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Cider in Cornwall

Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

Cider in Cornwall

Is there a better way to end a hot day on the beach than with a glass of nicely chilled Cornish Cider? We’re not convinced there is. Cornwall is home to incredible food and drink producers and has a reputation for great food and many visit the county for this reason as well as the beaches and coast. We are really rather fond of an evening cider here at Gwel an Mor, enjoyed on The Terrace or the balcony of our luxury lodge in Cornwall.

Here are a few notable local ciders worth testing your taste buds with….

 

Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm

Just 20-minutes from us you’ll find Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm. Home to well renowned Corish Gold (we see this on draught in The Terrace) and Rattler the cyder farm hosts tours and events for the whole family. In September they also host a music festival which is well attended and great fun. Healey’s lead the pack for Cornish cider and we certainly enjoy a pint at the end of the day!

Cornish Orchards

Based at Duloe near Liskeard Cornish Orchard’s has a reputation for full flavoured premium ciders. They are stocked throughout Cornwall and worth hunting down as a truly Cornish cider. We are particularly fond of the Blush Cider, a sparkling, light cider with Raspberries and Apple. Perfect refreshment.

Polgoon Cider & Vinyard

On the outskirts of Penzance you’ll find Polgoon. Here you can take tours and sample award winning wines and ciders still pressed and bottled by hand. Polgoon’s artisan wines and ciders have a great reputation and we really enjoy the sparkling avals. The tours here are a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun and you can stock up in the shop before you leave.

St Ives Cider

A great family business based out of the beautiful St Ives. The team here produce some excellent ciders and can often be found demonstrating the process of making cider at local events like Apple Day at Trevaskis Farm. Our personal favourite is Clodgy, a more traditional cloudy cider.

Haywood Farm Cider

Haywood Farm has been producing cider for 14-years and crafts some really delicious traditional cider. Sunday Cider Socials are hosted throughout the summer where you can enjoy the great produce and also enjoy some local live music and entertainment. You can buy cider from the farm in 10 and 20 litre bags. This is a great local experience!

Perfect Sandcastles in Cornwall

Sunday 21st May, 2017

Perfect Sandcastles in Cornwall

It’s a must for every family holiday in Cornwall. Head to the beach with the kids and build a sandcastle or two. Whatever your approach it is a truly great way of having some fun on the beach.

Scientists have actually tested to discover the best water to sand ratio for strength; they recommend 50 parts sand to 1 part water – although we suspect that this isn’t always possible on the beach and doesn’t take into account the various sands of the beaches in Cornwall! We are just pointing you in the right direction!

Let’s cover off a few elements for successful sandcastle construction….

Sand needs water.

Make sure you have a plentiful supply of water nearby as you’re going to need moist sand to create truly amazing sandcastles. Dry sand simply won’t work, so make sure you mix your sand with plenty of water. Remember that you are best to drain the sand off, really wet sand does that sucky/squelchy thing and gets stuck in your bucket. Nobody likes that.

Tools of the trade.

If you are aiming for the ambitious then we advise taking an actual shovel to the beach, those plastic beach ones aren’t always man enough for the volume of sand required for masterpieces of epic proportions.  Successful construction projects will require a multitude of buckets and/or moulds, so make sure you have a good selection to offer some variation in your building project. Finally, you might want to add some really intricate details, so ensure you have some smaller spades, etc to add some carved areas.

Construction methods.

You are only really limited by your imagination when it comes to building the perfect sandcastle. With little ones we’d opt for a more classic collection of bucket moulded turrets adjoined by some hand carved walls, but the more adventurous could aim a little higher. You can find a further guide on ‘techniques’ here and try your hand at arches, soft packing, hand stacking and towers.


If you need a beach holiday in Cornwall then find out more about the award-winning Gwel an Mor here or call reception 0209 842 354 to find out more.

 

June in Cornwall

Friday 19th May, 2017

June in Cornwall

As summer begins we are starting to look forward to lots of beach time with family and friends and evening BBQs. Summer also signals the start of an incredible calendar of events to suit all tastes and ages, so read on for some of our favourites for holidays in Cornwall in June 2017.

Fal River Festival (26th May – 4th June)

This community focussed festival is based on and around the River Fal at Falmouth, around 25-minutes from our home in Portreath. Into its 12th year the festival celebrates life on the river and there’ll be plenty of opportunity to get out on the water and take in music and entertainment at many locations.

