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Hello and

Hello dear readers and welcome to the August/September

issue of myCornwall Magazine. This issue is particularly

poignant for me, as it marks my final edition of this

publication as its editor.

This magazine means a great deal to me. It has been a part

of my life for nearly six years, and I a part of it. We’ve seen

plenty of changes in those years, be it in the magazine,

across our beautiful county, or even the world itself which

has seen so much change in the past 18 months alone.

Amidst all that, there has certainly been some comfort in

continuing to make this hearty publication. Being part of

myCornwall has been a great honour, and one I will cherish

as I move on to the next adventure. I will never forget the

incredible experiences I have been so lucky to have and

the inspiring stories I have felt privileged to write about. I

have always strived to make a magazine that represents the

Cornwall I was born in; the Cornwall I love and the Cornwall

I call my home. Thanks to some amazing people I have met

along the way, as well as my family, friends, and colleagues,

I feel I have achieved this to the best of my ability.

In this glorious summertime issue, we’ve a roaring set

of bumper seasonal edits that capture the very best of

Cornwall’s creative communities at a time of year when

they’re at their brightest. Festivals are in their abundance

in this issue, from a cultural Cornish festival breathing new

life into some of Cornwall’s most ancient traditions, to a

celebration of creativity in the iconic streets of Porthleven,

there’s a wide selection of things to so, places to see and

fun to be had.

Our art section is always a busy affair, and this issue is

certainly no different, as some of Cornwall’s leading

contemporary galleries take to the pages to showcase

artists, focus exhibitions and talented makers. Whether

you’re keen to see the summer shows or just laze away the

warm afternoons on hidden coves and in secret wild pools,

we’ve a selection to fit all desires.

Rest assured, championing the stories of Cornwall’s

versatile and resilient creative communities will continue to

be at the forefront of this publication as it enters its next

exciting phase. The people of Cornwall are the heart of this

magazine, and this is an ethos that will continue into the


So, to the readers, collaborators, creatives, dreamers,

adventurers, and risk takers who have made my time at

myCornwall so enjoyable, I thank you!

Oll an Gwella

(All the best),


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6 News A round up of all the latest happenings

16 10 Things To Do

18 Out & About Special Jumping for Joy at Jungle Jacks

20 Dog Friendly Cornwall

22 Adore My Store Circa 21

24 The Want List Carla J

26 Design Hub Sophie Tilston

29 A Day on the Rame Peninsula

32 Uncover the Layers of Cornwall

35 Celebrating Creativity in Porthleven

38 My Cornish World Karina Rickards

40 Let's Speak Cornish

42 Art News A round up from the creative world

47 VIP Ceramics by Hugh West and Karen Carlyon

50 Through the Eyes of... Nina Packer

52 Art Focus Wonders Untold

54 Maker's Focus In Your Hands

56 Artist Profile Peter Turnbull

58 Meet The Maker Laura Talbot, Porth Jewellery

60 Gallery Of The Month The Jackson Foundation

64 Bites Foodie news to sink your teeth into

66 Dish of the Month The Lost Gardens of Heligan

68 Meet the Chef Paul Ainsworth

70 Summer Straight From The Bottle

75 Places to Eat Luxury Cornish Hotel Dining

80 Weekend Away The Park

82 Experience Wavelength Drive-In Cinema

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surrounding the G7 Summit taking place

in Cornwall recently, the spotlight has

been firmly fixed on our beautiful county,

highlighting what a truly wonderful place it

is to live and work in.

But while having the freedom to enjoy an

idyllic lifestyle by the sea or in the lush

Cornish countryside may seem a long way

off, others are actually making that dream

a reality.

How are they doing it?

For many, it’s through realising another

long-held dream; the dream of starting

Outset Cornwall

With all the excitement and activity their own business or becoming selfemployed.

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Whether it’s repurposing your existing

skills and experience, turning a hobby,

passion or side-hustle into a fully-fledged

enterprise or developing a completely

new idea, starting your own business gives

you the freedom to choose when, and

where, you work.

And if you need support in getting your

ideas off the ground and becoming your

own boss, then Outset Cornwall is on hand

to help.

Offering an award-winning business startup

programme, Outset Cornwall gives

residents throughout Cornwall and the Isles

of Scilly access to professional business

support that’s tailored to suit your needs,

fully-funded by the European Regional

Development Fund, HM Government and

the Outset Foundation.

Covering everything you’ll need to know

to get up and running and delivered by

a team of friendly business experts via

an online training room or face-to-face

sessions, there’s never been a better time

to start making your dreams a reality. l

For more information, visit or call 01209

311063 to have a chat with one of the

team and see how you can get started on

your business journey.

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Young musicians bringing classical

music home to Wheal Martyn

Live music is coming back to St

Austell on 6th and 7th August 2021 :

after a year of making do with online

performances, a brand new classical

music festival, Nova, will host young

musicians and live audiences in the

real world, at the wonderful Wheal

Martyn Museum in St Austell.

Joseph Barker, the artistic director

and founder, has teamed up with

fellow Cornish musicians, now in their

first year at London and Birmingham

conservatoires, to bring a fantastic,

varied programme over two nights to

entertain locals and holiday-makers

alike in this sometimes culturallyoverlooked

area of Cornwall.

With pre-concert drinks and snacks

on the pretty clematis-strewn terrace,

and beautiful Haydn, Beethoven,

Mendelssohn and Mozart

movements played by a variety of

ensembles in the lovely glass entry

area of the museum, it’s the perfect,

chilled summer evening out; an

antidote to everything we’ve been

missing over this last dreadful year.

The festival is named Nova after the

term for a new star, representing

not only its aim to celebrate young

musicians on the cusp of their careers,

but also to give them performance

experience, provide fresh concerts

for local audiences and to encourage

new musicians right from scratch, to

encourage local kids to enjoy and

get into music.

The festival plans to offer free

workshops and interactive

performances in St Austell town

centre (with help from a Feast grant)

for children who are beginning

to learn their instruments or who

don’t know they want to play an

instrument yet! “I decided I wanted

to play the cello when I was seven

after Karen Frost invited a string

quartet to come into our school to

play for us at St Mewan. I don’t think

I would have thought of it without

that.” says Joseph “If we can offer

that lightbulb moment to even just

one child, it would all be worth it”. l

Go to www.novalclassicalfestival.

com for more info and ticket sales:

adults £15 in advance, under 25s £6

Gorgeous new vintage

and sustainable clothing

store delights Cornwall’s

fashion enthusiasts

A new uniquely curated

vintage and sustainable

fashion hub in Cornwall

is bringing the latest



friendly brands and



clothing to the people

of Cornwall.

With a store set to

open this September,

Love of Lemons is the

creation of Bex Osman,

who launched the business online after lockdown lifted

earlier this year. The Store has received backing of Prince

Charles and will be based at his estate of Nansledan.

The store is set to boast one-of-a-kind finds handpicked

by Bex herself. Her motto, ‘Rework. Restyle. Re-love,’

champions an aim to bring the old back to life alongside

the new, all the while reducing the impact that the

fashion industry has on the planet. On her upcoming

store, Bex says, "I want to thank everyone who has

backed my dream, supported me on my vintage journey

and already become loyal customers. The response has

been overwhelming and affirms everything I felt when

dreaming about starting Love of Lemons. There's such

a strong local community vibe in Nansledan of start-up

businesses and established Cornish brands, I cannot wait

to open my store there this September, so keep your

eyes peeled! Let's do this together - enjoy shopping

one-of-a-kind finds!" l

To find out more and keep up to date, check out the

Love of Lemons website at

Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink re-opens after 15 months

Plymouth Pavilions have announced that

the city’s beloved Ice Rink will reopen

on Friday 27th August and it’s a double

celebration as September marks an

incredible milestone for the venue with its

30th birthday.

Between December and May part of the

rink’s concourse was used for the Pavilions

Vaccination Centre.

Shelby Natkaniec, Duty Ice Rink Manager,

has been with the Ice Rink for 11 years, “I

love the Ice Rink, we’re so grateful for the

hard work that has gone into maintaining

the business over the last year and thrilled

to be getting back to work, implementing

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everything that needs to happen before we

open the doors to our wonderful skaters and

we are planning an exciting new timetable.”

There’s no doubt it’s the hard work of the

team at the Pavilions that have made it

possible, and staff and visitors alike are

thrilled that the venue now has a date for its

reopening. Eager fans will be able to follow

the team’s progress behind the scenes

setting up the rink after the longest closure

in its history on their brand new Instagram

account launched in celebration of the

reopening at

With a wide range of sessions for all

groups of skaters and thanks to its 30-year

heritage as a place in people’s hearts,

the reopening of Pavilions Ice Rink will

be welcome news for the community of

visitors who have been unable to skate at

the South West’s only permanent Ice Rink

since March 2020.

For the latest news and updates about the

rink you can visit

and follow them on social media

Once announced, tickets for the new

timetable and gift vouchers will be available

24/7 from their box office provider The

Ticket Store at l

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Battle Lines

@ Annie Ovenden

St Catherines Castle

@ Mark Pearson

As part of a year-long programme of

events telling the stories of Cornwall and

the Second World War, Bodmin Keep is

mounting an exciting new art exhibition

entitled Concrete Castles: Britain’s War

Defences of 1940.

The exhibition, which runs from 27th July

to 4th December, explores Britain’s Second

World War defence structures, especially

pillboxes, that are found on the coast and in

the landscape. Works by 30 artists will be on

display, including sculpture, paintings and

photography, celebrating these unsung

structures that we so often ignore.

In reaction to the threat of invasion by Nazi

Germany in the summer of 1940, Britain

hastily constructed 89,000 pillboxes around

the coast and across the countryside.

While a few of the more impressive ones

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have been restored and are even tourist

attractions, others are acknowledged

through interpretive signage, and many

have become ruinous and half-hidden

by encroaching nature. Concrete Castles

celebrates these small but iconic buildings

that were designed to protect Britain in

time of war. The exhibition is accompanied

by a fully illustrated catalogue including

essays on the war artists who painted the

subjects when new, why contemporary

artists are now drawn to them, and a short

history of Britain’s invasion scare in the

summer of 1940.

Sennen Cove Pillbox

@ Mark Pearson

“Concrete Castles brings exciting work

by some brilliant artists from across the

UK to Bodmin,” says Bodmin Keep’s

Director, Mary Godwin, “We hope that the

exhibition will attract new visitors with an

Mengham Salterns

@ Katherine Anteny

Concrete Castles: Britain’s War Defences of 1940

interest in the visual Arts, as well as people

who are fascinated by the Second World

War story that has inspired them.”

There will also be an Illustrated talk by the

Curator of the exhibition, Tim Craven, at

7pm on Friday 24th September and a talk

by some of the contributing artists at 7pm

on Friday 22nd October. l

Admission to the exhibition is included

in the museum’s usual ticket price. For

further information and opening hours

please visit the museum’s website or call 01208 72810.

The exhibition has been made possible

thanks to the Arts Council England’s

National Portfolio programme and

Cornwall Museums Partnership.

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St Ives September Festival returns for 2021

After its cancellation in 2020, the St Ives

September Festival is back for 2021!

Running from the 11th to the 25th of

September, the famous arts themed

festival is returning for two weeks’ worth

of music, art and performance and whilst

some aspects of the festival are set to be

a little different, locals and visitors are still

in for an extravaganza of creativity in this

historic town.

Several acts are already confirmed for the

festival, such as performance poet Bob

Devereux, a St Ives September Festival

original, who will be bringing his lunchtime

poetry and music sessions back to Norway

Square. Bob will also be holding two Big

Frug nights at the St Ives Art Club, where

chairman Stephen Litherland has a near

full fortnight of evening entertainment

booked in.

Also booked is the St Ives September

Festival’s opening night return of madcap

duo John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett to

St Ives Theatre. Festival secretary Susan

Thomas is taking over the running of this

year’s Open Studios programme which

sees many artists around the town inviting

Festivalgoers into their studios, some of

them not normally open to the public.

St Ives Rotary Club have confirmed they

will be holding their popular charity sale

of paintings, where the keenest buyers’

queue overnight to spot and snap up

bargain donations from well-known artists

who have only signed them on the back,

on the middle Sunday of the Festival.

The decision to push back this year’s St Ives

Food and Drink Festival on Porthminster

beach until September 17 to 19 - the middle

weekend of the September Festival – means

that the two events will run alongside each

other for the first time. l

To find out more about what will

be taking place, including what

you can get involved in, head to


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Over 500 incidents for helicopter crew in first half of 2021

Cornwall Air Ambulance has been tasked

to over 500 incidents in the first six months

of the year.

The charity is preparing for a peak in

missions over the summer period as more

people take staycations in the county and

social distancing measures are set to come

Music line-up for St

Ives Food Festival


As the St Ives Food Festival returns to the golden

sands of Porthminster beach this September

(17th – 19th), the team behind the coveted

event have announced the music line-up.

Andy Quick, Freshly Squeezed, Cable Collective

and Roustabouts will be taking to the stage to

delight festival goers alongside local singer

songwriter Bailey Tomkinson and Leed’s based

band Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers.

Whilst the festival is free to attend during the

day, tickets will need to be purchased to enjoy

the event's evening music. Children are welcome

and under 12s go free with no ticket required.

Children aged 12 and over will need a ticket and

all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

With a daytime of foodie highlights from

renowned chefs and pop-ups with plenty of

demos and tastings, spend your day sampling

the delights of Cornwall’s food scene before

enjoying a night of authentic live music.

For dates, more details and tickets, head to l

to an end. The crew respond to an average

of three incidents a day over the course

of a year, but this can increase to over 10

during the busy summer season.

In the period from 1st January until 30th

June, critical care paramedics were tasked

to 280 trauma incidents, which included

A new approach to verge cutting

on some of Cornwall’s urban roads

has seen native wildflowers flourish,

drawing in insects and other wildlife.

The Council is responsible for

maintaining over 75 hectares of urban

verges across the Duchy. These are the

verges you see within 30mph zones.

Previously, these sites were mown around

eight times a year starting in spring.

However, at the start of the pandemic,

grounds maintenance operations on

urban verges were held back which

resulted in a flush of native wild flora,

drawing in insects and other wildlife.

Over the winter, Cornwall Council

carried out a public consultation

asking residents how they wanted

the verges managed moving forward.

The survey saw over 2,000 responses

which overwhelmingly suggested

that residents wanted to see nature

encouraged. As a result, Cornwall

85 road traffic collisions, 85 falls and 14

equestrian- related emergencies.

Crews responded to 232 medical incidents,

including 135 cardiac-related emergencies.

Steve Murdoch, Interim Chief Executive

for Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “It looks

like Cornwall will be exceptionally busy this

summer, with more people than ever taking

holidays at home. More visitors mean

more traffic on the roads, more people on

the beaches and exploring the coastline –

which all increases the risk of incidents and

the need for the helicopter service.

“This is the first summer we have been

able to respond 19 hours a day on the

helicopter, which is now a necessity to

meet the ever-increasing demand for

critical care by air.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance has continued

to operate throughout the Covid-19

pandemic, ensuring the critical care team

can respond to emergencies in someone’s

moment of need.

The charity relies on donations to provide

the service. For more information visit l

Wildflowers flourish on

Cornwall’s urban roads

Council has introduced a new policy

which aims to encourage wildflowers

and pollinators to thrive, without

compromising road safety. Verges will

now be cut two or three times a year,

instead of eight, and cuttings will take

place after the flowers have finished

blooming and seeds have been set.

The Council will still be tidying path

edges, cutting around benches and

fixtures, ensuring visibility for safety

reasons, as well as removing noxious

weeds. Cutting at junctions and bends

on the highway will also continue to

ensure roads remain safe and visibility is

not compromised. l

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Heartbreak Theatre -

The Great Gatsby

@ Rogue Otherworld



Things to Do




Tuesday 3rd August, 7.30pm

Get your glad rags on, work up your best

Charleston, and get your cocktail glass

at the ready! Served up with a twist of

iconic Heartbreak style, this outdoor

adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The

Great Gatsby is the perfect way to mark

100 years since prohibition.

Image: Heartbreak Theatre


Saturday 14th August

The Working Boat in Falmouth is bringing

1960s soul to life with 12-piece band

Falmouth Soul Sensation taking to the

stage to delight audiences with classic

60s tunes from the likes of Aretha Franklin,

James Brown, and the Supremes. Entry is

free and music will be from 8pm until late.

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Wednesday 18th August, 7.30pm

From the talented team of Philleigh

Way Cookery School, their feast days

and nights are certainly something to

be experienced and their Argentine

Adventure is set to be no exception. A

woodfired feast of slow cooking traditional

Argentinian food will be a feast for the

eyes as well as the tastebuds. Tickets are

£35 per person.


Wednesday 18th August –

Sunday 5th September,

12.30pm and 3.30pm

The enchanting magic of Rogue

Otherworld returns this summer for Wild

Moon Forest Days. In Rogue’s woodland

theatre of Tehidy Woods on the North

Cliffs, journey through the immersive

beauty of performance, music, dance,

and stories from this talented troupe.

Wild Moon Nights also available.

Tickets are £7.50 - £12.50. Head to www. to find out more.





Friday 20th August, 7.30pm.

Five actors, with all manner of musical

instruments, present an inventive take on

Shakespeare’s raucous comedy The Merry

Wives of Windsor. In this mischievous play,

jealousy, disguise and seduction lead to

hilarious and unexpected results.

Image: Three Inch Fools.



@ Little Orchard Cider

and Music Festival

@ Three Inch Fools Theatre -

The Merry Wives of Windsor







Saturday 21st August, 7pm

An example of one of Cornwall’s most

unique cinema experiences, Carnglaze

Caverns will be screening cult classic

The Shawshank Redemption in its

atmospheric setting. Capacity is limited

and arrival time is 7pm with a film start

of 8pm. Parking is free, and the event is

subject to Covid-19 regulations. Dogs are

not permitted inside the caverns. There is

an on-site bar selling a variety of alcoholic

and non-alcoholic drinks as well as snacks

and popcorn. Screenings of other classic

films are available on additional dates.

Tickets are £14.50 and full details can be

found at



Until Monday 6th September

The first of its kind in Cornwall, visitors to

the historic site of Bodmin Jail will be able

to book onto the brand-new Dark Walk

visitor experience. Using theatrical effects

and the latest technology, visitors will be

transported back to Cornwall’s murky past

to experience life in a working Victorian

prison on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Haunting, thrilling and visually impressive,

this is an experience set to delight and



Saturday 11th September

Held at the Alverton in Truro, meet

makers, attend masterclasses, and

sample the very best in Cornish tipples in

this exciting Gin & Drinks Festival. Tickets

£15, head to



Friday 10th – Sunday 12th September

Healey’s Cyder Farm’s Little Orchard

Cider and Music Festival is back for 2021.

Music, laughter, activities, family-friendly

fun and barrels of cider are ready and

waiting. Tickets are £55 for the weekend.

More information can be found at


Friday 17th – Sunday 19th September

A celebration of food and drink on the

iconic white sands of Porthminster beach,

the St Ives Food Festival is returning with

oodles of delicious food, local makers,

and music fun to tempt all the senses.

This three-day event promises a fantastic

foodie line-up as well as interactive

demonstrations, tastings, live music, and

plenty of entertainment for the kids. Visit

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Whether it’s to fill a day of Cornish ‘mizzle’

with fun for the little ones or a buzzing

birthday with family and friends, Jungle

Jack’s is ready and waiting...

A purpose building children’s indoor

soft play centre at the heart of

Newquay’s Treloggan Trade Park, the

summer season has been welcomed

by the Jungle Jack’s team with open

arms after many months of lockdowns.

With an impressive array of adventure

play frames, Jungle Jack’s provides

a safe environment where children

from 0 – 10 years old can discover and

enjoy the obstacles and challenges of

the site. From a fast-racing slide to a

thrilling spiral tube, there are many

opportunities for varying age groups

to explore, with separate areas for

toddlers and babies, which include

soft rockers and slides.

For the adults keen to sit, back, relax

and enjoy watching the fun unfold, the

café is in full swing with delicious food

and drinks. From cakes and cookies,

ciabattas, sandwiches, and snacks, to

full meals for all the family, with plenty

of options for those with allergies

and intolerances. The coffee is freshly

ground to guarantee a perfect brew

and for the extra hot days there’s

smoothies, ice creams and Polar Krush

slushies (no doubt a favourite with

Jungle Jacks adventurers). For those

with summertime birthdays, the Jungle

Jack’s Tree House is ready and waiting

for a party, with 90 minutes of play time

and 30 minutes for party food, birthday

cake and perhaps an extra special visit

from Jungle Jack himself.

As one of Cornwall’s go-to soft play

centres for both locals and visitors, it’s the

perfect place to blow off some steam.

In Jungle Jack’s ongoing efforts to

remain Covid secure, there are three

play sessions a day at two and a half

hours and limited numbers to allow

visitors to feel safe. Temperature

checks are done on arrival and for

those keen to have a table they

will need to pre-book for it to be

guaranteed. Whilst face coverings

are no longer compulsory, the Jungle

Jacks staff will continue to wear them

to ensure the safety of the team and

visitors. With party bookings officially

allowed to take place again, a

maximum of 20 children can gather for

celebrations at Jungle Jacks, and this

is looking to increase in due course. l

For all opening hours and play

sessions just book via the site

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Since 2020, most beaches in Cornwall allow dogs all year, except for the ones

with dog bans from 10am to 6pm in July and August.

The good news is that there are some truly

beautiful beaches which allow dogs all

year. Here is our pick of five of the best,

and you can find more on our website at

Watergate Bay, Newquay

This huge, soft and sandy beach is our pick

for a few reasons. The surf is wonderful

here and you can enjoy surfing lessons

or other water sports while your dog also

roams free in what is a vast expanse of

sandy freedom. There are also really lovely

dog friendly restaurants such as Wax and

The Beach Hut and coffee and snack vans,

as well as really magnificent coastal walks

which are fairly easy. You can park either

right by the beach where there are a

couple of car parks with level access or on

the hill above where there is an easy stroll

down the coast path to the beach and the

lovely Hang Out café for coffee with a view.

Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay is distinctive for the twin

peaks of Gull Rock just offshore and it

will be familiar with Poldark fans as a key

location for filming in the BBC TV series. It

is backed by beautiful, soft, sandy dunes

and can be accessed from a car park right

by the beach. There are a couple of dog

friendly pubs in the village too. It gets its

name from an ancient well tucked away

in the dunes. A beautiful beach for a dog

friendly family day out.


Perranporth is in many ways a dog friendly

haven. The popular, wide sandy beach on

the north allows dogs on leads all year

and they can run free off lead on Perran

Sands to the north. There are lots of

dog friendly pubs, cafés and restaurants

nearby, including The Watering Hole which

is actually on the beach. The car parks

are close to the beach (although busy in

summer) and there is even a doggy shower

available as well as an ice cream parlour

which pioneered dog friendly ice creams.

Porthkidney beach near St Ives

Porthkidney beach is a little trickier to get

to than some of the other beaches we

have mentioned but in this part of west

Cornwall, there are fewer to choose from

and Porthkidney is particularly beautiful

- often appearing like a tropical beach in

photos because of the azure water and

blonde, white sand. You can walk down

to this beach from the coast path near to

Carbis Bay and Lelant stations which you

can access by train. Alternatively, park near

St Uny Church in Lelant or at the station in

Lelant and follow the footpath down to the

beach to gain access. It's steep, but worth

it if you can make the trip.

Carne beach, Roseland Peninsula

Carne Beach on the southern shores of the

beautiful Roseland Peninsula is sheltered

by Nare Head. The beach itself is sandy

and popular with families. The very dog

friendly and highly recommended Nare

Head Hotel is just above it for cream teas

or snacks and there is parking and fairly

easy access to the beach. l

For more dog friendly beaches and a list

of beaches which do have dog bans visit where

you can find information online or order a

printed guide with maps in the online shop.

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Circa 21

Penzance is a town passionate about supporting its local small businesses through all

seasons and for seven years, Circa 21 has been a proud member of its independent

community. We find out what this iconic and stylish store has planned for this

summer season...

With a plethora of handmade

gifts, homeware, art and

lifestyle products, Circa 21

has always been a place

that champions hyper locality and creative

individuality. Small batches, sustainability

and the story behind each product are an

important ethos to the store and something

that has kept customers returning year on

year. For founder and owner of Circa 21,

Esme Burton, it’s been a welcomed sight

to see returning visitors and locals to the

shop after this year’s lockdown, “Gift and

homeware ranges which have a coastal

and natural element to them are my

instinctive choice,” she describes. “I love

products that are not seen everywhere and

made in small batches. When I select Fair

Trade or Locally Made pieces at trade or

craft markets, the who, what where and

why story behind a range is so important to

me. Transparent shopping is the new norm

for a happy world ethos, and my customers

appreciate this care and attention.”

Wild gorse soap, silver blossom earrings,

willow bird feeders, sea salt candles, boxed

dandelion scarves and carved wooden

bowls are just a few favourites that Esme

has noticed fly out the store’s physical

and virtual doors this year. In keeping with

Penzance’s status as a leading ‘plastic

free’ town, Esme has always looked to

bring eco-conscious ideals and products

into the walls of Circa 21 and this summer

season is no exception, “I’ve just selected

a homeware range made from sustainable

natural materials,” she says, “Jute, water

hyacinth, bamboo, seagrass and recycled

cotton. Newlyn potter Lincoln Kirby Bell

has also created characterful and colourful

ranges once again.”

As contemporary local makers sit beside

specially selected products, there’s a

key focus on originality, eco-friendly

values and of course, putting Cornwall’s

elemental coastal themes centre stage for

design inspiration, “A customer’s loyalty

is everything and becoming a destination

shop is a dream come true, especially after

lockdown and seeing returning visitors and

locals so excited to be back shopping with

us again, or just popping in to hear how

we’re managing. We were often told by our

customers that we were the first shop they

chose to step into. They felt safe, welcome

and very relieved we are still open!”

One positive aspect of lockdown was that

it offered Esme the opportunity to give the

Circa 21 website the care and attention it

needed and now the virtual doors of the

store are open, interactive, and stocked

full of goodies that can be found in-store,

with plenty of eye-catching content and

gift ideas for that something special.

“Our new webshop is waiting to be

discovered,” Esme says. “Subscribe to

Circa 21 and receive infrequent emails with

stories behind seasonal ranges, and the

occasional discount code!” l

To discover the incredible Circa 21 range

head to

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

21 Market Jew Street

Penzance, Cornwall

TR18 2HR

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Original art, prints and gifts by Carla J, designed to bring the beauty and peace of nature into your home. Inspired by the Cornish

hedgerows and gardens, Carla’s artwork is full of intriguing patterns and expressive marks.

Passionate about protecting nature, she donates 5% of every art print sale to the RSPB.

1. White Daisies IV Original Painting £150 2. Flying Kingfisher Wall Sticker £9 3. Flying Stork Original Painting £295

4. Burrowing Owl Wall Sticker £12 5. Seabirds Greeting Card Set of 5 £16.90 6. Mini Framed Print Wren £14.90

7. Hummingbird II Original Painting £195 8. Peacock Mug £12 9. Golden Kingfisher Limited Edition Print from £35

Use code MYCORNWALL to receive a special 10% off until 30th September 2021 (Code is valid on her website or Etsy shop) • • A carlajart • G carlajbirdart

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for the Bird &


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Colour, pattern and a vibrant zest for life come

to stylish fruition in the work of print designer

Sophie Tilston. With an eclectic approach to her

print designs, Sophie seeks inspiration from her

local surroundings and cultures from farther afield,

captured by the pattern led designs in places

such as Japan, China, India, Sweden, and Mexico.

