Category Archives: Towns

Penzance Bowling Green

During the storms over the last few weeks in February 2014, the seafront at Penzance and Newlyn  has been absolutely ravaged, with boulders tossed into the road.  However, there is a bowling green on Penzance seafront which appears to have completely bypassed the damage. Even if the member have been along to remove stones, surely the grass, or buildings would have been damaged ?  Everyone who was walking past that I heard, passed a comment. Judge for yourself, these pictures were taken on the same day of sites on the same seafront.

Penzance Bowling Green

Penzance Bench


Mousehole Lights 2012

It's the 49th year of the Mousehole Lights,  everyone should come down at least once, it really gets you the mood for Christmas.

The switch on is scheduled to happen on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm, with an open air "carolaire" concert.  The lights will then be on between 5pm and 11pm until Friday 4th January.

Here are some of the pictures from the 2011 switch on, click on the picture for a larger image.  Click HERE for a google map of how to find us.

First Picture of mousehole lights switch on 2011

View of mousehole lights down a typical narrow mousehole street

Picture of mousehole harbour lights 2011

Picture of mousehole harbour lights and town 2011



Mousehole Lights Preview

Mousehole lights are officially turned on today at 7.30pm.   The road immediately around Mousehole will be closed to the public  from 5pm just for Saturday 17th Dec. Click here for full details of where to park and further information.

Here's a couple of photos from the Harbour from this week.

Picture of mousehole harbour lights 2011

Picture of Mousehole Harbour lights dec 2011

To book or check prices and availability of accomodation in mousehole, via laterooms, click on the pictures below :-

The Old Coastguard
2 star AA
A small seaside hotel recently taken over (June 2011) by the team behind West Cornwall's Gurnard's Head and Wales' Felin Fach Griffin. 14 bedrooms nearly all with proper views over the glistening Cornish sea and towards St Michael's Mount and the Lizard. An ideal launchpad for trips to The Scilly Isles or a perfect base for visiting the beaches and gardens of West Cornwall for the Minack Theatre and Land's End and the artists' studios and galleries of Newlyn Penzance and St. Ives. Good food and ...picture of The Old Coastguard
Ship Inn
4G star AA
Mousehole two miles south of Penzance is the archetypal Cornish village and boasts what is said to be one of the most beautiful harbours in Britain. Sheltered from the Atlantic's fury there is a low tide beach from the harbour you can take a boat trip or venture along the breathtaking coastal path and in the charming streets of fisherman's cottages you will find craft shops cafes and galleries. The Ship Inn is a traditional pub located on the harbour right in the heart of this traditional Cornis...picture of Ship Inn
Tremayne Guest House
3G star Self-Accredited
Welcome to Tremayne Guest House situated in the heart of Mousehole Cornwall. Only 50 yards from the harbour and amenities.The refurbished Guest House offers comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome.We are unique as well in having on site parking.Tremayne is an ideal place to stay being central for exploring West Cornwall.With picturesque beaches and miles of coastal walks nearby Tremayne will give you that service to make your visit more memorable....picture of Tremayne Guest House


Mousehole Lights November Update

The harbour lights volunteers are busy putting up the various lights, ready for switch on the 17th December.  We thought we'd put up some pictures of the lights as they look in November 2011 so far. Of course they don't look as good in the day, but here they are 😉


Mousehole Harbour November 2011

Mousehole Harbour November 2011


Mousehole Harbour November 2011 Pudding Light

Mousehole Harbour November 2011 Starry Gazey Pie Light


Newlyn Fish Festival 2011

Newlyn Fish Festival – 21 this year!

