I love to see somewhere new, whether that be a place, a view, or a shop. I find that it gets harder and harder to find something really new the older that you get. I remember telling Robbie to sit down and watch when that guy leapt back to earth from space because there’s really not much that people haven’t already done before.
Anyway, as usual, I’m digressing.
We spent a beaut of a morning walking over the often submerged causeway to see St. Michael’s Mount. The view as you approach the area is amazing, it looks genuinely massive and is a really impressive sight as you head up to the coast to Marazion.
We’ve visited loads of different places in Cornwall and last year too and this was by far the most touristy place we’d seen. Lots of bus trips and once the causeway is accessible the play fills up. Quickly.
There’s about a 5 hour gap for walking access, obviously dependant on tide times but you can check these before you go, there’s a boat service at other times and it’s only a couple of pounds so don’t worry if the tide’s in when you arrive!
If you’re wanting to have a look around the gardens then double check which day you’re going, they’re only open a couple of days a week but there is a plant shop where you can buy your very own succulents to take home 🌵
There’s also this gorgeous ‘living frame’ so we of course had to have a go, here’s Grandma & Grandad with the 3 amigos
After selecting our succulents we enjoyed a cream tea (obvs) and then walked back across to the mainland ready to head to Penzance, the island was getting really busy with lots of organised trips so it felt like we were leaving at a good time!
We headed up the coast, it takes less than 10 minutes to get to Penzance.
Penzance seems to be a very mixed up place! It’s seafront is breathtaking, the views out over and past St Michael’s Mount and right across the bay are stunning, but it’s really quiet! Anywhere else that we’ve been, as soon as there’s a scrap of sand or pebbles, there’s someone on it, however remote! But not here! The outdoor Pool was jam packed and looked amazing but other than that the prom was pretty peaceful!
We needed a drink (a common theme) so we decided to head away from the water and into the centre, we cut through some sub tropical gardens, complete with bandstand, pond with fish & lillypads and a fountain and eventually found an odd mixture of streets with lots and lots of shops.
Penzance feels like a town that needs loving, it’s full of beautiful buildings & the best views we’re seen but there’s empty shops, lots of charity shops and a shed load of potential.
We saw the Fountain Inn up on a hill and headed for it, the beer garden is right next to quite a busy road so we sat inside and the barmaid was brilliant!
She provided toys, colouring in sheets and switched the the TV to the football at Robbie’s request. She also enlisted Jonno to tell us where best to eat between Penzance & The Minack Theatre…(I’m about to digress again but I feel that if you plan on visiting then you should know)
There’s 2 places that Jonno recommended to eat, one was The Coastguard which had a beaut of a menu but was quite pricey, although it did have amazing views. The second was Jonno’s pick…The Ship, and he seemed to be right on the money til the 8 of us found somewhere to sit, appeased 3 kids after they argued about who was sitting where and next to who, only to then be told (we’d also asked for a menu at this point) that they don’t serve food until 6pm.
Anyway, the whole point about me writing this post was to tell you about this place…
If St Michael’s Mount is the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, then this place is definitely the jewel in the crown of Penzance.
It’s just a beautiful, beautiful gift shop & art gallery, situated in an old tobacconists. The stock is provided by lots of local artists & makers and the upstairs is laid out to gallery space.
It was a haven of beautiful gifts, things for your home and very lovely art works. The man we spoke to was clearly very passionate about what he does and it’s a deffo ‘must visit’ if you’re in Penzance.
By Elizabeth Loveday
By Sylvia Ryan