Combining this with a love of vintage fabrics, tiles

and wallpapers means that Sophie Tilston’s work is

both vivid, rich, and full of character.

A range of home and giftware act as the perfect

products for Sophie to showcase her print designs

and from lampshades, coasters and tea towels to

china and enamel mugs, candles, compact mirrors,

purses, pouches and more, each incorporates her

eye-catching designs.

Using a variety of techniques to create her final

design, most of Sophie’s patterns start off as either

hand drawn, painting or lino illustrations, which she

them manipulates in photoshop and illustrator to

create a finished look that can be transferred to her

products seamlessly. For her fabrics, Sophie uses

several different heat presses and a convection, all

from her studio by the sea in Falmouth.

Having just opened her first shop in the town, you can

also find Sophie Tilston Designs online and via Etsy. l

Sophie Tilston

No. 12 Arwenack Street

Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3JD

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Please see website for opening hours

Booking essential via

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Rame Peninsula

The Rame Peninsula has been called ‘Cornwall’s cornerstone’ and

glancing at a map it is easy to see why. It is part of our Cornish fringes, a

crook of land abutting the watery margin that separates us from Devon.

This peninsula is as much a ‘first and last’ place as Land's End in the far

west with, it could be argued, equally spectacular scenery and a truly

fascinating past. Yet this beautiful arm of land remains peaceful and

relatively untouched by tourism.

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An Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty, the Rame Peninsula is

bursting with wildlife. The views

from its heights stretch as far

as Dartmoor and across to the historic

Hoe and the once ancient citadel of

Plymouth. To the west is the dramatic

sweep of Whitsand Bay, as famous for its

shipwrecks as for its beautiful expanses

of sand. Elegant country estates, historic

ancient chapels and quiet fishing villages

offer so much to those wanting to explore,

so Elizabeth Dale has put together a little

guide to spending a day in this forgotten

corner of Cornwall.

A Morning exploring Mount Edgcumbe

The grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country

Park provide the visitor with view after

glorious view of Plymouth Sound and the

rolling landscape beyond. The original

house was built in the early 16th Century,

nearly 100 years before the Mayflower set

sail from Plymouth just across the bay, and

looking out beyond the canons on the old

battery to the Napoleonic breakwater and

fort in the distance it is easy to imagine the

numerous vessels from across the globe

that have plied these waters.

“The most beautiful place as ever was seen”

Samuel Pepys of Mount Edgcumbe

in 1683

The estate covers 825 acres of the Rame

Peninsula and the formal gardens, winding

coastal paths and shady woodlands can

easily fill a relaxing morning. Generations

of the Edgcumbe family, which can trace

its family tree back 600 years in Cornwall,

have each added to and left their mark

on these well-established flower-filled

gardens. From fountains, sculptures and

avenues of ancient trees to forts, temples

and a remarkably photogenic folly, there is

much to enjoy.

Five marked walking trails can help you

navigate the extensive parkland, ranging

from a four mile circular historic landscape

walk to strolls through the magical grounds

nearer to the house taking in the Rose

Garden, the Italian Garden, the Fern Dell

and the Knot Garden, pausing for a cup

of tea and slice of cake at the Orangery

perhaps. (The grounds are free to visit

while the house itself has an entrance fee.)

Lunch in Kingsand and Cawsand

Just a short distance from Mount

Edgcumbe, you can walk it if you are

feeling energetic, are the twin coastal

villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. A

tangle of alleyways and narrow streets joins

these two picturesque places together and

it is hard to know where one ends and the

other begins. Keep your eyes peeled for

the old Cornwall/Devon border mark on

the wall of a cottage however - it’s a relic

from the time when Kingsand was actually

considered to be in Devon. Part of the

Rame peninsula was incorporated into

Anglo-Saxon territory in 705AD in order to

secure both banks of the Plymouth Sound

against Viking raids. It wasn’t returned to

Cornwall until 1844.

Both of these quaint little communities

have a long and fascinating history of

fishing and smuggling but Kingsand and

Cawsand remain undiscovered gems. The

tumble of ancient cottages huddle around

three beautiful sheltered beaches where

you can feel the sand between your toes

or enjoy a refreshing paddle. The pace of

life here is slow and un-commercialised

but there are plenty of places to enjoy a

picnic lunch, grab some freshly fried fish

and chips or perhaps find a spot to relax in

one of the cafés or pub gardens.

There is even a little ferry that runs from here

to Plymouth during the summer months.

Afternoon at Whitsand Bay

With possibly some of the best beaches

in Cornwall, Whitsand Bay is a three

mile arch of stunning coast stretching

from Rame Head to the little harbour

of Portwinkle. The beaches here take

a little more effort to reach, most have

steep steps down from the cliff tops, but

this also means that they remain largely

undiscovered and are never crowded.

Tregantle beach and its neighbour, Long

Sands, are two of the finest and perhaps

the easiest to access, joined together at

low tide they make up a huge expanse

of soft sand. Towering over the scene is

the huge hulk of Tregantle Fort, built in

1865 as part of the area’s coastal defences

against French attack.

Sharrow Cove is another idyllic spot. It is

sometimes called Grotto Beach because

of a strange cave in the cliff face that was

excavated by a local hermit in 1874. James

Lugger was an ex-navy purser who dug the

15ft deep grotto by hand and then carved

a little poem on the ceiling.

“As thou walk’st should sudden storm arise,

Red lightening flash, or thunder shake the skies,

To Sharrows friendly grot in haste retreat,

And find safe shelter and a rocky seat.”

A little further west is the lovely Finnygook

beach named after the notorious

smuggler, Silas Finn of Portwinkle. Finny,

as he was known, was said to be a popular

local character because of his prolific ‘freetrading’

business. He is perhaps most

famously remembered for dressing as a

woman to elude the customs men.

Sunset at Rame Chapel

There are few more beautiful places to

watch the evening colours changing on the

inconstant sea than sitting with your back

against the sun-warmed bricks of Rame

Chapel. This 15th Century stone vaulted

chapel is dedicated to St Michael and is

thought to stand on the site of an earlier

Celtic Christian hermitage and before that

an Iron Age cliff fort. This distinctive conical

headland has always been a landmark for

seafarers and offers breathtaking panoramic

views. The perfect place to unwind and think

about your day discovering the delights of

the Rame Peninsula!

Get involved

The Monuments Matter to People

project – for those who fancy getting

more deeply involved in protecting the

historic landscape of the Rame Peninsula

this project offers hands-on courses to

local people as part of Cornwall AONB’s

Monumental Improvement scheme. l

Find out more:

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From 4th - 18th September 2021, fuelled by

Cornwall’s rich heritage and culture, a small team

of community-spirited individuals in the rugged

west of Cornwall (St Just), are converging creatively

to put on a full scale (within the government’s

Covid-19 restrictions) two-week long Festival of

Cornish Culture.


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The focal point of the festival is

the immersive performances

of the powerful, biblical trilogy

of medieval mystery plays, The

Ordinalia in the town’s historic Plen an Gwari,

arguably the oldest working outdoor theatre

space in the country. Although anyone can

purchase tickets to each of the individual

three plays; Origo Mundi, The Passion

and The Resurrection, with a festival ticket,

festivalgoers can watch all three plays in

the famous trilogy and partake in a variety

of uniquely Cornish events and workshops.

Celebrating (both historic and 21st Century)

Cornish culture and life, the engaging

workshops span activities such as Cornish

language learning, town trail discoveries,

Cornish wrestling, sea shanty singing,

historical interest talks and Cornish dance.

200 years before Shakespeare’s Globe

theatre, there would have been

a Plen an Gwari in most towns in Cornwall,

where medieval mystery and miracle

plays were performed in native Cornish

by the local community. Now, only two

of these ‘playing places’ remain and

St Just’s Plen an Gwari is one of them. The

talk titled ‘Plen an Gwari – heart of St

Just’ delves into the remarkable history of

this town’s very own ‘Plen’ over the past

650 years to discover how it has survived

and thrived in the heart of this small but

perfectly formed community.

Perhaps the quirkiest of the sessions is

Cornish wrestling (Omdowl y’gan taves).

Wrestling is one of Cornwall’s national

sports and was an intrinsic part of the

festivals where miracle plays were

performed back in the 14th Century.

The plen an gwari spaces, where the plays

were often acted, have been frequent

locations for wrestling tournaments over

the centuries. At the 2021 St Just Festival

of Cornish Culture, members of the

Cornish Wrestling Association (founded in

1938) will be demonstrating some of the

techniques involved in this ancient and very

Cornish martial art and will talk through

its intriguing history. If the Covid-19

restrictions allow, it may even be possible

for attendees to quite literally ‘have a go’

in a safe and controlled fashion!

Rising in popularity, thanks to the

international success of the original buoy

band, ‘The Fisherman’s Friends’, and the

chart-topping success of the Wellerman,

is the good old sea shanty. At this year’s

festival, salty old (and young) seadogs can

join Tir ha Tavas (Delia & Dave Brotherton)

and Matt Blewett for a lively session

singing some well-known and muchloved

songs – in Cornish! No previous

experience is required as shanties and sea

songs in Cornish are ‘call and response’ in

nature and so are very easy to learn.

Penzance Guizers’ dancer Helen Musser

and musicians will lead the lively and

enjoyable hour-long ‘Learn Cornish Dance’,

inviting festivalgoers to put their dancing

shoes on and move along to the energetic

music. No prior dance experience needed

for this session, just enthusiasm, a smile

and a pair of hard soled and comfortable

shoes. During the Dyski Kernewek/Cornish

language workshop, partakers will have a

go at learning Kernewek and delve into

the origins and roots of the beautiful Celtic

language. Led by the proficient Cornish

Language Lead at Cornwall Council, Mark

Trevethan, it is for complete beginners and

by the end of the session attendees will be

able to confidently introduce themselves

and mingle at a party in Cornish.

Those more confident in Cornish

may choose the Bilingual Culture and

Heritage Walk of the St Just Area -

Troyl a-dro Pluwust, a multilingual walk

through the ancient landscape around St

Just to uncover more elements of Cornish

life, place names and culture. This walk will

be guided by Cornish language experts

Loveday Jenkin and Tony Phillips from the

Penwith Landscape Partnership, Tirwedh

Pennwydh. The Penwith Landscape Project

hopes to offer further opportunities to

learn more about the Cornish language in

the landscape over The Ordinalia Festival

period and beyond.

St Just’s Miner’s Chapel, in the heart of

this historical mining community will

play host to ‘A very Cornish Concert’ on

Monday 6th and Sunday 12th September,

with an evening of Cornish music, stories

and culture. Featuring a variety of local

acts including storytelling, live music

and singing.

Festival tickets cost £90 and include access

to all three plays, a curated evening concert

of Cornish culture, and three cultural

activities of choice. Festival ticket holders

will also leave with a curated souvenir

programme and a goody bag. For more

information, visit the St Just Ordinalia

website at:

The Box office for the three individual

plays and for the festival is now also open

via The Hall for Cornwall’s website at:


St Just Ordinalia social media channels:

Facebook: @StJustOrdinalia

Instagram: @StJustOrdinalia

Twitter: @StJustOrdinalia

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A ten day festival

celebrating art

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A powerhouse force of community creativity, Porthleven

has long been revered as a town where originality and

contemporary Cornish culture can take centre stage. Food,

music, heritage, and the arts all play a prominent role in the

beating heart of this famous fishing port, which is why this

year’s brand new Porthleven Arts Festival taking place this

September is such a welcomed celebration.

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It’s a founding belief of the

Porthleven Arts Community (PAC)

that everyone has the right to

experience and participate in art.

The new not-for-profit group has been

established to connect the many artistic

and creative individuals living in Porthleven,

supporting and developing local projects

and bringing the Porthleven art scene to

a wider audience. Inspired by Porthleven

Harbour and Dock Company owner, Trevor

Osborne, who is also a Director of the new

Community Interest Company, a number

of other key Porthleven figures make up

the group, such as manager of Porthleven

Markets and a founder and former Chair of

the Porthleven Food Festival, Hannahbeth

Johnson, current Chair of the Food Festival

Alec Short and local writer, content creator

and part-time mermaid, Suzie Inman.

“Porthleven’s vibrant community and

its thriving economy is much envied in

Cornwall and well beyond,” says Trevor

Osborne. “It is underpinned by excellent

hospitality and culinary offerings and

alongside these, but perhaps less visible,

there has long been a very strong artistic

contribution. Now, we have an opportunity

to shine a light on the local artistic

community and encourage Porthleven to

become a regional arts hub.”

As well as encouraging the incredible

artistic talent available in Porthleven, an aim

of the community group is to bring national

and internationally recognised artists to the

town, to both work, exhibit and perform.

It’s an exciting new initiative that looks

to encourage art making in all its many

diverse mediums, offering accessibility

and increased opportunities for creative

individuals working across all disciplines.

As part of the community group’s work, a

range of events and projects are part of

their schedule, some of which have already

begun such as the community’s adoption

of the BT Phone Box on the harbour

and transforming it into a multimedia

art gallery, the Little Box of Stories, to

include a rolling programme of exhibitions

and sound installations. The group also

looks to help fellow community projects

within the town, supporting Porthleven’s

women’s cold water swimming group the

Salty Sisters in creating a film about their

experience (premiering at the festival on

its opening weekend) alongside putting

together an exhibition of Jim Tinley’s

paintings. Tinley worked as an artist from

one of the old shacks along Bay View

Terrace and used photogrealism as an

art form. In many of his artworks, the

people and history of Porthleven play an

imperative role and together with Jim’s

widow, Sue, the PAC brought his paintings

back to the port. A crowdfunder to create

a book of Jim’s works is currently live until

the end of August.

