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Hello and

As Cornwall and the rest of the country adjusts to a new normal,

summer has felt a little belated this year, but we are delighted to

be able to bring this issue to you packed with plenty to see, do,

discover, eat and enjoy safely in this beautiful part of the world.

Whether it’s a socially distanced al fresco lunch, or a sightseeing

tour of Cornwall’s most fantastic outdoor experiences, our

August/September issue looks to showcase the very best of

summer that can be enjoyed safely whilst supporting a wealth

of local businesses and creative folk in the process. To start,

we’re at the very top of Cornwall, in the borderlands of Tamar

Valley, which is currently celebrating its 25th year as an Area

of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From local tipples created in

honour of the auspicious occasion, to a look into Tamar’s unique

history and natural landscape, this valley is a beautiful meeting

point for Cornwall and Devon that’s worth your time.

Elsewhere, we’re delving underground into a world of Cornwall

rarely seen in recent decades. Deep in an abandoned mine in

West Penwith, Cornwall Underground run the county’s only

underground exploration experience into an abandoned mine,

where guests can see what life was really like for the brave miners

in an adrenaline packed adventure unlike any other as they use

ropes to traverse chasms, flooded passages and abseil down

mine shafts. Read all about the experience and the fascinating

story behind its creation in our Out and About section.

As always, you’ll also find this issue full of the latest happenings in

Cornwall’s creative communities, from upcoming art exhibitions,

new releases from local artists and makers and plenty of insights

into the methods behind the makers. Whether it's textiles from

Mullion or mixed media from Portscatho you’re interested in, art

in all its glorious forms are welcomed in our pages and you can

discover a host of noteworthy folk inside along with news and

events taking place across the county.

We’ve tried to include something for everyone in this summer

issue, whether it’s an experience in the fresh air, a new walk to

enjoy with the dogs or even a local business worth paying a visit

to, online or in-store, for a few summertime gifts (just because)

and not to mention lots of lovely local food and drink to tickle

your taste buds, from harbourside gastro pubs and al fresco

style eateries to farm shops filled with contemporary produce

fit for any meal.

So be safe, be happy and marvel in all that Cornwall has to offer.

Oll an Gwella,

(All the best)

Alexandra Saunders, Editor

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6 News A round up of all the latest happenings

12 10 Things To Do MyCornwall's top suggestions

14 Dog Friendly Cornwall

16 Roaming Around Cornwall's Ancient Relics

18 Adore My Store The Grey Lurcher

20 The Want List Sophie Tilson

22 Design Hub Rozen

24 Cornwall Underground

29 Hunting Down Cornwall's Huer Huts

33 25 Years Appreciating Tamar Valley

36 My Cornish World Richard Birchett

38 Let's Speak Cornish

42 Art News A round up from the creative world

47 VIP Sutton Taylor at Yew Tree Gallery

50 Through the Eyes of... Keran Gilmore

52 Art Focus Plymouth Art Weekender

54 Maker's Focus Circa 21

56 Artist Profile Andrea Insoll

58 Meet The Maker Rachel Stowe

60 Gallery Of The Month Whitewater Gallery

64 Bites

66 Dish of the Month From The Working Boat

68 Meet the Chef Jeffrey Robinson

71 Places to Eat Summertime Stop-offs

76 A Farm Shop For All

80 Weekend Away The Alverton

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Eat Out to Help Out Campaign Starts This August

August marks the start of the government’s

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ campaign, a scheme

where registered restaurants can offer

a 50% discount on menu items and nonalcoholic

drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays

and Wednesdays from the 3rd August to

the 31st August. There’s a maximum of a

£10 discount per diner and is for eating

and drinking inside the establishment.

Businesses need to be registered to the

campaign and have been doing so all

across the country. The initiative can apply

to pubs, restaurants, cafés and bars, but all

must have signed up.

For those in Cornwall eager to see

which establishments are registered, a

government website has been created

where all you need to do is enter your

postcode to see which venues are offering

the discount within a two-mile radius of

your postcode.

Find the page at

eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/ l


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Supporting Cornwall’s Children and

Young People Moving to New Schools

New mental health support is being made

available in Cornwall for young people set

to start a new school year in September.

Resources from Headstart Kernow, part of

Together for Families at Cornwall Council,

have been developed to help children and

young people who are making the move

from primary to secondary or to college.

Floating Restaurant Officially Arrives in Falmouth

Falmouth Harbour will be

welcoming a floating restaurant

into its waters this summer in the

form of a 38-metre long French

barge, which is set to be berthed

alongside the inside wall of North

Quay, part of the Custom House

Quay complex.

A vintage café and bistro serving

breakfast, light bites, and patisserie

by day, before turning into a unique

fine dining, French infused set-up

by night, La Peniche is an eclectic

and exciting new addition to

Falmouth’s foodie scene.

Owned by Tony and Kate Elliott-

Cannon, La Peniche is a dream

realised and with Head Chef Luc

Wallace at the helm, it’s set to be

a tasty addition to experiencing

Falmouth’s stunning harbour.

A Transition Mission booklet is available on

the Start Now website, which is packed with

lots of useful information. Moving schools

can be a stressful time, let alone during the

time of a worldwide pandemic, and the new

resources are designed in hope that anyone

struggling can use them. This is a free guide

available for download, which advises

Wallace is new to Cornwall but

has had plenty of experience in

the classical British and European

culinary world, working at two of

Oxford’s most renowned eatieries,

The Magdalen Arms and The

Kensington Arms.

With a penchant for seasonal

produce, La Peniche will feature a

changing menu based around what

is available locally and will include

many foraged delights. Before

mooring in Falmouth, the 1938

barge restaurant spent its early

years as a WW2 gunboat before

settling into a life offering dining

cruises along the waterways of

Burgundy. Seating up to 50 guests,

La Peniche will be offering reduced

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children and young people on how to

navigate the first weeks at their new school.

“There is no sugar coating it; school will look

very different when the children go back in

September,” says Sally Hawken, Councillor

and Portfolio Holder for Children, Health and

Wellbeing. “And yet, if there’s any reason to

be hopeful, it’s that all throughout lockdown,

our kids have shown us how remarkably

resilient and adaptive they are... we want

to do our very best to provide them with

everything they need when school returns.

“We want to reassure the young people

across Cornwall and their families, who may

be feeling anxious; they are not alone.”

More information can be found at www.

back-to-school and

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Tuk Tuks Coming to the

Streets of Cornwall

A private hire licence has been granted to a business

looking to operate electric tuk tuks in Newquay next year.

NuBeez, a company operated by Georgia Horsley and

Dr Prasad Raja Venkatesh, were granted permission from

Cornwall Council for a licence to run the firm, set to hit

Newquay in 2021. The plan is set to see two ZBee electric

tuk tuks running in the town, which can carry up to two

passengers. The private hire licence means the tuk tuks

can only be used in an advanced booking situation, and

NuBeez intend to keep to the central areas of Newquay,

avoiding potentially dangerous B roads. The tuk tuks will

also feature doors, ensuring further safety of passengers.

Whilst NuBeez initially planned to set up the service this

year, the pandemic has delayed the tuk tuk’s arrival until

2021. If all goes well, Georgia and Dr Prasad are hopeful

about further expansion into other towns such as Padstow,

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Penzance Set to Become

More Pedestrian Friendly

New plans have been revealed in Penzance to cut traffic moving throughout the town, which

are set to be introduced this August.

There are proposals to cut through traffic from Penzance town centre and to pedestrianise

Market Jew Street, as well as modifying Branwells Mill circular traffic system and reducing

traffic on the Western Promenade Road, extending the 20mph zone.

Committed to creating a car-free town centre and to improve cycle and pedestrian access,

Penzance is already recognised as the country’s first town to gain a plastic-free status, and

these new measures aim to further promote positive efforts to reduce carbon emissions and

make the town a thriving place for the future.

Recently, new measures in Chapel Street banned vehicles from entering Thursday to Sunday,

to provide more outdoor space for cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants. It’s a decision which

has led to further support for an increase in opportunities for walking, cycling and improved

public transport.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and the need to maximise public safety, the new pedestrian

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Memories by Moonlight; Supporting

Children’s Hospice South West

The poignant and uplifting ceremony will

feature readings from all three of the charity’s

children’s hospices – Little Harbour, Charlton

Farm near Bristol and Little Bridge House near

Barnstaple. It will also include music, poems

and a two-minute applause to celebrate loved

ones whose names will appear on the screen.




Frugi, the UK’s leading ethical and

organic children’s clothing company, is

proud to announce a partnership with

Eco-Schools as part of their Little Clothes

BIG Change charity initiative. Each year

Frugi donates 1% of turnover to charity

and has so far donated £720,000 over

the past 16 years to help children and

environmental non-profit organisations.

Frugi’s ambition is to help raise the

next generation of eco-warriors that

will change the world. The Eco-

Schools programme, the largest

educational programme in the world,

is therefore an ideal partner. With a

goal to empower young people to

take environmental actions to get their

school and community involved, pupils

follow a Seven-Step programme that

results in achieving an international Eco-

Schools Green Flag Certification. Frugi

is donating funds to help up to 150 UK

schools achieve their Green Flag status.

Find out more about the Eco-Schools

programme and register for free on their

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Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has

had to adapt many things over the last few

months including the care and support it

offers to children, as well as its fundraising

events which help to fund the vital support

it offers to local families.

The charity is inviting people to remember

and celebrate the life of a loved one and

raise vital funds through its new Memories

by Moonlight event which will include some

elements of the annual Moonlight Memory

Walk, which has been cancelled this year due

to the coronavirus, but with the flexibility for

people to be involved however they wish.

The Memories by Moonlight ceremony

will be broadcast live on Facebook from

CHSW’s Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in

St Austell at 9pm on Saturday, September

26th, giving people the opportunity to light

a candle and join together virtually for a

special evening of reflection.

Everyone who registers to take part in the

event, which is being sponsored by National

Friendly, will get the chance to join the

virtual memory ceremony. People can then

choose to simply donate in memory of their

loved one, or complete a walk or activity that

reminds them of their loved one at a time

and location that suits them and ask friends

and family to make a donation towards

this. Participants will receive a beautiful

memory pack in the post, which will include

a candle bag to decorate, memory box to

personalise, along with a tea light to light

on the evening and a booklet to accompany

the memory ceremony.

To register to join the Memories by

Moonlight ceremony simply visit www.chsw. Registration is just £10

and a memory pack, along with details of

how to access the Memory Ceremony, will

be sent in the post. For more information

about the event, you can also call the CHSW

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Bude is set to be part of Google’s plan

to build a new undersea network cable

connecting the US, the UK and Spain.

The project is Google’s fourth privately

owned undersea cable. Named ‘Grace

Hopper’, after an American computer

scientist and naval rear admiral, the site

for the cable's land point in the UK will

be Bude in Cornwall.

The first ever transatlantic cable was built

in 1858, connecting the US to Ireland by

telegraph. Of course, Cornwall is no

stranger to transatlantic cables, with

Porthcurno having been a point for

many submarine telegraph's cables,

with the world’s largest telegraph station

located there.

The project is set to be completed by

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A carefully curated selection of

affordable gifts, cards, kitchen and

homeware, alondside a selection of

Cornish makers and designers.

4 High Street, Falmouth,

Cornwall, TR11 2AB

Tel: 01326 618240

Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm

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Things to Do


August & September

Following its temporary closure, the

Minack Theatre is once again open with

a revised season of shows for the summer.

Tickets for events are already selling out,

but there are still plenty of events available

for those keen for a magical night at one

of Cornwall’s most spectacular venues.


Various dates until 16th August

A series of exciting drive-in cinema events

from Paul Ainsworth are set to take

place at the Cornwall Showground this

August. Classic cult movies and recent

favourites make up a fantastic line-up,

not to mention the extra delicious twist in

the form of an exclusive menu curated by

Chef Paul Ainsworth to be enjoyed in the

comfort of your own car. Adult tickets £16,

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child £3. Hurry, tickets are selling out fast!


25th - 27th August

Having run successful drive-in cinema

nights earlier this season, a final round of

film nights are set for the end of August in

what is set to be a festival of movies, food

and music at Hendra Croft Farm. Tickets

are £30 for one car spot and two adults,

with additional adults to an existing car at

£10. Advanced online booking only.


29th August - 6th September

Following its postponement earlier this

year, Open Studios Cornwall 2020 will be

running at the end of August this year into

early September. More than 200 artists,

makers and designers will be welcoming

socially distanced visitors into their

studios, with appropriate safety measures

in place. A range of digital content will

also be available during this week-long

celebration of creativity.



Friday 4th September

The Alverton at Truro will be welcoming

the talented vocals of Voice UK winner

Molly Hocking at their closing party on

the terrace for an exclusive, intimate

concert. Dine al fresco and bask in the

natural beauty of these stunning gardens

as you enjoy the acoustic music with a

cocktail in hand. Ticket only event, £22.15.


Saturday 5th September

After a sell-out 2019 concert, folk trio

Fable are returning to the stunningly








atmospheric venue of Carnglaze

Caverns to perform their diverse range

of traditional and contemporary music

comprising a folk harp and two flutes,

along with a harmony of vocals. Seats are

limited to 35, so don’t delay in booking.

Tickets £14, 8pm.



Now Showing!

Explore myths, legends and monsters

in this immersive exhibition from the

National Maritime Museum that combines

folklore with modern day science. Taking

you on a journey through time, understand

some of the ocean’s greatest mysteries

and discover how scientists explore

the deepest parts of the ocean. Set to

originally open in March, this exciting

exhibition was placed into hibernation

following the coronavirus outbreak, but

now as the museum prepares to reopen

later in July the team are hard at work

preparing this brand-new show for its

reveal to the public.

Find out more, including dates, tickets

and opening times at


Various dates until 29th September

Journey to a wildlife haven for a unique

guided walk and talk uncovering the

magic of Looe Island. Begin the journey

aboard a boat trip from Looe harbour

before landing on the island, where in

summertime you can spot 15 different

types of butterfly. The tour lasts around

three and a half hours and costs £25 per

person plus a small booking fee.


