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Hello and

April is finally here and with it further steps towards a sense of normality

following the latest 2021 lockdown. Our April/May issue welcomes

this change of pace with open arms as we tentatively enjoy Cornwall’s

first few steps in reopening for a new season. Whether you’ve got a

bucket list of gardens to visit, a weekend of outdoor lunching with

friends or discovering the latest art and craft that Cornwall’s creative

communities have been coming up with during their time spent

indoors, myCornwall has got you covered.

Read all about our latest list of things to do and places to see, with a

sprinkle of artistic tales in between. Our contributing writer, Elizabeth

Dale, looks at the ever-evolving face of Bodmin, from an ancient centre

of Cornwall to a focus of development, whilst we sit down with talented

young illustrator Molly Russon to discuss all things Alfred Wallis, as

she prepares to launch her latest illustrative book that captures the

tragic, Van Gogh-esque life this historic rag and bone man led and his

later years of discovery as a naïve painter. In contemporary creativity,

we showcase a brilliant charity art auction in aid of Cornwall Mind,

which has seen dozens of renowned national artists alongside some

legendary celebrities take to the canvas to raise money for Cornwall’s

leading mental health charity.

From our Maker’s Focus shouting out a call for new makers at an

iconic Falmouth creative hub to a brand-new sister gallery joining

north Cornwall, our Art section is as full to the brim as ever. Exciting

new exhibitions see some of Cornwall’s best and brightest artists and

makers showcase their latest works and the county’s galleries are

ready and raring to throw open their doors, let the fresh air in and

have the white walls filled with beautiful works.

As the 12th of April signals the welcome of outdoor eateries, we’ve

rounded up a list of ten places for you to get an al fresco feasting

fix, whilst our Meet the Chef indulges in the latest luxury living from

St Enodoc Hotel’s Karrek Resturant with Head Chef Guy Owen.

Meanwhile, artistry meets baking mastery at the hands of Polly Webb,

a 21-year-old baker from Helston whose beautiful bespoke cakes have

been capturing social media by storm, including us.

As we head into warmer months and the easing of restrictions, it’s

important we continue to support local businesses and our beautiful

natural landscapes, of which we have been so lucky to have on our

doorstep throughout the past year. Whether it’s paying a visit to your

favourite local gallery or doing a litter pick on your next woodland or

beach walk, every little act helps to keep the places we love thriving

and surviving.

Enjoy getting back out there Cornwall!

Oll an Gwella,

(All the best)


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6 News A round up of all the latest happenings

14 10 Things To Do

16 Out & About Special - Protect the Monkey Sanctuary

18 Dog Friendly Cornwall

20 Adore My Store 49 Degrees, The IOS Store

22 The Want List Emily Nixon

24 Design Hub Cream Cornwall

27 Alfred Wallis - Cornwall's True Art Legend

32 From Forgotten City to New Beginnings

35 Dydh Da Gwenton - Hello Spring!

40 My Cornish World Kate Perkin

42 Let's Speak Cornish

44 Art News A round up from the creative world

49 VIP Stepping into Spring

52 Through the Eyes of... Andrew Tozer

54 Art Focus Whitewater Goes 'White Cube'

56 Maker's Focus Call For Artists and Makers -

The Poly Guild is Recruiting

58 Artist Profile Martin John Fowler

60 Meet The Maker Lucie Sivicka

62 Gallery Of The Month New Craftsman Gallery

66 Bites

68 Dish of the Month Cornish Brill From La Peniche

70 Meet the Chef Guy Owen

73 Couture Cakes By Polly Webb

78 Places to Eat Al Fresco Feasting

82 Experience Experience Cornwall Tours

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Cornwall Air Ambulance -

Saving Lives is a Team Effort

Rebekah was on a coast walk with her family last summer when life changed in

an instant. On route for a swim at Lamorna on 24th June 2020, she rolled her

ankle on a stretch of the path and fell over 50ft off the side of the cliff.

Rebekah landed on her back on a small ledge, perilously close to a huge

drop down to the sea. Her sister who witnessed the incident clambered

down to help, while her sister-in-law raised the alarm.

Rebekah said: “I remember that awful feeling of falling and there was nothing

underneath; I was trying to claw at the grass. My head hit the rock on the bottom,

which was really painful, I remember hearing my sister scream.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked to the incident, but given the steep cliffs

and loose terrain, had to land on a headland some distance away. Critical care

paramedics Pete and Jeremy made the rest of the journey on foot with their

medical equipment. They were joined by a doctor from BASICS and the Land’s

End Coastguard Rescue Team.

Pete Storer, Critical Care Paramedic, said: “It’s definitely one of the most

hazardous areas I have worked in. There was only space for four people, we

were confined to a tiny ledge suspended precariously above a sheer drop of

over 100ft on to rocks.”

Rebekah had to be winched from the scene by the coastguard helicopter. She

was transferred to Royal Cornwall Hospital where doctors discovered she had a

head injury and six lumbar fractures.

She said: “The doctor said they rarely attend someone who falls that distance

and survives. The crew were just incredible, I owe my life to them.” l

Saving lives is a team effort. Sign up to be a regular giver to make

sure Cornwall Air Ambulance can be there for the next person in need:


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Mike Shepherd Steps Down as Kneehigh’s Artistic Director

After 40 years as Artistic Director of Cornish

performing arts theatre, Kneehigh, Mike

Shepherd has announced his decision to

step down. Having founded the theatre

company in 1980, Kneehigh started out in

small outdoor spaces, using the landscape

to its advantage and drawing inspiration

from Cornwall’s rich history and culture.

Over the last four decades under Mike’s

leadership, Kneehigh has developed into

a celebrated touring company renowned

both nationally and internationally, with

a wide array of inventive, ambitious and

talented performers under its belt, as well

as musicians, artists and managers.

“For over 40 years, Kneehigh has been

more than a job, more than a company and

more than a vocation. Kneehigh has been

my life’s work and, in turn, the story of my

life.” Mike described in his statement, “I

have danced, sang, laughed and raged. I

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have run on the clifftops and travelled the

world from Stenalees to Shanghai.

I have led and I have followed as Kneehigh

journeyed through different chapters;

always riding the changes that life brings

with generosity. And I have always

embraced change, understanding that it is

the life blood of art. Perhaps accelerated

by COVID and perhaps not, it is time

to embrace the final change and close

the final chapter of Kneehigh. We have

reached an end and I celebrate all that has

been created and achieved over our long

history. Of all the things that have been

created, the strongest are the friendships

that have been forged and it is these that

are the most precious...”

On behalf of the Board, its Chair Hedda

Archbold said, “Mike Shepherd created

a brilliant jewel of a theatre company.

Having founded the company in 1980 he

has maintained a leading role with the

company for 40 years and, with Bill Mitchell,

Emma Rice and Carl Grose, created

hugely popular and critically acclaimed

productions. With this vibrant company,

Mike has ensured a truly impressive

legacy. The UK’s theatre is peppered with

artistic talents who developed their craft

alongside Mike at the Barns. We wish him

Green Projects in Mid and West Cornwall Given Funding Boost

14 projects across Cornwall’s mid and

west areas have been given funding

as part of a new Council scheme – the

Community Infrastructure Levy Fund –

initially announced in January.

With a goal to promote greener spaces

and low-carbon infrastructures to

benefit local communities, schemes in

Falmouth, Helston, Porthleven, Mabe,

Stithians, Penzance, Hayle and Troon

are all set to receive boosts through

grants delivered by Cornwall Council.

Last summer, the Council invited local

organisations and project groups to

bid for a slice of a £500,000 funding

package to pay for infrastructure

projects that encourage greener and

healthier lifestyles.

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio

Holder for Culture, Economy and

Planning, said on the funding: “These

projects personify what this new

scheme was designed to be about.

It was difficult to choose which would

benefit from funding, but all of these

projects are playing their part in a

greener future for Cornwall.”

Some of the 14 projects included in

the boost are developments such

as a fully accessible walking and

cycling route between Porthleven

and existing routes within the Penrose

estate, with South Kerrier Alliance CIC

receiving £32,645, whilst Falmouth

Town Council have been awarded

£43,276 to install a boardwalk as part

of the Falmouth Green Corridor.

Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio

Holder for Climate Change and

Neighbourhoods said: “It was

a vigorous process to make the

decisions, with the Council’s aim to

be net carbon-neutral by 2030 at the

forefront of our minds.

“Supporting projects such as these will

play a big part in that – having a positive

impact on both their communities and

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the very best for his future.”

Kneehigh Random Acts of Art in St Austell:

From the 30th March to 30th May, Kneehigh

has commissioned 40 new Random Acts

of Art to take place across the St Austell

Bay area, with support from the Coastal

Communities Fund.

Over the next several weeks, Kneehigh

is inviting everyone in the St Austell Bay

area to keep their eyes peeled for these

wonderous, secret random acts of artistry,

which may be anything from a story

through a letterbox to a ghost-ship seen at

dusk sailing through a village with its story

sung by a siren. Expect wonderous sights

such as wild swimmers wearing sculptural

swimming hats, or perhaps the Empress of

Russia from a bus or train, talking all about

her connection to Cornwall. If a Random Act

of Art is spotted, Kneehigh are asking lucky

viewers to share the sightings on social

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Whilst the pandemic has proven to be

an incredibly challenging time for the

performing arts industry, Kneehigh is

continuing to bring some joy to lockdown

with their innovative ideas, for more

information on what they’ve got planned

this year, head to

Flexi Travel for

Isles of Scilly

When booking travel to the Isles of Scilly, visitors will

now have the option to upgrade to a Flexi Ticket

when booking their ferry sailing or flight to the

Scillies without any amendment fees.

The new Flexi Tickets means that passengers can

swap their bookings to any alternative Skybus flights

from Exeter, Newquay and Land’s End airports, or

sailing on the Scillonian III from Penzance on any

day of the week, up to 48 hours prior to their prebooked

departure time, at no further cost.

Valid for 365 days from the time of purchase on all

return travel, amendments can be made to bookings

online via the travel website or by calling the Travel

Centre. Passengers can make as many changes as they

like. With plans so easily subject to change for all of us,

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Artists and Celebrities Take to the Canvas to Support

Cornwall Mind’s First Ever Online Art Auction

Anthony Frost Gillian Burke Karina Rickards Kim Wilde

A selection of Cornwall’s most prominent

artists are coming together alongside

some notable national names in aid of

an online art auction for Cornwall Mind,

Cornwall’s leading mental health charity.

Created in collaboration with Falmouth

based artist John Dyer as part of a range of

unique art auctions set for 2021, the online

charity event, which has been curated

under a theme of ‘What comes to Mind

when you think of Cornwall?’ has seen the

likes of renowned artists Tim Shaw, Emma

Jeffryes, Alasdair Lindsay, Emma McClure,

Gary Long and Philip Lyons submit their

works for the auction.

However, that’s not all, a host of celebrities

have also been working hard on their own

artistic talents in aid of the charity auction.

Comedian Joe Lycett, pop legend Toyah

Willcox, TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh

MBE and Bafta winning actress Katherine

Parkinson, to name a few, have all taken part.

Going live between the 16th and 25th April,

2021, the online auction will raise much

needed funds for Cornwall Mind’s vital work

supporting people living in the county who

are struggling with their mental health.

With the theme of ‘What comes to Mind

when you think of Cornwall?’ to base their

works on, the resulting pieces are varied,

from Joe Lycett’s portrait of Martin Clunes

to singer Kim Wilde’s scene of a family

surfing holiday.

Katherine Parkinson, who starred in the hit

TV series The IT Crowd and Doc Martin,

was the inspiration behind the auction.

She said: ‘I love Cornwall and am so proud

to have Cornish DNA and know that art has

a valuable role in mental health.’

Other donors include artist Lucy Davies,

ceramicist Paul Jackson, printmaker Lou

Tonkin, chef Jack Stein, Fake or Fortune

presenter Philip Mould OBE and actor

and comedian Kernow King, also known

as Edward Rowe. The online auction also

features stunning photographs, ceramics,

collages, a wood carving, printwork and

even a first edition yellow striped teapot

from design icon Cornishware, hand painted

and donated by owner Karina Rickards.

Artist John Dyer, whose Falmouth gallery

has sponsored the event, is excited to

support such a worthy charity, "I jumped at

the idea to support this as there is such a

huge need for more mental health support

in Cornwall. The pandemic has created

not only a physical health emergency but

a mental health crisis too. Cornwall Mind

is literally a lifeline for people, and I have

seen many people I know and love benefit

from mental health support.”

All profits raised from the online auction

will directly fund Cornwall Mind’s

mental health well-being services. An

independent charity run by local people,

for local people, the team are responsible

for their own funding and services and are

dependent on donations.

Paul Reeve, CEO for Cornwall Mind, is

already amazed by the generosity of

those involved, "The Art Auction for

Cornwall Mind is a fantastic opportunity

to challenge the stigma of mental illness

and raise the profile of Cornwall and

Cornwall Mind. We have been very

lucky to have the support of some very

generous and talented people from the

artistic community and from people who

have public profile in other areas. So, dig

deep and make your walls and someone

else’s world a brighter place." l


Bids can be pledged from 16th – 25th

April by going to:

Check out all the artwork on

Cornwall Mind Art Auction instagram:



Or Facebook:

For more information, please contact:

Lucy Chappell, Community Fundraiser:

07966 535478. E:

Paul Reeve, CEO Cornwall Mind

Mobile: 07808 644241

Penzance Based Publishers Launch Latest Book

An independent publishing Her first full collection of

house based in Penzance has poetry and prose, Natasha

released its latest publication

from author Natasha Carthew.

