Top 5 Events this April in Cornwall

 

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We may not have the large-scale concerts or the week-long festivals here in Cornwall, however what we do have is incredible smaller scale events featuring the best food, drink and music around. Easter is just around the corner and each month more and more local events are scheduled, here is our line up of the top 5 happening in the month of April…

  1. Porthleven Food Festival, April the 20th – 22nd

Celebrating its 10th year, this 3-day food, music and drink festival based in the pretty harbour town of Porthleven, is a must for the foodie fans among us. Chef demos, street stalls and music all day and evening, this festival is fun for the whole family. For more information head to porthlevenfoodfestival.com

  1. Thundercat Championships, 21st & 22nd April

If you have never been to see a Thundercat race you are in for a real treat. Face paced and exhilarating up to 14 boats will race the waves of Fistral Beach in Newquay, reaching heights of up to 20ft. Head over to the North coast to watch rounds 3 and 4 in the 2018 championships. For more information, click here.

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  1. Wine Tasting at The Rosevine, 14th April

Back by popular demand, Saturday the 14th April join us and our wine merchant Charles for an evening of great food, plenty of wine and a lot of laughter. The evening begins either fireside or out in the garden (fingers crossed for sunshine), with a few light-hearted tasting games. Once everyone has had a few samples, we all sit down to enjoy a 3-course dinner cooked by Head Chef Tim and paired by Charles. Always relaxed and informal and always plenty of wine, these enjoyable evenings are not to be missed. Click here for more info.

  1. Tregothnan Charity Open Weekend, 21st & 22nd April

Cornwall’s largest garden opens to the public for just one weekend a year, raising money for charity. “Visitors can experience Tregothnan’s unequalled diversity of trees, historic, botanical and rare collections, sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves on the banks of the beautiful River Fal.” For more information and tickets, click here.

  1. Band Night at The Brewery, 13th April

“On 13th April, Josh Curnow, Cornwall’s very own Britain’s Got Talent’s Semi Finalist will be playing “At The Brewery. For a lad once told by a music teacher that he would never make it as a musician, his music career has blossomed since his Britain’s Got Talent appearance, so why not come along and see for yourself how Josh is getting on in the up-close and personal ambience of the Brewery’s band room. The night kicks off at 8pm with refreshments available across the evening in the Hicks Bar and tickets are still available at the amazing low cost of £5, available from [email protected]

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Top events this Winter in Cornwall

The months from September to December in Cornwall are arguable some of the best. Crisp clear mornings, stormy seas and evenings relaxing by an open fire. Cornwall’s event calendar also continues to be a huge draw for fans of this wonderful county, we have put together a roundup of our top picks….

For the music fans; Looe Music Festival from 29th September – 1st October 2017

Over three days every September this beautiful harbour town transforms into a pop up festival full of live music, great atmosphere and plenty of fun. The whole town is the venue, with music and merriment to be enjoyed in every establishment and corner of the town. Turn up and wonder the streets, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the many bars and stages scattered all across Looe. For details on this year’s festival visit https://www.looemusic.co.uk/

For the food fans; Falmouth Oyster Festival from 12th – 15th October 2017

“The annual festivities celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls.” This is a great weekend combining many of Cornwall’s best loved elements, and a real treat for visitors and locals of any age. For more information visit http://falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/

For the explorers; Fal River Autumn Festival from 19th – 29th October 2017

There is no time quiet like Autumn for brisk walks along coastal paths, and through dense woodlands to really appreciate the incredible scenery here in Cornwall. Our friends at Fal River organise a 10 day festival each October with a variety of events thought-out. Guided walks and foodie feasts all based in the stunning surroundings of the Fal river. For this year’s line-up visit https://www.falriver.co.uk/whats-on/fal-river-autumn-festival

For the families; Mousehole Christmas Lights from 16th December 2017 – 6thJanuary 2018

Now in its 54th year, the annual Mousehole Christmas lights are as much a tradition as the turkey! Every December the picturesque town of Mousehole comes together to construct a magical light display, enjoyed by thousands of friends and families each festive season. The Mousehole lights are put together entirely by unpaid volunteers and work begins in September to ensure everything is ready for the 16th December switch on. For further details and to donate visit http://www.mouseholelights.org.uk/

For the mini break enthusiasts; New Year at The Rosevine from 30th December 2017 – 1st January 2018

If you are looking to end 2017 and start 2018 in a quiet corner of Cornwall, relaxing, reminiscing and recharging then look no further. The Rosevine is open for the festive season, and looking forward to welcoming families and friends to round off another amazing year on the Cornish coast. Think beach walks followed by mulled cider, leisurely dinners and too much wine! The two night package commencing the 30th or 31st December, includes bed and breakfast and a 5 course dinner on the 31st, price based on two adults from £506.00. For more information visit https://www.rosevine.co.uk/packages/

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When is the best time of year to visit Cornwall?

A question locals get asked all the time, and one we confidently answer with September and October. These blissful two months as Summer turns into Autumn are the ideal time to visit this beautiful county. The weather is famous for being incredible over the 8 weeks, with warm days and sunset framed evenings, making it perfect to go out and explore.

