What’s On This Winter in Cornwall

December 11th, 2019

Winter in Cornwall offers you the chance to explore the natural wonders of this beautiful area of the country at a quieter time of the year. As well as the gorgeous beaches and countryside surrounding each of the towns in the county, there are still a number of exciting activities and events taking place over the winter months! We’ve put together a guide to some of the highlights!



What’s on November

October 11th, 2019

The leaves are crisp and golden, the hats and scarves are emerging from the draws, and we’re all getting excited for the run-up to Christmas! November is a busy month for those visiting Cornwall, with plenty of festive activities starting to take place across the county. If you’re thinking of enjoying a luxury family holiday in Cornwall this autumn, then check out some of the things you could be up to throughout November!


Ice skating at Eden Project

Ice Skating at the Eden Project

Nothing welcomes in winter quite like a good skate around the ice! From October until February, the Eden Project sets up their wonderful ice rink, with a variety of skating sessions and lessons on offer. If you are visiting the Eden Project, then a spin around the ice is a must, with general skating sessions costing £7 per adult and £6 per child, with a family of four ticket costing £24. For toddlers experiencing their first go on ice, parent and toddler ice play sessions are available at certain times for £5. Get your skates on and get into the festive spirit!



Bonfire Night Fireworks

The start of November sees Bonfire Night celebrations taking place across the county for Guy Fawkes Night. There are plenty of firework displays in Cornwall this year, including ones at Tremorvah Playing Fields, Priory Park Football Field and Heartlands, all on the 5th of November. Alongside dazzling fireworks displays, each event will feature a bonfire, music and refreshments.


Truro City of Lights

Truro City of Lights

One of the biggest events in Cornwall’s calendar takes place each year in November. Truro City of Lights is the impressive Christmas light turn-on event for Truro, Cornwall’s only city. This year, the City of Lights will be illuminated on Wednesday November 20th  2019. The event sees the streets aglow with the light from hundreds of lanterns, carried in a parade by local artists and schoolchildren. Accompanying the parade are a diverse selection of local musical groups and dancers, making for an entertaining and exciting evening. All the information you need for this event can be found on our blog for the Truro City of Lights 2019.


Christmas Markets

As we enter November, things will be getting more festive, with plenty of Christmassy events on the calendar. November marks the start of many Christmas markets, each offering a wonderful assortment of local crafts, gifts and tasty treats. There are plenty of Christmas markets near Truro, close to our Cornish holiday cottages, with the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair, Etsy Made Local Fair and Flambards Christmas Fair all starting in November.


St Austell Brewery Celtic Beer Festival

30th November 2019

The 21st Celtic Beer Festival is held at the St Austell Brewery on the 30th November this year. Taking place in the brewery’s ancient cellars, you’ll be able to sample around 200 different ales, stouts and lagers, accompanied by the sound of live bands playing throughout the festival! St Austell Brewery will have its own award-winning beers on offer, such as Korev, Tribute and Proper Job, as well as a range of limited-edition beers brewed specially for the festival.


Gatsby’s Gamble

7th November 2019

The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth will be taking you back to the 1920s with their glamorous Gatsby evening. Enjoy a luxurious fine dining experience hosted by Mr Gatsby, before solving the murder mystery whodunnit case! Starting with a glass of bubbly, you’ll be treated to a three-course meal inspired by the 1920s Jazz Age. The dress code is smart casual, with a focus on 1920s glamour.


As well as these events, Cornwall has plenty of other activities and attractions for the whole family. Whether you’re visiting for the day or for a longer getaway, Cornwall offers something for everyone.

What’s On this October

September 18th, 2018

Summer may be drawing to a close but there are still plenty of reasons for a trip down to Cornwall. Here’s our pick of some great reasons for visiting the county throughout October.


Fun Palaces at Krowji

Sat 6th October

As part of the Fun Palaces cultural campaign to bring people together with arts, science, crafts and technology, Krowji will be opening their doors for a number of free activities, workshops and demonstrations.

They’ll be 10 artists from jewellers to ceramicists and printers, with a range of hands-on activities suitable for all ages.


Eden Project Beer Festival

Sat 6th October

There’s more to the Eden Project than just the incredible biomes, on Saturday 6th October they will be hosting their annual Beer Festival. With over 35 Cornish ales and ciders, as well as a range of Cornish craft gins you’ll be sure to find something that suits.


