Experience the Cornish coast and countryside at the Royal Show

Feel the sea spray and smell the tangy, salt air as Cornish Excellence brings the Cornish coast to the heart of England.

Cornwall is returning to the Royal Show for the fourth time to promote the county’s unique qualities – hundreds of miles of striking coastline, glorious countryside and high quality, specialist food. But the secret ingredient of the county’s fourth visit to the show is Ellen, a 17ft Gorran Haven crabber, exhibited by the Cornish Maritime Trust, which recreates a sense of Cornish maritime life in the midst of the showground at Stoneleigh Warwickshire, one of the English counties that is furthest from the coast.

This year’s Cornish Excellence display combines coast and countryside to reveal the best of Cornish food, farming, tourism, maritime and rural industries that attracts more than four million visitors to the county each year.

With the help of the Cornish Maritime Trust the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, which opens in Falmouth later this year, and the highly successful Eden Project, visitors will experience a taste of some of the new businesses that make Cornwall special.

Partnership and innovation are themes repeated throughout the exhibit, which is open to show visitors throughout the duration of the event, which runs from July 1 - 4. Organisers Cornwall Taste of the West have brought together some of the county’s finest food producers, leading rural craftsmen and top tourism organisations to show how these businesses combine to create the core of excellence that is the county’s leading industries.

Carol Trewin, manager of Cornwall Taste of the West, said that the involvement of several organisations backed by Objective One funding showed how much more can be achieved with the help of European Union and UK grant aid.

“This year’s show demonstrates the benefits of partnership and co-operation. By working together that we can make an exhibit like this sparkle and show the range and quality of what Cornwall has to offer.

“We have brought some of the county’s finest foods to the Royal Show, along with stunning furniture from Cornish woodlands, and several other exciting projects. They are all evidence of the thriving activities across the county, many of them helped by Objective One funding.”

She added: “This exhibit shows how a willingness to take part and promote Cornwall’s unique qualities can overcome the difficulties of distance from the market, the county’s previously poor economic record, and the residual effects of the foot and mouth crisis.”

For more information please contact Carol Trewin, Manager, Cornwall Taste of the West, Tim Parr, Cornish Maritime Trust, or Tamsin Loveless, Corporate Relations Manager, National Maritime Museum Cornwall.


Editors notes

The Cornish Excellence stand is at the heart of the showground, stand K447 block 51. There will be a press tea and briefing at 1500 hours on Sunday June 30.

Cornwall Taste of the West is a £3 million Objective One umbrella project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West speciality food group. Cornwall Taste of the West’s four year project includes a trade development programme a marketing grant scheme, and a capital grants scheme, available to small and medium sized food businesses that produce, sell or process speciality, in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. For more information contact Carol Trewin, Cornwall Taste of the West, 01579 349363, mobile 07812 561157, or Grace Lobb, mobile 07813 930013.

Taste of the West is the regional speciality food group for the six counties of the South West, offering business development and trade support to food & drink producers. It is supported by Food From Britain, the National Farmers’ Union and Defra.

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is an independent new museum, and is a collaboration between the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the former Cornwall Maritime Museum in Falmouth. It is funded by the South West Regional Development Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Government’s single regeneration budget, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by private sector contributions. For more information contact Tamsin Loveless, 01326 313388 or see www.nmmc.co.uk.

The Cornish Maritime Trust was set up to preserve historic working boats and their gear. For more information contact Tim Parr, 01841 532319 or 07971 522525.

The Cornish Excellence project is also supported by the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall Enterprise and Cornwall Farmers Limited.

Cornwall has been awarded £300 million of European Objective One funding, which is matched funded by the UK Government and the private sector.


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388