No need to get bored, whatever the weather!
So what do you like to do? Take the kids crabbing in the harbour? Stride along the coastal path? Research Cornish history in Mevagissey’s fantastic village museum? Or perhaps visit the model railway (kids optional!)? There’s plenty of choice, and lots to do.
There are also quite a few regular (or irregular!) events that happen in Meva. The Jubilee Hall hosts quizzes regularly, all welcome, always in aid of a good cause. Check the notice boards and post office displays for updates. Several local pubs are regular hosts for live music, particularly the Harbour Tavern, King’s Arms, and The Ship Inn. The Harbour Tavern has acoustic nights midweek, where local acts get to showcase some of their own work as well as the usual selection of covers. The Ship hosts a regular pub quiz night on a Tuesday, and the Fountain Inn has a more erratic version on Sundays when time allows – check their Facebook page for updates.
For day time entertainment you can fish from the quay, go crabbing in the harbour, hire a self-drive boat by the aquarium, take the ferry to Fowey (but why would you want to leave?!) and take all sorts of scenic walks around the cliff tops and parks.
There are clubs and activities every week at the Mevagissey Activity Centre (the MAC) at the St Austell end of the village, with a gym, sports hall, slimming clubs, and fitness classes for those looking for something challenging. The MAC also has a bar for those who aren’t!
The big event each year in Mevagissey is its Feast Week. You can check the Feast Week website for more information.
In the village.
Mevagissey Aquarium provides a home to a variety of locally caught sea creatures in large tanks, providing an excellent view for children and adults alike. The aquarium is both informative and entertaining, and is housed in the old RNLI Lifeboat House.
You will find the Aquarium on the south side of the harbour – it’s easy enough to spot, being a fetching shade of pale blue!
Mevagissey Model Railway
The Model Railway exhibition has a selection of displays, including their magnificent OO main layout – a room-filling scenic extravaganza featuring harbour, hills, and a helicopter as well as the more usual station, streets and shunting. The exhibition is great fun for all ages, so don’t just save it for the kids. There’s also a shop selling all manner of model railway equipment, kits and memorabilia.
From the harbour go straight back into the village between Quay West and The Wheelhouse Inn, and cross Fore Street, go under the Roovray’s arch, and walk to the back of Meadow Street. You can’t miss the Great Western-style doorway, or the enormous signs on the walls.
The Museum in Mevagissey is a treasure-house of artefacts. There are three floors of fascinating objects providing a great feel for the history of the village, and Cornwall in general. From kitchen scenes, through fishing gear and cider presses to sport, schooling and the great characters of the area – there’s so much to see, you’ll never get it all done in just one visit.
The museum is sited by the Harbour Office and Moore’s boat yard, just walk out to the harbour and keep left.
In the area.
The Eden Project
The biodomes of The Eden Project are now a familiar sight to many, even if they haven’t yet managed to visit the project themselves. This extraordinary transformation of a Cornish clay mine has been grabbing headlines since it first began – and quite rightly. The project is a tourist attraction, educational charity and social enterprise. It’s also a fantastic day out!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The gardens of the Tremayne family estate lay hidden beneath brambles for many years, until the Heligan team uncovered and restored them to their current beauty. They are a fascinating collection of domestic gardens, with the walled vegetable garden and its charming scarecrow, the pineapple pits, and tranquil Italian Garden with spouting cherub, and the more exotic Lost Valley whose waterfalls, palms and other tropical delights are viewed from a boardwalk. A truly lovely location over-looking Mevagissey Bay makes this a delightful day out.
St Austell Brewery
Explore St Austell Brewery’s interactive museum and learn the fascinating story of our pubs, beers, wines and spirits and about the Cornish families who created them. Walk through the Victorian Brewery and see the brewing process first hand, and hear about the secret spring that supplies our water!
End your tour at the Hicks Bar with some essential sampling of our award winning ales plus the chance to enjoy home cooked pub food and snacks prepared to order. Then visit our licensed Brewery Shop where you will find an extensive range of St Austell wines, spirits, clothing gifts and of course, St Austell bottled beers – all at special prices!
(c) St Austell Brewery
The UK’s only China Clay Musueum plus so much more…
- 26 acre Country Park with woodland walks
- Tools and machinery that will enthral all ages
- Interactive displays bring the story to life
- Cornwall’s largest working waterwheel
- A chance to see modern mining in action at pit view!
- Children’s challenge trail and play area
- Great access to the Clay Trails cycle route
- Dogs welcome throughout the site
- Also a wonderful cafe serving homemade meals and Cornish fayre and a wonderful gift shop stocking a wide range of gifts including local pottery, books and jewellery.
(c) Wheal Martyn