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    We recently began weekly 'blackboard fun' from our Padstow shop! Outside the shop you'll find a little blackboard and each week we'll be chalking up something different on there, sometimes a joke, sometimes perhaps something else... OK, maybe we're making this up as we go along a little bit! If you want to get involved then simply take a snap of the blackboard and share it to facebook, twitter or instagram using the #PoppyTreffryPadstow. Each week we'll choose a winner at random from those that have used the hashtag and they'll get a little PT treat in the post. poppy Treffry padstow shop blackboard outside the shop   You don't even have to come inside the shop if you don't want to, although we really think you should, but we love to see your photo's and we love to know you're there, like a virtual wave! #poppytreffrypadstow blackboard outside the padstow shopSo grab your phone or camera, take a snap and share with us using #poppytreffrypadstow and we hope to see you soon at our Padstow shop or on the world wide web! ;-)    

    Easter holidays in Cornwall

      After a pretty wet and windy February and March we're all really looking forward to the Easter holidays here in Cornwall, a time when the weather is supposed to be brighter and more spring like. (Take note weather!) We know lots of you are in Cornwall for Easter and so we asked the team at Poppy Treffry how they would be spending the Easter break, ready to share with you all. And so this is our list of things to do if you're visiting Cornwall this Easter: The National Trust at Godolphin Estate near Helston are holding a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt throughout the holidays for the children. It’s an historic house with beautiful gardens and so well worth a visit for adults too. Find out more here. easter themed egg cosy by poppy treffry Want to take Easter to the Egg-streme?! Have a go at Coasteering with St Ives Surf School. Jumping off rocks, climbing, swimming and kayaking are definitely for the more adventurous types, but all that exercise means you'll have earned your Easter egg! Find out more here. coasteering in cornwall with st ives surf school A few members of the team suggested a wander around Levant Mine at Botallack. They made it sound very innocent but we have a feeling they mean in search of Ross Poldark himself, although can you blame them?! And ok, so he might not be filming there at Easter, but it’s still a beautiful stretch of unspoilt Cornish coastline between St Ives and Lands End to explore. levant mine at Botallack On Easter Sunday (16th April) you could have a go at Egg Rolling in Padstow? Decorate a hard boiled egg, take it to Duke Street for midday and help raise funds for the Padstow RNLI lifeboat - whilst having some fun too, yay! easter egg cosies and treat pots by poppy treffry And if you prefer bikes to eggs (?!) then in North Cornwall, the spectacular Easter Egg Run is an annual charity event organised by a group of motorcyclists and also held on Easter Sunday. Ride off is at 11am from Davidstow Airfield, near Camelford, where often in excess of 200 riders and their pillions raise money for local children’s charities across the county, quite a sight to behold. Find out more here. easter egg run davidstow on motorcycles And if none of that tickles your fancy then how about creating your own family Easter traditions? Some members of the team who we won't name (but surnames are Treffry!)  have a tradition from childhood. You hard boil some eggs and then carry them up a hill balancing them on a spoon. It's a race to the top where you can stop and enjoy the view, or have an egg hunt, and you then have to race back down the hill batting the egg with a stick. The one who makes it to the bottom first and still has some egg is the winner. Any good Cornish hill would be great for this but tried and tested favourites are Carn Brea, Bray Down and Roughtor! eggs on spoons ready for easter fun If you like the idea of something a little more active but less egg based then you could cycle along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. Beautiful scenery along the former railway track, it’s an easy ride of just over five miles, with many options for refreshments when you reach Padstow! Look out for Oystercatchers along the way. oyster catch beach bag by poppy treffry And speaking of refreshments... when you do get to Padstow, the team highly recommend a visit to Cherry Trees café on the Harbour to sample some of their amazing cakes. Oh and that just happens to be next door to our Padstow shop, well what a coincidence! cherry trees cafe in padstow And if all else fails then you'll always find a hundred nooks and crannies to hide eggs behind down on the Cornish coast line. Let's just hope the weather gets the memo! We hope you enjoyed our little list and we'd love to hear from you if you've got suggestions we should try out this Easter - do get in touch via the comments here or over on our facebook page and let us know.  

    We need your survey help (and there are rewards!)


    Roses are red, violets are blue, please fill out our survey and help us to help you!