Open Studios Cornwall (26th May – 4th June)

Get up close and personal with artists across Cornwall with Open Studios Cornwall 2017. Artists, craftsmen and creators throw open their studio doors so you can see how they work, get inspired and perhaps pick up some new skills, knowledge and pieces of art along the way.

Live in the Wyldes (26th – 28th May)

In Bude Live in the Wyldes will host three one-off music shows across the Bank Holiday weekend. Grab some tickets to see Rag and Bone Man or Chase and Status and dance the evening away with family and friends.

Great Estate Festival (2nd – 4th June)

A new festival a short drive from Gwel an Mor at Scorrier House. The event promises to be a most ‘rambunctious garden fete’ and asks visitors to expect the unexpected! Sounds like a lot of fun to us, plus there is music from the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen and Craig Charles will be spinning funk music for festival goers.

Royal Cornwall Show (8th – 10th June)

This is one of the most anticipated events in Cornwall every year.  The Royal Cornwall show is a real institution and a true celebration of agriculture and countryside living here in Cornwall. There will be shows, stalls, entertainment and more across the weekend and this is a truly family event and an amazing day out.

The Eden Sessions (15th – 23rd June)

Enjoy some of the best bands and music out there at the world famous Eden Project. The biomes create a stunning backdrop to a night of musical entertainment. This year you can enjoy Blondie, Bastille, Royal Blood and Madness – although some of these events have almost entirely sold out so you’d need to be quick! Eden Sessions gigs never fail to impress and make for an amazing night out.

Mazey Day (Saturday 24th June)

Mazey Day is the flagship day of entertainment at the end of Golowan Festival in Penzance. The festival itself runs from 16th – 25th June and is a real community event that celebrates the arrival of summer. On Mazey Day the town of Penzance gears up for a party, with processions, music and entertainment filling the streets and gigs into the night across the town’s pubs and clubs.

Swellboard Shootout (11th June)

St Ives Surf School host there annual Swellboard Shootout at the stunning Porthmeor beach in St Ives. With the Tate Gallery as the backdrop teams of four surfers compete in fancy dress to be crowned champions. It’s a fun day with live music on the beach and some rather fetching fancy dress get-up. Soak up the fun and enjoy the beautiful seaside town of St Ives.

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival (16th – 18th June)

This is a free festival in Falmouth that celebrates the music of the sea. There is plenty of maritime inspired entertainment as well as a beer tent and a full programme of events and sea shanty acts across the town. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the sea accompanied with an ale or two from a local brewer.

 

May in Cornwall

Monday 1st May, 2017

May in Cornwall

Bank holidays provide the perfect opportunity for a short break in Cornwall. Take advantage of the extra day off to travel to the seaside and head home on Monday after a long weekend away. Cornwall is always busy over the bank holidays and this is especially so during the bank holidays at the start and end of May.

There are various well known events and traditional days to be enjoyed throughout the county as well as newer options that include music and food festivals.

You need to be efficient with your time on a bank holiday and we always advised taking the Friday off work to make sure you get the most out of the weekend. Checking in on Friday means that you have an extra day exploring the coast with loved ones.  

Here are a few things to enjoy over the May bank holidays:

St Ives May Day

Celebrating the start of spring in St Ives makes a fantastic day out. The tradition stretches back hundreds of year’s starts by crowning a king and queen, followed by a procession and Maypole dancing. Enjoy the atmosphere on the busy streets of this picture perfect coastal village and take in everything else the town has to offer, including art galleries, independent retailers and some of the best restaurants in Cornwall.

Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’

The biggest day of the year in Padstow is May day, otherwise known as the ‘Obby Oss’. A tradition that has been passed through generations is now a hugely popular event for tourists and residents alike.  The two Osses from opposing stables are led by procession through the town, with singing and dancing before meeting each other late in the evening. They then return to their respective stables and the night continues with much merriment!

May in Cornwall

Helston Flora Day (6th May)

This festival celebrates the coming of springtime. The music starts to fill the streets from 7am and there will be dancing into the small hours. It’s a great tradition and the whole town is alive with party atmosphere. It’s a great family day out with fun and from morning till night.

St Ives Food & Drink Festival (13th & 14th May)

Hosted on the glorious sands of Porthminster beach this growing festival is a true celebration of great food in Cornwall. There will be amazing producers, chef demos, fun and games, music and plenty of opportunity to sample incredible food. It also means you have the chance to take a stroll in St Ives too.