Every Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

At the stunning Trevibban Mill vineyard

and winery near Padstow, take a one an

half hour tour of the gorgeous grounds

followed by a tasting of five of the Mill’s

wines and cider in their beautiful south

facing tasting room. Dogs welcome

but must be kept on leads and limited

spaces available. Book online in advance

to guarantee your spot. For more

information and times, visit the website.


For those keen for a quiet summer at

home, get creative with Pick Pretty Paint’s

Make It Box. Featuring over 40 items to

encourage making and creativity, the

Make It Box can be posted or collected

directly from the studio in St Ives. Cost:

£18. To order, visit the website.

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A walk around Pentire Headland

and Fistral beach in Newquay

There can be no doubt that Newquay is one of the most dog friendly spots in

Cornwall. It boasts truly magnificent beaches which are dog friendly throughout the

year and it has some really fabulous cafes, pubs and restaurants which welcome our

four-legged friends.

This short walk around Pentire Headland

and around Fistral beach allows you to

explore some of the most spectacular

scenery and stop off at some dog friendly

eateries en route.

Distance: 3 miles (allow one hour)

Easy walk, some steep climbs.

Start point: East Pentire car park: TR7 1PF

Following signs to Fistral and then Pentire

Headland in Newquay, head to the Pentire

Headland car park to start. If you are

planning to eat at Lewinnick Lodge, you can

turn right at the car park entrance and follow

the road and signs along the right hand side

of the headland to reach Lewinnick Lodge.

From the car park, walk out of it so that you

have your back to Pentire Headland and walk

down the path along the coast with the sea

to your left. This is an off-road track which

takes you down towards Fistral Beach where

you can let your dog off for a run before

coming back to explore the headland (wise

if your dog has a lot of energy).

Continue down the path until you reach

Esplanade Road. Follow this until you reach

the public toilets and take the path to the

left down towards the beach. Here you

will find some steps down to the beach,

passing SeaSpray, a lovely dog friendly

café at the south end of Fistral beach.

Fistral is dog friendly all year, so you can let

your dog off for a run here if you feel happy

doing so. Walk along the beach to the

north side. Just before the Stables Café

and shop complex, there is a path leading

up behind the beach to your right which

takes you along the back of the beach

beside the golf course. Take this path,

double backing on yourself and follow the

path back to Esplanade Road.

Retrace your steps up the off-road track

up to Pentire Headland. From here, cross

the car park and follow the footpaths

down towards the sea in front of you. Here

you get magnificent views over Crantock

Beach which is on the other side of the

Gannel Estuary. Continue bearing right

so the sea is on your left and follow the

path around Pentire Headland. This is very

popular with dog walkers as the ocean

views are panoramic and always dramatic

and beautiful.

Take a moment to enjoy the surroundings

at the tip of Pentire Headland before

turning back with the sea still on your left

and following the path down to Lewinnick

Lodge. This is a really lovely dog friendly

café, open now following lockdown and

offering really well-reviewed food and

wonderful views inside and out.

If you parked in the council car park, just

walk up the road out of Lewinnick Lodge

to get back to the car park.

We hope you enjoy this walk as much as

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For more walks and ideas of fun

adventures with your dog in Cornwall visit

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Roaming Around Cornwall's

Remnants of eras long gone, some several thousand

years old, are dotted all over Cornwall. Here, we’ve

listed some of the county’s best-known ancient relics

for you to explore this summer.


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One of Cornwall’s most renowned ancient

sites, Men-an-Tol (meaning ‘stone with a

hole’) is a small selection of standing stones

located in West Penwith between Morvah and

Treen. Thought to be dated as far back as the

Neolithic or early Bronze Age period, this site

has long been considered a place of magic.

From a guarding Cornish Piskie that performs

miraculous cures to legends of passing newborn

babies through the holed stone to bless

them with good luck, Men-an-Tol is a place of

folklore and Cornish legend.

Lanyon Quoit

Less than a mile from Men-an-Tol stands

Lanyon Quoit, a dolmen said to be

constructed over 4,000 years ago. Originally,

Lanyon (meaning ‘cold pool’) Quoit, was much

larger than the structure you can see peaking

over the hedgerows from the car today, but in

the 19th century the dolmen suffered during

a storm and collapsed. Efforts to rebuild the

site began some years later, however parts of

it were broken during this process, shortening

Lanyon Quoit by about five feet. Its original

purpose is still debated by archaeologists,

who believe it to have played a part in the

Stone Age death rituals.

The Merry Maidens

Staying in West Penwith, you’ll also find

the Merry Maidens, an ancient stone circle.

Legend tells that the monoliths were once

19 young maidens, who were turned to

stone for dancing on the Sabbath. The site

is known in Cornish as ‘Dans Maen’, meaning

‘Stone Dance’. You can find the maidens

on the B3315 road to Porthcurno, however

if you don’t fancy driving that day, you can

also catch a bus straight from Penzance,

which stops right opposite the prehistoric

landmark. Nearby, you can also see the

Pipers of Boleigh, two menhirs which are the

tallest of their kind in Cornwall. Similar to the

Merry Maidens, the menhirs were once two

pipers, turned to stone for daring to play

music on Sabbath.

Dozmary Pool

Cornwall is known for its homages and

rumours of Arthurian folklore, and Dozmary

Pool is one of them. Said to be the pool

where the Lady of the Lake could be found, it

is claimed that it was here King Arthur himself

was granted the sword, Excalibur. The pool is

a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest,

however despite it once being known as a

bottomless lake, sadly it is now but a few feet

deep, often drying up entirely. You can find

the pool just off the A30 near the Jamaica Inn

from Bolventor.

The Trippet Stones

In the remote reaches of Bodmin Moor,

Trippet Stones form a near-perfect stone

circle. In its prime, Trippet Stones would

have boasted 26 impressive standing stones,

however today only eleven remain and only

eight of these are still standing. Still, they

make for an atmospheric sight in the windy

lands of the moor.

Rock Valley Labyrinths

Located near St Nectan’s Glen, this region

of Cornwall is steeped in ancient history and

Arthurian legend and hidden in the ruins of an

old mil you can find the mysterious labyrinth

carvings of Rock Valley. Discovered in 1948,

little is known about why or when these

carvings were created, in fact there are none

quite like it in southern England, but studies

have suggested they date as far back as the

Bronze Age. You can find the carvings on the

footpath linking the South West Coast Path to

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Falmouth’s iconic Old High Street is known for its array of independent shops each one

equally unique in its own right and filled with carefully selected and curated treasures

that make it impossible not to delve in and explore. One such trove is the contemporary

led Grey Lurcher, a charming store that champions an ever changing selection of

gorgeous homeware and gifts.

t was a chance sighting of a rental sign

in the window of what would be the

Grey Lurcher on a trip to Falmouth

that Julie Oats was inspired to set

up her own store in the heart of the

historic port town, “There are so many small,

independent shops and eateries in the High

Street. It has a different feel from the rest of

Falmouth, so we took it from there!”

Combining influences of Cornish coast

luxury with chic French inspired design, the

Grey Lurcher offers an ever changing array of

contemporary gifts, cards and homewares.

Named after the beloved family dog, the

store blends together stunning local art

and craft with specially sourced and curated

products sourced worldwide.

“We try to stock products that work well

together,” explains Julie, “I love textures,

patterns and colours. I also like luxury items

that don’t cost a lot and have a passion for

interiors and homeware.”

From imported French soaps and candles

to the gorgeous lampshades crafted by

locally based makers The Emporium of

Illumination, the Grey Lurcher’s stylish

layout makes for an idyllic afternoon of

browsing. It’s a selection that Julie has

prided herself on curating, “My personal

favourites at the moment are the planters

we stock; house plants are so popular

again and these are perfect for them,

customers love my choice of these.

“I’ve also recently had a delivery of

Durance candles; these are from Provence

and they smell divine. Exceptional quality

too and a great price.”

Another side to the Grey Lurcher is their

impressive selection of interior design

products, most notably the renowned and

fabulous colours of Annie Sloan Chalk

Paints, ‘I was lucky that in my second year,

we were approached by Annie Sloan,”

describes Julie, “she selects very specific

stockies, who either have an interior bias

or offer workshops.

Annie Sloan had previously had a stockiest

in the High Street many years ago, so

we thought bringing the brand back to

Falmouth would be a great idea.”

The inclusion has allowed Julie to branch

out into painted furniture and small oneoff

interior pieces. During lockdown, the

paints proved popular with those who

were taking the time at home to catch up

on some renovation and has inspired Julie

to pursue her passion for interiors further

as well as building the Grey Lurcher’s

online presence.

“We will be doing one-off flash sales on

our Facebook page. Details will be on our

Instagram account too, so check them out!”

Following the Grey Lurcher’s reopening,

the store offers hand sanitiser and a

one-way system to help customers feel

safe upon returning to visit as well as

opening on reduced hours from 11am –

2pm Tuesday to Saturday; however this is

subject to change so make sure to keep up

to date via Facebook and Instagram. l

4 High Street, Falmouth, TR11 2AB

T: 01326 618240

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1986 and holds an impressive

reputation as a hub of stylishly

designed and handmade fine

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Having held their current workshop and

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the past 20 years, a wealth of talented

craftspeople have helped Rozen

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production industry and pride themselves on their

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Beautifully designed and combining comfort with

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From wheelhouses perched on clifftops to ruins of

stamps in wooded valleys, the remnants of Cornwall’s

mining heritage make for some spectacular scenes.

However, it’s not just the county’s surface world that

holds lasting memories of a once prosperous and

industrial era


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Underground, a labyrinth of

work resides in the tunnels

that were delved and dug

deep into by Cornish miners

for centuries, and way out in

West Cornwall, a team of underground

pioneers have created a ground-breaking

Cornish experience that truly shows

the extent of Cornwall’s fascinating

underground world.

Cornwall Underground; the clue is in the

name. Officially launched in 2019, this

totally unique and innovative adventure

project allows an insight into the world of

Cornish mining rarely seen – a world below

the surface. Founded by Matt George and

Ben Sumpter, Cornwall Underground was

the culmination of two friends’ passion

for outdoor adventuring, a fascination for

Cornwall’s mining culture and a thrill for

adrenaline. Now, as the only underground

mine exploration team in Cornwall and the

South West, Matt and his talented team

are showing eager adventure seekers a

totally new side to Cornwall.

This wasn’t Matt’s first business in creating

something exciting for adventure seekers

that took advantage of Cornwall’s

geography. In 2013, Matt founded Kernow

Coasteering, which was born from his

innate love of coasteering and rock

climbing. Coasteering and rock climbing

across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,

Matt’s drive to explore Cornwall further,

and deeper, led to the possibility of tours

in Cornwall’s abandoned mines.

“Cornwall is home to more mines than

any other part of the UK,” Matt explains,

“it seemed only natural to get into mine

exploration, although I appreciate that

exploring abandoned mines isn’t an

obvious choice for many people! For me, it

was just making the most of what Cornwall

has to offer.”

Naturally, research and site location were

key. Mines in Cornwall can be found all

over the county, but few are safe to enter,

and many have suffered the tests of time

over their decades of abandonment. For

Cornwall Underground, the St Just mining

district was an immediate standout, a

region of mines that have long been a

peak of interest and preservation. The area

is part of the Cornwall and West Devon

Mining Landscape World Heritage Site,

and boasts notable wheelhouses such as

Botallack, Levant and Geevor. It was also

an area that was close to Matt’s heart, “Of

all the mining districts in Cornwall, the

area around St Just is arguably the most

iconic,” Matt says. “It already hosts some

of Cornwall’s most well-known mining

attractions. Growing up in Sennen, I’ve

always had a strong affinity with west

Cornwall and its heritage. It’s exciting to be

able to share that history, first-hand, with

what we’re doing.”

With a location in mind, next came the

arduous task of researching the realm of

underground exploration and working

out methods that would make their

experiences safe. However, being the

first experience of its kind in Cornwall it

was a step into the unknown for Matt and

Ben, who travelled extensively across the

country to meet with professionals who

could help make Cornwall Underground

a reality, “It was literally years from having

the initial idea to actually making it a

reality,” Matt describes. “With no one else

in the south of England offering what we

do, there were no obvious examples that

we could model ourselves on. This meant

we had to travel the length and breadth of

the UK, meeting and learning from experts

in the field. It was a long and steep learning

curve, but we couldn’t have done it without

the people we met along the way.”

A large part of the learning process was

led by Ben, one of Cornwall’s foremost

mine historians and archaeologists, whose

knowledge was imperative in getting

Cornwall Underground up and running.

Both passionate mine explorers, Ben

and Matt have spent hundreds of hours

exploring mines all over Cornwall as well

as learning about as many as possible.

It’s a level of knowledge, experience and

ultimately an appetite for discovering as

much as possible about Cornwall’s mining

heritage that not only has proven vital for

the business but also enables Matt and his

team to inspire their visitors and give them

an authentic insight into this vital part of

Cornwall’s historic tapestry. “Growing up

here, it was impossible not to be aware

of Cornwall’s mining heritage,” Matt says,

“My stepdad even worked at Geevor for a

time, back in the 80s. As I got older, I was

curious about Cornwall’s mines and ended

up befriending some of the local explorers,

it went from there really...”

The experiences offered are available in

two levels, so visitors can choose which

adventure they think is suitable for them.

To Matt and his team, it isn’t just about

seeing the unbelievable work undertaken

in these mines, it’s also about getting the

most out of the unique landscape below.

Caving suits, helmets, head torches and

harnesses are all part of the package

before adventurers step into the mines

and navigate their way through. There’s

walking, scrambling, and crawling, all in

spaces once used by miners. However

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will need to use more advanced caving

techniques such as abseiling and using

ropes to safely cross chasms and shafts, all

under the skilled and watchful guidance of

Matt and his team.

“Every step of the way, you get to see the

world that the miners created,” describes

Matt, “We always remind people that

every space they see was once solid rock

until the miners excavated it. None of the

underground voids we visit are natural. As

we go, we tell the story of Cornish mining,

how the mines actually worked and what

purpose the passages, chasms and various

shafts served. Being so old, there’s not

much left in terms of artefacts, but we

use our passion about Cornwall’s mining

history to bring these places back to life

for our guests.”

