Cornish Cyder Farm
We went for a look round the Cornish Cyder Farm at Penhallow, Truro.You can either pay for a guided tour and a tractor ride through 100 acres of farmland and 20 acres of orchard or you can take a free walk around the farm buildings and animals.
The walk takes you through some of the buildings where the cider is produced and bottled and can actually see all of this going on.
There is a small pottery where for a small fee you can have a go at throwing a pot yourself, which you get to take home with you.
The farmyard houses some cattle, goats and a shirehorse which can all be petted.
There is a large farm shop where you can sample and then buy several different ciders and other apple products. Other souvenirs are also available to buy.
Try the Mowhay Restaurant for morning coffee, homemade lunch, or a traditional Cornish Cream Tea. The Cornish Cyder Farm,
Tel 01872 573356
It is on the A3075 Truro to Newquay Road , 5 miles from Newquay.
"The Market Town"
In the heart of Cornwall, lies the city and civil parish of Truro. It is Cornwall's center for administration, leisure, and retail. Truro hosts approximately 17,431+ residents unless you count its surrounding parishes then it breaches over 21,000. It is Great Britain's most southern city. Its inhabitants call themselves Truronians. Truro became popular as a center for trade from its port, as a beacon for the mining industry, and for its cathedral, cobbled streets, open spaces, Georgian architecture, Royal Cornwall Museum, Hall for Cornwall, Courts of Justice, and the Cornwall Council. Much of Cornwall early history is unknown. Truro's name origin is debated but believed to be from the Cornish "three rivers" even though disputed by the Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names. Earliest archaeological record show findings of a permanent settlement from Norman times. The castle was built in 12th century by Richard de Luci, Chief Justice of England. He placed the town what is now Truro in the shadow of the castle (no longer remaining). 14th century Truro became an important port because it was distanced from invaders and was prosperous for the fishing industry, tin mining, and copper mining. Truro was affected greatly by the Black Death which was followed by a trade recession reducing populations alot over the years. Trade picked up by help from the English government and during the Tudor period got back its prosperity. It was awarded self-governance in 1589 from a new charter by Elizabeth I also granted control over the port of Falmouth. 17th century Civil War - Truro troops became involved fighting for the king and a royalist mint was established in the area. With defeat in 1646, Truro lost the mint to Exeter. Falmouth was awarded its own charter and harbour creating rivalry between the two towns. 1709 saw settlement to the disputes. 18th/19th centuries saw prosperity again with mining industry flourishing - bringing in elegant Georgian and Victorian townhouses - nicknaming the area "The London of Cornwall". Things changed with Truro's Gothic-Revival Cathedral being constructed in 1910 granting it city status. One of Truro's noteworthy residents, the great adventurer Richard Lander, who discovered the source of the Niger River in Africa was awarded the first gold medal from the Royal Geographical Society. Other famous residents were Humphyr Davis and Samuel Foote. Industrialization from mining, smelting its own iron works, potteries, tanneries, and the inclusion of the Great Western Railway placed Truro further on the map. 1997 saw development of the Skinner's brewery producing cask ales and bottled beers shipped throughout Europe. Truro has an abundance of commerce attractions, shops, chain stores, specialty shops, markets, and has booming businesses. It is also quite popular for its eateries, cafes, and bistros. Truro hosts the Royal Cornwall Museum displaying Cornish history and culture with collections from archaeology, history, art, and geology. The museum also hosts King Arthur's inscribed stone.
A beautiful small city
There are many beautiful, historic towns and cities all over Britain. A favourite is Truro, way down in the far-southwest county of Cornwall. The West Country, as this area of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset is called, is a favourite holiday destination for Britons. It changes from softly rolling hills in Somerset to more hilly Devon to rocky and more dramatic Cornwall, each county a little different from the others, all of them blessed with natural beauty.
The city of Truro grew around the port, which was a perfect centre for merchants and manufacturing. This is tin mining country and the official stamping of tin dates from about 1300, by which time the town was well established.
The Black Death ravaged the town in the early fourteen hundreds, but it recovered to grow during the Tudor reign of King Henry V111 and Queen Elizabeth 1.
During the 18th Century it became a stylish, fashionable town, centre of the county's social life with many wealthy people owning town houses.
Today it has a population of around 20,000 and is the centre of the county's tourism industry. Many of the historic buildings have been preserved, and with so many being built with the local honey-coloured stone the city has a wonderful warm look and feel to it. It's an excellent shopping centre, has a huge number of restaurants and cafes, in and around the city there is ample holiday accommodation. Its central position makes it an ideal base for exploring all of Cornwall.