Join Zoe for a day exploring some hidden highlights of St Austell Bay. St. Austell is host to a number of wonderful gardens ranging in both size and notability - from the World-famous Eden Project to some small ‘secret gardens’ known only to the locals. Today we will start the morning in the heart of St Austell exploring a 30-acre estate. Known as a garden for all seasons, Pinetum Gardens comprises several gardens within the one and is home to one of the largest plant collections in the county and one of Zoe’s favourite places – The Japanese Garden. After an introduction to the history and ongoing work, enjoy plenty of time to take in this botanical paradise before heading for a local lunch in nearby Charlestown. This Georgian harbour-town, which recently featured in the BBC’s adaptation of the 1970's hit series Poldark, is famed for its impressive collection of tall ships that frequent the inner harbour and it is here that some time will also be allocated for a short beach clean and visit to the impressive Charlestown Shipwreck Museum. To end the day, we will take a short journey inland through the winding Cornish lanes to visit a boutique Cornish winery where we will learn about the process of wine making in Cornwall and of course enjoy some samples to end the day.
A little word from Zoe:
‘This day experience combines my three favourite things – gardens, ships, and wine! I think the area around St Austell bay has some of the most interesting history within Cornwall, mainly linked to the china clay industry, but it also boasts a lot of hidden gems. Linking three of my favourite spots I will take you slightly off the beaten track and help you discover some little beauties beyond the bay!’