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The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

The new Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, Cornwall’s only motorsport event on a closed public road, will take place on the weekend of 15 & 16 September 2018.

Take a look at all the build up and race day action on Twitter and Facebook.

Speed Hillclimb

Competitors will tackle the course one at a time to try to record the fastest time along a section of the B3276, the coast road linking Padstow and Newquay. The stretch of road will be temporarily closed to normal road traffic for the duration of the event.

The start of the course will be at Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. On each day of the event, a maximum of 90 cars will be allowed to participate.

Competitors will race in the direction of Newquay, with the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornwall coastline to their right, and cross the finish line 720 metres further up the hill.

Speed Hillclimb

The landmark event, which is being jointly organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club, has been made possible by the passing of a new law that allows local motor clubs to apply for permission to temporarily close public roads and suspend the Road Traffic Act in order to host motorsport events.

It’s the first closed-road hillclimb to receive approval from the MSA, which governs four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom, and the third closed-road event in all.

Speed Hillclimb

All profits from the inaugural running of the event will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Food Foundation, which includes Jamie Oliver’s apprentice training scheme at Watergate Bay’s Fifteen restaurant.

Speed Hillclimb

A poster advertising the event in previous years.

Speed Hillclimb

To join us at this thrilling event in September, book to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Guest blog – London Girls Surf Club

Founder of London Girls Surf Club, Kylie Griffiths visited us with her husband during her pregnancy before giving birth to baby Harley. Find out what made Watergate Bay Hotel the perfect babymoon break.

babymoon watergate bay beach

Babymoons and adventure breaks were not something I thought was possible to combine until I fell pregnant. Being a lover of all things active it was a bit of a shocker to find that as how my pregnancy progressed I lost the ability to do some of the things I loved, like surfing. As the months went by even simple things such as even walk up a hill became more of a challenge.

A baby moon had never occurred to me as something appealing and to be honest not something I had even heard of, so when a friend suggested I getaway to stop feeling disappointed about the lack of swell in my life, we decided to mix it up and go somewhere with a touch of adventure.

Watergate Bay Hotel seemed like the perfect choice, the ideal hotel for a break where luxury meets activity. You can spend the afternoon riding waves with the Extreme Academy and then sit in the sauna or the hot tub and wind down watching the waves roll in. This was ideal in my elephant like state, as although I couldn’t get in the sea myself and have a surf like usual, I could swim laps of the pool whilst gazing out at the surf and watching my partner shred some waves. I have to say I was slightly jealous!

Babymoon Kylie Griffiths

The interior of the hotel is as if The Ace (one of my all time favourite hotels) had mated with the perfect surf shack and then Watergate was born. We escaped for a two night break earlier this year before our baby girl Harley arrived like a wrecking ball on our already hectic life. It was a much needed break away before the sleepless nights.

babymoon roll top bath

Neither myself or husband are particularly good at winding down, but what Watergate offers is unique. You can truly balance adrenaline with relaxing which in my experience is a rare find. Most communal areas in the hotel offer up a view over the Bay which I loved, so whilst having a drink in the evening, or eating lunch in the day you are always watching the sea, if you want to, and the many activities it offers. Even the bath has a view! We were treated to a room with a roll top bath and there’s nothing quite like reclining in the tub, with a book whilst being able to have a view like a Cornish beach.

relaxing in swim club with a book, kylie griffiths on babymoon

We started our trip with lunch at The Living Space the weather was against us but we still enjoyed the amazing views from the terrace. I tend to find myself getting fidgety if I try to relax, I’m a total workaholic so have never suited lying by a pool or tanning for hours, so relaxing isn’t my middle name. However at Watergate this feeling evaporated and I don’t think I even checked my phone once (well maybe once but not more than that I promise!). In the evenings we headed down to Swim Club, which is like a luxury lounge, with the best selection of board games.

relaxing on a babymoon watergate bay

Whilst my partner sipped beer and I lugged hot chocolate, we had various aggressive rounds of drafts and chess, whilst watching the sun set behind the rolling waves. In the afternoons we made the most of the incredible location and went for some slow strolls across the Bay and explored the surrounding area, then stumbled back into the room for an afternoon nap.

