Witchy finds in Boscastle

During our stay in Cornwall, we took a drive to Boscastle and visited the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.

20170523_143839-01.jpgSet at the bottom of a valley it makes for a seriously good atmosphere; especially as it was a particularly misty day. We had driven through thick mist all the way down to the bottom of the valley where it became clear and the mist hanging above us.

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Greeted by Pan we ventured into the museum, set up by Cecil Williamson, whose interest in witchcraft and magic began in childhood.

20170523_143853-01.jpgWith his skills as a filmmaker, Cecil created a variety of interesting and theatrical displays and exhibited a growing collection of magical objects. The exhibitions were interesting, telling the history of witchcraft through the ages. It included the witch trials, dark magic and magical gatherings.

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Later run by Graham King the museum became internationally famous. Not far from the museum on the way to Boscastle you can find the stone circle ‘The Maidens’ which we visited on the way there.

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Of course there is more to Boscastle that the museum. There are several local businesses (in fact all the businesses are local except for Spar) selling a foray of clothes, handmade creations, leather goods, pottery, crystals and more.

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I was pleasantly surprised by Boscastle for its little treasures, friendly folk and folklore. It was probably one of my favourite trips within our overall visit.

Have you visited Boscastle? I’d love to know what was your highlights, let me know in the comments! 

 

A Girl visits the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Long winding woodland walks, sleeping maidens, an exotic jungle and a lost valley; just some of the adventures within the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Owned by the Tremayne family for over 400 years the 200 acre Heligan estate brings wonder and beauty to Cornwall. Although Heligan House has since been sold off the gardens were rediscovered in 1990 becoming Europe’s largest garden restoration project.

Areas of the beautiful gardens are dedicated to the workforce who served in World War 1 and you can clearly see how the estate was managed by them and now a living memorial.

Steeped in local history, the lost gardens of Heligan greatly inspired the Eden Project with its traditional horticultural practices and exotic specimens.

According to guides around the estate it would take four days to walk its entirety, however you can discover its greatest parts in 4 to 5 hours.

This inlcudes the sculpture trail, farm, jungle, flower garden and lost valley sections.

Have you visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan? What were your highlights?