Mousehole Things to Do
I’ve heard it said, and I’ve often read, that long standing residents of Mousehole have a different complexion to other Cornish men and women - and a lot of that belief stems back to ‘The Mousehole Raid’ of 1595.The Mousehole Raid was part of the Anglo-Spanish War and although the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588 there were still ongoing...more
Mousehole is made up of narrow streets and alleyways and so to help you make sense of it all here is a trail that you can follow which will describe some of the points of interest along the way.Most first time visitors will probably enter the village from the direction of Newlyn and so from The Old Coastguard the road leads down to the harbour and...more
Each December this small community manages to find enough volunteers to put on a most spectacular display of Christmas lights.The whole village is festooned with decorations but it’s the harbour that takes centre stage.The display has grown from its modest beginnings back in 1963 to an amazing collection of around 7,000 bulbs in various different...more
Dolly Pentreath was one of the last, if not the last, native Cornish speakers. She claimed that Cornish was her only language until she was 20 or so. She lived in Mousehole and died there in 1777. Or she lived and died in Paul, the village just above Mousehole...in other versions. She probably did both, although obviously she only died in one...more
Mousehole harbour is a lovely spot, with plenty to watch (always the same with harbours) and a good view out to see as well.If you are visiting in winter there are rather good Christmas lights too...it's a Mousehole tradition. They don't just decorate the harbour edge but create floating displays...a dinosaur and (I think) a whale when I...more
If you walk the narrow lanes around the heart of Mousehole, near the harbour, you will get a feel for what the village was like when its life revolved around the sea and fishing.Cottages built from local stone, with thick walls and tiny windows to provide shelter from the weather. Most stand sideways on to the sea, in the main, for shelter from the...more
When the bus arrived to Mousehole I saw this café where people where sitting outside, in the sun. So, before starting my walk back to Penzance I went there to have Cornish Cream Tea. The two scones with cream and jam were yummy, and with a special fruit tea it was £5.45 (April 2014).In the same place they have a B&B, the Tremayne Bed and Breakfast.more
We stopped by Mousehole for lunch and immediately liked the look of 2 Fore Street Restaurant, which is located just across the road from the harbour. The glass frontage and modern décor gave the impression it was our type of place. Lunch service was in full swing, but there were a few free tables and we were told to take our pick. We just had the...more
I wanted to visit Mousehole when I was in Cornwall only because a book I love (Charles de Lint's book The Little Country) took place there. Amazingly, the people in Pam's Pantry, mentioned often in the book, or the local bookshop across from it seemed to know nothing about it. Still, I'm glad I went! The food was great, as was the service and...more
This pub is special to me, always has been, and always will be.This is one of those tips that could go under the heading of Accommodation, Restaurant or Nightlife - and I’ve had all three experiences in The Ship - but for me it’s a pub, always has been and always should be.The first time I set foot in here was not long after the Penlee Lifeboat...more
An annual project by the residents of Mousehole Village. Simple and unassuming, the light up in the bay brings out the Christmas spirit in this small town. Walk around the place in the evening and peer into the christmas decorations in the windows of the various shops and houses. Almost each of these decorations is 'mouse'-themed. Drop by the small...more
I haven't actually been to this event, as I was not there at the right time of year, but I've heard of it and wish I could see it myself. The photo is by Charles Winpenny and is here by permission from Cornwall Cam .You see, the Christmas lights in Mousehole don't just decorate houses - they go on the boats, too. Everything is decorated in a...more
After coming back from Saint Michaels Mount I waited at the bus station for the next bus to Mousehole. In April (2014) bus nr 6 left Mousehole once every half an hour. The journey took less than 20 minutes and a single ticket was £3. A return ticket would have been £4.50, but I walked back to Penzance. To walk to Penzance took about an hour.more
The cheapest way to get to Mousehole is to walk, and there are good views, pubs, and a few small shops along the way, but once you've done that you can also take the First Bus from one of the stops in Penzance, Newlyn, or Marazion. The bus drops off and picks up right in the center of Mousehole. It's cheap (I think it costs just over a pound) and...more
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Mousehole Local Customs
Tom Bawcock's Eve
West Cornwall has an extra Christmas celebration on the 23rd December, known as Tom Bawcocks Eve.
