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Coastguards Retreat is a self catering holiday accommodation that sleeps 2 and is located in Hayle, South West England. This property does not allow pets. Prices range from £253 to £612 per week. Local to Uny Lelant, Saint Erth, Phillack, Carbis Bay
Coastguards Retreat is a comfortable semi-detached studio-style holiday apartment, perfect for couples. Conveniently located on a main road next door to the owner and close to the famous surfing beach at Gwithian and Godrevy Lighthouse with golden sands that stretch for 3 miles. St Ives is 15 minutes’ drive with its pretty harbour and winding streets, four glorious beaches, the Tate Gallery and Barbara Hepworth Museum. Take the train from St Erth along the estuary or the drive from St Ives to West Penwith, voted one of the most spectacular in Europe. Enjoy Tehiddy Country Park with 250 acres of woodland, lakes and cycle trails. Visit Lands End, Penzance, the open-air Minack Theatre or Marazion with St Michaels Mount. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.
3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double (5ft) bed and shower area. Kitchen. Separate toilet.
Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (Sky, entertainment). DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.
Situated on the harbour head in the fishing port of Porthleven, and recently recognised by Michelin and the AA, Kota specialises in organic local fish dishes and many of the meals come with a Asian twist.
With views of the harbour, al fresco dining is possible all year round, enjoy your meal under the large heated patio umbrella, or snuggle up under one of the fleece blankets. Harbour View offers a wide choice of regularly updated menus in a contemporary setting.
The dining philosophy is to provide guests with the very best dining experience. Menus are simple — based on fresh seasonal produce, as much as possible sourced from the local area.
Although dating from the 13th century, the inn was named after the ship sent to Tahiti to capture the mutineers of Captain Bligh's Bounty. Take afternoon tea at the end of the pontoon, or sit under beamed ceilings for an evening meal of tasty, locally sourced food.
The Ole Ale House is much more than a pub, it is an entertainment venue and foodies heaven. This traditional pub is ideally located in the heart of Truro making is easy to locate where you will be met with a warm and friendly welcome. They serve a diverse variety of ales, craft ciders, speciality beers and lagers, there is something to appeal to all palates accompained by complimentary monkey nuts. The chefs are all River Cottage trained and using the best of locally sourced produce they have created an unusual menu that has so much to offer with delicious home-cooked heart warming dishes, tasty sharing platters and delectable snacks, all perfectly cooked and well presented. The service is friendly and efficient and the prices are very reasonable for the quality you receive. Food is served each day from middy to 2.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 9.00pm. On a Friday night you will find a band playing, they can be local acts or come from further afield. They hold a number of events throughout the year that include beer and food matching classes, chef talks and producer evenings in addition to guest brewers who explain their brewing processes followed by tasting at their Beer School tasting nights. Open daily from 11.00am to late each night with longer opening hours on a Saturday. The Ole Ale House is a great local, a friendly and traditional pub with a lively atmosphere and great food and drinks, should not be missed.
A delightful Fish Restaurant situated in the fishing village of Mevagissey. Specialising in high quality locally caught fish.
This recreational park was once part of a wealthy mining family's estate. It now hosts a variety of facilities including an orienteering course, BBQ area and events field. There are numerous walks around the park and its lake.
Located inside the Flora Centre, this luxurious, modern single screen cinema may not always show the very latest films, but there's always a selection of recent films as well as bargain shows for family films.
Take advantage of a meal deal in the restaurant before watching a movie at the Savoy, the UK's oldest continuous running cinema. Opened in November 1912, it is now a very modern 3 screen operation with Dolby surround sound.
Head to Flambards for a fun day out for all the family. With a theme park with many rides and attractions, magicians, popular children's TV show guests such as Peppa Pig, exhibitions and the Victorian Village you'll find lots to see and do.
A visit to the seal sanctuary in picturesque Helston estuary makes a fantastic family day out. In addition to grey and common seals, they also house fur seals and Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions as well as other rescued sea creatures such as dolphins.
From June to September the seas around Cornwall are home to hundreds of Basking sharks. They are best seen from one of the Basking shark watching boats that work out of Penzance.
Imaginative exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, textiles and jewellery, many of which follow a theme that links us to our environment, are held from Easter to the end of October.
