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FALMOUTH

SOUTH CORNWALL

 

Falmouth - which we have named our Black on Black watch after due its Pirate history is today a Cornish treasure on the South Western toe of England.

Don’t let its small size fool you - Falmouth is bursting with maritime history and modern creativity and there’s always something to do.

Back in 1540 Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle to defend the Carrick Roads Estuary, and you can visit that castle today as it’s stone walls sit watching over Falmouth’s main beach, Gyllyngvase Beach.

 

 

You can feel the historic weight of Falmouth as you weave along its winding roads. The quaint shops are largely locally owned and make sure you go hunting for a gem in the numerous vintage clothing shops, Jam Records and pop into the Oggie Oggie Pasty Company Ltd for a proper Cornish lunch.

The people of Falmouth are mostly a mix of friendly locals and the Falmouth University students, so there’s a strong sense of community but also of diversity and innovation. The regular festivals and gigs reinforce the community aspect here - the yearly Beer Festival and Oyster Festivals are strong highlights! 
The students mostly study media, art and photography-based courses so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see a silent disco happening as you walk past Falmouth Town Hall Square, or someone casually juggling fire clubs on Gylly Beach in the summer sun.
 
 

As Falmouth has the third deepest harbour in the world every year dozens of tall ships gather here, as Charles Darwin did when the HMS Beagle anchored up at Falmouth Docks in 1836. There’s also fishing, diving, paddle boarding not to mention the old seaside pubs on the water’s edge. You can even take St Mawes ferry to local towns across the estuary.

Falmouth is a delight to visit at any time of year, but don’t take our word for it – here’s a taster from someone who used to study there: https://vimeo.com/27030945