The group are also planning an annual

celebration of Porthleven’s rich creative

heritage. The first Porthleven Arts Festival is

set to be held over 10 days across 10 venues

this Autumn, bringing dance, drama,

art, film and much more to life through a

variety of performances, workshops, and

events. Directed by Kelvin Batt, owner

of the Mussel Shoals and co-creator of

the Masked Ball Festival, the Porthleven

Arts Festival will also be welcoming a

broad range of talented performers into

Porthleven across the festival’s run, such as

multiple award-winning Par-based physical

theatre and performance parkour group the

Urban Playground Team (UPG), who will be

heading to the harbour for a high-energy

physical theatre with a brand-new show,

commissioned by national art project the

Time & Tide Bell organisation with support

from the Pay-Bay based Creative Civic

Change. With a unique blend of physical

theatre, dance and free running, the

group have toured across five continents

over 16 years, including on nine occasions

performing for the British Council.

Three years ago, UPG relocated to

Par, Cornwall, and have since become

associates with the Hall for Cornwall as well

as lecturing at AMATA. In their show for the

Porthleven Arts Festival, taking place on

Sunday 3rd October, the whole family will

be thrilled and entertained as a boat with

high scaffold struts will act as an alternate

stage as well as creating a powerful image

to provoke discussion around the need to

tackle climate change.

A lot more is set to bedazzle the Porthleven

people and eager visitors at the festival,

with a floating film screen in the harbour

set to showcase local productions in

the evening and a Mermaid Day on 2nd

October to celebrate sea swimming,

mermaid myth magic and art.

Literary enthusiasts can enjoy talks and

readings of poetry and music fans will

be treated to classical concerts including

the incredible sounds from Bryher’s Boys.

Formed in 2017 and recently featured in Rick

Stein’s Cornwall, Bryher’s Boys’ collective

love of established folk repertoire both

nautical and Cornish has seen them clock

Win £3,000 in

the Porthleven

Harbour Arts Prize

A contest for traditional and digital

artists, the Porthleven Harbour Arts

Prize is a contest for both amateur

and professional creatives working on

canvas, board, paper, wood, metal and


There'll be an adults' and a children’s

contest and winners will be chosen

at the Porthleven Arts Festival, with

a special prizegiving ceremony on

Sunday 3rd October.

up over 200 performances to date, from

crowded pubs and community fundraisers

to large scale concerts. Although firmly

rooted in the male vocal tradition, their

trademark style of free harmony ensures

that no two performances sound the same.

Art lovers will be well catered to, with

celebrations of Porthleven’s heritage,

a postcard auction and an en plein air

painting competition offering all artists the

chance to get involved.

A community effort to inspire a community

and beyond to get involved, the Porthleven

Arts Festival ultimately embodies what the

PAC want to encourage town-wide, the

pursuit of exploring the arts, no matter your

background, ability, or choice of medium.

Membership to the community is free and

as a member, you can start projects which

are of interest, contribute new ideas and

support ventures. As Hannabeth Johnson

explains, everyone is welcome, “We want

to hear from anyone and everyone in the

community who is an artist, dreams of

being one, or has a creative idea we might

be able to help develop. We want to be a

focal point and catalyst in encouraging art

in all its forms and to bring more artistic

projects, partners, networks, competitions

and funding for the arts in Porthleven.” l

Their first ever festival-style event, the

PAC are excited to bring this laid-back

but buzzing 10-day celebration to life.

Running from the 25th September to

the 2nd October, you can find out more

including how to get involved with the

PAC at

For the Jim Tinley Retrospective Book

Crowdfunder, head to www.crowdfunder.

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As co-owner of the iconic

stripy pottery brand,

Cornishware, Karina

Rickards is a driving force

behind the creative vision

of this quintessentially

Cornish product. Here,

she gives us a glimpse

into what life is like

behind the scenes at the

Cornishware HQ…

Firstly, please tell us a little bit about

Q yourself and your connection to


Although born in France, I feel at one in

Cornwall. I’ve got Celtic blood flowing in

my veins. I was brought up sailing, I could

sail before I could speak apparently. I

sailed an awful lot along the coast of

Brittany, Normandy and Cornwall as a child

and I feel at one now in Cornwall. The same

bracing wind, similar treacherous seas, and

tides. It takes a whole childhood on a boat

to understand the sea and to respect it and

when in Cornwall, it feels just like it did back

on my family sailing boat.

Cornishware is such an iconic feature

Q of Cornwall’s aesthetic, can you tell

us about life at the Cornishware HQ?

The morning team starts work at 5am,

glazing, unloading kilns with music on,

coffee in their mugs and a smile on their

faces. Then the rest of the team starts

trickling in and by 7am, everyone is

generally in. We start early, a bit like bakers,

we like to get going, but instead of baking

loaves of bread and buns, we fire hundreds

of beautiful Cornishware pieces in our two

huge kilns. Another reason why we like to

start early is that it gets terribly hot in the

afternoons, especially in the summer, with

kilns humming away. So, we have taken the

habit of starting early and finishing early.

I generally work on social media and

marketing in the morning and swap my

screen for my decorating wheel in the

afternoon. Although hot in there, I like

to sit at my wheel, with jazz playing just

concentrating on my stripes, paintbrush in

hand. By 4pm, most of the stripy team have

gone home and I’ve got the whole pottery

to myself, so I just drift away, completely in

the zone - applying one stripe after another.

What are the main focuses for you

Q when approaching a new product?

Quality, durability, simplicity, chunkiness,

respect of heritage design, not letting go

of its origin. We are extremely careful in

bringing any new products to the range.

This is not a decision we take lightly. Saying

that, eight years ago, we came up with the

much-loved pasta bowl. We eat a lot of

pasta at home, and we felt there was a deep

plate missing in the range. Eating habits

have changed and it’s important to move

with the times, but equally while respecting

a (nearly) 100 year-old tradition. It’s a fine

line which we are careful not to tread on.

We brought in a retro chic orange colour

two years ago to appeal to the younger

stripy fans. It was so popular, our website

crashed when we launched it!

Tell us about some of your favourite

Q pieces you’ve worked on?

So many to choose from, but the yellow

mini jug is close to my heart. Yellow is

the new kid on the stripy block, created

18 months ago. Inspired by gorse in full

bloom found along the coastal paths and

roads, cardinal marks floating at sea and

waterproofs worn by sailors and fishing

trade. Yellow is everywhere in Cornwall.

Mini jugs are really tricky to decorate, but

I like a challenge. They may look cute but

they are devilish to add stripes to! We use

a wax resist technique on all our handled

items, such as teapots, mugs and jugs.

They get hand dipped in paint, resulting in

paint running off the waxed handle and two

middle stripes and sticking the iconic three

raised stripes.

It’s mesmerising to watch, I never tire of it.

One of my dipping videos has been viewed

nine million times on Tik Tok, just shows I’m

not the only one to enjoy the process! It

took me a while to master the art of waxing

and I enjoyed the challenge enormously.

I’m now training two other ladies (six

decorators in total) to help me out.

What have been your plans for this

Q year?

We are expanding, as a result of having

doubled in size during the past 18 months.

We are currently renovating a barn into a

glazing unit and a future decorating studio.

We have hammer drills going on at the

moment, breaking up floor in order to pour

smooth concrete. Can’t have any wobbles

while pushing trolleys full of freshly decorated

Cornishware! I have also organised a couple

of events. I have invited Instagram followers

to join me at Duchy Nursery for a cream tea

as well as sailing around Falmouth Bay. Both

events (125 tickets) were sold out in less than

18 minutes.

I feel it is important to connect with our

customers. Cornishware is not just beautiful

iconic ceramic, it is also a wonderful tightknit

stripy community. A lot of fans out

there, with fond memories of the brand are

keen to connect and thank us for what we

are doing. Rescuing an iconic brand feels

terribly special and I am delighted to be

bringing stripy joy to many fans out there.

What do you love about your job?


I love the fact I am making a difference in

the world by having rescued a much-loved

iconic brand. Applying stripes to a mug or

plate and imagining the person using it. I’d

like to think a little bit of my soul has gone

into each of the pieces I have decorated. I

love the connection I get on a daily basis,

thanks to social media. I receive hundreds

of comments which are so heartwarming

to read. They are really useful as they

give me inspiration for new colours and

shapes. I listen attentively to what our

customers have to say and often remind

them they are part of our journey. The

success of Cornishware is not only thanks

to our dedicated and skilled staff but also

from the orders we receive from around the

world. We wouldn’t be where we are now

without them.

When you’re not busy, what do you

Q like to do to relax in Cornwall?

When running your own business, it’s not

always easy to walk away from it but when

I can, I like to swap my wheel for a helm

and often enjoy going for a sail with my

husband. We have a 37ft yacht which we

often take out, sailing from Falmouth to

the Helford river. Anchoring in one of the

stunning creeks while eating a Cornish

pasty and drinking tea in one of our mugs

is probably my number one favourite day

off activity. l

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Let's Speak Cornish

An hav ma, tus leel kernewek ha havysi kehaval a dhe’n

treth ha dhe’n morrep rag omlowenhe. Yma lies aktivitys

kavadow po war enep po yn-dann an mor, y’ga mysk kayakya,

arvoryorieth, mordardha hag ynwedh sedhi. Nebes kroaduryon

anusadow re vysytyas Kernow ha Syllan an vledhen ma, rag

ensempel, morviles orka ha morvugh hogen! Mes yma pub prys

lies aral, moy byghan mes dhe les byttegyns, dhe vos kevys

dre sedhi dhe’n gribow ha gwreckys a’gan arvor. Yn-dann an

tonnow, y kevir bys liwus a gorel, spongow, kosow a wommon

ha treweythyow reunyon gwariek. Ha mar pe gwynn agas bys,

martesen y hallsewgh gweles morvoren!

This summer, local Cornish people and visitors alike will go to

the beach and the seashore to enjoy themselves. There are

many activities available either on the surface or under the sea,

amongst them kayaking, coasteering, surfing and also diving.

Some unusual creatures have visited Cornwall and Scilly this year,

for example, orca whales and even a walrus! But there are always

many others, smaller but interesting nonetheless, to be found by

diving to the reefs and wrecks of our coast. Beneath the waves

there lies a colourful world of coral, sponges, kelp forests and

sometimes playful seals. And if you are lucky, you might even

see a mermaid.















gwynn agas bys!





to kayak










You (pl) are lucky!

(lit: white is your world!)

A-ugh an tonnow, mordardhoryon a rewl an keynvor. A-dhyworth

Porthsenan bys dhe Borthbud, i a bayon liwyow a sort diffrans:

bordhow a bub furv ha braster ha’ga dillans mordardha splann.

Leverys yw mordardha arnowydh a dhrehedhas yn Kernow yn

1962 gras dhe beswar gwithyas bewnans Ostralian a dheuth dhe

oberi yn Baya Tewynblustri. I a dhros an kynsa bordh Malibu ha

fiber-gweder dhe’n RU hag yndella a dhallethas an sport a vri

dell aswonnyn hedhyw. Hag ass yw meurgerys gans an dornysi

ow ty’golya a-hys an arvor kledh - ha gans an Gernowyon dres

an vledhen oll yn spit an dowr yeyn!

Above the waves, surfers rule the ocean. From Sennen Cove

to Bude, they show off colours of a different kind: boards of

every shape and size and their bright surfwear. It is said modern

surfing started in Cornwall in 1962 thanks to four Australian

lifeguards who came to work in Newquay Bay. They brought

the first fibreglass Malibu board to the UK and thus started the

celebrated sport as we know it today. And how popular is it with

tourists holidaying along the north coast – and with the Cornish

surf all year round, despite the cold water!



mordardhoryon surfers


to rule




to show off



gwithyas bewnans lifeguard






to holiday


“Gwren ni mos dhe’n treth!” – “Let’s go to the beach!”

“A-gledhbarth po a-dhyghowbarth? – “To the north side or the


“My a gar mordardha” – “I love surfing”

“Gwell yw genev sedhi” – “I prefer diving”

“Moy yntanus yw mordardha!” – “Surfing is more exciting”

“Kehaval on ni oll a-rag tonn.” – “We are all equal before a


“Deus a-ji an dowr! Teg ha tomm yw – onest!” – “Come into the

water! It’s lovely and warm – honest!”

“Bydh war an morvugh!” – “Beware of the walrus!”

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



Giving great scope to the imagination, the

exhibition ‘WONDERS UNTOLD’ sees a welcome

return of the ever-inventive Mark Herald. Well

known for his inimitable collages, Mark also

turns his hand to decorating ceramic platters,

designing metal weather vanes and printmaking.

Recent visits to West Penwith result in images

based on birds and animals seen within this

landscape. Accompanying Mark’s work are

Alex Malcolmson’s carved shore birds and

his fascinating boxed maritime constructions.

Robina Jack too brings her creative mind to a

new collection of paintings-within-ceramics, an

unusual technique. Terry Shone gives a tongue

in cheek take on C19th Staffordshire flatbacks

with his beautifully modelled sculptures. Singing

colours in Sue Marshall’s woven rugs and Guy

Royle’s silver and gem jewellery add to the

joyfulness of this exhibition! l



Stephanie Rhodes is an artist and illustrator based in St Ives Cornwall, after

graduating with a degree in Illustration in 2014 she has been living in her

van ever since. Exploring the UK, Europe and North Africa. Traveling with

the seasons, spending summers in Cornwall and winters chasing swells and

adventuring throughout Europe and beyond. Being stationary during the

pandemic gave Stephanie the time and opportunity to take her work seriously

and she started her small business from the comfort of her home on wheels,

which she aptly named: Roam Slow Studio.

Her illustrations are greatly inspired by her travels as well as living by the Cornish

coastline. Shaped by the surf, sand, and sun-soaked adventures. She aims to

convey warmth and nostalgia with her art style, using textures and warm colours

within a limited colour palette. She works both traditionally with paint brushes to

create texture as well as digitally using a graphics tablet to create her illustrations.

Stephanie’s work is stocked throughout the UK and Europe in several boutiques

and surf shops, as well as locally in St Ives. She also works on several small client

commissions each month for local Cornish brands and small businesses.

