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Five fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations to enjoy in Cornwall

Saturday 18th November, 2017

 Five fabulous New Year’s Eve celebrations to enjoy in Cornwall

The people of Cornwall have a long tradition of hosting spectacular New Year’s Eve parties. Fancy dress and fireworks are particular favourites! Here is our selection of five of the best New Year’s Eve events in Cornwall this year.

Newquay is an especially popular destination for the younger generations. Musical performances start in Central Square during the afternoon, to get everyone in the party mood. Thousands take to the streets in fancy dress to enjoy Newquay’s famous bars and nightclubs. Everyone gathers in the square for the bells and to sing Auld Lang Syne. This is followed by an awesome 30 minute firework display which lights up the whole harbour.

St Ives creates a superb family party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve. The picturesque cobbled streets leading to the pretty harbour are filled with revellers in fancy dress and there are special parades for the children. The main festivities start around 8pm and build to a climax with the huge firework display at midnight, after which many partygoers continue their celebrations on the beach!

Looe is a friendly fishing village which many people from around the area travel to for their popular New Year’s Eve party. Everyone joins in the fun of fancy dress and the local fishing boats are all lit up for the night. Looe is unique in having two firework displays, one at 6pm and the other at midnight. This means that even the very little ones can enjoy the party. The crowds gather on the promenade to see the dazzling fireworks being launched from Looe’s famous Banjo Pier.

Falmouth is staging a New Year’s Eve firework display for the very first time this year. The fireworks will be launched from the towers of the imposing Pendennis Castle so that they will be visible from many vantage points in the town. Falmouth has an excellent selection of waterside bars and restaurants where you can soak up the lively New Year’s Eve party atmosphere.

Gwel an Mor will be hosting its very own sparkling New Year’s Eve party in our stylish Events Barn. You will be treated to a superb three course meal prepared by our talented chefs, followed by dancing until the early hours. Join us for a relaxed, fun evening and greet 2018 in style!

You can see full details of our New Year’s Eve party here 

5 great reasons to take a winter break in Cornwall

Saturday 11th November, 2017

 5 great reasons to take a winter break in Cornwall

Have you ever thought about coming to  experience the wonderful atmosphere of Cornwall in the winter time? Cornwall takes on a very different personality at this time of the year, but one that is just as special as in the spring or summer. Many of our guests tell us that this is their favourite time to visit. So here are five good reasons to join them this year…

1. It’s SO peaceful

You can enjoy the wonderful scenery and coastline without any crowds, seeing the Cornish landscape at its natural, unspoilt best. The roads are so quiet that this is the ideal time of year for exploring more of this beautiful county, when it is much easier to get around and park wherever you want. Many of our famous attractions stay open for much of the winter but with one big difference – no queues.

2. The mildest winters in the UK

Due to its southerly position and the influence of the warm waters from the Gulf Stream, Cornwall typically has much milder winters than the rest of the country. Heavy snow is very rare in this part of the world, especially in the coastal areas. Spending time in a milder climate at this time of year can really help to recharge your batteries. You may even see daffodils blooming in December…

3. Nature and the local wildlife are stunning

See the trees in their changing colours against the backdrop of some stunning winter sunsets. Winter in Cornwall is a paradise for bird-watchers, with everything from rare migrating birds to night time owls. The coastline can be full of surprises, with inquisitive seals popping their heads out of the water and pods of dolphins following fishing boats home to harbour. Many of our famous gardens stay open through the winter months, including Trebah, Lanhydrock, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the amazing Eden Project.

4. Cornwall is a great place to get active

Blow away those winter cobwebs and enjoy a fantastic playground with all kinds of outdoor activities. Hike the stunning coast path. Cycle the famous Camel Trail. Play on some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country, including our brand new all-weather course The Famous Nine. Go fishing. Take a boat trip. Enjoy dog-walking on glorious unspoilt beaches. And believe it or not, our surfing friends tell us that the waves at this time of year are at their cleanest and most exciting (wetsuit required, of course).

5. Wonderful food and drink

After some fresh air and exercise, you’ll love some hearty local food. Treat yourself to a delicious Cornish Pasty, some fabulous fish and chips or locally-caught seafood, or relax over a classic Cornish cream tea. Unwind with a sumptuous meal at a cosy countryside pub. Or sample one of our many famous restaurants – at a time of year when it is much easier to reserve a table.

Whatever reasons tempt you to take a winter break in Cornwall this year, we are willing to bet that it won’t be your last.

And if you are quick, you could still join us for Christmas and New Year – an especially magical time to be by the sea in Cornwall.

Christmas in Cornwall

Thursday 2nd November, 2017

Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas in Cornwall – ten great ideas for a fantastic festive season

Cornwall is such a special place to spend time during the Christmas season, with an amazing selection of events and activities. So here are our top ten suggestions for this year to help get you in the festive spirit!

Meet Santa and his reindeer at Gwel an Mor

Come and meet Santa, sit in his sleigh, see and stroke a real reindeer and take part in some fun Christmas crafts.

Go ice skating at Eden

Get your skates on and enjoy all the excitement of this winter wonderland, set against the amazing backdrop of the Eden biomes.

See the magical Mousehole Harbour Lights

Experience the famous Christmas lights at this classic Cornish fishing village, with floating displays and the whole harbour adorned with beautiful illuminations.

