Renate Qualifies as a SW Blue Badge Tourist Guide
Renate has after a winter of intensive studying successfully qualified and joins the group of Blue Badge Tourist Guides in the South West. The latest intensive course for the region lasted half a year and finished in May. On Thursday 10th July, the 18 successful candidates received their Blue Badges in a ceremony held in the Exeter guildhall.
Renate says, “I have been guiding in Cornwall and Devon for eight years now, mainly for the German visitors. The demand for local knowledge and secret places is high, not only in our own Guest accommodation Dolvean House but also from the visitors of cruise ships that visit Falmouth or groups that I guide around Trebah Garden. I was very pleased when the course was set up and I am over the moon to have qualified. The Blue Badge Tourist guides are wonderful community in itself and I got to know so many nice people during the last years that I wanted to belong to them as well as broaden my knowledge.”
Blue Badge tourist guides are in great demand. They usually live in the region they tour guide in and understand the local way of life. Within the course they gain thorough background knowledge about the UK and regional history, economy and industry, religion and education, the health and political system as well as geology and environment, art, literature, sport and architecture. The highest English tourist guiding qualification is the Blue Badge level four, which qualifies the guide for a major region. The South West comprises the six counties Cornwall, Devon, Somerset Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
“I was gobsmacked when they called my name” says Renate, describing the moment when the extra prize for overall best presentation was announced.
In Falmouth Blue Badge tourist guides work closely together with the Fal River Information Centre, The Business Improvement District BID and last but not least The Falmouth Cruise Ship Ambassadors who greet all cruise ships. “We all help together, to give our visitors a wonderful and unique experience of Falmouth and Cornwall. Last year I translated the Falmouth town map into German which makes it a lot easier for the German visitors who are not fluent in English.”
Renate will continue to guide for the cruise ships, Trebah garden and German coach tours. She also offers individual tours developed to the visitor’s interest and need. Renate’s speciality is gardens and walking tours.
So, if you are looking to bring your family or a group of friends for a nice excursion in Cornwall or anywhere else in the South West and need someone to show you around, then look no further. We can help.
Tall Ships in Falmouth 2014
The sight of white sail tips cresting the horizon of Falmouth Bay will herald a landmark moment in history when Falmouth, Cornwall and Royal Greenwich, London will together host one of the biggest international sailing events in solely English waters.
Over 40 Sail Training vessels from around the world, including a number of magnificent Tall Ships, will arrive in Falmouth for four days of festivities from 28th to 30th August before the race start on the 31st.
The whole town will be involved in a packed programme of shore side entertainment, activities and events, most of which will be free of charge. Visitors will be able to go on board and explore the large Tall Ships berthed in Falmouth Docks (dependant on tides).
On Sunday 31st August, the Tall Ships will pass between Henry VIII’s twin Tudor castles of Pendennis and St Mawes in a spectacular Parade of Sail to the start line off Falmouth Bay. They then head eastwards en route to the finish line just off the Isle of Wight. The ships will continue to London, sailing up the iconic River Thames to the finish port of Royal Greenwich, where they will enjoy a further five days of celebrations.
Dolvean House offers a 5-night special for you to enjoy this special atmosphere.
Please enquire soon as places will be quickly booked.
The Tall Ships Special cannot be combined with our Offer 'Stay7-Pay 6'. Any 7seven days which contain the dates 27th August to 1st September apply to full payment.
Dolvean enjoying the South West Walk
The South West Coast Path Association has its 40th anniversary this year and celebrates it with the Great South West Walk. There will be 56 individual area walks over the entire 630 miles from 3rd April to 7th May. The target is to raise £250,000 to finance 50 major improvement projects. There have been 26 cliff falls alone this winter compared to 11 in the last 5 years. The Path needs urgent attention to be available for us all.
Although, due to work commitment we will be walking only a small stretch from Falmouth/Maenporth to Helford on 30th April, we invite you to join our team and/or donate. This part of the coast path is the area where we met and we love walking it now for over seven years.
Thanks a lot for your contribution.
Renate & Shaun