement the bountiful harvests from its shores. You can thus expect some of the country’s best culinary geniuses to set up shops in the region. For instance, English celebrity chef, Rick Stein, has clearly made Padstow his culinary empire, building and establishing four restaurants with three more in Falmouth, Newquay, and Porthleven. Included in Stein’s empire are several schools, a shop specifically for fish and chips, a seafood school, a deli, and even a gift shop. And then there are the restaurants of Nathan Outlaw and Jamie Oliver as well as other notable celebrity chefs.
3. Coastal Bike Trails
The landscape of Cornwall is best appreciated by taking a ride along the trail where the land meets the sea. From Portreath to Devoran you’ll be treated to 11 fantastic miles of pristine waters on one side of the trail and scenic countryside on the other. This famed stretch of bike trail provides a fabulous glimpse of the industrial ruins that have helped shape the landscape of this British region. Visitors can rent bikes from either end of the trail as they head north to south, and vice versa, passing through the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape which has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.
4. Mastering Bodmin Moor’s Bushcraft
If you want to hone your survival skills, spending a day or two at the South Penquite Farm, fully enlisted with their bushcraft course, will give you all the fundamental skills you’ll ever need to be a budding Bear Grylls. The course is set on the scenic yet wild Bodmin Moor where you’ll be introduced to a wide variety of unique wildlife. And if this doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always fly-fishing and art workshops to keep you busy.
Bring home a piece of Cornish heritage by visiting these places. You’ll never regret every moment of it.
If you plan to hold the reception at the same venue where you’re going to exchange vows, then the choice of the most appropriate and most romantic venue for a wedding reception becomes very important. And for that, Cornwall has simply some of the most spectacular scenes to provide a dramatic effect to your wedding. Plus guests get to have a weekend away in Cornwall while they celebrate your marriage. Here are the top 5 places in Cornwall for a really fantastic wedding reception.
1. Brewhouse St. Ives
With a stunning view of the St. Ives Harbour and Bay, the Brewhouse St. Ives offers the most idyllic, most romantic, and the most intimate wedding venue in this side of the British Isles. Your guests will simply marvel at the superb views of the harbour accentuated by the cotton candy-like clouds that dot the clear blue sky. Dine, drink, and party in the Brewhouse’s open and natural light-filled room as well as a sprawling sun terrace to make your wedding as memorable as possible. Good old quality beer is supplied by the in-house microbrewery so you and your guests will be celebrating the whole day and right through the night.
2. The Eden Project
If you’re thinking of tying the knot and then partying all day with a choice of 2 different biomes found all over the world, then you’d simply have to have your wedding at the Eden Project. You’ll get to choose between the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome, both of which come with their signature environments that can put a definite wow factor to any wedding. Each of these biomes comes with highly specialised touches to make your wedding truly spectacular. You’ll enjoy locally sourced food and beverages as well as fresh blooms while taking on the magnificence of either a tropical rainforest or Mediterranean setting.
Located over mesmerising cliffs that dot the landscape near Polzeath, the magnificent wedding venue of Mesmear provides a one-of-a-kind boutique wedding reception venue. You and your guests will be treated to a host of world-renowned facilities as well as superb views. As for you and your partner, you’ll be pampered like royalty. You’ll receive your own private chef as well as your own wedding guru to make your celebration of unity truly worth remembering.
4. Polhawn Fort
With lovely well-manicured lawns and gardens and a fantastic beach all to yourself for an exclusive three or four days, the historic Polhawn Fort can truly make for a superb wedding reception. Be it grand or small, formal or simple, the choice of how you want your special day celebrated is basically up to you.
Feel like having your wedding in the beautifully scenic Cornish countryside? Then Trevenna is just for you. Leafy lanes as well as panoramic views give this wedding venue an utterly chic vibe that is sure to bring warm smiles to everyone in your guest list.
Exchanging marriage vows with the man or woman of your dreams requires a very special place to celebrate. With these top 5 places in Cornwall to celebrate your wedding, you will be off to a fantastic start.
People come to Cornwall for many reasons. Some come to explore the amazing local landscapes, some come to dine out. Other come to surf or walk or join an art class. But for most people, Cornwall is simply the destination of choice for the annual family holiday.
With the family market being the most lucrative market to go after, exactly how do campsite owners go about attracting families to their Cornwall campsite?
