North Cornwall NT Events

Events coming up in North Cornwall from the National Trust:

2014

Tuesday 29th July

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Wednesday 30th July
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Saturday 2 August
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Saturday 2 August (back up of Sunday 3 August)
Ecoasteering with Cornish Rock Tors

Ecoasteering is a more extreme version of a favourite beach activity, rockpooling. There will be the challenge of jumps and climbs along the way to explore some of the weird and wonderful marine life located on our shores. The morning will be tailored differently to a normal coasteering session with an emphasis on finding and learning about marine life and the local area, following the seashore code as we go.
The activity is ideal for family groups looking to have the adventure and fun of coasteering but with a more educational approach.
Meet at the Cornish Rock Tors gazebo on Polzeath beach. Grid reference SW 937 790, PL27 6TA. Parking adjacent (not National Trust).
9am-12.30pm
Bring swimwear, a big towel to change with, sun cream and water.
£35 Booking essential on 07791 534884

Saturday 2 August
Sun and stars at Carnewas
Join National Trust rangers and Kernow Astronomers for some stargazing at this stunning cliff-top location, recently awarded Dark Skies status.
As the sun, our nearest star, sets slowly into the sea, we may see any sunspots and flares on its surface with a special solar scope.
The moon will follow closely behind. Look for “seas”, mountains and craters through telescopes.
Thousands of stars of various colours and brightness will gradually appear and local astronomers with telescopes will guide you through our amazing Cornish sky.
Meet at National Trust Carnewas car park. Grid reference SW 850 690, PL27 7UW
From 7pm Wear warm clothes  Free and booking not needed.

Saturday 2 August
Ragwort and Butterfly Ramble

Join us for a day out undertaking grassland management and then surveying for the butterflies that make it their home. For a few hours we will be tackling common ragwort, a much misunderstood native plant. Although an essential plant for 30 invertebrate species, as a landowner we have to prevent it’s spread to nearby grazing land. Then in the afternoon we’ll take a walk past beaches and along cliff tops and sand dunes looking for butterflies. A great way to learn your Lepidoptera!
No butterfly knowledge required.
Meet: at the Polly Joke car park on Cubert Common (head down past Treago Mill) SW 777 599 TR8 5QS

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 5 August
Ragwort raid at Sandymouth
Want to meet new people? Spend a day out in the fresh air and play a part in the National Trust’s important conversation work. Come and help us control the spread of ragwort by pulling up the plants near Sandymouth. All tools and tuition provided.
Meet at Sandymouth car park, 5 miles north of Bude. Grid reference SS 204 100, EX23 9HW
10am-4pm
Please wear clothes that can get muddy, stout footwear and bring food and drink. If events change or are cancelled due to weather, we will endeavour to let everyone know. However feel free to get in touch to check beforehand.
Free

Tuesday 5 August

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Wednesday 6, 13 and 27 August
Summer fun activities at the Old Post Office in Tintagel
11-4pm
A variety of activities to keep kids of all ages busy this summer. Details to follow. Please call us for more information on 01840 770024

Saturday 9 August
Go wild in the woods – Valency Valley
Head down to the Valency Valley in Boscastle and join National Trust rangers for a day packed full of activities to get you outdoors and closer to nature. Wildlife encounters, bush crafts, den building, natural art, outdoor play and much more. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet in the pay and display car park in Boscastle (not National Trust). Grid reference SX 096 914, PL35 0HD. Look out for National Trust flags.
10am – 5pm
Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
£5 per person
Booking essential on 01208 863046

Monday 11 August
Rock pool ramble
Join National Trust rangers and PMCG volunteers to discover and learn about the amazing marine life found on the rocky shore of the Polzeath Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.
Meet at the Polzeath Marine Centre. Grid reference SW 936 788, PL27 6TA
12pm – 2pm
Wear suitable clothing and sensible footwear that can get wet (not crocks or flip flops please).
£2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group Members
Booking essential on 07779 8896650 or polzeathmc@gmail.com

Wednesday 6, 13 and 27 August
Summer fun activities at the Old Post Office in Tintagel
11-4pm
A variety of activities to keep kids of all ages busy this summer. Details to follow. Please call us for more information on 01840 770024

