Cornwall’s going crazy for the television series Poldark … and it’s not hard to see why! Okay, it happen’s to star two gorgeous leads – Ross and Demelza, but we’re also extremly proud of all the Cornish backdrops featured.
Last week our local St Austell White River cinema aired it’s own Premiere, with the stars of the show including Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson gracing the red carpet.
There are so many Cornish locations we could boast about including beaches to tin mines, rugged coast to green countryside but today I would like to talk about two beautiful locations that are near enough on our doorstep.
Charlestown in St Austell stands as the principle town in Poldark. With it’s collection of tall standing ships, many a movie has been shot here and it’s definately no stranger to a film crew! This grade II listed harbour is wonderful to visit, with it’s breath taking views across the harbour wall and two small beaches to dip your toes into. Sometime’s you can even be treated to the Pirates of St Piran singing sea-shanties by the ships. It’s got unique quirky shops, scrumptious Kelly’s Cornish Ice-cream and the lovely Pier House Hotel is also situated next to the harbour where you can enjoy the view with a refreshing drink or spot of lunch in the sun. At the other end of the Harbour hosts The Rashleigh – a St Austell Brewery pub serving fabulous local food, complimented with a beer garden that features “the secret garden” (my children call it this – they love it – see picture – can you spot the monkey?) This will keep the little ones amused, making friends as they explore the gardened wall whilst you sip away on your delicious Cornish ale. Afterwards, pop into the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre, an all weather attraction to learn about our history and culture (under 10’s visit for free!)
The other location I want to mention is the understated beautiful Bodmin Moor. The crew spent many an hour here filming the cast on horseback and the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, was also a scene that was featured here. The best bit about Bodmin Moor is that it is largely unspoilt still keeping much of its medieval past. It’s dripping in history and culture and you will feel like you are miles away from anywhere! The kids will enjoy climbing it’s granite tors and watching the natural wildlife and wild horses. Watch out for ‘The Beast of Bodmin Moor’ though!
Why not visit these famous locations whilst on holiday with us and see where the magic was filmed?