As Ruthern Valley Holidays is centrally located in the heart of Cornwall and offers a multitude of places to visit and experience, all in reasonable driving distance.

The Cornish Winter Fair – 16 November 2019

The Cornish Winter Fair, a celebration of Cornish farming & food — and FREE. Saturday 16 November 2019, 10 – 5 o’clock. Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE. Totally undercover. It’s a FREE EVENT. Free parking on site. There will be plenty of farm animals that you can get up close to, a food and farming…

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Cornish Christmas Lights 2019

New this year: Wheal Martyn Clay Works – Celebration of Light & Clay Thurs 5th, Fri 6th and Sat 7th December. 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm, booking essential. The event will last approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, including one 10 minute laser light performance and time to explore our immersive Woodland Wonderland UV area. Christmas…

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2019 Cornish Christmas Markets & stuff

Is it too early to think about Christmas ……. ? Eden Project – Christmas at Eden 30 November – 30 December 2019 Christmas Concerts, Ice Rink, Lights & Lanterns, Christmas Jumper Swap Shop, etc. etc. Charlestown – Christmas Market 23rd – 24th November 2019, 11am – 4pm. Two locations – main venue is at Penrice…

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Ice Skating in Eden – through Feb 2019

It’s that time of year when ice and hot chocolate seem like the perfect combination for an outing… OPEN 12 October 2019 until 23 February 2020 Public skate sessions are 40 minutes long and begin on the hour. Price: £7 (adult, 16 and over); £6 (child); £24 (family – four adults and/or children).  NB: a valid…

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Santa & Mince Pies by Steam 2019

Father Christmas is visiting Cornwall from 30 Nov – 24 Dec 2019, selected days. Gather your family and friends and take a one hour journey with the railway elves to visit Santa’s grotto. Arrive at Bodmin General Station for mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return…

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Celtic Beer Festival 30 NOV ’19

The biggest party of the year for ale lovers across the country and a taste of the South West’s best beers. St Austell Brewery charitable event 20th Annual Celtic Beer Festival Saturday, 30 November 2019 from 11AM until 11PM — in the cellars — St Austell Brewery St Austell PL25 4BY All profits from the event…

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New Tintagel Castle Bridge

A HISTORIC WALKWAY In October 2018, they started work on a landmark project to reconnect Tintagel’s divided landscape. In the Middle Ages, Tintagel’s residents walked from one side of the site to the other using a narrow land bridge as high as the cliff tops. But the crossing disappeared between the 14th and 17th centuries,…

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Poldark Cornwall

Poldark’s Cornwall

It’s hard to believe it’s all over! But it isn’t really… Ross and Demelza’s spirit lives on in the hardy Cornish people and the wild Cornish countryside. The hit series shows off some of the most beautiful parts of Cornwall and you’ll find so much near Ruthern Valley! Imagine Ross, Demelza … and Elizabeth (sniff)…

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Interesting Animals

Check out all our own pigs and chickens. The children can join in feeding time! And around the county there is so much to see and do… Octopi, sharks and seahorses along with loads of fish at the Blue Reef Aquarium. Always something happening at Newquay Zoo, including big cats, a Madagascan walkthrough and penguins. The…

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Fun and Adventure in Cornwall

Go-karting at St Eval. Kayaking, canoeing and SUPing around magical Fowey estuary with trips from Golant or Fowey harbour . Jump Off a Cliff at the Adrenalin Quarry! Sailing, Segways and more at Siblyback Lake Country Park The latest mountain biking news from nearby Grogley Woods. And even more bike trails all around us. www.101-things-to-do-on-a-rainy-day-in-cornwall.co.uk.  Lots of ideas for…

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The Best Cornish Beaches

We are 10 miles from the north and south coasts and all their beach-based activities, whether for sunbathing, surfing and sandcastles – or for more Adventurous Pursuits such as kite surfing, Sea Kayaking or a leisurely guided tour down creeks and backwaters with Encounter Cornwall.  Many of the bays have schools for novices and those who wish to…

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The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project: A millennium project based in Cornwall, England. Two giant conservatories have been constructed to nurture plants from the steamy rain forests and from the warm temperate regions of the world. Click here to visit The Eden Project website

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New and Improved Shower Block

Nicky says that it has taken a while… but Andrew and his experts have done a good job! You’ll find an improved shower block with a new family shower and an improved laundry and washing-up area. Front of the improved shower block. New family shower. Improved laundry & washing-up area.

