Friday, 22 August 2014

Top things to do this bank holiday weekend in Cornwall

The summer bank holiday in Cornwall is a time to be grateful that you are in Cornwall and enjoy the long weekend as much as possible and squeeze in as much fun as you can into one weekend. We all hope that there will be an Indian summer and we will get a hot and sunny September but the reality is that this might not happen, so for the last bank holiday until Christmas it’s truly time to leave the day job behind, put away the paperwork and get ready to enjoy the weekend. Whether you live in Cornwall or are simply visiting for the bank holiday weekend there’s loads going on and below is my pick of some of my favourites.

Friday
Cornwall VW Jamboree.
VW Cornwall Jamboree
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For those with a love of classic Volkswagens then this is a three day fun packed festival for you not to miss. With car enthusiasts from all across the country the county show ground at Stithians becomes home to fields crammed pull of people camping with their pride and joy vehicles. With live music each night, a licenced bar, trade stalls open all day, entertainment for the kids and a show and shine on the Sunday were owners put their pride and joy into the show hoping to win a trophy for being the best car their.
If you want to go to the show for a day then tickets are only £5 per person with under 5’s getting in for free. To camp for the whole weekend tickets start at £25.00.
For more information visit their website here 

Waynestock Free Festival.
If classic cars aren’t your thing but camping at a festival and live music is up your street then the FREE music festival at Gwinear at the Royal Standard could be for you. With three days of live music, beer and Food then this is a great line up. There’s some of the west countries most popular artists playing and if you want to camp over then pitches are available for just £10 a night. With bands like Moriaty and The Sum Of this is a festival not to miss. You can find out more about the festival by visiting their facebook page here.

Waynestock Festival
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Seth Lakeman at Princess Pavillions Falmouth
Another favourite of mine is the wonderfully talented Seth lakeman who is a demon with his stringed instruments. With folky yet rocky numbers Seth Lakeman is an artist that I highly recommend that you go and see live and tonight in Falmouth could be your lucky night, listening to his music on CD is one thing but his live shows add a whole heap more energy to his music and is really worth going to if you can. 
You follow Seth Lakeman on Facebook here for more information about his upcoming gigs and music.

Saturday
Car Boot Sales
If you've been hard at work all week or partying hard at one of the weekend festivals there's nothing better than having a lay on on a Saturday morning but don't lay in bed too long and get yourself over to one of Cornwalls car boot sales and grab a summer Holiday bargain. Whether you fancy a lunch time bargain hunt in Mitchell at 1.30pm or an afternoon browse at the Wadebridge county show ground at 3pm. Whether you are selling or buying the bank holiday weekend is a great time for both at one of Cornwalls car boot sales. For more information on times and locations and further details for sellers visit the car boots sales in Cornwall website for all the information you need. 

Roller Skating
If you didn't know that Newquay has it's very own roller disco's then you really are missing out. Based at the bubble dome at Newquays Treviglas College between 3pm and 5pm every Saturday you can get your skates on and have some fun. Whether you’re an adult reminiscing when you used to own your own quad skates or a family with children then this is an ideal activity to burn off some energy. With the bubble dome being indoors you can be sure to keep entertained even if the weather turns slightly sour this bank holiday. Join the Skooters Roller Disco Facebook page to keep up to date with all the roller skating activities and times, costs and skate hire. 
Skooters Roller Disco Newquay
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Reef at the Wateringhole
If all the festivals over the bank holiday weekend are a bit to much then maybe just going to a single gig will be enough for you and what better gig than seeing old skool rock band REEF play at the Wateringhole in Perranporth. What could be better than seeing a great band at a bar on the beach. Tickets are £26.00 each and can be bought here
Reef at the wateringhole
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Sunday
SkyBar Sunday Session
If you haven’t heard of the SkyBar then that’s probably because it’s a pop up venue and is only around for eight days. With a whole host of events from Music to Comedy it’s one definitely not to miss this weekend. If you wanting a cliff top gig with beautiful Cornish views with cocktails and sunsets then this is the place to be on Sunday. Dubbed the Sunday Session the night see’s musicians Alphabeatsoup performing at the Skybar think of an eclectic mix of live jazz and rock music mixed by some very talented DJ’s and your set for a great party on the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. 
If you want to learn more about the Skybar then you’ll need to be quick before it’s gone so check out their website here 
Sky Bar St Agnes
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Bowgie Ale & Music Festival
This is probably where you'll find me this weekend supporting the amazingly talented Josh Curnow. Who is playing this beer festival at mid day. I recently wrote about the young but hugely talented Josh Curnow on my blog  and when i found out that he was playing at the Bowgie Ale Festival it felt quite possibly rude not to go and she him my support. 
Bowgie Ale Festival
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For anyone that doesn't know the giant pink pub perched on the Cornish coast line it over looks the stunning Crantock beach and is definitely worth a visit and with live music and ale thrown into the mix it's one that can not be missed. 

