Penzance Park & Ride: Long-Stay Car Parks and Services for the Scillonian

Whether you are heading to the Scillonian or need somewhere to leave the car whilst you holiday in Penzance, take advantage of this list of Penzance Park & Ride services and long-stay car parks.

After a long drive, it can be awfully tempting to squeeze the car into the first vacant spot to catch your eye and then get on with your holiday – especially if you have a boat to catch. But it may be wise to think on this carefully or, even better, to plan ahead; as a seaside town, Penzance is geared more towards tranquil sea views than an ocean of cars.

Limited street-side parking is intended for residents and local businesses, while awkward parking along narrow roads may slow down traffic – harmful to Penzance’s environmental aims – and may be susceptible to damage from passing vehicles.

Cornwall Council and Penzance have worked hard to make Penzance car parks the cheapest in Cornwall, while private companies help to offer additional security and support a wider range of needs.

If you want to avoid parking altogether, frequent train services are also available; Penzance Train Station is right next to the town centre and only a 10-minute walk from the Ferry Terminal. Taxi companies are always on hand if you have too much luggage to carry, whether from the station or your car park of choice.

Park & Ride in Penzance

Please note: It is recommended that you arrive at your chosen Penzance Park & Ride site at least 90 minutes before your scheduled departure. The accommodation of passengers and luggage varies by company, as specified below; for any passengers and baggage not included in the price, it is recommended to drop them off at the Ferry Terminal before arriving at the parking facility. If that is not possible for any reason, contact the company and they will try and help you with your specific requirements.

Prices will differ in accordance with demand and the duration of your holiday (the longer the holiday, the cheaper the daily cost).


Isles of Scilly Parking – TR18 3FA

Ferry Terminal: 1.4 Miles (5-minute shuttle bus)

From £6.00 per day: Includes transport for the driver, a single passenger and their luggage


Scillonian Park & Ride – TR20 8TJ

Ferry Terminal: 1.7 Miles (6-minute shuttle bus)

From £6.25 per day: Includes transport for the driver


Scilly Parking – TR20 8AW

Ferry Terminal: 4.2 Miles (10-minute shuttle bus)

From £4.29 per day: Includes transport for the driver

From £6.27 per day: Includes full transport for the driver, passengers and their luggage


Long Stay Car Parks in Penzance (Private)

Isles of Scilly Premier Parking  – TR18 4AY

Ferry Terminal: 0.2 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.4 Miles

From £7.50 per day: Once you are in the temporary parking area, the vehicle’s key will need to be left with the company so that the valet can move it to their secure indoor parking facility. The vehicle will be outside and ready to go upon your return.


Long Stay Car Parks in Penzance (Cornwall Council)

Please note: The following car parks do not provide security coverage. Prices listed are for the peak season (1st April – 31st October). Availability and prices may differ during the off-peak season (1st November – 31st March).

Weekly rates are purchased via the JustPark app or over the phone at 01872 302947. Because of this system, additional hours, days or weeks can be added to your reservation even when you are not with your car.  Both the app and phone system will ask for location identification codes; these are provided below and will also be signposted at the pay and display.


Harbour Wharfside Car Park – TR18 2GB

Ferry Terminal: 0.5 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.3 Miles

24 Hours: £8.50 ~ Weekly: £42.00

Penzance Park and Ride

Location Code: 8395


St Anthony’s Car Park – TR18 4AJ

Ferry Terminal: 0.2 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.4 Miles

24 Hours: £6.00 ~ Weekly: £39.20

Location Code: 8403


St Erbyn’s Car Park – TR18 2RG

Ferry Terminal: 0.7 Miles ~ Town Centre: 0.3 Miles

24 Hours: £8.50 ~ Weekly: £39.20

Location Code: 8401


Wherrytown Car Park – TR18 4NP

Ferry Terminal: 1.1 Miles ~ Town Centre: 1.0 Miles

24 Hours: £8.50 ~ Weekly: £39.20

Location Code: 8404



Prices correct as of 10th March 2021. Check the available links for fully up-to-date information on Park & Ride and long-stay car parks in Penzance.


Antique Shops Penzance: A Vintage to Savour

Is Penzance to antique shops what Hay-on-Wye is to booksellers? These stores that specialise in the yesteryear are often an overlooked element of the high street, but it’s worth giving some thought. They may not have the verve of restaurants, the coolness of cafés or the glamour of art galleries, yet they have a distinct character of their own; like a little pocket of Cornishness, delving deep into one can bring up a thousand different possibilities and each with their own story to tell – whether from their crafter, a previous owner or the seller themselves. Many of these shops are independent too, meaning that they support the livelihoods of the locals as well as expressing their collections of times gone by.

Weave your way up and down the streets and make a day of it, or squeeze in quarter of an hour at the end of a holiday to pick out a unique souvenir; below is a list of some of the best antique shops in Penzance, ideal for tourists and locals alike.

(Note: examples of items at the time of writing may differ from your personal experience in Penzance antique shops, but that journey into the unexpected is all part of the fun.)