Falmouth Oyster Festival

Thur 11th – Sun 14th October

Marking the start of the oyster dredging season, this annual festival is a celebration of all Cornish seafood with live music, cooking demos and food and craft stalls. Now in its 22nd year they’ll be daily demonstrations from top local and tv chefs to inspire you to make the most of Cornwall’s incredible resources.


Dinosaur Detectives – Royal Cornwall Museum

Sun 28th October – 5pm

A fascinating show revealing the story of the first fossil finds from the Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre. After the show there is the chance to handle real fossils that were mentioned in the play and meet the puppeteers. Critics have called it a “magical experience” so try not to miss out.


 Halloween Highlights

Halloweden – Eden Project

With magical beasts roaming the gardens, challenges for kids to take part in, and ice skating it really is a magical time to visit the Eden Project.


Autumn Mask – Wheal Martyn

Explore the nature reserve on a scavenger hunt for items to decorate your mask. Suitable for all ages and free too!


Spooky Halloween Tours – Pendennis Castle

On 25th and 26th there will be a spooky Halloween trails with creepy hidden around the castle which could win you a treat. Plus, lots of Halloween crafts!


Halloween at The Valley

During the October Half-Term (19th – 29th October) we will be running a range of activities right here at The Valley. They’ll be archery, bushcraft, animal shows, treasure trails, ghost stories around the fire, and of course pumpkin carving and trick or treating!


With so much going on be sure to book your break your stay with us soon. Looking forward to seeing you all!

What’s On This August in Cornwall

July 20th, 2018

With the summer holiday just around the corner, we wanted to share some of the highlights happening around Cornwall this August.


If you are still yet to book your family getaway for August why not take advantage of our last minute discount. Use the code 5GOLD18 when booking and claim 15% off, but be quick this offer will end on 3rd August. So act quickly and book now!


St Endellion Summer Music Festival

31 Jul 2018 to 10 Aug 2018

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the beautiful church of St Endelienta will transform into a venue for the annual summer music festival. The internationally renowned festival now draws in prestigious performers from around the UK for over a dozen concert performances.


From Brahms to Broadway, there is something to suit all musical tastes. The guest soloists and musicians are accompanied by a 75 person choir and symphony orchestra, giving your ears a musical experience like no other!


Cornwall Motor Fest 2018

3rd and 4th August

The biggest motoring event in Cornwall, the Cornwall Motor Fest, is set to hit the Stithians Showground this August. Perfect for both families and car lovers, the show will display both new and second-hand cars for sale, as well as classic cars and remote controlled cars! At the showground, you can be entertained by the impressive stunt shows and three stages of live music. With a fun fair and rides for the kids, head over to the celebrity talks about all things car, from Tiff Needell, David Richard and Vicki Butler-Henderson. On the 4th August, the Motor Fest will also be holding a Soap Box Race.



Falmouth Week

10th to 19th August

With more than 450 yachts taking part in the eight-day festival, Falmouth Week is now the biggest and best sailing regatta in the whole of the south-west. As one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, with gorgeous views around the Roseland Peninsula, Falmouth is the ideal setting for the boating spectacle. Over the week, there will be keelboats, dinghies and traditional crafts racing out of Falmouth Bay, as well as the big Champagne Day race for bigger yachts on the Wednesday. Back on land, festivities will be in full swing, with a marching carnival, firework display, themed party nights and samba bands keeping everyone entertained. During the daytime, there will be a number of activities taking place in Events Square, with a Cornish craft market and ‘Science in the Square’ family fun, as well as an assortment of musical performances.


If you want to have a more hands-on experience with the water-based festivities, then put your athletic skills to the test in the Trident Swim Challenge, or watch the evening boat races from the water in a raft of your own. There are also free rock pooling sessions for kids, in addition to a number of special events hosted by the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle and Gyllyngdune Gardens.


Cornish Steam And Country Fair

17th to 19th August

Around 100 full-sized and miniature steam engines are brought together at this long-running rally. From stunning showmen’s engines to agricultural traction engines, there is something for all lovers of locomotives, and for all the family too! There is so much to explore at the fair, with vintage cars, tractors, steam cars, military vehicles and heavy horses. The event provides an incredible taste of Cornish and rural heritage, with plenty of musical entertainment from local choirs, brass bands and Morris Men. A traditional-style fun fair will keep the kids entertained. In the main ring, more family-fun can be had with displays of dog agility, horse demonstrations and hawking shows.



