Cornwall LivingIssue #62

The good old days of summer

Discover Cornwall’s rich heritage of history, legend and lore with English Heritage and a calendar that’s packed with summer events.

Cornwall is steeped in history and here at Cornwall Living, we love nothing more than discovering how our unique heritage has shaped, not just our landscape, but our county’s culture too. In a modern world, we’re able to enjoy the historical landscapes of our county without the need to trawl through the history books – we have smartphones with all the information we could possibly ask for, as well as maps which can take us to significant sites with pinpoint accuracy.

“Over the summer months, there is a plethora of events taking place, courtesy of English Heritage.”

English Heritage knows how important it is to engage people of all ages with history, through the implementation of hands-on experiences that are inspired by the national organisation’s knowledge, imagination and enduring values of authenticity. In Cornwall this is particularly pertinent, with historic sites such as Pendennis, St Mawes, and Tintagel offering us ample opportunity to learn all about the region’s history, heritage and lore from the Iron Age, right the way throguh to the Second World War.

Over the summer months, there is a plethora of events taking place, courtesy of English Heritage, that are ideal for not only engaging, but exciting everyone in your family about the history that’s on their doorstep, just waiting to be discovered.

Pendennis at War

A great opportunity for everyone to step back in time to the Second World War and experience explosive action and all the thrills of the home front.

Hands on History

Get set for a summer packed with time-travelling fun! With lots to see and do, the English Heritage Hands on History crew will be bringing history to life throughout the holidays.

Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle and Tintagel Castle

Grand Medieval Joust

Feel the heat of the contest as magnificent knights on horseback clash at medieval England’s greatest event. Cheer on your favourite in this thundering battle of bravery and honour. Soak up the medieval way of life in the colourful encampments and be entertained by the naughty jester; your budding young knights can even have their strength and skills tested!

Pendennis Castle

Pirates Attack!

Man the cannons – the pirates are coming! Step back in time as the Governor readies his garrison to defend the Tudor castle from a Spanish onslaught and discover the secrets of a fortress braced for attack. With the scourge of the seas launching a full on assault, experience the sights and sounds of skulduggery on a grand scale.

Pendennis Castle

Archaeology Festival

Join the English Heritage archaeologists as they dig deep to reveal the hidden secrets of Tintagel’s past. There will be expert led talks and demonstrations, plus hands on activities the whole family can enjoy.

Tintagel Castle

The Legends of King Arthur

Enjoy some classic Arthurian entertainment as a troupe of performers bring the legends to life with fun-filled shows throughout the castle grounds.

Tintagel Castle


"Over the summer months, there is a plethora of events taking place, courtesy of English Heritage."