The Family Unit (circus) has encamped itself in Redruth, a quiet backwater that was once dominated by tin and copper mining. These industries substantially declined by the end of the 19th Century, as the various ores began to be imported from overseas, rather than mined locally, in Cornwall.
The town’s population is just over 14,000 (2011) and VisitCornwall.com lists just four ‘Top Picks’ for this small town:
- The King Edward Mine Museum
- Cornwall Gold
- Tehidy Holiday Park
So, if you’re not interested in mining, gardening, own a tent/caravan or like questionable tourist attractions, what do you do?
Start by having a walk around the centre of town. Anywhere you want to go seems to end up with a walk that’s downhill one way and uphill the other, so be prepared.
There are three coffee shops on Fore Street, I’ve tested two (Home Ground Coffee and Hatters) and both had strengths and weaknesses. Home Ground Coffee had virtually no indoor seating, but great coffee (in a cup, not a throwaway cup); Hatters had lower pricing for the items I bought. Both had friendly and obliging staff.
A tiny cinema sits opposite the Home Ground Coffee cafe.
Get some exercise by taking a walk up the hill to the church. The town centre is not troubled by traffic or vast crowds, so it’s all relatively peaceful. If you want to venture further, there are buses to Truro and beyond and a train station.
There’s a beauty in small town life.
Take some time out to stand and stare.