Cornwall Living 2018

News & views

Are you tired of your winter wardrobe?

With summer, all of a sudden, just around the corner, it’s time we took a long, hard look at our wardrobes, ousting the old to make way for this season’s fresh, new attire.

If you’re wondering where to look for your new summer wear, Porthleven is a great place to start. While only small, the few shops on Fore Street each have something special and unique to offer the discerning seaside shopper, and Essa Collection is the perfect example.

Inside, you’ll find beaded sandals – which we’re informed are back in this season – as well as new stock from Nepal, including reversible skirts. You can make the most of spring colours, new linen ranges as well as the locally favoured cashmere ponchos, available in 18 colours!

Set to marry this May, owners Vanessa and John have planned to honeymoon in Bali. The exciting part for us is that Vanessa will be on the hunt for new stock during their stay, adding a touch of Indonesia to the already diverse range.

For more information
call 01326 572236 or visit

Feel fresh as a daisy after a visit to the Clearing Spa

Spring has sprung all around at the Clearing Spa at The Cornwall Hotel, Spa & Estate. Daffodils have bloomed, the sun is shining and the spa has recently enjoyed a refreshing facelift! Centrally located in St Austell, the Clearing Spa offers tranquillity and rejuvenation within stunning parkland, surrounded by an original Victorian walled garden; just ten minutes from the beach and town centre.

This year the spa has taken on a brand new manager, Gemma, who is greatly looking forward to improving your journey and experience as well as introducing new and exciting treatments along the way. The Clearing Spa uses Aromatherapy Associates’ purest, award-winning, natural products to deliver exceptional healing properties through their natural oils and extracts. This year’s unique treatments range from beautifying mini facials to fully reviving Signature Rituals and Cornish Trilogies to transport you to a place of deep relaxation. Why not couple your treatments with one of the spa break overnight packages for the ultimate spring rejuvenation?

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Make the most of your local pharmacy

As our GPs become ever more inundated with patients, we’re asked to visit our pharmacist in order to relieve them of such high demand and of course, we’re happy to oblige. We catch up with the team from Reeds Pharmacy, who tell us that the best use of pharmacists is not just when there’s an emergency – they can help with your regular, everyday care too.

For instance, when you start a new medicine, you may qualify for the NHS New Medicine Service. This is a pharmaceutical service designed to support you over the introductory weeks and ensure you get the most from your new prescription.

What’s more, as part of an NHS Medicines Use Review, they’ll talk you through your medicines to ensure that you’re using them in the best way. This is separate from the clinical review that your GP does and can only be done by the pharmacy from which you collect your medicines.

If you’ve recently started a new, long-term course of medicine, get in touch with the Reeds Pharmacy team and see what they can do to support you.

For more information call 01872 272106 or visit

Introducing the stunning Celtic Coast Collection, from Jo Downs Handmade Glass

Established as one of Cornwall’s most iconic designer brands, Jo Downs Handmade Glass is inspired by the beautiful Cornish coast.

New for this spring and summer, Jo Downs has launched the Celtic Coast Collection, which includes stunning pieces such as bowls, candle stands, mirrors; even limited edition feature platters. Each of these is individually cut, crafted, fired and finished here in Cornwall and, ranging in price from £19 to £695, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

Indeed, this range needs seeing to be believed and if you’d like to pop in and see where the magic happens, the studio and gallery in Launceston are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The gallery also opens for the same hours on Saturday, so be sure to pay a visit. The Celtic Coast collection is available from Easter 2017 exclusively at Jo Downs Handmade Glass Gallery in Launceston and across her galleries in St Ives, Padstow, Tintagel and Fowey this summer.

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Cornwall Hospice Care team shortlisted for national medical award

A team from Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care has been shortlisted as finalists in the national BMJ Palliative and Hospice Team of the Year awards. The finals will be held in London in May recognising and celebrating the inspirational work of healthcare teams across the country.

The team designed a project, collaborating with other healthcare providers across Cornwall, to develop consistent symptom management for patients with incurable illnesses. They then trained a thousand people working in a range of care settings. They also taught others to provide the training. This was underpinned by Cornwall Hospice Care’s 24/7 advice line, which supports health care professionals. With such immediate support it means patients who are dying are given the right care at the right time and in the right place.

Cornwall Hospice Care’s Medical Director, Dr Debbie Stevens, says: “Being shortlisted for the final of these awards is a huge achievement. The competition is always high and I’m delighted that the work we’ve been doing has attracted such recognition.” Well, it sounds like it is well deserved!   

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Add some oomph to your home with a range of stunning rails

With the clocks going forwards and brighter days on the rise, it’s time to get outside on your terrace or balcony. If you’re looking for something sleek and beautiful to add the wow factor to your outdoor space, St Austell-based and family-run business Kestrel is here to offer bespoke and made-to-measure stainless steel handrails, glass balustrades, structural glass, Juliet balconies and safety rails. Spend the summer sat on your balcony enjoying the beautiful Cornish sunshine while a locally sourced glass balustrade keeps the wind at bay. Indeed, whatever you are in need of Bruce and Katie are happy to work with you to design the perfect addition to your home.