Watergate bay Hotel Steak

ice cream at Watergate Bay Hotel

All in all in Watergate Bay is a pretty unique place and a true gem of a hotel, if you’re looking for somewhere where you can lose yourself with activity in the day, and then wind down in the evening in a beautiful surrounding then this is the place for you.

kylie grifiths relaxing whilst on babymoon

Book your babymoon or couples getaway.

Watergate Bay Hotel staff barbecue

When you become a part of the team at Watergate Bay Hotel, you’ll be invited to the staff events we run throughout the year, where members of staff can come along to different activities and clubs in their free time.

Housekeeping at Watergate Bay Hotel

We like to kick off the start of the summer season with a barbecue on the beach. The team can come for a burger or hot dog and a drink or two and soak up the sun with their colleagues. It’s an opportunity to get to know the team.

HR at Watergate Bay Hotel

This year we had amazing weather for the barbecue, the sun was shining and people took the opportunity to kick back on the sand, listening to music over a beer or a soft drink.
Hosting the barbecue was our General Manager Mark Williams and the Human Resources team with the help of Mark Burnell our Facilities Manager. Our Executive Chef Neil Haydock did an amazing job in the heat, serving the team perfectly prepared beef burgers, hotdogs and halloumi.
We did plan for a few games of football but unfortunately the tide came in further than expected and the nets had to be rescued.

Management at Watergate Bay Hotel Staff barbecue

Maintenance at Watergate Bay Hotel Staff Barbecue

Marketing and Design at Watergate Bay Hotel

Staff at the Watergate Bay Hotel Barbecue

Staff Barbecue Watergate bay Hotel

Swim Club Staff at Watergate Bay Hotel Staff Barbecue

Watergate Bay Hotel beach at the staff barbecue

Visit our jobs page to find out more about careers at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Fun dog show – 11am, Saturday 20 October

Watergate Bay loves dogs and dogs love Watergate Bay. That’s why everyone is invited to our fun and friendly family dog show in aid of St Francis Home for Animals on Saturday 20 October at 11am with the first class beginning at 11.30am.

Dog show at Watergate Bay

With 11 different classes including cutest puppy, waggiest tail and best in show, we hope to attract every size, shape and breed of four-legged friends to the sand.

St Francis Home for Animals has been rescuing and rehoming dogs for more than fifty years. Based just up the road from us here at Watergate Bay, they do a brilliant job soley relying on public donations, and with your help they hope to keep rehoming dogs across the UK for many more years to come.

Dog show at Watergate Bay

Dog show at Watergate Bay

Dog show at Watergate Bay


  • Most handsome Dog
  • Loveliest Lady
  • Cutest Puppy (under 12 months)
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Best Child Handler
  • Best Rescue
  • Best condition Golden Oldie (8 years +)
  • Best Pedigree
  • Best Crossbreed
  • Judges Favourite
  • Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show

Each class costs £2 and dogs can be entered on the day.

Family fun dog show – 11am Saturday 20 October on the beach at Watergate Bay. Entry on the day.

Find out more about dog friendly holidays at Watergate Bay here.

Apprenticeships – Meet Jodie from Swim Club

Apprenticeships are an alternative employment opportunity at Watergate Bay Hotel. It’s a way to learn a new skill whilst maintaining full time work and creating a career for yourself. We have a range of apprenticeships at the hotel from Beauty Therapy to Hospitality. They are a chance for motivated, enthusiastic and talented individuals to join a fast-moving and forward thinking business while studying for a nationally recognised qualification. The beach is on our doorstep, and we want you to make the most of it.

Swim Club Apprentices

Meet Jodie, she is a Beauty Therapist Apprentice for our Swim Club team. Jodie is a fantastic role model for other apprentices and has recently won first place in the Cornish Skills competition which was a great personal achievement. Jodie will be representing both the college and Watergate Bay Hotel when she competes in the Worldskills UK regional heat in Birmingham in June 2018.

Keep reading to find out what her day-to-day life is like at Watergate Bay Hotel.

Swim Club Jodie treatment Apprenticeship

What made you choose an apprenticeship and what is your current role?

I chose an apprenticeship as I thought it would be a great way to learn the skills required for a new career, whilst working in that environment and earning a wage.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working in Swim Club at Watergate Bay is an incredibly varied job, we get very busy with the guests popping down for a relaxing treatment or a swim in the pool. My role varies from giving Swim Club treatments to the guests or being a host welcoming guests, showing them around Swim Club and booking in their treatments. No two days are ever the same – which I love!

