Mousehole on the south coast
of Cornwall is a picturesque village and fishing port, approx. 2-3
miles from Penzance. The village centred around the harbour has
narrow lanes, cottages, shops, restaurants and galleries. Mousehole
along with Newlyn and Penzance was destroyed in 1595 when the Spaniard
Carlos de Amesquita made a raid on Mount's Bay, only one building
remains from that time, the local pub called 'Keigwin Arms', (now
a private residence). St Clement's Isle is 400 metres offshore from
the harbour entrance
Events in Mousehole:
Sea, Salts & Sail
Biennial (next event July 2012) maritime festival with traditional
boats, crafts, cooking demonstrations and live music.
Held in August, includes a barbecue, bouncy castle, the local lifeboat,
music, competitions and beach races.
Mousehole Christmas Lights
Famous for its Christmas Lights with floating displays of lights
in the harbour and the streets, a Carolaire serviceis held on the
night the lights are switched on. The lights are switched off for
one hour on the 19th December each year in remembrance of the crews
of the Solomon Browne lifeboat and Union Star coaster (known as
the Penlee lifeboat disaster).
Tom Bawcock's Eve
Annual event held on December 23rd to celebrate the effort made
by Tom Bawcock to end a famine in the village in the 16th century.
Star Gazy Pie is eaten and sometimes there is a lantern procession.
Places to visit::
Mousehole Bird Hospital and Sanctuary
Each year they take in approx. 1,500 birds who are treated and released
back into the wild, although some decide to stay. Open daily to
visitors, admission is free although a donation, no matter how small,
is always welcome.
Towns & villages near Mousehole:
A village approx. 2 miles from Penzance.
Paul Parish Church
There has been a church here as far back as the 13th century and
earlier. During the Spanish raids on Mounts Bay the medieval church
was largely destroyed. Rebuilt by 1600, the tower is approx. 89ft
high with a turret, constructed of granite and houses 3 bells 18th
century and 3 bells from 20th century. In the churchyard there is
a memorial to Dolly Pentreath reported to be the last native speaker
of Cornish (although this is disputed).
Annual event held on the Sunday nearest to the 10th October, the
village is decorated and a civic service takes place led by the
Mayor of Penzance.