I've lived here in Falmouth for seven years now and discovered magical mysteries, surprising stories and perfect places to visit; my bespoke tours offer a glimpse beneath the surface; mini creative adventures sculpted around your timetable, location, mobility, budget and interests.
I grew up in London and the West Country and have always moved around. I work as a researcher, facilitator, photographer, writer and here, as artist adventurer. My parents were active in politics, preservation and writing, my sculptor grandmother Kathleen Bruce was a colleague of Rodin in Paris, friend of the dancer Isadora Duncan and wife of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott. After his death she remarried to my grandfather: Hilton Young of the Bloomsbury set, who later became the first Lord Kennet of the Dene, in North Wiltshire. Together they raised Captain Scott's son, my uncle Sir Peter Scott (who Sir David Attenborough called the 'patron saint of conservation') and my father Wayland (later the second Lord Kennet). With my mother and our Irish Nanny he raised my generation too in the house beside Kensington Gardens where JM Barrie completed 'Peter Pan'. Inspired by so much adventure, I've plenty of stories to tell.
But much more importantly: where do YOU want to go?
What have you heard about Cornwall? Any fairy tales, books, movies, rumours?
Have you - or your ancestors, your sources of inspiration - ever been here before?
What kind of day out do you dream?
Do you like clambering in wild weather round ancient ruins? Local pubs, a pasty and ale?
Or is the smoother journey, the view from the car and sustainable seafood restaurants, more your thing? Tell me things. .
Do you enjoy (pre) history, arts, music, landscape, heritage, festivals, markets, wild nature, local food & drink? Famous spots like Tintagel or St Michael's Mount, or somewhere else special, just off the beaten track? Sacred sites, magical ruins, seasonal festivals, folk museums, shining castles of high art?
I also know London, Glastonbury, the neolithic sites of north Wiltshire and assorted other special places along the route down to Cornwall, should you have an interest in further tours. .
All my advertised tours can be adapted and a custom tour designed just for you,
so if you plan on passing and wonder where's good to be around here,
Cornwall is six hours journey by road or rail from London, UK.
There are no motorways here.
The Atlantic ocean surrounds us. Rail, air and road connections are regularly disrupted by bad weather.
Farmers drive tractors on the main roads. Cows and sheep block traffic, caravans and delivery trucks get stuck in tiny lanes. We have floods at times, trees fall. Old mines collapse. Travel within Cornwall is SLOW: as this is an isolated, rugged region. So if you are traveling from outside the area for a Cornish tour, I recommend good solid boots, effective rainwear and at least one overnight stay down here :-)
I look forward to hearing from you and then maybe, to showing you these amazing lands!
NB photos featured in tour descriptions are courtesy of Visit Cornwall,
except for a few taken by friends and which I took myself.
A Recent Review of this guide
Superb from start to finish. 3 day (afternoon + full day + morning) tour of Cornwall with Zoe who is knowledgable, professional, and easy to be around. She creatively adapted itinerary around my interests and weather conditions (December). Visited stunning churches, paleolithic sites, gardens & rustic sea vistas with stop-offs along the way at local pubs for a pint (personal passion). She also introduced me to the local iconic cuisine (pastis & bread pudding) at a local bakery. Fantastic journey!!
Master of Science and Fine Art. Researcher. Author. Documentary Maker. Performance poet. Permaculturist. Grew up wandering London, Britain, Europe, the World.
Now based in Cornwall making art.
Full driving license for 30 years.
Public Liability Insurance with the Artists' Network.
I am not a 'Blue Badge' Guide.