Fishing in Falmouth
October 18th, 2021
Falmouth is a seaside town located in Cornwall, in the south-west region of England. Here you will experience spectacular scenery along with plenty of independent shops selling everything from surf equipment and beach gear to handcrafted jewellery.
Within this tranquil section of the world is a series of activities and a plethora of history, with Pendennis Castle being a popular tourist spot. Not only is there much to do, but with it being right on the coast, there are plenty of hotspots for fishing! In this blog, we will explore the best fishing spots as a luxury Falmouth holiday awaits you!
The Best Places to Fish in Falmouth
There are numerous fishing spots dotted across Falmouth, but like most things, there are some better than others. For a better chance of a successful catch, make sure you visit one or more of these spots while you are visiting Falmouth.
Pendennis Point is where Pendennis Castle is located, and this is a very popular tourist destination, especially in the summer as it boasts incredible views of Falmouth. Pendennis Castle was built by Henry VIII high up on the Fal Estuary – for more information on castles in Cornwall, take a look at our previous blog!
Like most of the Cornish coast, Pendennis Point is beautiful. The rocky location is perfect for spring and summer fishing, offering a wide variety of species. It is brilliant for a day of fishing; set up, have a picnic and enjoy the view while trying for a catch!
How to Get to Pendennis Point
Begin your journey in Falmouth and follow signs for Pendennis Castle. Once you have arrived, you will notice that there are numerous pay and display car parks along with road parking towards the castle.
The Prince of Wales Pier
Anglers of all abilities can fish at the Prince of Wales Pier with ease. Access to the pier is straightforward, and it’s a hotspot for tourists to attempt to catch fish. Additionally, fishers love to camp around this spot for obvious reasons.
In the summer, the pier can become somewhat populated with tourists looking for crabs, so if you would prefer a quieter and more peaceful experience, it is recommended that you visit the pier at night on a flooding tide.
How to Get to the Prince of Wales Pier
Start your journey in Falmouth and follow signs for the front or the quay. You will know when you have arrived because you simply cannot miss the pier! In terms of parking, there is a pay and display service near the pier.
What Fish Can You Catch in Falmouth?
At both of the locations above, you can catch an array of fish throughout the seasons.
In the summer, you can expect to catch any of the following:
Then, in the winter, you can expect to catch any of the following species:
- Rare codling
Get the Right Bait with The Tackle Box
The local tackle shop for both The Prince of Wales Pier and Pendennis Point is The Tackle Box, and we would recommend you use any of the following bait:
- Peeler crab
Fish of The Month in Falmouth
For those not familiar with fishing, or those who would simply like some more information, some species of fish are more common to catch in certain months. We have broken this down into months in the table below:
Please Note: when catching Blue Shark you MUST tag and release
Boat Fishing Trips in Falmouth
If you would like to experience fishing but aren’t sure where to start and would prefer to go with an expert, then we would highly recommend trying one of the many fishing boat trips located in Falmouth.
These trips include going out into the sea on a boat and trying some deep-sea fishing. The experts will guide you the whole way, help you when needed and provide you with all the necessary equipment.
Top Fishing Tips for Beginners
Alternatively, if you are new to fishing or you are looking to take your family out for the day to try and catch some fish but want to go at it alone, then here are some top tips to ensure you have a fun-filled day while also remaining safe:
- Do some research beforehand.
- Learn the basics: adding bait to the hook, tying knots and casting the line.
- Learn which bait attracts which fish.
- Ensure you check the weather before you head out on your fishing trip.
- Wear appropriate clothing (if it is sunny, remember plenty of sun cream!).
- Take plenty of food and water to remain fuelled and hydrated.
We hope that you have found our guide insightful and have enticed you to try out fishing when in Falmouth! Come join us for new adventures, exciting memories and a t
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A Dog-Friendly Guide to Falmouth
July 05th, 2021
For many of us, being able to bring our four-legged friends on holiday is a must – especially when said holiday involves a trip or two to the beach! Falmouth is a beautiful coastal town with plenty to see and do, even when accompanied by your dog.
Here at The Valley, we heartily welcome dogs to our dog-friendly holiday cottages in Cornwall, but we know that not everywhere can say the same.
Whether it’s finding a spot for lunch or organising a day full of activities, locating places that accept dogs can sometimes be tricky. Our guide covers some great sites in Falmouth, so you and the whole family, including your pup, can make the most of your Cornwall holiday.
Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Falmouth
Falmouth is a stunning seaside town, which means there are plenty of local beaches for you to explore.
Unfortunately, all Falmouth beaches have a seasonal dog ban, meaning the main beaches of Gyllyngvase, Swanpool and Maenporth are off-limits during certain months of the year. However, if you’re happy to venture a little further out of town, you’ll find some fantastic spots that’ll welcome your dog.
Most dogs love to run wild at the beach and have a splash around in the water, so be sure to visit some of these beaches that allow dogs all year round.
Carne Beach is a picturesque, sandy beach – perfect for a day out with the family. The beach is south facing and sheltered by Nare Head, making it a beautifully peaceful spot to set up for the day.
At lower tides, you can find some fascinating rock pools; perusing the sea life that collects here makes a great activity for the kids. As the beach permits dogs all year round, your pooch will have endless fun on these shores too.
Carne Beach is a little off the beaten track, meaning it’s usually free of the same crowds that even more popular beaches garner.
Polgwidden beach is somewhat hidden and unknown as the entrance can only be found through Trebah Gardens. It is a lovely sandy beach with a shingle cove where dogs are welcome all year round!
Based on the Helford River, the beach boasts splendid views and is an excellent location for a stroll along the coast or even a bit of leisurely boating.
The cove also has a rich and interesting history as it was used by the military in WW2 to launch the attack on Omaha beach in Normandy!
Portholland is comprised of two beaches, both of which offer vast stretches of golden sand.
At low tide, the east and west beaches join and create a brilliant opportunity for a long walk by the sea. Both beaches are dog-friendly all year round, so your furry friend can explore with you to their heart’s content.
There are also plenty of opportunities to grab a bite from the local seaside cafe to recharge after your adventures on the beach!
More Dog-Friendly Beaches in Cornwall
If you don’t mind travelling a little further from Falmouth, other lovely beaches that allow dogs all year round include:
- Hemmick Beach
- Porthluney Beach
- Vault Beach
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Falmouth
It can certainly be challenging to find the perfect place to eat, especially with your dog in tow! Thankfully, numerous places in Falmouth welcome our four-legged friends, so you won’t be short of places to visit!
As you might have guessed from its name, this place is all about pizza!
Stable Pizza offers fresh sourdough bases with homemade tomato sauce and an array of delicious toppings; absolute heaven after a long day at the beach. The restaurant also has a variety of fifty different ciders; you’ll undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.
This location is based on two floors – dogs are welcome on the ground floor.
This restaurant is located on the harbour front and boasts some fantastic views. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while you watch the scenic world go by.
There is seating both indoors and on the deck – if you’re lucky enough to have a bit of sunshine, why not enjoy some alfresco dining right by the water?
Even if the day is slightly chillier or you want to enjoy outdoor dining at night when the cooler temperatures settle in, Harbour View offers complimentary blankets to keep you warm while you enjoy the views.
Situated right by the water, The Boathouse is in the prime spot to enjoy some more incredible views of Falmouth Harbour.
The pub has been around for over 300 years, and it is a local staple. The menu is chock full of delicious meals, including burgers, fresh fish dishes and their famous Sunday roasts.
You’ll find both indoor and outdoor seating areas that allow your dog to join you.
Five Degrees West
Another Falmouth favourite, this bar, grill and beer garden is the perfect place for a spot of lunch and a pint. The pub is dog-friendly with a spacious layout and both outdoor and indoor seating.
For a livelier evening, they also put on live music events to accompany the delicious food and drinks.
Dog-Friendly Attractions Near Falmouth
Falmouth is home to a variety of places to visit. Unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, don’t worry just yet – there are still plenty of great spots that will welcome your pup on a day out!
Roughly a 15-minute drive from Falmouth, Trebah Gardens is a sub-tropical paradise and is considered one of Cornwall’s gems.
The gardens feature an array of stunning flowers, giant gunnera, numerous streams and tranquil ponds. It is a splendid location for lovers of the outdoors and those who like to embrace a walk surrounded by natural beauty. Dogs are welcome to join you so long as they are on a lead.
Once you have taken a stroll through the glorious grounds, stop off at the café and grab a bite to eat. The gift shop will also offer locally-produced food, crafts and everything garden related!
Pendennis Castle is a great day out for all the family and is definitely one to visit for lovers of history and stunning views.