What’s your favourite part about working at Watergate Bay Hotel?

My favourite part about working at Watergate Bay Hotel is its stunning location right on the beach, it almost feels like a treat going to work when you have such amazing views. When people ask where I work I feel proud telling them as it is such an envious place to work and has a fantastic reputation.

Swim Club Jodie treatment apprentice

What is your proudest achievement since joining?

My proudest achievement since joining is coming first in the Cornish Skills Awards from our beauty class. This involved taking part in a full days competition where I was judged by three industry ambassadors for my skills on a back massage with a scrub and two electrical body treatments. The next stage is going to Birmingham to compete in the UK Skills Awards and if I am lucky enough to score high, I would then get the chance to compete at the World Skills Awards in Shanghai.

What is the culture and work environment like?

One of the main reasons I love coming to work is the staff. Everyone is extremely friendly, passionate about their work and we all work well as a team, which results in a great working environment. It’s also great fun as you get to learn so much from your work colleagues, they were in the same shoes as you once and they know exactly how it feels starting a new career as a beauty therapist.

What advice would you give to a candidate interested in an beauty therapy apprenticeship?

I would tell them to go for it, it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new career whilst learning in a workplace environment.

If you’re interested in a career at Watergate Bay, take a look at our jobs page.

Interior style – family suites

At Watergate Bay, we understand how important the interior design of a room can be to make our guests feel welcome and at home. We had so many questions on our last interior design post that we thought we would make another, this time the focus is on our family suites.

Interior specialists, Household have perfectly paired the Hotel’s natural landscape, with colours of oyster grey, porcelain and misty blue –  with our furnishings and decor, creating us a unique interior to be proud of.

Aspace, the team behind some of our kids furniture at Watergate Bay, have created their collections with children in mind. They understand that designing for children requires the same thought and attention to details as designing furniture for adults. All of their bunk beds – the same ones we have in our family suites, are tested to meet stringent safety, strength and durability standards. They worry so you don’t have to.

Family Suite Interior Design

1. The paint colour for the main walls is Little Greene – Bone China Blue Pale 182 and for the feature wall it is Farrow & Ball Plummett 272.
2. The beds were made for us by Rozen Furniture.
3. Our mattresses come from Mattison Contract Beds.

Family Suite Interior Design

4. The pendant lights came from Netdeco
5. The round mirror is from Noble & Wood.
6. The white chairs came from Nordic House.
7. The console table and blue chair are made for us by UHS Contracts.
8. The pouf is from Bailey’s Home.

Family Suite Interior Design

9. The children’s beds are from Aspace.
10. The beanbags are from
11. The rugs are made for us by Fibre Flooring.

See the rooms in full detail, take a virtual tour or book from the rooms page.

Let us know in the comments if you have any favourite features at the hotel.

What’s on in May half-term?

Cornwall has plenty of family activities on offer this May, including lots of half-term specials. Make the most of the Cornish spring weather by getting out and about the county.

Kids’ Zone Activities

Kids Zone

Our Kids’ Zone has plenty of fun, supervised sessions on offer this May half-term. Play outside in our new outdoor play space or kids can get crafty with arty activities throughout the day. And as always, we have lots of games to play and new friends to make.

Kids Zone supervised sessions
For 3-7 years and 7-12 years every morning from 10am and evening from 6.30pm to 10pm – Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June.

Extreme Academy

Extreme Academy

Surfing is the most popular wave riding sport on the planet and we have one of the finest surfing beaches in the country right on our doorstep. If you are a guest of the hotel during May half-term, learn to surf with the Extreme Academy. Every child receives one free lesson.

Lanhydrock Cycle Trails

Lanhydrock Cycle ©National Trust Images/John Millar

Lanhydrock is known for the late Victorian National Trust House and estate that once belonged to the Agar-Robartes family through the 18th Century. With ancient woodlands, winding rivers and well-kept gardens, Lanhydrock is a great day out. The trails are cycle specific and designed to be ridden in one direction; however, walkers can enjoy the green track just as much, especially if your little cyclist isn’t that proficient yet. There are off road cycle trails and special routes for families and novice riders.

Lanhydrock have a full range of bikes for hire for all heights and abilities. Child seat mounts are also available and they offer free helmets as standard.

The National Maritime Museum

maritime museum

The National Maritime Museum is certainly worth a visit. Featuring 15 exciting galleries unlike any other in the country.

