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Best Autumn Walks in Cornwall

Thursday 21st September, 2017

Best Autumn Walks in Cornwall

Golden light, a blaze of colour in the trees and piles of crunchy leaves on the ground to kick through. Wrap up against autumnal drafts, pull on those wellies and let's go for a walk…

Tehidy Woods

Just a short stroll from Gwel An Mor you’ll enter the magical woodland of Tehidy. 250 acres of ancient trees and peaceful lakes to explore and you might get to meet the famously tame Tehidy squirrels!

Trelissick

Choose from a gentle amble around the gardens taking in the sweeping views across the parkland and out to sea, or set off around the woodland path for riverside stomps through a tunnel of autumnal colour.

Sennen

If it's stormy out then Sennen is one of the best places to watch the drama unfold. Follow the cliffpath up towards the old Coastguard lookout hut and round towards Land's End to see the biggest waves swooshing up the cliffs.

Mount's Bay

A different take on autumn, but there is a hidden secret in Mounts Bay – an ancient petrified forest lurking in the sea bed! Thousands of years ago a forest covered the area and these petrified stumps can still be seen on low tides around Wherry Town (just before Newlyn) and Chyandor, just to the east of Penzance.

Loe Pool

Happy trails galore at Loe Pool near Helston with miles of footpaths through the woodland and around Cornwall’s largest natural lake. If you go quietly you might even spot an elusive otter as they have been making their home here recently. A fantastic National Trust café at Penrose will warm you up with hot chocolates and homemade cakes!

Escape to Cornwall for an autumn break - we've got 15% off bookings plus pets stay free until the end of the year. Book now: https://booking.gwelanmor.com/

Cornish Fudge Recipe

Thursday 14th September, 2017

Cornish Fudge Recipe

Missing the taste of Cornwall now you're home from your holidays? We got the ultimate recipe for you to remind you of Cornish summers, the sand between your toes and those dreamy, long, unhurried days.

Ingredients:

  • 275g unrefined caster sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
  • A 227g tub of Rodda's (it's always got to be Rodda's!) Cornish clotted cream
  • 1/2 a teaspoon vanilla essence
Method:
 
Grease and line a 20cm tin.
 
Heat all the ingredients gently in a pan and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, covered, for 3 minutes. Uncover and boil until the temperatures reaches 116°C/240°F or until it forms a soft ball when you drop a little into cold water.
 
Remove from the heat and beat for around 10 minutes until its becomes thick, grainy and matt. Pour into the tin and leave for 30 minutes before marking into square with a knife and leaving to set. Once set, cut up and store in an airtight container - but it'll be gobbled up pretty quickly!

Need another visit to Cornwall so you can tuck into fudge, cream teas and fish and chips on the beach? We've got 15% off 2018 bookings so why not treat yourself to a little break. Book now: https://booking.gwelanmor.com/

What's On in Cornwall this September

Friday 8th September, 2017

What's On in Cornwall this September

We're hoping for some Indian Summer days on the beach and wild swims while the sea is at its warmest for the year but if autumn arrives too soon then there are still plenty of reasons to escape to Cornwall and make the most of our 15% off deal - plus bring your up to two four legged friends and they stay for FREE when you book a pet friendly lodge! Quieter beaches, music & food festivals, surfing championships and more - it's all going on...

St Ives September Festival - until 23rd September

15 days of music, arts, theatre, poetry, film, talks and walks in the beautiful town of St Ives.

Fowey Valley Music Festival – 15th & 16th September

In 2014 four musicians had the idea of bringing world class classical musicians to Fowey. From former harpists to the royals to BBC Young Musician Winners, its a chance to hear international calibre musicians in a small Cornish town.

Fal River Walk – 17th September

Annual charity walk around the banks of the River Fal. Choose from 15 miles or 6 miles, either way you are in for a day of fantastic views and a chance to raise money for three charities - Merlin MS Centre, Truro Rotary Club & The National Trust.

Great Cornish Food Festival – 22nd - 24th September

Three days of foodie heaven celebrating the thriving food scene of Cornwall. From cookery demos by celebrity chefs to local produce markets - there is plenty to whet your appetite!

Come and stay before 31st December - including October half term, Christmas and New Year - and you’ll get 15% off!

Plus if you have four legged friends to bring they can also come for FREE (in one of our pet friendly lodges).

To book a break - click here

Farmers' Markets in Cornwall

Friday 1st September, 2017

Farmers' Markets in Cornwall

Grab your shopping bag and prepare to fill it to the brim with the freshest and finest Cornish produce at one of these fantastic farmers markets.

Truro Farmers Market

Every Wednesday & Saturday

Right in the heart of the city on Lemon Quay, you’ll find the best local traders selling everything from freshly baked bread and cakes, duck, sashimi, flowers, honey, cider and lots more!

Camborne Product Market

Second Saturday of the month

Much more than just fab food, there is also a flea market, entertainment, food demos and skilled people offering repairs to all sorts of items!