Monday
Cornwall Folk Festival
If you haven't guessed by my weekend suggestions, I love live music and rounding up the end of the bank holiday festival can be done in Wadebridge at the Cornwall Folk Festival. With pockets of entertainment set up all over the town from the town hall to local pubs everywhere will have a folk vibe to the weekend. 
To find out where to get tickets and who is playing where then pop over to their website here for more information. 
Cornwall Folk Festival
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Bude LifeBoat Day
Lastly to round up the bank Holiday finish the long weekend at the Bude Lifeboat day where not only can you get entertainment for the whole family but your support and donations help keep a vital charity going not just in Cornwall but across the UK. From rowing races to cream teas, live music to food stalls there is something for the whole family and what better way to end the bank holiday weekend then with a fireworks display at 9.30pm.

What ever your doing in Cornwall this weekend have a great time, enjoy the weather, the music and time with friends and family. 

Wille and the bandits play the Sea Level Sessions at Great Western Beach Newquay

If like me you love a last minute plan then Wednesday nights gig on great western beach in Newquay was exactly that. Just a few days previously there was chatter on Facebook of these ‘Sea Level Sessions’ Similar to lusty glaze and the sundowner sessions but on a smaller and cheaper scale, i.e free entry. 
Sea Level Sessions Newquay
It was a gig too good to refuse as not only was the sun shining and setting into the sea behind me but I had sand between my toes whilst dancing on the beach with a cider in hand to the one and only Wille and the Bandits.
Sun Setting over Newquay

Regular readers to my blog will know that I’m slightly obsessed with this band, and it’s not just me but my partner and my friends as well. If you haven’t seen this band live then you need to get them into your lives. From their early days of a mix of their own music and covered songs they now firmly know who ‘Wille and the Bandits’ are and when playing their own music the audience knows and loves them well enough to sing along to all their lyrics.
Wille and the Bandits


If you’re still not sure about this band then knowing they were playing Glastonbury this year and were tipped as one of the top bands to see by Radio one should help encourage you to give them a listen. They are about to start touring in October across the country so make sure you check them out as they are truly amazing and I promise you that you will get lost in their music. If you can't wait to see them at one of their gigs then here's a sandy sneak peek of their beach gig from Wednesday night covering Santana's Black Magic Women. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach - Lots of Pictures

There was loads of action at Fistral Beach yesterday for the men's heats of the Boardmasters surfing competition. The finals are today but to see some of yesterdays action check out the photos below, or head over to the Photobrook Facebook page for loads more images. 
Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach


Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach


Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach


Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach


Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach

Boardmasters Mens Surfing competition at Fistral Beach




Sunday, 3 August 2014

6 Months after the Cornwall Storms, see the Before and After photos

6 Months ago, Cornwall and a lot of the Uk was battered by some of the worst storms to reach our shores with devastation being caused up and down the country. 6 Months later with the sun shining and the holiday makers flocking to the county I thought it would be interesting to re-visit some of the locations of my previous photos and compare how the places look now compared to when they were ravaged by storms just 6 months earlier.