A 200 seat theatre and cinema space, three art galleries and large educational space. It offers a regular programme of films, live theatre including dramas, musicals, ballet, pantomimes, bands and groups.
This year round entertainment venue has something for everyone. Enjoy some live music on the patio overlooking the gardens or even a flamenco lesson. If you're lucky, you may catch one of the main events throughout the year including the Real Ale festival where you can enjoy many a drink in the bar. There's also a cafe.
A wave machine which brings the thrill of the ocean indoors and a river ride which sweeps you along at an exciting speed are just two of the exciting features at this fun pool.
From Go Karts to an 18 hole Pitch and Putt course, Holywell Bay is a great day out for all the family.
What could be more wonderful than theatre under the stars with the ocean as a backdrop? Built in the style of Roman amphitheatres, the Minnack hosts a wide variety of shows, see website for details. (Dogs are not allowed at performances, daytime visits only)
Enjoy exhilarating fun around our 1.2km outdoor track at speeds of up to 70mph. Fun for all the family with different carts for different ages ranging from 3+.
Bring your camera because you will want to capture the scene found at Porthminster Beach! This exquisite outdoor location features a crescent shaped stretch of fine sandy beach. The golden grains are complemented by a beautiful azure coast line and a view of the Godrevy Lighthouse. It's everything a traveller could want and more!
Porthmeor Beach offers an outstanding view that will take your breath away! You'll love relaxing by the seashore as you enjoy the area known as the "jewel of the South West." Sandy beaches and fresh air make this popular destination well worth the visit. Don't forget to stop off for a bite to eat while you explore!
A rocky beach that is great for walks set in a splendid harbour. Stroll around the boats before heading onto the cliff tops and walk to Chynhalls Point or head north to Lowland Point.
A great place to take the family, safe, secluded with a good Inn nearby. Make some sandcastles, go for a walk or sit back and admire the scenery.
A wide and popular sandy beach on the outskirts of Falmouth, that is also a favourite location for watersports enthusiasts. In the summer the beach is populated by the town's sun worshippers.
Located between the Helford River and Falmouth, the beach is nicely sheltered with low cliffs making it popular with sun seekers and swimmers. Learn to dive or try your hand at windsurfing! If you're not much of a water sports enthusiast go for a walk along the impressive cliffs to Rosemullion Head.
Watched over by Pendennis Castle, this charming south facing beach is a real hidden gem. Why not take a picnic and soak up the sun with the family for the day? Explore the local rock pools and do a spot of crabbing.
Cadgwith is actually two small beaches separated by a small narrow headland known as the Todden. Known as Little Cove, one is the 'pleasure' beach and the second is a working beach, usually full of at least 10 or so fishing boats.
Against a dramatic cliff backdrop, turquoise waters make Kynance Cove the ideal beach for swimmers. Popular since Victorian times, it is now owned by the National Trust who conserve its natural beauty and keep it safe.
An interesting and somewhat unusual beach with a fascinating church at its northern side. It is situated on the Lizard Peninsula near Helston and has a golf course to its east. Explore some other coves whilst there and go for a wander around the church.
Gorgeous glistening blue water and a pleasant salty sea breeze await at Fistral Beach! This gorgeous setting is an example of seaside paradise. Dive right in by booking a surf lesson or check out the event calendar to see what's on during your visit. Test your skills with coasteering and much more!
Tolcarne Beach is a lovely little piece of paradise complete with luxurious accommodations and the glistening beauty of Mother Nature. Pale sandy beaches and gently lapping surf create relaxing atmosphere so you can kick back and enjoy. All around are towering cliffs of sheer stone and green vegetation, providing a wall of privacy surrounding the beach.
When sitting on the beach isn't enough, there's always Asylum Entertainment! This exciting opportunity will give you tonnes to do during your stay. Book fast paced activities like body Zorbing, bumper balls or have a great time with Beach Sumo. There is much to do along Newquay and Asylum Entertainment is ready to bring it all to you!
A walk recommended by the National Trust, this trail includes areas particularly good for seeing wildlife, viewing the spectacular scenery and for visiting places of historical interest. Ranked easy to moderate at about 3 miles, this is a great route to do at a leisurely pace soaking up the amazing scenery as you go.
