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Weekend Warmer: Pub roasts & Sunday strolls

It’s mighty cold out and the days are short, so what better way to spend a Sunday than with a cheek-glowing walk and a hearty roast lunch? We’ve sought out the perfect pubs to hunker down by a roaring fire and tuck into tasty roast...

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES FOR SOGGY FAMILIES

I’m not going to rant about the rubbish weather. And neither am I going to hang around and wait for the sun to shine before getting out for some family fun. I’m sure ‘summer’ is just around the corner. But, just in case it...

The Food Travel Company serve up Fish Glorious Fish

It’s neither can’t cook or won’t cook but more a case of time as my culinary nemesis when to comes to progressing from the microwave...

When One Sport Just Isn't Enough

Pull on the goggles, lace up your trainers and pump up your tyres, the inaugural Human Race Festival of Sport is coming this...

10 COOL ACTIVITIES OVER JUBILEE HALF TERM

Celebrate the Jubilee by celebrating Cornwall. Let’s hope the sun keeps it hat on, but come rain or shine, there are some cracking ways to cheer on the Queen’s 60-year reign. We’ve even come up with some perfect activities for...

Fowey River kayaking with Encounter Cornwall

Steeped in rich Cornish history and heritage the Fowey River provides an excellent adventure to absorb Cornwall’s fabulous unspoilt scenery. My guide was Encounter Cornwall’s owner David Johns whose knowledge and passion for these...

Beat the ban: top 5 dog beaches

As the summer starts – regardless of the weather - the dog ban on the Cornish coast comes into effect. Beat the beach ban with GCG’s top 5 dog beaches in Cornwall – all year round. Molly and I have tried and tested: don’t forget...

Falmouth Motor Boat Charters

To anyone who sails or has that glorious yachty totty feel about them, the Windana will immediately float their boat. To one Melodie Manners who fell, quite unceremoniously, down a very public slipway into the water up to her knees when...

Dare to bare: Barefoot Running

Actually you aren’t barefoot, just in shoes that allow your foot to act as it is designed: to flex, absorb shock and propel you...

Sea Kayaking Cornwall by Sideways

Sideways Cornwall have long been filming and producing kick ass videos about all things Cornwall cool, so we were super pleased to get our grubby digital paws on their fabulously shot Sea Kayaking...

The Christmas Day Swim

Something of a tradition in Cornwall; and possibly any county almost totally surrounded by salt water. Not for the faint hearted is the embrace of this Christmas spirit: stripping and gaiety. The Christmas day swim is top of the ‘to...

Come Outside: 10 Outdoor Family Activities for the Festive Season

Why head for the shops and indoor play zones just because summer’s a distant memory? While some of Cornwall’s tourist attractions close their doors for winter, its natural treasures don’t shut down when the sun don’t shine. This...

ICE ICE BABY: The North Pole is a long way from Cornwall’s north coast

British explorer Billy Gammon talks to GCG about the gruelling Row to The Pole expedition; how to spurn the advances of overly amorous polar bears and chats about life on the oars in Artic...

5 Great Surf Beaches for Beginners & 5 to Avoid

As a latecomer to surfing I felt like I needed to swallow a maritime dictionary just to walk on to a north coast beach. What I did realise over my first year’s whirlwind romance with Cornish surf was that the beaches that beginners...

Travelling to Cornwall: The Long & Winding Road

As an exile that now lives in the big smoke but gets back to Cornwall as often as possible, a famous John Hughes film, Trains, Planes and Automobiles, often comes to mind. Getting home can often be an epic road movie in itself, with...

Walk: St Just-in-Roseland to St Mawes Castle

I know where I would like the master bedroom, and have decided that the dungeon would be great for the library – “Perfect, I declared, we could be on Grand Designs!” JT smiled indulgently, “I don’t think, Darling, that English...

An Ode To Autumn: the five best pub walks

Channel your inner Bronte and embrace the ravaging elements of sea, moor and cliffs with a bracing autumnal walk combined with a pub pit stop. Not only does it increase your chances of meeting Mr Heathcliff *sigh*, but striding out...

Win a weekend for Two at Trevose Golf Club & Dinner for two at Rojano's, Padstow

Atop Constantine Bay in Padstow, Trevose Golf Club is regarded by the pros as THE hidden golfing gem. The Gammon family have run Trevose since 1925 and are as integral to the Club’s captivating atmosphere as the jaw-dropping location...

Win a holiday with the National Trust: Silly Walking

Everywhere I look there are gorgeous leather boots strutting their stuff. Autumn has arrived and with it the crunchy leaves on the ground and the crisp, brisk feeling of adventure. Need more of an incentive to brave the Cornish air?...

Ahoy Sailor: Learning to Sail with Mylor Cruising

I can dance a sailor’s jig after a couple of pints of Spingo. I can hoist sails and pull ropes (err herm, I mean ‘sheets’, to use correct nautical terminology). I can even man the helm if I’m told which way to point a boat. But...