The castle is one of Henry VIII’s most beautiful coastal fortresses, and its picturesque location is hard not to admire! Once you have taken a stroll around the incredible castle and have learned all about its fascinating history, take a trip to the tea room to enjoy a classic Cornish cream tea.
Dogs are welcome at Pendennis Castle all year round, as long as they are kept on a lead.
If you’re interested in a dog-friendly holiday to Cornwall, check out our dog-friendly cottages in our luxury holiday park in Cornwall and start planning your perfect stay today!
If a trip to Falmouth hasn’t made your holiday itinerary, take a look at our guide below to discover other great locations that are just as welcoming of your dog.
There are many places to visit in Falmouth, but unfortunately, not all of them allow dogs. However, not to worry, because we have found some great spots that welcome the pups to join the day out!
8 Facts About Falmouth
January 08th, 2021
Falmouth is a beautiful town on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall. As a port town, Falmouth has a rich maritime history and a strong connection to the sea. Here we take a look at some of the most fascinating facts about this area of Cornwall.
Henry VIII Built Pendennis Castle
Perched upon the hillside, overlooking the bay stands Pendennis Castle- a strong and dramatic castle that adds an element of charm to the scenery around Gylly Beach.
However, its purpose couldn’t be further from adding scenic wonder. It was actually erected in 1540 on the instruction of Henry VIII to defend the Carrick Roads.
Together with the castle situated in St Mawes to the east, the Falmouth estuary was well defended from potential attacks.
Sir John Killigrew Created Falmouth Town
It wasn’t much time after the completion of the castle that the town of Falmouth was created in 1613 by Sir John Killigrew.
In 1665, the town was bestowed with a new church entitled the “King Charles the Martyr” and soon after, a few hundred homes were built around the area for church-goers.
Great Tourism Rates Since 1863
With the development of Falmouth Docks in 1858 and the introduction of railway services to the area in 1863, the town was thriving with business and tourism.
Falmouth currently has three railway stations to service the town – Falmouth Docks Railway Station, Falmouth Town Railway Station and Penmere Railway Station. Falmouth is noted as one of the key resorts in the UK’s number one tourist destination, with Cornwall attracting an average of 4 million visitors a year!
Falmouth is an Award-Winning Town
In 2016, the town was credited with the highly prestigious accolade of GB High St Best Coastal Community.
Falmouth is a Hub of Creativity
Falmouth is home to one of the leading art universities in the UK, but in addition to the creativity the students bring to the town, there are many creative industries located in Falmouth. With a host of shows and exhibitions, Falmouth arguably holds the title for the most creative town in the UK!
Falmouth Has the Third Deepest Natural Harbour in the World
Falmouth’s harbour is the third deepest natural harbour in the world. It measures up to 34 metres in depth. It is only beaten by Sydney Harbour and The Port of Mahon.
Many notable events have taken place on Falmouth’s waters – and has been the starting or finishing point of many sailing achievements, including Robin Knox-Johnston’s in 1969, who was the first person to sail around the world non-stop and single-handedly.
In addition to that is Ellen Macarthur, who also completed this challenge in 2007, and is the fastest person on record to do so.
There are 111 steps up to Jacob’s Ladder
Something that catches the attention of tourists is the steps from The Moor in the heart of the town up to the Jacob’s Ladder pub. There are 111 steps in total and they were built by property owner and builder, Jacob Hablen, to link his business to the tourists and locals who gather in the town.
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Things to Do In Falmouth In Winter
December 11th, 2020
Falmouth is a gorgeous area to visit in the streaming sunshine of summer, but it is also an incredible place to be during the winter season too. The colder season offers you an escape from the summertime crowds, so you can explore the area and truly enjoy all it has to offer. A cottage in our 5 star luxury holiday park in Cornwall is the perfect base for you to get cosy and warm after a fun day exploring Falmouth in winter.
Winter Walks Along the Beach
There’s nothing more refreshing than a walk in winter along an expanse of sand beside the shore. The winter sun is a seasonal pleasure which compliments the cold that keeps you awake, and feeling fresh.
Falmouth has two main beaches that are sought after in the summertime and calmer during the winter months. Both beaches are within walking distance of the town centre.
Gyllyngvase Beach is the closest of the two, as well as the most popular. The beach backs onto Queen Mary Gardens. You can follow the path that will lead you along the coast to Swanpool, Falmouth’s other popular beach.
