Cornwall

I wouldn’t suggest you eat here, but I doubt there’s a better place to drop acid: Camelot Castle reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The Camelot Castle Hotel is a pebble-dashed late-Victorian excrescence on a cliff. It overlooks the ruins of Tintagel Castle. A…

A bridge to the past: Tintagel’s complex history

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Halfway across the brand new bridge that links the two halves of Tintagel Castle, there’s a gap where you can…

Parson Hawker in c. 1869

The beauty – and eccentric parsons – of Cornwall’s wild north-east coast

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The first time I encountered Morwenstowe on Cornwall’s wild north-west coast I was alone. It was early spring and the…

Astonishing splashes of colour: ‘Square Green with Orange, Violet and Lemon’, 1969, by Patrick Heron

Patrick Heron’s paintings are exhilarating – his colours dance, pulse & boff you on the nose

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Patrick Heron’s paintings of the 1950s melt like ice creams. You want to run your tongue along the canvas and…

Ali Smith’s Winter is calm, cool and consoling

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In 1939, Barbara Hepworth gathered her children and her chisels and fled Hampstead for Cornwall. She expected war to challenge…

It's fun at France's answer to Butlins – but there's a catch

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m currently at a French campsite in the Languedoc, having been persuaded by my wife that it would be a…

Dear Mary: I don’t want perfumed people to hold my baby

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Q. Is there a polite way of not letting someone hold your baby? I love giving mine to people to…

I Shop Therefore I Am (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

A fake fishing village, and the nastiest thing I’ve eaten as a restaurant critic

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Selfridges is skilled at making things that are not hideous (women) look hideous (women dressed as Bungle from Rainbow or…

Tides of wealth: Polzeath beach

Would Betjeman recognise anything about today’s north Cornwall?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

In a documentary filmed at the end of his life, Sir John Betjeman, who lived in the village of Trebetherick…

‘Sculpture with Colour (Deep Blue and Red) [6]’, 1943, by Barbara Hepworth

Was Barbara Hepworth a giant of modern sculpture - or a dreary relic of post-war Britain?

27 June 2015 9:00 am

In the last two decades of her life, Barbara Hepworth was a big figure in the world of art. A…

Jan Moir’s diary: In search of the female Viagra

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Down here in west Cornwall, the days are long and summer is on the wing. Like the Tories in Scotland,…

To Land’s End and beyond: footsore but bravely coasting along

30 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s a real skill, writing about a journey where nothing ever happens. We shouldn’t be surprised that Simon Armitage is…

Should he stay or should he go: Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Poldark review: drama by committee

14 March 2015 9:00 am

By my calculations, the remake of Poldark (BBC1, Sunday) is the first time BBC drama has returned to Cornwall since…

The hotels trying to turn Cornwall into Kensington

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Mousehole is a charming name; it is almost a charming place. It is a fishing village on Mount’s Bay, Cornwall,…

Philip Marsden gets close to the impenetrable secrets of Tintagel (left) and Bodmin Moor (right), among many other mysterious sites

The bonkers (and not-so-bonkers) theories of what the pre-historic people of Cornwall believed

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Philip Marsden’s book is about place. He makes a distinction between place and space. In his mind ‘place’ is something…

When the Welsh go it alone, blame me

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Oh dear. I think I may have inadvertently contributed to the dissolution of Great Britain. I’m not claiming sole responsibility.…

Where are the Betjemans de nos jours?

We need more opinionated English eccentrics making documentaries like, ahem, me...

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Is it just me or are almost all TV documentaries completely unwatchable these days? I remember when I first started…

One day I was always going to have to eat quinoa. It might as well be now

26 July 2014 9:00 am

As a rule, I tend not to frequent places where there is a sign on the door saying ‘no sharps’.…

Not quite romantic fiction, or literary fiction, or commercial fiction – but still quite good

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Elements of Raffaella Barker’s new novel, her eighth for adults, suggest commercial fiction: a narrative that oscillates between the aftermath…

In the soft Cornish air, with the pressure off, I caved in

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Just when I was beginning to think I’d had enough, I was offered a free week in a caravan. I…

Kirstie Allsopp’s diary: Why I’m terrified of Woman’s Hour

17 August 2013 9:00 am

If you haven’t scuffled you haven’t lived, and our local scuffle is the best of the best. A scuffle is…