Her online store is stocked with art prints, cards, and apparel which she runs

from her home on wheels. To see more of Stephanie’s work and adventures you

can visit her website and find her on

Instagram @roamslowstudio and @slownsteadylivin l

From 5th September – 30th October;

Tuesday - Saturday

YEW TREE GALLERY, Keigwin, near Morvah &

Pendeen, TR19 7TS (B3306 coast road)

T: 01736 786425




This October Sharon McSwiney and Alison Dupernex

will exhibit together again to explore their love of colour,

texture & pattern with their new show ‘Autumn sunset’ at

the historic St Ives Arts Club.

Metalwork, jewellery and paintings alongside wearable

textile art will be a colour sensation reflecting the vibrant

hues of the season in addition to more soft subtle

Cornish coastal inspired pieces. Both makers will be

present during the exhibition to discuss the creative

processes and development of their ideas. l

The event will be open daily 10.30am – 4.30pm

with free entry. 2nd – 8th October 2021

St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, St Ives TR26 2DY.

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Currently showing in the Ground Floor Gallery our

Summer 2021 Members’ Exhibition.

Our First Floor Gallery is exhibiting

‘125 years of the National Trust’ Exhibition.

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This Summer, Kestle Barton will present

Some People Dream a Lot, the first solo

exhibition of renowned British artist

Jeffery Camp’s works since his death

last year. A celebration of an incredible

painting life, the exhibition, on show until

5th September 2021, will focus on Camp’s Beachy Head paintings as well as

his still lifes of flowers - a joyful embrace of what it means to be alive.

Showing them at Kestle Barton, an ancient farmstead set in fields and

woods on The Lizard, west Cornwall, when the venue’s own expansive gardens

and wildflower meadows are in full bloom, adds an additional sense of place

and vitality to the works. As Camp himself said, ‘Some people dream a lot.

Daydreaming is worthwhile but you must really force it and make it happen.’ l

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 4:30pm.

Closed Mondays but open for Bank Holidays

Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6HU

T: 01326 231 811 • E: • W:



16TH OCTOBER 2021 – 16TH JANUARY 2022

This autumn, Tate St Ives will

present Very volcanic over this green

feather, a major new installation by

Petrit Halilaj (b.1986 in Kostërrc, Kosovo)

for his first solo exhibition in the UK.

Halilaj is internationally recognised for

his expansive artworks. Deeply connected to Kosovo’s recent history, he

frequently incorporates materials from his native country and re-elaborates

them through installation, performance, textiles, drawing and video. The

exhibition at Tate St Ives stems from Halilaj’s own personal story. Displaced

by the Kosovo War (1998–9) as a 13 year-old, Halilaj and his family lived at

the Kukës II and Lezhe-Shengjin refugee camps in Albania in 1999. For this

exhibition, Halilaj will present a poignant new installation reimagining a

collection of felt-tip drawings he made as a child at Kukës II.

The original pictures were created under the guidance of Italian

psychologist Giacomo ‘Angelo’ Poli, who was taking part in a humanitarian

mission at the refugee camp. Poli supported the children in communicating

their experiences through drawing. In a period of 15 days, Halilaj created 38

drawings, all of which have been preserved by Poli until today.

Since 1999, Poli has become a close friend and supporter of Halilaj, who is

now an established artist based in Berlin. In 2021 Halilaj revisited the original

pictures he made with Poli for the first time in over two decades. Informed

by those conversations, Halilaj will create an immersive environment within

Tate St Ives’s largest gallery. An adjoining gallery space will offer additional

information about the Kosovo War and the political and social contexts

which continue to impact the country and Kosovar society.

Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather is curated by Anne

Barlow, Director of Tate St Ives, with Giles Jackson, Assistant Curator. l



Cornwall Crafts Association is delighted to be able to welcome five brand

new Members. Lynne Speake Ceramics and Art Jewellery, Karen Berg

Textiles, Reece Ingram Sculpture and Ceramics, Helen Eastham Glass, and

last but not least Tom Heywood handmade Furniture and Boxes. All of

which are now on display at Trelissick Gallery. l

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Cornwall’s online

aerial photography

gallery, Perrans

Above, is holding a

mini exhibition at The

Hub in Perranporth,

featuring unique

images of local

landmarks by George

Cryer and Jamie


The mini exhibition is at The Hub, Perranporth’s

newest coffee shop, which is at 3 Mitchells Corner,

TR6 0EW. The exhibition will hopefully be a

permanent feature of The Hub, and so check it out

if you are nearby.

If you can’t make it along to the physical

exhibition, all of the Perrans Above aerial

photographs can be seen in the online gallery.

Images are available to buy as framed prints,

canvases, panoramas, and posters, with free

worldwide home delivery. l



Image: Perranporth Swimming Pool by George Cryer.


This September,

the Customs House

Gallery in Porthleven

will be hosting a

focus exhibition

for resident artist,

Simon Jewell. An

accomplished painter

and photographer,

Simon Jewell was

born in 1972 in

Oxford and developed an interest in drawing at

an early age. Having studied at Falmouth and

Lincoln Art Colleges for a HND in Graphics and

Illustration, Simon spent the following 18 years as an

architectural draftsman at his father’s architectural

practice before relocating to Cornwall in 2008 with

wife and fellow artist Rebecca.

Now based on the Lizard Peninsula, Simon’s

works have attracted a wide following with their rich,

atmospheric seascapes and ethereal skies. With

his subject matter predominantly focusing on the

Lizard’s untameable coastline, Simon paints mostly

in his studio using oils and acrylics, opting to paint

with the likes of a palette knife, fingers and found

objects as opposed to a paintbrush, resulting in

multi-layered works filled with texture and depth.

The Simon Jewell Focus Exhibition will be taking

place from Saturday 25th September to Monday 4th

October at the Customs House Gallery, Porthleven. l

The Customs House Gallery

˜ Porthleven ˜


an exhibition of

original paintings

by amanda hoskin





T: 01326 569365


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Open daily 10am - 5pm

Lynfield Craft Centre,

Perranuthnoe, Cornwall, TR20 9NE

Tel: 01736 710538

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, 10am-

12noon and 1pm-3pm Tuesday

to Friday. 10am-12noon and

6.30pm-8.30pm Mondays, and

10am-12noon weekends

The Cowhouse Gallery in Perranuthnoe is run by a group of local

artists and craftspeople. This independence allows them to offer

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

Painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass,

jewellery, textiles, woodturning and leatherwork are all beautifully

displayed in this bright light art space.

G10 Percy Williams Building, Krowji,

West Park, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3AJ

Text: 07855 102 598





TEL: 01209 494003


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Wednesday 1st – Thursday 30th September

The Customs House Gallery, Harbour Road, Porthleven, TR13 9JD

Distinguished ceramicists Hugh West and Karen Carlyon will be featured in a monthlong

exhibition showcasing their works at Porthleven’s Customs House Gallery.

Known for his distinctive, elegant forms, Hugh West is one of Cornwall’s most known

and renowned ceramic artists. Based in Truro, West’s career began in Porthleven in

the 1970’s with an apprenticeship with a local ceramicist. His beautiful, wheel thrown

porcelain ceramics have been featured in exhibitions worldwide, and he exhibits a

collection of frequently changing pieces at the Customs House Gallery.

Karen Carlyon began working as Hugh West’s apprentice in 2017 and created her own

studio. Before that, she spent several years with Paula Downing, hand building large

sculptural pieces using various clay bodies. Today, Carlyon now works exclusively in

porcelain and fires in a gas kiln, mixing her own glazes and taking inspiration from the

Cornish coastline as she incorporates the movement and colours of the ocean into

her uniquely beautifully pieces.

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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 50 Cornish artists and

craftspeople. There is a wide range of contemporary work from both wellknown

and emerging makers, across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, painting

& prints, stationery, and homewares. There is also a pop-up gallery which

hosts a year round programme of short exhibitions by Cornish artists, and a

dedicated workshop space which offers classes to inspire people to become

creative themselves. Check our website for details on what’s coming up.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10am-5pm

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

E: • W:

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A stunning gallery located at the heart of

the timeless Trelowarren Estate, run by a cooperative

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.

Summer Exhibition

8th July - 5th September

Autumn exhibition & Book launch

8th September- 31st October

Winter exhibition

3rd - 21st November

Open Wed - Sunday 11 - 4pm

Lizard Art, Trelowarren Estate,

Mawgnan-in-Meneage, Cornwall, TR12 6AF

T: 01326 221778 • E: • Facebook: Lizardart

Instagram: @lizardartgallery

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.

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.

Kurt Jackson - Kenidjack:

A Cornish Valley

From August 28th. A sister exhibition to

2017’s Cot: A Cornish Valley - this show

is a stunning collection of paintings and

sculpture that follows a stream from

its source on the moors above St Just

down through the valley and into the

sea, taking in the sights, sounds, history,

heritage and wildlife along the way.

Open Tuesday - Saturday.

North Row, St Just, TR19 7LB

T: 01736 787638



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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With a beautifully rich colour palette and delicate light play, Nina Packer is an artist

based in the Roseland Peninsula. Graduating from the London Guildhall in 2001,

her passion lies in mark making and colour.

Firstly, tell us about one of your chosen

locations to paint and why it inspires you...

Cornwall is full to the brim of beautiful

places. Under normal circumstances I spend

a lot of time painting in Portscatho alongside

other artists from The New Gallery. However,

during this remarkable past year I spent

a lot of time walking and working in my

immediate surroundings, so, I have chosen

the hedgerows and hollow ways around

where I live; on the edge of The Roseland, a

stone’s throw from Mevagissey, within sight

of China Clay Country and where every

village keeps a Saint.

When painting your location, is there

anything that really catches your eye that

you enjoy focusing on?

The lanes here are banked by high Cornish

hedges and are teeming with treasures

if you have the time to stop and look.

They can be busy with traffic, but during

lockdown were quiet and I walked some

of them for the first time in the decade

I’ve lived here. It felt like we reclaimed

them for a little while, and I discovered

things I didn’t know existed: hidden

streams, animal roads, banks of violets,

Minotaur Beetles! I especially love the

surprise panorama field views that open up

when you hit a gateway, ever-changing in

appearance with crop cycles and weather.

Describe the sounds, smells and feelings

you experience in your location…

Mustard yellow striped snail shells lining

the road like little jewels – I think they

fall from the hedges and get trapped on

its dusty surface. The otherworldly, fax

crazy song of a skylark fading to nothing

as it climbs the clouds. The earthy smell

of wet oak leaves in autumn and heady

meadow sweet in the heat of summer.

The way that the banks of primroses seem

to glow on a mizzly day, the textures of

robins pincushions and oak apples – all of

this feels good.

What colours do you like to use when

painting your location?

My favourite blue is Windsor Blue-Green

Shade; mix in a little Cadmium Yellow with

white and you have the perfect turquoise.

I could drink Emerald Green neat, it is just

a perfect colour, Naples Yellow and Sap

Green are palette staples, and I love the

soft cream you get from Indian Yellow. I

don’t use black at all, instead I use Indigo.

When painting/practicing ‘en plein air’,

what do you think about and what are

your processes when painting this way?

I think the sense of pleasure and focus

at being present in the landscape; and

trying to channel this feeling into a picture

through coloured pigments! Sometimes I

paint in the environment directly – I have a

portable pochade box that I use for small

oil paintings - or I might draw outside with

charcoal or watercolour and work back

in the studio, sometimes I’ll bring back

hedge treasures to use in studio pictures.

What challenges do you face when

conveying your location onto canvas?

The eternal problem of how to capture

and convey the spirit and feeling of a place

alongside its appearance; some pictures

can look like their subject but be quite

dead in feeling, trying to get the right

balance is something I’m still learning.

Finally, what do you love most

about your location?

The way it changes day by day and

through the year, the foxgloves and their

ghostly cousins the Pennywort flowers,

the delicate grasses this time of year and

the festoon strings of ruby bryony berries

in autumn, the bramble tangle of the

green lane next to our house, with feather

evidence of a fox’s dinner. I love that it’s

a living place with stories to tell and that

nature goes about its business regardless

of whether I’m there to notice it. l

You can discover more of Nina Packer’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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WONDERS UNTOLD’ is another of Yew Tree Gallery’s exhibitions to focus on

the world’s diminishing wildlife – albeit in works of beauty and even playfulness.

In its position on the north-west coast of Penwith, the gallery is surrounded by

gardens, fields, and moors - with the sea just a short walk away - an apt setting

for reflecting on nature.

An artist whose exhibitions are always

eagerly awaited is Mark Hearld. Mark’s

Master’s Degree in Wildlife Illustration

at the Royal College of Art brought him

in touch with the wonders of London’s

museums, where he fell under the spell

of those early 20th Century artist and

designers John Piper, Eric Ravilious and

Edward Bawden to name a few, who all

worked from nature and the landscape

and stimulated his love of pattern. Since

leaving college, Mark has created images

in many ways, constantly experimenting.

Recently he was commissioned to

decorate platters and plates at the Leach

Pottery, a new experience for him and one

he greatly enjoyed. However, the medium

for which he is most recognised is collage.

The fluid brushstrokes of his paintings

are echoed with equal dexterity in his

use of torn or cut paper. In ‘WONDERS

UNTOLD’, Mark’s fertile imagination brings

glimpses of wild creatures he sees in the

Cornish landscape into colourful collages

through his deft snipping of painted paper

and card.

Accompanying Mark’s collages in the

gallery’s larger space is the mixed media

work of Alex Malcolmson. Brought up

on the Shetland Isles, the sea, and its

creatures as well as maritime history are

part of his lifeblood. He honed his artistic

skills at Edinburgh College of Art and has

had exhibitions at several Edinburgh art

galleries over the years. Wandering the

estuaries where shorebirds abound is one

of his favourite pastimes. His empathetic

carvings and paintings of these birds

convey their true essence. His ‘boxworks’

display a different strand of his art and are

often a combination of drawing, maps and

found objects.

