5 suggestions for a wet day in West Cornwall

Wet weather suggestions from Spud and Louis for wet days in CornwallSpud and Louis have a “wet day routine” of a cosy duvet day snuggled up in the Garden room but for non-feline readers here are a few suggestions for Galleries and Museums for the odd wet day that comes along every now and again.

Over the years I’ve built up quite a bank of suggestions about days out in Cornwall with little titbits of info brought back daily by our guests to top up the “library”! So if you should see a mornings rain in the forecast try one of these until the clouds roll away as surely they will, or as a local Cornish bard that used to say “Penwith moors in the rain – Marvellous!!” and stay with your plan!

Penlee House museum

Penlee House

Penlee House house the Penzance and Newly school pictures

Set at the top of Morrab road in an elegant building previously Victorian home built in 1865 it is the only Gallery devoted to works of the Penzance and Newlyn school artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The ever changing exhibitions normally showcase the work of Elizabeth and Stanhope Forbes, Walter Langley, Howard Harvey, Lamorna Birch and Dame Laura Knight with ever changing exhibitions.

Visit daily between 10.00am and 5.00pm in Summer with the last admission thirty minutes before closing time.

More information about Penlee House visit: -http://www.penleehouse.org.uk/whats-on.html

Lunch suggestions

Eat lunch in the lovely airy conservatory at Penlee House, set in a lush garden or explore Penzance.  The Turk’s Head, the oldest Inn in Penzance, set in Chapel Street which as the former main street is packed full of atmosphere and character.

The Tate Gallery St Ives

St Ives & Tate GallerySorry the Tate Gallery is closed until spring 2017 but the Barbara Hepworth garden opens daily. Perhaps consider a Tate around St Ives Tour starting from the Barbara Hepworth Gardens and finishing at the St Ives visitor centre. Not strictly indoors but a brolly can work wonders and we have several large Golf Umbrellas tucked in the Guest sitting room for our guests!

Every Friday at 15.00–16.00

Every Saturday at 15.00–16.00

Every Tuesday at 11.00–12.00

The Barbara Hepworth Garden

Barnoon Hill, St Ives TR26 1AD There is a small indoor exhibition but the gardens are a must see, even in the rain!  The huge sculptures set in Barbara Hepworth’s own town house garden made especially for her garden and placed there with her own artist’s eye amongst the flamboyant foliage.

Visit daily between 10.00 – 17.20

For more information visit the web site http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum-and-sculpture-garden

Lunch suggestions

Try the charming Porthgwidden Beach Cafe for a relaxed but special lunch right on the beach just below the Tate Gallery or the artists haunt the Sloop Inn. Do beware seagulls if succumbing to a Pasty or Ice Cream in the town they are experts in the field of fast food!

7 day Art Pass

A combined ticket is available for Penlee House, Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Leach Pottery, also offering 10% discount on shop purchases at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance. Holders may return as many times as they like to all or any of the venues during a seven day period. Currently priced at £10 full or £7 concessions for a limited period to 31 March 2017 while Tate St Ives is closed (Hepworth Museum remains open).A sailingboat in st ives on a sunny day but there is still lots to see in the rain

Geevor tin mine and museum

Geevor, the Cornish tin mine that just wouldn’t die is a great place to start  the full story of mining in Cornwall. Kept alive by the miners who held on to this important piece of Cornish history and it has now achieved Cornish Mining World Heritage site inclusion.  The site is packed full of information, set in a stunning location beside the North Atlantic seas. Take an underground tours of the 250 year old Wheal Mexico workings, enjoy talks from the ex miners themselves and visit a fascinating little museum.

Visit 9.00am – 5pm Sunday to Friday (last admission 4.00pm) Summer

For Further information:- Geevor Tin Mine

Lunch suggestion

For lunch there is an on site cafe or meander along the scenic coastal road to The Gurnard’s Head for great food. or nearby the Tinner’s Arms a true Cornish pub dating from 1271 and once frequented by D.H. Lawrence. Here the cows still queue to be milked in the lane outside and hungry coastal footpath walkers refuel for the next stretch of the path with one of the “nation’s favourite drives waiting for you just outside on the road between St Ives and Land’s End.

Porthcurno telegraph museum

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum is almost the birthplace for modern communications  Porthcurno valley, in the far west of Cornwall, was the hub of international cable communications from 1870-1970 and a training college for the communications industry until 1993.

In WWII secret tunnels were dug by Cornish miners to house an underground building and the entire telegraph operations. These bomb proof/gas proof tunnels provided 14 secure cables out of the UK to its allies and are rumoured to be haunted still

The museum proper is reopening in June after extensive reorganisation and the addition of a Sculpture Garden is a nice extra for the day

Visit   Opening times:-10.00am – 17.00 daily (Last admission 16.00)

For further info check here:- Porthcurno Telegraph Museum 

Lunch suggestions

Try lunch at the atmospheric, unspoilt,  Logan Rock Inn –  it’s just as you’d expect a Cornish pub to be – spotlessly clean, full of character and unadorned.

A final note from the Ednovean mousing squad……

“Enjoy Cornwall and remember the rain never usually last for very long!”

I originally published part of this blog in the Ednovean Diaries in that I started in 2009 and as it brought one of the dryest summers I can remember I thought it was worth repeating – maybe this will bring a heatwave!


About Christine Taylor

Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and eight horses including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall

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