Mousehole man Tom Bawcock lived about two centuries ago. During a bad winter of storms with Christmas coming up, the fisherman of Mousehole had not managed to gather in any fish being too afraid to take their boats out. On the Eve of Christmas Eve, with the gale still blowing, Tom gathered his crew together; "Come on, me sons, let's see if we can get us some Christmas denner."
They were the only boat to set sail into the storm. The tradition goes that they had a good catch and bought back seven different types of fish.
On Tom Bawcocks Eve this is celebrated by the baking of Starry Gazy pie which has seven types of fish baked under a crust, with the heads sticking out a hole in the middle.
A merry place you may believe
Was Mouzel on Tom Bawcocks Eve.
To be there then who wulden wesh
To sup o sibm soorts o fesh.
When morgy brath had cleared the path,
Come scences for a fry,
And we had a bit o scad
And starry gazy pie.
Next came fairmaids
Bra thusty jandes
As maade our oozles dry.
And ling and haake
Enough to make
A raunin' shark to sigh.
An aich we'd clunk
As health were drunk,
And when up came Tom Bawcocks name
We pris'd un to the sky.
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Mousehole Off The Beaten Path
Penlee Lifeboat Memorial Garden
Mousehole will always be remembered for a stormy night just before Christmas in 1981. It was on the 19th Dec that the local lifeboat was called out to a Dutch ship in trouble just along the coast at Tater Dhu.
The Union Star encountered an engine failure in rough seas and although there didn’t seem to be any immediate danger the situation got progressively worse.
The crew of a Sea King helicopter based at RNAS Culdrose were first on the scene but had to abort the rescue as the situation was getting too dangerous. It was then that the Penlee lifeboat was called into action.
The ‘Solomon Browne’ took to sea with its crew of eight, all of whom were from Mousehole. They reached the Union Star and managed to get four of the eight people on board the ship onto the lifeboat. I don’t think anyone’s quite sure about what happened next, but within moments all contact with the lifeboat was lost - as were the eight people on board the Union Star - and the eight men of Mousehole on the Solomon Browne.
For such a small village the disaster was an absolute tragedy, especially as it happened so close to Christmas. To read an account of that fateful night try and find time to take a look at this article from the West Coast News :-
The Penlee lifeboat was based at Penlee Point, a short walk along the road out of Mousehole towards Newlyn. Today the lifeboat station is closed up but left as it was. There’s no access for the public but there’s a small memorial garden next to it commemorating the loss of the crew.
The replacement boat was based at Newlyn and included volunteers from the families of those that died on the Solomon Brown. The sea is in these people’s blood and I’ve been fortunate to meet some of them.
I was here shortly after the tragedy and I’ll never forget the affect that it had on the community. If you would like to imagine how this might have felt, and experience what the sea means to the fishing communities of Cornwall then take the short walk along to Penlee Point and rest for a while at the Memorial Garden. It’s more than possible that you could be sat here on a calm summer’s day but let your mind, if you can, wander back to that stormy Christmas night in 1981 when eight local men selflessly gave up their lives to try and save others.
Here's what I think you should do to visit Mousehole. 1) Walk there from Penzance if you are able. Leave about a half hour each way for walking and give yourself a couple hours to see Mousehole. Admire the lifeboat house along the way.2) Once there, stroll around the back-alleys and narrow paths between the buildings and take in the charm and...more
The main part of Mousehole is a small maze of streets that is best just wandered around on foot. As you wander you should come across a plaque on the wall marking the house of Dolly Pentreath who, it is claimed, was the last person to speak Cornish as her mother tongue.Apparently she was a familiar sight around the area begging coins by jabbering...more
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