Cornish Talks & Walks

Cornish talks by Kowethas Ertach Kernow director Len Sheppard are available as visual presentations about Newquay and Cornwall. These have been given to a range of groups such as 'Old Cornwall' societies, memory cafe's, Women's Institutes, U3A groups, schools and colleges.

If you are interested in having us provide your group with a talk contact us and we would be pleased to have a chat.

We also provide guided walks in the Newquay area and try to match these depending on the type and ability of the group.

Proceeds from these talks and walks support Kowethas Ertach Kernow facilities at Newquay Museum a voluntary community museum in Newquay. The museum receives no funding from any local authority and need to raise funds to remain open and free to the public.

Talks available include the following

  • Aspects of Cornish History through the Tregellas Tapestry
  • Cornwall’s 19th Century Maritime Trade [With Special Reference to Newquay]
  • Early Tourists & Tourism to Cornwall [With Special Reference to Newquay]
  • Aspects of the Cornish Fishing Industry from its Earliest Times [With Special Reference to Newquay]
  • Rails to Cornwall [With Special Reference to Newquay]
  • The Song of the Western Men ‘Trelawny’ The Life of Robert Stephen Hawker
  • The ‘Round Castles’ of Cornwall [Launceston, Restormel & Trematon]
  • Richard Earl of Cornwall [Builder of Tintagel Castle]
  • Aspects of Bodmin Moor
  • Notable Cornish Women
  • Dirty Rotten Boroughs – Cornwall and the Great Reform Act of 1832 [Accompanied by work carried out by students at Truro & Penwith College History Heritage & Archaeology Foundation Degree Course 2017]
  • Newquay from Pilchards to Tourism
  • Newquay’s West End
  • Along Newquay’s Fore Street
  • Newquay’s Lifeboat History
  • Newquay Then & Later [various versions available]
  • Newquay from its Earliest Times / Newquay in History
  • Bravery at Home – Saving Life at Sea [Newquay during WWI]
  • Newquay Harbour from Earliest Times to Today
  • Newquay Old Cornwall Society – Who We Are & What We Do

Not all available, some may require updating - call to discuss on 07723 918584

Download pdf illustrated talk information leaflet

From Pilchards to Tourism

Hear about how Newquay evolved from a small fishing hamlet to a major tourist town 

The History of Cornwall Through the Tregellas Tapestry
The History of Cornwall Through the Tregellas Tapestry
Early Tourists and Tourism to Cornwall with Special Reference to Newquay
Early Tourists and Tourism to Cornwall with Special Reference to Newquay
The Medieval Round Castles of Cornwall
The Medieval Round Castles of Cornwall
Rails to Cornwall with Special Reference to Newquay
Rails to Cornwall with Special Reference to Newquay


We know that organisations throughout Cornwall are always looking for speakers to inform and educate their members and other local residents. If you are a speaker and provide talks relating to Cornwall, its history, culture and environmental heritage please contact us and we will include you on our forthcoming updated listing.

So that we can share information about you and what you are able to offer please let us know the following:

  • Your name
  • The name of any organisation you are representing if applicable
  • The title of your subject matter (a one sentence summary would be useful id not apparent from the title)
  • Your contact details - Email & telephone / mobile number
  • What equipment you have - Laptop, projector, screen etc.,
  • What equipment you may need
  • Where you are based and how far you are willing to travel
  • Are you available during the day and / or evenings
  • If you wish to share your fee / travel expenses with your listing please do so or leave it to discuss with those engaging you.
  • Whether you are able to offer Zoom / online talks as these have become increasingly popular including hybrid events
  • Any other information that may be of use to anybody wishing to engage a speaker


We have produced a form which may assist in providing this information and can be downloaded here. The form can be completed and scanned or the information provided in freeform in an email.

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