Travel to Cornwall with the Bombus Team
Part Two of our Travel Series - Because at Bombus we’re all about LOCATION!
In case you missed it - we asked our team to give us the low-down on some of the places they’d visited recently, along with their top picks, must sees, and insight into travelling during the pandemic. We've already heard from our Marketing and Accounts Manager Jo here: Travel to London with the Bombus Team - Bombus blog
And now it's time to see where Amie has been taking some time out from the Bombus studio to visit.
Amie is the Bombus Studio Manager and recently escaped Kent after 16 months to take a trip to south-west Cornwall; a county filled with colour, pasties, the most breath-taking coastlines and of course the infamous Poldark.
In her own words, here is what she had to say:
A CHANGE OF SCENERY IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL
Venturing out of Kent for what had felt like an eternity felt truly liberating. While I am lucky enough to live in the quaint fishing town of Whitstable and have the seaside and all it offers on my doorstep, sometimes a change of scenery is good for the soul.
Like most people over the last year seeing and spending time with family members has been a bizarre and often a fleeting experience, so what better way to than a father and daughter trip to Cornwall! A mere 346 miles from Whitstable to Pendeen the small village where we were staying, it took a speedy 6 hours door to door! My top tip for traveling down to Cornwall, is to beat the traffic and leave early, we left at 2am which while sounds like madness, helped us avoid any traffic or delays.
You know you are somewhere special when it still looks good in the rain! While it did rain in Cornwall every day and expect that as the weather has a mind of its own, that did not taint the breath-taking and majestic beauty that is the Cornish coastline.
So, without further ado, here’s my guide on how to spend an activity-packed week in South West Cornwall.... with your Dad!
WHAT TO DO IN CORNWALL?
Explore the tin mine ruins
While most visit Cornwall for its beautiful beaches and sea views, exploring Cornwall's tin mining history is a must! The old mines can be spotted with their tall towers along 7 miles of the wild and rugged west coastline from Cape Cornwall to Pendeen Lighthouse. The coastal walk is truly spectacular, and it's easy to understand why this coastline has been featured in so many films and tv shows, notably the BBC's adaptation of Poldark.
Find the Merry Maidens of Cornwall
Southwest from Penzance you can find the Merry Maidens, a 19 Neolithic stone circle set upon an unassuming hillside. Legend has it 19 dancing maidens were turned to stone after partying into the early hours on a Sunday. While these stones are not as large or as impressive as stone henge, the surroundings are beautiful, and the field itself was very atmospheric.
WHERE TO SHOP IN CORNWALL?
Go Antique hunting
Penzance has a relatively ordinary high street, however, wander down to the historic Chapel Street and you will find a myriad of antique shops and Aladdin's caves of treasures to peruse. Top tip, look for the Egyptian House, a beautifully bizarre building flamboyantly designed in a pseudo-Egyptian facade from 1798.
For more modern homeware, pop to No. 56 in Chapel Street a small yet perfected curated shop showcasing hand crafted homewares and clothing, organic skin care products and stationery.
WHERE TO EAT IN CORNWALL?
This vibrant cafe and wellbeing centre to boot, offered much needed sustenance after a day exploring Truro. It has a beautiful outdoor zen courtyard and serves the most delicious vegetarian and vegan health inspired foods; highlights included their mushroom and leek sausage roll and their seasonal buddha bowl.
My dad and I stumbled across Penleen gallery and their pretty cafe on one of the most beautiful residential streets in Penzance. Penleen house set in Penleen Park and has a permanent collection of paintings on show as well as changing exhibitions championing Cornish creatives. The Orangery cafe is set in the leafy Penleen park, and it was the perfect spot to have a slice of hearty beetroot quiche and a nourishing bowl of vegetable soup. As well as lunches they serve teas, coffees and delicious homemade cakes while the gallery is open.
WHAT TO WATCH?
My Dad and were lucky enough to watch 'Behind the Postcard' a thought-provoking short film commissioned by Cornwall Council. Behind the postcard was created collaboratively in response to Cornwall hosting the 2021 G7 summit by a mixture of writers, performers, artists and community leaders. The film highlights the creative reality of Cornwall and the livelihoods that have been affected by the pandemic.