With the first proper summer days upon us, it’s time to get out and about exploring this wonderful part of Cornwall.
With the sun warming up and only gentle breezes, now is a good time to catch the foot ferry across from St Mawes to Falmouth. It’s only a twenty minute journey and you may see seals or dolphins along the way. Its certainly a lovely way to arrive in Falmouth.
Once there, have a potter around the shops and galleries and gradually make your way up the hill to Events Square and the National Maritime Museum. This is a must, even for confirmed landlubbers, always plenty to see and do in the museum and also stunning views back across the harbour to the Roseland.
If you are happy on a boat then pre-book a coastal sea safari where your skipper will provide a cheery face and an informative commentary, describing fascinating facts about shipwrecks, smuggling tales and point out the wildlife along the way.
Usual sightings in June include basking sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets, sunfish and a host of other seabirds. Still have some energy left? then walk along to Falmouth’s Pendennis Castle – much larger than St Mawes but also built by Henry VIII to defend the Fal River and its commercial ports.
It is almost obligatory to have your photo taken here sat upon one of the cannons pointing out to sea!
One to keep everyone happy! Truro is a delightful city, with a cathedral right in the middle and lots of boutique individual shops tucked away down tiny opes or alleyways.
Don’t forget the parks and gardens as well – Truro always does well in the Britain in Bloom competitions and it’s easy to see why, also pop into see the ladies in the Tourist Office – everyone seems to ask for Demelza these days! They always have the lowdown on the latest news and events in town.
After a busy morning shopping you have two options – a walk along the river, past Boscawen Park to the delightful and aptly named Heron Inn at Malpas for a long lunch admiring the views over the river – we have never been and not seen at least one heron.
Or make your way to Skinners Brewery which runs tours of the brewery, after which you are welcome to relax in the atmospheric traditional visitors centre and sample their award winning range of famous Cornish cask-conditioned ales, each of which is named after characters from Cornish folklore.
Always a great day out, June is a really good time to go as it’s not too busy. We always advise our guests to get there early and visit the tropical biome first as that’s the one that always gets very busy (and much hotter!) as the day goes on.
Amazing though the biomes are, they are only part of the story at Eden with more to see outside than indoors. The tulip displays come alive with vibrant colour and the buzzing of bees busy pollinating the plants almost vibrates the air around you.
You can spend a whole day here and never see everything but if you do have some time to spare on your way back then drop into Charlestown – still a working port, with a small amount of china clay being exported on about 30/40 ships a year. However, it is now the location for a famous collection of old ships which are employed in films all around the world and the harbour and village are themselves are often used as film sets – and yes some of Poldark was filmed here too!
Three days out to keep you busy in June, but don’t forget some downtime in your cottage at Roundhouse Barn, or relaxing in the courtyard with a glass of wine or one of those Skinners Ales!