Another artist from the North whose

work has a humorous twist is Terry

Shone. Now in his maturity, he has

developed a unique style after a lifelong

interest in traditional slip-wares and in

the lively images found in 19th Century

Staffordshire ceramic figurines and

flatbacks. Initially trained in ceramics and

sculpture at Leeds College of Art and

Goldsmith’s, London, he was awarded

a Rockefeller research fellowship to the

Metropolitan Museum in New York, further

expanding his knowledge and interest.

Wild and domestic birds and animals in a

contemporary interpretation are conceived

through thrown, slab-built and modelled

forms, decorated with coloured slips and

glazes, often reworked over several firings

with enamels and lustres. These historic

techniques, used in new ways, lead to the

freshness and immediacy of Terry’s work.

Other delights (woven rugs, jewellery,

ceramics, garden sculpture) are on display

in this joyful exhibition, which runs from

7th September until 30th October.

As with all Yew Tree exhibitions,

a percentage of sales will be given

to Charity. ‘WONDERS UNTOLD’ is

supporting ‘Penwith Welcomes Refugees’

– an admirable initiative by four local

young women who, under the auspices of

the government’s Community Sponsorship

scheme, are raising funds to support a

refugee family here in Penwith.

Gilly Wyatt Smith, who curates the

show, is hoping to be open to the

public (bearing Covid still in mind!) from

Tuesdays to Saturdays. l

The exhibition will also be visible at

The gallery is situated on the B3306

coast road at Keigwin, near Morvah,

west Cornwall TR19 7TS. 01736 786425

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In Your Hands

Newlyn Art Gallery, Until 16th October

While the pandemic has brought restrictions to travel, there is an ever-growing

desire to be part of international networks. Newlyn Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, In

Your Hands, explores new connections, inviting a dance between continents; a call

and response with words and flowers; and an ode to the home we have all spent so

much time in.

A group exhibition connecting

international artists with people in

Cornwall, In Your Hands is a collaborative

effort. The artists have put the making of

their art into the hands of others, placing

their trust in them, and embracing the

serendipitous outcomes.

Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew

Lewis are based in Pittsburgh, US, but

when visiting Lenka’s hometown of

Penzance in 2017, they made an artist

research trip to Henry Cowles, the oldest

existing net maker in the UK, and still

operating from Helston. When invited to

participate in In Your Hands, the artists

decided to commission a sample of

every net, in every colour way, that Henry

Cowles supplies, and for it to be stitched

together to create a net that could catch

everything, but possibly nothing. Based

in Newlyn, and using traditional methods,

South West Play diversified from fishing

nets, and now create playparks across the

Europe. They accepted the challenge to

join the diamonds of nets together with

the only rule that no two nets the same

should touch.

Klaas Rommelaere, a textile artist based

in Antwerp, Belgium wanted to make an

installation that represented the collective

home that we have all spent so much time

in. The gallery invited people from across

the UK to send in photographs of their

favourite possessions, with a sentence

explaining why it meant so much to them.

These inspired a design that was sent to

each participant, with a sewing kit – a total

of 63 adults and 22 children participated.

For many this was their first time doing

needlework, or revisiting skills not

performed for some years, but each has

brought a unique personality to this group

collaboration. For curator of the exhibition,

Programme Curator Blair Todd, the

exhibition highlights the incredible results

collaborations between artists can offer,

“While connecting international artists

with people in Cornwall and the UK to

create their work was born out of necessity

in a time of lockdown, these collaborations

have resulted in many extraordinary and

unexpected outcomes for the artists,”

Blair explains. “Helping make each project

happen has been incredibly rewarding,

particularly emailing, messaging, and

zooming with the eighty people across the

UK who put so much time and creativity

into their needlework.”

Other collaborations include Arinda

Daphine, a poet and dancer, and civil

rights lawyer, in Kampala, Uganda, who has

devised a new installation of poetry, song,

drawing, painting and dance with Shallal

Dance Theatre; Benny Nemer, a Canadian

artist based in Paris, will send a personal

card each week during the exhibition

to Zennor Wild, a local florist, who will

respond with a different floral arrangement

for the gallery – an intimate conversation

developing over the summer; Through

The Interdependence, artist Kate Rich is

linking Newlyn Art Gallery to a number

of international endeavours by artists to

establish alternative economies, including

New Dawn Traders; and Georgia Gendall

will invite her international networks to

participate in her ongoing project Forced

Collaboration, by devising instructions for

the Gallery’s collective of young artists The

Collaborators to create new artworks

for the exhibition. l

In Your Hands curated by Blair Todd,

Programme Curator, is showing at Newlyn

Art Gallery until the 16th October.

The Gallery is open daily until the 11th

September, then Tuesday to Saturday.

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Cornwall’s dramatic North Coast is the inspiration for a new collection

by internationally respected artist Peter Turnbull.

Peter Turnbull’s CV marks him out as

an exceptional British artist: he studied

at Nottingham College of Art and later

the Royal College of Art in both London

and Paris, and following his graduation

he was represented by the prestigious

Piccadilly Gallery on Cork Street, London.

For many years Peter was Head of Fine

Art at the University of Chester, and later

became Visiting Professor of Fine Art

after embarking on his full-time career

as a painter. He has received the Rodney

Burn Award for Figurative Drawing and

has exhibited at internationally important

venues such as The Royal Academy in

London and American art dealer Terry

Dintenfass’s gallery in New York.

Peter’s powerful, elemental paintings

demonstrate an intimate relationship with

the landscapes that inspire his work, and

walk the line, rather intriguingly, between

the figurative and the abstract. “Initially

I was a figurative painter” says Peter,

“particularly during my time at the Royal

College of Art and whilst exhibiting at

Cork Street. I included, at that time, some

works concerned with the landscape,

but always with a figurative element.

Gradually the landscape began to have a

more dominant role in my painting, with

the figure becoming a more subordinate

element and the works becoming more

abstracted, but that was not by deliberate

intention: I respond to the form that a

painting takes as it develops, and in that

sense my work may be described as

abstraction”. In his practice, he engages

the use of ‘automatism’, which is the

method of creating art instinctively,

without conscious thought: “intuitive

mark making allows me to draw on

imagery from my own memory, without

any visual references” he says. The

genre of landscape painting, Peter

adds, is endlessly inspiring to him, and

has endured for centuries because of

the unique perception that each artist

brings to this universally loved subject.

“The perception of landscape is a highly

personal one, one that belongs to a

particular artist at a particular time” he

says. “New approaches to landscape

painting can transform previous values,

and can educate, inform and set one’s

own visual perspective in a new light. I

believe that painting should embrace

not only a direct representation of

what is seen, but have a deeper quality

that evokes feeling, and transcends

the ‘known’ to a different level of

understanding and a sense of place. I

see myself as a part of the progression

of British landscape painting in my

development of the genre alongside

those artists who transcend the literal

transcription of the landscape, and create

more than solely figurative works.” Peter’s

emphatic application of paint, rich surface

textures and translucent layers of colour

are evidence of a deep engagement

with his materials and the physical act

of making artwork. “The majority of my

works are oil paint on canvas or wood

panel” says Peter. “The choice of support

I use is defined by the type of imagery

an artwork depicts - works on panel, for

example, will have a different feel to

works on canvas because on panel the

paint slips and slides more readily and

inhabits a different set of values. Using

layer upon layer of glazes promotes a

feeling of history, and of development

within the painting as a reference to the

history of a particular landscape. I was

lucky in that I received tuition at the Royal

College of Art concerning mediums and

their application, and for a number of

years I worked with the classic medium

of egg tempera and also manufactured

my own oil paint. I believe that this

understanding of one's chosen medium

is important, and allows an artist to use

materials to their best advantage to any

given piece of work.”

This autumn, Peter is exhibiting a new

collection of works inspired by the drama

and beauty of Cornish landscape, on

show in the flesh and by virtual tour at

Whitewater Contemporary Polzeath. “The

works I will be exhibiting at Whitewater

Contemporary are concerned with the

impact the Cornish Landscape has had on

my painting over the last 20 years” says

Peter. “They respond to the north Cornish

coastline and surrounding landscape,

and to aspects drawn from my own visual

memory. In particular, they respond to a

unique quality inherent to the Cornish

landscape - a sense of both place and

history”. l

See Peter Turnbull’s Cornwall collection

throughout August at Whitewater

Contemporary, The Parade, Polzeath,

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Transforming beachcombed seaglass into stunning jewellery, Porth Jewellery is the

product of Falmouth based maker, Laura Talbot. Becoming a jeweller was initially

an unexpected profession, and started with friends complimenting her on a ring

she had made from seaglass found at a local beach...

“It was never my intention to start a

business, but gradually my hobby turned

into a passion and eventually I decided to

concentrate on it full-time. Porth Jewellery

was born in Summer 2018, and I now work

from my home studio in Falmouth.”

Cornish for harbours, “Porth” is a

homage to Cornwall’s ocean and treasure

hoarding harbours. It’s a connection that

Laura prides herself on keeping when

collecting material and transforming it into

something that is both beautiful and full of

a sense of place. Moving to Falmouth in

2001 to study Graphic Design, Laura had

always had a love of the ocean and dreamt

of living by it, so when the opportunity to

study at Falmouth University came up, it

was too good to miss. After graduating,

Laura completed a PGCE and was then

a primary school teacher for 13 years.

When a friend and fellow jewellery maker

invited Laura to her silversmith studio, she

found herself spending many happy hours

exploring the craft, learning the basics,

and eventually journeying her way to fulltime

jeweller, in which seaglass plays the

central role.

“I love the idea that with each unique

item I create, the journey of that piece of

seaglass continues and becomes part of a

new story,” explains Laura. “Seaglass has

been part of the ocean, tumbled smooth

and changed with time and tide. Each

piece is therefore completely unique and

cannot be replicated. Imagine where it

could have started off: a bottle tossed

overboard by a sailor; an old glass fishing

buoy; the fragile remains of past Cornish

industries or even the result of a shipwreck.

“I aim to retain the natural beauty of

each piece found and avoid working too

much on the glass unless it needs to be

matched, for example, to create a pair of

earrings. The provenance of the seaglass

is an important part of Porth Jewellery

and all finds are carefully recorded so

I can trace them back to the beach,

harbour or estuary they came from. Each

piece of finished jewellery comes with

a card detailing the location the glass

was found. My jewellery is bought for a

number of reasons; it could be the colour,

shape or size, but also because it brings

back a treasured memory or to act as a

keepsake of a special place.”

Given in celebration of first dates,

proposals, anniversaries, childhood

holidays spent at a certain beach or

to honour a personal connection to

Cornwall, the individuality of Porth

Jewellery’s seaglass is perhaps what

makes it so distinctive, as Laura explains

here: “It’s easier to order a diamond

in a certain colour, size, cut and clarity

than it is to find that specific piece of

seaglass for someone. Commissions

can be particularly special undertakings

such as for the couple who collected

blue seaglass from holidays around the

world and then had it made into jewellery

for their bridesmaids to wear on their

wedding day.

“Due to the undulations and unique

shapes of the pieces, each setting

is also one of a kind and demands

close attention. Finding a rare colour

is exhilarating. There are still gaps in

my seaglass colour chart I have yet to

discover. There is also, sadly and for all

the wrong reasons, more plastic in the sea

now than glass so it is becoming harder

to find.”

It’s not just creating her seaglass

jewellery that Laura is adept in, but also

in passing on the craft to others. Laura

is a leading maker at one of Falmouth’s

newest creating hubs, Inspire Makers, an

exciting space that boasts a community

of over 50 local artists and craftspeople,

where Porth Jewellery is the only seaglass

jewellery range showcased.

“The ethos of Inspire Makers is to

share the story of makers, encourage

exploration of the artistic process, and

support well-being and community

through the joy of creating,” says

Laura. “Living and working in Falmouth,

Inspire Makers is the ideal location to

hold workshops using their dedicated

workshop space.”

In a seaglass setting full day workshop,

participants learn how to make a

necklace, ring or bangle to size, as well

as cut and file silver, solder, construct

bezel settings, add texture to silver

and set seaglass in the bezel setting.

Currently, Laura is gradually moving over

to eco-silver, which is an environmentally

friendly material produced from 100%

scrap jewellery and recycled silver from

the medical, electronics and giftware

industries and has a fully traceable

and audited manufacturing process,

meaning not only Porth Jewellery

itself but the jewellery of the workshop

makers is crafted with an eco-conscious

approach. At the end of the workshop,

participants leave with their very own

piece of handmade jewellery. Laura also

offers a half day stacking ring workshop

where you can make three rings out of

silver wire. These classes are available a

number of times per month and private

group classes can also be arranged on a

day that suits.

“Having been a teacher, I enjoy

interacting with people, passing on skills

and seeing the joy that making something

yourself can bring,” Laura explains.

“Holding workshops has been a challenge

over the last year so it has been great

getting back into hosting them again.” l

To discover more about Porth Jewellery’s

Seaglass Jewellery Workshops at

Inspire Makers, including dates for

August and beyond, head to

To see more of Laura’s stunning creations,

and other talented Cornish contemporary

design-led artists and craftspeople, visit or visit them in

store, details below.

Inspire Makers, 5 High Street,

Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2AB

T: 01326 531176

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The Jackson Foundation

With exhibitions that consistently bring the power, issues, and beauty of our

natural environment to the forefront, the Jackson Foundation and its leading

resident artist, Kurt Jackson, have always been passionate about being a gallery

that looks to raise awareness just as much as it looks to showcase stunning

contemporary British art. Here, we catch up with them on their plans for summer

and what this past year has uncovered...

There has always been a powerful

message about the value of nature and

our impact on our environments with

the exhibitions and work of renowned

contemporary artist Kurt Jackson. At his

award-winning gallery in St Just, The

Jackson Foundation has consistently

worked with local and international

environmental groups to create cohesive

exhibitions that tell a story. Whether it

is of human impact on the environment,

or the magic in the journey of nature,

these exhibitions have drawn in visitors

and crowds worldwide. The gallery

itself has won awards for their green

approach and green thinking, both in the

construction and running of the gallery

itself and for its conceptual artworks.