Antique Shops PenzanceAkasha’s Curiosity Shoppe

Specialising in absurdities, Akasha’s declare themselves to be an ‘Aladdin’s treasure trove’ (so take care when stroking any lamps). Delights include eclectic takes on clothing, small furniture, crockery and jewellery, as well as more unexpected finds like the ‘Bhoma’ – a grotesque carving that wards off evil spirits from Balinese temples.


Antiques & Fine Art

Located opposite Penzance promenade, the furniture here hails from distant dates on the historical timeline with pieces from the Georgian and Victorian periods, as well as occasional offerings from as far back as the 17th Century. As the name suggests, artworks add a splash of colour to proceedings; something to admire whilst you browse or, perhaps, a warming addition to your home.

Antique Shops PenzanceCape Cornwall Arts & Antiques

There’s a distinctly nautical edge to be found in St Just, a 13-minute drive from Penzance; Cape Cornwall’s haul features folk art and furniture nestling alongside anchors, chests, wreck salvage and sailor’s pipes. On a table rests a knife, a pair of goblets and golden coins sitting upon a blackened plate – even the displays have stories to tell.


Cash Your Clutter

As well as buying your unwanted jewellery, Cash Your Clutter have also found the time to assemble quite the range of rarities; a Roman tile from Hadrian’s Villa (c. 200AD) is not an everyday find, while an oil bottle from the Tomb of the Sphinx (c. 1500BC) may take the gold medal for ‘most antique item on this list of antiques’. Bonus points for their plastic-free initiatives, helping to make sure that disposable plastic becomes a thing of the past that is not on display.


Choughed to Bits Antiques

Specialising in the arts and crafts since 2005, Choughed to Bits have recently opened a new antique store that champions the artisanal wares of Cornwall. Much of their sphere is shaped and moulded around the established history of pottery, with Bernard Leach, Lamorna and Adrian Brough of Lelant all represented. Largely curated from Cornish auction houses, Choughed to Bits isn’t limited to these fine shores but certainly takes great care to depict the local talents – be it in glass, copper or all manner of materials.


Much like the slang word that it is named after, this art gallery and antique boutique is filled with a sense of wonder. “Coddiwomple: Verb. To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.” To enter an antique store is to have an intent on looking for something special, often without a particular end goal in mind; to paint an artwork is to decide upon a journey to take, only fully realised upon completion. Whether you take home an artwork by owners Alex and Tracy – or perhaps a vase, a candleholder, or any other item plucked from obscurity – be sure to coddiwomple with joy.


Daphne’s Antiques

Hard to miss on Chapel Street with its turquoise exterior, this small store busies itself with a wide range of wooden furniture – sideboards, worktops, wicker chairs, dressers – each neatly arranged on top with an assortment of clocks, paintings, cushions and decorative plates of all shapes and sizes.

Dick the Dog

You may want to sit down to take in their visual extravaganza of paintings – which is just as well, given that the store specialises in furniture. Armchairs and sofas to try and buy as you so desire, and a weird and wonderful name to match.


Dinero & La Sheneil Jewellery and Antiques

Collectors of all things shiny, these magpies lovely people have plenty to sell as well as good deals for your gold and silver. Necklaces, rings, obscure coins and designer handbags are all available, alongside a host of luxury watches including Rolex, Omega and Breitling.



A second-hand store with vintage offerings amongst its roster, there is more furniture here than you can shake a chair leg at; rattan baskets, mahogany cabinets, executive desks and wine racks provide just a selection of their quickly rotating stock. If required, a free local delivery service is also available.


Velvet armchairs, striped armchairs, wingback armchairs, leather armchairs and some of the most dazzling paisley patterns to ever grace an armchair. Residing in Goldsithney – a 12-minute drive away from the antique shops of Penzance high street – J’Antiques may have plenty of arm-supportive seating but also some smaller items to take away, including vintage pots and handmade lampshades. There may be a rocking horse in need of a good home, too.


Myrtle Vintage Furniture

Antique stylings with a difference, many of their products use reclaimed pine and oak for extra green credentials. Modern yet rustic, items are often recrafted or repainted on-site; spice racks, coffee tables and coat hooks are all handmade, as well as signs that can be written to your specifications. There’s even a range of decorative chalk paints with which to redesign furniture of your own.


Rosevean Antiques

Local mementos mix with exotic delights. Copper from nearby Newlyn feature heavily in commemorative plates and rose-embossed bowls, while another of Penzance’s coastal neighbours is represented in the form of Marazion pottery; meanwhile, an 18th Century statuette of a Greek god, Chronos, and paintings of French landscapes prove that the scope of Rosevean’s wares is far from blinkered.

Antique Shops PenzanceThe Strand 

Taking a straightforward walk from Penzance’s western end, this grand emporium is hard to miss within the copper village of Newlyn. Between its thick granite walls, it’s difficult to think of any subject matter that has not been touched upon: musical instruments, vintage cameras, bicycles, guns, dolls, rugs and enough taxidermy to form an inanimate zoo.