Firstly I visit Mawgan Porth which was hit by the storms in February 2014 although there wasn't too much physical damage the Mawgan Porth Storm was particularly bad due to the high tides and the surging tide that whipped up through the village causing a mess of debris and ripping up the foundations at the entrance to the beach.
Mawgan Porth Storm Damage Feb 2014
Mawgan Porth Summer 2014

The edge of the beach where the road wraps around was pulled down onto the beach by the ocean, but today the sand has been replaced and the beach safe again.
Mawgan Porth Storm Damage Feb 2014
Mawgan Porth Summer 2014
When the high tide hit the road was completely flooded, this left a trail of sand, stones, wood and lots of rubbish across the road. Today looks a very different place with clean roads with a light dusting of sand.
Mawgan Porth Storm Damage Feb 2014
Mawgan Porth Summer 2014
The one thing that warmed my heart during the storms was all across Cornwall as soon as it was safe, the local residents were immediately out in force clearing the damage and getting towns and villages back in business. Here you can see locals with the help of a tractor clearing away the debris from the road. 6 Months later the shops are back open stocked ready for the holiday makers and it would be hard to believe the storms ever hit. 
Mawgan Porth Storm Damage Feb 2014
Mawgan Porth Summer 2014

The next set of images show just how far up the road the storm surge pushed it's way into the village of Mawgan Porth. This morning shows the road clear and ready and waiting for the tourists to arrive and enjoy a day on the beach.
Mawgan Porth Summer 2014Mawgan Porth Storm Damage Feb 2014

This last image shows the entrance to the old petrol station in Mawgan Porth being cleared by local residents and today beautifully clear ready for the summer's sunday visitors.
Mawgan Porth Storm Damage Feb 2014
Mawgan Porth Summer 2014

Next I went back to visit Fistral Beach a place in my opinion that has completely changed by the storms and is still effecting people even today. The visible damage was to the Fistral Surf Centre building that had it's foundations ripped out from underneath it. There was a lot of damage from the storms with the beach littered with wooden beams once used as fence posts, the sand dunes ripped away and the beach cut back by around 10 foot. But if you visit the beach today you will notice how the beach is now shaped completely differently. The once rather flat beach now has a steep slope down to the waters edge and when the tide comes in the water stays in for a lot longer and the waves turn into a shore break. At low tide it is also now noticeable the amount of sand that has been removed from the beach and now exposes a lot of new rocks on the shore line. Although over time the sands will shift and as the tides come and go things will constantly change but right now comparing the beach to 6 months ago things do look very different.
Fistral Beach Storm Damage 2014
Fistral Beach Summer 2014

The outside decking to the Fistral Blu Bar was completely ripped down along with the foundations but 6 months on the decking is back, bigger and stronger than before and ready to enjoy a beer on whilst watching the sun go down. 
Fistral Beach Summer 2014Fistral Beach Storm Damage 2014
One of the most noticeable aspects of the winter storms at Fistral was the amount of marine litter that was washed up. Fishing crates, rubber gloves and lots of boat rope. 6 Months on the steps are repaired and cleared of all the entwined rope.
Fistral Beach Storm Damage 2014
Fistral Beach Summer 2014

At the time of the storms there were so many places that all had been damaged, some of my favourite places some that I don't usually visit but everywhere had a big clean up and restoration project to see them face before the summer months and the onslaught of the tourists. One place that was effected was Lusty Glaze beach where the storms ripped apart many beach huts and even swept ice cream freezers straight out of buildings and onto the beach. Lusty Glaze is definitely back in business after the storms and well in truly in time for summer with their additional marquees up for their sundowner music sessions.
Lusty Glaze Summer 2014Lusty Glaze Storm damage 2014

Lusty Glaze Storm damage 2014
Lusty Glaze Summer 2014

Lastly and maybe most iconic was the damage the occurred and kept occurring at Towan beach in Newquay. Night after night massive waves crashed into Towan beach causing more and more destruction each time. Ripping out the road that leads to the beach, ripping out walls, tearing off doors and eventually bursting holes into concrete walkways and ripping them away. Although the beach is open and looking beautiful you can still see a lot of the damage caused 6 months on. The road thankfully has been repaired and the walls replaced but the giant hole is still there and access to the beach via the stairs where these pictures were taken are still not open.
Newquay Storm Damage 2014
Newquay Summer 2014


Newquay Storm Damage 2014
Newquay Summer 2014
Although Towan beach looks very different today to what it looked like 6 months previous there is still a lot to do to get the beach back to it's former glory before the storms in Newquay that ripped this beach apart.
Newquay Storm Damage 2014
Newquay Summer 2014