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Superflashy Newsflash January 2021

Read all about it! We may be in lockdown but there's still plenty to shout about in Cornwall this week, from global politics to hot new hotels openings.

G7 Summit comes to Carbis Bay

carbis bay near lelant cornwall

Cornwall is buzzing with the news that this year’s G7 summit is going to be held in in the Duchy in June, at the beautiful Carbis Bay Hotel.

This tiny seaside village where the Carbis Bay Hotel sits above this gorgeous white sandy beach is more famous for its connections to authors Rosamunde Pilcher, where in her novels The Shell Seekers and Winter Solstice the hotel doubles as The Sands Hotel, and Virginia Woolfe, who stayed in Carbis Bay in 1914 – the view across the bay to Godrevy lighthouse inspired her later novel ‘To the Lighthouse‘.

In June 2021 though it will be the setting for Prime Ministers and Presidents from the world’s leading democracies (including Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Boris himself) who are set to come together for their Cornish beach holiday, sorry, annual forum where leaders of the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions. They will also be joined by the leaders of Australia, India and South Korea who will attend as guests.

International delegates will also be staying at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives and other locations nearby. Cornwall Airport Newquay and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth will also play an official role in the Summit with Falmouth hosting UK and international media.

Incidentally, Carbis Bay is one of the stops on Cornwall’s most scenic railway lines which runs from St Erth to St Ives – other stops include Lelant. This stretch is set to undergo the biggest track investment in Cornwall since the 1950s, with Network Rail carrying out the work in Spring 2021. Let’s hope they finish in time for Boris & Co’s trip… easier to get into Carbis Bay by train than by Presidential motorcade, which would make reversing when you meet a tractor fun and games!

Gillyflower Farm, Lostwithiel

Gillyflower Farm is a new exciting project by Sir Tim Smit, which is being created on the site of the Lostwithiel Golf Course. You may recognise Tim’s name, as he’s also the creator of both The Lost Gardens of Heligan as well as The Eden Project, so he’s used to taking on a big project.

He plans to create an enormous orchard of long lost varieties of fruit which no-one would normally plant as well as create an under-cover farmer’s market for local farms to sell produce and establish a community centre similar to that at The Eden Project.

Bodmin Jail Hotel

The luxury 4-star hotel was set to open next month (which obviously has had to be pushed back due to the current lockdown) but we’re excited to see the transformation which blends both heritage and luxury to create Cornwall’s newest – and oldest – boutique hotel of its kind. The former jail has historic significance dating back to 1774 and the 70 bedrooms – each with their own unique story to tell – have been created by combining three cells which retain many of their original features, from weathered stone walls to jail cell doors.

The Eden Project Hotel

Speaking of hotels, we’re also looking forward to the opening this year of the sustainable and environmentally friendly 109-bedroom hotel at The Eden Project, designed by Tate Harmer, one of the UK’s leading architects for sustainability and natural environments. The striking plan features prominent timber poles, cladding the outside and a new meadow and orchard will be planted in the grounds, handily placed near the current Plum Carpark.

Tintagel Castle Bridge and Landscape Project wins award

Photo credit: Hufton & Crow Photography

In July 2019 the new Tintagel bridge opened, built out of Cornish slate and steel and linking the two halves of Tintagel Castle. Spanning a 190ft gorge, with a gasp-inducing gap in the middle, the bridge reconnects the gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on the island. It was the winner of the Showcase Award at the recent ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2020 and has been credited with becoming the English Heritage site with the highest ‘Visitor Experience Score’.

Cornwall Tourism Awards finalists

The finalists have been announced for the 2020/21 Cornwall Tourism Awards after an extended ten-month programme – congratulations to our little black book businesses who have been selected as finalists.

Trewornan Manor, Wadebridge (B&B AND GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR finalist)

Fowey Hall Hotel, Fowey (LARGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR finalist)

Cove24 Restaurant and Bar, Newquay (NEW TOURISM BUSINESS AWARD finalist and RESTAURANT & CASUAL DINING OF THE YEAR finalist)

The PIG at Harlyn Bay, Padstow (SMALL HOTEL OF THE YEAR finalist)

Sally Pickles, The Bowgie Inn, Newquay (UNSUNG HERO AWARD finalist)

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