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Pencarrow, Washaway, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3AG
Pencarrow, the much-loved home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family for nearly 500 years, is set in 50 acres if Grade II* woodland and garden where dogs and children are most welcome. Dogs are free (not allowed in the house) The Georgian house boasts an impressive library with secret door, elegant but ‘lived in’ reception rooms, period bedrooms and collections of family prams, dolls, oriental porcelain, fascinating antique furniture and portraits. In the gardens there are superb conifers that tower over azaleas, magnolias and camellias, with 700 varieties of rhododendron adding to the blaze of spring colour; blue hydrangeas line the mile long carriage drive throughout the summer. Discover the ancient Celtic cross, Iron Age hill fort, Victorian lake and icehouse, grotto, restful Italian gardens with fountain and enormous rock garden. Visit the Peacock café and enjoy the delights of a homemade cream tea or a light lunch and then browse in the Pencarrow shop for that perfect gift. We have a children's play area that includes a fantastic wendy house
Access Information: There are some steep inclines in the gardens. The downstairs of the house is wheelchair accessible but there is a DVD for visitors to watch downstairs that shows the upstairs of the house so they don't miss out
Additional Information: Max 20 people per tour/session.
Directions: Head for Wadebridge and then follow the A389. Look out for the brown tourist signs for Pencarrow
Fiveways, West Heath Avenue, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1QH
Bodmin Asylum Church, a cherished place of worship in the 21st century. Designed in the early English architectural style of the 19th century. The adjacent cemetery of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, located at the west end of the church and of the abbey of Mary and Petroc. Free exploration of the internal and exterior site.
Booking Details: Keyholder needs good advance notice. Contact: Sylvia Cooper Call: 01208 75561 Email: email@example.com Go to: http://www.traditionalanglicancommunion-cornwall-uk.webs.com/apps/forums Write to: St Lawrence's Church, Fiveways, West Heath Avenue, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1QH Booking opens: 1 September 2014 09:00 Booking closes: 14 September 2014 17:00
Access Information: Toilet difficult for disabled persons.
Additional Information: Max 57 people per tour/session. This is Cornwall's most central place of worship! We recommend the Borough Arms at nearby Dunmere, adjacent to the Camel Trail, for refreshments. Full details of bus timetables by visiting: www.westerngreyhound.com
Directions: At west end of Bodmin, opposite the Roman Catholic abbey, beside the double roundabout. Easy access by National Rail train to Bodmin Parkway, then steam train to Bodmin General [wr] or Boscarne Junction [sr] stations; easy bus access with Western Greyhound, Megabus and National Express; Camel Trail access from Padstow, Wadebridge and Wenford Bridge via Bodmin jail.
Jacobstow, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0BU
Paul Sousek and his family live in this 17th century farm house with 1980s extension, organic carbon-neutral farm. It is powered by renewable energy with near zero use of fossil fuels, one of the first in the country. Owner Paul Sousek says “Having bought Cottage Farm back in 2005, without any prior farming experience at all, soon after I learned about Peak Oil, our aim was to establish an organic food producing business with a zero carbon footprint, serving our local community and other customers at affordable prices.” Measures at Cottage Farm include; wood stove for heating and cooking, cavity and loft insulation, 3kW photovoltaic system, grid connected, 40 tube solar thermal water heating, Wind turbine producing up to 5kW, grid connected and much more!
Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5JZ
Spend a day exploring Glendurgan for free, discovering all the delights this beautiful garden has to offer. Lose yourself in its three valleys: full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden, down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sandcastles. Family activities include the maze, Giant's Stride rope swing and beach with rockpools to explore.
Access Information: Garden paths are steep with loose gravel, mostly unsuitable for wheelchair users. Accessible information point next to garden entrance building. Drop off/pick up point in Durgan village.
The Museum Store, Falmouth Road, Penryn, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR10 8AD
Take a guided tour around the museum store with the museum's curators. Discover a labyrinth of boats, objects and works of art not currently on display in the museum.
Booking Details: Contact: Michael Sweeney Call: 01326 214558 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 August 2014 10:00 Booking closes: 7 September 2014 17:00
Additional Information: Max 10 people per tour/session.
Menabilly, Polridmouth, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23
Climb to the top of the daymark, built in 1832 as a navigational aid for sailors who would confuse St Austell Bay with Falmouth Harbour. The views are well worth the climb. Numbers are limited up the tower at any one time, so there may be a queue. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it?
