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Postcards: Cornish beaches and flights to St Helena

Wins, plans, recommendations and learnings from the past week…

Doing…

We may not have taken a summer holiday, but there have to be some perks to working for yourself and living in Cornwall…so last week was all about short beach breaks.

We snuck away in the Bongo on a blissfully hot and sunny bank holiday Sunday to a sleepy little pocket of Cornwall, the Rame Peninsula. The night away at Maker was book-ended by a dip in the sea at Kingsand, which was exquisitely refreshing and the calmest we’ve seen it.

Kingsand beach Rame Peninsula

There was also time for an outing to St Agnes. This charming village on the north coast elicits an immediate smile when you say its name to anyone in the know. The cute tan-stone buildings are reminiscent of other places, from the Scilly Isles to the Channel Islands. The locals are friendly and smiley. And it’s ridiculously welcoming to dogs.

The biggest appeal? The numerous dining establishments, from beach cafes to pizza places, pop ups and gastro pubs. We stumbled upon the Sorting Office and were very happy to find this dog-friendly bijou café serving Origin coffee and sticky pastries.

Coffee at the Sorting Office St Agnes

Winning…

One of our recent blog posts looked at the pitfalls of National Awareness Days and the need to do something really different to generate media coverage. The Talland Bay Hotel featured in the Western Morning News and Cornish Guardian thanks to their new doggy treats menu launched in time for National Dog Day, as well as a Metro.co.uk round-up of the UK’s most dog-friendly hotels.

handsome Lab at Talland Bay Hotel

The initiative ticked lots of boxes. It was something new and quirky, people love photos of cute pets, and August tends to be a quiet time for the press. Meaning it’s a good time to feed out fun stories.

It was also great news to hear that Potter Otter and the Moor Otters trail has been a phenomenal success for the Moorland Garden Hotel, with a significant increase in cream tea sales over the summer as a result. Mr Potter has been the subject of lots of media attention, from The Sun to BBC Radio Gloucestershire and family bloggers My Winter and Jonah and Zena’s Suitcase.

Potter Otter at Moorland Garden Hotel

Travelling…

Next week sees me flying off to Marrakech to attend Pure Life Experiences to represent St Helena Tourism. With impeccable timing, SA Airlink and Saint Helena Government last week announced the start of scheduled flights to St Helena from 14 October, great news to be able to share at the show. This will make the remote UK overseas territory the newest tourism destination accessible by air.

Sandy Bay from the Peaks St Helena

Fly away to St Helena Island

Learning…

This week we’ve been experimenting with scheduling for Instagram in Planoly and Hootsuite. Do you have a favourite?

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