Swanpool is a lovely little cove that sits on the edge of Falmouth. It’s named after a nearby lake and nature reserve. The cove welcomes dogs from September to May. There are also various activities you can enjoy, such as the nearby crazy golf course, hire kayaks for a paddle, or you can simply just relax.
Image Credit: Tim Green / CC BY 2.0
Explore Falmouth’s Coast Path
The south-west coast path is the longest waymarked long-distance footpath and is also part of the National Trust.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take some time to wander your way over to Helford, but make sure you are packed and prepared for the 10-mile walk to Helford River.
Climb Jacob’s Ladder
If you find yourself feeling chilly, a great way to warm up is to climb Jacob’s Ladder. The 111 granite steps will take you from an extensive view of the harbour and estuary to Falmouth’s main square, referred to as ‘The Moor’.
The ‘ladder’ has quite an entertaining back story, although a very short one too. A local businessman wanted a shortcut from his home to his business, leading to the existence of Jacob’s Ladder.
Wander through Falmouth’s Gardens
Falmouth has some world-class gardens to get lost in. With such a wide array, you’ll find yourself in a horticulturist’s paradise.
To name one of the most popular places to visit, Trebah Garden is a magnificent 26-acre Cornish ravine that features exotic plants, trees and shrubs.
Another highly popular option is Glendurgan Garden. The organic beauty of this utopia runs its way down to Helford River at the fishing village of Durgan. Every season the garden thrives as it blossoms new blooms and displays rare and exotic shrubs.
Although not all of these activities are accessible due to the current climate of COVID-19, we hope that you will bear these thoughts in mind when planning your next winter adventure to Falmouth, Cornwall.
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Legendary Places to Visit in Cornwall
October 05th, 2020
Packed full of mystical stories and mythical figures, Cornwall embodies many beautiful and legendary locations. It’s not hard to imagine why these fantastic fairy tales and legends emerged, with such atmospheric scenery throughout the county!
We provide the ultimate locations for family-friendly holidays in Cornwall offer a sense of mystery and wonder to your Cornish holiday!
If you are seeking mystery and magic, Tintagel should be at the top of your list. If you are familiar with the Legend of King Arthur, you will no doubt know about the beautiful coastal village of Tintagel.
Though small in size, Tintagel flourishes with legendary sites, its most famous being the striking Tintagel Castle that stands on a nearby island, overlooking the turquoise sea beneath.
Partly ruined, the castle beautifully blends into the rugged cliff edge and is believed to be the birthplace of King Arthur himself.
Don’t forget to look at the magnificent King Arthur sculpture, which poses gallantly on the headland in front of the Atlantic Ocean.
Once you’ve been captivated by the castle, head to the beach underneath and venture into Merlin’s Cave at low tide.
*Advanced booking is essential to visit the castle. Due to its location, Tintagel Castle can sometimes temporarily close depending on weather conditions.
St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount makes for a wonderful day out as a family. The atmospheric site is situated on an island just off Marazion. The journey to the island is a highlight in itself, as you carefully walk over the stone causeway from the mainland at low tide, or take a boat during high tide.
The mount is the scenic setting from the fairy-tale story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
The story goes that Jack, a village boy from Marazion, tricked the giant into falling into a pit he created halfway up the mound which the giant initially used to steal farmer’s flocks for food.
Once the giant fell into the hole, Jack filled it to trap him. There is a heart-shaped stone placed there that is rumoured to beat!
*During times of social distancing, it is essential that all bookings to St Michael’s Mount castle are made in advance. Tickets to the garden and the castle are to be purchased separately.
Bodmin Moor is the setting for many mysterious stories and legendary tales.
Dating to the latter part of the 20th century, it is the suspected home of the Bodmin Moor Beast.
The ‘beast’ was reportedly a significantly large cat which surfaced in papers at numerous points. Bodmin Moor boasts a stunning and vast landscape featuring lakes, tors and forests which are sure to get your own creativity flowing!
The Hurler Stones
Also home to the area is The Hurler Stones. The three-stone circles are predicted to come from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age and perfectly accentuate the wild and spellbinding backdrop of the moor.
They are thought to be produced for ceremonial reasons as well as observing stellar and solar alignments. However, their existence also derives from a legend which accompanies them. Each stone is thought to be the bodies of petrified Cornish men who were caught hurling on the Sabbath!
In 1876, fishermen in Falmouth Bay supposedly caught an unusual sea creature not known to man in their nets. The mysterious creature was named Morgawr, which translates to ‘The Sea Giant’.