A centrepiece for the Underground

Adventurer, Cornwall Underground’s more

advanced experience, features a huge

chasm once known to miners as a ‘stope’,

where miners would excavate a tin bearing

vein or lode.

“It’s very narrow,” Matt explains, “and

unbelievably high. We have to make our

way up and down this feature and the only

way is via a feature we built that we can

spacewalk. It’s a series of metal pegs and

ladder rungs that snake their way across

the walls of the stope. All the while, you

are attached to a fixed line for safety. We

call it the spacewalk because you can’t

see the top or the bottom of the chasm

when you’re on it. You’re traversing the

very bowels of the mine with just space

beneath your feet.”

Of course, for those who are keen

to experience a real Cornish mine

underground, but avoid some of the more

challenging obstacles, Matt recommends

the Underground Explorer, a trip which

takes guests into a small, very ancient mine,

“It’s mostly walking, with the option to take

on a few short sections of crawling, and

even try some entry-level abseiling. None

of the obstacles are mandatory and we’re

never too far from daylight if someone

decides they’ve had enough. It’s proven to

be a really popular option, but for anyone

who completes this trip, we strongly

recommend that they experience the more

challenging Underground Adventurer.

“We understand that, for some, going

underground is a simple ‘no’, and that’s

OK! But I think people assume that going

into a mine will be a bit like a potholing

experience, where you have to force

yourself through ever-narrowing spaces.

The mines were made by men, for men to

move around in, so whilst there are some

sections of stooping or crawling, they are

short lived. In general, there’s plenty of

room to move around freely.”

Lately, it’s been unusual circumstances for

the Cornwall Underground team due to

the coronavirus pandemic, but following

government guidelines, they are now able

to start running trips again. Their governing

body, the British Caving Association, have

also give the green light for underground

trips to start up again. As expected, some

small changes have been made to allow

social distancing, and trips are taking place

in smaller group sizes for the time being.

“We’re just glad we’re able to run again

and we hope everyone stays safe moving

forward,” says Matt. “As long as everyone

remains sensible, we hope that Cornwall

can at least get a little bit of a tourist

season during the next couple of months.

It’s only our second year operating, so

we’re looking forward to showing more

guests around our underground venues.

We've just finished a new feature on the

Underground Adventurer that we’re pretty

excited to share with people.”

A one-of-a-kind experience, Cornwall

Underground have given a new lease of

life to an integral part of Cornish history

that today is rarely seen. The hard work,

knowledge and dedication shown to this

abandoned world below the surface, is

certainly a testament to Matt, Ben and their

committed crew. Not only does it breathe

new life into this once ancient industrial

lifestyle, it also that offers participants an

exciting, educational and innovative look

into the impossibly difficult work of the Old

Men, “There’s no other way to imagine the

life of Cornish miners of old, other than

seeing it for yourself,” Matt adds. “Even

the miners still alive today, who enjoyed

the world of mechanised mining, had a

very different experience from the ‘Old

Men’, which is what miners refer to as

the previous generations of miners. It’s

completely baffling what they achieved

underground. The amount of rock they

moved, the vast chasms they created

and worked in, not to mention the sheer

danger of it all. They must have been very

hard men and undoubtedly lived a very

hard life. What’s really amazing too is that

it was all done purely by candlelight, it was

very dangerous work and accidents were

commonplace. As much as I love exploring

mines for fun, I’m always grateful that I

wasn’t a Cornish miner!” l

If you would like to explore

the underground world of a

Cornish miner for yourself, visit or email you can

also call Matt on 07734343954 and Ben

on 07596174479.

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Elizabeth Dale takes a look back at the

pilchard’s legacy, its place in our Cornish society

and the important role of the Cornish huer.

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In years gone by the month of July

traditionally marked the beginning

of the pilchard season. From then

on all eyes were on the sea and all

hopes rested on whether the shoals

would arrive and what catches would be

made. For centuries this industry was

the mainstay of almost all of Cornwall’s

fishing communities. A vital part of the

economy these little fish were not only

essential to the health and well-being

of rural communities but part of our

cultural history too.

The pilchards are come,

and hevva is heard,

And the town from top to

bottom is stirred.

Anxious faces are hurrying

in every direction,

To take a fine shoal they

have no objection.

Traditional Cornish Poem,

Author Unknown

The earliest record of seining for

pilchards in Cornwall comes from

Gorran Haven in 1271, but we can be

certain that Cornish men have been

catching these fish for as long as they

have been coming to our waters. There

is a saying that ‘a Cornishman’s national

pride is in his pilchards’ and in the 17th

Century the chief export from towns

such as Penzance was this little silver

fish. Pressed, salted and packed into

huge barrels known as hogsheads, ships

carried Cornish pilchards to markets

across the Mediterranean.

The enormity of this trade is

demonstrated by records showing the

huge quantities of pilchards leaving

Cornish harbours. Between 1614 and

1617 around 2,000 hogsheads left the

Penzance harbour alone, and just one

hogshead held around 450kg (1,000Ib)

of fish. The greatest recorded number of

pilchards ever caught by one boat was

5,600 hogsheads or 16,500,000 fish in St

Ives in just one day in 1868. In a region

where most men were once involved in

one of three industries - mining, farming

or fishing – the pilchard was more than

just an important source of food, it was

an obsession.

During a funeral in Crantock in 1835 the

mourners happened to hear the huer’s

cry go up in the middle of the service.

Without hesitation everyone rushed

away to their boats leaving the poor

parson and his sexton to finish the burial

as best they could alone. This anecdote

might seem strange, even heartless,

to us today but it goes some way to

illustrate just how vital the pilchard

season was to the wealth and well-being

of Cornish communities in the 19th

Century. And central to that industry

and its success was the huer.

On first impressions the huer’s lot may

have seemed a relatively easy one. After

all, his job was to simply watch for shoals

of pilchards from a vantage point on

the coast and let the fishermen know

if he saw anything. But this was a role

that involved a huge amount of skill and

carried a great deal of responsibility.

Huers had to have patience and years

of experience as well as keen eyesight!

The livelihood and welfare of the entire

community rested on his ability to spot

the passing shoals in time. When his

signal was given, sometimes a shout of

‘Hevva, Hevva‘, sometimes a blast on a

trumpet, the whole village would drop

whatever it was that they were doing and

head for the harbour to launch the fleet.

Once the boats were in the water it was

the huer’s job, from his high viewpoint,

to guide them to the shoal of fish and

let them know when to shoot their nets.

They would use a series of agreed upon

signals, a kind of semaphore, to instruct

the boats and get them into position.

Some used flags or waved bunches

of yellow gorse, others had horns or

trumpets to blow or even huge tin

megaphones to shout into!

Huers could be relatively well paid

and, depending on their arrangement

with the harbour, some even received

a percentage of the catch on top of

their wages. However, the burden of

responsibility also carried with it the

extra weight of superstition as the

huer and his luck, or lack of it, could

often be held responsible for a poor

fishing season. Communities not only

relied on the income that the sale of

the pilchards afforded but it was also

often their main source of food. A poor

season could be disastrous.

In the 19th Century, after a successful

pilchard season, it was customary

for each seining company to hold a

celebratory dinner for all its employees.

Apparently the traditional toast of

the evening was a somewhat tonguein-cheek

suggestion of the Cornish

fishermen’s hopes for the coming year

and the healing powers of the pilchard:

Here’s a health to the Pope,

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And lengthen by six months,

The term of Lent.

For it’s always declared

Betwixt the two poles,

There’s nothing like pilchards

For the saving of souls!

At one time there were lookouts for the

huers, of one form or another, all around

the coast. Some were just simple raised

platforms to give the men a better view

and others, like the iconic white hut at

Newquay and the Baulking House at

Carbis Bay near St Ives, are much more

substantial buildings. The word ‘huer’

is thought to come from the French

meaning ‘to shout’. But they were also

sometimes known as ‘balkers’, possibly

from the English word ‘bawl’; hence

their huts, like the one above Carbis

Bay, were referred to as balking houses.

They also lent their name to a number

of headlands where they once stood –

Bawken Head in Porthgwarra, The Balk

in St Ives and Tor Balk at Kynance Cove.

lit a beacon there to guide shipping

into the port and it was later converted

as a lookout for pilchards. Huer’s huts

were often two storeys to give the

watchmen extra height enabling them

to see further out to sea. The roomy area

inside, which has a high arched ceiling

and fireplace, was needed for storing

the various paraphernalia required by

the huer to signal to the boats, such as

the trumpets, flags and ‘bushes’ (the

bunches of gorse).

Today the Newquay huer’s hut as well

as the Balking House at St Ives make

lovely places to visit, just for the views if

nothing else. From their vantage points

looking out to sea, as the huer once

did, little has changed and it is easy to

imagine the whole frenetic scene of a

hundred years ago - the flashing shoal of

purply-silver fish, the crowds of excited

villagers, the flurry of boats in the water

and the huer shouting, flags waving

against the blue sky. What a sight it once

would have been! l

The historic Huer’s Hut at Newquay,

situated high up on Towan Head above

the town, is an unmissable sight in

the summer sunshine with its bright

white walls. This small building is a

rare survivor from the golden age of

pilchard fishing. It was thought to have

originally been built at some time in the

15th Century and probably served as

an early lighthouse. Legend has it that

the hut was the home of a hermit who

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Tamar

Valley’s status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Here, we take a look at this border striding breadth of

enchanting landscape including a local distillery and

brewery that has spent this spring and summer crafting

an extra special homage to this historical place.

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With its picturesque

rivers including the 61

mile long River Tamar,

striking sloping

banks, gorges, rich

wildlife and woodland greenery, the Tamar

Valley has, throughout the ages, been a

constant allure for mankind. Striding the

border between Cornwall and Devon, calls

for the region, that’s made up of Tamar,

Tavy and Lynher, to be designated as an

AONB site had been sounding since the

early 1960’s, but it wasn’t until 1995 that the

valley finally received the protective status.

A unique archaeological make-up of rich

minerals and metals once saw the Tamar

Valley as a prominent hotspot for the

Cornwall and west Devon mining industry,

and mines have been discovered that

date as far back as the Bronze Age. For

thousands of years, mankind has been

extracting the buried treasure of the Tamar,

which once included Europe’s largest mine

for copper extraction, the Devon Great

Consols. When the copper lode began

to run out in the late 19th Century, mine

owners began to produce arsenic to

satisfy a demand for pesticide in American

cotton crops. Today, huge slag heaps of

arsenic are still present in the valley, most

reclaimed by the surrounding heath but

still fenced off and well away from the

valley’s plentiful walking cycle and horse

riding trails that meander throughout the

land. The abundance of Tamar Valley’s

mining prominence saw it listed as a

UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

However, it’s not just the Tamar Valley’s

geological and industrial prowess that

make it such a notable landscape and today

its abandoned mines serve a much different

role. As one of the UK’S rarest mammals,

there are just 5,000 horseshoe bats left

in the country, their populations largely

restricted to the south west of England and

south Wales. Named after their strangely

shaped noses, it was discovered in the

early 2000's that a number of horseshoe

bat females had made an old mining shaft

their summertime home for breeding. The

greater horseshoe bat requires two homes,

a cool winter hibernation site and a warm

summer site. Since the discovery of the

mining shaft breeding grounds at Tamar,

where females go in summertime, the

AONB have been working hard to keep

the colony’s numbers up, which includes

protecting the valley’s natural habitats such

as hedgerows and woodlands. The Tamar

Valley is also a prominent site for birdwatchers,

with its numerous rivers, small

lakes, mud flats and an estuary, birds of all

shapes and sizes congregate throughout

the Tamar across the seasons, making it a

popular destination.

The Borderland

The Tamar’s reputation as the border

between Devon and Cornwall has seen its

fair share of strife over the last millennium.

Its earliest status as a border realm between

the two counties occurred sometime around

936, when the current King of England and

former King of the Anglo-Saxons, Athelstan

declared it as such from the east bank of

the River Tamar. During the 11th Century,

several villages north of Launceston were

transferred to Devon and it wasn’t until

1966 that the county boundary was restored

to the Tamar and these villages transferred

back to Cornwall.

When exploring the river and its

surrounding sites, the are many bridges

and crossing links that connect the two

counties, including Isambard Kingdom

Brunel’s world-renowned Royal Albert

Bridge at Saltash. The oldest bridge of the

River Tamar is Horsebridge, built in 1437.

Cheers to 25!

It’s easy to see why this unique stretch

of Cornish and Devon countryside was

so deserving of its AONB status 25 years

ago. Since its designation, a national

level of protection has helped conserve

and enhance the natural beauty of the

Tamar Valley. Since 2011, Defra (the

Department for Environment, Food and

Rural Affairs) has been responsible for the

direct funding of Areas of Outstanding

Natural Beauty in a tripartite agreement

alongside Natural England and the

National Association for AONBs and work

closely with Cornwall and Devon County

Councils to keep Tamar safe and thriving.

Many small businesses have embraced

Tamar’s natural majesty and from food

and drink to art and craft, the Tamar has

become an alluring place for creativity.

One such business which has decided to

honour the 25th anniversary of the Tamar

Valley’s AONB status in a uniquely special

way is Bere Brewery, a craft brewery

located in Tamar Valley near Tavistock. In

celebration of appreciating 25 years of

Tamar Valley, the team at the brewery have

created two new drinks that pay homage

to their homeland.

The first up is a new light and hoppy

blonde ale, titled ‘Ale ONB’ (Ale of

Outstanding Natural Beauty). Named by

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Ben Dancer, the Planning Officer for the

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and

Tamar Valley AONB, the ale is produced

using 100% Tamar Valley hops, grown on

the brewery’s Bere Alston site. Elizabeth

Rickeard, a member of the Bere Brewery

team, has relished in being able to create a

new beer for such an auspicious occasion.

“Creating a new beer is always such fun,

like a great big cookery-come-chemistry

experiment, with all the different malt, hop

and yeast flavours to choose from to marry

together to try and create something

perfectly balanced with layer upon layer

of lovely flavours... We are so lucky to be

able to grow hops and to brew in one of

the most beautiful places in all of England,

so to have been asked to produce a new

beer to celebrate the Tamar Valley’s 25th

anniversary was a real honour.”