Celebrate all things fishy on August 29th in one of Cornwall's most distinctive and
original fishing ports. Satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you can get whilst
enjoying great cooking demos, live entertainment or bidding at the seafood auction.
August Bank Holiday Monday sees the annual Cornish celebration of the sea, fishing
and seafood at the 21st Newlyn Fish Festival, where you will find more fish than you
can shake a mermaid’s tail at!
Cooking it in the Fish Market Kitchen will be a rolling programme of top local chefs:
Paul Ainsworth from No.6, Justin Ashton from the Lime Tree, Sanjay Kumar from
Slow Food Cornwall, Kier Meikle from the Navy Inn, Annie Sibert from My Fish
Kitchen and Robert Wright from Untitled.
Duncan and Sue Lucas from Passionate About Fish will introduce you to one of the
biggest displays of fish you’re ever likely to see and you can buy fish fresh, smoked
or cooked in dazzling variety of ways from the best of Cornish seafood merchants.
Plus a big welcome back to Dan The Fishman with his fish workshops for kids.
There will also be the Big Fish-Filleting Challenge featuring the unsung heroes of the
seafood industry – the backroom boys and girls who will be competing for the title of
Cornish Fishmonger of the Year 2011. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Newlyn Fish
Festival without a couple of Robin Turner’s famous Newlyn fish auctions. This year,
Robin will be auctioning not only fish but also a traditional withy lobster pot which will
be made during the day on the North Pier by Mousehole pot maker David Cotton. So
come and bid for your supper (and the pot) and help to raise money for the Royal
National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
With two music stages and a Busker’s Corner hosted by Tros and Treys, there will
be one of the biggest line-ups of local bands and performers that you’ll find
anywhere on one day in Cornwall.
And new this year, is the Fish Tales Tent where you will be treated to the best of the
spoken word by the very best of local story-tellers and poets. The Tent will also
display many prints from the Newlyn School of Art generously lent by Penlee House
and Gallery.
Next to the Fish Tales Tent, Pam and Ron Hogg from the Newlyn Archive will show
you some of their display of old photos and artefacts showing the rich history of
On the water will be gig racing, lifeboats and fishing boats. Look out for the jet-skis
from the Cornish Jetskier Club who will be performing stunts, parades and rescue
demonstrations throughout the day, along with the current waterski freestyle British
champion Ant Burgess. And, at the other end of the spectrum, there will be a whole
fleet of luggers, some of which will taking part in a lugger rowing race in the
Bilbo the life-saving dog will be on the North Pier, and, around the harbour, watch
out for mayhem and madness from Trifle Gathering with actors from Miracle Theatre
as they perform their own distinctive and whacky brand of daring gymnastics.
Camborne Pondhoppers will have their display of model boats next to the RNLI
building, and, with bouncy castles, face-painting, wet-sponge throwing and a coconut
shy with a difference, there will be plenty of fun for kids, too, including the return of
the popular Fishy Trail.
The entire day will be filmed by our media partner, MyCornwall TV and it’s all in aid
of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. A great day out for everyone!
Entrance £5 adults. Under 16s free. Follow signs from the A30. Parking on Newlyn
Green or Newlyn Coombe.
The opening ceremony
The Newlyn Fish Festival gates open at 09:00 and close at 17:00 with last entrance
at 16:00.
Paul Ainsworth from Number 6 in Padstow, will be officially opening the Festival on
the main stage at 10:00. The Ronnie Richards Memorial Fund will hand over a
defibrillator to Keith Dickson, Superintendent of the Riyal National Mission to Deep
Sea Fishermen, and which will be housed at the Fishermen’s Mission in Newlyn.
Kitchen Schedule
Time Who
10:30 Paul Ainsworth from Number 6, Padstow
11:15 Keir Meikle from the Navy Inn, Penzance
12:00 Robin Turner ‐ Fish Auction
12:30 Robert Wright from Untitled, Penzance
13:15 Justin Ashton from The Lime Tree, Penzance
14:00 Sanjay Kumar from Slow Food Cornwall
14:45 Annie Sibert from My Fish Kitchen
15:30 Big Fish‐filleting Challenge for the Cornish Fishmonger
of the Year 2011.
16:30 Robin Turner – Fish Auction and Withy Pot Auction
Newlyn Fish Festival – Weekend of Sail
Something special to see and join in over the Festival weekend.
A gathering of Cornwall’s old sailing fishing luggers moored in the Old Harbour,
Newlyn and showing their sails in Mounts Bay. These are the boats that caught
Cornwall’s fish before engines were invented. Join the spectacle and get a taste as
