Things to do in Mevagissey

• Learn all about the history of the village at the Mevagissey Museum on the harbour. Stacked to the gunwales with memorabilia and local artefacts, the museum brings the history of the village to life

• Experience Mevagissey Feast Week - a wonderful festival, though to be the longest surviving in Cornwall, with a blend of traditional and contemporary events which bring the community and visitors together to share in the celebrations.

• Mevagissey Aquarium is full of fascinating marine life and is situated on the West side of the harbour.

• At Mevagissey Model Railway any child is going to be fascinated by the dozens of trains whizzing past tiny houses and people set against a detailed backdrop. There’s an alpine scene, a harbour and Cornish tin mine and a Junior Junction layout featuring all the kids’ railways favourites. They can even have ago at operating some of the larger trains themselves.

• The Lost Gardens of Heligan once billed as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ of horticulture, underwent its famous restoration after decades of neglect and now brims with an amazing array of sub- tropical flowers, trees and plants.

• Swim at Gorran Haven beach a few miles from the village. One of the attractive and safest places to plunge into the water, the beach here is secluded below high cliffs and shelters in a narrow gorge that heads down from the lush south coast countryside.

• Cycle or walk on the Pentewan trail through to St Austell. An easy-going 5 mile round trip from the beach at Pentewan to the village of London Apprentice and back. The trail runs along the bed of an old narrow gauge railway which once took clay and tin ore to the harbour at Pentewan until it silted up and the railway ceased operation in 1916. Bikes can be hired at Pentewan.

• Polmassick Vineyard was the first to be planted in Cornwall over 30 years ago and today its well established vines produce consistently good vintages. Enjoy a glass of local wine, take a tour and stock up with some of the Polmassick’s white, rose, red, sparkling and dessert wines.

• Take the ferry on a 35 minute trip up the coastline to Fowey. See the fabulous south coast from a bobbing boat while watching out for dolphins, huge basking sharks and seals sunbathing on the rocks.