We Have What You Need

These connoisseurs of the shabby chic supply plenty of furniture and a range of fashions that flick through the eras, including a strong showing for fans of flamboyant hats. I very much hope that they have what you need.


V&A Antiques

Having recently moved from their location on Chapel Street, V&A Antiques have found a more spacious home on Market Jew Street. An antiques centre as opposed to a single shop, V&A Antiques aims to represent between 30 and 40 individual dealers beneath its roof with cabinets of gold and silver, pocket watches and coins, pottery and postcards and everything in between. In the old building that had been deserted by Dorothy Perkins, a local business can now thrive.



Your Holiday in Cornwall: Improvements at Woodstock Guest House

Murmurs of starlings flutter in the Penzance sky and the flower beds of St Michael’s Mount are beginning to bloom again; it has been a difficult winter, but the spring has begun to shine through. A holiday in Cornwall is on the horizon.

Few words can describe how good it will be to welcome guests back to Penzance. The Victorian promenade is looking trim after its winter renovations, Jubilee Pool is heading for its first summer season with geothermal capabilities and the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay will bring an extra zest to the region. Penzance is very much raring to go.

Those quietest of winter months have not been frittered away; many businesses in Penzance have taken the opportunity to make improvements, including at Woodstock Guest House where tablets have been added to all of the bedrooms. While the trusty pen-and-paper format remains available for the traditionalists, these tablets are installed with an app through which to order your cooked breakfasts during your stay – a seamless solution to help minimise contact whilst maximising comfort during your holiday in Cornwall.

Safety remains paramount, but it needn’t come at the cost of relaxation. At Woodstock, each bedroom now has its own individual dining room – perfect for working as well as unwinding – while sanitiser points and routine cleaning offer that extra peace of mind. With Morrab Gardens just around the corner from this Penzance accommodation, there are ample opportunities to stretch out and sunbathe in your own chosen spot without ever needing to worry about the bustle of crowds.

Right from the point of parking, into those long sunny evenings and through past the moment your breakfast is brought to you in your own secluded space, allow your tensions of the past year to dissipate like a sugar cube sinking into a hot cup of tea.

Penzance to St Ives by Train: Window Seat Beside a Cornish Beauty

Sightseeing begins not once you step off the train, but once you step on it. The Penzance to St Ives train is a picturesque gem worth far more than the £4 asking price; far more than the typical drudgery of travelling from A to B. Where possible, seat yourself comfortably on the right-hand side of the train (or the left during the return leg from St Ives) for maximum viewing pleasure.



As the train pulls out of Penzance, the sidings slipping away on your left and the undulating walkway of the South West Coastal Path a trimming along the right-side cliffs, the view opens out over Mount’s Bay where St Michael’s Mount rises majestically out of the water to tickle the skyline. Graceful waves fill the crescent of Long Rock Beach, its swathes of cobblestones carved by the masonry of the ocean. Beyond this fortress of the tides, the coast curves around on its final voyage to Lizard Point, mainland Britain’s most southerly reach.

With Marazion approaching, the track veers away to the left and darts between hedgerow trees, hillocks peaking over the brush as the luscious greens of Cornwall’s interior appear desperate to prove their worth against the stellar blues that clothe its edges. In under five minutes, the onrush of fields slows to make way for St Erth, the required changeover as you detour away from the mainline. After getting off here and finding the single platform tucked around the corner – perhaps popping into the station café for a quick refreshment – the St Ives Bay Line will soon be ready to entertain you.

After picking up steam once more, the patchwork of greenery subsides to reveal the shimmering expanse of the Hayle Estuary with its uninhibited rivulets scribbling over a parchment of sand on its way to the ocean, the flow of its writing upon the land punctuated sparsely by islets of scrub. The village of Lelant glances over the scene below, the little church of St Uny and St Anta nestled in its grassy perch

Having made a pass of the village platforms, the Bay Line steers westwards to leave the estuary running in the background. Then, beyond the bobbles of fledgling dunes, the journey strikes its gold: a trinity of beaches and their sun-soaked sands. Porthkidney Beach comes first, a sprawling plain that stretches off into the distance – interrupted only by the dark tongue of Carrack Gladden lapping upon the ocean foam, a headland tufted with a rare mountain sedge and the purple tips of ivy broomrape. Under this cover will Carbis Bay thus emerge with its perfect concave sheltered from the worst of winds, a fitting sanctuary for the G7 Summit of 2021.

Weaving around one final clifftop, you are greeted at the end of the line by Porthminster Beach: a strip of buttery yellows melting into caramel tones where the surf recedes from the shore. You have arrived in St Ives, home to a decorated history of artists and writers; stepping off the train, it’s no wonder they felt so inspired.


Images courtesy of the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership. For more epic Devon & Cornwall journeys beyond the Penzance to St Ives train, check out their website over at Great Scenic Railways.