Having launched towards the end of June,

‘Ale ONB’ is on sale at Bere Brewery while

stocks last, so get in quick if you’re keen to

taste this bright, sparkling and refreshing

summertime beer for yourself.

Bere Brewery are not the only local drinks

producers to pay homage to the Tamar

Valley’s AONB anniversary. In Launceston,

Cornwall, Monarch Liqueurs have long

been inspired by the Tamar Valley in their

spirits and as such are the creators of

the award-winning Tamar Tipple range,

comprising rum, gin, vodka and whiskey

liqueuers. Headed by Cliff and Elizabeth

L’Estrange West, the duo are passionate

when it comes to capturing the essence of

the valley and have been busy combining

all the fruits of the Tamar Valley’s rich

hedgerows to produce a delicious new

gin liqueur.

“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate

flavour than the humble blackberry,”

explains Elizabeth, “This small, hedgerow

gem that everyone recognises appears

each autumn, come rain or shine. After

much trial and error and many tasting

sessions, Cliff decided another dimension

was needed; the addition of elderflower.

The result is a rich, slightly sharp blackberry

with a hint of elderflower in the background

that lingers on the palate.”

With taste checks completed, there was

one thing left for the new liqueur and that

was a name. A competition was held with

the prize being a bottle of the new gin for

the person who came up with the winning

name for the new drink. At the end of June,

after 58 suggestions, it was Ann Snell of

Liskeard’s suggestion – Tamara. Elizabeth

and Cliff loved the name for its reference

to the tale of the Legend of Tamara. In the

story, Tamara, a beautiful earth nymph born

to two earth spirits in a deep cave, longs to

be part of the world above. As she grows,

Tamara begins to explore the land and

falls in love with the sunshine of the surface

world. Amidst all her explorations, much

to the frustration of her parents, Tamara’s

favourite place to visit was the moors.

Residing amongst the moors were giants,

who were hated and feared by Tamara’s

parents, but Tamara did not fear them.

Two giants, brothers Tavy and Tawrage,

spotted Tamara amongst the moors and

soon became besotted by her. When

Tamara’s father discovered her association

with the giants, so wrathful was his anger

he demanded Tamara return underground,

but she refused. In his rage, Tamara’s father

cursed her, transforming her into a river.

Heartbroken, Tavy ran to his father who in

turn transformed the young giant into a

river himself, so that he might always run

alongside Tamara. When Tawrage heard

of his brother’s fate, he ran to an enchanter

and also demanded to be turned into a

river so as not to leave Tamara to Tavy.

However, in his desperation to catch his

brother up, Tavy took a wrong turning and

was forced to run away from Tamara. Today,

the three rivers flow through the valley, from

the moors and towards the sea, their names

Taw, Tavy and Tamar.

Tamara, the new gin liqueur available from

Monarch Liqueurs, is now available from

Homeleigh Garden Centre in Launceston

and Bude, Roots & Vines in Tavistock and

online via the Monarch Liqueur website.

Both drinks will also be available at The

Tamar Valley Centre.

Whether it’s a taste of Tamar you’ll be

enjoying this summer, or a walk through

its enchanting woodlands and alongside

its mythical rivers, it’s clear that this

spectacular slice of the South West was

given its AONB declaration for reasons

that are just as prominent today. Here’s to

another 25 years protecting this thriving

slice of iconic countryside. l

For more information about the

Tamar Valley AONB you can visit and if you’re

interested in purchasing your own

bottle of Tamara you can visit or for

‘Ale ONB’

For the full story of the Legend of

Tamara and more tales from East

Cornwall, visit

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Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself

Q and your connection to Cornwall…

I am 44 years old and Cornish born and

bred, I'm from Mullion on the Lizard

and now live in Gweek with my wife

Sarah, young son Henry and my two

dogs Monty and Myah. I am a published

and award-winning photographer, and

more recently I presented a short film for

BBC Winterwatch. I have actively been

increasing my YouTube channel vlogs

during the coronavirus situation, in hope

of bringing some light relief to those

that cannot get out and enjoy nature;

I've featured on BBC Radio and TV

talking about this specifically. I regularly

contribute to magazines on wildlife and

conservation and I was shortlisted last year

in the British Photography Awards (BPA).

Also, I have just had one of my badger

images chosen for the front cover of the

Spring edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine.

I've also been a winner and contributor to

calendars, books, magazines and more.

Keen to promote and highlight wildlife

in Cornwall and further afield, I regularly

contribute to Natural England and the

Natural Lizard website and also help run

Instagram takeovers for the Cornwall

Wildlife Trust.

I’ve spent the last 22 years in the UK Military

as a survival specialist. I like to adapt my skills

as a pathfinder to allow me to track, stalk

and photograph wildlife in all environments.

What inspired your passion for

Q nature and wildlife photography,

was there a specific moment?

I think the moment that truly captivated

me and got me hooked on Nature was my

first sighting of a barn owl quartering in a

beautiful hay meadow at sunset hunting for

its favoured prey the short-tailed field vole,

this image and moment has lasted over the

years and is permanently ingrained in my

mind, truly special and is still so today.

I think over the years Nature has

suffered quite dramatically with human

intervention, I hope to show through my

photography just how fragile this has

become and maybe make a difference and

implement change.

You’ve worked closely with Cornwall

Q Wildlife Trust and many other

wildlife and environmental organisations,

what are you keen to highlight in these


Working as a Volunteer for Natural

England and the National Trust and

providing images and written work for

the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has enabled

me to get a unique view of the amazing

work they carry out in our beautiful

county. What is evident is how they

all work differently but come together

effectively and efficiently to achieve the

common goal to protect and safeguard

many sensitive sites, creating a robust

and healthy ecosystem in Cornwall.

What do you aim to teach your

Q followers and readers about the

natural world?

I hope that through my experiences and

pictures I highlight all the great benefits

the natural world has to offer, in terms

of its healing properties with mental

& physical health and help people to

reconnect with Nature. My belief in

the welfare of the subject of Nature

photography is paramount.

What have you learnt about

Q Cornwall’s wildlife and what do you

love most about it?

The Lizard Peninsula, being the most

southerly part of mainland Britain, is an

amazing place. The combination of the

mild maritime climate and the complex and

unique geology has produced an area with

a distinctive and unique character. Some of

the habitats and species only occur here on

the Lizard, and others are extremely rare

nationally and have global significance. The

Lizard also supports such a varied amount

of migratory species of birds and two of the

best times are during spring and autumn

migrations - you never know what’s going

to turn up! That's how special this place is

as it always throws up some surprises.

When you’re not trekking across

Q the county looking for wildlife to

capture, what do you do to relax?

I think family time is so important so

spending time with my wife, son and dogs

visiting National Trust properties and just

life in the outdoors is very special. I am a

keen amateur gardener and enjoy spending

time in our two acre orchard, wood and

formal garden - and is a great way to relax

listening to nature all around me.

I like classical music, cheese and red

wine and having a good time with family and

friends. I enjoy trail running and keeping

fit where possible. l

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Kynth yw meurgerys rag y dekter gwyls, y kevir lies

kesweythyow istoric hag ikonek a-derdro an arvor Kernow, y’ga

mysk heb mar ‘Golva an Golyador’ yn Tewyn Plustri. An ankarji

sempel ha splann ma a warias rol arbennik rag an kemeneth

pyskessa drefen an lu skath-roos dhe vos kevarwodhys alena

war tu ha’n hes hern y’n pleg mor a-woles. Dhe benn meur

a’n skeul, drehevys o an dinasow bras Arghantel ha Polhawn

rag gwitha erbynn Napoleon y’n soth-est a Gernow. Nebes

byghanna mes gans porpos breselek maga ta, kevys yw

‘kistyow-pellenik’, gwrys a gestevyn garow hag uvel, a-ugh lies

trethow a Gernow le may withens i erbynn omsettyans dres an

Nessa Bresel Norvys.

Although it is loved for its wild beauty, you find many iconic and

historic structures all around the Cornish coast, amongst them,

of course, the Huer’s Hut in Newquay! This simple, splendid

hermitage played a special role for the fishing community

because it was from here that the seine fleet was directed

toward the pilchard shoals in the bay below. At the grander

end of the scale, the great forts of Tregantle and Polhawn were

built to guard against Napoleon in the south-east of Cornwall.

Somewhat smaller but with a military purpose as well, ‘pill boxes’

made of crude,humble concrete, are found above many of

Cornwall’s beaches where they guarded against invasion during

the Second World War.









Golva an Golyador Huer’s Hut




fishing / to fish


from there





pleg mor












Hedhyw, yma Kernow tre dhe bennsodhva an Fondyans Golarvor

Kenedhlek, selys yn ironek yn kres an wlas dhe Lyskerrys.

Kevys yw kwarter a wolvaow an kowethyans ryb agan

morlannow kernewek ni, nebes anedha mar vyghan yth yw res

dhe sevel yn-mes rag treylya mappa! Bodhogyon FGK a brof

lagasow ha skovornow a-ugh an mor nesarvorel, ow korwolyas

For general enquiries:

For enquiries about publications:

For enquiries about examinations:

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Let's Speak Cornish

kanolyow radyo ha koslowes pan yw an gweladewder drog.

A-dhyworth Kastel Botorel bys dhe’n Lysardh, golyadoryon

arnowydh yns i, a weres sawya bewnansow yn le a jassya pysk.

Today, Cornwall is home to the headquarters of the National

Coastwatch Institution, ironically based inland at Liskeard. Around a

quarter of the organisation’s look-outs are found next to our Cornish

shores, some of them so small that you have to stand outside to turn

a map over! NCI volunteers provide eyes and ears over the inshore

sea, monitoring radio channels and listening out when visibility

is poor. From Boscastle to the Lizard, these are the modern day

watchmen (huers) who help to save lives rather than chasing fish.






Kingdom, land
















eyes (pair of...)


ears (pair of...)





Fondyans Gol-arvor

Kenedhlek (FGK)




to chase

National Coastwatch

Institution (NCI)

“Pyth a wruss’ta gul an penn-seythen ma?

“What did you do this weekend?”

“My a’n spenas y’n wolva dhe Gilgoodh Ust. Bodhek ov!”

“I spent it in the look-out on Cape Cornwall. I’m a volunteer!”

“A-barth Duw, yn oll an glaw ha niwl na?!”

“Fer God’s sake! In all that rain and fog!”

“Gwir. Ha travyth dhe dhybri rag kroust marnas pasti korrek.”

“True. And nothing to eat fer croust except a giant pasty.”

“Ty a wra gul neb tra dhe woheles dasgrondya dha gonsveyn, a

ny wre’ta?!”

“You’ll do anything to avoid re-laying your paving slabs,

won’t you?!”

“Ty a’m aswonn, sos, ty a’m aswonn.”

“ You d’knaw me, pard, you d’knaw me”.

For enquiries about the language correspondence course:

For more Cornish Language visit:

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The Customs House Gallery

˜ Porthleven ˜

Sarah Eddy

Cornwall Land and Seascapes

Original Oil Paintings, Prints, Calendars and Greeting Cards


F3 Princes House,

Princes Street, Truro,

Cornwall, TR1 2ES

Tel: 07507174025 • Email:


an exhibition of

original oil paintings

by Jack Davis





T: 01326 569365


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@ The Upstairs Gallery, Circa 21









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Art News




If ever there was a time for creative escapism,

that time is now. Between Saturday 29th August

and Sunday 6th September, more than 250 artists,

designers and makers will share their studio

spaces, their stories and omnipresent originality in

a safe and socially distanced celebration of artistic

practice for Open Studios Cornwall 2020.

From Marazion to St Minver, St Ives to Saltash

and Penzance to Penwithick, in leafy villages,

seaside settlements and wooded valleys, painters,

printmakers and potters, textile designers,

sculptors and illustrators will guide you between

granite gateposts, down gravelled driveways and

along ancient footpaths – and to the Open Studios

Cornwall website, enhanced with video tours and

additional digital content – to discover, discuss and

purchase their work. l

For all the latest information about the artists,

their work, which of them are opening their

studios and who is exhibiting virtually, visit


This issue’s cover comes from the incredibly talented Alasdair Lindsay. Born

in Cheshire in 1975, Alasdair came to Cornwall in 1996 to study at Falmouth

College of Art and has remained ever since. His paintings are based on what

he sees every day and he studies these places regularly, sometimes sketching

on site, although he usually paints from memory and through experimentation.

His studio work is down to decisions based on instinct rather than theory, and

his aerial views of Cornwall and London have become highly collectable. The

hardback book ‘Shorelines’ about Alasdair, was published in 2017 to coincide

with his solo exhibition at the Cornwall Contemporary gallery based in Penzance,

where he has exhibited his work as one of their leading resident artists for over

a decade. His paintings are in collections worldwide and he has won various

prestigious art prizes including the Hunting Art Prize and the Singer Freidlander

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at Mall Galleries in London.

The gorgeous painting featured as our cover is ‘Morning Sun, Jubilee Pool’ and

is part of Cornwall Contemporary’s Summer Exhibition, which include a number

of Alasdair’s paintings on display. l

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The teams behind Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange are delighted to

announce that both venues will reopen from Saturday 8th August, showing Go

On Being So at Newlyn Art Gallery, and Hippo Campus: Where We Learn and The

Young People’s Art Prize at The Exchange.

Dedicated staff and volunteers at both venues have put in place social

distancing and safety measures to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable time, and

look forward to welcoming people back.

See their website for full details of exhibitions in the galleries as well as online

events. l

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, TR18 5PZ.

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL.

Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm.


T: 01736 363715


Summer Exhibition 2020

Trelissick Gallery to reopen on the 1st August with a Members’

mixed exhibition. This exhibition will run until 20th September.

Please be aware that to visit Trelissick you must book ahead at

We will be open daily from 10am-4.30pm

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A new exhibition at the

Falmouth Art Gallery will

showcase a selection of

artworks originally acquired

for use in Cornwall’s public

schools, featuring locally and

internationally renowned

artists such as Barbara

Hepworth, Ben Nicholson,

Terry Frost, Rose Hilton, John

Milne and many more.

