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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.

A staycation at Woodovis Park ticks all the boxes


TAVATA members Woodovis Park, Tree Surfers and Cotehele National Trust recently played host to North Devon Journal’s Senior Content Editor, Ellen Cook, on a press trip to the Tamar Valley arranged by Dart PR (also a TAVATA member).

Ellen chose to explore the area in her VW Campervan, and said of the experience “if you're looking for a staycation that's as relaxing as it is exhilarating, look no further than Woodovis Park and all the surrounding area has to offer”.

TAVATA Article in The Valley

Members of the Tamar Valley Tourism Association share similar objectives: attracting more visitors by raising awareness of the area as a desirable, unspoilt holiday destination; building a sustainable local economy, all whilst preserving the unique beauty and tranquillity of the valley.

Cornish Times Feature May 2015


We Love the Tamar Valley


Everyone knows that the River Tamar forms the county boundary between Cornwall and Devon. Many of us cross it regularly, often over the beautiful Tamar bridge, or Brunel’s historic Royal Albert railway bridge.


But how many of us have discovered the unique and unspoilt beauty of the Tamar Valley stretching all along and around its route, from Launceston down to Plymouth, and from Callington in the west to Tavistock in the east.


Cornish Times Feature July 2015

Days Out & Short Breaks – Close to Home

Staycations often prove to be the best holidays, with all the advantages of home comforts and convenience, without the hassle of foreign travel. To make life easier, we’ve put together some ideas for you, and given links to help you with directions and opening times.

A Dog's Life in the Tamar Valley

If you enjoy wonderful wildlife photography, and would like to see what the Tamar Valley has to offer a dog of impeccable taste and discernment, you may enjoy A Dog's Life in the Tamar Valley.

The blog belongs to Spot, a lurcher, of Venterdon, near Stoke Climsland, PL17, right in the heart of the Valley. Articulate and bright for a dog(!) Spot has quite a talent with his Nikon D600 camera. His blog contains many pictures of Cornish countryside,flora and fauna, mainly in Tamar valley, through the seasons.