G7 Accommodation: Penzance on the Big Stage

Newly renovated for 2021, the Victorian promenade leads the way for much to come in Penzance’s future – G7 accommodation and beyond. 

The traditional calm of a Cornish summer, home to azure waves and sunny TV dramas, is set to make way for a drama of a very different kind. From the 11th to the 13th June, the G7 Summit will see leading presidents and prime ministers settling in to Carbis Bay; less than ten miles away, Penzance will be on the forefront of ripples that will reverberate far across the political world.

Cornwall’s credentials for rest and relaxation deceive the very real change that is occurring beneath the surface, with Penzance keenly setting out to be a trailblazer in that respect; alongside its plastic-free initiative, the geothermal warmth of its Jubilee Pool combine the expected holiday vibes with the beginnings of much to come in the region – recent studies in geothermal activity beneath Cornwall’s granite suggest that the area is primed to produce a new source of renewable electricity for UK homes. With climate high on the agenda for discussions at the G7 Summit, Penzance is a beacon for an ambitious future.

Whether you will be heading to the big event in an official capacity or are simply looking to be adjacent to all that buzz, the accommodation in Penzance is ready to meet all your needs. With Carbis Bay and St Ives just a twenty-minute drive away (with frequent buses and trains also available), the town is perfectly placed to be of service to those on their way to the big event – whilst still being distant enough to avoid much of the presidential hubbub if you are just looking to holiday in Penzance. Whether you want a larger hotel or a small, family-owned B&B, you can be assured that each has strived to meet all coronavirus and social distancing regulations as we enter the final throes of the pandemic and turn our collective attention towards a brighter future.

If you are looking for a family stay in Penzance, there is much to see and do for those who take little interest in government workings (or even whether famous ice cream enthusiast Joe Biden enjoys Roskilly’s); a walking trail is available that takes you past all of the town’s famous landmarks, whilst the iconic St Michael’s Mount is unmissable with its disappearing ocean path that is governed only by the tide itself.

For all Bed & Breakfasts and hotels in Penzance, whether G7 accommodation or a holiday stay, be sure to head over to Book Penzance for detailed information on a wide variety of accommodation alongside a booking service and plenty more activities to enjoy during your stay. As the world’s eyes gaze upon this photogenic land, many will look to experience Cornwall’s bountiful pleasures in the years to come; a visit this summer will see those first bubbles of excitement as they rise up through the granite below, lasting long into the future.

G7 Summit Cornwall: Not Just Poldark and Pasties

Poldark and pasties? Think again. Open your eyes to a new Cornwall as it hosts the G7 summit, urges Mark Duddridge.

‘The Cornish are remarkable for their sanguine temperament, their indomitable perseverance, their ardent hope in adventure, and their desire for discovery and novelty.’

Not my words sadly but those of George Henwood, writing in the Mining Journal, 162 years ago.

He was remarking on how many Cornishmen had become ‘brilliant ornaments’ of science in their day. Watt, Trevithick, Holman and Davy, a generation of inventors, engineers and scientists who put Cornwall at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, exporting it, and Cornish culture and values, around the world.

Today Cornwall is on the cusp of another industrial revolution whose task, perhaps ironically, is to undo the legacy of the first. That legacy is climate change. And the revolution is low carbon.

When world leaders sit down in Carbis Bay for the start of the G7 summit in June, and gaze across the turquoise waters towards the very lighthouse that inspired Virginia Woolf, there will be two things at the top of their agenda: Covid, and climate change.

There’s a cartoon on Twitter showing a tidal wave labelled ‘Covid’ about to engulf a coastal town. Behind it is a larger wave, called ‘recession’. Behind that, and by far the biggest wave of all, is the one marked ‘climate change’.

It’s a triple tsunami, and it’s real.

That’s why Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging world leaders to embrace a green economic recovery at the G7 to ‘build back better’ and ‘create a better future’ in the wake of the pandemic. It’s also why he’s chosen Cornwall, because we want to be the exemplar of a better tomorrow.

The PM said: “Two hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement.”

It’s no idle boast. The mineral-rich granite beneath Cornwall contains globally-significant reserves of lithium, a key ingredient in batteries to power electric vehicles (EV) with global demand expected to double by 2024.

There are several companies exploring Cornwall’s lithium resources who have raised millions of pounds from investors to investigate how Cornwall could literally power the UK’s EV revolution in a sustainable way.

That’s why we’re spending £2.9m of the Government’s Getting Building Fund on building Europe’s first geothermal lithium recovery plant in Cornwall, to demonstrate that lithium can be produced with a zero carbon footprint. And we’ve put a fleet of EVs onto the Isles of Scilly to prove how they can mesh with a local energy network.

Cornwall’s granite is also hot. If you drill five kilometres down into Cornwall you’ll hit temperatures of 200 degrees. The people at Geothermal Engineering did just that near Redruth last year, drilling the deepest hole in Britain to create what will be the UK’s first commercial geothermal power plant. By circulating water to that depth the energy can heat homes and businesses and generate electricity carbon-free.