Access Information: No wheelchair access to the tower. Steep restricted stone steps to climb to get to the top.
Additional Information: Please note there are no lavatories at the daymark.
Directions: Park the car park at Menabilly Barton Farm (grid ref SX096511) and follow the footpath over the headland to the daymark.
Balwest Chapel, Balwest, Ashton, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9TE
Listed building Chapel open also schoolroom. Small secluded "Bible garden" where each plant has a biblical reference. Display of heritage material. On Sunday the Morning worship is at 11am in the Chapel followed by a light lunch that needs to be booked. On Saturday there will be light refreshments.
Booking Details: Sunday lunch Contact: Molly Smith Call: 01736 762474 Email: email@example.com
Directions: Sign posted from the main Helston, Penzance Road at Ashton. Grid refernce: S.W.597 291.
National Trust Godolphin, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 9RE
Don't miss the chance to visit Godolphin's beautiful and historic garden for free on Heritage Open Day. Wander around the ancient garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe, or relax in the orchard for a family picnic. Why not give your feet a treat and sample our permanent barefoot trail? Or stretch your legs with a walk up Godolphin Hill, where the view stretches from coast to coast. The family trail leads you around Godolphin's gardens with a treasure map, find each cross and collect all the stamps. The permanent barefoot trail provides fun for all ages.
Additional Information: Please note the gardens and King's Room will be open on this day. Unfortunately there will be no access to the house.
Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 4PG
Spend a day exploring Trerice for free. This romantic Elizabethan manor house lies in a secluded wooded valley, with rare examples of Dutch gables, fine plaster ceilings and a magnificent Great Hall window. There is so much to discover about the history of this unique manor house, the families who lived here, its architecture and restoration. Hands-on armour to try on, traditional games, brass rubbings, play a game of Kayles (Cornish bowls) in the garden and childrens trails around the house and garden.
Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ
Enjoy free entry to this tranquil, wooded garden. Explore exotic plants, a walled kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah's Ark and beautiful sea views from the Terrace. Free guided tour. Family trails available.
Access Information: Garden is half a mile long and on a steady incline. Main drive is tarmac, other paths are gravel.
Additional Information: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Directions: Follow brown tourist signs off the A30 Penzance to Land's End road, or the A3071 Penzance to St Just road.
The Wilshaw Building, Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, Porthcurno, Cornwall, TR19 6JX
Enjoy a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno. Our friendly Collections Team, led by Collections Manager Charlotte Dando, will provide a background to the Cable & Wireless Archive and tours of the state-of-the-art Archive Strong Room not normally accessible by the public. Highlights from the collection; not normally on public display; will be available to view in the Search Room including historic maps and charts, photographs, the fascinating diary of George Spratt; Superintendent of Porthcurno's telegraph station in the 1800s. The Collections Team will be on hand to provide advice on how to care for your personal archive collection including photographs and documents. You can also discover how to access Porthcurno's archive for your own family history or local history research projects, including a free family name search of our records. Whilst our Archive Open Day is intended for an older audience, our family-friendly Heritage Open Day takes place on Sunday 14th September and will include family-friendly activities taking place in the Search Room based around our historic collection. Event not suitable for children under the age of 14.
Access Information: Regrettably no assistance dogs can be permitted to the archive facilities.
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/session. Free entry is to the Cable & Wireless Archive only on this day. Normal admission applies to the main museum and exhibitions (our free Heritage Open Day takes place on Sunday 14 September). Parking within Porthcurno is pay-and-display; normal parking charges apply during our Archive Open Day and Heritage Open Day.
Directions: From Penzance, take the A30 towards Land's End, then the B2383 towards St Buryan (there are also brown heritage signs signposting the museum and Minack Theatre). On arrival in Porthcurno, drive down the hill and turn left into the museum car park on the left, opposite the Cable Station Inn. (Disabled parking is located slightly further up the hill, along Old Cable Lane, and is signposted from the main road.) Please note that all parking within Porthcurno is pay-and-display. The main museum entrance is signposted from within the car park.