Fowey Regatta And Carnival Week

19th to 25th August

Following on from Falmouth week the fun moves along the coast to Fowey (pronounced Foy). The river and bay will fill with boats of all shapes and sizes as they race to victory in the regatta. The Wednesday evening sees a Carnival hit the town, with an impressive parade of floats, fancy dress and marching bands, lit up by a fantastic firework display over the river. Don’t miss out on one of the most bizarre traditions, which sees Fowey’s famous eight-foot long giant pasty paraded ceremoniously via boat, accompanied by the Fowey Town Band. The tasty treat is then divided between all of the children present at the Carnival.


St Ewe Country Fair

19th August

For a true taste of the country why not visit St Ewe for this traditional rural event. One of the most popular annual local events, run by the parish, attracts visitors from all around Cornwall. With an assortment of sideshows, including a coconut shy, ferret racing and traditional fairground rides, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. The fair is also host to a number of food and craft tents, with stalls selling an assortment of local produce. A competition gets underway in the horticultural tent, with a wide variety of brilliant blooms.


If you’d love to come and experience these events and all that Cornwall has to offer, stay with us at The Valley for family-friendly holidays in Cornwall. Remember to use the code 5GOLD18 when booking and claim 15% off, but be quick this offer will end on 3rd August. So act quickly and book now!


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What’s On: Charlestown Regatta Week

July 16th, 2018

With an impressive Georgian harbour, filled with an incredible fleet of sailing ships, Charlestown is a quaint village with strong links to the sea. The Charlestown Regatta Week is an annual tradition bringing the community and visitors together to celebrate this beautiful seaside spot, with an assortment of music, races, sports, competitions and other fun activities. We take a look at what is happening on each day of the regatta week.


Saturday 21st  July

The regatta is kick-started with the popular triathlon event, racing as either an individual or in a team of three! The first day will also present the little ones with the chance to go off on an adventurous treasure hunt, with an array of craft activities also set up, including pebble painting, face painting and other craft stalls. Saturday also sees the exciting raft races, where competitors take to the seas in a homemade raft, hoping to win a prize for their raft construction and fastest time! At the end of the day, relax with some barbeque food and listen to the live music entertainment.


Sunday 22nd July

The main event on Sunday is the Charlestown Regatta Challenge Gig Race. Hosted by the Charlestown Rowing Club, the rowing race sees four novice rowers paired with a couple of experienced rowers to race to the finish. Sunday also has a strong foodie theme, with a barbeque and cream teas served (the Cornish way) for lunch on The Quay, as well as a pasty making workshop!


Monday 23rd  July

Dubbed ‘Musical Monday’, this day of the regatta week focusses on musical performances, with a free event at The Quay. Here The Roustabouts Collective will be performing, from 7pm. Food stalls will also be offering up tasty treats throughout the evening.


Tuesday 24th  July

An evening of family fun is to be had, with children’s sports and activities hosted in the Charlestown Regatta Playing Field from 6.30pm. There will be races and games set up for all ages, as well as a variety of stalls to browse. After you’ve tired yourself out with these family activities, grab something yummy from the refreshment stalls and head to The Rashleigh Arms for some sea shanty entertainment!


Wednesday 25th  July

On Wednesday night, Cornish comedian Johnny Cowling will be giving a special performance in the Regatta field, entertaining audiences with his Cornwall-themed comedy routines. The event is free to attend, and a licensed bar will be selling drinks from 6.30pm.


Thursday 26th July

The Grand Carnival takes place on Thursday 26th, with the procession commencing in the Regatta Field at 7pm. Leading the parade will be the St Austell town band and the Kernow Pipes and Drums group, making for a lively and exciting start to the evening. Prizes will be awarded to members of the procession with the best costumes and floats. After the parade, there will be a Proms in the Park event, performed by the St Austell Town Band, followed by a firework display.


Friday 27th July

For the last day of the Regatta Week, the grand finale comes in the form of the open air live music evening, known as ‘Regatta Rocks’. With gates opening at 6.30pm, a number of local bands and acts will be taking to the stage. Keep your energy up for dancing with a bite to eat from the hot food stalls or a glass of Pimm’s from the bar! Tickets cost £10 for over 16’s, £5 for ages 5-15, and are free for under-5’s.


Charlestown may also be familiar to visitors, having been the filming location for over 25 films and TV shows, including as one of the main sets for the hit BBC show Poldark! If you would like to see all the Charlestown, and the surrounding areas has to offer, then come and visit for great family-friendly holidays in Cornwall!


