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‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ Award presented at Tamar Valley AONB Annual Forum

The Tamar Valley AONB team was delighted to receive an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Tourism’ award at their Annual Forum in February.

The trophy, from the South West Tourism Excellence Awards was presented to all 20 protected landscapes in the South West, of which the Tamar Valley AONB is one, in recognition of why visitors choose the region as a destination, and the contribution this makes to the economy.


THE Arundell Arms in Lifton has been awarded the title of ‘Best for Walkies’ in the PetsPyjamas 2017 dog friendly travel awards.

The Arundell Arms received the award for leading the way by offering a pet-friendly experience for customers and their very important pets.

The ‘Guide Dogs of Great British Dog Survey 2017’ revealed that 70% of pet owners like to take their dog on holiday and The Arundell Arms is now among the top dog-friendly hotspots to choose from.

Quality Mark for Moorland Garden Hotel

Quality mark for Moorland Garden Hotel with four AA Stars


The Moorland Garden Hotel near Yelverton has once again impressed the AA, one of the UK's most recognised and trusted brands, having retained its four stars for a second year under the world-renowned hotel inspection and star-rating scheme.  The accolade, following a visit by an AA inspector, saw the hotel retain the four black star-rating first awarded last year, as well as the Rosette achieved by The Wildflower Restaurant.

The Poldark Effect 2016

If you would like to imagine cuddling up with brooding heartthrob Ross Poldark – played by Aidan Turner in the BBC Sunday night hit – a range of cushions bearing his image is on sale and may help; should you fancy drying the dishes with a Demelza Poldark tea towel, one is available here. Poldark-themed key rings, calendars and fridge magnets are all up for grabs.

“Poldark is brilliant for us,” said owner Keven Ayres. “Anything that focuses attention on Cornwall and brings more people here has to be a good thing. People just love the series. It’s so exciting, so romantic.”

Perseid Shower

Astronomers predict next week's meteor shower will have twice as many meteors as normal.​
If you find yourself outside during the night next Thursday, don't forget to look up. On August 11 and 12, the biggest meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, will be lighting up the night sky, and this year the Perseids promise to be the best shower of the decade.

TAVATA Members visit the Hidden Valley Discovery Park

Last Thursday, 2nd June, 19 adults and 23 children enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon at Peter Jones’ Hidden Valley Discovery Park.  There was so much to enjoy for both children and adults – the Forbidden Mansion with lots of passages and doors, a challenge to find your way around and the exit!  In the Mansion was the Moriarty’s Mission Challenge, a game of co-ordination, speed and skill at various places around the building.  I must say that for us older ones (well, Richard and me in particular) this was fiendishly difficult and we scored a magnificent 0! 



Railholiday strikes Gold at the 2016 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Railholiday has been awarded Gold in the Sustainable Tourism category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016 Ceremony.

The Gold Award is the highest Award for Excellence in Tourism in England which VisitEngland can bestow.  Railholiday was presented with their Gold Award at a glittering Awards Ceremony which was held on 8 March 2016 at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool.