Cornwall LivingIssue #143

A date for your dive-ary

Boconnoc Estate is delighted to be hosting a fundraising dinner and auction this February, in support of Dive Project Cornwall.

After a resounding success in its first year, introducing young people from around the UK to the incredible marine environment and instilling in them a desire to cherish and champion its vitality for generations to come, last year alone Dive Project Cornwall trained over 350 school students from around the UK, reaching and educating over 500,000 young people via its education programme on the importance of the ocean. It’s an achievement that the whole team is immensely proud of and, as we embark on a new year, Dive Project Cornwall seeks to make this one even bigger than the last. But it needs support in order to do so, which is where the amazing house and grounds of Boconnoc Estate come in.

Steeped in history, Boconnoc Estate has been home and host to some of our country’s greatest luminaries. It is believed to have welcomed King Charles I, who stayed in what is now known as the King’s Bedroom, and home to William Wyndham, Lord Grenville, who married Anne Pitt and later became Prime Minister. Wyndham was also famous for abolishing the slave trade. In 1864, on Lady Grenville’s death, the estate was bequeathed to George Matthew Fortescue, younger son of Lord Grenville’s sister, Hester, who married the first Earl Fortescue of Castle Hill, Devon. It has remained in the Fortescue family ever since.

Today, Boconnoc Estate is only open to the public for private events, most of which are weddings, which makes this upcoming fundraiser a fantastic opportunity to visit the amazing house and grounds whilst supporting one of Cornwall’s finest not-for-profits. Taking place from 7pm on 8th February, the evening will begin with welcome drinks, before a four-course dinner and complimentary wine. At around 9.30pm, a presentation will unveil the extent of the work of Dive Project Cornwall, along with its plans for the future, and at 9.45pm, an auction of more than seven amazing lots will take place, with proceeds going towards helping Dive Project Cornwall achieve its goals.

The evening will be hosted by Dive Project Cornwall, with food prepared by a team of renowned chefs, some yet to be named, others including ex-Executive Chef for Rick Stein, Stephane Delourme. It’s shaping up to be an incredible evening for the social calendar, with the best part being that it’s all in support of a cause that is key to a stable future for our planet.


Tickets for the Dive Project Cornwall Fundraising Dinner and Auction are £110 per person, with tables for ten people available at a reduced rate of £1,000. To find out more, contact Project Director, Andy Forster:

07711 160590