Pendennis Castle is recommended to be the perfect viewing spot to gaze at the bay and watch out for the monster!
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8 Ways to Enjoy Culture and Arts in Cornwall
September 24th, 2020
Cornwall never ceases to disappoint. Not only does it provide some of the most incredible natural locations in the UK, including some of the most spectacular beaches in the country, it also flourishes with incredible arts venues, theatres, galleries and gardens!
We explore some of the county’s top locations for arts and culture, which are sure to spark inspiration for creative minds! If you’re eager to experience all that Cornwall has to offer, ensure you have the perfect base for your adventures and discover our luxury cottages in Cornwall!
COVID-19 and Social Distancing
During times of social distancing, each location featured in our blog should be checked for their current policies regarding the coronavirus and visiting arrangements.
Explore the Minack Theatre
In times of social distancing, an outdoor theatre is a big bonus!
The Minack Theatre is a spectacular open-air theatre nestled in the granite cliffs of Porthcurno. The theatre was created around 80 years ago, taking the shape of an ancient Greek style amphitheatre complete with a breath-taking backdrop overlooking the stunning Cornish coast.
Exploring the fascinating site is an unforgettable visit and feels magical without watching a performance! There is also a beautiful garden included in the entrance fee.
All visits to the Minnack Theatre, whether to explore the grounds or to see a show, must be booked in advance. The theatre is open to day visitors from the beginning of April to the end of October, excluding any matinee performances.
Watch a Show at Sterts Theatre
Based in Liskeard, Sterts Theatre is another outdoor venue set in the atmospheric grassland of Bodmin Moor.
Rain isn’t an issue, as the charming 400 seat amphitheatre is covered by a canopy, keeping the audience shower free during performances in wetter weather.
Check out the Stert Theatre website for the latest information about their shows.
See a Band at Carnglaze Caverns
Not far from Sterts Theatre, near the village of St Neot, are the incredible Carnglaze Caverns.
The site was a former slate mine and is now one of the county’s most favoured tourist spots.
The underground cavern is not only great for those who love to explore, but it also hosts live music events and concerts in its truly unique location. The Rum Store is one of the three Caverns at the site and was attributed as one of the safest storage locations of the Second World War.
It has since been transformed into a 400 capacity music venue providing remarkable evenings full of great music.
Check out their website for their future music events and policy on coronavirus.
Immerse Yourself in the Many Art Galleries of St Ives
St Ives is synonymous with arts, and it has a diverse range of galleries to prove it.
Of course, the biggest and most famous one is The Tate which regularly presents changing exhibitions of artists. However, this quirky seaside town has plenty of other, lesser-known galleries to feast your eyes on.
Simply strolling around the town and exploring the area is one of the most charming ways to find them.
Some that we would recommend include:
• The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
• Leach Pottery
• Back Road Artworks
Explore the Sculptures at the Eden Project
For the perfect combination of nature and art, the Eden Project is the perfect outing.
Featuring a broad spectrum of artists and installations, you will find unique art across the site, immersing yourself in magnificent sculptures and exhibitions while absorbing the beauty of its many gardens.
Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature
The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature is a celebration of literature throughout the captivating riverside town of Fowey, the home of Daphne du Maurier and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. The festival celebrates and features the talent and work of artists, musicians, authors and speakers.
The du Maurier Festival Society provides the event, and the next festival is currently scheduled for 7th to 15th May 2021.
Falmouth Art Gallery
Falmouth Art Gallery has a range of changing exhibitions throughout the year, as well as permit art displays. Work from Cornish artists varies in style, from surrealist to abstract, as well as featuring female artists from the county. The gallery also holds a 280 piece collection by the legendary local artist, Henry Scott Tuke RA RWS.
Store tours and group visits are currently on hold during the coronavirus situation as well as any workshops usually held at the gallery.
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
Newlyn Art Gallery specialises in contemporary art, offering visitors a selection of work from local, national and international artists. The gallery has existed for over 120 years and also has another art space called The Exchange, which was Penzance’s old telephone exchange. The industrial style site has a wonderful glass façade throughout the building.
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The Best Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in Cornwall
December 16th, 2019
With preparations for Christmas festivities well under way, households all over the country are looking forward to relaxing holidays where they can indulge in great food, drinks and spend some quality time together. Some families might even be looking forward to packing up, and heading south, for a fantastic, festive celebration, Cornish style! Although time is ticking on, slightly faster than the less organised amongst us might like, there is still time to book one of our holiday cottages in Cornwall for New Year!