This 11 mile long-distance footpath and cycle trail links the historic mining harbours of Portreath in the North and Devoran in the South. The trail is mostly off-road and should take about five hours to walk. You can hire bikes at Bissoe, Nancekuke or Portreath.
Starting at Land's End the route passes through Penzance, Hayle, Cambourne and Redruth. Near Truro, you can opt to head south to Mevagissey, St Austell and The Eden Project or continue on to Bodmin.
A great traffic free and largely level route that is perfect for family outings. At just under 3 miles long, it is an easy and delightful trail to explore.
Another way to explore the countryside and beaches of Cornwall is on horseback — a mode of transport ideally suited to the tranquillity and beauty of the area.
Built upon a traditional bathing spot at the Battery Rocks near the harbour at Penzance, and cleverly designed to cope with the full ferocity of the Cornish seas, the pool makes a very pleasant spot for a swim.
You and your family can have the time of your lives, safe in the knowledge that the expertise and enthusiasm of the school's fully qualified staff will get you cruising on clean Atlantic waves and feeling the rush that only surfing can bring.
This 18-hole course commands spectacular views over the ocean. A very well drained truly natural course, it's a par 70 challenge with cliff tops, dry stone walls and an ancient mine shaft to negotiate.
The Cornwall dive sites used for scuba diving feature flourishing aquatic life as well as U-boat wreckage from World War I. A fascinating way to spend the day. Come and see for yourself a whole new world under the water.
Camel Trekking is an activity you might not expect to find in Cornwall. Featured on the BBC Country file show, camel trekking can be fun for all the family, and involves a walk into the Cornish Downs.
Imagine galloping on the beach ... With a range of horses to suit your height, weight and capability, and friendly instructors to help you along the way, riding is a wonderful way to see the countryside and coast.
If you love to get out and move then you must check out the Extreme Academy! This sports school offers land and water based activities. The adrenaline-pumping menu includes surfing, kite surfing, wave skiing, hand planing, stand up paddle surfing, traction kiting and extreme day packages. Visitors should contact the academy prior to visiting to book their exciting excursion!
Explore Cornwall's stunning coastline aboard personal jet skis with Cornwall Waverunner Safaris
With commanding views over the stunning St Michael's Mount, this beautiful marshland has Cornwall's largest reedbed. There are over 250 species of bird and more than 500 plant varieties to be found on the site.
In winter, many birds flock to this reservoir including wigeon, coot, tufted duck, poachard and Canada geese. In the spring, a large number of sand martins, house martins and swallows frequent the area.
Part of the Fal Estuary, The area known as the Carrick Roads is so deep it regularly attracts great numbers of sea-going birds in the winter. Looe beach near Feoch seems to offer the best access for viewing one of the largest flocks of wintering Black Neck Grebes in the UK
Designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, Rame Head's local habitat provides a haven for many species, especially insects and birds — the Peregrine Falcon can now be seen along with many other birds of prey.
The most southerly peninsula in England, the Lizard has high cliffs making it a popular area for gannet watching. During times of migration, it is also a good place to see swallows, swifts, warblers and flycatchers. In the winter months turnstones and purple sandpipers often come up to the shoreline, and in spring oystercatchers can also be found.
Potager is a new organic garden displaying an informal mix of herbaceous planting accentuated with vegetables and fruit. Visit this little oasis tucked away with mature trees and a tranquil environment. Play some games, relax, have a go at tennis, read a good book or enjoy some delicious homemade cakes.
Tender trees and plants flourish at Enys, one of the oldest gardens in Cornwall. Robert de Enys lived here during the reign of Edward I, and in 1709, the garden was noted for its fine planting. Today's garden is based on the designs of 1833.
A delightful valley garden set above the Helford River; Glendurgan provides a warm and sheltered setting for exotic trees, flowers and shrubs. There's also a laurel maze and a 'Giant's Stride' maypole.
Set in a Cornish valley this sub-tropical garden offers a year round experience to visitors.
A very English country garden with herbaceous borders and many areas dedicated to different colours of plants. A series of 'garden-rooms' surround the Georgian house. The plants sold here are all grown at Bosvigo and include many hard-to-find species.