St Ives Farmers Market

Every Thursday morning

Plenty of exotic foods with a Cornish twist here – sushi, Turkish and Mediterranean foods and curry sauces all sit alongside the staples of fruit, veg and bread. A real treat for the senses.

Helston Farmers Market

First Saturday of the month

Strict guidelines mean only food produced within a small radius of Helston can be sold here, making food miles almost non-existent! Cider, sausages, cakes, veg and fish all feature heavily on the menu. One for the serious foodies!

Cornwall's best family friendly beaches

Monday 21st August, 2017

Cornwall's best family friendly beaches

We’ve rounded up the best beaches near Gwel An Mor with safe swimming, RNLI lifeguards, toilets, cafes and all just a short stroll from the car park for little legs.

Portreath

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 800 yards

RNLI Lifeguards: 20th May – 1st October

Take a 10 minute stroll down through our woodland and you’ll discover our favourite beach! Soft sand, caves to explore, rockpools to uncover critters and good waves for bodyboarding and surfing. Plenty of cafes, takeaways, pasty shops, surf and wetsuit hire shops and probably the best public loos in Cornwall – shaped like beach huts!

Gwithian, Hayle

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 6 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 29th April – 1st October

Miles of golden sand, plenty of rockpools and a beautiful lighthouse on its own island to gaze at! Top tip - take a short walk around the cliffs by the lighthouse to see ‘Seal Cove’ – a great place to spot seals basking on the beach.

Chapel Porth, St Agnes

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 8 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 20th May – 1st October

Tucked at the bottom of a valley this beach feels like a hidden secret. A short stroll up the coast path you’ll find the picturesque Wheal Coates tin mine perched on the edge of the cliff and plenty of spots from the filming of BBC’s Poldark. Don’t miss the famous ‘Hedgehog Ice Cream’ from the café – Cornish ice cream, smothered with a thick layer of clotted cream and covered in honey roasted hazelnuts – very naughty but so good!

Perranuthnoe, near Marazion

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 14 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 8th July – 3rd September

Beautiful views of St Michael’s Mount, some decent waves for bodyboarding or surfing and two great cafes to choose from! Don’t miss the Sunday roast at The Victoria Inn too.

Porthcurno, near Penzance

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 26 miles

RNLI Lifeguards: 20th May – 1st October

Frequently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, you’ll think you’ve stepped onto a tropical island when you arrive here. Pristine fine white sand, the clearest turquoise water, a magical little house built into the cliff and a stream flowing down one side of the beach for the little ones to paddle and play in.

Cornwall’s best sunset watching spots

Friday 11th August, 2017

Cornwall’s best sunset watching spots

Gwel An Mor is famous for its fabulous sunsets and with every lodge having a westerly sea view it’s easy to see why! Taking time to just sit and watch the light changing is good for the soul and one of the most romantic things to do on holiday as the sky puts on a magical show of colour. Earn some brownie points by packing up a snuggly blanket, a bottle of chilled fizz and whisking someone special away to one of these spots…

Your private hot tub

Treat yourselves to a luxury lodge with a private hot tub and you can gaze at the sunset while the warm bubbles soothe away the stresses and strains of the 9-5, with a glass of something cool and bubbly in hand. Bliss.

Chapel Porth, St Agnes

Earn extra points by taking the special person in your life to one of Poldark’s filming locations. Follow the cliff path up to Wheal Coates tin mine, and watch the sun glint off the Atlantic waves as they roll in.

Cape Cornwall, St Just

A magical landscape of rolling cliffs, tin mines and rushing seas – as the sun drops you’ll be able to see the Isles Of Scilly on a clear day and feel like the only two people on earth.

Perranporth Beach

Our top tip is to skip the busy beach and head up into the sand dunes, where you can find a cosy little hollow just for two and hide away from the world as the sun dips below the horizon.

Nanjizal Bay, near Lands End

A very special and secluded beach that’s well worth the walk to get to it. Home to Song of the Sea, a tall narrow natural arch, the colours of the sunset couldn’t look better anywhere in the world.

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Best Breakfasts in Cornwall

Friday 4th August, 2017

Best Breakfasts in Cornwall

A naughty breakfast is always top of the list of holiday goals, so we’ve done the hard work (!) and discovered the best breakfasts near Gwel An Mor so you can skip the washing up!

Base Camp Café

Just a short stroll from your lodge, our Café serves up delicious breakfasts every day. Nothing but the best goes into our breakfast so you’ll find organic yogurt, free range eggs, Cornish honey and local sausages. Plenty of veggie and gluten free options too as well as kid’s size brekkies. We can’t resist the Eggs Benedict…

Hells Mouth Café, Gwithian

Just a short drive along the coast road towards Gwithian you’ll come across this great little café right on the cliffside. Can you take on their ‘Hell of a Breakfast’? If you get a little pang of guilt after all that indulgence then there are stunning coast path walks right from the café. Plenty of free parking too.