Bruce and Katie have built up the business since taking it over in 2013 and have evolved to focus on using UK suppliers, manufacturing in-house or as part of collaborations with other local traders and to offer customers complete installation. This tailored service ensures you receive a fantastic package from a dedicated team that leaves your home looking better than ever.

For more information visit or call 01726 338086

How about a photography workshop this spring?

Whether you live in Cornwall or enjoy visiting on a regular basis, there is one pastime that allows you to capture the beauty of Cornwall with ease: photography. Of course, while it’s easy to press a button and snap a shot, to create truly incredible photographs takes a bit of time, patience and knowhow. Luckily, Porthleven based photographer Carla Regler offers a range of photography courses to help you hone your craft.

For those wanting an introduction into the art then the half-day workshop is ideal. Next is the ‘Photography, Processing, Printing’ workshop, which takes you into Carla’s very own workshop to learn about the printing process. Similarly, getting to grips with Adobe Lightroom is an important practice to learn, ensuring you’ll walk away with the skills to perfect your pictures.

For those fancying something a little more memorable you can embark on one of Carla’s extended workshops. From a weekend at the Mullion Cove Hotel to a fabulous trip to Iceland, Italy or Norway, these workshops are an unforgettable experience.

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Kernow Springs’ pop-up Wild Spa seeks permanent location

Kernow Springs has appeared throughout the West Country in all kinds of locations, from manor houses to clifftops and now, the company’s popular Wild Spa is seeking a permanent, year-round home.

We speak to Project Manager, Nicola Dean, who explains: “Sometimes your typical spa experience can seem too clinical. Our approach is much simpler. Our Wild Spa is really stripped back, allowing clients to immerse themselves in all the traditional elements of water, earth, fire and air in a blissful outdoor spa experience that’s unlike anything they’ve tried before.

“Having achieved success with this ethos, we’re really keen to find a permanent base.”

What could be more appealing than Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs; Finnish wood-fired barrel saunas; hot showers; cold plunge pools; a Bedouin relaxation lounge; furnished changing yurts and bell tent treatment rooms, all sited in a beautiful, Cornish, outdoor location?

If you think your business or venue would suit a collaboration with Kernow Springs, be sure to get in touch and to read more about Kernow Springs’ pop-up spas, check out this month’s cover feature!

For more information call 07779 374017 or email

Find a little piece of Moroccan paradise at the Sands Resort Hotel

Inspired by the warm colours, aromatic scents and peaceful atmosphere of a Moroccan indoor garden, Moroc Spa is a brand new, invigorating north coast sanctuary for couples, individuals and groups to escape the hustle and bustle of life by recharging their body, mind and soul.

The experience begins in the colourful and Moorish inspired indoor garden, which features a cedar hot tub and barrel heat room where guests can relax to the beats of African chill-out music. You will then be invited to continue your journey of the senses in the beautiful Moroccan lounge, where you can sink into big, comfortable chairs and take in the captivating colours and incense fragrances whilst enjoying fresh Moroccan mint tea, cakes and a glass of Cava.

But your Moroccan spa experience doesn’t have to end there. You can add a 35-minute Moroccan ritual to completely give yourself over to some Moroccan indulgence. The rituals are based on the ancestral Moroccan expertise of wellbeing that ranges from your feet to your hands to your head, so you can have a top to toe relaxation experience.

So, if you fancy experiencing the delights of Marrakech without the travel then head over to Sands Resort Hotel near Newquay and indulge yourself in some Moroccan luxury.

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Head to Plum Boutique, Truro to get your wardrobe summer ready

Plum Boutique, in Nalders Court, Truro has been selling contemporary European clothes to Cornwall’s fashion conscious ladies since 2012. Plum owner, Sam Salvoni, trained as a milliner, but her love of fashion and ability to predict trends has led Plum to become one of Cornwall’s favourite boutiques.

The store has become well known for finding exciting independent brands such as Rabens Saloner, Bellerose and Nice Things, as well as ever-popular brands such as Paige Denim and Maison Scotch. What’s more, Sam brings her own sense of style to the shop. Impressively, Plum also offers the opportunity to spread the cost of purchase over three months at 0% interest!

One of the boutique’s most popular collections is from Dutch brand, Sandwich. Easy to wear dresses, jumpsuits and separates create a perfect capsule collection, which prepares you for work, an evening out, a party or a wedding.

For more information call 01872 223149 or visit

Could your roof room do with a little renovation?

Renovation grants are now available for all homes in Cornwall that have room in the roof – and the grants are not means tested! The grants cover some, or all, of the costs for an accredited installer to completely insulate the entire roof room. This means that sloping ceilings and gable walls are covered with brand new skin of insulation-backed plasterboard, which is then finished with a fresh coat of plaster. This almost complete renovation will leave your roof room looking like new while you benefit from a warmer home with lower energy bills.