Re-live what it was like to be on board during the golden age of cruise ships! You’ll be welcomed aboard the S.S. Chitteranjan, one of the finest passenger ships bound for the Mediterranean and the Far East by Bunty Pforbes, your Social Hostess for the entire trip. Bunty will lead visitors through plenty of games and entertainment. Come and try your hand at ‘Simon Says’ on deck and hear how to be initiated into ‘Neptune’s Crew’ as you cross the equator. No sitting around  with Bunty at the helm, it’s fun, fun, fun all the way! Let’s just hope the weather’s topping too! There will also be more Deck Games for all the family and craft making too plus the Treasure Island Play Zone, the Titanic Exhibition and all the usual family favourites such as the boat pool, survival zone and Tidal Zone..

The Eden Project

Invisible worlds, Eden Project

The launch of Invisible Worlds at Eden will reveal the world beyond your senses – too big, too small, too fast, too slow, too far away in space and time… featuring an awe-inspiring artwork of one of the world’s smallest organisms that around 3 billion years ago started to produce oxygen and change the face of the Earth forever. A series of spectacular interactive digital exhibits, an interactive exhibit telling the story of the microbes that form, feed and protect us all, get physical in this fun and fascinating play area for the young and young at heart.

As well as Invisible worlds, take part in other special launch week events such as Ministry of Science, Serendipity, The Tardigrade Travelling Circus, The Lab, a craft corner and watch special performances throughout the week.

Pendennis Castle

Jousting at pendennis castle

Experience an all-action contest as four teams of knights battle it out for victory. Armed only with clubs and shields, strength and skill, the knights will meet head-on in an adrenaline-fueled combat that’s not to be missed. Along with plenty of other fun activities throughout May half-term, you can explore the castle and learn all about it’s history.

The National Trust

Trerice National trust

©National Trust Images/John Millar

With over 50 locations around Cornwall, The National Trust have plenty on offer over May half-term. Try a nature nature trail or a beach walk, along with lots of other activities like following the snowdrop trails through Trelissick garden or learn about the history of Trerice, along with much more to discover at other locations.

For more information on May half-term, visit our families page. Book your stay online or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.

English National Surfing Championships 2018

This years Kings and Queens of the waves have been crowned. The UK’s top surfers gathered at Watergate Bay over Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May to compete for national titles.

With consistent swell predicted over the course of the weekend – The longest-running surfing contest in the country welcomed the UK’s top surfers to Watergate Bay. Although the coastline had been engulfed in thick sea fog, sunshine was just visible through the mist and the surfers rose to the challenge to compete for National titles.

Bank holiday vibes were in full force over the weekend. Event partners provided the relaxed competition areas with DJ’s for entertainment and watchers of the sport could kick back and relax in deck chairs, while chatting to friendly surfers. The event provided an excellent excuse for members of the community to come together and engage with the teams involved and enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the sport.

Devon local, Lucy Campbell fought off competitors to retain her title. The men’s open final was described by some after as one of the most progressive, high quality and electrifying finals to come out of England in decades. As Reubyn Ash took to the air, Will Bailey power hacked, Luke Dillon chucked buckets and Miles Lee-Hargreaves rotated above the lip to the joy of all watching, the judges had non stop action to officiate over. In the end Reubyn took the win to retain his champion title.

The Beach Hut’s outdoor deck area provided the perfect viewing platform to soak up the action.

2018 english national championships mens
2018 english national championships Watergate Bay
2018 english national championships
Lucy Campbell

With 170+ entries across 19 divisions, from 8 years old to mid 50’s, shortboard to longboard, the champions have been announced.

English National Surfing Championship Final 2018 Results

Under 12 Boys sponsored by 110% Surfing Techniques
1 Lukas Skinner
2 Heath Giilespie
3 Nikita Petrov
4 Arthur Randell

Under 12 Girls sponsored by 110% Surfing Techniques
1 Lauren Sandland
2 Eva Blackford
3 Belle Betteridge
4 Sienna Morison

Under 14 Girls
1 Tegan Blackford
2 Asha Sykes

Under 14 Boys
1 Sam Hearn
2 Max Miller Cooley
3 Alex Townsend
4 Kieron Smith

Boys Longboard Under 18 sponsored by Gul
1 Jordan Zervas
2 Lloyd Stein
3 Barnaby Innes
4 Arthur Randell

