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Very Special Tours of Cornwall

for one person on their own... or up to eight people

Authors, Painters, Sculptors, Theatrical People...

...people who have lived in Cornwall, found inspiration in Cornwall, and created art and literature in Cornwall


The romance of the Cornish landscape has inspired novelists through the ages.

Discover the magical, primeval atmosphere of Cornwall... experience the mystery surrounding the moors, the sea, the cliffs, the ancient standing stones. Visit the Celtic outposts of an old civilisation.

Discover what inspired the writers who discovered Cornwall for themselves.

Daphne du Maurier as a young woman Daphne du Maurier, (Frenchman's Creek, Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, The King's General, The House on the Strand... to name a few... try Rebecca clip)

Rosamunde Pilcher (The Shell Seekers; Coming Home)

Winston Graham (The Poldark Books... Ross and Demelza Poldark)

John le Carre; Wilkie Collins

John Betjeman, D. H. Lawrence

William Golding
Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1983

Virginia Woolf
"To the Lighthouse" ... the lighthouse she could see from St Ives.

E.V.Thompson ; A.L.Rowse ; Quiller Couch ; Howard Spring ; Marion Spring ; … the list is endless.

Some were born here. Some lived here. Some just visited Cornwall and were inspired by the beauty and magic they discovered here.

Visit and discover for yourself the places which featured in their writing.


The Newlyn School of artists... the main painters in the group were Frank Bramley, Percy Craft, H. E. Detmold, Stanhope Forbes, Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes (nee Armstrong), W Fortescue, Norman Garstin, T. C. Gotch, Fred Hall, Edwin Harris, Ayerst Ingram, Walter Langley, H. Martin, F. Millard, Marianne Stokes, Chevallier Tayler, Titcombe, Ralph Todd and Henry Scott Tuke, who painted the above portrait of Berthe Tresidder,the wife of the brother of a cricket playing friend (she was French and he was Cornish (as the surname tells us!)).

Stanhope Forbes, now the most well known of the group, arrived in 1884 and quickly assumed the role of leader. He has since become known as the founder of the colony.

In 1925 in St Ives, and very late in life, following the death of his wife, Alfred Wallis, a uneducated local Cornishman, began painting using brushes and household paints, often on scraps of card or second-hand canvases. Soon recognised as a natural, primitive talent, he specialised in portraying what he knew, which was sailing ships and the sea. Much exhibited ... including the London Tate and Tate St Ives.

Kurt Jackson is one of Britain’s leading painters. Born in 1961 his work embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques including mixed media, large canvases, relief work and print making. Kurt Jackson quotes: "In Cornwall my subjects are mostly places I know well, that I visit over and over again - certain areas of coast, moorland and valleys. I also work on projects, usually one a year, which are either based on a particular aspect of Cornish culture or on a distinct track of countryside. Capturing a fleeting impression doesn’t interest me. In all my paintings the aim is to convey my feelings and sense of awareness in that particular environment."

John Miller. Following National Service, John Miller studied architecture and was articled to the church architects in 1961. John is well known as a leading landscape artist and his continual explorations brought a fresh meaning to the word inspirational and a new element of communication into the contemporary British art scene. John Miller's work is represented in numerous public and private collections internationally.

Also see John Miller at this website

And Sir Terry Frost RA, who was one of the forerunners of abstract painting in the UK, and who lived, painted and found inspiration in Cornwall, and is known for his passionate use of lines and circles...

Plus many more!


Barbara Hepworth's studio and garden have been run by the Tate since 1980, and they are now an integral part of Tate St Ives. Barbara Hepworth, who died in 1975, asked in her will that Trewyn Studios and the adjacent garden, with a group of her sculptures should be placed as she wished, and be permanently open to the public.

Visiting the Museum and Garden is a unique experience, which gives remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth-century artists.


Situated on the cliffs, just west of Porthcurno, and created by Rowena Cade, the world-famous Minack open-air Theatre commands superb views across Porthcurno Bay , and distantly to the Lizard.

Performances by a variety of theatrical companies run from May to September ; in addition to which the Theatre is open daily for visitors and there is an Exhibition Centre , Coffee and Gift Shop.

Also very much alive, with an eclectic range of productions is the Hall for Cornwall in Truro and an active, useful website! Worth taking a look!


Many studio and craft potteries, (of course), and two to mention ...

Bernard Leach, father of David Leach and grandfather of John Leach. Bernard brought the craft and skills he had acquired in Japan back to the UK and Cornwall and founded a pot making dynasty!


Troika (very collectable!)

And then there was Alec Walker. It was in 1920 thatAlec Walker set up Cryséde, making hand printed silk. He was born in 1889 in West Yorkshire

Vigil Silk from the Yorkshire works (which was being run by his brother Gerald) was printed and made up in Newlyn, Cornwall. The silk was printed on long tables using hand carved wooden blocks.

Later Cryséde moved premises to St. Ives and in the following year became a limited company, but Walker continued to work from his studio in Newlyn.

In 1929, Walker suffered a nervous breakdown and he dismissed Tom Heron and many other key members of staff. Walker himself was then dismissed by the Board on health grounds and had no contact with Cryséde for three years.

Walker returned to the company for a brief period in 1932 but soon retired from Cryséde and moved back to Yorkshire. He returned to Cornwall after the war and died in Falmouth in 1964.

Just a very small introductory sample of the cultural background in Cornwall.

If anyone reading this would like us to add to the list we'll be glad to do so... just send us your ideas!

Andrew Mills
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