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Eden Project

The Eden Project is an exciting attraction where you can explore your relationship with nature, learn new things and get inspiration about the world around you.

Top 10 reasons to visit the Eden Project
Here’s some of what you’ll find when you visit:
    1.    the world’s largest rainforest in captivity with steamy jungles and waterfalls
    2.    cutting-edge architecture and buildings
    3.    stunning garden displays all year round
    4.    world-class sculpture and art
    5.    evening gigs, concerts and an ice rink in the winter
    6.    educational centre and demonstrations to inspire all ages
    7.    brilliant local, fairly traded food in the restaurants and cafes
    8.    a rainforest lookout that takes you above the treetops
    9.    living example of regeneration and sustainable living
    10.    free land train pulled by a tractor.

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Charlestown Regatta

Charlestown is one of Cornwall’s most photogenic villages due to its magnificently authentic Georgian harbour which has been the backdrop to many films and TV series, including the new Poldark series. The weeklong event includes events such as the fun triathlon, raft races, donkey derby, live music and colourful carnival.

Located on the south coast near St Austell, Charlestown provides a wonderful location for the varied events. The week kicks off with the exciting triathlon. In the afternoon there’s water golf, a hotly contested raft race and even a fun knobbly knees contest. During the week you can watch the carnival led by two local brass bands followed by a traditional flora dance through the streets of the village, enjoy a proms concert and to round off the week dance the night away at the Regatta Rocks live music event.

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Fowey Regatta

Fowey is a quiet town on the south coast of Cornwall, but for one week every August it plays host to hundreds of visitors who flock to see Fowey Royal Regatta.

Fowey Royal Regatta is one of Britain’s premier sailing events. However, not all the action takes place on the water; there’s plenty to keep landlubbers entertained, from children’s entertainment to the Red Arrows. The Regatta has a long & proud history, having attracted visitors including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert & Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature

This eclectic festival of literature, music and performance has an exciting programme of talks, exhibitions, workshops, guided walks, river cruises and community activities attracting the great and the good from the world of literature, music and entertainment. To top it all it takes place in Fowey, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The festival is an opportunity for visitors to explore the historic town and the stunning scenery that surrounds it and why the area has been a rich source of material for so many writers. Join the intimate gatherings where novelists bring their work to life; find out more about popular TV programmes from the people who make them; hear politicians talk about life at Westminster or come and enjoy famous comedians as they bring humour and laughter to the festival.  In addition, there is always plenty of music events to keep you entertained.

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Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum

The UK’s only China Clay Museum plus so much more…
    •    26 acre Country Park with woodland walks
    •    Tools and machinery that will enthral all ages
    •    Interactive displays bring the story to life
    •    Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel
    •    A chance to see modern mining in action at pit view!
    •    Children’s challenge trail and play area
    •    Great access to the Clay Trails cycle route
    •    Dogs welcome throughout the site.

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Heligan Gardens

The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.
The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family’s Heligan Estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and restored only in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.

The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giants Head.

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Lanhydrock House & Gardens

Magnificent late Victorian country house with gardens and wooded estate. Lanhydrock is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home.

After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian style, with the best in country-house design and planning, and the latest mod cons. The kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, while the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living.

Experience the heyday of the Agar-Robartes family, who made Lanhydrock their home, and discover how their fortunes changed during the First World War.

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The Clay Trails of Cornwall

Surrounding the Cornish town of St Austell and its neighbouring villages is a landscape well known for its clay tips and pits, created by the 250 year old clay mining industry. This striking and dramatic scenery, visible from distances of many miles, has been made more accessible by the development of trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. Cornwall’s miles of scenic clay trails were first opened in March 2005 and new trails have continued to be made available, enabling visitors to enjoy this unique area of Cornwall. Discover these quiet pathways and enjoy the beauty and sense of peace they offer.  The surface of the trails are mainly gravel, easy for walking and cycling and most are suitable for horse riding. Trails and pathways can also be used by electric ‘mobility’ scooters, making beautiful areas of Cornwall previously inaccessible, available to a wider group of outdoor enthusiasts. If you are using a mobility scooter you will need to have someone with you in some areas, as there are some heavy gates to open on parts of the trails.

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Carnglaze Caverns

Carnglaze Caverns consists of three man-made caverns formed as part of a slate quarry in 6.5 acres of wooded hillside in the Loveny Valley, near the village of St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall. Visitors can go on a guided tour, lasting for about 45 minutes, through the three caverns of cathedral proportions, hand created by local slate miners. Within the complex is a subterranean lake with clear blue/green water. The tour takes you about 150m into the hillside and 60m below ground.

Carnglaze which means “blue rock pile” in Cornish, goes back long before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. The mud which would become the slate that is Carnglaze was being laid down underneath the seas from as long ago as 500 million years. The first of the caverns, the Rum Store, is so called because it was used by the Royal Navy during the Second World War to store its supply of rum apparently Bats left the mines as they could not tolerate the strong fumes given off by the rum barrels.

In 2001 it was converted into an auditorium with seating for 400. The slate walls and roof form a stunning backdrop for performances, making this a unique venue. Due to the shape and height of the cavern, the acoustics are outstanding and are acclaimed by many of the international performers who have been to The Rum Store. Carnglaze holds a number of theatre productions and music concerts throughout the year – check their website for what’s on during your visit.

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