Girls Longboard Under 18 sponsored by Gul
1 Emily Wells
2 Stella Briggs
3 Tegan Blackford
4 Annie Young

Womens Masters
1 Jenny Pendlebury
2 Andrea Lawrence
3 Ingrid Morrison

Mens Masters
1 Rob Watson
2 Sam Smart
3 Joel Gray
4 Andrew Stone

Womens Open Longboard sponsored by Gul
1 Emily Currie
2 Beth Leighfield
3 Jenny Briant
4 Tina Beresford

Mens Open Longboard sponsored by Gul
1 Adam Griffiths
2 Sam Bleakley
3 Ben Howey
4 Lewis Stritch

Under 16 Girls sponsored by O’neill
1 Francesca Sayer
2 Bonita Whitelock
3 Iris Tanner
4 Esmee Gregorius
5 Bo Niblett

Under 16 Boys sponsored by O’neill
1 Will Masterman
2 Maximilian Hudson
3 Sol Hawkins
4 Noah Capps

Veterans Open
1 Mike Young
2 Roger Knight
3 David Gander
4 Darren Burrett

Mens Seniors
1 Josh Ward
2 Joss Ash
3 Luke Embleton
4 Adam Alexander Parkinson

Under 18 Girls sponsored by O’neill
1 Lily Pierce
2 Amy Dyer
3 Mischa Maguire
4 Lily Mandeville

Under 18 Boys sponsored by O’neill
1 Seth Morris
2 Will Gale
3 Stanley Norman
4 Kamron Matthews

Womens Open sponsored by Jolly Brown
1 Lucy Campbell
2 Ellen Harding
3 Emily Currie
4 Tassy Swallow

Mens Open sponsored by Stance
1 Reubyn Ash
2 Luke Dillon
3 Will Bailey
4 Miles Lee-Hargreaves

Girls Longboard Under 18
Mens Open
Reubyn Ash
Womens Masters
Womens Open

Thank you to Caravan & Motorhome Club, Korev Lager, Surfdome, Jeep, The Wave, Stance, Hippeas, Pukka Herbs, GoPro, Redbull, Jolly Brown, Quiksilver, Roxy, 110% Surfing Techniques, Gul, Dryobe, Pacsafe, O’Neill Wetsuits and thank you to everyone who made the effort to come and watch the competition, without you none of this would have been possible.

If you fancy getting to grips with surfing you’re first lesson needs to be with the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay. Check availability and book.

Guest blog – Tigerlilly Quinn

You may remember Instagrammer and lifestyle blogger Fritha, Tigerlilly Quinn from a previous guest blog, where the Mother of two visited without her children. Fritha couldn’t resist returning, this time bringing along Wilf and Mabli.

Tigerlilly Quinn family outside watergate bay

Hello I’m Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn, you might remember I wrote a guest post this time last year when I was lucky enough to visit the hotel with friends. I was so pleased to be invited back this spring with the kids in tow, to experience all the hotel has to offer for families. I’ve also written a post over on my blog about our experience so do check it out for even more pictures.

It probably won’t be a surprise to hear that we loved our time here as a family but I wanted to detail the things we found particularly useful for kids that are two and six.

living space tigerlilly quinn

Our room

We had a family suite which consisted of a large room with king size bed and a separate small room with bunk beds. The kids have bunks at home so they felt at ease immediately and I loved that had their own little tv which helped with the early morning wake ups when they could watch cartoons before breakfast.

breakfast at Zacry's tigerlilly quinn

Food and restaurants

I was so excited to show the kids the waffle station at breakfast and it didn’t disappoint. My son Wilf (who is six) is still talking about it and asking us to make it a regular thing at home. I don’t think any other waffles will really compare though. One of our favourite thing about the hotel is how set up it is for families and the food is one of the things that make it so easy. In each of the restaurants we all found things we all loved which is always such a relief and there was a great selection for veggies too.

Our favourite place to eat as a family was The Living Space as it has such a chilled out vibe, during school holidays there is even a little room to the side of the restaurant filled with beanbags & kids activities so they can run and play in there whilst you are waiting for your meal. We also loved The Beach Hut with its views straight out onto the beach.