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Stithians Agricultural Show

July 06th, 2018

The biggest day-long agricultural show in Cornwall, Stithians Show is back again for more family fun on the 16th July. Running every year since the early 1800s, this display of agricultural greatness celebrates all the local area has to offer, from animals to crafts!


The Showground at Stithians is near Truro and is accompanied by a fairground and numerous marquees for the big day. The main event is, of course, the animal show, where the finest livestock compete for best in show. While horses take the forefront, with around sixty classes, there are also awards on offer for many animals, from goats to guinea pigs! Dog shows and displays of dog agility will also be running throughout the day. Kids will be kept entertained by the small animal section, with plenty of cute rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens to watch and enjoy.


sweet peas

Another major aspect of the show is the horticulture section, which has over 250 classes to compete in, with prizes up for grabs for best veggies or the most beautiful blooms. One of the best exhibits is the Sweet Pea Competition, which also acts as the South West Championship. Also popular are the Floral Art competitions, with some phenomenal displays on show each year.


Stithians Show really encourages children to take part as well, with the Sunflower Trail providing plenty of opportunities to get involved. Going on an adventure around the showground, kids can look out for wooden sunflowers where they will find a stamp to collect, as well as a whole range of exciting activities. Here, children can get hands-on with many aspects of agricultural life, such as milling flour, learning knots, weaving wool and getting up close with some rare breeds!


Food also plays a big part in the Stithians show, with many wagons, stalls and marquees serving up the best Cornwall has to offer! A vast array of food wagons are dotted around the showground for quick bites, such as hot dogs, doughnuts and burgers. There are also a number of wagons and stalls set up to cater to a wide variety of dietary requirements, such as the vegan food wagon. This year, a new Farmers’ Kitchen marquee is being opened to serve full English breakfasts in the morning, a buffet for lunch, and afternoon teas after 3pm! However, the star of the food show is definitely the Taste of Cornwall Marquee, where local businesses showcase their foodie treats, with cheese, jam and cider all produced in Cornwall on offer.




Another popular exhibit is the Countryside Area, where craftspeople demonstrate their skills. Come and watch the blacksmiths working, or see demonstrations from thatchers, stonemasons and beekeepers, among many others. If that’s not enough, the exhibition ring will also see displays of hawking, fly fishing and a sheep parade!


It’s not just about the agriculture though, as there will be musical performances taking place throughout the day. The Show is kick-started by an impressive display from the St Stythians Band, who will march in procession for the opening ceremony, and will provide further performances during the day. The main stage will have bands, choirs and solo acts from Cornwall keeping the crowds entertained all day long, with a separate pop-up festival providing a more relaxed venue to sit and listen to music with a bite to eat. In the evening, the St Stythians Band and the Holman-Climax Male Voice Choir will take to the stage.


The Valley is only a 12-minute drive away from the Stithians Showground, so if you are thinking of paying a visit, come and stay at our luxury Cornish cottages to see all that Cornwall has to offer!

What’s On: The Royal Cornwall Show

June 04th, 2018

The Royal Cornwall Show celebrates all that the coastal county has to offer. Starting on Thursday June 7th until Saturday June 9th, this year marks the 225th year the show has taken place. The agricultural show not only puts a wide range of animals on display but also promotes local businesses and industries, with plenty of food, flowers, entertainment and art on offer!  Here are just some of the things you can expect to see over the three-day show.



Of course, being an agricultural fair at heart, the Royal Cornwall Show will have thousands of animals on display, of all different breeds. Vying to be awarded best in show are a number of cows, sheep, pigs, goats and dogs. Horses will also be competing, with show jumping and the Inter-Hunt relay, putting each horse and rider to the test. If you’re more interested in the smaller end of the animal kingdom, then there are also plenty of birds, bunnies and even bees to be seen at the show as well!


For fans of man’s best friend, there will be a parade of hounds each day from Cornish hunts, as well as an insightful display from the Devon & Cornwall Police dogs.




As well as all of the animal shows and stalls to visit, there will be a wide range of entertainment over the show days, from live music to fair rides. A variety of local bands and musical acts will be taking to the stage throughout the day, keeping you entertained as you explore the show. World-class stuntman, Kangaroo Kid, will be taking to the main ring to wow with his adrenaline-pumping quad bike show, while the RAF Falcons will show-off their skills in an impressive parachuting display.