Born Between Crosses – A Year

in the Lives of Rural Working-

Class Women is a publication

that combines both poetry and

chose to work with small press

Hypatia Publications for this

latest release, which is set for

the end of April. An imprint of

The Hypatia Trust, a registered

educational charity in the UK,

prose to offer a truthful telling Hypatia Publications looks

of overlooked rural lives. In her

ever-evolving quest to explore

significant feminist issues, Natasha

Carthew is known for her unique

to celebrate female authors

of literary fiction, poetry and

non-fiction with fresh, original

voices. l

ability to capture the lives of those

facing challenges and to represent

what it means to ‘get by’.

To find out more, visit

PK Porthcurno - Museum of Global

Communications reopens on the 17th May

Located in the beautiful coastal valley of Porthcurno, discover

the amazing story of our connected world from the first

undersea telegraph cable to the wonder of today’s internet.

Explore permanent exhibitions in Eastern House, walk the

secret World War II tunnels dug into the cliff face, and see

the cable hut where cables were brought up from the beach.

New exhibitions at PK in 2021:

The Cable King explores the life of the communications

pioneer and entrepreneur Sir John Pender who brought the

first undersea telegraph cable ashore at Porthcurno.

Lights Out for Darker Skies presents stunning images of the

night sky whilst exploring the impact of light pollution on

people and the environment. l

Book tickets online from 1st May at

Open Daily 10:00 – 17:00, 17 May – 31 October 2021

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Cornwall Hospice Care Reopens

Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care are delighted

to be opening their shop doors once again from the 12th April in

line with the government road map.

Frazer Hopkins, Head of Retail at Cornwall Hospice Care, is looking

forward to this next step; “We are very excited to be welcoming

the public back inside our shops. We’ve put measures in place to

keep the shopping experience safe for our customers, staff and

volunteers. We need the public now more than ever to support

our shops and fund the vital care provided at our two hospices,

Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle, which have

stayed open 24/7 throughout the pandemic.”

Frazer continues; “There are three ways for people to do this;

shop, donate or volunteer. You never know what you’ll find when

shopping with us and we have dedicated furniture stores with

quality items at good prices. Our dedicated donation centres

and donation points make bringing in your generous donations

safe and easy and you can find all the information you need about

these and our free furniture collection service on our website. Last

but by no means least, you can give your gift of time. Our shops

rely on volunteers and it’s also a gift for you as you can meet new

people and learn new skills. We really do need you.” l


Phone 01726 839156



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Things to Do


Every day from 31st March 10am-5pm

In the beautiful Cornish countryside of

the south coast, Roskilly’s is a working

organic farm filled with creamery delights

perfect for the spring season. Explore the

farm trails, see the animals and indulge

in Roskilly’s renowned ice cream. A great

free day out for the family.


From 12th April

Flambards will be reopening to offer

families a fun day out, with additional

cleaning and hygiene measures in place

to ensure visitors can feel safe and enjoy

their day. Admission prices for 2021 have

been reduced and online bookings will

receive a further 10% discount.

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Every Friday from 16th April until the

end of September

Bude’s fabulous Farmers and Craft Market

is returning to the beautiful Green on the

Lower Wharf by the canal. A wide variety

of stalls featuring everything handmade,

locally grown or produced.



Until 14th August

The Jackson Foundation in St Just have

opened their latest exhibition from

renowned contemporary British artist

Kurt Jackson, Wheat – From Plough to

Plate. In this exhibition, Kurt explores the

journey of wheat, from field to fork, and

how it has shaped the landscape and our

lives in a range of media spanning paint,

sculpture, poetry and film.


8th May

If you’ve been using lockdown to

improve your running, the Coast-to-

Coast Copper Trail may be your next

challenge. An 11.5-mile trail run from

Portreath all the way across to Devoran

Quay on the south coast: no cut-off time

with a checkpoint near the halfway point.

Registration closes 7th May, Covidsecure

measures in place. Tickets can be

found here on their website.


17th May – 16th September

A major new exhibition at Penlee House

Gallery & Museum in Penzance will








celebrate the career of Dame Laura

Knight (1877 – 1970), one of the 20th

Century’s most prominent British artists

with a career spanning nearly 80 years.


17th May – 5th June

Falmouth Art Gallery’s upcoming

exhibition asks visitors to pack their

imaginary suitcases for an artistic journey

around the world. Beginning in Falmouth,

set sail with favourites from the Falmouth

Art Gallery collection that navigates

across the globe capturing the beauty

and diversity of different countries and

cultures through art.


17th May Onwards

The Eden Project is planning to reopen

on the 17th May subject to Government

guidance. From mid-April, timed entry

tickets will be available to pre-book. All

visitors will need to have reserved a time

slot for their visit, including those who are

admitted for free. Once inside Eden, you

are welcome to stay all day. Hangloose

adventure activities will be open from

12th April, no Eden admission is needed.


23rd May – 26th September

In the UK’s largest exhibition to date by

celebrated South Korean artist Haegue

Yang, installation, sculpture, drawing,

collage and painting come together as

Yang creates an immersive environment

for her audiences using a range of

materials. This is the first exhibition at

Tate St Ives to take place across both the

award-winning top-lit gallery and the seafacing





Formed during lockdown 2020, Makers

Cornwall is a group of contemporary

designers based in Cornwall. Their site

offers a one-stop permanent directory of

fantastic local makers, and throughout

lockdown have regularly been holding

virtual fair events via their Facebook and

Instagram pages. Keep up to date with the

latest upcoming events on their website.

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For many years Wild Futures, a primate welfare charity,

has been campaigning against the UK’s primate pet

trade, providing homes for life for monkeys rescued

from situations of abuse and neglect at their Monkey

Sanctuary near Looe, which is usually welcoming people

through their gates during the summer months to meet

their cheeky residents.

Home to 40 individuals, each with their

own character and personality, the Monkey

Sanctuary typically welcomes thousands of

people each year to their wildlife conservation

site, offering an educating and intimate insight

into a working sanctuary. As an active rescue

centre, the needs of the monkeys are a priority

and many arrivals have often not had a very

happy start to life. This means that some areas

of the centre are not accessible to visitors,

allowing the monkeys the time they need

to recover and progress both physically and

emotionally. It’s a reminder that at sanctuaries

such as this, there’s a lot more going on behind

the scenes than many realise.

Amongst the individuals enjoying life at the

Monkey Sanctuary are Capuchin Monkeys,

Woollys, Barbary Macaques and Marmosets.

There is also an extensive range of gardens

across the nine acre site, which accommodate

285 wildflower species, 23 butterfly species, 54

moth species, 15 mammal species, 6 amphibian

and reptile species and at least 60 bird species.

Sadly, the results of the Covid-19 pandemic

have been devastating for the sanctuary. Like so

many sites similar, the past year’s closure of the

Monkey Sanctuary has meant that the site has

suffered huge financial ramifications.

Whilst the team had been hoping to open their

doors to visitors once again in April with the

easing of restrictions, the sanctuary has sadly

announced it will not be in a position to do so.

Continued restrictions and the layout of the site,

as well as the need to focus limited resources on

the care of the monkeys, mean that for now the

Monkey Sanctuary will be remaining closed.

“We are hoping to open as soon as we can in a

way that complies with Covid-19 safety measures

to protect visitors, monkeys and staff,” says Wild

Futures member Sarah Hanson. “With light at the

end of the tunnel due to the rollout of vaccines

across the country, we are hopeful 2021 will be

easier for us all, and by 2022 we will be living much

more ‘normal’ lives. As long as the monkeys are

vulnerable to this virus, we must be cautious.” l

Until the Monkey Sanctuary can open again, if

you would like to support the monkeys and the

team’s work, please donate today by visiting

their website, any donation is greatly appreciated

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From April 12th we can all enjoy eating and meeting just for a drink at

restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating once again. Viki Carpenter of Dog

Friendly Cornwall shares some dog friendly spots that you can enjoy...

For wonderful coast path walks…

C Bay Café, Crantock near Newquay

For a really delicious lunch in a café which

offers fantastic views over Crantock beach

and the ocean, head to C Bay. The café

is right next to the coast path, so before

or after your lunch, you can enjoy a lovely

walk to nearby Porth Joke beach where

you often see seals playing, or head to

Crantock beach which is about a 20 minute

walk or a short drive away.

Book ahead via email: ›


For views of St Michael’s Mount

a lovely day out…

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

(pictured left)

Boasting arguably one of the best views in

Cornwall, The Godolphin Arms has a great

reputation for food and you can enjoy

lunch and a walk along Marazion beach

(note there is a daytime dog ban during

July and August). Outside terrace opens

from 12th April - weather dependent.

For moorland views and epic walks…

Jamaica Inn, Bolventor, Bodmin Moor

Head up to the wilds of Bodmin Moor

(well, just off the A30) to Jamaica Inn, the

inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s famous

book about smugglers. There are stunning

views over the moor and some spectacular

walks for the more adventurous.

Tel: 01566 86250

For delicious hot chocolates and

breakfast in the dunes…

Poldhu Beach Café

This gorgeous little beach café on the

Lizard has been offering a fantastic

takeaway service all year. You can enjoy

breakfasts, burgers and their legendary

hot chocolates and cookies as well as a

bracing walk on a very beautiful beach.

Tel: 01326 240530

For BBQ on the harbour…

The Longstore, Charlestown

For obvious reasons it is best to keep

dogs on a lead here, but nonetheless, it’s a

wonderful spot on the edge of Charlestown

Habour to enjoy The Longstore’s famous

BBQ food and other treats.

Tel: 01726 68598

For a pub lunch on the river…

The Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek

This beautiful thatched pub on the upper

reaches of the Fal estuary is a lovely

place to walk to with your dog. Enjoy the

tranquility of the river and really lovely

food and service -- these guys just won

Gold at the Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Tel: 01326 372678 l

For more great places to eat, stay and

visit around Cornwall with your dog visit, or follow

us on Facebook and Instagram


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Exactly 49 degrees north and 6 degrees west, you’ll find one of the Isles of Scilly’s

most staple independent stores. Combining the essence of Scilly life and all the

archipelago adventuring that comes with it, 49 Degrees is a family business that has

held a place in the hearts of Scillonians for decades.

Back in the spring of 1973, Hugh

Town saw the arrival of The

Foredeck, where the first Scilly

wear designs were introduced to

locals and visitors alike. Nautical knitwear

and Breton sailors’ shirts sat alongside

household sailing gear brands, and the

store's popularity for this geographically

niche market saw them expand in the 90’s

in order to welcome 49 Degrees, which has

stood as a quintessential part of the Scilly

brand for over 30 years.

“Although the shop is formally called 49

Degrees, it is more often than not referred to

as ‘The IOS Store’,” explains Store Manager

Georgia May, “that’s because it’s the birth

place and home of the exclusive IOS brand, a

simple logo which incorporates two crossed

oars. It’s the old ‘less is more’ philosophy

which, more by luck than design, seems to

sum up local life, love and loyalty here.”

Embodying a lifestyle of island hopping,

exposure to all elements, gig rowing and

strong community values, 49 Degrees

caters to all tastes, sizes and styles.

Fishermen smocks, rowing tops, t-shirts,

sweatshirts, hoodies, headwear and even

luggage make up 49 Degrees' striking

collection, and what they can’t source,

they design themselves as Georgia

describes here, “We never rest on our

laurels, we’re always searching for new,

unique products, and if we can’t find

it then we design and manufacture it

ourselves. I’ve lost count of the in-house

designed garments that we have had

produced and each one has become a

collector’s item. It’s not uncommon for

one of our regular visitors to pop into the

store and tell us that they’ve bought a

shirt from us back in 1986 and it’s still their

favourite item of clothing.”

Easy to wear, distinctive and robust, 49

Degrees is designed to be worn time and

time again, from days spent exploring

the coast to evenings on the beach after

a long day adventuring. Comfortable, yet

durable, whether it’s a retro puffin styled

sweater for your little one or a cosy IOS

hoodie to keep you warm during those

summer barbecue evenings, this stand-out

Scilly clothing store is the perfect way to

keep a slice of the beautiful islands close

to your chest.

Whilst the time is approaching when

the islands will be welcoming visitors

once again, in the meantime you can

purchase all the 49 Degrees gear online at l

Find 49 Degrees on Instagram and

Facebook at @theiosstore

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From the quintessential Cornish

design house that is Cream

Cornwall comes their latest new

Classic collection, which looks to

give a fresh spin on the brand’s

original designs initially launched

seven years ago...

The classic collection of Cream Cornwall has been a

mainstay representation of the iconic brand for many

years. Now, it’s easy to spot one of their distinctive

designs, either in cushion, lampshade, bed throw or

ceramic form. In the Classic collection’s revamped

release, the designs are printed on luxury velvet with

a co-ordinating striped back, with some new designs

too including the latest addition to their sea creature

range – the Humpback whale.

Classically coastal with a twist, these bold, stand

out illustrations are printed in the UK and made in

Cornwall. Iconic blue and white with a pop of red

adds a contemporary, nautical British theme whilst

celebrating everything unique on the doorstep of


Styling Tips

Whether it’s a few new stand-out cushions or an

extensive design incorporating one of the Cream

Cornwall lampshades, it’s easy to achieve a coastal

look here. For a traditional look, mix and match

the illustrative cushions with plain red and navy soft

furnishing accompaniments, and for those wanting

a splash of contemporary, yellows and corals make

for an eye-catching colour scheme. Pair it with one

of Cream Cornwall’s funky throws and your look is

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True Art Legend

It can be said that the life of Alfred Wallis was one of bittersweet

success. Amidst the growing competitive stream of emerging

and pioneering post-modern artists that were arriving in St Ives

during the early 20th Century, there resided Wallis, a humble

73-year-old widower who in 1928 was using painting as a way to

pass the time. A former fisherman, labourer and man of odd jobs,

Wallis had never been a rich man, but he was a persistent one,

doing whatever he could and trying whatever might help keep a

roof over his head. Sadly, his artistic discovery wouldn’t improve

his fortune, but the legacy and his story is one that has certainly

stood the test of time.

