Things to see and do in East Cornwall:
Mary Newman’s Cottage in Saltash, the Tudor home of the first wife of England’s most famous seadog, Sir Francis Drake.
Mount Edgcumbe: a stately home and country park on the Rame Peninsula that offers acres of space for the family to play, fantastic views, refreshments and walks.
Cotehele, the Tudor home of the Edgcumbes hiding in the Tamar Valley near Calstock, now run by the National Trust.
Antony House, a stately home with gardens by Humphrey Repton, was used as the key location by director Tim Burton for his hit film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Its woodland garden is a spring spectacular.
Minions Moor – nothing to do with the family movie, but a Bodmin Moor village surrounded by great walks that take in prehistoric remains (the Hurlers stone circle) and mining history.
Siblyback Lake – a reservoir near St Cleer that’s now a watersports and fishing centre, with a pretty lakeside walk.
Boat and fishing trips from Saltash, Torpoint and Looe.
They’re supported by restaurants, pubs and a wide range of independent shops, also there’s a popular regular farmers’ market.
Nearby is the Norman castle at Restormel, now cared for by English Heritage, where you can climb the ramparts and walk
Keep an eye out for event at Sterts Arts Centre, at Upton Cross between Liskeard and Launceston – it offers a mixture of home-produced and visiting professional shows through spring and summer.
Calstock Arts, based in an old chapel overlooking the Tamar, has a varied programme of theatre and music. Both are charities run by volunteers.
Antiques shopping in Lostwithiel, famed for its range of shops.
The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, near St Austell, is a historic port that’s been used as a location for everything from Poldark to Taboo.
Walk the battlements of Norman Restormel Castle, near Lostwithiel.
Wheal Martyn at St Austell is Britain’s only China Clay industry museum, with lots of hands-on activities.
The Eden Project, near St Austell, is Britain’s most famous garden and environmental attraction, centred on its iconic biomes and with year-round interest.
The famous discount store Trago Mills is off the A38 in the Glynn Valley between Liskeard and Bodmin.
round the battlements to take in the views.
Fowey was home to the iconic Cornish writer Daphne du Maurier – and her equally famous (in his time) predecessor, Sir Arthur Quiller Couch, better known as ‘Q’.
You can take the famous Hall Walk and follow in du Maurier’s footsteps, crossing the river between Fowey and Polruan and at Bodinnick.
ALL ABOARD FOR AN OUTING ON THE RAILWAY…
ARRIVING at Bodmin General Station, you’ll be transported back in time to when travelling by train was a magical experience. Family outing? Perfect whether your little ones love Thomas, or your bigger ones have visions of the Hogwarts Express! There’s something special about the sights, sounds and smells of the steam engines and heritage diesel trains. And not just for kids… Mums, Dads and grandparents love it too!
Head to Boscarne, into the Cornish countryside along the Camel Trail, the perfect stop to hop off the train and stretch your legs. Then, travel to Bodmin Parkway, where the steam trains are quite the sight alongside their modern relations!
• Easter Eggstravaganza, 16th & 17th April
• Ukelele train, 6th May • Teddy Bear’s Picnic, 28th & 29th May • 60163 Tornado visit, 1st to 4th June
• Father’s Day weekend at BWR, 17th & 18th June
• Pub Quiz train, 17th August 6 Cornish Visitor Guide - Spring 2017
• Half Price and kids go FREE weekend, 28th & 29th October
• Santa by Steam, dates throughout December. Tickets go on sale in September. Don’t miss out!
• Plus luxury dining and lunch trains, Steam & Cream, Murder Mystery, Steam Beer & Jazz and heritage rail events too.
01726 879 500 www.cornish-visitor.co.uk
You’ll find something tasty for a picnic onboard or to enjoy in the station café. There’s plenty to enjoy - the Cornish Cream Teas and pasties are firm favourites!
Check the website timetable for regular trains from April to October (daily between mid-May and September). No need to book, just come along. Standard ticket prices are adults £13, children (age 3-16) £6 and under 3s free. Money-saving family tickets make a visit even more affordable, £23 for an adult and two children, £35 for two adults and four children.
Explore the port’s winding streets packed with interesting shops, from brand-name boutiques to books. You may even see a visiting liner being manoeuvred into harbour.
The Cornish town of St Austell is a major shopping centre and is thriving after a £75m 21st century redevelopment.
It has the White River Cinema complex if you’re looking for a night at the movies, and a host of
Fowey top brand-name stores.
It’s home to St Austell Brewery, which you can visit – the firm’s famous beers, like Tribute, have made the business a major national success story.
Nearby, of course, is the Eden Project, perhaps Cornwall’s best known visitor attraction. Its iconic biomes are host to recreations of different world climate zones, and its message of environmental responsibility has struck a chord with millions.
Chords are also struck each summer with the hugely popular Eden Sessions series of live music concerts.
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