Fal River Festival (26th May – 4th June)

This is a great community focussed festival that really celebrates life on the River Fal. Across the week the festival will have over 150 individual smaller events, including food and fish festivals, gig racing, wildlife walks and plenty of exploration on the water.

 

Tapas at The Terrace

Monday 24th April, 2017

Tapas at The Terrace

Here at Gwel an Mor we are really fond of head chef Joe Lado-Devesa’ tapas. His Spanish heritage means that we are lucky to get to sample the most authentic Spanish fair available. He is an incredible chef, using local ingredients to craft some truly delicious tapas.

One of our favourite tapas dishes is Serrano Croquettes…..so we asked chef for a recipe to see if we could make some on our own. Here it is, so you can try yourselves.

Makes 8 portions

Ingredients

60g unsalted butter

60ml olive oil

120g plain flour

1 medium onion – very finely diced

1 litre whole milk

250g Serrano ham – diced

Ingredients for breading

100g flour

100g breadcrumbs

2 eggs

Method

1.      Melt the butter and warm the oil in a medium-sized pan over a medium/high heat.

2.      Add the onion and Serrano ham and sauté for a few minutes.

3.      Add the plain flour and stir continuously so not to burn.

4.      Add the milk little by little until fully incorporated.

5.      Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

6.      Put the ham mixture in a greased bowl and leave to rest in the fridge overnight.

7.      The next day, put the flour and breadcrumbs into two separate bowls and beat the eggs into a third bowl.

8.      Roll the ham mixture into logs and roll each one in each of the three bowls – first the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.

9.      Shallow fry the croquettes in a pan of oil until golden brown.

Cycling in Cornwall

Tuesday 18th April, 2017

Cycling in Cornwall

Mineral Tramways

From our home in Portreath you can head straight onto the Mineral Tramway route. This mining heritage route is accessible for the whole family and you can go as far as you like. The main route from here is the Coast to Coast, 11 miles from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the South coast. It’s a full day out which will need some stamina and a picnic!

Camel Trail

In North Cornwall you’ll find the well-known Camel Trail. This route runs stretches from near Bodmin via Wadebridge to the fishing town of Padstow. The route is pretty flat and offers plenty of opportunity to take in great views of the estuary and stop somewhere for food and re-fuelling. It is a total of 18 miles, so this is a serious day out. You can always elect to start at different points of the trail. Wadebridge to Padstow is just 5.5 miles and should be fun for the whole family.

The Track at Portreath

Just down the road from Gwel an Mor you’ll find The Track. This is a spot for cyclists who need a little bit more of a thrill. The site offers BMX and trials jumps for those not faint of heart. There is also jumps and a half pipe as well as a mini ‘pump track’ for little ones and those on balance bikes to enjoy.

National Trust Lanhydrock

Here you’ll find 6 differently graded routes, from beginner/family friendly all the way up to highly technical routes. It’s a beautiful place to enjoy a little off road cycling in the woods around the National Trust property. With a great café onsite you’ll be able to refuel after some serious two wheeled adventure.

Eden Project Class Sportive (7th May 2017)

For those a little more competitive and with a passion for road bikes and racing then perhaps the Eden Project Cycle Sportive is the event for you. Three different lengths of race around the Eden Project and surrounding area provide a challenge for every level. Routes are 35, 62 and 100 miles in length and all take in the biomes. Entry costs are £24, £28 and £32 for the different distances and all include free entry to the world famous attraction for your family.

Down to the woods

There are plenty of options for cycling in pretty woods on quaint trails. Down the road from us is Tehidy woods that offers plenty of routes to explore, all pretty short and in idyllic surroundings. If you fancy going a little further afield then try Cardinham Woods near Bodmin, with plenty of routes for those who like a little relaxing ride to those who want some adrenalin fuelled fun. There is an excellent café there too.

Tour De Cornwall (for Cornwall Air Ambulance)

Our 2017 chosen charity is Cornwall Air Ambulance; they run a great event for lovers of two-wheeled adventure. The Tour de Cornwall is a three day event covering 200-miles and taking in the whole of Cornwall with a focus on raising money for this fabulous charity. The event is from 15th – 17th September 2017 with limited entries available – so check it out sooner rather than later if you want to participate.