CEO of local energy saving experts Happy Energy says: “These new grants, funded by energy suppliers, provide a perfect opportunity for Cornish households to renovate their roof rooms. The grants of up to £7,500 for homes, regardless of income, are an offer not to be missed! The largest grants are available for homes that are not heated by mains gas.”

Happy Energy has access to multimillion pound grant funding for this works and is accredited to complete the works.

For more information call 0800 0 246234 or visit

Explore your creativity this summer at St Ives School of Painting

Unleash your inner artist this summer with St Ives School of Painting’s selection of short courses and workshops, led by experienced tutors in the stunning surroundings of St Ives’ Porthmeor Studios.

The School’s inspirational, one-day adult workshops are suitable for beginners and those with more experience and include subjects such as ‘Painting Plein Air’, ‘Sandra blow – Space and matter’, ‘Where Sea Meets Land’ and ‘Hepworth – Form and Purpose’. These creative sessions give you a taste of the School’s longer, more in depth courses. All materials are provided, so you just need to turn up!

If you’d like to hone more classic drawing skills, the ever-popular Life Drawing classes run on Wednesday evenings and all day Saturday, throughout the year, with additional Sunday evening sessions in August. These tutored sessions are ideal for anybody with an interest in drawing.

If  you have a whole weekend to spare, take a look at the selection of Creative Weekender courses. With a maximum of eight students per course, these two-day courses offer quality, one-to-one tuition for beginners and intermediate artists.

For more information on prices and how to book call 01736 797180, email or visit

In celebration of our industrial heritage, the Royal Cornwall Museum launches its first online exhibition

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of South Crofty and Wheal Janes’ closure, this exhibition is the culmination of a two-year project to capture the real-life stories of the Cornish mining industry.

Heart-felt, humorous and emotional, these anecdotes give a real insight into the last days of a Cornish tradition that inarguably shaped our landscape.

Project participant, Alan Beattie says: “It was a fantastic thing to be a part of this project – it’s part of the history of this wonderful county. None of us are getting any younger, so it’s important that exhibitions such as this exist in order to continue that story for future generations.”

The exhibition is now live and will run until April 2018, so be sure to log on and see it for yourself.

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Rock Oyster Festival finds new home for 2017

Moving to a new home on the Camel estuary this summer, Rock Oyster Festival is set to become one of the few festivals that can be easily accessed by foot or bike, thanks to the nearby Camel Trail. To encourage this eco-friendly option, the organisers are promising to donate £1 to a local charity for every bike ridden to the event!

This music and performing arts festival, which takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July, offers a full programme of fantastic family entertainment and non-stop music from three stages, all complemented by stunning views over the Camel estuary and beyond.

Advance Weekend Tickets are available now for just £38 per adult and £24 for teens. Under 12s go free and weekend tickets even include free camping! For a chance to win a family ticket worth £115, turn to our competitions section on page 52.

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Explore Trewidden Garden, the horticultural paradise of Penwith

15 acres in size, Trewidden is one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall. Unusually, instead of being a linear garden like so many other Cornish gardens, Trewidden has a network of winding paths interspersed with an impressive collection of over 300 camellias, champion magnolias and extensive and unusual plantings. What’s more, the team recently completed the Rhododendron Kurume Azalea Wilson 50 collection, which is now classified as a national plant collection. It also has one of the finest stands of Dicksonia antartica (Soft Tree Ferns) in the Northern Hemisphere.

The tearoom serves homemade light lunches, cream teas and cakes and has a delightful range of gifts and plants for sale. Dogs are more than welcome and the paths are generally flat, making them easily accessible for most people. Entry costs just £6.50 per adult and season tickets are a mere £15.  The best part is, under 16s get in for free, making Trewidden a great day out for the whole family!

For more information call 01736 364275 or visit

Wild Singing Workshops with local singer, Janice M

Set to bring harmony, fun and positivity to Cornwall this year at Port Eliot Festival, Trebah Garden’s Live Music Festival as well as Enys Gardens’ Foodjam, Janice M’s Wild Singing Workshops infuse simple melodies and harmonies with fun and engaging tuition. Helping participants to find their voice in a friendly atmosphere, Janice uses stunning outdoor locations, immersing her students in the inspiring and ever-changing acoustics of nature.

Resident of Cornwall for the last ten years, Janice explains: “I can’t wait to bring these special opportunities to Cornwall. Singing as a group and spending time in nature boosts our health and wellbeing and my workshops encompass all these elements. They’re about singing to feel good whilst enjoying the natural wild wonders of our beautiful county.

Workshops include those for adults only,  those for families; some even include a cream tea! Singers of all abilities are welcome, including complete beginners, so why not try it for yourself this summer?

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