The 27th March saw businesses from around local area come together to discuss tourism in the Tamar Valley area. We decided to sign up for the event and it was a fantastic decision (that we must credit Kathy for); we met lots of lovely people all steeped in local knowledge, and collectively sharing an inspirational passion for the Tamar Valley and surrounding areas in Cornwall and Devon.
We were delighted to hear stories and experiences from a number of guest speakers including:
Malcolm Bell of Visit Cornwall Richard Burrow - National Trust, Cotehele Sammie Coryton - Pentillie Castle Rebecca Catterall - Devon & Cornwall Rail partnerships Tom Cox - Mayflower 400 Ewan Murray - Launceston Tourist Information Centre Lizzie Stroud - Rail holidays
Adam Paynter - Leader Of Cornwall Council
As well as the speakers, we also got the opportunity to network and chat with a number of lovely people... many of whom I am sure will be contacts we'll be keeping for the future.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by coffee and croissants from Number Eight Cafe and Delicatessen in Launceston. We had a really interesting chat with the chap serving who transpired to be a keen cyclist. Keen on investigating the possibility of offering a cyclist tour guide service, his details have been saved and stored for a future chat.
Whilst enjoying our coffee we were joined by a gentleman named Alan who is the treasurer of the TAVATA (The Tamar Valley Tourist Association). A fascinating man with lots of local knowledge and stories abundant; not least about his days working as part of the team responsible for the design of Concorde's droopsnoot; needless to say we enjoyed every minute of our conversation prior to the conference starting. We've already made contact with Alan and have him firmly logged for more chats in the future.
We then listened to a number of guest speakers who fed us with a wealth of facts, figures and projections that gave us more food for thought than we ever thought possible from a one day community event.
We benefited from lots of information from Malcolm Bell of Visit Cornwall; not least the need to market the Tamar Valley in it's own right. Here at Sleepy Hollow, we are nestled in the Tamar Valley and perfectly located to explore many delights in both Cornwall and Devon; be they well know tourist spots or places a little more off the beaten track.
Lunch was well received half way through the day... pasties of course perfectly accompanied by scones with jam and clotted cream; served the Cornish way!
During the afternoon further local people spoke, including Tom Cox who gave a really interesting presentation on the Mayflower 400 celebrations taking place throughout 2020; they will mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. We were encouraged by how ideally placed My Sleepy Hollow is for visitors wanting luxury accommodation close to the year-long programme of cultural and artistic Mayflower 400 celebrations; our stunning location overlooks the Tamar Valley across to Plymouth.
All in all a fantastic day was had with lots and lots of ideas sparked along the way to make our plans for our guests even more exciting, enjoyable.... and personally sculpted for the best possible experience during their stay.
We really couldn't sign off without a special mention for Chrissie Le Marchant... Chrissie is a Blue Badge Tour Guide whom we only very briefly met, but notwithstanding that has already gained the respected nickname of The Oracle from us for her abundant historical knowledge of the area; we are sure that our paths will definitely be crossing in the future!