With an interest in enriching the arts in education, the collection covers

painting, drawing, collage, print, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. There

is an incredibly diverse range of mediums and styles to inspire and ignite

curiosity in younger generations growing up in the area.

The collection began back in the early 1960’s, following an anonymous

donation to Cornwall Council in 1961, with a note attached reading “To help

primary school funds”. Whilst the collection includes many artists from all areas

of Cornwall and further afield, there are also some key figures with links to the

Falmouth area, giving a peek at an uncovered slice of local art history. l



This September, the gorgeously delicate and intricate botanical themed

works of painter Rebecca Jewell will be showcased in an exhibition at The

Customs House Gallery in Porthleven.

Residing in Mawgan, Rebecca moved to Cornwall over a decade ago

with husband and fellow artist, Simon Jewell. Her eye-catching works

primarily focus on flowers, and working from photographs, Rebecca

carefully captures the light, tenderness and complexity of each botanical

creation in her works.

Her latest exhibition at The Customs House Gallery will run from

Saturday 19th September to Monday 28th September. The gallery is

currently open from 10.30am – 5pm seven days a week, however do visit

their website for more information. l



Kurt Jackson’s latest exhibition sees the renowned

artist explore relics of a prehistoric Cornwall and

celebrate the county’s extraordinary abundance of

ancient monuments with a series of new paintings.

With these monuments playing such an integral

part of Cornish landscape and culture, Kurt was

keen to capture this side of Cornish heritage in

his own, unique style, as he explains here, "These

are extraordinary places to visit, to draw and to

paint. As the eye, the hand, or the feet follow the

features, the mind also wanders, trying to find

meaning and explanation.

“Now the destination of residents, tourists,

walkers, neo-pagans and archaeologists, they

have been reappraised and are seen as part

of a whole complex of prehistoric monuments;

valuable in their own right, but representative

of a wide cultural past and a link to the

distant pre-Christian history. Fundamentally,

they are architecturally, archaeologically and

aesthetically beautiful...”

This exhibition is presented in partnership with

The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Kurt Jackson: A Prehistoric Cornwall: opens on

August 29th At the Jackson Foundation Gallery.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 1pm,

2pm - 5pm. Art, Music, Activism, Kurt Jackson,

Glastonbury and Greenpeace is still on show until

the 15th August. l

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A stunning gallery located at the heart

of the timeless Trelowarren Estate,

run by a co-operative of exciting and

diverse professional artists all sharing an

enthusiasm for living and working on the

Lizard Peninsula. Seascapes to abstracts,

printmaking, crafts and cards with various

media to suit all tastes.

We look forward to welcoming our visitors

now from Wednesday to Sunday. Please

continue to view our work online also.




TEL: 01326 221778 | WWW.LIZARDART.CO.UK






Always on the lookout

for new talent, Art House

Gallery features a diverse

mix of mediums, blending

representational and

abstract styles.

The exhibition evolves

all season with fresh and

dynamic work. Their

collection includes more

than 20 of the most

respected artists working

in Cornwall today.

Open times:

mostly 11:30am-4:30pm

Private views are available

Art House Gallery, Island Square, St Ives, TR26 1NT

T: 01736 794423 M: 07512 978 730 E:

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Improve your skills and meet like-minded

people with pottery classes and workshops

in Redruth, Cornwall.

These sessions are a great way

to further explore the world of


I have three types of weekly

workshops; on the wheel, for

those who want nothing more

than to learn to throw and are

focused solely on that; general,

for those who want to try

everything and those who just

want a few fun hours making

a mug, plate or bowl.

My studio has a relaxed and

happy atmosphere, under 18s

only Saturday morning. Regular

workshops 10am-12noon and

1pm-3pm Monday, Wednesday

and Friday.

G10 Percy Williams Building, Krowji,

West Park, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3AJ

Text: 07855 102 598


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‘Seeing the Light’ exhibition - 6th September - 30th October

The gallery will sparkle with light this autumn as SUTTON TAYLOR’s magnificent lustrous ceramics fill

the space, their colours ever changing as the sunlight moves around the room.

Unique among contemporary ceramicists, Sutton has followed his own path from the early 1970's

(when he first exhibited at Yew Tree Gallery, located then in Derbyshire.) Tackling most challenging

techniques and with the touch of an alchemist, he creates lustrous pots that seem to defy the

limitations of the kiln.

An ancient practice, dating from the 9th Century in Mesopotamia, lustreware requires gold, silver

and copper to give the metallic sheen to the glazes ~ a temperamental and exacting process! The

iridescence and rich hues arise through the layering of coloured stains with the precious metals, then

heating to critical temperatures through multiple firings as the metals volatise at difference degrees.

Constantly experimenting, making his own glazes to produce one-off colours, throwing ever more

challenging shapes, Sutton continues to surprise and delight with the variety of pattern and colour in

his work.

Living at the land’s edge in West Penwith, Sutton finds inspiration through the light’s dance on

moorland and sea. His ceramics are represented in numerous public collections internationally.

Delicate hued oil paintings by MICHAEL SHEPPARD are a perfect counterpart to Sutton’s collection in

‘Seeing the Light’.

Yew Tree Gallery, Keigwin, Morvah TR19 7TS

01736 7896425

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Situated in the Downalong

area of St Ives is a unique large

gallery and working studio space

displaying original work by seven

local artists: Jenny Frey - John

Greig - Kathryn Loveluck - Karen

Taffinder - Sally MacCabe

- Sharon McSwiney - Susan


Paintings, sculpture, metalwork

and jewellery unique to St

Ives often inspired by Cornish

surroundings. Meet the artists

who create and run the gallery.

Open daily throughout the year

Back Road East,

St Ives,

TR26 1NW

T: 01736 791571



The gallery is run by a group of local artists and craftspeople and offers a

wide range of original arts and crafts at very affordable prices.

A stroll away is Perranuthnoe Cove with breathtaking coastal walks looking

towards St Michael’s Mount in one direction and to Prussia Cove the other.

Lynfield Craft Centre, Perranuthnoe TR20 9NE

T: 01736 710538 •


An exhibition of original

oil paintings by plein air

artist Andrew Barrowman

will take place at the

gallery and on our

website from Saturday 8th

to Monday 17th August.

The gallery on Porthleven’s

harbourside is now open

seven days a week from

10.30am to 5pm.

Commercial Road,

Porthleven TR13 9JD.

T: 01326 569365

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Hand crafted fine jewellery with a distinctive sea-worn, irregular

character. Sculptural designs in gold, platinum and silver are

meticulously set by hand with a natural palette of ocean inspired

sapphires and brilliant white diamonds.

Specialising in precious, everyday, wedding, engagement and

bespoke commissions.

Please email to view the collection by video call or to book an

appointment at Emily’s studio in Hayle.

T: 01736 887599 • E: • W:


Located towards the top of Falmouth High Street, Inspire Makers is a new

creative space showcasing the talent of Cornish craftspeople. There is a

wide range of contemporary work from both well-known and emerging

makers, across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, wall art, stationery, and

homewares. There is also a dedicated workshop space which will offer

classes to inspire people to take up making themselves. On hold for the

moment, we hope to start the programme later in the year.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10am-5pm

Inspire Makers, 5 High Street, Falmouth, TR11 2AB • T: 01326 531176

E: • W:

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Art. Music. Activism. - Kurt Jackson,

Glastonbury Festival and Greenpeace.

Until August 15th. Glastonbury Festival Artist-in-

Residence Kurt Jackson shares paintings of some

of the worlds most famous musical acts in this

show raising money for Greenpeace.

Kurt Jackson: A Prehistoric Cornwall.

Opens August 29th. This show celebrates the

extraordinary range of ancient monuments in

Cornwall with a new series of paintings.

Ancient monuments are an integral part of the

Cornish landscape and its culture. In association

with The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty Partnership.

Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm.

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB.

From intricate decorative pieces to large panels and wall hangings, Julia’s

bright and contemporary glassworks capture the colour and light of

Cornwall in all its glory. With her workshop on-site, Julia regularly takes

on commissions. Her new workshop is at 5 The Beehive, Bread Street,

Penzance. Please call or email to make an appointment.

T: 07875279751 E:


Sharon creates a unique and

distinctive range of metalwork

& jewellery inspired by the sea.

Working in copper and brass

she handcrafts decorative wall

pieces featuring seaweed & sea

creatures. Local beach combing

providing endless inspiration

for limpet & seaweed jewellery.

Crafted in St Ives into silver

pieces which evoke Cornwall. Soft

verdigris finishes & colouration

making each creation a one-off.

Unit 7, The Drill Hall, Chapel


St Ives TR26 2LR

T: 01736 448293

If you would like to advertise in our

Art Directory please contact Melanie Winn:

Tel: 01209 314147


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Keran Gilmore

A St Ives native through and through, it’s no surprise professional painter Keran

Gilmore has spent her life in the realm of art. From capturing her iconic hometown

to creating stunning light play in her coastal land and seascape pieces, Keran’s

knowledge and love of her hometown is impossible to miss in her works.

Firstly, tell us about your chosen location

and why it inspires you?

My chosen location has to be my beautiful

hometown of St.Ives. How can anyone not

be inspired here? Every nook and cranny

of the town itself is ingrained in me; they

all lead to a view to be captured. I know

where every alleyway leads, every shortcut

through the town to avoid the crowds. But

in every journey around St.Ives, you walk

slap bang into inspiration - it exposes new

opportunities for me to capture my town in

a different light, a different day, it’s always

new, even though I know it so very well. It’s

like putting on an old, comfy jumper.

When painting your location, is there

anything that really catches your eye that

you enjoy focusing on?

I am always drawn towards a dramatic

landscape, from the colours nature throws

or an interesting composition. The ocean

has a powerful calling to me coming from

a family of St.Ives fisherfolk. I am only

ever comfortable in close proximity of the

ocean. The light changing and skipping

over the water is hypnotic and can absorb

me for hours.

Describe the sounds and sights you

experience in your location

Seagulls, you can never escape the sounds

of the birds here. I love the sound of them

and find them rather comforting. I guess

it is because I have heard them from the

day one. I can also say I have never been

robbed by a seagull, so I guess I am very

aware of them and their ways. When

painting on the cliffs surrounding St.Ives,

the sound of the ocean dominates the

environment, it’s a very powerful, primitive

sound. It certainly gets rid of any cobwebs

my head is holding onto, a Plein Air

session on the cliffs is like a ‘Spring Clean’

for the mind. Wherever I perch to paint I

am fascinated by the little stories of the

people in my landscapes. I wonder what

they are up to, why are they where they are

and how do they perceive my hometown.

Sometimes I even talk to them whilst I

am painting them, although I know they

cannot hear me (hopefully).

What colours do you like to use when

painting your location?

I use what colours nature presents to me

at that moment in time. Personally, I like a

limited palette of darker hues, Payne’s grey

has to be one of my favourite colours. The

season of spring is my favourite time to be

out in the environment, to see everything

budding anew. The colours of deep winter

really inspire me to paint, this is ‘My

Cornwall’, weather-beaten, wild and windy

with few people out braving the elements.

The amazing greens the ocean gives us

when a mean February sky bears down,

threatening an imminent storm. This is my

artist’s caffeine rush!

If practicing “en plein air”, what do you

think about and what are your thought

processes when painting this way?

En plein air is like a spark, it ignites

something in my soul that connects me to

my sense of place. I don’t think I have a

thought process when painting, it’s more

of a compulsion, I just have to do it. It is

an all encompassing and very grounding

experience, I feel I have offloaded

something. I think everyone should try

it. Don’t be precious about what you are

doing just, let it out.

What challenges do you face when

conveying your location onto canvas?

The enormity of the scene. When you sit in

a spot and look at a view, it’s so very, very

big and you are so very, very small. Getting

that sense of space onto the canvas, that

moment in time down onto the canvas,

that’s challenging. I am still constantly

battling weather and how to make my

rucksack as light as possible. It’s difficult

carrying a heavy load to some locations, I

am still working on this.

Finally, what do you love most

about your location?

Cornwall and St.Ives in particular run deep

in my veins. It is the only place I can truly

‘exhale’. It beats with my heart and I never

take my hometown for granted. I have

travelled all over the world and I am always

elated to get back home. I am up at 5am

most mornings and the sunrises, skies

and vistas here still take my breath away.

Nature is the most awesome artist ever, I

just try to capture a small glimpse of what

we are given for free, every day. All you

must do is look and it is there. l

You can discover more about Keran and

view her paintings in the flesh, at the Art

House Gallery on Island Road in St Ives.

Art House Gallery

1 Island Road, St Ives, TR26 1NT

T: 01736 794423

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This September, Plymouth will be celebrating all things art in a weekend of socially

distanced exhibitions, events and community-based activities that will make up the

eclectic and exciting Plymouth Art Weekender.

In the face of adversity following this

year’s events, creativity has come

from those behind the Plymouth Art

Weekender programme as the festival

is set to take place across a selection of

venues through Britain’s ‘Ocean City’.

From exhibitions designed to promote

discussion and thought to projects that

allow expressionism to run wild, this year’s

Weekender will be making the most of the

challenges its creative participants have

faced over recent months.

Having run for six years, Plymouth Art

Weekender was granted a vital lifeline this

year from Arts Council England in the form

of an emergency Covid-19 grant, to ensure

the event's survival and sustainability for

the future and to continue championing

the grassroots determination. As a result,

the 2020 Weekender will feature an array

of Covid related commissions popping up

across the city from some exciting names,

however not all artworks will be linked to

the pandemic.

Founded in 2015 by Visual Arts

Plymouth CIC, the Plymouth Art

Weekender was created in response to

a growing appetite in the city for more

ambitious, artistic activity. What started

off as an experiment to bring all types of

artists together to collaborate and create,

soon expanded into a three-day event

that takes place across the entire city at

various venues, making for an immersive

experience. Despite the Covid-19 crisis,

the Weekender team were determined to

make the event work for the ‘new normal’

and allow the city’s artistic community to

come together and showcase their work to

the public.

