Cornwall – what’s going on in August and September?

This summer there really is something for everyone going on in our beautiful part of the world!  Love music, books, nature, food and fashion?  How about watching some great theatre under the giant umbrella that is Sterts Theatre, Cornwall’s unique amphitheatre, on the edge of Bodmin Moor? http://www.sterts.co.uk

It is the last chance to visit The Butterfly Count at Cotehele, until 5 August, to see how many varieties of butterfly you can spot.  Booking not needed – pick up your count sheet and explore the gardens and mill!  You will find an array of events taking place at Cotehele throughout August and September. – well worth a visit and so close to Ryelands!

The world famous British Firework Championships are also coming back to Plymouth’s waterfront on 8 and 9 August, bringing sparkle and drama to Plymouth Hoe –http://www.britishfireworks.co.uk

Make the most of the hot British summer and grab your blanket and popcorn ready to watch a movie under the stars at Mount Edgcumbe (Torpoint, Cornwall) or Tinside Lido (Plymouth) or in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard.  A variety of film classics and family favourites can be enjoyed at the Open Air Cinema.  We at Ryelands saw ‘Dirty Dancing’ and it was spectacular on the big screen!  Check availability and book –  https://plymouthartscentre.org/whats-on/open-air-cinema-2018/.

Make the most of the beautiful Cornish weather and enjoy one of Tamar Trail’s recommended walks that lead you through the woods to breathtaking views of the Tamar Valley and a landscape shaped by the area’s mining heritage.  A trail map can be downloaded on their website – http://www.tamartrails.co.uk/walking/.

Looking for more activities to fill your beautiful long Cornish Summer days?  Why not pop over to the Visit Cornwall website to find out what else is happening close to Ryelands and the rest of the county! https://www.visitcornwall.com

June and July Events in and Around Saltash

Ryelands B&B is ideally situated for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders, explorers of Dartmoor with its miles of rugged moorland and magnificent granite tors or those just wishing to get away from it all and relax.  June and July are big months in Cornwall for outdoor events, thanks to the (mostly) glorious weather we are blessed with!

Plymouth is hosting Flavour Fest from 1st–3rd June 2018, which is the south west’s largest food and drink festival held at the city centre Piazza.

For those of you who love a good agricultural show, it’s the Royal Cornwall Show on 7th-9th June 2018! Held near Wadebridge every year, it’s a great day out for animal lovers, foodies and those looking for some retail therapy and well worth a look if you are in the area.

Enjoy a regatta? The Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival is happening on 9th and 10th June 2018. The 183rd Saltash Regatta held close to Ryelands B&B, is one of the most colourful events held in Cornwall and, certainly for South East Cornwall, and is the most popular annual regatta! 

If music is more your thing, why not head to the Polperro Music Festival from the 16th-18th June 2018 and enjoy their arts and crafts fair, village carnival and bonfire – as well as plenty of music, obviously!

An upcoming event that we can highly recommend is Mevagissey Feast Week which is being held from 24th-30th June 2018, which celebrates the feast of St. Peter (as it has done since 1754).  There are numerous events going on throughout Feast Week, including a carnival parade, fete, musical concerts, fireworks and a raft race. 

This summer, there really is something for everyone going on in our beautiful part of the world! Love music, books, nature, food and fashion? The Great British Summer Festival – a day of music and entertainment, food, workshops and shopping is happening at Mount Edgecumbe House and Barrow Centre on the 22nd July 2018.

And don’t forget that the Port Eliot festival (held on the private estate of the Earl of St Germans, near Saltash) is happening from the 26th to the 29th July 2018.

There’s always something to see down here in sunny Cornwall – don’t just take our word for it! Visit Cornwall have a great ‘what’s on’ page – find it here: https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on

Join the Easter Egg Hunt at Ryelands

If you’ve booked to stay with us at Ryelands during the Easter break then you’re in for an egg-citing treat with our Easter Egg Hunt!

The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs around the accommodation and we need your help to solve the clues and find the eggs!

Let Julie know you want to join in the hunt, and off you go in search of a delicious treat.

Available complimentary during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and can be played by all guests for a bit of fun!  We look forward to welcoming you to Ryelands, this Easter.

For more details, or to book your Easter break to Ryelands please contact Julie on 07771 963926 or email enquiries@ryelandsbandb.co.uk.