Eastern House, Porthcurno, Cornwall, TR19 6JX
Explore the museum's brand new hands-on exhibitions for FREE this Heritage Open Day. There is so much for visitors of all ages to do, see, touch, hear.... even smell! Don't miss our live demonstrations throughout the day, and drop-in creative make & take activities. Explore amazing wartime tunnels, and grab your hard hat to climb the secret escape steps to the viewing platform high above Porthcurno valley. We all communicate. Discover how Porthcurno shaped our connected world and influences the way we communicate today. Children's Explorer Backpacks are available at the ticket desk (small deposit required) and are packed with extra activities to keep young explorers happy and engaged throughout your visit. A WW1 Pigeon Trail is also available. All exhibitions are family-friendly, with lots of hands-on activities and interactive elements. Creative activities are dotted throughout the exhibition, and special family activities are available in the Activity Room in Eastern House, and within the WWII Tunnels. Dressing-up activities are another highlight... and a favourite with big kids too!
Access Information: The museum buildings and grounds are wheelchair accessible, the only exception being the escape steps at the back of the WWII Tunnels (the tunnels themselves are accessible). A live camera feed of the steps is available for those visitors who cannot use the steps themselves.
Additional Information: Don't miss the new museum cafe, which is family-friendly and serves a delicious menu of hot and cold food using seasonal, local ingredients. Look out for details of special offers on-site. Please note that normal parking charges apply during Heritage Open Day, although entry to the museum is free.
Directions: From Penzance, take the A30 towards Land's End, then the B2383 towards St Buryan (there are also brown heritage signs signposting the museum and Minack Theatre). On arrival in Porthurno, drive down the hill and turn left into the museum car park on the left, opposite the Cable Station Inn. (Disabled parking is located slightly further up the hill, along Old Cable Lane, and is signposted from the main road.) Please note that all parking within Porthcurno is pay-and-display. The main museum entrance is signposted from within the car park.
Trevithick Road, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3NP
Free entry to East Pool Mine which houses two Cornish beam engines. Guided tours of the site throughout the day, with a range of family activities happening through out the day. On site trails for children including our engine house inspection. Make your own felt pasty and dress up as a miner.
Access Information: Access to the upper floors of the engine houses is up a flight of stairs.
Directions: Park in Morrisons car park and then head to the far end of the car park. Find us through the green gate down the hill.
Tumblydown Farm, Tolgus Mount, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3TA
Visitors can see twelve working vintage toy train layouts and other toys, plus over one hundred Meccano models, some working, and some hands-on "underground" coal mine experience. Domestic and industrial curios exhibition. Narrow gauge railway museum and train rides (approx. one mile round trip). Visiting exhibitions and stalls. The "Murdoch Flyer" vintage steam road locomotive. Drinks and fresh home-baked cakes and buns. Toys and games to play with. Pony cart rides (weather permitting). Spot the gnomes and friends interactive quiz. Fun for all the family and for all ages.
Access Information: Stout footwear recommended. Wheelchair access to the main museum building and catering but not to the mine buildings.
Additional Information: Be safe around the working equestrain site. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Stout footwear advised.
Directions: Follow museum direction signs off Redruth bypass (A3047) and also signs "Trickies Hotel", opposite Tumblydown Farm.
The former Redruth Brewery, Tolgus Hill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 1AX
As part of the Kresen Kernow Project, guides will be on hand at the former Redruth Brewery site, to explain the former uses of the site, as well as describing the plans for the future. Beer was brewed and bottled on this historic site from 1792 to 2004. Early drawings of the site show oast houses and malting buildings as well as the brewing. Many of the buildings which survive today were constructed in the early twentieth century, but two subsequent fires after the closure of the brewery, has made their condition highly dangerous. The aim is to use whatever can be saved for the new building, and the guides will explain this, as well as trying to unpeel the history of the site, through the other archaeological and architectural features which have been identified.
Booking Details: Please book a timeslot. Contact: Iain Rowe Call: 01872 32 3127 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to: http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/kresenkernow Write to: Cornwall Record Office, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY Booking opens: 1 August 2014 10:00 Booking closes: 11 September 2014 15:00
Access Information: There are no acessable toilets at the former Redruth Brewery Site, the nearest are situated in the town centre. The other events listed above have accessible toilets..
Additional Information: Max 5 people per tour/session. The former Brewery site, soon to be the home of Cornwall’s new archive centre, will also be the focus of the Redruth Community History Project, which will be launched in the town on Saturday. On Friday 12th there will be lots of entertainment in the town as part of Redruth Miners Day. On Saturday 13th at the Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place Redruth (TR15 2AT), there will be a family drop-in cartoon workshop, as well as lots of other events in Redruth as part of their annual Pasty Festival. See the Redruth Town Council website for more details.
