2020 Cornwall Garden Society Spring Show

2020 Cornwall Garden Society Spring Show

A visit to ther 'Chelsea of the South West'

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A visit to ther 'Chelsea of the South West'

Polperro

Just south of Looe is the smaller port of Polperro a quaint old Cornish fishing village whose narrow streets and pretty cottages are undeniably attractive. Many of the cottages are covered with a profusion of flowers in summer and the streets are so narrow they are banned to cars, which makes Polperro an ideal place to explore on foot.

There are shops selling paintings, pottery, jewellery and lots more souvenirs for the visitor and galleries and arts and crafts exhibitions. 

You may see Morris men or Clog dancers in the village too. Polperro Fishermen’s Choir is famous throughout Cornwall. It gives open air performances on the quayside in the season.

The village was notorious for smuggling activities during the 18th and early 19th centuries when veryone conspired to hide the duty-free goods from the excise men.

In the 19th century, pilchards were landed in large quantities in the village. The fish were processed and packed in factories near to the harbour. Many women and children were employed in cleaning and salting the fish.

Looe

(Cornish: Logh, meaning deep water inlet) is a small coastal town and fishing port in south-east Cornwall. Looe is divided in two by the River Looe, East Looe (Cornish: Logh) and West Looe (Cornish: Porthbyhan, meaning little cove) being connected by a bridge. The town is situated around a small working harbour and has an interesting mix of traditional craft & souvenir shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants on either side of the steep-sided valley of the River Looe which flows between East and West Looe to the sea beside a sandy beach. Off shore to the west, opposite the stonier Hannafore beach, lies the picturesque St George's Island.

 

Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show 2020

Cornwall’s gardens are crammed with a profusion of colourful plants and spring marks the awakening of a spate of flower festivals. This is one of the first held in the country. This two-day event will return again in April to the Wadebridge Royal Cornwall Show Grounds. It’s also known as one of the most friendly and inclusive shows and as such attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the country.  

From exquisite cut flowers and rare and unusual shrubs to vintage tools and garden sheds, The Plant Pavilion and Horticultural Heaven offers much to tempt the visiting gardener. The Artisan Area displays an eclectic array of artwork, ceramics, jewellery and illustrations, whilst the cornucopia of Cornish food and drink will keep everyone fuelled in the Picnic Area.

 

Mevagissey

Mevagissey (Cornish: Lannvorek) is a village and fishing port situated approximately five miles south of St Austell. The village nestles in a small valley and faces east to Mevagissey Bay. The inner and outer harbours are busy with a mixture of pleasure vessels and working fishing boats, the remains of a once major industry. However, tourism has supplanted fishing as the dominant industry in recent years. Mevagissey village centre consists of narrow streets with many places to eat and shops aimed at the tourist trade. The outer areas are built on the steep slopes of the surrounding hillsides and are mostly residential.

Lanhydrock House and Gardens

Lanhydrock, near Bodmin, is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants quarters, gardens and a wooded estate.

It is the perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. The kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant.

The house is set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.

Follow in the footsteps of generations of the Robartes family, walking in the 17th-century Long Gallery among the rare book collection under the remarkable plasterwork ceiling. After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian style, with the latest mod cons.

 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head south to Cornwall and our hotel for the next 4 nights, the Lanhydrock at Bodmin. Dinner in the hotel this evening.

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Day 2

Following breakfast in the hotel, our first visit is to Polperro, this traditional Cornish fishing village enjoys traffic free narrow winding streets, tiny fisherman’s cottages, a picturesque harbour along with interesting shops and cafes. We then visit the charming resort of Looe. Wander the maze like streets, learn of the town’s maritime history or simply relax and watch the busy harbour at work. We include a Cornish cream tea at a local hotel. Dinner at the Lanhydrock.

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Day 3

Today we head to the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge for the 2020 Cornwall Garden Society’s Spring Flower Show, described by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best flower shows in the UK, this highlight of Cornwall’s horticultural calendar offers a kaleidoscope of spring colour through spectacular displays of camellias, daffodils, magnolias and rhododendrons. With over 130 specialist nurseries and gardening-related trade stands, a plant pavilion, an artisan area providing an eclectic array of artwork, ceramics and jewellery plus an abundance of Cornish food and drink, the Cornwall Spring Flower Show has something for everyone. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 4

Following breakfast we head to the Mevagissey, which still retains the character and colourful history of a boat building and smuggling Cornish village, our afternoon visit is to Lanhydrock House & Gardens. Discover two sides of Victorian life, below stairs in the kitchens and servants’ quarters, plus the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living, then take a stroll around the extensive gardens filled with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

Sadly we leave our hosts in Cornwall for the return journey home to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Lanhydrock Hotel & Golf Club

The acclaimed Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club is located on the outskirts of the old county town of Bodmin in the heart of the county. Easily accessible via the A30/A38, Lanhydrock is only one hour’s drive from Exeter and boasts one of the finest golf courses in Cornwall along with a brand new purpose built Fitness Suite.

The bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with Hypnos beds and crisp white linen, a good night’s sleep is almost guaranteed. The rooms also benefit from tea & coffee making facilities, an iron and trouser press. Each room has a flat screen TV.

En suite bathrooms include features such as a full sized bath, power shower, a hairdryer, under floor heating, large fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries.

The Nineteen Bistro and Bar offers relaxed dining throughout the day and evening, and boasts incredible views over the golf course and surrounding countryside. Using fresh, seasonal and local produce wherever possible, the chef has created signature dishes for your enjoyment.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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