Fowey Christmas Market

One of Cornwall’s most well-known Christmas events with festive gifts, arts and crafts, and locally produced food and drink.  

Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway

Go on a dream journey through the Cornish countryside and meet Santa and his elves on board the train!

Christmas Carols at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

The spectacular setting of Pendennis Castle hosts a classic Cornish Christmas, with fireside tales, traditional dancing, mulled wine, mince pies, carol singing, and crafts in the castle keep.

Lostwithiel Dickensian Evening

A sparkling evening of Victorian dress, marching bands, lantern parades, choirs, stalls and wonderful festive food and drink.

Santa Days at Trebah Gardens

The elves take up residence at Trebah, building a fantastical factory making gifts for Christmas.

Padstow Christmas Festival

The festival that has everything, including harbour lights, cookery demonstrations, a Christmas market, a Santa fun run and spectacular fireworks.

Enjoy an uplifting coastal walk

This is a time of year when the Cornish coast is at its most peaceful, with beautiful tranquil beaches such as our very own Portreath Beach. Look out for inquisitive seals – and even dolphins!

And of course, what could be better than enjoying a delicious meal at a Cornish country pub, while relaxing in front of a roaring open fire…

 

Whatever you choose, you’ll never forget your first Christmas in Cornwall!

Best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Friday 13th October, 2017

Best dog friendly beaches in Cornwall

Hurrah for October, the summer dog ban on many of the beaches of Cornwall has been lifted and our four-legged friends are free to roam and feel the sand between their paws again!

There are over 300 dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, so we’ve put together a list of our favourites. Pull on those walking boots and let them run free…

Godrevy

Lighthouse island views, plenty of parking, a great café for hot chocolate and cakes and you’ll normally spot a seal or a two – what more does a doggie need?

Portreath

Although Portreath is dog friendly all year from 7pm – 7am, the time restriction has been lifted for the winter so your pooch can enjoy our closest beach whenever they choose.

Hayle Towans

Miles of golden sand to run free, sand dunes to chase up and down and plenty of rock pools to wallow in.

Chapel Porth

If the tide is out you can explore huge caves and walk all the way to Porthtowan, if the tide is in then head up on to the coastpath and explore plenty of filming spots from BBC’s Poldark. Once you’ve worn out your furry friend then head back to the beach café for one of their famous ‘Hedgehog’ ice creams or a hot filled baguette.

Marazion

Views of St Michael’s Mount, miles of beach and the pretty town of Marazion to explore packed with cafes, little shops and galleries – plenty of fun for pups and owners.

Find out more about our dog friendly luxury lodges - click here.

We’re celebrating by letting you bring two of your furry friends for FREE until the end of the year, plus you’ll get 15% off your holiday! To book a break - click here

 

 

What's On in Cornwall this October

Monday 9th October, 2017

What's On in Cornwall this October

October brings colourful leaves, quiet beaches, half term fun and Halloween happenings! We've rounded up the best of the month so you can get out and explore...

Dead of Night Dance, Rogue Theatre - 21st October - 31st October

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise! Just a short hop from us, in the depths of Tehidy Woods a wicked and wonderful Halloween celebration takes place with theatre and adventure, thrills, frights, delights and dancing. Journey deep into the forest to the land of the rapturously dead where a collection of comic, macabre and sheer ghostly short stories plays out. Designed for brave adventurers of all ages!

Falmouth Oyster Festival - 12th - 15th October

A celebration of the start of the oyster dredging season. Four days of seafood, cooking demos, live music and food and craft stalls by the waterside in Falmouth.

Roald Dahl's Halloweden – 21st - 29th October

Half term fun at the world-famous Eden Project. Pit yourself against Roald Dahl's infamous villains as your encounter themes from five of the best-selling books. Take part in witch spotter training sessions, explore The Twit's house, enter the magical world of The BFG, ice skate at the indoor rink and dance the night away at the Little Monsters' Ball.

Paella Night at Gwel An Mor – 26th October

Come and join us at The Terrace Restaurant for an evening of the most authentic paella in Cornwall created by our Spanish Head Chef, Joe Lado-Devesa. Delicious paella or vegetarian paella plus plenty of Spanish wines available during the evening. Just £15.95pp, book now on 01209 844132.

Kid's Halloween Parties at Gwel An Mor - 26th & 31st October

Lots of spooky fun at our Kid's Halloween Parties - soft play, Clip N'Climb taster sessions, disco, party games, buffet and spooky punch. £10 per child (FREE for residents) and free for those under 1 or not yet walking. Places must be pre-booked on 01209 844164. All ages welcome. From 5pm - 7pm.

Ride the Spooky Express - 21st - 29th October

All aboard for a steam train ride with a difference! A spooks trail, Halloween quiz, spooky colouring and a prize for everyone who comes in fancy dress.

Falmouth Beer Festival - 19th - 21st October

More than 200 real ales, ciders and perries alongside live music, pub grub and free drinks for designated drivers!

Re-Opening of Tate St Ives - 14th & 15th October

After a major expansion that has taken four years, the gallery is set to re-open with an extra 600 square meters of gallery space. The new galleries will tell the story of modern art in St Ives featuring work by Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Patrick Heron among others. There will be FREE entry on 14th & 15th October, so go and have a look around!

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

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 draughts, 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.

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