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Now, Wallis’ story is being told

in raw truth through a new,

illustrative book created by

22-year-old illustrator Molly

Russon, who looks to capture the darkness

of Wallis’ life as well as the impressive

memory left by his charming works.

A distinctively unique style, the term ‘naïve’

can be traced back to the origins around

Wallis’ discovery, when professional and

established artists Christopher Wood

and Ben Nicholson found themselves

captivated by the rag and bone man’s

characterful depictions of fishing life in

St Ives. Inspired by this self-taught artist,

who painted to combat the loneliness he

felt following the death of his wife Susan in

1922, Nicholson and Wood soon formed a

close friendship with Wallis, which saw him

swiftly enter into a league of artists that

would go on to transform St Ives’ reputation

from industrial fishing and mining town

into one of an artistic provenance that still

resonates strongly today.

“From the moment I thought about writing

this book, I knew I wanted it to be erring

on the dark side,” explains Molly, “I didn’t

want to shy away from the hardships Wallis

encountered and to just tell the story of a

fisherman who took up painting and was

discovered by some other artists. I thought

that would be wrong and wouldn’t allow

people to have a deeper understanding of

his work.”

Based in London, Molly has been travelling

to Cornwall to visit family for as long as she

can remember. Having first discovered

Wallis’ work through her mother, also

an artist, she found herself drawn to the

childish naivety of his style and the evident

passion that had gone into each piece.

Immediately, there was a connection, which

continued to follow Molly into later life,

“Wallis helped me choose my university,”

she says, “I remember watching a

documentary Miriam Margoyles did about

him and how when she was at Cambridge

University she managed to borrow one

of his paintings through a scheme and

have it in her student dorm room. Sadly,

they don’t let you take paintings into your

student digs anymore, but I had applied

to Cambridge School of Art and decided

that it was the place for me if I could have

access to Wallis’ works.”

With a permanent exhibition of Wallis’

work on display, Molly soon found herself

immersed in Wallis’ world. In many senses,

Molly’s attraction to Wallis’ life stemmed

from sadness, where she found herself

discovering the life of a man who had

watched much of what he had known and

loved slip away through the changing

times and the tragedies that befell his

personal life. Suddenly, the paintings of

small boats on the back of cardboard

boxes and old paper held a completely

different meaning.

“All he had [in his later life] were the

memories of, as he said, ‘What used to be’;

he felt that he had to get them out there

somehow, or his way of life, his experiences

and his beloved ships, would be forgotten.

That fear of being lost to time is why he

used to stand outside his house in St Ives

with his paintings and would tell anyone

who would listen about what all the

different boats in his paintings were, and

how they worked. These paintings had to

come out of him, they were almost more of

an act of conversation.”

“I initially thought that this idea to make a

book about Wallis would be one of those

projects that would sit in my head for at

least 20 years.”

By the end of her second year at university,

Molly was given the brief to create a

book and suddenly found herself with

the opportunity to the tell the story of the

artist she had kept so close to her for so

long. Encouraged by its success and the

joy she found in creating it, she revisited

it during her final year, tweaking parts

and refining the details. After finishing

her degree and advised by her tutors to

submit the book for publishing, Molly

found herself becoming a published

illustrator and author of The Life of Alfred

Wallis, which is now set for release this

April via Unicorn Publishing. A book which

not only showcases the incredible talent

Molly displays as an illustrator, but also a

book that captures the life and soul of this

understated Cornish artist.

“I started the initial process with lots

and lots of research,” Molly describes.

“Probably too much, because now if

anyone gets me started on Wallis I can just

go on for hours.

“One of the challenges I felt I faced

when writing this, was the tone of the

book. Marrying my wish to make a fully

illustrated ‘picture book’ with a story

that has dark themes and is quite sad,

whilst also making it a pleasurable read

that gets across what I wanted, was quite

tricky. However, I hope that I’ve managed

to create something that tells all of

Wallis’ story and makes it accessible and

enjoyable to children and adults.”

For Molly it was the context behind Wallis’

work that helped her to channel her

creative processes into understanding the

man behind the art allowing her to not

only create captivating illustrations but

also beautiful wording, “I decided to make

Wallis the narrator after I’d read some of

his letters to Jim Ede, his friend. He had

such a distinctive way of writing. He was

only semi-literate, so his Cornish accent

really comes through in his writing because

he is writing almost as if he was speaking.

I felt I had to incorporate that because it

was so full of character.”

Seemingly, Wallis was unwittingly plagued

by an often lonely life. Wallis was known

to believe himself to be a man hard done

by. Stories of cheated fortunes and denied

inheritances circulated his life and there

were often family fallouts and scandalous

drama, perhaps the most notorious being

his own marriage to 41-year-old Susan

Ward, whom he wed at age 20 and became

stepfather to her five children. Sadly

two of Wallis’ own infant children with

Susan died. He was never a particularly

successful businessmen, but he was an

avid animal lover and was known to irritate

his neighbours with his rather noisy pet

donkey, Freddy, as well as his pet duck.

Money was a sore subject of Wallis’ life,

even after Susan’s death in 1922, things

came to a head with the family when

Alfred discovered the money he believed

Susan to have stashed away for him, nonexistent.

After nearly 50 years of amicable

marriage, Wallis’ memory of Susan

seemed to sour, and a subsequent fallout

came about the family.

In his art, Wallis evidently found solace and

self-assurance, both from his loneliness

and from a world he believed to be

disappearing. Raw in their creation and

innocent in style, it may be easy for a

viewer to imagine Wallis as naïve himself,


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but Wallis’ persistence to make work of his

circumstances were ever present, down to

his neatly combed moustache and wellkept

clothes. So, it’s no surprise that when

Wallis started noticing the buzz about St

Ives’ newly acquired reputation as a spot

for artists, it would be a boat he thought

worth jumping on.

Shortly after their meeting, Nicholson

and Wood introduced Wallis to Jim Ede,

an assistant at London’s Tate Gallery, who

promoted his work in the city; however few

paintings were sold and Wallis continued

to live in poverty. As he grew older, Wallis

became increasingly paranoid, to the point

of sleeping in the downstairs part of his

house for fear that the devil resided in the

upstairs. Both he and Susan had been firm

believers in the Bible and Wallis himself

was an avid supporter of the Salvation

Army. So much so, that when the St Ives

lifeboat sank in 1938, Wallis saved three

weeks’ worth of pension and donated the

money to the sole survivor of the crew. At

the time, he was living off two small loaves

of bread a week.

Today, Wallis’ work can be found in

museums and galleries across the country

with many of his originals selling for

thousands of pounds to eager collectors

through private sales and auctions. It

seems a stark contrast from the life of

the man himself, who spent his final

days in Madron Workhouse in Penzance,

something he had feared greatly in his old

age. It begs to wonder at that time, where

his once enamoured friends had gone to

in his time of need during the last stages

of his life.

Through his art, memories of Wallis’ time

as a deep-sea fisherman seem to gather

a deeper, more profound meaning that

juxtaposes their charmingly gentle style

when placed into the context of his life. In

his discovery, there is success, but it was

sadly an achievement Wallis never managed

to reap the rewards of. For Molly, there is a

sense of Van Gogh-esque about him, a man

who has led a roller coaster life of tragedy

and triumph, and whilst experiencing some

reverence as a creative, has long passed

to see the result his artworks have had on

modern culture today.

“I really do wish I could have met him,”

describes Molly, “he seemed like such a

character. If I could, I probably would just

let him talk to me about his boats and his

life. I’d have to ask for a painting and I

would have to tell him what St Ives is like

in the future, and the price of a fisherman’s

cottage nowadays; he’d probably have a

hard time taking that one in! However, the

thing I’d most want to do would be to take

him to see his painting in the Tate Britain,

sat right next to a Turner.

“Wallis’ legacy as an artist in St Ives is so

deep. You can see it when you walk down

the street and every other gallery will have

someone painting in the style of Wallis. Some

have real works of his for sale, others have

cushions, postcards and tea towels. He’s also

in the history of British Modern Art, and his

distinctive style has had a huge influence on

his fellow artistic members of St Ives.

“He painted those pictures so his Cornwall,

his way of life, his memories, wouldn’t be

forgotten, and they aren’t. I feel that he is

something of a British Van Gogh.”

Wallis died on the 29th August 1942, aged

87 at Madron Workhouse. He was buried

at Barnoon Cemetery in St Ives, his grave

designed and crafted with tiles by Bernard

Leach, which can still be viewed today.

A true Cornish artist, Alfred Wallis lived

and worked by the land and sea, sought

to make the most of his struggles and

relished in painting for what it was in its

most raw form, an opportunity to connect

with people and with a time he cherished.

For Molly, she believes it’s artists like Wallis

that help keep St Ives’ history alive, “His

work brings new people to the place,

aspiring artists hoping to soak up whatever

is in the water there that keeps everyone

so creative. He’s a messenger of what used

to be and what St Ives used to be and

through his work we can always remember

St Ives’ heritage.”

The Life of Alfred Wallis by Molly Russon

is set for release this April as a hardback,

priced at £10. A fresh, unique take on

the life of this rag and bone man turned

artist brings together the voice, spirit and

soul of Wallis alongside Molly’s stunning

illustrative works that capture the style and

essence of Wallis’ iconic themes. l

Discover more of Molly’s work at

The Life of Alfred Wallis by Molly Russon,

available as hardback across various online

retail sites and in selected bookshops.

Published by Unicorn Publishing.

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Since its rather pious beginnings more than a thousand years ago the

former county town of Bodmin has had a fascinating and chequered

history, which these days is often overlooked. So, with the £40 million

redevelopment of Bodmin Jail and the Tour of Britain, the UK’s

largest professional cycle race, visiting later in 2021, is this the year to

rediscover all that this historic and fiercely Cornish town has to offer?

Elizabeth Dale sets out to discover more.


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odmin, it could be argued, was

founded by two saints. The first,

St Guron built a hermit’s cell here

sometime in the early 6th Century

and then, after leaving Padstow, St Petroc

took over the growing religious community

in 530 AD. He established a priory here in

the then deeply wooded valley at Cornwall’s

centre. Even the town’s original name,

Bodmeneghy, has religious connotations;

it translates as ‘the monks' abode’ and by

the Middle Ages there were no less than 12

churches here.

Bodmin established itself as a place of

pilgrimage and one of the wealthiest religious

communities in Cornwall after the relics of St

Petroc were deposited here, and the visitors

to his shrine became a lucrative income for

the church and the town. In a bizarre episode

these holy remains were actually stolen in

1177 by an Augustinian monk who whisked

them away to St Mèen in Brittany. They were

eventually recovered and returned to Bodmin

in an ivory and metal casket, still on display

in the church, with the help of King Henry II.

The 15th Century St Petroc’s Church was the

largest church in Cornwall and it remained so

for nearly 500 years until Truro Cathedral was

completed in 1910, highlighting Bodmin’s

importance as a religious centre in the

region. The unusually complete church

records also illustrate the wealth of the town,

as well as the building of St Petroc’s being

truly a community effort, with money, goods

and labour donated from some 40 local

trade guilds. The total cost of construction

was £196 7s 4d. However, all these spiritual

connections are, by no means, the only way

that Bodmin has left its mark on history.

The saints were not the first settlers of course.

The hills around the town were once thickly

inhabited by Iron Age people and the wilds

of Bodmin Moor close by hold numerous

prehistoric remains which take this area’s

human history back many thousands of

years. Having said that, however, Bodmin is

one of the oldest settlements in Cornwall

and the only Cornish town of any size to be

mentioned in the Domesday Book.

From St Guron and St Petroc’s foundations

the town grew in size and importance, with

the occasional dark episode marking the

passage of the passing centuries. One of the

first blows to the growing community came

when the Black Death took more than 1,500 of

the inhabitants, including most of the monks,

in the 14th Century. In 1699 the spire of St

Petroc’s was destroyed by lightning and the

church had to be rebuilt. But it was the people

of Bodmin’s role in all three of Cornwall’s great

rebellions which really placed the town at the

centre of the Duchy’s history again.

The first of the uprisings in the summer

of 1497, culminating with the Battle at

Blackheath, was led by two men - Michael

Joseph (An Gof), a blacksmith from St Keverne

and Thomas Flamank, a lawyer from Bodmin.

Then later that year in the second rebellion

of September 1497 the pretender to the

Crown, Perkin Warbeck, landed in Cornwall

and began making his way to London. Again

Bodmin came out in support. Warbeck

claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury, one of

the so called ‘Princes in the Tower’, and he

managed to gather an army of some 6,000

Cornishmen for his march. Somewhere on

the heights of Bodmin Moor above the town

he was even declared King Richard IV by

his followers. Both uprisings failed however

and resulted in the deaths of more than a

thousand Cornish rebels.

A perhaps far darker chapter occurred

some 50 years later. During the Prayer Book

Rebellion of 1549 Bodmin, indeed much of

Cornwall, rose up against the Protestantism

of Edward VI and the enforced usage of the

English language. Again the uprising failed

and in the bloody aftermath the mayor of

Bodmin, Nicholas Bowyer, was hanged in

the street outside his home by the king’s

men for his part in the rebellion. Sir Anthony

Kingston, the Provost Marshal, was given

the task of exacting revenge on the Cornish.

He became notorious for his cruelty and is

thought to have been responsible for a series

of murders and judicial hangings of wellknown

local figures around Cornwall. In total

the Prayer Book Rebellion is thought to have

cost the lives of around 5,500 Cornish people.

The circumstances of Bowyer’s death became

infamous. Kingston is reputed to have come

to dine with the mayor at his home in Bodmin

and during the evening asked him if he

would be kind enough to erect a gallows

for a criminal he was obliged to execute.

