WALK SCILLY WEEK­END

Cornwall Life - - THE DIARY -

chef demos at the Fal­mouth Oys­ter Fes­ti­val since day one and Ken

Sy­mons of the pop­u­lar Oliver’s in the town.

Other Cor­nish chefs mak­ing the most of lo­cal pro­duce are Chris Eden who has been head chef at the Drift­wood in Portscatho for the past eight years tak­ing it to three AA Rosettes and win­ning his first Miche­lin Star in 2012. An­nie Sib­ert of cook­ery school My

Fish Kitchen in Maw­nan Smith will demon­strate how to fil­let and cook fish and Arty Wil­liams of The Cove, Maen­porth, will cre­ate ex­cit­ing fish dishes.

Matt Slater of Corn­wall Wildlife

Trust will re­turn to give an up­date on Corn­wall Wildlife Trust’s project, the Corn­wall Good Seafood Guide.

The pro­gramme also in­cludes live mu­sic, Cor­nish food pro­duce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oys­ter and seafood bars, a Work­ing Boat race, Grand Oys­ter Pa­rade, shuck­ing com­pe­ti­tion and Grand Oys­ter Draw.

Last year’s event at­tracted 45.000 vis­i­tors who ate 20,000 oys­ters be­tween them. Ex­plore the magic of Scilly on the cusp of the sea­son when the nights are draw­ing in and there can be a nip to the fresh sea air. Put your walk­ing boots on and dis­cover a mul­ti­tude of themed treks with ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal guides. Feast on lo­cally for­aged foods, learn about mar­itime his­tory, dis­cover the wildlife, flora and fauna of Scilly or ex­pe­ri­ence a beach land­ing on one the un­in­hab­ited is­lands.

Just 28 miles off the coast of Land’s End, the Isles of Scilly of­fer in­fi­nite va­ri­ety on a re­mote ar­chi­pel­ago a world away from the rest of Eng­land. The Walk Scilly events, held twice a year, al­low vis­i­tors to ex­plore what Scilly has to of­fer, whether you head for St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, Bry­her or St Agnes or the once in­hab­ited islets of Sam­son, Teän or St He­len’s or dis­cover the Eastern Isles or Bishop Rock.

The Isles of Scilly are a com­pact clus­ter of 140 or so low-ly­ing is­lands, the largest mea­sur­ing three by two miles; the small­est no big­ger than a rock – and all within a short boat ride of each other.

Why not dis­cover the ar­chae­ol­ogy and his­tory of Sam­son which was aban­doned by res­i­dents in 1855? Visit ru­ined postmedieval build­ings, Bronze Age burial cham­bers and stone rows. And en­joy the spec­tac­u­lar views from the top of South Hill.

Or take a full day’s walk to see the wildlife and flora of St Agnes and neigh­bour­ing Gugh. Or en­joy Scilly’s

Dark Skies sta­tus with a night walk: the per­fect place to look up into the un­pol­luted dark­ness and ob­serve the mag­i­cal

Milky Way, plan­ets and stars in all their splen­dour.

Go to visi­tisle­sof­s­cilly.com for in­for­ma­tion.

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