Well there quite a few ways to do this. First you should look into membership with VisitCornwall, perhaps advertising in their annual brochure or better still on their first-class website. Or go one step further and try to get a listing, accreditation or PR coverage through an association with VisitBritain.
Another good way of attracting the attention of potential family holidaymakers is through good PR in the national press. If you can get coverage in the travel sections of the national newspapers like The Guardian, The Sunday Times or The Independent, you could be st for a bumper summer. And don’t forget the magazines too. Try to target your coverage in the travel magazines such as the Good Holiday Guide or those aimed at families or parents (especially Mum) such as Marie Claire or Cosmopolitan.
On the subject of PR, don’t forget websites too. Ask prominent bloggers or website owners if you can write an article about your local area on their site. This is all great publicity.
Finally don’t under-estimate the power of the search engines. A majority of the people looking for a campsite in Cornwall will search first in Google or Bing. make sure your campsite website is well optimised to appear at or near the top of the search results for camping related phrases in your local area. If you can’t get near the top in the natural rankings, consider setting aside a marketing budget to pay for Google AdWords which offers pay=per-click advertising on i’s network.
If you’re internet savvy you probably already have a Facebook account. It’s important to use your Facebook business page to share stories about your campsite, the local area and camping in general. This way you can build up a following and get your information shared around the network. If you do this consistently and well, it will inevitably lead to customers seeking camping holidays at your park.
Once you’ve mastered Facebook, move on to Twitter, Google+ and if you have time Pinterest also as these are great source of marketing leads for campsites. And while you’re at it, try to embrace major review sites especially travel related sites such as TripAdvisor. managed well these can be a real asset for your marketing.
So there you have it. My quick 5 minute guide to promoting your campsite to families looking for a camping holiday in Cornwall.
There are so many places to promote your Cornwall cottage, the options can be confusing. If you own a holiday home you want to rent out to holiday makers you want to promote it in a way that gets noticed amongst all the other thousands of holiday cottages available in the county.
You could do-it-yourself. This could be costly and time-consuming but also very rewarding. A good way to do this is to get your cottage accredited by a recognised holiday accommodation accreditation scheme. VisitCornwall has its own scheme that includes many benefits of membership of the local tourist board. It opens up opportunities to promote your cottage in their annual brochure, or on their website – which is the largest portal for visitors seeking information on holidays in Cornwall and Cornwall holiday cottages.
You could also hook up with other local websites and directories promoting Cornwall as a quality holiday destination. There are hundreds of local websites which will give you a paid or free listing or mention in one of their articles, which could be worthy promotion for your cottage.
Don’t underestimate the power of PR when considering promotional techniques. It may seem like a lot of effort to write a press release and send out to relevant publications, but a write up in a national newspaper or magazine, and even local coverage, can give you ample promotion to fill your cottage availability. remember that media outlets need a constant source of good content. So if your story is newsworthy or interesting, it has a good a chance of making it into the press as any other business does.
It goes without saying that you must have a good website if you plan to promote your cottage yourself. The majority of people looking for a cottage will want to visit your website to get detailed information about the property, to see out photos and videos, and check prices for their holiday sates. You could get the website found through the promotional methods listed above or you could attempt to promote your cottage in the search engine results pages. Search Engine Optimisation takes a lot of time and effort, but the results can be amazing if you get near the top of the results listings for target key phrases. While it is unlikely you will achieve success for competitive key phrases such as ‘cottage in Cornwall’, you could bolster your chances of success by targeting phrases specific to your particular location or type, style of cottage or accommodation.
While it is fun to promote your cottage yourself, it can be a daunting and challenging task. This is why most people opt to let their cottages in Cornwall through holiday letting agencies. Although these companies, do take a large commission for booking your cottage for you, they do take care of all the marketing and administration required to fulfil a holiday cottage holiday for their guests. Some of these cottage letting agencies also handle cleaning, greeting and concierge services allowing you to be almost completely hands-off if you wish.
Whichever way you choose to go, DIY marketing or promotion through a holiday letting agency, make sure you are always consistent and professional in your promotional activities and you will reap the rewards. Good Luck!
Article courtesy of www.cottagesonline.net
Holidaymakers always want to stay in cottages when they visit Cornwall. They seem to have this rosy attraction to quaint little cottages, as if they’re in search of the idyllic seaside escape. While cute little cottages do make really nice places to stay, there is a whole range of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. In this guide we look at the variety of holiday accommodation available to tourists and travellers visiting Cornwall in or out of high season.
