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July 2024




The trustees of Trenance Heritage Cottages and the café owners at The Garden Café are excited to announce that following an infrastructure grant from Experience Newquay there will be three new experiences of ‘Trees and Tales’ based at The Cottages. The light displays will add something special for Halloween, Christmas and St.Pirans Week and will be accompanied by various events and performances. 


The Cottages worked with the café to put forward a plan for lighting up the trees surrounding The Heritage Cottages to the Experience Newquay panel. Last year saw additional lights added to the cottages already beautiful large Christmas tree and the public gave a huge positive response. The new uplit trees and projections onto the cottages will be changed depending on the season and will provide a stunning walk-through experience for locals and visitors to the town. This will be something Newquay has never seen before and enhance heritage location with state-of -the art lighting ability. 


Jill Willmott, Chair of the Board of Trustees explains; “We were so delighted to have the chance to bring more to the Newquay community by utilising our fabulous park location. The Cottages celebrate their ten-year anniversary next year since our renovation and reopening and this a fantastic way to bring a new wave people down to see us. The light displays and events for each time of year will provide something special through winter and whether you are driving by or walking through we hope to bring something people can share and participate in. The funding will benefit our charity, the town and the whole of Trenance Valley and we would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen.” 


The first experience goes live for Halloween on 27th October. The big Christmas switch on of the Christmas Tree and full light displays with performances will be on Saturday 23rd November. The Christmas lights will be on every night through until Christmas with full details on all activities to be announced after the summer. Local Newquay electricians and lightning designers have been used to design and install the infrastructure over the summer period ready for Autumn.


Experience Newquay who awarded the grant is a project promoting sustainable year-round tourism whilst connecting local Cornish communities and visitors with Newquay’s unique identity via cultural activities and programming. The project supports and promote the local creative, leisure and heritage sectors.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund


Experience Newquay is a project delivered by Cornwall Council and aims to encourage a resilient year-round visitor economy. Putting a spotlight on the low season and embracing Newquay’s unique identity. 


Experience Newquay

Experience is a two-year project (due to run until March 2025) that aims to encourage a resilient year-round visitor economy. Putting a spotlight on the low season and embracing Newquay’s unique identity, the project supports Newquay’s visitor economy in four key areas; training and support, curation of a cultural offer, marketing and evaluation of impacts. Designed to attract an even flow of local and national visitors who sustainably engage with the town throughout the year. For more information, visit Experience Newquay | Let's Talk Cornwall


This project is being funded with a £365,426 investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme, which is managed by Cornwall Council and funded by the UK Government though the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It is part of Good Growth’s ’Town, Rural and Coastal High Street Development and Skills Programme’. The aim is to support local enterprises through regenerating town centres and neighbourhood shopping areas

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit 




The Garden Café Newquay, based at the heritage cottages in Trenance Gardens, is delighted to have been awarded the Blue Ribbon Award in the National Good Food Awards. The café, under new management, has brought in a new look in 2023, and with new nostalgic menu development has been successful at appealing to locals and visitors to Newquay. A leading venue for traditional Cornish Cream Teas there is also a focus on high quality coffee, customer service and affordable light lunches with a Cornish twist leading to the café enjoying 5-star reviews and outstanding customer feedback that has led to this award. 



Founded in 2002, the awards aim to highlight eateries across the UK that go the extra mile and "strive for culinary excellence within their field". The independent awards are free to enter with winners chosen based on their food quality, service and value.


The Good Food Awards congratulated the café owners by saying; “Competition for this year's accolades has been incredibly fierce, with a historic number of participants and votes across our awards from readers, customers, and fans alike. Our prestigious awards, known as the Blue Ribbon for Delicious Dishes™, are bestowed upon those who excel in food quality, service, and value. We rely on customer feedback, votes, and online reviews to ensure that our awards are based on merit and accurately represent the opinions of real diners. We aim to promote and bolster local, independent businesses that create delectable food. We firmly believe that businesses, like The Garden Café, are the backbone of our communities and are deserving of recognition for their hard work and unwavering dedication.”


The café is located in stunning award-winning gardens with indoor and outdoor seating. The café is dog friendly throughout and visitors can enjoy the adjoining museum on a visit. The café has also catered for weddings and family celebrations held at the heritage cottages this year. The café uses local Cornish suppliers wherever possible across all their food and drink offers.


Café owners Louise and Karen explain; “We aim to be different. We are actively racing into the past with our food offering bringing smiles and memories and we focus on the details that make the difference. We have served thousands of scones with Roddas Clotted Cream and Halzephron Cornish Jam and it’s two scones the way it should be. The ‘wow’ as it is delivered to the table makes our staff smile as well. We have brought back Coke Floats and Knickerbocker Glories in the right glasses with the right taste from the 80s as nostalgic specials. We also pride ourselves on our food having a Cornish story that we tell on the menus as part of the Garden Cafe experience. We have resurrected Cornish ‘Thunder and Lighting’ with an elderly man coming to visit us specially by bus from across Cornwall as he had it at school as a boy. It’s been lovely to see the reaction to what we do and the kindness of our customers to leave their reviews. Our staff team are excellent with our customers and enjoy a chat with locals as well as telling stories of our food to visitors. We can get extremely busy, and our team work hard to maintain what we expect as a level of service and this award is for all of us”. 

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