Zacry's Tigerlilly Quinn

Fun Activities

On our last night we had a child free dinner in Zacry’s which was such a treat. We used the video monitor to check on our toddler whilst our son was at the evening Kids club. We could have also used the baby sitting service which we might try on another visit. Our room was so close to the restaurant that when Mabli did wake up (just as we were finishing off pudding) my husband was up in the room with her in three minutes.

swim club pool tigerlilly quinn

Swim Club and the pool

The beautiful pool was a must each morning after breakfast and it’s perfect for small kids as there is a shallow pool for them too and dedicated family time so if you are visiting without children you can enjoy it kid free too.

Kids’ Zone

If you ask Wilf he will say his absolute favourite thing about our stay was the kids club. He got stuck in straight away and came home with so many crafts. The people that work there are so kind and attentive we always felt 100% confident with him in their care. My daughter who has just turned two was a bit little for the club (as we stayed in the school holidays, there is a younger club for 6m to 3 during term time) but we were able to play with both kids there when the supervised club times were over.

painting in kids zone tigerlilly quinn

We had such a wonderful time as a family on our long weekend at Watergate Bay and would definitely book in again next year. It really does have something for everyone and has managed to successfully mixed luxury with family friendly.

Tigerlilly Quinn

Fritha Tigerlilly Quinn lives in Bristol with her Husband Tom, son Wilf (6), baby daughter Mabli (2) and two cats (Rockie and Maddie). She has a multi award winning blog about her life, featuring fashion, travel, interiors and lots more besides.

Book your family stay, check availability or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.

Groundwork contemporary art

Cornwall may be known for its surfing hotspots, clotted cream ice-cream and the dashing hero, Ross Poldark. But this May, Cornubian Arts & Science Trust, is set to add to Cornwall’s creative oeuvre as they launch Groundwork, a season of international contemporary art across South West Cornwall.

Groundwork contemporary art

Groundwork contemporary art

CAST launches Groundwork this May, a season of international contemporary art in Cornwall from May to September. Exhibitions and events will take place in special locations including Goonhilly, Helston Museum, Par beach and Godolphin.

With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, Groundwork will open this May bank holiday (5-7) and run until September 2018. Organised by CAST, the programme will present exhibitions of new commissions, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists, and one-off events in unusual locations across South West Cornwall.

Groundwork contemporary art

Groundwork will provide experiences and events ranging from the intimate to the spectacular. Highlights include:

CAST, 5 May – 3 June

Turner Prize and Oscar winner Steve McQueen’s film ‘Gravesend’, exploring the mining of coltan, the mineral used in the manufacture of mobile phones and laptops, will be shown in a specially constructed black box projection space at CAST, with ‘Unexploded’, made by McQueen when he was sent to Iraq as a war artist and filmed – from multiple perspectives – a crater left by an unexploded bomb in a building in Basra.

Goonhilly Earth Station, 5 May – 3 June

Artist duo Semiconductor are making a new moving image work for Groundwork. ‘As the World Turns’ questions how we experience nature through the language of science and technology, combining video footage filmed at Goonhilly Earth Station with scientific data acquired through the process of radio astronomy.

National Trust Godolphin, 5 May – 24 June

Christina Mackie’s ‘The Judges II’, an installation inspired by the rock formations of New South Wales and by ideas of geological, mythical and personal time, will be presented in the Kings Room at National Trust Godolphin.

Kestle Barton, 5 May – 8 July

Manon de Boer’s new moving image commission ‘Bella, Maia and Nick (From nothing to something to something else, Part I)’, will be presented in the gallery at Kestle Barton. Filmed at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, the work portrays three local music students experimenting with new sounds and rhythms, continuing de Boer’s fascination with the importance of ‘open time’ in providing the conditions for creation.

Par Beach, 22 – 24 June

Passage for Par is a dance performance created especially for and presented on Par Beach, conceived and directed by choreographer Rosemary Lee. At the turn of the tide 30 women will rhythmically snake their way across the tidal landscape, tracing meandering pathways through the wet sand, their outlines etched against the sea and sky.

Groundwork contemporary art

A number of special one-off events will also take place over the opening weekend. You can find more information about these and about exhibitions throughout the summer on the Groundwork website.

CAST will be the hub for Groundwork activity and CAST Café will be open for extended hours over the opening weekend and throughout the programme.
Groundwork is organised by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), in partnership with Kestle Barton, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Tate St Ives.

To learn more about Groundwork, visit their website.

Book your stay for May online or call our reservation team on 01637 860543.