How to Spend a Day in Falmouth
July 29th, 2019
Falmouth is a beautiful Cornish seaside town, and because of its glorious scenery it’s a popular tourist spot. With so many people visiting Falmouth, it accommodates by having an abundance of attractions! From museums and castles to beaches and boat trips, there is plenty to see and do in this stunning part of the country! We take a look at how best to spend a day in Falmouth so you can take full advantage of your time in Cornwall.
Explore Pendennis Castle
Start your day by learning about some of Falmouth’s heritage at Pendennis Castle. With spectacular views of the sea, this castle was formerly one of Henry the Eighth’s most beautiful coastal fortresses! Additionally, the incredible castle has defended Cornwall since the Tudor times and played a vital role in both of the World War’s, so it is bursting with a fascinating history!
Today, you can visit Pendennis Castle and experience what it was like during battle! You can meet characters dressed up in costume from the past, and in the summer months, you can watch a daily firing of a historic gun! There is also a mesmerising exhibit that showcases what the castle was like during World War One; discover heart-wrenching letters, photographs and artefacts from the tragic time. Furthermore, on selected dates, the castle hosts Legendary Joust events; take a trip to the past and be a spectator of a thrilling battle!
After you have immersed yourself in the history of the remarkable castle, take a trip to the café and have a traditional Cornish bite to eat. If you prefer some alfresco dining, bring along your own picnic and set up on the lawn area; take in the exquisite views as you tuck into some delicious goodies!
Take a Boat Trip with AK Wildlife Cruises
What better way to spend your time in the seaside town of Falmouth than on a boat discovering some of the fascinating creatures living in the waters! On your journey, you will have the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, basking sharks, seals and many other species! AK Wildlife Cruises have introduced a new boat tour called “Family Bay Exploration” which is a three-hour experience to explore the spectacular coastline. There are also four-hour and seven-hour cruises if you would prefer to spend some more time out at sea.
To prepare for your wildlife discovery, take some binoculars to see as much as you can and also bring along some snack for if you get peckish! The boat is called “Free Spirit” and has both indoor and outdoor seating to accommodate all guests, and there is also a toilet on board. The boat captain and wildlife specialist, Keith, is incredibly passionate about what he does which resonates through the tours – he will help you spot all of the remarkable creatures! He will teach you all about them; any questions you may have, ask him, and he will be happy to answer!
Unwind at The Beach
In the late afternoon, take a trip to the beach to enjoy the spectacular scenery and relax on the golden sand. Considered the best in the area, Gyllyngvase Beach is the perfect spot to spend your evening! With toilet and shower facilities as well as hot and cold food on offer, this beach is brilliant for a family trip. If you are fancying a dip in the sea, the beach is manned by a lifeguard and the ocean is safe to swim in!
Once you have had a splash around in the beautiful blue waters, built some impressive sandcastles and soaked up some afternoon sunshine, you would’ve worked up an appetite. Why not taste the delights of local food and have some fish and chips by the beach? The Firepit Gylly Grill has an extensive menu from burgers and steak to pasta and obviously the glorious fish and chips!
If you would like to visit the lovely coastal town, consider a luxury Falmouth holiday and treat yourself and your family to a getaway at The Valley! With a unique collection of beautiful self-catering holiday cottages situated in a picturesque landscape, it is the perfect spot for your trip to the seaside! Want to learn more about Cornwall and what there is to do? Take a look at our previous blog that lists some great places for a family day out in Cornwall!
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and Classics Regatta
June 05th, 2019
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be back again this year for more boat related singing and festivities. Occurring each year at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, there will be plenty of ship and sea related activities to get involved with. Here is all you need to know!
The Falmouth Classics Regatta
Between the 14th and 16th June, classic boats will sail to the area for a fun three-day event. Competitors from around the country will arrive across the waves for the biggest classic boating event in the UK, with races and parades. Last year, 192 boats arrived for the event, with over 60,000 people visiting to see it all take place! The classic boats are a sight to behold, with some even dating back as far as 1882!
One of the main highlights of the event is the Parade of Sail and Power, which sees the delightful restored ships and classic boats, accompanied by some larger vessels, sail in a parade out of Falmouth Harbour. For unparalleled views of the parade head to Pendennis Point!