Wednesdays 13, 20 and 27August
Bat night & BBQ
Join the National Trust’s local rangers for a BBQ and a talk about bats. The evening will end with a short walk to the cliffs to see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge from old mine workings. BBQ’s provided for cooking. Bat capes optional
Meet at Pentireglaze Farm, Polzeath. Grid reference SW 944 798, PL27 6QY. Park at Lead Mines car park just past the venue. Grid reference SW 941 799
From 7pm until after dark
Bring a picnic / food to cook on BBQ, warm clothes, and a rug to sit on. A torch is useful.
£4 per person. Under 12s free
Booking essential 01208 863046

Thursday 14th August
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Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August
The Big Swim

Swims in the Port Gaverne, Port Isaac and Port Quin areas plus a triathlon. http://www.thebigswimcornwall.co.uk for further information and booking

Sunday 17 August
Meadow management of the Valency

Want to meet new people? Spend a day out in the fresh air and play a part in the National Trust’s important conversation work. Join us to improve diversity of plants in the Valency Valley. We will be raking up hay from the meadows to make way for more plants next year. All tools and tuition provided.
Meet in the overflow pay and display car park in Boscastle (not National Trust). Grid reference SX 096 914, PL35 0HD. Look out for National Trust flags.
10am-4pm
Please wear clothes that can get muddy, stout footwear and bring food and drink. If events change or are cancelled due to weather, we will endeavour to let everyone know. However feel free to get in touch to check beforehand.
Free

Wednesdays 13, 20 and 27 August
Bat night & BBQ
Join the National Trust’s local rangers for a BBQ and a talk about bats. The evening will end with a short walk to the cliffs to see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge from old mine workings. BBQ’s provided for cooking. Bat capes optional
Meet at Pentireglaze Farm, Polzeath. Grid reference SW 944 798, PL27 6QY. Park at Lead Mines car park just past the venue. Grid reference SW 941 799
From 7pm until after dark
Bring a picnic / food to cook on BBQ, warm clothes, and a rug to sit on. A torch is useful.
£4 per person. Under 12s free
Booking essential 01208 863046

Saturday 23 August
Charcoal burning

Join woodsman, Tom Kemp, to learn the traditional art of charcoal burning, using timber from the local area. Minimum age 14
Meet in the overflow pay and display car park in Boscastle (not National Trust). Grid reference SX 096 914, PL35 0HD. Look out for National Trust flags.
11am – 4pm
Wear outdoor clothing and bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
£20 per person
Booking essential (numbers limited). 01208 863046 (max 7)

Wednesday 6, 13 and 27 August
Summer fun activities at the Old Post Office in Tintagel
11-4pm
A variety of activities to keep kids of all ages busy this summer. Details to follow. Please call us for more information on 01840 770024

Wednesdays 13, 20 and 27 August
Bat night & BBQ
Join the National Trust’s local rangers for a BBQ and a talk about bats. The evening will end with a short walk to the cliffs to see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge from old mine workings. BBQ’s provided for cooking. Bat capes optional
Meet at Pentireglaze Farm, Polzeath. Grid reference SW 944 798, PL27 6QY. Park at Lead Mines car park just past the venue. Grid reference SW 941 799
From 7pm until after dark
Bring a picnic / food to cook on BBQ, warm clothes, and a rug to sit on. A torch is useful.
£4 per person. Under 12s free
Booking essential 01208 863046

Thursday 28 August
Rock pool ramble
Join National Trust rangers and PMCG volunteers to discover and learn about the amazing marine life found on the rocky shore of Polzeath Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.
Polzeath Marine Centre SW936 788 PL27 6TA
1pm – 3pm
Suitable clothing and sensible footwear that can get wet (not crocks or flip-flops please)
£2 per person or free to Polzeath Marine Conservation Group members
Booking essential on 07779 8896650 or polzeathmc@gmail.com