Thanks to its granite, Cornwall has the best geothermal resource in the UK, with at least another 20 sites that could be suitable for clean energy. The world-famous Eden Project is about to drill its own £17m geothermal well and aims to produce more energy than it uses by 2023.

Cornwall is also one of the windiest places in Europe (and has the best solar climate in the UK, by the way), which is why the UK’s first commercial windfarm was built here 30 years ago.

But it’s even windier out to sea, so Cornwall is bidding for more than £30m of Government funding towards a £64m plan to build floating windfarms far offshore, starting in 2023. They could power 170,000 homes by 2030 and create a new export industry for the UK, with thousands of jobs. The first turbines would attach to Wave Hub, an existing offshore socket connected to land a stone’s throw from the G7 hotel.

Earth observation is also critical to measuring and tackling climate change. Cornwall is partnering with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company and the UK Space Agency to launch satellites into space from Newquay Cornwall Airport as early as next year. Virgin Orbit just celebrated its first satellite launch from the Mohave Desert in California on behalf of NASA, a tremendous achievement.

So we do things differently in Cornwall. We’re on the edge, poking out into the Atlantic, a stubborn hazard to shipping. But we’ve always been connected.

Early settlers traded tools and jewellery with Brittany and Ireland 4,000 years ago. Falmouth’s Packet Ships launched the first international mail service in 1689. The first telegraph cable from India to Britain landed at Porthcurno in 1870. Young Italian Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio message from Cornwall in 1901.

And Goonhilly Earth Station beamed live pictures of the moon landing around the word in 1969. It’s now poised to offer deep space communications from Cornwall for future missions to the Moon and Mars following our investment of £8.4m.

In fact, Cornwall has one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the country, buoyed by one of the best broadband networks in Europe, a higher quality of life, and fuelled by the Creative Industries. And we still trade globally today, with £661m of exports and £688m of imports. A high proportion of those exports go to G7 nations: £73m to the USA, £55m to France, £47m to Germany and £25m to Italy.

So it’s a peculiarly modern view that Cornwall is on the edge and peripheral; the legacy of post-industrial decline in the mid twentieth century that doesn’t reflect our new vision and momentum.

But now we’ve got the G7 Summit in Cornwall to help set the record straight.

So I make a plea. By all means embrace and celebrate Cornwall for its culture, its heritage, its outstanding beauty – all those things that make this place so very special. But let’s change perceptions and raise ambitions. We have a much bigger vision. We’re so much more than the Poldark and pasty stereotype.

Not just because Cornwall could offer a model of a sustainable, low-carbon economy for the world to emulate. But because perpetuating a myth masks the deep-seated inequality in our society that all G7 nations still need to address.

So as we welcome the G7 summit in June, let’s seize a once in a generation opportunity to influence some of the world’s most powerful people to put climate change, the environment and social justice at the heart of the global recovery. And to show them how proud Cornwall is to play our part in that.

Not dreckly, but now.


For more on the G7 Summit Cornwall, check out our article on G7 Summit Cornwall accommodation

G7 Carbis Bay: Penzance Connections

“Wherever there’s a hole in the ground, you’ll find a Cornishman.”

Less than 10 miles from Carbis Bay, Penzance has many connections to the member states arriving at the UK G7 Summit in June 2021. The rich mining heritage of the wider West Cornwall area led to the hardy workmanship of these parts becoming in demand around the world, with many Cornishmen taking up foreign offers and creating their own Cornish communities in distant lands. With its world famous pasties and cream teas, there’s plenty of reason for these Cornish descendants to make their way back to their ancestral home, too; Penzance has a higher percentage of non-UK visitors than any other town in the UK.

In celebration of the many expatriates of Penzance and West Cornwall, here is an article connecting the dots of our shared history.

Connecting the Carbis Bay G7 to… the USA

G7 Carbis Bay

↑ Nearly 400 years ago, a ship carrying around 100 colonists left the shores of England for the new world. The voyage of the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower is legendary as part of the founding of the United States. It is believed that Newlyn, West Cornwall, was the last home port visited by the Mayflower.

Thomas Lawson, a seven-mast American sailboat, met its unfortunate end off the coast of the Isles of Scilly.

Penzance & St Just are twinned with Nevada City, California.

Rick Rescorla, born in the small Cornish town of Hayle, became a hero of the Twin Towers disaster when he safely led over a thousand employees out of the burning building – keeping everybody calm by singing Cornish folk songs. He was last seen heading back up the South Tower to attempt further rescues.

Brought up in Penzance, Thandie Newton has made a name for herself across the Atlantic with major US productions such as Westworld and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Cousin Jack is the Cornish American Heritage Society, ‘linked to Cornwall by blood and by the tug of our hearts’.

Pirates of Penzance has previously found success on Broadway.

Bonus: Woodstock Guest House, of course, took its name from the world famous festival that took place in the United States.


… Australia

Born in Penzance, George Marsden Waterhouse was a businessman and prime minister of both South Australia (1861–63) and New Zealand (1872–73) – the only man ever to be the premier of two British colonies.

