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

Ryelands Welcomes the ‘Cornwall Reports’ Team

Last month, Ryelands were proud to host the 'Cornwall Reports' team to our newly refurbished Bed & Breakfast! It was great to see what goes on 'behind the scenes' when recording a local news bulletin, and to meet the presenter, Graham Smith.  If you missed the video on Facebook, here's another chance to see Ryelands on screen!

 

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

Places to visit around Ryelands

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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.

Lydford GorgeLopwell DamBuckland Abbey, the acclaimed Garden House at Buckland Monachorum and the historic market town of Tavistock, with its award winning Farmers Market (www.tavistockfarmersmarket.com) and Pannier market, are among the many attractions in our local area.  The National Cycle Route 27 – The Granite Way (www.sustrans.org.uk) – passes through North Brentnor.  Also Drakes Trail, a 21-mile walking and cycling route from Tavistock to Plymouth, offers scenic routes over Gem Bridge and through Grenofen Tunnel.  Visit Rame Head and its Medieval Chapel and experience the stunning views of the coastline (www.historic-cornwall.org.uk). Once two towns, Medieval Looe has something for everyone (www.looe.org) and an exploration of Polperro's narrow, winding streets and lanes is not to be missed (www.polperro.org)!

Other local attractions include:

This is just a small example of things to explore in our beautiful part of Cornwall and Devon.  Take a look at www.welovethetamarvalley.co.ukwww.visitcornwall.com and www.visitdevon.co.uk for more information.

Ryelands Gems – Our Blog

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Looking for things to do in Devon and Cornwall? Our 'Things to do' blog is designed to inspire and inform you about our beautiful local area – please take a look at our articles to find out more about this beautiful part of the world!

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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.