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The north coast of Cornwall stretches from Lands End to the Devon border.......whereas North Cornwall's heritage coast stretches from Bedruthan Steps near Porthcothan, just north of Newquay, to the Devon border near Morwenstowe.



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The Camelford Show will be held on the 12th of August this year and organisers are hoping against a repeat of last years weather. In 2008 the show had to be cancelled when excessive rain turned the venue into a mud bath.

Camelford Show website for other events that are happening in North Cornwall this summer try the what's on guide at


WATER PILGRIM at Widemouth Bay
On Monday 20 July, Maxim Laithwaite arrives at Widemouth Bay for the Cornish leg of his challenge to walk 630 miles, along the entire length of the South West coast path. His mission is to raise awareness of global water issues, the work of WaterAid the specialist water charity and to promote its fund-raising event Coast Along 2009 which takes place on 12 September. Max's inspiration came from his mentor Satish Kumar, now the editor of Resurgance magazine, who in the sixties made an 8,000 mile pilgrimage walking from India to Washington via Moscow and London advocating nuclear disarmament. Like Satish Kumar, Max will make his pilgrimage without carrying any money and rely on the kindness of people that he meets along the way to to provide him with food and shelter offering to work on local community projects in return. Someone who has offered him accommodation is Jackie Pearce, proprietor of Shorething Bed and Breakfast in Widemouth Bay. As a WaterAid supporter Jackie will also be offering refreshments to walkers taking part in Coast Along. Max's walk will end on 12 September, timed to coincide with Coast Along 2009, when he will join teams taking part for the last stretch. The south west coast path runs between Minehead and Poole through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. For Coast Along it has been divided into sections of between four and fifteen miles in length and each section is graded as easy, moderate, strenuous or severe Ė so that walkers can choose a path that suits their level of fitness. Some of the path sections are suitable for use by wheelchairs and buggies. Others are a real challenge even for regular walkers. Previous Coast Along events, in 2005 and 2007, attracted hundreds of participants and collectively raised over £120,000 to help those living in extreme poverty. In 2009 Coast Along for WaterAid is aiming for over £100,000, by having at least one team of between two and seven people on each section of the path.
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The Camel Trail in North Cornwall has to be one of the Best Walk's or Cycle Rides in the Country today! and to illustrate that fact Poddley Tales have produced a fabulous DVD. The Camel Trail DVD Movie is the only one of it's kind, a year in the making and containing over 250 selected Artistic Photo's covering the Trail from it's Beginning with a "Once Upon a Time" history section, "Bygone Day's", "Mobility Walks", "Artists Corner", Trail Gallery" and much more! To find out how to get your copy go here


Celebrating 125 years of the Padstow Institute

"With a Pasty in My Pocket" is a new hardback book co-written by the late Jack Ingrey and Malcolm Mc Carthy.
The book is produced by the Padstow Institute to celebrate 125 years of the Padstow Institute and all proceeds from the book are going to the restoration fund of this grade two listed building in the centre of Padstow. Jack Ingrey who sadly died two years ago and was a well known character in St Merryn was born of local stock and the book which is written in a lively humorous and racy style chronicles his early years in St Merryn in a riveting manner. It covers such day to day affairs as bird beating, pig killing, stone cracking, family picnics, schooldays and a myriad of other country life pursuits that have all but disappeared over the last ninety years. Anyone interested in North Cornwall and life in a Cornish village in the early twentieth century will love this book. Malcolm Mc Carthy a friend of Jacks has reworked the book and illustrated it with copious photographs of the St Merryn district, including a series of photo's of the local pantomimes that Jack produced in the 1950's.

This hard backed book is a bargain at £9.99 and can be sent including postage in the UK for £12. Please make cheque's out to The Padstow Institute and send to Malcolm Mc Carthy Eglosgorn 5 Raleigh Close Padstow Cornwall PL28 8BQ or email The book is also available at: The Strand Bookshop Padstow, Petroc Papers Padstow, Rick Stein outlets in Padstow, Padstow Studio and Wadebridge Bookshop, all of these outlets are kindly selling free of charge to support this worthy project. The Padstow Institute is in need of a new roof and support of this project will be invaluable to the well being of this feature building in the centre of Padstow.
Reports from those who have read "with a Pasty in my Pocket" have been glowing.


