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Shall we shanty?

With the Falmouth International Shanty Festival back for another run this weekend (14-16 June 2024) we thought it was time we dredged up our vintage film on the event – made for the Guardian travel pages back in 2011. Prepare yourself for three days of parades, pirates, pasties, foot-tapping pub singalongs and, no doubt, a few drunken sailors.

Cornwall, Travel, UK

Going wild: on Bodmin Moor

Just before the October publication of Louis de Berniere’s new novel, Light Over Liskeard, I returned to my Cornish roots to explore the landscapes which inspired him: a land of ‘ghosts and ruins’, megaliths, mythology and some truly remote places to stay.

Cornwall, Travel, UK

Cornwall: in the know

Cornwall is so rammed with visitors these days they are squeezing into every nook and cranny. But there are still relatively undiscovered places that don’t draw the crowds. My round-up of ‘secrets’ is quite heavy on tin mining, Cornish moorland, scenic railways and social distancing. The only beaches on the list require walking boots and stamina. And I’ve chucked in three random food options.

Cornwall, News

Carbis buy: Boskerris Hotel

The Boskerris in Carbis Bay – one of our favourite hotels in Cornwall (or anywhere) – has just been sold. Sad for us, as we have stayed several times (usually for birthdays and anniversaries) and love everything about it: the location, the rooms, the views, the terrace, the friendly little […]

Cornwall, Eye Movies, Film

Happy St Piran’s Day

In celebration of St Piran’s Day (Cornwall’s patron saint), we’ve unearthed a reel of archive footage from Cornwall visits – Helston’s Flora Day, Falmouth’s shanty festival, surfing, seafood and Oyster fishing on the River Fal. Gool Peran Lowen as they say round y’ere.

Cornwall, News

Carbis Bay: the G7 spot

A few months ago, we listed this Cornish beauty in an off-season round-up of empty beaches. At the time, I could safely say that there were many, even among avid Cornish beach goers, who had never heard of the place (for your reference, it’s on the Atlantic coast, between St Ives […]

Cornwall, Travel

Cornwall: Get inn

Our go-to Cornish pubs tend to be old school: the salty veterans of fishing and mining, lots of knotty oak and on the dark side (we mean the lighting). On the ales front, we tend to go for ‘real’ rather than ‘craft’. Most of our top ten are by the sea (or on the water) – and one of them is in Devon.