Now, as the plight of environmental

issues becomes ever louder, the Jackson

Foundation team have noticed a more

mainstream outlook on their messages,

as Gallery Manager Fynn Tucker explains

here, “Eyes have been opened due to

the pandemic, forcing people to look

around their immediate environment,

and by extension, beyond that to the

wider world: our place in that cycle of

supply and demand, and the implications

of the decisions we make as individuals

and as a society. It’s reassuring that

some of the ideas that we as a gallery

have always put at the centre of our

business model, which only a couple

of years ago were seen as fringe, are

now almost mainstream. Our fellow

Gallery Manager, Zinzi Tucker, has always

been on the forefront of sustainability

through the business, and has spent

an enormous amount of time over the

years researching and sourcing plastic

free, organic, sustainable solutions, from

cleaning products to packaging.”

Part of the Jackson Foundation’s

ongoing project is to work with

environmentally focused charities,

which the Upstairs Gallery section of the

building has been dedicated to since

opening in 2016. It’s a harmonious match

that complements Kurt’s work seamlessly.

As an artist inspired continually by the

natural world, many of Kurt’s collections

explore the relationship between man

and nature, both on a personal and

wider level. From spending entire

seasons trying to capture one tree, to

delving into the vast industry of wheat

crops, these relationships come to life

in Kurt’s captivating artwork, as well as

his poetry, sculpture and most recently,

two new book releases. Released this

year, Biodiversity and Kurt Jackson’s

Sea have seen a phenomenal response.

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“Kurt’s books have been greeted with

an enormous amount of excitement,”

says Fynn. “They’ve really struck a chord

with a wide audience with newly opened

eyes to the natural world and our place in

protecting it.”

Biodiversity focuses on the idea that all

life on Earth has the same right to thrive

as we do. Each is a component in a vast

web, and each species is dependent on

the next to survive; to remove one creates

a domino effect resulting in potential

species and habitat loss. With a stunning

combination of painting, sculpture,

poetry and prose, Kurt illustrates this

message throughout the book. His

second release, Kurt Jackson’s Sea, is the

first hardback book dedicated solely to

Kurt’s depictions of the subject that he is

most famously associated with.

In the gallery, summer promises an

upcoming schedule of equally thoughtprovoking,

blockbuster exhibitions, as

the team prepare for their big September

show, Kurt Jackson’s Kenidjack: A Cornish

Valley, which follows the Tregeseal Stream

from its source on the moors above St

Just, down to the valley and into the sea,

taking in the sights, sounds and wildlife

along the way.

“We are really looking forward to

sharing Kenidjack: A Cornish Valley and

can’t wait to get back to putting on

previews, charity events, talks, screenings

and all the other things we used to

include in our calendar,” describes Fynn.

“We are so blessed to have such a large,

beautiful, airy and versatile space. It has

made opening throughout the Covid

landscape so much more comfortable

for staff and visitors. Since locking down

last spring, we’ve been inundated by

messages from people telling us how

much their visit to the gallery means

to them, and how upset they’ve been

missing the exhibitions due to travel

restrictions, shielding, lack of available

accommodation, or being priced out of

places they have stayed for decades. It’s

been hard on a lot of people…As a result,

we’ve made a real effort to share more of

our exhibitions through our website, and

to make short films about them.”

As the team look ahead in preparation for

the next exhibition, there’s still time for those

eager to visit to catch the last of their latest

show, Wheat: From Plough to Plate, which

looks at a staple crop in all its incarnations,

from field of crops in breathtaking

landscapes all the way through to harvest,

milling and finally, the kneading and baking

of breads and cakes. All captured in Kurt

Jackson’s distinctive style that continues to

reinforce why he is one of the country’s most

popular and respected contemporary artists.

In the Upstairs Gallery, Echoes of a Vanished

World offers a fascinating collection of

photographs by Robin Hanbury-Tenison,

an explorer and co-founder of Survival

International. Echoes showcases his

photographs of tribal peoples from South

America, Africa and the Pacific taken

between the 1950’s-1970’s. These images are

tender and intimate without condescension

and capture people and a time that have

been all but lost. Both exhibitions are on

display until the 14th August.

Leading the way for green galleries, The

Jackson Foundation has set an impressive

example to other businesses alike,

promoting environmentally conscious

practices not just throughout its innovative

structure, but also through its artwork. As

people continue to push for a greener

world, Kurt Jackson continues to send out

messages through the medium of art that

remind us just how precious and fragile

our beautiful natural world can be. l

Signed copies of Biodiversity and Kurt

Jackson’s Sea are available online, as

well as a wide range of artwork, prints

and cards. Discover it all and more at

Jackson Foundation

North Row, St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7LB

Check online for latest opening hours

and updates.

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New Portreath Food Truck Championing Local Seafood

with locals after its launch earlier this


Specialising in local seafood and produce,

The Bait Shed resides in a picture-perfect

suntrap overlooking the beach. Seasonal,

freshly cooked, and full flavoured, eager

foodies can expect seared scallops, local

crab, blackened monkfish and bavette

steak and friends. With a focus on serving

great food at an affordable price, it’s the

idyllic stop for a taste of the sea with the

whole family.

A brand-new food truck on the harbour Follow them on Instagram @baitshed and

side of Portreath has proven to be a hit Facebook - Bait Shed. l

Rick Stein at Home: A New Cookery Book

A new cookbook from the culinary about things like my six-month quest to

realm of Rick Stein is set to launch this produce perfect sourdough, struggles

September, showcasing the very best with sauerkraut and smokers, and my

recipes, memories, and stories from a obsession with stock. And there are some

food lover’s kitchen.

thoughts about walks in the country and

how they have to include coming back

After lockdown and inspired by the

with a bunch of wild sorrel or parsley, about

rhythms and rituals of home cooking,

chutney, jam and marmalade making.

Rick was inspired to create a book that

And finally, some serious stuff about the

takes readers on a journey to exploring

enormous importance of food that plays

authentic food and the important role

in our lives, for cheering us all up. These

it plays in the happiness of life. On the

are my all-time favourite home-cooked

book, Rick had this to say, “Lockdown

meals – some you might be familiar with

became, for me, a time to remember the

from the recent Cornwall series we did. I

joy of regular cooking at home in a world

hope you enjoy them as much as I do.”

where the almost limitless possibilities

of modern life had suddenly been shut Rick Stein at Home will be published on

down. I’ve given in to the need to tell you the 16th September, 2021.. l

Chef Adam Handling Launches Ugly

Butterfly at Carbis Bay Estate

A new restaurant championing sustainable,

Cornish produce has launched at the Carbis

Bay Estate in St Ives.

Headed by Chef Adam Handling, the Ugly Butterfly

boasts floor-to-ceiling views of the gorgeous bay

with a menu of contemporary British food inspired

by Cornwall, using high quality, carefully sourced

ingredients from around the county. l

New Summer Gin to Celebrate

State-of-the-art Distillery

A new gin has been launched by renowned gin

distillers Land of Saints Organic Gin Distillers,

just in time for summer and in celebration

of their brand-new distillery located in

Ponsanooth, Cornwall.

Created by 2009 Masterchef Winner and Land

of Saints Organic Gin developer Mat Follas,

an international cider judge and keen forager,

the new gin, Saint Clement, is a combination

of 12 botanicals, organic lemons, and oranges.

Created as a follow-up to the recently awardwinning

Land of Saints Organic Gin, which took

home gold at the Taste of the West Awards,

Mat was keen to create a zesty and refreshing

gin embodying the taste of summer.

Land of Saints uses organic botanicals, pure

Cornish water and natural organic grain; their

products are certified under rigorous scrutiny

by The Biodynamic Association, with the high

level of approved organic ingredients

making them stand out in a busy market.

As well as being certified organic and a registered

Social Enterprise, Land of Saints partner

with Fauna & Flora International, the world’s

oldest conservation charity, supporting their vital

global work through a donation of surplus profits.

Saint Clement is the very first gin to be produced

in the brand’s impressive distillery near

Falmouth; Black and Gold Organic Distillery

is the new home of Land of Saints Organic Gin

and will allow owners Laura Whyte, Mike and Sue

Bearcroft to fulfil the strong demand for their

products both nationally and internationally.

Stocked across Cornwall, you can also buy the

gin online at


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This issue’s Dish of the Month comes

from the talented foodies at The Lost

Gardens of Heligan. An award-winning

utopia of flora and fauna, Heligan’s food

is just as tempting as its enchanting

gardens, with a kitchen team dedicated

to hyper local, freshly foraged and

doorstep grown produce. After a day

of discovering all this magical attraction

has to offer, finish it off with a true taste

of Heligan...


of the



Heligan's Ham & Cheese Ploughman’s Lunch.


A bottle of proper Cornish cider from our friends

over at Haywood Farm Cider in St Mabyn.


This is a dish that really celebrates home grown

and locally sourced produce. Not only that, but it

constantly changes with the seasons and is easily

adaptable for all. Our ploughman’s lunches are

served with a selection of delicious homemade

pickles and chutneys which are all made with a

selection of heritage produce straight from the

Heligan Kitchen Garden. The dish also includes a

homemade sausage roll along with our favourite

hams and cheeses from across the county.


A selection of the finest Cornish cheeses such as

nettle yarg, gouda and brie.

Plenty of heritage produce from Heligan’s Victorian

Productive Gardens such as cucumbers, lettuce,

broad beans, and pea shoots.

A selection of home-made chutneys using Heligan

heritage fruit and vegetables.


A big slice of Heligan pineapple cake fresh from

the Heligan Bakery.



A real taste of Heligan's Productive Gardens with

sweet and savoury flavours to tickle all tastebuds.


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Paul Ainsworth


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This August (6th – 20th), Paul Ainsworth is

presenting a brand-new food, drink, and

music festival to Cornwall, touring the

county to offer up servings of food from

a selection of acclaimed chefs, along with

tunes from some of the country’s leading

musicians, here Paul tells us all about his

Travelling Feast.

Hi Paul, thanks for being our very

special Meet the Chef! Please tell us a

little bit about the Travelling Feast...

The Travelling Feast is a food, drink and

music festival that’s going to travel around

beautiful locations in Cornwall, staying

for up to two nights at each location –

and we’re offering camping, so don’t

worry if you think there’s nowhere left to

stay in Cornwall this summer! We’ve got

glamping or you can bring your own tent.

There will be world class chefs, many of

them being my really close friends, and

we’ll have chef demos, fireside Q&As,

and well-being activities including yoga.

There will be loads of things going on with

a real circus or fairground feel, as well as

the most amazing music line up, including

the Kaiser Chiefs, Sister Sledge, Faithless,

Rudimental, Human League, Jake Bugg,

Grandmaster Flash, Norman Jay, and

brilliant DJ sets from Danny Rampling and

Judge Jules.

I like to look at

my style of cooking

as flavourful,

relatable, and

recognisable, and

always bringing a

smile to your face.

Tell us a little bit about the food

you’re looking to showcase. What are

you excited for people to taste?

I met with all the chefs a week ago and the

dishes sound phenomenal. From the Paul

Ainsworth Travelling Feast food truck we

are going to be taking our inspiration from a

film I’m very fond of called ‘Chef’ and we’re

going to be cooking the most amazing

grilled cheese sourdough sandwiches

with fillings like Davidstow cheddar. Niall

Keating’s doing a beautiful Korean-style

buttermilk chicken burger with a kimchee

slaw on the side and John Hooker is doing

his brilliant fish and chips and The Cornish

Arms burger. Tom Kerridge is bringing the

most amazing pies with pease pudding and

a parsley and tarragon liquor, Wild Bake are

bringing their delicious wood fired pizzas,

and Elements, run by a chef who used to

work with us, Jack Clements, is bringing

some vegetarian dishes. James Martin is

bringing his artisan ice cream van, and we

have some incredible doughnuts! So a

really wide range of delicious festival food!

How would you describe your

cooking style?

My cooking style has always been about

trying to get the maximum flavour out

of things. I’ve never been interested in

making pretty pictures – it’s always been

about big flavours. I like to look at my style

of cooking as flavourful, relatable, and

recognisable, and always bringing a smile

to your face.

What rules do you live by in

your kitchen?

The rules that I live by in the kitchen are

to have strict disciplines but always to be

fair; to treat people how I would want to

be treated; and to make sure that we have

one common goal –to blow people away

with our food. My team and I wake up

every day trying to be the best versions

of ourselves.

What can visitors to the Travelling

Feast expect from the festival’s

other chefs?

Visitors can expect amazing dishes from

the guest chefs and street food vendors,

along with brilliant food demos from

James Martin, Richard Corrigan, Tom

Kerridge, Simon Rimmer and Angela

Hartnett on the Paul Ainsworth Academy

stage. There will also be fireside Q&As

and the opportunity to meet our guest

chefs as they walk around the festival. It’s

all about great food, great chefs, and a

really personal atmosphere. This festival

will just hug everyone, bring everyone in

and just make everyone feel good about


What ingredients couldn’t you

live without?

If I had to pick one ingredient I couldn’t

live without, it would be Cornish Sea Salt.

Finally, what is your guilty

food pleasure?

I have so many! I love a beautiful cheese

sandwich – but that’s not really a guilty

pleasure! l

To find out more including tickets and

dates, head to

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Wine lovers rejoice; a new French-inspired wine bar

and deli has arrived in Newquay. Effortlessly stylish

and equally as passionate about food as it is wine,

The Bottle’s tucked away location offers a moments

solace away from the hustle and bustle of Newquay’s

busy summer season, but with speciality wine

tastings, French themed tapas dishes, and exciting

wine events on the horizon, this hidden gem is just

as buzzing as its popular seaside hometown.


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aving opened at the start

of August, The Bottle takes

its status as the town’s first

independent wine bar and deli.

The French-inspired eatery is a vino and

cheese lovers paradise, where guests can

enjoy sharing boards, French tartines,

baked camembert and small plates all

paired with great wine sourced from

around the world. Behind the aesthetically

pleasing setting of The Bottle are its two

founders, Rob Palmer and Toyah Marshall,

whose travels around France and northern

Spain influenced the couple greatly when

devising their plan for their own wine bar.