The micro-climate in which Bosahan Garden is situated allows for a mixture of plants from both hemispheres. Look out for rhododendrons, magnolias, exotic palm groves and Maidenhair trees. Take a walk through this lovely setting.
The family home to the Tremayne family for over 400 years, this remarkable setting holds a great deal of intrigue and mystery. At the turn of the century decline had set in very rapidly and the gardens were neglected. A storm in 1990 revealed them once again and captured the imagination of those that discovered them. Ties to the 19th century as well as the First World War were found and the daunting task of restoration was begun. Well worth a visit. (Dogs allowed between October and March)
The charming Boathouse Theatre offers a unique entertainment experience that is often overlooked. This performing arts venue hosts a number of engaging shows. See vibrantly designed puppets as they tell tales of adventure, excitement and much more! This is one family-friendly attraction that no visitor to St. Ives should miss!
The Kidz R Us theatre in St. Ives was founded in 1993 by members of the St. Ives Operatic Society. It originally provided a one off performance for charity purposes. After seeing tremendous success, Kidz R Us has gone on to become a local staple in entertainment. More than 50 musicals have been put on since the organisation came to be.
The 7th Rise offer an alternative outdoor experience, if you have ever considered or thought about getting back to basics and learning how to survive in the wilderness then look no further. 7th Rise are based in a magical setting amongst the trees in stunning surroundings next to the River Fal in Cornwall, it even has its own beach and the area provides all that is needed to teach you the techniques needed to survive in the wilderness. All modern day devices are left behind no watches, phones or electrical devices permitted, it is a complete digital detox. They offer training in outdoor skills, using a variety of traditional techniques including knife skills, shooting, canoeing, foraging, fishing and bush craft and wild food cookery using ancient techniques but in a modern way. Instructors are highly qualified, experienced and passionate about the outdoors and are keen to share their experiences and knowledge. Their courses are very different to anything else about, both exciting and captivating and you come away with new skills and an appreciation for the earth and nature. The course runs over a weekend and you will have plenty of laughs and stories around the campfire; a completely detoxing and recharging experience. They do offer bespoke courses where you can choose what skills and activities you want to get involved in. This is a completely unique wildlife adventure and is the perfect activity with a friend, as a couple or in a group. The 7th Rise offers a rich learning experience that is both engaging and invaluable you are assured a fantastic time in the stress free and relaxed setting and will want to return.
The ATV Centre offers you the opportunity to take part in a fun sport that is growing in popularity. They have the biggest selection of Quads and one of the best circuits around, the track extends to over a mile with long runs, jumps, tight corners and banked corners. They provide all the equipment which, is well maintained and clean, you are advised to wear long sleeve trousers and tops and closed shoes for your own safety. The staff are very friendly and helpful, they are all highly trained and professional. Before commencing you are given full tuition and a safety briefing. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced rider there is a quad and circuit to suit you. It is an activity that all the family or a group can take part in, there are particular quads for those aged six upwards. The ATV Centre offers a safe and controlled environment to enjoy this exciting and thrilling sport in an very organised environment. There are benches at the side or on the footbridge where you can observe the riders or take some photos. The centre is open daily throughout the year and offers excellent value for money, highly recommended if you are looking for a fun and exciting activity.
Callestick Farm is situated in the centre of Cornwall, amongst some stunning countryside and where there is plenty of fresh clean air. It is a family run farm and they have being producing their delicious and wholly natural award winning ice cream for the past twenty five years. Using their own pure, wholesome milk and local cream together with a premier fruits and confectionery they produce a range of tempting and luscious ice creams that you will not be able to resist. During your visit to the farm you can not only see them making their scrumptious ice creams but a collection of farm and more unusual animals who live here as well as play in the play area, set in a courtyard location there are places for you to sit and observe as the children play around. There is a roomy tearoom and shop here that serves a tasty range of wholesome snacks, light lunches, cream teas as well as a good selection of beverages and not forgetting the tastiest and delicious ice cream around. The shop is well stocked with a nice range of local foods and crafts for sale. Callestick Farm is a traditional family farm that offers a nice escape from the bustle amongst the peace and tranquillity of its beautiful surroundings. A great place for a few hours visit with the added bonus of a delicious ice cream, can't be beaten.
