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Top 5 things to do with kids on a rainy day in Cornwall

Thursday 27th July, 2017

Top 5 things to do with kids on a rainy day in Cornwall

The summer holidays have arrived, and of course we get a little ‘Cornish’ weather thrown in for good measure! To stop the kids getting bored and driving you up the wall we’ve come up with the great and the good of rainy day activities in Cornwall so you can keep those summer smiles going even when the sun is hiding.

Base Camp Cornwall

Distance from Gwel An Mor: On the resort!

Over 2,000 square feet of indoor soft play and ten climbing walls will keep the kids happy while you sit back and relax in the Base Camp Café with breakfast, lunch or just a treat of coffee and cake. Don’t miss our new Bubble & Bounce sessions after 3.30pm on a Friday where parents get a free glass of Prosecco for each paying child on soft play – just £6.

Heartlands, Pool

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 3 miles

Lots to explore at this World Heritage Site, from learning about mining to seeing artists to working in their studios or just cosying up in the café. And if the weather clears up there is an adventure playground too!

Badger Watch, Feadon Farm

Distance from Gwel An Mor: On the resort!

Settle down in the cosy hide for a dusk experience to see badgers and other nocturnal visitors in their natural habitat. Even if the animals don’t appear, you’ll see plenty of previous visits captured on our night vision Badger cam. Hot chocolate and cake will keep you cosy!

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 16 miles

Be inspired by heroic sea voyages, explore the Pacific Islands in the Play Zone and get involved with storytelling, activities and live performances

Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 20 miles

After sunnier days on the beach and staring out to sea from your lodge, discover what lives under the water from the Cornish coast to the tropics! From seahorses and turtles to pulsating jellyfish and toothy sharks!  

Wild Swimming In Cornwall

Friday 7th July, 2017

 Wild Swimming In Cornwall

Salty skin, sea breezes and sand between your toes. Nothing feels better than throwing off your clothes, pulling on your swimming togs and running down the beach to the water. The thrill of the cool water hitting your feet, the gasp as it reaches your waist and the first brave duck of the shoulders under the waves. But once you’re in, nothing beats the feeling of summer wild swims with the water gently lapping at your skin, no wetsuit here please (well, not for a couple of months yet at least!).

We’ve rounded up the best and the most secret of places in Cornwall for a wild swim, so you can get out there and enjoy…

Mermaids Pool, Kynance Cove

Only accessible at low tide, wander down onto the beach and walk around the headland to the other side. Once there, head to the far side of the rocks and nestled in there is the most secret of all pools. Big enough to swim, deep enough to jump and the most crystal-clear turquoise water you’ll ever see. Mermaid heaven.

Treyarnon Bay Natural Sea Pool, near Padstow

This beautiful beach holds a secret – at low tide a natural sea pool appears in the rocks, big enough to really get swimming and up to 8ft deep in places. The pool has steep sides nearest the cliff which make it great for perfecting that dive!

Pedn Vounder near Treen

Park in Treen village, follow the track to the cliffs and then the scramble down to this beach with such white sand and blue waters that you’ll think you’re in the Caribbean. At low tide a sandbar pops up – your very own desert island! The isolated location of this beach also makes it a popular one for those who are brave enough to go without the swimsuit altogether!

Porthtown Tidal Pool

Just a short hop from the resort you’ll find this beach, popular with surfers but at low tide it holds a secret, a pool in the cliff. Head out towards the right-hand side of the beach as you’re facing the sea and you’ll find it at the bottom of the cliff. If the tide is low enough there is a great walk all the way to Chapel Porth beach as well – don’t forget to stop for a famous ‘Hedgehog’ ice cream at the cafe there!

Go on, unleash your inner mermaid! Let us know your favourite spots and share your pictures with us on Facebook and Instagram

Remember, the water can be dangerous and you must be mindful of tides, currents, rocks when diving and your own skills. Do be careful, don’t go alone and if in doubt, don’t enter the water.


What's On in Cornwall this July

Friday 30th June, 2017

What's On in Cornwall this July

Sunshine, sandcastles and sea swims – the best part of the year is here and we can’t wait to share it with you. We’ve rounded up the best of the action for July in Cornwall so you can spend less time on Google and more time having fun!

Penzance Literary Festival – 5th to 8th July

A 4 day festival of books, reading, writing, music, theatre and poetry. A quirky festival well worth a visit.

Rock Oyster Festival – 7th & 8th July

A favourite in the summer calendar, this family friendly festival is packed full of live music, cookery demonstrations, story telling, yoga, puppet shows and of course some amazing local food and drink. Love of oysters not required!