Bowyer did just that, not realising that the

condemned man was actually him. The two

men ate together before Kingston took him

outside and hanged him.

Despite these setbacks, and perhaps

from these strong Cornish roots, Bodmin

continued to grow. In 1563 the town was

given a grammar school and a new charter by

Elizabeth I and it became the county town of

Cornwall. Some of the town’s oldest buildings

can be found on Fore Street, still the main

shopping area, including the Guidehall which

was built in the 17th Century.

It is true to say that the history of a town

like Bodmin is an ongoing, ever-changing

thing, each new phase leading us inevitably


Still looming over the town today is Bodmin

Jail, built in 1779 as a part of the new prison

reforms. For 150 years it played host to

Cornwall’s most notorious criminals, housed

the Crown Jewels in WWI and was the site

of 55 executions. This austere building has

always captivated visitors, whether it was

those who came to gawp at the executions

or, in more recent times, hunt for ghosts in

the ruins of its dark, cold interior.

The recent redevelopment has breathed new

life into this fascinating piece of Bodmin’s

history, using state-of-the-art immersive

technology to bring some of the most

chilling tales into haunting focus, stories of

smuggling, mining and everyday hardship

from a bygone time. The new exhibition

spaces transport you back to the Cornwall’s

penal past and spooky paranormal and ‘After

Dark’ tours are also available, though not for

the fainthearted. There is even the chance to

stay overnight in the new hotel created from

one of the ruined wings of the jail. Guests can

now sleep in cosy rooms made by combining

three prison cells and retaining many of

the original features, including bars on the


This autumn will also herald another exciting

chapter in Bodmin’s story when on the 5th

September the ‘Tour of Britain’ is held in

Cornwall for the first time. For this highly

competitive cycle race professional riders

from across the globe will cover 170km

through the Cornish countryside from

Penzance to Bodmin. The provisional route

also visits St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne,

Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro,

Newquay and St Austell.

The last leg, the exciting culmination of the

race, will go right through the town centre,

passing many of the sites so associated

with Bodmin’s extraordinary history. Finally,

the riders will climb the steep ascent of Turf

Street and St Nicholas Street to finish just

past Bodmin General Station outside the

grand Victorian façade of Bodmin Keep.

So, today not only are there many fascinating

reminders of this town’s important and

eventful past to enjoy (see below) but also

much to look forward to in the future. It really

is time to visit Bodmin!

Some of Bodmin’s Historic Highlights –

• St Guron’s Holy Well and

St Petroc’s Church

• Bodmin Jail

• Bodmin Town Museum

• Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

• Bodmin and Wenford Railway

• Berry Tower l

For more information check out:

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Hello Spring!

It’s been some time since many of Cornwall’s gardens

were open for spring, with last year’s lockdown in full

swing, the latest new arrivals of some of Cornwall’s

best floras and faunas went unseen. However, this year

things are looking a little brighter, and many of us will

once again be able to enjoy what the season of rebirth

has to offer amongst Cornwall’s spectacular gardens.

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espite the air still holding a

wintry bite, by late February this

year the six champion Magnolia

campbellii had bloomed in full

in six of the great gardens of Cornwall.

Across Heligan, Caerhays, Trewithen,

Tregothnan, Trebah and Trewidden, the

striking petals of the champion Magnolia

trees signify the start of spring in Cornwall,

an annual celebratory declaration founded

by Toby Ashworth of the Nare Hotel and

The Great Gardens of Cornwall.

It’s certainly a welcomed sight to see

many of Cornwall’s most iconic gardens

reopening in April and days spent outside

can now be enjoyed amongst some of

the country’s most stunning floral scenes.

With a renewed sense of appreciation for

outdoor spaces brought on by the months

of lockdown, spending time in one of

Cornwall’s gardens seems like the idyllic

option, and from diving into the 200 acres

of wonder at Heligan to stepping into the

subtropical depths of Trebah, there’s plenty

on offer and we’ve got a small selection of

some of the sights you can discover this

spring season.

It seems that across many of Cornwall’s

gardens, rhododendrons play a key feature

in one of the county’s most flourishing and

popular florals. An almost quintessential

feature of many of Cornwall’s great

gardens, the aptly named ‘Cornish Red’

rhododendron is a familiar spectacle.

A valley of these rich, regally coloured

flowers take centre stage throughout an

entire valley at Trebah Gardens from late

March, whilst at Heligan the month of April

offers an impressive display of vintage

rhododendrons which can be found at

Flora’s Green, where many of the shrubs

were planted pre 1920, originating from

seed collections brought to England from

Darjeeling and Sikkim in India during the

mid 19th Century by Sir Joseph Hooker,

a close friend of Charles Darwin and to

many keen horticulturalists a legendary

plant hunter and unsung hero of British

botanicals and floristry.

It’s also impossible not to mention Trebah

Gardens' stunning spring rhododendrons,

which transform the wooded 25-acre

subtropical ravine into a flurry of colour,

with the omissible ‘Glory of Penjerrick’ a

rhododendron rich with the deepest of

pink flower juxtaposing the delicate sight

of the Indian Rhododendron nuttallii, a

fragrant, pale yellow flower.

Elsewhere, an array of snow white and

baby pink floral rhododendron displays

are an annual joy at the likes of Caerhays

Estate. The Spring Gardens opened on the

14th February, and will continue to be open

until the 13th June, allowing visitors the

opportunity to see and experience these

magnificent smelling rhododendrons

in person across the gardens' 140 acre

spread, where you can also find an

impressive collection of mangolias.

Meanwhile, the breathtaking estate of

Pencarrow is a site where the grandeur

of Georgian architecture meets the elite

skill of landscape artistry. Originally laid

out in 1831, the gardens of Pencarrow

are renowned for their vibrant and varied

array of plant, tree, flower and wildflower.

Sat on the edge of Bodmin Moor,

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bright flowers, with over 400 varieties of

camellias and rhododendrons, before

giving way to blankets of bluebells

and wild garlic from the month of May.

It means that just in time for April, the

gardens will be teaming with life and

ready to dazzle eager visitors.

The later spring months are prime times

for Cornwall’s bluebell carpets and from

late April to May, the battle of the best

bluebell carpet takes hold of the county.

Antony Woodland Garden has long held its

reputation as a premier garden destination

and was the film location for Tim Burton’s

Alice in Wonderland, with over 300

varieties of magnolias, rhododendrons,

camellias and azaleas alongside a range

of indigenous and exotic trees. In an

area known as the Cathedral, late spring

sees bluebells and wild garlic cover the

woodland floor. Further south, Godolphin

House boasts seven centuries worth of

Cornish history and as a result, offers

a rustic, laid back approach to its lush

countryside. Surrounding the romantic

home and 16th Century gardens, the team

work hard to keep the grounds authentic

and well cared for and visitors can lose

themselves through wandering paths and

the iconic bluebell wood.

Of course, one aspect of Cornwall’s garden

for which it is renowned is the capacity to

grow sub-tropical plants, trees and flowers

that transform pockets of Cornwall into

a Mediterranean riviera. As one of the

Great Gardens of Cornwall, Trewidden

is an enchanting jungle that offers a vast

array of herbaceous, sub-tropical and

floral specimens. Created by the Bolitho

family in the mid 19th Century, the 15-

acre garden is family friendly, dog friendly

and scattered with hidden gems to stir

the senses. Some of the key features to

keep a look out for are one of Trewidden’s

latest plant features, the Kurume Bowl.

Planted in 2019, the Kurume Bowl is an

amphitheatre created using the Wilson 50

Kurume Azalea collection, which originates

from Kurume, Southern Japan. Then,

it would be impossible not to mention

Trewidden’s notable Tree Fern Pit, said

to be one of the finest collections of Tree

Ferns (Dicksonia antartica) in the Northern

Hemisphere. Native to Southern Australia

and Tasmania, these plants spore freely at

Trewidden and many young ferns are to be

found in the surrounding vicinity.

Other hotspots that offer an escapist's

subtropical paradise can be found strewn

across Cornwall. From 1st April, Lamorran

Gardens will be reopening for the start of

their spring/summer season, however the

gardens are asking that visitors telephone

or email for a time slot for their visit. Tucked

away overlooking St Mawes, over 200 palm

trees cover this small utopia that’s filled

with stunning visuals from tranquil temples

to waterfall features. Further south,

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens boasts

large-scale tropical plants with a gallery

and popular kitchen café with outdoor

seating to match.

Before the inevitable summer hustle

and bustle kicks in, spring is the perfect

time of year for Cornwall’s gardens to be

enjoyed at a slower pace by families and

folks of all ages. Be sure to check ahead

to see if any pre-booking is required and

always check online to see what times

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Great Cornish Gardens

Pencarrow House & Gardens

Trewidden Garden

Pencarrow, the much loved home of the

Molesworth-St Aubyn family for nearly 500

years, is set in 50 acres of Grade II* woodland

and garden where dogs and children are most


The Georgian house boasts an impressive library

with secret door, elegant but ‘lived in’ reception

rooms, period bedrooms and collections of

family prams, dolls, oriental porcelain, fascinating

antique furniture and portraits. In the gardens

there are superb conifers that tower over azaleas,

magnolias and camellias, with many varieties

of rhododendron adding to the blaze of spring

colour; blue hydrangeas line the mile long

carriage drive throughout the summer. Discover

the ancient Celtic cross, Iron Age hill fort,

Victorian lake and icehouse, grotto, restful Italian

gardens with fountain and enormous rock garden.

Visit the Peacock café and enjoy the delights of

a homemade cream tea and then browse in the

Pencarrow shop for that perfect gift.

Pencarrow, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3AG

Open until 1st October 2021, Sunday to Thursday.

One of the Great Gardens of

Cornwall, Trewidden is a tranquil

oasis home to a famous collection

of Magnolias, Camellias and Tree

Ferns, as well as the National

Plant Collection of Rhododendron

Kurume Azalea Wilson 50. These,

combined with the historical links

to west Cornwall’s mining heritage,

make for a fascinating day out.

It is an ideal garden to explore,

walking along unusual twisty paths

between banks of extraordinary

flowering trees and shrubs. End

your visit with a welcome Cornish

cream tea or hearty lunch in the

tranquil setting of our tearoom.

Trewidden is open daily

from 10:30am until 5:30pm

(last admission is 4:30pm) from 1st

February until 26th September 2021.

Cookie Scottorn

Trewidden, Penzance TR19 6AU

COOKIE SCOTTORN is a Cornish based

ceramic sculptor who is inspired by the

natural world and especially Cornwall with its

layers of myth and history She aims to convey

a feeling of stillness and contemplation with

the sculptural heads, planters and animals.

The larger sculptures are designed to work

in the natural environment to enhance any

path, patio or garden space.

Wenford Bridge Pottery and Gallery is a

working studio and small gallery in beautiful

north Cornwall. The Camel Trail starts just

across the road from the pottery following

the river Camel to the sea, with the off grid

Snailspace Café available for refreshments

and bike hire during the season.

Visitors are welcome, please call first to

make sure Cookie is there to welcome you.

Wenford Bridge PotterySt Breward,

Bodmin, PL30 3PN

T: 07920282423


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At Outset Cornwall,

a dedicated team

of expert business

advisors work with

people across Cornwall

and the Isles of Scilly

to help them realise

their dreams in starting

up their own business.

Here, Programme

Director, Kate Perkin,

chats to myCornwall

about life at Outset...

Hi Kate! Can you tell us a little bit

Q about yourself and your connection

to Cornwall?

My parents’ careers brought them to

Cornwall whilst I was at university in

Plymouth. Once I had completed my

history degree, I joined my parents who

were living in Bodmin. My true connection

to Cornwall actually came from finding work

that I was passionate about and even more

so later when I met my Cornish husband

and stepson and having my own little boy.

We now live in West Cornwall and can be

found most evenings taking our dog for a

walk on one of Cornwall’s beautiful beaches

or woods.

Can you tell us about the work your

Q do for Outset Cornwall?

I always knew that I wanted a role where

my skills would actually make a difference

and after working on a European funded

project which helped individuals develop

their skills, progress their careers and

enable businesses to run more effectively,

it absolutely cemented my view of how

transformational learning new skills could

be to an individual or business. In 2009 a

friend suggested I look at a Programme

Director role for a brand-new project and I

knew straight away it was the job for me. I‘m

lucky enough to lead a brilliant team with

diverse roles including client engagement,

workshop delivery, marketing, creative,

web, compliance and administration as well

as completing the application/bid writing

and financial management.

You’ve worked closely with a

Q lot of Cornish enterprises and

employment projects, what’s inspired

your passion for this and what have you

learnt along the way?

My passion for what I do comes from seeing

how much developing their knowledge

and starting their businesses can change

people’s lives. 12 years of seeing how many

jobs people have created for themselves

or for others is something special. When

we see our Outset businesses achieve

something, we feel a bit like their extended

business family, and there’s a great pride in

their successes. It’s also a pleasure to see

these small businesses support each other.

I’ve learned that a great idea can come from

anyone and at any time. Starting a business

is hard work, so building a support network

around you from day one can make all the

difference. That’s where Outset comes in!

What do you aim to bring to people

Q who take part in Outset Cornwall?

Our aim is to give people facilitated

thinking time to explore their idea, work

out if it’s feasible and if they’re suited to

running their own business. I hope that

with the support of the team, clients begin

to recognise the transferable skills they

already possess and through participating

in workshops, coaching and events,

develop more knowledge and skills so that

when they’re ready to start trading, they

are coming at it from a more confident and

capable position, knowing they have the

Outset team and wider client community to

support them when they need it. We hope

our clients know they can rely our ongoing

support during their first challenging years.

What advice would you give to

Q people looking to start their own

business in Cornwall?