Baker Tom’s Café, Pool

Tucked away on an industrial estate just 10 mins drive from Gwel An Mor, you could easily drive past this one, but don’t! Baker Tom has gained a reputation as one of the best artisanal bakers in Cornwall with his amazing bread and cakes using traditional baking methods and the finest organic ingredients - this café does not disappoint! Breakfast and lunch are something special here, with great coffee too!

A fantastic place to stock up on freshly made sandwiches, cakes and drinks for a picnic too!

The Vineyard Table, Lelant

Scarlet Wines & The Vineyard Table is a little gem – a wine shop, deli and restaurant in one! Try something a little different and have a breakfast with a Mediterranean/Eastern twist – Anchovy Toast or Baked Eggs with Feta and Chorizo. Also does a cracking full English!

What's On in Cornwall this August

Tuesday 1st August, 2017

What's On in Cornwall this August

School’s out, the promise of a long summer stretches ahead of us and Cornwall becomes star of the show for many long awaited getaways. Make the most of the sunny days and get out there and explore!

Paulos Circus, Newquay  - until 2nd September

Back bigger and brighter than ever before, don’t miss all the fun of the circus!

Journey Into Space at Eden – until 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.

Circus Funtasia, Helston – 2nd – 6th August

Top class live entertainment featuring death-defying motorcycle riders, dynamic juggling, tight-rope walking, heart-stopping rollerskating, amazing acrobats, non-stop comedy and much more!

Falmouth Week - 4th - 13th August

The largest sailing regatta in the south west with more than 450 beautiful yachts racing in the harbour plus lots of fun for the land lubbers with firework displays, party night, live music, street theatre and craft markets.

Firework Spectacular, Flambards – Mon & Wed through August

Spend a day with the thrill rides of the theme park and then watch the sky light up for a glittering end to a great day!

Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival, Newquay – 9th – 13th August

Boardmasters returns to the stunning sun-drenched Cornish coastline for another year, giving festival goers the hottest surf and music action in the UK.

Cornish Steam & Country Fair, Stithians – 18th – 20th August

Almost a hundred full size and mini steam engines from all over the country come together at Stithians Showground. Vintage cars, tractors, steam cars, military vehicles, heavy horses, a fun fair, live music and lots more family fun.

Newlyn Fish Festival – 28th August

Celebrating all things fishy in Britain’s premier fishing port. Cookery demos, food stalls, three music stages, boats, arts and crafts, story telling and of course the best seafood you’ll ever eat!

October Half Term in Cornwall

Sunday 30th July, 2017

October Half Term in Cornwall

Colourful leaves piled high, sunsets over the sea and the scent of woodsmoke weaving through the air - say hello to autumn and discover a different side to Cornwall with a break at Gwel An Mor this October half term.

It's the spookiest time of year, Halloween is here! Join the fun at our Kid's Halloween Party at Base Camp on 26th October (free for guests), meet all the friends of the witches and wizards at Feadon Farm - there are rats, snakes, owls, foxes, badgers and much more to see! Get dressed up and join in the fun at our Halloween Party and get out and about to explore lots more half term and Halloween fun in Cornwall. From spooky tales in castles to ice skating at Eden and lantern parades, you are guaranteed a fun filled week. 

There is so much going on in Cornwall this October half term for little ones and big ones too! From spooky tales to pumpkin carving and ghost hunting – we’ve picked out the best for you to enjoy…

Night Walks, Feadon Farm

Distance from Gwel An Mor: On the resort!

What could be better around Halloween than meeting owls, bats and other creatures and exploring the woods by lamp light! Join our Farm Ranger at dusk and fly our Barn Owl and meet our hedgehogs and bats before heading out into the woods to look for badgers, owls, deer and foxes!

Halloweden, Eden Project

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 33 miles

A magical world of pumpkin carving, spooky ice skating, Little Monsters’ Ball, puppet shows, storytelling and more!

Firework Spectacular, Flambards

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 13 miles

Head over to Flambards on Wednesday 25th October for a day of theme park fun topped off with an amazing firework display that is sure to put some sparkle in your half term!

Haunted Half Term, Pendennis Castle

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 15 miles

Discover terrifying tales of Pendennis’ piratical past and embark on a bone chilling quest to find the buccaneer’s ill-gotten gains! Are you brave enough to join in a spooky tour of the castle and discover ghostly goings-on and dastardly deeds?

Rogue Theatre, Tehidy Woods

Distance from Gwel An Mor: 1 mile

The Dead of Night Dance is a wicked and wonderful Halloween celebration of outdoor theatre, adventure, thrills, frights and delights! With a wild blend of imagination, magic and macabre humour the celebration mixes live music, storytelling, dance and a twist of spectacle. A favourite at Gwel An Mor and one not to be missed!

Find out more about a half term break in Cornwall here

Book your half term break now from £645 for 3 night breaks or from £1,259 for 7 nights in a luxury lodge sleeping up to 5 people.

Click here or call 01209 842354

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!  

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