“We had always dreamed of running a

business which paired great food and wine,”

explains Toyah. “After taking part in a virtual

wine tasting during lockdown last year, our

vision for The Bottle was reignited. In just six

weeks we created a serene space for dining,

as well as a place to showcase high quality

wines and produce within our deli.”

Lockdown was a poignant turning point

for the couple. A former Royal Marine,

Rob owns a functional fitness gym in Truro,

however with the gym having to close

throughout the lockdowns, he was left

with a little extra time to focus on another

passion of his, wine. During lockdown, Rob

gained a WSET Level 2 qualification in wine

education. Meanwhile, Toyah worked in

hospitality since she was 16, most notably in

a Leeds-based Michelin starred restaurant

for four years, where her passion for food

and wine started. Alongside running The

Bottle, she is a full-time employment law

solicitor. A real labour of love, The Bottle

brings the couple’s shared love of good

food and wine harmoniously together,

taking price in carefully curating their

tasting boards that take diners on a journey

of the palate, with foods that enhance the

flavour of the wine rather than dull it.

The eatery’s cheeseboards feature a mix

of artisanal cheese from small British

producers, together with European

specialities; their meat selection is equally

as varied, and everything is available on

the deli ready to pack up and take home.

With an eco-friendly ethos, part of The

Bottle’s founding idea was a refillable wine

service, where visitors can select from a

wide range of carefully chosen whites,

reds, and roses to buy in anything from

a 500ml to a litre bottle, or even bring

their own. It’s an effective way to enjoy

some of the finest wines from both France

and Spain, including several organic,

vegetarian, and vegan offerings.

However, alongside the deli, it’s The Bottle’s

casual dining and wine tastings that is set

to capture the hearts of Cornwall’s foodies.

A summer of wine tastings, speciality

bottles and sumptuous food makes this

latest culinary jewel a must-visit. In the bar’s

relaxed and informal surroundings, the

stage is set for the wine and the food to

really shine and plans for speciality themed

events have already taken off.

“For us, wine tastings are all about having

fun and trying something new,” Toyah

describes. “We’re passionate about


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sourcing some of the very best ingredients

from around the world and introducing

out guests to interesting flavours.

“We sometimes work with guest hosts

to bring a really unique element to an

evening. For example, we’re pleased to

be welcoming Carte Blanche Wines in

September. They focus on importing

wines from ecologically minded producers

which have a real sense of place. We

can’t wait to hear all about working with

sustainable producers and tasting some of

their wines.”

The first event, a Rose Rager taking place

on Sunday 8th August, is already sold

out, but more are in the pipeline. Sunday

19th September will see an evening

of biodynamic wines, hosted by Carte

Blanche Wines, a trade company who

specialises in working with independent,

small producers from France and Spain,

to import environmentally conscious,

organic, terroir-focused, and sustainably

crafted wines. Sunday 26th September will

see an Al Fresco Spanish wine and pinxtos

evening, located in a secluded outdoor

courtyard in Newquay with a special oneoff

menu designed for the event featuring

a selection of pinxtos, charcuterie and

cheese celebrating the Basque country,

one of the areas that inspired The Bottle.

Tickets for this event are £20 which comes

off the bill and includes a complimentary

glass of Txakoli on arrival. There will be

wine by the glass and bottle that is paired

with the dishes on offer as well as a fun

cocktail menu.

Plans are also being finalised for a wine

walk event in September, where guests

will journey through the rich orchards of

Newquay Orchard to enjoy sustainably

produced wines supplied by The Bottle,

paired with food from the talented team

at Canteen at the Orchard.

Of course, for those eager to have a full

‘Bottle’ experience, private tastings for

small groups are available on request.

The Bottle team will curate a bespoke

event with wines to suit the group’s palate

and provide the perfect food pairing to

bring each flavour to life. As with all The

Bottle’s events, the wines showcased are

discounted on the day, so if you find one

that sings to your tastebuds, then you can

take it away to enjoy at home.

With what is looking like a sensational

summer of food and drink in Cornwall this

season, The Bottle is certainly a welcomed

addition to North Cornwall’s growing

repertoire of exciting foodie hotspots. l

Tables and events are bookable via the

website at

Private tastings are available for a

minimum of four people, with wine-only

tastings starting from £20, and from £25

with a food pairing. To arrange get in

touch via

1 Wesley Yard, Newquay, TR7 1LB

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday 5pm – 10.30pm

Fridays and Saturdays 1pm – 11pm

Sundays 4pm – 10pm

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@ The Scarlet Hotel





As the summertime buzz continues and Cornwall experiences one

of its busiest seasons ever, you may already be thinking about

those off-peak opportunities for a quiet date night or foodie

experience with friends and where better to sample some luxury

Cornish hospitality and local cuisine than at one of its stellar

hotels? Whether it’s dinner without the drive home or an extra

special evening of beautiful food, we’ve gathered a selection

here to tempt you…

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@ Jake Eastham

The Pig at Harlyn Bay

In a setting dating back to the 15th Century, the Pig at Harlyn Bay is

a historic house that boasts far reaching sea views and food sourced

within a 25-mile radius including their staple Kitchen Garden.

Committed to showcasing local, home-grown produce, the Pig

brand has found a more than abundant location in Cornwall, using

the richest variety of top-quality offerings. Experience hyper-local at

its finest. Book your table online and for those keen to stay, the Pig

at Harlyn Bay operates on a two-night minimum stay.

The Alverton

Truro’s city centre retreat, the Alverton offers a lavish, historic

setting brought into a contemporary era with a menu to

match. Luxurious yet laid-back, the hotel is mere minutes

from the city centre but tucked away just enough to offer

idyllic respite. With a two AA rosette-awarded restaurant,

the Alverton Restaurant and Bar offers food that’s as much a

feast for the eyes as well as the palette, alongside carefully

selected wines, cocktails, craft beers and more. Discover a

range of offers from extra special Date Night Escapes to a

Cornish bottomless brunch.


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The Scarlet Hotel

One of Cornwall’s best known eco-hotels, the Scarlet is a luxury

adult-only hotel where sustainability meets finery. From soaking in

their cliffside hot tubs to relaxing in their stylish spa facilities, the

Scarlet Restaurant is the perfect place to refuel in a lavish candle lit

setting that champions the slow-grown and lovingly prepared. An

à la carte menu is available alongside a seven-course taster menu;

it’s the perfect place for extra special date nights and celebrations.

Currently booked through to the end of September, get planning

for a winter break.

Talland Bay Hotel

Sat atop a secluded stretch of unspoilt south east coastline,

the Talland Bay Hotel houses an award-winning restaurant led

by head chef Glen Meriott. Moving with the seasons, expect

two menus throughout the week that bring together stunning

local, fresh produce, with Sundays dedicated to the Talland

Bay Hotel’s roast. Enjoy a Sunday Stay Over and spend the

afternoon relaxing at the hotel before tucking into a threecourse

roast dinner before retreating to a luxury room for a

calm night’s sleep.


A boutique hotel on the breathtaking reaches of the Roseland

Peninsula, Driftwood Hotel is set amongst seven acres, boasting

its own beach and woodland path. Driftwood’s award-winning

restaurant has been an attraction for foodies for years. A new

addition for 2021 has seen the launch of their Lunch Tasting

Menu. Currently the restaurant is closed on a Sunday but visit

their website to discover more menus and plan your Driftwood

experience – it’s certain to be one you won’t forget.

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@ Emily Scott Food by

Beth Druce for Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay Hotel

A hub for food to suit all tastes and budgets, Watergate Bay has

plenty to offer in the realm of eating out and at Watergate Bay Hotel

you can choose from five offerings depending on your mood. For an

ultimate Cornish dining experience unlike any other, talented chef

Emily Scott is on hand to take you on a fine dining journey through

Cornwall’s culinary delights. There’s also the Beach Hut, Zacry’s, the

Living Space (hotel guests only when busy) and regular pop-up street

food vendors. It’s a place that demands a day of dishes and with the

Watergate Bay Hotel’s ‘Taste of the Bay’ offer you can sample the

best of their establishments.

Bodmin Jail Hotel

The Chapel Restaurant, located in the magnificently

refurbished and developed Bodmin Jail Hotel, resides

in the historic sites Old Chapel area. An elegant gothic

aesthetic offers a unique dining experience, matched by

the restaurant’s à la carte and table d’hôte menus. Next

door, the Governor’s Office bar serves up pre-dinner tipples

and late-night cocktails. Discover more including overnight

stays via their website.

St Mawes Hotel

A stone’s throw from the sea, St Mawes Hotel’s Upper Deck

restaurant is a lively yet informal establishment which sees an

Italian culinary influence meet high quality, hyper-local Cornish

produce alongside a vibrant atmosphere with alfresco table

to match the sea views across the spectacular Carrick Roads

and River Fal. Dogs are welcome in the Lower Deck area of the

restaurant where food and drinks are also served.

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Artist Residence Penzance

Oodles of eccentric charm and quintessential Penzance artistry

can be found at the Artist Residence Penzance. Set in a beautifully

decorated Georgian inn, 19 stylish yet homely bedrooms as well as

a three-bedroom cottage make up this revered hotel in the town’s

iconic Chapel Street. At their Clubhouse eatery, a relaxed and easygoing

menu offers a carefree dining experience in an airy space,

with a cosy bar, lounge and roaring fire for those chillier days. Enjoy

breakfast, lunch and dinner bursting with flavour and style.

Carlyon Bay Hotel

On a clifftop overlooking St Austell Bay, the Carlyon’s

spectacular sea views complement their AA rosette awardwinning

dining, spa, 250 acres of private grounds and 18-

hole championship golf course. With two restaurants, the

AA rosette Bay View and contemporary dining eatery Taste

Brasserie, there’s also the newly renovated Spa Bar and

Clubhouse. Fine dining championing Cornish cuisine leads the

way at these restaurants. Take your pick, plan your ultimate

experience and enjoy all this award-winning hotel has to offer.

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In the north Cornish retreat of Mawgan Porth, The Park has been a welcomed

escapists' sanctuary for both locals and visitors alike. A multi-award-winning

holiday park, a rich land of subtropical flora and fauna houses a selection of

luxury lodges, cottages, yurts, private outdoor hot tubs, delicious food and of

course, the spectacular beach.


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Just a short stroll from the dogfriendly

beach and five miles north

of Newquay, the Park at Mawgan

Porth is an idyllic holiday park

known for its stylish aesthetics and laidback,

welcoming attitude. Luxury lodges,

cottages and park cabins accompany

cladded caravans and a fairyland style

yurt village, perfect for families and those

with four-legged friends keen to join in on

the holiday fun. Whether you’re keen to

relax in one of the many property’s private

outdoor hot tubs, or laze between the

site's two pools, sauna and steam room,

there’s plenty for everyone to get stuck

into, with children’s play areas, an onsite

restaurant, and complimentary doggie

bags full of goodies.

With the breathtaking beauty of the north

coast on the Park’s doorstep, beyond

lies some of Cornwall’s most dramatic

and enchanting coastlines and attraction

sites, whether it’s the beautiful reaches of

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps, to historic

hotspots such as Boscastle and Tintagel

for a cultural day out. Mawgan Porth offers

oodles of adventure, the seasonally life

guarded beach holds surfing lessons with

local surf provider KingSurf, whilst on the

beach there’s perfect rock pool rambling

opportunities and plenty of disabled

access so everyone can enjoy being

on the sand. Just outside of Mawgan

Porth 12 minutes away, guests can find

Trevibban Mill Vineyard for a day of local

wine tasting, whilst eight minutes away

Old Macdonald’s Farm is ideal for groups

with younger children, where visitors can

meet the resident animals from ponies

to alpacas, as well as indulge in some

local Cornish ice cream and an indulgent

Cream Tea or two.

For avid hikers, the South West Coastal

Path is but a few minutes away and is

one of the best ways to experience the

incredible Atlantic sea views Cornwall is

known for. And after a day of hiking the

rolling cliffs, nothing beats settling in front

of the sunset on the beach with The Park’s

very own locally sourced and cooked

fish and chips from their sumptuous

restaurant, The Kitchen by The Beach, to

enjoy an evening on the sand.

Where the slow pace of Cornish life meets

high quality, luxury accommodation, the

Park is the perfect place for the ultimate

getaway in north Cornwall for families,

pals, and pooches. Availability is limited,

so book your north Cornwall staycation as

soon as possible at 0333 255 8164 or email l

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Wavelength Media’s Drive-In Summer Cinema Series is back for another year this

season, bringing with them an epic schedule of family-friendly flicks, cult cinema

classics, atmospheric surf movies and even on-stage performances.

With space for over 200 cars and vans, a

total of 21 screenings is set to take place

starting from July across every weekend

from Thursday to Sundays, with the sun

finally setting on the sessions on the

15th September.

Daytime showings will start at 12.45pm

and will offer family-friendly films

such as The Goonies, The Greatest

Showman, Moana, and Pirates of the

Caribbean amongst many others.

Evening showings will commence at

6pm and will see a line-up of films such

as Dirty Dancing, Grease and Jaws,

whilst the surf-inspired line-up will be

featuring Blue Juice, Point Break, Riding

Giants and Big Wednesday, all screened

overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The al fresco cinematic sessions will also

be offering a range of pop-up eateries

filled with local food and drink to keep

appetites full whilst enjoying the drivein.

As the only clifftop drive-in cinema

experience in the South West, this year

promises even more fun to delight

visitors, with bigger screens, more food

and five weekends’ worth of Fisherman’s

Friends’ performances!

Tickets for the drive-in events are

available at a cost of either £6 per

person or £26 per car or van and

driver with a maximum of five people

per vehicle – these can be purchased

from the Wavelength website at

This year, the team is also offering

the option to purchase an openair

cinema ticket for £7 per head.

Ongoing announcements will also

be made on Wavelength’s Instagram

account which can be accessed at

@wavelengthsurfmag throughout the

summer. l


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