Ryelands Winter Special Offers

Take advantage of our Winter Special Offers and stay in the magical Cornish countryside this Christmas, at Ryelands B&B.  Our winter discounts are available on rooms throughout November, December and January and even better, we offer a 10% discount if you book directly with us via our website at www.ryelandsbandb.co.uk.

Christmas in Cornwall

Ryelands is located overlooking the Tamar Valley, on one side of the valley is Devon, the other Cornwall, and the valley extends north from the broad estuary at Plymouth to the intricate, deeply incised river that meanders just below Launceston and Tavistock. Ryelands B&B is positioned on the border of the two counties near to Saltash, known as the ‘Gateway to Cornwall’. The Tamar Valley borders Dartmoor National Park to the east and the Kit Hill area to the west. As many our guests state in their reviews, we really are in the perfect location!

Illuminate 2017

There’s plenty of Christmas cheer going on in and around us this winter; Mayflower 400 UK commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Plymouth to America, carrying the pilgrims who founded the modern United States. On Friday 24th November 2017, the run-up to this significant moment in history will be commemorated with Illuminate – a light festival for Plymouth.

Plymouth will see Royal William Yard illuminated by design, art and inspiration inspired by the values of Mayflower 400; freedom, humanity, imagination and future. This four day is worth attending if you’re staying with us at Ryelands.

Saltash Christmas Festival

On 2nd December 2017, the community of Saltash will be celebrating all things Christmas by transforming Fore Street into a pedestrian haven with snow in the air and stilt walkers on the ground.  Well worth a visit to pick up a range of locally made Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Saltash Waterside Christmas

Join our friendly local community for a great Christmas event in Saltash on 2nd December, with carols around the Christmas Tree and the Brunel Bridge all floodlit. Father Christmas will be in attendance and a spectacular of Fireworks at 6 pm!

Plymouth Christmas Market

Visit the Plymouth Christmas Market to sample an array of local produce from 30 November to 21 December. The beautiful log cabin style stalls will be selling unique hand-crafted gifts from the South West and further afield, will be festooned in fairy lights offering warming drinks, a Bavarian bar with heated seats, and festive food to keep visitors going – perfect for those chilly, late night shopping trips.

Take Advantage of our Winter Discounts

There’s a huge array of events, activities and festivities taking place in and around Cornwall this winter – it’s an opportunity, for a relaxing winter break, not to be missed!  Find out about more events and activities taking place in and around Saltash, on Visit Cornwall. We look forward to welcoming you to Ryelands B&B where you can be assured that you’ll be taken good care of.  Guests love to sit and enjoy our home-cooked breakfast on a lovely, crisp winter morning, with a hot cup of tea or coffee while overlooking an area of outstanding natural beauty.

View our website for availability and to book your Cornwall adventure.

July and August Events In And Around Saltash

This summer, there really is something for everyone going on in our beautiful part of the world! Love music, books, nature, food and fashion? Don’t forget that the Port Eliot festival (held on the private estate of the Earl of St Germans, near Saltash) is happening from the 27th to the 30th July 2017 – want more information? Click here: http://porteliotfestival.com

The Great British Summer Festival – a weekend of music and entertainment, food, workshops and shopping – is happening at Mount Edgecumbe House and Barrow Centre on the 22nd and 23rd July: http://www.missivyevents.co.uk/

The world famous British Firework Championships are also coming back to Plymouth’s waterfront on the 9th and 10th August, bringing sparkle and drama to Plymouth Hoe – http://www.britishfireworks.co.uk

Looking for more activities to fill your beautiful long Cornish Summer days? Why not pop over to the visit Cornwall website to find out what else is happening close to Ryelands Bed & Breakfast, and the rest of the county! https://www.visitcornwall.com

Cornwall – what’s going on in June and July?

For those of you who love a good agricultural show, it’s the Royal Cornwall Show (8th-10th June 2017) this week! Held near Wadebridge every year, it’s a great day out for animal lovers, foodies and those looking for some retail therapy and well worth a look if you are in the area this week.

