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Superflashy newsflash: What’s the local goss?

Movers, groovers and gossipers, listen up! From hotel openings to music and film news, here's all the hot goss from Cornwall this month.

Hotel openings

Relaunching this summer is one of Cornwall’s finest hotels, Hotel Meudon, opening under new ownership to offer an upscale, sophisticated and elegant bolthole. Hidden along a quiet country lane at Mawnan Smith between Falmouth and the Helford, Hotel Meudon is set in Cornish subtropical gardens and boasts direct access to a private beach, Bream Cove (above).

Previously owned and operated by the Pilgrim family from the 1960s until its sale to Kingfisher Resorts in December 2020, the hotel has undergone extensive and imaginative refurbishments and is set to reopen from 17th May 2021 (subject to Government guidelines).

Foodie news

Fowey Hall Hotel is launching an outdoor market fortnightly from 30 May – which offers one of the UK’s most scenic views stretching over the Fowey Estuary and out to sea. Expect delicious coffee, bacon sandwiches, regenerative vegetables and farm produce, basket weavers, wood carvers, fashion, cake stalls, potters, quilters, artists, antiques, Cornish storytellers and musicians and lots more.

Origin Coffee have opened a new coffee roastery and cafe with outside seating in foodie harbour town, Porthleven. Don’t worry, the warehouse in Penryn is still open, as are the London shops. We also hear that there is a new coffee place in Padstow in collaboration with Rick Stein. More on that when we have full details.

Talland Bay Hotel near Polperro is throwing open the shutters at a new garden bar with glorious sea views, the hotel’s sub-tropical gardens a handy, picture-perfect spot for walkers to stop off and refuel. Open from 11 am to 3 pm Thursday to Sunday serving refreshing drinks, ‘posh toasties’, ice creams and snacks.

Truro Farmer’s Market has announced that it will host one of the heats for the prestigious Young Trader of the Year competition, an annual event run by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) which aims to identify and support the next generation of market traders. Taking place on the 5th June alongside the regular market on Lemon Quay, the heat is open to all entrants between the ages of 16 to 30, and the winners will go through to the South West Regional Final in Wells on 29th July. 

Get thee to the shops

If fairly made dresses, sandals and holiday wear is your thing then you’ll be pleased to know that Aspiga has opened up a shop in Trebetherick near Polzeath. Well, the Telegraph did report last summer that the ‘Polzeath set’ are a fan. We popped in during the first week of opening and left dreaming of a hot summer wafting around in white and blue caftans.

Also new to the Rock area is Juice, which has opened near the ferry next door to Blue Tomato, stocking Muddy faves Fairfax & Favor, plus clothes, candles, baskets and jewellery.

Lights, camera, action!

It’s all go with filming in Cornwall, with Rick Stein spotted out filming in Looe, plus the Game of Thrones prequel underway in Crantock and St Michael’s Mount. Meanwhile, back in Port Isaac and surrounds it is all about Fishermans Friends 2.

What’s this? An actual concert? The Eden Project have announced that there will be an Eden Session series of concerts in September, with Ben Howard the first act confirmed as 11 September 2021 (tickets go on sale 6 May) shortly followed by Snow Patrol who will play on 16 September 2021 (tickets on sale 4 May) and Idles on 18 September PLUS McFly is also announced, squeezing in between on the 12 September (tickets on sale 7 May).

Photo credit: Gemma Wearing

Exciting news from the Kerdroya labyrinth (new major piece of public art) near Colliford Lake on Bodmin Moor. They are offering training workshops, the “Outdoor University of Cornish Hedging” intended to pass the ancient craft of Cornish hedging to the next generation, and give participants the opportunity to help build the Kerdroya labyrinth. The programme is supported by the Guild of Cornish Hedgers, with 2, 5 and 10-day Lantra accredited courses available.  More info here.

Wildlife update!

Orca sighting off the coast of Cornwall by the Minack Theatre – wildlife enthusiasts are super excited that the first record of the UK’s only resident population of Orcas has been seen off the Cornish coast.

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