    Many moons ago, some of you may remember, we did a big survey where we asked you all lots of questions and we used your answers to make our plans and decisions, about how we did things, what we made and where we made them.

    We're asking you now to help us again. We've put together another survey because we understand that the world has changed a lot in the last six years. We're really hoping you won't mind taking 20 minutes out to tell us lots of things about you and what you think of us. It's big, it's nosy but it's super useful for us and hopefully quite interesting for you too.

    Poppy treffry take survey now button

    In return we have a few rewards..

    1. The first 20 respondents* will be sent a Poppy Treffry notebook.

    2. Respondents will receive a 15% off voucher valid on web sales for one month.

    3. All respondents* will be entered into a prize draw to win a brand new Poppy Treffry beach bag, not even launched yet and worth £69.

    *To be counted as a respondent you must leave an email address on the final page so we can include you. poppy treffry beach bags   Poppy treffry take survey now button   Poppy Treffry survey - textile designer in Cornwall   Thank you so much in advance for your help and your time, I really appreciate it and am excited to see what we find out this time. (And I'm sure you can fill it out quickly before you get whisked out for a Valentines day meal! Or, if you're anything like me, before you start the washing up!) Poppy x

    Our five in St Ives!

      Following on from our previous post about the top ten things to do in Cornwall we wanted to focus in a little bit more on dear St Ives, home of the Poppy Treffry shop and some of the best, most beautiful beaches in the world! So are you heading to St Ives? Planning to visit soon? Here's our top 5 things you should do in St Ives, let us know what you would have put on your list - there's no right and wrong (apart from visiting our shop, that should always be on there!) Poppy Treffry shop in St Ives

    1. Visit the Poppy Treffry St Ives shop.

    We're leading with this mainly because we can! We might be biased but other people have told us how much they love the shop. Come along and see for yourself. You'll find the entire Poppy Treffry range, pieces you won't find on our website, one offs and quirky collectables Poppy sources from time to time. And if you pop to the website you can even find a 10% voucher to use in the shop. Right here. Hepworth gallery St Ives

    2. Barbara Hepworth museum.

    Not far from the Poppy Treffry shop you'll find the Barbara Hepworth museum and we say definitely make time for a visit. The house and garden are home to the largest group of Hepworth's works and there is real inspiration to be found here. (The image above is from our 'St Ives Snaps' competition a few years ago, thanks to Catherine Parry for this beautiful image from the gardens.) More info here. Cornish cream tea in St Ives

    3. An Island walk for tea and cake.

    As you can imagine no list from Team Treffry is complete without a tea and cake stop! In St Ives we recommend a walk around 'the island' from Porthmeor beach, towards Porthgwidden for tea and cake, or you could grab a lovely take away from the allotment deli on fore street to take with you. (Another St Ives Snaps entry here, our cream teas don't hang around long enough for pics! Thanks to Nicola Kriegeleder for this one) St Ives poster

    4. Learn to draw, and much much more!

    If you want a little bit of culture on your break then there are all sorts of courses to choose from whilst you're in St Ives. Our top picks are life drawing classes at the St Ives School of Painting within Porthmeor studios, inspirational and affordable. You'll also find a creative collection of courses over at Barnoon workshops, from 'drop in and draw' to 'play your guitar'. Full details here. cornish fishing boats

    5. John Knill Celebrations.

    Finally lucky visitors to St Ives this year (2016) might happen upon the celebrations which are carried out in memory of John Knill once every five years, making them an excellent excuse for a good old Cornish knees up! Celebrations take place on July 25th and involve dancing and a procession, and perhaps a smidgen of drink! There's a bit more info here. The last image is a gratuitous beautiful shot of St Ives boats, just to transport you to this beautiful place! (Thanks to Amy Moore for this shortlisted entry from the St Ives Snaps competition.). So that's our top 5, although we could probably have come up with a top 50 as it's pretty hard to choose. You'll just have to come and see for yourself, and we hope to see you in the Poppy Treffry shop when you do.  