Saturday 6 September
Calling all mammal detectives! We need you…
Help us survey for small mammals in the coastal valley above Lundy Bay. You’ll spend the morning by building cleverly designed tunnels that capture just the footprints of the mammals that have walked through! Build your tunnel, bait it and then we’ll place it in the meadows and woodland around Lundy Bay to see what mammals are living there. Please note, if you want to find out what small mammals have walked through your tunnel, you will have to revisit it the next day or alternatively we can let you know what has passed through.
Time: 11am – 2pm
Meet: at Pentireglaze (ranger offices) SW 944 798 PL27 6QY. Parking available at the Lead Mines car park SW 941 799 PL27 6QY

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Sunday 7 September
Water sports in the harbour
Try a snorkel, paddle a canoe, or row a gig boat. Get a different perspective of Boscastle harbour with guidance from local water sports clubs. (Bude sub aqua club, Bude canoe club and Boscastle & Crackington Haven gig rowing club).
Meet at Boscastle Harbour, PL35 0HD. Grid Reference SX 096 914
Parking in the pay and display car park (not National Trust).
3pm-6pm
Bring your own towel and wetsuit, borrow mask and fins from the club unless you have your own
Suggested donation of £1 per person, per sport
Booking not needed

Monday 8 – Sunday 28 Sept
‘The Home Front, WW1’ at the Old Post Office in Tintagel

In commemoration of WW1 join us and learn more about what life was like here in Cornwall when war broke out in 1914. Please call us for more information on 01840 770024

High tides
7.7m on 9th Sept
7.8m on 10th Sept
7.7m on 11th Sept

We have several forecast extra high tides for this year. Any one of these high tides accompanied by a storm surge could spell danger at places like Carnewas (where the staircase could be at risk), Port Gaverne, Port Quin and Boscastle. There are of course other high tides during the year when similar conditions could cause problems.

In the February and September of 2014 astronomical tides are predicted to be significantly higher than the normal range in response to enhanced gravitational pull caused by planetary alignment/distances. There will be a further peak in spring and autumn 2015 before the astronomical influence tails off again for a decade or so. The corresponding low spring tides will also be exceptional and we my get glimpses of seabed features in the intertidal that are rarely seen, of both natural and historic environment interest.

 

Wednesday 10 September
Make hay while the sun shines

Grab this volunteering opportunity by the scruff of the neck and literally help us make some hay! To encourage biodiversity in the marvellous hay meadows around Lundy Bay we cut after the flowers have set seed and then rake off the hay. Come and help us rake hay and we’ll hopefully bring the sunshine! Whatever the weather you’ll get a ploughman’s lunch and cup of cider / apple juice for your trouble – all at a very competitive £1.50 per person!
Meet at Lundy Bay car park on the road to New Polzeath SW 953 795 PL27 6QZ

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 13 September
Heritage Open Day at the Old Post Office in Tintagel

Free entry to house and garden for all visitors as part of the national celebration of our culture. Please call us for more information on 01840 770024

Saturday 20 September

Mega beach clean
Help BeachCare, National Trust and Polzeath Marine Conservation Group volunteers to clean the stunning beaches at Polzeath as part of Clean Cornwall Week. All equipment provided.
Meet on Polzeath beach. Grid reference SW 937 790, PL27 6TA
3pm
Wear suitable clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
Free

Sunday 21 September
Bude pirate run
A multi terrain 8 mile run from Bude linking National Trust land at Maer Downs, Northcott Mouth, Stowe Barton and Sandymouth. Over cliffs, through woods and valleys. Organised by Bude RATs with support from the National Trust.
Meet at Crooklets car park, Bude. Grid reference SS 204 071, EX23 8NF
£10 – £14
Running kit
10.30am – 1pm
Forms from http://www.buderats.co.uk

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 of September

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The Cruel and Curious Sea TWO (art show) at Stowe Barton
An exhibition exploring the darker side of the sea and coast, with representations from selected UK artists. Set within the historic, atmospheric confines of Stowe Barton, the artists’ work will be available to view and purchase. Refreshments available.
Meet at Stowe Barton, Kilkhampton, north of Bude. Grid reference SS 212 113, EX23 9JW
Free entry – donations appreciated
Wear warm clothes
5.30 – 9.30pm

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 October
Walk on the wild side (with overnight in hostel)
As part of the National Trust celebration of the Great British Walk you can join us for an extended and challenging two day hike. The Rangers can tell you more about the local area, wildlife and National Trust work on the route. Walk over two days, with overnight accommodation at our fully equipped bunkhouse at Park Head near Bedruthan Steps.
Meals, packed lunches and transport to and from the start / finish of the walks are included. Full details and itinerary on booking.

