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Magical Moments in North Cornwall 2019

What this is all about…

This stretch of coast has a remarkable place in our national sense of history and culture. Many famous artists have been influenced by its beauty. The myths and legends of King Arthur draw visitors from around the world.

Brief historical research has revealed local connections with–


Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, J B Priestley, A C Swinburne, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Stephen Hawker, Thackeray, Palgrave, Sir John Betjeman, Robert Hunt , Arthur Mee , Sabine Baring Gould, D H Lawrence, Wilkie Collins


Elgar, Vaughan Williams , Sir Arnold Bax


Turner, Nash, Daniel Maclise RA, Thomas Creswick, Anonymous Bronze Age Carver


Henry Irving, Laurence Olivier, Noel Coward, Donald Pleasance,

Historic Sites:

Tintagel Castle, Glebe Cliffs, Bossiney Mound, Castle Bottreaux, St Nectan’s Glen, Rocky Valley, St Juliot’s Church & Rectory, Boscastle Harbour, The Old Post Office, St Materiana’s Church

2019 is the 60th anniversary of the designation of the coast and moor of North Cornwall as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)

To celebrate this anniversary there will be a whole year of micro-events and happenings rejoicing in the beauty, culture and history of North Cornwall.

When walking our cliffs, valleys or moorland, you might suddenly hear music, or find a storyteller, or see fairies dancing, or meet Merlin, or be invited to write a poem, or see Saxon warriors fighting, or meet a character from history… anything could happen.

There will be a programme on this website and social media – but extra surprises could pop-up anywhere, anytime.

A blog and our Facebook page will have pictures, videos and reports of as many events as possible, with details of the artists and performers involved.

We have no funding and all the pop-up events will be free. No one is being paid – this is simply a time of celebration – an opportunity to have fun and try out something new in a beautiful location.

Some guided walks and indoor events may sell tickets or make a small charge, and one or two individual artists may have been able to get a small grant to take part.

Every event or performer will have a small stand, poster or badge to display, to show that they are officially part of Magical Moments – otherwise tourists might think we are just mad Cornish Folk and try to keep their distance.