Since the success of Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and the Team GB cycling squad cycling has become a hugely popular pastime here in the UK. Both young and old(ish) alike are getting on two-wheels and enjoying the countryside whilst getting a little workout too. Here in Cornwall there are lots of options for places to ride your bicycle, so if you don’t have bikes with you hire some from us and head out on the trails. Below you’ll find some different options for cyclists of all ages and abilities…..

Perfect Bank Holidays in Cornwall

Saturday 15th April, 2017

Perfect Bank Holidays in Cornwall

There are various well known events and traditional days to be enjoyed throughout the county as well as newer options that include music and food festivals.

You need to be efficient with your time on a bank holiday and we always advised taking the Friday off work to make sure you get the most out of the weekend. Checking in on Friday means that you have an extra day exploring the coast with loved ones.  

Here are a few things to enjoy over the May bank holidays (maybe just stay for half term too???)

St Ives May Day

Celebrating the start of spring in St Ives makes a fantastic day out. The tradition stretches back hundreds of year’s starts by crowning a king and queen, followed by a procession and Maypole dancing. Enjoy the atmosphere on the busy streets of this picture perfect coastal village and take in everything else the town has to offer, including art galleries, independent retailers and some of the best restaurants in Cornwall.

Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’

The biggest day of the year in Padstow is May day, otherwise known as the ‘Obby Oss’. A tradition that has been passed through generations is now a hugely popular event for tourists and residents alike.  The two Osses from opposing stables are led by procession through the town, with singing and dancing before meeting each other late in the evening. They then return to their respective stables and the night continues with much merriment!

May Half Term

There is always plenty to do in Cornwall during the spring half term. This year half term falls during the late bank holiday, running into the first week of June. With the potential for warm weather and beach days make sure you pick a few favourite things to do. Visit the Eden Project or National Trust property, take in the coast path or simply spend the day at the beach.

Fal River Festival

Community festival with many events happening along the banks of the river Fal and the town of Falmouth itself. Well worth checking out if you are on holiday in Cornwall. 

Bank holidays provide the perfect opportunity for a short break in Cornwall. Take advantage of the extra day off to travel to the seaside and head home on Monday after a long weekend away. Cornwall is always busy over the bank holidays and this is especially so during the bank holidays at the start and end of May.

The magic of family time together

Sunday 2nd April, 2017

The magic of family time together

One of the great benefits of a lodge holiday in Cornwall is that it is such a great way of getting the whole family together. In today’s society, families are often fragmented, living many miles apart, and holidays are a wonderful opportunity for the wider family to re-connect.

It can be hard to find holiday accommodation that is suitable for young and old. An additional complexity is that Increasingly, as people are living longer, more and more people are living with long term health conditions and gran and grandad may have limited mobility.

At Gwel an Mor, we have worked hard to make our resort accessible for all our guests, including those who have restricted mobility so everyone can enjoy family time together in a fabulous environment.

Visit England research reveals that there are nearly three million UK holidaymakers who have issues relating to mobility, of which over half a million require the use of a wheelchair.

That’s why we have designed our resort with the needs of everyone in mind. Our sensational new Residence Assisted Lodge demonstrates an innovative approach to accessible accommodation and provides a great venue to get the whole family together,

The lodge is  light and airy has wheelchair access throughout. The accessible bedroom features the very latest 'H' hoist system which makes it easy to move from the bedroom into the accessible wet room. The bedroom also features a fully adjustable electric bed. This M3 rated lodge has ample living space with all the access one might require, together with NAS rated kitchen fittings.

And everyone in the family will be blown away by the Wow Factor!

The lodge has fantastic contemporary styling, mood lighting, Bluetooth sound system, a log burner and a spacious private deck with its own built-in hot tub.

If gran or grandad have limited mobility, they may appreciate the hoist in the swimming pool for use by our guests. And everyone can have fun together at the Terrace Restaurant and our fantastic wildlife centre,Feadon Farm, where young and old can hand-feed foxes, try falconry and see all kinds of wild animals.

The resort has been designed so that everyone can enjoy the magic.

From great grandparents to babies and toddlers, Gwel an Mor Resort has taken everyone’s needs into account – so all our guests have to do is relax and enjoy.

Easter in Cornwall

Wednesday 29th March, 2017

Easter in Cornwall

If you are on a family holiday in Cornwall for Easter 2017 then make sure you make the most of your time. Easter in Cornwall means egg hunts, beaches, coast paths and days out at great attractions. To be sure you don’t miss out here are some of our recommendations for the Easter holiday.