Meet at Beach Head Bunkhouse, Park Head, Pentire Farm, St Eval, PL27 7UU
Grid reference SW 853 707
10am on Saturday 4 October to 4pm on Sunday 5 October
Clothing, walking gear and overnight bag for 2 days walking. Day rucsac, camera and binoculars. Pillow and sleeping bag for bunkhouse.
£45 per person payable in advance
Booking essential on 01208 863046 by 26 September

Monday 6– Sunday 12 Oct
‘Faggots, Futtocks and Furze’ at the Old Post Office in Tintagel
Making good use of our local gorse and tickling our taste-buds visit us to see our bread oven come alive as we bake Cornish treats. The oven will only be lit on certain days; please call us to find out more. 01840 770024

High Tides
(7.6m) 8 and 9 October

We have several forecast extra high tides for this year. Any one of these high tides accompanied by a storm surge could spell danger at places like Carnewas (where the staircase could be at risk), Port Gaverne, Port Quin and Boscastle. There are of course other high tides during the year when similar conditions could cause problems.

In the February and September of 2014 astronomical tides are predicted to be significantly higher than the normal range in response to enhanced gravitational pull caused by planetary alignment/distances. There will be a further peak in spring and autumn 2015 before the astronomical influence tails off again for a decade or so. The corresponding low spring tides will also be exceptional and we my get glimpses of seabed features in the intertidal that are rarely seen, of both natural and historic environment interest.

Saturday 11 October
Rattling reeds
Join us for a day out in the rattling reed beds of Porth Mear valley. We need help with our biannual reed cut, preventing the reed bed from drying out and encouraging biodiversity. A great way to spend a Saturday using traditional cutting tools and watching out for kestrels on the valley slopes. You can even have a go at weaving yourself a reed mat! We’ll provide the essential tea and biscuits. Bring wellies if you have them, we can provide them otherwise.
Meet: at Park Head car park SW 852 707 PL27 7UU

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 15 Oct
Rattling reeds

Join us for the second volunteer work party in the rattling reed beds of Porth Mear valley. We need help with our biannual reed cut, preventing the reed bed from drying out and encouraging biodiversity. A great way to spend a weekday using traditional cutting tools and watching out for kestrels on the valley slopes. You can even have a go at weaving yourself a reed mat! We’ll provide the essential tea and biscuits. Bring wellies if you have them, we can provide them otherwise
Meet: at Park Head car park SW 852 707 PL27 7UU

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 28 October
Geology rocks at Pentire Head
Booking essential 01208 863046

Saturday 25 – Fri 31 Oct
Haunting half term at the Old Post Office in Tintagel

Creepy crafts to entertain the kids over the school half term.
‘Tricks and treats’ for kids on Fri 31 Oct. Please call us for more information on 01840 770024

Tuesday 28 October
Geology rocks! Pentire Head, near Polzeath.
Interpret the coastal landscape from a different perspective – join local expert Jane Anderson to guide us through the geological history of the area. With insights from National Trust rangers on wildlife and history too, this should prove to be a fascinating walk. We will finish with refreshments at National Trust offices, Pentireglaze.

Meet at the National Trust Lead Mines car park, near New Polzeath. Grid reference SW 941 799, PL27 6QY
11am – 3pm
Wear suitable walking gear and bring refreshments, a packed lunch and binoculars if you have them.
£3 per person
Booking essential 01208 863046

Wednesday 29 October
Family Scrub Bash

Bonfires, potatoes, toasting marshmallows, we’ve got the lot! Bring along the family and help us in our efforts to reduce gorse and blackthorn and help the wildlife living in our valuable coastal habitats around Lundy Bay. To reward your efforts we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire. Just remember to bring clothing that is suitable for the weather and some sturdy boots (we’ll be working about 1km walk from the car). Don’t forget your Mum or Dad!
Meet: at Lundy Bay car park on the road to New Polzeath SW 953 795 PL27 6QZ

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Saturday 1 November
Scrub n Spuds at Porthcothan Cliffs

Join us in our efforts to reduce gorse and blackthorn and promote greater biodiversity in our valuable coastal habitats on Porthcothan cliffs. To reward your efforts we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire. Family friendly or a great way to meet new people.
Meet: at the council car park in Porthcothan SW 859 719 PL28 8LP
Bring: any extra jacket potato fillings you would like (we’ll provide cheese and beans). Clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy.

