SIX THINGS TO DO IN CORNWALL BEFORE YOU’RE 30
This week was the occasion of my 29th birthday. Unlike other years this one feels a little different. This feels like a seminal age, I am on the cusp of my 30s and let’s face it, quickly approaching ‘proper’ adulthood.
This got me thinking about things I might like to do before I turn 30 and in particular the things that I have been meaning to do right here on my doorstep in Cornwall. We all do it, think: “I’d love to do that”, but then somehow time passes and you don’t necessarily get any closer to chiselling that Cornish pasty out of Delabole slate or climbing Brown Willy at sunset. So here are six things that I promise to do here in Cornwall before I turn 30.
1. VISIT THE ISLES OF SCILLY
‘So close and yet so far’, that has always been my thought process when it came to visiting the Scilly Isles. The golden sands and the crystal clear waters look oh so appealing, but I’ve never quite got round to it. With some lovely places to stay (especially on Tresco), a thriving food and drink scene and most importantly some great deals to be had on The Scillonian there really isn’t any excuse.
2. EAT AT RESTAURANT NATHAN OUTLAW
One of the definite perks of working at Barefoot Media is being involved with lots of fantastic Cornish chefs, producers and food festivals. Whether it’s a pop up restaurant or fine dining banquet we love eating out. Arguably at the top of the list is Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Recently rocketed to Number 3 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and with two Michelin stars, it is hailed as one of the finest seafood restaurants in the world, let alone in the South West.
3. PAINT IN ST IVES
The thriving Cornish seaside town of St Ives is much celebrated for its unique light and artistic history. Many artists have been inspired by the sun and sea in St Ives, from Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson, to Barbara Hepworth and Patrick Heron. These are all artists whose works and lives I learnt about when I worked at the auction house Sotheby’s. I hope to continue my artistic education by going on a course with the St Ives School of Painting.
4. CATCH AND COOK A FISH
I feel slightly embarrassed to admit that not only have I never caught a fish, but I haven’t even actually been fishing before. I only live a few minutes walk from the beach and I love to eat fish so this is a new skill I need to get to grips with. You know what they say: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
5. RUN A CORNISH HALF MARATHON
No bucket list is complete without the obligatory feat of human endurance. I like running and am keen to up my distance from 10km to a half marathon. There are lots to choose from here in Cornwall: Eden, Truro, Indian Queens – the list goes on. I think it will all boil down to how many hills are involved. I’ve been kitted out with some new trainers by the lovely guy at Run Tru so look out for me on the start line of a Cornish half marathon sometime in 2014.
6. SEE A PLAY AT THE MINACK THEATRE
I have been meaning to watch a play at the Minack Theatre forever. Carved into the cliffs above Porthcurno, the Minack is Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre. Somehow things have never quite aligned with tickets, weather and friends. This year I don’t care if I have to wear oil skins and watch Shakespeare in a force 9 gale on my own…I’m going!