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30th August 2017 | Regional News

4 Fantastic Farmers’ Markets in Cornwall

Cornwall is well-known as a ‘foodie’ destination, and it’s easy to see why. Visitors travel from all over the UK, and even the world, to get a taste of the region’s most popular foods, such as Cornish pasties and cream teas. As well as the many fantastic cafes and restaurants, there’s no better place to sample some of Cornwall’s finest local produce than a famers’ market.

A trip to a farmers’ market is the perfect day out for the whole family. As well as a variety of food and drink, you can find arts and crafts stalls, live performances and a range of activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve unearthed our top 4 farmers’ markets in the region, so you can enjoy delicious food and learn about where it comes from on your next holiday in Cornwall.

St Ives Farmers’ Market

If you’re looking for a farmers’ market for the whole family, then St Ives is the place to be. Just 45 minutes from Mullion Holiday Park is The Guildhall, which transforms into a foodie’s haven every Thursday from 9am until 2pm. At St Ives Farmers’ Market, you’ll find a variety of local produce, all sourced from within 30 miles of the beautiful town.

Winner of the Taste of the West Gold Award in 2016, this market gives visitors the opportunity to buy delicious, fresh and local food at an affordable price. A couple of regular stalls include The Bosparva Bakery’s Artisan Breads, Cathy’s Homemade Homity Pies, Chloe’s Cupcakes and Ruby June’s Indian Kitchen. The market is colourful and vibrant, and the friendly atmosphere makes it a great place for families to visit too. From competitions and quizzes to cookery demonstrations and tastings, there’s something different every week.

The market is located in the heart of St Ives, so there’s plenty more to see and do once you’ve finished sampling the local produce. Less than a 10 minute walk from the market is Tate St Ives, where you can admire work and exhibitions by modern British artists. Just past the Tate you’ll find Porthgwidden Beach, a small secluded bay that’s perfect for a family day out. Take a stroll along the clifftops, admiring the spectacular views along the way, or simply sit on the beach and relax whilst the kids make sandcastles.

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Bude Farmers and Craft Market

Just over 45 minutes from St Minver Holiday Park is Bude Farmers and Craft Market, a great seasonal market running every Friday from Good Friday until the end of September. Everything you see is locally grown or produced, and there are a variety of charming handmade arts and crafts available to buy too.

From food and drink to plants and gifts, there’s an amazing range of stalls here to suit all tastes. Find delicious vegetarian food at Vibrant Veggie Kitchen, or try the incredible artisan bread from Red Dog Bakery. Head over to Evergreen Farm’s stall where you can purchase a selection of their own meat, including sausages, pies and more, before stocking up on fruit and vegetables from Gardeners’ Delight. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then you can indulge in crepes at Cornish Crepes. You can even pick up something for your pooch at K9 Magic Meals, where you’ll find a selection of premium dog food and treats. Don’t miss the arts and crafts on offer too including mosaics, artisan glass beads, jewellery, cushions, bags, artwork and much more.

The market is located in an ideal spot, right next to the canal and just 10 minutes from the beach. There’s plenty to see and do in this quaint seaside town, including a trip to Castle Bude, just 2 minutes from the market. Explore the former home of Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, and learn about the history of Bude and the surrounding area. Or, simply make the most of the sunshine and hire a rowing boat or pedalo and explore the beautiful canal.

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Truro Farmers’ Market

Just 30 minutes from 4 of our holiday parks in Newquay, the Truro Farmers’ Market offers a range of fantastic local produce. Located on Lemon Quay, the charming white and green striped stalls sell a variety of foods, drinks, plants, arts and crafts and more.

The market is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am until 4pm all year round, attracting hundreds of visitors every week. Whether you fancy fish, cheese, bread, fruit or vegetables, it’s safe to say you won’t be leaving empty handed. There are even street food stalls selling curries and churros, just in case you work up an appetite after all that shopping. Truro Market is so popular, that it even pops up in Falmouth every Tuesday, just 40 minutes from both Mullion Holiday Park and Sea Acres Holiday Park.

When you’re not basking in the smell of freshly baked goods, there’s lots more to enjoy in Truro. Just 2 minutes from the market is Truro Cathedral, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Built in the 1880’s, you can learn all about the history behind this Anglican Cathedral whilst the kids follow one of the many fantastic trails. Also, close by is the Royal Cornwall Museum, that showcases some of the best of Cornish life and culture. From Mining Memories to interactive video games, there are exhibitions and activities for the whole family.

Video sourced from Paul Dinning

Penzance Farmers’ Market

If you’re staying at Mullion Holiday Park, then a trip to Penzance, just 45 minutes away, is a must. As well as beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes, it’s also home to the Penzance Famer’s Market that runs every Friday all year round, from 9am to 1pm.

The market town of Penzance has been a trading point for farmers and fishermen for centuries, so it’s easy to see why so many people head to the town for local Cornish produce. With over 20 stalls, the market offers a variety of raw ingredients as well as fresh homemade treats. From meats and deli foods to cakes and jams, there’s nothing you won’t find here. You can also buy plants, colourful flowers and a variety of herbs too. In October, the market also hosts a special Apple Day, celebrating the harvest of Cornish apples.

After visiting the market, head down to the Jubilee Pool, one of the largest and most popular lidos in Britain. Swim off the tasty treats from the market and admire the stunning views over the harbour. If you don’t fancy getting your hair wet, then take a stroll around Tanglewood Wild Garden. Relax with a picnic next to one of the many ponds, or search for the local wildlife hiding amongst the trees.

Video sourced from Mike Newman Video

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