Write a business plan. It’s easy to get

carried away and work on the more exciting

elements of starting a business first, but

taking a methodical approach and seeking

out support from people who can guide

you, will minimise the risks. Organisations

like Outset have the expertise to take you

through all the different elements you would

need to consider in the process of starting,

whether you want to be self-employed or

start something on a larger scale. There’s a

great sense of achievement when completing

your business plan and clarifying your vision,

direction and aspirations for your business.

What do you love

Q about Cornwall?

I’ve lived in Cornwall for so long I feel like

I belong here; it’s where my husband and

boys were born, and I now can’t imagine

living anywhere else. I love that I can walk

out of my front door and within 10 minutes

I'm on the beach. There are some very

beautiful and atmospheric woodlands that

are amazing places to refuel the soul. I’ve

also been lucky enough to make friends

in Cornwall that are more like family, and

I’ve found a meaningful career and work

family that has and will continue to create a

lasting legacy of new businesses and jobs in

Cornwall. What’s not to love about that. l

Outset Cornwall is funded by the European

Regional Development Fund, HM

Government and the Outset Foundation.

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Let's Speak Cornish

Gans an gewer tekka yn Gwenton ha diskwithans an naw

alhwedh y teu chons dhe spena moy a dermyn yn mes –

wortiwedh y hyllir gwrandra dres oll an powdir meurgerys

a Gernow. Byttegyns, y tal dhywgh gwaytyas an hyns arvor

dhe vos pur vysi ytho martesen tybyans da via dhe hwilas

an nansow ha’n gonyow dhe-ves a’n morrep rag avoydya an

bushys. Y fydh moy es dhe gavos kerdh kylghek yn sertan heb

their living. Today, they reveal old engine houses and mine

workings that used to bustle with activity, now silent. Near St

Stephen, for example, the ruins of mills, clay-workings and

waterwheels are still found along the Tregargus valley, aged

with moss but otherwise intact! Other walks follow geographical

features, such as the walks on the banks of the Fowey at Respryn

or Golitha Falls. Do visit them and enjoy the outdoors soon.

res dhe dhasgerdhes agas lergh!

With the finer weather in Spring and the relaxation of lockdown

(the nine keys) comes the chance to spend more time outdoors

– at last you can ramble throughout all the much loved Cornish

countryside. However, you should expect the coast path to be

very busy so perhaps it might be a good idea to explore the

valleys and moorlands away from the sea to avoid the crowds. It

will certainly be easier to find a circular walk, without the need to

retrace your steps!




dendil bewnans






to follow


to earn a living




to age



yn tien

intact, whole




river bank






at last, finally!


to the left

gwandra to

wander, ramble


to the right




to expect




Treyl a-dhyghow dhe benn an bownder

dhe-ves a

away from

Turn right at the end of the lane





Gwren ni mos dres an koos hag a-ugh an karn.

Let’s go through the woods and over the tor.

Yma lies kerdh brav a-dreus an grestir a Gernow. Nebes

anedha a hol an fordhow usys gans tus bal hag oberwesyon

erell pub dydh rag dendil aga bewnans. Hedhyw, i a dhisklos

jynnjiow koth ha hwelyow a fyski gans bewder, lemmyn dison...

Yn ogas dhe Eglosstefan, rag ensempel, kevys hwath yw

magoryow a velinyow, priweythvaow ha rosow dhowr a-hys

an nans Tregargoos, kothhes lemmyn gans kewni mes yn tien

poken! Kerdhow erell a hol nasyow doroniethek, y’ga mysk an

lerghow ryb glannow an Dowr Fowydh dhe Bons Resbrini po

Dowrlam Golitha. Grewgh aga vysytya hag onlowenhewgh yn

mes kyns pell.

There are many fine walks in Cornwall’s heartland. Some follow

the routes taken by miners and other workers each day to earn

Kemmer an lergh a-gledh dhe’n yet!

Take a left at the gate!

Pes mildir alemma dhe’n tyller kroust!

How many miles from here to the picnic spot?

Yth esos ta ow synsi an mappa a-wartha dhe-woles!

You’re holding the map upside down!

Wait for me!

Gorta ragov!

Eson ni ena hwath!

Are we there yet!

For general enquiries:

For enquiries about publications:

For enquiries about examinations:

For enquiries about the language correspondence course:

For more Cornish Language visit:

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Art News



On the road to Portreath Beach and its’ Cliff

walks, this new large relaxed, Open Studio has

over seventy Oil Paintings in two very different

styles by local Artist Debbie Stovell. Most

capture the essence of the Cornish coast and

land, along with Portraits and Floral Art in her

Eden Series.

‘The gasps of air and the “Wow!” when

people enter my studio are so rewarding’

says Debbie.

Come and chat to her while she paints or

quietly enjoy the exhibition, prints and cards.

Commissions welcome. Please phone or check

website and Facebook for weekly updates of

opening times before visiting. Appointments

can be arranged. l

T. 07484052177

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This month’s cover artist Rob Walker grew up on a farm in rural

Northamptonshire, and later studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at

Northampton College of Art. After a 30-year career as an award-winning graphic

designer and illustrator, Rob relocated to north Cornwall, where he rediscovered

his childhood love of rural landscapes and began to pursue his passion for fine

art painting. He paints predominantly in watercolours and mixed media, using

his high energy, illustrative style to create dynamic seascapes, landscapes and

images of rural characters and wildlife.

See his work this spring at Whitewater Contemporary, the new and progressive

big sister to Whitewater Gallery, Polzeath, where you can expect to see striking

new talent and stunning new works by leading local and national artists on show

at one of Cornwall’s loveliest locations. l



If all has gone to plan, two of Cornwall’s top galleries will be able

to open their doors and welcome back visitors from 19th May.

Newlyn Art Gallery, along with its sister venue The Exchange in

Penzance, are planning to open with Seaside: Photographed,

an exhibition of photographs featuring the British Seaside. The

exhibition will show across both galleries and includes work

by top international photographers, as well as work created

especially for the exhibition by photographers based in Cornwall.

Also on show will be new work by Kerry Harding in The Picture

Room at Newlyn Art Gallery and ceramics by Jode Pankhurst in

The Engine Room at The Exchange. l

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Left: Martin Parr, New Brighton, England, from The Last Resort, 1983–85

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




Ground floor Gallery will be presenting the

2021 Summer Members’ Exhibition.

First Floor Gallery will be presenting our long awaited

‘Celebrating 125 years of the National Trust Exhibition’.

Open daily from 10.00am – 5.00pm.

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Porthleven based

gallery The

Customs House

Gallery will be

welcoming an

exciting new artist

into their residency

in time for the new


A self-taught

painter living

on the Isles of

Scilly, Steve

Sherris’ gorgeous works are a symphony of light, colour and Scilly living

that capture heart-warming landscape scenes as well as local wildlife,

flora and fauna, that have made this archipelago renowned for its breathtaking

beauty. Having lived on Scilly for most of his life, Steve can trace

back the Sherris name on the islands for generations and has an in-depth,

deep rooted knowledge and appreciation for the land, which he skilfully

channels into his works. A full-time professional artist, Steve can typically

be found on the shorelines and rocks of the Scilly island’s coastlines,

immersing himself in his subject matter.

With such a keen eye for conveying the essence of place, the Customs

House Gallery are excited to welcome Steve to the mainland for an

upcoming collection of unique, exclusive works featuring local scenes

around Porthleven. l

To keep up to date, head to



From humble

beginnings in

2003 when four


artists decided to

set up a studio/

gallery space,

The Cowhouse

Gallery has since

evolved to become

a light and bright

gallery space in the

coastal village of

Perranuthnoe that

comprises16 artists

and craftspeople.

A diverse array of

work including paintings (in various media), sculpture in a variety of techniques

and media, print-making, photography, jewellery, wood-turning, embroidery

and 3D creations, make for a captivating display within the gallery. Alongside

permanent members, Cowhouse also displays the work of 10 guest artists,

including the pottery of Sally Tully, contestant on the latest series of Channel

4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown. For anyone in the area, it’s a must see

artistic hub but until you can make it down there, be sure to follow the gallery

on Instagram @thecowhousegallery l



Zebediah’s Art and Craft collective was established

in 2017 on the high street of Historical Town

Launceston in Cornwall. We support more than 30

local, high-quality artists and crafters to showcase

their unique and handmade pieces. We like to

think we have something for every taste and every

budget, from jewellery to home décor to fabulous

gifts. Launceston is well worth a visit with lots of

quirky shops and beautiful historical sites of which

our castle is the highlight. We hope to open again

as a retail outlet on the 12th of April. l




The Cornwall Craft Association’s Trelissick Gallery

will be reopening on the 17th April. The ground

floor of the gallery with be presenting a Members'

Selling Exhibition, which includes a wide array

of the CCA members' fantastically talented and

diverse works. On the first floor, for the first time

ever the CCA will be exhibiting in this space,

showcasing the long-awaited ‘Celebrating 125

Years of The National Trust Exhibition’. l

Pictured Image: Exhibiting work in the 125

Exhibition from Heather Frary.

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The Customs House Gallery

˜ Porthleven ˜

Lucie Sivicka Ceramics


an exhibition of

original paintings

by Phil Ward



Lucie’s ceramics are inspired

by the large community of

outdoor swimmers in Penzance

and the Cornish seaside in

general. Lucie loves to make

different types of pottery with

handpainted swimmer and

whale designs. Her studio is

based in Newlyn. Please call or

email to make an appointment.

Unit 4, The Strand, Newlyn TR18 5HA • Tel: 07415 609 224

ceramicglasslucie Ceramic, Stained Glass - Lucie Sivicka



T: 01326 569365


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Pink Grapefruit and Spring Flowers by Lizzie Black


The Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion, From 12th April 2021

Opening The Summerhouse Gallery’s tenth anniversary year is Stepping into Spring, a bright,

uplifting mixed exhibition, featuring new works by some of Cornwall’s most talented artists

including Kit Johns, Imogen Bone, Lizzie Black and Michael Praed.

The Summerhouse’s warm, welcoming ethos and passion for the art that it showcases burns

brighter than ever with an exhibition that is filled with warmth, optimism and joy.

Imogen Bone’s latest collection of paintings ‘Spring Walks’ captures that peaceful feeling that

nature hands to us in the springtime. Combining her distinctive style and brush marks with new

subject matter, Imogen’s latest collection communicates the bliss that one feels when walking in

the sanctuary of the Cornish landscape.

Stepping into Spring also features sensitively painted still-life works by Lizzie Black. Painted with

skill and charm, these ‘tablescapes’ encourage us to stop and look for beauty in the simplest of


Kit Johns’ breathtaking new body of seascapes are driven by the artist’s love of the environment

and passion for the ocean. His latest work is exhilarating, immersing the viewer in the power of

crashing waves and salty air.

A Cornishman through and through, Michael Praed returns with a captivating collection of

works. His ability to capture the rugged beauty of the coastline is as present as ever in his latest

interpretations of harbours, fishing boats and other seaside scenes. The gallery is also delighted

to be showing new works from other Summerhouse resident favourites as well as welcoming

some brand-new artists in what is set to be a very special year.

Located just a stone’s throw away from St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, The Summerhouse Gallery

celebrates the best of Cornish art in a friendly, relaxed and beautifully curated space. All are

welcome to the Gallery as it opens its doors this spring with optimism and hope for the future.

Find out more at

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SEASIDE: PHOTOGRAPHED at Newlyn Art Gallery,

and at The Exchange, Penzance, 19 May - 3 July

This major exhibition looks at the relationship between photography

and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. Images of the

beach, hotel life, the holiday camp, wild waves and coastlines combine

to create a rich picture of British resorts. Featuring work by international

photographers, as well as work created especially for the exhibition by

photographers based in Cornwall.

Top left: Anna Fox, Hayling Island 1986 © Anna Fox, courtesy James

Hyman Gallery, London. Top right: Dafydd Jones, Butlins, Minehead

Somerset. Summer 1979


Kurt Jackson –

Wheat: From Plough to Plate

For many years the building that

houses the Jackson Foundation

was part of Warrens Bakery. It was

here that their lorries were serviced,

repaired and maintained.

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

creative space showcasing the talent of over 40 Cornish craftspeople.

There is a wide range of contemporary work from both well-known and

emerging makers, across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, painting & prints,

stationery, and homewares. There is also a dedicated workshop space

which offers classes to inspire people to take up making themselves. Check

our website for details on the classes available.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10am-5pm

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

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In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson

traces the journey of a staple crop -

wheat - from ‘field to fork’ in media

spanning paint, sculpture, poetry

and film.

Please check website for

opening times.

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB


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 peninsular. Seascapes to

abstracts, prints, crafts and cards with

various media to suit all tastes.

Spring exhibition - April 14th - June

20th . Open Wed - Sunday 11-3

Lizard Art, Trelowarren Estate,

Mawgnan-in-Meneage, Cornwall, TR12 6AF

T: 01326 221778


Facebook: Lizardart

Instagram: @lizardartgallery

Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE –

Echoes of a Vanished World

An explorer and a Founder

of Survival International, this

exhibition is a collection of

his photographs from the


There is nothing self-conscious or

patronising here. Instead, there

is a deep admiration, a sense of

wonder, respect and desire to share

what he sees with a world that has

grown increasingly out of touch

with the things that really matter.

Please check website for

opening times.

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB



Martin John Fowler is a

professional working artist

based in South Yorkshire

with strong connections

to Cornwall. Displaying

in several local galleries,

Martin’s work looks to

capture Cornwall’s rugged

and wild coastal areas,

often en plein air when

possible, and as a result

has had his work exhibition

both nationally and

internationally in solo and

mixed exhibitions.

We have moved to a new gallery space exhibiting handcrafted metalwork,

jewellery & paintings. Inspired by the sea unique metal seaweed wall

pieces & silver limpet jewellery capture the Cornish coast.