In South Australia, the area of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo is known as ‘Little Cornwall’ as it was settled by Cornish miners. The flag of Saint Piran abounds and Cornish pasties are served in many bakeries. Their Kernewek Lowender festival is the biggest Cornish festival outside of Cornwall.

With Penzance grandparents, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies was twice the prime minister of Australia, in office from 1939 to 1941 and again from 1949 to 1966. He played a central role in the creation of the Liberal Party of Australia, defining its policies and broad outreach.


… France

The connections between the two regions of Brittany and Cornwall go back thousands of years, particularly in the Middle Ages when Cornish migrants settled there; before roads, the sea was the highway, and you could get to Brittany in a day under favourable winds. The language of Breton is from the Brittonic family of languages, a sister tongue to Cornish and Welsh. 

Fishing has been especially resilient at maintaining the Breton links. Cornish fishermen have become stuck in Breton ports in the past when weather was bad, and likewise for Breton fishermen in Cornish ports. This is more irregular in modern times, but has been known to still occur.

Penzance is twinned with Concarneau in Brittany, and there are often school exchanges between Breton schools and Penzance.

Countless town and village festivals (e.g., Golowan in Penzance and the Lowender Peran festival in Newquay) have been known to have a Breton presence, while plenty of Breton festivals (such as the Lorient Inter-Celtic festival in Brittany) have a contingent of Cornish lurking. There’s also the AberFest celebrating Breton-Cornish connections, held annually and alternating between Falmouth (known in Cornish as ‘Aberfal’) and Brandivy in Brittany.

Despite England and France being embroiled in war, Sir Humphry Davy undertook a risky voyage to France in order to collect a medal from the Institut de France – awarded to Davy by Napoleon Bonaparte for his electro-chemical breakthroughs.

↑ The seemingly unique St Michaels Mount, a castle-topped tidal island near Penzance, has a French counterpart – also a castle-topped tidal island and also named St Michael’s Mount (Mont-Saint-Michel). Following his victory in 1066, William the Conqueror offered land to the French monks living in Mont-Saint-Michel; having spotted this rocky Cornish mound within their property, the monks knew exactly what to build.


… Germany

Twinned with Cuxhaven, Germany, there is a strong German community living within Penzance. 20% of overnight guests in Penzance are from Germany.

The shipwreck of the SS Schiller, a German liner, can be found off the coast of the Isles of Scilly. This rescue operation for one of the worst incidents in British maritime history was extensive, including ferries and steamers from Newlyn, Cornwall.

The novels of Rosamunde Pilcher found exceptional popularity with a German audience and over a hundred of her stories have received German TV adaptations, many filmed in the Penzance area.  Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Lelant in West Cornwall, later attending school in Penzance; her life-held affection for Cornwall can be found in many of her books, including her first breakthrough The Shell Seekers which topped the New York Times bestseller list for 48 weeks. Her works continue to draw in large volumes of fans visiting the Cornish locations.


Connecting the Carbis Bay G7 to… Canada

There is a rural municipality called Penzance within the province of Saskatchewan. With a population of 41, it is decidedly more quaint.

The common surname of Chynoweth originated in Cornwall; it gained recognition in its home country from the Chynoweth family in the Poldark novels and TV series.  It means ‘new house’ in Cornish – ‘chy nowydh’ – and there is a village east of Penzance with the same name.  Famous Canadians with this surname are Ed Chynoweth, president and architect of the modern Canadian Hockey League, along with his sons Dean Chynoweth and Jeff Chynoweth – a National Hockey League player and a manager of the Calgary Hitmen respectively.

Yeo is another surname which originates from the South West of England. this time meaning ‘river’. James Yeo Senior (1789-1868) was a Cornish shipbuilder from the village of Kilkhampton, Cornwall; he emigrated to Canada where he became a politician. His sons James and John were politicians, representing Prince County.

The famous scientist Claude Ernest Dolman (1906-1994) was born in the quaint fishing village of Porthleven, Cornwall and emigrated to Canada in the 1930s. He held posts at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947.

Another surname associated with Cornwall is Pascoe; James Pascoe (1863-1931) was a farmer and politician in Saskatchewan, born in Cornwall before emigrating to Canada with his parents in the 1870s. His son, James Ernest Pascoe, was a Member of Parliament for Moose Jaw.


… South Korea

The Seoul Olympics in 1988 was received for broadcast by the Goonhilly Earth Station near Helston, using their Ghy-3 satellite dish. Jon Matthews, now the owner of Woodstock Guest House, watched everything live from the Operations Control Centre and remembers the event fondly.

The British romantic comedy About Time was partly set in Cornwall; it was commercially very successful in South Korea, earning $23 million (about 25% of the film’s total earnings). South Korean visitors to Woodstock Guest House have sought out About Time‘s filming locations, such as Gorran Haven.