Lucy Stella Rollins, part of the Flock

South West, coordinators of Plymouth Art

Weekender, believes the event is more

important than ever this year, “Despite

everything that has happened this year,

we are determined to make the threeday

event a celebration and to offer a

moment for the artistic community to

come together again, in what has been

an undoubtedly challenging year. In fact,

it feels more important than ever to give

artists a platform right now to express

themselves and to open up connections

through the medium of art.

“Whilst many in the creative and events

sectors grapple with the challenge of

converting or pivoting their events to

accommodate complex social distancing

requirements - or in the worst cases,

cancelling entirely - our advantage lies in

the fact that we are geographically spread

out across the city in a modular fashion.

Working closely with participants, the

Weekender is diversified across different

organisations and venues so we are

lower risk than events that are located in

one single facility or vicinity and cannot

manage social distancing. Plenty of the

works can be enjoyed in the fresh air too.”

Announcements are now starting to

roll out, with some fantastically ambitious

artists showcasing their works this year, as

well as plenty of exhibitions, workshops

and innovative activities taking place

citywide. Lucy adds, “Expect everything

from subtle interventions to public

performative moments in this year’s

showcase of the city’s creative talent!” l

Plymouth Art Weekender will be running

from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September.

For more information, head to

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A Beautiful Room at

The Upstairs Gallery, Circa 21

This summer, Penzance’s Circa 21 will be bringing a stunning array of work from a

variety of artists to their gorgeous studio space, The Upstairs Gallery, for a locally

championed project titled ‘Beautiful Room’.

A selection of Newlyn based potters

and local artists will be taking over the

atmospheric space of Circa 21’s Upstairs

Gallery. Themed around an elemental

coastal design, a ‘Beautiful Room’ has

been curated by Circa 21 owner Esme

Burton and features a selection of furniture

and textiles to add a fresh, breezy vibe to

this enchanting summer exhibition.

One of the ‘Beautiful Room’ featuring

creatives is Czech born Lucie Sivicka,

a Penzance based potter with a studio

in Newlyn. After visiting her partner's

parents in Penzance for the past decade,

the family including their son decided to

make Penzance their home. Since the age

of 18, Lucie has been a potter, studying

at the Ceramic Art School in Bechyne

from the age of 14. For Lucie, a move to

Penzance not only meant being closer to

family, but also closer to Cornwall’s unique

art communities. “When I used to come

here on holiday, I felt the artistic vibration

everywhere. I have travelled a lot around

the world, but I have never seen as many

galleries in such a small area as Cornwall, it

really is a very special place.”

With a passion to tell a story in each

of her ceramic pieces, Lucie is constantly

inspired by the strong community of

outdoor swimmers seen across Penzance

and Newlyn’s coastline, the regular

visiting seals to the harbour and even the

family cat. “When I walk to our studio in

Newlyn along the seafront, almost every

day throughout the year, I see outdoor

swimmers in the bay,” Lucie explains. “They

always seem to be enjoying themselves

and I’m amazed at how brave and strong

these swimmers must be, especially when

they are swimming in the winter. I love

swimming, but only in the summer."

“I love to illustrate stories such as these

into my mugs and bring happiness to

myself and those who will use my ceramics

and appreciate them.”

Close to Lucie’s ceramic circle are fellow

talented Newlyn potters Dan Hides and

Lincoln Kirby-Bell, with whom Lucie shares

a studio. Occasionally, Lucie will work

for Dan in his gallery, where she enjoys

throwing and seeing the gallery’s friendly

customers. When she’s not busy with her

ceramics, Lucie is also renowned for her

stained glass creations and her works

can be found in the world famous Zatec

Brewery in Czech and Zatec’s top hotel, as

well as Czech’s two most recent presidents.

Lucie Sivicka, Dan Hide and Lincoln

Kirby-Bell will be coming together

to showcase their works in Circa 21’s

'Beautiful Room' project alongside a

selection of local artists including Tanya

McBride, Stephanie Croydon, James Eddy,

Tara Leaver, Theresa Shaw and Andrew

Wilkey. Keep up to date with the gallery

and all the Circa 21 happenings via their

social media and brand-new website. l

G Circa21

A circa21pz

Circa 21

21 Market Jew Street

Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HR

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Describing herself as an avid collector of ‘things’, artist and creator Andrea Insoll

takes a predominantly fluid approach when it comes to her artwork. From using

treasures found on her doorstep to encouraging her own sense of freedom,

Andrea is a testimony to unrestrained creation.

Raised in an artistic family, Andrea Insoll

was encouraged from an early age to

explore her creative side. Her father

was a graphic designer, her mother

a printmaker, and at aged 16 Andrea

herself sought out to become an artist

in her own right. For five years in total,

Andrea studied at art schools in graphics,

photography, textiles and surface design.

In 1984, she returned to Cornwall and met

future husband, Chris Insoll who then was

in the midst of founding and establishing

the Portscatho Society of Artists and

opening the New Gallery Portscatho.

Whilst Andrea continued to make

art alongside helping with the gallery,

she undertook the complex art of china

painting, painstakingly decorating glazed

porcelain objects.

“I was originally making silk cushions and

textiles but then I started studying china

painting, and after many years doing so,

and having completed several large dinner

service commissions, I needed a break.”

Andrea returned to the earlier work

she had explored as a young student,

experimenting with acrylics, shapes,

textures, colours and mark making.

Returning to these processes was a

natural transition for Andrea and one

she felt totally comfortable in doing.

“Working in mixed media is second

nature to me, I can’t imagine being

restricted to just one medium or just one

discipline. I have always been told I have

a butterfly mind and I guess it’s true.”

A collector of all things quirky and

eyecatching, Andrea has spent years

combing through the beaches of her

local area for treasures she can use in

her works and takes inspiration from her

surrounding environment. In 2019, Andrea

started the Trash or Treasure exhibition

at the Hidden Hut in Portcurnick which

showcases a collection of collages

and works created from Andrea’s

beachcombing. Not only does it offer

beach debris and plastic pollution a new

lease of life, but for Andrea it’s a strong

reminder of the problems taking place on

our coastlines, as she explains here: “My

sense of excitement and anticipation at

what I might find has never diminished

but it is now tempered by a sense of

horror at the ever-increasing volume of

‘treasure’ washed up on our shores and

the untold damage this is doing to the

marine environment".

“I love the natural world, both the one

we see and the hidden microscopic world.”

Unafraid to challenge herself, or

experiment wherever possible, Andrea

divides her mediums between two

studios, one for paintings and one for her

3D works, “My starting points with each

piece are many and various. From setting

up a still life scene to taking a blank

canvas to one covered in colour and

pattern. If I’m stuck for inspiration, I take a

variety of different sized canvases, paper

and card and I just play with colours and

mark making until inspiration comes,

which thankfully it always does.

“I love the freedom to explore my

feelings and ideas creatively, the most

challenging thing is self-discipline; to

just get on with it. I endeavour to spend

time in my studios every day, even if it’s

just listening to the radio or rearranging

my stuff.”

As an artists of all forms, much can

be taken from Andrea’s willingness

to let go and create work simply for

the sheer joy of creating, and with a

permanent showing at The New Gallery in

Portscatho, she has the enviable position

of being able to show her work “…

However uncommercial it is,” she says. l

You can find more about

Andrea Insoll’s work via the

New Gallery Portscatho’s website

The New Gallery, Portscatho,

Cornwall, TR2 5HW

T: 01872 580719

Opening times

Thursday – Saturday 10am – 12.30pm,

2pm – 5pm.

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Having ran her own textile business for over 20 years, Rachel Stowe is something

of a local expert when it comes to working in the complex realm of textiles. From

hand painted and printed silk and velvet pieces to screen printing, dyeing and even

matching jewellery sets, Rachel cleverly uses a wealth of complex techniques to craft

stunningly elegant pieces that pay homage to the colours and patterns of nature.

No stranger to working in a variety of

processes, Rachel Stowe is on somewhat

of a crusade to explore as many fabric and

textile skills as possible. Devore, screen

printing, dyeing, sometimes a combination

of processes has made Rachel a wellestablished

figure in her field and a

proud member of the Cornwall Crafts

Association, where her gorgeous works

hang in the association’s Trelissick Gallery.

“I have always been drawn to colour,

pattern and textures. At school I knew

that’s what I wanted to do, I remember

producing work based on inspirational

artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and

Gustav Klimt. I was blown away by the

use of colour and how I could add depth

into my work by painting and simple

block printing onto silk, adding wadding

in between the fabric and stitching on

top of the fabric. For me, it was a state of

relaxation and I never wanted it to end,

my passion for textiles began from there.”

Having studied fashion and textiles at

Hereford Art College before gaining an

MA in Textiles and various qualifications

in City & Guilds teacher training courses

including a PGCE, Rachel moved to

Cornwall in 2015 after attending a

cousin's wedding in October the previous

year. It was a sudden move, but one she

felt would be an exciting and rejuvenating

step for her family. “It was a spur of the

moment decision. My husband had

suffered a head injury many years ago,

leaving him in a state of spontaneous

decision making. When he suddenly

suggested it, I found myself agreeing

instantly! We moved to Mullion in the

January and never looked back, it is such

a beautiful, relaxing and inspirational part

of the world. The move allowed me to

keep the children in a thriving local school

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and at the same time enable me to be on

hand to work in my studio close to home

and assist my husband when needed, it

was a win-win situation.”

Having begun her own business as a

textile designer in 1997, Rachel found

an abundance of inspiration on her new

doorstep. Working primarily in silk and

velvet, Rachel uses various techniques

to achieve her desired vision, such as

Devore. This is a process of etching using

mildly acidic etching to draw a design

on the fabric, allowing the maker to

print onto a cloth and then burn the pile

away to show a textured relief on the

fabric. Rachel explains here, “I begin by

designing and then cutting out a paper

stencil which is then placed onto the

blank white silk velvet cloth. I mix up a

batch of paste and then screenprint onto

the cloth, and once this is dry I use a

heat press to burn out the pile where the

fibres fall away from the cloth which have

been previously printed. The cloth is then

dyed in a boiler or hand painted. At this

stage the cloth can be steamed to fix the

colours, or I might apply further prints.

When the cloth is finished, hemmed and

complete the results speak for themselves

- mesmerizing, subtle and stunning

luxurious fabric made into scarves and

wraps suitable for that special occasion.”

Patient and precise, Rachel often starts

her pieces by creating mood boards,

filled with sketches, excerpts from

magazines and books, fabric samples and

anything that captures her eye she thinks

will help her achieve an overall look.

Her ability to spot pattern and texture

in everyday life helped her to create a

recent piece made in honour of Trelissick

House’s 125th Anniversary of the National

Trust, which she gained by walking the

grounds, taking photos and sketching

anything that caught her eye, “I am

constantly looking to further develop my

skills,” Rachel describes, “I always want to

produce the best piece of work I possibly

can and so these first stages of research

are vital.”

Well adept in her work with fabric,

the last several years have seen Rachel

challenge herself in a new avenue of

making, “Over the last few years I have

been developing my skills by working

with a reactive textile dye that I mix with

a sea-based thickener; this enables me

to print onto plastic, metal and synthetic

fabrics such as polyester nylon. Further

exploration with this process resulted

in me producing lightweight and subtle

bespoke jewellery which is a similar

process to textiles, as I print, dye and

screenprint aluminium and steam fix the

colours combining this with sterling silver,

textured handmade jewellery.”

“I feel inspired by everything around

me and see pattern in everything from

pavement slabs to rocks and seaweed

and not forgetting the textures on a

simple leaf.” l

You can see a collection of Rachel’s

printed textiles and jewellery exhibited at

the Cornwall Craft Association’s Trelissick

Gallery, which will reopen on the 1st

August with their Summer Exhibition

2020. Please be aware that visitors to

Trelissick will need to pre-book on the

National Trust Trelissick website.

Opening hours

Daily from 10am-5.30pm until October.

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Whitewater Gallery, Polzeath

Words by Mercedes Smith

Take a walk into the heart of Polzeath, and amongst its pretty surf shops and sea view

eateries you will find one of Cornwall’s most beautiful and inspiring art galleries.

Whitewater Gallery, established in 2010,

is owned by husband and wife team

Nick and Suki Wapshott. Its brightly lit,

spacious interior is filled with paintings

and art objects by Cornwall’s leading

artists and makers, as well as selected

artists from across the UK. As residents of

the village, and artists themselves, Nick

and Suki share a passion for the coastal

beauty of Polzeath and its spectacular

surroundings, and have dedicated the last

10 years to exhibiting high quality work

inspired by this uniquely beautiful area.

Their journey from artists to

gallerists, though, was unexpected,

but undoubtedly meant to be. “When

we first moved to Polzeath from our

previous home in Northamptonshire, I

was working as a surf photographer and

Suki was selling her paintings through

various galleries” says Nick. “We came

here because Polzeath is the most

beautiful place, a place we had visited

for many years, and it is also the perfect

inspiration for both mine and Suki’s

artwork.” When Suki was planning an

exhibition at Polzeath’s Tubestation Café

one Christmas, she and Nick asked local

business people Jamie and Rhowen Yoki,

owners of The Waterfront Restaurant

and the Fusion Boutique, if they could

advertise the event in an empty shop

front they owned next door. Jamie and

Rhowen, however, had a better idea.

“The shop was empty, so they suggested

we take it on for six weeks. We opened

our pop-up studio, the Winter Gallery,

just four days later, and by the following

year we had done so well that we

took on the lease full-time. We were

so well supported by local artists and

clients, that we went on to develop and

establish Whitewater Gallery." In 2019,

Nick and Suki expanded the gallery

to include an even larger space next

door, building a walkway to join the two

display areas, and creating an onsite

studio for Suki, where she can be found

painting in the company of the couple’s

two elegant deerhounds, Freddie and

Daisy. “The new space is dedicated

to original art and has allowed us to

bring in a host of extraordinary new

artists” says Nick “as well as enabling

us to create flexible and ever changing

exhibition space. There is so much

talent here in Cornwall, and we wanted

to create the perfect setting to support

their work and to inspire collectors.”