For the kids, a scarecrow trail will be laid out around the showcase, with an assortment of friendly scarecrows waiting to be found. If you find them all, you could be in with a chance of winning a ticket to next year’s show! There is also a traditional Victorian-style fun fair in the grounds, with vintage carousels, swing boats, a helter-skelter and big wheel providing fun for all of the family.



With so much incredible natural beauty in Cornwall, it is of no surprise that the Royal Cornwall Show also features a delightful flower show, known as one of the best in the country. Exhibitors from around the UK will be turning up to show-off their vibrant blooms in the hopes of winning an award.


If you’re more into motors, the motor fair or steam fair may be more up your street! The motor fair sees an assortment of cars, vans and other vehicles on display, with many up for sale. Whether you’re just looking, or there to make a purchase, there are an astonishing number of makes and models on offer. Likewise, the steam fair will be exhibiting an impressive array of vintage engines; from tractors to traction engines! Learn all about the steam-powered history of the county through this interactive exhibit experience.


Cornish Pasties 


One of the busiest areas of the show is the food pavilion, set up so that local businesses can showcase their very best produce. Sample some of the counties delicious delicacies from a variety of small businesses and bigger brands. It’s bound to be so yummy you’ll even want to take home a taste of Cornwall for your family to try at home!


Craft Stalls

Across the 95 acres showground, there will be over 1000 trade stands, offering up the best local produce on offer. As well as food stands, there will be over 80 craft stalls selling handmade goods from local artists. The craft section of the show will have its own tent so you can browse the stunning artistic works away from the bustle of the rest of the show. Products from all sorts of artistic disciplines will be on offer, including jewellery, pottery, paintings, furniture, porcelain and photography.


If you are interested in attending the Royal Cornwall, it is taking place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June, and the gates open each day at 7am for ticket holders. Looking to see what Cornwall has to offer? Come and stay with us here at The Valley for an amazing Cornwall short break!



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Family-Friendly Easter Activities In Cornwall

March 16th, 2018

With all of the cold weather we’ve been having recently, it may be surprising to realise that Easter is actually only a few weeks away! We take a look at some of the family-friendly activities that will be taking place throughout Cornwall over the Easter holiday.


Easter at Eden, 24 March – 15 April

Starting on the 24th March, the Eden Project will be hosting a three-week Easter holiday eggstravaganza, with a range of egg-citing activities perfect for all of the family! It wouldn’t be Easter without the holiday essential of an egg hunt, so go on the lookout for the special golden eggs hidden in Eden. Next head to the amazing spring maze and see if you and your family can find their way out! Seek out the signs of spring on the discovery trail before heading to the giant inflatable challenge. Bounce your way through the plant themed inflatable obstacle course and head down some giant inflatable slides for a thrilling day out at the Eden Project.


Explosive Easter at Flambards Theme Park, 24 March – 15 April

The theme park will be open all throughout the holidays for visitors to enjoy the rides, attractions and entertainment. To celebrate the holiday, an ‘Explosive Easter’ event will be taking place between March 31st and April 8th, which will see a number of explosively fun experiments taking place inside the laboratory. Young scientists can even have a go at making their own gunge! These sciencey shows take place each day at 1pm and 3pm and last around half an hour. On Easter Sunday, Ferdi the Flambards fox mascot will also be leading the way on the Big Easter Egg Quiz Trail, helping you to follow clues to find a yummy chocolate egg.


Pirate School at National Maritime Museum, 30 March – 15 April

Among the 5 floors of seaside history, culture and boat galleries is ‘Pirate School’, specially started for all children visiting during the Easter break. Learn how to be a Pirate, and some of the fascinating stories of pirates in the past, with the interactive shows put on by Rattlebox Theatre. Then create your own pirate cutlass, hook, parrot and treasure chest at the craft tables before embarking on the treasure map trail around the museum. For more pirate fun, head to the Treasure Island play zone dressed in your new pirate gear!


Leaping Lamb Trail at Trebah, 10 and 12 April

At Easter, Spring is officially underway, with all of the beautiful flowers in full bloom, so where better to go than a gorgeous garden!? Trebah garden will be running some exciting activities for all of the visiting children this year, with a drop in ‘Wooly Workshop’ taking place on the 10th and 12th of April. For £3, all materials needed will be provided for you to make some spring lamb themed crafts. Every day over the Easter holidays, you’ll also be able to take part in the ‘Leaping Lamb’ Trail, on the hunt for fun facts and Easter treats!