… Japan

The highly successful Leach Pottery has special links to Japan; Bernard Leach, considered the father of British Studio Pottery, established this St Ives workshop with the help of Hamada Shōji. The duo set up the first noborigama, a type of wood-fired kiln, in the UK before Shōji returned to Japan to set up his own long-standing bastion of the ceramics industry. 

Returning to Goonhilly Earth Station, the multinational NEC Corporation of Japan refurbished Ghy-3 in 1992 & built Ghy-23 in 1997.


… Italy

G7 Carbis Bay

Porthcurno’s PK Museum pays tribute to the pioneering work of Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian who investigated a means by which to transmit signals across the Atlantic in competition with British transatlantic telegraph cables. Marconi established a wireless transmitting station at the Marconi House in Ireland, acting as a link between Poldhu in Cornwall and Clifden in County Galway.

The Eastern Telegraph Company once held the largest international telegraph operation; its Porthcurno station was the hub of both Britain and its empire across the world, less than ten miles from Marconi’s site in Poldhu. Concerned by the Italian’s wireless efforts, a 170-foot mast was erected on a Porthcurno clifftop to spy on his work. The eventual merger between the Eastern Telegraph Company and Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Company was a considerably more affable solution.

The flight from the Isles of Scilly to Cornwall uses an Italian Leonardo helicopter; this route has the longest distance in the world for a passenger helicopter service.


And finally, connecting the Carbis Bay G7 to… India

In 1870, a ground-breaking international link stretching all the way from the UK to India became one of the longest telegraph routes in the world; it was an incredible feat, but technical difficulties meant a last-minute decision had to be taken to bring the cabling ashore a few miles short of its original destination of Falmouth, Cornwall. The location chosen, of course, was the quiet cove of Porthcurno – setting the scene for Marconi’s struggles to come.


For more on the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, check out our articles on G7 accommodation in Penzance and the green future of Cornwall.

Renewable energy Trends in 2021

Renewable Energy Trends to Expect in 2021 by Emily Folk

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Green energy becomes more accessible every year because the industry continues to gain support. People want to be eco-friendly in their personal lives and support companies that use sustainable business practices. Industry experts should learn about which renewable energy trends to expect in 2021 to better understand what the future holds.
Renewable Energy Trends to Expect in 2021
Courtesy of NREL
These trends will contribute to the industry’s upcoming success. Learning more about them could drive plans to set the bar higher within major companies so the renewable energy industry continues to grow well past the year’s end.

1. Corporations Will Go Green

Five or 10 years ago, people supported companies that made green changes to their business. They bought food from retailers who cut back on plastic grocery bags and clothes from companies that stopped relying on fast fashion practices. Now they expect more, so corporations that hope for success in 2021 should attempt to broaden their sustainability efforts.

Going 100% green is a significant commitment that promises long-term change. It’s why Google pledged to become carbon-energy free by 2030 and outlined how it plans to do so. Sustainability isn’t a consumer fad. It’s becoming an expected part of everyday life.

2. Scope 3 Emissions Will Decrease

Scope 3 emissions are also known as value chain emissions. They don’t come directly from a company’s production plant or factories. Instead, they result from partnering organizations. Corporations will likely focus on these emissions to reduce their carbon footprint because they add to their environmental responsibility.

3. Geothermal Heat Will Warm Neighborhoods

Homeowners have heard about solar energy for years, but the future looks bright for industry experts working with geothermal energy. Instead of relying on more power to warm a house connected to an air source heat pump, homeowners will save money by drawing on heat from the ground.

Even in the coldest conditions, ground temperatures average around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so there are no swings in temperature fluctuations. The constant ground heat is cost-efficient and highly effective, so homeowners will begin to invest in geothermal heat to save money and stay comfortable.

4. Innovation Will Drive Green Efforts

Ambitious sustainability targets require constant innovation. Even though most people are familiar with the idea of going green, it’s still relatively uncharted territory in terms of the needed scope. New innovative solutions will hit the market so renewable energy becomes easier for long-term goals and profitability. Expect to see greener, budget-friendly adaptations in everything from infrastructure to consumer marketing.

5. Companies Will Leverage Tax Credits

The federal government offers a 30% investment tax credit (ITC) to companies that leave fossil fuels behind and depend on solar energy. It’s a crucial part of what’s made renewable business models more accessible and widely expected from consumers.

There will likely be upcoming developments with other tax credits to encourage people to switch to green energy forms. Companies can leverage these credits to make the sustainable switch, build consumer trust and maintain a greener future for their business operations.

6. Traditional Energy Companies Will Diversify

The traditional energy industry knows its days of domineering the market are coming to an end, so it’s in their best interest to diversify. Oil, gas and electric companies will invest in biorefinery efforts and green technology to stay afloat. It could be a new major source of funding for the growing sustainability sector.

It depends on how many companies diversify in the coming year and how much they’re willing to spend. They may be interested in single investments or even partnering with green energy titans that can demonstrate a viable path forward for profitability and consumer relations.

