Mevagissey is a village and fishing port situated approximately five miles south of St Austell and it is one of my favourite places to photograph, as it has a distinct picture postcard feel to it.
The narrow pretty streets and steep valley sides lead down to the centre of the old Mevagissey where the twin harbour provides a safe haven for the many fishing boats that land their daily catch of skate, lobster, plaice and sole.
Named after two Irish saints, St Meva and St Issey, the village dates back to at least 1313 and during the 1800s Mevagissey prospered on the back of the abundant source of pilchards out to sea. Today dotted around the maze of streets you’ll find plenty of seafood restaurants that the village is renowned for.
There is plenty to see and do around Mevagissey, you can learn all about the history of the village at the Mevagissey Museum situated on the harbour. Stacked to the gunwales with memorabilia and local artefacts, the museum brings the history of the village to life.
Also situated right on the harbour is the Mevagissey Aquarium, which is full of fascinating marine life. Entry to the aquarium is free but donations are welcome.
Mevagissey Feast Week runs during June usually and is a wonderful festival, thought to be the longest surviving in Cornwall, with a blend of traditional and contemporary events which bring the community and visitors together to share in the celebrations.
Boats trips aplenty run from Mevagissey and there is also a 35 minute ferry run up the coastline to Fowey. Discover the fabulous south coast whilst keeping a look out for the many dolphins, basking sharks and seals that live in the local waters.
Probably one of the area’s most well-known attractions is the enchanting and beautiful The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Situated at Pentewan and a short distance from Mevagissey, the gardens once billed as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ of horticulture, underwent its famous restoration after decades of neglect and now brims with an amazing array of sub- tropical flowers, trees and plants.
Popular with locals and tourists alike, The Lost Gardens of Heligan also doubles up as an intimate wedding venue in Cornwall with a maximum capacity of 30 guests. With the abundance of colour at every turn, this unusual and visually stunning wedding venue will create an amazing backdrop for your wedding photography.
Whether you are a local, a tourist or a couple looking for a wedding venue with a difference, Mevagissey certainly has plenty on offer.
If you are considering getting married at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and would like to view a recent wedding that I have photographed there, please take a look here.