June and July are big months in Cornwall for outdoor events, thanks to the (mostly) glorious weather we are blessed with! Enjoy a regatta? The Looe Lugger Regatta is happening this week too (from the 9th–11th June).  Saltash Regatta, held close to Ryelands B&B, will be on from the 17th–18th June.  If music is more your thing, why not head to the Polperro Music Festival (from the 10th-18th June) and enjoy their arts and crafts fair, village carnival and bonfire – as well as plenty of music, obviously!

Two upcoming events that we can highly recommend are Mevagissey Feast Week (25th June-1st July), which celebrates the feast of St. Peter (as it has done since 1754).  There are numerous events going on throughout Feast Week, including a carnival parade, fete, musical concerts, fireworks and a raft race.  For more information, head over to the Mevagissey Feast Week Facebook Page (look up @MevaFeastWeek) for the latest information and a link to their downloadable event guide.

We also highly recommend Port Eliot Festival (27th-30th July) in St. Germans.  The event is an eclectic and fun-filled festival bringing together food, art, fashion, workshops and wellbeing, as well as music (everything from Brass bands to ‘Synth-Pop’!).  For more information about the festival, please head over to their website: http://porteliotfestival.com/

There’s always something to see down here in sunny Cornwall – don’t just take our word for it! Visit Cornwall have a great ‘what’s on’ page – find it here: https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on

Saltash and the surrounding area

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Saltash is known as the 'Gateway to Cornwall', as it lies just across the River Tamar from Plymouth.  It is home to the spectacular Royal Albert Bridge, which with its unique design, engineering and appearance is counted as is one of the greatest bridges in the world. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1859, this stunning bridge is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting the area.


Saltash itself is a thriving town with a lively shopping centre plus a host of independent shops selling unique gifts and souvenirs. There are also pubs, restaurants and cafes and general retail shops for all of your holiday needs.

Saltash provides easy access to other areas of Cornwall and Devon, from the sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay to the dramatic scenery of Bodmin Moor. Less than half an hour’s drive away, you will find the picturesque fishing village of Looe, with Polperro just 10 minutes further down the road.

On the Rame Penisula near Torpoint, you can find Mount Edgcumbe – a grand country house situated in 865 acres of beautiful country parkland. Feeling active during your visit? Why not give 'Disc Golf' a go before you leave the park, or Adventure Segway? Whether you prefer 'extreme', adrenaline-fuelled activities, or are happy with a leisurely stroll around our local area, you can rest assured that you're never too far away from a cream tea!


Another National Trust property, also located in Torpoint, is Antony House and Gardens. This superb early 18th Century mansion has been home to the Carew family for 600 years. There are numerous attractive woodland walks around the house, where you will find many exotic varieties of plant – the perfect place to walk off one too many clotted-cream laden scones…

For further information of other attractions in and around the area, please visit our Things to Do page.

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Cornwall on the Box

Cornwall’s famous coastline has been spotted in many British TV dramas and films, and we are fortunate to be well located for you to be able to visit a large majority of them!

The 1996 historical drama 'Poldark' was filmed in a number of locations around Cornwall, as was the later TV series, which was set mostly around the Helston area. The popular BBC drama 'Jonathan Creek', starring Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin, was filmed at Rinsey Head, which is located off the main A394 road between Helston and Penzance.

'Hornblower', the series based on C. S. Forester's ten fictional Napoleonic war era novels about a Royal Navy Officer, Horatio Hornblower, featured extensive scenes at Falmouth and St Mawes, both about one and a half hours south west of Ryelands.  Love the series? Why not pay a visit to Pendennis Castle, an imposing fortress built by Henry VIII, which was also used as a location for the series. 

As far as TV dramas go, one of the most well-known series that was filmed in Cornwall is the much loved 'Doc Martin'. Starring Martin Clunes, the show is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn, and filmed on location in Port Issac, with most interior scenes shot in a converted local barn at Roscarrock Manor Farm.

Also partly filmed in Port Issac was the welsh detective drama series Hinterland, which came to Cornwall in 2015, and also visited Polzeath, a small seaside resort on the headland opposite Padstow.

Most recently, our very own Tamar Valley featured in the Sky 1 show 'Delicious', featuring Dawn French, which was filmed on location at Pentillie Castle in the Tamar Valley!

Love your Cornish television dramas? Come to Ryelands and enjoy the beautiful scenery that you have enjoyed 'on the box' in real life! We can't wait to see you.