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Autumn on the Helford

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The leaves of the ancient oak trees are really starting to turn now and the cobalt blue skies, pinky early evening sunsets and calm waters the Helford is such a stunning place to be.

Our 90 minute Helford River Cruises depart from the Budock Vean Hotel, so you can enjoy a lovely stroll through their sub tropical gardens before boarding at the foreshore. You might like to enjoy a hearty breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea or dinner before or after your cruise.

The wildlife is in abundance too the ancient oak tree branches filled with swans, herons, little egrets and the river buoys with cormorants drying off their wings from their latest fishing swim. We have even spotted dolphins last week and it’s a great time of year to spot kingfishers as they fly by along the water surface on Frenchman’s Creek!

We offer daily cruises tides and daylight permitting around the high tides check our weekly cruise times or contact us for more dates and to book. Private charters are available and cameras are welcome! Come and snap a stunning Autumnal photos this Autumn!

75th Anniversary of the D Day Landings

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It’s hard to imagine the thousands of troops launching from the sleepy Helford River, where yachts sail peacefully by, wildlife is in abundance and the water laps the shores. yet 75 years ago this place was filled with American troops from the 29th Infancy Division preparing and launching for the D Day landings, one of the most important turning points by the Allies in the Second World War.

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Trebah Beach, on the Helford River, was the ideal location for the troops to launch and this week Trebah Gardens are commemorating with the theatre production Operation Neptune.

The Budock Vean Hotel, just along the Helford River, tucked away on Port Navas Creek, was the officer quarters during the embarkation of the troops from Trebah and are sponsoring Trebah Garden with their production of ‘Operation Neptune – The American’s are Coming’ over 5 nights from 11th – 15th June.


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A little known fact is that soldiers also launched from Wytham Quay, on Frenchman’s Creek.

A customer on one of our Helford River Cruises broke down in tears when he saw Wytham Quay. When asked what was wrong he explained that he recognised the quay from his childhood. He had stood here and waved off troops setting out to fight with the Allies during the second world war.

You can see Trebah Beach, Wytham Quay and Budock Vean Hotel on our daily 90 minute Helford River Cruises from the Budock Vean Hotel.

Cruise times this week are:

Monday 3rd June – 4.30pm
Tuesday 4th June – 7.15pm
Wednesday 5th June – 6pm
Thursday 6th June – 6.30pm
Friday 7th June – 7.30pm
Saturday 8th June – 9.30am
Sunday 9th June – 10.30am

For future cruise times please contact us and you can book you cruise here 

Easter boat trips!

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Easter is a lovely time to enjoy a Helford River Cruise! We’ve already spotted herons, kingfishers, little egrets, sand pipers, curlews and cormorants along with the stunning scenery and historic shipwreck and houses. Who knows what we might see this week!

Here are our cruise times over the next few weeks hope you can join us:

6 April 5.30pm

7 April 6pm

8 April 7pm

9 April no cruise

10 April no cruise

11 April 9.30am

12 April 10.30am – FULLY BOOKED

13 April 10.30am

14 April 12 noon

15 April 1.15pm

16 April 2.30pm

17 April 3.15pm

18 April 4pm

19 April 4.30pm

20 April 5.15pm

21 April 6pm

22 April 6.30pm – FULLY BOOKED

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Sunset on the water is stunning, as the evening draws in the birds song echoes on the tranquil waters of the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek.

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Wildlife is in abundance on the Helford. Herons, Little Egrets, Cormorants, Curlews and kingfishers are regularly spotted and there are even seals and dolphins occasionally seen on our cruises.

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Want to make it exclusive? You can always book a private charter and take from 1 person up to 12 people. Fantastic for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and memorable moments. Our cruises go out daily as long as daylight allows and so do get in touch and find out the best times for you.

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Three ways you could treat Mum this Mother’s Day

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1) Join us on a Helford River Cruise

Enjoy a 90 minute cruise along the Helford and creeks on a Helford River Cruises, enjoying the wildlife, grand houses and historic fishing villages. Cruise times on 31st March are at 12.30pm and 2pm so there’s even time for a cream tea at the Budock Vean Hotel afterwards!

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2) Buy her a Gift Voucher

Can’t make 31st March? No problem we can plan another date for you or she can enjoy opening a gift voucher in a Helford River Cruises Card! Our Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months and so she’ll have plenty of time to plan her unforgettable experience.

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3) Frenchman’s Creek Kayak Adventure

Spend 2 hours kayaking along the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek with our sister company Koru Kayaking, the tides are perfect so you could join us 1pm or 4pm and even have time for a light lunch or cream tea at the Budock Vean Hotel.

If she’s a Daphne du Maurier fan she will absolutely love you for this as Du Maurier based her novel, of the same name, on Frenchman’s Creek.

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Enjoy 5 Daphne Du Maurier experiences

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Daphne du Maurier moved to Cornwall as at young woman and some of it’s towns and landmarks were the inspiration for her novels. You can experience them too:
1. Frenchman’s Creek: A tale of love, pirates and smuggling you can experience Frenchman’s Creek kayaking with Koru Kayaking or cruising with Helford River Cruises along Frenchman’s Creek the inspiration for her novel of the same name and also where she went on honeymoon.
2. Jamaica Inn A tale of shipwrecking and smugglers. Walk on Bodmin Moor and enjoy a drink or lunch at Jamaica Inn the inspiration for her novel of the same name.

3. Rebecca – A haunting tale of a new bride and her move into the family home. Enjoy a coastal walk from Porthpean to Pentewen and see the white house Menabilly, the Maderly of Rebecca. And on the ParFowey road is Kilmarth, the original House on the Strand. Neither of these properties is open to the public, although there are several coastal walks passing close by. Filming for the new adaptation of Rebecca, a collaboration between Working Title and Netflix, starts this May. I wonder who will play Mrs Danvers!

4. Daphne du Mauriers home – Fowey see the house where she lived either on foot or by water. Enjoy a full weekend of Daphne du Maurier at the annual Fowey Festival 10-18 May an Arts and Literature Festival hosted by The du Maurier Society.

5. Buy the books in one of our local book shops. Grab a coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a fabulous read! It’s always good to have a good book on holiday 😀

Just heard filming starts on a new adaptation of Rebecca in May, a collaboration between Netflix and Working Title, so come and experience her inspiration before watching the film!

Boat Launched for 2019

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"HannahMolly" is back in the water.

Over the winter the beautiful "HannahMolly" has under gone a major re-fit with the wooden trim and benches having a make over and a brand new wheel house was built as the old one was getting little tired. Many thanks to Kellan Radford for all his hard work.