Lemon Street Market is a fabulous indoor market that is located in the heart of Truro and is home to a diverse collection of shops, that have an organic, natural, health or renewable theme, a restaurant, cafe and gallery. It is a lovely spot that is lively and bustling with a cosmopolitan feel, you can stroll around soaking up the atmosphere or stop for a bite to eat at the Explorers Restaurant and enjoy a tasty dish from their diverse contemporary menu; where possible ingredients are sourced locally and all food is cooked fresh. You will find the staff to be friendly and the service is very good and the prices are also very good, really reasonable. The Lander Gallery is home to a wonderful collection of Cornish art that blends classic and contemporary art in the one space, all pieces have a Cornish influence resulting in some stunning works of art. It is a lovely bright, contemporary space that is spacious and all pieces are well displayed. Lemon Street Market offers an unrivalled specialist shopping experience as well as being a great place to just hang out.
Skinners Brewery is a relatively new family owned brewers to the Cornwall region but they have already firmly established themselves as distinguished brewers and received a number of awards to reflect this. Their award winning ales are produced here using locally grown barley and other local ingredients and traditional methods to produce their fine ales. They are located in the gorgeous city of Truro and you can take a guided tour of the brewery to see first hand the processes involved in producing their ales, you see a short DVD presentation and then get shown around the site, you can taste the hops as well as seeing the brewing process. The staff are excellent, friendly, animated and knowledgeable they make the tour interesting, humorous and informative. There is a visitor centre where you can relax and enjoy a sample of some of their award winning ales in a traditional pub setting. Skinners Brewery is a fantastic brewery tour, one of the best around and should not be missed even if you are not an ale connoisseur.
Check out the hottest movies during your visit to Newquay! The Lighthouse Cinema offers affordable admission prices as well as a diverse selection of the most recent releases and much more! Whether you love action flicks, comedies, kid's movies, dramas or horror, you will find it at this popular Newquat entertainment venue.
Poppy Cottage Garden is located in the centre of the stunning Roseland Peninsula, the grounds extend to about one acre and provide a riot of colour all through the year. The planting is arranged into a series of rooms, being individual small gardens that are planted with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and exotic plants, that have all been strategically placed, the lawns are immaculate and there are some water features too. The gardens are predominantly colour themed and it is a truly beautiful sight when they are in full bloom and the fragrances that fill the air are delightful. There are plenty of places for you to sit and enjoy the different aspects of the gardens whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of home-made cake. You will also find a small orchard here with some unusual ducks and chickens that roam around, they are not at all like the ones you normally see. In addition there is a small nursery are with a wide variety of herbaceous plants for sale, excellent quality and well established plants all clearly labelled. The gardens are open most days except Friday and Saturday and there is an entrance charge of £3.50 per person, children are free. The owner is very friendly and really knowledgeable about plants and very hospitable too. Poppy Cottage Garden are delightful gardens with stunning planning and offers plenty of ideas if you are a keen gardener, as well as a lovely escape from the bustle amongst the peace and tranquillity of these gorgeous gardens.
This quaint Cornish fishing village is very popular with visitors. It's home to celebrity chef Rick Stein who has a number of restaurants here - attractions in their own right. The famous cycle path 'The Camel Trail' runs into Padstow and makes for a great day out.
An exciting collection awaits at the New Millennium Gallery! This fascinating venue houses a wide range of inspiring exhibits that will captivate the eye and the mind. See work created by Simon Bassett, Onya McCausland, Tim Shaw, Naomi Frears, Kate Walters, David Whittaker, Carlos Zapata, David Kemp and many others!
Tate is a fascinating place managed by fascinating people. This unique organisation manages the national collection of British art that dates as far back as the 1500s as well as collections in contemporary and international modern art. The project list is diverse and includes everything from learning and research to conservation efforts.
The St. Ives Museum in Cornwall is the perfect place to learn more about the thriving community of Downlong. Even the building is rich in local history, having once served as a Pilchard curing cellar. It later went on to become a Bible Christian chapel before taking on the more mundane tasks of laundry and cinema. Today it operates as an independent museum.