Who can resist them? Hardly anyone it seems. Most people looking for holiday accommodation in Cornwall will first ask for cottages. And who can blame them? Whether its tiny fishermen’s cottages, Cornish seaview cottages or quaint country cottages, the choice is seemingly endless. But this popularity comes at a price. Cottages rent out by the week for premium that usually has holidaymakers scurrying around for cheaper alternatives.
While it’s nice to have the freedom of your own cottage, it’s sometimes nice to indulge in the luxury that hotels have to offer. Holidaymakers have a wide choice of hotels to choose from all over Cornwall, where you can be waited on hand-and-foot and enjoy a relaxing stay in Cornwall. As well as dinner, bed and breakfast, many of these hotels now have recreation facilities such as swimming pools, spas, and tennis courts. Surely that’s worth checking out?
In recent years, self catering holiday lodges have cropped up all over Cornwall on purpose built holiday parks. These timber framed holiday homes, offer a modern, affordable to the freedom of a holiday cottage. Many are built with luxury touches such as hot tubs and, of course, they offer the convenience of leisure and shopping facilities on-site, therefore combing the benefits of cottages and hotels in one handy package.
At the lower end of the budget spectrum are the hundreds of campsites littered around the coast and countryside. Camping offers a way for holidaymakers to throw off the shackles of bricks and mortar and get back to nature under canvas or caravan. While camping may not be to everyone’s taste, they are great fun for family holidays and give you complete freedom over your time.
Cornwall Guest Houses
Guest Houses can be a wonderful way to stay in an informal setting, often staying with the owners who can help getting to know Cornwall and the local attractions. Guest Houses are usually a lot cheaper and low key than hotels, while offering the flexibility to come and go on dates you choose. They often give you a unique perspective on Cornwall and the people who reside here, rather than being detached in your own holiday cottage or hotel room.
The Choice is Yours
Wherever you choose to stay on holiday in Cornwall you will not be disappointed. Stay in Cornwall cottages if you wish. But remember that cottages are not the only accommodation. It is well worth experiencing one of the other modes of accommodation on your next stay in Cornwall, not least to get some variety in your life!
Art is everywhere in Cornwall. The rugged Cornish landscape and quaint fishing villages are crying out to be painted, and have served as inspiration for artists in Cornwall for generations. This is great news for visitors to Cornwall interested in art, as there are loads of galleries and public artworks to explore and cherish.
It’s not exactly big business, but the Cornish art scene is bustling and it has been for centuries. The St Ives and Newlyn art scenes were once world renowned and considered as art centers as important as London, paris or New York. Artists flocked here for the gorgeous natural light and breathtaking natural landscape.
Cornwall still boasts many great artists including Kurt Jackson, a contemporary Cornwall artist with experience in environments and cultures. He uses a variety of materials and methods to introduce us with inspired artworks illustrating the endless charm of Cornwall. Another contemporary painter is Basma Ashworth – a Cornwall artist who uses colour and texture to depict the scenery and culture of this western outpost of the British Isles.
Searching for Inspired Cornish Artists
There are piles of gifted artists in Cornwall who sell their artwork in your area, and the flourishing art scene in Cornwall inspires visitors to the location to check out art galleries as well as book an art lesson or two. In the heart of lively arty Cornwall, there is always lots of excellent lodging where you can roam to the coastline, where the children are amused and which are well located for doing the art course.
For anyone wanting to learn more about artists in Cornwall from the past, the Internet is a hive of information where you can glean remarkable information on the way art has progressed in this area, and books, archival product and photo collections will take you on an interesting trip from art beginnings to the present day.
Arty Locations to Explore
Try Newquay or Padstow in North Cornwall, which are quickly ending up as important art centres where you can see a Cornish painter, potter or sculptor straight or you can see the many new art galleries which display the works of rising Cornwall artists. Exploring the areas is a wonderful way to be introduced to the art world while being able to take in spectacular views of the gleaming sea and landscapes as you stroll or cycle the coastal footpath. The majority of the Cornwall artist galleries are open every day, showing a charming medley of works from select artists.