A particular highlight of the gallery is

its dedicated ‘Featured Artist’ space,

which presents a new solo exhibition

each month. This year’s Featured Artists

have so far included much-loved scene

painter Simeon Stafford, and dazzling

new Cornish talent Luke Knight, winner

of Europe’s prestigious 2019 Barcelona

International Gallery Award. “We are

thrilled to have the space now to exhibit

both established artists and rising talent

at Whitewater” says Suki, “providing a

marvelous mix of artwork."

This August the gallery is celebrating

the return of visitors with a mixed

exhibition of work from painters Ian

Hargreaves, Luke Knight, Ness Lannen,

Simeon Stafford, Peter Turnbull , Rob

Walker and Suki Wapshott herself,

who’s semi abstracted landscapes

are a favourite amongst collectors

of contemporary north Cornish art.

Complementing this new work will be

bronze sculptures by Chris Buck, silver

and ceramics from award-winning artist

Rachael Osborne, exquisite glass by

Jenny Ayrton, and pottery by Hugh

West, including his inspirational new

'Moon Jars'. Visitors to Whitewater can

expect a warm and Covid safe welcome

this summer, thanks to hand sanitisers

on entry and a new one way route for

exploring the gallery. In addition, visitors

can book a half hour parking slot at the

gallery, and clients who want an even

safer gallery experience can arrange a

private viewing, bookable through the

gallery’s website. “We take our staff and

client safety seriously” says Nick, “and we

will be making sure visitors feel relaxed

and unhurried in the gallery. These are

such uncertain times for everyone, but

we are optimistic that the great art, great

food, great surfing and great scenery

here in north Cornwall will bring back our

wonderful summer visitors as always.” l

Whitewater Gallery, The Parade,

Polzeath, Cornwall PL27 6SR.

T: 01208 869301




Sorrento Looking towards Naples,

Ian Hargreaves

A Single Patch of Ground, Peter Turnbull


Afterlight, Luke Knight

Warm Sands Polzeath, Rob Walker

Porthilly, Suki Wapshott

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Pandemic Inspires Baker to Set up Shop in Porthleven

mind off the situation,” she explains, “so

I decided to spend lockdown developing

the business, creating new recipes and

drive it to where I always wanted it to go.”

From Cornish cream tea cupcakes to

Cornish sea salted caramel billionaire

brownies, talented baker Bethany

Harrington has been providing sweet treats

to her local community of Porthleven and

beyond since 2017. Whilst travelling across

the county to foodie events and shows with

her pop-up business, Bethany continued

to work two jobs full-time with a dream

to turn her bakery into a full-time career.

However, when the pandemic hit, Bethany

lost both her jobs. Throwing herself into

developing the business, Bethany took

Truly Cornish Cupcakes and Bakes to an

exciting new level, “I had to do something

to keep myself occupied and take my

When the opportunity arose to take

over a shop just off Porthleven’s Fore

Street, she took it. With her cupcakes

and bakes already proving popular at

events, Bethany’s first weekend trading

saw phenomenal success, selling out on

both days. Now, the new base at Chapel

Terrance not only offers the perfect stopoff

for locals and visitors to pick up a sweet

treat, it will also allow Bethany to offer a

bespoke service to supply cupcakes, bakes

and cakes for events, weddings, corporate

clients and wholesale customers.

Truly Cornish Cupcakes and Bakes is

currently open every Saturday 9am-5pm

and Sunday 10am-4pm. l

Cold Coffee Success with

New Origin Product

Cold coffee lovers pay attention, as Origin Coffee

has you covered this summer. Presenting their

brand new Cold Brew Bag-In-Box, Origin’s direct

trade San Fermin coffee from Columbia boasts a

deliciously smooth and balanced cold coffee. Its

versatility means that it’s perfect drunk black, with

a touch of milk or alternative milk, or as a base

for a coffee themed cocktail (yes, Espresso Martini

here we come). The Cold Brew Bag-In-Box comes

in a 31 bag-in-box, with a handy pouring spout

and provides 20 servings of 150ml, perfect for

those al fresco summertime morning breakfasts

and brunches. l

£22 for 31, available at


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Electric-Powered Wine Deliveries

Keeping Cornish Town Afloat

From a wholesale merchant with a

small retail shop, during lockdown

Scarlet Wines became a wine

delivery service supported 100%

by private customers who received

welcome packages delivered

safely to their doors. Despite

lockdown restrictions easing and

hospitality businesses reopening,

Scarlet Wines will continue to

operate customer home deliveries

Residents of St Ives and visitors

indefinitely. Jon, who is an active

to the town will be able to enjoy

campaigner on climate change, saw

uninterrupted and sustainable wine

the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity

deliveries direct to their doors this

to embrace electric transport in

summer, courtesy of Scarlet Wines’

preparation for a greener postlockdown

world. Coupled with a

fully electric transport service. Owner

Jon Keast has invested in an electric

bike which can carry about 60 bottles

at a time, for deliveries in town, and

an electric van for transporting wine

further afield. As a result, Scarlet

Wines is now thought to be the only

wine merchant in the South West with

portfolio increasingly dominated

by organic and biodynamic wines

– many of which are also vegan –

Scarlet Wines has become one of

the UK’s greenest wine merchants

in recent months.

a fully electric transport system. This

“We need to think more carefully

comes at an important time for St

about all kinds of consumption,”

Ives as the town has recently brought

says Jon, “and that includes wine.

in new measures to ease congestion

and enable social distancing in the

narrow streets by banning cars and

other vehicles from 11am – 4pm

every day, but the e-cargo bike can

still continue to operate.

Like many other small businesses,

Scarlet Wines has diversified rapidly

over the last few months.

As a wine merchant it’s my job to

create a portfolio with a green

conscience, and to deliver that wine

with as little environmental impact

as possible. l

Find out more and download the

current wine list for delivery at

Flambee Fridays with Bien Manger

Manger creator, having found

himself out of work due to Covid-19

felt there was a space in the

Falmouth and Penryn foodie scene

to offer something a little different.

Vincent says "The Flambee, which

originates from the Alsace region in

eastern France, is perfect for sharing

Newly opened home kitchen in

Penryn Bien Manger Cornwall is

with family and friends.”

Open for delivery or collection in

offering far from the average delivery the Penryn and Falmouth area,

with their freshly home cooked from 5pm to 9pm every Friday go

rustic Flambee selection, sides check them out on Facebook @

and desserts to get the tastebuds

singing! French born Vincent, Bien

bienmangercornwall and Instagram at

@bienmangercornwall. Bon appetit! l

Driftwood Spars Launch

New Craft Beer Range

Iconic microbrewery Driftwood Spars have

welcomed in the summer season on a positive

note by launching a brand-new range of

contemporary craft beers, handmade in small

batches at their brewery site in St Agnes.

Cove is a selection of canned and kegged craft

beers, designed to satisfy a modern palate with

zesty pale ales, silky smooth milk stouts, funky

saisons and an upcoming IPA set to create a

range of future classics infused with Cornish

twists. From Beacon Pale Ale, inspired by hazy

summer days on St Agnes’ Beacon, to Seaberry

Saison, a Cornish take on a Belgian classic with

rustic, fruity farmhouse flavours and Midnight

Skinny Dipper, a smooth, rich milk stout set for

release in autumn, the new range combines

Cornish flavours and processes with worldwide

influences from a variety of crafts breweries.

With artwork designed by local Cornish artist

Jago Silver, these refreshing and stylish beers

are an exciting development for Driftwood. The

Cove range will also be certified gluten free and

wherever possible, vegan too.

The first beer in the new series, the Beacon Pale

Ale, is available in the brewery shop website and

local bottle shops including Red Elephant Beer

Cellar in Truro. l

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Dish of

the Month


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This issue’s Dish of the Month comes from the

talented foodies at The Greenbank’s Working Boat

kitchen. A dog-friendly gastro pub with panoramic

views across Falmouth harbour. Moor up on their

private pontoons and soak in the ambience whilst

tucking into some seriously tasty food cooked with

flair and flavour.


Granny Alice’s fish pie.


Harbour Brewing Company is one

of the many fantastic breweries

in Cornwall. With a passion for

combining the fresh spring water

in Cornwall with the best raw

ingredients and hops, Harbour have

a whole range of ales and beers.

Our favourite from the Cornish craft

beer range is Ellensberg, for its

great balance of fruity meets bitter.

An all-round great beer throughout

the year.


With the water literally a stone’s

throw from our quayside pub,

seafood features heavily on our

menu. Our chefs are experts in

rustling up Cornish crab doorstep

sandwiches, salt and pepper squid,

surf ‘n’ turf burgers, butterfly king

prawns, and our famous fritto misto

perfect for summer lunches spent

grazing in the sunshine.

Passed down the Cornish

generations, Granny Alice’s hearty

fish pie is a total crowd-pleaser.

From a seafaring family, Granny Alice

Hodges was in fact grandma to our

Executive Chef Nick. She became a

cook for an affluent Falmouth family

and was encouraged to create her

own recipes. Living to the ripe old

age of 96, even in her later years she

continued to regale her grandsons

with fond memories of her time at

the stove.



Serves four


• 125g butter

• 1 leek finely chopped

• Flour

• 4 boiled eggs

• 500g white diced fish

• 200g salmon diced

• 100g smoked salmon

• Pint of milk

• 30g parsley

• 2 kilos potatoes


• Pre-heat your oven to 180C

• Melt the butter in a pan, add the

leek and sweat off the liquid

• Add flour to the mix bit by bit until

the flour is binded to the butter

• Then, add the milk little by little

and stir to create a liquid

• Hand whisk the liquid until the

flour has been cooked out

• Add the diced fish and then take

off the heat

• When the mixture has cooled

down, add the parsley and

cooked boiled eggs

• Season with salt and pepper

to taste

• Fill your pie dishes half way

• Peel and dice the potatoes before

putting them in a pot of boiling


• Boil the potatoes in a pan until soft

• Using a masher, mash the

potatoes until they produce a

smooth consistency

• Pipe the mashed potato on top of

the pie filling

• Add grated cheese on top

• Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or

until the mash turns golden brown



Our chocolate brownie – featuring

berries, white chocolate and

raspberry ice cream and clotted

cream – is a must try!



Chunky white fish and salmon in a

creamy sauce, topped with buttery

mashed potatoes. It is a wholesome

and hearty favourite, perfect for

big family gatherings with plenty of

local brews.

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Jeffrey Robinson




T: 01326 221595

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Hi Jeff, thanks for being our Meet the

Chef! Please tell us your name

and a little bit about life at

New Yard Restaurant.

No worries, thanks for having me! I'm

Jeffrey Robinson, co-owner with my wife

Caroline of The New Yard Restaurant and

The Pantry. I run the kitchen side of things

and Caroline does everything else. As you

can expect life has changed drastically, but

we are still here, pockets a little emptier,

but trading with all the staff we closed

with. The rebuild is well underway, with the

walled garden looking to re-open in Spring

2021. I don't think I have ever enjoyed

cooking or creating more than I am now.

It feels like we have all had the chance to

reset and remember what we actually want

our restaurants to be and as we rebuild, we

have a very firm idea of what that is.

Tell us about your menu, what were

you thinking when you devised it and

what are your key focuses?

We change the entire menu every single

time we open, all five courses. The meal

you are eating that evening will never be

served again. There is a certain romance

to that which I love, it is a bespoke evening

our guests are experiencing all together.

What was delivered to us that day and

what we managed to do with it. I am lucky

to have a very strong team and I see our

restaurant as a collaborative place where

the entire team can be responsible for

what the guests enjoy. So, it is not my

menu per se, but ours.

How would you describe your

cooking style?

My cooking style is all about being

confident and enjoying your craft. I think

as you get older you stop putting so much

effort into trying to fit as many different

techniques on to a plate and instead start

showing that you do indeed know what

you are doing and how to cook a piece

of fish or some meat with enough skill

that you don’t need 15 things on a plate.

Some of the components have taken us

many days to create and the dishes are

designed to impress but if something

doesn’t need to be there, it isn’t. Food is

about textures and flavour profiles and we

make sure each dish has it all.

What rules do you live by

in your kitchen?

I am a very firm believer in the old school.

You will not find a sous vide machine

in the kitchen, we use pans, coals and

butter. If you can’t make a recipe without

the thermomix, then you can’t use

the thermomix. All head chefs have a

responsibility to their team to help them

improve, whether that’s by allowing them

to grow themselves by creating ideas and

making the odd mistake or by teaching

them new skills and techniques yourself.

When I say the old school, I don’t mean

the rock n roll, alcohol enhanced 18-hour

days. I cannot be more opposed to this, I

don’t even allow swearing in the kitchen, if

my team aren't enjoying their work then I

am doing something wrong.

You will not find a

sous vide machine in

the kitchen, we use

pans, coals and butter.

What can visitors to New Yard

expect from your food?

You can expect to experience something

new. Not many places offer a ‘no menu’

experience. We love it and by taking away

the choices we have taken away all of the

worry of ‘did I order the right thing’. You

can sit there, enjoy your company and

allow us to serve you some great food and

drink, which is what going out is all about,

enjoying time with friends and family.

If you were dining with us you would arrive

at 18:30, if the sun is beating then we

will sit outside and if Cornwall is being...

Cornwall, then we will sit inside. The menu

we think we are making we place online

a week or so before to help you choose

what suits your palette more, it may vary

a little depending on what comes in, but

we usually get it pretty close. We offer 5

courses which range from £40 to £50 which

also includes a welcome drink.

It is great and I feel we have created the

restaurant we always wanted and I can't

wait to see it grow and where it takes us

especially with the re-introduction of our

own walled garden farm next door in

2021 where you will be able to take a tour

before supper or even enjoy lunch.

Word is you’ve got a book coming out

soon, can you tell us about it?

The rumours are true! I think perhaps

Caroline needed to get me to do something

in lockdown so demanded I start writing

and around the same time I had a wonderful

message from Elaine at Studio 1850. After

a long conversation which ended in me

having my usual spontaneous rant about

food provenance, we started a 2-month

project in creating a book together. I have

reworked the restaurant’s recipes for home

cooking. They are wonderful recipes and

the book is made from recycled materials,

handmade and beautiful. Elaine and Adam

(Sargent) have done an amazing job to

bring the food to life. It will be out this

August and I can’t thank them enough for

what they have done.

Finally, what is your

guilty food pleasure?