The Roseland Peninsula is year round a haven to escape and unwind, but this is especially true of the post Summer period. The traffic experienced in August dies down on both the land and the sea, and it is not unusual to stumble across a deserted beach of your very own. This is also a great time to enjoy the sea both in and on the water. The temperature is blissful for a spot of sea swimming, a particular favourite of the team is Porthcurnick (pictured above), which due to its unusual position is one of the most sheltered bays around.

The local events calendar is also packed with a variety of offerings. Highlights include Looe Music Festival at the end of September, The Little Orchard cider and music festival held near Newquay in mid-September. Closer to ‘home’ and just a short ferry ride away, The Falmouth Beer Festival at the end of October and The Falmouth Oyster Festival in mid – October both draw large crowds to the picturesque harbour town. For all the foodies The Great Cornish Food Festival held in Truro in late September is a must. The 3 days are dedicated to showcasing the amazing Cornish food and drink suppliers, and yes there are plenty of samples!

September and October are also the season for a wide selection of fish and the finest fresh local vegetables, an ideal time to indulge and try some of the local delights. September the 10th will see the return of our popular ‘Easy Sundays’, combining the fantastic South West Coast Path with a hearty Sunday lunch. Every Sunday come and park your car at the hotel and collect a walking map, bottles of water plus a dog treat for your four legged friends, before enjoying some of the miles of coast path on our doorstep. Once you have worked up an appetite return to Rosevine to enjoy Sunday lunch overlooking the sea. Bookings highly recommend for our set Sunday lunch which will commence on Sunday 10th September.

View our Autumn holiday guide HERE

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Top 5 reasons to visit The Roseland

When choosing a holiday destination there are so many things to consider, especially when traveling with a family or dog. Here on the picturesque Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, we believe our quiet corner of the world is the perfect holiday destination for all ages, here are our top 5 reasons why;

Number 1. The Quiet and the calm. The Roseland is an escapists dream, quiet, quaint and largely undiscovered. It is not unusual to stumble across a deserted beach or for a couple of miles not walk past another group of visitors. Turn off the ‘main’ road onto the Roseland and you will instantly feel the stress of everyday life wash away and begin to slow down onto the Cornish pace of life. To utterly switch off from the ‘real world’ and get some much deserved rest and relaxation the scenery, surroundings and the sea here prove an unbeatable combination.

Number 2. The Exploring. Surrounded on 3 sides by water and outlined by the famous South West Coast Path, you could fill up the whole of your holiday right here discovering new spots and enjoying mini adventures each day. Should you wish to go further afield, just a short ferry ride across the Fal River will bring you to the harbour town of Falmouth, full of maritime activity, shops and restaurants. Centrally located within Cornwall there are many places to visit nearby, proving a good base for exploring this beautiful county.

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Number 3. The Water. Nearly everywhere you turn water will be within sight. Beaches and harbours are scattered across The Roseland, endless days spent swimming, snorkelling and fishing await. Clear blue and sheltered due to the unusual position of the peninsula make the water a magnet for activity. Spend the day on a boat, hire kayaks to explore secret spots or learn to fish from the harbour wall. Whatever way you choose to enjoy the surroundings it is sure to be enjoyable quality time together.

Number 4. The Food. A Holiday would not be a holiday without a little bit of indulgence! Al fresco dining, fish and chips by the sea, culinary masterpieces and quirky farm shops, just a slice of things to expect from the food scene on The Roseland. An abundance of fresh ingredients including some of the best fishing in the world has resulted in a concentration of some of the most celebrated foodie highlights in Cornwall.

Number 5. The People. The locals love their homeland, they feel how special it is every day and are constantly in awe of its beauty. Warm welcomes and open arms will greet you on arrival, desperate for you to experience the magic of this wonderful place. We asked a couple of locals to share with us what The Roseland means to them…

“There’s this constant feeling to grow up when you are young. You don’t realise how amazing it is to live every moment stress free. When I look back and reminisce I appreciate those were some of the best years of my life and when you can find a place in which to feel that way again and to be able to look at the world with the child’s eye – it’s beautiful and it holds a very special place. The Roseland is for me that place. A place of peace, a place to unwind, a place without pressure but above all a place to reminisce and if only for a brief moment, just to feel that emotion, that sensation, that feeling of complete freedom, where at that single moment nothing else matters and life feels whole. It might be momentary and fleeting, but it feels real and that for me is the Roseland.” Sean Johnson partner at Philip Martin Estate & Lettings Agents. St Mawes & Truro.

“We love the fact that the Roseland has so much to offer both locals and visitors alike. When it comes to food you can pick up fresh fish, shellfish and homegrown garden produce from Curgurrell Farm, or enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake from one of the large number of tea huts and quirky tea vans. Something to look forward to at the end of a long walk along our stunning coastline! Not to mention the great range of unique dining experiences such as our wonderful Woodfired Sessions which run throughout the summer months! The Roseland really is a hidden gem.” Lindsey Thomas from Philleigh Way Cookery School. Philleigh

Considering holidaying in the area? Check out our brand new holiday guides for each season.

