North Cornwall offers perhaps the biggest contrasts in the whole county – from the rugged, towering cliffs of the Atlantic coast on the border with Devon to the golden sands of surf mecca Newquay and Rock, holiday hotspot to the stars. You can walk in the footsteps of the heroes and heroines of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn
up on Bodmin Moor – or, if you prefer reality to fiction, you can trace the doomed footsteps of poor Charlotte Dymond, whose body at the foot of Roughtor lies at the heart of a famous Victorian mystery. You can explore some fascinating communities. Bude, Cornwall’s most northerly town, offers stunning beaches, its
historic canal, fantastic walks and every summer, a jazz festival that attracts some of the finest musicians in Britain. Summerleaze, Crooklets and Sandymouth Beaches, and Widemouth Bay, offer great sea and surf, and there are great cliff walks too. Bude Canal used to stretch as far as Launceston and is one of few in the West of England. The town was home to the Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, who built its landmark Bude Castle. He was an archetypal Victorian: surgeon, chemist, lecturer, consultant, architect, builder. He created a novel form of illumination, the Bude light, remembered in a famous statue in the town today, And developed a series of early steam-powered road vehicles. Bude and its neighbour Stratton have the unenviable distinction of being further from a railway station than any other town in England: the nearest stations are 32 miles in either direction.
Launceston, the northern gateway to Cornwall, huddles round its hilltop castle, one of several in Cornwall built by the Normans after the conquest, and offers artisan shops, bustling cafes and even a miniature steam railway. It’s a shopping centre for the surrounding countryside and is well known for the independent shops lining its narrow streets and town square. There are award winning local food producers, shops selling unique crafts and gifts plus regular markets to browse. You’ll find many references to one of Launceston’s most famous sons, the much-loved poet Charles Causley, whose centenary will be marked in 2017. His former home in the town is maintained as a centre of celebration of his work. The Church of St Mary Magdalen is famous for its incredibly ornate granite carvings dating to the early 16th century.
Cornwall at War Museum
You only need to check out the comments on TRIPADVISOR to realise that the DAVIDSTOW AIRFIELD & CORNWALL AT WAR MUSEUM is a place you should visit while on your holiday.
Royal Navy, Army, RAF, aircraft, vehicles, weapons medals, uniforms, in fact thousands of artefacts displayed in our ‘unsanitised’ way with a few surprises on your way around!!
The Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum has fantastic displays representing the Royal Navy, British Army and the RAF from 1914 till present on a WW2 airfield.
Davidstow, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9YF Telephone 07799 194918 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult: £5 Children: £4 (under 6 free) Concessions: £4 Family ticket for 2 adults and 3 children up to 16 years old £13 Open 10am – 5pm/last admission 4.15pm from Easter till November Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Open every day in July, Aug, Sept plus School and Bank Holidays.
Airfield Tours. July, Aug, Sept. See ‘Airfield Tours’ on our website. Tours very popular please book by telephone or by email. www.cornwallatwarmuseum.co.uk
PARKING SPACES & GARDEN SHEDS OUTSIDE OF THE BLUE GATES ARE NOT PART OF THIS MUSEUM PLEASE DRIVE THROUGH THE BLUE GATES INTO OUR CAR PARK THANK YOU
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Be sure to watch the introductory film in the ROXIE cinema first, to really appreciate what you are going to experience.
19 display buildings including the new aircraft and vehicle HANGAR (blue garden sheds outside our entrance are NOT part of our museum).
There is something to interest almost everyone and easy access.
Make yourselves a cup of tea in the NAAFI halfway around.
You are welcome to bring your own picnic as we offer only light refreshments.
During July. Aug Sept we provide tours in our vintage crew bus around the WW11 airfield, this takes about an hour and three quarters.
Advance booking is essential as seats are limited (07799 1949 18).
This museum recently featured on SALVAGE HUNTERS, is operated and run entirely by unpaid and passionate volunteers.
Se our ad for full details or phone Steve on 07799 1949 18. Web cornwallatwarmuseum.co.uk
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