Bombay mix... but this is only because I

have stopped buying blue cheese and the

wine bottles are all empty. l

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TEL: 07980 943391


curiospiritscompany CurioSpirits @CurioSpirits

On those days spent road tripping across the county,

adventure seeking and sun chasing, these roadside

stop-offs are packed with delicious Cornish treats

perfect for a quick on-the-go snack.

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Wadebridge, A39

This popular Atlantic Highway stop-off is known for its

innovative menus, hearty portions, delectable cakes and

sweet treats and mouth-watering breakfasts and lunches.

There’s outdoor seating, social distancing and lots of

takeaway options if you’re busy to get back out on the road.

Hayle, Penpol Terrace Road just off the A30

In a small hut just outside of the Old Foundry Chapel off the

main road through Hayle, Feed and Fed can be found serving

up incredible lunches and snacks to hungry buyers. Expect full,

flavoursome, freshly made bagels, delectable bakes, coffee

and special lunches ideal for eating on the go in the car. Check

them out on Instagram for the latest feeds including their

special feast nights if you’re keen to return for more!

Instagram: feed.and.fed

South of Bude, A39

With plenty of spacious, outdoor seating and a dog friendly

garden all overlooking a small lake and Wildlife Centre,

Weir Bistro serves a fantastic array of food, from classics

to Weir specials, with breakfast menus, day menus and

evening menus. Pop in for a hearty breakfast before a day

of exploring, a light lunch to keep you going or a rewarding

dinner after a day of countryside and coastal hiking.


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Truro, in between the A30 and A390

If you’re keen to stock up on Cornish goodies for a day, or even a

few days, on the road, then a wide range of locally made produce

can be found at the Great Cornish Food Store. With a café on site

for freshly brewed coffee and take out, you’ll also find a deli counter

of goodies and plenty of Cornish treats to take with you.

St Just, B3306

The latest parlour of the famous Moomaid hub to open,

Moomaid On The Square opened in St Just at the beginning

of July and for those touring through West Penwith soaking

in the likes of Botallack, Sennen and Land’s End, popping into

here for a takeaway treat in the form of their sumptuous ice

creams is a good way to break up the journey and cool off.

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The Roseland, A3078

When travelling around the breathtaking realm that is the Roseland

Peninsula, on the way to the effortlessly stylish St Mawes, you’ll

find the Da Bara Bakery happily resting roadside, filled with their

infamous cinnamon buns alongside plenty of other tasty baked

goods including exceptional breakfasts and lunches, coffee, tea and

freshly baked Da Bara bread.

Near Looe, B3253

Offering takeaway Monday to Thursday 12pm – 9pm the

Coddy Shack pride themselves on good food cooked to

perfection. Using locally sourced products and sustainable

fish, from crispy battered cod to local mussels, this is the

perfect taste of the sea for those on their way home from a

day at the beach.


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Near Perranarworthal, A39

A bistro and tearoom set amongst the gorgeous grounds

of the Cornish Garden Nurseries, the Olive Grove’s food

is home cooked, locally sourced and organic wherever

possible. Hearty breakfasts and luscious lunches, or a slice of

homemade cake, this is a good place to sit in, relax and take

a few moments to enjoy your meal before heading off again.

Lizard Point, near A3083

If you’ve decided to follow the road to Cornwall’s southerly Lizard

Peninsula, you’ll find a host of eateries and stop-offs. However

nothing beats a real taste of Cornwall and Lizard’s own Ann’s

Pasties proudly reside just nearby to served your lunchtime

craving. Grab your favourites and head off to a scenic cove to rest

a while from your day’s journeying with a pasty in hand.

Near Bodmin, A389

With takeaway, delivery and eat in menus and options

available, the Lanivet Inn have worked hard to make their

welcoming, local pub safe and accessible for as many as

possible. Freshly, locally sourced food served at reasonable

prices, not to mention great tasting, have made this pub a

firm favourite amongst the locals for years and they continue

to do so. If you’re eager to take some time to soak up the

atmosphere, the pub has been arranged to accommodate

social distancing, as well as having a large beer garden on site.

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Whether it’s an early morning beach barbecue, an afternoon tea

with friends or an al fresco dinner in the garden, seasonality,

traditional foodie values and contemporary creations come

together under the eco-structed roof of Etherington’s Farm Shop.

Located just off the A30 near Scorrier, this is a farm shop perfect

for filling up the pantry with local, artisan produce.


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Set in a picturesque building

just east of the North Cliffs

and Porthtowan, Etherington’s

boasts a gorgeous eco building

farm shop housed with some of

the best produce Cornwall has to offer.

Since 1954, the Brian Etherington Meat

Company have been supplying Devon,

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with local,

high-quality meat from locally reared, rare

breed and well cared for animals. As well

as offering meats, Etherington’s is also

renowned as an accomplished butchery

school, training everyone from apprentice

chefs, young farmers, smallholders

and young butchers. In 2012, following

the success of the butchery school,

Etherington’s opened their now awardwinning

farm shop, bakery and academy.

Over 50 local people work at the site,

including Paul Rose, the Etherington’s

Farm Shop manager, “The farm shop

came about after we wanted a facility to

train new butchers. We completed an

analysis of our current butchers and at

that time, the average age in our butchery

was 54. We realised we needed young

blood to sustain the business and keep

traditional butcher skills alive. Today we

successfully run the academy alongside

the shop.”

Responsible for selecting and curating

the local produce available at the farm

shop, Paul has a knack for picking the

very best and creating a fantastic array of

products that champion locality. Always

on the lookout for the next trend, Paul

also keeps a keen eye on seasonality

when it comes to fruit and vegetables.

The door is always open to anyone

who has something unique to sell at an

affordable price and Paul and the team

are always keen to try new things.

“Any new products or promotions are

fantastically described on Facebook

by butcher Scott Buzza, our budding

Etherington’s TV presenter; he can get

20,000 hits on his legendary videos!”

There’s also the infamous Etherington

Pasty from the site's bakery, of which they

crimp and bake nearly 1,000 a day; it’s

something of a hidden gem in Cornwall

and the county’s “best kept secret. That’s

all I’m going to say on the matter,” adds

Paul. “Other favourites of the shop include

Stacey’s Tray Bakes, the office loves them

and so do the customers. Tarquin's Gin

seems to be the holiday-maker’s favourite,

with our barbecue packs a close second.”

With an ethos to sell anything local

and unique at an affordable price,

Etherington’s has amassed a following

of returning locals and visitors, but

it was the locals who truly benefited

from the farm shop during the

Covid-19 lockdown. Throughout the

several months that people remained

indoors and stayed as safe as possible,

Etherington’s made sure they were on

hand to provide to their community and

beyond. “At the height of the pandemic,

the Farm Shop and Bakery staff served

the local community. Wholesale had to


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adapt and change too, it lost 90% of its

customer base overnight, so alongside

the Farm Shop we worked together

to launch meat boxes and essentials,

all delivered free at affordable prices.

After a website revamp thanks to Matt

Collins of Ampersand Industries and our

young designer Holly Hill from Bodmin

College along with Colin Kettle our

Sales Manager, 2000 meat boxes flew

out the door during the three months

of lockdown. It was a magnificent

team effort from everyone. The office

staff, on more than one occasion,

were brought to tears taking calls from

distressed members of the public, who

had been told to stay at home, yet the

supermarkets had let them down and

they could not get a food order.

We’ve been truly humbled by the

comments we received from the general

public as we made ourselves Covid-19

safe. In the shop we changed from call

and collect to slowly allowing people back

inside. We also saw an increase in the

number of new customers who had found

the shop and as the restrictions have

relaxed, we have held on to customers who

have changed their habits and used local

shops rather than crowded supermarkets.

Paramount was, and still is, our staff’s

safety. Once we had established the safety

of the site, the majority of staff who were

not shielding or had underlying conditions

that prevented them from working,

wanted to carry on and do something for

the community.”

With the shop now open to the public

once again, with safety measures in

place to ensure customers and staff feel

comfortable, now is an ideal time to pay

a visit. The Barbecue Meat Boxes are

ready for those golden (and grey) Cornish

summer afternoons and the in-store

delicatessen is ready and waiting with

its range of tempting treats, including

a selection of fantastic local cheeses.

Sourced directly from local producers

and farmers, Paul and the Etherington’s

team work hard to make sure their supply

chains are short and totally traceable,

“We have our regular local gins, Cornish

Sea Salt, Kernow Chocolate, Rattler and

Roddas Clotted Cream, local vegetables

and potatoes and meat from Tregullow

Ruby Red supplied to us by Mr. Williams

of Scorrier Woods nearby.”

“A big thank you to everyone who has

supported us over the last seven years and

especially in the last three months for their

continued support!”

You can find Etherington’s Farm Shop at

Wheal Rose, Scorrir, just off the A30 at

Blackwater and on the way to Porthtowan

Beach, and don’t forget to check out their

availability online. l

Etheringtons, Wheal Rose, Scorrier,

Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5DF

T: 01209 899203

Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am-5pm

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Visit Our Award Winning Farm Shop

At Etherington’s we pride ourselves on

providing the best possible customer

service while stocking products from

local farmers and wholesalers. Our

Butchery department uses only the

finest quality meats from local farms

and uphold the highest standard in the

work they carry out on the animals to

provide the best produce possible. As

well as our meat, our fresh fruits and

vegetables are locally sourced and

delivered daily, showcasing the best

produce for that season.

We offer plenty of services in our shop

from bespoke hampers, custom meat

products and a loyalty card scheme

which rewards our customers for

supporting us throughout the year.

Our Farm shop has been awarded

The Taste of the West Gold award

every year since 2016 for maintaining

the high standard of quality products

and customer care.

Every day our Bakery team make

hundreds of fresh pasties ranging

in different sizes and sausage rolls

coming in different flavours offering

something for everyone. These can all

be purchased freshly baked instore or

ordered frozen to be sent by courier

for your convenience.

Etherington’s Farm Shop, Wheal Rose, Scorrier, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 5DF

Tel: 01209 899 203 |

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Despite being within walking distance of Truro City centre, The Alverton

manages to remain a hidden haven full of character, luxury and romance.

Previously a convent, the architecturally impressive manor offers 51 fully

equipped bedrooms along with its own bell tower, arched mullioned

windows, ivy clad walls and curved archways all amongst a stunning

landscaped garden. For a real escapist retreat after a day exploring

Cornwall, The Alverton is idyllically situated.


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entral to Cornwall, The Alverton

is perfect for those keen to

delve into all sides of the

county, from the picturesque

South East to the rugged and wild North

Coast, or a short drive on the A30 down

to the hotspots of West Penwith. Truro

itself is a city alive with independent

shops, quirky eateries, atmospheric bars

and pubs and some stunning galleries.

Of course, with such a central location

allowing easy exploration across all parts

of Cornwall, lazy evenings and winding

down is guaranteed at The Alverton.

A rich history lies behind the Alverton

Manor, which was once owned by William

Tweedy in the early to mid 19th Century,

an avid gardener with 13 children and

President of the Royal Horticultural Society

for Cornwall. When Tweedy passed away,

the manor became partly owned by The

Bank of Cornwall, however when the bank

collapsed following the decline of the

county’s prosperous tin mining industry,

Mrs Jane Tweedy, William’s widow, sold

the manor for £6,200 to a Mr. Pascoe, who

built what is today known as The Library in

the building. In 1883, the manor was sold

again, this time to The Order of Epiphany,

a religious group made of five Anglican

nuns from London, led by Bishop George

Wilkinson. The order grew rapidly, and the

nuns were sent all around Cornwall to help

local clerics, offering crucial aid with the

treatment of tuberculosis as well as building

a chapel on site (The Great Hall) and the

courtyard building. Over the decades,

the order diminished and eventually the

Alverton became too large for the Sisters,

and it was sold in 1984 and transformed

into a grand country house hotel.

Finally, in 2012, it was purchased by a

Cornish hotel group and given its Alverton

name. Restored to its former glory, The

Alverton went on to achieve a Four-

Star Silver rating, with two AA Rosette

awards for its restaurant. Utilising the

finest locally foraged, fished and farmed

ingredients, the restaurant overlooks the

site's gardens, suntrap terrace and ancient

trees. The Courtyard, completed in 2016,

is a complex comprising of 15 individually

designed bedrooms with bespoke

furnishings, complete with gorgeous

original features which have been lovingly

restored throughout the building, paying

homage to its illustrious past.

Offering unrivalled hospitality and luxury,

The Alverton is delighted to present a

fantastic treat for guests keen to book for

September. All rooms will be priced at

£120 for two people, including their suites.

This extra special rate can only be booked

over the phone along with the quote

SUMMER. The deal includes breakfast and

can be used for multiple nights. l

Call 01872 276633 to book today

The Alverton, Tregolls Road,

Truro, TR1 1ZQ

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A new Cornish business in their second season of trading, Tethra is a beautifully

restored ex Cornish fishing boat run by Jess and Charlotte, who offer exclusive alfresco

dining experiences whilst exploring the beautiful Fal Estuary and Carrick Roads.

Due to Covid-19, Tethra is taking

households and social bubbles only,

meaning you can relax in true style

and soak in the surroundings with

loved ones and friends whilst enjoying

either breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea

or dinner. Seated around a chestnut

banquet table, meander along the

Cornish creeks and rivers as this

gorgeous table is covered with a feast

of local produce and sharing platters all

freshly prepared onboard.

Exploring the Carrick Roads for breakfast,

lunch and afternoon tea, a breath-taking

stretch of waterway where the likes of

Flushing, Mylor, Feock, St Mawes and

Falmouth reside along its impressive

stretch, guests will be able to watch a host

of yachts enjoying the sheltered conditions

as well as sites such as St Mawes Castle

and St Antony Lighthouse. Dinner see’s

the Tethra take more to the Fal River as

the day winds down, for an intimate venue

perfectly suited to the dusky settings.

Breakfast Cruise 8.30am – 10.30am

Lunch Cruise 12pm – 3pm

Afternoon Tea Cruise 1pm – 3pm

Dinner Cruise 6pm – 9pm l

To find out more, including costs and

menus, visit

T: 01326 352011



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