If you would like to get involved in the regatta but aren’t fortunate enough to own a classic boat, bring along a dinghy, or borrow a rowing boat to enter the Saturday afternoon fun rowing and sculling competition!
Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
Making the perfect partner for the regatta is the Sea Shanty Festival, celebrating the history of Tall Ships and promoting the maritime heritage of Falmouth and the surrounding area. In addition, the festival aims to raise money for the RNLI, who play a major role in a coastal county like Cornwall.
The Cornish heritage of storytelling and song comes to life in these sea shanties, with live performances from over 50 groups from Cornwall, France and the UK!
The festival is billed as the biggest free festival of maritime music in the world, and lasts the three days of the Falmouth Classics Regatta, on the 14th to 16th June. Join in the fun and learn about the seafaring history of this impressive harbour town through song.
If you’d like to see all of the boats in action, why not enjoy a luxury family holiday in Falmouth for some seaside fun!?
Image Credit: Tim Green
Five Historical Moments that Made Falmouth
September 28th, 2018
Falmouth may seem on the outside like a simple port town in the Cornish countryside, but at one point this port was one of the most important in the whole of the British Empire. Before setting sail on one of our luxury Falmouth holidays, learn about the town through five vital moments in history that shaped it into the beautiful town we know and love today.
1. Henry VIII and The Civil War.
What may surprise you is that Falmouth is a comparatively young port town. During the 16th century, the area now known as Falmouth was merely a port, connecting to the main towns of the area, like Penryn further north. However, the port was crucial for trade to the west of Britain, and in 1540 Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to help defend it. That, combined with St Mawes Castle on the other side of the Carrick Roads Estuary, meant that the port became a reliable stronghold.
It’s not surprising, then, that at the end of the Civil War during the 1600s, Pendennis Castle was one of the very last Royalist strongholds before they surrendered to the Parliamentary Army.
2. Sir John Killigrew’s enterprise
While the importance of this westerly port continued to grow during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, at the time only one family lived in the area – the Killigrew family at the prestigious Arwenack House. At the time, Sir John Killigrew was the most powerful man in Cornwall, and it was his connections that allowed him to start building more homes in the area, despite opposition from established towns such as Helston and Truro.
It was around 1613 when houses began to be built, and more people started living in the area around the port. Initially, the area was divided into two hamlets – Smithicke and Pennycomequick.
3. King Charles’ Charter
Despite Killigrew’s success in the area, building a market and custom house during the 1650s, Falmouth didn’t come into official existence until 1661, when King Charles II gave Sir John Killigrew a charter, allowing the selection of a mayor and giving the townspeople certain rights. Charles II declared that the two hamlets would combine to create Falmouth, giving birth to the town we know today.
In return, King Charles II asked that a church be built in the town dedicated to his father, King Charles the Martyr. Very quickly the small, makeshift hamlets became a recognised parish town, with hundreds of homes built around the new church during the 1660s.
4. Royal Mail and the Docks
Following on from the minor boom of the church, in 1688 Falmouth was made into the Royal Mail Packing Station. This was a vitally important role in the expanding British Empire, and Falmouth harbour was filled with packing ships that transported important news and private goods to London and the far reaches of the globe. The town boomed – Falmouth quickly became one of Britain’s most important and busiest ports, with the packing business passing through its harbour for the next 150 years.
In the late 1850s, the development of Falmouth Docks began. As the Steam Age meant the packing business left Falmouth and returned to London, the town transformed into a thriving trading centre for people across the world.
5. The Railway, Maritime Museum and Falmouth University.
Just a few years after the docks were built, the national railway reached Falmouth. This was a significant event, as the town suddenly found a new and vital revenue stream that would last for centuries – tourism. As time continued to pass, and technology meant that it was easier for people to trade elsewhere, Falmouth began its natural transformation from a hub of trade into a place for people to visit, thanks to the history that had come before it.
Nowadays Falmouth’s main industry is tourism. The Maritime Museum was opened in 2003 by HRH Prince Andrew, and the town continues to attract guests from across the world thanks to its achievements – Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail around the globe single-handed in the 1960s, begun and completed his journey from Falmouth’s port. Falmouth University received its full university status in 2012, becoming the first university in Cornwall and marking the next step into the future for this vital town.
Falmouth is a fantastically progressive town steeped in history. You can find out more by reading about a history of Falmouth, and hopefully, filled with all this knowledge, you’ll be able to see the town in a brand-new light when you next visit!