    Top ten things to do in Cornwall

    Top ten things to do in Cornwall

    With half term rapidly approaching and Cornwall being the very best place to be, or at least we reckon so, we thought we'd put together our top ten things to do in Cornwall, just for you. We'd love to hear if you agree or if we've missed one of your favourites. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 1. Walk a stretch of coast path. With over 250 miles to choose from and boasting some of the absolute best views in Cornwall, the coast path is the perfect way to get out, blow the cobwebs away and work up an appetite! Top tips: Take snacks, swimming things and keep an eye out for dolphins! Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 2. Eat! Or at least take tea by the sea! How better to finish a coast path stomp than with a hearty meal or tea and cake. We've got a few favourite coastal cafes we can heartily recommend. The Poldhu beach cafe at Poldhu cove, Mullion, the Rockpool cafe at Mousehole - almost as if you're in the sea, and for an extra special meal how about the Porthgwidden Cafe, St Ives - you may recognise the latter 2 as locations from our previous catalogue shoots! Top tip: Grab a newlyn crab sandwich at the Rockpool cafe. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 3. Spend a day at the Tremenheere Sculpture gardens. A lush dramatic landscape, stream and large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting make Tremenheere (just around the corner from our studio) a great place for a day out. Discover the ever-changing art installations and have lunch at the Tremenheere kitchens. Top Tip: Make sure you leave time to visit 'artisan', the beautifully curated onsite shop with crafts by local and regional makers. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 4. Take a trip and a dip to the Jubilee Pool. Re-opening in May 2016 after 2 years of closure forced by severe damage sustained during winter storms, the beautiful art deco lido in Penzance is an absolute must for any visitor to Cornwall. You'll soon understand why residents have fought so hard to save the lido. Top tip: 10% of sales from any of our bathing beauties range goes directly to the 'save our lido' appeal for the Jubilee pool, so treat yourself! 5. Discover Cornwall's communications legacy at the Porthcurno Telegraph museum. Whilst this might not seem the most obvious day out, it's actually loads of fun! Great displays and appealing to all ages, it's worth a visit just to explore the world war two tunnels. Top Tip: After your visit make sure you head to the nearby beach which is bootiful (!) and the Minack theatre, perched on the cliffs nearby. Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 6. Take the Silly onion (or Scillonian!) to the Isles of Scilly We weren't sure whether it was allowed to add this but in the end we thought 'what the hell, we love the Scilly Isles!' You can take a day trip to the islands on the wonderful Scillonian ferry (or by air if your sea legs aren't quite ready!) from Penzance, watching out for dolphins, seals and other marine life as you go. Once there you can island hop or just explore St Mary's, the main island. Top tip: If you have the time then our favourite island is St Agnes, make sure you find sticky toffee pudding whilst you're there! 7. Learn a new skill on a range of courses. If you find inspiration strikes in Cornwall then there's lots of great courses going on where you can learn all sorts of new skills, including cooking fish and making jewellery (not together!). Our favourites are courses at Bedruthan hotel, Cowslip Workshops and Fat Hen, for wild cooking! Top tip: If you attend a course at Bedruthan try and swing a visit to their sister hotel, the Scarlet, just to soak up the view (and perhaps a cocktail!) Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry 8. Find mysterious goings on in the woods! Step into a magical land in the lovely setting of Tehidy Woods. Rogue theatre have been bringing  the woods to life with a unique blend of storytelling and theatre, all served up with humour and hot chocolate! It's a great day or night out and suitable for lots of ages. We always enjoy it! 9. Fill your lungs with Cornish air on an open top bus tour. Recommended by Gilly from the team, the open top bus is a brilliant way to explore west Cornwall and see sights you might not normally notice from a car. Top Tips: Gilly says hop off for a walk and lunch at the Tinners, discover some Cornish history at Geevor mine and take time for a wander in St Just, finishing up with cake at the Cook book cafe. We like her style! 10. And of course no trip to Cornwall is complete without a trip to St Ives and a visit to the Poppy Treffry shop! Some days you'll even find Poppy in the shop manning the counter and the shop is currently the only place in the world where you can see the full Poppy Treffry range in all it's glory. Perfect for souvenirs, gifts and memento's from your stay, plus you can let us know if you've ticked everything off the list above, and give us your own suggestions too! Top ten things to do in Cornwall - Poppy Treffry  So there you have it, that's the Poppy Treffry, top ten things to do in Cornwall. We hope you find it useful and a little bit inspiring and please do let us know in the comments what you think and what you might have added, we hate to miss out on good stuff!