The Wills Lane Gallery presents a beautiful collection of fine art pieces that showcase the creativity and individuality of the human mind. The medium varies, with some exhibits featuring everything from pearls and metal to watercolour, sculpture, photographs, ceramics and drawings. This gallery showcases many skilled artists in the area of contemporary fine art.
At low tide you can wander over the causeway on foot to this rugged and fascinating little island, the setting for an extraordinary maritime garden first laid out in the 18th century. At high tide, it's a short boat trip away.
Enterprise Boats is a well established family business offering you boat rides that take you to see some of the most picturesque and beautiful coastlines, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are three boats in the fleet, they are all similar in specification, length and painted in the same colours with each boat taking over 120 passengers, all are excellently maintained. On board you can get a snacks and hot refreshments and there are toilet facilities as well. They offer a choice of leisurely tours that take you past iconic maritime locations, historic houses and landmarks, take you close to ocean going vessels that are anchored up on the far end of Fal, the scenery is constantly changing. All tours are accompanied by an informative and interesting running commentary from the boat's skipper. You will find the staff to be very friendly and knowledgeable and professional and they are very accommodating and happy to pass on local information on things to see and do. In addition they offer private hire for relaxing evening or day charters. Enterprise Boats offer an alternative way to see this stunning area, the tour from Truro to Falmouth take about an hour and a half. The tours are excellent value for money and there are a choice of options available, tours operate on most days during the season depending on the weather. If in the area take time to do one of these fabulous trips you won't be disappointed.
The largest preserved mining site in the UK, Geevor was, until 1900, a working tin mine. Now a museum with many surface buildings, it offers guided underground tours through 18th and 19th century workings.
Exhibiting works by major British artists such as Frank Brangwyn, Burne-Jones and Alfred Munnings, the town's art collection is one of the most important in Cornwall.
This exceptional museum is anything but dry and dusty! Local social history, tools and weapons are all enhanced by hands on interactives, audio-visual experiences, talks and exhibitions.
Truro Cathedral is an immediately recognisable landmark on the landscape, the towers can be seen for miles around, located in the centre of the city it is easy to locate this beautiful architectural building, with its many fine features. The Cathedral has a long history and incorporates part of an old church dating to at least 1259, the first stone for the current Cathedral was laid in May 1880 with work finishing in 1887. Inside a sense of peace and reflection emits from the building which is very calming. The inside is equally as stunning as the exterior having undergone considerable restoration, there are fantastic stained glass windows, spectacular woodwork and carvings, intricate plasterwork, it is so ornate and beautiful, real craftsmanship is on display here. There are guided tours operated by experienced guides who will tell you all about the intriguing history of the Cathedral, they are both friendly and knowledgeable. The Cathedral is open every day throughout the year so visiting couldn't be easier. There is no charge to enter the Cathedral but they do rely on donations and there are boxes around where a donation can be made. Another way of helping is buying one of the guidebooks which are on sale in the gift shop or perhaps a coffee from the coffee shop. Truro Cathedral is a simply stunning historic building with many wonderful features and a rich history too, it is a lovely place to walk around soaking up the tranquil atmosphere and history.
Explore 450 years of history from Tudor Times to World War II and discover the wartime secrets of the Pendennis Castle. Experience the sights and sounds of battle, garrison life and the hidden life of Cornwall's greatest fortress.
A collection from the 1830s onwards of the telegraph company records from England and around the world. The museum is located in World War II tunnels built to guard against enemy bombs and houses an incredible array of working equipment from the war years. Well worth a visit.
The history of the Gerrans Parish is represented in the heritage centre through displays depicting farming through the ages, the fishing industry, education, Domesday Book entries and much more.
The Lappa Valley Steam Railway is a train lover's dream! This attraction is not just fun, it's also an important historic landmark with significant educational value. Climb aboard one of the three miniature railways, which include the East Wheal Rose, Woodland Railway and Newly Branch Line. The area is also a lush wildlife conservation space.
Surrounding a grand castle built in 1808, and home to a National Magnolia Collection, the 100 acres of woodland gardens are a joy to behold in spring. For a special insight, join a guided tour with the Head Gardener or his assistant.
Now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the park is set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits. Discover how the china clay was mined, what it was used for and what it meant to the families who lived in the area.