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Top reasons to visit Cornwall in May

Probably one of the best months to visit Cornwall, May sees the start of the summer with typically better weather, longer days, events celebrating local culture and showcasing amazing local produce. All in all a great excuse to get into the holiday spirit a little earlier.

Walk amongst the bluebells

Cornwall at this time of year is stunning; particularly as the bluebell season kicks in, and there are a number of places to walk amongst them.  Great swathes of bluebells can be seen at Enys Gardens near Falmouth at their bluebell festival from 29th April – 7th May, and Tehidy Country Park near Camborne.

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Local Events – capture the culture of early summer

The county’s local towns and villages enjoy having a good reason for a knees up and the events really begin to ramp up in May, and lucky for us many are within an hour’s drive of The Rosevine:

Fowey Festival of Art and Literature 6th-13th May

Cornwall’s premier literary festival is located in numerous locations throughout the beautiful riverside town of Fowey, known famously by its connections to novelist Daphne Du Maurier. You don’t have to be a book lover, there are events for everyone from authors, speakers, musicians, and artists, join the Fowey Art Trail and discover Fowey’s secret garden, take a look at the programme here.

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Roseland Festival 22nd April – 6th May

A great little festival on our very own Roseland Peninsula, affectionately known for its quirky and eclectic mix of cultural happenings, with a programme including walks, talks, song, film, food, exhibitions and theatre.

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Fal River Festival 26th May – 4th June

Celebrating this very special area of Cornwall, the Fal River Festival is again just on our doorstep with over 150 events in and around Falmouth and on the water varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.  Fancy an open water swim from St Mawes to Pendennis Castle, or a stand up paddle tour of the area?  There’s so much for all ages, and of course land lubbers too.

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St Ives Food and Drink Festival 13-14th May

Head west for the St Ives Food and Drink Festival – a gathering of some of the best food and drink producers in the county.  Located on Porthminster Beach – it is believed to be the only beach-based festival – enjoy tasting a wide range of local produce, and you’re only a short walk from St Ives centre, nationally known for its arts – don’t forget it houses the Tate St Ives Gallery – and take the coastal train ride from St Erth for some great views.

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Open Studios Cornwall 26th May – 4th June

The county is world famous for its arts and crafts, and there isn’t a better time to explore the 293 artists, craftsmen and designers opening their studios and workshops to the public.  Grab a guide, make your own trail, and discover the inspiration behind their work – just follow the orange Os.

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Foodie Events

Philleigh Way Cookery School

There’s a couple of great cookery courses happening just up the road at Philleigh Way Cookery School – Extravagant Desserts is on the 20th May – a chance to wow friends and family with new skills including foams, gels and chocolate work.  And just in time for summer – Weber Essentials on 24th May – perfecting your BBQ skills not just with steaks but cooking pizzas, roasts and even cakes!

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Feast Nights at The Hidden Hut

These popular evenings spent overlooking Porthcurnick Beach are a real favourite.  The picnic-style al fresco one meal nights kick off with Porthcurnick Fish Pie on 11th May, followed by Spit Roast Chicken on 20th May  and Monkfish Curry on 29th May.  Tickets go on sale on Monday 1st May.

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Join us for an early summer holiday this May! And don’t forget that your four legged friends are welcome too.  Call us on 01872 580206 or email [email protected] for availability and to book.

 

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Family fun this May half term

It’s one of our favourite holidays of the year!  Trips down to the beach with buckets and spades, getting out on the water, and back at the house we’ll have the BBQ lit and G&Ts flowing on the lawn.  It could almost be summer!  So get the family together, pack your flip flops and head to the seaside for May half term.

On warm, dry days there’s nothing better than having breakfast together as a family then heading off for a day on the beach at the end of the lane or perhaps exploring further the beaches that line the coast with a picnic packed.

Or, take the crabbing nets to St Mawes, and a regular boat service can transport you over to Falmouth with its maritime museum for the day.  Spot the wildlife as dolphins, seals and whales do make an appearance!

Elsewhere at our top attractions, Eden is hosting “Game On”, the opportunity to try anything from retro classics to high-tech games – a winner with all the family.  Newquay Zoo is hosting “Jungle Mayhem” as well as its regular feeding times and keeper talks, Trelissick Gardens are having a “50 things” trail in the garden and surrounding countryside, and the famous open air and clifftop Minack Theatre near Porthcurno is running storytelling sessions.  Do check the individual websites for opening times and visiting information.

Back at the house, you can of course relax in your own apartment or suite, or head for the lounge and playroom with XBox, kick a football around as well as other lawn games, swim in the indoor pool, and enjoy family dining or book the children in for kid’s tea and yourselves in for adult dining a bit later.

Stay in sea view interconnecting studios if you’re a young family travelling with grandparents or for families of up to 2 adults and 3 children, and groups of families, book our suites or apartments for that bit more extra space and facilities.