Adventure Quest at Tintagel Castle, 30 March – 2 April

Arthurian legends link the magical Tintagel to King Arthur, so it’s easy to see why there are so many adventures to be had at the Castle. Over Easter, brave adventurers are being called upon to help search for dragon eggs. If you accept the quest, you’ll be off following clues, meeting some exciting characters and maybe even finding a chocolatey reward!


Survival and Bushcraft Day at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, 12 April

While there are many activities taking place throughout the whole of Easter, there is something very exciting taking place on the 12th April, between 11am and 3pm, with a survival and bushcraft day teaching you some essential skills. You’ll have the chance to take part in some team building activities, as well as a camouflage face painting session. In addition, there are a number of other fun family activities being held at the Cornwall Regimental Museum this Easter, between the 24th March and the 15th April, including military dressing up, craft activities, a family trail and quiz, and the chance to play a bugle and drum!


Easter Crafts at Truro Cathedral, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 April

Truro Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit in its own right, but if you’re looking for something to entertain the kids as you take in the stunning sites of the area then these activity days are perfect! There are five different drop-in sessions on various days of the holiday, which are free to take part in, although a donation is appreciated. On Tuesday 3rd you’ll have the chance to make your own Easter bonnet, followed by an Easter garland on the 4th. The next week you can make a chick mobile on the 9th, some cute egg people on the 10th, and fun rabbit finger puppets on the 11th. Fun Easter trails will also be on offer every day!


If you are looking to spend the Easter holidays in Cornwall, then take a look at our range of child-friendly cottages! Cornwall is the perfect place for a fun family getaway, so let us know which of these Easter activities you’re most looking forward too.

Cornish Pasty Week

February 19th, 2018

When asked to think of Cornwall, it surely won’t be long until the iconic and beloved Cornish pasty comes to mind. As such a staple of Cornish life, it only seems right that the pasty has been awarded its own celebratory week this year, with the first ever ‘Cornish Pasty Week’ kicking off on Sunday 25th February. Beginning on Sunday, a whole week of pasty related activities will be taking place, ending in the ‘Oggy Oscars’, the World Pasty Championship, held at the Eden Project on the 3rd of March.

The events, hosted by the Cornish Pasty Association, so far include pasty-making sessions, with essential crimping techniques being taught in local community groups and schools, as well as pasty themed pub quizzes and kids craft workshops! In the spirit of the week, many pasty shops around the county will be offering discounts and deals, ensuring you get the most pasties you possibly can out of pasty week!

Culminating in the World Pasty Championship at the end of the week-long pasty festivities, keen bakers are in with a chance of winning the ‘Pasty Pageant’ with their Cornish bakes. Registration for entering the competition is still open until midday on the 1st March, so it is not too late if you wanted to try your hand at competitive pasty making. Don’t worry if your pasty skills aren’t quite perfect though, as there are several categories available to enter.

There are four skill level categories, company (such as bakeries), professional (those working as a professional cook or caterer), amateur (over-16s not working as a professional cook), and junior (those under 15). These skill categories are then each split into two sections, one for those producing Cornish pasties, made following a traditional recipe, and one for pasties made using more unconventional ingredients, or that have been made outside of Cornwall. There is a Protected Geographical Indication on Cornish pasties, meaning that only those baked within Cornwall, using a traditional recipe, can actually be considered Cornish pasties! As such, the winner of last years ‘professional’ Cornish pasty category, who came from Canada, had to travel to Cornwall to bake his entry in order to legally class his pasty as Cornish.

If you want to enter the competition, you must bake two identical pasties; one for the judges to try, and one to be put on display in the Pasty Hall of Fame! The pasties should be baked the day before and must be between one and eight degrees Celsius when they are brought to the Eden Project between 9am and 10am on the 3rd March. The judged pasty will then be reheated at 180 degrees Celsius for the judges to enjoy! To enter the championships and for more information, find the details here on the Eden Project’s website.

Registration costs £10 per adult entrant and £5 for a junior entrant, which includes the admission price for the Eden Project, and a plus one. Visitors to the Eden Project can watch the championships taking place for free with an Eden admission. If you would love to take part in this pasty pageant, or just want to join in with the pasty related festivities, why not book a Cornwall short breaks at one of our luxury cottages?!