Directions: The site is located just behind the Tesco store on Tolgus Hill on the B3300, which can be accessed from the A3407. Take the Redruth turn off the A30.
Treasure Park, Tolgus Mill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 4HN
The Museum is situated within The Old Tin Streaming Works. The old machinery is in working order. This is very evocative of the industry. All aspects of Cornish life are on exhibition within the Museum. At the heart of the Mill is the ROCS Town Museum containing artefacts of the Cornish mining industry; history of Redruth; William Murdoch (gas lighting); 19th/20th-century Cornish kitchen; First World War and Second World War memorabilia.
Directions: Well signposted, easy parking.
St. Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA
Join us today for a look at Cotehele House and meet some of the staff and volunteers who help look after the estate. Special WW1 exhibition in the Breakfast Room of the House. Children's quizzes in the House and garden
Access Information: The house is only accessible on the ground floor.
The Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2HE
Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is amongst the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. Over the last hundred years it has forged the shape of studio pottery production in the UK and beyond. Scores of potters, students and apprentices from across the world have come to the Leach Pottery to train, creating a uniquely international environment in the heart of Cornwall, and maintaining the pottery's creative principle of East-West exchange. Today the newly restored Leach Pottery studio, museum and gallery are continuing the development of Bernard Leach's historic legacy. During the open days we will be holding tours, demonstrations of throwing a pot, and 'have-a-go' sessions. Event not suitable for children under the age of 6.
Access Information: Please note that this is an old building and floors are uneven. Visitors are advised to wear flat footwear and to take care around the site,
Additional Information: Max 12 people per tour/session. Parking on site is limited but overflow parking is available free of charge about 2 minutes walk from the pottery. Coffee/tea/water are available but we have no café or tearooms.
Directions: We are located at Higher Stennack (on the B3306) on the upper outskirts of St Ives, Cornwall.
Fore Street, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0DB
Free entry to the Old Post Office, plus a chance to view our First World War exhibition! House and garden trail available for children.
Access Information: With low ceilings, steep stairways and uneven floors we warn visitors to take care around the house. Ramp is available to allow wheelchair users access to part of ground floor and garden.
Additional Information: Last admission: 1700
Directions: Find us opposite King Arthur's Arms public house in the centre of the village.
St Anthony Head, Portscatho, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5HA
Explore the former WWI & WWII coastal artillery battery military remains, including ditch and rampart defences, battery observation post, gun emplacements and the normally closed underground ammunition magazine. Guided tours available at 1100 and 1500. St Anthony Head is a great place to spend the day, with lots of walks in the area, places for picnics, (but be aware of the cliffs edges) and ample parking, free for NT members and donations for non-members. If you want to make more out of your day, visit Towan beach, just along the coast, which is good for rockpooling, paddling and picnics too. With parking, toilets here too, it's a good base for a great day out.
Access Information: Wheelchair access to gun emplacements, ramparts, BOP, and birdhide, but NOT to the battery magazine. Some steps and uneven ground.
Directions: On reaching Gerrans near Portscatho, follow signs to St Anthony Head, where there is lots of parking and public toilets. Parking is free to National Trust members, there is a charge for others.
Feock, Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL
On its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal. Trelissick is one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. There has been a settlement here dating back to the Iron Age. Today there are more than 12 hectares (30 acres) of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lillies and year- round exciting woodland plants. As well as the garden the 121 hectare (300 acre) estate with its own countryside, woodlands and coast makes for breathtaking walks.
Access Information: Partly accessible, uneven and loose gravel paths, slopes, some steps. Map of accessible route and 1 single-seater powered mobility vehicle also available. Booking essential.
Additional Information: New this year- the house is open 10.30- 5.30pm (last entry 5pm) for vistiors to get a glimpse of the five rooms open on the south front. We welcome donations to help with upkeep and restoration of this very special place.
Penrose, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7TB
Tiny wayside Methodist chapel, restored by the Historic Chapels Trust and used by the local community for exhibitions and other events. Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.
Access Information: Interior visible from doorway but the building is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Additional Information: There will be a talk about the children of Chernobyl at 1430.