Minack Theatre

An incredible theatre built into the side of a cliff at Porthcurno - the productions are fantastic but try not to get too distracted by the view! July sees a full schedule with everything from La Traviata to Nell Gwynn, Birdsong, storytelling, theatre workshops and more! If you can't make a performance it's well worth a visit during the day to discover how this amazing place was built by hand by one woman and her gardener.

Eden Sessions - until 11th July

Possible the best venue for live music anywhere! With the biomes lit up as the backdrop, the Eden Project brings world famous artists to Cornwall. See Van Morrison on 1st July, Bryan Adams on 6thand Foals on 11th July. Grab tickets here:

Stithians Show – 17th July

If meeting the animals at Feadon Farm has got you wanting to see more then this is the place for you! Dog shows, equestrian events and everything from prize winning bunnies to king of the cows!

Journey Into Space at Eden – 27th July to 3rd September

Begin your intergalactic adventure at the Astronaut Academy, embark on a solar Safari, journey around the solar system and meet some aliens! The perfect adventure for kids this summer at the Eden Project.

Gin & Jazz in the Park – 28th & 29th July

The finest gins, delicious food, live music and escapism in the grounds of beautiful Penlee Park, Penzance. The perfect place to while away a summer day.


Say hello to our little friends

Monday 12th June, 2017

Say hello to our little friends

Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre are in Hedgehog heaven with these little guys being born on Tuesday 30th May 2017.

The Mum of these two little ones was originally bred from a female rescued Hedgehog that Gary Zammit, Wildlife Ranger, nursed back to health. These baby hedgehogs, once old enough, will either be taken to a local Hedgehog organisation to help with a breeding program or released, both of which will help the hedgehog numbers in the wild.

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), a charity which has been running counts of hedgehogs for over a decade and compiled the figures, believes there are now fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK, down from an estimated 2 million in the mid-1990s and 36 million in the 1950s. The rate of decline has wider implications for the state of the UK's ecosystems because hedgehogs are seen as an gauge species for the health of the natural world. Because they feed on soil invertebrates (insects) and they're not very fussy in habitat requirements, if there is a big decline in hedgehogs, it raises concerns about the quality of the environment generally.

The once common sight of hedgehogs in gardens could become a thing of the past, do one thing to help!

Losing a third of the Hedgehog population in ten years is serious, the most obvious thing is habitat loss. Fear not you can all help by doing at least one, or more, simple thing to help our Hedgehog friends, check out these top tips -

For more information and details of how you can help, including how to get your village or town to get hedgehog friendly, please email or visit

If you see a hedgehog during the day, or find one which is sick or injured, contact Prickles and Paws on 01637 831299.

Ice Cream in Cornwall

Friday 9th June, 2017

Ice Cream in Cornwall

Your family holiday in Cornwall is not complete without an ice cream, be that on the beach or in one of many great cafes. As you have numerous choices we thought you might like some insiders ‘local’ knowledge as to where to enjoy the best ice cream in Cornwall.

When the weather heats up for the summer cool off with some fabulous food!

Roskilly’ Farm

Head out to the Lizard and visit Roskilly’s. It’s a fabulous trip where you can meet the cows, see them milked and learn about how their amazing ice cream is made. To complete your time there, head to the café and enjoy some truly delicious ice cream. We highly recommend the Caramel Crunch!

Mr B’s

A local purveyor of fabulous flavoured ice cream just down the road in Hayle. There are two shops, one at either end of the town where you’ll find many visitors queuing for flavours such as Snickers and New York Cheesecake. Yummy!


Located in Newly around 30 minutes from our home in Portreath you’ll find the most traditional of ice cream parlours. Jelbert’s is a local legend where you can enjoy just one flavour. Vanila. This amazing ice cream is made with fresh cow’s milk on a daily basis and when it’s gone it’s gone. Our suggestion is to say yes to the addition of a flake and Cornish clotted cream.

Chapel Porth Café

Chapel Porth is a beautiful beach not for from Portreath, where you’ll find Chapel Porth Beach Café. The café is famed for its @hedgehog’ ice cream, and we tend to agree that is something that needs to be sampled whilst on holiday in Cornwall. The hedgehog consists of stunning Cornish ice cream topped with clotted cream and finished with chopped hazelnuts…..perfect!


A family affair in North Cornwall that has been producing award-winning ice cream for generations. Here you can meet the herd of Frescian cows that produce the milk, watch how it is used in the ice cream manufacturing process and then satisfy your sweet tooth in the shop with some of the finest ice cream you’ll ever taste. Our favourite is the Sticky Caramel Crunch variety, it really is incredible!


 If you’re planning your family escape and want to stay in luxury lodges with a view of the sea then get in touch and find out more about Gwel an Mor. Call us on 01209 842 354 or email

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… 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


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


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.

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