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Filmed in Cornwall

Port Isaac, film capital of Cornwall

Port Isaac Nestled in a valley on the North Cornwall coast is a sleepy fishing village. Unless it’s not sleepy. Sometimes it becomes the most glamorous humming port in Britain as film crews, catering crews, extras and hangers-on are all busy making movies! We know it as as Port Isaac, 35 minutes away. Fisherman’s Friends…

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Cycling in Cornwall

2020 OVO Energy Tour of Britain – 1st stage Penzance — Bodmin Bodmin (the town closest to Ruthern Valley) will see some of the world’s best cyclists and cycling in September 2020! Staying at Ruthern Valley, you can stroll down the Camel Trail into Bodmin and catch the exciting finish of the first stage of the 2020 Tour…

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Kayaking Cornwall

Enjoy the first buds of spring on the water! Encounter Cornwall is run by David and Karen. One of the few Activity Providers open at this time of the year, they are now running daily kayak tours and hire. CHECK OUT THEIR KAYAKING SCHEDULE HERE. In January (!) they guided a 70th Birthday celebration with…

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WiFi – free and fast

A few of our guests have recently told us we don’t make enough of our free WiFi on site. “… Oh and great free WiFi that my daughter discovered! My two children age 14 and 11 thoroughly enjoyed it.” A rarity in rural Cornwall After a long day out it’s fun to catch up with…

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Wheal Martyn – clay works

A great day out in Cornwall – infused with Cornwall’s history Check out the original Victorian Clay Works, bursting at the seams with tools and machinery and real stories of Cornwall’s largest mining industry. Whether you want to learn about the clay industry, explore the woodland walks and trails, visit the Discovery Centre or have…

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A Curious Art Market – every Tues-Sat in Falmouth

An Aladdin’s Cave of quirky art, jewellery, ethical taxidermy, vintage, antiques. A Curious Hall 13-14 Webber Street Falmouth TR11 3AU Tuesday to Saturday, 10am — 5pm every week Over 30 local and emerging artists A range of styles Leaning towards the quirky and unusual! Three downstairs rooms (wheelchair accessible) in this beautiful and unusual listed building are packed…

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Artists inspired by Cornwall at the Tate, St Ives

TATE ST IVES Discover the light Patrick Heron CBE (30 January 1920 – 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist, writer, and polemicist, who lived in Zennor, Cornwall. Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth DBE (10 January 1903 – 20 May 1975) was an English artist and sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and in…

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Award winning Food and Drink

Food and Drink Food and Drink in Cornwall has never been tastier! With a multitude of well known chefs taking up residence in and around North Cornwall, eating out has never been better. A culinary experience can be had to suit any taste and pocket – from taster menus to a full-on gastronomic blow out.…

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Cycling and Walking in Cornwall

The Camel Trail, a 16 mile dedicated cycling and walking route following the old ‘Atlantic Coast Express’ railway line between Bodmin and Padstow. There are several points along the way to join it – one of which is 5 minutes bike ride from the site on a relatively level route. The Camel Trail is part…

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Adventurous biking and climbing

Mountain Bike hire Bikes are quality Diamond Back mountain bikes from their expert hard-tail range. Hire one for £19 per day per person or £15 for half a day. Guided bike rides are also available. Rock Climbing Tailored sessions to meet and exceed your expectations where possible. Whether you are new to climbing or really want to…

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Neolithic Cornwall

Away from the bustle, away from the beaches, away from the buzz – imagine what it would be like to live in Cornwall 5000 years ago … First, find a high hill — Neolithic Cornwall near Ruthern Valley: Rough Tor, perfect for a picnic.  ± PL32 9QJ. Right across the A30 is Helman Tor.  ± PL30 5DF.  The Cheeserings and the Hurlers, ± PL14…

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Boat and Train Trips

Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Cornwall’s steam railway. You can hop between Padstow and Rock on the ferry.  Eating places abound on both sides of the estuary. A bit further afield you can follow the Fal from Truro to Falmouth or St Mawes and back. St Ives has terrible parking which has been solved by a great…

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Family Days Out

Dairyland Farm World has free range fun, rain or shine Bodmin Gaol, spooky all-weather attraction Crealy Adventure Park has thrill rides, hundreds of animals, 40,000 sq ft of indoor play and 35 acres of outdoor play. Healey’s Cyder Farm is family friendly and open all year. Cardinham Wood is mixed woodland for walkers and cyclists, with a great cafe.

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Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens

Cornwall is renowned for them, with many National Trust and English Heritage sites and spectacular sub-tropical gardens throughout the county – including the legendary Lost Gardens of Heligan and the world famous Eden Project with its tropical and sub-tropical biomes and education centre. Pencarrow House & Gardens, Washaway Lanhydrock National Trust House & Gardens Prideaux Place in Padstow

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The Camel Trail, Cornwall

The Camel Trail is only 5 minutes by cycle, a sixteen mile combined walking or cycling track alongside the River Camel created from the route of the Old Atlantic Coast Express — once quoted by Betjeman as ‘the best journey in England’

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Fowey River Kayak Adventures

Outstanding Natural Beauty and Marine Conservation Explore its Creeks & Backwaters on the high tide – or on the low tide venture down to its historic Harbours & Beaches. On both trips you will be paddling through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Marine Conservation Area teeming with wildlife that includes kingfishers, herons,…

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Fishing and Golf

For those who fancy a spot of fishing, there is Sea Fishing out of Padstow (on the Lady Mary or Emma Kate II), Looe and Mevagissey, and river and lake fishing not too far away. If a round of golf is on the cards, then there are several Golf Courses that vary in level of difficulty to choose from. St…

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