the boats enter the Old Harbour on August 27th, Saturday evening, and the crews
come ashore to sample delicious pilchards generously provided by Trelawney Fish
and specially barbecued by Sanjay Kumar from Slow Food Cornwall. Sanjay is
donating all proceeds to the RNMDSF.
On Sunday the 28th, the luggers will be off to sea for a day’s sailing around Mounts
Bay. You will be able to see them from all around the bay before returning back to
A Fun Fish Workshop for Kids
A fisherman for 20 years and one‐time lifeboatman and now a full‐time fishmonger,
there’s not much that Dan The Fishman doesn’t know about seafood. Come along and
share his enthusiasm and knowledge at the Newlyn Fish Festival where he will be running
a number of free workshops for 5 to 16 year olds (but he may stretch the age limit a bit!).
Learn not only how to recognise the different species but also how to handle, prepare and
cook them – oh, and you can eat them, of course! He will also have a tank of live lobsters
on show.
The workshops will begin on the hour and half hour from 9:30 with the last one at 4pm.
They will take place in the Fish Market ‐ and it’s all free!
You can join in the fun by emailing your name and preferred time slot to or texting it to 07518 603955 – or just turn up on the day.
Fish Tales Tent
All fish have tails, but do fish have tales? Come along to the harbour side of the Ice Works
and find out. In the Fish Tales Tent, you will hear many stories of the deep.
Be enthralled to the best of local story-tellers, poets and purveyors of the spoken
word. From John Wallis, Liz Harman, Angie Stoner, John Brolly, Martin Green and
many, many more in a rolling programme of tales and poems loosely based on the
sea, fish and fishing, and probably a whole lot more as well.
There will be two special slots for children’s stories at 11:00 and 14:00. So come to
the Fish Tales Tent and treat your ears to some of the best stories you’re likely to
hear this side of Davy Jones’ locker. (I bet he’s got a story or two …!)
the Old Harbour for a plate of a fish kedjeree, again prepared by Sanjay to the
accompaniment of music and dance from the traditional Cornish group Tros an
Treys. Come and enjoy the atmosphere and join in a special evening to remember.
Festival day itself will see the luggers move into the new harbour where you can
have a closer look. Go on board and get a feel for what a working life on one of
these unique boats must have been like.
In the afternoon, they will take part in a strenuous and very unique rowing event not
seen in Newlyn before. Few have seen these heavy boats being rowed, but rowed
they were before the days of engines and some still do. So watch them and give
them a cheer as the crews heave on their heavy sweeps.
Music at Newlyn Fish Festival
The Main Stage
09:00 Penzamba .
09:30 Djazz Celtica
10:00 Opening ceremony
10:10 Djazz Celtica
10:30 Penzance Orpheus Ladies Choir
11:15 Penzance Sea Cadets
11:45 Janette Eathorne and Jill Abbott
12:00 Urban Foxx
13:00 Annie Binding
14:00 The Cornish Wurzells
15:00 St Ives Community Choir
15:30 Annie Binding
16:00 Djazz Celtica
16:30 Penzamba
The Consols UpStage on the Mary Williams Pier
10:00 The Sydewinders,
10:45 Music for you
11:15 Twurzells
12:00 St Ives Community Choir
13:00 Djazz Celtica
14:00 Twurzells
14:45 Jill Abbott
15:15 The Sidewinders
16:00 Falmouth Shout

Mousehole Carnival 2011

Mousehole Carnival is on from Friday 23th August until Monday 15th.  For full details pick up a programme from the shops or car parks in the village.  During most afternoons there are activities for the children on the beach or in the legion if the rain persists. On Saturday evening down at the legion is musician Graham Hart, on Sunday there's a quiz in the Legion and the Shirts playing down at the ship Inn from 9pm. On Monday during the afternoon there are various art activities taking place,  and in the evening the excellent Boogaloo Dudes are playing – all who attended their set last year thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There's lots more on, like I said go get a programme.



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Mousehole Spring 2011

At last mousehole is starting to wake up !  The baulks are out of the harbour, and the temperature is rising. Easter is traditionally when the season starts in most of Cornwall, and Mousehole is no exception. If you want peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, and just to unwind then this is the place for you.

In good weather then there's plenty for all the family to do, on the small beach, in the water, and exploring the rocks.  If on the other hand you want lots of family entertainment, then you'll have to travel further east.

Please see our mousehole page for more information and links