Boscastle regeneration is completed

After four years of re-construction work costing £10 million, the flood defence scheme has been officially opened in Boscastle. The flooding that devastated the Cornish fishing village is no longer evident....more , but locals expressed fears of a new nightmare that is unfolding in this beautiful neck of the woods. A proposed sewage scheme threatens to put the whole area between Boscastle and Tintagel into months of further disruption if South West Water get their way.....more


Morwenstow villagers in North Cornwall will be joined by visitors from throughout the UK and overseas on Sunday 7th September 2008 for a church service commemorating a tragic shipwreck that occurred there 166 years ago to the day. They will also celebrate the fact that the vesselís world-famous figurehead has been saved and returned to their Parish Church for the enjoyment and inspiration of future generations. The shipwreck was that of the brig. Caledonia of Arbroath which was lost with all hands - apart from one crew member - in 1842. The celebration marks the completion of a four-year restoration of her historic figurehead, a famous relic of the days of sail. After spending more than a century and a half in the churchyard as the grave marker for the crew who are buried there, it was almost lost to the ravages of time and the harsh Atlantic weather until a conservation programme was undertaken.


Sunday 7th September 2008
The service of dedication and celebration to mark completion of the restoration programme and the figureheadís return to Morwenstow will take place in the Parish Church of St. Morwenna and St. John the Baptist, at 3.00pm. The Vicar will be joined by the Ven. Clive Cohen, Archdeacon of Bodmin, who will dedicate both figureheads and deliver the sermon. The church bells will be rung and the service will include rousing hymns and prayers appropriate to the occasion, as well as readings of the works of the Rev. R.S. Hawker and other poets.
Prior to the service at 2.30pm (weather permitting), a brief act of remembrance will take place on the cliff-top near Hawkerís Hut, above the spot where the Caledonia foundered and where the lone survivor clambered to safety. Then, in honour of the Scottish sailors who lost their lives - as well as the survivor - a piper will accompany the group as they walk across the field to the Church, pausing en route to bless the sailorsí graves and the new grave marker, and to inspect a commemorative brass plaque donated by a well-wisher.

Dr Angus MacDonald will play the bagpipes, while Mr Malcolm Topham will play the organ at the church service.

For further information or photos, please contact Bob Pirie on 01288 331245; mobile 07973 202095; e-mail 

Camelford Agricultural Show washed out.

The weather as not been kind this summer and the Camelford Show suffered badly. The high winds and heavy rainfall, on already wet ground, made the going underfoot reminiscent of a Glastonbury Festival. Vehicles were being towed out by tractors and mud was the order of the day and although some aspects of the show were able to continue, the majority of exhibitors and visitors stayed away. The show will not be rescheduled in 2008 but the 103rd Camelford Show will be held on Wednesday the 12th of August 2009, weather permitting.


North Cornwall Accommodation are winners.

Internet advertising has come a long way since its start and the market place is saturated with misinformation. Isn't it refreshing to know that, in an age when every one is being charged thru the nose, there are still those to be found who offering outstanding value. The accommodation portal that is as been voted best overall web portal for locating accommodation in the north of the county of Cornwall. An independent survey of web users who were polled for there views, voted it tops for ease of use and accurate, up to date accommodation information. Local accommodation advertisers also voted it tops for low cost advertising. See quotes.


North Cornwall Events.

There have been many new events taking place in the area this summer and we have found a resource that is absolutely free to use to help promote such events in north Cornwall. So if you have any upcoming event, whether it is Theatrical, Musical, Horticultural or whatever ! and it is happening in North Cornwall then e-mail the details to and they will post it on their site absolutely free.


Marshgate's hall is falling down!


UPDATED: 11/04/2018

There was an old ex-Army building that served as the Otterham & St Juliot Village Hall in Marshgate for many years that became too dilapidated and was replaced in 2014 by a brand new one.

Marshgate, partly in the parish of Otterham and partly in the parish of St Juliot, is a small village in a sparsely populated area of North Cornwall. There is neither a Church nor a Pub, just a Village Store and Post Office, a few farms and a number of houses. However, the focal point of the village is the Village Hall - "The Otterham & St Juliot Hall" to give it its full title. Although Marshgate may be small, the Hall caters for people living in the surrounding areas, mainly (as the name suggests) in the parishes of Otterham and St Juliot but also from a wider area as far away as Bude, Camelford and Boscastle. Used by many local groups, the Hall also plays host to dinners for the local population, is used by a play group and the local school and regularly hosts auctions. To have lost the use of it would have been nothing short of a disaster.
However the fabric of the building was frail and the time had come when the building needed to be replaced. For this a large sum of money, approximately £250,000, was raised, and we thank you for supporting our fund-raising events.