Sharon McSwiney, Gallery on the Square, Island Square, St Ives TR26 1NX

Tel: 01736 448293 •

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One of Cornwall’s most respected contemporary artists, Andrew Tozer is a professional

painter based in Falmouth. Capturing the colour, spirit and fluidity of Cornwall’s most

vivid and picturesque landscapes, Andrew exhibits at the New Gallery in Portscatho as

well as a selection of well-established galleries across the county.

Firstly, tell us about one of your chosen

locations to paint and why it inspires you...

I love to paint St Mawes Harbour, on

The Roseland Penisula. The area is very

unspoilt and rural and has maintained

a slightly old-fashioned feel. There is a

thriving agricultural community which,

having grown up in a farming family, makes

me feel at home.

St Mawes on the Roseland coast is a

quintessential Cornish seaside village with

an almost Mediterranean feel in terms of

colour. It can be rather busy and bustling

in summer but I really enjoy the energy of

people having a lovely time.

The aspect of the village when looking

along the long low shoreline offers a real

sense of grandeur that is great fun to

paint. Along with this stunning scenery,

St Mawes has constantly changing and

interesting juxtaposition of colours and light

throughout the whole day. You could stay

all day and paint the same scene differently

each time. I never get bored here.

When painting your location, is there

anything that really catches your eye that

you enjoy focusing on?

I love the way that the sun catches the

whitewashed buildings. Sunlight reflects

off the water and bounces back onto the

buildings giving an exceptionally bright

and invigorating colour spectacle for the

plein air artist. The air seems particularly

crisp and clean lending an uplifting feel to

the outside painting experience.

In the summer the little sailing boats

and paddle boats on the water are such

a cheerful and colourful sight, I love how

they provide jewel-like flashes of colour

against the natural backdrop.

The hive of activity at the water’s edge

with children paddling with bucket and

spades or trying to catch crabs or just

messing about with boats gives such a

happy sense of life to the scene and is a

sight that I consistently try to capture in so

many of my paintings.

Describe the sounds, smells and feelings

you experience in your location...

I love to hear the sounds of children

playing at the water’s edge, sails flapping

in the breeze, the cry of gulls and seabirds

and the ever-present salty air and smell of

seaweed. These things make me feel at

peace with the world. I think that painters

are drawn to certain areas because they

strike a deep cord within. For me, St

Mawes epitomises a feeling of well-being,

somewhere that seems to provide a break

from the anxieties and concerns of 21st

Century living.

What colours do you like to use when

painting your location?

I tend to favour a classic impressionist

palette, albeit with a contemporary twist;

Ultramarine Blue, Turquoise, Emerald

Green, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Cobalt

Violet, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna,

Cadmium Yellow, Permanent Rose,

Cadmium Red and Titanium White.

Like the French Impressionists such as

Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, I always

mix my blacks from pure colours when

using such a large collection of colours

to avoid muddiness associated with tube

blacks, which are invariably made from

various soots. Sometimes, if I want to

go for a simpler approach, I’ll use a preimpressionist

palette akin to the one used

by English painter, John Constable: Ivory

Black, Raw Sienna, Vermillion, Viridian,

Ultramarine and White.

What challenges do you face when

conveying your location onto canvas?

One of the biggest challenges is the

wind. I tend to anchor my easel down by

hanging my kit bag on the back of it. Cold

fingers and toes are par for the course – it

is hard to paint with gloves. A hat gives

some help against freezing winds or the

blazing sun.

Another huge challenge is the constantly

changing light – you have to work quickly

and concisely and make bold decisions

about colour and proportion. This is

actually the most exciting challenge as it is

these bold decisions that often provide the

most interesting element of the finished

painting and I love to see paint put on in

an individualistic and exciting way.

Finally, what do you love most about

your location?

I love visiting St Mawes; I have been

painting there for well over 20 years now.

It feels like visiting an old friend. When I

drive along the seafront to one of the car

parks, my heart always skips a beat as I

look to the left, casting my eye across the

gorgeous harbour and wondering what

beautiful sights I will see and paint. l

You can discover more of Andrew Tozer’s

work in the charming space of The New

Gallery at Portscatho and online at

The New Gallery, Portscatho,

Cornwall, TR2 5HW

T: 01872 580719

Opening times

Thursday to Saturday,

10am – 12.30pm, 2 – 5pm

The gallery is also open by appointment

which you can call or email to arrange.


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This April sees the official launch of Whitewater Contemporary, the new and

progressive big sister to Whitewater Gallery, Polzeath. Expect striking new talent

and stunning new works, on show at one of Cornwall’s loveliest locations.

Take a walk through Polzeath this

spring, and you will see that the original

Whitewater Gallery, with its wide windows

and ocean view, is now paired with

an adjoining ‘white cube’ style space.

Whitewater Contemporary has been

specially designed for the display of largescale

contemporary painting and unique

works of sculpture, ceramics and applied

art. Its custom fit interior and movable wall

system give it the elegance and flexibility

of a London gallery, and its ambitions are

equally as far reaching. “Whitewater Gallery

has become really well known for painting,

print and ceramics over the last ten years”

says gallery Director Nick Wapshott, “but

we felt it was time to scale up our exhibition

space to meet the growing expectations

of our collectors. Opening Whitewater

Contemporary has more than doubled

our floorspace, and significantly increased

the scale and diversity of works we can

show. That’s great for our artists, and our

collectors as well, and has allowed us to

put together a wonderful schedule of

exhibitions for this year and next. We have

a great mix of established gallery artists,

and have invited some new and really highprofile

artists from across the UK, so we

have some surprises planned.” Central to

the gallery’s offering is its year-round series

of Featured Artist exhibitions, on show in

its dedicated solo exhibition space. From

1st April, award winning artist Luke Knight

will be on show, followed by much loved

scene painter Simeon Stafford from 1st

May, and Suki Wapshott, whose landscapes

and abstract paintings have become

synonymous with Polzeath, will be on show

in June. Summer’s high season exhibition

plans remain firmly under wraps for now,

but in September, master potter Hugh

West will present a landmark exhibition

celebrating his 50th year in ceramics. “Hugh

has been an important artist to us for many

years” says Nick. “We feel really proud to

be holding his anniversary exhibition here

at Whitewater Contemporary.”

The gallery’s main space offers an

ongoing mix of collections by artists from

Cornwall and further afield, including large

scale paintings, exceptionally beautiful

studio ceramics, and plinths displaying

wonderful objects from the cutting edge of

contemporary applied art. Equally cutting

edge is the gallery’s high-resolution

Virtual 3D Tour, which allows buyers to

‘walk through’ the gallery and explore an

entire exhibition from the comfort of their

own sofa. “Our experience of lockdown

has changed a lot of things” says Nick,

“including the way we view and buy art.

We’ve become so used to engaging with

venues remotely that it’s a necessity now,

and a positive one, because it allows us

to welcome more visitors to Whitewater

in more ways. The 3D tour is something

really special, it gives greater access to

our shows, and greater confidence to

collectors who are interested in buying

remotely. You can even book a private

digital tour with myself or one of our

gallery staff, so we can discuss individual

works in more detail. These things are

becoming an essential part of the art

buying experience.” l

Whitewater Contemporary, The

Parade, Polzeath, PL27 6SR. For

further information and to take a

Virtual 3D Tour of the gallery see

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The reopening of the high street is going to be so important to us all this year. As the

empty streets gradually refill, creativity and energy will be central to regenerating our

towns. Independent businesses that encourage community and celebrate the joy of

the handmade will be at the forefront. By supporting makers and the independent

retailers, the Poly team hope that some of the well-being and passion embedded in

the process of making is passed around.

It’s brilliant to see new independent

art outlets and venues opening up in

Falmouth, such as Inspire Makers, Bodega

Bijou and The Cornish Bank: together,

Falmouth has become an essential

highlight for art-loving visitors to Cornwall.

The Poly has a prominent position and

history within Falmouth and offers artist-makers

an established bricks and mortar outlet. The

Guild was founded in 2015 to champion the

work of the local creative community of makers

and craftspeople. As restrictions ease, footfall

and awareness will increase with their wider

cinema and live arts programme. The thriving

Poly Pottery and Spring Gallery, fully booked

through 2021, places a dynamic creative

community at the heart of The Poly.

And with the recently launched

Poly Guild online shop, now is a great

opportunity for new artists to join the team

and their existing artistic community and

tell their maker story to a wide market.


Promoting the arts, science and history in

Cornwall is central to The Poly’s charitable

mission, so to be eligible, makers must have

a local connection. You will be based in

postcodes TR10 and TR11, or have studied

at higher education level in Cornwall. Stock

is handpicked from a diverse range of artistic

disciplines - ceramics, printmaking, textiles,

jewellery and more. The Poly are open to

innovative products that resonate with the

themes of arts, science and history, but

mainly their focus is on quality, craftsmanship

and originality. If it sounds like your work

would feel at home, please apply! The

selection panel will next meet in the summer.

Full details are available on the website:


The Poly Guild’s newest maker is Rob

Moss, owner/designer of Freeheel Design,

who challenges traditional notions of craft

by melding the modern with the ancient.

With a background in performance

sportswear design and the marine industry,

Rob engineers the component parts of

his Hypalon wallets, cardholders and key

rings with high-precision techniques from

those industries, and then completes them

with traditional hand-finishing. Hypalon

is a performance material often used in

boat construction, resistant to chemicals,

temperature extremes, and ultraviolet

light. The finish is silky smooth and, over

time, wears to a beautiful patina.

Visit The Poly Guild shop when it reopens

on 13th April to see Rob’s work, or check

it out online:



Adrian Mitchell, Woodturner

Alice Selwood, Textiles

Alice Stevens, Metalwork

Badger & Birch, Sustainable Homeware

Beatrix Baker, Mirrors

Bev Jelbart, Decorations

Joshua Kerley, Glassware

Naomi Singer, Glassware

Raz Maker, Metalwork

Sam Isaacs, Lighting

Tom Raffield, Steam-bent wood

Visual Artist

John Howard, Printmaker

Esther Connon, Printmaker & illustrator

Felix Packer, Printmaker

Kim Pilgrim, Visual artist

Lee Kellgren, Printmaker

Lesley Harry, Printmaker

Lou Tonkin, Printmaker

Mike Brett, Printmaker

Nicola Kerslake, Printmaker

Sonja Burniston, Printmaker


Turner and Spink

Jasmine Bowden

Martin Page

Maya Ullman

Sarah Caine


Liz Mehen

Sophie Jarram

Tim Lake

Nicki Martin

Poly Pottery

Sam Marks

Wendy Wilbraham

Simon Thompson

Books, Cards and Giftware

Rei Arta


Rikke Diggerud

Zasuma l

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Martin John Fowler

Rich in vibrance and movement, Martin John Fowler looks to capture Cornwall’s coastal

ports in a vivid display of urban meets rural. Inspired by childhood memories and his

deep-rooted connections to the county, Martin continues to bring the continuing

changing face of Cornwall and Britain’s ports to life through his acrylic works.

A contemporary artist, Martin was born

and raised in Yorkshire after which he

studied Painting and Printmaking at

Sheffield College of Art, completing a

degree in Fine Art shortly after. From

there, Martin travelled the UK extensively,

touring the high peaks of Scotland down

to the rugged coast of Cornwall. It was

here that Martin found himself strongly

drawn to the land and seascapes the

county had to offer, including its many

characterful and bustling fishing ports.

“Over time the expressive style in

my work has become an active and

interactive response to the environment. I

like to focus on objects, place and time.”

Whilst still living in Yorkshire, Martin

typically spends large portions of the

year in Cornwall, where he exhibits as a

resident artist with several local galleries.

Working mainly outdoors, Martin captures

his works en plein air before reworking

the final pieces in his studio, using

sketches and notes to maintain a sense

of mood and place in each work. Eager

to create his personal interpretation

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of a place, Martin looks to combine

abstract and reality and create a sense of

movement and energy.

“My artwork is fuelled by my experiences

of Cornwall, and I want this engagement

with the region to be the main aspect with

audiences who view my artwork. I like to

have a dynamic colour palette that brings

together the expressive qualities in the

Cornish land and seascapes.

“Each painting, drawing, or print start

with a new process to find a new way

forward. It’s this process I enjoy the most.”

Martin’s expressive works are part

of an ongoing project, which looks to

capture the change in working ports over

recent years. From his earliest memories

of childhood to the present, Cornwall

features heavily in Martin’s influence

to depict a way of life that is steadily

shrinking over time.

“Throughout my life and my

travels, the engagement with Cornish

communities has provided impetus for

exploring thematic ideas that motif in my

fine art prints.”

Exhibiting at Artworld in Falmouth,

Tyler Gallery in Mousehole, Blue Bramble

Gallery in St Ives and The Customs House

Gallery, Porthleven, Martin has also found

himself holding solo exhibitions countyand

country-wide, including at the St Ives

Society of Artists guild, a place which

has proven to be a driving force in his


“The original St Ives School of Painters

and art practitioners as a historic and

aesthetic level continue to inspire my

work. I feel connected to Cornish land

and seascapes through the inspirations

they have found.”

With summer on the horizon, Martin

is itching to return to Cornwall at the

earliest opportunity and once returned,

will quickly be taking to the ports and

coasts, to continue his quest to capture

the colourful ways of life a thriving

coastline offers. l

Discover more about Martin and his

work at

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Lucie Sivicka

Lucie Sivicka’s charming and delicately designed ceramics have become popular

keepsakes for locals and visitors alike since she rediscovered the craft four years ago.

Inspired by the fearless wild swimming ladies of the local area, Lucie has journeyed from

Prague to Penzance, and in turn redefined her creative role in the world of pottery.

It was on TV at her childhood home in

the Czech Republic that Lucie first felt

captured by the allure of pottery. Amazed

by the process of turning raw clay into

mugs and decorations, Lucie went on

to study at the Ceramic Art School of

Bechyne in Ceramic Technology. Initially

her plan wasn’t to be a potter, but after

acquiring a job as an apprentice potter

in Prague at a renowned ceramic studio,

Lucie, now aged 18, began to pursue a

passion for ceramics as a maker.