Penzance places to eat

Iconic Lido dining
Jubilee Pool Cafe

The Jubilee Pool cafe menus aim to offer the high quality, fresh, locally sourced produce you have come to expect from us, whilst allowing us to operate efficiently with a reduced team.
The coffee is supplied by Yallah Coffee Roasters, Falmouth. Yallah passionately roast single origin speciality coffee from the most sustainable farms. Fully licensed, we offer a range of local and Cornish craft beers, spirits, soft drinks and even wines for you to enjoy with a breath taking panoramic view of our iconic Art Deco lido and Mounts Bay
Tel:01736 369224.

Historic location for great dining
The Orangery Café

The perfect place for morning coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea with delicious homemade cakes. Food freshly prepared to order. During your visit, relax for a while in our licensed cafe, with its sunny terrace overlooking the park.
Tel:01736 363625. Email:

A Smuggler’s Paradise
The Turk’s Head Inn

Invaded by Jerusalem’s jilted, partially burnt down by the Spaniards and adored by the pirates… The Turk’s Head was once home to a hideout for priests, a cell for drunkards and a (still standing) tunnel for smugglers that leads right down to the harbour. The oldest pub in Penzance has certainly had a mad history since its establishment in 1233, but it hasn’t lost its head when it comes to food – winning numerous accolades along the way. Enjoy lentil curries, confit duck leg and Newlyn’s catch of the day in the old haunt of Cornwall’s infamous. Book tables at 01736 363093, enjoy a few pints and be glad that the drunkard’s cell is no longer in use.

Blacks’ Magic
Blacks of Chapel Street

Making for a perfect stop whilst perusing the centre of town, Blacks of Chapel Street has all the frills of a high-end experience with a cocktail selection for something a little cheekier on the side. With a menu adapted to the seasons, local produce is plucked from the land and sea to create a quintessentially Cornish evening. Reservations can be made online or at 01736 369729.

A sea-borne experience on the ocean front
The Lugger Inn

Welcome aboard the Lugger.
Situated on Cornwall’s only Promenade and offering unbelievable views of the bay you will find the Lugger Inn. An all year round family inn, which has been run by Lesley and her team who are now celebrating 21 years.
A favourite spot for both locals and visitors, the Lugger boasts modern rooms, along with a full menu restaurant, offering something for everyone and not forgetting a traditional carvery to suit all tastes.
We pride ourselves on our customer service which allows us to cater for all your needs.
Tel: 01736 363236.

Highly acclaimed dining out
The Cornish Barn

The Cornish Barn is a rustic restaurant, bar and smokehouse serving a wholesome menu with a focus on fresh Cornish produce, all helped along by craft beers and wines from local independent vineyards.
Tel: 01736 365664.

Authentic Thai food on Penzance sea front
Thai Moon

Thai Moon located near Penzance promenade offers the perfect location for an intimate evening out, where you can relax in our comfortable and stylish dining room.
All food is prepared with thought and passion from authentic Thai recipes.
Tel:01736 369699

Classic hotel delights food lovers from all over
The Garden Bar & Restaurant.

Located on the waterfront of Penzance, The Garden Bar & Restaurant is well known for its delightful Afternoon Tea. The Garden Bar & Restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence for years, and has gained many awards as a mark of its quality.
The Garden Bar & Restaurant is housed in the Hotel Penzance; an Edwardian 4 Star Townhouse Hotel sitting in an elevated position high above the Penzance rooftops looking over the beautiful waterfront of Penzance harbour and bay.
Afternoon Tea in The Garden Bar & Restaurant is a special treat and an indulgence that anyone can enjoy. Afternoon Tea is served in the light, airy restaurant or on the fabulous terrace overlooking Mount’s Bay. Regular guests say that The Garden Bar & Restaurant serves the best Afternoon Tea, west of The Ritz.
Tel:01736 363117. Email:

Award winning Fish and Chips

The award-winning Fraser’s Fish & Chips restaurant and takeaway based on the Prom has a motto of celebrating the great British tradition of Fish & Chips. This is something you can feel as you enter the takeaway or restaurant. The team at Fraser’s know every opportunity has been taken to provide the best version of our great British tradition as possible. The food is simple, the menu as you would hope. It’s the bits you can’t see that set this place apart. The sourcing of local produce, supporting local partners, only serving responsibly sourced fish (MSC) & the steps taken to provide a truly gluten free fish and chip shop. You can taste the difference and pride within the team.
Tel: 01736 339581. Website:

Harbour side & authentic
The Dock Inn

The bustling pub, which features leather sofas and brick fireplaces, hosts regular live music and quizzes, and serves delicious pub grub and real ales. There’s also a courtyard garden which is a firm favourite with both local residents and town guests.
Set along a narrow street dotted with 18th-century buildings, this traditional pub and B&B near the quayside is a 4-minute walk from Penzance Harbour and a 10-minute walk from Penzance train station.
Tel: 01736 362833. Email:

Penzance Food and Drink openings_4th July 2020

Thank you to the Penzance BID for the list of restaurants, cafes and Pubs that will be open in Penzance from the 4th July

Penzance Opening Information 4th July 2020