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Daymer Bay viewed from Braey Hill.

Daymer Bay viewed from Braey Hill.


Make North Cornwall an even better place

Found something wrong that needs putting right. Then let us know. Whether it's a dodgy road junction, an unclean beach, a forgotten footpath ! Tell us about it.


 Calling all holidaymakers

If you have stayed with any accommodation provider in North Cornwall then let us know. Whether the service you received was good or bad, we want to know.



Moon rise over St Endellion


North Cornwall accommodation providers.

Holiday makers who have used accommodation in North Cornwall are being asked to give us there feedback with regards there experiences using accommodation in the area, but we also want to know how you, has an accommodation provider in North Cornwall, feel about the way the area is promoted via the internet.

Click here to give us your feedback.


Please follow the Country Code


  • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work
  • Guard against all risk of fire
  • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
  • Take your litter home
  • Take special care on country roads
  • Make no unnecessary noise
  • Keep to the public paths across moor and farmland
  • Fasten all gates
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Help to keep all water clean



Wadebridge Folk Festival Confirmed for 2008
The Wadebridge Folk Festival will take place over the August bank holiday weekend in 2008 at various venues in Wadebridge, Cornwall, and will be organised by Hobgoblin Music. After the last minute announcement by Cornwall Festivals Ltd in 2007 that they were unable to continue running the festival, Hobgoblin Music co-founder Pete McClelland, and Hobgoblin shop manager Eddy Mayhew collaborated to put together a 3 day event packed with concerts, sessions and workshops and headlined by Martin Simpson. The 2007 festival was a big hit with festival goers and local people, who were keen for a similar event to take place in 2008. more

Life Centre and Food Bank in Bude. 

The life centre and food bank is a drop in centre for anyone and everyone. The centre is open 5 mornings a week and is also involved with other statutory and voluntary agencies to whom they provide food vouchers.  If the statutory and voluntary agencies have someone in need then they issue a voucher.  The individual concerned then takes the voucher to the Life Centre and is issued with a food parcel which contains enough food for 3 days.The Life Centre and Food Bank is a non-profit making venture totally staffed by volunteers. More info....


Is this the end for Cornish Folk Festival?

Cornwall Folk Festival was cancelled this year, a decision taken with regret by the board of Cornwall Festivals Ltd who understand the upset this decision caused to many people.
After 35 years the festival has become an established tradition but as a limited company Cornwall Festivals Ltd cannot be allowed to go into the red - this would mean bankruptcy and would obviously affect all the directors credit.
In Folknews Kernow, Chris Ridley mentions the grand time had by all at the Hobgoblin Wadebridge Bank Holiday Festival, and suggests it is a pointer to the way ahead in the future - fine - we should be aware, however, that Hobgoblin made a significant loss on this year's festival.
The Board of Directors feel unable to guarantee a festival in 2008 under their management. Since June 2007 we have all been making 'feelers' towards this end but as yet have come up blank. Again, this decision has not been easy or lightly taken without regrets - we have all worked hard but it has been fun and rewarding and we sincerely hope this festival continues. So, unless someone takes this on under the mantle of Cornwall Festivals Ltd, the company will close. This will not affect anyone, sooner or later, wishing to run the festival either in Wadebridge or elsewhere.

Any interested parties click here to contact Cornwall Folk Festival Ltd.


Second home tax used for scheme
Money from council tax from second home owners in Cornwall is helping to create affordable housing in one of the country's most expensive areas. Twelve detached bungalows are to be built in St Minver, not far from the pricey seaside resort of Rock.
A community land trust has selected buyers according to strict criteria. North Cornwall District Council is providing a £544,000 loan for the initiative, funded by the second homes council tax. Each of the buyers has paid £50,000 for the plot with foundations and a timber frame and will then complete the homes themselves. The properties, on land at Penmayne Farm, will be freehold but they will have constraints to ensure they remain affordable. The scheme is another example of how funding from second homes council tax is essential in enabling the delivery of new affordable homes.
It is thought to be one of the first self-build schemes by a Community Land Trust anywhere in England and a second scheme is planned for Blisland early in 2008

St Piran's Day 5th March


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