Then, in 1989 the Velvet Revolution

took place in what was formerly known

as Czechoslovakia, which saw popular

demonstrations take place against the

Communist Party government. After the

revolution, Lucie remained in Prague for

four years, working at various ceramic

studios before returning to her hometown

of Zatec to open her own studio with a

friend. It was there that Lucie found a shift

in her life as a maker, when she took a

break from ceramics to focus on crafting

stained glass, where she swiftly gained

success across the Czech Republic, “I

fell in love with making stained glass,”

Lucie explains. “I used to make church

windows, lampshades and private

windows. My lampshades were sold to

famous and important clients across

the Czech Republic, including a former

president, the current president and many

famous Czech musicians.”

It wasn’t until Lucie, now with a partner

and young son, made the move to

Penzance that she found herself returning

to ceramics.

“I moved to Penzance with my partner

and our son almost four years ago,” Lucie

explains. “My partners parents live here

and after our son was born, we used to

visit them for summer and Christmas

holidays for over 10 years. I always had a

fantastic time in Penzance, I love walking

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on the cliff tops, enjoying the magical

beaches, the turquoise sea, bustling town

and of course, the galleries. I also really

enjoyed the sense of freedom here.

“I never believed I would make

ceramics again, but when I moved to

Penzance I met some local potters and

they encouraged me.”

Lucie began working with popular

Newlyn potter Dan Hides for several

hours a week and shortly after was offered

some studio space alongside another

popular local potter, Lincoln Kirby-Bell,

who offered Lucie a space in his studio

to focus on her own work, “I thought I

would just experiment with clay and make

a few bits for sale,” says Lucie. “I didn’t

feel confident enough to sell my pots

in the beginning because of my foreign

language. It was probably the biggest

challenge in my life, to be brave enough

to make and start to show my work in

various galleries and online.”

However, Lucie persevered with her work

and one year later on her regular cycle to

her studio in Newlyn, inspiration swiftly

caught her eye, “It came like a flash...” she

describes, “I was cycling to my studio in

Newlyn and saw ladies swimming in the sea

during the winter. I was absolutely shocked

to see how brave they were to be in that

freezing winter water. I continually try to

improve my depictions of swimmers on

my pots and like to learn to draw different

positions and different shapes of the body...

I also love to decorate whales on my pots,

the whale designs are made by the sgraffito

technique and I use lovely navy blue and

turquoise glazes.”

Lockdown and finding her feet in

her new life in Cornwall offered new

challenges and triumphs for Lucie as she

continued to gain confidence in her work

as a ceramicist and be further inspired

by her local surroundings, “Working with

ceramics is like a form of meditation for

me, I can easily get lost in time when I

concentrate on my work. It’s a wonderful

feeling when time doesn’t exist and

working on the wheel is very therapeutic,

especially during this difficult time,

it’s a great escape from reality. During

lockdown I had a number of commissions

to make, scultures of beloved pets for

various customers. It was really special

work for me and very hard as well. My

biggest challenge at the moment is

learning to paint different positions of

the body and making more complicated

sculpture. At the moment I’m making

a parrot sculpture for one of my lovely

customers and it’s a challenge to get the

right shape.

“I’m so grateful that people like my

ceramics, it has made my dream come

true and I feel that I am very lucky.”

Appreciating Cornwall’s rich artistic

culture, wildlife and slow pace, Lucie’s

work is a perfect blend of her skill as

a ceramicist and her love for her local

surroundings. However, it may take a

little further time before she follows in

her inspiring wild swimming ladies’ steps,

“Now I know how good it is for you to

swim in cold water, it really wakes you up

physically and mentally. I love swimming

in the sea, but mostly from spring to late

autumn. Maybe next winter you may see

me in the sea... maybe!” l

This summer, you can find the stunning

ceramics of Lucie Sivicka in ‘The

Beautiful Room’ exhibition, taking place

at Penzance’s Circa 21 gallery and

lifestyle store

You can also see more of Lucie’s work

for sale at her online shop on Etsy –


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@ Emma Jeffryes,

Cornish Summer Sea


For nearly 60 years the New Craftsman has been a leading destination for

discerning collectors, thanks to its year-round exhibitions of both Cornish and

international art.

Few art galleries can claim the unique

history or influence of St Ives’ New

Craftsman. Established in 1965 by

potter Janet Leach, it has supported

the careers of some of the world’s most

important Modern artists, including

Barbara Hepworth, Sandra Blow, Roger

Hilton, Bryan Winter, Patrick Heron and

Sir Terry Frost, and has exhibited the work

of potters such as Bernard Leach, Shoji

Hamada, Hans Coper, Dame Lucie Rie

and Emmanuel Cooper.

Today, it continues to bring great

painters and potters together in a series

of eight beautifully curated shows a year,

each aimed at showing the very best

British and International art right here

in Cornwall. “Since it was founded, this

gallery’s focus has always been on the

export and import of great talent” says

owner and Director Ylenia Haase. “Our

aim is to connect Cornish artists with

an international audience, and to bring

international artists here to Cornwall.

That mix of local and international,

of modern and contemporary, and of

painting and craft is part of the gallery’s

unique history, and it’s important to us

that we continue in that way”. While

Ylenia works hard to continue the gallery’s

artistic heritage, as a space the gallery

is much changed from its original form.

Thanks to a complete renovation in 2012,

it is now an elegant, two-floored, white

walled space specifically designed for

the display of painting, sculpture, and

New Craftsman’s world class offering of

studio ceramics. The gallery’s particular

specialism in ceramics goes back to

founder Janet Leach, who exhibited not

just her own work, but that of her husband

Bernard Leach and other leading Cornish,

European and Japanese potters. Today,

contemporary ceramicists like Matthew

Chambers, Tanya Gomez, Akiko Hirai, Jack

Doherty, Jin Eiu Kim and Jerwood Prize

winner Adam Buick are regularly on show,

amongst others whose cutting-edge work

catches Ylenia’s attention.

“There are so many fantastic new potters

arriving on the art scene all the time” she

says, “and it’s such a thrill to show them

here at New Craftsman. Fans of pottery

are really dedicated collectors – I’m one of

those fans myself – it’s such a passion, and

we are really proud of the reputation we

have here for ceramics. I think Janet [Leach]

would approve of the makers we have on

show at New Craftsman now. They are

extraordinary talents”.

When it comes to painting Ylenia is

equally selective, exhibiting artists whose

influences, in some way, connect with the

history of Modernist painting in St Ives.

“Naive painting in St Ives, for example”

explains Ylenia “goes back to the work

of Alfred Wallace, whose work we’ve

shown here. That style of painting is

reflected today in the work of artists like

Emma Jeffryes, who exhibits with us every

spring. She is one of our most collected

artists, perhaps because that beautifully

simplified way of painting feels so right

for St Ives, for the simplicity and beauty of

life down here in west Cornwall”.

Emma’s work will be on show from

12th April to 15th May alongside the

work of potter Adam Buick, whose new

Emergence collection of Korean style

Moon Jars is inspired by the boundary

between sea and land.

“Adam’s work is created using clays

and materials taken from the landscape

that inspires them” says Ylenia, “meaning

they are deeply connected to the idea of

‘place’, and the idea of ‘place’ in art has

always been crucial to the art of St Ives. It’s

those threads that matter to the focus and

integrity of our collections I think, and the

trust of our collectors, who come to us not

just because they love beautiful artwork

and objects, but because they have a

passion for the history of art in St Ives”. l

See Emma Jeffryes’ Lanes, Hedgerow

and Coast Path exhibition, and Adam

Buick’s Emergence collection from 12th

April to 15th May at New Craftsman

Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, TR26 1HE.


for information on this and other

forthcoming shows.

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New Craftsman interior with paintings by Judy Buxton.

Spiral ceramic by Matthew Chambers and vessels by Akiko Hirai

Adam Buick's Emergance Collection

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Helford Inspired Rum Wins Gold at Rum & Cachaca Masters 2021

Premium Golden Rum, Mainbrace, has

once again seen success as it picks up

two gold awards at the prestigious Rum &

Cachaca Master 2021 Competition, held

in March this year.

With 154 entries from 58 brands,

Mainbrace faced fierce competition, yet

stood out to the panel of leading spirit

specialist judges, who noted the rum’s

notes of ‘sponge cake and dark chocolate’

and complimented the sweetness and

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slight dryness of the golden rum’s blend.

In the case of Mainbrace’s Navy Strength

Rum, the judges were impressed by the

elegance of this bold and rich blend and

noted its silky palate and vanilla sweetness.

Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum (40%

ABV) was conceived in July 2018 at the

Ferryboat Inn on the Helford Passage,

before launching officially in October 2019

at RumFest in London. That following

summer in July 2020, the brands Navy

Strength Rum (54% ABV) launched to

commemorate the 50th anniversary of

Black Tot Day, when on the 31st July 1970,

the Royal Navy abolished the much-loved

daily rum tot, served for 325 years to

generations of naval ratings.

Since Mainbrace’s initial launch, the rum

has received rave reviews from spirit

enthusiasts, scooping up global awards

and this latest success paves the way for

this distinctive rum’s exciting future. Pick up

a bottle for yourself this spring and discover

more at l

Skinner’s Crowdfunder Sees Brewery Saved and More!

Earlier in March, Skinner’s Brewery found

themselves in dire straits as the effects

of multiple lockdowns caused by the

coronavirus pandemic took its toll on

their business. In a bid to keep going, the

Skinner’s team including founder Steve

Skinner, took to Crowdfunder to ask

loyal fans and drinkers of their delicious

brews, to help keep the brewery afloat

through this trying storm, and the results

were astounding.

After 28 days, a total sum of £152,301 was

successfully raised, not only allowing Skinner’s

Brewery to carry on providing fantastic ales

and beers to Cornwall, but to also invest in

a brand-new outdoor venue in the heart of

their brewery headquarters at Truro.

A quintessential member of Cornwall’s

food and drink culture, Skinner’s are a

100% independent, family run brewery

who employ a dedicated and passionate

workforce. As well as supplying awardwinning

Cornish beers across the UK,

Skinner’s have also contributed and

supported countless grassroots charities

over the years, raising over £500,000.

With the Cornish community demonstrating

just how much Skinner’s means to them with

this fantastic achievement, we’re excited

to see the new developments Skinner’s has

planned! Head to

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Porthleven Food Festival

Cancelled for 2021

Porthleven’s award-winning free foodie

festival has sadly been cancelled for a second

year running, due to complications and

uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus


The festival typically attracts tens of

thousands of visitors from across Cornwall and

beyond to indulge in a weekend of cooking

demonstrations, pop-up foodie vendors, live

music and plenty more entertainment.

Originally set to run in early July this year, a

move from its usual April slot, the decision was

taken in late March to cancel the festival for

2021 entirely, after event organisers deemed

the event too risky given the uncertain future

of events due to Covid-19. l

New Longstore Restaurant

to Open in Truro

Charlestown based restaurant The Longstore

has become renowned for its stellar servings

of steak and seafood. Immensely popular

with both locals and visitors alike, it was only

a matter of time before Longstore looked to

expand its growing business.

Locally sourced from the land and sea, The

Longstore is led by the Pollocks Pub Co, who

also own Short & Strong in the iconic coastal

village of Charlestown, as well as Sharksfin in

Mevagissey and The Golden Lion in Port Isaac.

Now, a Truro based Longstore is set to open

this May on Lemon Street, at the premises

previously occupied by Bustopher Jones. l

To get a taste of what will be on offer, head to

Hubbox To Open

Restaurant at Falmouth

Popular burger chain Hubbox is set to open

its fourth restaurant in Cornwall, and its tenth

in the country, this May. The chain originally

started out in St Ives with restaurant Hub

before expanding to sites in Truro, St Austell,

Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Portsmouth, Cardiff

and Bristol.

The new Falmouth based restaurant is set to

open at Discovery Quay. l

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French-inspired, Falmouth-based and floating, La

Peniche is the romantic restaurant on the water

where every seat has a harbour view. Their prime

location, tucked away on the historic North Quay

through the upper marina gates, offers a unique

dining experience that brings together sumptuous

food with a breath-taking atmosphere. From a

family lunch-time to a romantic date night, fine

food and wine take centre stage on this vintage

French barge.


Roasted Cornish Brill with glazed heirloom, carrots and cauliflower

sprouts with a wild garlic coulis and red wine sauce.


As a fish dish with red wine, La Peniche’s French Head Chef

Vincent knows this is a tricky one for a sommelier to pair, “I

would recommend a rose wine,” he says, “such as Whispering

of Angel of Chateau D’Esclans from Provence, it’s a dry rose with

a smooth finish.”


This dish is very representative of La Peniche’s culinary style,

championing local Cornish produce with French cuisine. The Brill

is sustainably sourced from local Cornish waters, with vegetable

from local farms and wild garlic picked from the nearby woodlands.

Much of the fish prepped and cooked at La Peniche arrives by boat,

ocean fresh, having never touched land.


Finish this sumptuous dish off with another classic La Peniche

dessert – a buckwheat financier, served with orange marmalade,

clotted cream and vanilla ice cream. The perfect ending for a

summer evening meal.


Head Chef Vincent’s cuisine has its roots firmly in France but with

a fantastic contemporary twist that matches perfectly with the

rich offerings of Cornwall’s land and sea. His Cornish Brill plate

is a perfect example, “The quality of the local fish and farm fresh

vegetable speak for themselves,” Vincent explains, “but get ready

for a kick from the red wine sauce and wild garlic coulis. It’s simple,

generous and a la mode.”

