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Leopallooza, Bude 30 - 31 July

“Hello. French Polishers?” Everyone’s got a story of when their house party went a bit Pete Tong. Mine was when I was seventeen and had persuaded a good friend of mine to let me use her (rented) bungalow for a low key and very...

Port Eliot: a house with a difference

Uniquely a house within a museum, a museum within a house, this is a place, you instinctively feel, where anything could happen. And it does. As I arrive, American Vogue are in the middle of a photo shoot in what must be one of the...

Ultimate socialite Ticky Hedley-Dent reviews The Blue House, Portloe

The Blue House in Portloe is a winner - it’s a perfect little house in one humdinger of a location. This tastefully decorated two double bedroomed fisherman’s cottage enjoys a prime position overlooking the outrageously beautiful...

Small is beautiful:Port Eliot festival 21- 24 July

From hedgehogs to sloths, Angela Hartnett to Rose Prince, poetry to film, cabaret to karaoke, costume to kids with a bit of wild swimming and rock literature thrown in, this is Port Eliot Festival 2011. Expect the unexpected, envisage...

Finding the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Intrigued by the secrets beneath the leafy veil, my curious nature diverted my gaze towards the privately owned (no National Trust interference here then) Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell. So long in the shadow of its illustrious...

Up In The Air at Tate St Ives

Every time I come to St Ives, the sun lights up the town, saturating colours, lifting the sky and stretching it over the sea in a canvas of blue and white. In this summer’s exhibition, the Tate has embraced the light, the white, the...

The Kooks: Kooking it up at Lusty Glaze Beach

It’s a funny old game rock 'n' roll. There are bands that spend years trying to find their own sound, only to find they’ve missed the boat and they are no longer relevant. So what makes a good band into a truly great one? The late...

Daring Du Maurier 'Doll' discovered at Bookends, Fowey

Staying at the bookshop Shakespeare & Co. in Paris in my twenties was a merging of all that was most important to me at the time: literature, reading and travel, all for the fee of reading a book a day (which we never managed). That...

1000 for a 1000: ShelterBox

We did it! And when I say ‘we’ this was very much a team affair thanks to our fabulous Facebook supporters. Within three days of The Good Cornwall Guide launch date we clocked up our first thousand Facebook likes. As promised,...

Du Maurier’s dark legacy at Jamaica Inn

I hadn’t been terribly familiar with the work of Daphne Du Maurier before reading Jamaica Inn. Don’t be fooled by her name. It conjures up images of a feminine lady sitting daintily at a typewriter - some sort of elegant, delicate...

Adrenalin rush at Bodmin Jail

God knows what this strange obsession with the weird and the wonderful is, but I’ve always been that way inclined. The means of scaring the living daylights out of myself by way of horror flicks, nightmarish novels and camp fire ghost...

You can’t outsmart the Easter Bunny: Trelissick Gardens

It’s Easter Monday morning, in an attempt to run-off yesterday’s chocolate egg consumption we head to a particularly favourite spot, Trelissick Gardens. Perched at the top of the Carrick Roads (heading the Fal Estuary) these...

Delusions of grandeur: Lanhydrock House

In some circles I do go by the name Lady Manners, however if I were to aspire to any bonefide ‘Lady’ title I would like to be Lady Robartes of Lanhydrock House. Simply because I harbour the incurably romantic notion of galloping...

Easter Beach Bunny Lament

It’s not really a dog’s life, mine. I spend my working week at Wheal Kitty with current squeeze ‘Molly Dog’ (a frisky little bitch of a long-legged springer) my freelance career giving me ample freedom to explore the cliffs or...

Silver Fox: Roadtrip

So you’ve escaped the Big Smoke for a few days' break in glorious Cornwall, the chance to stretch those city legs, breathe in the fresh sea air and feast on the delights of the honest soil and salty ocean. The opportunity to refresh...

Kneehigh Asylum at night

The motley crew of non-actors who threw themselves with “cheerful anarchy” into a local theatre workshop group thirty years ago now find “Kneehigh” celebrated as one of Britain’s most innovative touring theatre companies....