Here at Gwel an Mor, if you are staying with us we will ensure there is a fun family egg trail with prizes for all those taking part, as well as kids parties in our events barns with children’s entertainer. Entertain the kids with Clip'n'Climb climbing at Base Camp, or book onto a wildlife experience at Feadon Farm.

Here are some ideas elsewhere in Cornwall…

Eden Project

The world famous biomes always put on a great schedule of activities during school holidays. During the Easter break you’ll be able to take part in quizzes and trails for Easter eggs alongside other fun such as an inflatable assault course.

Flambards

The theme park at Helston will re-open for 2017 in time for the Easter break. There will be plenty for kids of all ages, including the new ‘Sky Swinger’ that seats up to 48 people and travels at up to 70kph!

Paradise Park

Down the road from us in Hayle is Paradise Park. The bird sanctuary will have egg trails and quizzes. The break also means that bird shows/flying will begin again for the season which is always worth watching. If you are with us, you could book onto a falconry experience at Feadon Farm too.

National Trust Gardens and Properties

There will be activities during the Easter break at most National Trust properties and gardens. Try an easter egg trail at Trerice, Lanhydrock, Godolphin, Trengwainton or Glendurgan. There’ll also be other activities to enjoy during the holidays, with details to be announced closer to the time, so make sure you plan a trip to the likes of St Michael’s Mount or Trelissick Gardens.

English Heritage Pendennis Castlte

Head to Pendennis Castle in Falmouth for ‘Pirates A-hoy’ and join in the holiday fun. Kids will be able to learn about the history of sea-faring bandits in Cornwall and join in the usual egg hunt fun. 

 

If you want to stay at Hoseaon's 'Best Park in Britain' for Easter then give reception a call on 01209 842 354 or email them here.

 

Cornwall's Best Surfing Beaches

Friday 24th March, 2017

Cornwall's Best Surfing Beaches

With so many glorious beaches it is not surprising that surfing is a hugely popular pastime for residents of Cornwall, it is also an activity that many on holiday want to sample and get to grips with. It’s a great sport that keeps you fit, gets you outside and in the ocean and lets you appreciate Mother Nature at her very best.

If you are planning on catching a few waves on holiday in Cornwall then the following beaches might be of interest to you. Most of them have resident surf schools which can teach you the ropes before hitting the water. Stay safe and only go in the water on lifeguarded beaches!

Godrevy & Gwithian

Just a few miles from our home in Portreath is St Ives Bay. There are miles of golden sand here offering great waves for surfers of all abilities and also being home to a number of great surf schools. Often you’ll spot seals and dolphins in the water here too!


Porthmeor

In the shadow of the Tate St Ives gallery is Porthmeor beach. It’s a beautiful little beach that has a resident surf school providing all the equipment and knowledge you need to be riding on the crest of a wave in no time at all. The waves here can pack a punch from time to time, so make sure you are safe and stick to areas marked by seasonal lifeguards.

Praa Sands

20-minutes away from us on the south coast are the golden sands of Praa. There is ample parking and facilities alongside surf and stand-up paddleboard schools meaning you can enjoy the gentle south coast waves under excellent tutelage.

Sennen & Gwenver

Two of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Sennen cove and Gwenver are well renowned for their great surfing waves. The waves here are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Out in the water there will often be dolphins and out of the water there are some great places to grab some refreshment after a surf.

Perranporth

Miles of golden sand stretching from Perranporth to Penhale that offer plenty of space and waves for surfers of all abilities. After catching a few waves you’ll find the UK’s only pub on a beach…..refresh those tired arms and legs with some local ale or cider whilst soaking up the beach atmosphere.

Fistral

Some would argue that this is the true home of British surfing. Pioneers of surfing in the UK based themselves in Newquay and generations have continued to enjoy the amazing waves that Fistral beach throws up.

The Cribbar

This isn’t a regular surf spot, but is definitely one of the best to watch others surf. Huge waves break off rocks in front of Towan Head creating some of the most spectacular surfing in Cornwall. This is a ‘big wave’ spot which is purely for experts of the highest order. If it’s stormy whilst you’re here then you might witness this spectacle.


If you are on holiday with us and fancy a go at surfing let us know and we’ll ensure you are booked in with a great local surf school. 

 

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