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 4 November
Scrub ‘n’ spuds at Sandymouth
Want to meet new people? Spend a day out in the fresh air and play a part in the National Trust’s important conversation work. We will be cutting back scrub and having a bonfire to make way for wildflowers and maritime grassland. We will provide spuds to be cooked on the bonfire with baked beans and cheese filling. All tools and tuition provided.
Meet at Sandymouth car park. Grid reference SS 204 100, EX23 9HW
10am-4pm
Please bring clothes that can get muddy, stout footwear and food and drink
If events change or are cancelled due to weather, we will endeavour to let everyone know. However feel free to get in touch to check beforehand. Free and booking not needed.

Saturday 8 November
Cliffs and Coffee
Hear about the extraordinary cliffs and rocks of the area over a cuppa, and then explore the geology and its wildlife on a walk with local expert Jane Anderson
Meet at the National Trust café, Boscastle. Grid reference SX 096 914, PL35 0HD
£4 to include tea or coffee – pay on the day
Wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
10.30am – 1pm  Booking not needed.

Wednesday 19 November
Scrub n Spuds at Willapark

Join us in our efforts to reduce gorse and blackthorn and promote greater biodiversity of our valuable coastal habitats on the impressive headland at Willapark near Tintagel. Great views up and down the coast of towering cliffs and soaring seabirds. To reward your efforts we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire. Family friendly or a great way to meet new people.
Meet: at the small car park by Bossiney toilets SX 067 889 PL34 0AY
Bring: any extra jacket potato fillings you would like (we’ll provide cheese and beans). Clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy.

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Tuesday 2 December
Scrub ‘n’ spuds at Sandymouth
Want to meet new people? Spend a day out in the fresh air and play a part in the National Trust’s important conversation work. We will be cutting back scrub and having a bonfire to make way for wildflowers and maritime grassland. We will provide spuds to be cooked on the bonfire with baked beans and cheese filling. All tools and tuition provided.
Meet at Sandymouth car park. Grid reference SS 204 100, EX23 9HW
10am-4pm
Please bring clothes that can get muddy, stout footwear and food and drink
If events change or are cancelled due to weather, we will endeavour to let everyone know. However feel free to get in touch to check beforehand.

Saturday 6 December
Scrub n Spuds at Baby Bay

Join us in our efforts to reduce gorse and blackthorn and promote greater biodiversity of our valuable coastal habitats in the valley overlooking Pentireglaze Haven (also known as Baby Bay). Great views across Padstow Bay and the rolling surf. To reward your efforts we’ll cook up a jacket potato lunch on the bonfire and throw in a festive mulled wine. Family friendly or a great way to meet new people.
Meet: at the free parking area at New Polzeath, overlooking Polzeath beach SW 935 795 PL27 6UG
Bring: any extra jacket potato fillings you would like (we’ll provide cheese and beans). Clothing suitable for the weather, working in thorns and brambles and that you don’t mind getting smoky/muddy

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

Wednesday 17 December
Christmas Beach Clean Up at Holywell and Crantock

Take a break from Christmas shopping and present wrapping and help us clean up these spectacular beaches for a couple of hours ready for those Christmas time walks.
Meet: 10am at Holywell car park, SW 767 587 TR8 5PF and / or 1pm at Crantock beach car park, SW 789 608 TR8 5RN

Tools, gloves and tuition: all provided by National Trust
Bring: food and drink, footwear and clothing suitable for the weather and task
Free. 10am – 4pm

Booking: Please call the Rangers on 01208 863821
or email sarahe.stevens@nationaltrust.org.uk

2015

(in pencil)
Feb half term 16-20th
Easter school hols Sat 28 March – Sun 12 April
(Easter weekend is 3-6 April)
May half term 25-29th May
August bank holiday is back to the last Monday of the month – Aug 31st.

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