St Ives in West Cornwall is renowned as an artist colony and attracts wide varieties of vacationer every day of the year. The art town pushes the coastline of the Celtic Sea and is a hugely popular holiday resort. A BBC film, The Art of Cornwall, asserts that St Ives’ artists ‘produce a few of the most exciting art of the twentieth century … this location was as popular as Paris, as interesting as New York and infinitely more progressive than London.’.
Today St Ives with its charming old granite cottages and quaint patched streets, is a major center of British art. The lighting contributes to landscape art and the St Ives Tate Gallery offers exhibits of some of these motivated works. Why don’t you visit the Barbara Hepworth Gallery and Sculpture Yard in this town? It was gotten by Barbara in 1949, and the studio, known as Trewyn Studio as well as her workshop still has all her tools and the products she made use of when living there.
Penzance is another town where you can literally feel the pulse of its amazing art history. The town hosts exciting exhibitions, using illustrations, photography, paintings and artefacts to ‘mention to’ the tales of prominent artists who were central to the town’s development. Art fans will love the Penlee Gallery and Gallery, and a walk long the promenade and in the location of the harbor provides great deals of fascinating places to take pleasure in some drinks. Penzance Promenade was the target of a famous painting by Newlyn School artist Norman Garstin, called ‘The Rain it Raineth Every Day’.
Falmouth on the southwest point of the Cornish coast has a huge natural harbor, and its spectacular coastal backdrop and its 16th century castle have actually been the inspiration of artists for centuries. Artists and holidaymakers always go to the pointer of the headland where there are remarkable views of the town’s routine regattas. The Falmouth College of Art, founded in 1902, still instructs visual arts today. It provides a number of superb courses which attract students from far and wide who wish to gain from the imaginative excellence at the college.
With a lot beauty, and lots of artistic places to explore, Cornwall has a lot going for visiting art lovers. it doesn’t matter if you’re learning about the local art scene, just browsing or want to invest in fantastic contemporary art, Cornwall remains one of the UK’s hotspots for art and art holidays.
For more information see this Cornwall gallery guide.
The official town website for Falmouth – www.falmouth.co.uk – has recently undergone a radical transformation. It has been beautifully redesigned to provide an in-depth and very colourful guide to Falmouth and surrounding attractions on the Fal River.
Falmouth is one of the key towns in Cornwall and one of its biggest located right on the coast. This is thanks to the huge natural harbour, one of Europe’s largest, which has made Falmouth a prominent sea port for ships since the very early days of sailing. This is one of the UK’s most prominent ports as it is capable of berthing huge ships carrying cargo and passengers from far flung destinations. It is also a favourite with visiting yachtsmen who favour the tranquil sailing grounds and stunning scenery of the Carrick Roads – another name for the creeks and tributaries of the Fal Estuary.
The website itself has done a great job of pulling together loads of information on things to see and do in the town, and is a useful resource for people planning a vacation in the town and for locals alike.
As well as scores of pages on the history of Falmouth, the website details the best places to stay in the town. It also recommends the best galleries for art lovers, best restaurants for foodies and best shops for picking up a bargain or special souvenir from this coastal gem.
Much of the holiday accommodation in the town is either on the waterfront or in a prominent hill-top position with far reaching sea views. Many of the cottages in Falmouth offer the unique opportunity to be close to the town and all its amenities, while also being able to relax in comfort and admire the natural beauty of this south coast location. The site also features some of the many great hotels, ranging from boutique luxury to affordable practicality.
One of the best sections on the website is its many pages devoted to food and drink. Falmouth is one of Cornwall’s top foodie destinations and this is evident from the many choices of cafes, bars and restaurants featured on fowey.co.uk. It really is a fabulous resource offering up suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner catering for all sorts of tastes and exotic flavours. As well as some great local seafood restaurants and traditional Cornish pubs, there is a long list of wholefood cafes, sandwich shops, fish & chip takeaways, curry houses, pizzerias, South African restaurants and so much more.
There is also a very useful transportation section which details all the ferry routes in and out of Falmouth for exploring the far flung corners of the Carrick Roads.