Make your reservations for a fine dining experience about La

Peniche now, open from the 19th of May onwards, and find out

more at and on their Facebook


Falmouth Heaven Marina

North Quay

TR11 3HH


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Guy Owen




T: 01208 863394


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Hi Guy, thanks for being our Meet the

Chef! Please tell us a little bit about

yourself and what you’ve been up to

lately at the St Enodoc Hotel...

I Joined the team at the Hotel in January

2020 after conversing with the Hotel

Directors, James and Lucy Strachan, about

their ambitions for the property. Since then,

we have opened Karrek restaurant as a new

fine dining experience in Rock. They have

brought in a resident gardener, Lynsey, who

has transformed the gardens and we have

some really interesting things going in for

us to use in both restaurant spaces.

The Brasserie has had a bit of a make over

as well, so it looks very clean and fresh.

Our focus over the lockdown periods

has been purely on enhancing guest’s

experience and introducing new ideas

to diversify the offering in the property

as much as possible. We are introducing

summer BBQ’s, and autumn and winter

chef’s series. We are also now open for

Christmas and New Year.

Tell us about your food, what are you

passionate about when it comes to

Cornish cooking?

What isn’t there to be passionate about

when you are cooking with Cornish

produce? We are very lucky here! On all

levels of food, we have some of the best of

British produce right here on our doorstep.

The food we cook is varied. I have always

had a huge appreciation for Asian and

Middle Eastern cuisine, so that certainly

features across both restaurants wherever

it can. My training has been more classical

European based, so we try and blend

the two together without making food

too fussy and complicated. As we are so

lucky with the produce we are able to

obtain, we try to leave it alone as much as

possible to let it do all the talking. If you

are sat in either restaurant, eating oysters

from Porthilly Oyster farm, which you can

literally see from your table, you want the

taste to be solely focused on the product.

Our focus over the

lockdown periods

has been purely on

enhancing guest’s

experience and

introducing new

ideas to diversify

the offering in the

property as much as


How would you describe your food and

how has this style developed?

We serve simple food, with an emphasis

on the key ingredient, in a way that, as

a team, we would love to eat ourselves.

The food has hints of Asian and Middle

Eastern flavour in it. We just cook with

what we know and love. We don’t try to

be too clever with anything. Our style

has developed into simple dishes with

considered flavours. We use all of our

team for their input on the menu so we

can collate a lot of ideas together.

What rules do you live

by in your kitchen?

Work tidy, think practically and don’t be

grumpy, you don’t have the right to ruin

other people’s days with a bad attitude.

Tell us about some of the highlights of

your exciting new menu at St Enodoc…

The Brasserie is such a varied mix of

different cuisines, but one thing is that

across both restaurants, we are most

excited to be developing relations with

ultra local suppliers, especially fish.

There is also the story and journey of the

hotel owner’s farm, located just outside

Oakhampton in Devon (Made-Well Farm),

where we are building a really exciting

breeding program. Just showcasing their

hard work and telling that story to the

guests is a very exciting process for us.

What ingredients couldn’t

you live without?

What a question! There are so many.

I think the best way to answer this is

acids. Lemon, lime, vinegar, capers. Truly

amazing as an ingredient. l

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Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, nothing says

celebration like a slice of good cake. Rarely is there a cake that

doesn’t call be cut into instantly, however when it comes to the

cake artistry crafted by self-taught baker Polly Webb, there’s

definitely some hesitation. Her bespoke, beautifully designed cakes

have been capturing Cornwall by storm and it’s easy to see why...

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"I see decorating a cake as creating

an edible sculpture and the

possibilities are endless when it

comes to design.”

21-year-old Polly Webb has always been

creatively inclined, but her passion for

food was always close by. Born and raised

in Cornwall, this Helston based baker first

discovered her knack for blending both

art and cooking during her teenage years.

“Every job I’ve ever had has been in the

food and hospitality industry; I got my first

part-time job when I was 14. One place

where I really began to show an interest

in pastry and dessert was at The Mount

Haven Hotel in Marazion. This was where

I realised that food really can be art. I also

got to taste the superb small plates, which

were pretty much edible art, from the

Head Chef Ross Sloan, he taught me a lot

of the stuff I know now.”

Meanwhile, at college Polly studied Fine

Art and soon began incorporating the

techniques and mediums practiced in her

artistry into her cake making, of which she

learnt the majority from her grandmother

"My first introduction to baking was with

my granny, she is definitely the one that

first introduced me to making cakes. She

would pick me up from school and the first

thing she would ask would be if I would

like to make a cake.”

Polly continued honing her culinary skills

when she joined the family business, Gear

Farm, run by her uncle. For over 20 years,

David Webb has been offering quality farm

grown produce to the people of Helston

and beyond, with their pasties made fresh

by hand daily. Here, Polly played a part in

both pasty and cake making, but when

the first lockdown of 2020 hit, she found

herself in new territory as she had to move

her cake-making business into her home.

“The first lockdown was very scary and

daunting, not knowing what was going

to happen to my business,” she explains.

“Registering new premises and sorting

out the legal side of things took a couple

of weeks but before I knew it, I was back

up and running. I kitted out my kitchen

with a new fridge and a new oven and a lot

of new equipment.”

Initially, Polly started out with weekly

brownie boxes as she tentatively sussed

out how demand would be in such

uncertain times. Soon, she found out that

the desire for something delicious to look

forward to each week was a hit amongst

her followers and swiftly soon after that

the birthday cake orders came rolling in.

As captivating on the eyes are they are on

the lips, from abstract design concepts to

taking specific themes and transforming

them into Polly-style cakes, it’s easy to see

why her bespoke creations have caught

the attention of so many Cornish folk

eager for a celebratory centre piece.

“When I first started out I made lots of

different style cakes and tried out a lot

of different mediums. I now feel that I’ve

managed to find my own style and my

niche and it’s great to be able to say, ‘I

designed that’.”

An effortless blend of colour schemes,

artistry and high-quality baking, Polly

always seems up for a challenge when it

comes to designing a brief with a customer,

from Harry Potter inspired cakes to tropical

Pina Colada displays, “When it comes

to creating a vision for my cakes, I start

from the vary basics with flavours and size

requirements, then go onto the themes,

colours and styles. For the bespoke, I

don’t usually decide exactly what it’s

going to look like until I’m decorating as I

like to go with the flow. I feel this gives my

cakes more of an organic feel, although I

usually have a rough idea of what style it

will be. What I like most is when customers


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give me full creative licence and trust me

entirely to make something I think they’ll

like. It’s sometimes daunting when they

see it for the first time when they’ve had

no idea what I was going to make, but so

far everyone has been delighted. It’s really

fun to see my visions come to life.”

Naturally, there are several designs that

hold a special place in Polly’s heart, from

a seaside themed cake taking inspiration

from the Cornish coastline to a staple

chocolate orange cake, “…purely for the

smell you get when you open the box, it’s

pure heaven!” Polly describes.

Then, there’s the additions, a single

glance at one of Polly’s cakes and it’s

clear a lot more goes into the creation

of each look than just great baking and

piping. Sugar work, model work and even

flora and fauna arranging are all part of

the package, but nothing beats Polly’s

homemade macarons and chocolate

work, which she learnt from a fellow

Helston foodie creative. “I took part in

a couple of courses with Nicky Grant,

she’s a very talented chocolatier and

cake designer who runs workshops from

her home in Helston. She gave me great

insights and knowledge into the science

behind tempering chocolate.”

Then, there’s the experimentation with

flavour, where contemporary takes on

classical tastes is a personal favourite for

Polly. “I love turning classic well-known

desserts into cake layers. Tiramisu and

bakewell tart cakes have been my favourites

so far, using pastry and jam layers between

deliciously soft, moist almond sponge. The

tiramisu cake was layers of Cornish coffee

sponge soaked with a Marsala wine and

vanilla bean syrup, filled with a mascarpone

buttercream – yum!”

With her flourishing success, time has

become a precious commodity for this

ambitious baker. Now back at Gear Farm

part-time, Polly balances her crimping

with her cake artistry in her ever-busy

kitchen, as new challenges for inventive

bespoke orders arrive weekly. “It’s great

that people are still celebrating with

cakes even when the world is a little

strange. I have mainly been making mini

cakes for the past year as no gatherings

have been allowed. I love the look of mini

cakes but I’m definitely looking forward

to making bigger cakes and the return of

wedding cakes!

At the moment I don’t get much time to

relax, but I like to go for walks and to the

beach. My partner and I are both proper

foodies so anything that revolves around

food, we’re there! In the future I’d love to

be able to do this as a full-time job and

maybe find somewhere bigger to make

the cakes, as I’ve almost outgrown my

home kitchen already in the last year…it’s

full to the brim with chocolate!”

In our view, that’s not the worst thing for a

kitchen to be full of. l

You can discover more about

Polly’s gorgeous cakes and bakes

via her Facebook and Instagram


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With the 12th April marking the

easing of lockdown restrictions

for outdoor eating and drinking,

many of Cornwall’s pubs, cafés and

restaurants will be throwing open

the doors and dusting down their

terraces to welcome back locals.

Here, we’ve rounded up a taste of

where you can enjoy an al fresco

lunch with a view...

On the gorgeous Charlestown waterfront, HBQ’s 2021 season is

boasting a flavourful epic barbecue menu, extra outdoor seating,

frozen margaritas and perfect summer vibes. Get your mouth

watering by keeping up with their delicious posts on Instagram

@hbqcharlestown and head to www.thelongstore.couk for

more information!

From the 21st April, Padstow favourite Prawn on The Lawn

will be returning to Trerethan Farm just outside the famous

seaside town. Bigger and better than ever, guests of six

can book up to 21st June, after which guests of eight are

allowed. Tuck into sumptuous local crab and oodles of

rose. Head to to book and

follow them on Instagram @prawnonthelawn

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The Fox’s Revenge is reopening with some exciting new

developments. Their outdoor tipi space will be open to diners

and drinkers from the 12th April, with a new barbecue menu

that includes roast dinners cooked over fire. Head Chef Ben

Ambridge is ready to make his mark on the Cornwall food

scene since taking over the pub in February 2020, with this

ambitious menu and we can’t wait to try it!

The Hungry Horsebox will be rolling back onto Gwithian’s sands

this spring in an upgraded set of wheels. Bigger but still that

beautiful blue, expect a fantastic lunch menu from this pop-up

eatery alongside their beloved cakes and coffee, and new

to this year - ice cream! Keep up to date on Instagram

@hungryhorseboxco and

On the stunning, tranquil grounds of Tremenheere

Sculpture Gardens, Tremenheere Kitchen has been serving

takeaways to its hungry fans but soon will be able to take

bookings for outdoor eating overlooking stunning views of

Mount's Bay, the perfect place for an al fresco lunch with a

glass of wine. To book your spot, head to and keep up with

the latest news via Instagram @tremenheerekitchen

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Just off the main road from Redruth to Falmouth, Amy’s

Kitchen is a picture-perfect café known for its decked-out

cakes and wholesome lunches. In preparation for 12th April,

Amy’s is now kitted out with a gorgeous outdoor seating

area surrounding by fresh greenery. A firm favourite with

Lanner locals, this is the perfect roadside stop-off for lunch

on your south coast adventures. Find out more on their

Instagram and Facebook @amyskitchenandbar

Enjoy stunning views overlooking the gorgeous Fowey from

the Fowey Harbour Hotel’s Terrace dining area. Reopening

on the 17th May, the Kitchen, Bar & Terrace menu offers light,

seasonal and locally sourced lunches, with local craft beers,

gins and an extensive wine and cocktail menu.

Arguably one of the best outdoor seating views this side of

Cornwall, The Idle Rocks at St Mawes is a true slice of riviera

bliss. Matched with a brand-new Spring Lunch menu for spring

20201, from the 29th April to the 16th May diners can enjoy

a delicious two course menu for £50pp, full of local, seasonal

produce. Book your table at

and follow them on Instagram @idlerocks

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Enjoy the suntrap terrace of The Alverton whilst sampling the

delights of the hotel’s two AA-rosette award-winning restaurant.

Overlooking the landscaped lawns, settle in for a peaceful

afternoon of excellent food and perfectly poured cocktails,

tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Truro city centre. www.

The Working Boat’s mar-quay on the sea will be back on the

12th April. Up to six people can book and will need to reserve

a table for food. Expect a return of the pub’s beloved Sunday

Roasts, full table service, and an outside bar full of local craft

brews and more, enjoy the sea views of Falmouth with plenty of

fresh air. Head to

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Having launched in 2019,

Louise of Experience

Cornwall Tours offers her

guests a unique insight into

Cornwall’s beauty, heritage,

culture and hospitality.

After working in the hospitality and tourism

industry for over 20 years, Louise had a

dream to set up her very own tour guide

business. Drawing on her local knowledge

and love for her county, she wanted to share

her love of Cornwall with others, and this is

how Experience Cornwall Tours was founded.

“When I visit somewhere new, I want to

really experience the place, meet its people,

discover its secrets, find the most scenic

spots, get off the main tourist routes, and eat

the local cuisine. So on all my tours, I offer our

guests just that - not just a scenic tour, but

a true Cornish experience. We have done all

the research for you, so you can just sit back,

relax and enjoy your customised day tour”

On a tour with Louise, not only will you

visit must-see attractions and hidden

gems, you will also have the opportunity

to walk a stretch of the South West Coast

Path, which is renowned as being one

of the most spectacular coastal trails in

the country, explore areas of outstanding

natural beauty, of which Cornwall has 12,

delve into Cornwall’s mining heritage which

has UNESCO status, and enjoy a traditional

Cornish cream tea picnic to top off the

whole experience.

By drawing on Louise’s local knowledge,

friendly demeanour and professional

attitude, a tour with Experience Cornwall

Tours is an experience not to be missed. l

Book a tour by visiting

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find out more information or call Louise

directly on 01872 396143

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