If you’re heading to Falmouth any time soon, be sure to check out this website before your trip. Visit: http://www.falmouth.co.uk
There’s no denying that food and drink is big business in Cornwall. From real ales to home grown wines, fresh caught fish to freshly baked cake, Cornwall has become one of the UK’s top regions for food and drink. Cornwall is also one of England’s most popular and most visited counties. Full of historic interest, craggy cliffs and dramatic views, no wonder Cornwall attracts the majority of British tourists for summer vacations and with the exception of London beats every other location in Britain for seafood, organic pork and farm fresh foods. With so much fresh produce on its doorstep and a huge amount of inbound visitors it’s little wonder that so many businesses have sprung up offering great places to eat and drink in the county.
Celebrity Dining in Padstow and Newquay
Cornwall has its share of celebrity chefs with both Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein in residence – “Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen” between Padstow and Newquay offers a delicious blend of rustic charm and well presented cuisine. Fifteen provides training for young chefs, some of whom come from a disadvantaged background. The food is fabulous, the beach atmosphere delightful and it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an Italian theme in the main. The food at Fifteen promotes healthy and organic eating with local ingredients sourced responsibly.
For a truly fishy experience try out TV chef Rick Stein’s restaurants in Padstow, or his new one at Fistral Beach in Newquay. Here there is a definite oriental flavour to the dishes served to a steadily increasing clientele. The ambience is laid back to the point of being horizontal and the service is fast to accommodate a roaring take-out trade. Rick is famous for his classic Fish and Chips served in a fun but classy cardboard box and also his self-styled authentic Goan curry, Thai noodles and an unbeatable Nasi Goreng with all the taste of Kuala Lumpur.
Back in Padstow, where the Stein Empire began, a number of fantastic restaurants have sprung up to add to the culinary reputation of this quaint, seaside destination. Paul Ainsworth at Number Six brings Michelin starred credibility to the town. Rejanos is a perennial favourite for holidaymakers keen to sample the authentic Italian pizzas and pasta dishes. One of the latest additions to the list of great Padstow restaurants is the trendy and exceedingly popular Burgers & Fish, which as its name implies serves a combo of charcoal grilled gourmet burgers and original meals made from locally caught fish.
The fish dishes offered at Fistral are no less than perfect with the unmissable Catch of the Day. If you are one of those less adventurous types and like to plan your evening, the bad news is that Rick’s does not take reservations – you have to try your luck with the rest of the hoi polloi! Diners are cheerfully invited to wait their turn, rubbing shoulders with the surfers who frequent Newquay Beach, one of the world’s finest surfing venues.
The City Experience in Truro
A trip to Cornwall would not be complete without a visit to Truro, the county’s only city and its administrative centre. Try an outstanding “pub grub” evening at the famous Rising Sun on Mitchell Hill, where the busy atmosphere and considerable talents of two young chefs keep customers returning over and over again. The only downside is that you have to book weeks in advance to get a table at the Sun – it’s well worth the wait though. If you love freshly caught fish and draft beer the Rising Sun serves both in abundance.
There are plenty of small cafés and eateries in Truro city centre where you can enjoy the antics of the local buskers and market traders as well as a lively night life. Other local favourites include the Secret Garden Café and the fishy elegance of the Hooked Restaurant and Bar.
Beside the Sea in St Ives
One of Cornwall’s more recognised seaside towns is St Ives, the old fishing port north of Penzance and west of Cambourne, is now popular with artists who love the unique twisty, cobbled and picturesque streets full of local colour and personality. The face of the town has been slightly altered to make the most of its tourism qualities and is now mostly closed to traffic so you need a healthy pair of legs to see everything. But it’s not just the great art and stunning sea views, which draws visitors to St Ives. This town also has a growing reputation as a foodie favourite in West Cornwall.
Naturally, due to its seaside setting, fish is a prominent menu on most restaurants in the town. Some of the best fish dishes include Seagrass and the Porthminster Beach Café which combine great tastes with magnificent sea views. St Ives also does trendy, most notably in the form of Blas Burgerworks and and the Hub Bar of Kitchen, which are packed full with people every day sampling their gorgeous gourmet burgers.
Don’t leave St Ives without visiting the Lakeside Cabin Café and Farm Shop, as the name implies on the edge of three beautiful lakes. It’s very easy to miss because it is on the outskirts of town. The biggest attraction here is the Cream Tea which is to die for. Freshly baked home-made scones served with great ladles of cream and tangy strawberry jam, accompanied by tea served in a traditional teapot. This Café also serves heavenly cakes, as well as sales and sandwiches for those with more savoury tastes. This little restaurant packs a big punch and is the number 1 reviewed eatery in St Ives.